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Waddling for penguins

Today is International African penguin Awareness day.

A day to celebrate and highlight these cute aquatic birds.

Extinction

This species is still on the brink of extinction with only approximately 50,000 birds left in the wild.

It is estimated, that with the current level of decline they will be extinct by 2026….

A short 7 years from now!

A waddle for penguins

We headed to the V & A Waterfront to join the Two Oceans Aquarium in a fun waddle for penguins.

Dressed in black we were ready for the easy 3km walk around the waterfront district.

Before setting off we were encouraged to paint our faces

and enjoy a penguin cup cake treat.

Hamish was extra excited and although scared of the mascot,

he really loved the soft toy penguin and happily let me get some photos of him with it.

Just after 9.30am we set off on our hour long walk. The excitement was in the air as aquarium staff and public encouraged motorists along the route to HOOT FOR PENGUINS!

Hamish got caught up in the excitement very quickly and joined in with all the energy of a 3 year old.

He however, decided he wanted to be the leader and joined the amazing aquarium staff up in the front of the group to lead the waddles.

It was a lot of fun. Hamish managed th entire 3km walk and I’m looking forward to many opportunities to share with Hamish why we were hooting for penguins this morning.

About the African Penguin

The African penguin feeds on fish such as anchovies and sardines.

Adapted for its aquatic lifestyle, the African penguin can reach speeds of 12 miles per hour (20 km per hour) in the water and travel from 18 – 42 miles (30 to 70 km) in a single trip.

An average dive last for 2.5 minutes, reaching depths of almost 200 feet (60 meters).

How you can help

  • Support our aquariums: they use the funds for much needed education, research and to look afte the birds in their care.
  • Refuse single-use plastic:
    Penguins can ingest or become entangled in plastic packaging, their food, the fish are ingesting microplastics which are passed to the penguins.
  • Say no to all plastic: Plastic is made from oil, if we reduce our demand for plastic we also reduce our demand for oil. Oil spills are disastrous for penguins.
  • Join beach clean ups: help to remove the plastic which could end up in their home.
  • Recycle
  • Consume only sustainable fish
  • Educate others: on both the bird and how to care for the oceans.
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‘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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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.

Posted in Brands we love, Cape Town - Things to see & do, Events, Family Life

5 coffee-licious ways to celebrate International coffee day

It’s no secret just how much I love coffee so when it comes to International coffee day I celebrate my favourite way to recharge, unwind, focus and start my day.

Here are some fun ways to celebrate International coffee day

1. Coffee in bed

Serve your partner their favourite coffee in bed. Add a cute love note and a flower or biscuit.

Who doesn’t enjoy a good caffeine spoil?

Two of our favourite coffees to start our day are :

2. Coffee date

Call up a fellow caffeine lover and meet at your favourite coffee shop or cafe to catch up over coffee.

My top 3 favourite coffee spots are

3. Support fair trade

Purchase some Fair trade coffee, and support the ethical and environmental footprint of the global coffee trade.

You could try :

To learn more about fairtrade visit http://www.fairtrade.org.za

4. Coffee tasting

Become a coffee connoisseur by enjoying a coffee tasting and learning the origin and history as you sip on your favourite blends.

You can try a tasting at :

http://www.truth.coffee

5. Personalised a coffee mug

Not only do I love coffee, I love coffee mugs and have one to express every mood.

Order yourself a mug each year and very soon you will have a caffeine inspired shelf of slogans to express yourself with.

How ever you choose to celebrate International coffee day I hope it’s full of beans.

Posted in Brands we love, Cape Town - Things to see & do, Events, Family Time, Fine motor activities

The LEGO® certified store opens in Canal walk

Yesterday we attended the opening day of the LEGO® certified store in Century City’s Canal walk shopping centre.

Unlike some fans, who had camped out in front of the store over night, we arrived at 10am and took our place in the queue.

We were handed brochures containing a LEGO® minifigure piece and encouraged to build ourselves at the minifigure building station, once inside the store, using this piece for R20.

The crowds were kept entertained by KFM radio, who were broadcasting from inside the store. We even spotted the KFM penguin mascot.

I was really concerned about standing in long queues with Hamish, who at 3 years old can bearly stand still long enough to get his shoes on, but with all the excitement of balloons and giveaways he was perfectly happy to wait his turn to enjoy this unique experience

LEGO® certified stores are renowned worldwide for their remarkable focus on customer service and this was certainly demonstrated yesterday as I observed moms with babies being taken through first to avoid niggles and as we were handed bottles of LEGO® branded water whilst we waited.

The queue moved quite quickly and we soon found ourselves waiting outside the doors for our turn to enter as Hamish admired the model of a Harley Davidson, made entirely from LEGO®

I had read that each LEGO® certified store offers a uniquely local experience and the essence of Cape Town is certainly represented by the giant Mother city mural, depicting Table mountain,on the wall ….

and the quaint model of Bo kaap that captured my attention with it’s familiar bright colours.

Inside the store was hectically busy and honestly we were not able to enjoy all the offerings of this fun filled store as the crowds were eager to explore.

