Posted in Family Life, Family Time, Health & Wellness

A new me needs new shoes

A new year, a new me is the mantra that many of us chant as we write our New year resolutions. All of us want to become our best selves.  I know I’m certainly chanting this into 2022.

One of my biggest resolutions this year is in relation to my own health and physical fitness.
I’m 5 years into pregnancy weight, bad health, broken bones, blood clots, and covid munching. So to be honest, I’m not at all happy with my weight.

Lifestyle changes

However, I’m also not a fan of diets or the diet culture and so believe that if I’m going to lose the chicken wings, spare tyre, and double chin it is going to have to be a lifestyle choice.
I eat very healthy and aside from smaller portions, less late-night snacking, and actually sticking to 3 meals a day instead of one with way too much coffee, I don’t need to alter my meals much.
Healthwise I’ve chosen to consult with my medical practitioner and have them check what needs checking to treat any underlying conditions, allowing me to be healthy enough to lose the weight naturally and effectively.
My mindset is also in the right space. My lifestyle change into a more healthy one and my weight loss goal are for myself and I’m motivated by myself. So many times we want to lose weight for others and set ourselves up for failure.
One of the things I love is walking, so for me, that is the best exercise to start with. I’m not yet fit enough to run the park run but I can walk it and so am not taking myself until I feel I can fun it again. Hamish and I walk every day and from next week we will be doing our beach walks each morning.
But walking means we need good, sturdy shoes that will support our weight and offer comfort on long distances.
So, I recently spent some time looking for some new shoes to represent the new me. I was also looking for affordable shoes that looked great with all of my exercise outfits. Often I’ll wear tights if I’m taking Hamish out for the day to the park, beach or on a playdate and I wanted walking shoes that looked stylish and complimented my outfit but expressed my personality at the same time.

Urban Art sneakers

To find my ideal walking shoes I visited DC one online and shopped their stunning catalogue of shoes.
It was incredibly hard to choose just one set of shoes, and honestly, their pricing is so affordable that I could have bought a few pairs. There were also so many styles I really liked.
I finally settled on some Urban art sneakers for both Hamish and I.
Hamish got a light blue pair, which has little mesh holes in the canvas for easy breathing and keeping his feet cool as we walk. Inside the shoe is soft and cushioned for longer distances. I bought his size hoping they would fit as I wasn’t certain with doing online shopping sizing can often be too big or too small. They are a perfect fit.
My shoes are pastel pink and everyone who has seen them has commented on the shade. The shoes look stylish to add to my mom wear wardrobe as well as to exercise. Inside is soft and cushioned, making them super comfortable.
Online shopping is reliable through DC One. Their service is great and their website is user-friendly making your shoe shopping experience stress-free.
In conclusion 
For me choosing great shoes is the most difficult part of getting back to a regular walking routine. However I am super motivated to keep moving in my Urban art sneakers.
Posted in Education, Family Life, Parenting

Reward Charts – Do they work ?

There is a lot of controversy within the parenting communities about reward charts. Some parents swear by them and others think that they are a giant waste of time.

Now what would you say if I told you they can be both.
I will explain…

Pros and cons of reward charts

I love reward charts for Hamish. I think that being used in a consistent manner they can help a child reach a goal as they are able to see and track their progress.
I love that they motivate a child to perform better and that often they are just total fun.
There is always a danger in a larger group of children that a reward chart will in fact damage a child’s self-esteem as they compare their progress to that of their peers and instead of motivating them, the reward chart will demotivate and set your child up for failure.
So, do I personally believe that reward charts should be used for every child, in every situation ….no!

Personal experience

However,we have personally had great outcomes for potty training, school work goals, bed training, and reading with Hamish using reward charts.

