School times are when children seem to refuse to wake up early and holidays are when they are wake up at the crack of dawn. If you are looking for something to keep your little ones busy and have fun at the same time, why not head to the new The Dinos Alive Playpark that opened in the Red Shed at the V&A Waterfront Cape Town, on the 22nd December 2014.
There will be nine life sized animatronic dinosaur models with a T-Rex, Triceratops and a Saltaurus that will amaze and entertain the kids. If that’s not enough, there’s also an excavation sandpit, face painting, PlayStation games, drawing tables and so much more. They also do birthday parties and what a different place to have it at! You can get more information on it here www.dinosalive.co.za or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playpark runs from 22 December 2014 – 28 February 2015 and is open from 10.00 – 19.00 every day except Christmas day with the last entry at 18.00. Tickets to the Playpark are available from www.computicket.co.za at R50. Entry for children under two is free.
The Dinos Alive Playpark and I decided to run a little competition! One lucky person could win tickets to Dino Alive Playpark and the following:
Glow in the dark stickers
Colouring book and crayons
Total value of the hamper: R500
How do you enter? Easy! Tell me where you The Dinos Alive Playpark will be opening. Share this post and like Baby Bugs ‘n Berries on Facebook for an extra entry. Competition closes on 15 Feb 2015 and is only open to South Africans.
In a few weeks time I am turning 32. 32. Now some of you might be saying that is still young, but to me, calendar wise, I feel over the hill while in spirit I’m 24!
People always tell me I look younger than 31 so I’m making sure that it stays that way. I dress the way I want to and I have started a beauty regime to make me feel better and look better! My hair is growing and I feel healthy! Bring on 32 heehee.
I have to tell you! I found a new photographer whose photographs are amazing! Her name is Elena Kalis and she takes wonderful underwater shots! I found them on Pinterest and you can see them here! The blog post picture and this one are two of her photographs:
As I mentioned before, this is the year of change. I’ve signed up for a role in a play, I’m entering in the Spar 10km Woman’s Race, I am planning a hike and a few other things that are going to make this year interesting! Somehow I have also agreed to do the 21km Two Oceans next year….. this from a couch potato…..
I feel happier and more like me than I have in a while. I dress more like I want to and the holiday I recently had with my family has really helped to recharge my batteries and ground me again! I am on a diet and although I cheat now and then (cough cough) I’ve lost 2.8kg and I hope to be a specific weight for my birthday! All this exercise, namely Zumba, has also made me feel better about how I look. It is also a fun bonding thing for B and I as we do it together! She knows how to wiggle her legs and even has a favorite song now!
I have also changed a few things regarding B and we are going from strength to strength! She is growing up so fast and I love her more than anything in the world! I looked at her the other day and thought “Where has the time gone, you are growing up so quickly?” Super cutey pie!
It is also the year that I am no longer going to be taking shit from people and I have cut out one or two people that I felt I didn’t need to be around as they were not adding any value to my life. I’m very easy going but when you have crossed my line, please do not pass go and do not let the door hit you on the ass as you leave it. With one person, my tolerance has been pushed to the limit and I am done!
Well little blog, I’m off to bed, tomorrow is going to be another crazy day at the office and I need to bake a chocolate cake for a friend when I get home…lead me not into temptation…but I said I would so I will pretend that the caramel treat is made of slime and deliver the cake to him with all of it on. Ok so I promise to try! Heehee!
HI! My name is Abbi (“Hi Abbi”). It’s been (insert crazy bad number here) days since I last blogged. Right, cracking fingers and checking supplies: coffee –check, comfy bed- check, thinking what I should tell you about-radio edit!
I haven’t been blogging for a while as I have been really busy with work and playing with B, correction, I have been writing them but just not posting them as they seemed to be my way of releasing tension and some were slightly explicit. And then something weird happened!
