My 1st Pet – SILKWORMS


Following the aftermath of the Pick n Pay Stikeez craze  arrived the wave of “Silkworm Season”

We all had them when we were younger right and for me its been a Nostalgic trip down memory lane?

We were on the hunt for this little fellas and managed to get them at our local pet shop for only R 1.00 each.Its been such an education for the kids, myself included.For instance I really didn’t know that the females are solid and the males are the ones with the stripes #alwayslearning


I asked the 1st grade teacher if we could have them be the class pet/s , I would supply the habitat and food daily and its been such an awesome experience for the kids in the class who get a turn to look after the 8 silkworms.On the weekends they come home and back to school on Monday – they also came home for Spring Break and one of them spun their cocoon on Friday.The school my son attends doesn’t allow them to sell silkworms on the premises – do you remember what your 1st and 2nd breaks were like during the Silkworm season?

How cute is this little box from Westpak?

How cute is this little box from Westpak?

Its got me thinking:

This is the perfect 1st pet for the child who has been begging for that cute puppy or little kitten.

Why you ask?

  1. You can have one silkworm or many – Id say 6 max
  2. They not crazy expensive @ R 1.00 a silkworm
  3. They small enough to fit in a shoe box you have at home(check out our inexpensive little ‘Penthouse” it cost us R 15.00 from Westpak)
  4. The food is free (Mulberry leaves grow practically everywhere in our country and you bound to have a neighbor who wont mind you dropping by once a week to “prune” their tree.
  5. The box they housed in has to be cleaned depending on how many you have – we have 8 and we clean it every 2-3 days.This decreases as they cocoon.
  6. They eat and eat and then they spin their cocoons and you wait – there’s no more feeding them but checking once the moth comes out to lay its eggs.Then its simply cleaning out the box of the dead moths and you leave the eggs in the box until next season.(I suggest you put a reminder on you phone for the 1st of Sept as I was told they start to hatch once the 1st leaves on the Mulberry bush arrive so you def have to keep an eye on this).

So simple but in my opinion teaches your child to responsibly take care of a pet by cleaning after them and feeding them and  good way for you to see if your child or kids are ready for the responsibility of fur-family.

Click her to  read ” About and Caring for Silkworms

Interesting video on how silk is made – Making silk

Have a fab week


Breast Cancer Awareness: #‎powerofpinkpunnets‬


The Pink ribbon has become and iconic symbol known across the globe.

The fight against Breast cancer is an ongoing one, but the month of October is showered in everything pink  in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Have you spotted the pink punnets at  Pick n Pay yet? They’re in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness, serving as a reminder of the potentially protective role mushrooms can play in the fight against breast cancer AND to raise funds to purchase silicone breast prostheses for disadvantaged women.

R1 from the sale of every pink mushroom punnet will go towards this important cause.

It’s awesome to see MushroomSA collaborating with Reach for Recovery.Educating people about the wonderful benefits a good diet means when it comes prevention.


Ongoing breast cancer research studies, conducted around the globe stretching from Western Australia to California, indicate that mushrooms have breast cancer-fighting properties that could establish them as important partners in the battle to win this fight.” mentioned on the MushroomsSA Facebook Page.

So whats for supper tonight?

Beef Stroganoff with…. you got it Mushrooms.

Show yours support and visit your nearest Pick N Pay Store.

For more delectable MUSHROOM recipes visit the website

NB: Information has been taken from the MushroomSA Facebook Page

Find information on the Ditto Project  here

Bon Appetite’

FYI: Drop by for a visit and see what I do next when I recycle the PINK PUNNETS.





Favourite Finds – 3 – like a nauti girl


Once again I’ve been on the search for a Summer fragrance that would make me miss the sea and sand.I thought it would take forever to find.

Did I find it?

Surprisingly yes, rather quickly actually and there are some pretty awesome reasons why I love it:


  1. Its forms part of a firm summer trend – The Nautical Look – one of my favourites
  2. When I close my eyes and take in the scent , I’m suddenly  on a hammock swinging from side to side,my foot dangling in salty waters as I take in the scent of a soft sea breeze and coconuts.(You picturing it right!!) Read the details about the fragrance from their website below or click on “about this product” to go directly to the website.
  3. The price – its awesome ….wait for it……R 59.95@ Clicks. At that price I have one in my handbag, the bathroom cupboard and at the office.

