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Win a Family BotSoc membership worth R625

July 18, 2016 | 37 Comments

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED and the winner was Vikki Crawley – congrats!***

I’ve always liked flowers. But when I was in my 20s it was more in an abstract sense, like ooh my boyfriend bought me some roses and isn’t that romantic. As I’ve got older I’ve developed a newer respect for the natural world. I’d never have dreamed of going on a tour of people’s gardens as a young person, but we did that regularly in Joburg before we left and it was the most wonderful thing. I like reading gardening magazines now. I even started my own veggie garden at our home in Joburg and I miss it terribly. Continue Reading…

Gardening, Giveaways, Parenting

Save your Knees with Kneepal (and win)

May 24, 2015 | 36 Comments

2539058_141114063321_Packshot***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winners were Linnet Crow, Romona Moonsamy and Cirsten van den Heuvel – congrats!***

This is not something I knew I kneeded (LOL) before it came across my desk. When the kids’ bathtime came along every day at 5pm, I always just hunched over the bath on a folded up bathmat and suffered. My back was sore, my knees were aching and the end of bathtime couldn’t come soon enough, but I just sucked it up. Well I kneedn’t have (see what I did there), because the Kneepal could have saved me from all of that.

Developed by Ingrid Conroy, a grandmother who got tired of many uncomfortable hours bathing her grandkids, the Kneepal is a locally produced, ergonomically designed kneeling pad. It’s waterproof too and available in four cool colours: charcoal, aqua, pink and green. It sits permanently in our bathroom where we’ve used it for washing our dogs (as well as our babIes), plus it can be used when you’re cleaning, doing DIY or weeding (I always end up bending over and hurting my back).

Remember how I mentioned that I’d been asked to help judge the MamaMagic New Product Awards recently? Well, the Kneepal won silver at those awards in 2012, which I think was well deserved. It’s a clever invention that would make a unique baby shower gift for someone, or just make your own life easier as a busy parent. It’s also good for those of us with dodgy backs who need to take better care of ourselves. The Kneepal costs R250 and you can buy one online or at these stockists around SA.

***Win one of three Kneepals worth R250 each***

I’ve got three Kneepals to give away to three lucky readers (in pink, charcoal and green). Simply comment below this post saying why you need one! Please note:

This giveaway closes at noon on Thursday 28 May 2015. 

  • You can only enter once (duplicate entries will be deleted).
  • Only South African citizens can enter.
  • The winners’ names will be chosen randomly and announced on this blog and via Twitter.
  • Winners will be assigned a colour randomly.
  • The winners will be contacted via email no later than Monday 1 June 2015.


P.S. The winner of the kids book hamper was Peter Imrie! Congrats.