24 July 2014

As a qualified teacher and a mom of two (especially of a busy, talking and interactive toddler), I am always looking for new, fun and exciting games, toys and educational activities to excite SJ with.

I've recently come across the genius idea that is 

Mysmartkid is a play-based educational programme targeting 0-6 year-olds. By focusing on your child’s development through the use of age-appropriate toys, tools and activities, Mysmartkid promotes school readiness with its integrated early childhood development (EDC) offering.
The programme aims to cut through the clutter of toys, information and well-meaning ‘advice’ that overwhelm many new and expectant parents. Designed by a panel of leading experts, this exciting new subscription-based service offers convenience, value-for-money and a timesaver all in one.  
The childhood development experts, from occupational and play therapists to child psychologists, have been closely involved in the development of the programme and their professional insights and expertise will be a source of trust and assurance for parents everywhere. 

What is it all about?
Mysmartkid is based on the principle that play-based activities are the optimal medium of brain development and learning in the 0-6 age group. Several key age-appropriate milestones are naturally reached during this period of intensive growth and development, and Mysmartkid aims to maximise and enrich this process through its interactive, engaging and stimulating programme.
For busy, working parents, one of the added benefits of the programme is the peace of mind of knowing that your child’s play time is targeted towards his/her development – and that your child is reaching his/her milestones at the right time.

How does it work?
New members subscribe to the Mysmartkid subscription programme for a 12-month period, thereafter it continues on a month to month basis. On joining, you’ll receive welcome gifts of a kiddies’ backpack (valued at R175) and an exclusive parent handbook written by an occupational therapist taking you step-by-step through your child’s ECD milestones.

Every two months, members receive a Smartbox of curated toys and activities for your child, delivered free of charge anywhere in South Africa. Smartbox in hand, all that’s left for you to do is unpack the box, learn how to use the goodies and then introduce them to your child – and play, play play! Every Smartbox is accompanied by a full-colour parent guide packed with relevant advice and information from our experts, as well as guidelines for using the materials. Members will also receive a monthly email newsletter jam-packed with additional information, advice and activities.

The programme groups children into the following age groups: 0-1 years; 1-2 years; 2-3 years; 3-4 years; 4-5 years; and 5-6 years. When registering, members are required to fill in their child’s age (you can register more than one child and each child will have his/her own account).  On the child’s birthday the system will automatically move the subscription up to the next age range.

As a Mysmartkid subscriber, you’ll have member login access to the website programme’s free information, expert advice and additional information – as well as exclusive member-only discounts through the Mysmartkid online shop. The expert panel of child development experts, psychologist and play therapists continually assess and update the programme to ensure it remains current and relevant in accordance with the latest developments in early learning studies.

What does it cost?
Mysmartkid has a subscription fee of R295 every two months in advance with free delivery within South Africa. Payment can be made via debit order, credit card or EFT payment.

How can I sign up?
There are 3 easy ways to join Mysmartkid.
               Sign up at              
Call on 0861 555 224

Find and follow Mysmartkid at:
Blog: Mysmartkid
Facebook: Mysmartkid
Twitter: @Mysmartkid
Pinterest: MysmartkidSA

Sign up to Mysmartkid today - it’s an invaluable investment in your child’s future and as quick and easy as child’s play! 

I can't wait for my first package to arrive - a blog post to follow. A few of my favourites on the online shop:

*This was not a sponsored post, all views and opinions are my own*

The Blogmopolitan Quiz: Round 3

23 July 2014

Look what I found over at Two Thirds Hazel...
The Blogmopolitan Quiz: Round 3

Just a little bit of fun - join in and link up with Erin

EN - Month 2

Month 2:

Weight: 4kgs

Height: 52cm

Clothing size: Finally fitting into newborn clothing

Diaper size: Size 1 

Feeding: 120mls (every 3 hours) We are following a daily schedule of 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and demand feeding at night - she is waking once a night at 2am to feed.

Sleep: She is sleepign well during the day, after each feed. And she is sleeping from 7pm - 2am, has a feed and then 3am - 6am. 

Milestones: She is doing really well - she focuses her eyes and follows objects. She responds to noise and has a partial head lag. She is desperately trying to smile and coo.

Loves: She loves her pink cherry dummy and refuses any other. She adores her big sister and can just stare and smile at her. She now loves her bath too.

Dislikes: Just like her big sister, she seems happy and content at most things. She isn't a fan of a moving car stopping - traffic lights and stop streets are not her thing!

Adventures: Still no big adventures for our little tot but there are a few planned soon so watch this space! She spent her first morning alone with Nana and was such a good girl.