He is the only small child we have in the house and has no one to compare his achievements with, allowing us to use the reward chart to build up his self-esteem, highlight his achievements and assist him to reach a personal goal.
When I had 6 little ones in the home, things were a lot different. I hated reward charts.
As a family, we weren’t consistent enough to stick to one. My younger children were not motivated to learn from their older siblings’ success and I found the reward charts brought about low self-worth and a multitude of sibling rivalry as the kids judged and compared themselves.
So. I think if you are going to use a reward chart …..
  • Be specific.
  • Consider if it is the right kind of motivation for your child or children.
  • Discuss how the chart does not measure who we are, what we are good at or our worth with your children.
  • Keep the goals short and reward quickly so that your child does not get demotivated.
  • Build self esteem daily through words of affirmation, praise and acknowledgement of good behaviour, kindness, etc so that the reward chart is not the sole check list of how well you feel they behave.
We use these Reward charts and stickers from Tower products avaliable in most retailers.
Posted in Education, Family Life, Parenting

Getting ready to go back to school with Tower Product

With Christmas barely over, parents are starting the annual Back to School shopping rush of uniforms, school bags, and labels.
Even as a homeschool family we often label much of the kids’ items. I love the wide range of school labels and stickers Tower Products have and these products have been part of our annual Back to school prep for years.
Some of the products on the Tower Product Back to School catalog are :-
  • DIY bag tags
  • Shoe labels
  • Pen/Pencil labels
  • Waterproof stickers for lunch boxes
  • Lunchbox sticky notes
  • Iron-on labels for clothing
  • Multipurpose book labels

Products

DIY bag tags that can be used for easy identification or to add contact or emergency details onto your child’s bag. I’ve actually added one of these to our car seat safety belt with Hamish’s info on so that if we are ever in a crash, the medics can identify him and assist him quickly. I have his name, my contact number, allergies, medical aid number all listed on the tag.
Shoe labels are not only fantastic to help little ones to label their left from their right. I use two different labels for that (for example Left could be a yellow label and Right a blue) but they also help your kids to know they have the right shoes on and teachers know whose shoes are left behind in the classroom.
Pen/pencil labels for easy marking. Use a ballpoint pen to write your child’s name and affix the label. I have to confess, I absolutely hate labeling pens and pencils. It is always such a long process. This way you can write all the names and let your child fix them on. Hamish was quite adamant that we match the colour of the label to the colour pen.
Lunch box sticky notes. How cute are these? I honestly think that they are my favourite and such a nice way to send a little love with your child to school. Tower Products also have a variety of waterproof labels to mark lunch boxes, juice bottles and lunch bags. These are dishwasher safe.
These Iron on labels for clothing take me back to my own school days. They are so easy to use and cost-effective. Write your child’s name with a ball point pen and iron onto the garment with a hot iron. For me personally, these labels are great for if you have a bigger family and don’t want to order 100 name label stickers per child at a time.
Multipurpose and book labels because all textbooks and exercize books deserve to look good and Tower Products makes it easy to label these with a variety of self-adhesive stickers. Simply write your child’s name, subject, or year on.
Back to school has never been this much fun.
To learn more about Tower products go to www.towerproducts.co.za
Posted in Christmas, Family Time, Parenting

8 ways to save for Christmas

Every year I’m determined to start saving for Christmas early and each year I get to December without actually saving or shopping early.

This year, I’m determined to beat the Christmas rush and get an early start to saving for the Christmas we want.
So how can I start now ….

1. Savings account

Decide on how much you want to spend on gifts, decor, and food and then divide that amount by 11 months and deposit your amount each month into a savings account.
Depending on how much willpower you have you should have your amount by Christmas. ( If you are like me you also may be tempted to spend this saving during the year)

2. Checkers card

So, knowing I have no willpower, a Checkers card is a much better option for me.
Checkers have a savings card and allow you to top up the card in increments of R20.  You can add a little each time you go shopping.

3. Gifts cards

Another option is to purchase gift cards throughout the year to gift.
Some of my favourites are Woolworths, Mr price and Toys R us
You could also purchase a Pick n pay gift card in October or November to use towards your Christmas meal.

4. Pep money

Pep money works the same way as the Checkers saving cards and if  you added R20 to an account a day until December you would have just over R7000

5. Butcheries

Some butcheries allow you to purchase cards to top up from R20 a time. Just ask your local butcher if they offer this service.

6. YSense

Ysense is a survey site that actually works. I joined a month ago and made $10.68 ( about R170)in the month by answering surveys and playing games occasionally. What’s really great is that you can cash out from $10 into your PayPal account and you could honestly leave your amount until Christmas.
Sign up on my link here 

7. Layby

Many stores offer a layby system where you can purchase your items with a deposit and pay the rest over 2 or 3 months. You then collect the goods when your amount is fully paid. This is a great way to buy those Christmas outfits.

