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!!!

 

#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

Saver Series – Part 4 – Unilever Deals

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I’m simply obsessed with saving but I absolutely love shopping , even mundane grocery shopping is fun for me and more so when I know I’m saving at the same time, Black Friday last year was euphoric for me – my dream come true would be if we could coupon like in the States.Think of the show Extreme Coupon.

Well I’ve come across something that is one step closer to coupon heaven.Thanks to Unilever.

I simply registered and now its a quick browse through the specials before I go to the shops and click on the coupons I’ll use so I’m ready when I get to the stores.

#iheartsaving click here for Unilever Website

I came across the GIF below via http://www.everything4less.co.za

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Nice and easy explanation on how Unilever Deals works.

Lets Start Saving.

Note:This is not a sponsored post – if I can save I want others to save as well.

#happysaving

 

Back to School – Star Wars

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In our household there were two countdowns.The Christmas Countdown and the release of the Star Wars Movie.

So it was no surprise what the 2016 scholastic stationary theme was going to be…….SHHHOOOOOOShhhoooooo (Darth Vader Breathing lol) yup STARS WARS.

I found this 3 roll wrapping at Typo for R 90.00 , I cant wait to start covering school books.

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From takealot.com this 2016 diary is for the older Star Wars Fan @ R 340.00 excl delivery fee.

 

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Mantality.co.za has this awesome set for R 149.00

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Document Wallet @ Game R18.50

 

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Bought these labels earlier today for R 10.00 @ Game

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Notebook @ Pick N Pay R26.95

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Ceramic Star War Set @Game R 130.00

 

Theres nothing like starting the day right with a nice big breakfast.What better way then with the above Ceramic Set.

What colours or themes have your kids decided on?This was the highlight of my year and I’d always go for a matchy-matchy set if I have to look at whats out there right now and I was still at school this is the set I would have chosen.

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Breast Cancer Awareness: #‎powerofpinkpunnets‬

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Lindt & PNP – Thank you

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If you get hold of Lindt ChocolateSA, they will be the 1st to confirm my 2 year Easter Carrot obsession – I have hounded these poor people for the last two years all because I wanted Lindt Carrots for Easter.

https://www.facebook.com/LindtChocolateSA

So when a quick dash into my local Pick n Pay had me screech in the aisles……These were the reason (see pic below)

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Nostalgia probably has the most to do with why I love them….when I was little after Sunday School my grandfather would fetch me and we would go buy fresh warm bread at the Portuguese bakery.Hanging from their back shelves were little chocolate umbrellas.Grandfather would always buy me a few.(I loved loved them)

When I saw them (the LINDT CHOCOLATE CARROTS) on the shelf I rushed to the SMART SHOPPER POINTS machine and cashed out 10 000( R 100.00) just to buy Lindt Chocolate Carrots.That wont be the end of it – guaranteed!

Thank you Lindt Chocolate SA for finally bringing them in and thank you Pick n Pay for stocking them.

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Click below for their great Easter specials

http://www.picknpay.co.za/home

To my fellow chocoholics ….enjoy!!!!

Footnote: The tin bunny buckets were designed by COOL BEANS DESIGN for me.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cool-Beans-Design-Agency/140760239299227

1st Grade Rocks!!! Free Iron On T-shirt Decal

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So, its begun……My babies school careers.

Little guy is going to our local primary school and Little Man will be going to a special needs school.

Tomorrow the school will be hosting a Meet-and-Greet Orientation type party for the 1st Graders.They will be introduced to their teacher’s and shown to their classrooms thereafter they will have a little party.

I wanted them to both have something special – something that I made, something that says (even if its just for me)”mommy thought of you and how (tears) this is such a big day in your little life (and more tears)”.

I spent a very long time on a very simple design for the Iron On but – its all made with love.(I’m still getting used to the program)

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What do you need:

  • A4 Iron On sheet of Transfer Paper (I used TRIBE – bought a packet of 10 at PNA for R123.99)
  • Iron and Ironing Boar
  • A white t-shirt (I got mine from Pick n Pay Clothing for R29.99)
  • Printer – Or take your Iron On paper to the closest printing shop like a Postnet or Minuteman Press

What you need to do:

  1. Print out the PDF in colour on Iron on Paper
  2. Warm the iron
  3. Face the printed side face down on the shirt and iron really well
  4. allow to cool
  5. Remove the top film of the iron on paper

And that’s it – you done

An inexpensive shirt made especially for their special day and it only got R40.29 ($3.50)

Enjoy!!!

Footnote: for photo details step-by-steps on the above see my previous tutorial here:

http://mygiftsfromabove.com/2014/02/12/xoxo-valentines-day-kids-t-shirt-tutorial/

2015 Back 2 School favourites

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My other favourite time of the year  – school supply time!

With the boys starting 1st Grade it was compulsory for us parents to purchase the school supply box with all contents direct from the school – so it wasn’t much fun.

However I still get the opportunity to scour the stationary isles for book covers and homework supplies (yayness!!!!)

I’m drawing inspiration from bright NEON colours to (personalize their book covers……I’ll let you know how that goes however there are so many pretty cool items I just had to share with you.

Now back when I was at school and we were finally allowed to cover our books in whatever colour we wanted I always went for matching items – so from book covers to stationary it all matched…I loved it and still do.

Lets start off with the backpacks:

I came across these at Mr Price and Pick n Pay

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Colourful Book Covers

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 No stationary shopping trip is complete without a visit to my favourite of favourites……TYPO!!

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and lets not forget the store I visit daily …Woolworths

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 Enjoy!!!