Flying with Children (or in my case, a Child)

My daughter is 6 years old and I have never taken her on a flight but she has made it abundantly clear that she wants to go to China and I know that with Travelstart , I will be able to find a cheap, reliable and safe way to get there

Now you may be asking yourself, how can she write a blogpost about flying with children when she has just admitted, in her first line, that she has never flown with her child?

Well come closer and let me tell you how.

Yes, flying and “car travelling” with a child is different but at the essence and core of it, travelling is just that – travelling. Whether it’s to the mall 45 minutes away or to Langebaan 2 hours away.

Kids need incentive and parents need to keep their sanity intact.

Now, if you’re flying with your child, depending on the age of your child; you might need to incentivise your fellow passengers and lucky for me by the time I travel with Zineah she will be 8 years old and less of a disturbance to other passengers #sorrynotsorry

The longest trip I’ve made with my daughter was in a car, to Durban – she was 4 years old (so 2 years ago) and it was not as bad as I thought it would be but there were alot of times when I thought “What the hell have I gotten myself into?”. We obviously made it to Durban in one piece but once we got there, I think all that pent up energy in the car ride just burst and she was a ball of tantrums and erratic outbursts; queue the car ride home.

Second longest trip was to Knysna, so 5 hours and she was 5 years old and a lot more restless this time around although I did everything I could to provide her “distractions”.

Third longest trip was and always will be Langebaan – not that bad and we normally end up having a sing-a-long session all the way there and back and because she is a bit older it does make it easier for me to “incentivise” her to remain busy while I concentrate on the road.

If you are planning to travel with your kids, no matter their age ; always keep in mind fellow passengers and prepare your kids beforehand so that when the plane takes off and their ears pop, they are less scared and know that mom & dad are right there, as promised, to protect them and ensure they get to the other side in one piece.

For cheap cost effective flights, head on over to Travelstart to get a quote and get your kids onto that plane to experience their next adventure!

Get the kids ready for some holiday entertainment | Cape Town

Looking for something to do with the kids this school holidays? Look no further than The Lilliput Children’s Theatre Company.

They will be performing one of their most popular shows, THE THREE LITTLE PIGS at the Nassau Theatre, from Monday 1stOctober until Saturday 6th October at 10:30am,runs for 40 minutes and will be performed at the Nassau Theatre (on the grounds of Groote Schuur High School), Palmyra Road in Newlands.

We’ve all grown up hearing about The Three Little Pigs, let’s get our kids to experience the joy of the tale come alive with a colourful South African twist.

The Three Little Pigs is adapted and directed by Elton John Duffy (Edgemead), who has been producing Children`s Theatre and delighting audiences for the past 25 years. This show stars Buddy Bo Butler (Strandfontein) as Aunty Joan, Desle Mc Conney (Athlone) as Percy Pig, Dean Van Der Ventel (Monte Vista) as Peter Pig, Mar-li Van Der Merwe (Durbanville) as Patrick Pig and Elton John Duffy as the Big Bad Wolf. The Three Little Pigs show is filled with loads of audience participation and current popular songs from The Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Eminem, Destiny’s Child and Shakira, giving this show a modern twist.

For more information visit

Tickets are R80,00 per person and Bookings can be made at any COMPUTICKET outlet , or online at can also be bought at any Shoprite or Checkers store.

For block bookings or queries, please call Elton on 083 364 8284 or (021) 558-2650 or email

“Don’t mess with us Big Bad Wolf or you’ll be sorry!” – Desle Mc Conney (Percy Pig) , Dean Van Der Ventel (Peter Pig), and Mar-li Van Der Merwe (Patrick Pig)

We Love You Pa

The 8th of May was the first time I wrote about losing you. Today we said goodbye.

We were granted, by the grace of God, a few more precious months where we were able to savour every waking moment with you.

I had plans today, to come and see you. Talk to you a bit and sing you our favorite song. You wouldn’t let me. You passed away 30 minutes after midnight, an hour after I fell asleep. Like some cruel joke. I woke up to the anguished cries of my mother and I knew. I just knew. I just sat on the edge of the bed, not knowing what to do. Eventually getting up to comfort her, but where were my tears? Have I already grieved you? What an injustice! I sit here now, 3 hours or so after hearing the news, showered, hair clean and dressed, not knowing what to do with myself. Not tired enough to go sleep and so restless that I’m walking around, aimlessly.

We will miss you Pa. We do miss you. I will be forever grateful for the role you played in my life and that of my child.

Soar among the birds, safe in the arms of your Father.

It is harder to lose someone you’ve come to love than to lose someone you know to love

Adulting | The time I shat my pants

Come close and let me tell you about the time I shat my pants

2 days into 2018

It was hilariously awkward and embarrassing to admit but makes for a somewhat good story

As you know, I do a lot of sponsored posts and this one time, I was planning to get healthier with the help of Herbalfix and the owner, Lauren, warned me of the side effects. She warned me of constant peeing and hard pee’s. You know what a hard pee is right? Well, that’s what I was expecting. To pee. Which is not unusual because I drink 3 litres of water a day so am pretty accustomed to frequent bathroom breaks.

This was not the case. I shat my pants. My work pants, nonetheless.

I remember I just started the Herbalfix routine and it was only day number 2 and also my first day back at work. I came home, knew I had to go to the toilet but thought I had “enough time”, only to feel as if I was about to burst. Now I don’t know if I have no control over my bowels but by the time I got to the toilet and pulled down my pants, my plain white panty was already covered in shit.

The smell!

I did not have time, like you do, to be disgusted with myself because I still had more shit inside that needed to exit my body and I was not about to mess on the floor.

I sat, continued to shit while I tried, in vain, to roll up my shit filled pants and panty while contemplating just chucking it all in the bin but I knew I had to wash it. With my hands.

Parenting. Apparently. Prepares you for shit soaked anything.

I washed my goods and told the story to my dad, who laughed. I messaged Lauren to ask her if this was “normal” and her only words were “listen to your body”.

Now, I’m back on Herbalfix and enjoying the regular time I get to spend with the toilet, like 3 times a day. It opens my bowels, does something of the thin kind to my face and makes me feel like I’m getting somewhere with my body without actually working out; which I need to do by the way.

*Herbalfix currently has an online special. Buy 2 boxes of Herbalfix for R799 and get a 3rd box free.

5 Ingredient Brownie Recipe

I don’t want to get ahead of myself and say that this is foolproof but it kinda is.


1 cup cocoa powder

2 cups sugar

5 tablespoons butter

1 cup flour

2 eggs

Quarter cup milk

Preheat oven to 200 degrees

Combine all ingredients and mix

Decant into a baking dish (don’t forget your spray and cook) and bake for 25 – 35 minutes

Once done baking, let sit for 10 minutes before cutting

For this batch, I mixed some milk and about 4 teaspoons of Nutella together, warmed in the microwave for a few seconds, stirred and then applied to the top of my Brownies