Kids Birthday Party Etiquette: Kids Left Starving and Miserable

kids birthday party etiquette kids left starving miserable

I’m not even sure where to start with this post. So just bear with me as I’m trying to put my thoughts into words. It is a bit of a difficult subject to deal with especially if your child has been on the receiving end.

I’m still a bit perturbed by what transpired.

Now before I continue, let me just mention that I come from a family culture who loves food and entertaining. My mom taught us that you never let someone leave your house without offering them something to eat and drink. It is up to them whether they accept the offer or not.

There is nothing worse than hosting a party and your guests end up leaving miserable, tired and hungry.

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Mini-Me: Create your own personalised Lego Figurine

Mini create personalised lego figurine

A week ago a local based South African company, Mini-Me.Co.Za Personalised Lego Gifts popped me an email and offered me the opportunity to create my own personalised Lego figurine. An instant thought crossed my mind. How cool would that be? If toy companies can give celebrities the opportunity to create their own dolls; why can’t I create my own little mini-me Lego.  Not that I classify myself as a celebrity but I am a blogger and my hard work must count towards something – right.  I accepted the offer and created this cute little mini-me version of myself.

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Top 6 romantic cities and towns in South Africa

Planning your honeymoon, anniversary, proposal or just to whisk that special person in your life off to an unforgettable romantic getaway?  Then look no further than South Africa to find that special place.

South Africa has many hidden gems that can offer that unforgettable romantic experience. Whether you prefer a beach or luxury safari getaway or looking for spectacular scenic views, culinary cuisine or iconic tourist destinations – you will definitely be spoiled for choice.

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Understanding The Effects of Broken Promises

 Understanding effects broken promises

Understanding the effects of broken promises can hopefully make you mindful of making and breaking promises.

“You are just like ma, you make promises you can’t keep!”

An emotional outburst by my daughters directed at their dad. Their disappointment was apparent.

It all happened when their grandmother promised to buy them an ice cream after school. Something came up and they had to take a detour from the ice cream shop. Postponed to the next day and still no ice cream. Her excuse was that she either forgot or didn’t have enough money to buy the ice cream. Of course they saw this as just another empty promise.

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Oreo Chocolate Dessert

Oreo Chocolate Dessert

Oh my goodness, this Oreo Chocolate Dessert is the bomb. A perfect dessert to end off the last of those summer days. It is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.

I wanted to create something different from the usual summer desserts I always make. I then just slapped a few ingredients together and created this masterpiece. A delicious dessert that was indeed a crowd-pleaser. Not too rich and made every one come back for more.

Oreo Chocolate Dessert

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Delicious and easy to make, perfect for those hot summer days.

Prep time: 10 min

Ingredients

1 1L Ultra-Mel Custard
2 Packets Oreo Cookies
2 Packets Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
150g Slab Chocolate (flavour of your choice)
100g Blueberries
100g Raspberries

Directions

Place the Oreos in a large ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin. You can also use a food processor but it must not be fine crumbs.
Mix your instant chocolate pudding mix as per the instruction on the box.
Layer a large glass trifle bowl with crushed Oreos. Followed by the instant chocolate pudding mix then the custard.
Repeat these layers right to the top of the bowl.
Place in the refrigerator.
Before serving top with blueberries, raspberries and roughly chopped chocolate.


 


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Valentine’s Day Uncelebrated

Valentines Day Uncelebrated

Now there are many stories about the origin of how Valentine’s Day came about. Whether these stories are true, I would not know as it was not verified.  The most popular of it all, describes Valentine as a Roman priest during the Third Century. Emperor Claudius III prohibited all single young men from marriage as they would make better soldiers. Valentine went against Claudius’ orders and continued to perform marriage ceremonies for young lovers in secret. On discovery, Claudius sentenced Valentine to death on 14 February.

Without verification it is believed that St Valentine was the patron saint of love.

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Age in question! [It is literally just a number and you only as old as you feel]

age question literally just number old feel

A few days ago three work colleagues (one male and two females) from another department questioned my age. Their age category is under 30. Never before did we converse about our personal lives. We spoke about kids and somehow I revealed the age of my girls. They assumed that I had my daughters at a young age and judging my current age to be in the range of 29 – 31.

Now you know what happens when people assume. They make an ass out of u and me.

Of course I burst out laughing and thanked them for guesstimating my age to be about 10 years younger than what I actually am.

Revealing that I was in fact a 40 something year old woman came as a shock to them.

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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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