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Happy banana faces

Thursdays are for smiling and what could better to make you smile than a healthy fruit dessert?

I made Hamish this happy face today as desert for after lunch.

Turning his meals into crazy creative creations is at least encouraging him to be a bit more excited about food, try new foods and eat better.

I’m also involving him in the cooking process which has him really excited about being a chef.

To make your own banana face you will need :

  • Half a banana
  • 3 jelly tots or dried fruit bites
  • Lavender sprigs
  • A quarter of an orange sliced up

To make up your face :

Cut the banana in half

Place jelly tots or dried fruit bites as nose and eyes. (I prefer to use dried fruit.)

Place a piece if fresh lavender as a mouth.

Position orange quarters as hair.

Add on a sprinkled lavender crown.

Enjoy

Posted in Cape Town - Things to see & do

‘Emerge’ – Jazzart’s Dance Season at Artscape in 2019 reveals a fresh, new spirit is in the house

Contemporary dance company, Jazzart Dance Theatre’s highly anticipated 2019 dance production entitled ‘Emerge’, speaks to the heart of the necessary evolution of our human relationships. The season comprises works choreographed by Sifiso Kweyama, Ananda Fuchs and three company members Vuyolwethu Nompetsheni, Tanzley Jooste and Darion Adams, recent Jazzart graduates.

The season comprises works choreographed by Sifiso Kweyama, Ananda Fuchs and three company members Vuyolwethu Nompetsheni, Tanzley Jooste and Darion Adams, recent Jazzart graduates.

The 2019 season is also the first showcase for the 15 young artists who began their 3-year training programme in 2019. Looking to inspire young and old through dance as a storytelling medium, the students will be joined on stage by the 14 Jazzart-Chrysalis Leadership 1-year dance programme trainees.

Looking to inspire young and old through dance as a storytelling medium, the students will be joined on stage by the 14 Jazzart-Chrysalis Leadership 1-year dance programme trainees.

This production represents South Africa’s hope for an unencumbered future, as portrayed by the students’ ‘emergence’ into adulthood, one they form for themselves, although mindful of the past and of their imprint on the future. They are fresh thinking, not bound by the constraints of old, they have their eyes firmly focused on all the possibilities of what tomorrow can bring and which comes through loud and clear in these energetic and soulful performances.

Jazzart’s Artistic Director, Sifiso Kweyama once again demonstrates his consummate ability to bring out the best in his young dancers. His work entitled “Solid”, skilfully and sensitively interlaces the individual stories into one fluid and cohesive dance that progresses through life’s intricate journey and materialises as a hopeful, unified human element, protective and nurturing of one another and of the environment we call home.

His work entitled “Solid”, skilfully and sensitively interlaces the individual stories into one fluid and cohesive dance that progresses through life’s intricate journey and materialises as a hopeful, unified human element, protective and nurturing of one another and of the environment we call home.

‘Elements of Enough’ was created by Ananda Fuchs and the trainees who embarked on a process journey of exploring how a young person feels about their own power to create positive change. Physical, emotional and verbal boundaries were explored and the right to say ‘No’ to that which does not serve.

Our thresholds were as unique as our fingerprints when we asked, “What is each of ‘our’ Enough?”

Using the five elements: Air; Earth; Fire; Metal and Water as a creative springboard, we likened each element to the growing power of the people standing together to effect change because we have collectively decided that the threshold has been reached.

The female dancers emerge from the shadows to take a standpoint for themselves in Vuyolwethu Nomphetsheni’s piece, Nur Nuur.

The piece reflects a mood and a movement which is resonating around the globe at present. The raw vulnerability of each woman, their pain to be heard and seen, their daily struggles to be taken seriously. Vuyolwethu believes that, albeit the fact that each generation has an inherited burden left behind and carried over from one bloodline to the next, our freedom and solace is still found at home; our refuge is with our family who provide us with comfort and light. I Am Because You Are, speaks about our responsibility to pass on our knowledge gained through living life, falling, picking ourselves back up again, and coming back stronger than before. To pay all these pearls forward so as to support someone else’s life voyage.
Darion Adam’s cast of young men come together, to provide mutual support in growing positive masculinity that will impact our society, especially during these turbulent times.

Lastly, Tanzley Jooste, also cuts her choreographic `teeth` under the mentorship of Ananda Fuchs, presenting ‘There’, which premiered at the 2019 Baxter Dance Festival. Tanzley’s offering gives us a glimpse into the lives of 14 individuals who know nothing of one another until life and opportunity bring them together. Sharing the deep connection of expression through the body, they journey towards the light, only to realise that they too are light carriers with a future of their making.

