Colour Your World With Bokomo OTEES!

In every family, at least one member will be more creatively inclined. Whether they just enjoy doodling, or are avid painters or drawers. Those that could sit and create magic all day long.


My little boy is beginning to reach that age, but it definitely isn’t hasn’t come naturally to him. He will sit down to colour or paint for 5 minutes before rushing back outdoors to get dirty instead. So, this was bound to be an interesting challenge for him.

My son has been a lover of Otees since his very first taste of the scrumptious loops as a toddler. I would take them along as snacks when we would go out because they weren’t messy. So when we had some delivered to our door for him to colour in, he was beside himself.


Since then, Otees has sort of become a staple breakfast, and lunch in our home. He rushes back from school, and gives me that look – the one where I know he’s about to ask me for something. He then tiptoes to the cereal cupboard, and whips out the open box of Otees, with this cheesy smirk on his face. ‘Yes love, you may have a bowl of Otees.’ ‘Again???’, he responds with a proud look on his face. An expression that only gets pulled when he’s truly excited and surprised about something.

You should have seen his face when I told him that he could even colour in the box WHILE eating. We certainly haven’t seen that response from him for colouring in. There was something special about this.


That being said, it’s obvious that something unique and special like this is bound to go down well with most kids! Take them to the store with you, let them pick which limited edition box THEY want to colour in, and take it home and allow them to have a bowl of Otees while creating their very own magical masterpiece. And as long as they submit it, they may see their very own creation on the shelves FOR SALE! Imagine that, the pride they will experience seeing something that they did in the store. Incredibly special, I’d say!







  • Participants must buy any Bokomo OTEES competition pack
  • Go to & register their details for prize redemption
  • SUBMIT their unique code on-pack to unlock the design game.
  • DESIGN their unique OTEES box and hit ENTER OR colour in an actual pack and submit a photo to enter OR post a photo of the pack with the hashtag #oteescolouryourworld on any one of these:
    OTEES SA Facebook page
    -Your own Facebook or Instagram profiles
  • OTEES will select their top 10 designs to be features on facebook and the facebook community will vote for their favourite one which will become limited edition pack in store in June/July
  • The top 100 designs will be randomly selected from all valid entries & will each get a case of OTEES cereal with their design

A Morning Of Sanity – Kid’s Pantry At The Playstation.

Sipping on my single shot latte, with actual thoughts processing in my head for the first time in awhile, watching my little guy happily squeal with delight as he gets his sensory fingers covered in chocolate dough – I can’t help but find myself wondering why I never thought to do this before.

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Just a short drive from our home, I left the house with an excited 3 and a half year old, excitedly anticipating his very first cooking class ever. I often find him begging to bake at home, which I do often allow, but find myself with minimal patience, and cringing about the mess. It doesn’t stop me, but does, at times, make me more hesitant. I also try to minimize the amount of sugar in our home. Baking means an entire batch of something sugary and sweet, which generally means that you’ll find yourself consuming sugar over the next few days.

Baking classes mean that they leave with just a few special treats that they made themselves.

If you haven’t yet heard of The Playstation, you’re likely to be living under a rock, or perhaps just a busy mom who hasn’t had much of a chance to venture out to discover a place such as this. But, you can thank me now, because I am about to change your life!

My son only goes to school three mornings a week, which means that I have a Tuesday and Thursday to play teacher and mom. I love these mornings, they are incredibly special to me, yet, at this age, it is tough and challenging to keep my busy boy stimulated, and to constantly find new, and exciting projects or ideas to keep it exciting. When I heard about The Playstations brand new Kids Pantry, my heart skipped a beat. I knew exactly what we would be doing once a month.

The thought of my son being able to do something that truly makes him happy, with somebody trained to have patience and who has the passion to bake and do messy activities with kids while I work, and sip on coffee for two hours almost seemed too good to be true. I’ve never had somebody to look after my son, so this felt like Heaven. Cher runs the lessons with the kids, and was previously a teacher – which means that she has the experience working with young kids. This is a huge bonus!

Now to tell you about our experience, and, it feels surreal, but I am actually typing this as my son is in the kitchen baking!!!

Kids Pantry begins at 09h30 and ends at 11h30. This class consists of some play time before the baking begins for approximately 15 minutes. They then get called to the table, wash hands and they go through the ingredients with them. Because the classes are small, they are highly interactive, and they get tons of one on one attention, which is ideal for my sons age!

