My latest obsession – MMA

Its time I shared with you my new obsession, MMA. MMA or Mixed Martial Arts started off as a bit of a curiosity for me but has fast turned into a passion and I want to help other women get involved. Why I got into MMA I’m surprised how many people ask my ‘how’ did…

Santa is back in the goodbooks #blogsecretsanta

Its no lie, as a kid I thought Santa was a total weirdo. This guy you don’t know comes into your house while you’re sleeping and you go to the mall to go sit on his lap. All this while your parents warn you on the dangers of creepy men you don’t know. I just…

The perfect pap ‘n sous (phutu pap & sheba) – recipe

  Pap ‘n sous has got to be one of the recipes I can count as part of my ‘heritage recipes’. My father taught me this recipe and he learnt it from his mother so we’re all stywer (tight) pap fans. Every time I make pap I remember my childhood maid/nannie Maria. Sometimes she would babysit…

My new favourite – Toya Delazy

  After watching #IdolsSA last night I’m now an big Toya Delazy fan. The top 10 girls performed with Toya Delazy her song ‘Heart’ and I fell in love with the song right away. Her music is fun and makes you want to sing out loud  See the cute music video below. If you want to…

A day at the aquarium

The aquarium is one of my favorite places to go and I’ve been eager to share this with my daughter. This last weekend was the second time we’ve taken her to the Two Oceans Aquarium and we had a blast. The first time she went, she was way to interested in the other kids to…

Absa made me cry

I’ve been with Absa for over 10 years and have used a number of their products. Never have I had an issue with them, but now I just can’t wait to switch everything to another bank. I have to FICA my accounts and its been such a

How pregnancy changes your body – the bits they don’t tell you

  When you’re pregnant you hear all the stories on how your body will change after the baby arrives. Stretch marks, flabby tummy, hair falling out… its enough to have you never want the experience of pregnancy. But most women experience these things and with any luck are all temporary. What no one ever mentions…

The First Weekend Of Spring

The first weekend of Spring was a little different than usual. We had a photo shoot booked with Red Dot Photography which was just amazing. After a last minute change in location and us arriving over an hour late (road works!), Coral-Leigh was nothing but friendly and patient. Miri just loved her, usually she’s a little shy around strangers…

TEARS Animal Rescue

TEARS is a pro-life, non-profit organisation whose core aims are to rescue, rehabilitate, re-unite and re-home lost, abandoned, abused, and neglected animals and to educate our communities, in particular the children. They do not receive Government funding, but rely on public donations. TEARS can use your assistance, please either donate your time, your old things or your…

Inside The August 2012 My Baby Box – Toddler Box

Last month I took out a 3 month Toddler Box subscription at My Baby Box and boy its been an exciting wait. Every now and then they would post a picture to the blog about what could be inside which had me bombarding their Twitter account with excited squeals. It arrived on the day promised (8 Aug), the…

DIY No-Sew Tutu

  Amazingly simple to make, you can put this together in your toddler’s nap time. My daughter just loves this and has been wearing it for three days, only managing to get it off her when she’s asleep. I’ve even had some requests for this from adults! I’m sure I first saw this idea on…

How to make a gift box from a 2l coke bottle

Some of you may know these gift boxes as a klikety klik box, made popular by All Woman Recycling. Get in touch with them via the website if you’d rather buy one. These are simple to make and rather relaxing, but you will need practice to make them flawless.

Crafty weekend for the win!

This past weekend was a great crafty weekend for me with two craft wins. Saturday started off with a trip to the fabric shop with my mom, sister and daughter. I always love visiting my local fabric store, they always have great specials and I always walk away wondering why I bought so much fabric…

20 Goals Set Out

Inspired by The Cupcake Mummy’s 24 before 25 list, I’ve finally put some goals down in writing. My list has 20 items and unfortunately no, I’m not turning 21 this year, but 30. I’m giving myself till July 2013 to complete these goals as it’s a significant date for me personally. Some of these seem…

South African National Blood Donation Month – June 2012

Yesterday was National Blood Donor Day and I would encourage anyone who is able and haven’t done so yet, to please donate as soon as possible. Trust me, once you do it the first time, it’s not as scary as you thought it would be. It only takes 30 to fill out the form, donate…