8. Buy gifts monthly

Another great idea is to buy or make gifts monthly and store them until Christmas. I have a large family and this is the best way for me to spend more money on each child as I can budget R500 a month for example but couldn’t budget R4500 at one go for gifts in December.
Can you think of any other ways to save ?
Posted in Family Life

Start a new tradition – New year interviews with your child

New year Interview

This year, why not start a new tradition and Interview your child using these questions in the beginning and the end of the year and see how they have grown.
hamis

Questions

1. What is your name?- Hamish …you know that
2. How old are you? – 5
3. Who is your best friend?- Lusa
4. What is your favourite toy?- Bicycle and Snuggles my dog
5. What is your favourite TV show ? –Ryan’s world
6. What is your favourite food? –Bananas
7. What is your favourite colour? -Red
8. What do you want to be when you grow up?- Builder
9. What’s you find scary?- Snakes
10. What makes you happy? -Hugs
11. What annoys you the most about mom and dad?- You guys keep on talking
12. What do you like the most about mom and dad? -That you guys give me hugs
13. What do mom and dad say the most? – Hamish
14. What do you love about being a child? – That I have my own bicycle
15. If you could change one thing in the world what would it be? – Those skeletons In Minecraft shoot swords outs of their bows
16. What is your favourite animal? –cheetah
17. Where do you like to go the most? – park
18. If you could buy anything what would you buy? – motorbike
19. What is your favourite thing to learn about? – animals
20. What is one thing you wish adults knew about kids? -that kids don’t want hidings
Posted in All about Mamma bear

#Behindthescenes Friday update 10 December 2021

I feel like I haven’t touched base over the last 2 weeks.
2 weeks ago I was admitted to hospital for a night to control a bit of clotting in my blood. I have a great medical team and happy to say I feel 1000 times better. That exhaustion I’ve been struggling with for months has gone …yay ! Now to catch up on my workload 🙈
I missed the #behindthescenes live that week because the meds I had made me so sleepy I couldn’t focus.
I did however join Cape Town Beach Cleanup for an awesome beach run ( which I walked) and managed 3km so yay me. If you don’t yet join a regular beach clean-up follow their page for the dates and get your family involved. If you want to join me and Hamish at one pop me a dm we would love to meet dome of you and share our passion for clean beaches with you.
The rest of the weekend was pretty relaxed and we hit the new week running. As one does.
Last week Friday I again missed the #behindthescene live as Hamish and I headed to the Superbook Mzansi  First Christmas experience at V&A Waterfront  
What a vibe! If you missed it look out towards the 24 December on www.superbookexperience.com and you can catch some awesome Superbook magic.
The V&A Waterfront  is as always alive with creativity and fun. We especially love the #Joytotheworldfromafrica exhibits And I’m super excited to join their Summer competitions. Ps …I heard Santa will be at the waterfront soon.
Saturday we went to drop our Senior Santa shoe box off at Blue Route Mall  I love this initiative because often our seniors are a forgotten sector in our community.
We also built a star with LEGO  who are gifting Lego to kids in need, for every star built. see their page for more details and use the hashtag #BuildwithLEGO 
Sunday we headed to watch the premiere of Clifford The Big Red Dog  ….oh my word moms! You want to take the kids to see this. We were rolling on the floor with laughter. This feel-good action movie is released today in in cinemas.
Also released is Sing 2…I can’t wait to watch this and have a competition going live after lunch to win 1 of 2 hampers with UIP Africa . Watch this space.
I was super excited to have Fun mamma feature with WOOLWORTHS  little world this month showcasing some of the crafts from Fun mamma – rainbow kids  .
You can follow the group for fun crafts, recipes and homeschool ideas. Many of these items won’t feature on the blog.
This week we reviewed a wonderful hamper from TOWER products and Hamish and I will be using them this weekend to make some awesome Christmas crafts to gift family.
If you are looking to give back this Christmas I’d love for you to consider a donation towards Home of Hope This is an organisation close to our heart. They also have a great Christmas tree lighting and Santa visit if you are in Tableview.
Also if you haven’t shopped yet and are looking for gift ideas, my blog www.funmammasa.co.za has some great gift guides from :
Game 
Hasbro 
And Toys R Us South Africa 
There’s something for everyone
Also on the blog is a blog post entitled why every child should eat blue ice cream and focuses on why kids need to make a mess.
As you would have seen I have a new parenting series starting on YouTube in January and you can find a wide range of topics in weekly videos .https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCmfG-sH-5zYgR6blmGjhE8g
Also, we’ve been working really hard on some #parenthumour and trying to join the Tiktok world ….we have a lot to learn lol If you are on Tiktok, pop us a follow on @fun mamma sa blog
 Hamish and I would love to follow you back and getting know you better.
Lastly, are you following us on Instagram? If not please do as several of the competitions we run are only on Instagram. You’ll find us @funmammasa
For interest sake we are also on Pintrest ( @fun mamma sa blog) where I have tons of crafts. Recipes. Preschool, homeschool and parenting pins.
And on Twitter @mamma_fun
This weekend we are off to find Spider-Man  and I’ll share a schedule of where your kids can meet him too and I want to post our Christmas letters off at LEGO Certified Stores South Africa 
Lastly I noticed that Sommerset Mall. Has an awesome Disney Africa Channels holiday program and I can’t wait to take Hamish to see.
Happy weekend everyone 💕💕💕
Posted in Family Life

