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”

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!”

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”

Christmas Traditions
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Christmas Traditions – Part 2

Earlier this week I put out a collaborative post where I asked a few of my blogging buddies to share with us how they celebrate the festive season and their Christmas traditions with us. I had so many other awesome bloggers want to share their stories that I have enough for another post.  Continue reading “Christmas Traditions – Part 2”

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Why I Laugh At My Kids!

One of the best reasons to have children is so that you always have someone to laugh at! Yes, I really said that! At the moment, the funniest of my two little girls is the Fournado!

She had me crying with laughter the other day … there were even real tears! You are going to have to stick with me with this story about why I laugh at my kids, and you will see the way it ties in at the end!

My girls are obsessed with snakes! One of their favourite things to do is to lie on top of their daddy on the sofa and watch various snake catching programmes available on the nature channels on TV. It’s their thing, the three of them, sitting there, watching snakes. In fact their career aspirations have changed recently from being an astronaut, to a pizza maker, and now they want to be snake catchers – all in the space of a week. Continue reading “Why I Laugh At My Kids!”

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Anything But A Fight With My Four Year Old!

I have been a mother now for six years and four months and I am now a mom of a six year old and a four year old. In that time I have learnt many, many hard lessons. One of those lessons is to pick your battles and to just give in sometimes. We are at the stage of ‘whatever you want sweetheart’, because really … anything but a fight with the four year old.

This approach of appearing to give in and back down drives my husband, an authoritarian, absolutely insane, It also physically hurts the control freak in me.

So Why Do It?

Quite simply, it is the last weapon I have left in my fight to retain some semblance of sanity, and I make no excuses for that. In fact, I’m waiting for my medal!

This is especially true on days like today, when my four year old decides she wants to challenge me, all day! She has clearly decided this from the moment she opens her eyes in the morning and this will continue until the moment they close tonight. Continue reading “Anything But A Fight With My Four Year Old!”

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The Perfect Summer Drink!

This weekend I created the perfect summer drink to keep you and your whole family cool, refreshed and healthy.

It is extremely hot here in the South African Northern Free State. It’s about 22°C at 07.30am, and peaks at around 37°C in the middle of the afternoon. Even though there is a breeze in the air it feels more like a hairdryer blowing warm dusty air at you, and it’s doing nothing to cool us down during the day. Therefore we are spending a lot of time inside the house in the afternoon because it’s just cooler than being outside. Even swimming only lasts for a short time as it’s just too hot to be in the sun.  Continue reading “The Perfect Summer Drink!”

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Top 5 Christmas Gifts For Girls

It’s nearly that time of year! Time to get your Christmas Shopping List ready! This post is my personal recommendation and guideline for the perfect christmas gifts if you are looking for a great christmas gift for girls aged between 3 and 10.

As a mom of girls who are 6 and 4 years old I sometimes struggle to get the right gifts for them. Don’t get me wrong, if I were to let them loose in a toy store I’m sure they would find loads that they suddenly need or want, but the reality is that so much of it is either not worth the money, or simply too much money. All the toys for girls on this list are under R500.00 and has various options to suit most budgets.  Continue reading “Top 5 Christmas Gifts For Girls”

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25 Things Moms Of Girls Will Understand!

I am a mom of two little girls. I have no sons, in fact only one member of my extended family has a son. I have four sisters, my one sister only has girls, my sisters-in-law only have girls, my cousins have girls except for the one boy. ONE! I even have a stepdaughter too so I am highly qualified when it comes to being a mom of girls.

So, with that said there are a few things you come to realise about life with girls that, like it or not, are a reality.

Let me know if you recognise any of these:

  1. The drip-tray in your kitchen is always filled with pink plastic-wear. Always! Pink cups, pink plates, pink drinking bottles. Pink, Pink, Pink.
  2. Despite you professing during pregnancy that you would never dress them in pink, whenever there is a ‘come in any one colour’ dress up day at school they’ll be wearing pink, maybe with a dash of purple … just to ‘shake things up’, but always pink!
  3. Knickers – there are knickers everywhere, all the time, in various sizes, in various colours. They seem to change their knickers as often as they change their minds!
  4. You know all the My Little Pony characters by name and mane colour and refer to them in conversation with your children as if they are real live friends! “Where is Princess Celestia?” or “Pinkie-Pie is not coming with to school!”
  5. You own at least five different Barbie movies, probably more.
  6. You hate Frozen because you have watched it so many times you can recite it word for word and the market is flooded with Frozen merchandise!
  7. You love Moana because she isn’t Frozen!
  8. They either MUST dress the same, or they MUST NEVER dress the same. The position on this changes almost daily, and you never really know which way to go when you wake up in the morning, but either way you are never fully prepared.
  9. As sisters they either love each other, or hate each other. This situation changes on a minute by minute basis. Again, unless you’re a sister of a sister, you will not understand. Even then the phrase ‘pick a side’ comes to mind.
  10. Daddy is number one, until he eventually decides to discipline them and then their hearts are broken forever and you might hate him a little bit too. Kidding my love! 
  11. Mommy’s make-up is never safe. Ever! No matter where you might put it or try to hide it, they’ll find it. Don’t even bother buying the nice stuff.
  12. They have more shoes at any one point in time in their lives than you have ever had in your whole life!
  13. You will have spent roughly a trillion dollars on hair-ties, hair clips, hair bows and slides, but you are currently clinging to the last one you can find in your house.
  14. There is only one exception to the point above, the spare hair-band in your handbag, but you NEVER take it out – ever. That one is for emergencies! I’m not sure what kind of hair emergency there might be yet, but I’ll be prepared.
  15. They must dance, wherever they are, whenever they feel like it, and you must watch them, always! The world is their stage. Just don’t laugh! Never laugh.
  16. Your drains will always be blocked. Always. I’m convinced mine have lost more hair in the bath in their lifetime than is currently on their heads, and they have a lot of hair.
  17. You are always wrong. They are always right. You were born yesterday. Deal with it. (This may not only be applicable to girls but I have no idea.)
  18. Mommy’s high-heeled shoes are “waaayyy” better than theirs. Waaayy! They must be worn when mommy is on her last nerve just to tip you over the edge with that *click clack* sound. You don’t even wear heels anymore.
  19. You constantly hear your own words coming out of their sassy mouths and have to bite your lip to stop yourself from laughing, or crying. Either one.
  20. You constantly hear your mother’s voice coming out of your mouth, and you want to cry and beg her forgiveness for everything! I’m sorry mom!
  21. Your parents love them more than they loved you. And you don’t mind.  (Again, probably not unique to girls.)
  22. At least one doll in the house has had a haircut, and you’re lucky if it’s just the doll and not them.
  23. They are like magpies – anything that shines is pretty. Glitter, sequins, sparkly candy. Any of it.
  24. They like to whine, so most of us mommy’s also need to wine, that or eat cake.
  25. They are hormonal and moody from the day they are born. God help me in the teenage years!

I could go on but I think I’ve made my point.

So to all the moms of girls out there, *big hugs* – we’ll get through it together.

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