Weekly Travel Post: My Travel Bucket List – City … Istanbul!

I love travel! The cultures, the people, the food, the history! I think that’s why i love Europe because all those things are still intact in most European cities.

One city that I have not visited yet that is number 1 on my list is Istanbul. I have heard so many amazing things about this city. Firstly Istanbul is the only city to span two continents, Europe and Asia. But that’s not my reason for wanting to visit Istanbul. The real reason is the vibrant city, the gorgeous buildings and different foodie experiences.

The ‘Aya Sofya’ known to many people as Hagia Sophia is truly an amazing building with so much historical importance. There are so many other such buildings to marvel at, like the blue mosque, Topaki Palace and loads more.

Lets not forget I would love to immerse myself in the old city, going back centuries. Take a visit to the grand bazaar, and eat all the local food that I’ve heard so much about! I have also heard that the ice cream in Istanbul is very delicious!

I would like to take a ferry along the Bosporus. Also visit Taksim square which is apparently the heart of the more modern Istanbul.

Take a trip to see the whirling dervishes. I have heard that watching them is magical.

Visit the world famous Turkish baths (Hamams) .

From what I have heard and read Istanbul sounds like the perfect city for me to visit!

Do you have any special city?

Anyone else has anything they would like to add?

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Hamleys, the finest toy shop in the world!

I remember my first visit ever to Hamleys! It was back 10 years ago! I had my sister and little cousin with me, we walked in and were amazed!Seven whole floors of toys! My mom and dad told them they can only have one toy, they couldn’t choose so they left the store with nothing!

Ever since then i have always been a fan of Hamleys. Whenever we see a Hamleys store we had to go in. When the news broke that there was going to be a Hamleys store here in South Africa I was overjoyed, I could not wait for it to open. I wanted to share the same experience and love for Hamleys with my little girl.

Unfortunately i was unable to make it to the grand opening of Hamleys. I heard it was spectacular!

I had to see the store! As per usual the store looked amazing. Lots of character and we loved the entertainers.

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My little girl was overwhelmed! There was so much to see that she did not know where to start!

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I loved that besides the entertainers, it was interactive for the kids like the LEGO table. Lets not forget all the shopping they could do! 😀

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Clearly we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and so did my little one! Hamleys is truly the finest toy shop in the world!

For the Parents: I would suggest also going with the one toy policy, otherwise you would probably end up like me with bags full! 🙂

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Next time i’m definitely using the one toy policy! 😀

Weekly Travel Post: Cape St. Francis …

Have you ever heard the saying “Go at least once a year to a place you have never been before”

Well that’s what we decide to do one year. We decided to explore the Garden Route. While looking at the map we came across St. Francis Bay. It sounded like somewhere nice to stop so we said let go!

We did book a bit late so we were only able to get accommodation at a Guest House (B&B), Lyngenfjord House. in Cape St. Francis and not St. Francis Bay. (not that the places are far from each other).We were a bit worried because you generally here all these stories about B&B’s. To our surprise it was a very nice B&B with lovely rooms, a gorgeous pool and breathtaking views.

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The owners were just a lovely, friendly and very accommodating. Breakfast was awesome! Not what we were expecting at all and the cherry on the top, we were walking distance to the beach!

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This was just such a gorgeous beach!

Cape St. Francis is a small village town situated just south of St. Francis Bay. It’s a perfect setting for a peaceful beach holiday. However the only downfall was that there were no restaurants within walking distance. If you wanted anything you would have to go to St Francis bay which isn’t to far.

The restaurants in St. Francis Bay are situated in a village setting. It really is a lovely place.

One of the main attractions in St. Francis Bay are the St. Francis Canals.

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These homes on the canal are perfect to escape to. These people are really living the dream!

We were unaware of how nice Cape St. Francis and St Francis Bay are. If we knew that some house’s are available to rent we would have! A must for next time! There is also a Cape St. Francis Resort which is great for families, Cape St. Francis Resort!

There are just so many things to do in these two village towns. Loads of watersports, golf, beaches and so much more! It really is worth checking out!

Weekly Travel Post: Mauritius – An Island of Adventure

I have never thought of Mauritius of an island on my top 3 to visit. I have never heard of anyone really rave about Mauritius. When it came to choosing where we would go, we decided to take a trip to Mauritius.

We decided to stay at the Intercontinental Mauritius in Balaclava, North West of the Island.We Arrived in Mauritius around 4pm Mauritian time. We caught a shuttle to the hotel. When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted with warm and friemdly smiles. The view from the Reception was amazing.

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I was immediately in love! The beautiful weather, the gorgeous beaches, the palm trees swaying in the slight wind. I could not wait to get in to the water it looked amazing!

Indeed the water was amazing. Clear and warm and you found small fish swimming with you! what an experience.

