Blog Migration to Siteground
Blogging, Parenting

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!”

Blogging, Holiday, Parenting

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
Blogging, motherhood, Parenting

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
Blogging, LekkerLinky

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
family, Holiday, Parenting

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
education, Holiday, Parenting

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
family, Holiday, motherhood, Parenting

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
Holiday, Parenting

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”

Bittersweet Milestone
motherhood, Parenting

Bittersweet Milestones

As a mother, our job is to prepare our children for life without us. Although we know that this is our job, all the  bittersweet milestones we have to deal with, take a piece of our mama heart with them!

As I sit and type this, I find myself reeling with the emotions I am forcing myself to feel and deal with.

Let’s Face It!

For the past week or so I have not had any inspiration to actually write. Then I read a post by a fellow South African blogger, Venean from In the Meantime where she was both celebrating and sad about the fact that her son is self-weaning. Reading it made me feel both emotional and inspired at the same time. It definitely touched something in my soul that made me rush home and start typing. Continue reading “Bittersweet Milestones”

Holiday, Parenting, Travel

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 www.carzar.co.za . 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!