Faux fame – the social media game

Let’s talk faux fame …yes, you heard correctly … Faux Fame!

What is Faux Fame ?

You know the kind of popularity that shoots you to an elevated status among your peers because you wore the right shoes or were invited to the right party.

The dreamy type of teen girl hype that was pure glitterati on the surface and as empty as an Easter egg in the centre.

That ….is faux Fame!

A quick rising to the top based on who you know , what you wearing or how ” pretty” your social media feed.

Social media and the faux game

Today’s social media demands see a lot of people hankering after the popularity of someone with a few more followers or a hired content developer and professional photographer to run their Instagram accounts.

Their eyes gloss over the perceived lifestyle and popularity of the person behind the screen.

They yearn for the attention, the notion of glamour and importance. They need to be noticed and as each need becomes deeper embedded into their beautiful souls, slowly they lose a part of themselves.

As the eyes of the world burn deep and this Faux image needs to be maintained they lose their honesty, their uniqueness and their beauty until slowly, very slowly, Instagram square by square ,they are packaged into the perfect box of faux fame.

But what happens when it ends ?

The one thing you won’t see on a beautifully curated feed is that faux fame is dated. For as long as Harry potter spotted frog chocolates are the flavour of the season you will ride the wave.

More than not in your new found position of importance you will overlook those who stood by your side, lie to yourself and tolerate more than your soul can take .

You will begin to lose tiny bits of the magic that is you.

And as most seasons do, yours to will end. It won’t float gently into a unicorn encrusted rainbow, but rather it will torrent down a soiled path of unimportance. Your faux fame abruptly stripped from you as you stand bare naked trying to write the caption for this event.

The crown of your days long past onto the new glittering flavour off the month.

Beware the trap that will lead you down this path. All that is posted is not true.

Final words

To me as I gaze upon a social media account I want to see honest. I want to see someone who will kick off their shoes and have a cup of coffee with me but mostly I want to see that I am following a person not afraid of their own light that they need to hide behind the faux fame brigade …someone who embraces their You-niqueness and shines through the seasons, guiding others like a light house should.

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National Sibling Day – 10 APRIL 2019

Today is National Sibling Day.

Siblings are sometimes your best friends or your worst enemies.

Growing up my younger sister was always someone for me to look out for which would annoy me tremendously, but I also remember many hours of quiet tea parties and busy Barbie doll games. Today both in our 40’s, we are each other’s sounding boards and voice of reason.

My own 7 children are lucky enough to have a wonderfully huge family full of siblings to bond with, make memories and annoy because truthfully no one can annoy you like your brother or sister.

No matter what a siblings will be your biggest competition, strongest source of encouragement and keep reminding you of those embarrassing moments all too frequently.

About National Sibling Day

National Siblings Day was founded by Claudia Evart in 1995 in honor of her siblings.

She wanted to celebrate both her siblings whom she had lost early in life in two separate accidents. Living without her siblings she knew the important role that siblings play in each others lives.

You can read more HERE

Sibling Day follows in a similar spirit as both Mother’s and Father’s Day, as an uplifting celebration honoring people who have helped in your development and who have shaped your values, beliefs and ideals.

SHARE THE LOVE

To help your children to celebrate their Sibling here are some ways you can show some love today.

1. Take some fun photos together

Grab a box of props or some dress up outfits and make some memories. Take some crazy pictures to remember the day.

2. Make a card

Explain to your children what Sibling Day is and help them to make a homemade card listing some of their siblings best traits.

Even if your children fight every 10 minutes, you will be suprised at how well they know each other.

3. Host a Sibling Day picnic

Grab a blanket and pack a quick picnic for the kids and let them engage in a few old fashioned activities like hide and seek or playing tag.

4. Gratitude Moment

After supper take a moment to have your children say something nice about each other. What are they grateful for about their sibling.

5. Board games

You can’t go wrong with board games. Bring out your children’s favourites for a fun evening.

Research has shown that siblings spend the most time together. They are each other’s first friends and even if your children fight like cat and dog, their sibling bonds will always be one of their strongest relationships.

Happy Sibling Day!

4 Hoppy Easter bunny craft ideas for toddlers

Its almost Easter and time to bring out that craft box and create some egg-stra amazing crafts with your toddlerd

Here are 4 of my go to Easter bunny crafts.

1. Easter Bunny toilet tube printing

2. A trio of bunny prints

3. Egg carton bunny

4. Bunny in a bottle

1.Easter Bunny toilet tube printing

( image credit – unknown)

You will need:

3 toilet tubes

Bostik or wood glue

Paints

Paper

To make :

Form 2 of the toilet tubes to look like ears and glue onto the third toilet tube to make a bunny stamp.

