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Win a Paw Patrol Zoomer Marshall worth R2000!

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is: CHRIS L OOSTHUIZEN! Congrats. This is the true story of how I won the Mom of the Year Award. It started with an email from Just Fun Kidz, asking if Ryan and Oliver wanted to review the new Paw Patrol Zoomer Marshall on their YouTube channel, The Mighty Squish. And it ended, well… it hasn’t ended at all, really because the boys have been playing with their pet non-stop for weeks now. Even Travis the Lionheart has been curious about the pup that has been roaming the house!   If you’re looking for […]

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Death by Chocolate Cake, take four slabs of chocolate…

If you were a cake, what kind of cake would you be? I’d be this extra-chocolatey, super-dense dark chocolate Bundt cake! Because if you’re going to bake a chocolate cake, then this “light and fluffy” business will just not do. Death by Chocolate Cake Ingredients For the sponge 250g butter 1 tsp vanilla essence 1.5 cups of brewed coffee 2 x 80g slabs dark or milk chocolate 400g sugar 2 eggs 180g self-raising flour, sifted 20g cocoa, sifted   For the ganache 2 x 80g slabs dark or milk chocolate 3/4 cup of cream Splash of Tia Maria (optional)   […]

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Looking for a birthday present for the little squish in your life?

Sponsored post Finally, I have the answer to that question I see on Facebook all the time. “It’s my niece-nephew-godchild’s first birthday party, and I don’t know what to get as a present.” This is the answer: their first set of LEGO! Be the cool auntie or uncle and This is the answer: their first LEGO! Everyone wants to be the cool auntie or uncle, and buy their little squish some Lego. But then you go into the toy shop and look around and yup, it’s overwhelming. As a rule of thumb, you want to be buying the bigger blocks – […]

Something happened, and it’s changed the way I blog

I’ve been wanting to write this for a while because I feel like I owe some of my older readers an explanation. Explaining why this blog isn’t anything like the old There’s a Lionheart in our Bath Tub. If that name doesn’t mean anything to you, you can go ahead and skip this post. The old Stacey used to write gut-wrenching, soulful posts about raising a child with special needs. She was sarcastic, she was sad and lonely, and she spilled her guts all over the internet. People loved this spilling of guts. It made them feel like it was okay […]

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Soap, songs and footstools – the secrets to getting kids into the handwashing habit

Sponsored post Ryan: “Mom, how does that song go again?” Mom: “Top and bottom, top and bottom…” Ryan: “In between, in between. Rub your hands together, rub your hands together. “Now they’re clean, SQUEAKY clean.” If it’s not immediately obvious, we’ve been working on our handwashing habits in the Lionheart household this week. We learned a new song, and I bought one of those Dettol automatic soap dispensers – it’s a hit. In fact, it’s such a hit that I’ve had to use the Off switch a few times so that enthusiastic little hand-washers don’t use a month’s worth of […]

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99 bottles of beer (and pasta sauce and pickles) on the wall

Okay, it was more like 19 bottles. That’s how many glass items we collected in our new glass recycling bin a little more than two weeks ago for September’s Glass Recycling Month. And oh my lawdie, it was embarrassing to line them all up on the wall before we dropped them off at our nearest glass bank for recycling. It’s kind of like digging through someone else’s trash and seeing all their dirty secrets. Except these secrets are ours. I should probably drink less Savanna’s and put a bit more effort into making our own pasta sauces instead of using […]

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New video! The boys head out to PwC Bike Park

It’s school holidays for us at the moment, and if there’s one thing I know we’ll do for sure is visit the PwC Bike Park in Bryanston. To give you some context, we have about ten different plastic bikes, balance bikes, tricycles and bicycles here at home – there is literally no space to park them all, and it takes a good few minutes every night to roam the garden and find them all, so we can lock them up safely at night. It’s fair to say the Lionheart boys are a bit bike-mad. Thinking about a trip to the […]

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5 ways playing with LEGO helps my boys learn and grow

Sponsored post I need to show you all something. In the last few months, my boys have been obsessed with their LEGO Duplo sets. We’ve even filmed a couple of videos of them playing with their blocks. In fact, LEGO sculptures are becoming quite serious now. Just look at my son Ryan, going online to find inspiration for things to build. He’s taking it to engineer-level, and I’m loving it. Here are some of the LEGO models that he and I built together after skimming through Google Images for ideas:   This was a couple of weeks ago, and since then […]

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RECIPE: Peppermint Crisp tart like your mom used to make it

I don’t know where it came from. This weird yearning for a bowl of gooey, crunchy Peppermint Crisp fridge tart. Even though I love to bake, I’ve never made one. So this past Heritage Day weekend I scoured the Internet to find a recipe. It turns out the recipe is very much the same everywhere, and it only takes a few minutes to prepare and an hour to set in the fridge. Peppermint Crisp fridge tart Serves: 12-16 portions Ingredients 1 x tin of Caramel Treat 500ml cream 1 or 2 packets of Tennis Biscuits 3 x Peppermint Crisps   […]