Tanzley’s offering gives us a glimpse into the lives of 14 individuals who know nothing of one another until life and opportunity bring them together. Sharing the deep connection of expression through the body, they journey towards the light, only to realise that they too are light carriers with a future of their making.

Event details:

Tickets are available at Computicket and cost is R 80 normal price, R 50 for students & pensioners and R 30 for block bookings to accommodate school learners and outreach groups.

There is also an option to sponsor a student ticket at a cost of R50 (or R30 per person for bookings of 10 or more). All you need to do is to scan the snapscan and the tickets will be automatically allocated to Jazzart who will select the recipients.

Performances take place on –

18 October 2019 at 11h30 (Schools)

19 October 2019 at 15h00 (Schools)

25 October 2019 at 20h00, Opening Night (public and schools)

26 October 2019 at 15h00 and 20h00 (public and schools)

About Jazzart

Since its inception in 1973, Jazzart Dance Theatre has understood, and held sacred, it’s deep responsibility to tell the stories of South Africans primarily through the bodies of South Africans.

It has been at the forefront of contemporary dance development since inception by serving all communities without prejudice or bias and continues its social responsibility through its training and outreach programs servicing marginalised communities. Via its unique approach to training and inter-disciplinary collaborations with diverse role-players, Jazzart develops multi-skilled performers and creates work that promotes excellence, innovation and social change.

The company offers:

  • Three-year Dance Training Programme
  • One-year Dance and Self Leadership Programme in partnership with Chrysalis Academy
  • Outreach Programmes
  • Evening and weekend classes open to the public
  • Professional dancers to enhance and entertain at corporate and professional events
  • Choreography – for corporates, events, other companies and performers.

For more information please see: www.jazzart.co.za
www.jazzart.co.za

About Jazzart

Since its inception in 1973, Jazzart Dance Theatre has understood, and held sacred, it’s deep responsibility to tell the stories of South Africans primarily through the bodies of South Africans.

It has been at the forefront of contemporary dance development since inception by serving all communities without prejudice or bias and continues its social responsibility through its training and outreach programs servicing marginalised communities. Via its unique approach to training and inter-disciplinary collaborations with diverse role-players, Jazzart develops multi-skilled performers and creates work that promotes excellence, innovation and social change.

The company offers:

  • Three-year Dance Training Programme
  • One-year Dance and Self Leadership Programme in partnership with Chrysalis Academy
  • Outreach Programmes
  • Evening and weekend classes open to the public
  • Professional dancers to enhance and entertain at corporate and professional events
  • Choreography – for corporates, events, other companies and performers.

For more information please see: www.jazzart.co.za

Since its inception in 1973, Jazzart Dance Theatre has understood, and held sacred, it’s deep responsibility to tell the stories of South Africans primarily through the bodies of South Africans.

It has been at the forefront of contemporary dance development since inception by serving all communities without prejudice or bias and continues its social responsibility through its training and outreach programs servicing marginalised communities. Via its unique approach to training and inter-disciplinary collaborations with diverse role-players, Jazzart develops multi-skilled performers and creates work that promotes excellence, innovation and social change.

The company offers:

  • Three-year Dance Training Programme
  • One-year Dance and Self Leadership Programme in partnership with Chrysalis Academy
  • Outreach Programmes
  • Evening and weekend classes open to the public
  • Professional dancers to enhance and entertain at corporate and professional events
  • Choreography – for corporates, events, other companies and performers.

For more information please see: www.jazzart.co.za

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Ocean inspired sausage octopus

When I first started Fun mamma SA I remember seeing this cute receipe online somewhere and excitedly tried it out.

Kerri and Ronan loved them.

It’s been many years since I last made a few and Hamish, has been really fussy lately so I decided to make a few for supper tonight

The receipe makes 4 sausage octopus.

You need :

2 Vienna sausages

16 sticks of spaghetti

Mayonnaise

Tomato sauce

To make up

Cut the sausages in half so you now have 4 pieces

Break the spaghetti sticks in have.

Into the end of 1 piece of sausage stick 8 pieces of dry spaghetti

Do this for all 4 pieces

Boil until the spaghetti is soft

Decorate with tomatoes sauces mouths and mayonnaise eyes.

