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.
Over the last few months, I have shared a few great projects on my blog that MySchool is involved in that are not only really awesome but have also really made a difference to the organisations that they stand behind. They have an array of worthy causes that they support and love and that they help their customers get behind them just by simply swiping their MySchool cards instore.
On my blog, I have spoken about the Shine Literacy Project that they endorse which is an amazing organisation that has been around for 17 years and assists with South Africa’s high stats around poor reading and comprehension. I have also spoken about the great volunteer project where MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has partnered up with a Johannesburg-based non-profit organisation called (NPO) Better SA and their very innovative and super awesome hop-on hop-off mini-bus volunteer service, which literally arranges everything for you, making donating some of your time to those in need the easiest task around.
You know when you’re sitting at home on the couch thinking, I wish I could do something that I’ve never done before just so I can try it out and see if it’s something that I like? It’s so cool doing things that are out of your comfort zone, things that challenge your creativity in a way that is so different to what you do in your everyday life.
I love making things with my hands, I always have ever since I was a little kid. In fact, I still have a few pieces of pottery I lovingly carved and moulded for my parents when I was in Primary School, granted I can’t tell what one or two of the items are supposed to be, so I’ll just say that I have an awesome collection of ashtrays and…paperweights. That’s the best part about pottery I guess when in doubt about a piece, it can always just be a paperweight.
A little while ago a couple of my friends, Henriette Botha and Nikki Sherman, who have started their own very pretty jewellery line called Made By started hosting an array of Ring Carving Workshops at various venues in and around Joburg and I thought it would be cool to try my hand at ring making. I thought I wear rings, I like rings and who knows maybe I’ll land up making something that becomes a family heirloom one day.