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Be a little generous as you celebrate Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela International Day has enjoyed 10 years of global support and solidarity since it was launched in 2009...... No matter how small your action, Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better, just as Nelson Mandela did every day. What are you doing for Mandela Day this year? You may be unable to take off work and get away from your day-to-day duties, but...

Things to do this holiday with kids in Cape Town

It's that time of year again, the winter school holidays in South Africa. You may be at home with the kids or you may be looking forward to spending some time with them on the weekend when you are off, but what is there to do in Cape Town this school holidays?! Visit Kirstenbosch for FREE! Over the School holidays from Saturday 15 June to Monday 8 July 2019, Kirstenbosch National Botanical...

End Screen Time without the Drama!

At the beginning of this year we had the usual school meetings. The teachers told us - "no screen time during the week". Does that sound a little crazy? It may do. My daughter never had much screen time during the week but we decided we would follow through. Since she had more homework and more things to do during the week, she actually didn't miss it that much. We still found, however, that if...

5 Things to do with the kids this Autumn

Once again, its autumn - some days it feels like summer, other days it's winter and some! Autumn, however, is the perfect time to have some fun with the kids. Collect Leaves. Children old enough to handle a crayon can make angel faces. Lay a leaf on paper and rub outward with side of crayon, creating a silhouette and making different halo and hairdo effects. Remove the leaf and draw in a chin, a...

Getting to know – Nicolette from My Tiny Blessing

Nicolette and her family have a business that began as most family businesses begin - they noticed a need that was not being met, got creative and came up with a solution. She has also struggled with what most family businesses struggle with and that is reaching her target audience. Find out a little more about Nicolette and what advice she can give to those just starting out! Are you a...

Helping your Child make Friends as they start School

Grade R/Grade 1 is an exciting time for many children and their parents. With that excitement, however, comes some challenges. One area of concern for many parents is fostering friendships for their Grade R child. Every parent wants to be sure their child has a friend. Here are some suggestions on how you can help your child in adjusting to a new environment and in making new friends: Model...

Homemade Christmas Gifts #6 – Permanent Pen Mug

This is a great idea for getting the kids involved in creating a little bit of love for Christmas! Permanent Pen Mug What you will need Inexpensive White Mug Thin-tip Permanent markers And of course, an Oven! Directions Map out your design on paper. Draw the design on your mug using your permanent markers. Bake in oven at 180 °C for 30 minutes. Allow to cool. Tips If you wash the mug in the...

Should I post pictures of my Child online?

I think this question has an individual answer for each parent. I am often asked why I don't post pictures online and here are some of the reasons why: Firstly, my child did not ask to have her picture posted online, once pictures are posted online (even if you have 'deleted' them) they are there forever. I especially won't post embarrassing pictures which may be upsetting later on, I am...

Homemade Christmas Gifts #3 – Starfish Wall Hanging

I saw this idea on our holiday in Hermanus and luckily we live by the coast and have access to shells and starfish but if you don't you could get creative and find another theme. I just thought the starfish idea was super cute and would make a lovely gift. Starfish Wall Hanging What you will need String/Rope (I tried to find a nice rope or thicker string at craft & stationery shops with no...

The “I am Bored” Jar

If your kids are home for the school holidays, even with planned "fun time" and outings you are bound to hear the words "Mom, I'm bored" at some point. The "I am Bored" Jar is the perfect solution! All you need is a glass jar, some paper and awesome boredom busting ideas. Make some of the ideas fun and some of them not-so-fun, like chores. These activities should last about 30 minutes. Here are...