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Finding Nemo ….a trip to the Aquarium 

The Aquarium has been on my bucket list for the last 3 years, so when I saw tickets were half price on the Waterfronts museum night I knew exactly where we were headed.

Dressing bear for the Cape winter we headed off early determined to try avoid a long queue. 

Friendly aquarium staff ushered us to the right line and before we knew it we had out tickets and we’re entering the exhibit.

As we entered a photographer snapped our pics for sale later (at R250 a set it’s well worth the memory. 3 pics in a wonderful keepsake frame full of info about the Aquarium,  a postcard and 2 small pics that you can turn into a magnet or keyring)

We always do things the wrong way lol and started at the sharks first. I’d read that they had just this week completed the shark tanks and introduced the few ragged tooth sharks we saw. Bear was in total awe as these magnificent creatures swam slowly past us.

Next we found the Nemo tank where you can crawl into the centre and have a full view of inside the tank. Papa got to snap a few pics of bear and I. I watched as a facinated bear watched  the fish swimming about , babbling about what he saw.

Next we past small tanks of various fish and sea creatures. Each as beautiful as the next, giving us a wonderful glimpse of the oceans secrets.

The wave pool was intriguing and bear giggled each time the ‘wave’ crashed into the large fish pool.

I couldn’t help lingering a little longer at both the star fish and sea horse tanks …two of my favourite creatures.

Soon we came across the jelly tanks , strategically placed in a darkened room the florescent jellyfish seemed to dance before us.

I loved the I &J tanks with a giant turtle shyly hiding in the courner as large sea creatures swam around him . Ahead of us was a tunnel and I wondered what kind of tunnel you’d have at an aquarium. The tunnel is made of glass and as you walk through the fish swim above and to your sides. This allows you perfect close up views of the animals in the tank.

Something that stood out for me was the touch tanks , where bear got to touch sea weed and a live starfish. This was not a sensory experience he enjoyed. He could also dig for fossils. Sadly he’s a bit young to understand what he was doing.

We gave the kids play area a skip,  mostly because it was bears suppertime and we were eager to view the penguins. But it was encouraging to see so many families , especially with small babies visiting. The Aquarium is completely pram and wheelchair friendly.

You smell the penguin enclosure before you see it and if you’ve been to Boulders beach you will know that smell only to well.  A cross between ocean, fish and dirty socks. The penguin are as cute as can be as they stare at their visitors .

I found this the most beautifully decorated exhibit with its wild fauna creating an ambiance of exoticness. 

It was nice to see an area dedicated to how green you are and we noted a kelp forest interactive game for older kids. I also saw a microscope section manned by aquarium staff who were educating the visitors about various sea life.

The sign boards are informative , without being too rigid and the staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have. There were many opportunities to interact with certain exhibits, touch and take unusual photos.

If you haven’t visited , it’s well worth the visit .

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50 questions I’ve never been asked

I was tagged by Carrie from the Lazy Homemaker to answer the following:

 50 questions youve never been asked

I knew this was right up my alley. Thanks for the fun tag Carrie 😊

I hope you enjoy learning a bit about me.

Questions 

1.whats your favourite candle scent.

Vanilla. …always vanilla.  It reminds me of the many hours of baking in a hot kitchen with my grandmother.

2.What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

Omw! Madonna …could you imagine the amount of fun you’d get up to. (Lol I think I just gave away my age there 😋)

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother

Brad Pitt. … between his 6 kids and my 7 , Christmas would be an amazingly busy time.

4.How old do you think youll be when you get married

I married at 23 for the first time after being together since I was 15. And I’m marrying now in November for the second time to papa bear . So I guess 43👰

5.Do you know a hoarder

Do I count ? But I only hoard good stuff like craft supplies, Pintrest ideas I’ll never use, educational toys and books. Oh and cookie cutters …yip! I’m weird like that !

6.Can you do the splits?

Not intentionally …no !

7.How old were you when you first learnt to ride a bike

My grandad taught me to ride when I was about 6 or 7. I’m not really sure but I remember the silver bell was my most exciting feature on the little pink bike.

8. How many oceans have you swum in.

Two …Indian Ocean (I grew up in Natal) and Atlantic Ocean (I live in the Cape)

9.How many countries have you been to?

Only the Seychelles when I was much younger. Beautiful experience. ..who doesn’t love an island ? 

10.Is anyone in your family in the army 

No 

11.What would you name your daughter if you had one

I’m blessed with two gorgeous daughters Tammi (25) and Kerri (13)

12. What would you name your son if you had one?

I have 5 amazing sons Dylan (22) , Shaun (21) , Byron (19) , Ronan (16) and my little bear Hamish (9months)

13.Whats the worst grade you got on a test?

I once failed a whole term of art because I refused to stick to the teachers specs on my final exam … I still maintain art is not a dictated study but an expression of ourselves .

14. What was your favourite TV show as a kid?

I remember so many which is odd as I don’t watch TV at all now. I think the one that stands out most for me was Pumpkin Patch. I loved to sing along with Woofles and his friends.

