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An early Spur celebration 

This weekend saw the start of papas anual weekend away with the soccer guys. This meant Bear and I would be alone at home.

I had hoped Kiki and Monkey would come for the weekend as I’m not a fan of  staying alone but  with both of them having German measles that wasn’t an option. 

So , It was just Bear and I. 


Friday

Early birthday celebrations

Friday morning , after quickly grabbing a few birthday gifts for the weekends birthday parties,  we collected my bestie P and headed to start our weekend.

A quick stop in at a Mommy and me tea and then to the mall.

Early birthday suprise

I decided to do a party for one at the local Spur. Bear was quickly seated with his Totem teepee pictures to colour ( and wax fatties to throw on the ground) , Indian brave headdress on his head and hungry tummy waiting to tuck into his plate of smilies. 

Ice cream smash

He had a ball and I secretly noted that he must be getting bigger as he hadn’t moaned yet to get out the baby chair. 😂😂

All too soon he was done and ready for his Chico the clown ice cream. (After all what is a kiddies birthday without Chico? )

Out of nowhere the sound of clapping and chanting caused poor bear to stop colouring and look with horror as the entire Spur staff quota made their way towards us singing happy birthday to him.

He was proudly presented with a sparkly ice cream (which also caught the serviette on fire 😄) 

Just this once,I sat back and allowed him the privilege of  a non OCD mom and handed him his spoon to tuck into the ice cream.

The look of delight on his face was gianormous. 

 I don’t actually think he spooned any ice cream into his mouth but he did manage to stick his hand in it, gets some on his nose  and try share with me. 

Finally we tidied up the melted mess and he received his toy … I’m not sure yet how he’s going to use the wax sticks but that’s a problem for another  day.

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Tell your children you love them 

The following post is copied from an old blog of mine called home bit.  It was started in 2010 to document our home school journey …somehow it stagnated as life continued.

I will be copying over a lot of the content over the next few months as most is still very relevant. 

Tell your child you love them day

On my facebook page i started an event for today called..

Tell your child you love them day!

We all tell our children that we love them daily but there are also many children who go to bed at night who have never heard their parents utter the words I LOVE YOU.

Three small simple words that mean so much more than we can fathom.

I Love you means
.you are my world
what would i do without you
you are so very special
you make my day complete
I am so happy that i am your parent
i am happy that you are my child
i am so grateful you were born
you are amazing

It means
security
protection
hope
joy
kindness
acceptance

love

These words allow our children to know that no matter what they do we will always be there for them on their side.

A child needs thse words to grow and thrive.

I make a point of telling my children every night before they go to bed that i love them.

I also like to tell them as often as possible.

Nothing brings greater joy to my heart than the words I LOVE YOU.

Tell your child you love them NOW and often.

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Nappy Ever After launch

As you know I was invited to the Nappy Ever After nappy launch.

https://funmammasa.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/nappy-ever-after/

 

I was really excited as i’d like to learn more about cloth nappies (see future blogs mammas) and I wanted to see the vibrantly bright Sugabums range.

Nappy Ever After

I arrived at Primi at the V&A waterfront not too certain what to expect. 

I was immediately greeted by the warm smiles of Shaakira Mathews and Rufqua Abbas Hoosain,  the two dynamic moms behind these brands.

Their passion is infectious and one just has to listen how they knowledgably guide you and speak of their own cloth experiences to understand the dedication behind their businesses.

A perfect setting

Primi was the perfect setting. Quiet and stylish to host a group of moms and relaxed enough for those with children to allow them to play or be cared for by the babysitter.

I took my seat and watched as an array of moms joined the launch. Each with their own cloth nappy  journeys….

Thank you …

At each setting a neat little Thank you adorned our plates. A quick peak inside revealed a branded biscuit treat and a sample of the newly launched Sugabum bum cream .

Treats

Nearby an assortment of visually appealing products were on hand for us to sample , purchase and both ladies were avaliable to answer any questions .

The nappies are bright and appealing. Soft and durable.  I personally love how neat they look when stored.

I was most impressed with how affordable they are. These are stylish nappies that grow with baby and are tailored to suit a new parents budget.

All products are handmade , except for the imported Little Lamb range.

Cloth display

Newly launched was the Sugabum bum cream. This product is exclusively made by Roots so you can trust in it being 100% natural and organic. With its fresh scent and smooth application this  is soon to become a favourite in most households.

Sugabum bum cream

A lovely healthy breakfast menu was offered and moms could choose from one of Primi’s three yummolicious options 

  • Eggs on toast
  • A breakie burger
  • Muesli bowl

I opted for the muesli bowl and wow was I suprised at just how delicious this beautiful breakfast was. ( ps ..the cocoa balls were my favourite. )

Muesli bowl delight

All in all an enjoyable morning spent with fellow mommies and fabulous hosts.

Thank you 😘

Thank you again to Nappy Ever After and Sugabums for our prize. I can’t wait to try bear in cloth.

Cloth prize

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Bedtime rituals

Kiki saying her prayers

This is a photo of  my then 6 year old Kiki saying her prayers. 

Back then our ritual  would be bath ,supper , quiet play to calm down from a super busy day, story with mom, bathroom visit, brush teeth,  prayers and snuggly bedtime with half a toy box.

Naturaly it also included lots of hugs and kisses.

Not to forget the calls to use the bathroom, need for water or just to let tell me something she had forgotten to say before I announced bedtime 😂

As I get ready to start transitioning bear into a bed of his own , I started to think of the bedtime rituals I’d like to start with him.

Story 

For me a story is vital. Reading not only calms your little one from a busy day but also builds the bond between  you and your child. You can chose to adress issues that your child may be going through through a fictional character, share a bible story or maybe a favourite from your childhood. It also sets a foundation for early readers and encourages your child to associate reading for  pleasure. 

Prayers

Some parents don’t follow a faith and some alternatives to an evening prayer could be:

  • A list of 3 things your child is greatful for
  • Something good that happened during their day
  • Sending sweet dreams to the people they love. 

For us , I’d like bear to learn a small prayer to recite at bedtime.

The bedtime fairies 

With Kiki and monkey I had two fairies that would visit in the evening. Their names were Goodnight and Sleeptight.
They were encouraged to be quiet and close their eyes  so the fairies weren’t scared and would visit them.

Each fairy was responsible for a different job . Goodnight was the sleep fairy and she would full your eyes with sleep glitter to help you sleep. Sleeptight was the dream fairy. Once you were asleep she whispered good dreams into your ears.

It worked each night as they would lie still and wait quietly for the fairies .

What are your bedtime rituals mamma ?