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You get to a certain point in your life when you realise what your limits are. You are comfortable enough in your life, and confident and secure enough to know exactly what you will or will not do, how far you are prepared to go, where the boundaries lie! Here is my list of 10 things that I just won’t do.

You can laugh, you can judge me, you can call me a bad person, but I know myself well enough. I have set my own limits in life.  Here are 10 of those …

1. Parallel Park

I would rather drive around the block five times, park three blocks away and walk, or even go to a different store on a different day, than have to parallel park!

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2. Empty pockets before loading the washing machine.

No, I don’t care if I wash your passport or £1000! I don’t care! If you left it in your pockets, it’s not my problem. IF you do have a problem, you can load your own clothes in the washing machine! And IF by chance I did find £1000 in a pocket, well, finders keepers!

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3. Buy sausages in a jar.

Gross!!

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4. Leave the last cookie – ever!

I mean, if I left it uneaten when I’d eaten all its friends, what kind of monster would I be?? (Mom – you know it would be jealous!)

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5. Say no to wine.

I mean, if someone is going to offer me a glass of wine, why would I say no? That’s just plain rude!

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6. Run.

Ever!!! The last time I ran, I nearly died! My husband even asked me what was wrong with me, and he was less than impressed when my answer was “I RAN!”. Let’s just say there are other ways to get fit. I don’t do them either, but that’s not the point!

7. Add sugar to coffee.

Although it’s not because I’m against sugar, see 4 above! It’s just that coffee is mom fuel for me, and I just don’t really feel very sweet in the morning!

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8. Wear socks with sandals!

No matter how much of my life I spend living in Europe, this will never, ever happen!

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9. Allow Peppa Pig into my house.

Not in any way, shape or form! She is a nasty spiteful little brat and no good can come of watching her shows!

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10. Volunteer for the PTA!

Nah-ah! Nope! Happy to help out when it’s required, or if there is a some kind of schedule! But to volunteer? Nope! #sorrynotsorry.

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So … what’s your limit? Is there something that you just won’t do? I’m sure there is! Share it with me in the comments below. Like I always say, none of us are perfect!

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Sunday saw us have our first family day out in Yorkshire since returning to the UK after an eight year absence. As the final celebration for my daughter’s 7th birthday, we went to a pre-booked lunch at Billy Bob’s Parlour – an American themed diner nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Pennines. As it was en-route, we decided to combine our day trip with a visit to Bolton Abbey. Today was a weird mix of a British and American culture on a family day out in Yorkshire.

Sunday Family Fun Day

We set off at about 09.00am. Unfortunately due to road works, the main route to Skipton from us was shut and we ended up having to make a detour through the village and farm fields. Despite this taking extra time, I love these kind of detours.

The narrow roads that are centuries old, yet meticulously maintained lead you through winding farm lanes, sometimes too narrow for two cars to pass each other. Bordered on either side by short stone walls that give you glimpses of picturesque quintessentially English farm dotted with fluffy sheep and lazy cows. The green fields stretch for miles, as far as the eye can see.

The only breaks in this stunning scenery are the quaint little villages you come across, with their stone houses, cottage style gardens and beautifully maintained village greens with a local post office which serves the community as a one-stop-shop.

Bolton Abbey

On reaching Bolton Abbey, we parked the car and walked to the Abbey. We paid £10 entrance for our car, and that covered entrance to the Abbey and the whole estate. The Abbey itself is breathtaking. We only had enough time to spend about an hour there, and that was definitely not enough time. Next time we plan a trip there we will go prepared with a picnic and spend the day.

The Stepping Stones at Bolton Abbey

If you go to Bolton Abbey, you have..

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It’s time to face the facts and say goodbye. After planning our move to the UK for what feels like forever but it’s really only been about four months, I finally feel like things are coming together.

With 11 days until we get on the plane, life is crazy hectic.

I feel like I am neglecting my blog, but the reality is that I just don’t have the time or the energy to sit and write a proper blog post.

A quick update on how the girls are coping

In Short – good.

In long …

My eldest is having a few meltdowns about the unfairness of life, but this is mostly due to the fact that it’s her little sister’s fifth birthday on Saturday. Life sux for her now because I must love her sister more than I do her because why else would her younger sister’s birthday be before her’s … which is literally three weeks later!