Dip into paint and print your design onto the paper.

2. A trio of bunny prints

You will need:

Paints

Paintbrush

Mini canvas or cardboard

Markers

Ribbon

Bostik

To make:

Paint your childs foot the desired colour. Print onto the canvas or cardboard.

When dry use the markers to add detail.

Glue the pictures to a string of ribbon remembering to make a loop at the top to hang.

3. Egg carton bunny

You will need:

Egg cartons

Scissors

Glue

Markers

To make :

Cut the egg carton into single holders. Turn upside down and draw a face. From a second egg carton cut two ears. Colour the ear inners pink and glue onto the bunny.

4. Bunny in a bottle

You will need :

A glass jar

Green raffia or paper

Mini eggs

Chocolate bunny

Ribbon

To make :

Place the raffia at the bottom of the jar to resemble grass. Add the chocolate bunny on top and sprinkle with mini eggs.

Close the lid and tie a ribbon to decorate.

Hoping you love these as much as we do.

Hoppy Easter!!!

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK -OWL STACK HAPPY -a balancing game

Our PRODUCT OF THE WEEK in collaboration with Happy Blocks & Toys is this fun balancing Owl Stack Happy game .

About the product

This chunky colourful game is fun for the entire family as they work together to balance the little numbered owls into some pretty tricky positions.

Defying gravity these owls can stack head to toe, head to head, wing to wing or sideways.


Good for children to develop their imaginations, co-ordination and sense of balance learninging through play.

The box consists of :-

🔹️12 wooden owls

🔹️ 2 balancing sticks

🔹️ A leaflet with ideas on how to balance the birds.

Recommended age 3+ years

Suitable for 2 or more players

Learning benefits

While stacking the owls your child :-

✔Develops fine motor skills

✔Assists colour, size, number and pattern matching and recognition.

✔Develops hand eye co-ordination

✔Improves logic and reasoning

✔develop their imagination

✔Improve visual skills

✔Improves sense of balance

✔ Introduces early match and science skills

Other ways to play :

😊Your child can also use the owls to group different colours into pairs.

😊They can be encouraged to make their own patterns and number lines.

😊They can trace around the owls improving own control

To order visit www.happyblocksandtoys.co.za

This post was sponsored by Happy Blocks and Toys.

Le Bonheur crocodile park

I’ve been wanting to visit the crocodile park for quite some time and we decided to visit on Sunday.

The drive into Paarl alone,is worth the visit as we enjoyed the iconic Pearl rock mountain views and open fields.Hamish had fun spotting the animals along the way and before we even reached the crocodile park we had seen horses, cows and springbok.The view, as you enter this winelands farm is breath taking and if I thought this was amazing, I was in for a much bigger treat when later we walked around and saw the view from the catch release dam …. I’m going to have to book a stay just to catch a sunrise and sunset from this idealic spot.My first thoughts as we parked in the spacious parking spots was how calm and quiet it was.

Lush green grass and beautiful flowers surrounded us.We had seen a field of cows driving in and as we parked we spotted some emu, whom we later went to feed.

The kids couldn’t wait to get out the car.

Hamish has been crocodile crazy for a few weeks so I just knew this was going to appeal to him.

We entered a large welcoming hall and proceed first to the little shop to buy our tickets.The shop is choc o bloc full with an assortment of items to buy to remember your visit. I was happy to see the pricing wasn’t over the top and we bought Hamish a little plastic crocodile and later a packet of dinosaurs.

You can also buy , among other things, t-shirts, crocodile teeth, leather items and handmade natural products.

We bought our tickets and headed through to the crocodile tour.

The tour guide is really knowledgeable and friendly as he begins to give a brief introduction to the life of a crocodile within the small room set up with an assortment of crocodile species pictures.

There are also real crocodile hides, skeletons, empty eggs and baby crocs in tanks.

I was rather sad that we wouldn’t be holding the crocs but very glad to see that the well being of the baby crocs came before a tourist ticket.

The crocs were only a few weeks old and so not ready to be handled.

After our engaging talk we took a tour of the crocodile pens. There are 4 different environments for the crocs and they are divided by age to prevent them from attacking the younger ones.

The environments were clean and with 200 crocodiles it may have looked a little crowded but the crocs are clearly well fed and looked after by passionate, dedicated staff.

Hamish especially loved the green protein growing in the water and he is convinced it’s green mud.

We spent some time just quietly observing the crocodile as Brent and Kerri listened to the guide discuss the crocodiles and their environment in great depths.

