Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Psychedelic Hair Mousse Art

I remember previously seeing some interesting uses for shaving foam for art activities on Pinterest. When I spotted a bottle of hair mousse in my drawer which was older than Noodle (I am not sure why I actually own hair mousse since I have no recollection of ever using it), I figured that it should have similar tactile properties and decided to let the kids experiment.Today's quick, messy art activity with my little ones needed just three things: paper, the hair mousse and food colouring.
 
kids art painting mousse shaving cream toddler sensory
Top left: mousse squirted on paper | Bottom left: Food colouring fizzing on mousse | Right: End product
We squirted lots of hair mousse onto a page- both kids had a turn at this and found this bit hilarious. Then we sprinkled a few different colours of food colouring all over the page (today I used powder colour as this made the mousse fizz and make interesting noises, though I am sure other types might create better results aesthetically). We may have used a bit too much purple colour as this seems to have overpowered the other colours a bit.

Then the kids got to squish their fingers into the foamy, fluffy, fizzy mess for a fun, sensory experience. I let Noodle make patterns in the foam using a plastic fork and a toothpick. Then we blotted it a bit with a paper towel and left it to dry. The result was a psychedelic rainbow of colour.

The mousse is quite soapy and washes off hands without problems. Oh and the paper smells pretty afterwards.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Ten Real Jobs You Can do From Home

So the feedback I have been getting from many potential WAHM'ers is that they would love to work from home, but don't have any ideas as to what business they can start. While the possibilities are endless, for those that lack inspiration, we have put together some ideas for businesses that can be run from home.

A word of caution, if you are searching for work from home jobs on the internet, the bulk of what you are likely to find is scams. Be wary of any business that asks you to pay an upfront fee to join etc as any real employer will not require this.

So what can you do then? The possibilities are as wide as your imagination and what people are willing to pay for.



1. Do you have any specific qualifications? You could use these unique skills to start your own specialist business. (I run a consulting business in my field of study from home, albeit in a non-traditional way). For example, an accountant could set up a bookkeeping business or a teacher could give tuition from home (or even online).

2. Do you have any special and unique talents? If you are an amazing artist, an exceptional baker or great at making stuff with your hands, you can use these skills to make and sell something that there is a demand for.

3. Is there something you are incredibly passionate about? Use this passion. If you are great with small children, perhaps you could set up a small daycare facility. If you love ballet or surfing or - whatever it is you like, why not set up an online store relating to your passion? You could also pass your passion on to others and make money at the same time- offer sewing lessons, guitar lessons or baking classes.

4. Is there a clear gap in the market for something and you know that you can fill that gap? Use that as your cue. For example, if you live in a small town with not a single person renting out party supplies, you could fill that gap. If you are surrounded by full time workers with no time to cook, offer a hot home cooked meal or pre-packed lunch service. Private, flexible religious classes for children with busy extra-mural schedules are also in great demand.

5. Writing!  If you have a writing background you could do freelance writing, proof reading or copyrighting. If you are inspired, you could even write a book- this is even easier in this day and age with e-publishing. As an income supplement, you could start a blog and earn income from advertising, affiliate programmes, sponsored posts etc.

6. If you have a flair for sales and a good network of people to sell to, you could become an agent for the products of various companies (the usual make-up, pots, weight loss products etc- find something that nobody in your area of influence is selling already). Even better, be your own boss, source your own products and start your own sales based business (either a physical one or a web-based business).

7. If you have decent computer skills and the right equipment, you could provide typing, transcription or data capturing services, or work as a virtual assistant (i.e. handling administration such as emails or scheduling appointments on behalf of a busy executive). Note: be careful with data capturing, while there are lots of legitimate opportunities, there are also scams out there.

8. If you are able to do web design, you could design or test websites from home.

9. Translator- if you are multi-lingual and have good language skills, you could transcribe documents. Try sites such as Translators Cafe.