In case you were wondering about parenting, or having more than 1 child, my eldest is currently having a breakdown because her younger sister’s birthday is before her’s … by 3 weeks!! #parenting #fml pic.twitter.com/gIcZMDxOin

— Mom Of Two Little Girls (@momof2lgs) June 12, 2018

The Younger one has slightly regressed and now refuses to get herself dressed or undressed. Considering the changes that are happening, and the disheveled life we’re currently living, I can deal with that. I just have to find an extra 10 minutes in the mornings and evenings in my already busy mom day, but it’s fine. I can do that.

The Party

You may have seen that I’m planning a big combined birthday party/Farewell for them which is happening this Friday. There will be 26 kids there, and about 10 mommies. I am looking forward to it because I don’t really have to do very much. It’s a lovely outdoor venue, the kids are just going to play whilst I catch up with my mommy friends.

I managed to find a local party planner to do the South African & UK decor that I was struggling to find. I’m just so happy I don’t have to do it myself. I’m a Pinterest Fail mom! I will post some pics of the party on Friday.

Goodbyes!

The goodbyes have already started. It’s hard.

This Friday is going to be fun at the party, but I am dreading the goodbyes that will happen. It took a while to find my kinda people, but now that I have, leaving them is going to be so hard.

My blogging friends have also become so important to me but knowing I won’t see most of them again is very sad. Facebook & Whatsapp isn’t the same as sharing a coffee break, or laughing about who can be the most ridiculous whilst taking selfies!

Cutting Myself Some Slack

The main thing I need to do right now is to cut myself some slack. I’m operating on a higher level of stress, which is fine, I actually cope quite well for a while, but the crash will come.

I had a mini breakdown this morning when I had to throw out a huge bag of my girl’s artwork that I had collected over the past four years. I went through it and took out a few things I know that they will appreciate seeing when they are older. Some of it was memories for me too. But actually throwing that bag away caught me unexpectedly and I had a little cry to myself.

Future breakdowns I’m anticipating:
  • Saying goodbye to Marishka – on Friday. I’m not ready.
  • Dropping my birds off at their new home and saying goodbye to the angel friend who is taking them to love forever. Which is also where my beloved cat was layed to rest. Leaving him behind is something I’m definitely not ready for! At least I know he is in the only other place I’d ever consider for him if he can’t be with me.
  • Driving away from our home. We have never lived in one house together as long as we have in this one. In 12 years!
  • Watching my beloved car drive away by its new owners
  • Watching my girls say goodbye to the besties – broken already.
  • Hugging Ms Chanaynay for the last time.
  • Watching the pet relocation people take my cat to the airport, and praying I see him the next day.
  • And last, but not least, when I set foot on the plane, taking my foot off African soil for what I know will be a very long time. I’m quite sure I will have a mini break down at that point.
I’ll Be Back

I won’t be writing on here until I am settled in the UK. It sounds like so far away, but the reality is that it’s just a few weeks. For those of you who are interested, I am still active on my Instagram account, in particular the Instastories. I’m sure that those of you who aren’t interested in our big move are most likely bored with it all by now. The thing is that it is literally taking over my life and if I’m going to stay true to always being honest, then honestly, I don’t have time to make up stuff. The stuff you will see on there is raw, live, and unedited.

There’s so much to do between now and next week Tuesday, but practically I know I can only do one thing at a time and so this is one more thing I’m ticking off my list.

So this is me, signing off. For now.

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In just over three weeks time, we will be getting on a plane and flying off to start our new life in the UK. It’s crazy that we’re already counting the days now. 6 months ago, this wasn’t even on the cards for us, but I am at that stage now when I can’t wait to leave.

It’s not that I want to leave South Africa, or Africa as a whole at all. It’s more about the fact that I am excited to get to the UK now and to start our new life there. Unfortunately though, circumstances what they are, I am still here. My husband left 3 weeks ago, and it’s been tough without him. Really tough.

People keep asking me, “Are you ready? Are you packed? Is everything sorted?” 

Short answer, “No.”

I’m being a bit of an ostrich, I am quite literally the Queen of Procrastination. That said, I did get through a lot this week. I managed to clear out most of the cupboards, and generally downsizing all the ‘stuff’ that seems to collect.

