Poppet Post subscription and once-off boxes

Poppet Post review by The Mommy CityThis is not my first feature of the kids subscription box Poppet Post. There have however been a few changes in the last 2 years which are worth mentioning. Poppet Post now offers two options: a subscription box and a selection of once-off boxes. The subscription box is now sent bi-monthly, filled with items such as above, tailored to your child’s age. Each box has a different theme, and we received a farm yard puzzle, reading book, sticker book, felt animals and mat, paint with stamps and a pig poster to cover with muddy paint spots. Along with the toys, is an explanation of what’s in your box and how to make the best use of the items with your kids. Poppet Post have been sending out boxes for a few years now, which means they are doing something right and have a number of happy customers.

Features:

  • Subscription boxes are tailored with age-appropriate toys and activities for 0-5 years.
  • Subscription boxes are sent every 2 months, with free delivery.
  • Poppet Post Baby Shower Box - The Mommy CityOnce-off boxes are great for sending to family and friends when you are unable to attend a baby shower or party. Poppet Post will select the items and deliver the gift direct, which couldn’t be easier and an affordable option from R249 – R299 a box.
  • Once-off boxes include a baby shower box, gift box, travel box and holiday activities box (perfect for handing to the grandparents when you drop them off for a play date).

Order via their website http://www.poppetpost.co.za or email Sue at info@poppetpost.co.za for more information. You can take a peek into the latest boxes by browsing the photos on their Facebook page.

The Yellow Plate

The Yellow Plate review by The Mommy CityWhat I enjoy about the school run and driving around town for errands, is listening to Cape Talk radio. It’s my way of keeping current with the news and conversations that are going on at the time. It’s also strangely relaxing too. So I was driving one day, listening to an interview with Nikki Bush all about family rituals. Nikki is an international speaker, best selling author and you will also recognise her as the parenting expert on SABC3’s Expresso show. She was discussing the importance of establishing family rituals and whether big or small, how they become part of the fabric of family life.

Nikki shared an amusing story of how she wanted to make a celebration plate which is used by a family member at dinner time if they have achieved something great that day. The celebration plate could be used by her son after winning a sports match or improving on his spelling test, or by her husband after receiving a promotion. Extended family and friends could also eat off the special plate if they too had achieved something – whether small or big – to celebrate. It’s not to be used everyday, but when the family think it is deserving. She sent her design off to be made at a pottery house, but when it came back, the colour was a funny brown shade that she disliked. She wanted to get rid of it and replace it with a new, prettier version, but her sons protested. Despite its colour, it had already given meaning to their family rituals and could not be replaced. So on special occasions, the family pulls out the not-so-pretty plate, and acknowledges their accomplishments in a small but very meaningful way. Nikki goes on to discuss more ideas for creating family rituals in her blog post on her website.

This story of family rituals stuck with me, and I couldn’t help but smile when Kids Emporium gave me my own tradition plate at a recent blogger event. This family tradition plate is a much prettier yellow and has all the same sentiments of creating family rituals, celebrating a job well done, a birthday or even Mother’s Day. This is such a lovely gift not only for your own family, but for friends and family to create their own traditions too. So whether an ugly brown homemade plate, or The Yellow Plate which is available at Kids Emporium stores, bring more meaning into mealtimes by creating family traditions for your special day.

Four Ingredients Family Meal

4 ingredient family dinner with Mediterranean Delicacies by The Mommy CityLooking for a quick and easy dinner which your husband will love, your kids will eat and is even tastier served with a glass of red wine? This simple pasta dish requires only 4 ingredients, and since the Mediterranean Delicacies Cream Cheese Tricolore is so flavourful, I don’t even have to add seasoning. The great taste comes from the saltiness of the chorizo, with the combination of basil pesto, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts and cream cheese in the Tricolore. For extra flavour, drizzle a glug of olive oil and parmesan style cheese on top. You can make this dish in the same time as it takes to boil pasta, and you can substitute the chorizo and mushrooms, as long as you add the Tricolore as this is where the flavour and sauce comes from. If the kids prefer plain pasta (like mine), set aside some chorizo, mushrooms and pasta, before adding the Tricolore. Try it, and let me know if you really can make a delicious family meal with 4 ingredients.