Slow Sunday Slow-Cooker

I’ve wanted my own slow-cooker ever since I first moved out from my parents home. The idea of throwing in ingredients then not needing to check on the food till its ready is just wonderful. Recently I bought a 6l Mellerware slow-cooker from 4Home and it hasn’t disappointed. When friends or family come for lunch…

Ard Matthews Gets The National Anthem Right… This Time

These past few days has shown the strength of character Ard Matthews possess. After the colossal fail of messing up our national anthem he’s been apologising profusely across various radio stations. I hear he’s even going to record a CD of himself singing it correctly and make it available for free. If only everyone had…

Raising a Woman

Today in South Africa is National Woman’s Day and a public holiday. And yes, everyone jokes about it being an actual holiday but this day has some real history behind it. On this day in 1956 woman of all races marched on the Union Buildings and stood in silent protest. They were protesting the increasingly…

How Not To Make Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie is on my list of “awesome cooking yet to try” and after last week’s failed attempt, its still on the list. The road to my failed pie was clearly marked by 5 signs so I should have seen this coming. Mistake 1: My week was so busy, with loads of work coming in,…

Strawberries & Cream Sandwich

Wimbledon what? Every year I try to pretend that Wimbledon ‘t happen, not that I don’t like tennis, I just don’t like watching it on TV. But what did catch my eye this year was Tesco’s Wimbledon Strawberries & Cream Sandwich made from clotted cream and strawberry jam. When I saw that article, it reminded…

Cheeky Little Treat

Some days you just want a little treat, but there’s nothing in the kitchen that doesn’t require whisking, beating or some oven time. In these desperate times this is my favourite treat and I call it my “Cheeky Little Treat” because you can make it quickly and doesn’t leave behind wrappers or dirty mixing bowls….

Roast Gem Squash Seeds

Earlier this week I made Stuffed Gem Squash – Cheesy Cream Corn and decided to keep the seeds aside instead of tossing them in the bin. I cleaned them and divided into three batches, one for my Father-in-law to grow, one for my Sister to grow and the third for me to roast. There is…

Middleton Tart Winner!

I’m so happy to announce that I’m one of the 6 winners of YuppieChef’s Middleton Tart Challenge! There is apparently a prize, not sure what it is yet but can’t wait to find out. Readers were challenged to create a tart, whether it be sweet or savoury in of honour Kate Middleton (The Duchess of…

Stuffed Gem Squash – Cheesy Cream Corn

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the Tokai EarthFair Food Market for the first time and can tell you I was not disappointed one bit! One of the stalls I visited sold locally grown (within a few km) organic fruits and vegetables. They do sell some non-organic produce but they do tell…

Friday Baguette – Cumin Onion, Ginger Pork, Haloumi & Salsa

On Friday nights I like to make dinner that is nice and simple without having to resort to takeaway meals or fish fingers (too often). This week I got some inspiration from Tandy Sinclair’s Weekly Ingredient Challenge as well as two delicious new additions to my fridge: mild salsa from Food Frenzy, mint haloumi from…

Chunky Chocolate Balls Recipe

This recipe I remember from childhood, a treat you’d only find at birthday parties.  Its so quick and easy that I made this batch while my telephone line was being installed. These are best eaten after they’ve spent a day in the fridge, so make ahead of time. There are loads of variations that I’ve…

Mini Tuna Quiche Recipe

This recipe was given to me by my Aunty Esmé at my “pantry party” and it’s surprisingly simple. It’s a versatile recipe to, you can either keep it as mini quiches, use a larger quiche dish or even use a rectangle baking tray and cut out into squares. Print Mini Tuna Quiche Author: Karen Muller Recipe…

Fried Green Tomatoes & Basil Pan Bread Recipe

This weekend I visited my mother-in-law and saw she had the most oddly shaped large green tomatoes growing in her garden that just wouldn’t turn red. This got me thinking of that brilliant movie Fried Green Tomatoes and how I’ve always wanted to fry green tomatoes. So I picked about four of these large green…