The worst part of all this is all the cleaning that needs to be done. The house has started to empty as I sell of bits and pieces of furniture. And every time a piece of furniture is moved, I see the dirty marks on the walls. Most of it is thanks to the kids. No surprise there!

When the press drop from Chux arrived, I was so chuffed! It was exactly what I needed and is perfectly timed.

It came in the cutest little orange bucket that says, “Welcome to the Chux journey” on the top.

Inside is a cleaning treasure trove. Did I mention that I love their slogan – #likeitneverhappened! Isn’t that the ultimate cleaning goal?

The Original Chux

Included in the pack was  all this:

  • A pack of 10 Original Superwipes #originalsuperwipes
  • Non-Scratch scourer pads #scourerpads
  • Heavy Duty Scourer scrubs #scourerscrubs
  • Heavy Duty Scourer pads #scourerpads
  • A Magic Eraser #magiceraser
  • 2 Super Absorbent cloths

Everything you need for whatever life chux at you.

I have to say that the quality of the products has really impressed me. I am officially a Chux Fan.

Whilst all the products are great, my favourite has to be the Super Absorbent cloths. As a mom I find there are spills all over the place, all the time. These cloths really have made a difference for me.

Thanks Chux!

Next on my list of things to clear out will be all the paperwork that seems to collect, the magazines that need to be recycled, and the linen cupboard. I can’t take it all with me!

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I was recently asked to review a number of family board games as part of the #PrimaGamesFest sponsored by Prima Toys! I have to admit, I was a bit dubious about this. Whilst I love my girls, my eldest is very competitive. I tend to avoid situations such as board games where I have to manage this. #badmom

Also, my husband is away so I am solo parenting the girls and I wasn’t sure I could handle refereeing the board games on my own.

That said, family board games have many benefits. Not least of all:

  • family time
  • perception
  • hand to eye coordination
  • calculation
  • perception
  • learning about competition
  • learning to lose graciously

That last one for me is a really important life lesson that playing board games as a family can help to promote.

I reviewed the LOL Surprise Board Game last week, but they sent me four other family board games as well. I was so glad when I opened the box that arrived from Prima Toys. All the games they had sent were perfectly age appropriate for both the girls. My eldest is six-years old turning seven in a months time, and my youngest is four-years old turning five in two weeks time. Here are the board games we got to play as a family.

Disney Princess Brainstorm Activity Game

The box consists of 18 ‘Wipe-Clean’ activity sheets all featuring different Disney Princesses and other characters. Each sheet has six different activities on them. Using the magic marker included, the kids get to mark up the answers to each activity on the sheet. The answers are also provided on separate answer sheets. Once the answers have been checked, you simply wipe the sheets clean with the sponge provided.

We divided the sheets evenly so they each got to do 9 activity sheets each. It was definitely easier for my eldest to answer the questions. My youngest needed a bit more help from me but she still enjoyed it.

What really struck me about this was that some of the questions about patterns and shapes were much easier for them than they were for me. Sometimes as adults I think we always look for the ‘why’ when trying to figure out problems. Kids simply see the problem and accept it without trying to apply any preconceived notions or learnings to explain the answer.

RRP: R139.99 

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The aim of the game is to create a line of four chips of the same colour before your opponent does. This classic family board game teaches kids about strategy and planning. My girls have absolutely loved this game.

Initially it actually caused a little bit of upset because my eldest lost twice to her younger sister, and once to me before she eventually calmed down and realised what was required in order to win! The fact that it’s not only about what you are doing with your chips, it’s also about keeping an eye on your opponent and blocking them too.

They have played this game a lot. I would say that it is probably their favourite of the four. I think a lot of that has to do with the simplicity of the set-up, the real competition, and the fact that each game is different so it doesn’t feel like they are playing the same game over and over again. It’s different every time.

RRP: 199.99

Who’s There?

The game that keeps you guessing. This family board game comes with 2 plastic game board each with 24 face cards. It also has 48 mystery cards.

The aim of the game is to try to guess who the mystery card is by asking questions to which your opponent can only answer yes or no. Such as, “Is the mystery person wearing a hat?”. If the answer is yes, then you flip down all the face cards that aren’t wearing a hat. Through the process of elimination you will eventually get to the mystery card. By taking it in turns to ask questions, the race is on to see who can guess who is on the mystery card first.

