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Canal walk presents The Little Mermaid

The highlight of our school holiday had to be Hamish and Amelia’s playdate to Canal walk to watch their musical production of the children’s classic, The Little Mermaid.

The show

Audience were invited to immerse themselves under the sea where Hans Christian Anderson’s timeless characters became real.

Through the use of beautiful props, quirky puppets and gorgeous outfits the underwater world came alive to retell the story of a young mermaid so eager to go to land that she sells her voice to the sea witch to find true love.

Our experience

Our play date was to watch The little mermaid. So as moms do, we decided to keep our plans secret and we didn’t tell the kids until in the car. By then the excitement was overwhelming.

We arrived and collected our tickets, these two were beaming from ear to ear. They proudly showed off their tickets as we waited, admiring the sea animals in the auditorium whilst waiting for the show to start.

From the very first second that Ariel dives on stage Hamish was engrossed.

He clapped, and spoke back to the characters. He danced with the sea witch and her crazy fish and he felt each emotion of the story.

At one stage he told me Ursela’s powerful voice was singing straight from her tummy.

Conclusion

Once again an outstanding family production and I can only imagine the amount of hard work and practice that goes into creating such a show.

A wonderfully modern version of the classic tale. The effects, puppets, outfits and props are awesome. From glittery pink dolphins and singing clams to the mighty king Neptune.

The little mermaid is truly gorgeous and her prince incredibly regal but the narrator turtle was a firm favourite as he dotted around sharing words of wisdom.

Thank you for a wonderful show.

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Family photoshoot by Mariede Designs

We recently had a family photoshoot with the talented Lisa-marie from Mariede Designs.

The location was Signal hill and I was excited to do both our first real family shoot, as I normally just book a shoot for Hamish and my first location shoot. I’ve only ever done studio shoots up until this.

We arrived to find Lisa-marie waiting for us, camera ready.

I was immediately at ease with her friendly nature and a few minutes into the shoot I started to relax.

I had tried not to dress us far from what we would normally look like as I always want our photos to reflect who we are and Lisa- Marie captured us brilliantly.

Each of our personalities shining through with every image.

The backdrop was the highlight to these images as we spend as much time exploring Cape Town as we can with Hamish.

Our shoot lasted about 30 minutes and that was more than enough for us.

I’m camera shy ( not that you would say so 😂) and Hamish wanted to just explore.

Thank you Lisa-Marie for our beautiful family photos, precious memories and forever moments.

To book your own photo shoot contact Lisa-Marie

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5 Apps I can’t live without

Day 3 for the #blogbosswinterblogchallenge asks me what 5 Apps I can’t live without.

I was born in a time where we used to find our information in hard cover encyclopedias not at the click of a Google search so I’m still not much of an App fan.

I do however see the benefit of a great App and I use several daily to keep in contact and work.

On my phone the top 5 Apps I use are :

1.Social Media ( Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp)

These are my means to communicate with friends and family worldwide. It allows me to share one idea, thought, event or post and just tag the relevant people.

I also use them for business, to make new contacts, network, engage and interact with people reading my blogs.

2. You tube

I have a toddler we need to watch baby shark and Pink Fong somewhere 🤷

Seriously though, I use YouTube for tutorials to enhance my skills, quickly catch up on trends and for music.

3. Google

What would I do without Google ? From looking up information, finding things to do, reading new magazines, job opportunities, maps and 1001 other uses each day.

4. WordPress

I couldn’t run my blogs without the WordPress App. In fact I write all my personal blogs from my phone straight to the App.

5. Banking App

I need this one at least once a month 😂 Online banking is much easier on my phone but I really do delete it way too often to have enough space for my photos.

What are the 5 Apps you can’t live without?

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Chicco are serious about Car Seats !

Whether you’re expecting your very first baby or shopping for a lively toddler, one of the biggest decisions you will make as a mother is what kind of car seat to choose.Luckily Chicco has spent 61 years as an integral part of several generations of families lives and have mastered the fine balance between safety, quality, functionality and style when it comes to all their products.Every Chicco car seat is engineered for comfort, safety and peace-of-mind.
World-class innovation and user-friendly touch points make Chicco’s car seats reassuringly easy to install.2Easy is a car seat that really lives up to its name.
Starting off rear-facing with newborns and eventually swivelling around to be a front-facing, compact shell of a protector, it has a mini reducer for the smallest of babies that can be scooped up by parents and not disturb baby while they sleep.
The system is integrated with a base and reclines in 4 positions, making this cocoon of comfort even more conducive to a gentle journey.2Easy has been studied to embrace the child in every step of their growth. Uses seat belts to install.Rear and front-facing, the Cosmosis another belt-installed car seat that is the perfect introduction from newborn upwards.When baby grows, simply turn the seat around and let them see the world.A newborn mini reducer will keep small babies snug and comfortable and can be simply removed as the child grows.Recline into four positions to make sleeping on road trips a pleasure. The rounded and ergonomic shape of the seat makes it stylish and solid.

