Author Archives: KraftiMama

About KraftiMama

A path that started with infertility, took me on a Natural Living journey, which took me on a crafty path with my now 4 year old Twins. Spending time with them is my favorite hobby and that aligns so well with my love for arts and crafts. Learning has become lots of fun in this house and it has naturally come to a homeschooling environment that I would love to share with you along the way.

Review: Müna Balance Bikes

Review: Müna Balance Bikes
Review: Müna Balance Bikes

Ever since we bought these beautiful bikes I’ve been wanting to review them because they have brought us so, so much joy…

The kids have loved them from day one and the only mistake we made was buying them too late as now that the kids are 4,5 years old and nearing the new exciting journey of moving over to pedals, the bikes are practically still new after 2 years of use!

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Beautiful Coloring Books on National Coloring Book Day

Beautiful Coloring Books on National Coloring Book Day
Beautiful Coloring Books on National Coloring Book Day

Adult Coloring has taken the world by storm and of course as all good things there has to be a day for it… and there is! Today is National Coloring Book Day so I thought I’d show you some beautiful books that I got to review from faithful-to-nature.co.za.

(Theres a coloring book giveaway on my Facebook Page if you missed it, go check it out!)

There are many benefits to adult coloring. Mostly we just do it because we love it, but it has proven to be very effective in combating anxiety and has even been used in hospitals as Read the rest of this entry

Dangerous Chemicals in the Household and Alternatives I use

Dangerous Chemicals in the Household and Alternatives I use
Dangerous Chemicals in the Household and Alternatives I use

You open your eyes when you wake up in the morning and the first harmful chemicals you encounter are in the very air that you breath and on the very clothes and bedding touching your skin. You walk to the bathroom (on a floor coated in chemicals) to brush your teeth with toothpaste stacked full of chemicals.

I know, I know its all just too much to take in and it almost makes you want to click out of this post and just cross your fingers and hope you’ll live to see another day…

Don’t though. Seriously stay with me!

I know its a lot to take in when you start to look at toxins and it took me a while to get over the denial, followed by my initial disliking of crunchy people, followed by intense thinking about the validity of the situation and some more, followed by my plan of action to live healthier, which can be easy if someone just tells you what to use rather than you having to go through lots of products that cost lots of money to get to the products that won’t foam in your mouth or stick to your gums.

Yes, those are words coming from first hand experience!!

I’ll give you a list of just some of the dangerous chemicals found in your every day household products and toiletries just to get it out there just how harmful they can be… Don’t worry though, I will soon give you the list of ALTERNATIVES you can choose from the comfort of your home without having to find a health shop near (or far).

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Alternative Household Products I Use

Alternative Household Products I Use
Alternative Household Products I Use

This is the list of alternative products I use to make sure I don’t bring any of these dangerous chemicals into my house.

In general I make sure I order the worth of R350 or more, which is about every month or two, because delivery is free when you order R350 or more. I have a standing list on my phone where I write down when any bottle gets to 1/4 left and when there’s enough products to make up R350, I order.

I must admit sometimes I have an emergency when something runs out before I have enough products then I buy the needed alternative product from my local grocery store but honestly I find those products icky these days! I am so used to fresh smelling products with soft textures that the sharp smelling products with thick gooey textures has become less likable for me!

I do have some of them in my house from time to time though and I honestly don’t think I will die from them… you do as much as you can at the time you are in. Read the rest of this entry

Omgewingswoorde vir in die huis- Graad 1+

Omgewingswoorde vir in die huis- Graad 1+
Omgewingswoorde vir in die huis- Graad 1+

Ek het ‘n paar woordjies wat gelamineer en geknip kan word sodat klein beginnertjies woorde in die huis kan begin herken deur dit herhaaldelik op die voorwerpe te sien. Hier is ‘n voorbeeld van hoe dit gebruik word. Read the rest of this entry

Afrikaans Alfabet J-L Werksblaaie en Kleimatte

Afrikaans Alfabet J-L Werksblaaie en Kleimatte
Afrikaans Alfabet J-L Werksblaaie en Kleimatte

Hiermee J-L. Onthou soos altyd dat die Kleimatte geskik is vir voorksool, maar die werksblaaidjies vir Graad 1 en op is.

Om hierdie Werksblaaidjies verniet te hou is ek afhanklik van intekenaars en Facebook likes en shares. Dankie dat jy deel! Read the rest of this entry

Lego Math for a rainy day…

Lego Math for a rainy day…
Lego Math for a rainy day…

Every now and then you have a day where school really isn’t what you need that day. That’s the nice thing about homeschooling. You can really tap into the days your kids will be like sponges so you can be ahead and use the off days for reading, playing or… well math I guess! Read the rest of this entry

Afrikaans Alfabet F-I Werksblaadjies en Kleimatte

Afrikaans Alfabet F-I Werksblaadjies en Kleimatte
Afrikaans Alfabet F-I Werksblaadjies en Kleimatte

Hiermee E- I se Werksblaaie en Kleimatte. Soos gewoonlik onthou dat die Werksblaaie te klein is vir kleuters wat eerder op die gelamineerde Kleimatte moet skryf met witbord merkers. Die Werksblaaie is geskik vir Graad 1 en op.

