Monday, 23 September 2019

My weekend starts today, Monday

I am going in for one day of work today. How fast is this end of year going? We all need a bit of a breather before the final stretch.

We got tickets for tomorrow for ComicCon with the added bonus of KidsCon. The whole family is excited! I have been following along on social media, and we can't wait!

KidsCon bag with Toyzone Zoink
KidsCon bag of happiness (gift)

For the rest of the week we will be staying at home. I know Miss Fine will be impressed. That is her best thing to do.

We are missing Miss Fine so much this weekend. She is still at a camp until tomorrow.

The budget is low. The energy is low. But the excitement for a loooong weekend is high!

What are you doing this Heritage Day?
Have you been to ComicCon, and what can't we miss?

Disclaimer: We got complimentary tickets to ComicCon for today or tomorrow, with a bag full of Toyzone goodies. We are not paid to write this. But we are so excited!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Defy Bake a Difference campaign for Cupcakes of Hope

Defy apron and pet and cupcake for Cupcakes of Hope
Defy #BakeADifference campaign launch

National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer is upcoming on 28 September. Defy is partnering with Cupcakes of Hope to raise funds for families for kids with cancer. This is such a cool initiative. I definitely won't be remembered for my culinary skills, but for this baking initiative it is real easy to support the campaign.

Karen du Toit with decorated cupcake at Defy launch for Cupcakes of Hope
Decorated cupcake at Defy yesterday (CC Metro FM photo)


via Defy #BakeADifference

Two ways to make it happen:

  • Bake and share your cupcakes on social media with the hashtag #BakeADifference

Cupcake with icing and sweets to decorate
Cupcake ready to be decorated

Defy will be donating R1 for every post shared with #BakeADifference. Thank you!

Cupcakes of Hope is a non-profit company, but they are reaching bigger targets each year to support kids with cancer. They assist between 50 and 70 little cancer patients at a time. Look out on 28 September to support them in donating cupcakes or buying cupcakes at your local mall. Such a small gesture makes such a big difference!

Love this quote: "We can't all do great things, but we can all do little things with great LOVE" - Mother Theresa

Sandy Cipriano from Cupcakes of Hope at Defy launch
Cupcakes of Hope Founder Sandy Cipriano
WARNING: Prepare to be spammed with pictures of cupcakes!

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the launch of this campaign yesterday. I don't like baking, but I love to support great causes. (Luckily we were only expected to decorate a cupcake *phew!*)
I am not paid to write this, or to share my #BakeADifference posts.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Sleep well and do good with Bed King

Bed King’s Children’s Hospital Trust campaign to raise money for the Red Cross War Memorial Hospital

Sleep never felt so good!

Bed King exterior shop in Roodepoort
Bed King 

We were invited to test out Bed King's Comfort Solutions Lab. Bed King is running a fundraising initiative for the third year. R500 from every Comfort Solutions mattress is donated to the Children's Hospital Trust. All money goes towards upgrading the Red Cross War Memorial Hospital emergency unit. Last year they raised R250K, and they are planning to pass this target this year. 

Bed King Comfort Solutions Lab - reading being done
Bed King Comfort Solutions Lab

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Disney Junior shows and products - GIVEAWAY

Disney Junior logo
Disney Junior
Disney Junior celebrates Spring with some of their most lovable characters. The retail campaign in conjunction with Disney Junior shows is launching on 15 September.  The products range from puzzles and books to toys and figurines available at retailers nationwide. The shows include Fancy Nancy Clancy, Vampirina, Puppy Dog Pals, The Lion Guard and everyone's favorite mouse, Mickey Mouse.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Journey Beyond Symphonic Circus - WIN tickets

Journey Beyond Symphonic Circus poster
Journey Beyond Symphonic Circus

A magical production! The Zip Zap Circus is joining forces with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company, and the rousing voices of  Zolani Mahola, Zita Pretorius and Timothy Moloi to bring you Journey Beyond – Symphonic Circus. It will be on stage in Heritage Month, only for 3 days from 20-22 September at Joburg TheatreZip Zap’s founder, Brent van Rensburg, choreographer Adele Blank and conductor, Maestro Eddie Clayton, are excited to share this production.

2 sets of tickets (4 each) has been made available for a give-away. See below on how you can win. The previous time we heard about Zip-Zap Circus was at The Greatest Christmas at Menlyn last year. It was awesome!

Zip Zap gymnast balancing on pole
ZIP ZAP Circus (photographer Joan Ward)

Monday, 2 September 2019

Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter - coming-of-age insights

Screen print: Booktasters tweet: Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a cutter
Booktasters tweet: Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a cutter
I hate it when I can't seem to finish a book. I had to do it with Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a cutter. I struggled to read it, but I also can't pick a new book before I have finished with the one I am busy with. Booktasters says it is ok, I can let it go... Phew! (I am 62% into the book)

I thought that this book would give me great insights into the mind of a young adult, and help me understand the workings of a teenage brain. We have a tween in our midst. I love the writing in the book, but it did not seem to get to a point. I still gave the book 4/5 for the writing, and for the fact that I think young people and people struggling with the existential questions will get great insights from reading this.

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