Hamish and I watched as the crocs quietly glided under the water only to surface with a great sploosh of bubbles from their nose.

I was really impressed with the guide. His passion and love for the crocodiles is very evident. He was knowledgeable, friendly and incredibly patient with the kids.

In the hall he took Hamish’s plastic crocodile and explained about how many toes the crocodiles have, engaging Hamish immediately.

Outside, mid tour, he stopped to show Hamish the crocodile life cycle pictures on a board, which prompted my little nature lover to try find the mommy and daddy crocodile.

As a mom of a really enquiring toddler this made all the difference! Many tour guides could take a leaf out of this humble man’s book.

After a walk through crocodile tour we were led to a glass panel that showed us how the crocodile swims under water before we toured the area where you can dive with the crocodiles.

Kerri and Brent are super keen to return and do this. Me on the other hand …I’m not so sure about that. Maybe I’ll just buy a tooth souvenir.

When we were done we made a quick visit to the snakes. I’m not a snake fan at all but Brent and the kids are.

There are some impressive snakes housed here and we had the option to attend the snake show and hold a snake but by that stage Hamish was exhausted so we headed to find food.

Service was a bit slow but the portions were quite big and nicely presented.

The view from the restaurant is spectacular and looks over the mountains and catch release dam.

The spacious children’s play area and picnic grounds are inviting and the picnic hampers sold are reasonable. A kiddy picnic of nuggets and chips, cold drink and toy will set you back R65. Not bad for a day out in nature.

It was the children’s area inside the restaurant that impressed me the most.

They have a some well used puzzles on a table and a row of books. Hamish was immediately attracted to the books and we were able to read about the reptiles he had just seen. He grabbed a book and went to lay on the soft crocodile play mat and read while waiting for his food.

I would love to see this implemented in more restaurants that I take my child to.

On the floor is an animal skin rug that holds wooden barrels of natural blocks which are fantastic for open ended play and keeping busy toddlers still.

Overall, this was an incredibly child friendly affordable day out which appealed to each of us. I can’t wait for our next visit.

Ten Fat Sausages by Child’s Play

This book review is in collaboration with Kids Book Club

Title: Ten Fat Sausages

Author: Child’s play

About the book

This classic child favourite counting rhyme is introduced to your child using bright illustrations by Elke Zinsmeister , and bold numbers peeping through die cut holes to help them understand number bonding.

This delightful book stimulates observation skills, encourages discussion and is the perfect first introduction to number bonding.

Hamish loves to count the sausages with me and peep through the empty sausage holes to try find out where they have gone. An adorable way for my toddler to practice counting and number recognition.

Recommended reading 1 -5 years

The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Books supplied by Kids Book club

Photos : Funmammasa

For the love of dragons – a Mish Mash review

Hamish loves dragons. I’m not sure if it’s from the bedtime tales I tell but in his mind dragons are magical creatures deserving of cuddles.

They are brave and beautiful. They are friendly and full of fun.

From the bedside stories of Goerge’s dragon to the songs of Puff living by the sea, he is mesmerized with these mystical beasts and his games are full of Sir Hamish and his trusty dragon side kick saving the day.

But as a mom in the real world, buying friendly looking dragon friends for toddlers that won’t cause nightmares is another story. The dragons I have found are mostly plastic and fierce looking.

Then I discovered the Mish Mash’s website.

Mish mash have a variety of beautifully created soft toys for toddlers and made this delightful dragon for Hamish.

He was besotted from the minute he opened his package and it has been love at first cuddle with his new friend.

The beautifully stitched,dragon made from a soft t-shirting material has had her felt wings and arms tugged and pulled and proved just how strong a dragon really is.

She has been cuddled in bed each night and unceremoniously dragged off, on every adventure since Hamish received her. (Thankfully she’s small and soft enough for me to put her in the backpack.)

As his imagination grows,I love listening to how he explains to her that dragons breathe fire from their “nosriiiils” ( nostrils) and that her wings need to be “big big big” to fly. I love listening to the made up adventures as he clutched her little arm and jumps along my couch so that the knights don’t catch them.

But mostly I love how he looks adoringly into her hand painted puppy dog eyes and says ” I Wuv oooo dragon”.

As parents, I believe, we need to provide our children with the tools to develop their creativity and imagination. Soft toys assist with this, as well as offer comfort and security.

A soft toy becomes your child’s first friend, helping them to begin to understand the world around them and their emotions.

Thank you Mish Mash for giving Hamish the dragon of his dreams.

For more information or to buy your own dragon visit http://www.mish-mash.co.za

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