4 ingredient family dinner with Mediterranean Delicacies by The Mommy City

Ingredients

  • 1 packet pasta, cooked as desired
  • chorizo sausage, sliced
  • punnet brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tub Mediterranean Delicacies Cream CheeseTricolore
  • Mediterranean Delicacies Grated Parmesan Style Cheese (optional)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (optional)

Method

Cook the pasta as per packet instructions.
Fry the mushrooms and chorizo in a pan. Once cooked, stir in the Tricolore and heat through. Combine the cooked pasta and sauce, and serve. Sprinkle parmesan style cheese as an optional extra.

Win a trip to New York with OREO

Win a trip to New York City with Oreo #letwonderout

You know how much I love a giveaway, and this one is a goodie! Open Up with OREO and you could win the Wonderfilled trip of your dreams…in New York City. You and 3 family members could be leaving on a jet plane to explore the iconic landmarks, world famous parks, wonder through historic neighbourhoods and above all else, visit the birthplace of OREO – the OREO Factory. Valued at R200 000 for your group of four, this could be your chance to experience 5 days and 4 nights in the Big Apple.

How can I win this fabulous prize for my family? Grab a 176g or 429g box of OREO before you enter, as you will need your barcode, and then click here. If you needed an excuse to buy OREOs, well here it is.

Win a trip to New York City with Oreo #letwonderout

Storytime Club

Storytime Club by The Mommy CityWhat is your child’s favourite book at the moment? Ours is The Gruffalo – because “He has knobbly knees, and turned-out toes, And a poisonous wart at the end of his nose.” I have lots of fun reading it aloud for Paige and Ethan, who pretend to get scared and hid away from The Gruffalo. Julia Donaldson is very talented. So, we were especially pleased when we received her other book ‘What the Ladybird Heard’, from Storytime Club, along with other age-appropriate reads for the kids.

What is Storytime? It’s a monthly subscription book club for kids, where they receive 3 story and activity books to enjoy and build up their own library. The books are delivered each month by courier, and the kids have the excitement of opening up their parcel, to see what surprises they have. Look at little Ethan below, chilling out on their reading cushion with his leg resting on his knee! Want to know more? Check out their website http://www.storytimeclub.co.za and Facebook page for more info.

Storytime Club by The Mommy City

Dress The Part

Whenever I browse a magazine, I look look through all the fashion, handbag choices and jewellery catalogues, and always pick out my favourite item. I ask myself if I have to choose just one, which one would it be? So you can imagine, I was more than a little keen when Superbalist asked if I would take part in their Dress The Part project. The challenge? Pick 5 dresses from their website for 5 different occasions. In some cases it was easy, for others it was a toss up between which dress I liked best. When I shop for clothes, I look for styles that suit my body shape, fabrics, cost, and if it fits within my mommy lifestyle.

Once you become a mom, your style changes. You opt for flats over heels, easy wear items that you don’t mind spit up, snot or finger paint all over, and possibly a nice dress for those odd days when someone has helped you get the kids ready so you have 5 minutes to put some makeup on and choose an outfit. Since we are passed the baby phase of parenting and into the toddler years, I can spend a little more time finding my style again, beyond jeans and a t-shirt. When picking a dress, I do look for longer length though to avoid any flashing of ‘mommy panties’ (not as large and beige as granny panties, but still the sensible cotton variety) as I bend over to pick up the kids.

My ‘mommy fashion’ advice is to stay away from voluminous wear or anything resembling maternity wear unless you are pregnant. From my experience, baggy doesn’t cover up your extra baby weight but accentuates it, and you will get asked when your next baby is due (or was that just me?). Opt for more tailored items and if you are going for loose fitting, ensure the outfit shows off your best features to keep it flattering. Here are my 5 dresses for 5 occasions.

Occasion/Wedding

Dress the Part with Superbalist by The Mommy CityI prefer to avoid black and white for weddings and daytime occasions, and opt for colours and patterns if I can. This Sissa Halterneck Dress in green is my first choice as an elegant and feminine dress. The mesh overlay hides any lumps and bumps, the length shows off the legs without being too short, whilst the beaded frame accentuates the shoulders. Wear with heels to elongate your legs, and take an extra pair of flats for garden events and hitting the dance floor in the evening (that’s if you can stay up that late with the kids).