The other products in this range are amazing – next on my list are the nail polishes and that make-up bag.

If I find it (the make up bag) I’ll buy myself one and I’ll spoil one lucky reader with the other.(Pinky promise)

Like the Essence South Africa  FACEBOOK page to be the 1st to find out about their awesome products and trends.


National Cupcake Day: 26.09.2015


We just hours away from the most awesome (sweetest / yummiest ) day of the year and its all in aid of an amazing cause .

National Cupcake Day in support of Kids with Cancer.We will be at a shopping mall in your area so make sure you walk past and buy cupcakes from any of the Cupcake Angels sporting  their gorgeous pink shirts.

Thats Us Last Year @THE GLEN

Thats Us Last Year

We had so much fun voulnteering and selling cupcakes last year that we doing it again this year.

Visit their website to see how you can help – CUPCAKES 4KIDS WITH CANCER

C4K Logo July 2015 gold box plain lines

Or click here to find the nearest mall so you can support tomorrow.



Favourite Finds – 2 – A little Gadget


Bet you’ve walked past this nifty item at your stationary shop a few times and drew a blank as to what it does.
Or was that just me????
I kept picking it up wondering what this inexpensive “thingy” was.


Well I finally got it and its a pretty “Nifty” little gadget.
It’s what I would call a portable tape dispenser or tape cutter.


All you need is to hook it onto any sticky tape roll or washi tape roll and start using it.Its that easy and there’s no need for a scissors.

How great will this be over the festive season wrapping all those pressies?

Available at any PNA store or for R 19.00 (Nineteen Rand – how cheap is that?)

PS:The tape isn’t included when purchasing the cutter.


Braai Day/ Heritage day / S.A Day Outfit – What to wear

Much like the 4th of July in the States or Australia Day down-under we celebrate our South African Heritage to the fullest.

Many will be outdoors soaking up our amazing weather with family and friends.

What to wear?Something relaxing yet patriotic lol!


The shirts come in white – LEKKER , HOWZIT and EISH

FYI – Lekker shirt was from Mr Price via – I’ll re-post as soon as I get the one from the T-shirt Company.

Have a fantastic Long Weekend


Saver Series – Part 2 – Self Storage Units


You might remember that we are still living in a 100m2 apartment with two kids.

With 2 babies and everything that comes with them this little place was getting tighter and tighter add the seasonal items such as Christmas trees and Easter trees (yes we have one) we really had to find a Storage Unit.

Our 1st storage unit was costing us  a crazy R 670.00 per month, at the time we figured it wasn’t going to be to long as we were on our way to our new home.We were so positive I packed everything ready for its specific room in our new home (those boxes are bittersweet to look at to this day).

So we lumped it – R 670.00 per month to store unused and seasonal items.

A friend of mine came across an awesome XtraSpace Storage special and two weeks later we moved from one unit into another.Its pretty much the same distance as the other but in the opposite direction.Also the XtraSpace units are a lot cleaner – I had to wipe clean the layer of dust from all our items (our old unit was on a plot) before it went into our new storage.

What are we now paying…..R210.00 a month for a 5sqm unit which is ideal for what we need.

This means we have saved R 2300.00 over the last 5 months – Love it.

Bargain Right!!!

And you can take advantage of their amazing offers just have a look below:


The biggest and best saver special we have currently is at our JHB Central facility where we have a 60% discount on available units only. This special runs until February 2016.

At our facility in Brakpan, we are currently running a special on our 15sqm units, with a saving of R230 per month. This special is running until the end of December 2015.

At our Combrink Street facility (Alberton) we are currently running a special on our 9sqm units, with a saving of R120 per month.

At our Bellville branch we are currently running a special on 18sqm units, with a saving of R150 per month.
At our Airport Industria branch we are currently running a special on 7.8sqm units, with a saving of R230 per month. A special on our 3.77sqm units, with a saving of R230 per month.

Click on the link to get more information and contact details.
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Happy Savings








Spring into Action: Clean-up Series & Giveaway


It is called Spring Cleaning for a reason and the month of September is the perfect time of the month to do a good clean up.

Its always good to have the right equipment when doing anything and this is one of my must have items at home.

I’m blessed that I have Domestic help twice a week however over December I was alone with two little boys and a house to clean.

My little boy follows me everywhere I go and I love it but it was also a major worry as I dragged around the bucket and mop when I cleaned the floors.

I had to act fast and came across probably the best invention ever……


The Addis Spritza.

