Road Trip Northern Cape Days 2 & 3
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Road Trip: Northern Cape (Days 2 and 3)

During the week between Christmas and New Year we decided on a spur-of-the moment family road trip adventure to the Northern Cape. We had a few places on our ‘to visit’ list, but the rest was basically an adventure and exploration of the one province in South Africa that seems to pull us back, and definitely holds a special place in my family’s heart. If you want to catch up before reading on, you can check out the prep and Day 1 of our trip, or else you can just carry on from Day 2 and pop back later!

Day 2: Upington to Kathu via Van Zylsrus

Departure Time: 06.45am

Temperature: 23°C

Day 2 dawned bright and early. We packed up the car and went to have breakfast at Wimpy before heading off. After refuelling ourselves we stopped to refuel the Fortuner, and buy more ice for the cooler box! Our destination was Van Zylsrus for lunch, then on to Kathu where we would sleep the night. Continue reading “Road Trip: Northern Cape (Days 2 and 3)”

Road Trip Northern Cape Day 1
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Road Trip: Northern Cape, South Africa – Day 1

I fell in love with the Northern Cape when we lived there briefly between 2014 and 2015. My home might be Zimbabwe, but if you ask both my husband and I where we would choose to spend our golden years other than Zimbabwe, it will most definitely be in the Northern Cape. I  can’t even explain it exactly, it’s a feeling, an admiration for the unique beauty of a diverse and vast landscape, a respect for the quiet and gentle people who live there and a sense of being able to truly breath in good clean fresh air.

Road Trip!

Originally the plan was for my husband and I to go away together on his motorbike whilst my mom looked after the girls for us – yes, we were taking advantage of the fact that we finally had someone to babysit for us. 99% of the time we have no support network to rely on so we planned on taking full advantage. The day before we were to leave we were weighing up the pros and cons of our trip and I suggested that it would be far more comfortable and cooler to go in the car with the aircon than it would to go on the bike, and the idea grew from there until we decided to take my mom and the girls with us! Continue reading “Road Trip: Northern Cape, South Africa – Day 1”

LekkerLinky Week 2
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The LekkerLinky [Week 2]

Welcome back from the holidays and welcome to week 2 of the (only) South African Linky – the LekkerLinky.

We did have a week off last week because of the festive season but we are all set to start off this year with a bang!

This linky has been specifically set up for South African bloggers and is aimed at promoting content that is relevant and relatable to those of us living in South Africa. We welcome posts from all genres: parenting, lifestyle, beauty, travel, technology, entertainment, foodies, anything and everything, as long as it is locally relevant.

My co-hosts, Charlene from High Heels & Fairy Tales, Jeanette from Whisky Of The Week, and I hope that this will be a fun linky which you will all enjoy, and one that will introduce everyone to wonderful new blogs. Continue reading “The LekkerLinky [Week 2]”

10 Essentials When Road Tripping With Kids
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10 Essentials When Road Tripping With Kids!

This is my top 10 essential items to pack when going road tripping with kids.

We went road tripping with the kids and my mom between Christmas and New Year, from the Free State through the Northern Cape, and back. A total of 1783 kilometers in three days! It was awesome! Check back next week for a more detailed post! It was so much fun!

Originally my husband and I were supposed to go away on the motorbike just the two of us, but in the end we decided to take the girls and mom with us. As we only decided this the day before we were due to leave the packing was a bit rushed.

That said, after doing this a few times there are some essential items you should never forget to pack when going on a road trip with kids. Here is my list in no particular order:  Continue reading “10 Essentials When Road Tripping With Kids!”

Blog Migration to Siteground
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Let’s Blog This, 2018!

Happy New Year!

I have been a bit quiet on the blog in December and over the festive season. It’s not that I was too busy (although life was rather hectic), but also because I decided to take the leap into the murky waters of ‘self-hosted’ blogging! I have big plans for my blog in 2018 and I have spent a lot of time over the past few weeks laying the foundation for these plans, preparing and migrating my blog and domain, a hugely scary move for any blogger, and generally just tweaking and sorting out ‘things’ (a technical term, I assure you) behind the blog scenes.

Up until now I have been completely reliant upon WordPress for domain hosting and site functionality but I realised that in order to take my blog to the next level I need the additional functionality that going self-hosted will allow me at an affordable price. Continue reading “Let’s Blog This, 2018!”

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What’s In Your #ChristmasStocking

What’s in your #ChristmasStocking?

It’s all about the quick-fire questions in this fun festive tag so go with the flow and jot down what pops into your head. Ready, steady, jingle!

1. Who’s behind the gathering of Christmas stocking treats – Mama Christmas or Father Christmas?  Continue reading “What’s In Your #ChristmasStocking”

Christmas Traditions
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My InstaRoundUp – December 2017

It’s time for what will most likely be my last InstaRoundUp for 2017. I intend to spend the next few weeks enjoying spending time with my family. Blogging is hard work, time-consuming and continuous and I think we can all afford to give ourselves a break every now and then.

Now, let’s be honest, I’m a blogaddict so I’m not going to completely disappear off-line, but I’m definitely going to ‘chill’ for a bit.

The last of these RoundUps was done in November, and December has been so hectic already and we’re only just over half way through. On to the roundup where I provide a little more insight behind the top 5 most liked and popular posts from my Instagram account over the past 20 days:  Continue reading “My InstaRoundUp – December 2017”

LekkerLinky Announcement
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The LekkerLinky – A Linky For South African Bloggers!

We are so excited to announce the launch of the first ever South African blogger’s linky, the LekkerLinky!

By ‘we’, I mean that I am co-hosting this linky with two of my favourite bloggers: Charlene from High Heels & Fairy Tales, and Jeanette from Whisky Of The Week. The three of us ‘met’ via various other linkys that we have all participated in over the past year. These were all UK or US based linkys and so we decided that it was time we started our own South African bloggers linky. Continue reading “The LekkerLinky – A Linky For South African Bloggers!”

Christmas Traditions
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Christmas Traditions – The Final Episode

This is the final episode in my Christmas Traditions series where I have asked a number of my fellow South African bloggers to share their traditions over the Christmas holiday and Festive Season.

If you want to catch up with the first two episodes, you can check them out at:

  • Christmas Traditions
  • Christmas Traditions – Part 2

Continue reading “Christmas Traditions – The Final Episode”

READ Educational Trust Gift Shop
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READ And Give Back – The Gifts That Keep On Giving!

I think it’s safe to say that we all understand the importance of reading. My eldest is 6 years old now and starts Grade 1 in January and to say that she is ‘chomping at the bit’ is an understatement. She is not alone, so many children are desperate to learn to read.

If you haven’t heard of them, the READ Educational Trust is a South African NGO who promotes literacy amongst children. The READ Educational Trust runs a number of different initiatives, one of those being the Reading Matters programme. 
Continue reading “READ And Give Back – The Gifts That Keep On Giving!”