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They each get their own little station with their utensils, etc. Perfect for your independent child. In between, they break to play and then return to complete the next task. This is phenomenal for a child like mine who isn’t always capable of concentrating for a long period of time. But, due to the small classes, he wasn’t overstimulated or overwhelmed, and was able to listen and follow instruction so well! Half way in, they got to get on their hair nets and visit the kitchen, where they helped melt their chocolate, safely! He loved watching the cooks preparing other meals while in there.

I arrived at a clean and hygienic baking environment which was beautifully laid out and 100% organized. They use utensils which are colourful and without even being aware, perfect for creating a sense of calm.


I loved that they asked me if they wanted me to have it plated to take home, or if he was allowed to eat one here. I think that is so important – for you to be respected as a parent rather than somebody else making that call. He was, of course, allowed to have one of his cake pops here, and we took the other two home.

The kids were enabled to be independent, make a mess, and unlike how we often are as parents, they were left to just be. This is something I struggle with, I suppose, as a perfectionist. The sticks were allowed to be skew, and the cake pops didn’t HAVE to be totally covered in melted chocolate. And it has made me realize how important it is for kids to be able to do things their way. Imperfection is perfect.

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This has been such a special morning for both of us. A learning curve for me, and a wonderful opportunity for me to breath, and to not feel guilty for getting work done because my son has had the very best morning at the same time!

For two hours – the Kids Pantry as well as play time in the main play area at The Playstation, it is only R95 per child. It is every Tuesday, and there are only 10 spaces available. I would highly recommend booking online. The classes are open to kids aged 18 months – 12 years. Each week, they bake something different – cake pops, muffins and biscuits.

For those of you who have never heard of The Playstation before, it is based in Tokai, Southern Suburbs, Cape Town.

Do yourself a favour and check out their social media handles for more information, as well as to see what other exciting classes they offer – such as Bright Sparks, Sensory Kids and Book Worms.


We have had the most amazing morning, and I don’t want to leave.

We will be back!


Win: Social Media Workshop Valued At R2950.

I love hosting competitions on my blog, but it’s ones like this one that make my heart skip a beat. So many of us are working moms, but many of us also run our own businesses – whether it be on the side, or your full time job.

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What makes my job as a blogger so rewarding, is giving women like YOU the opportunity to win prizes that enable you to broaden your knowledge on how to run your small business, hopefully resulting in your business blooming!

So, let me get to introducing you to this weeks competition.

CAPE TOWN LADIES (Small business owners), this one is for you!

Are you wanting to learn how to improve your marketing skills?

Leigh Tobin, co-founder of Alphabet Workshops is giving away a seat at their Social Media Workshop on THURSDAY 22ND MARCH valued at R2950! The workshop will be held at at the award-winning The Table restaurant (@thetablefood), in Stellenbosch, with incredible food. Time: 08h30 – 16h30


An effective strategy can make all the difference in driving more business through Instagram & Facebook. The Alphabet Workshops teach YOU the tools to build an effective strategy and hands on coaching relevant to our student’s business. The wonderful thing about the workshop is that it is a small group, which means that you get individual coaching.


Head over to my Facebook or Instagram account to enter!

Good Luck, if you would like to share the link to your small business – website, or social media account, please do so in the comment section!

My Postpartum Hair Transformation – Spoilt Hair.

Looking back on my hair before falling pregnant, I want to slap myself for ever complaining about having a bad hair day. From the start of my second trimester, my hair was growing at a rapid pace, thickening by the day.

But then my tiny miracle baby was born, and as if it was all a dream, that new hair all started to evacuate, as if it realized it had checked in at the wrong place, and feeling slightly embarrassed, they packed up and left, never to return again.

I’ve never experienced hair loss the way that I did, and still do after pregnancy. I’ve never known my baby hair to be quite so stubborn – it grows out, and then regrows, and the cycle is never ending. My hair dry and brittle and the waves now seemingly totally uncoordinated – departing in every direction, except the way I wish for it to go.