Posted in Brands we love, Family Life, Family Time, Life with my bears

A pledge to play

In July Hasbro gaming sent us a lovely campaign to pledge along with a pinkie promise to make time to play with our children.

Monopoly South Africa interviewed a few kids and the biggest result after being asked what they would do to get their parents to play was that parents realised children wanted them to engage and play with them more.

You can watch the video Here and read more about it Here

How many of us parents actually set aside time to play with the kids?

Research shows that learning through play is an important part of a child’s development.

Through play children learn many different skills they will need in their life such as:

  • Problem solving
  • learning cause and effect
  • Learning how to play with others through compromise, conflict resolution and sharing
  • Development of fine and gross motor skills
  • Nurturing their creativity and imagination
  • Discovering their independence
  • Building a positive self-esteem

Our pledge

We took the pledge and I promised that this would be more than just another campaign for us. Whilst I spend a lot of time with Hamish it is also getting easier as he gets older, to allow him to play by himself whilst I work.

So, I promised to keep my pledge to him.

So far, we’ve had good days and not so good days. But in all of them I’ve tried to remain totally present and engaged in the activity we are doing.

Whether we are busy with Playdoh, a game or reading.

Life changes

Some of the things I have changed to incorporate more time to play in my own busy schedule is :

  • Firstly to be aware of when I’m on my phone and to put the phone away when we are playing or reading.
  • To limit screen time for our entire family.
  • To not watch that last last episode and to rather use this time to bake or cook or read or play a game.
  • To have regular picnics
  • To include Hamish in the kitchen making a game out of cooking
  • To have monthly meals or braai with our entire family
  • To stop working from 5pm to 8pm when he goes to bed
  • To play board games
  • To have regular family outings
  • To make Sundays family only days and focus on play and togetherness
  • To make shopping a game or at least interesting if I cant shop online

Play is an important part of our childrens learning as is engaging with us. Because of this I pinkie promise to keep pledging to make more time to play.

Posted in Brands we love

For whatever life Chux at you

I was recently sent some Chux cleaning products to help me clean up after my large family.

A cute reusable bucket full of all the tools I need to keep this super mamma ready for any of life’s spills and splotches.

My bucket contained :

  • Chux original superwipes ( No mom can be without these)
  • Chux magic eraser ( which I am in love with)
  • Chux heavy duty scourer scrub
  • Chux heavy duty scourer pad
  • And Chux non scratch scourer

I was ready, armed and waiting for my family to make a mess.

I didn’t have to wait long.

Shoryly after the box arrived, Hamish and I were painting and he decided to go and switch the light switches on with his beautifully blue painted hands. ( He also wiped these all along the wall)

Thankfully I wasn’t too stressed as I grabbed a Chux superwipe to wash it off with and cleaned the light switch with a Chux magic eraser.

I’ve become such a fan of the magic eraser ( I now look for reasons to use it) You simple activate this powerful grime and mark remover block with a little water and you can wipe down light switches, crayon or paint off walls.

It’s brilliant for removing toddler finger prints and messes.

I’ve used it on our door handles, the toilet handle ( because we always forget about that), our electronics, some of Hamish’s toys, to clean the grease and grime in my microwave and on our bathroom mirrors and tiles.

It’s chemically and detergent free and you only need to wipe gently as the super fine fibres lift and trap the dirt.

Of course when it comes to cleaning it isn’t just the messes and spils but the daily cleaning that needs to be done and I find my biggest chore daily is the Dishes….. I’m sure the pile grows on its own!

Somehow we always have a sink of dishes and with 7 of us in the house if we don’t wash up after each meal this starts to resemble a mountain of mess.

Thankfully when life throws dishes at me I can bring out my Chux cleaning supplies and tackle the job.

I normally use a heavy duty scourer scrub to take my mess as it has a soft foam layer making it gentle on my hands and dishes. I love the easy to grip, unique angles shape that helps me get that last bit of milo or cheese sauce out of the corners and hard to reach areas

This scourer also has an easy to hang feature so I can hang it at the sink for easy access. Hanging your sponge up allows it to dry faster and keeps it out of wet areas so it stays hygienic to use.

For the harder to clean dishes like the pots and pans, or to clean my oven and stove top grease and grime, I use the Heavy duty scourer pad or the non-scratch scourer scrubs.

The scourer scrubs are a combination of a gentle, non scratch scourer and a foam sponge .

