My sweet Lea, on Sunday you turned 13. The years have gone by in a flash. You know every year when your birthday comes along I get a bit sentimental. As my first born; your entrance into this world has been dramatic. Needless to say, mothering you for the past 12 years has been easy. But now you have entered a new phase in your life. I think I prepared you more for this phase than mentally preparing myself. In all honestly, I was still in denial. Until Google reminded me that you can now have full control over your own account. That was enough affirmation for me. Daughter of mine, you are officially a teenager. (more…)
Today Brent and I celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. Gosh 15 years of marriage has passed in a blink of an eye. It is exactly 5465 days of continuous sleepovers with the same person. But on a serious note – we made the commitment to love, trust and choose each other every day for the rest of our lives. (more…)
One of the benefits of living in Cape Town is that we are 45 minutes drive away from the country side. Spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful scenery makes driving to the country side well worth it. Especially when you are seeking peace and tranquility combined with good food. That is exactly what we did this past Sunday. My family and I headed out to Eat Restaurant at Perdeberg. Situated on the premises of Perdeberg Winery which lies at the foot of the magnificent Perdeberg Mountain. (more…)
My daughters, Lea and Mika rolled off the bed at 5 and 6 months old, respectively. Both incidences happened on my watch when I just turned my back for a split second. The sound of the fall was so loud that my husband who was standing in the kitchen could hear it.
Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking as it happened twice with two different babies. Oh wait; I wasn’t thinking because I was trying to juggle multiple things at once. It was an accident but the guilt – oh the guilt ate me up. Thank goodness both of them turned out fine with no concussions or broken bones. (more…)
It is mid-July and we are in the heart of winter. I must admit that I am finding it extremely difficult to get out of bed in the morning. My warm bed just seems so inviting compared to the grey and freezing weather outside. Despite the cold and rainy weather; winter is my favourite season – probably because I was born in June. One of the 12 reasons I love winter so much is the cosy comforts that comes with it.
Also if you know me, you will know that I don’t find it delightful to go out and drive anywhere at night time during winter. Therefore I don’t over-commit myself with social events that is scheduled in the evening as I prefer staying indoors. Winter allows me to slow down and in the process restores my mind, body and soul. After all that is why it is called the Hibernation season. (more…)
COMIC CON Africa welcomes first kid-focused convention in Africa – KIDSCON!
The highly anticipated Comic Con Africa 2019 welcomes the youngest member of the family to its spectacular four day offering; KidsCon! Get ready for the most exciting family-friendly, kids-oriented convention! As the first and entirely Kid focused convention in Africa; KidsCon is taking the term ‘fun and games’ to the next level by empowering kids to be expressive and embrace their individuality. (more…)
With the majestic Saronsberg Mountains as the picturesque backdrop; you will find Vindoux Guest Farm, a charming little treasure. Located just 5km from the main road of the small town of Tulbagh and a 90 minute drive from Cape Town.
If you are looking for peace and tranquillity; this family-owned guest farm is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. A working farm owned by Roy and Irene Ashurst; their son, Thomas Ashurst, daughter, Sophie du Toit and her husband, Driaan du Toit. Vindoux is approximately 22 hectares and boasts fruit orchards, vineyards and an organic vegetable garden. Here the family also produce their own craft beer and gin as well as fynbos infused beauty products which you will find in the luxurious onsite day spa. Find out more about these products in my review on the spa. (more…)
If you are looking for a rejuvenating experience then you need to visit Vindoux Day Spa. During our stay at Vindoux Guest Farm, I was spoiled with a complimentary pamper session at Vindoux’s Day Spa. It was exactly what I needed to unwind and de-stress.
Owned by Sophie du Toit; it provides the perfect atmosphere for total mental and physical rejuvenation. Located on the premises of the guest farm it offers patrons as well as outside visitors a unique spa experience. (more…)
It has been eleven weeks since my father passed away. The phone calls and messages have stopped. No more flowers, cards and visits. In fact, life has returned to normal as if nothing happened. However, my father’s death did happen which caused a ripple effect of grief.
Life as I’ve known it before 6 April 2019 will never be the same again. Removing one person from a family unit which has always been a supportive structure; changes the entire dynamics. Although our family structure is not falling apart; the foundation has slight cracks. Perhaps those who don’t have that kind of unit won’t understand. (more…)
Nobody likes to be disrupted. In fact it is an unwelcome occurrence that can derail one’s life completely. It causes pain, feelings of rejection and failure. And only when this disruption occurs we either fall apart or start seeking change to start afresh. This is exactly what my latest book review is about. Nicky Verd’s book Disrupt Yourself or be Disrupted addresses the fundamentals needed to reinvent and disrupt yourself in order to stay abreast in a technological driven world. (more…)