I took the day off work on B’s bday and took her to this local animal farm that we like to go to. B made friends with a little boy and they began to play. His dad, mom and I started chatting and after about two hours we got onto the topic of what we do for a living and the mom, Alison mentioned that she has a children’s skincare range. When she mentioned the name of her company I nearly fell on my back! Her company is Kiddiekix and I had actually spoken to her via email AND reviewed her products before!!! If this wasn’t a sign then I don’t know what is! She encouraged me to start writing again as she had always enjoyed my posts. This got me thinking about other blogs that I had followed where the blogger just stopped writing and how I always wondered what happened to them.
So a little update on the world of Abbi and B:
B is now 4 (where has the time gone) and seems to get prettier and more clever as she gets older! She has also lost her first tooth and the tooth fairy came to visit us!
I’ve grown my hair and it is the longest since it has been since I was 13 years old
Met some amazing new friends who I now love dearly
Auditioned for a play and got a very small role but it is a start! First time on stage since I was 18!
Have realized how broad my shoulders are with being strong
Have started a hardcover diet and I have lost 2kg so far (looks guiltily at the forbidden bowl of popcorn next to me the bed)
M is having a baby which is due on my bday and I CANNOT WAIT! Super super excited about the amazing little girl who is going to be entering my life….when they are older B can hook her up with the gents hehehehee
2015 is going to be the year of change and doing things slightly different and more blog post. They say a change is as good as a holiday, 2015 is going to be a shocker! This year, change is going to be banging on the front door, doing things slightly different and more blog posts 🙂
B and I saw a hippo in real life for the first time
This of course is a very quick and slightly small summary but hey, beggars can’t be choosers! And there will be more blog posts, don’t worry, mama got a plan! Like I said, 2015 is going to be the year of change!
This past month I have been going through so much and over the past few months been taking and taking things on that my body has said “Right, that’s enough now” and for the first time in a year and a half, I am man down and in bed with a upper chest infection! My bodies way of saying I have had enough and need to chill for a bit. I know my shoulders are broad and I have carried a lot but for now, I need to chill a bit.
One of the things that has helped put “the final nail in the coffin” as they say has been something that has been bothering me for a while but came to a head this week. There is a person that I used to hold in very high esteem in my life. Someone that I would turn to advice for and know that it can be trusted and that the person would have my best interests at heart despite what the situation was. Lately a word has started to surface in my head that at first used to be whispered when I thought of this person and now it is feels like someone is screaming it at me when I think of the person. The logical rational Abbi is standing on the one side of my head tapping her stiletto healed shoe and looking at me over her glasses saying “I told you so” while happy Abbi, who believes that there is good in everyone, is standing on the other with her hands over her eyes and has had a hard time believing it. So I got a second opinion and spoke to a impartial friend who deals with what is bothering me and she told me that I am justified in my actions and not over-reacting at all. So now I have my answer and both logical and happy Abbi are looking at the same word that is now a neon sign with an arrow pointing at the person’s name. So why does it bother me so? I think the illusion that I had that we were working towards a common goal and at some time the person would realise just how much I actually still do for them and have the decency to say thank you. I have realised that this “thank you” will never come and for the first time I am ok with that because of the word that is being shouted, it proves it. I suppose in some ways we are working towards a common goal but I feel more like I am being pushed to accept something that in actual fact, I don’t need to. My close friends know that I am a very easy going person and will take and take and take but when I have had enough, I will draw the line between myself and someone and the chances of them coming back over it are slim.
I have had to learn this past week that there comes a time when enough is enough and no amount of threats can justify another’s actions. We are each responsible for our own actions and I will base my decisions on protecting myself and B. I am her role model and I will be accountable for my actions one day and I’ve got us this far so I can get us further. I am tired of bending over backwards for other people and I have realised that I can be a very stubborn woman when I set my mind on something. The logical Abbi is saying “Draw the line and lets get this over with, enough” and the happy Abbi has been saying “No, just give the perso one more chance, the person isn’t (insert shouting word)” but as mentioned before, both are looking at the same word now.
