Mushroom and Haloumi Pasta

Ingredients: Method: – Slice the haloumi into strips and fry both sides until golden. Remove and set aside. Try not to eat all before supper (seriously! Just fried haloumi is amazing!) – Follow the packet instructions for the pasta and get that going so that it will be ready at the same time as the pasta sauce. – Slice up the mushrooms and add it … Continue reading Mushroom and Haloumi Pasta

The beginning of the end

I reached a turning point today. It happened while I was at gym because what else is there to do while on a treadmill but re-evaluate your life am I right?? There I was, suffering but enjoying the workout and wondering why I wait so long between gym visits (I didn’t even make my 36 swipes last year. Bye bye 75% discount!) Lately I’v been … Continue reading The beginning of the end

Week Four – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

This budgeting business is definitely getting easier. It also helps to shop at the same store because I know more or less the cost of groceries at Food Lovers Market now so when I plan the meals I can balance out the cost of ingredients through the week. Here is my Meal Plan for Week 4 I spent a total of R991,10 on groceries today … Continue reading Week Four – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

Loaded Mac and Cheese

Week Three Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

I can (almost) confidently say that meal planning is now a habit for me. I love having a list of what to cook instead of standing in front of the fridge and tying to come up with a balanced meal every day. Besides saving money, this whole process is really saving me time. If you ignore the time it takes to take pics and upload … Continue reading Week Three Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

My first experience with a Cyber Bully

I had my very first negative social media experience on Friday. It happened out of the blue and caught me quite unawares. Even though it hasn’t upset me (that much), it has made me think a bit on how easy it is to bully somebody on social media. First some background I have been working on the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge since the beginning of May. Every week … Continue reading My first experience with a Cyber Bully

An open letter to my mum in anticipation of Mother’s Day

I am not an emotionally demonstrative person. For me personally, it is much easier to show someone how I feel through my actions as opposed to my words. However, if anyone deserves a public display of affection, it’s my mum. So I will attempt to put into words what I know I could never articulate in person. Mum, this is for you… I see you … Continue reading An open letter to my mum in anticipation of Mother’s Day

My one year old’s shoe fetish

My youngest is almost a year and a half. That’s still really teeny tiny in non-scientific baby terms, yet she has a shoe obsession that outshines anyone I have ever known, except my mum (so sad that we don’t wear the same size!) and a friend from campus. It’s not that she has a vast quantity of shoes, because she doesn’t. I intentionally keep her … Continue reading My one year old’s shoe fetish

A Day in the Life of a Mum of 5

I met Jacqui through a blogging group last year. She had recently moved back to South Africa after a two year stint in Michigan. It was so refreshing to chat to someone who had such positive things to say about raising a family in SA when so many people I know are desperate to leave. https://www.instagram.com/p/BVJxpEYA6FR/ She joined us for a play group with her … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Mum of 5

Some of the stupid things I said/thought before having kids

These are in no particular order: The kid will need to fit into our lifestyle, not the other way around (eye roll) Why would we need to eat at Spur? All we need is a feeding chair and we can eat at proper restaurants like we always do (I now have a Spur loyalty card) I’m going to get the baby into a routine as … Continue reading Some of the stupid things I said/thought before having kids

How switching off the TV gave us our darling daughter back

   Our television has been one of my closest companions and best babysitters for the past three years. When A was just born and J went back to work (after a month at home), I watched Sopranos from start to finish. That’s SIX seasons! Add in a few seasons of Grimm, White Collar, Suits and Lie to me and you get a clear idea of … Continue reading How switching off the TV gave us our darling daughter back