This is ideal for my home , in fact for any home as its easy, quick and safe.

No longer do we have to drag buckets of soapy water around, no longer is there a concern that an unattended bucket could be cause for a drowning child or swallowing of chemical water.

I simply place my floor cleaner and water into the bottle provided, clip it in and spray while I sweep……I love love this product!

With all the traffic coming in and out my home during the busy festive season I kept my Spritza close by at all times and it was simple and so so easy.

Addis has been a longstanding household name.

Life’s for living, and we love being part of yours. Addis – Making it easy

Click on their website  for more fantastic Addis Products ( I know I found a few things I’ve added for my next shopping trip)


Right……. One lucky person will receive One (1) Addis Spritza Cleaner .

To Enter:

LIKE the following page –

Email your Name and Contact details to


You  must reside in South Africa

There prize is non transferable for monies

If the winner is outside of Johannesburg the Prize will be couriered to address given

Winner will be notified on the My Gifts from Above Facebook page on 28th of September 2015 will be used to select winner

Saver Series – Part 1 – How we saved R3500.00 in 5 months


We have had a pretty rough two years.We went from living pretty well and on our way to leaving our starter flat and going into our 1st house when hubby got retrenched and was without work for just under 3 months.

We seem to finally be above water financially, that dark time had us learn so many financial lessons.

We weren’t saving anything as the plan was to completely pay off all our debit so that when the time came we would have a brilliant credit record as well as hardly any debit except the bond.Boy did that plan so horribly pear-shaped in a flash.That brilliant credit record we were so proud of shattered when we skipped our 1st payment.

We have a new insight on our finances and the way forward.

I run a business from home so we have uncapped ADSL from Telkom – this is important for the info im about to share with you.

We were subscribers with a decoder ,in my opinion a major nice to have in this country, so much so that I once did a quick survey at my old office as to how many people subscribed and it was straight down the middle 50%.

It’s not cheap at R 699.00 per month plus the insurance ( this was the package we had as we figured with the rental facility the amount we would save on late fees was our justification)It just got to the point where the repeats on every channel where just regurgitating over and over – Christmas movies in June really made me flip.

I decided to so some research after there was a discussion on 702 – inbox me for the Facebook link  .All you needed was an ADSL line , I tagged and sent hubby link after link about Netflix and within a week we were up and running.There was skepticism from may about the speed of our line but to date its been fine.

It cost $ 7.99 a month (yup you have to pay with your credit card and its in dollars but even with the hectic exchange rate you still saving).

Now we watch what we want when we want and without any ad’s.

Each family member gets a folder and you can search and save movies series documentaries etc so when you ready to watch them you can.

Are there any cons? Yes only one – our Telkom line was down for 2 weeks but we have a cupboard full of dvd’s for the kids so it wasn’t a major train smash.

To date its saved us R 3500.00 and continues to save us money.

FYI: we still pay out TV license annually.

FYI: when we go visit family and friends with still shocks us as to how we still come across theusual repeats – I kid you not

Check in from time to time and see where else I’ve saved money and how we did it.





The App that helps kids with Spelling


My 1st Grader comes home every Monday with a new list of words to learn.Then a test on these words is written on the Friday.

I try to make things fun because at this age they still learn when they play.So instead of rote learning or writing the word over and over I try my best to make it fun.

We’ve done bath (well shower really) time spelling.

Added Bonus: My shower doors get a real good clean


We use really cheap shaving foam I found at Dischem for R16.00 and a little goes a loooooonnngggg way, we also used a ear bud(q-tip) but he decided his index finger was just a lot easier.

That easy – we was learning without even realizing it and the results proved it.

Then there’s spelling with Magnets.


I found the magnets at Baby City and bought 2 packets straight away (If I recall they were R14.99).We use my baking tray to put them on.

However this began to stagnate after a while and I had to find something else.

We tried a few apps to use on our Ipad.

By far the best one we have come across  to date is a FREE app called Spellosaur…………………here’s why;


Every week I get to punch in the words for the week plus the additional Dolch word.

We then go though the 4 stages and in the end he does the test.

Have a look:

Once you have punched in the words these are the 4 Levels you will have to finish









After all levels are achieved they then go onto the Test


To find the app on iTunes this is the screen you looking for:

Itunes Preview

It is also available on Android

All snapshots are from the app itself and iTunes.

Hope this helps as much as its helped us.