Once they got the hang of this game they really enjoyed it. It’s also one that didn’t require me to play with them all the time, they could get on with it themselves and I just helped with the reading of the names when they asked.

Another fun family board game that they have played more than once.

RRP: R199.99

Bouncin’ Bingo Bondisant

This is definitely a fun family board game with a modern farmyard twist to the classic Bingo.

The players choose one of the double-sided bingo cards, and take turns throwing the ball provided into the game platform. Whichever farm animal it lands on, is the one they need to cover on their bingo card. The aim is to get a row of four first. When they do, instead of shouting out ‘Bingo’, they make the sound of the animal on the top of their bingo card.

The girls have played this a couple of times. I would have to say that it definitely appealed more to my youngest than it did to my eldest, but it was a great family board game to play.

RRP: 199.99

Family Board Game Giveaway!

I have one Disney Princess Brainstorm Activity Game to give away to one lucky winner. To be in with a chance to win, make sure you complete both steps below:

  1. Comment on this blog post with your favourite Disney Princess
  2. Like the post on Instagram and tag two friends in the comments. (See rule no. 5 below too.)

For an extra entry, share this post on Twitter or Facebook and make sure you tag me so I can add your extra entry to the draw.

The Rules – Because there must always be some!
  1. This competition is only open to South African residents.
  2. If you have won a prize from a Giveaway on my blog in the past 3 months your entry will be disqualified.
  3. Please note that you cannot win a prize for the same competition on another social media platform, website, print publication or any other medium sponsored by Prima Toys. If that does happen, the winner will be redrawn.
  4. Prima Toys have sponsored this post so the winner’s prize will be posted out directly by them.
  5. The winner will be announced on my Instagram page so please make sure you are following me on there.
  6. The competition will run from today until midnight on Friday 8 June 2018

I’d love to know what your family’s favourite family board game is.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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I am the proud mom of two little girls. Two amazing little girls who are as individual and unique as you ever did get. Not just in looks but in behaviour and character as well. My eldest daughter is an amazing child. She is clever, good at sports, kind, generous and she feels things very deeply. However, it is very apparent that she is very ‘needy’. Emotionally needy. So what do we do when one child needs you more than the other?

Lately I have found myself confiding in my youngest daughter to please help me when it comes to ‘managing’ my eldest. To put this into perspective, the youngest is 5 in two weeks time, and the eldest is 7 in about a months time. When I do this, I feel so guilty. #momguilt

I shouldn’t have to do that. She’s so little. But the fact is that I need her cooperation in order to actually achieve what is required.Here’s what happened today, as one example of what I mean.

Getting Ready For School

My eldest is terrified of being late. I don’t know why. She has never been late for school. Even if she was late, it’s not like the school will punish her but the thought of being late terrifies her.

She also has sensory issues so she freaks out if clothing is too tight on her wrists, or ankles, or if it’s too “heavy”. The weather turned yesterday and it is now so cold that she has to wear her jumper under her blazer. The blazer is compulsory for their winter uniform. She responds well to rules. So she doesn’t argue about the blazer, or the tie around her neck, but she has decided she hates her jumper. I guess because it’s optional.

But when it’s 6°C, is it really optional? Not in my opinion.

Yesterday morning it took me 20 minutes of calm reasoning and pleading to get her to wear her jumper. After many tears, she eventually conceded. The worst part of it all were her reasons for not wanting to wear her jumper:

  1. It makes her feel heavy.
  2. It makes her look fat!!!! (A topic for another blog post – I’m far too emotional about that to write about it now.)

Today it took 15 minutes.

The Silent Observer

During yesterday’s battle, my youngest was observing this whole scene whilst also trying to get her two minutes of airtime by ‘dragging her feet’ and not putting on her *blady* shoes! Every day! Same struggle.

Today – same story. Only today, half way through the jumper battle, she decides to say to her sister, “Don’t worry, you won’t look fat.”.

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I know she did it to be kind to her sister. Or did she? I also know that she did it to deflect the fact that she, once again, was not putting on her shoes! Because I do actually see her.

But up until that point, the eldest hadn’t yet used that phrase as an argument to not wear her jumper.

