Reviews of Things and Places

Reviews of Things and Places

Jump till you drop at Be.UP

Jump till you drop at Be.UP

Fysh got an invite to celebrate the birthday of one of his friends from the village and he was hesitant to go, actually to be honest in the beginning he didn’t want to go. K is the younger brother of a friend and he wasn’t
Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens

Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens

Apparently Stellenbosch has botanical gardens! I had no idea until yesterday when I had to meet my mama there to get Fysh’s laptop charger. It’s so green! Okay I guess that’s a given considering the name but I mean REALLY green. The grass is so
Small Business Saturday – The beginning

Small Business Saturday – The beginning

This time of year is hard AF for small business owners because while people are happy to spout the “support local/small businesses” that tends to be nothing more than say say when the festive season rolls around and they head directly for the big companies
The life-changing magic of not giving a fuck | Sarah Knight

The life-changing magic of not giving a fuck | Sarah Knight

I can’t recommend reading this book enough, it’s fantastic. It really is brilliant. I think this woman speaks directly to my brain, all her books do. I’ve been hooked on her books since Jonathan Ball Publishers sent me the Get Your Shit Together Journal to
Wolfkop family festival

Wolfkop family festival

At the beginning of March we headed out to the Wolfkop Camping Villages just outside Citrusdal for the weekend to join the very first Wolfkop Family Festival that is now going to be an annual event. Before that weekend I’d never heard of Wolfkop before despite
Yellow is the new Blue. Apparently

Yellow is the new Blue. Apparently

** I decided to write this because so many people commented on my Instagram stories that they were thinking of buying it this holiday. I know I said I’m going to stay brunette for a while, and I did. A whole few days ;) Decided
Wrap Stars made my MacBook pretty

Wrap Stars made my MacBook pretty

WrapStars is the new kid in the neighborhood and they introduced themselves by turning one of my Charlie and Beastie drawings into a vinyl cover for my MacBook! All the heart eyes!!! You know how just the thought of covering your books (or your kids
[WIN – CLOSED] An adventure in space!

[WIN – CLOSED] An adventure in space!

We have been attending the Canal Walk summer holiday event for a good 12 years now I think. There are still photos on my moms fridge of us at one of the earlier ones where my brother was about Fysh’s age and I’ve taken Fysh
[WIN – CLOSED] ruuuun it’s a T-rex!

[WIN – CLOSED] ruuuun it’s a T-rex!

We got to go to the Dino’s Alive launch opening and it was SO MUCH FUN! It wasn’t what I had expected but then at the same time I’m not really sure what it was that I actually expected so I wasn’t let down if
Reviewing Hasbro toys!

Reviewing Hasbro toys!

Check it out… Fysh reviewed some of our top picks from Hasbro for xmas this year. Yes, I really was tempted to wrap them all and hide them away from him but then we wouldn’t be able to review them and I’d also be setting
invading YouTube

invading YouTube

As I type this our very first YouTube video is uploading to the account I’ve had for 4 years… It’s something I thought of getting into but I never really knew what to do, also I’m not one for being on screen. Then Fysh hit
KAPOW! November’s secret box

KAPOW! November’s secret box

Before I even start this I’m going to let you know that if you use CUPCAKE at checkout your get 10% off the next box you buy ;) cause you’re going to want to  use it…   We loved the October Secret Box so much we
I ordered from Wish!

I ordered from Wish!

I am seriously late to this whole Wish bandwagon thing but mostly because I really hate waiting – I want next day delivery – and also because my card has issues with online purchases. But I had cash in a PayPal account I couldn’t get
[WIN – CLOSED] Nerf Blaster Flaconfire

[WIN – CLOSED] Nerf Blaster Flaconfire

Last week Hasbro sent us the Nerf Blaster Falconfire from the Nerf N-Strike Elite Accustrike Series. It’s actually pretty cool compared to the others (well compared to our other one) as the new range has redesigned bullets that make them shoot further and more accurately
My forever treasure

My forever treasure

Remember when I won a spot to join one of Janine Binneman’s jewelry workshops? We had such a fantastic time and even Fysh loved it, mainly because Janine gave him a piece of wax to faff with and keep busy while I was learning all
Bedtime stories with the Goodness Gang

Bedtime stories with the Goodness Gang

When the Goodness Gang came out I told y’all how much we loved them and that hasn’t changed. Fysh has collected almost each of the gang, just not the carrot – said he looked angry haha. I still love how they promote healthy eating and
[WIN – CLOSED] The Secret Book Box

[WIN – CLOSED] The Secret Book Box

There is no doubting the fact that I love reading. It’s always been my way to escape to somewhere that is just better than whatever is here. And it’s a comfort. An adventure. A way to make new friends and see new worlds without even
Time for tea

Time for tea

So in February for Valentine’s Day we decided we aren’t going to go all big or whatever seeing as our anniversary is so close to it anyway so instead all three of us stayed in and I ordered a games box from Don’t Disturb. Instead
Mindful Monday – The Bodhi Box

Mindful Monday – The Bodhi Box

Things are so fast paced lately, it’s one of the reasons Fysh and I are going camping soon, get away and reconnect. Find our roots again, breathe in some fresh air and meditate for a bit on where we want to go from here and
bucket list item you didn’t know you want

bucket list item you didn’t know you want

Yesterday I got to add “carved my own ring” to the “something I’ve done list” and it was amazing, and frustrating and so much fun! It was something I never even thought of putting on my bucket list of things to do but now that
It’s big and um blue… It’s big blue!