Mommy and Daddy could not get through the month without: An angel big sister in SJ. We are so grateful that she has taken to being a big sister so well - she is so loving and gentle with her baby sister, always wanting and willing to help. She has shown no signs of jealousy or being possessive and demanding. We are so proud of her.

See SJ's Month 2 here.

*Monthly pictures taken by the beautiful and talented Bron from Vanilla Photography*

Features: SJ's Farm Party

22 July 2014

SJ's 2nd farmyard birthday party was featured on 
Lovilee and our talented photographer, Heather Fitchet's blog.
Take a look...

Would you rather...

21 July 2014

My sweet blogging friend, Gaelyn from Heart of Iron tagged me in this fun, interesting and sometimes down right gross post and a manic, sickly Monday calls for a light hearted post like this... Enjoy!

Would you rather...

1. Would you rather have unbearable BO that only you can smell, or that everyone but you can smell?
I am quite happy to smell terrible and save myself the embarrassment and possible social outcast of smelling bad to the general public - this is one of my greatest fears too!

2. Would you rather never go on the internet again or only ever eat kale for the rest of your life?
This is a tough one because I hate kale but the upside is I would be skinny and healthy. And the internet is pretty darn important these days...

3. Would you rather spend your life with no genitals but you get to wear pants, or have genitals but never wear pants?
Ummm, give me the genitals any day!

4. Would you rather find true love or win the lottery?
True love... Definitely! That is a no brainer - there is no better feeling than true love. And money doesn't buy you much in the love department...

5. Would you rather be rich and famous for starring in a reality show that everyone laughs at, or be poor and unknown but become world famous for your art after you die?
I don't know about this - I'm not a reality TV fan and I mock those ridiculous socialite "celebs" so I'm not keen to join that club but my art sucks...

6. Would you rather have thick hair all over your body, or no hair at all?
No hair at all!! Why do we even have hair (except for our heads and eyebrows?) Happy with a wig if there is no other waxing involved!

7. Would you rather eat a dog once, and then be able to eat whatever you want for the rest of your life, or never eat a dog but be vegan forever?
Can't imagine eating a pup but I'm sure some countries make delicacies out of them - and maybe I would if I didn't know it was dog?! Vegan forever is quite extreme!

8. Would you rather be 2 feet tall or 9 feet tall?
9 feet tall

9. Would you rather accidentally send your dad a nude selfie, or receive a nude selfie from your dad? 
This is gross! But I could delete this quite fast but would die if I sent him one...

10. Would you rather be happy and ignorant or somber and incredibly intelligent?
Happy and ignorant.

11. Would you rather save the life of the person you love, or save the lives of 10,000 strangers?
Save the life of the person I love - a very selfish decision...

12. Would you rather never shower again or never brush your teeth again?
Flip, these get tougher and tougher. I think I would die from either... I could try use powder on a dirty body and mouth wash or mints for my teeth?!

13. Would you rather be a famous actor or an elusive billionaire?
Possibly an elusive billionaire as I would prefer to  be out of the limelight and be followed by the paparazzi every day!

14. Would you rather be killed by the sting of a million tiny ants, or suffocated inside one giant python? 
I would prefer to go quickly so probably the python but this does nothing for my intense fear of snakes!!

15. Would you rather have your house burn down, but get insurance 8 times the value of your home and contents, or not have it burn down at all?
No fire at all - I love my home and everything that is in it - so much that is irreplaceable and has no value!

16. Would you rather eat chocolate that tastes like shit, or shit that tastes like chocolate?
This is disgusting - I don't want anything that resembles s&*t!

17. Would you rather know the exact date and time your life will end, or the exact date and time your loved ones life will end?
My own life - to prepare myself and possibly those around me as well as live each day to the fullest. I think losing someone else can never have enough preparation so I would rather not know...

18. Would you rather be profoundly unhappy but achieve brilliant things, or be content your whole life but contribute nothing to society?
I am happy to be content and not contribute towards society - I am quite an ostrich who digs my head into the sand anyway... Not a fan of achieving brilliant things in the public eye. Happiness is way more important!

19. Would you rather be able to fly or be able to breathe under water?
Breathe under water - I'm not a great fan of heights but I love the water...

20. Would you rather fight off 100 rat sized horses, or one horse sized rat?
That big a## rat would eat me for breakfast but those tiny horses are going to kick the daylights out of me - I'm going to lose either way!

What were some of your answers? Were they quite different to mine? I would love to hear them! I tag the following bloggers to answer these 20 questions now:
Kez from Midlands Musings
Che from indieberries
Stephanie from Southern Mess
Katie from Keep Calm and Carry On

Happy Monday


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