10. There are some legitimate oppurtunities online. If you are a good photographer, you could sell stock photographs online to sites such as Dreamstime, Shutterstock etc. Or you could do freelance work through sites such as freelancer.com

Friday, 24 April 2015

How to Change Nappies Like a Super Pro

I was chatting to a new mommy friend who is battling with the in's and outs of nappy changes so I thought I would dedicate a post to the art of nappy changing. Here is everything you need to know about changing nappies with minimal mess and fuss.If you are new to nappy changes, please read the basics below. 

If you have an older baby, you can skip to the advanced section further on (unless you have a boy, in which case you need the advanced section anyway).

nappies wetwipes bum cream


BEFORE YOU EVEN BEGIN...

The number 1 rule is to always be prepared!!! Have everything you need for your nappy changes in one place. Change mat, nappies, wipes, bum cream and any other accessories that you use (for example if you use baby powder or a sanitiser spray) should all be stored together for easy access.

Before you remove baby's nappy, be sure to have everything prepped- nappy open, bum cream open, wipes out. That way, you won't be fumbling with an exposed bottom (especially with newborns who tend to let lose with the bodily fluids as soon as their nappies are opened). After all, the most important rule is to get done as quickly as possible, before further damage is done. 

Similarly, when you are away from home, your nappy bag should be organised so that all nappy changing goodies are stored together for easy access (I have seen special organisers for this purpose but I just use a big Ziplock bag). Be sure to keep some hand sanitiser for if you happen to find yourself changing nappies and you are nowhere near a bathroom (trust me, if you ever find yourself on an overseas flight with a baby with diarrhea, as I once did, this will come in handy). Disposable change mats are also handy for shopping centres etc. (P.S. You should always know where the nearest change station is, so be sure to check out The Jozi WAHM's Directory of Mall Baby Rooms).

So now for the actual nappy change!

keep calm

THE BASICS

Place the clean nappy under the baby before you start so that you can close up quickly after beginning (skip this step if you happen to have an explosive nappy leak on hand or you will dirty the new nappy too). For the actual nappy change, use the front clean part of the nappy to wipe away the bulk of the mess (from front to back of course), then use wet wipes or damp cotton wool to clean the rest. Clean till you think it is clean, getting into all the nooks and crannies and then use one more wet wipe.

Close up the old nappy by first folding in half and then roll up using the the tabs to seal tightly before disposing (you could use a special nappy bin with bag dispensers but I find that a lined pedal bin with nappy bags just for poo nappies works just as well and is more cost effective).

Now the hard part is done (unless you have an active toddler). With the new nappy slide under the baby, put a barrier bum cream of your choice. Place the new nappy on baby, seal the tabs snuggly but so that you can still fit a finger under the tummy. Make sure that the ruffly bits at the legs where the elastic is are facing outwards. If you have a newborn, fold over the top so that the umbilical cord stump is exposed (or buy the special newborn nappies with a cut out for the umbilical cord).

Ideally, you should avoid nappy rashes from developing in the first place but if it does, you need to figure out what kind of rash it is. A nurse once advised me that if the area is just red, the usual shelf remedies should work but if it is pimply or blistery it is likely to be a fungal or yeast infection, in which case you will need something appropriate for that. Ensure that bottoms are air dried and allow some sun exposure if warm enough

ADVANCED NAPPY CHANGES

N.B. There are certain special categories of nappy changes that need some special advisory warnings.

THE SPRINKLER NEWBORN BOY

An extra special word of caution is needed for newborn boy nappies, which can reduce the most composed adult to tears. Always keep the front covered at all times (a separate facecloth works well for this) unless you happen to like you and your entire house being showered in baby wee. Also, make sure that the boy bits are facing downward before closing the nappy or you will have an entire wardrobe change (for you and baby) due in the next half hour.

