Happy Spring Day

I look forward to Spring every year, and the weather in Cape Town today has decided to play along and give us a taste of mid summer! I always feel my mood improving when I see all the beach flowers arriving and get back into dresses and bare feet. I hope everyone has a beautiful Spring Day today and think of all the wonderful things we have to look forward to…ice cream, sun screen, slip slops, watermelon, beach walks, swimming pools…

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August Favourites

Another month, another group of products which have appeared in my life and made their mark. I’m feeling a bit sentimental thinking of how many great products I’ve tried this year and how much enjoyment I’ve got from them. Shallow, but true. I’ll have an empties video coming in September too, so you can see what I’ve used up to the last drop.

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  • REN Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Cleansing Water R250 (Woolworths) and REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask R490 (Woolworths)
  • Sorbet Harden Nail Polish Remover R40 (Clicks / Sorbet)
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balm in Amped Up Apple R260 (Clinique)
  • Stila Spirit Palette R495 (Selected Woolworths/Truworths)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation
  • Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Afternoon Tea  (Feel Unique)
  • Schwarzkopf BC Silver Shampoo R215 & Moisture Kick Beauty Balm R260 (Retailbox)
  • MAC 217 brush R280 (MAC)
  • Contact lenses and glasses (Torga Optical)

New Spring Ranges for Little Princesses

All the Spring collections are starting to come out, and as usual I am pretty much ignoring what is appearing in the adult sections and getting excited about the adorable kids’ ranges for Spring/Summer 2014. If you’re a mom to a little girl, or an aunty even, you will know that buying cute clothes can become a bit of an addiction…dare I say it’s like the grown-up version of playing with dolls? So for all the moms out there I’ve rounded up some of my favourite items which little girls will love – and they make great gifts too.

Spring Fashion for Girls

All of these items are available online right now. You can find them and order on the Earthchild, Naartjie and Keedo websites.

The Daily Dish + Giveaway

I just had a bit of a life-changing experience week before last! I actually love cooking, but I find it seriously difficult to come up with meal ideas every day and between my work, my blog, being a mom and life’s other challenges I find very little time to actually cook proper food. Microwave meals, frozen food and boerewors rolls pretty much sum up my repertoire.

So when I got the chance to try Daily Dish, a service that delivers all the fresh ingredients and recipes you need for four weekday meals straight to your door on a Monday,,,I was seriously like “where has this been all my life??” It was a surprise creating something totally new every day and it really brought the fun back into cooking for me. This post might seem a bit long, but read it. It could change your life forever…and there is something special at the end (nudge wink).

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Everything you need arrives neatly labelled and measured out, and the menu changes every week. There is also the option of a classic menu, a low-carb menu and a vegetarian menu. I chose the classic menu which for that week consisted of pork medallions in sweet sherry sauce, spaghetti puttanesca, chicken and chilli jam stir fry, and lentil casserole.

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These recipes are obviously very well tried and tested beforehand, because every one was really delicious, to the point where I couldn’t believe I had actually cooked something that tasty. My husband loved the chicken stir fry with basmati rice so much that the ate the entire thing (intended for two people) without leaving me a scrap, which should have annoyed me but instead I felt quite proud of my cooking! Even Miss Fusspot (aka The Moo) who normally eats nothing but chicken nuggets ate a bit of something from each dish, which is saying a lot. I have since bought the spaghetti puttanesca ingredients in bulk and have made it about three more times…sorry Mr Atkins.

chicken and sweet chilli jam stir fry

The dish I couldn’t taste because Mr Goldilocks ate it all

Time-wise it took me between 30 minutes and an hour to make each meal. Having everything measured out was a huge help, but there was quite a bit of prep work in chopping the fresh veg etc, Normally I would just dump in a bunch of frozen veggies, but the difference the fresh ingredients made to the food was really phenomenal and totally worth it. The recipes are beautifully printed too, perfect for filing and creating your own special cook book.

To give you an idea of price, the classic menu is R850 for 4 people or R590 for two, which works out to R53/R74 per plate of food. I chose the two person option and it actually fed two adults and a child, and in the case of the casserole could have fed three adults easily. If you work out the amount you spend on monthly groceries, the time the planning and shopping takes, you would find this is actually a really well priced service. You can choose whether or not to order for the following week by 4pm Wednesday. There are no obligations on registering and you could for instance order the service one or two weeks a month and skip weeks when you want to. I will definitely be ordering this service again!

You can click on their logo below to see next week’s menus, read up about the service and where it is offered, or register and become a soon-to-be-very-happy Daily Dish subscriber.

DailyDishLogoDaily Dish has been kind enough to offer three readers the chance to win a menu of their choice for a week. If you would love to try this yourself, just leave a comment below telling me what your favourite meal is to cook and your email address, and share this post using the share buttons below. This is open to readers in the Cape Town and Jo’burg/Pretoria region only.

Good luck! Giveaway ends 1st September.