West Rand TBDZA Details

22 May

First off, I want to say a quick thanks to @MelanieMinnaar for giving me the butt-kick that I needed, and for saving the West Rand event.

To all my friends in the Wild West, come and drop your blankets off here:

  • Date: 26 May 2012
  • Time: 6pm to 9pm
  • Venue: Rhythm Café, Heritage Square, Cnr Cecil Knight and Viljoen Street, Krugersdorp North.

We’ll be sharing the rooftop with the Rhythm Within Us dance school, so bring a blanket, have a drink at the bar and see some spectacular dancing. It’s for a good cause!




12 May

If you live in South Africa and spend a bit of time on Twitter; you’ve probably heard about the Twitter Blanket Drive.

It’s easy to forget, when we’re sipping on a big cup of hot chocolate in front of our big gas heaters, that a large portion of the South African population barely have the luxury of snuggling into a warm blanket.

It was with this very thought that, @MelanieMinnaar started the Twitter Blanket Drive, just over 2 years ago.

The aim is to collect as many blankets as possible, using social media to rally support.  The main event will be held as a national tweet-up on 26 May 2012, with supporters getting together at 6pm at venues all across South Africa (and even over the border in Zimbabwe).

This year, I am proud to be hosting the #TBDZA West Rand event, with my good friend and awesome rockstar @PappaG100 as co-host.  He and his band, Die Kat se Snor will be treating us to a free performance on the day, so bring your blankets and watch this awesome band live!

For more info and to RSVP, follow this link: http://twtvite.com/TBDZAWestRand

We hope to see you there!


2 Nov

Every mom needs to brag about their kid occasionally, right?


And it only took 2 weeks too.

I’m so proud of her (and so happy about the money we’re saving on nappies).  She still uses a night nappy, but we might take her off that soon as well, seeing as she has woken up with a dry nappy every day for the past week.

Potty training was one of the things I was most anxious about when we embarked on this whole parenting journey.  I wasn’t looking forward to cleaning up accident after accident, or being stuck at home with a kid who needed to be taken to the loo every 15 minutes for weeks on end.  I should’ve known that it wouldn’t be like that.  Sienna has been the easiest kid on the planet to raise up to now.  Potty training was no exception.

Bring on the next thing 😀

I’m an addict

28 Oct

To the point of almost being a dealer.

My drug of choice? Pinterest.

When I first heard of Pinterest, I thought that I would never find a use for it.  I don’t have a wedding to plan, I’m not a designer or a fashionista and I don’t spend hours on the net looking for pretty images.  I decided to request an invite anyway, being the serial early adopter that I am.

A few days later I received my invite.  I’m yet to figure out if this was a good thing or a bad thing.  I spent all of two minutes on the site before coming up with at least ten different boards that I could make.  The food category alone was enough to keep me staring at my screen for hours on end, pinning one delicious picture after the other.

I’ve discovered that you don’t need to be a designer or a fashion fundi or a bride-to-be to appreciate the stunning ideas and images on the site.  I’m not a photographer, but one day I might want someone to take pictures of me and Pinterest has helped me find poses that I may want to try.  I’m not a chef, but I’ve found countless meal ideas that are quick and easy to make by even the most disastrous of cooks.  I’ve found hundreds of fun and informative games and crafts to do with my little girl.  I’ve even become the proud owner of a sewing machine and can’t wait to try some of the patterns that I’ve come across on Pinterest.

My biggest challenge now?  Getting off of Pinterest long enough to actually try the dozens of projects that I’ve pinned.

And the dealer part I mentioned above? Pinterest is open by invitation only, so leave me a comment and I’ll send you an invite 😉


20 Oct

Yesterday, we had a hail storm.

Growing up in Joburg, you get used to pretty extreme weather.  We have howling winds, torrential rain and spectacular thunderstorms.  We also have hail on a fairly frequent basis.

I always knew that a storm was particularly heavy if the noise on the roof suddenly became too loud and the lawn started looking like it was popping popcorn all over the place.  I loved watching the little balls of hail jump around as they fell on the grass.

The biggest hail I’ve ever seen before was about the size of a small gumball, and the noise that went with it was insane.  I’m very glad that I wasn’t home yet when yesterday’s storm happened.

The first signs of the hailstorm was evident when I made my way up the Krugersdorp hill.  Piles of hail, looking like snow, were scattered all along the rock face.  As I rounded the bend at the top of the hill, I could see the debris of leaves and twigs strewn over the road.  I drove on to pick my daughter up from daycare, where I heard the first stories.  One poor mom arrived at the daycare just as the hail started falling and got stuck in her car.  The worst part was that she was terrified that she might still get hurt as the hail struck dents into her car and threatened to knock out her front windscreen.

