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. šŸ˜‚

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.

 

New Years Eve Cookie Recipe

Cookies and Champagne? Could this become a trend? In my opinion a great yummy New Years Eve combo.

Ring in the New Year with a batch of New Years Eve cookies.Don’t you just love the gorgeous cookie cutter (2018 available soon on my FB shop)?

With all the preparation that goes into setting up or getting ready for the New Years Eve festivities this recipe is great., These are no-chill dough cookies, within an hour I had whipped up these beauties.

Ingredients for the new year eve cookies:

  • 400ml of flour
  • Orange Rind of x1 orange
  • x1 tsp of orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 125g of butter
  • 100ml castor sugar
  • pinch of salt

Method:

Cream butter , sugar and orange rind until light and fluffy.Add in the egg and juice and continue beating until combined.Gradually add the flour and salt.Beat until a dough is formed.

Remove from bowl and begin to roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll them out to the desired thickness and use the fave cookie cutter.

Place on a baking tray covered with either a silicone mat or baking paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes in a preheated oven at 180ā€¢C.

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Enjoy and many many blessings for the New Year.

 

Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

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

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What you’ll need:

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

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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.

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Enjoy

 

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 Ā make/use this method at almost every party and I tell you they winners.

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Ā 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 (sortedāœ”ļø) , a Valentines class party Ā (sortedāœ”ļø) , 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 Ā 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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Fab Find – Dischem Baby Things Shampoo

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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, Ā even I use it from time to time because it’s so gentle and smells lovely.

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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 Ā up-cycled my tope and turned it into a piece of jewellery.Let me know what you think šŸ˜ƒ.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 PortugueseĀ  and Spanish haveĀ chouriƧo (Portuguese) orĀ  Chorizo (Spanish), the Brits have their Pork Sausage and the South Africans haveĀ  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 theyĀ  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 fromĀ  West Pack Lifestyle)
  • clear packaging
  • stickersĀ  ( 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.