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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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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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Nappy Ever After

I used cloth nappies with all my bears but way back then it was a white towling square folded into one of two shapes …boy or girl! 

We affixed our nappies with a plastic Snappi ( because pins were going to hurt those wriggling bottoms) and hoped the waterproof of choice held the moisture long enough.

For less mess we added a nappy liner .

So when I looked at this option for Bear I was completely overwhelmed. …

Firstly at how amazingly gorgeous and stylish  the new cloth nappies are but also at how to use a modern cloth nappy. 

So many options,  new terms and choices …..

Where to begin???????

Launch Party

 Due to my ignorance I went with the disposible choice and so I was super excited to see the news of the Nappy Ever After launch party hosted by Shaakira Mathews  and Rufqah  Hoosain.

These remarkable ladies are the owners of the cloth nappy companies Nappy Ever After and Sugabums.

Together they have put together the first Nappy Ever After launch party with the intention to educate mamas like me who may want more information on modern cloth nappies and to introduce other cloth mamas to their brands.

What you waiting for

Treat yourselves to a yummolicious Primi breakfast at the V & A this Saturday as you browse these stunning products and get to meet the business mamas behind the brands. 

A wonderful opportunity to have all your questions answered by experienced cloth mamas. 

You can even bring the kids along …as a childminding service will  be provided. 

Have you booked your space yet ?

 

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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 .