Thursday, 30 May 2019

L.O.L. Surprise Under Wraps - MORE FUN

Girl with unopened L.O.L. Surprise Under Wraps container
L.O.L. Surprise Under Wraps


The second wave of  Prima Toys L.O.L Surprise Eye Spy Series Under Wraps are on shelf. We have been having so much fun unwrapping the L.O.L. Surprises. See Miss Fine unwrapping some new  L.O.L. Surprise Lil Sisters, L.O.L. Surprise Fashion Crush and the L.O.L. Surprise Bling Series.

The L.O.L.Surprise Under Wraps takes the "eye spy" to a whole new level, with clues after each unwrapping. The packaging is a darker pink, with new dolls with new funkier hairstyles and outfits! Each doll is dressed in a mystery disguise so kids get to unbox each layer to discover who’s inside. The disguise can be used as a fashion accessory and outfits can be mixed and matched for lots of new looks.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Mid-year exams - a balancing act

Girl walking on rope
Rope walking

We are in the thick of Grade 5 exams. Miss Fine tells me each day that she did not prepare enough, and that she does not feel good about the upcoming papers. We try to help her as much as possible, but ultimately she is the one who needs to get the material into her head...

We are still trying to find the best way to learn, and help her learn. To find that perfect balance of help, but also letting her take over her studies independently. The underlying anxiety also doesn't help, but the best we can do for it is to prepare enough. (Although, there is never an enough for the highly strung...)

Friday, 24 May 2019

New L.O.L. Surprise Bling Series - Unwrapping review

LOL Surprise Bling Series ball in girl's hands
L.O.L. Surprise Bling Series ball


The excitement of unwrapping Prima Toys L.O.L. Surprise balls exponentially increases with each L.O.L. Surprise and with each layer. There are new ranges in store, and we can safely say that they are a sure bet for upcoming birthday presents or going into the festive season!

The L.O.L. Surprise Bling series which features some of the favourite series 2 dolls dressed with tinsel glitter finishes from head to toe. The L.O.L. Surprise Bling series takes the collectible element up a notch because not only does the ball contain the surprise inside, it can be hung up as an ornament. String the balls up in your bedroom for bling decoration or keep them for the Christmas tree, but whatever you do enjoy the surprise and the goodies inside! 

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Don't wake up an insightful look at the dynamics in a relationship

Kindle being read in queue - Don't wake up, Shauna Kelley
Don't wake up, by Shauna Kelley - on Kindle

Booktasters does not disappoint. You get the choose from quality books, get a free copy, in exchange for honest review on Amazon.

The final pages of Don't wake up, by Shauna Kelley, had me shaken. It took me a few days to process. Because I have experience of domestic violence and emotional abuse (in a previous life), this book touched so many nerves. My soap box tirades are evidence. The really smarts of this book is the exploration into a relationship, and how much is truth, and how much is perception. Who is the victim, and who is the abuser/manipulator. It is not as clear cut. Perception trumps the truth in the end? Go read this book. I truly recommend it!

Friday, 17 May 2019

L.O.L. Surprise Fashion Crush - unwrapping fashion fun

Girl with an unopened L.O.L. Surprise Fashion Crush
LOL Surprise Fashion Crush unwrapping from Prima Toys

Unwrapping is part of the allure of the new L.O.L. Surprise series. How exciting to open up a toy that you have no idea what it wil be? The unboxing craze is not subsiding, and unwrapping a toy in different layers with surprises in each increases the excitement exponentially. The new ranges of L.O.L. Surprise have even more fun and more fashion.

Miss Fine could not wait to open the new L.O.L. Surprise ranges that are now available. See her unwrapping the L.O.L. Surprise Lil Sisters and the L.O.L. Surprise Bling Series balls as well.

The L.O.L. Surprise Fashion Crush features 3 layers of surprises for you and 3 surprises for your L.O.L. doll! To add to the fun, the surprises are in jelly that needs to be crushed. Now fans can update their L.O.L Surprise doll’s wardrobe with numerous outfit choices.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

L.O.L. Surprise Lil Sisters - new unwrapping fun

Girl with LOL Surprise Lil Sisters ball
L.O.L. Surprise Lil Sisters

Unwrapping and surprises! This is what makes the L.O.L. Surprise range such a huge favourite with girls. The L.O.L. dolls are super cute and collectable. They are great for birthday presents, festive gifts and winter fun right now. We are sure it is going to be one of the top toys for 2019 again!

