Oh shucks, have we transformed into squirrels?

Oh shucks Transformed Squirrels

Now if you think of a squirrel, what comes to mind is a small cute rodent with a furry tail. Leaping from one tree to another and nibbling on acorns. Besides being those cute little creatures, squirrels are savers, hoarders and stashes. They stock up for the future and they have back up plans.

Well it seems as if my family has been transformed into squirrels.

Recently we’ve been busy with renovations and also extended our garage. So last week we decided to organise our garage.

A sight for sore eyes to put it bluntly. Seeing all the stuff was overwhelming. Have we gone completely nuts? How can four people accumulate so much stuff?

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Rising costs of school uniforms is leaving a hole in parent’s pockets

rising costs school uniforms leaving hole parents pockets

It’s mid-January and you are yet to recover financially from the festive season. Plus with children returning to school last week, the costs of stationery, school uniform and school fees are adding up. If your child has just started Grade R or Grade 1; you probably did not expect the escalating cost of sending your child to school.

Apart from the school fees, the most expensive item is probably the school uniform.  The annual rising costs of school uniforms in South Africa are putting additional financial pressure on parents to fork out more money to fit out their children.

It will probably set you back over R3500 if not more to fit your child out in the full school uniform, including school shoes and sportswear.

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My Sunday Photo – Kraalbaai

Sunday Photo Kraalbaai

This week my Sunday Photo features the beautiful Kraalbaai. A hidden gem situated in the West Coast National Park. In order to access this beach you need to drive through the nature reserve. You sure to catch a glimpse of ostriches, tortoises, gemsbok and eland. However there are many more other wildlife in the park – so be on the lookout.

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

well wishes kids start new school year

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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My Sunday Photo – Sunset Llandudno

Sunday Photo Sunset Llandudno

My Sunday Photo was taken two weeks ago, capturing  the sunset over the ocean. We stopped at Llandudno whilst driving from Hout Bay to Camps Bay. Although the sun sets every day, we don’t really notice it. Unless you on top of a hill or mountain. It also instantly captivates you as you witness the sunset over the ocean. The view makes you want to reach for your camera to capture the moment. As the bright orange colour slowly fades; nature’s beauty mesmerises you. It brings a feeling of calmness over you. This display is over within minutes and then dusk begins to fall.

Have a blessed Sunday all!

Photalife

 


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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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Celebrating 8 years – Happy Birthday Mika

Celebrating 8 years Happy Birthday Mika

Today, my sweet little sunshine you are 8 years old. I know that I say this every year – but I still can’t believe how quick time goes by and that you are growing up so fast.

You’ve eagerly anticipated the arrival of your birthday. I know it was a long wait as your birthday falls in the last month of the year.

On this day, we celebrate you and your life thus far. I am dedicating this special birthday post to you. At this age, this birthday message will most probably bear no significance to you. As your main focus is blowing your candles and celebrating with family and friends. But as the excitement fades, I hope that you will sit and read this post.

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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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Sisterhood: The bond, differences, conflict and comparison

sisterhood bond differences conflict comparison

Seeing differences in your children is only natural. Having a girl and a boy; it is inevitable that there would be differences due to their gender. However sibling comparisons often occur when you have children of the same gender and it often happen between sisters.

My mother loved to dress my sister and I the same when we were younger.  This despite the fact that she is 7 years older than me.

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