Phew! Ok so I feel so much better for getting that out of my system! Some how writing always makes me feel better! I have also become addicted to the movie Divergent, based on the book by Veronica Roth and I have a Pinterest Board if you would like to see the FAB pictures of Theo James (swoon, wipe off drool from mouth) and the amazing cast. I even have the soundtrack on my phone so I’m listening to it as I write this! J Watch the movie when you can! It is really worthwhile and will teach you a lot about fears, despite all the yummy eye candy! I will write a blog post about it a bit later this week 😉
Most people love a good music festival and what is there not to love? Music, camping, great food and bands. Well there is a festival that I found out about called the Greenpop Platbos Forest Festival and it combines the above mentioned and some good old saving the environment!
The festival aims to help reconnect people with nature and promote reforestation. “Ultimately, Greenpop Platbos Reforest Fest combines a strong reforestation effort with the fun and entertainment of a music festival, using the opportunity of staying in a magical forest to inspire participants. Camping is in the ancient forest (the part that remains intact) and the planting happens on the edge that has been deforested for cultivation over the decades, “says Lauren O’Donnell
The Reforest Fest will take place over two weekends in May and caters for families with kids – the Family Fest from 9-11 May. At the Family Fest, they’ll be planting 3000-4000 trees in the ancient Platbos Forest just outside of Gansbaai, as well as fun and educational forest activities for all ages. Tree planting, forest dancing, and a night under the stars! I think it could be a lot of fun! The Friends Fest (with a bit more of a Saturday night party vibe) from will run from 16-18 May.
The bands that will be performing are the following:
Family Fest (weekend of 9, 10, 11 May – Mother’s Day)
You can buy tickets from Ticket Web and includes 6 meals from Friday supper to Sunday lunch (for both festivals), live bands, walks and even yoga! And it is good for the environment as you will be helping to plant a tree! For more info see Greenpop’s Facebook page
Finding things to do with kids can sometimes be a bit of a mission, especially if you have been to all the usual places and if you have kids of different ages! B and I found an event that we CAN’T wait to go to!
This weekend, at Wild Clover Farm in Stellenbosch, there is a wonderful Festival called the FamFest which is geared to both adults and kids! For kids there is A LOT of entertainment including jumping castles, petting farm, face painting, balloon sculpturing, roaming magician, kids movies and interactive dance sessions brought to you by Jelly Bean Events – specialists in kids entertainment and events. They also have tight security and labelled write bands which is always good in case your little one gets distracted and runs off! There will also be inflatable things for kids to use up all their energy and I plan on taking extra clothes for B, just in case!
For parents, live music, yummy food and a fully stocked bar! They also have tight security and labelled write bands which is always good in case your little one gets distracted and runs off! There will be medics on site as well as FamFest child-minders in case Mom and Dad need a break.
Here is some of the activities planned:
Small Petting Farm – 10am until 4pm
Tractor rides – 15 mins ride (with a possibility of seeing some ‘Game’!)
10 x inflatables – 10am to 4pm
Face Painting – 3 hours – from 11:30am until 2:30pm
Balloon sculpturing – 3hours – from 11:30am until 2:30pm
Roaming magician (60 mins) from 1pm-2pm
Interactive Dance Sessions by JellyBean Events (30 mins) from 11:30am until 2:30pm
Hula Hooping session (30 mins) at 2:00pm on main stage
Live music by Boomslang Alley, K, Ray & The Bird, Simon van Gend, Andy Lund and Paint Club – from 10:30am all the way through until 4pm
Tickets: R60 per person available from http://www.quicket.co.za/events/4622-famfest/. Kids under 2 get in free. Please note that food & drink are not included in the ticket price and Sand Art will cost R20 for those wanting to get creative!