The LEGO® certified stores offer a variety of fun LEGO® installations, extended and exclusive kits and unique experiences that are not avaliable through other toy distributors.

This particular store has :-

  • A Pick a Brick wall, where customers are given a choice of plastic cup size to fill with bricks of their choice from a wall of colorful options.

  • A mini figure building station where you can dream up your own creations fom a large variety of parts and options.
  • An augmented reality screen which showns you a 3D image of the box set you want to purchase helping you to visualize your buildig project.
  • And special building areas to keep little hands busy and encourage creativity.

Hamish and I had a quick walk around and have decided to explore and build his mini figures a little later,when the store is less crowded.

He did however enjoy learning some fun LEGO® facts ….

And discover how many LEGO® meters tall he is.

After we both made mental wish lists of all the kits we would love, we heade outside of the store to enjoy the entertainment area.

Here customers who had made purchases could enter a lucky draw and the children were treated to special activities for them.

The LEGO® bowling was Hamish’s favourite. ( How cute are those mini figure plushies?)

There was also a colouring station, LEGO® building station and a giant pit full of LEGO®

It was a great morning out and I see this store becoming a regular monthly visit for our LEGO® crazy little boy.

Posted in Cape Town - Things to see & do, Family Life, Parenting, preschoolers, Toddlers

50 budget friendly fun holiday activities to keep the kids busy.

It’s the holidays and you have 2 weeks to keep the kids busy.

Whilst there are many amazing and wonderful programs, workshops and activities for the kids, often there are also parents who just can not afford to use these options as they exceed the budget.

Here’s my list of 50 budget friendly things you can do with the kids these holidays.

  1. Perform a puppet show
  2. Make magazine collages
  3. Play board games
  4. Have a bubble bath or fill a small plastic pool with bubbles
  5. Have a dance party
  6. Listen to an audio book or make your own by recording a book you read
  7. Make paper chains
  8. Build a blanket fort
  9. Make box cars, boats or houses
  10. Bake together
  11. Play dress up
  12. Go to the library
  13. Play a card game
  14. Build puzzles
  15. Blow bubbles
  16. Have an indoor picnic
  17. Go on a scavenger hunt
  18. Be superheroes with homemade capes made from towels
  19. Draw or paint a picture
  20. Start a scrapbook
  21. Make a video of your child singing or saying a poem
  22. Make paper aeroplanes
  23. Make and play with playdough
  24. Make friendship braclets
  25. Play with balloons
  26. Make your own musical instruments
  27. Paint each others faces
  28. Watch a movie
  29. Play hopscotch
  30. Have a tea party
  31. Make a car wash for toy cars
  32. Have a foam fight outside
  33. Make mud pies
  34. Finger paint
  35. Play in puddles
  36. Play hide and seek
  37. Go on a nature walk
  38. Plant flowers and start a garden
  39. Make shadow puppets
  40. Build a shoe box city
  41. Paint rocks
  42. Play charades
  43. Write letters to friends and family
  44. Write it tell a story
  45. Learn new songs or rhymes
  46. Read a book
  47. Build Lego towers
  48. Make a toy hospital and let your child be the doctor
  49. Run races or have an indoor obstaclean course
  50. Cuddle up and say I love you

How ever you choose to spend the holidays may then be full of love and memories.

Posted in Cape Town - Things to see & do, Family Life

We visit The Farmyard Farmstall


Situated opposite the Duynefontein turn off on the R27 our favourite Farmstall has relocated and set up bigger, better and with a fabulous farmstyle menu just waiting for you to enjoy.



This little restaurant, farmstall and party space truly tugs at my country girl heart.

From being greeted with wine barrels and haybales to finding the cutest scarecrow at the door inviting you into a world of homemade treats and delights.


This little farmstall has been in operation for 20 years and are still supplied by some of their first suppliers.

The homemade breads, jams and preserves are always fresh and of a good quality.


They also offer a loyalty program through their app.

Now you can enjoy yummolicious rewards for buying your daily bread.


The grounds are fully fenced and I personally felt a lot more relaxed here with Hamish than at the last property as I was able to sit and watch him whilst he explored.


There’s a sturdy jungle gym, little black bikes to ride, a jumping castle and the magic of pulling off your child’s shoes and letting the be free to play outdoors.

And it wouldn’t be a farm without animals.

The enclosed duck pond ensures any small children are still safe to explore and older children can enjoy the ducks inside their area.

Hamish took some time to have a little chat to the duck family.

Your child can also feed the free range chickens that stroll around clucking at you whilst you enjoy your meal.

An enamel cup of chicken feed will cost you R5. Please take some coins with when visiting to enable you to use the vending machine.


Hamish was totally mesmerised by the gentle hens and smiley the rescue dog


The home cooked meals will take you back to grandma’s kitchen as you tuck into the deliciously presented meals.

Pricing is good and the kiddies menu is large enough to cater for even the fussiest eater.


So the next time you are looking for a wholesome day out head to the Farmyard Farmstall.



