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 

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 

My favorite chicken soup

My favorite chicken soup

This recipe is an all time favorite for me and is an essential during flu season. Whenever I was sick as a child my Mom would make me chicken soup, and so to this day, that is exactly what I want when I am sick. 

Letter to my little man

Letter to my little man

To my darling Ethan It’s about an hour before we get up to go to the hospital. I am lying here unable to sleep. All I can think about is how our world is about to change. You are fast asleep and blissfully ignorant of what 

Hello world!

Hello world!

I am a science nerd at heart… my field is Zoological physiology. I am currently busy with my PhD so I am crazy about birds. I love being outdoors and contributing to science. So you will see plenty of nature and animals here! I am