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!”

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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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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!”

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”

Christmas Traditions
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Christmas Traditions

Every family have their own Christmas traditions, the things we do as a family or with special friends that make our Christmas holiday or Festive season special.

In an effort to share the different and unique ways we all celebrate this special time of the year, I have asked a few of my blogging friends to share with us their own unique family Christmas traditions. Thanks for everyone who is taking part. If you would like to get involved and share your Christmas or Festive season traditions, please see how at the bottom of this post.  Continue reading “Christmas Traditions”

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What's your car worth?

Friday evening we left for Jo’burg, it was raining, it was the last weekend of the month which typically means ‘pay weekend’ and the roads were crazy! A journey that normally takes us around three hours, took us almost four.

Even when finances are stretched or low, one of the things we do not compromise on is our vehicles. We always make sure that our cars are well maintained, looked after, fully insured and serviced regularly. So although the traffic and the journey on Friday night was hectic, we knew that the vehicle we were in would get us there without any hassles, and of course the girls were both safely strapped in their car seats! #carseatfullstop!

It’s also coming to the end of the year, which for us means re-evaluating our finances, and it’s coming up time for car-insurance renewals and life insurance policy renewals etc. I know a lot of people think insurance is a luxury, but for us it’s really important.

The car I drive is around 4 & 1/2 years old, and has done a higher than average mileage. It was my husband’s car that he used for work until he got his new one about six months ago. As well as being his work car, it’s also the family vehicle that we use when we go on our road trips all round South Africa, and it’s even been to Zimbabwe and back about 6 or 7 times. We love it! It’s the perfect car for our lifestyle! Even with all that wear and tear, it is still in excellent condition because we take such good care of it: regular dealership servicing, new tyres when needed, etc.

When I was asked to review a website where you can sell your car or find out the value of it, I was interested to find out what the car would be worth when you compare it to the insured replacement value that we pay a premium for!

So I went onto the website . The process was so quick and easy. All I had to do was enter the year, make, model, transmission type, engine capacity and number of kilometers my car has done. (Yes, I do know all that, even though I’m a woman!) I was impressed that it even flagged to me that the mileage is higher than average, because I know that it is. Their estimated value immediately came up on the screen, and an email arrived in my mailbox instantly.

They give you two prices based on estimate prior to vehicle inspection. The first is a cash offer, and the second is the offer if you agree to advertise it on their website for 48 hours. There is quite a substantial difference between the two prices.

I was a bit upset to realise that it’s value was far lower than I thought it would be, but I’m guessing this is more for quick sales, and it’s clearly an estimate based on the details I’d provided and is a pre-inspection value. The next step in the process would be to book a free inspection, and they offer a number of inspection centres where you can choose to take your car.

As I am doing a review, I wanted to compare the process with one of their competitors. I went on to another site and filled in the details (far more details were required). Instead of giving me an estimated value for my car it asked me to put in an amount that I thought my car was worth, so I did even though I’m a bit confused by this. On clicking ‘next’ it then sent me to the next page where I was hoping to see an estimated value there and then but instead it just told me that they will be in touch via email. At the time of posting this, I have received a text message with a reference number on it, but no email yet.

Whilst I realise that the two companies have different ways of operating, I think that in this day and age, people expect an answer almost instantly, even if it’s just an estimate initially. If I did want to sell my car, or if you want to sell your car, you want to know its value there and then so that you can work with your budget towards your next vehicle.

Would I recommend CarZar for a quote if you were looking to sell your car? Yes.

Would I still shop around to get the best price? Yes.

Am I selling my car? No way! I love my car (it’s a 2013 Toyota Fortuner by the way). It’s worth far more to us as it is, than what the selling price I was quoted is.

Am I calling my insurance company to review the amount they claim my car is worth!? Hell yes!


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My Instaweek Round-up – July Wk 4

This past week was spent in East London doing all the things you do when moving to a new city. We had what felt like a billion house viewings, visits to potential schools, and a few hours of down-time at the beach. It was an exhausting week and to say that I am exhausted today is an understatement.

The girls and I travelled back home from East London yesterday. We were up at 05.00 and flew from East London Airport to Johannesburg, then had to collect our luggage and check back in with a different airport to fly to Bloemfontein. That flight was delayed by over an hour as the original plane was not available so they had to split the passengers into two groups on smaller planes. We were obviously put on the smaller plane taking not more than 30 passengers – I felt sick (thanks SAA – no comment!). Then on landing at Bloem airport we had to then drive two hours to get home. It should have been one and a half, but I took a wrong turn so had a quick tour of Bloem before finding my way out. I got home around 16.00. Basically it was 11 hours of travelling solo with the girls – and we’re still in the same country! Continue reading “My Instaweek Round-up – July Wk 4”