THE WIGGLY SQUIRMY WORMY

Once they are older and able to squirm away, be sure to have some distraction aid ready, something for them to hold like a toy or even the bum cream. A good trick is to have a change station with a mobile or stickers hanging above (you can make your own mobile out of a clothes hanger and swop the dangly bits from time to time). You could also try shifting your change spot every now and then for variety. 

DORA THE EXPLORER

At some point they are also going to want to explore their body parts (and possibly put their hands right into the soiled areas, or even worse, into their mouths afterwards). Your first line of defence is letting them hold something, as mentioned for the squirmy wormy baby. The next line of defence is to use one hand to hold baby's ankles together so that his or her legs are almost crossed, limiting his or her access to the nether regions. 

THE STREAKER

If you have a streaking toddler who runs away as soon as nappies are off (I am told it is a boy thing) try to create games to play at change time. You can get them to clap hands or make funny faces or point to body parts once old enough.

THE POO-NAMI (I did not coin this term)

Stick baby straight under shower. Please also refer to items 2 and 3 of this previous blog post.

There you have it... clean, happy baby- for the next hour or two anyway.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Noodle Says... Part 3

My four year old Noodle has continued entertaining us with more of her pearls of wisdom (click here for some of her previous wisecracks). Here are some of the highlights:
'What was Captain Hooks name before he lost his arm?'

'Let's Google how Google works.'

'Does Google know when I am being naughty?'

'That's not a hotdog mommy. It is only called a hotdog if the tomato sauce and mustard are in squiggly lines.'

'I have a diagnosis. I have a severe case of sour lemon on finger sickness.'

'Was that a facebook phonecall mommy? (Me, confused- asks her why she says that).
Daddy's face came up on the screen on your phone when it rang.'

'And then the lizard cast a spell and turned him into a giant. He is a saucer-man and can make magic.'

'When I grow up I am going to live in a big house in a snowy country and my baby brother can live with me and we will build snowmen every day. But we will wear gloves so we don't get sick'.

'Lets give all my vegetables to the poor children who have no food'.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Messy Fun with Edible Yoghurt Paint

If you have smaller kids, they will love getting their hands dirty with this edible finger paint!

At fifteen months, Squish still has a tendency to put everything in his mouth, so I love arty activities that are not likely to end in a call to Poison Control. This yoghurt paint is baby safe and takes just seconds to make and a little goes a long way.

The paint has just two ingredients, yoghurt and food colouring. I used double cream yoghurt (which was about to expire anyway, so I felt less guilty about food wastage) and gel food colouring.

Yoghurt paint made with yoghurt and food colouring
I put about a teaspoon of plain yoghurt into each compartment of an ice tray (I have an old one that is reserved for messy art activities). Then I added a little food colouring to each one. I put a good squirt of colouring in each one as I wanted vibrant colours, but in retrospect I would put less as the finger stains were a bit tough to get out afterwards. Mix the yoghurt and the colour and voila, paint is ready.

Before you let the little ones loose with the paint, I would suggest some mess control as this gets messy. I stripped Squish down to just his vest, put aprons on for both kids and put down a big plastic tablecloth on the floor. Then I let the kids do their thing.


 Squish was reluctant at first, but once he got into it he really enjoyed it. All the colours were soon varying shades of brown and green as Squish dipped his fingers in every pot. Noodle did not seem to mind the colours being mixed- she was lost in deep concentration painting her fairy. Gulp... I made the faux pas of complimenting her ninja turtle (the fairy ninja-turtle is in the top left of the pics below).

The final masterpieces

The end result was quite impressive in my view (but I am biased), although clean up was a bit of a schlep and Squish had to have a bath afterwards. 

P.S. We have experimented with edible paints made with flour, water and colouring before, but I prefer the texture and finish of the yoghurt paint, which does not become powdery once dry. You can also add edible food glitter for a shimmer effect.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Jozi WAHM's Guide to Beating the Morning Rush

Life in Jozi is a rat race and everyone in has somewhere to be in the a.m. Whether you need to get to work, want to get to the gym bright and earlyor just to get the kids to school on time, the morning rush has to be tackled and conquered.

