Thursday, 27 June 2013

Party packs

I'm one of those mom's that secretly swears under my breath at mommy's that give party packs to go home. I mean the kids have stuffed their faces with sweeties at the party, and now i have to fight them off more, while they are on a sugar high. Admittedly I hide party packs away from my kids if they happen to fall asleep on the way home, I pretend they never existed. I'm going to get to a point where I cant do this anymore though I know.

Coel's 2nd birthday party is on the 6th - shock horror - my middle baby is turning 2, I can't believe it :(...

I've decided that since I have enough sweets for the party to have the kids buzzing, I can't be one of those mom's I don't like and I have made these little packs instead.


Play dough, i use the recipe below - its quick easy and makes relatively no mess.

1 cup - Flour
1/4 Cup - Salt
2 Tsp - cream of tartar
1TBS - Oil
1 Cup - Water
1 bag of powdered cold drink (or about a 1/4 bottle of sweeto)

Put all the ingredients in a pot and cook over a medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring continuously. The dough forms a ball. Tip the ball out and knead it. Put it in a plastic bag and store in the fridge.

Easy as pie.

I got little lunch boxes to put the different colours in, and cookie cutters at china mall.

Each little party pack ended up costing me less than R 5 to make.

Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Another little project

As a mom to 3, shopping is a nightmare. We regularly make use of trolley's, out of necessity. But that trolley seat just always looks so uncomfortable and I'm not proud to admit it, but both my boys have fallen out of a shopping trolley, that small instant when you turn your back to get something off the shelf, and they tried to get out... Then....

I've looked around for a "Trolley pouch" with no success, they are either only available overseas, or they are just far to expensive. This got me thinking, what if I made something like that? Something reasonably priced, with restraints that can fit onto any trolley easily.

So I did....

I don't know what to call it yet and that's where you come in, I'll be giving away a unisex "Trolley pouch" to the mom who comes up with the best name for it.

The trolley pouch features, a lap restraint, a clip to secure it to any trolley, a pocket for keys, cellphone or wallet, a toy loop. It's cushioned for comfort, machine washable and will be reasonably priced at R280 each.

My almost 4 year old sits comfortably in it to. 

Here's how to enter,

1. Comment with your name idea below
2. Retweet the link and include my twitter handle @Toppiesevrou

Easy as pie.

I'll choose a winner by the end of June.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Amazing Grace says thank you

On Saturday, we did the first drop of #1for1blankets at The Amazing Grace Childrens Home in Eikenhof. The kids were so happy and Grace just asked me to please once again say thank you to everyone that made a contribution to the project. Its winter time and the kids really needed the blankets.

We chatted to Grace and one of the older kids from the home, they showed us around. Prof the older kid, just said the biggest thing that made a difference to him growing up, was constant people. Some people come and do something for the home and then you never see them again. But the one's that visited regularly showed him that someone actually cares about him and where he ends up. We're going to make a plan to go visit at least once a month and take the kids to play.

You can get in touch with Amazig Grace at

or through me -

Thank you once again to each and every person who made a conrtibution, also to my mom for helping me to make all these blankets. What would I do without you?

Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

My Coffee Machine

It may sound a little selfish, but as a mom you always put your kids first. You rather buy things for them than yourself. When I walk into a shop with a little extra money, my first question to myself is what do the kids need? What do we need for the house.

Very seldom do I actually walk into a shop and say to myself, I would like to buy That for me.
This weekend I has a bee in my bonnet and really wanted to buy something for myself. The one thing I hate to do, more than washing bottles, more than changing poo bums, I hate making coffee. Toppie always jokes that there's only 2 days a year I'll ever make him coffee, his birthday and Fathers day. Toppie actually bings me tea in bed every morning. I'm spoilt I know. Its true though ever since I was a kid, I've hated making coffee.

So on sunday after umming and aaaahing about which coffee machine to spend money on, we found an instant coffee machine, you put the powder stuff in the top, once a month or so, pour some milk into the cup, put the cup in place and push a button, out comes Cappucino etc. I love it.

It's ok to be a little selfish sometimes and spend some of your hard earned money on yourself I guess.

Isn't she beautiful??? I call her "Happy" - because not making coffee, but getting it, makes me happy.

Cheers vir Eers
- Toppie se Vrou

Happy birthday to you

When Calum turned 2, he'd only just started school, Coel was barely a month old, and we didnt think he understood a "Birthday" yet. So we had a party at school, the school made a big deal to sing to him, all the kids made him a Birthday crown and we sent party packs. Since Calum and I share a birthday - its also hard sometimes to do one for him and one for me every year.

Coel turns 2 next month, and this little man is already singing "Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday to you" everytime we see a cake. So we've decide little man needs a 2nd birthday party.

The planning has started, invites went out yesterday to most of the parents, and I seem to be breaking my "no more than 10 Children in total rule". So far im on 13 invited and I've only invited from school so far.

Coel is crazy about Madagascar 3, we watch "Circus" regularly. So naturally we've decided on a Circus theme, popcorn, candy floss, toffee apples etc. Lets see what I manage to come up with by then.

Here's the invite for now - I've blocked out all important things. (I dont like paper invites as you can see)

Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

Monday, 3 June 2013

I couldn't put you down...

I've only just put you down in your cot, you're usually fast asleep by 7. I watched you sleep in my arms tonight, I cried the whole time. Trying to understand how anyone could ever do such a horrible thing to their precious gift, their blessing, the best thing that could ever happen to them.

I went and tucked your brothers in, kissed them both on the head and my heart cried a little more. How can someone do such a thing??? The tears still streaming down my face.

Today I heard about a little girl, just older than you, about Coel's age, just younger than Calum, who's mommy and daddy just left her, alone and afraid for 3 days. They didn't feed her, or change her bum, they didn't cuddle or hug her or give her kisses goodnight, they just disappeared. I can't imagine how scared she was, how alone, how hungry or cold. The neighbors say they heard her crying, then it stopped, she must have fallen asleep from sheer exhaustion, and when she woke to no-one there she just started crying again. How can anyone abandon a baby girl as beautiful as you, as vulnerable and new as you? What were they thinking? 

When I leave home you and you're brothers are all I think about! I wonder if you cried when I left and if Mary was able to calm you, if you are sleeping, if you ate all you're food. I miss you terribly when I'm not with you. It's because I love you so very very much. I would do anything for you, for your brothers. 

Sometimes you make me angry, but I will never leave you. I will never ever ever leave you. You are my world, my heart, I think it broke into 3 parts, and the parts of my heart walk around in 3 little bodies. I will protect you no matter what. I will love you to the ends of the earth and even further than the sun. 

I want to fetch this little girl, and give her some of the overflow love from my heart, the extra love that comes because my heart is so full of love because of you and your brothers. I want to give her hugs and kisses and loves and cuddles, but tonight I couldn't do that. I could hold you in my arms and look at your beautiful face and think of how much I love you, how much her parents should love her and how stupid they are not to. I'm so angry at them, how could they do that to such a precious gift. How could someone be so selfish and irresponsible with such a precious being, a life entrusted to them to nurture and love. 

I couldn't put you down tonight. I cried as I watched you sleep.