Day-out-in-Yorkshire
Days Out UK, family, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting, Travel

An English and American Day Out in Yorkshire

Sunday saw us have our first family day out in Yorkshire since returning to the UK after an eight year absence. As the final celebration for my daughter’s 7th birthday, we went to a pre-booked lunch at Billy Bob’s Parlour – an American themed diner nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Pennines. As it was en-route, we decided to combine our day trip with a visit to Bolton Abbey. Today was a weird mix of a British and American culture on a family day out in Yorkshire.

Sunday Family Fun Day

We set off at about 09.00am. Unfortunately due to road works, the main route to Skipton from us was shut and we ended up having to make a detour through the village and farm fields. Despite this taking extra time, I love these kind of detours. Continue reading “An English and American Day Out in Yorkshire”

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family, Reviews

The Best Family Board Games For Kids + Giveaway | #PrimaGamesFest

I was recently asked to review a number of family board games as part of the #PrimaGamesFest sponsored by Prima Toys! I have to admit, I was a bit dubious about this. Whilst I love my girls, my eldest is very competitive. I tend to avoid situations such as board games where I have to manage this. #badmom

Also, my husband is away so I am solo parenting the girls and I wasn’t sure I could handle refereeing the board games on my own. Continue reading “The Best Family Board Games For Kids + Giveaway | #PrimaGamesFest”

Winter on the side of a sports field
family, Just For Laughs, Parenting

How To Survive Winter On The Side Of A Sports Field | Tonic & Tiaras

Today I had the honour of speaking to a “seasoned’’ sports mom.

All the men in her life (husband included) play sport while she freezes her butt off on the sideline.

How does one make this just a little bit more bearable?

I had to ask her.

Is it possible, and if so how do…

Source: How To Survive Winter On The Side Of A Sports Field | Tonic & Tiaras

songs-of-the-90s
family, Holiday, Just For Laughs

Songs Of The 90s Teenager

I’m feeling a little nostalgic at the moment. I think it’s the impending move and all that. Today I was driving and a song came on the radio that I hadn’t heard in years! Decades actually! It was Westlife’s – When You’re Looking Like That. Now technically that song came out in 2000, but it made me want to go back and remember all the songs of the 90s from when I was a teenager!

I was born in 1981, so my teenage years were pure 90s! I remember being a ‘goodie goodie’ at school but on weekends I was a reckless and ‘expressive’ as my friends, a typical 90s teenager, or any teenager I’m assuming. Let’s just leave it there.

Last week I was packing up the last of my precious memories and my mom brought me my old school tie to take with me, emblazoned with all the badges I’d earned. Believe it or not, I was Head Girl, Captain of Swimming and Captain of Hockey, to name a few. Anyway, seeing that tie, and being home in my mom’s house where I spent my teenage years was quite weird, especially when my two little girls crept into my bed in my old room with me. Continue reading “Songs Of The 90s Teenager”

I-Was-There-To-Say-Goodbye
family, Immigration, marriage, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting, Travel

I Was There To Say Goodbye

I spent the last two weeks before the long Easter weekend back in my hometown of Kadoma, in Zimbabwe. It was a very bittersweet trip. Not only was I going to just go and be with my family, but I was also on a mission. A mission to tie up loose ends, to settle unsettled affairs and to sell stuff we had left behind when we moved from Zimbabwe to South Africa. I was there to say goodbye.

For those of you who have just stumbled upon my blog, we are in the process of relocation from South Africa back to the UK. We are Africans by birth, but spent over 10 years in the UK which is where we met. After we married we moved back to Africa, but now it’s time to say goodbye again. And it’s breaking my heart. Continue reading “I Was There To Say Goodbye”

The-kindness-of-strangers
family, motherhood, Parenting, Travel

The Kindness Of Strangers

Flying with the girls this time round was a much easier experience than it has been in the past. The first reason being their age, with the eldest being nearly 7 and the youngest being nearly 5. The other was the kindness of strangers.

Growing Up

As I have said before, I have flown many times with the girls. Most of that has been done on my own, solo parenting.

This can be a very daunting responsibility for a parent, especially if the children out number the solo parent!

This time around I can honestly say it was easier. Not perfect, but definitely easier. Here’s why: Continue reading “The Kindness Of Strangers”