Review

Children’s Book Review : Amazing Aeroplanes & In the Jungle

Book Review+Pan MacMillanSAAmazing Aeroplanes: text by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Ant Parker Published First 1998

Age 3+

From as long as I can recall our son has been into aeroplanes. He’s been fortunate to have flown in a few in his life too. Now that he’s at an age that he’s able to articulate clearly, his love for planes is expressed daily. Continue reading “Children’s Book Review : Amazing Aeroplanes & In the Jungle”

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Mums (and dads) give your brain a break!

Mums, give your brain a break!

Life today just seems to be such a rush. As parents, we’re so busy balancing work, family and life in general that sometimes we forget that we actually need time for ourselves. Our brains are literally on overdrive daily as we try to keep a balance. 1 Life has a few recommendations to help mums and DADS to help give our brains a break.  Continue reading “Mums (and dads) give your brain a break!”

Run, Running

A broken heart and two left feet…still I run

Comrades 2018
Hubby AKA Darren

Comrade 2018Darren aka my hubby has decided that he wants to run Comrades next year, taking place 10th June 2018. Starting out in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. #Comrades2018 will be a down run and the 93rd. It’s a goal he has set himself after years of not running anything further than a 21.1km and his focus has been mainly in cycling until now.

He is going to be sharing his road to the start line through a series of weekly posts.

Continue reading “A broken heart and two left feet…still I run”

Family, Parenting

Life as a Stay-At-Home-Dad

Stay-At-Home-Dad

Growing up I don’t recall ever hearing or knowing of a household with a stay-at-home-dad. It was always the mother’s who brought up the kids. I still travel home to Swaziland frequent enough to know that although I still don’t know of any stay-at-home-dads, there are more mothers working today. In South Africa, it’s a different story. There seems to be a growing trend of men opting to stay at home rearing the children while the partner goes off to a 9 to 5 job.

According to Statistics South Africa reported back in 2012 that there were about 60,000 stay-at-home-dads in South Africa. This trend is being fueled by the country’s economic difficulties, company retrenchments that force some dads to work from home supported if they are fortunate, by a domestic helper. However, the cost of childcare are on the rise, so couples sometimes see the option of dad staying at home as the most feasible.  Continue reading “Life as a Stay-At-Home-Dad”

Competition

WIN a set of 4 tickets to Cinderella Kids

WIN a set of 4 tickets for CINDERELLA KIDS

I have 2 sets of 4 tickets for 2 winners (4 per winner), to attend the Cinderella Kids performance on stage at the People’s Theatre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Continue reading “WIN a set of 4 tickets to Cinderella Kids”

Review

Race Review : Cell C Day of Races Powered by Reebok – Joburg

DayofRaces+Two Dads & A KidThese are my thoughts on the race…

I recall the communication on this race last year, but for some reason, I didn’t enter.

It was another early start for us, just before 6 AM as the race venue wasn’t too far for us. No traffic jam to contend with, an awesome change. Continue reading “Race Review : Cell C Day of Races Powered by Reebok – Joburg”

Experiences, Family, Review, SchoolBreak

Review: Disney’s Cinderella Kids

Cinderella+Prince Charming+ Peolple's Theater
Alida Senekal as the Fairy Godmother, Kaylan Sabbadin as Cinderella and Thokozani Jiyane as Prince Charming performing in “Cinderella” a classic fairy tale. Photo: Candius Photography

On Friday evening I managed to be an awesome dad to our son as we attended the opening night of “Cinderella Kids”, the play, at the People’s Theatre in Braamfontein. It’s been a minute since I’d been to that part of Joburg, and the first time I’d taken our son to the theatre. It was time that we added a bit of culture to his educational programme.

If you’re not familiar with Disney’s “Cinderella Kids”, it’s an Continue reading “Review: Disney’s Cinderella Kids”

Same Sex

The deceptive allure of Online Dating

hooking up with strangersI guess it’s human nature to feel wanted…needed…desired. Even whilst in a stable relationship, the allure of anonymous sex or hooking up with a total stranger seems too strong, too primal, to dismiss.

There are a many APPs available today that make it easy to meet up with strangers…or Continue reading “The deceptive allure of Online Dating”

Grooming, hylery, Parenting, Review

Our Moroccan Barber Grooming Experience

Moroccan Barber JHBOur son is not one for haircuts.

If he could get away from having one he would.

Nothing has every happened, at least that we’re aware of, that would have put him off.

We’ve gone to a few places, always ending in tears and screams and us having to pay for a barely finished haircut.

Until we came across the Moroccan Barber’s Facebook page. We decided to try them out and what would you know, our son is almost 100% comfortable having his hair cut here.  Continue reading “Our Moroccan Barber Grooming Experience”

Interviewed, Races, Run

Tips on surviving your first Comrades by Thelma

Surviving your first Comrades
Thelma finishing her 3rd Comrades 2015 with 13 minutes to spare.

Thelma is a single mom with two grandchildren. In her late forties, she decided she wanted to become an ultra runner. In this year’s Comrades Up-Run she will be running her 5th. The goal, for now, is to reach 10. Each year the running the Comrades has been different. I sat her down for a quick Q&A just before Comrades 2016.

When the entries for Comrades 2016 opened and I entered, I reached out to her for guidance and advice. Then when I decided that it wasn’t happening this last year, Thelma was Continue reading “Tips on surviving your first Comrades by Thelma”