One of the sturdiest and most popular car seats on the market, the Seat Up is the rock solid Isofix-installed car seat that parents have been raving about around the world.The perfect combination of safety, comfort and practicality, the Seat Up cocoons the newborn baby with a mini reducer and then gets adjusted at the headrest and sides as the child grows.

The perfect combination of safety, comfort and practicality, the Seat Up cocoons the newborn baby with a mini reducer and then gets adjusted at the headrest and sides as the child grows.Also rear and front-facing depending on age group, the seat will be your child’s companion on their journeys until about 25kgs in weight, making it a great saving in terms of longevity.The 3-reclining positions will keep comfort a priority too. A definite all-rounder in terms of car seat stars.

Youniverse is the car seat that starts at 9kgs and follows your child up to 36kgs – that’s almost 12 years of age!With car seat laws becoming stricter all the time, young or light children need the protection that only a solid shell of protection can give against impact.

The Youniverse is a sturdy, ever-growing car seat that can be adjusted with every inch of your child’s growth. Reclining with simple movements, comfortable with extra padding and Italian style and quality make it a favourite amongst parents globally.Installed with Isofix and seat belts.
With car seat laws becoming stricter all the time, young or light children need the protection that only a solid shell of protection can give against impact. The Youniverse is a sturdy, ever-growing car seat that can be adjusted with every inch of your child’s growth. Reclining with simple movements, comfortable with extra padding and Italian style and quality make it a favourite amongst parents globally.Installed with Isofix and seat belts.

The one-piece structure of the Gro Up car seat provides the maximum protection for children from 9 to 36kgs.With a reducer cushion for younger babies, the seat then grows with simple movements as your child does, making it a strong and reliable car companion until approximately 12 years of age.

Reclining, comfortable and modern, stylish design, the Gro Up is one of Chicco’s best loved seat belt-installed car seats for older children.
With a reducer cushion for younger babies, the seat then grows with simple movements as your child does, making it a strong and reliable car companion until approximately 12 years of age.Reclining, comfortable and modern, stylish design, the Gro Up is one of Chicco’s best loved seat belt-installed car seats for older children.

Fold & Go is the brand-new car seat that can fold up into a compact unit and be stored in the boot of the car when not in use. All tested in Italy with crash test dummies and approved by the South African National Regulation of Car Seats for ultimate safety checks in the most extreme circumstances, The Fold & Go can be adjusted both in height and width, following older children correctly as they grow, giving them perfect protection, comfort and space.

One of the most compact car seats in the world, the Fold & Go allows traveling parents to keep their favourite car seat with the family no matter where they go.
All tested in Italy with crash test dummies and approved by the South African National Regulation of Car Seats for ultimate safety checks in the most extreme circumstances, The Fold & Go can be adjusted both in height and width, following older children correctly as they grow, giving them perfect protection, comfort and space.One of the most compact car seats in the world, the Fold & Go allows traveling parents to keep their favourite car seat with the family no matter where they go.CHICCO CAR SEATS ARE AVAILABLE AT A SELECTION OF RETAILERS INCLUDING:Babies r us, Baby city, Kids emporium, Takealot, Loot and The kids Zone.
See more at
www.chicco.co.za

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MOMMY WELLNESS MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST

On Friday morning I was treated to a seat at the Mommy Wellness Mothers day breakfast at Sanctuary mall in Sommerset West.

We arrived to a beautifully decorated area where we were hosted by Pulp Kitchen. To one side stood a pamper station where the expert staff from Mommy Wellness day spa sat ready to give your hands a massage.

Each guest was greeted with a goody bag, lucky number and welcome drink of ‘champagne’ and orange juice sponsored by JC leroux

The first thing that caught my attention were the flowers. Simple but stunning. Each small bouquet a statement on its own.

I attended with Nicole ( Raising K Squared), Simone (Mamma to the power of 4) and Nadine ( Nadine Smallberg blog) . I’m quite convinced we were the loudest group – you just can’t take us bloggers anywhere.

The food was scrumptious. I had a healthy breakfast bowl and enjoyed the not so healthy cup cakes served later.

There was a lovely guest speaker and we enjoyed an entertaining fashion show sponsored by Earth Angel clothing.

The goody bags had some really terrific sponsors and we were well and truly spoilt.

