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Well wishes for my kids as they start the new school year

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As the new school year dawns upon us, these are my back to school wishes for my kids

With my daughters being on vacation for over 6 weeks as their school closed the end of November; I must say it is high time that the 2018 academic year commences.  Yip I am one of those moms who are super happy that school is starting.

My kids are older so it is not as if they are starting school for the first time. Gone are the days of having mixed emotions and teary eyes.

I literally have been counting the days from New Year ’s Day. So roll on Wednesday.

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One day, when I’m gone: The importance of drafting a last will and testament to protect your family

 

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Drafting a last will and testament should be a priority.

A couple of days into 2018 and you’ve probably made your new year’s resolutions. You have set your goals and reevaluated what you want to change in your life. Whether you will accomplish it or not, it is all up to you. But thinking of your new year’s goals,have you prioritised planning for the day when you will die by drafting your last will and testament.

Is this a priority for 2018?

There is never a convenient time to think of what will happen the day when you leave this earth.  It is a grim subject and drafting this document is not a very pleasant exercise.

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Teaching children the gift of giving back

teaching children gift giving back

Christmas is a time for giving and receiving but is it only exclusively to close family and friends. Do we even spare a thought to those in need? Our children receive so much throughout the year. Besides their birthdays, they are at the receiving end whether you celebrate Easter, Hanukkah, Diwali, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

As parents we want our daughters to be grateful for what they have and to think of those who don’t.  That is why my husband and I felt that we wanted them to learn about the spirit of giving back from a very young age.  We have incorporated giving back as a family routine.

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Christmas: Tis the season for overspending

Christmas Tis Season Overspending

Ideas to budget this Christmas Season and avoid Overspending

Christmas is a time to be merry, jolly and festive. Also known as the silly season and the festivities can easily cripple your bank account. With this holiday season comes expenses and spending that the majority did not save a cent for.

Most people earn their holiday pay or bonuses at the end of November or early December.  This also intensifies the spending spree as there is more money in your bank account. Thus making Christmas the most expensive season of the year as people buy more than usual and overspend on items that they don’t really need.

During December prices are steeper than any other time of the year. Overspending on gifts, food and social activities leave most cash strapped before or just after Christmas. Receiving a salary early in December poses a problem. It could be up to 6 weeks before receiving the next salary at the end of January.

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Scrumptious Sunday Lunch Buffet at the Island Restaurant

Scrumptious Sunday Lunch Buffet Island Restaurant

Three weeks ago Brent and I celebrated our 13 year wedding anniversary with a weekend stay at The President Hotel in Bantry Bay. This award winning 4-star hotel with it’s superb location has incredible views of Lions Head and the Atlantic Ocean. It offers luxury facilities, gourmet style cuisine and fantastic guest relations.  Sunday past we headed back to the hotel. With compliments of the President Hotel, we (including the girls) were invited to experience the Sunday lunch buffet at the hotel’s Island Restaurant. We knew that the food was going to be good as we’ve already experienced the restaurants’s cuisine during our stay at the hotel.  Sunday lunch away from home is always a bonus as it saves us from cooking.

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Blogger Recognition Award!

Blogger Recognition Award

Nearly 5 months into blogging and I am honored and humbled to receive this award.  A huge thank you to Yeshira Sewdayal over at Brown Girl Journal for nominating Miller In The City for the Blogger Recognition Award. Brown Girl Journal is a travel and food blog, showcasing Yeshira’s passion for travel and the good food that goes with it. (more…)


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Sneezing Season [Treating Seasonal Allergies]

Sneezing Season [Treating Seasonal Allergies]

Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons. It is a time when everything is in full bloom. But Spring is also dubbed the sneezing season. It is the season where pollen counts are high and when blown all over; those who suffer with allergies experience sneezing, runny noses, puffy eyes, itchy eyes and throats.

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Unproductive Day

unproductive day

Today, I called in a sickie.  Yes, I did feel a bit under the weather but most of all I think I just needed a break. The past couple of weeks have just been so busy and when your body gives you signs, you need to listen to it.  Today, I wanted to be lazy and have a very unproductive day.

I didn’t wake up to do my girls’ hair for school, or see them off by the door. They came into the bedroom to kiss me good bye. I opted not to fetch them from school either.

Guess what, I got out of bed at 09h00. Think it has been 12 years since I allowed my body to sleep so late.

But everything about sleeping in just felt so good. No housework or extra little chores that I tend to dig out when I’m at home. I chose not to work on any future blog posts. The car stayed parked in the garage as I had no intention of going anywhere. This day was not about going out and pampering myself or doing retail therapy.

Today, I just didn’t want to get it together. Instead, I browsed social media sites, slouched on the couch and watched television. I snacked and drank so much coffee.

It was such a beautiful day that I sat in the backyard a little and spoke to the dogs.  Call me insane but dogs give you all their attention and they are really good listeners.  They didn’t nag, tattle tale, backchat or give instructions – they just sat there listening and wagged their tails.

Then I caught up on some reading and the best thing ever – I took an afternoon nap. When last did I do that?

…and you know what, I am not feeling guilty about it not one bit.

Today was about me, not about taking care of anyone else, not about deadlines, writing reports or research articles. No thoughts about work or what still need to be done. In fact, I had no productive thoughts. These few hours spent alone were about me, myself and I and it felt so good. It was a time to reconnect with myself. Something I haven’t done in years.

Having this unproductive day did wonders for my mind, body and soul.  Now I’m ready to tackle tomorrow and slave away at things I didn’t today.  I will post probably regret it tomorrow as I’ve just stared at the pile of washing and ironing.

I guess, another unproductive day will be scheduled in the near future.  Try it, it does wonders.


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Embracing the Storm

The much anticipated storm has finally hit the Cape Peninsula at exactly 22h00 last night as forecasted. With the Western Cape Education Department making a decision yesterday to close all public schools today, 7 June for safety concerns – there were a few debates on whether the storm will really hit the Peninsula and what the big hype was all about.  (more…)


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