Rewind a year, I was gifted a day at the salon. I had them do the ombre look which was so in at the time. I was this new semi-blonde bombshell, and I adored it. And then…it grew out. Weeks turned into months, months turned into a year. And then here we were. It took multiple days where I burst into tears when looking into the mirror. My hair drove me insane, and being a busy mom, I just couldn’t find the time each day to make it look good. I would still have my frequent hair cuts to try to keep it healthy, but would never leave happy. The tears would stream again. I felt that all hairdressers were out there to get me – to ruin my hair. They never listened.

Then, I heard about Spoilt Hair Salon in Green Point. I heard wonderful things about the salon, as well as the hairstylists, and I had to try it out for myself. Look – once one or two hairdressers mess up your hair, it’s incredibly hard to trust anybody again. But the hair was in dire need of saving, and this was my last hope.

I arrived to the friendliest faces. They welcomed me in as if I belonged there. A salon that has regulars popping in just to say hi to their stylists. A well behaved dog seated as if it wasn’t there beside his owner. Fresh greenery brightening up each mirror. A salon that has been around for so long, that their clients become their family.

Zainab was my stylist. I don’t usually enjoy chatting too much when I’m having treatments done, as I use it as my time away from my child to just relax and read – but I so loved chatting with her. She knew when silence was desired, and would just continue with the job at hand.

I requested a wash, treatment, balayage (to bring in a dash of blonde) and a blow-dry. My previously incredibly dry and tatty hair was transformed. There were no traces of the previous colour left behind, and looking in the mirror, I was lost for words.

It is a lengthy procedure, because they do it properly. But, not once did I feel like time was dragging on. I enjoyed every moment of being there, from the time I arrived, until the time I left. They are a water conscious salon, which means that they limit the length of time your hair is washed, and the amount of times they wash it. I am so impressed by this, as it can be a challenge at a salon.

They also have a nail bar in the salon – many women were having their nails done while their foils were in their hair, which is such a lovely idea. They do have wifi, so I also noticed quite a number of ladies getting work done while having their hair done.
They are also known for their Easihair Pro extensions, which are 100% Remy Human hair extensions. They have the incredible ability in matching them with your hair colour, and making them look totally natural.

I have no words to describe the smell of my hair once it was done – as they use only the best products in your hair. A mixture between toffee and finished off with a light spray that smelt like I had just stepped out of the Carribean – coconut and pineapple.

Imagine having your hair done in California, New York or LA. This is the feel that I get when visiting and stepping out of Spoilt. It was just the change and time that I needed to reboot, get my confidence back and to face life as a busy mom again.


I thoroughly enjoyed the vibe in the salon, the music wasn’t too loud, and everyone was happy and passionate about what they were doing. The compliments are still streaming in when people see me. I really do love my new look – and I am so happy to have FINALLY found a new stylist and hair salon that I feel I can trust with my hair. Something that we so take fore granted, and often neglect.

Take this as a reminder to book your next hair appointment. If funds are tight, put some money aside each month so that you can look after yourself. As moms, and busy women, we really do need to invest in ourselves more often. Our wellbeing is what makes us the person that we are.


I can’t recommend Zainab at Spoilt Hair adequately. I of course, cannot give my honest feedback on any of the other stylists because I haven’t had my hair done by them yet, but everyone leaving the salon looked gorgeous, and they certainly do keep coming back.

They love to share transformation photos on their social media sites, so check them out here:

Instagram / Facebook / Website

Thank you Zainab for such a wonderful afternoon, and for restoring my hair and my confidence. Shoneez, you should be incredibly proud of the phenomenal hair salon you have, with the most incredible stylists.

Stepping Off Of The Island In Bohemian Style.

Managing to find a garment quite so beautiful for my postpartum body was like winning the lottery. Shopping online and finding that perfect match made my find just that much more special. Like it was just meant to be.

The dresses that I came across on local online store – My Scattered Heart make me feel as if I have stepped out of Greece, Rome or perhaps a beautiful bohemian island – my happy places.

They flow with each step I take. They flatter my body – curves and all, and most importantly, they have the rare ability to leaving me feeling beautiful. Confidence comes from each stride.


P108.530-EditThen I came across their beautiful swimwear, and again the beauty, simplicity and island perfection of it caught me off guard. Again – their cut and fit left me NOT feeling like a mom wearing a swimsuit, but rather a woman – sexy and confident.

