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Working Mom over 40. Toddler turned Grade 1 Schooler. Add final year Student. Remarried. Attached to my iPad & my iPhone.
Year 3 In A Pandemic
2022-03-08 10:43
You go, Girl!Pandemic Year 3: Even now, we regularly forget our masks when running out of the house. Most of the times we have a back-up in the car or a bag. I told my youngest today that sh… Read More
2022 Word: Joy
2022-02-01 07:43
Karen 20222022. The first month is gone, dusted already! I need to grab hold of the reigns for this year, or it will go by as quickly as last year. I loved last year's word: Patience. I… Read More
Year 2 In A Pandemic
2021-11-05 12:32
2021 Family photo (Patrick Pretorius)It has been interesting times. We have now been living through a pandemic for one year and seven months. Masks, temperature checks and sanitizing are sti… Read More
Perfect Word For 2021: Patience
2021-05-13 08:44
I struggled to come up with a word for 2021. My word, grab, for 2020 did not really pan out that well. We were in survival mode, and our plans got shifted quite a bit...This year is same-sam… Read More
Car Key Gnomes? Yes, Exactly - Book Review
2021-03-09 08:23
Car key gnomes and other household pests - Miciah Dodge (print screen)"A book of charming, silly poems of mischievous household faeries; paired with the enchanting, vibrant artwork they dese… Read More
Back To A New Normal - Covid Times Update
2021-02-24 11:23
It is going very well with this clan! It's 2021 and the Virus is still with us. But the numbers are coming down every day, and the roll-out of the vaccines has started in South Africa… Read More
Instax SQUARE SQ1 - Review
2021-02-16 15:10
Instax Square SQ1FUJIFILM South Africa launched the Instax SQUARE SQ1 instant camera in October 2020, which is a welcome addition for fans of instant square film. FUJIFILM designed the… Read More
Planning A Special Instax Valentine's Day
2021-02-12 10:43
"A Special Valentine’s Day with Instax"It's Valentine's weekend. We have the Instax Square SQ1 that we are busy reviewing. This weekend is the perfect opportunity to capture all the sp… Read More
Where The Sun Rises - This Book Is Worth 5
2021-01-21 13:15
Where the sun rises: a story of feminine courage and friendshipWhere the sun rises, by Suzanne Strong: I spend my one week of holiday with this book, and after I finished reading, the story… Read More
2021-01-13 13:51
New Year - Same sameIt's fitting that my first post of 2021 is on the 13th. This year feels like a do-over for the previous year. We are still in the funk of a pandemic. The numbers of… Read More
Nunuki SPF And Bug Cream - Review
2020-12-07 11:52
Nunuki Suncream and Bug cream gift packWe have been using Nunuki Suncream SPF 30 and Bug Cream for a couple of weeks, after we received a blog drop. We are already very impressed with the pr… Read More
Month 8 Of Living During A Pandemic
2020-11-03 13:56
The title sounds a bit melodramatic? But this year has been taxing! Of course I can count all my blessings. But 2020 still sucks rocks! Now I smirk about my word for 2020. There is nothing t… Read More
The Brave Little African Girl - Book Review
2020-11-03 11:16
The Brave Little African GirlWe got this little gem of a book to review: The Brave Little African Girl, by Thabitha Mathabatha. It's so satisfying when you enjoy the character and the storyl… Read More
Month 6 Of The Pandemic
2020-09-03 10:06
Not only have we been slowed down in our way of living, but we have been incapacitated in every other way. Our thoughts, our being, our dreams, our physical selves... Everything has been imp… Read More
13 Creative New Ways To #KeepPlaying UNO
2020-08-14 11:31
Keep playing UNO It's day million-and-whatever in lockdown in South Africa, and by now everything has gone stale. It  feels like we are in groundhog day, and we will never get out… Read More
Cutest Cloud Surprises With Cloudees
2020-07-29 19:58
CloudeesAn awesome collectable surprise with a weather-based theme. What's not to like? Kids get a magical cloud container, with a surprise Mattel Cloudees pet inside. There are 14 large Clo… Read More
Lock-down Day 104
2020-07-08 19:27
Social distancing 2020Nearly three and a half months that has gone by in lock-down. We did not think it would last this long, and now we realise it is going to stay like this for quite a whi… Read More
Desire Of Whimsy - Book Review
2020-06-23 13:03
Screen print: BookTasters on Twitter - "Desire of Whimsy"We need escapist fiction during this pandemic time. Desire of Whimsy, by Charletta Barksdale, is a great read to do just that.Thank y… Read More
Lock-down Day 55
2020-05-20 13:24
Lock-down masksI wanted to document every day, but here we are... It's day 55 of lock-down in South Africa. How did we get here so fast? It has been nearly two months, and we have apparently… Read More
Week 4 In Lock-down - Mattel Playroom Ideas
2020-04-24 12:08
Lock-down day 29. We are stressing, but we realise that we still have it very good. We still have a house over our heads. Although it is not our house anymore. We can't wait to move to our n… Read More
Lock-down - Day 5
2020-04-01 11:08