I found myself hissing at the youngest,

“Why did you say that? Just leave it alone. I don’t need that right now. Can you not just help me with her because otherwise we ARE going to be late and you know how she will behave then? But don’t tell her that!”

No, I’m not proud of myself. It’s not the youngest child’s job to help me, the mother, to manage her overly sensitive older sister is it?

The Brutal Truth

But the fact is, she does know what I mean. Just as I know the eldest child’s trigger points, so does the youngest.

You see, as clever as my eldest is, I suspect the youngest is even more so. She also has the added advantage of not having the emotional and sensory issues that her older sister does. I suspect in time that this one will turn out to be one of those “ones to watch”. She’s a fighter and she’s stubborn, a born leader, independent and calculating in order to achieve her goals. She is also the most loving, and cuddly little monkey ever!

These are all qualities that I admire because, the reality is that I am far more like my eldest in character and personality, and I guess that is why I ‘get’ her when many others don’t. It’s quite possibly also the reason her and I fight as much as we do.

My mom and sister actually joke that I am the ‘needy’ one. I need my mom far more than my sister does. It’s a fact we all realise.

Birth Order

The other thought to consider is, does it have something to do with birth order?

I am the eldest child. Now I have two daughters, just as my mother did. But this is something I see with my mom friends too. Because the eldest child is the first to reach all the stages of life, we as their mothers are there to help them, hold their hand, support them through it, because it’s our first time too.

The younger child, and all the siblings after that, will never be the first to do most of the things, unless they choose different hobbies or sports. But as a rule, the eldest does things first.

As parent’s, by the time our second, third, fourth of fifth child get to the first sleep over, the first day of school, the first time riding their bike, etc, we have already experienced this as a parent with our first-born child. That’s not to say that we are less interested, less impressed, less proud. But what else is there to do when one child needs you more than the other?

It’s because we are less scared …

Parenting is scary. Parenting is hard. There’s a first time for everything, and the first time is always the most scary. And we mess up sometimes too – I Let Her Down, And I Didn’t Even Know!

That old saying, the first child is brought up, but the second child is dragged up, doesn’t mean we don’t care, love or see our other children. It’s that we’re still playing catch up with the eldest. We tend to have more faith in our other children that they can achieve whatever milestone it is, because the first-born blazed the trail in front, led the way.

I guess what I’m saying is the even when one child needs you more, it doesn’t mean we aren’t there for the other(s). Each child will eventually blaze their own trail through life. We just have to be there to support them in the way they need. And each child will need you in a different way.

This post is written from my own perspective on parenting two little girls. I’m not a perfect parent and I’m not a parenting expert. I’m a mommy blogger, blogging my life as a parent and the struggles I face in the modern world the way I see it. 

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Have you ever considered doing a Kids Profile Test on your child? I hadn’t.

I mean, she’s MY child; no one can possibly know her better than I do, right?

I’m her mom. There’s nothing I don’t know about her.

How can a few questions by a stranger or computer possibly profile MY child better than I can?

Wrong!

I first had the privilege of learning about Tall Trees Training after I went to the #JoziMeetup in August last year. The ladies from Tall Trees were guest speakers at the event and talked about their profiling business which can help us as parents specifically to understand more about ourselves, and our approach to parenting.

I have to be honest, I thought a lot about it, but I never took up their voucher offer to profile myself. In the back of my mind I have always wanted to metaphorically kick myself for that, but then time moved on and I kinda forgot about it.

Roll forward to April this year and we were busy planning our #GirlMomsMeetUp. As I’ve said before, the day was all about “what’s out there that relates specifically to older kids” and “what’s new on the market that would be useful to us as moms and good for the girls”.

Tall Trees were one of the organisations who contacted us asking to be part of our day. Unfortunately our agenda was so jam-packed that we weren’t able to offer them the opportunity to speak to us to present their new product but they did provide us all with a Gift Voucher.

The Kids Profile Test

Their new product is the Kids Profile Test.

The ‘test’ is capable of having the input from 4 different people, nominated by you. So ideally, you (the parent), plus the child (with your unprompted assistance), and two other adults of your choosing. It’s very simple, you just add the email address of the other people whose input you value, and they are sent a link to complete the test.

The test itself consists of 18 questions. You do require high-speed internet in order to play the test as each question is in the form of a short video.