Their caftan’s lightweight and gentle against your skin. There to simply cover you up, but to still leave you looking irresistible at the same time. A must have for in your wardrobe, or for when you check ‘island hopping’ off of your bucket list. Perfect for all body shapes and sizes.

This swimsuit left me feeling ready to take on any beach or pool side, whilst sipping on a cocktail.


My Scattered Heart is home to a handful of the most gorgeous bohemian styled dresses and swimwear in South Africa. They have also recently introduced their bridal range, which I feel is totally versatile and unique. I love that they could easily be worn again for a different occasion, and that they don’t break the bank for a wedding dress! They are simple, yet breathtaking, and on the right bride – they would be exquisite!

Look out for some later posts with two other garments from My Scattered Heart. They are just as beautiful. You can keep up to date with me on my Instagram account.


Photography: Criene Images
Makeup: Daff Kansley
Hat: Label Collections
Jewelry: Spirit Jewelry
Bag: Earthling & Moon

The Little Leather Lifesaver – Tiptoe Mats.

Babies = mess.
Toddlers = messier.
Kids = planned mess.
Husbands = no comment.

I think back to the first few months of my sons life, and although I felt like things were a mess, I think that was mostly my fault. Being a sleep deprived mother to a newborn, I wasn’t totally in control of my home, and making sure everything was always in its place was just not happening. Life consisted of changing nappies and bibs, and doing laundry and more laundry! But my newborn, he wasn’t so messy.

The crawling began, and things started becoming slightly more chaotic. We started feeding him solids, and things became messy.  I felt like half of my life was spent wiping up or slipping on puree that had plonked onto the floor from a highly uncoordinated miniature human, hitting the ground with impact leading it to not only land in one neat pile, but rather in multiple places around his high chair. Laundry was never ending, the washing basket 90% consisting of food stained bibs.

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Then he became a toddler, waddling around, with a desire to be outdoors. Still reasonably easy to keep him entertained in one place – with perhaps some pots and pans filled with water, and some spoons or measuring cups.

Then he became a little boy. And just as one thought that surely kids get less messy as time goes by, that magical thought came to a halt, quite suddenly.

Mess was very quickly defined by paint being wiped on windows, clothes and carpets. Walls soon became the new drawing pad. Window sills the new chalk board. Stickers now being stuck in the most unimaginable places around the house. I would create an area at the dining table for Olly to do his art, but it would still end up in unwanted places – on the table cloth or on the wooden table. There is no such thing as controlled messy play inside. Food still gets flung around, but this time, it’s planned!
We all think that there must be a way to put this all to an end. But the truth is, there is no stop. This is the way that kids learn. They learn through messy play. They crave it. Without it, they wouldn’t develop the same way. So, we, as parents actually are the ones that need to learn how we can control the mess and how we can turn it into a positive thing rather than a negative thing.

I then discovered something genius! Something that almost left me with a feeling of jealousy because I never had access to the products when my son was a newborn. And something that I feel the desire to share with you moms, because it is simple, but lifechanging! Something that YOU need to have. Or that will make you the guest of the babyshower for giving as your gift.

Enter – Tiptoe Mats.
Home to bibs, changing mats, a small scallop high chair mat, small normal high chair mat, large mats, medium mats, bear eating mats, and a range of adult aprons for adults – ALL made from beautifully bonded leather.

These are quite honestly the only handful of keywords you need to know about their products:

– No Laundering Needed! (SOLD!)
– Waterproof
– Spill Proof
– Non Slip
– Super Durable Material
– Doesn’t get hot in the sun!
– Kid Proof (Kokies, crayons, paint, food, etc simply wipes off – the only thing that is a pain to remove is pen marks).

But, let me tell you a little bit more. Each product comes in a variety of the most gorgeous colours of soft leather. I am honestly quite blown away by how they can be folded up so small to be packed away in a small space or to be taken away with you on holiday.

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I have loved putting our large mat down in the garden for when Olly eats his snack or lunch outdoors. Especially with the water crisis – meaning we barely have any lawn left, it isn’t pleasant for him to have to be sitting on spiky grass or sand. So, I love that I can place this on the ground. The leather means that there is nothing that pokes through, like it would through a blanket. The best part is being able to just wipe the mat down after use – any spills or mess honestly doesn’t matter anymore. It doesn’t need to be tossed in the wash which is a huge plus for Cape Tonians with the water crisis. Also, who needs more laundry?