I did a quick check of my phone as a left the daycare and saw that a friend who lives up the street from me had updated his Blackberry status.  A few of the windows in his house got knocked out.  I thought he was being funny and ignored it, until I got home.

You could tell that the storm was unusual by the number of old ladies running around in our complex, trying to see if their roses got damaged. Leaves and twigs were everywhere.  I got my daughter and walked into the house, knowing immediately that my friend hadn’t been joking.  My husband was in the process of cleaning up the last few pieces of glass from where a golf ball sized hailstone had shattered one of the windows in our lounge.

Thankfully, that was the only window in our house that got hit.  I went back to see if my friend had posted any pictures of the damage to his house.  They had lost about 4 windows, with the biggest hail stones hitting their house being about the size of cricket balls.  Other friends had multiple cracked windows and dented cars.

Driving to work this morning, the streets looked like a hurricane had passed through.  What I had thought were twigs turned out to be entire branches that had been ripped off of the trees lining the streets.  I was truly thankful that I missed the storm.

It did get me thinking though.  Storms seem to be getting worse.  Torrential rains have turned into dangerous flash floods, hail storms have turned into deadly downpours.  I can only imagine what would’ve happened if one of those hailstones had hit an actual person instead of just a few windows.

Is our planet starting to fight back?

Sienna’s Favourite Things

19 Oct

Okay, so I’ve seen this on Jenty and Louisa‘s sites and thought that I’d like to do one too.  At least it’ll get me posting again 😉

TV Show: Spongebob Squarepants, ad nauseum.

Meal: Its a toss up between 2 minute noodles and toast with Bovril on. Easy kid.

Fruit: okay, maybe not that easy.  She likes those dried fruit sticks at least. Real fruit is a no-go for now.

Vegetable: erm, potatoes?

Breakfast: this one isn’t so hard.  Sienna loves oats and cereal.  She normally eats a very hearty breakfast that lasts her until well into the morning.

Drink: my kid has always loved any form of liquid.  Her favourites at the moment are milk with the Purity powder in and Oros.

Drinking yogurt flavour: I must admit that I haven’t tried giving her drinking yogurt yet, but she loves the eating kind. Strawberry is her absolute fav.

Sweets: somewhere along the line, Sienna started liking chocolate.  It’s not something she picked up from me.  Her favourites are Chomps and the little chocolate bear vitamins that she gets every day.

Chips/crisps: I much prefer salty snacks to sweets and most of the time Sienna’s the same.  She’ll eat any chip, even if it burns.  We usually get her Cheese Curls or Flings.

Toy: this changes daily.  I don’t think she has one toy that she prefers over anything else. (I’ve been thinking about this for 10 minutes and I still can’t think of any toy that she likes more than all her others)

Colour: As far as I can tell, it’s always been red.  She loves wearing red clothes and notices red things first.  Her favourite outfit is a red dress.

Something that happened yesterday:

I was off sick with a tummy bug yesterday, so I don’t really know how many cute things she was doing around the house while I was hiding in bed.

She did do one really cute thing though, I’d gotten back into bed soon after her dad brought her home from daycare, and she proceeded to climb up onto the bed.  The next moment she was snuggled up under the covers next to me.  It would’ve been lovely to keep her there if she could lay still for longer than 2 seconds.

The Reunion

11 Aug

Okay, so it went a lot better than I expected.

You may remember that I mentioned my reunion a few weeks ago.

Last week Saturday was the big day.  We ended up being an hour late (we’re always late), but luckily it was pretty informal so it didn’t matter.

The first thought that went through my head was: “I’m not the only one who got fat….YAY!”.  Apparently my own body issues was my only stumbling block to having a good time.  That, and how quickly I could get….lubricated.  Hubby and I cracked open our wine and let the good times commence.

It was so good to see how everybody had grown up.  There were your odd pockets of people that still wouldn’t mingle with anyone else, but for the most part everyone chatted to everyone else with none of high school prejudice we had 10 years ago.  We laughed and reminisced and talked the night away.  We had a few quiet moments remembering all of our friends that had passed away since we matriculated (11 in total, I was told).  All in all we had a blast.

In fact, so much of a blast was had that we’ve decided to have a reunion after party.  Only about half of our year was able to make it to the reunion because of the long weekend so we’re doing it again….in summer.  They’ve even specifically requested that everyone bring their kids along instead of leaving them with sitters.

I can’t wait!


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