Joburgers: Diarise The South African Book Fair

Joburgers: Diarise The South African Book Fair

The Western Cape always gets a lot of the bookish events (Franschhoek etc) and it makes me jealous, so I was very excited to hear that The South African Book Fair is coming to the City of Gold at the end of July. Here is all you need to know about this must-see event: WHY? Because(…)

Two Dogs. Two Kids. Two Bicycles.

Two Dogs. Two Kids. Two Bicycles.

I’ve written inspirational blog posts before. Posted loving photos and crafted beautiful letters to my kids. But my parenting lately has not been like this. It has been made up of simple day-to-day survival – there haven’t been many shiny Instagram-worthy moments. I don’t know what my kids are going to eat for dinner each night, I(…)

Love, Lately.

Love, Lately.

I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately. Not the teenage Valentine’s kind of red roses and soppy letters. The REAL big enormous kind that wraps itself around you like a soft blanket and makes you feel warm and safe. As you may know, my husband has been in hospital the last few days, having back(…)

Moving Mountains…to Cape Town

Moving Mountains…to Cape Town

Yes I know. More Mountain puns. And where we’re going, there’s going to be even MORE pun material to keep us busy. People are pretty shocked when we tell them that from December, we’re packing up our house and our dogs and our toaster and our kids and leaving the warm heart of Jozi and(…)

Rachel’s Tinkerbell Party

Rachel’s Tinkerbell Party

I am not a good organiser of birthday parties. I get a bit anxious. Will people be bored? Will they be hungry? Will they be so disinterested that they’ll want to leave early? These are, I know, not rational thoughts. All kids really need is each other and a few sweets and they’ll have a(…)

Things That Annoy Me

Things That Annoy Me

I am WRUNG out. Spent. Kaput. Without reserves. I feel like an old dried out rusk that’s been dropped by a toddler and is lurking, lint-covered, in a forgotten and dirty corner. I’m going through a bit of a down phase in terms of my year. I’ve had some lovely stuff going on so I(…)

There’s a Mouse in our House…Oh Wait.

There’s a Mouse in our House…Oh Wait.

Early on Saturday morning our alarm went off – at 4:20am. We jumped up, as you do, and my husband went to investigate. He went into the dining room (where the sensor had been activated) and didn’t see anything and so he blamed it on our resident mouse who keeps running up on to our table(…)

My Most Popular Posts of All Time

My Most Popular Posts of All Time

People are unpredictable. And so is blogging. Sometimes I’ll write what I think is a brilliant post that everyone will identify with and I get one kind person commenting and that’s it. And then on another day, I’ll jot down something I think quite arbitrary and all of a sudden people are sharing it and(…)

Win a Hamper from Belle’s Patisserie for Father’s Day worth R1250

Win a Hamper from Belle’s Patisserie for Father’s Day worth R1250

***This giveaway is now closed. And the winner was…Lungile Mdletshe – congrats!** I think women are so easy to buy for. Men? Not so much. It would be fine if Gareth expressed real interest in some novelty socks or a headlamp but instead he tells me how much he wants this new motorbike helmet (R4000)(…)

Coming Out of the Woods

Coming Out of the Woods

I don’t know if I agree with this idiom because I quite like the woods generally. They’re shady. And quiet. And peaceful. But in terms of parenting, I do feel like it’s starting to get a little easier. This doesn’t mean I know it will be plain sailing from here. Far from it. It just means(…)