A believe it or not breakfast for under R35 .

We were privileged to visit Ripleys believe it or not expo at the V&A waterfront a while back .

See how much fun we had. https://funmammasa.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/ripleys-believe-it-or-not-review/

It was an amazing outing. Little bear got to sit on the world’s largest chair, have photos inside the eye of a needle and drive the world’s smallest working car.

And I was eager to try the coffee shop.

Not sure why I haven’t yet, but this morning I grabbed a coffee and custard treat for less than R35.

It was yummolicious .

I’ll be visiting more often 🌻

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15 things to do that won’t cost you money

Here’s a list of 15 things you can do with your family this weekend that won’t cost you much money .

  • Visit the park – we have so many amazing parks on Cape Town. My favourite is the Greenpoint Biodiversity park. It even has an amazing fenced in play area for little kids.
  • Go sightseeing – I recommend a trip to the V&A, they have a free walking history tour. Just grab a map at the tourist information centre and follow the maps and signage.

  • Play a board game – when last did your family sit down to monopoly or scrabble? My boys are currently enjoying Risk.
  • Visit the library – go grab some new books and havd a chilled weekend relaxing with a good read.
  • Try a new recipe- the internet is full of devine recipes. Pick one to treat the family with.
  • Draw something- you don’t need to be an artist to draw. Try your hand at nature journaling. Take a book and some pencils outside and sketch what you see.
  • Camp out – if you have a tent put it up in the back yard . Build a bonfire and let the kids camp outside for the night. If you can’t camp build a table blanket fort and spend sometime in the fort reading to the kids.
  • Watch a movie – between DSTV, Netflex, YouTube and the internet your choices are unlimited . Or you could go old school and rent some dvds. Don’t forget the popcorn.
  • Learn a new skill – take the time to start that diy project you’ve been dreaming up or trying a new craft.
  • Budget- sit the family down and work out an entertainment budget for the month. Get the kids to make lists of things they would like to do as a family.
  • Make a time capsule- collect a box and everyone writes letter to their future self if puts in an item that is special to them. Agree to open in 2030.
  • Go through old photos – the kids will enjoy seeing younger photos of themselves and it’s always fun to relive a memory.
  • Exercise -take a walk,join a fun run or go for a bicycle ride.
  • Go geocatching – Navigating to find caches.Learn more on Geocaching.com: bit.ly/2sVBwOe

  • Make paper aeroplanes – teach the kids to make paper aeroplanes and race them.

Date night with Pick n Pay

After a very long Janu-worry, budgets are only started to find an even balance before Februaries month of love strikes with cupids arrow declaring Valentine’s day.

So if you find yourself in a tight spot wondering how to spoil your Valentine without breaking the bank, consider exchanging R30 worth of your smart shopper points for a 2D movie ticket.

Movie tickets are valid for Ster kinekor and you can chose a movie of your choice.

Thank you Pick n Pay and Ster Kinekor, this one is tops on my Valentine’s spoils .

Riebeek Valley olive festival

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Last year we were invited to attend the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival . It was a wonderful day full of new experiences and delicious olives.

We were determined that we would return with little bear again this year.

So , it was with great sadness that I read how , due to our water crisis and for the first time in 18 years, the festival has been cancelled.

Thank you to the organisers for being socially concious and doing what is in the best interest of the community.

We will miss your amazing festival this year.

Why you should use an insulated lunch bag

The standard lunch box has evolved over the years. From early days when school children took their lunches to school in metal tins to the more modern versions of insulated lunch bags.

Today insulated lunch bags are incredibly popular with adults and children alike.

Why you should use an insulated lunch box.

1. They gentle on the environment.

A reusable alternative to paper bags, disposible plastic, foil and plastic lunch bags.

2. They safer and healthier

Your food has less chance of becoming contaminated in an insulated lunch bag.

Because paper bags and plastic containers have no real way to maintain the temperature of food stored inside, the food becomes subseptable to contamination, which can cause food poisoning.

3. They allow a larger variation in lunch choices

They allow you a wider choice in lunches that you pack as they keep food longer so items like yogurt won’t spoil so quickly.

How does an insulated bag work?

Insulated lunch bags typically have three barriers against temperature change.

They have an outer layer made of a medium to heavy weight fabric, like nylon or neoprene. The second layer is made from a type of insulating material, usually foam. The third, inner layer is generally made of foil or plastic. Together, these three layers form an excellent barrier between the contents and the outside of the bag, maintaining their temperature much longer than a paper or plastic bag.

Why I only use insulated lunch bags

It’s always been important for me that my children open a fresh , healthy lunch when they at school.

I wouldn’t serve them something I wouldn’t eat myself and images of soggy tomatoes and squished peanut butter sandwiches come to mind when I think of my own school lunches.

Due to this one of the first things we buy at the begininf of a school year is a new lunch bag.

It was great to send bears formula bottles in when he was at day care. As he grew we added one for his lunches and snacks.

As a teacher , I must admit a lunch bag is so much neater and more organised. Teachers can easily store them neater than a bunch of odd containers and children learn responsibility if keeping all their lunch together and packing it back in when done.

As a mom it is so much easier to just open the bag after school, dump out the containers , wash and line the lunch bags up on the counter and prep them for the next day when each child just grabs their own before heading off to school.

Tip

We take bears lunch bag with us , even when we just go to the shops I add a prefrozen ice block in and then store his juice, milk, snack and dummy in the bag. So much easier than fumbling about in a nappy bag if he needs something .

Our first Adventure clubs adventure.

A PICNIC IN THE PARK 

We’ve been working through our January Bucket list.

One of the items on our list was a picnic in the park. Now , picnics are no fun alone so I decided to try setting up an adventure with the Adventure clubs app.

As you know , I love this app and was eager to try it out.

You can read more about the app here.

How it works 

It was really easy to create the event after you’ve downloaded the app.

Once you log on, you are given a home page which shows you your adventures and gives you a tab to create an adventure.

Home screen menu

From here you click create and follow the steps. 

STEP 1 

Pick one of the many categories.

Pick a catagory

STEP 2

Fill in the details about your adventure.

  • Title 
  • Date
  • Time
  • Day
  • Location (a map is provided . This is so helpful especially to those like me who can get lost anywhere)
  • A description of the adventure
  • Number of people
  • Age range
Fill in the details

STEP 3

Be a bit more descriptive. Give your new adventure friends a few more clues on how to be prepared for the day out.

Tell them :

  • Is it inside or outside
  • What to bring along
  • How much it costs
  • What to wear.  
  • Is the area pram friendly or not ? (After lugging my pram around these holidays this has become a vital question for me)
  • Where to park
Be more descriptive

And….

Your adventure is ready!

Our adventure

Our experience 

 I loved that I received a message each time someone commented or sent an R.S.V.P.

I also liked that it was a safe space to message each other as these were all strangers meeting.

I found it easy to set up and easy to use.

The morning of our adventure I received a reminder which in our busy lifestyles is fantastic and means we won’t double book an event.

How did the Adventure go?

I was a bit dissapointed in the turn out. Only one other parent from 4 made it to the picnic. An awesome dad and his little boy.  

Neither of us were too peturbed and we ended up including 2 other picnic groups with us .

So at the end of the day it was an amazing day and little bear enjoyed a picnic in the park with his new friends.

Picnic time for teddy bears