We love taking ours to the beach. We are at the beach often, and it is so wonderful not having tons of sand coming home with us, because it is so easy to just shake the sand off before leaving. Painting and messy play has actually become FUN, and I find myself not feeling stressed and overwhelmed with the mess that comes with the activity, because I know that it is so easy to clean. There is no permanent mess left.

I wish I had access to the bibs when my son was a baby, because being able to just wipe down the mess would have been a dream. I felt that the hard plastic ones irritated my son. These are soft, light weight and comfy for babies and their sensitive necks. They also fold up nicely to pack in their nappy bags when you are going out.

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Now lastly, the mats that can be strategically placed beneath the high chair is simply genius. The large mat would have been needed for me, because the distance my little guy could flick puree was phenomenal – he would have probably qualified for Olympics had they made it a sport! That being said, it would mean that I could just sit down and enjoy feeding time, and then clean it all up afterwards, without having to worry about food seeping into the carpets in the lounge/dining room that we had in our home that we were renting at that stage.

I love that these products haven’t been made from plastic, but rather from leather. Something that will last a long time, and that can be folded up!

Again, any of the above products would make such a fun, and unique gift for a baby shower – and definitely products that I would have absolutely adored as a mom to be.

If you’d like to see the full range, or if you don’t even want to see them, but just want to BUY – then head over here:

You can also see some of their products being used here:



I am also excited to announce that I will be running a giveaway with Tiptoe in the next couple of days, so keep your eyes peeled so that you can see which of their amazing products you can WIN!

Eliminating Sugar – Ceres Fruit & Water Swirl.

Sugar, sugar, sugar.

As a child, I remember sugar and sweet treats predominantly being party food. Dessert consisted of peaches and ice cream or jelly and custard, once a week. It wasn’t a privilege, it was a luxury. Something we knew not to even bother asking about. We knew when it was allowed.


Fast forward to 2018. Lunch boxes are packed with treats and snacks packed with sugar. Schools have to send notes home to parents requesting for junk food to NOT be sent in their lunch boxes. I see families out with their young kids with fizzy drinks bubbling away in their juice bottles. What is the world coming to?

Sugar doesn’t full a child’s stomach.
It doesn’t feed their brains.
It feeds cancer cells.
It creates obesity.
Sugar is an addiction.

Feeding your kids wholesome foods and keeping sugary treats for parties, and special occasions is not depriving them. It is doing them a favour. Providing your child’s body with goodness is one of the best things you can do for them.


I’ve heard many parents saying that it is easier for them (perhaps working parents) to just throw a couple of snacks into a lunchbox because they don’t have time to prepare lunches. I don’t agree! This post was created for those parents. It is possible to choose healthier alternatives to junk food.


Here’s my list featured in the photos:

– Rice Crackers (the ones without any flavouring – avoid the ones that are covered in a powdery flavouring). My son also loved the ones covered in carob and yoghurt as a toddler.
– Droerwors (I buy a few sticks, and then just break the longer strips into about ¾ pieces. This goes a long way!)
– Dried fruit (Again, I buy a big pack, and only put 2-3 pieces into his lunchbox – remember, even when feeding your child healthy snacks – it’s about portion control).
– Berries/fruit (I wouldn’t usually add both fruit and dried fruit into his lunchbox on the same day, but just wanted to show options).
– Animal crackers (I buy them from Woolies, they’re plain with no flavouring).
– Baby Tomatoes / Baby Carrots / Cucumber

#Ceresfruitjuice challenged me to creating three nutrient packed lunches for Olly over three weeks. Less sugar – more goodness relating it to the new lunch box solution – Ceres Fruit & Water Swirl.


They have already diluted the juice with water meaning that there is no fuss and no arguments with the tiny humans. They taste delicious, and are perfect for party packs, outings, and school lunch boxes. I’ve seen the difference in my 3 year olds behavior and attention span when unnatural sugars are eliminated from his daily diet.

The Ceres Fruit & Water Swirl comes in three delicious flavours:

– Apple: 45% Less sugar than Ceres 100% Apple Juice
– Raspberry & Apple: 40% Less sugar than Ceres 100% Secrets of the Valley.
– Fruit Punch: 50% less sugar than Ceres 100% Medley of Fruit.