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Afrikaanse Alfabet E Werksblad en Kleimat

Afrikaanse Alfabet E Werksblad en Kleimat
Afrikaanse Alfabet E Werksblad en Kleimat

Soos belowe, hier volg die res van die Alfabet stadig maar seker. Laat my weet hoe werk die nuwe formaat, ek het meer gehou daarvan dat hierdie blaadjies lyne en stippellyne aandui vir die verskille tussen Hoofletters en kleinletters sodat alles van grondfase af reg aangeleer word.

Onthou, die skryfblaadjie is nie geskik vir kleuters wat pas leer om te skryf nie, daarvoor werk die kleimatte lekker en as dit gelamineer word kan hulle lekker daarop skryf met witbord Read the rest of this entry

S Werksblaaie Son en Slak- Hersiende Font

S Werksblaaie Son en Slak- Hersiende Font
S Werksblaaie Son en Slak- Hersiende Font

Ek het uiteindelik die regte font gevind, hoera! Jammer om weer die werksblaaie te verander, maar die wat dit reeds uitgedruk het moet nie kommer nie, die voriges is steeds reg, daar was net toekomstige probleme met van die letters wat nou hersien is en vervang gaan word, maar die wat reeds gedoen is, is steeds 100% geldig.

Son is ‘n lekker maklike kort woord om S mee te behandel, maar ons het oulike slak boeke gekry by die biblioteek en het besluit om S vir Slak te doen.

Hiermee dus werksblaaie en Kleimatte vir slak en son, Geniet! Read the rest of this entry

Rise, Rise Oh Sleeper

Rise, Rise Oh Sleeper
Rise, Rise Oh Sleeper

On the 10th of April my Country South Africa, marched against injustice by the President of our Country. While walking the twins through the streets in my Neighbourhood there was a sense of unity going around that day. All the colours of skins smiled and greeted each other with pride as we stood up together against our corrupt government.

It wasn’t always like that day. In fact South Africa as a country has come a long way in a short while and we still have a long way to right all the wrongs in the best possible way.

We as a country endured many hardships in between our love for our beautiful mountains, big five animals and sunny summers.

 

As a white person in South Africa, despite having many dear friends of color and despite always standing up against racism, I hardly ever try to speak up publicly against our corrupt government because somehow I feel that whatever we say, it will be seen as racist because we are speaking up against a black dominating government. Read the rest of this entry

5 Things I Try To Do With My Toddlers Each Day

5 Things I Try To Do With My Toddlers Each Day
5 Things I Try To Do With My Toddlers Each Day

Most of our days are filled with a little “school work’ that consists mostly of art, crafts or educational play, lots of unguided play between the two of them, naptime and bedtime routine. There are a few things though, I try to get into every one of their days, except for the days they have gymnastics or dance lessons.

As a stay at home mom I do have some advantages. Having my toddlers around all day is certainly a blessing for me but even though I love to have them around, it can also be difficult as there are always things that need to get done…

Like writing blog posts for instance…

I wrote about screen time in THIS post. My oh my how difficult it is to do stuff in the house like cleaning or cooking when you have busy toddlers making sure you are needed each and every waking (and sometimes sleeping) hour of the day.

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Storks Movie Review

Storks Movie Review
Storks Movie Review

Ok I know Storks has been out for a while but we only recently got to see it and may I say I was pleasantly surprised to find yet another fun movie for almost the whole family! I mean seriously, how many of those can they make?

Apparently a lot!

Though I have to add that I am always weary of what to show my 4 year old twins. They have always been sensitive viewers and it’s really is a pity that you hardly find any stories these days that don’t start with a bad guy and ends up with the good guys having to jump through fiery hoops and climb icy deadly mountains before the end is near.  Read the rest of this entry

Screen Time Restriction and Quality Family Movie Time

Screen Time Restriction and Quality Family Movie Time
Screen Time Restriction and Quality Family Movie Time

As Parents we don’t get to watch much other than kids movies and since we cut screen time in our house drastically, I even see less these days. As a movie enthusiast it really blows to miss out on the latest movies and series… as in seriously, before we had kids I could binge watch series for days.  Read the rest of this entry

Sugru- My New Favourite Fixit Mouldable Glue

Sugru- My New Favourite Fixit Mouldable Glue
Sugru- My New Favourite Fixit Mouldable Glue

“You can fix it Mommy, because you’re Fixit.” Ive been named after one of my son’s favourite Transformers characters because I mostly manage to fix his broken toys. I have many different kinds of glues for different kinds of fixes close at hand as some of my DIY Mommy-must-haves. Sometimes however, I have to disappoint him with the news that a particular break can in fact, not even be fixed by his Fixit Mommy. That’s until I got this new awesome tester in the mail.  Read the rest of this entry