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Renovation Diary: Month 4

Last week I shared with you the final month of our Renovation Diary, but today’s post is actually the last post in the series…. As with most renovations ours went a bit over the schedule. But not by much. Only a week which I think is REALLY good going when friends of ours went over […]

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The Ethics of Animal Encounters

As a family travel blogger I’ve been invited to enjoy quite a few unique experiences through my blog over the past few years. Initially I have gone along to enjoy whatever is on offer, always excited to embrace the new opportunities that have come my way, but also happy to be able to educate my kids […]

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Family Holidays: The Wonderful Wild Coast

A visit to the Wild Coast of South Africa has been a dream of mine for years. Ever since I lived in East London as a kid I’d been hearing about it – Chintsa, Morgan’s Bay, Kei Mouth, Coffee Bay, Hole in the Wall, Port St Johns, Umngazi. The names sounded exciting and very adventurous. […]

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Family Holidays: A Wild Coast safari at Inkwenkwezi

Our trip to the Wild Coast began with a verrrrry long drive from Cape Town to East London, followed by a few nights in my childhood home town…. But the real “wild” side of the holiday only really started the moment we drove through the gates of Inwenkwezi Private Game Reserve! We parked our car and […]

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Renovation Diary: Choosing outdoor furniture

Last year we were fortunate to be able to finally renovate our home. After 15 years of living in the same space it certainly was time! The whole process took over 4 months from the first spadeful of soil to the final touch of paint…and I’ve been sharing some of the journey in my Renovation Diary. […]

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Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Kids

Lunch boxes. The word strikes fear in the heart of every mom, every where… and a few dads too. How on earth do you pack a lunch box that’s affordable, healthy, quick AND filled with things your kids will actually eat?? This is the eternal question. Probably more stressful than “What is the meaning of […]

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Family Holidays: A visit to my childhood hometown, East London

I grew up in East London and since I left, aged 12, I’ve managed to return only twice. Recently I decided I needed to change that and that it was time to introduce my kids to this special part of the world… One of my happy places! As with all good road trips we woke […]

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Restaurant Review: Lunch at La Petite Ferme

Sunday lunches used to be a thing. I’m not sure when the stopped being a thing? But in recent years it seems they have fallen by the wayside. A pity really, considering how lovely it is to enjoy a long, leisurely meal with your loved ones every week. Daily life is often too hurried for […]

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Weekend Wanderings: Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, Paarl

Back when the weather was chilly and the trees were bare we paid a visit to Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl for a lunch during our day out in the area. I somehow missed posting about this spot… and unfortunately I’ve now forgotten what I ate too so it can no longer be called a Restaurant […]

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WIN: A Disney hamper worth R1200

We’re well into the summer school holidays already which means parents everywhere are trying to juggle work, kids AND Christmas shopping. Crazy times! Thanks to a combination of late nights and forward planning I’ve very fortunately managed to put to bed most of my work and Christmas shopping already, for which I am very grateful as […]

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My 5 Favourite Finds for November 2016

My 5 Favourite Finds series is one of the most fun to put together. Each month I keep a little list on my desk of things that have been catching my eye or drawing me to them day after day. They might be items I’ve bought, read, stumbled across or been sent. The idea is […]

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Weekend Wanderings: Bukkenburg Pottery Studio in Swellendam

During our recent weekend in Swellendam we spent a morning at Bukkenburg Pottery Studio learning the potting ropes from master potter, David Schlapobersky, himself. It was such a special morning spent in his authentic and creative space. His studio filled to the ceiling with pots in various stages of development – from the raw clay […]

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Spa Review: Rain Forest Day Spa, Swellendam

Rain Africa are world-renowed for their glorious natural soap, body and bath products, so when I found myself spending the weekend in the very town where the concept was created I knew I had to pay a visit to their beautiful shop… Situated on the main street of Swellendam, the Rain Africa shop is a […]

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An Extended Family Photo Shoot

A few weeks ago I was thinking about how lovely it would be to do another family photo shoot… I definitely don’t want to look back on this season of my life with young kids and realise that I never had photos of them with me (due to the fact that I’m always behind the […]

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