They taste great with the benefit of less sugar and are high in Vitamin C.

They are available in all major retail stores.

Tell me which healthy snacks you add to your kids lunchboxes on days where you are in a rush. Do you keep things on hand for days like these?

Share your thoughts & ideas, and you could win one of the Ceres Fruit & Water Swirl flavours in a pack of 6.


Photos by Criene Images.

Sunshine. My Only Sunshine.

A little boy feels lonely. He wonders what it would be like to find a little girl to befriend and love.


He sees a shape in the distance, and notices beautiful long hair dancing in the breeze, golden – having been caught by the sunlight. She’s coming towards him. Her frilly white dress swaying as she runs in his direction.


And, in a moment, she stands there. As if she had been there all along. It all felt normal. She belonged. Just as beautiful as he had imagined.


He finally, for the first time truly felt complete. Just having her around, even without having to exchange words – they were just meant to be friends.


For the rest of their lives, they enjoyed summer afternoons picnicking and being in their favourite place – where they met.


He always treated her like the princess she was. 

He loved her for her imperfections, for he believed that that was what made her perfect. And that, that is the truest form of love.


The End.


Photography: Criene Images
Wardrobe: Minimi Atelier
Set Styling: Lauren McCreath Interiors

10 Romantic Valentines Day Ideas – Under R100!

Valentines Day can be a day of expectations and disappointment. In my own personal opinion, it is a money making day for businesses. However, it’s difficult to not find yourself feeling somewhat jealous or upset when you log onto social media and scroll down post after post of couples who are having romantic days.


Money is tight for many, and this day can creep up on us very suddenly. We realize that we haven’t had a chance to go out and buy some special gift for our other half. It hits us – ‘he’s going to be so disappointed’, or ‘he’s going to be so sad when he realizes I haven’t made an effort’.

This is where I am stepping in – loving another person isn’t shown through materialistic gifts you can give to them. It isn’t shown by the amount of money you can spend.

So, I decided that I would share some romantic Valentines Day ideas with you, that won’t have you rushing out to the store, won’t have you wasting your hard earned money and that may also change your mindset on what the day is actually about.

  1. Set up a picnic in your garden, in your lounge or at your favourite outdoor place – because Valentines Day is in summer here in South Africa, it means that there is still plenty of light after work hours. Make dinner, as you would usually – perhaps some finger foods and set up a pretty picnic outside. Put on your favourite music, and just enjoy having some time together.
  2. Sundowners – always a hit! Take a drive to a place nearby that means something to the two of you as a couple. I love Chapmans Peak, but there are so many beautiful places to watch the sunset, have a drink and just spend some time investing in one another. There is nothing more peaceful than being outdoors surrounded by nature and each other.
  3. Go for a walk on the beach, grab an ice cream and a takeaway coffee, and just spend some time together chatting. It won’t cost you more than R100, and you’re more likely to actually spend time chatting, unlike when you’re in a busy restaurant.
  4. Netflix & Chill – it’s a real thing. Find a series or good movie to watch together, order in some takeaways and just enjoy being in each others presence. There’s nothing that reminds me more of when hubby and I first met than takeaway Chinese food and a funny series. This may even take you for a little walk down memory lane – and probably also more suitable for parents that aren’t able to escape for an evening.
  5. If you’re more of a sentimental couple – perhaps put together a few photographic memories in a special book. Something that you can update as the years go by. I did a little boudoir shoot for hubby last year, and put them into a book that was something special for his eyes only. It barely cost me anything, and effort is always appreciated.
  6. If you’d like to go out for dinner, suggest that you push your Valentines Day to a different day – all restaurants take advantage of the day, and it is totally overpriced! So, change the day, and go to your favourite restaurant or a new place you’d like to try on another day instead.
  7. Can’t escape the kids? Set something special up for them to enjoy and keep them entertained too. Maybe a special movie and snacks for them, while the two of you can have some quality time together. It is possible.
  8. Put on some sexy lingerie, that you already own. New or old lingerie doesn’t mean anything to a man when he’s looking at his woman with hardly any clothes on! Have confidence in your body, just the way it is and enjoy having some intimacy with your other half. This is so important, and it is something that can be put to the bottom of the priority list for so many couples, especially after you have kids.
  9. Make him something instead. Rather than going out and buying an overpriced box of chocolates – check out how to make your own on Pinterest. There are always such great ideas, that WORK. I always appreciate a little bit of effort, even when it is sometimes a flop.
  10. Take the time to write them a special letter telling them how much you appreciate them and all that they do for you. Whether it is long or short, even if you aren’t good at expressing yourself, a letter is something that catches so many off guard – in a good way! Put your thoughts and your wishes for the future onto a piece of paper, instead of an overpriced store bought card that hundreds of others have bought too.


