Dragging ourselves to the end of the school year

Exams are finished and there are only a few days left of school. In my opinion, the end of the school year could not come faster.

I shouldn’t really rush it, because then I know I’ve got to start preparing for new school books and stationery… oh and the small matter of an entire new uniform for Bradley (he’s going to high school next year).

The last week has been absolutely manic and the madness will only end when school breaks up. I need the break!

Since exams finished last week, there’s been one function after another. The kids are exhausted already, and there’s another week to go.

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This is what the kids have been up to this week alone…

  • On Monday Bradley went to Sun City as a Grade 7 outing. Connor spent the morning at a retirement village singing Christmas carols and hosting a tea party
  • On Tuesday Connor dressed like a pirate and they had a pirate swimming party at school. He was very sunburnt, exhausted and in a foul mood by the end of the day
  • On Tuesday evening the school had their carols evening. I dragged the moaning Connor to the carols evening and we had a great time picnicking listening to the kids singing. Afterwards we went for a pizza pasta dinner with friends, so it was a late night on top of the exhausting day
  • Today, Wednesday, Bradley had his school day party and spent the day in the pool getting sunburnt again
  • Tomorrow, Bradley has a day off school and is going to Gold Reef City with his buddies
  • Tomorrow night Connor has his junior primary awards evening
  • On Friday (to Saturday) I’m working 24 hours doing a project at work… and I’ve got to find something to keep Bradley occupied because he has another day off school
  • To make the days longer, I’ve edited up a storm every evening this week after we’ve finished with our events

To top it off, this weekend we have a crazy busy weekend planned in between 2 photoshoots… and I somehow have to sleep to catch up after the 24 hour story.

Next week we have more awards ceremonies and Grade 7 final assemblies etc etc.

And everyone wonders why I have a glass of wine at night 😉 LOL! I’ve also got 9 weeks to go before I run a marathon again and at this point my leg is still problematic! Eeek! I should really blog a bit about my running again too.

If I seem a little bit edgy, you now know why!

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A morning at the Sandton Build a Bear

Have you taken your kids to Sandton Build a Bear yet? You really should, it’s so much fun!

We were invited to Build a Bear at a workshop that was held for bloggers, but I couldn’t make the date. Instead, we headed off to Sandton Build a Bear workshop at Sandton City on Saturday morning. I took Connor with me.

He’s 9, but he’s always loved bears. They are tucked away now at the top of his cupboard, but he was still keen to do this with me.

Build a Bear’s Phindile was amazing! Connor was a little dubious when we started, because he wasn’t sure he wanted to make a bear for himself or as a gift for someone else. Phindile made him feel really special, and cleverly showed him the more funky bears and outfits, instead of the cutesy cuddly ones.

In the end he chose Toothless, from the movie “How to Train your Dragon”. I would have chosen the pony actually, or even the two-headed green dragon, but he wanted the plain black one.

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Phindile and I tried to convince him that the batman outfit or the camo gear would be awesome on his bear…

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Then it was time to choose something to go in it. You can choose between a scent, a beating heat or a voice activator. Connor loved the smell of the bubblegum scent, so that’s what he chose.

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Oh I loved this! Every bear needs a heart inside it. So Connor had to rub it on his forehead for intelligence. Rub it on his arm for strength, and on his heart to remind him to always love it. There were more but if I type them all out, the magic of going with your kids will be lost.

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Once we’d built our bear, given it a name, and packaged “Chipless” in his box, we had to say the bear promise.

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It was such an awesome experience! Connor loves his Toothless that he named Chipless… probably because he smells like sweet bubblegum 😉 He’s actually amazed me with the bear, and it takes pride of place on his bed. My mom told me this evening that he spoke about the Sandton Build a Bear experience the whole way home from school today. The whole morning was such a success!

If you’re wondering what to do with your children this festive season, then the Ultimate Build a Bear Experience is one thing to add to the list. Connor was even happy for me to shop a little afterwards… which is a win!

They also have various party options available. It may be a nice idea for littlies birthdays.

Disclaimer: I was invited to the event, and asked to review Build a Bear
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Having fun with Just Fun Kidz Air Storm and win a set!

I was sent the Just Fun Kidz Air Storm set of toys to review this week. The kids thought it was Christmas! We don’t often get the opportunity anymore, because they’re not little.

These were perfect for the boys! As you know, the boys are 9 and 13 years old. We’ve had running battles going on in the garden this weekend! They are awesome, and are perfect gifts and stocking fillers!

The Zano Bow is a small bow that comes with 2 arrows. The back of the pack can be used for target practise. It’s designed to be used indoors and outdoors, so the kids had a ball battling with these inside and outside.

