Planning our road trip and why it left me in a panic #CarSeatFullStop

This year’s Spring school holiday was going to be extra special. We were going to spend 3 days in Gariep for a family reunion. I was going to see family that I haven’t seen in 30 years! The reunion was of family on my dad’s side. I think we were 43 people in total (if everybody could make it, I think we would have been over 70!) and it was decided that Gariep would be a nice central point as the family is scattered all over the country. There was quite a build-up to this holiday and everyone was so excited. But I was anxious. Planning our road trip and why it left me in a panic #CarSeatFullStop The thought of the road trip to and from Gariep left me in a panic. The main reason was the fact that a family we know recently went through the most devastating thing that could ever happen to a parent… they lost their kids. I still get this nauseating pain in the pit of my stomach every time I think about it. This poor family was in a horrific car accident and both the kids passed away. The little girl was the same age as Cara and her cousin. My heart goes out to the mom and dad. How do you ever recover from something like this? I can’t even fathom the pain and heartache. Please note that I don’t know the details of the accident! But their pain and loss spurred me to take action to make 100% sure that our girls would be as safe as possible on our trip....

Smart Games take your child’s brain to thinking gym

We are so grateful that Cara loves playing games, but I’ve realised that the games we have are no longer age appropriate. She gets bored so quickly. I’m really keen on Smart Games available at Toy Kingdom stores and we will make sure to check them out on one of the gaming days taking place during the holidays. Thanks for the info Toy Kingdom… Smart Games take your child’s brain to thinking gym As the third school term winds down, take your child’s brain to thinking gym this holiday by encouraging the use of Smart Games – the key to boosting cognitive development. According to parenting expert, Nikki Bush, global research indicates that the brain functions “way better” when exposed to activities like brain teasers, brain games and even logic puzzles. “These kinds of games are vital for cognitive development, they stimulate the brain in many ways. But it’s important to provide children with a variety of gaming opportunities to stretch the brain, stimulate logical thinking and give the mind a proper work-out. And the good news is – the whole family can join the fun,” Bush says. In this article Bush explores the benefits of Smart Games, why parents should encourage them and shares her personal picks. The benefits Improves concentration Enhances memory and processing speed Encourages systematic thinking Formalises step-by-step thinking “There is nothing like a real game with problems to solve to get the brain working, as well as to switch track and switch off from normal, mundane and everyday things,” Bush says. Be on the look-out for  But choosing a Smart Game is not that simple,...

Play-Doh creations come to life with Touch Shape to Life Studio

Cara loves Play-Doh. But one thing she loves more, is her tablet. She loves her tablet more than most things. We really try to limit her tablet time, but that’s sometimes easier said than done. Play-Doh definitely had kids like Cara in mind when they developed the first app-enhanced Play-Doh experience. Hands-on play and digital play come together and it looks like so much fun! Check this out… it sounds awesome!! Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio Create a colourful world of interactive adventures where real world Play-Doh creations come alive in the digital world, in ways never before imagined. Combining hands-on play with digital play, Play-Doh is introducing fans to even more interactive play adventures with the first app-enhanced Play-Doh experience – Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio. To start, simply download the Play-Doh Touch app (available on iOS and Android devices), fire up your imagination and shape a Play-Doh creation. Place this on the Shape to Life Studio and scan it with your tablet or smartphone. The creation will come to life on screen with fun animations and interactions, ready to explore. Create new virtual friends with the character stampers and watch as each new character unlocks their own unique world and personalities when scanned into the app. Scan additional creations made with the action stampers to see the surprising effects they have on other creations in the app. Watch the characters dance, spin, float and more. Use different Play-Doh colours and see how that effect changes in the app. Keep imagining, shaping and scanning additional exciting creations with the cutters and tools to customise and enhance the...

Disney Pixar Activity Sheets – yours to download!

The school holidays are almost here and I can already hear it … ‘mom, I’m bored’! Now I know that it’s not our jobs to entertain our kids, but it helps if you have something on hand to keep little minds (and hands) busy. I think a few of these free activity sheets will do the trick. Disney Pixar sent over activity sheets that are available to you to download below. The free activity sheets include mazes, colouring pages, board games, recipes and more. PS I included a few of these in yesterday’s post … in case you missed it: GIVEAWAY: Win a Cars 3 Pixar Hamper worth R1500! Free Activity Sheets – yours to download! BRAVE Archery Maze BRAVE Triplets Maze CARS 3 Board Game CARS 3 Fritter Recipe CARS 3 Maze CARS 3 Race Course CARS 3 Spot the Difference FINDING DORY Colouring Pages FINDING DORY Connect The Dots MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Design an ID Card MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Spot The Difference RATTATOILLE Remy’s Recipes TOY STORY 3 Colouring Pages TOY STORY 3 Puzzler TOY STORY 3 Spot the Aliens TOY STORY 3 Spot the Difference UP Tennis Ball Challenge Enjoy!...

GIVEAWAY: Win a Cars 3 Pixar Hamper worth R1500!

And the winner is… Cupcake!! In celebration of Cars 3, now in cinemas, Disney•Pixar has collected the biggest, bravest, most incredible and never-to-be-forgotten titles to have ever appeared in stores. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage! From 15 June to 31 July, a vast range of DVD, Blu-Ray, games, toys so much more will be available in stores nationwide in the Cars 3 Pixar Promotion! I also have super fun activity sheets that you can download below. I’m sure they will come in very handy when the school holidays start! Check them out: TOY STORY 3 SPOT THE ALIENS! BRAVE MAZE CARS 3 BOARD GAME FINDING DORY CONNECT THE DOTS I have loads more that I will share in another post soon. GIVEAWAY: Win a Cars 3 Pixar Hamper worth R1500! In celebration of Cars 3 and all things Disney•Pixar, I am giving away an amazing hamper worth a whopping R1500 to one lucky reader! The hamper includes: Disney•Pixar DVD set of 4 titles (Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Up, Wall-E) a Finding Dory Bailey Figurine a Finding Dory Kangaroo Ball a Dusty and Rusty Rust-Eze figurines from Mattel a Cars 3 Happy Tin...

Clicks Made 4 Baby – for all your baby essentials

I love Clicks. Perhaps a tad too much. But come on, isn’t Clicks also the first store you think of when you need toiletries, gifts, small appliances, etc? And must-haves for baby? Of course. And they have made it even harder to resist with Clicks Made 4 Baby. Clicks Made 4 Baby Whether you need baby essentials for your little one or shopping for a baby shower, Clicks can’t be beat. The Clicks Made 4 Baby range includes baby clothing, nappies, toiletries and accessories that have been specially made for moms, babies and moms-to-be. Clicks was kind enough to send us a couple of their gorgeous products. How cute is this nappy bag? It has two side pockets and large storage capacity to hold baby’s diapers, wipes and other essentials . It also contains a baby lotion, baby powder with corn starch, baby bum cream and two face clothes to get mom started. The Clicks Made 4 Baby Essentials Box Set makes for a perfect baby shower gift. I love that the goodies come in a handy storage container which can be used for years and years to come. Of course Clicks has so much more! Don’t miss our Clicks Made 4 Baby Summer Collection for boys and girls featuring quality, adorable and easy-to-wear baby grows, leggings, body vests, skirts, dresses, pantsuits, beach wear and footwear.  From dots to flowers, stars, stripes and sparkly chiffon. Perfect for every summer occasion. Our Clicks Made 4 Baby Active Stretch nappies offer maximum comfort and performance for active babies. These nappies have a flexible side, ensuring a snug and comfy fit. They also have highly...

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