Last Friday I went for Live Blood Analysis at a place called Health Works in the Hyde Park Shopping Centre. Even though the mere sight of my own blood makes me feel like jelly that’s been left out of the fridge for too long, I have always been curious to see what’s going on under this skin of mine, find out what kind of blood I have.
As you may have seen we have just go back from an amazing trip to Greece. It was our first ever overseas family holiday and hopefully one of many to come. I posted a lot of photos to my feed about it and in turn, I received a lot of messages from people asking for tips on how to travel with kids. In this post I’m going to chat about a few things that I really love and took along with us. Then at the end of it I’m going to give a set of all the items (bar one) that I have written about to one of you guys because December is coming up and I think that this awesome pack, WORTH OVER R6 500 would be amazing for any travelling family.
Now giving tips on how to travel with kids is a pretty tricky thing because all kids, as well as all parents, are different. They can be creatures of habit, BUT they can also change in a heartbeat and suddenly you’re looking at your other half going ‘What the red-hot blazers is going on?! Why is our child hanging upside down from a chandelier and how the hell did they get up there?! If you are a parent then I’m guessing you know exactly what I mean.
Sometimes all you need is an ice cold Steri Stumpie Lite and a hot air balloon ride to make your day awesome! Up until last Friday I had never been on a hot air balloon before, it’s been something I have wanted to do forever so when I was chatting with the awesome folk from Steri Stumpie about their new range of Lite flavoured milk and they offered to take me up on one and I was like ‘YES PLEASE!’. And then when they said that they wanted to offer me two tickets (Worth R5000) to give to one of my followers together with an amazing Steri Stumpie Lite goody bag, again I was ‘YES PLEASE, TIMES A MILLION!’.
If you’re a mom or a dad of a toddler you will know the value that plasters hold in your house. Kids, for some or other reason, love a plaster for any and all kind of boo-boos real and imaginary. Plasters are almost like badges of honour, like look at me I have a scratch and a plaster to prove it!
In my house, we must go through a box of plasters a month and it’s not because I have an accident-prone kid (thank goodness), it’s because I have a plaster-loving-kid. I get it, it’s like sticking your favourite stickers on yourself and they’re not going anywhere come bath or shine, until you say so. I’ve only ever had boxes of plasters like Elastoplast in our house, so when they asked me if I’d like to try out their new 3-Step Wound Care Products, consisting of a Wound Spray, a pack of Elastoplast Plasters and a Wound Healing Ointment I thought I’d give them a try.
I can’t wait to tell you guys about this super awesome LOCAL service that I’ve discovered and instantly fallen in love with called Storytime Club. Even the name makes me so happy and in case the name hasn’t given it away yet, this clever idea involves wonderful wonderful books, which in my opinion the more we have in the house the better, because both our kids love them.
So here’s the really cool part, Storytime Club is a subscription-based book club for children, run by the lovely Liza West who is the genius behind this simple way to make sure that your kid’s library is always full of new and amazing books. All you have to do is jump onto their website, choose your kid’s age group and then every month a little package will arrive with three brand new storybooks especially for your little one and the best part is that the service is only R299 a month, which includes all three books and delivery!
I think all parents know how super pricey kids books can be (especially nice ones), I know that I look at books sometimes in the shops and think ‘Man, that’s a lot for a few pieces of paper, for that price this book better know how to babysit too!’
A little while back I attended Sweet Lion Hearts first Joburg Textured Buttercream Workshop where I learnt how to create one of their amazing textured cakes using all sorts of clours and very specific icing techniques.
I was so excited to attend this workshop because it is literally right up my baking alley and I have to say I was not disappointed. I loved every second of it, including the part where I was recklessly flinging icing onto my cake, which I missed a few times but I don’t think anyone other than Adi saw so we were all good.
After the course, I came home armed with a few new interesting baking tips, a recipe and method for a damn good batch of buttercream and a brand new skill to create glorious edible cakes like this one that I made. I also learnt how to mould a flamboyant chocolate cake topper that I landed up eating before I put on my cake (I was the only one). Sigh.
It was awesome crafting and layering this spongy little guy and at the end of it I was almost a little sad to cut into it, but I got over that emotion pretty fast when my coffee was ready to be had with a slice. it was delicious by the way.