Each video question plays out a scenario. It then gives you the choice of choosing which reaction to the scenario your child most identifies with. It’s important to answer honestly, and to remember that there is no wrong answer.

The Results To Expect

After completing the test, the results are available immediately on your screen.

The results of the Kids Profile Test are set up to provide you with results which provide you with tips to:

  • develop your child’s potential
  • help your child develop leadership traits
  • make sure your child feels accepted and celebrated
  • protect your child from unnecessary stress
  • adapt how you listen and speak to your child
  • discipline in a way that suits your child’s design.

The only thing that I wish I could have had that isn’t available at the moment is for the results to be sent to me in a PDF document via email, or downloaded there and then. At this stage the results are only available on-screen. When I requested a report the Tall Trees office did assure me that they were working on this feature, but that it is not yet available.

What Did I Take Away From It?

I chose to do the test on my eldest daughter. She has always been a sensitive soul with a fiery spirit. She struggles with anxiety, sensory issues, and is a very complex little girl who has had to deal with a lot of change in her little life. Grade One has been an adjustment for all of us, and despite her struggles she has excelled for which I am very grateful.

As I said above, the results give you out what you put in. You know your child, you know what makes them tick, you can anticipate their reactions.

What this test did though was to provide me with a set of results that put all the things I know about her into a nice, neat concise format that makes understanding her just a bit easier and clearer. Nothing they said was new information to me, but the way it was presented … let’s just say that when I finished reading the report I let out a sigh of relief and said out loud to myself, “Wow.”.

How Will I Use This Information?

Parenting our children in a modern world is very different to when we were kids. Every little bit of help and advice we can get we should embrace. I ended up printing off the screen shots of the report and have scanned it into a pdf report for myself which I will keep handy on my phone to refer to when I think I need to.

Thank you to Tall Trees for this experience. It has opened my eyes and helped me see things a bit more clearly.

If you are interested in doing the Kids Profile Test, it is available online via the Tall Trees website.

The Kids Profile Test costs R150.00, which is roughly £13.82 or $10.00.  As this is an online facility it is available worldwide.

Disclaimer: I received a voucher to complete this Kids Profile Test in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Life has been so busy and so hectic the past few months that I completely missed doing my Instagram RoundUp post at the end of April, and now it’s already the end of May. What happened? The days are going by so quickly now. In a months time I will be waking up in my new home in the UK. I am trying not to think about it too much because then I might start to panic thinking about everything I need to do between now and then.

The last Instagram RoundUp I did was at the end of March. Instead of doing five per month and making this a really long post, I am just going to do the top three for April and the top three for May. So that’s the most liked posts for each month. So here goes … 

April Instagram Top 3 3. Baking Day.

One of the things my girls love to do is baking. Unfortunately I am not the world’s best cook or baker so I tend to stick to foolproof recipes when it comes to baking. A couple of years ago I found an easy peesy – delicious Banana Muffin recipe. Perfect every time!

2. Toy Kingdom – Girl Moms Meetup

This was our #GirlMomsMeetUp mommy bloggers group photo at the pre-event outside Toy Kingdom. I’m sure you’ve all read about it by now, but it was such a fun day! These ladies are some of my dearest friends, and I guess you could call them colleagues as well, although I prefer to think of them as my blogger tribe!

1. Me on the throne – the queen that I am!

Also from the #GirlMomsMeetUp event at Toy Kingdom. This is one of those photos where you feel quite self-conscious (crinkly nose, am I laughing too much, do I look like an idiot?). But when you really look at it, you can tell just how happy I was and how much fun I was having. And then I realise that I don’t care about how I look, because thanks to this photo, I will always remember how much fun I was having!

May Instagram Top 3 3. My love letter from my daughter.

I posted this photo yesterday and it’s already made the top 3 for the month. I have had a tough week, and I know I haven’t been the best mom. More than is fair screaming at the girls, I was sick, and it was basically just a little on the #badmom side of the scale. I sat down to do some work yesterday morning and found that my eldest had written this little note in my book. My heart melted. And I felt like an even worse mother. But I know that she knows I love her too. We can’t all be perfect, but these little perfect moments make motherhood more than worth it.

2. Brilliant Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Brilliant Blogger Award by the lovely Annette from 3 Little Buttons. You can check out the post I did in return and find out who I nominated for the Brilliant Blogger Award in paying it forward!