If you are the mom of the house, chances are that you are responsible for not just getting yourself done, but the rest of the family as well- a task easier said than done. Here are some tips for getting your family ready on time in the mornings calmly and without leaving you frazzled.



1. Get a good night's sleep (if you can).

I must admit that I am guilty of neglecting this one. My kids are poor sleepers and this means I do not get much sleep, but if you can get your eight hours in then you are far more likely to wake up on time. If you are the type of person who does not wake up when the alarm first goes, set it a few minutes earlier. 
Enforce childrens' bedtimes strictly so that they are not too tired to get up on time in the morning.
2. Make lunches the night before.
I prepare lunches just before bedtime and refrigerate. This is a huge time saver in the morning.
3. Clothing
Deciding what to wear in the morning takes up more time than you might think. Pick out clothes for the whole family the night before and leave the ironed out clothes out for the next morning. (Make a mental note of plan B outfits if the weather turns out different to anticipated).
 If your kids insist on picking out their own clothing (and do not wear school uniforms), make sure that your selection meets their approval. Do not forget to include underwear, socks and shoes as there is nothing that can slow things down like finding that one missing shoe at the last minute.
4. Pack in advance
Pack all school and work bags the night before and do a check that nothing has been forgotten. Pre-package lunch money for each day at the beginning of the week. Leave all the odds and ends that family members will need at the doorway out. This includes any extra-mural equipment, gym clothes, laptop bags, umbrellas and such.
5. Breakfast
If you eat breakfast as a family, set the table for breakfast the night before. Cereals, etc can be left covered, on the breakfast table, for easy access. If you eat foods that can be prepared beforehand, do so (for example my children love warm oatmeal so I prepare enough for three days a time and then refrigerate and just heat up and add milk when needed).
Put coffee and water in the coffee machine the night before so you just need to switch it on in the morning (or if you have a fancy one with a timer, use it).
6. Plan your route
Explore different routes to wherever you need.to be in the morning until you find the one that works best. In Jozi morning traffic, the shortest route is often not the fastest route.
7. Be bathroom savvy.
Make sure everything you need in the bathroom in the morning is easily accessible. If family members need to share bathrooms, have an informal schedule as to who gets to go when.
8. Desperate times...
If you are really pressed for time, consider showering the night before (men can shave then night before too!)
9. The kids need to hurry too!
This is the most important one. As anyone with children knows, despite your best efforts, a day-dreaming or moody child can derail your plans of being on time. Here's how to keep them on track:
  • Have a structured morning routine. This helps children feel secure and keep things on track.
  • If you need to force them out of bed, cuddles and tickles are more likely to get your child to co-operate with you than screaming and shouting.
  • Keep them focused on the task by rewarding them for getting dressed quickly.
  •  Assign tasks like getting dressed alone or making cereal to children who are old enough. Give them a checklist with pictures of all the tasks that need to be completed, eg. brush teeth, get dressed, brush hair, eat breakfast.
  •  On those moody days when kids seem to be moving in reverse gear, fantasy play might be the best way forward (eg. in our house 'lets get the princess ready for the ball' is a favourite).
  • Enforce a no toys and no television rule during this crucial time window.
  • Have competitions to see who can get dressed or have breakfast the fastest. Use a stopwatch and let them try to beat their own best times.
  • Examine your own attitude. If you are flustered or moody in the morning, things are more likely to spiral out of control than if you handle the morning rush calmly and methodically.
Do you have any secret tips in your arsenal? We would love if you share them with us.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Squish Says... Lots of new words!

I have dedicated a few posts to the wise words of my big girl Noodle , who practically came out of the womb talking in full sentences (if you have not seen them, check out the posts labelled 'Noodle says'), but never to the stuff little Squish says. The primary reason for that is that up until now, he has not said too much (the little guy is just fifteen months old after all). 