Bitmoji "Keep your distance"Things have changed drastically for all of us. Here in South Africa we are in lock-down as well. Day 5. We can't even walk the dogs or go for a run. I am not sayi… Read More
Our Move On Hold With Covid-19
2020-03-26 12:32
Our dog living her best life with all of us at homeCorona! The past few days has been hectic. For everybody! It has been very scary!I have been quiet, because that's how I deal. I have been… Read More
2020-02-21 12:30
"Honey, I'm Home!"Change is not easy. As much as we know we are working towards a larger goal, it is difficult to let go of our own space, and our stuff. We sold our house, and everything ha… Read More
We Love Arctic Justice - WIN Tickets
2020-01-27 11:25
Arctic Justice in cinemas from 24 January 2020Going to a cinema to see your favourite movie is still a great outing! Especially for the family. We saw Arctic Justice (see also Arctic Dogs or… Read More
KOO Mixed Bean And Salsa Salad - Recipe
2020-01-08 12:19
KOO recipe and imageLast year I was so lucky to be invited to a KOO media event, where we were introduced to all the new KOO options available on the shelf. I now never walk past the vegetab… Read More
Word For 2020
2020-01-07 13:06
Word of the year - GrabThere is nothing more powerful than a word. A word for the year is a gift to yourself. This year I am going to GRAB life!My word for 2019, Resilience, was a powerful w… Read More
Welcome 2020
2020-01-06 11:23
2020 2020 is going to be a great year! We know it!2019 was not that great. When I think about it, I just have an overwhelming sense of relief that we somehow got through it... We were i… Read More
DataBlock -  The Latest Gadget To Get
2019-12-06 12:38
DataBlock giftAs if we don't have enough to worry about... Our data can be stolen at USB charging stations. This is a great gadget to keep your data safe. I got DataBlock as blog drop, but t… Read More
L.O.L. Surprise Sparkle Doll - Review
2019-11-21 09:56
Boss Queen - L.O.L. Surprise Sparkle Series 3This is the season of festivities, and of a much anticipated birthday in our house. The L.O.L. Surprises are perfect for this time of the ye… Read More
Disney Junior - It's A Party
2019-11-07 12:11
Disney Junior Cinema Party There's new seasons of Disney Junior (on DSTv 309) Fancy Nancy Clancy, Lion Guard, Vampirina and Puppy Dog Pals. I always remember what Christine Service, the… Read More
Nerf Fest 2019 Was The Nerf - In Photos
2019-10-30 12:42
Nerf Fest 2019Nerf Fest 2019 was awesome! The girls had so much fun. The competitor activities was all the rage, and the stunning GOG Lifestyle Park added to the fun of the day! This is not… Read More
NERF FEST 2019 Hits Joburg In A Week!
2019-10-16 11:52
NERF Fest fun NERF FEST - "the ultimate Nerf obsessed fan experience" - hits Johannesburg on 26 and 27 October at GOG Lifestyle Park! We remember last year and how much the kids enjoyed… Read More
Pekingese, Who Knew They Are So Cute?
2019-10-15 12:23
Ozo the Pekingese FluffMy Eldest started with Pekingese. She got a pup when she was still living with us. The dog breaths multiplied and she now has three of them, and we got to know them re… Read More
Celebrating OUMA On Grandparents Day
2019-10-04 12:27
Ouma en OupaIt's International Grandparents Day on Sunday. OUMA Rusks is running a cool campaign to coincide with this. Who doesn't know the popular phrase "Dip 'n Ouma", or hearing from exp… Read More
My Weekend Starts Today, Monday
2019-09-23 12:55
I am going in for one day of work today. How fast is this end of year going? We all need a bit of a breather before the final stretch.We got tickets for tomorrow for ComicCon with the added… Read More
Sleep Well And Do Good With Bed King
2019-09-12 12:35
Bed King’s Children’s Hospital Trust campaign to raise money for the Red Cross War Memorial HospitalSleep never felt so good!Bed King We were invited to test out Bed King's… Read More
Read Because... 10 Ways We Can Do Our Share
2019-08-27 11:08
#ReadBecauseNational Book Week is celebrating it's tenth year next week from 2 - 8 September. It's a reminder to all of us to pay attention to one of the most liberating activities we can do… Read More
2019-08-23 12:27
Karen with a SnapChat filter What a strange word: Menopause. ME NO PAUSE. I just love it!There is still the slightly negative connotation to it! And that it should be kept under wraps… Read More
2019-07-17 12:09
Miss Fine facesThe updates and shares are getting less. Miss Fine is coming into her own. She is a very opinionated tween who thinks she knows better already. It's really fine! We are expect… Read More
The Importance Of Playtime
2019-07-05 08:21
Monopoly"Save time for playtime." This video from Hasbro made me shed a few tears. Play time is extremely important for children. We are so busy in our daily lives that we do not have time f… Read More
Hot Chocolate To Die For! - Proudly SA
2019-06-10 11:02
Hot Chocolate Craft Coffee from TakealotIt's really cold here. I know, I know! It's not as cold as anywhere else, but here on the south point of Africa we really struggle during the 3 months… Read More

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