But wait, one lucky person can win 5 tickets to the FamFest! How? Like their Facebook page and tell them that Baby Bugs ‘n Berries sent you! Winners will be notified on Thursday 10 March 2014 and winners announced on 11 March 2014. Refer a friend too for an extra credit! Hope to see you there!
Today I went out for supper with some friends (B is at her dad’s house) and having had 3 cappuccinos today, I can’t sleep! Buts not a bad thing, it just means I’m in a thinking mood and my nails have benefited as they were done while watching a movie! Heehaw one of those nights. People have been asking me when another blog post is going to be coming but I have written so many in my head lately that I figured I should write some of this down!
I made a friend a while ago and we have been speaking about a lot of subjects of late and one is work. I realize that I have become ambitious again. I have a plan that I am working on and although it won’t be overnight, I am going to get somewhere. My career is starting to take off again and although my job isn’t the most stress-free, I am learning so much and having to use the brain God gave me, that I can see a way forward for B and I. I am also starting to enjoy all the different projects that I run and I like the way that things are going forward. This includes you little blog, you are going to be getting some more blogs on a regular basis and I will start to work on the hard plan that I had set out for you! My following on Pinterest is growing by the day and I find get a fright when I see how many of my blog posts are getting repined! J Go Baby Bugs Go!
The other thing that he also helped me to realize is that sometimes what you see isn’t always what you get. He is what they call a “Realist” and funny enough; the man has made me see through a few funny situations. This has been quite a different concept for me as I am a, for a lack of a better word, “Dreamist” and my eyes have been slowly going open. Now don’t misunderstand me, I still believe in love and the beauty of things but for the first time in my life, I don’t just trust people at face value, I look closer first. This doesn’t mean that I have mistrust in people but I don’t just offer up my heart on my sleeve anymore. Do I still daydream, oh hell yeah. Am I working on what T told me to do, jip everyday! Do I still read a book now and then and go to a far away land, you better believe it. I think that I am just starting to see what is real again because I have had so many things around me in the past few months that haven’t been.
The past few months have been so different. When B is away, my calendar is full and when she is with me, especially on weekends, we always seem to get invited somewhere or doing something. Even if it is just going for breakfast at Spur, just the two of us and sharing the breakfast special that they have. One of my best friends is also home from Miami and I have missed him dearly. It has been so great to spend time with him again.
I think it’s time that I set a few goals again for myself, like real attainable ones that are going to have to be completed at a certain date. Hmm watch this space, they are coming! P.S, one is to start blogging more!
Today was my birthday and I had one of the most amazing birthdays that I have had in a while. I took the say off work, was pampered, and went for coffee with friends and supper with Bella and co. yes a few other things in between but the day was so amazing! I had over 100 people say “Happy Birthday” on Facebook and leave me wonderful messages. I received calls and watsup messages; some people changed their bb statuses to pictures of me and wrote the loveliest things about me. And I realised that the saying is true, “What you feel on the inside will start to show on the outside”. I am happy! I really am happy at the moment and yes I have a day or two where I get frustrated but I am actually starting to really enjoy life again! I went shopping today with vouchers from this birthday and the last one and bought myself things that in the past I would have thought and though and thought about. I found the perfect pair of jeans that sit like a glove and my small bum even fits and there is no “poep-vanger” at the back! I have made so many new memories and people are commenting on how I look, more carefree and sexier! I’m depending on me for my own happiness and finding sides of me that were asleep for some time! I don’t mind being alone! I can go to the movies by myself and eat popcorn and not have a care in the world for that time that I am in the theatre.
My daughter and I are bonding on so many levels and she is drawing the most amazing little pictures for me and we laugh more. I am seeing things from a different perspective and seeing so many things clearly for the first time. I am proud of what I have achieved. Today I feel 31 and I survived 30 and the bullshit that I went through. Watch this space, there is going to be so many new developments that it might make your head spin!