Till now, he has graced us with the odd few words here and there. He said "daddy" from early on (no, not just dada but a clearly enunciated daddeeee), followed soon thereafter by his dear big sister's name, or his version of it at least. He could 'count' pretty early (if you count 'one, two, tee, ten)' and even learnt the beginning of the A, B, C song from big sister. However, other than that, he largely relied on the words 'there' and 'that' to indicate his needs. This seemed to work for him since Squish has always been an outstanding non-verbal communicator and has always gotten his point across loud and clear- he fetches his own plate if he is hungry or hands me the remote control and drags me to the lounge if he wants the television on (not that I always give in on that one). 

His one quirk was that despite being an absolute mommy's boy, glued to me all day and all night, he obstinately refused to say mama or anything similar for ages and would give a sneaky laugh every time we asked him to. I know that linguistically, babies learn to say the 'd' sound before the 'm' sound, but he sure seemed to be taking his time with saying it! He refused to say mama until just two weeks ago, when the moment I had anxiously been waiting for finally arrived.



At long last, he finally started saying it. Mamamamama. He has now settled on mamoh... with a very French sounding accent and repeats it sweetly all day.

Since that day he has suddenly exploded with words, lots of words. I have lost count of the number of new words in the past two weeks and he is even attempting sentences (although we do not understand all of them). Suddenly, he can name food types, various animals, body parts, bits of clothing, toys and even his favourite Disney characters, Pooh and hotdog (which is his name for Mickey Mouse) and Weltha (Elsa from Frozen, which Noodle has subjected him to watching many times in). Besides the nouns, he has now learnt to say 'hot', 'come', 'up', 'more' and 'outside'. I have lost count of the number of new words, there were about thirty by last week, but there have been several new ones since then. Today he said 'dinosaur', 'anana' (banana) and 'star', all in context. Sadly, he has also learnt the inevitable no, no, no, n- and he is not afraid to use it.

For me, the first few words of my children are one of the biggest highlights of motherhood. Whenever I am around babies I always wonder what they are thinking and I love getting to finally figure out what is going on in those tiny but complex little heads. I am sure that soon, we can look forward to interesting conversations with him and I can't wait! 

What were your baby's first words?

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Inside Jozi Wahm's Kitchen- Easy Kiddies Fun Food

I am always looking for creative ways to get my kids to eat healthy foods. This sometimes needs a bit of creativity. For previous ideas see Margy Vally from the Olive Branch Cookery School's enticing recipes see here
Today I am going to share a couple of the quick, easy staple favourites in our household:

Smiley Sandwiches


While regular sandwiches covered in salad bits tend to get wasted, these smiley sandwiches get gobbled up every time. These are very simple to make. 

I take a roll (when I do these smileys,the kids do not notice if I sneak in wholewheat seeded rolls) and cut them in half. Then I spread with a layer of cottage cheese (or a cheese spread, as used in the above picture).
Next, we arrange the various salad bits to make a face, depending on what we have available (eg. lettuce hair, pepper nose, tomato mouth, cucumber eyes etc, there are dozens of variations). Noodle wanted freckles on the ones in the picture, so we sprinkled with poppyseeds.
You can use regular bread to make 'Minions' (cover bread with a piece of pre-sliced cheese and cut cold meat or cucumbers for the eyes and mouth. Alternatively, flower or butterfly shapes on the bread have also proven popular.