It’s big and um blue… It’s big blue!

Have you heard of Big Blue yet? Maybe popped into their store and lusted over all the pretties? I have. Actually The Person introduced me to them when we took that train trip up to Pretoria and he bought me the most gorgeous skirt, I
The Playstation

The Playstation

A while back The Playstation Adventure Park started following me on Instagram and I’ve been thinking about taking Fysh ever since, the thing is though that they are in Tokai and any true Capetonian will tell you that us to Tokai counts as a road
Kids Saturday at Bay Harbor Market

Kids Saturday at Bay Harbor Market

Last week I mentioned that the Bay Harbor Market in Hout Bay now has something called Kids Saturday’s where you can browse the stalls while the kids are entertained by the activity of the day, the face painter and jojo the clown. So we took
A mom and Fysh day at the waterfront!

A mom and Fysh day at the waterfront!

We were invited by the V&A Waterfront to a mom and kid day and man oh man did we have a fantastic day! I’m actually not sure which of us had more fun to be honest, but I’m sure Fysh will argue that it was
The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers

The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers

Crazy lady (as Fysh calls her) won free entrance for her and a bunch of friends to The Fantastic Grifizzi Brothers (an animal free circus) that’s in Stellenbosch at the moment and The Person, Fysh and I got to tag along. Ever heard of those gypsy carnivals
Introducing the DokiWatch!

Introducing the DokiWatch!

If you’re reading this you’re most likely a parent, and if you’re not a parent I’ll bet dime to a dollar that you know someone who is a parent and really needs to know what Hi-Online has in stock now. What the biggest fear as
Badger sunscreens for summer 

Badger sunscreens for summer 

Summer in SA is HOT! And with the spring flowers coming and going earlier than usual this year it’s a good indication that we’re going to have a lot of tweets and posts about how we’re dying of the heat. And I don’t know about
Buggy for Bugz Play Park

Buggy for Bugz Play Park

We (read Fysh) had the time of our lives at Bugz Play Park yesterday. It’s sort of like a Ratanga minus the lengthy walk between each attraction and minus the creepy abandoned city vibes. Aimed at kids from about 2 to 12 and big bonus is
Being Boss by Jess Mouneimne

Being Boss by Jess Mouneimne

A while back this lovely lady I know decided to write a book on how to survive the first 1000 days of owning your own business based on her own experience and success.  I really love that she decided to share her knowledge and how
We did Dunkin donuts! 

We did Dunkin donuts! 

Boojah! I can tick it eating epic Dunkin donuts off my bucket list!  I’m dead fussy when it comes to donuts. It needs to be a pretty damn good don’t and I can’t say I’ve had too many of those which really makes me think
The goodness gang, and why I’m okay with them. 

The goodness gang, and why I’m okay with them. 

We all know where I stand as a parent with these pay R150 and get whatever it is they’re trying to get you to collect. Mainly because I simply can’t afford to spend R150 every time we shop and because freelancing doesn’t lend you one
Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Lisa Clark

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Lisa Clark

A while back Penguin dropped off The Cookie Jar book by Lisa Clark and with it came some sample cookies from the book, the salted chocolate chunk ones and guys… I have been craving this cookie ever since. I can’t explain to you how good
Books make me happy 

Books make me happy 

Yesterday was a pretty decent day considering the last few we’ve had. I paid my car thanks to some help and I even managed to do a small grocery shop so that was a total win. We’ll still need to make sure the eskom bill gets
Peppermint Crisp Tart… but cupcakes!

Peppermint Crisp Tart… but cupcakes!

A while back Fysh and I were contacted and asked if we’d be willing to take part in a fun little challenge set up by GWK, one where we take a traditional South African recipe and give it our own unique twist. If you follow
Nature’s Farm Pasta!

Nature’s Farm Pasta!

We had the most epic press drop full of farm goodness. There was cake flour and brown flour and really epic cookies and of course PASTA! I know that we shouldn’t eat pasta. Or at least in moderation but we are a pasta household as
[book review] The Brightest Star in the Sky – Chyemenn Santos

[book review] The Brightest Star in the Sky – Chyemenn Santos

Earlier this year we had to have our beautiful border collie put down. Joonbug was a rescue we got shortly after moving into our home, it’s a big house and I wanted the safety of a dog. Well it turned out she definitely wasn’t much
That new phone smell… 