This little scourer is suprisingly gentle and I cut Hanish a piece to use to wash his cars this morning after we painted with them .

Because you are never to young to learn to clean a mess like it never happened.

For more information on the Chux range contact Chux

Posted in Book Reviews, The Kids Book Club

Bug Bear by Patricia Hegarty

This book review is in collaboration with : The Kids Book Club

Title: Big Bear

Author: Patricia Hegarty

Illustrator: Carmen Saldana

About:

“Down in the forest as bear has a doze, a small stripy bug came and sat on his nose….”

Poor sleepy bear finds a bothersome bug on the end of his nose.

Bear tried to ignore the bug with lots of warm fizzy fur the bug has decided to stay, much to bears annoyance.

Bear tries everything to get the bug to go away.

Wise owl hears the commotion and offers a solution.

Making sloth and bug new best friends.

I read this adorable story to Hamish who loved the cute animal illustrations and laughed each time bug annoyed bear.

We spoke about how to act when things annoy us and how there is a best friend for everyone …even the people who bug you.

A sweet tale that we will refer back to often.

Disclaimer : All books are sponsored unless stated and the opinions expressed within the review are my own.
Posted in Brands we love

We made Rawsome Dinosaur cupcakes with Annie’s Baking club

Last week we recieved a very special package from Annie’s Baking Club by Tessa’s Bakery … our very own dinosaur cupcake kit.

Hamish was so excited I hardly got a photo before he wanted to open it and start baking.

What is inside the kit ?

Inside the sturdy, reusable and adorably decorated box is all the items you will need to make your cupcakes.

You only need to add eggs, oil, milk and butter to complete your rawsome cupcakes

The kit contains:

  • Baking mix
  • Icing mix
  • Cupcake holders
  • Cupcake liners with dinosaur bodies printed on
  • Green sugar paste
  • Gel colour
  • Smarties and Dragees to make spikes and eyes
  • Toothpicks
  • Piping bag
  • A recipe booklet

The recipe booklet

I fell in love with the little booklet as it’s colorful and easy to read. An older child could follow these instructions without assistance.

The best part for me was the page that allowed Hamish to “read” what was needed and tick it off once he had found it.

Baking the cake

I have to confess that there are days I could burn water so anything that is prepacked is honestly my first choice.

As we followed the instructions it soon became apparent that I couldn’t flop this reciepe, even with Hamish taste testing along the way.

I allowed him to do most of the work fron mixing to scooping in the uneven amounts into the cupcake holders.

I remember baking alongside my own grandmother and the best moments were the ones where I believed I had done all the baking by myself.

So, I try to remember that when Hamish is in the kitchen.

Learning through baking

Of course being in the kitchen is just as much fun as playing and there’s always an opportunity for some learning.

  • We practiced our vocabulary by naming the ingredients.
  • Counted out cupcake holders, sweets and eggs
  • Developed our fine motor muscles by pouring, stiring and scooping the ingredients. Also pinching, rolling and moulding the sugar paste.
  • Started to understand easy fractions as we used a whole egg and scooped to just half way of the cup cake holder
  • Practised sorting colours for spines of each dinosaur
  • Read the items needed
  • Matched real items to their drawn image
  • Learnt what tools to use to cook with
  • Practiced the lifeskills of cleaning up after ourselves

Making T-rific dinosaurs

I’d seen the gorgeous Instagram images of the dinosaur cupcakes and really worried mine would look nothing like those.

Thankfully, the instructions were easy to follow and Hamish and I took our sugar paste and pretended we were using playdough and made our dinosaur heads and tails.

Icing the cupcakes

We added some gel paste to the icing mix and iced our cupcakes using the piping bag supplied, as in the pictures.

Hamish helped me to tape on each wrapper that big brother Byron had cut out for us and I then let him make up each cupcake by sticking in a head and tail and adding spikes from smarties.

He was delighted

Of course the test is always in the tasting …..

And these are Dino-licious.

I love the presentation of this kit. It would make an amazing gift, perfect for school Baker day, holiday activities and it’s ideal for kids DIY cupcake parties as it makes 12 cupcakes.

There are several in the series and this kit retails at R195

You can find out more at https://anniesbakingclub.co.za/baking-kits/

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Orange and lavender infused water

One of the things I often miss about a more rural farm type life is how close we were to nature and how we relied more on the things around us for food.

It’s become normal for me to just buy a flavoured water but at one stage we were just too far from a shop.

Today I decided to get into the summer spirit and make a jar of infused water.