That being said, I hate that a day of love is even out there. That something as important, intimate and fragile as love has become commercialized. Couples should treat each other with love every single day. One day should never make somebody feel worthless because they are unable to buy an overpriced bouquet of flowers for their wife or girlfriend or a silly card and chocolates for their man. For those of you that do this – good on you! But, I just feel that it can be a day that is incredibly hard for so many, and making others feel that they aren’t good enough because perhaps they don’t have the budget for a day like this, isn’t fair.

So, I hope that my suggestions shed some light on the day from my perspective. I also hope that some of you found a little spark in my ideas. Just love your partner, put down your phones, computers, and switch off the TV and just take time to listen to them. Talk. Laugh and enjoy your time with one another. That is what is most important. Getting to know the person who you are going through life with.

Have a beautiful day. x

Getting Creative – Ceres Fruit & Water Swirl.

When my three and a half year old son returns from school, I often find myself feeling rather uninspired by what to give him for lunch. Sometimes he’s so exhausted when he gets home that he goes straight to his bed for a nap, but other times he’s starving.

It was actually great to be challenged by Ceres to create a nutritious lunch for him, which has really made me think out of the box. What he eats for lunch AFTER school, is just as important as what I put in his lunch box. It needs to fuel his brain and give him energy for the rest of the day. I often find that when he has junk – his attention span goes from 10-1 in the blink of an eye and the tantrums begin. My son really is sensitive to sugar, and as he gets older I notice it more.


He thrives from wholesome food and meals that are packed with nutrition. Being a growing boy, he needs to be fed food that is healthy rather than food that has been processed. I’ve often said that you know you’ve done a healthy grocery shop when you haven’t gone down any of the middle aisles of the grocery store, simply sticking to the bordering aisles which are home to all the fresh food.

He squealed with delight when he saw his dinosaur themed lunch – it was amazing watching him remain calm while eating, and being able to wind down because there was no junk. Had I added any sugary treats or junk, he would have wound up and become wild instead. I do believe that when their food has created to be appealing to the eye, even the fussier kids are more likely to eat it. Perhaps decide on a weekly theme with your little ones to keep things exciting!


I also love being able to simply grab one of the new Ceres Fruit and Water Swirl juice boxes to add to his lunch. Keeping hydrated, especially in this hot, dry weather that Cape Town is handing us, I love that these are diluted with water too. As good as fruit juice tastes on a hot day, as well as the natural sugar giving us the energy that we need, the water is really what quenches our thirst. Again, instead of having to add water myself to dilute his juice, it has already been done for us! This specific one featured – Fruit Punch has 50% less sugar that Ceres 100% Medley of Fruit. This is phenomenal for our little people. Giving them just the right proportions of each.

It is boiling hot in Cape Town today, and instead of giving my son ice cream to cool him down and as a treat, we will instead be enjoying fun ice lollies made from these juice boxes!


Kids are so sensitive to sugar and they don’t understand why they are feeling hyped up, or feeling strange because of their energy crashing down after the sugar high wears off. And we often take our frustration of not understanding why they are behaving differently out on them. I’ve seen how sugar affects my son, it always has. It isn’t a pretty site. And I am learning to keep junk food out of the house which means that it is kept sacred for parties and special occasions. So, I really do love that Ceres has launched this new Fruit and Water Swirl which is just an extra helping hand to us moms to limit the sugar intake for our kids. Keeping their bodies as well as teeth healthier.

I would love for you to share your thoughts with me, telling me how you control your childs sugar intake. And I will choose one of you who I will send a pack of the Ceres Fruit and Water Swirl 6 packs to to try for yourself!


*This post was in collaboration with Ceres.
*Photography: Criene Images
*Wardrobe: Minimi Atelier