That new phone smell… 

Most of you know I’ve been having phone issues for a while now where it switches off as it wants and doesn’t support most apps (because the ios doesn’t upgrade higher than 7).  It got progressively worse till a point last week where it  decided
i ♥ my typo planner thing

i ♥ my typo planner thing

Every year in January since Typo opened up by us I mission and buy one of their cute A6 diaries when they go on the 50% sale. This year they didn’t have that sale and so I waited a little longer but they never had
Bowling for soup 

Bowling for soup 

Or for the fun of it anyway ;)  I haven’t been bowling since, shit I don’t know. Maybe since I was about Fysh’s age and running around Kolmanskop sneaking into the bowling alley. And then it was once or twice before we got caught (bowling
Me Before You – the movie

Me Before You – the movie

I don’t know if you know this (I didn’t but thanks to Padfoot I do now) but Numetro does this thing they call “girls night out” were tickets are R65 (snacks not included) and you get to see a fantastic chick flick (that is usually a
SURPRISE! you’re 50 now but we still love you

SURPRISE! you’re 50 now but we still love you

My mama turned the big FIVE OH on Saturday and we celebrated it with a surprise party at the pottery studio in Melkbosstrand that her friend owns :) It’s really a gem of a spot. We used to drive all the way to houtbay to
cowabunga!

cowabunga!

We got an invite from Nickelodeon Africa to go and see the screening of the new Ninja Turtles movie and I know how much Fysh loves the turtles (we even have the lego) so I of course said yes – thanks guys! We almost forgot
mortgage, rent, school fees and taxes for a 6 year old

mortgage, rent, school fees and taxes for a 6 year old

** Not a sponsored post. Just sharing a great find. I mentioned the other day that Fysh has wanted a monopoly set for quite a while and was pretty distraught after the little incident where he “won” a set and then it was realised they gave
we had so much fun at Snow World!

we had so much fun at Snow World!

The Person’s car is still in George so he’s taking the train to us not the weekends which means we’re figuring out which trains are closest etc, it also means we’ve realised that rail in SA needs some
The Belle Box – unpacking

The Belle Box – unpacking

Recently I posted a sneak peek of a logo I was working on and now I can reveal what it was all about. My gorgeous friend Emy has launched a fantastic new lifestyle subscription box > The Belle Box! The difference between this box and
[WIN] a month of lunch boxes from The Lunchbox Company!

[WIN] a month of lunch boxes from The Lunchbox Company!

A while back we got sent a box full of packed paper bags marked days 1 through to 20, sounds ominous right? Well actually it’s pretty much a life savour in a box really!!!
A Table Mountain instameet

A Table Mountain instameet

So as a local earning local monies we don’t go up the mountain really often because let’s face it, most of the fun things like that are aimed at the tourists and the dollars and euros that they bring with them and hiking up there
[book love] Hooked on Mandalas by Haafner Linssen

[book love] Hooked on Mandalas by Haafner Linssen

Random Struik (aka Penguin books) sent me a copy of Haafner Linssen‘s “Hooked on Mandalas” and man oh man I am hooked (see what I did there, haha).    It arrived yesterday morning and the first thing I did was send The Person photos of some
beautiful food, on a budget

beautiful food, on a budget

Yesterday the Today team dropped off a box with 3 everyday ingredients for me to use to create a puff pastry masterpiece. The challenge was to create beautiful food, on a budget. I was free to add or remove anything that will give my creation
ooh, look! a LUSH review!

ooh, look! a LUSH review!

I don’t post “beauty posts” often but I needed to tell you about this so bare with me. I’ve been hearing about shampoo bars for ages now and I keep meaning to get myself one from Lush but it’s such a mission to get there
Lunch Snacking Made Easy

Lunch Snacking Made Easy

I am horrible with putting together snacks to eat during the day and don’t get me started on packing lunch boxes – I am so glad we homeschool now! But the lovely peeps and CNC foods make all this so much easier woohoo! They have
Dead Pool – DO IT!

Dead Pool – DO IT!

So it was our 2 year anniversary on Saturday. TWO YEARS?! What the hell? Where has time gone? And we decided that the most romantic way to celebrate was by watching Dead Pool… cause yes, that’s just how we are haha. So Padfoot offered to
gingerbread house fail

gingerbread house fail

I follow a lovely lady (who turns out to be a HS mom!) that sells pre-cut gingerbread houses in a kit. Mostly around xmas time obviously and when she offered to send us a fish tank for our butterfly caterpillars I cheekily asked if we

whale vomit, dassie pee, massages and a spookhuis

I was invited to the launch of Rain Africa’s new fragrances – Leaf, Twig and Nectar – the nectar by far winning my as my favourite, it’s soft and beautiful and reminds me of spring in Germany. We all met up at Charlies Bakery and

raising a nerf blasting Brony

I don't know if you know this yet but Canal Walk it's up to it's usual holiday tricks and has fun for the kids in the centre court again, for the boys there's a Nerf Blasters section where they get to pick out their own Nerf Blasters and try shoot ...

Lux makes you smell pretty

Did you know that Since 1925, Lux® has been bringing the best of beauty – and the pleasure that comes with it – to every woman in the world? It’s made like the costliest French soap and is known as the beauty secret of some of the