1. #GirlMomsMeetUp

I’m kinda feeling like I’m spamming this post with all the #GirlMomsMeetUp pictures and posts, but clearly the love and popularity of the event has spilled over into my Instagram. This picture is from the post I did thanking all the lovely bloggers, sponsors and supporters of our day! I can’t wait to do it again. Sadly, I won’t be here in SA for the next one, but I hope to be able to collaborate on the planning from across the sea. These ladies are going to do amazing things!

And that’s that.

June will be my last month in South Africa before my family and I relocate to the UK. That is sure to be an Instagram worthy trip so make sure you’re following my InstaStories to follow my journey. I’m using the hashtag #makingmoves on any posts related to our relocation so check it out to find out what we’re up to.

I hope you enjoyed my slightly delayed Instagram RoundUp for April and May.

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For those of you that have been following me for a while, you will know that my girls are LOL Surprise Doll crazy!!!

My eldest more so, but whatever she does, her Lil Sister follows suit. (See what I did there?) She has even made an entire flip file of colouring in pictures of LOL dolls and categorised them into Series 1, 2, and 3, and of course, don’t forget the Glitterati! The obsession is real.

I Did What Any Mommy Blogger Would Do

When Prima Toys asked me to be a part of their #PrimaGamesFest and specifically review the new LOL Surprise Board Game, I had to say yes! My girls are real blogger’s kids now, and I knew that this would score me huge mommy points. I am in desperate need of this currency as I’m the one making them leave their friends and move across the world!

The girls had already seen the LOL Surprise board game and the LOL Surprise Puzzle at the #GirlMomsMeetUp when Prima Toys showcased some of their new toys that were specifically aimed at girls between 5 and 10 years old. It was a really awesome event.

One of the things they mentioned during their presentation was just how huge the whole LOL Surprise doll phenomenon was worldwide! It isn’t just my girls.

The LOL Surprise Puzzle

This is a cute little 60 piece puzzle. You won’t know which LOL Surprise Doll your puzzle is until you have built her. It will be either Rocker, Diva, Merbaby or Queen Bee. It’s unusual shaped pieces which incorporate the letters L.O.L have fascinated my youngest (nearly 5) and I think she’s done this puzzle at least twice a day since Saturday.

Once you’ve built the puzzle it comes with a set of stickers which you use to ‘dress’ the doll in the puzzle.

RRP for the LOL Surprise Puzzle is R129.99

The LOL Surprise Board Game

The LOL Surprise Board Game – 7 Layers of Fun is just that. The aim of the game is for each player to collect a full 7 tokens (layers) to complete your scorekeeper card. By doing this you will have completed your doll. It involves spinning the centre spinner and moving your player piece around the board. You need to carry out the instructions depending on where you land, and collecting tokens along the way.

I love that this games teaches the kids about trading tokens with the objective of collecting the necessary pieces so you can complete a specific doll.

I have to say that it is quite a long game. You have to keep going in order to unveil all the tokens so that you can complete your doll. My youngest daughter did get a bit bored mid way through, but my eldest was hooked. She was determined to keep going until the game finished. Even though she is very competitive, she loved the game so much. She didn’t even really mind that her sister won (after returning to the game near the end) by collecting all the tokens to make up Queen Bee!

Thank you Prima Toys for this game. It is definitely one that we will be playing again and again as a family.

RRP for the LOL Surprise Board Game is R399.99

Now for the exciting news … I Have A GIVEAWAY For You!

I have one LOL Surprise Puzzle to giveaway to one lucky winner!

In order to win, please complete all the steps below:

  1. Comment on this blog post with who your daughter’s favourite LOL Doll is: Rocker, Diva, Merbaby or Queen Bee.
  2. Tag two friend in the comments on the pinned post on my Facebook page (follow this link).
  3. Make sure you are following me on Facebook in order to win.
The Rules – Because there must always be some!
  1. This competition is only open to South African residents.
  2. If you have won a prize from a Giveaway on my blog in the past 3 months your entry will be disqualified.
  3. Please note that you cannot win a prize for the same competition on another social media platform, website, print publication or any other medium sponsored by Prima Toys. If that does happen, the winner will be redrawn.
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