A wonderful way to start my Mother’s day weekend 💖

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Cape Town #instamamameet – A day of fun and spoils

Saturday saw Cape Town host their very first #Instamamameet at the Backyard Cafe in Diep River.This sought after event was coverted by 20 Cape Town bloggers all eager to share the pre-Mothers day spoil.The attention to detail was the first thing I noticed as we were greeted by beautiful signage at the door.Inside we were lead to a small room decorated for the function as side tables groaned with goody bags and boxes holding the generosity of the brands that had sponsored this event.The beautiful tables, were almost too pretty to touch with floral place settings that complimented our feminine name tags.As soon as we were seated coffee orders were placed and platters of foods began to circulate.Delicious morsals of fruit kebabs, mushroom puffs, salmon bites and mini savory scones…each tastier than the one before.Once the introductions were done the guest speaker, Salome from Brush Salon spoke.Her story touched me deeply and you can read about that here.After this dynamic woman had finished a make up tutorial teaching us how to apply make up, the sweet treats began to arrive.Mouth watering chocolate brownies and miniature cup cakes.Our spoil for the morning was a facial buffet from Elixer Fusion and not being a spa type of person I wasn’t looking forward to this part of the event at all.This looked like a lot of work and a lot of products.Each of us had before us a mirror, bowl for water, headband, face towel, little gift and facial menu.We placed our headbands on and got to ready to treat our skin.One treatment after another and very soon I found I was enjoying the giggles with fellow bloggers and my face felt cleaner than it has in months.We worked through each step and soon came to the face mask. Each half of our face was a different mask. I think this is my favourite photo from the event.After we washed off the mask, added eye creams and other products I was shocked to see just how healthy my face looked.Throughout the event there was a series of random draws and I won a lovely bottle of Durbanville hills sparkling wine.And then it was time to grab our goody bags and head off home.A stunning box tied with lengths of gorgeous ribbon, personalised for each blogger.And a gift bag decorated with a laser cut keepsake coaster from Smudge-itAs a self confessed memory keeper, this little keepsake is one of my favourite items from the event.There were so many brands who contributed to this enjoyable event and while I can’t show them all here, I have unpacked them on Instagram.Below are the items we received…..And some useful vouchersThank you to the brands for spoiling us and the organisers for a wonderful event.

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The beautiful bottoms club , spreading lingerie on everyone’s hips.

In today’s modern lifestyle with mom’s having very little time to themselves, the Beautiful Bottoms Club helps you shop for those delightful delicates.

This is the only subscription service discreetly delivering designer lingerie in South Africa.

Saving you both time and money while delivering you a gorgeous pair of panties each month, which are hand made in Cape Town.

Every month you receive a surprise design after you have selected your size (xs to xxl) and your style ( brief, thong or surprise me)

You can also shop here online for past pairs.

My pair

I was delighted to find a pair of Lingerie letters panties in our #instamamameet goody bag.

I couldn’t wait to open the luxurious package that was personalised to me.

Inside was a delicate little beige and black pair of panties and I fell in love with the place immediately.

Now, a little secret about me is that I absolutely love lingerie. The sexier the better.

I like to know underneath my messy bun, paint stained outfits and food wiped jeans I’m looking and feeling sexy and gorgeous.

The cut is comfortable and delicately soft. The style is one I would have personally chosen and the pattern is appealing.

The entire presentation was so exciting and luxurious that this would make an awesome gift for my daughter’s hen party later this year, or as a birthday gift.

Thank you Lingerie letters for this awesome spoil.

DISCLAIMER

This product was gifted to Fun mamma S.A.

This blog is not sponsored

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Mother’s day gifts for the sentimental mom

Mothers day ….

A day to celebrate and honour the woman who loves you unconditionally. This year I have found some unique products to gift the sentimental mom.

Beautiful keepsakes and meaningful gifts that she can treasure for years.

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Gift guide

1. PAINT YOUR OWN TEA TOWEL

DISHY DESIGNS

These high quality tea towels sell as a kit which includes 1x tea towel, paint brush, fabric paint and paint palette.

A blank canvas for you to create a masterpiece for mom, write a special message or let her create her own memories by painting this with you.

The options are endless.

Lovely to create a gift for a mom or grandma who may live far away.

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2. COLOUR YOUR OWN MANDALA CALENDAR

HEART OF GIFTING

A 12 page A1 size calendar which can be used on your desk to doodle or hung in a family area to note everyone’s activities.

Each page is beautifully designed with a loving scripture verse and an assortment of mandalas to colour.

If your mom is a creative she will love the concept of colouring her month with her hearts colours.

The calendar blocks are large allowing you the freedom to reside how to use this calendar.

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3. LULU SHOPPING BAG

LULU BAGS

Lulu bags are bright and stylish shopping bags that folds up into an attached pouch, allowing you to keep it in your handbag and never need to purchase a plastic bag or ugly retail shop tote again.

These bags have a large capacity and mom could also use it when going off to the beach, visiting the library or to store her crafts.

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4. BOTANICAL RANGE JEWELLERY

MUGA MUGA

Muga Muga are a range of affordable,unique handmade jewellery.

