Traveling with Kids: How to survive flying with your kids

TweetFlying with kids For most parents travelling with your children is an amazing experience, but for most of us the flight is the most challenging part of the experience. If you’re a Parent and have booked flights to Cape Town or another destination and have flown with your kids, I salute you. Any form of

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Out and about – Canal Walk’s Space Station: December 2017 – January 2018

TweetCanal Walk’s Space Station is family fun for earthlings of all ages this festive season This festive season, Canal Walk Shopping Centre will be playing host to a visiting space station that is designed to welcome earthlings of all ages and provide them with discovery and delight.  On loan to Canal Walk by an inter-planetary

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A day of spoils thanks to the V & A Waterfront

TweetThings to do in Cape Town during the school holidays with the kids (or without – it’s your choice). School is almost out which means the kids are starting to ask what you have planned for them during the school holidays. If like me you leave things to last minute then I’ve got you covered!

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Ice Galaxy, the coolest place in the universe

TweetLast night the Thomas gang was invited to attend the opening of the Ice Galaxy at Canal Walk. This is something Danny has been wanting to do for so long, but we’ve never really found the time or energy to take him (yes, bad parents). And since the boys have been more challenging of late

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Win with Kellogg’s and Love Made Me

TweetKellogg’s Breakfast for Better Days How could a better today change tomorrow? The possibilities are endless. Breakfast is not just a meal; it’s the making of a brighter future. With every morning comes a bright new beginning. It’s a chance for all of us to realise the potential of the day. And when we start

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Getting crafty with Surpriso

There’s nothing that brings more joy to my overly active boys lives than a new arts and craft project.

So when I was approached by Surpriso to test out one of their boxes I jumped at the opportunity.

For once I didn’t have to do the research, all the planning and get the supplies. I love it but life has been somewhat busy in the Thomas home lately and time was not something I’ve had much of.

Enter Surpriso

Surpriso

is a monthly arts and crafts subscription box delivered to your door with all the materials and step by step instructions, for kids to build, make, and develop their confidence.

The crafts are for children aged 5-8 but we guarantee that it will be fun for the whole family to get involved!

The theme for the box we received was “Under The Sea” and the boys had a blast over the long weekend doing all the crafts.

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The great thing is that all you need to complete the activities are included in the box (except a scissor), and you receive user friendly instructions on how to do everything. Perfect for little minds to grasp.

What you’ll find in your box

Do it yourself arts & crafts activities delivered monthly (each month has a new theme)
Each box contains 3-5 age appropriate craft activities
Safe and non-toxic materials

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The box is definitely geared at older kids but Josh did what he could and thoroughly enjoyed himself (once bored he then painted on the couch and floor, thank goodness its washable paint).

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Danny was utterly chuffed with himself and everything he created.

How to get your hands on a Surpriso box

There are 5 options available:

1 Month subscription – R199
1 Month subscription for siblings – R339 (15% discount), enough materials for both kids!
Gift Box – R220 (beautifully wrapped ready to go – the perfect gift for a kid’s birthday)
3 Month subscription – R570 (sign up for 3 months and receive a 5% discount)
3 Month Sibling subscription – R999 (3 months sibling box and receive a 15% discount

All options include FREE delivery to all major centres across South Africa (boxes to outer areas will be sent via the post office).

To order yours click HERE or feel free to send an email to info@surpriso.co.za

Happy Crafting

LT

Win with Tiny Tribe Kids and What Happened to my body

Good Morning Lovelies,

Following my post yesterday reviewing the Tiny Tribe Kids leggings I purchased last month for Josh, I’m here today with a BIG SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You could be the lucky winner of a pair of Tiny Tribe Kids leggings for your child or a niece / nephew / grandchild / godchild / futurechild – ANYONE!

Competition will run from Wednesday, 22 July to Sunday, 26 July and the winner will be announced on Monday, 27 July.

So, what are you waiting for???? Go and enter!

Competition only open to SA residents living in this Country, sorry.

Leggings sizes (Age 0 – 4 years only).

Enter via LINK TO THE RIGHT

Rafflecopter – a Rafflecopter giveaway

Pampers Unisex pants

A while ago I was asked to review the new and improved Pampers pants for Joshuah and I jumped at the opportunity as we’ve had a constant challenge with finding something suitable for him from birth.