Why every child should eat blue ice cream

When my sister, who is younger than me, gave birth to her first son I remember the list of ” my child will nevers”

By then I’d had two children and learned that the only perfect mother is one who hasn’t had children yet.
I remember silently laughing at her unrealistic expectations as we sat talking about motherhood in our early parenting journey. I also remember how she constantly wiped the little boy, never allowing him or his clothing to be dirty. She was so self-assured as she listed off all the evil traits my children did her child simply would not do.

Blue ice cream moments

But
More importantly, I remember the day I gave him a bright blue bubble gum ice cream as he sat in his pram, crystal white shirt begging for a normal childhood stain.
It was boiling hot, we had spent all morning with our children enjoying the Durban flea market, and my last treat to the kids before we went home was ice cream.
I remember watching each drop of that liquid blue dairy as the hot sun melted it before getting he could lick it and I remember her utter horror and shock at him looking like a smurf had just thrown up on him.
Now, I agree, that was most likely not the best way to introduce her to the realities of Childhood mess, but I am her older sister so I can take a few liberties.

Mess is important

The truth is that mess plays an important part in a child’s development.
It helps them to understand that mistakes happen. Life is messy but you can clean it up. There really isn’t a big enough mess that can not be cleaned, sorted, or wiped away. Sometimes our life mess causes us to ask for help and all of the time they teach us valuable lessons.
By allowing our kids to get messy and make a mess of things we teach them to grow, to learn, and to take responsibility. They learn to ask for help when overwhelmed and to set boundaries. They learn that they are resilient, resourceful, and capable of handling any crisis in their lives.
You see…
It isn’t in the mess but how you respond to that mess that will define you.
Posted in Cape Town - Things to see & do, Competitions, Entertainment, Events, Family Life, Family Time

Superbook presents “The First Christmas “at the V & A Waterfront and a Giveaway

As we turn the page to the last month of 2021 and begin to prepare our homes for the coming Advent season so do we as parents prepare our families’ hearts for the true reason behind the Christmas festivities.

Two years ago I was desperately searching for a way that Hamish could enjoy the magic of Christmas and somehow still know the true reason for the season. He was still really little and although we had read the story of the birth of Christ in his Bible book, he was unable to put the connection between the birth of Jesus and Christmas.

I then discovered that Superbook had a beautiful Christmas DVD combo consisting of 2 stories:

The first Christmas and The birth of John the Baptist

I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me to help him see the Bible come to life as we watched the story of the First Christmas together. We have since watched this DVD several times and he has begun to understand that Christmas is so much more than just Santa, his elves, and gifts.

You can read the review here

More than just a DVD

However, something else happened that first day that we met the Superbook team to receive the DVD. Superbook was no longer just another brand or a product we would cast on a shelf until we needed it. Superbook became real to Hamish as he asked for Gizmo, the cute robot mascot, and eagerly wanted to watch more movies.

Read about Superbook movie nights here 

Superbook became a safe App on my phone for Hamish to play games and watch Bibles stories. We followed their social media and used the crafts in our homeschool Bible lessons and all too soon we found ourselves ready to celebrate another Christmas and this time I confidently knew where to turn to prepare Hamish’s heart for the coming festive season.

Last year, we, once again, excitedly, joined the Superbook First Christmas experience and made advent crafts while we decorated our homes, baked cookies, and got ready to join people from all over South Africa to watch The first Christmas episode at the same time and see how Chris and Joy, together with Gizmo find out the true meaning of Christmas.