For more information click  here

Photos ( Farmyard farmstall and Fun mamma SA)
Posted in Cape Town - Things to see & do, Education

Canvas club taking schools by storm

Canvas Club, the kids’ creative crafting club that’s already running in 55 locations across the country, is fast becoming popular at schools too. 

Canvas Club has grown in leaps and bounds since the opening of their first club in Cape Town in March of 2018. There are now 40 clubs operating in 55 locations in South Africa, as well as two in Namibia and one in New Zealand, all following the same curricula and applying the same principles, methods and processes. What excites founders and owners Stefanie de Wet and Christelle Janse van Rensburg the most, however, is the growing demand to bring Canvas Clubs into schools. 

“We knew it would be highly relevant to parents, and very popular with kids,” says Stefanie, “but we hadn’t anticipated the requests we would receive from parents and teachers alike to offer our classes as an after-school activity on school premises.” 

Stefanie and Christelle believe the popularity of Canvas Club has to do with the educational approach to fun. 

“What makes Canvas Club different – and more than just an art class – is that we use processes and systems endorsed by occupational therapists,” says Stefanie. 

At Canvas Club, each game or crafting activity is designed to introduce or develop important skills.

The age-appropriate activities cultivate conscious curiosity, stimulate independent thinking, problem solving and innovation, foster spatial awareness, hone fine motor skills and introduce STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills to children as young as 12 months.

Much more than simply “arts and crafts”, Canvas Club is quickly being recognised by parents as affordable OT-endorsed play – with purpose. 

Christelle explains the process a parent or teacher can follow if they are interested in bringing Canvas Club to their school:

“When we are approached by a parent or teacher, we follow up by offering to do a demo class at the school,” she says. 

“This inevitably demonstrates how captivated the children are while learning and honing important mental and physical skills, under the guise of fun! Once the school understands the concept, we can start planning a whole new world of learning for their kids.” 


Canvas Clubs is already operating in 15 schools through various branches across the country, with many upcoming demos and plenty of queries coming in at a regular pace.

If you would like to enquire about Canvas Club at your school, visit www.canvas.club/schools. 

Posted in Cape Town - Things to see & do

Become a tourist in Cape Town FREE for your Birthday

I moved to Cape Town almost 6 years ago and I’ve made it my goal to see and do as much as I could in that time.

But so many of the main attractions in Cape Town can work out quite costly, especially for a large family like ours.

So, I started looking for things to do in Cape Town that were free to attend or relatively cheap enough for us to explore as a larger group.

This is when I first came across these amazing Free tickets which will allow you access to 3 of Cape Town’s top attractions and become a tourist in your town on your birthday.

💞Table mountain

💞The Two Oceans Aquarium

💞The big wheel at the V & A Waterfront

Table mountain

The iconic Table mountain is part of a National Park and a World Heritage site.

Did you know that the aerial cable way was built more than 80 years ago? On the 4 October 1929 the cableway first opened its doors.

You will need your South African ID to claim your free ride and it is valid for your birthday and 7 days after.

You can also leave your car, as parking can be difficult and grab a free Mycity shuttle to Table mountain

Find out more on where to catch the shuttle, times and the history of this majestic mountain visit https://www.tablemountain.net/

Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium invites you to share their ocean treasures with a Free ticket on your birthday.

Explore your way through the I & J exhibit, the kelp forest and the preditor exhibit.

Say a hello to the friendly penguins at the penguin exhibit and get hands on with the touch pool.

Or visit the diversity gallery and enjoy the amazing creatures under the sea.

You will need your South African ID to claim your Free ticket and it is valid for the day of your birthday or 6 days after.

To find out more about the amazing work the aquarium does visit https://www.aquarium.co.za/

The Cape Wheel

The Cape Wheel is a giant observation wheel that offers a 360° panoramic view of Cape Town from the V & A Waterfront.

From your seat up in the sky you get a breathtaking view of Table mountain, Robben island, the City skyline, Paarl mountains and the Cape Town Stadium.

The 30 air-conditioned cabins travel 40 metres above the ground on a 4 roatation ride.

To claim your ticket you need to join their Free Birthday Club prior to your birthday.

The ticket is valid on your birthday and you will need to bring the printed email you recieve and your South African ID.

So, what are you waiting for ? Take advantage of these generous birthday offers and treat yourself to a tour of your Cities finest attractions.

Happy birthday !

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3 awesome winter activities in Cape Town

Day 25 of the #blogbosswinterblogchallenge is winter activities in my townCape town is known as low season during winter, making many attractions and activities much less busy with fewer tourists and queues.

1.whales

For me the number 1 winter activity would be whale watching in Hermanus.The peak calving season for whales is between July and September offering you a higher chance of watching whales swimming in the lcean either from shore or by boat.

2. Flowers

Each year between August and September tourists and locals alike travel to the West Coast National park to witness the beautiful carpets of bright flora.

3. Read

And lastly, Winter is a great time to grab a new book and cuddle under a warm blanket.Join your local library or take a visit to our beautiful library in the heart of the CBD.You could also pop in and spend some time in one of the many cosy book shops like The book lounge, Clarke’s Bookshop and Kalk bay bookshop.On top of these there are so many great options as Cape Town really does cater for everyone.