Chiquita Patrizi, spokesperson for Prima Toys is pleased to be bringing a series of new ranges to South African toy shelves. “We are very excited to be bringing new and exciting L.O.L. dolls and accessories to fans. The new ranges are packed with unwrapping fun and fashion appeal! We know that fans, both old and new, are going to enjoy them,” she says. 

Miss Fine has been unwrapping four of the new ranges that are available. She did it blindly (not knowing what to expect), and the surprises really added to the charm of opening them.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Transformers BotBots - The challenge is on!

Front page of Transformers BotBots customised comic book
Customised Transformers BotBots comic #TransformersBotBots

Energon, Transformers' energy, has hit more objects, coming alive as Transformer Robots, called BotBots. It's not as easy to spot these tiny robots, as they are disguised as everyday items. They can be anything, from shoes, cupcakes and baseball bats. They come in Tribes, called the Sugar Shocks, the Jock Squad and the Toilet Troop, to name 3 of them. There are 8 tribes of 190 BotBots to collect in 2019.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Kings of Mulberry Street movie - Going places

Kings of Mulberry Street: Aaqil Hoosen (12) as Ticky Chetty, and Shaan Nathoo (9) as Baboo Harold Singh in the lead roles
Aaqil Hoosen as Ticky Chetty, and Shaan Nathoo as Baboo Harold Singh in the lead roles
Kings of Mulberry Street is a local South African produced movie situated in the imaginary Sugarhill District in Kwazulu-Natal in the 1980s. It's the story of two young Indian boys who have to find a way to overcome their differences and unite. They are up against the bullying and corrupt Raja, who is threatening their families, and their community.

I have been walking around with the characters and the plot since I saw the preview last week. I can't wait to take the family at the end of June, and to go and pen down all the great quotes that are not available yet!

The official trailer is here: Kings of Mulberry Street

"When you want to be a hero, you must act like a hero!"

"Why do you need me? Every hero has a partner."

"Lesson 1: Don't think, just jump!" 

Monday, 6 May 2019

Things I know for sure being an older mom

Prisma filter of Mom and daughter selfie
School drop-off selfie

Mother's Day is coming up, and we are again reminded of the great mothers in our lives. There is no one that can replace your own mother and the sacrifices she has made for you. The beliefs she has for you, and that she is always there to have your back. Even when you are over 50 years yourself... (Yes, even more!) Thanks, Mom!

Celebrating the Older Mom - Karen from MomAgain@40 blog post
Celebrating the older Mom series at FunMammaSA

Judy at Fun Mamma (who is a mother of 7, and also had a little one when she was over 40) is doing a great series in celebrating the older mom. We also had to answer a series of questions: Celebrating the older mom Karen from MomAgain@40

This made me think about the things that I know for sure about being an older mom...

Friday, 3 May 2019

Winning at life by being a good professional - Great guide

Cover page of The Good Professional by Don Turner
Print screen of The Good Professional by Don Turner
I am so impressed with The Good Professional. I cannot recommend it enough! This is a great gift for any age, from high school and up. It is a gift you can give to yourself, and you will be coming back to this.

I got this book through Booktasters. I get a free copy of the book for an honest review on Goodreads and Amazon. I have read the most interesting books because of Booktasters. Check them out!

I love my work and when I reflect on it, I always feel so grateful that I enjoy the work that I do. But sometimes we need a bit of challenge to keep going, and searching for meaning in the mundane daily grind. This has given me oomph to carry on again.

This is my review on Goodreads:

Thursday, 2 May 2019

15 years anniversary - Can you believe it?

Anniversary selfie at Chicago's Piano Bar
Date night at Chicago's Piano Bar

We both can't believe it's been 15 years. It was just the other day we got married and started with our adventure together. We have been looking through our photos, and reliving all the good times. There's been more good times than the bad one's. We can definitely say we can weather the storms by now. 

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