Since I was 13 weeks pregnant and given the all clear by my Doctor following a miscarriage at 10 weeks, Carl and I started in investing in nappies. When this baby was due to arrive we wanted to be sorted and in true Thomas ways we searched all the nappy deals and purchased almost R4000 worth of nappies. Packing space was slim to none-existent and the nappy tower began developing much like our little baby in my belly in the home’s belly, our lounge.

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This was at 20 weeks, see I kid you not, it was a HUGE nappy stash which kept on growing!

Shortly after Josh was born though, we discovered that these wonderful nappies were causing a bit of an irritation to our wee bundles precious bum and thighs. To our utter dismay we loaded the Vito and headed to Dischem who were willing enough to accept all the nappies and in return give us a gift card with the monetary value of the nappy pile, I think it was totalling R43 something something and a few cents. Which actually helped us BIG time when I went on maternity leave for all the meds, toiletries, baby products, cleaning products we needed during those 5 months.

We have long been a Pampers baby fan, these were nappies that worked for us and worked for our petite baby’s frame.

Another constant battle we have with both our kids is that they’re narrow waisted beings, I swear they get this from me. Really, not that you would think that now but really, I promise. Length of clothing works perfectly but the waist is always much to big.

Getting back to Pampers. With Josh we found out match, no saggy nappy bum. Fit was perfect and no leaking / exploding nappy bums in the morning. A definite win from me! NO ONE likes waking up to a gel covered bed, which during our nappy hunt we experienced MANY!

When I was contacted to review the pull up pants I was excited. The thought of pull ups scare me a bit. Since the introduction of disposable nappies, the world has come to know the “open system” was the norm. Tabs / Velcro / Cellotape whatever they were made of is what worked. So the no tabs and easy access through me a bit, I will explain why and because of this I’ve never thought of purchasing them myself. But with potty training lurking in the not too distant future I thought it was time to don my big girl panties and give it a go.

Day 1 – 4 : Pampers pants used from 06:00am – 20:00pm, no problems

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Day 5 – 6 : Pampers pants used 06:00am – 17:00pm, slight nappy rash from school due to not being changed often enough so we swopped for the night routine to normal Pampers.

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Day 7 – 10 : Pampers Pants used 24 hours, night 1 we had a nappy explosion (10 hours of wear during night) but Josh ate poorly and drank for most of the night (the nappy just couldn’t cope), the rest was no problems.

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The challenge, Josh has very very sensitive skin and using Vaseline as a barrier is not even enough. We have trained him so well from young, the minute he drops a bomb he MUST tell us (as parents sometimes you forget, can’t smell, not too sure), Josh now tells us when he’s mid bomb drop. Lol In saying this it means that he uses the Pharmacist concoction daily with every nappy change on his bum. Here’s the challenge. How do you put on bum cream with a pullup pants and not get nappy cream on everything (i.e. bed, changing mat, couch, cot wherever you lay your little one on)?

See my problem? Its a practical and mindset thing which I’ll just have to get over. On the practical side we put on the pull up then through the side do the barrier cream.

Lets see what Pampers says and if it stood the Josh test

·         Unisex and Easy to use

·         Extra Sleep – Layer which absorbs wetness and distributes it evenly across the core for up to 12 hours of dryness

·         All around fit with a stretchy waistband and leg cuffs adapted to baby shapes and movement for a perfect fit in all positions

·         Less bulky design which allows for maximum freedom of movement

·         Breathable : Micropores enable vapour to travel from inside to outside of nappy to help your baby stay dry

My final thoughts? 

Other than my one challenge it stood the test, there were no major leaks or accidents I needed to clean up (apart from 1 overloaded deposit). They’re super easy to use and tear easily (at the seams when taking them off) and Josh is proud to be wearing in his words “Ander pants”. And he has mastered the art of taking them off himself for bathtime (you do not want to see that picture, after taking them off for bathtime he decided to leave me a little surprise on the bedroom floor, like a naughty puppy and it wasn’t a wee wee) and score they’re compact and fit him perfectly!

From my side I do feel they could be a tiny bit softer, I do understand the need for durable absorbing material but these are tiny people’s little bits after all. Thumbs up from me and my gang.

Please note Pampers gave me these products to test and share my experience and I think I’ve done it fairly.

Pampers pants are available both in store and online from sizes 3 – 6

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The great thing is that Pampers also gave me a few extra packs to share with other Moms and get their inputs. Watch this space. I will be asking 3 Moms to give their views on the product.

#paidad #PampersSA

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