There comes a time in your life when you will come to a crossroad and though there are signposts indicating different directions, you will never really know what is down that road until you take the path. Sometimes you think you are going to end up with a chocolate sundae and instead you get a bowl of fruit. Though they have different flavours, essentially both are sweet. I have realised that what you think will break you and bring you to your knees, sometimes makes you realise how much strength you really have.
If you had told me that I would be in the place I am, within myself, 6 months ago, I would have told you that you are having a laugh or taking the mickey. I thought I was going to get the chocolate sundae and for a while I had that but now I have the fruit and you know what, I’m actually enjoying it and it isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I’ve gone from being a married woman with a partner to raise a child with to being a single mom trying to figure out how to do this alone. And I used to think that I would not make it. What the hell do I know about being a single mom but you know what, I’m doing a pretty good job! There are days when it seems a bit much and I think “what are you doing!!!” but then I look at B and I remember that we are there to learn from each other. This little munchkin has taught me so much over these past few months, as I have taught her. I realised that I am her chocolate sundae; I am the path that she was meant to go down. With guidance from above, I have somehow managed to get us through the divorce and life after it, with help from people who love us. I have a little girl that people comment on how clever she is and how grown up she is but she is still a little child who loves to swim with her mom, ride her bike, build puzzles and who now takes turns with me to read stories to each other. This amazing little girl who loves to wear her “ballerina” skirt and loves to cuddle up with me is in essence, my chocolate sundae. She has my heart and will always not matter what. I’ve taught her how to say “sorry” and if we have a disagreement about something, she will say sorry and put her little arms around me and tell me how much she loves me so I must be doing something right.
It is my birthday in about 10 days and I will be turning 31. That figure just makes me think of being over the hill but 31 is not 30. I survived being 30. I had a year with parts that will never be repeated but some very good parts too. I made new friendships, learnt so much about myself and found parts of me that I didn’t know existed. 31 is a year filled with goals to achieve, races to walk, mountains to climb and a few other things that I plan to do before the year is finished. As one friend says, I can be pretty stubborn and I plan on achieving these goals and doing them well because the only person that can stop me from doing them is myself. I have soooo much to be grateful for and there is so many adventures that are still going to be made.
2014 will be the year of change and 31 will be nothing but a number in the scheme of things but these two numbers are going to symbolise great things that are to come. Watch this space!
Today two things happened to me that have changes my perspectives/perspective on so many things and I believe that they could not have come at a better time. The one involved cousins of mine that I saw today who are here due to the most horrific situation that they found themselves in and another was 3 quotes that I read.
Their situation was of life and death and as I looked at their children I realised how silly and trivial some things that have been happening in my life have been. I am a firm believer in that people come into your life for a reason and go again when they have fulfilled their purposes. These two showed me exactly that! I think that God sent them to teach me a lesson and boy oh boy am I listening!
The other was 3 quotes that I read and to tell you the truth, once I had read them, it was like a light bulb had gone on. I didn’t realise what they meant at first but once I read them again, it was like they were burned into my memory. They made me realise a few things and I think that I have a few more things to think about but wow! I needed them! For the past few weeks I have been feeling like something is going to happen but could not put my finger on it. Each day has had me looking and wondering what it is that date is because something is going to happen and maybe today, 21 December 2013 is exactly that day!
I am so looking forward to the New Year and I can’t wait for the new things that are going to happen. Change is good and well I can tell you everything, rest assured that 2014 will not be a repeat of 2013. Keep an eye out for my “to do list”, you might be surprised!
Hello little blog! I have missed you and I am sorry that I have been so quiet but so much has been happening in my life that I was scared that if I started writing, I would not stop and your page would be filled with a million thoughts.
So much has happened since I last wrote to you. Some of them have been good, some have been bad and some have smashed my little heart into pieces. But I’ve picked the pieces up, taped them back together and tried hard not to show how it hurts. I am stronger than I think and boy has that been tested this year! It has been a few months of rainbows and storm clouds!