Office

Dress the Part with Superbalist by The Mommy CityThe black and nude spotted combination works well in this Seal Dress by Vero Moda. The cinched-in waist helps to break up the dress and I especially like the full length arms for an office outfit.

Party

Dress the Part with Superbalist by The Mommy CityYou can’t go wrong with a little black dress (LBD) for a party and girls night out. Love that the light shines through the mesh overlay and the tailored bodice is flattering with chunky straps. The skirt is forgiving on the tummy and thighs, and shows off the legs at a nice knee length. Add in colour with shoes and accessories.

Day Adventure

Dress the Part with Superbalist by The Mommy CityI’m a navy and white stripes kinda gal, and add in leather accessories, and I’ve already bought it. The mid-length sleeves keep the chill off your arms when you are out and about on your kiddie adventures, and the scoop neckline is comfortable too. This is fitted, so chose underwear that helps flatten the tummy and avoid visible panty line (VPL).

Every Day

Dress the Part with Superbalist by The Mommy CityDid I not say I love navy? The Nava Rib Dress has a funky zip detail down the front, and ribbed crewneck detailing. I would wear this tunic dress with takkies for an everyday look. I did receive some good advice from a stylist to never wear plain white takkies – apparently screams ‘mommy look’ and not in a good way. Choose shoes with a funky pattern or colour detailing if you are going white.

So those are my 5 dresses for the Dress The Part challenge from Superbalist. What 5 dresses would you pick?

This post is sponsored by Superbalist

Drive organised with a car folder

King Price Accident FormMy husband had a bumper bash, nothing serious, but it was a reminder that accidents do happen. Touch wood it has never happened to me, but it does make you think about how you would handle the situation and who you would call. A while back I put my car insurance details on a slip of paper in my cubby hole, but since then it got crumpled up and eventually thrown away (which had a lot to do with a banana I forgot in the glove compartment, if only I could forget the memory of its liquified remains). I wanted to replace these details with an info sheet which is more comprehensive and most importantly, had an extra copy of my details which could be handed over to the other driver involved in the accident. By having all my details already written down, I could avoid delays at the scene of the accident, especially when the kids are in the car. I also know that I get flustered, and having everything on paper will help me keep calmer and I’m less likely to forget something important.

So here are my tips for putting together a folder for your car:

  • Download the King Price 2 page accident form free printable. Make two copies and fill one out in advance with your details to hand to the other driver, and leave a blank copy for you to fill out their details. Print an extra copy for in the event that there are more than two vehicles involved in the accident.
  • Download my free 3 page family medical information printable. In an emergency, you will have all your medical aid information and family history at the ready to hand over to emergency services. If you have one, include a copy of your medical aid card as well. These details are handy to have in the car anyway for emergency trips to the doctor or hospital.
  • Fill out the printables in pencil, that way if any of the details change, you can easily erase and amend.
  • To stop my papers from getting damaged (again), I bought an A5 plastic folder from my local stationery store which fits neatly in my car cubby hole. Now my papers are all safely kept together and I keep a pencil in there too so I have something handy to write with.

Should you get into an accident (and I really hope you don’t), what should you do next?

  • Drive organised with a car folder by The Mommy CityCall traffic services or ambulance if needed and stay safely buckled in the car whilst you wait.
  • Take photos of the accident, damage to the cars and licence plates with your phone or camera.
  • Ask the other driver(s) politely for their information, and avoid hostility if possible.
  • Don’t admit liability for the accident. Leave it to your car insurance company to handle the claim.
  • Report the accident in person within 24 hours at the police station or traffic department.
  • Make a claim with your car insurance company and they will require all the details about the accident and photographic evidence.

Now that you are feeling organised, how about downloading my free family folder printable and sort your car insurance documents away safely so you have them ready in the event of a claim. If you were ever to claim from insurance, your claim will be paid to the value of your car at the time of the accident. So even though you may have been paying insurance on a higher value, you still only get paid out the car’s actual worth. That’s why keeping track of your car’s value and adjusting your insurance regularly so you don’t pay excessive premiums is crucial. King Price do this for you, and decrease your premiums every month as the value of your car depreciates. At least that’s one admin task you don’t have to do and you save R8 each month, which over the long term, really adds up. Bonus! Let’s hope you never have to claim, but if something ever did happen on the roads, at least you are now prepared with your free printable and advice from King Price.

This is a sponsored post for King Price.

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