You can make your own with any single fruit or fruit combinations.

I like :

  • Strawberry
  • Strawberry and mint
  • Litchi
  • Lavender and lime
  • Orange and lavender
  • Cucumber and mint
  • Watermelon
  • Mixed berry
  • Blueberry
  • Apple and mint
  • Apple and mixed berry
  • Mango and melon

To make your own you need :

Jar or large jug

Fruit , sliced or diced. I usually use 1 cup of fruit per 2l of water.

Instructions

Into your jar or jug place water to the top.

Add fruit.

Leave in fridge to chill and infuse overnight.

Enjoy

Posted in All about Mamma bear, Events, Life with my bears

We had fun at the first WordPress Wordcamp daycare

One of the events we look forward to each year is the WordPress Wordcamp.

Unfortunately I missed a year as I didn’t have care for Hamish. So, when I saw a call for a volunteer to head a daycare for the parents attending I immediately volunteered.

Many times over the years, with no family support I have missed amazing events and opportunities and know the value of someone offering daycare.

Along with fellow Blogboss mom, Colleen we spent 2 amazing days with the most awesome kids.

Day 1

We arrived at Lagoon Beach Hotel, armed with half my house of toys and not knowing what to expect at all.

The Hotel staff were so accommodating and friendly and we found ourselves in the Rainbow room fully kitted out for kiddies to play.

Hamish and the other kids spent the time having their faces painted, building puzzles and Lego, reading and painting giant box monsters.

We were able to take some time to play outside at the roof top play area, which I fell in love with.

The Hotel is built on the ocean allowing us to access the beach. The kids had great fun building sand castles, going for a beach walk and collecting shells before dipping their feet in the cold water.

One of the best features of the day was that moms could check in on their kiddies and have them join them for lunch and tea times.

Day 2

For day 2 we were a bit more prepared and took a lot less with us.

The kids had new friends join and our daycare was bustling with kids of various ages.

Cartoons, puzzles, books, paints, Lego and stories kept this busy group occupied.

We enjoyed some sand art and stamping fun.

Their favourite activity was the soccer table and it was very sweet watching the Youth camp older kiddies teaching the little ones how to play.

Again we took advantage of the outdoor play area and spent an hour on the beach where the kids had a sandbuilding competition, dug holes and learnt about some of the ocean treasures that had washed up on the shore.

It was a fun two days and I’m looking forward to next years Wordcamp daycare.

Posted in babies, Cape Town - Things to see & do, Events, Family Life, Family Time, Life with my bears, Parenting, preschoolers, Toddlers

Fun mamma School Holiday Challenge …. a look at our 10 days of fun activities.

These school holidays I set a daily challenge to encourage parents to spend some time just playing with their children.

All of the challenges were inexpensive, easy things to do at home that did not break the bank.

These were the challenges

On Day 1 we went for ice cream at our local KFC.

Day 2 was more messy as we made our own homemade paints to play with.

These paints were made by adding a few drops of food colouring to yoghurt.

On Day 3 we went on a nature treasure hunt. I think this was his favourite out of all the activities.

I drew a list of things for him to find and we took a walk to find each one.

For Day 4 we played an old fashioned game of hide and seek. Playing with a 3 year old has its challenges. He kept hiding in the same place.

On Day 5 we drew self portraits. I tried rater unsuccessfully to get the entire family to join.

This was also a very special activity as I’m going to get Hamish to draw one once a year and note his progress over the years in a special scrapbook.

Day 6 was to build a blanket fort. I managed to get one up but Hamish prefered pulling it down.

On Day 7 we enjoyed some water play. We had gotten home late and so I added an extra cap of bubbles and we filled the tub with bubbles. It wasn’t long before we were throwing bubbles at each other.

Day 8 we got to move it ! move it ! I took our dance party outside as we were at the Wordcamp kids daycare fir the day.

For Day 9 I gave Hamish some chalk and we went outside to draw pretty pictures on the concrete.

Day 10 and the last Sunday of our challenge. It rained and we decided a lazy Sunday cuddling up and watching movies Hamish chose was the perfect way to end our challenge.

The simplistic activities are often the ones our children enjoy the most. These are the fun things that become part of the memories they look back at when our children raise their own.

Spending quality time, even 20 minute a day totally present with your child is important. Doing things they love allows you to connect closer to them and builds their self esteem.

If you joined our challenge I would love to hear your thoughts on the activcities.