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Toy Kingdom Review

Toy Kingdom Review
Toy Kingdom Review

Toy Kingdom asked Moms and Kids to review their favourite toys. I never expected such a good response… within a day we had 2,8k views on the video on Facebook with 6,5k views on Facebook… wow! Honestly I didnt even originally load it on youtube and had to do it now without all that juicy views.. sillly me!!!

We made this in a jiff without my trusty professional camera as we only had an iPhone and our toys but we ended up having so much fun and came up with this…

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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

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

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

In The Gap Clothing

In The Gap Clothing
In The Gap Clothing

I got this awesome shirt from In The Gap Clothing for my son and I love it! Local is surely lekker and to top that, this is a growing family business to watch!

Wearing Christian clothing is not everyone’s cup of tea but for some people it can be a great opportunity to share their faith and answer questions around the clothing they wear. It can be a whole ministry field on your way to work or at the shops. I think its awesome!

About In the Gap:

“Well,  it all started with a dream. When my husband awoke one morning with several designs still in his mind, he realized that the dream of printing Christian t-shirts was from God. More than a year later (in God’s perfect time) the opportunity came to start our Christian Clothing Company and countless details fell into place within a matter of weeks. We were amazed at our King, knowing that this step and the timing was from Him.

In the Gap Clothing is situated in Mossel Bay, South Africa, and we seek to design and distribute quality Christian clothing aimed at promoting Kingdom life.”

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They have some pretty cool pillow cases, wall stickers and shirts & hoodies so hop over and have a look!

Follow their BLOG for insightful posts on relevant Christianity topics or browse around their ONLINE SHOP for awesome Faith clothing. Also follow their FACEBOOK page.

 

 

Why I love The Lorax so Much!

Why I love The Lorax so Much!
Why I love The Lorax so Much!

There is so much to learn from most of the Dr. Seuss books, but The Lorax… Oh the Lorax!

The Lorax has affected us in more than one way, but the most stunning and beautiful thing is how my children, at only 3 years old, are focused on protecting the environment. My son especially, mentions the Lorax almost every day, sometimes multiple times a day…

He says things like:

When he plays with water, “Do I have to turn off the water now? We have to save water for the Humming-fish.”

When his dad chopped down a non-indigenous tree in the yard he went on for weeks, “Is the Lorax sad when we chop down trees? Some trees are not like Truffula trees, they damage the environment, its OK to chop down bad trees.”

When there was soot in the air from a large fire, “The air is polluted, the Swomee-Swans are going to fly away.”

How stunning is that!

For a three year old to have an understanding of the environment like that, all you need is Dr. Seuss!

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

South Africans can buy it from Takealot, American friends, have a look at Amazon.

The Lorax book cover


 

To download the quote, click on the image below.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” - Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

 

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Fun Morning Schedule for Primary School Kids

Fun Morning Schedule for Primary School Kids
Fun Morning Schedule for Primary School Kids

Getting smaller kids ready for school in the morning can be a daunting task, especially if its something new to the mother and child. Here’s a fun way to keep schedule of what to do in just a few quick steps. These are all activities a small kid should be able to do by themselves. They simply finish the task and drop the flash card in the “Done” holder.

The chores are written down in one word for small kids so they can familiarise themselves with the words associated to the actions.
Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

The activities I listed are:

  • Make bed
  • Feed the dog
  • Eat breakfast
  • Brush teeth
  • Get dressed
  • Brush hair
  • Grab lunch box
  • Grab backpack

What you’ll need:

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

 

Step 1:

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Cut the rim of the container that the “Done” chores will go into so that it will be flush with the project board.

Step 2:

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Use the Blits Stik Gel to attach a piece of project board to the container. Write “Done” on the container with Colour ‘n Paint twisters.

Step 3:

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Create your own listed schedule in simple picture cards with project board, using Clear Glue Adhesive and round off the details with Wax Twisters and Colour ‘n Paint Twisters.

Step 4:

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Paste the rough part of the velcro at the back of each flash card using Clear Glue. You can keep both sides together but make sure you paste it in the middle of the card so that all the velcro will align neatly when pasted to the board.

Step 5:

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Now put glue on the soft side of the velcro and align all the cards to once again make sure the velcro will be in line when the cards are removed.

Step 6:
Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Fix the container to the project board using Blits Stik Gel and Bob’s your uncle… easy as that! This is so easy you can do it with your primary school kid. Have fun!

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids

Morning shedule, Primary School Kids


 

This post is sponsored by Bostik smart adhesives.

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

 

Kids Activities Calendar with Bostik

Kids Activities Calendar with Bostik
Kids Activities Calendar with Bostik

Here’s a fun way of showing your Primary School kids what’s on the extra curricular calendar for the week. When they are still so small they are excited about what they are doing when, so this is a nice way for them to be aware of what happens what day. The time labels are there for the older ones who have an idea of time but mostly it helps for mom to also know whats going on!

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

 

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

What you’ll need:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Step 1:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Create your activity pieces with Bostik Crazy Clay and allow it to dry for about 6 hours. This clay is really easy to work with and dries into a nice spongy piece. I created activity pieces for swimming, hockey, maths classes, reading classes, tennis, piano lessons, art classes and birthday parties. 