The next day we decided to explore a bit of Port Louis.

Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. The streets are very busy with the hustle and bustle of the Mauritian community. We explored the city which included the Caudan Waterfront and the fruit and vegetable market.

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On the top level of the market is where you would find the locals selling all the Mauritian souvenirs and odds and ends. Be sure to haggle a bit for a good bargain!

The next day we decided to try the  full day Catamaran cruise to ile Aux Cerf just off the east coast of Mauritius.

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This catamaran cruise departed from Trou D’eau Douce. Once you hop aboard the catamaran you first cruise along the shore. First stop are the Grand waterfalls, you travel by small speed boats to the waterfall. Once you back on the catamaran you make a small stop to snorkel inside the lagoon which is such a lovely experience. After Snorkeling the catamaran heads closer to ile Aux Cerf and you get to enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch on-board the catamaran. After lunch you will get to go on to the island and get some free time, approximately 2 to 3 hours. The island and the surrounding waters are absolutely breathtaking! Definitely a MUST DO!

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Also we explored Grand Baie, It’s such a cute little Seaside village with enough shopping, small cafes and local markets. There are so many things to do in Mauritius that you may not get to do everything in one trip. Like a visit to the Tea Plantations, exploring the colored earth at Chamarel, exploring all the different beaches on the island, the different types of water sports, the sugar museum and factory, an underwater sea walk, swimming with dolphins and so much more!

Mauritius is definitely worth visiting. Really is such a beautiful Island i would go back any day!

For more information on Mauritius, visit:

Blog – Air Mauritius

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Did you use a Pacifier or Soother for you little one?

My husband and I were dead set against the use of a soother. That was one thing that we actually agreed on. My little girl was born a few weeks premature, because of this she could not suckle. She really struggled so the pediatrician advised us to use a soother to help her with her suckling and jaw movement. The hubby was really not impressed. His concerns being that it would hamper her speech, her teeth and that we would never be able to get her of it .

Yes all valid concerns. Eventually he gave in. we started using the NUK soother range. It was brilliant and it helped her a lot.

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All those concerns were still at the back of our minds. When she was 6 months old we decided to change her soother to a different brand. We had been hearing a lot about the Philips Avent range.

It was slightly different to the NUK .

The Philips Avent Soother had a  “collapsible nipple is symmetrical, flat, and drop-shaped”. Which we thought would work well when her teeth start to come out. It works just as well upside down, which was very helpful at night when she would spit it out and cry until we would put it back in her mouth and when she started putting it in her mouth on her own. Yes the cap is a great feature as well because it keep the dummy clean and does not come out easily.

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She is still using the Philips Avent Soother. She is 13 months old and has only 4 teeth but personally i don’t think that has anything to do with the soother as a number of kids around her age have 4 or less teeth. I also don’t think it affected her speech in any way because she is an absolute chatterbox.

I still get lots of criticism in using a soother. Especially from older people but i feel that each situation is different because no one child is the same. All kids develop differently.

I was reading an article on David Beckham defending his daughter against pacifier critics. This was my inspiration for my post.

Whats your view on the use of a Soother?

Planning a First Birthday Party!

As you little 1 approaches one the common question that arises is: “Are you having a 1st birthday?”

For most moms this can be a very stressful event. Endless things that you need to think of. Starting from the guest list, the venue, the theme, colors, entertainment, decor, party packs and the list  goes on …

My little girl turned one at the end of June. We first thought at having it at a Venue, so we decided looking at different venues across Johannesburg, its surprising the amount that’s out there and the facilities that are offered are just amazing!

Our favorite though was Kid-e-up Party Yard in Kyalami . (Kid-e-up Party Yard Link) . Its set in such a tranquil area and the grounds and facilities are amazing! Great Value for Price! Unfortunately we never used it as it was too far for majority of our guests.

Our second favorite was Jeeks Party Venue in Senderwood. Its in the Greek Sporting Grounds. The facilities and set-up is also really nice with lots of activities for the Kids! (Jeeks Party Venue)

But after we looked at dozens of Venue, we then reviewed our gust list and realized that many of the kids were under the age of 2 so we decided to have it at home in the Garden. We hired a Jumping Castle, took out some of the soft play items, the little ones car and toys on a play mat.

The theme we chose was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I got a lot of my Inspiration from the web, especially pinterest. My Mickey Pinterest Board! Please check out my Board it might help if you would like some ideas for your little ones birthday.

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If you good with your hands and if you have time, you can make any theme extra special with some DIY work.

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I found the best place for balloons were at Party Spot . They have the widest variety of balloons and they fill it  with helium while you wait!

All the best for your birthday! Here are some planning checklists that might help:

1. Planning Checklist Baby Center

2. The bump.com

3. Catchmyparty.com

Thank You