15. What did you dress up as for Halloween when you were 8?

Halloween?  I’d only heard about that in TV shows. It was only when I moved to Cape Town in 2000 that I saw South Africans taking part and celebrating Halloween.

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Twighlight or Hunger Games series?

I’ve read and watched every Harry Potter book and movie. I’m a huge fan.

Twighlight is utter rubbish and I just can’t bring myself to try the books or even get beyond  the first 15 minutes of the movie.

I loved the Hunger games movies …on my list to read the books.

17. Would you rather have an American or British accent?

Neither thanks, I’m quite proud of my South African accent.

18.Did your mother go to university

No 

19. Are your grandparents still married

My grandparents have all passed on.

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?

No . My mother told Mr karate was for boys.

21.Do you know who Kermits the frog is ?

Um …yes !

22. What was the first amusement park you went to

We took the kids to Ratanga Junction in 2000 when visiting the Cape for the first time.

23.What language beside your native language would you like to be fluent in ?

I speak English and Afrikaans fluently and understand a basic in Dutch and German , so I guess I’d like to be more fluent on both of those.

24.Do you spell the colour grey or gray?

Grey

25.Is your father bald?

I’m not sure. I last saw my father 16 tears ago.

26. Do you know any triplets?

No

27.Do you prefer Titanic or Notebook ?

Notebook …swoon 😍😍😍

28.Have you ever had Indian food?

Yes, growing up in Natal I’ve been lucky to sample some wonderful Indian meals.  An Indian friend took some time a few years ago to teach me to make a decent curry, briani  and roti. ..yummolicious 

29.Whats the name of your favourite restaurant?

The Orca. It’s a small sea food restaurant in Melkbos, Cape Town. Their service is amazing . Their food never dissapoints and as for their Orca speciality pudding  ..let’s just say I could go there just for desert.

30.Have you ever been to Nandos

Yes, but I prefer their adverts to their food 😋

31.Do you belong to any warehouse stores?

Does a Makro  card count ?

32.What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender

Not sure.

33.If you have a nick name what is it?

Those close to me call me Judes but my children call me mom , mommy , mother, mama

34.Whose your favourite person in the world

Aside from papa and my kiddies , I’d say my grandmother. 

35.Would you rather live in the countryside or the city?

Always the country…preferably with a beach.

36.Can you whistle?

Yes

37.Do you sleep with a night light?

I have a lamp next to the bed but don’t sleep with it on.

38.Do you eat breakfast every morning?

No, I usually grab coffee first and maybe something to eat by round 10ish.

39.Do you take pills or medication daily ?

No, but if you ask some of my kids they may say I need anti crazy pills 

40.What medical conditions do you have?

None

41.How many times have you been to hospital

8. Once with each of the kids, and last October to have the pins and plates inserted into my broken leg and ankle.

42.Have you seen the film finding Nemo

Yes. The first time I watched it I had to put it off as my 4 year old Monkey burst into tears because Nemo didn’t have a mommy.

43.Where do you buy your jeans?  

I own 1 pair of jeans and you hardly see me in them.  I don’t even remember where I bought them.

44.Whats the last compliment you got?

A friend read an interview I did for the power woman project and called me to say I inspired her 💞

45.Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning

Sometimes. The last one I remember had a white unicorn .

46.What flavour tea do you enjoy?

I’m a coffee addict. Self confessed. Don’t drink tea. 

47.How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

Boots, talkies,  slippers, Sandles and 2 pumps. Just the basics.

48.What religion will you raise your children to practice

I’m Christian and so that’s the religion I’d raise them in.

49.How old were you when you found out Santa wasnt real

5. I saw my uncle dress up in the santa suit.

50.Why do you blog?

Mostly because I love to write. Secondly I want to share my parenting journeys so moms know they no alone. Fun mamma is to educate, encourage and inspire parents to be the best they can be, even on the hard days 😘
I’m tagging the following blogs to join the fun 

Stuff by Kay …Karolien

I am me I am mom ….vanessa

Tammi says ….Tammi

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Modern cloth nappies … what you need to know 

Social media is full of beautifully clad baby bottoms , all wearing modern cloth nappies. Bear uses disposibles as I was overwhelmed by the new cloth nappy choices. When my other bears were little we used plain old towling squares held into place with a snappi. And so I was eager to learn more.

Jolene Smith from Smitten  Baby  Boutique was happy to answer my questions .

Can you share your personal journey using cloth nappies?

I started using modern cloth nappies with my little boy and my passion for cloth encouraged me to open my own cloth store manufacturing and supplying other mommies with modern cloth nappies. Every time I used a cloth nappy it was a massive achievement for me. I loved the way they looked on my little boy and loved the fact that they were environmentally friendly. They also contained no chemicals!! It was a win-win for me.

What made me start using cloth nappies? My boy suffered serve chemical burns from disposables and I needed to find an alternative solution for him. 

As a new mom what would the mom‘s need to purchase and how many of each?

I started with basic pocket nappies. I purchased 10 new ones and found 10 preloved ones in my area. I washed nappies with his bodyvests and towels every 3-4 day and dried them on the washing line. 

