Sunday, 29 July 2012

An Olympic weekend

Olympics London 2012

So it was the opening ceremony in London this weekend - Olympics 2012 
The opening ceremony apparently cost 26 Million pounds to produce... It was a very british ceremony and I think a few hits and misses (no Beijing - but it didn't need to be ) - but over all very very nice display - especially James bond and the Queen jumping out the plane and my favourite -  the most amazing cauldron ... pictured below...
This is my first Olympics that I can actually attend - and to be honest I have never thought much of the Olympics - living in Africa most of my life its not talked or promoted much... But I'm an olympic convert now... It is rather inspiring to see these men and women give it there all! I've never really understood the hype or the reasoning behind the Olympics - but I think it was best explained at the opening ceremony perfectly. The olympics is about the goodness in mankind... its a demonstration of goodness and the best that man can be - its a time of sharing in camaraderie and the spirit of sportsmanship. A celebration of good clean fun... 
That with the fact that the mens and womens cycle race came through our town and pretty much right past our house, has got me the buzz with Olympic fever.... So who am I routing for ? South Africa (as I'm born and bread there), Germany (as both my parents are German ) and England (as this has been my home for the last 5 years)... That way I can get excited about more gold medals and get to be more interested ... 

The family infront of Bushy park gate - waiting for the cyclist to arrive... 

Racing to catch the players
Womens road race

Bushy park

Friday, 20 July 2012

A Jubilees weekend

A Jubilees weekend

We recently enjoyed the Queens Jubeliee... It was almost as if it was a follow on to last years Kate and Will wedding... We had a street party in our new street we are now living in. It was ever so well planned and organised ! The kids and my Hubby and myself enjoyed ourselves emenscly...

It gave us a real sence of community - which I thought was wonderful. We met our neighbours who we have never met before and being the newbies on the block it was really welcoming... I feel that on a yearly basis we should have a community street party - it brings such a sense of belonging a world so changed - where there are no more nucleus families and everyone lives all over the globe and you no longer live in the same town for your hole life...

The UK is the land of tea and cake ... how awesome are these cupcakes...
The queen came round to say HI!
English Roses ...
There was more cake and cupcakes at this event than sense... but oh where they SO yummy
My jubilee biscuits

Some more backed goodies... I was rather busy...
My beautiful baby princess ...

Monday, 9 July 2012

Natural Life Mom

Natural Life Mom

Came across a lovely Mom in the states and she wrote a wonderful little article...

