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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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   […]


We’ve finally started recycling glass! And it’s so easy…

Sponsored post Ever since we moved into our first real house-house in February, I’ve wanted us to start recycling as a family. We’re perfectly set up for it. Our garden has beds that we can use to grow vegetables, there’s a composter tucked away in a corner, there’s a wide open space outside our back door where we can put bins for glass, plastic and tetra packs and the municipality drops off a bag that we can put paper and cardboard in for collection every couple of weeks. So in theory, we should be champion recyclers by now. Except we’re not. […]

The boy who learned to swim before he learned to talk

Travis turned nine years old last month. It seems like such a big number for a boy who – in my mind at least – remains so small. Peter Pan. The boy who will never grow up. And that’s what it’s like living with our Lionheart. Travis is big and squashy on the outside, but still a toddler on the inside. But every now and again something huge happens. First, he learned to walk just before his 6th birthday, then earlier this year, Trav started holding a cup by himself. He won’t reach for the cup when he’s thirsty, but […]


Pasta perfect – Natures Farms product review

Sponsored post Every now and again there’s a delivery for me at the Content Candy office that causes a bit of excitement. But when this sack of goodies arrived and placed on my desk, everyone was talking about it. My partner Brendah thought it was a moment worth posting to our Instagram account. Because, well… just look at the size of it! Stuff one sometimes finds on @missstaceyvee desk 😳 A photo posted by Content Candy (@contentcandysa) on Aug 14, 2016 at 2:25pm PDT I had to hide the parcel in my boot until after the velociraptors kids went to sleep so that […]

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Imagination boy has made a new friend

Sponsored post I write about Travis the Lionheart and Ryan the Mighty Squish quite often, but our youngest, Oliver, doesn’t get nearly enough airtime on this blog. And he should, because he is turning out to be an awesome, one-of-a-kind kid. He’s his own person, living in his own world, doing things his way (or the highway, ha ha). We call him Obiwan-Kenobi with the gray eyes, at his insistence. And he spends his day playing the most elaborate games that he has made up. Often he’ll come to me and tell me: “I’m Auntie Jackie (a friend of ours).” […]


I am obsessed with baby bumps

I don’t even know why I feel the need to tell you this. Maybe it’s because I’ve only just realised this about myself and I am so damn surprised at myself. But lately, I melt at the sight of other women’s baby bumps. It’s freaking adorable. I want to rub them. Except I remember vividly how much I hated it when someone came into my space and touched my bump, so I hold back. It’s just… what the hell? Despite the fact that I have three sons, I still don’t consider myself… well, mumsy. The newborn, baby, toddler stages – […]