Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

A guilty pleasure to tantalize the taste buds and so very easy to do.


What you’ll need:

  • A packet of Salted potato chips
  • Melting Chocolate
  • A microwave Melting Pot


Melt the chocolate and dip the chips one at a time.I put mine in the fridge for 5 minutes but that’s because I had 3 very eager taste testers.




Easy Cupcakes – My Secret Cheat

This always reminds me of that part in Sarah Jessica Parker’s movie “I don’t know how she does it” – the bake sale where she buys s store made pie and attempts to make it look “homemade” lol Link from the movie .Well this is my SJP scene, I  make/use this method at almost every party and I tell you they winners.


 This was once of those finds that comes by chance.It was the boys cowboy birthday party and I was attempting the mommy-juggling-act-of-note , baking , sewing up hobby horses(the kids party favours) the decor you name it, it was on my list.In the weee hours before the party my perfect cupcakes were over baked (nice way to say burnt) and rock hard.


Instead of panicking I got up early went to my closest PnP and bought these queen cakes (they come 10 in a container) and then it was just a matter of icing them.



I have to admit, it’s been the easiest thing – a cake and candy sale (sorted✔️) , a Valentines class party  (sorted✔️) , The list goes on and on and like I said previously everyone loves them.

The added bonus is the fact that my kitchen doesn’t look like a bakers explosion and  I’m not up baking and icing whilst everyone is in bed.

So the next time your child tells you at the last minute they need Cupcakes for school or you’ve had a baking disaster head over to your closest Pick n Pay.Nobody will think any less of you.

All you will then need is butter,icing sugar, food colouring and a few sprinkles.




Happy mom!!!


Travel Keepsake – free printables

We just days from bidding farewell to my little cousin (well not so little anymore). Shes off on a wonderful adventure to work in the States for the next few months.perfect for family who is immigrating or for those who travel often and need a little reminder of home.


I wanted to get something that she’d look at everyday and think of home, think of us really.Hope its take pride of place at her front entrance or at her bedside table.

I made these on word and had them printed.

They are to be printed for a frame 10cmx 15cm (4″ x 6″)so be sure to change your printer page size to 4″x6″ before you print it, I’ve also added the full black one for those lucky enough to own a minc foil machine or want to have it foiled…Im thinking in gold

Click below for the Free Printable




Fab Find – Dischem Baby Things Shampoo


I’ve wanted to share this product with you all for the longest time (just never took the photos).Perfect to add to your next shopping list,  even I use it from time to time because it’s so gentle and smells lovely.


I came across this product when we went through our financial fast aka when hubby got retrenched and we really had to tighten that budget belt.

This shampoo costs R 49,95 for a 1 litre bottle and it goes a long long way.In our household it takes about 5-6 months to finish so yup it’s R 100 a year for shampoo.

Yes its budget friendly , yes it’s a long lasting size but the best part are the ongoing compliments my boys get about how nice their hair smells.

Try it for yourself let me know what you think.



#SunflowerDay2016 – Fun DIY using the Tope

Sunflower Day 2016Fun DIY using the Tope

We’ve bought and celebrated the SunflowerFund Bandana Day for as long as I can remember.Its such a worthy cause and brings so much awareness.

This year they’ve changed it up a bit and instead of bandanas they launched the tope.

I spent a few hours trying my hand at jewellery making I  up-cycled my tope and turned it into a piece of jewellery.Let me know what you think 😃.It was super easy and fun.

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The 2nd one was also pretty easy.

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Thats it – and it was so much fun to make and I get to use the topes in a different way.I loved this DIY.

You can get your tope in an assortment of colours at most Pick n Pay stores for R20.00.

Remember to wear yours on the 16th of September

For further details on this worthy cause click here: Sunflower Fund

Spaghetti Boere(wors)-Nyse


Perfect timing for our wonderful Heritage Month of September.

Most countries I know have some form of “sausage”The Portuguese  and Spanish have chouriço (Portuguese) or  Chorizo (Spanish), the Brits have their Pork Sausage and the South Africans have  Boerewors.

The most traditional ways of eating Boerewors is at a barbeque (Braai).

From time to time its nice to have the taste of Boerewors without the Braai (barbeque) especially during the week when you don’t have the time to wait for hot coals or gas, that’s when I make my Spaghetti Boere(wors)-Nyse.


My favourite boerewors at the moment is the Woolworths Grabouw its just the perfect mix of flavours for this easy dish.

This is an ideal meal for the South Africans living overseas if you can get hold of some boerewors and you wanting a taste of back home without the efforts of a weekend “braai” or “barbecue”.

I call it my easy mid-week meal because it simply is!

Click on Recipe Below:

Recipe Spaghetti Boere(wors)-Nyse

I CAN WRITE MY NAME – Puzzle Tutorial

summer deals!

I taught my little boy to write his name in an Hour and a half.
I wanted a fun way for him and his friends to begin identifying the letters they  actually write and scoured my favourite site, Pinterest for ideas.

I came across Happy and this awesome post , Jackie is amazing …….so creative….wow!

I decided we would do a Name Puzzle .They each got a long stripe of cardboard and I had the kids paint on the cardboard using Q-tips (Fine Motor Skills added in).



We let the paint dry


I used Gummed Paper for the names.I patiently traced and cut out the night before.


Once the kids had glued their names onto the cardboard I cut different shapes between each letter.

They had so much fun once it was done and in our home the Name Puzzle is used every afternoon.

Thank you so much Jackie @ Happy for being my “Puzzle” inspiration.

Olympics 2016 Birthday – Classroom Celebrations


I loved what I made last year, well more the packaging and presentation (I don’t like eating food with my fingers either do my kids , we loved the addition of forks with our cupcakes).


