Clover’s little big cook off – season 2!

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Clover, South Africa’s leading dairy and consumer products company, plans to launch the second season of their successful reality TV show, The Clover Little Big Cook Off. The new season will air from June 2015 and include another 13 main episodes with celebrity chef judges Martin Kobald and Coco Reinarhz and fellow judge and host of the show Zuraida Jardine; plus two bonus episodes, one offering a sneak peek behind the scenes of the auditions and another that gives viewers hints and tips from the professionals to make their meals Way Better.

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The second season will build upon the winning formula of the first, leveraging viewers’ passion to create proudly South African meals and deliver a consumer experience that takes the campaign even further.

As school holidays are around the corner, give the kids something fun to do by letting them join in on cooking your favourite Clover recipes – get practicing for the show and keep an eye out for the promotional dairy packs to enter your family favourite. Families can enter to be on the show from 15 January until 15 April 2015.

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About Clover LBCO

The Clover Little Big Cook Off Season 2 will run over thirteen episodes, commencing on 28 June 2015 on SABC 3 at 16:30. Entries for Season 2, as well as daily cash prizes will open on 15 January 2015.

The Clover Little Big Cook Off concluded its first season in August 2014 with the winners receiving up to R1,000,000.00 in prizes – including a 7 night family holiday to Disney World, Florida, USA in October 2014; a complete kitchen makeover worth R300,000.00 and their recipes published in the Clover Little Big Cook Off recipe book.

CloverLBCO Disney winner team with Princess Jasmine


Romeo Foxtrot – affordable and modern jewellery

I first heard about Romeo Foxtrot on Tanya’s blog, Rattle and mum (yes I do LOVE reading other blogs and hers is one of my favorite!)

I clicked the link to Roux’s Romeo Foxtrot website and I was BLOWN AWAY by her jewellery collection. Surely jewellery so affordable cannot be so cheap? I never know what to get certain members of my family for Christmas (hope they aren’t reading) but this was the PERFECT gift for the girls in my life!


So I started chatting to Roux via email, asking her what she thinks my family members would like and she was so helpful! I placed my order, paid and TWO days later the jewellery arrived at my front door!


Damien and I are off to the Portugese Islands tomorrow, on MSC’s Opera cruise, and I cannot wait to wear my Romeo Foxtrot Africa and heart necklaces respectively. Watch this space for pics….

Thanks Roux and Romeo Foxtrot and keep up the amazing work!!


Cutest age – when your child starts “reading” to you

I love encouraging Erin to love books, as I believe it has such great benefits. Books are a wealth of knowledge and if children start loving books at an early age it can only be advantageous to them. We’ve been reading stories to Erin most nights since she turned two (since she’s been in her own big girl bed) and I must say, it’s one of my favourite times of the day!

I first heard about kids book club at a mompreneur breakfast and I loved the idea. They deliver best selling age appropriate educational, activity & reading books to your door each month from R129pm!
Their Book Clubs cover children aged from 0-7 years old. Each month, they hand pick 2-3 books per age group. They cover all book types from touch and feel for babies and toddlers through to activity and reading books for older children.

Last week they sent Erin a pack to enjoy and I was thrilled to receive magazines for myself too (not often you get more than you bargain for)! The pack included a learning activity book with a pen (can be erased) and a book called The School Trip. We’ve been reading this book for the last few evenings and I just love the part where my two and a half year old angel tries to read the book to me!


Added benefits are that you get a discount for your second (R90pm) and your third (R80pm) child. Kids book club also supports the Bokamoso Educational trust by donating R1 a month per subscription to the trust!


I really could not believe all we got for R129 per month and delivery is included too! I would definitely recommend the kids book club to anyone who values the gift of reading as much I as do.



All I want for Christmas

I’m not a huge fan of receiving gifts (frankly, I’d rather people donate to TGF), but I do REALLY LOVE buying gifts and Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year as I get to buy gifts for my entire family!

Some have asked me what I would like for Christmas as we all buy for each other every year, so here’s my list:

Nespresso Pods – we bought 250 when we got our machine but have run out now.

Steak knives – sad to say we’ve never had proper steak knives yet. Now that we eat Ostrich steak once a week, steak knives would be really cool.

Bokashi compost bin – my mum recently got a Bokashi compost bin and swears by it. I hate wastage and figured I can use the liquid compost to make our tiny garden look beautiful

Duvet cover – just love beautiful Egyptian cotton linen

Sorbet voucher – complete gelish addict, want to buy myself Morgan Taylor to take home

War horse – I’d really love tickets to go and watch this show with Damien, I’ve heard it’s amazing!

Coffee press – anyone will do, but Le Creuset has a beautiful one


Jozi meet up

I attended the second #Jozimeetup on Saturday, that was organized by Laura from Harassed mom. I had attended the first #Jozimeetup earlier this year and LOVED it so much, so decided to attend the second one too.

The first one was more of a social for bloggers/ tweeters/ instagrammers etc. to meet each other. The second one was much more about awareness and how to keep yourself and your children safe on social media. The speakers were Stacey Vee and Hayley Owen. I unfortunately couldn’t hear them speak as Erin wasn’t keen to go to the kids play area and she wasn’t keen to sit still either. But all the other ladies said that they learnt so much from these two very knowledgeable speakers.

The food was DIVINE and as at was hosted at Core, the kids had an amazing iPad and iGames area where they could play. I was bummed that Damien had to work and he couldn’t look after Erin, but my lamb and I had a great time in the gardens of Core and I did manage to chat to a few of my social media / mommy blogger friends.

Here’s some pics of what Erin and I got up to.

Thanks Laura for a really well organized event!





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Thank you also so much to everyone who brought goods for The Grace Factory, I value your continued support!




Give books, change lives : PUO

A few months ago I bought Erin a Puo book (Afrikaans), Puo flashcards (Zulu) and a Puo puzzle (Zulu). I truly love their products, as they focus on teaching children South African languages, via fun activities, such a reading, puzzles etc. Now Puo is GIVING back and I LOVE companies that GIVE BACK even more!


This Festive Season they’re asking for your help.  Puo’s goal is to deliver 10,000 books as gifts to children who cannot afford them. Only 7% of schools in South Africa have a functioning library. This means that the majority of our children do not enjoy the benefits of storybooks. Your collective pledges will help change the lives of thousands of children by giving them the gift of brand new books, published in South Africa’s 11 official languages.  How will we do this?

1. Kindly send them your pledge amount to info@puo.co.za for invoicing purposes

2. They will deliver to these 3 NGO partners:     The Shine Centre     Nal’ibali     Biblionef

3. They will deliver to the children who are beneficiaries of their respective community programmes. Every child should experience the joy and related benefits of reading.

Thank you for making it possible!

Make Your Pledge


Naartjie’s new summer range

Naartjie launched their summer range last week and their clothes are more beautiful than ever. Here’s a look at their top six favorite outfits this summer. The number 89 on some items is representative of the year in which Naartjie was created!


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An added bonus is that in celebration of their 25th birthday, Naartjie is giving every single customer registered on their website a little something to say thank you for their loyalty, support and love for their brand over the past 25 years. Each registered customer will receive a R250 voucher via email, that can be used when spending R1, 000 or more in store or online. Vouchers are valid from 5 November until 2 December 2014.