Superbook has become an important part of our family’s Christmas traditions.

Read why I feel Superbook brings back the heart of Christmas here 

The first Christmas experience and you are invited

This year Superbook will host a fun and meaningful Christmas experience at the V & A amphitheater on the 3 and 4 December from 11am- 12pm and you are invited to bring your children and experience the magic as they watch the nativity come alive on screen in a fun and relatable way that children can truly grasp.

The show is free and your children will enjoy watching, laughing, dancing, singing, and even getting to meet Gizmo the robot. Hamish and I are both super excited and can’t wait. It promises to be a wonderful experience, great morning out, and a fantastic way for us to start our advent season.

Giveaway

To help share the Christmas spirit we have collaborated with Superbook to bless one lucky Fun Mamma SA reader with a wonderful Superbook hamper.

To enter answer below with the Superbook robots name.

The competition closes Monday 6 December 2021

Posted in Christmas, Giving back

Give a gift box with Playalot

This , Playalot, are building a with ! With they will an under-privileged child with a , that will give them the same your child gets when you spoil them with gifts.

Playalot , filled with one of each of the below necessities (that we all take for granted). Just drop your off in reception on your next visit to our park. You may also donate R200 through the till and we will shop & wrap on your behalf.

  

1️⃣   Send a WhatsApp to Chantel on https://wa.me/27871387529 requesting the details of your very own    . This way you know the name/age/sex of the child that will receive your gift.

2️⃣   Fill the box with your goodies (Estimated cost – R200) and wrap/label.

3️⃣   Deliver to Playalot. Enjoy a deeeelicious coffee while the kids play.

    :

 Soap

 Face cloth

 Toothbrush

 Toothpaste

 Sweets

 Toy
Stationary
Clothing item

*         ,          –     *

Playalot filled a from @PEP (for a 6-year-old girl called Miché) and paid only R185. The perfect !

Playalot are all about recycling and suggest that you go and buy yourself a new pair of shoes, just so that you have a box for your project.

 Do not have a ?

@box-itbrackenfell sells boxes, starting from R10.

021 981 3008 | boxitbrackenfell@gmail.com

 Unit 5 Sandpiper Crescent, N1 Okavango Park, Brackenfell

 !

 Donations close on at 5pm on 30 November 2021.

 Please wrap and label your  with your allocated name.

Should you have any questions, chat to us on WhatsApp https://wa.me/27871387529

(087 138 7529) or email info@playalot.co.za.

Posted in Events, Family Life

Superbook movie night

Superbook has featured on my blog and social spaces often. Hamish and I are huge fans.

Read about our first experience with Superbook HERE

And why I believe that Superbook offer wholesome character-building content HERE

Why I love Superbook

Superbook to me is so much more than just another App that Hamish uses. Superbook is a community, a place where the Bible comes to life and a safe place for him to play games, watch movies and learn as he grows his faith at an age-appropriate and child-friendly level. Superbook is my guide to teaching him the Bible and their crafts and parent discussions help me to present important topics and hard conversations in a way that allows us both to feel relaxed and connected.

Superbook Events

Not only do Superbook have a great App, wonderful videos, and great games but they also have craft activities, host fun events, and have a monthly movie night to celebrate a new season of videos.

Currently, on season 4, Superbook has been hosting a new episode each week on www.superbook.com

Superbook Family Movie Nights

These movie nights are designed for families to enjoy wonderful nights of bonding and spiritual growth together. Each episode touches on a particular area of focus and this week is the last episode of season 4 and will focus on Prayer.

As we know communication is so important and The Lord’s prayer, outlined in the Bible shows us so beautifully how to pray.  This episode of Superbook will help you to explain the importance of prayer to your children and teach them how to pray.

You can also download the discussion guide to continue the conversation long after the episode.

The videos are screened from Friday until Sunday night, on the last Friday of the month, only, and these last episodes screen from  Friday the 26th of November from 6 pm until the 28th of October at midnight.

Connect online

Superbook is on Facebook( Superbook Manzi) and Instagram (@SuperbookManzi) and you can follow along to learn more about the Bible, discover more about the Superbook App, watch videos, join crafts, and discussions, find out about the latest events and win prizes.

 

Give your child a gift of love and join Superbook now.