Crunchy Munchy Muesli

This is a quick and easy breakfast idea. I take plain yoghurt (our family loves the Lancewood double cream one) and add a generous drizzle of honey and some muesli (I like the Vital one because it is tasty and comes in a convenient strip of little packets, which works for us since we do not have muesli daily).
The top was decorated with a grape face with banana hair.
Eggstatic Eggies
I make sunny side up eggs in various shapes (mainly hearts and teddy bears). When cracking the egg, it is poured into a cookie cutter which is placed in a hot, lightly greased pan with a flat surface and left to set for a minute or two. Season as desired. You could also separate the whites from the yokes and have separate yellow and white eggs. 
Hint: use a metal cookie cutter as plastic may melt and hold the cutter down firmly until the egg white starts to set, otherwise it will ooze out of the bottom and not hold its shape. If it does ooze, you can salvage thus by using the cutter to shape once cooked, but it looks much neater if you can avoid oozing.
I serve with toast, also cut with cookie cutters.
Oaty Snacks
For an easy toddler snack, I take leftover jungle oats (about a cupful) and add a mashed banana. I add lots of cinnamon, drop spoons full in a greased baking tray and bake for about fifteen minutes. You can add a bit of honey to sweeten, but my kids don't seem to mind when I omit it. Grated apple can also be added for variety.
(These work well as teething biscuits).

Monday, 13 April 2015

Scissor Happy- Easy Cut and Paste Activities for Little Ones

Noodle has just mastered the technique of using scissors to cut paper, so cut and paste activities are very popular with her at the moment. This means paper cuttings all over the house but I have indulged her as this is great for encouraging the development of fine motor skills. (Also, these are activities which she can do on her own with little intervention from my side, so I can get some work done while she does these).

Here are some of the cut and paste activities we have been doing:
  • "Shopping cart"- This is something Noodle requests over and over. We draw a big trolley on a piece of paper. Then I give Noodle some grocery store pamphlets and get her to cut and paste the items she is 'buying'. I sometimes add a twist by telling her to find only healthy food or some other specific category of items. Another variation of the above is that we draw a house and make her cut and paste furniture and other items and place them in the correct room of the house. 
  • I let her cut out shapes using paper, foam, wool and cardboard and paste these onto paper to create pictures.
  • Paper jewellery creations- I let her cut strips of paper and glue the ends together to make bracelets. Several smaller, thinner 'bracelet' loops can also be interlinked to make paper necklaces. Larger sheets of paper or cardboard can be used to make crowns.
  • We have tons of paper plates left over from past birthdays and these are cut to make masks (Pooh Bear and the Ninja Turtle ones were big hits), flowers, clocks and many more. 
  • I help Noodle to make 'snowflakes' out of paper. (Use a square piece of paper, fold in quarters and then cut patterns).
  • Craft scissors can be used to create all kinds of exciting patterns (though Noodle still finds these hard to use).
  • There is also a wealth of cutting printables available online and these also prove to be popular.
Obviously, with children, blunt nosed safety scissors should always be used. We try to recycle where possible using leftover material from other projects.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Working From Home Series- Ten Tips on How to Actually Get Work Done

I previously posted a broad guideline as to getting started with working from home.

So now you have all your ducks in a row, business registrations sorted, a website and a home office. How do you manage to practically get things done from home?

  • Do not fall into the trap of slumping on the couch in your pyjamas or tracksuit every day. You may be able to afford to sleep in for a few more minutes as you do not need to beat morning traffic, but start your day as if you are going to the office. Shower, get dressed, put on your make up (if you usually wear make up). It may just be a mindset thing but you will feel more productive and more confident.
  • Plan, plan, plan. You should have set goals for the month, for the week and set a (flexible) schedule at the beginning of each day setting out what you need to achieve for the day. Be realistic and make provisions for any disruptions in your day that you know are going to occur (like school pick ups or doctors appointments). Similarly, figure out when your most productive times are and schedule key tasks for those times. Then- stick to your plan.

