#superanimals – Are Back

Our 1st trip to @picknpay to get us some #superanimals , yup I’m that sort of mom , the one who gets the whole family involved , starts a WhatsApp swop group , goes to store swop days . Why? My youngest is a collector from little , if there were/are toys or things that come in groups we had to get the “vallection” (that’s how he pronounced the word collection when he was smaller) why I indulge in this whim……
•they rather educational
•they get to practice putting the cards in numerical sequence time & time again(that’s maths)
•they learn to read & spell the animal names (that’s language)
•swopping makes for good camaraderie , making new friends , learning the art of being civil (that’s social skills)

#superanimals #picknpaysuperanimals #superanimalcards #momblogger #mommyblogger #picknpay

Personalised Slogan Straw Hat DIY

I am not a hat person. I don’t think I have the head shape for them.In fact the last time I dared to be daring and wore a fedora type hat on an all girls weekend at the coast, I had someone remark I looked like a creepy old man. 😂

In saying that I know I’ve also got to be realistic ,it’s been damn hot and being out in the sun all day is just asking for a sun burnt scalp that will then start to peel …..eeeeekkkk!

I say it in almost all my posts I love anything personalised.

I first came across these gorgeous slogan hats via Pinterest . If I track it back it was the Eugenia Kim label that came up with the infamous “Do Not Disturb” slogan hat.

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What you need to personalise your hat:

I bought a hat at my local Chinese Mall for a cheap R 30.00 (that’s like $2 US).I got a few meters of black stringed sequins at my local haberdashery and used my trusty hot glue gun to do the rest.

I like it – plain and simple -everyone thats seen my personalised slogan hat this holiday wants one.

 

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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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#SunflowerDay2016 – Fun DIY using the Tope

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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

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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:

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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.

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!!

 

 

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