Their botanical range is made from delicate little flowers cast in resin and encased in a wooden casing.

The range consists of necklaces, wrap around bracelets, earrings and rings.

These brought back the fondest memories of my young children picking field flowers for me and will be a hit with any nature loving mom.

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5. PLANT A POT OF FLOWERS

STARKE AYERS

Mothers day doesn’t need to be costly and often the smallest gifts take up the most room in our motherly hearts.

Why not take mom down to Starke Ayers and plant a pot of pansies with her? This is a memory she will cherish and a gift that will survive long past Mothers day.

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6. GIFT BAG

HEART OF GIFTING

Each gift needs a beautiful wrapping and Heart of Gifting have designed these gorgeous gift bags just for mom.

Handmade and printed with your choice of verse or quote at the back. You could also add a special heartfelt message to mom if you preferred.

The front is able to be personalised with mom’s name because nothing says I thought of you more than personalizing a gift.

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Spoil mom this year with a gift wrapped in memories to remind her all year just how much she means to you.

Happy Mothers day 💖

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Toddler massage with Mai Co baby massage oil blend

Mai co sent us a bottle of their handmade calming baby massage oil blend to try on Hamish and I’ve been using it once daily after his bath and before bedtime to calm him.

This blend of natural essential oils and herbs has been an enormous help in getting him settled after a long day at school and setting a calming routine for us as he adjusted to going back to school.

There are many benefits of massage with your baby and toddler. Not only does massage calm your child but it assists with the bonding process, improved circulation and with the use of essential oils you can assist in keeping your child healthy and active.

Frederick Leboyer said …”It is through our hands that we speak to the child. That we communicate.
Touch is the child’s first language, understanding comes long after feeling”

Hamish loves his massage time and whilst there are many methods on how to massage your toddler and baby I would suggest finding a routine that works for you both.

We lay a muslin blanket down in a quiet room with no noise or some soft classical music playing and start by smelling the bottle of lavender and camomile oil blend.

Lavender and camomile both have natural calming and soothing effects. The scent is refreshing and not too overpowering so you could safely use this on baby aswell.

Then I rub some of the oil between my hands to warm it and rub it on Hamish. First his tummy, arms and legs and then his back.

The oil is not at all sticky and spreads easily. You use such a little that a bottle will last some time.

He is totally relaxed and usually in a better mood by the time we’ve finished.

Often I will just do his feet if I can see he has had a very bad day and is struggling to regulate. Then he joins me doing my feet as I do his. Although he ends up tickling me more than massaging and we collapse laughing.

I found this chart quite helpful in understanding where to apply a bit of pressure.

Mai co baby massage oil blend can also be safely used for cradle cap and skin care.

To learn more about their amazing range click here

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Oibo! The elastic baby ball and stacking toy from Moluk

I was so excited last week when I went downstairs and found a press drop from Stright zigzag.

I was even more delighted when I saw it was a box of Oibo! The new elastic ball and stacking toy released by Moluk!

What I absolutely love about the Moluk! Range is that there is no age limit and no “correct” way to play with the toys.

Children are free to interpret the toy and use their imagination to turn it into anything they think possible.

These open ended toys can be used inside, outside, in the bathroom, in the sandpit and for messy play.

The possibilities are endless.

What is an Oibo! ?

The Oibo! Is a soft silicone collapsable ball cleverly designed and cut from a sphere. Made from 100% food-graded silicone rubber which is free of BPA, Phthalates, lead and latex.

These durable shaped balls are not only a popular choice for babies they are also easy to grip.

The monochrome colours allow baby to focus and can be used to assist in eye tracking exercises by letting baby follow the Oibo! from left to right.

You could also suspend them over babies cot as a mobile.

Great to encourage baby to reach for them when doing tummy time and as baby starts learning to sit these are the perfect toys to grasp, chew, roll, squeeze and throw.

One of the best features are that the Oibo! Is collapsible making it safe to play with while baby learns to balance. It is also cut in such a way that the sides are thin allowing little ones to grasp 2 at a time.

The shape allows your child to post other toys through the top or pull toys from the centre and these various sized openings were designed specifically to encourage poking, gripping and passing from hand to hand to encourage the early development of hand – eye co-ordination and crossing of the midline.

As baby grows into a toddler these can be stacked on top of each other or used to teach your toddler to throw and catch. The silicone and irregular shape makes the Oibo! Unpredictably bouncy.

Older toddlers could add these to bath or sandpit play, use them for messy play, as stamps with finger paint or stencils. They can master hand eye co-ordination by tossing them into a bucket and you could even try juggling with them.

They are also easy to clean as they are dishwasher safe.

To learn more about this product and the Moluk! range visit :

http://www.straightzigzag.co.za

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