The school doesn’t allow birthday cakes (they messy and time consuming for the poor teachers) so cupcakes are the favourite.

This year I really wanted a change, I’ve done cupcakes, I’ve done jelly jars so what to do, what to do?….,…doughnuts (donuts).

These were so easy to make and quantity wise fantastic.


What you’ll need:

  • flour
  • milk
  • sugar
  • salt
  • eggs
  • butter
  • The best buy however was the Doughnut Maker itself – I bought mine from Clicks and it was on special for R 199.99 and because I’m also a clicks card holder I got a further R 20.00 off #mykindofshopping! Recipe is included


For the decor:

  • white melting chocolate
  • milk melting chocolate
  • powdered food colouring (green,red,yellow,blue)
  • ziplock bags

For the packaging:

  • containers (I used foil pie containers from  West Pack Lifestyle)
  • clear packaging
  • stickers  ( I designed a quick label to put on the plastic sleeves)

We made a total of 4 batches and 180 odd doughnuts.Each child got 5 doughnuts (symbolic of the 5 Olympic rings).

The kids loved them and the teacher was thrilled that there was no mess or fuss!!!!




These were made for my oldest little boy’s class party.I kept them basic and just did cinnamon and sugar doughnuts.


Olympics 2016 Birthday – Preperations


There’s only a small window (birthdays / years to be exact) of opportunity in which your children want or will allow you to do themed birthday parties.If you browse through the blog you will come across a few.

My window is slowly drawing to a close and since the Olympics happens every leap year (4 years)  I had to cease the moment.

It’s its great that the Olympics fall during both boys birthdays so it’s an ideal theme to pick.


Lets get started, whats on my list (Boys Birthday 2016):

  • Budget
  • invites (decide on a look that will take you through to the end, the thank-you cards or party favour gift tags)
  • location – a great venue that will accommodate all your guests ,the theme and games you would like to do.Also needs to suit your budget.
  • menu – very important as this is what I call an all-in-one as my family (think my Big Fat Greek Wedding family and you have an idea as to how big ours is)will also be invited so its class mates and family.I do try and make it as healthy as possible and do a variety of foods and I also have finger foods both sweet and savory.
  • Party favour ideas – One of my favourites things to hunt for as I am very against the sweet pack and I try and find items that will go with the theme.
  • Budget – very important as you can really get carried away if you don’t restrict yourself and I really don’t want to go crazy spending money on disposables I’ll never use again.
  • Gift ideas – lets not forget not only are we throwing a birthday party for our children but that there is also a gift that goes with their special day.There will be family and friends who will ask you if there is anything your children might need or want(we have that kind of relationship)so the months nearing their birthdays the boys don’t really get any toys or rewards , but on any random shopping sprees if they see something they like we take out mom’s phone and take a photo.This way if someone asks we simply give them ideas ranging on the budget the person has.
  • Decor – keep it simple and cheap.I usually use either disposable table cloths (super cheap) or we use the white catering table linen my mom made a few years back.I like to use glass for drinks and only ever have a few paper cups for the really small  kids, however in saying that if i look back to last year the paper cups were great because kids don’t sit around with a cup-in-hand and chat that drink up and go so perhaps I’ll use those paper cups again.I also purchase take away card board boxes or the aluminum  ones (really cheap from the Crazy Store) these are ideal for takeaways – all those yummy leftovers get to go home with your guests.
  • Photobooth – old wood board will be getting a chalkboard revamp to look something like:


  • Games – With it being the Olympics we definitely doing sporting events that everyone can do from the 3 Legged Race to giant eggs and spoon races.Yup moms I’ll be  Papiermâché -ing  giant balloon eggs for the races.Rope for the Tug-of-war I found at Builders Warehouse.


I print out my list and carry it around in my handbag.It looks like a hot mess when I eventually take it out my bag once the party is over and done with but this sort of list is a big help during my preparations.

Notes:Although the boys birthdays are during the month I always plan and host their birthday party on the last weekend of the month.My reasons……….

  1. Budget – I like to know that I can afford this birthday party.I do purchase a lot in the months heading towards their Birthday month to help the budget stretch.
  2. Weather – it starts getting warmer as we head into the next season so making their birthday later in the month means better weather for the party.

Change our world for good #COWFG


We got a little ARK this weekend from my MIL.


I loved the idea behind it and did more research on the project,our world is in such turmoil, our lives are pretty much exposed to sadness, hatred and disaster daily so when we can do something to change it, to be the positive in our own lives and in the lives of others …why not!!!!! this is what their website had to say about this awesome initiative:.

When one does something bad, negative energy is created. But when one does good, positive energy is created. 

The world is awash in conflict; malice and misery.

With the global calamities of our time there is a critical need for positive change in the world at large.

The sole aim of this project is to remind people that every single person has the ability and ultimately, the responsibility to make the world a better place through positive actions – basically, through goodness and kindness.

We have embarked on an ARK campaign (ARK – Acts of Random Kindness).


The mission statement of this campaign is Change Our World for Good. The goal is to distribute charity boxes in the shape of an ARK. The label on each charity box read: “Change Our World for Good” When full give me to someone less fortunate. Our organization will not take the charity boxes back as this is not a fundraiser.

We simply want to encourage people of all ages to increase in acts of goodness and kindness. You can help by spreading kindness across the globe by posting your ARK on Facebook or Twitter using #COWFG. Share your stories, post your pictures, get involved. Be part of the kindness movement.

Click on my images and see whats written on the molding of the plastic Ark.
Connect with this amazing cause via their website, facebook page and twitter.


Remember to share your A.R.K pics  via facebook, twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #cowfg