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When I first saw the Sky Ripper set on Facebook, I knew I’d be adding them to the kids stockings this year. I love the idea of these arrows that whistle as they shoot through the air. They go sooo far! It was loads of fun to shoot them straight up in the air and watch them whistle and then bounce when they got back on the ground.
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Lastly, we played with the big bow set, the Z curve bow. We loved this one too! This one feels like it means business when you load up an arrow. It comes with one arrow with a suction cup, that works like a bomb against the outside walls of our house.

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The kids love them! All 3 Just Fun Toys Air Storm sets are an absolute hit and would be amazing gifts this Christmas.

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I’ve got 2 sets of Just Fun Kidz Air Storm worth R1 200 up for grabs on my blog this week!

Each hamper consists of the following items:

      • 1 x Sky Ripperz 2 Pack
      • 1 x Zano Bow
      • 1 x Z Curve Bow

Leave a comment on this blog post to enter!

Competition rules:

  1. Comment on my blog post to enter the competition
  2. Two winners will be drawn by random selection on 28 November 2016, and notified by email and on Twitter
  3. Prize will be delivered to the winners by Just Fun Kidz
  4. Only South African residents are able to enter the competition. Prize can only be delivered to South African addresses.

**Updated** the competition winners have been drawn and emails have been sent to both of them

 

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Starbucks gingerbread latte is amazeballs

I was invited to the launch of the new Starbucks Christmas range by Zomato. I went along to the launch event held at Starbucks Reserve in Rosebank this evening. One of the things I got to taste was the Starbucks gingerbread latte.

It was actually the first time I’d been to Starbucks. I bet you’re surprised at that statement! LOL! I just took one look at the queues I saw on social media and decided that no matter how special the coffee was, the queues were not worth it. So, this event was an ideal opportunity for me to try the coffee out.

Thankfully after about 10 minutes of awkward wandering around, I found Bronwynne and Karl amongst the crowd. It was fabulous catching up with them, and chatting about our running 🙂 I also finally got to meet @AnneDoli in real life!

I loved the look of the Christmas range of goodies. My favourite is the white mug with the candy cane handle, although I know Connor would love the snowman face mug. It’s a really great gift range for coffee lovers like me… I wouldn’t mind one or two of these items.
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I’m very intrigued by the Christmas coffee blend… I need to try that.

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While we were being entertained by Tamara Dey’s group Shoowop Shop, Starbucks handed around sample sizes of some of their new Christmas menu range.

 

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I absolutely loved the Starbucks gingerbread latte. Just before I left, we got to try the frappe version of the drink too. I wasn’t as impressed with that version, as I was with the hot latte.
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I’ll definitely be back for another gingerbread latte.

And as for the whole Starbucks experience, I thought it would be a smaller coffee shop actually. None of the photos I’d seen of it, had made it look as bright, big and spacious as it is. And thankfully it sounds like the queues are a thing of the past, so I may actually venture there now.

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A family weekend trip to Marataba Safari Lodge

We’ve just come back from a 2 night weekend trip to Marataba Safari Lodge. We drove to Marataba, which is 3.5 hrs from Joburg in the Marekele Reserve in Limpopo. It was just one incredible experience, and we all loved it! Everything was amazing. From the yummy food that was always available, to the interesting […]

A little photo stop at Llandudno

OK, I promise I’ve just about finished blogging about our Cape Town racecation a few weeks ago. The city is just so beautiful, I cannot help myself! We did some driving around while we were there, and went to a few places I’d never been before. When we drove back into Cape Town from Hout Bay, we […]

A wonderful morning at Kamersvol market in Sandton

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Hout Bay and the Bay Harbour Market

The day before the big race, we went for a bit of a drive… and ended up in Hout Bay and visited the Bay Harbour Market. I do love visiting the various harbours around Cape Town, and Hout Bay is just so beautiful! After wandering around the fishing boats, we walked past Snoekies (which sells the […]

A walk or two along the Sea Point promenade

Oh how I miss Cape Town already! We’ve been back in Jo’burg for over a week, and I’m only getting to editing the photos I took on our little run-cation now. And it’s making me long to go back! Even though we were running a marathon on the Sunday, I needed to do “stuff”. You […]

Having fun at Nerf Blaster Masters

Nerf invited me to attend the Nerf Blaster Masters event happening this weekend at Jozi X in Bryanston. Bradley wasn’t in the mood, but Connor was oh so very keen. He LOVES anything to do with Nerf guns, and a whole day of them, playing with them, and having fun on obstacles was just heaven to him. […]