After a few month’s I discovered other types of modern cloth nappies (All-In-Ones, Hybrids, SIO’s, Flats etc). My complete nappy collection now contains various brands and various types of nappies. My toddler is now potty trained but baby number two is nearly here. So I get to reuse all my nappies again on another bum. So where the nappies cost me a little bit to start out, I will now pay nothing for baby two.

How many nappies does baby use daily (disposible 4 to 6 ) and How does this compare to disposibles.


Full time cloth users can use between 5-8 nappies a day. The amount you need completely depends on how often you will be washing your nappies. 

How do you wash cloth nappies?

Some mommies wash daily and some do it 2/3 times a week with other washing. Washing routines are much easier than the ‘old school’ toweling nappies. We don’t soak or sterilize modern cloth nappies. Dirty/wet nappies are placed into a ‘dry’ bucket (washing basket, large bucket) when taken off baby’s bum. Then when you are ready you wash you place all the nappies into the washing machine and do a rinse cycle. This rinses excess urine etc. off nappies. Then you just do a normal wash (not a quick wash), cold water is completely fine with only washing powder, no fabric softeners. Once this wash is done you hang your nappies to dry on the washing line. You can even add other washing into this wash. Like towels, linen, clothing etc. Save on water and electricity. You don’t need hot washes or tumble dryers.

Why do you think cloth nappies have become so popular?


When I started using modern cloth nappies it wasn’t something I saw when I went to the shops or people spoke about at baby showers. Now I can walk into any mall or play area and see a cloth bum. Mom’s are becoming more aware of modern cloth nappies and choosing them over disposables for various reasons. Some of those reasons: disposables are becoming expensive, you are paying more for poorer quality nappies. Another reason is modern cloth nappies are completely breathable and chemical free. You don’t even require bum creams or barriers with modern cloth nappies.

As a preschool teacher I didnt encounter babies on cloth nappies , do you find schools open to parents nappy choices


Crèches are slowly coming around to the idea of using modern cloth nappies. I think it’s intimidating for any crèche owner or caregiver to be handed a bag of modern cloth nappies and expected to use them. Luckily all cloth moms absolutely love teaching others how to use cloth and are only to happy to show crèches how they work. There are a large amount of crèches that actually don’t mind cloth bums and enjoy embracing it.

Why would you recommend cloth?

Ask any cloth mom how modern cloth nappies work and you will see the passion and love they have for modern cloth nappies.

What do you do with your nappies when baby no longer needs them


There is a huge market for preloved modern cloth nappies so when you are finished with your nappies you can sell to another mommy and you will recoup even more of your initial investment back. 

As a completely overwhelmed  mom what advise would you give me with regards to cloth nappies

I have been running Smitten Baby Boutique since 2014 and I can’t tell you all the success stories I hear everyday from my customers. I always tell all new cloth users that it’s very overwhelming in the beginning to get started. But within a month or two they will be pro’s and talking all the cloth lingo like the experienced cloth users do.

Best tips for new cloth users

Best tips I can give potential new cloth users: Find a mommy in your area that uses cloth nappies. Ask to be able to come look at her nappies. She will happily explain all her different types of nappies with you. 

You mentioned not buying bulk nappy packages, why is this

Don’t buy bulk packages of one specific brand of nappies. Buy a variety of different brands and types. Each nappy fits differently on each baby (no two babies are alike). Get a feel for what you enjoy using and invest in more of those. Sell those you don’t reach for. That way you don’t get stuck with 15-20 nappies you don’t enjoy using. That’s why Smitten Baby stocks a variety of different brands and types of nappies, so that Mommies don’t have to shop around at various stores. They can shop at one store and get everything they need. I also courier all over South Africa.

My website is: www.smittenbabyboutique.co.za

My facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/Smittenbabyboutique/

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30 week Random Acts of kindness challenge 

I was totally inspired when I saw the Game for Humanity cards on Facebook. 

Wow ! Finally a card game that I’d enjoy and could benefit those around me.

Most of us lead very busy lives and sometimes as much as we mean to volunteer our time or do good , time runs away from us.

Now , you can follow our 30 week random acts of kindness challenge and do 1 good deed a week. Post it to our Facebook page or under our weekly comments and let’s inspire some goodwill in our country. 

The challenge starts the first of July right here on the blog. I’ll also be posting it to Facebook  and Instagram . Please hastag 

#funmammasa #gameforhumanity #randomactsofkindnesschallenge

No need to feel pressure, you can start anytime you like and do as many challenges as you are comfortable with.

Each week I will draw 1 card from the deck , load it to the blog. Then within that week bear and I will complete the task.

Together ….let’s make a difference ! 

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Some days I wish ….Judy Dooley 

Sometimes I wish for days of scattered toys and sleepy heads

of kisses good night as you lay in your beds

Of small little hands that tugged at me

Begging for one more story

Of mumbles and giggles as you ended your day 

Of small little yawns as sleep took over play

But mostly I wish for the silence of night

When I’d walk in and tuck you good night.