songs-of-the-90s
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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”

March-Instagram-Round-Up
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My March Instagram Round Up

It’s time again for my March Instagram Round Up. This is my monthly series where I share some behind the scenes insights into the top 5 pictures from my Instagram over the past month. Giving away a little more details about what was actually happening at the time the picture was taken, or providing just a little more context and details to the pictures.

I usually do these posts on the last day of the month, but I’ve been a bit busy traveling between Zimbabwe and South Africa so I didn’t get the chance before now. For those who follow me regularly you’ll know I was in Zimbabwe for the past two weeks. Or as I like to call it – “Home”.

It was so good to be there, but very emotional for the girls and I, and my parents there. This will be our last trip to Zim for a while now as we have made the decision to move back to the UK. It was really a ‘farewell’ visit, and just that terminology made us all sad. I’m not going to dwell on that.

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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!”

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
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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

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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. 
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