Lately, I’ve turned into somewhat of a hungry monster, perhaps it’s because Winter is finally settling into Cape Town. The only way to get through this is to eat all the food and hibernate until winter has past.
Compiled below is a list of my favourite store-bought snacks that also just happen to be vegan. Trust me, they’re all amazing and only one weird suggestion (the banana chips).
I’ve listed the snacks below along with the store I bought them at. But if you watch the video, you get to see why I love them as well as a drool-worthy food montage at the end.
Big Corn Bites – Tomato from Checkers
Banana Chips from Checkers
Tate’s Popcorn from Checkers
Tate’s BBQ (bacon) Chips from Woolworths or Checkers
Humus & Big Corn Bites, Nacho Style Chips from Checkers
Majool Dates (fresh fruits section) & Dried Dates both from Checkers
Soft Liquorice (strawberry and regular) from Woolworths
Fidget Spinners are undoubtably the latest craze. While they are fun, I wouldn’t spend money on one (about R50 – R150 in South Africa). So I decided to make my own out of Lego pieces as we have tones of that laying about the house. The one I made is lighter than the original Spinners, but it spins, it is fun and it is free, what more do you need. Below is a list of Lego parts you’ll need as well as a video of how it’s assembled.
Fathers day is around the corner and I’ve asked the Husband to choose a few of his favourite things online (in South African) as potential gifts.
In no particular order….
1. Coffee Plunger from Woolworths R199
A client recently gifted him an amazing bag of coffee from Burundi and is keen to try it out. I’ve still got to figure out if our other coffee plunger is broken or hiding at the back of a cupboard.
2. Wahl Deluxe HomePro Complete Haircutting Kit from Clicks R415
This handsome Father has a close shaved head and a cultivated beard. He is however in desperate need of a more modern shaver and this one is really great. It even comes with a storage pouch, much nicer than the ice-cream tub he keeps his current one in.
3. Lego Corner Deli from Kiddiwinks R499
Both the Husband and Daughter LOVE Lego and they both have their own collections. The Daughter’s has hers in a box with a few feature creations coming out on display every few days. The Husband has a big Lego Minifigure collection in display cases and a city scene in the process of being built. This I’m told would be a great addition, not because it’s a cool little deli shop, but it contains some great bricks to make other city buildings.
This is another great option as the Husband and Daughter love playing Lego XBOX games together. I swear it’s because I used to play the first Lego Batman XBOX game with him while I was pregnant with her. They both have their own “gaming chairs” and their favourite remotes to use. This really is special Father/Daughter time they enjoy to spend together. Their collection now includes: Batman Lego, Batman Lego 3 Beyond Gotham, Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Movie Game, Lego Dimensions and Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
5. XBOX One S 500GB Console | Takealot | R4999
This would be really cool to have as our current one is the XBOX 360 Arcade. The XBOX One S is faster, has more storage space and offers HD and 4K video. Nice try, this one is WAY our of budget.
*note* prices correct at time of article being published.
Here in Cape Town, we’re going through a draught so we’ve had to get creative with saving water every day. At the time of this post, our dam levels are at 10,7%
In the Bathroom
Shower instead of bath but not for longer than 5 minutes. Use a timer or a song so you know how long you’re taking.
Put a bucket in the shower and use this to fill your toilet’s cistern or to water your garden.
Fill your toilet’s cistern with grey water. We’ve turned off the tap to the toilet and fill the cistern with water from the shower.
Don’t run the water while you brush your teeth and use a cup of water to rinse your mouth.
Put water in the basin when washing your hands instead of letting it run. This is particularly helpful for small children.
Put a brick in your toilet’s cistern. This reduces its capacity while still flushing away what it needs to flush.
Don’t throw trash in the toilet. Throwing tissues and such in the toilet either results in flushing when it’s not necessary or putting heavier load on the next time you flush.
BONUS: Shower at the gym! If you have a gym contract make sure to use it, even if it’s just for the showers. It won’t save water in general, but it will save on your own water bill.
In the Kitchen
Keep a jug at your sink and use it to collect water from the tap while you’re waiting it to heat up for the dishes. You can use this to fill up your kettle or water your indoor plants that can’t handle grey water.
Place a shallow rectangular bucket in your sink. Once you’re finished washing your dishes, scoop out any chunky bits and through those in the bin, and the water in your garden. This is considered “dark grey water” so rather use this for trees or shrubs with deep roots. If the water is very greasy then rather let it go down the sink, greasy water will kill your grass… if you have any left at this point.
In the Garden
Lead water from gutters and outlets from your bath or shower to the garden. We find this works well for grassy areas. Not all houses are able to do this, but its worth checking out. Your local hardware should be able to assist you with what you need to get this done.
Lead water from your washing machine to your garden. Like with the dishwater, this is “dark grey water” so only use it in areas you have trees or shrubs with deep roots.
This blog has been many things over the years, from rant platform to recipes to parenting. With each change, I’ve swept the streets clean and started anew and this time is no different. I’m still a wife, mom, SEO and now also a Vegan! So, now I’ll be giving a vegan preference to the recipes and who knows, perhaps a Youtube Channel.