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Elf on the shelf 2020

Elf on the shelf 2020

If any year needed a bit of magic, its 2020! The “new normal” however presented many questions about the elves. Can they get COVID, will they be allowed to travel into South Africa, and will they wear their masks while staying with us? All these 

Double elf madness!

Double elf madness!

Ethan absolutely loved seeing what Snitch had got up to, so we decided to continue the tradition. With a second child in the house, Santa sent us a second elf to keep an eye on the kids. I am not sure how Sparkles became her 

Our first year of Elf on the shelf

Our first year of Elf on the shelf

I vividly remember getting letters from the elves when I was a child, only to discover years later that my older cousins were writing the letters. I really appreciated that they kept the magic alive for me and loved Christmas with my family. As a 

Wooden clothes pegs as diffusers

Wooden clothes pegs as diffusers

Wooden clothes pegs are extremely useful. Rub a few drops of your favourite essential oil onto the peg and attach it in your cupboard to disperse refreshing smells. You can also peg it to the front of an air vent or fan in your house 

Reusable advent calendars

Reusable advent calendars

One of our favourite things at Christmas time is advent calendars. That morning excitement and running to get your treat out for the day! It has become a tradition as well as a way for our small kids to learn to recognise numbers. It also 

How I found essential oils

How I found essential oils

In 2015, I became a Mom and it was one of the most difficult times of my life. My pregnancy was a difficult one and my newborn suffered with extremely bad colic and reflux. In addition to this, I had postnatal depression and could not 

5 Tips to achieve zero waste

5 Tips to achieve zero waste

My family is so blessed to live in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It is a truly beautiful area of the country situated in Algoa Bay, which is one of six Hope Spots in South Africa launched by Dr Sylvia Earle. ‘Hope Spots are special places 

The Cape sparrow

The Cape sparrow

The Cape sparrow (Passer melanurus) Although this is a common visitor to my garden, I never get tired of watching their interactions. Species information The Cape sparrow or mossie, has distinctive large pale head stripes, forming almost in the shape of a “C”. They are 

The southern red bishop

The southern red bishop

This beautiful species is widely distributed and as such, thought of as “common”. For me, this species will always hold a special place in my heart, as it is the species that inspired my shift from mammal physiology to avian physiology. This shift led to 

Quick chicken soup

Quick chicken soup

For those of you pressed for time… this recipe has a few ingredient substitutes that will cut down on preparation time but still allow for a hearty chicken soup with a similar taste to my favorite chicken soup recipe. Chicken soup is an absolute essential