Step 2:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Cut rectangles of about 5,5 x 4,5cm for the non-repetitive activities that only happens that week out of the lid of an ice cream container. Cut half of them in three for the time labels. Round off the edges with Bostik Crazy Clay or Bostik Glitter Glue. I did the non-repetitive labels with Crazy Clay and the time labels with glitter glue. Leave to dry.

Step 3:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Spray an ample amount of Bostik Art & Craft sprayable adhesive on the project boards and firmly press the felt to the board, smoothing it out to ensure there are no wrinkles. Turn the boards around and cut the squares out in line with the edges of the boards. Apply Bostik Clear Glue on the excess edges one by one before you close the tabs otherwise the glue may dry into the fabric too quickly and dry out too soon. 

Step 4:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

If you use an A3 project board and measure the width in Landscape it should be around 60cm. That gives you 7cm per day of the week with one extra for the activity pieces, so draw lines with Bostik Glitter Glue 7cm apart, leaving one bigger space at the end for the extra pieces you won’t use for the week. Leave to dry.

Step 5:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Cut the rough part of the velcro in small squares, press the backside firmly on a glue dot, pull it from the film and stick it to the backs of all the activity pieces and labels.

Step 6:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

I just love Bostik Sew Simple… I hardly use a needle anymore (oops). Apply it abundantly on both sides of the covered project boards, smooth out with your finger or a piece of cardboard and allow to dry for 10 minutes. Press firmly together and set aside to dry.

Step 7:

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Kids activites, calendar, extra curricular

Finally write the days of the week with Glitter Glue at the top and there you go, time well spent for organizing your kids’ extra curricular activities.

Use a piece of Bostik Prestik to put the eraser marker on the wall next to the activity board for the blank labels used for the non-repetitive activities. Have fun!


This post is sponsored by Bostik smart adhesives.

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Back to School Countdown Calendar!

Back to School Countdown Calendar!
Back to School Countdown Calendar!

The first day of school is one of the most memorable events in a kid’s life and counting down to the day will make it so much more fun! I have had the wonderful privilege to make this awesome Back to School countdown calendar with Bostik smart adhesives. Although this is a sponsored post, Bostik has been my favorite choice of adhesives since I was a child so you can just imagine how excited I was to work on this project.

In South Africa, the new school year starts on the 13th of January 2016 so I filled 10 boxes with back to school stationery that will each be opened in turn from 10 days before school starts.

On the day before school the last one, which is the school building, is opened where they will find the last of the stationery needed for school. This is an exciting way to help first graders know when school starts and that way every new piece of stationery will be received with joy!

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You will need:

Step1:

Gather all the school stationery and supplies and find boxes and holders around the house that the items will fit into. Common boxes like toothpaste boxes, cookie boxes and Bostik Crazy Clay boxes are ideal. The Crazy clay box works well for a homework book and notebook for instance, which is bigger but thinner and don’t fit anything you usually find in a food cupboard.

Step 2:

Arrange the boxes on a project board to resemble a school building. You can even just do a big school bus containing all the boxes, or something else school related… be creative!

Step 3:

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Place the stationary into the boxes and tape it with Bostik Super Clear Tape so that the opened box tabs wont make the box towers tumble.

Step 3:

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Cover the boxes with colorful project boards. Bostik Glue Stick works well for the smaller parts like windows and wheels. It leaves no bubbles and dries quickly.

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Bostik Art and Craft Sprayable Adhesive works amazing on the larger surfaces. Simply cut the project board to size, spray the surface and stick. I am amazed at how well this glue works and how quick it sticks even though the instructions are to wait a few minutes before you stick it. Definitely one of my new favorite adhesives!

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

For the round roofs I cut out a circle, made a cut to the centre of the circle and twisted it into a cone before I stuck the edges together. Bostik Clear Adhesive has always been my ultimate favourite… it works great for quickly sticking ends together without having to hold it while waiting for it to dry.

Step 4:

Bostik Clear Adhesive

This was the most fun of this whole project! I made numbers for the boxes, with the Bostik Crazy Clay, to count down from ten days to school to the last day (I used Bostik Blits Stik Super Glue Gel to stick them to the boxes) and then I was going to make school children for the school grounds but ended up making minions to match the lunch box and juice bottle set. Crazy Clay turned out to be absolutely crazy to work with!

Moulding and smoothing out bumps is child’s play compared to other clays and if you like what you made, you only have to leave it out to dry and you end up with a soft, yet firm spongy figurine that can also bounce! How’s that!!

The left overs can easily be stored in tact by keeping it in the airtight containers it comes in. I really, really like this clay a lot and I think we will be having loads more Crazy clay fun from now on.

Step 5:

This step is all about the finishing touches.

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

I used Bostik Colour ‘n Paint Twisters to add detail to the windows, pathway and grass like the picture above.

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Bostik Rainbow Glitter Glue rounded off the edges of the grass well and made beautiful shiny apples on the tree and lit up the school bus in the picture above by using silver glitter glue for the details on the wheels.

Step 6:

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

Lastly I used Bostik Prestik to stick the roofs to the cylinder containers and also to secure all the boxes to the A3 Project board. You don’t want to stick everything with a glue that won’t allow you to disassemble the boxes in order to get the stationery out as your kids will probably want to put the boxes back together after opening them to keep the display in tact for a keepsake.

Well that’s it folks, have fun! This will be a first day of school to remember….

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school

 


 

This post is sponsored by Bostik smart adhesives.

Bostik, glue, crazy clay, back to school