Spaghetti Boere(wors)-Nyse

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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.

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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

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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 Hooligans.ca 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).

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We let the paint dry

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

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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 Hooligans.ca for being my “Puzzle” inspiration.

Olympics 2016 Birthday – Classroom Celebrations

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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).

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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.

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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

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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!!!!

Win-Win

FOOTNOTE:

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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

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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.

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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:
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  • 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.

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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

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We got a little ARK this weekend from my MIL.

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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).

[ ARK – ACTS OF RANDOM KINDESS ]

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.

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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.

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

30 Minute BK-2-School DIY : Personalised Chair Bag

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You’ve seen it time and time again. #iheartpersonaliseditems

When we were getting ready for our 1st day back last night I noticed that the chair bag had a little hole.I’ve always got some felt pieces lying around so I got onto my computer printed out the name in really big letters and in 30 minutes I was done.He was the talk of the classroom with his cute new personalised chair bag.

What you need:

  • Small Piece of Felt (The size of A4 will be perfect
  • MS Word – Go to Insert
    1. Word Art
    2. Pick the very 1st one on the list
    3. Type your 1st letter
    4. Change colour (I made mine a solid black), font (I used a simple print font) and size (350)
    5. Do all the letters of the name
    6. Print page out
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Cold Glue / Fabric Glue

To Do:

  • Roughly cut out each letter

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  • Pin the papered letter onto the felt

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  • Using a good scissors cut through the paper and felt
  • When all the letters are cut out strategically lay them out on your chair bag

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  • Using the glue on the back part of the letter glue them down where you want
  • Allow to dry – I just let it dry over night and this morning it was set and ready to take to school

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Nice and easy just the way I like it!!

 

 

Planes Themed Party

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We have avid future pilots in our little family.So it was no surprise when asked what kind of party was wanted the answer was Planes.

We came across the venue at the beginning of the year and booked it straight away for the boys birthday later in the year , it seemed we always managed to find ourselves hanging out there on a weekly basis.

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The clouds I made using the following tutorial:

How To: Make Your Own Surreal DIY Cloud Wedding Backdrop

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I don’t do sugared party favours but try my best to get something to go with our theme each year.This year was no different ,I came across these for R 5.00 each  almost as soon as the theme was decided on, each child received a blow up plane as their party favour.

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Upon arrival the guests received a passport (which they had to fill with “Stamps”, I found sticker sheets of different flags of the world at the Chinese market so this was their challenge.

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Each section of the playground was a certain country and they had to complete the obstacle before getting a stamp on their passport.

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They loved this and were super hyped to travel the globe so to speak lol!!!!

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My favourite props for the birthday were these awesome locally made aeroplanes I used as decor everyone has asked me where I got them.

I had purchased theses awesome suitcases from Merrypak but sadly the courier company only arrived when we were at the party already – had I had them I would have not blown up the aeroplanes but instead placed them in the suitcases.

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http://www.merrypak.co.za/product-category/boxes/boxes-suitcases/#prettyPhoto

 

I made the invites myself and the Passport I found online and added to the theme.I also made photobooth signs.

Here are the templates:

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They loved their party so much , when we got home I was asked if they could have another Plane Themed party this year……………………..NO I don’t think so!

This year’s theme will be the Olympics as their birthday is smack bang during the Summer Olympics , drop on by from time to time because I DO promise it wont take a year to post about their party this time round 🙂

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Pick n Pay’s SUPER ANIMALS – Collection

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If you anywhere close to my age you’ll remember hours of fun with family and friends playing with your TRUMP CARDS.I remember we had Dinosaurs, Fast Cars , Trucks and Planes (These were mostly my brother’s choice but we all still played).

You probably heard the launch this morning on the radio.Super Animals from Pick n Pay.With every R 150.00 you spend you get 4 cards.

What fun its going to be to swop and play – there are 108 cards to collect and this promotion will go on until 4th of September.

I’ll definitely get the merchandise especially the sound card reader.

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The animals are subdivided into certain categories:

Deadliest, toughest ,smartest, loudest etc (click above to have a look).

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I love that the children will be learning whilst having fun for this I’ve given this PNP fab find a brilliant a big two thumbs up!!! 🙂

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Don’t forget to get the app.

https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/pick-n-pay-super-animals/id1128335747?mt=8

Enjoy and happy collecting

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All pics from the Pick n Pay website

Checkers LITTLE SHOP Collection

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A while back us parents were running around collecting Stikeez , going on Social media swopping with other moms it was crazy but lots of fun for both children and the parents(well at least it was in our household). Our collection still gets taken out and played with.

So lo-and-behold when I walked in to my local Checkers and found the LITTLE SHOP  Mini Collection,  I grabbed the Collectors Case(R 29.99) straight away (I left this  for last previously and had hubby running around Joburg trying to find a case).

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The Little Shop Mini Collection is simple – For every R 150.00 spent you receive one Little Shop item to add to your collection.

I’m in love with their ad – CLICK HERE TO VIEW

My little one recently learned about money at school so we play “shop-shop” daily.He has a little till and all my gift voucher cards are used as debit cards and I have to collect all our cereal boxes and shampoo bottles etc so he can stock the store.Its great fun and he is learning at the same time.The LITTLE SHOP collection arrived at the perfect time.

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Next on our list is definitely the Cardboard LITTLE SHOP HOUSE (R 149.00) so we can really make the whole at-home-store more realistic.

Smses have been sent out as well as group Whats App Messages to relatives asking them to please shop at Checkers and keep the kids in the family in mind lol….what we do for our kids!

Good Luck and happy collecting 🙂

Footnote:Pics from Checkers Website

Finding Dory Giveaway

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Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory, opening in 3D on June 16, is the anticipated follow-up to 2003’s warm-hearted blockbuster, Finding Nemo. It takes place shortly after the events of the first film, and features a wild array of brand new characters to complement the ones you already know and love. And while some of these new characters have been discussed, they haven’t all been seen … until now.

There is much excitement in our household and we counting the days for the movie , Finding Nemo was the 1st DVD I ever got for my little ones.I’ll never forget it because we watched it over and over and over again.

So I wanted to share our excitement with you.

I’ll be giving away this gorgeous Jumbo Art Pack to one lucky person.

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What do you need to do?

  • Select one Social Media Platform to LIKE/Follow and SHARE (additional likes to the other platforms will be extra entries into the giveaway.
  • This giveaway is a National Giveaway (South Africa ONLY)
  • Giveaway will be sent to winner via courier
  • Giveaway will close on the 15.06.2016 at Midnight
  • Giveaway will be announced on the MY GIFTS FROM ABOVE Facebook Page on the 16.06.2016.
  • All valid entries will be selected by Random Name Picker

T&C’s

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook,Twitter,Instagram,Disney,Pixar or Butterfly Products.This giveaway is non-transferable.

Good Luck !!!!