So, as I mentioned in my previous post, our Cape Town holiday was not all that great, but there were a few things about it that kept me smiling, and one of them was my amazing jewellery purchases from Skermunkil.
A few weeks ago I saw this post on the House & Leisure blog, showcasing a gorgeous Table Mountain silhouette brass bangle.
I contacted Marietjie (from Skermunkil) about it (thought it would be a nice souvenir from our CT holiday and wanted to know where I could get one) and she said they’d be at Design Indaba Expo, so as soon as I spotted their stand, I ran over to grab myself a little treat…
I actually decided not to go for the Table Mountain style one, but instead chose this stunning ‘little houses’ bangle which is quite symbolic to me at the moment (we have news which I will share in another blog post soon!) – I just love it and it totally makes my ♥ sing when I wear it…
Before I left the stand, this little silver and brass heart ‘pinky ring’ caught my eye, and I had to have it too!
To see more of Skermunkel’s amazing Work, check out their Facebook page or visit their Muizenburg studio.
To say I was apprehensive to go on this holiday with both kids would be an understatement. A recent weekend away in Umhlanga proved highly stressful, so a whole week away in Cape Town (with a 90 minute drive and 2 hour flight either side) was pretty ambitious – and in a nutshell, my expectations were spot on. It sucked.
We tried to be positive. We tried to make the most of things. We tried to make it work… But, the reality was that we had two sick kids who hated driving around and whose naps times (or lack thereof!), feeding times, bed times etc dictated our every move. Hubby and I fought a lot (next time, I will be doing the driving!) and on top of everything, I was also man down for the last two days with an EPIC gastro bug that seems to be making the rounds in the Mother City (Capetonians be warned, it’s not pretty!)
We didn’t manage to fully stick to the itinerary I created and missed out on a lot of the things I really wanted to see/do HOWEVER, there were still a few moments of enjoyment between what seemed like hours of agony and chaos.
Here’s a quick round up of the trip as a whole (and I also have a few posts with more details lined up that will showcase some of my favourite finds/happier times!)
- Monday – there was nothing good about this day except the waffle I had at Wimpy before we flew
- Tuesday – taking the kids to the 2 Oceans Aquarium, win!
- Wednesday – lunch at Caprice in Camps Bay with some of my favourite old uni friends: Dom, Bee and Gemma + other fab people
- Thursday – we didn’t do anything all day after a bad night with both kids, but going to movies in the evening while Carin & Nelle baby sat was tops (we watched Dallas Buyers Club, I think I’m in love with Jared Leto)
- Friday – blitzed through Design Indaba Expo (faster than I would’ve liked to but it was a choice between that and kids getting grumpy/lost)
- Saturday – late lunch at Imhoff Farm, good food, space for toddler to run free (big thumbs up)
- Sunday – Milnerton Market (bought an awesome huge chopping board with space for dips)
- Monday – again, nothing good about this day (see The Really Ugly below…)
- Tuesday – the BEST day – we came HOME <3
- delayed flight on the way there
- a screaming toddler on the plane (mine!)
- toddler helping herself to other people’s food on the plane (as in more than one handful of chips out of their packet!)
- toddler who didn’t have her lunchtime nap (ever)
- baby who cried in the car (every time)
- mozzies – why you no like to buzz off?
- kids with temperatures, coughs and snot streaming down their faces. All. The. Time.
- baby who woke up every two hours at night
- constipated toddler
- toddler who didn’t eat (quite unusual for this child of mine)
- arguing with spouse over directions / what to do / where to go / how to get there
- feeling like we had totally bombarded and taken over my sister and her girlfriends small flat (do you have any idea how much stuff you have to take when you travel with kids?!)
- missing a night out courtesy of sick kids
- not making it to: Charly’s Bakery, Skinny Laminx, Missibaba, Ma Mere Maison, The Woodstock Exchange, Babylonstoren, Chapmans Peak for a drive, Boulders Beach to show Addi the penguins, and a few other places I wanted to go to/pass through in general…
THE REALLY UGLY
- Sunday night and Monday – as previously mentioned, I was treated to a delightful tummy bug complete with toilet hugging ‘n hopping (joy) and severe weakness (felt worse than the worst hangover I’ve ever had)
- the traffic – seriously, Cape Town, sort that shit out.
WHAT WE’VE LEARNED…
a) never to go on holiday with our kids again! Okay, not really. But if we do, they HAVE TO be over a certain age (like 18?)
b) if we did end up doing it again, a ‘beach cottage’ holiday with less sight-seeing and more chilling would be far more suitable
c) never to stay with other people again, even family, really not fair on them (or their neighbours!) or on us/the kids
d) always take lots of kiddy bribes!
So… The past 3 weeks have not been great diet-wise… After my initial 9kg loss, I seemed to lose focus and admittedly, I fell off the wagon a bit. I’m not going to make any excuses (although I have plenty I could use!) because, really, the only person I have to be accountable to is myself.
I weighed in this morning and despite my misgivings, have still managed a 1.3kg and 10cm loss which I’m pretty damn pleased with considering!
Next week is going to be challenging – we are off to Cape Town – first proper holiday since before Addi was born – filled with sheer excitement and dread at the same time (a recent weekend away with the kids proved traumatising!)
I’m going to try and stick to my eating plan as much as possible but I’m not going to let it overshadow the whole trip by any means – still gotta live and enjoy life, right? (Our itinerary includes a visit to the famed Charly’s Bakery – can’t even hide my excitement!)
Look forward to sharing my adventures upon our return x
Had to reblog this from Happiness Is… If you love pretty things, flowers and stationery then do yourself a favour and read on. (Amazing pictures: I’m having a complete designergasm right now…)
Rifle Paper Co.’s 2013 Look Book
- A Magical Combination of Stationery & Floral Design
CLICK HERE to see more from Fathima’s original post…
I was recently in touch with Sam and James from Elephantshoe (a boutique Paperie, Branding and Styling Design Studio, based in Johannesburg) to give me a quote for a client on their gorgeous made-to-order envelopes…
My client didn’t end up buying any, but I fell in love with the slightly shimmery ‘blush’ coloured envelopes (recommended specifically for this project by Sam) – so much so, that I ordered a set for myself anyway, even though I still have no idea what I’m going to use them for :)
They arrived within a few days and exceeded all my expectations – just BEAUTIFUL. Beautifully packaged as well and with a sweet little extra thrown in for good measure: some cute stamped gift tags… Very impressed.
Have a look at the Elephantshoe online shop if you are looking for some lovely and creative gift ideas, craft supplies or stationery too!
One month into the A New Weigh Fat2FIT Challenge and I can’t even begin to describe how life changing the past four weeks have been for me already!
Not only have I lost weight and cms, but I’ve changed my attitude towards food and the way I eat/cook. I’m not saying that chocolate will never touch these lips again (lets be realistic!) but I have a much better concept of day to day balance when it comes to food and exercise…
In the past week, I started swimming at a local gym pool – therapy for my soul, loving it and can’t recommend it more to those who find exercising hard. I also cut off all my hair! I was going to wait until I’d lost more weight but I’m so glad I didn’t – it feels liberating and has given me a real confidence boost.
I’ve come to the realization too that dieting, or as I prefer to refer to it, eating healthily is less about the food and more about the attitude!
I enter competitions all the time – gotta be in it to win it right? – and occasionally I DO win! Always an exciting occasion to receive that email informing you that a prize is on it’s way, more so when it’s something cute for the kidlets…
I recently received this adorable little number from Kuna Kids (thanks Shingai!) and was so impressed with how it was packaged up in a cute little drawstring bag, with vibrant ribbon and beaded bow detail…