Since we last spoke, I have done the Impi Challenge 2013,and our theme was Spyder Pigs all 12km of it and made it through pretty reasonably considering I didn’t manage to get as fit as I thought! I crawled under barbed wire, crawled through a sewerage pipe that had water in, jumped off a 3m ledge into a freezing dam and I finished the race! I did it! Little old couch potato over here did it for me!
B is getting older and I threw a party for her at her school this year and she was so happy that I was there that she refused to allow me to sit anywhere else but right next to her and kept smiling at me and saying “My Mommy is here” and telling all the other children! My baby is 3 now and her birthday was quite hard for me but I made sure that my princess knew that she was loved by everyone around her and gave up a few things so that she could have a weekend that she would remember. I don’t know where the time has gone.
She also went for her first ad for a catalogue and I was sooo proud of her! She was so good and listened to the people. My little princess is turning into a little girl and although it still breaks my heart when she hurts or curls into my lap and needs an extra cuddle when she is sad, we have gotten to the point where she will tell me how she feels. Getting her dressed in the mornings has become extra interesting as she now wants a say in what she wears so some days she does go to school with shoes that don’t match her outfit but I am teaching her how to make choices for herself. Sometimes it’s still hard doing this by myself but I have a great support system that love us dearly and gives me guidance.
The past few months people have played with my emotions, played me against other people, tried to use me as a pawn and this has been very very hard for me. People made choices and broke my heart but I have learnt some very hard lessons, things that I never thought that they would be forced to do. Some days it makes me very sad but you know what little blog, I am working with it step by step and when it feels like I don’t have any more strength, I look at my little girl and I remember what her name means (“God’s promise”) and I remember that I am not alone. I’ve had to deal with things that I would not wish on my worst enemy but have found strength in her, my friends and most of all my family. When it gets too much for me I remember who was has been there and I love each and every one of them with more than they will ever know.
So what I am trying to say little blog, is that I am back, I won’t leave you alone again because I think you need me as much as I need you. 2014 is going to be an amazing year and together we will get through this. Thanks to all the people that send emails or tweets asking how I am, you are amazing and all your prodding has reminded me that I need to write, if not only for me but for those of you who seem to not feel so alone by my writing. You are never alone! Always remember that! So here is to the end of 2013 and the Christmas season and to the start of an amazing 2014.
This mama is going on a date today with a guy that I have never met but been speaking to for a while. I am so flipping excited, nervous and going through so many emotions as this is the first date with a “normal” guy that I am going on in over 8 years!
Last night was a scurry of dying hair, plucking, filing, face masks and what seems like a 100 other things that we girls do! Today I have just about thrown out my whole wardrobe, got dressed what seems a million times to find the right outfit and finely found “The Outfit” that is sexy, doesn’t look like I’ve made too much effort but just enough , the right shoes (thank you shoe fetish friends) and the peanut gallery says I look hot! Ok so now I just have to breathe and be “normal”.
This is one of those times that I wish I had read all those articles in Cosmo about single girls and dating, but I never had the need to! I did read through this month’s addition again, just as a refresher but how the hell am I supposed to be all “cool calm and collected”. The dating game is so much different from when I started! Shit! Now a day’s people meet in random ways and I am starting to think this is one of them! What if I don’t get along with him or he turns out to be really creepy!?
Taking a deep breath, thinking of this as an adventure and hey, I get to drink yummy coffee and meet someone new. I’m not thinking long term here or that we gonna get married or anything, it’s just coffee! But he is cute and 33 so he can’t be too creepy? Right? He seems normal! I am laughing out loud at myself as I write this. After all, what is the worst that can happen? I like him and go for another coffee/dinner/movie or I don’t, write it off as experience and learn from it!
Well, I am off to go and get dressed, will be meeting him soon so can’t be late! Been working on my times lately so not as late with things as I used to be. Wish me luck and hold thumbs! I am a hot mama and I can do this! Breathe in and out! hehehehehehe