The Competition Is Closed

I am now reading through all the entries and attempting to choose one… You can read them too, and perhaps tell me which one you like the most?

This one is from Lyndall, who doesn’t have a blog:

Old wives tales for kids, where do I begin?!?! lol, I have a mother, a mother in law, A soon 2 be step mother and 3 grannies!!! lol. I have heard all the old wives tales there are..from rubbing “clove oil” on a baby’s gums for teething, to rubbing aloe plant on an insect bite, then there is everyones favourite of rubbing brandy on a baby’s eina gums, epsom salts in the bath to induce labour, codliver oil to drink to induce labour, my favourite is that they say that if you blow up balloons it will induce labour, so the last week of my pregnancy I was blowing up packets and packets of balloons(did nothing) to be continued..
Then there are the tales about drinking milkstout while breastfeeding will increase your milk and cabbage leaves in your bra to help your milk flow!
Some of them work, some of them do not but all I can say is do not listen to all you hear! Just trust your gut and you will know what to believe or what advice to take.
The list could go on and on but I just highlighted my favourite tales and remedies.
Hope I win, I need sleep and that book looks good. Lol

And these are the links to the other entries:

Life, Love & Everything Else

A Bit Of This A Bit Of That



The Jackson Files

 Motherhood… Another Week Another Tweak

A Bad Mommy’s Blog

Random Thoughts From Underneath The Table V3.0

One problem is, I have no idea who referred who- so I have no idea who to give the mystery prize to!!?!??

Its Almost Time For The Annual Sibling Supper

This year our annual “Sibling Supper” is on Saturday November 21st! And it’s our 8th supper and our 7th supper with the gifts!!!


Its da Bruvva’s turn to play host, and my turn to supply dessert- so I am furiously looking for a gourmet cupcake recipe to do for our pudding. I have so many divine recipes I’m having a hard time choosing!!

I also still need to find a gift! 😮 Usually I have my rotten kitsch present sorted MONTHS before the time… but this year I haven’t bought anything yet. I’ve seen a few that may be worthy, but nothing really awesome yet…


So here’s a bit of an explanation of why we have our annual dinner.

Since my siblings- sister B, sister C & da Bruvva all have significant others’ and or children- Christmas is inevitably now shared with their direct family and their in-laws. Which means no more big family Christmases like we had when we were kids. And of course, there is a strong possibility every year that we won’t all be together on Christmas day.

I then had an idea to have an annual “Sibling Supper”.

I know. I have these little flashes of brilliance every now and then. And of course “it” makes it all about me again, so I win.

The dinner is just the four of us- no kids and no partners- and each year one of us hosts it and decorates a dinner table, and we each contribute something different to the meal.

Then a few years ago I read a Dean Koontz* book about a guy who could not go into the sun or even strong light- I think it was called “Fear Nothing” but I’m not too sure. Anyway, the main character in the story had a friend who was a night owl and the two of them would give each other the ugliest and most impractical gifts they could find for Christmas and birthdays. It was a long standing competition with them.

Now we do the same!

Because we are a big family Christmas can get horribly expensive- so we no longer buy Christmas presents for each other, we only buy for the kids and for our partners. And for our sibling supper, each of us buys just one gift- the ugliest, kakkest, kitchest, corniest thing we can possibly find, and then we pull names from a hat to decide who gets which gift. It’s turned into a huge competition with us shopping months in advance and keeping it a huge secret! We now even have a floating trophy that is awarded to the person who found the worst gift in each year.

The “rules” state that your gift has to be prominently on display in your house for one year, and if it gets broken it has to be mended! When you get your new gift, you can toss the old one.

Of course, kitsch is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone has different taste… so occasionally someone gets something they actually like- even if the giver thinks it’s dreadful! 😀


Oh, and when I do post the photos of the party, please don’t think that anything we label as kitsch and dreadful is an attack on anyone’s personal taste…


You can read about the previous sibling supper’s here, here, here, here, here and here (hhmmm… I sound like the raccoon in “Over The Hedge”).


*Thanx for the correction Sleepy Jane

Happy Birthday My Love


Friday October 23rd was my sweet Glugster’s 34th birthday!!!




This may be a nausea inducing gushy-lovey-dovey post, since that’s what he has done to me…


You have been warned.


He is the love of my life.

He is the man who makes my dreams come true- even when I come up with new ones.

He gives me knee-buckling kisses.

He makes me happy.

He is the most unassuming, modest man I know.

He holds my handbag.

He has a big heart, and doesn’t hesitate to give.

He holds my hand.

He is a good influence on my knucklehead.

He encourages me.

He thinks I’m sexy.


I love you babe!!!


For his birthday, I gave my sweetheart a Ryobi Cordless Drill and a Foo Fighters CD! He hadn’t asked for either one, but he had mentioned once or twice how he’d like both of them, so I made a mental note and kept reminding myself so I could make a plan for his birthday.

We had the quietest most relaxed birthday weekend we’ve ever had in terms of weekends, let alone birthdays! We cheated on our diet considerably, but forgave ourselves for it pretty quickly as we were celebrating after all.

I baked chocolate cupcakes and decorated them with butter icing, and on Friday morning the knucklehead and I woke him up so he could blow out some candles and I could give him his pressies! Then we both went off to work- him leaving earlier than usual so his staff couldn’t surprise him. They managed to catch him unawares anyway later in the afternoon with cake and candles though!

On Saturday night we went to see Inglourious Basterds at Sandton. Can I just say- I love Ster Kinekor’s “lovenest” seats!! Almost all of their theatres have them in now, and it’s so comfy! I can now snuggle up to him without an armrest inbetween, and he’s not squashed into his seat anymore!!

We spent Sunday with his family at his parents’ house. I baked vanilla cupcakes and decorated them with chocolate butter icing, glacé cherries and coloured dragees, and they went down very well!





…come play on my rollercoaster…

A Competition With Prizes!!!

Some of you may remember how I won a competition in July? Well, thanks to the fabulous SA postal service being on strike and and and… I only received my prize a week ago!


I am now going to have a competition of my own, and give away the set of five autographed “No-Cry” books by Elizabeth Pantley!


Anyone can enter, and to enter I would like you to write a blog post about an old-wives tale that has to do with raising a child, and whether or not you think it has any relevance today (you can find some here if you’re stuck for ideas).

Link to this post so I can find the posts of course 🙂 and spread the word. I’ll post the books to the winner no matter where in the world they are.

And I will send something special- and not necessarily parenting related- to the person who refers the most people here, so be sure others know to tell me where they came from ;). Competition closes a week from today on October 29th.