  • That having been said, life happens and you have to accept that. Especially if you are a parent, there will be days where a cranky, teething baby or a school emergency derail your plans completely. Have a plan B, see to the most urgent tasks at hand, manage any expectations from clients by keeping them informed of any deadline shifts and then get back on track the next day.
  • Out of sight, out of mind. As you might not physically be seen every day like those who work in offices or retail spaces, it is easy for potential clients to forget that you are there. While you do not want to harass people or appear to be spamming, some gentle reminders that you are there are crucial. This does not have to be direct marketing, perhaps posting an article on LinkedIn or forwarding a joke or article of interest to a client will mean that they remember you when your services are needed. Hopefully, the next time they need the services that you provide, you will be the first person they have in mind.
  • Speak to others who have started similar businesses (possibly in a different area if it is a fiercely competitive market). While this may seem intimidating, they will likely be honored that you consider them as role-models. 
  • To use your time most efficiently, diarise intensive work slots where you are completely focused on the task at hand with no distractions. Use these slots for more complex tasks. It is easy to think you can multitask, but distractions such as having the television or radio on or even social media feeds can hamper productivity. Log out of Facebook and Twitter completely during these slots unless you need to be active on there right then for work purposes.
  •  Be flexible in your working hours. If late nights or 5 am is your best chance to get work done, then work at those times. However, you also need to be available during regular hours so that your clients can actually communicate with you.
  • Delegate where possible. For example, if you can afford to get help with the housework a couple of times a week (or to watch kids for a short while), you can free up valuable time to get work done.
  • Use technology to free more time. Use your laptop, smartphone or tablet to enable you to work while getting other tasks done. Have Wifi available across your property so that you can send off emails etc while watching your children play outside.
  • If you are working with your children around, set boundaries for older children (for example that they need to be quiet if mommy is on the phone). Have pre-planned activities ready for them to keep themselves happily amused with minimal adult assistance. With babies, a wrap may be a good hands-free investment. Use nap times to your advantage to get the most done.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

This Month's Featured Blog- Hayley's Joys

There are so many great South African mommy bloggers out there and we will be showcasing a new amazing South African mommy blogger each month.

This month we feature the beautiful Cape Town based Hayley Malan of Hayley's Joys- to find her amazing blog you can click on the featured blogger button in the left margin or go to https://hayleysjoys.wordpress.com/ 


Here is what she had to say. 

Who is Hayley and what is your blog all about?
I'm a wife, working mom of 2 kids and my blog is a portrayal of my love for all things pretty which includes some lifestyle, DIY decor, fashion and mommy stuff. 

What inspired you to start blogging?
I always had a passion for writing and always loved the idea of a blog. Last year I just decided to make that happen! 

You have a newborn baby boy and an older girl (they are both gorgeous by the way!). How do you find the time to blog?
It's sometimes difficult to find the time as I have a full time job too. I however reserve a few hours on a Sunday to plan and draft posts for the coming week which works out well.  

What are the three strangest things you have ever done?
I have serious Mommy brain at the moment and the only thing I can think of is more recent where I literally pulled my baby out while giving birth. It was a weird yet amazing experience.

What do you when you are not blogging?
The kids keep me pretty busy and at this point in time my husband and I are trying our best to make our daughter feel just as special as she did before her little brother arrived. 
             
Right now:
a.    What are you wearing? Nursing tank and leggings

b.    What is on your reading list? ‘David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

c.   What was the last thing you watched on television?  America’s next top model

d.   What was the last thing you ate? A wrap 


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Inside Jozi WAHM's Kitchen- The Birth of the Gingerbread Pie

I was making chicken pie for supper and Noodle was playing with the leftover pastry dough. She was playing with my cookie cutters and cut out a couple of gingerbread man shapes.


And so the idea of the gingerbread pie was born.

This is how we made it:

-Cut out two gingerbread man shapes out of the pastry;
-Add the filling. We used apricot jam for one and Nutella for the other.
-Top with the second piece of pastry and press down on the edges so that the filling does not leak.
-Sprinkle generously with sugar, cinnamon powder and ginger powder. (Alternatively, the spices could be added when mixing your pastry batter.)
- We added two raisins for eyes.
-Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 25 minutes (this may differ depending on your oven).
-Serve with a side scoop of cream or ice-cream.

Unfortunately I did not get a picture of the end product as they were scoffed up before they even cooled down, but I think piping like a traditional gingerbread man would take this treat to another level.