For a link to her sight click here... natural life mom

10 Things I’d Like New Moms to Know

Here’s my list of 10 things I think new moms should know, just in case you don’t already. :)
Breastfeeding offers benefits for both mother ...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  1. Take the first 2 weeks and lay in bed with baby. Have other people in place to do everything else that needs done.Freeze some meals ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about food (and have full instructions on each meal so you don’t have to look that up and anyone will be able to just follow the instructions.)
  2. It’s okay if baby sleeps in bed with you. It’s okay if baby sleeps in a crib. The key is that mama and baby are both getting some sleep. I found it a lot easier for me to get sleep and for baby to sleep happily (read: not wake up crying in the night) if we shared a bed and it was a lot easier to nurse her as well. But your baby may be different. I promise you though, baby will make his/her preference VERY clear from the beginning. :) Just be sure your following safe sleep practices for wherever baby sleeps and you’re good to go! (The Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper is a wonderful compromise between crib sleeping and bed sharing. My baby did not like it, but yours may love it. It allows you to have separate sleep areas but still be close for nursing so mom doesn’t need to get out of bed!)
  3. Recovery is hard for some moms (myself included!) even if you had an intervention-free birth. Give yourself time to heal…lots of time. Your body will tell you to slow down by increasing the flow of lochia so just listen to your body, and don’t feel pressure to jump back into the flow of life too soon.
  4. Breastfeeding is hard for some moms (once again, myself included.) You can do it, but it can feel pretty hopeless at the beginning. Line up support before the birth if you still have time. Have a lactation consultant’s number handy and call some up ahead of time to see if they will make home visits. Some doulas will offer postpartum breastfeeding support, too so be sure to ask that when you are interviewing doulas.
  5. It’s important for YOU to take care of the baby. I know your friends and family are dying to get a hold of that baby, but it’s okay to limit that time. It’s best even to limit that time. If family are coming to stay with you, make this clear up front that they are there to help YOU and that means cooking, cleaning, helping with an older sibling, etc. and allowing YOU to care for the baby. Of course they can get some baby snuggles in now and then, but they should not spend the whole visit sitting and holding the baby. When I had family come stay for a week, I ended up actually getting less rest, having more stress and overdoing it. I also only held the baby when she needed to nurse. This time I’ve prepared lists to help show what needs to be done around the house so it will be easy for family to chip in and allow me to be the one to care for baby.
  6. You can’t hold your baby too much. It’s not possible. Ignore anyone that suggests otherwise.
  7. Your doctor isn’t God. It’s okay to question your doctor. If he/she can’t handle that, time to look for a new one. Really. I’m amazed at the misinformation and outright inaccuracies doctors will tell their patients. (Luckily not mine. He’s awesome.) Locally I’ve heard some crazy things from friends and acquaintances that doctors have stated as fact. (As recent as this week, a local doctor told a mom her breastmilk loses all nutritional value at one year old, WHAT?!?)
  8. Listen to your gut, your heart, your intuition, whatever you want to call it. It’s right 99.9%. And listen to your baby, too. Combine the two and you have a recipe for success!
  9. If you have a good sling or carrier, you can do a whole lot of things pretty easily with your baby (and not get stuck carrying around those insanely heavy car seat bucket things or navigating a bulky stroller). You can evennurse in one and no one will even know. ;)
  10. Your baby is the best thing in the whole entire world and don’t let anyone convince you any differently. :)

Sunday, 8 July 2012

If a Women Needs It, Should she be spanked ???

If a Women Needs It, Should she be spanked ???

So this article in set in the 1950s Brooklyn Men All Agree: Women Need To Be Spanked!!!
It was a real eye opener article for me - it really reminded me of what the world used to be like. I remember my mother telling me how male dominated South Africa was in the 1970's when they first moved to South Africa. When my mother wanted to open a bank account for me - she had to bring my father in to the bank to sign the paper work because women where not allowed to open bank accounts !!! 

So why has this article surfaces 50 years later- it actually has little to do with women's rights but more a realisation of what will the future hold with regards to spanking children ?? Will we see an article like this in 50 years times about children - in a world that is changed and spanking free ???

Perfect cake and Tea Party

Perfect cake and Tea Party ...

I love pretty tea parties ... and found this wonderful lady who does the most amazing cakes and tea parties... 

Coconut cream cake in a white chocolate wrap
Vanilla cake pops, decorated with pink and white dragees and teeny tiny red roses.
Giant iced gems in the jar, and brushed embroidery vanilla cookies at the front.
Two tier cake- top tier white chocolate and lime, bottom tier dark chocolate and orange. With moulded roses, and my first attempt at painting rose buds!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Garson's Farm = Grubby kids = happy mommy

Garson's Farm = Grubby kids = happy mommy...

We love picking fruit and vegetables ... and Garson's farm is right up the road from us ... 

Nothing nicer than sitting in the raspberry rows and picnicking and the kids getting filthy dirty in the sand and the muck and picking berries and eating them off the plants... I love it when my kids are dirty at the end of the day - it means they have learnt something and have had fun .... I LOVE GRUBBY KIDS....

I think its a wonderful place for children to appreciate how food is grown and entice a love for new food types... 

For a link to Garson's farm click here 

Hey guys this way to the strawberries...

pulling up carrots
Hard work pulling up dinner

There is no one who is Youer than you

5 Lessons from Dr Seuss...

 You got to LOVE Dr Seuss...

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