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did you survive the holidays?

And just like that the winter school holidays are done and dusted. What did you get up to? Although it was a bit of a whirlwind – I’m such a stickler for routine and holidays are not about routine – it was all great fun. Bailey had to have grommets put in, and she was so brave. She said afterwards that her ears felt very ‘sensible’. I took the littles to spend a week with my sister and her great, big crazy family in Durban. We had no agenda and just decided each day what we felt like doing. Highlights included hiking in Krantzkloof, spending the morning on the beach skipping through rock pools when it was pouring with rain back home, visiting Mini Town (especially for Robert), riding the cableway over the promenade (terrifying!), playing racket ball and running with my nephews and brother-in-law (thanks sis for babysitting!), visiting my niece at her waitressing job and having her serve us (how to make me feel old) and just hanging out with my special family.

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Here’s a video that my clever niece made of our one morning in Durban. It captures the fun perfectly!

And last week, back home, we spent a lovely rainy Friday afternoon at Cafe Paradiso. The mamas drank wine and managed to actually have a conversation, while all the kids were whisked off to the kitchen to make their own pizzas. Such a great idea and the kids loved it. And if they’re not in the mood for pizza they can also do biscuits or gingerbread men.

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— Liza

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fun family things to do in cape town for the winter holidays

We’re in the last week of Term 2 and we’re heading towards a long, cold, winter school break! It’s always a bit daunting imagining how we will keep our little people from going crazy with cabin fever. We don’t really want them glued to the TV or the iPad all day, so if you’re not heading off to warmer climes or taking a mini break somewhere nearby, here are a few ideas around Cape Town that will help keep you all happy…

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Table Mountain Cableway
Luckily, Cape Town offers gorgeous, crisp clear winter days too, so it’s a brilliant time for a family outing up Table Mountain on the cable car. Especially when you can take advantage of their Kidz Season special offer which runs until 30 September – one adult ticket gives two kids under 18 a free ride. Bonus!

Watercolour Workshop
A stalwart in Cape Town, Hi Ho Cherry O in Tokai is an institution when it comes to all things educational and fun for children. For the holidays they’re offering 30-minute watercolour workshops for little ones between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, at their store from 27 June – 1 July and 4-8 July. The workshop will teach your kids how to mix palette paints properly and how to produce certain effects in free-style painting. It will cost R50 per session, there will be morning and afternoon slots with two children per session allowed, and your child will receive a set of Italian Giotto watercolour paints too. To book, call Hi Ho Cherry O on 021 715 9033 or pop into the store.

Mini Masterchefs
The Table Bay Hotel‘s Executive Chef, Jocelyn Myers-Adams, has been running cooking classes for kids since April, and for the winter holidays she will be teaching mini chefs-in-training how to make Tomato Beef Bredie (on 2 July) – the perfect dish for a cold, rainy day! The two-hour session costs R300. To book, call 021 406 5988 or email tablebaydining@suninternational.com

Theatre Time
We’ve been to many of the children’s theatre shows at The Artscape and they are always so brilliant. This time you can look forward to an adventure with Noddy and his friends (27 June – 9 July). It’s a lovely morning outing. The Playhouse in Somerset West will also be showing The Wizard of Oz and Little Red Riding Hood.

Sweet Treats
For a milkshake treat like no other, head to the new MyShake Milkshake Bar at Canal Walk. Little ones get the opportunity to build their own milkshake creations from a creamy vanilla base. With over 100 toppings and treats to choose from, they’re bound to enjoy it! Or head to Crumbs & Cream in Sea Point for the ultimate ice cream sandwich – a scoop of their choice of ice cream flavour sandwiched between two giant cookies of their choice. Yum!

There are many more fun things to do in and around Cape Town, but we can’t list them all here. Let us know what you have planned!

— Liza

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lunch in the winelands // boschendal

We visited Boschendal in April on a blistering hot day to picnic with friends at Werf Picnics. It was in the 30s with not a breath of wind and it was heaven to just laze around under the trees sipping wine and kicking back in those comfy bean bags while the kids ran around. The service is great, and once you arrive you literally do not have to lift a finger. The staff bring your picnic baskets and drinks to you. The baskets are filled with fresh bread, dips, meats, cheeses and preserves. And the kiddies baskets are great too – yummy pies, jelly, fruit and more.

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Bailey and her friend Sam 🙂

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We visited that day with the intention of taking some family photos afterwards. The kids were tired and hot, we were tired and hot! But we managed to get some lovely shots in the end, like this one 🙂

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— Liza

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morgan bay magic

Back to school today! I was chatting with a friend yesterday who said she’s dreading second term – all the driving, school lunches etc etc, and I said, I can’t wait for routine to set in again, I thrive on it. We’re all different!

How was your Easter break? Did you do anything fun, go anywhere exciting? We headed off to the wild coast to a small seaside town called Morgan Bay. We decided to do a road trip, breaking up the long drive with an overnight stay at Storms River Rest Camp. I’m notoriously not keen on camping, so of course the night we chose to camp was the night of the most torrential of rains. It was hell. Hubby loved it! Kids loved it! Me and sister-in-law… not so much! Besides the rain, Storms River Rest Camp is a spectacular campsite. Enormous, right on the sea and home to the famous suspension bridge. It really is beautiful.

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Isn’t this the most beautiful beach?

When we finally arrived in Morgan Bay at hubby’s aunt and uncle’s home, it was then that I felt I could finally relax. They really spoilt us rotten, we were fed like royalty, the littles were doted over 24/7 and we got to spend quite a lot of time alone. Always a plus.

Every morning started with coffee and rusks in bed, reading my book (I finished it in a week, haven’t done that in a while). It was bliss to not have to get up and do the whole routine of dressing the littles, brushing their teeth and hair etc. Most days we went down to the beach (with a packed picnic by hubby’s aunt), caught fish in the rock pools and watched the littles run wild in the lagoon. We took them up to The Cliffs – famous for its sunsets – and didn’t stay too long because of the general height / little people / terrified parents combination. One morning we went to Double Mouth where we had the entire beach to ourselves the whole time. What utter bliss. We also went bike riding, beach walking and kayaking on the lagoon and took part in the 5km Family Fun Run – I ran it while hubby walked it with Robbie on his shoulders and Bailey by his side which required much encouragement, especially up the hills – not sure which was more exhausting for him!

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We had a fabulous holiday and returned refreshed and well rested, and relieved the road trip was over!

 

— Liza

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saltwater sandals now in SA!

This is the best news… we’ve been fans of Saltwater Sandals for a very long time…

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As you can see below, I only bought these amazing sandals for the littles (online in the US and UK when family and friends went over and could bring them back for me), but now I can buy right here in SA. Seriously, these are the only shoes that actually last an entire season with my littles – and they’d go for longer if their feet didn’t grow out of them.

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Saltwater Sandals were originally made from military boot scrap leather by a guy called Walter Hoy back in the US in the 1940s. They’re designed to mould to the shape of your foot which works even better when the shoes get wet… that’s why they’re perfect for the beach. Robbie is ready for a new pair and I have my eye on these tan ones for myself!

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You can buy them online here or at selected stores in Jhb and Pretoria – see the website for details. Hopefully they will be coming to Cape Town and Durban soon!

— Liza

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a portrait a month – july and august

We’ve been a little busy and forgot to do our portraits for July and August, so here they are 🙂

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Bailey and Robert at the aquarium

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Bailey and Robert story time

Princess Willow in the meadow 🙂

James, this boy is too much of cute right now

James, this boy is too much of cute right now

— Liza

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