Mbali is 4: Dora the explorer ballerina party

when i asked Mbali a few months back what cake she wanted for her Birthday. without fail she said a Dora ballerina cake. That i took as a cue for what her party theme will be. And started planning. The I knew i couldnt do this all by myself I decided to enlist the help of party planner Elana from Events by Elana. I explained to her my concept and she immediately sprang into action organising everything.

Mbali’s favourite colour is purple and then pink is a close second. So we decided to go very girly sorbet pink and purple.

1Elana had a custom frilly table cloth made to go with the ballerina theme.

2 6The Macaroons was absolutely to die for from MMM Macaroons

IMG_9341Elana’s attention to detail is absolutely astounding. I love this sign she made.

IMG_9344IMG_9347 IMG_9342 IMG_9282 IMG_9275The kids tables had a little backpack with sweetties in and a map to go on a hunt.

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The Cake was a masterpiece in itself.

5Then it was time for a bit of Dora the explorer activities. When all the kids weren’t looking we hid the cake under the table so i gathered the kids and broke the news. Mbali was distraught when she found that Swiper the fox has swiped the cake. But soon cheered up when i told her they will have to go look for the cake via the map. The venue we choose  Willow feather farm had a perfect setting for this expedition.8It read: Through the jungle gym, Pass the animal farm and then to the party house.

IMG_9478So first all the kids had to read the map.

10and the jungle gym was up next.

17after everyone went through the jungle gym it was map reading time again. and off to the farm area where the kids could feed the animals11Then the last stage was back to the party house where the cake was once again and it was singing happy birthday time.12And next was cutting the cake.IMG_926913IMG_9618Mbali was so excited when she saw the cake was purple inside. And not only did this cake look stunning but it tasted devine. You know a cake is good when at the end of the party there is almost no cake left.

15Mbali didnt even want to leave her cake alone 🙂

14Thanks to my friend Karin Meiring that attend my party and took some pics of my family so i could edit it later.



Birthday countdown

May is a very busy birthday month. My Divas 4th birthday was coming up and as she is the last one to have her birthday in our household and she was so good at waiting it out while everyone else had their birthday I wanted to do a count down to her birthday and make a real big fuss about it.

I found this Christmas countdown calendar on sale at one of the shops on sale for dirt cheap.  It has 1-12 little bags which I filled with small in expensive little gifts.


Every day she opens a little bag to reveal a little gift.1 Day 12: Marshmellows


Day 11: M&M’s

I choose M&M’s because it is her initial and she now recognizes her name. So was a double treat for her to see the sweet had her name on.5Day 10: Hair Bow


Day 09: Bubbles


Day 8: Bracelet


Day 7: Fruit Dainties


Day 6: Money

Every week my diva has tuck shop day at school. So this gift was towards her tuckshop day.


Day 5: Bracelet #2


Day 4: Foam tablet (did not take a picture of the tablet but it is similar to this one)


Day 3: Bubbles #2


Day 2: Bow #2


Day 1: Happy Birthday

I put part of her birthday present in there which was a puzzle of doc McStuffins as we bought the whole Doc Mcstuffins Medical Kit.


My diva really enjoyed this and this little count down didn’t cost a arm and a leg as some of the gifts was in pairs which I could divide between days like the bows and the bubbles.





Little diva’s 1st Birthday

we have a family tradition for the first birthday we have an intimate family picnic. We do not have any family living close to us and therefore with each birth we welcome the new baby into our family alone and because of this we have the birthday the same way as we celebrated the birth.

I wanted to make it special and tried to make some décor for the picnic. I decided on a polkadot theme as her eating mat is polkadot and she knew it was mealtime once I brought out the sheet.

I never knew it was such an impossible mission to get multi coloured polkat party things. That I ended au Diy’ing most of the décor.


I wanted to attempt a smash the cake shoot but my little diva had other plans. We recently found that she doesn’t like sweet things she is a savoury kinda girl. But I hoped that a smash cake would go down nice. But no it didn’t. she had one taste of the icing and crawled away.970303_10203926345858235_4378763781726667290_n 1979889_10203926347018264_6355391754030410268_nThis is my favourite. she almost planted her face in the cake but at the last minute decided its not for her and crawled away.


I set up my tripod and remote control to get some funny photos of us. My eldest was in charge of the remote. Made for very interesting photos.8And here is the birthday girl in her special birthday glasses.





Birthday Photoshoot

My diva turned 1 and My eldest turned 4  2weeks later so I decided to do a little photoshoot for the girls. It is one of our birthday traditions. We have been doing birthday photoshoots since my first turned one. Its so amazing to see how they have grown from year to year. Can you believe how time has gone by so fast.

I bought these beautiful flutter pettiskirts from 4akid

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We were driving home and came across a patch of trees where the leaves has fallen and I stopped took my girls out and instructed my eldest to throw the leaves in the air.



Teaching kids photography: Lesson 1 – Framing

My diva got a kids camera for her 4th birthday from her grandfather as she loves taking photos. She has a toy camera that she takes out every chance she gets. When I first gave her the camera and she just went wild like she does with the toy camera. just snapping everything and nothing. I realized that maybe its better if I gave her some structure to how to use this real camera.

The First lesson I then came up with was framing. Choose a subject and make sure the subject is in your LCD screen. To start off this exercise I took photo frame and took out its contents and explained to her that she must choose what she want to photograph and then hold the frame so that what she choose is inside the frame.

Once I showed her I sent her off around the garden to do the same and surprisingly enough she quickly grasped the concept.

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Once she was confident with this concept, I gave her the camera again and showed her how the frame she just used was the same as her LCD Screen on her camera.  And if she wants to take a photo of something the subject must appear on the screen. As I was explaining this, my littlest Diva decided she also needs some practice in framing as she saw what her big sister did.


Once again I then sent her off but this time with her camera. To capture what ever her heart desired. It was so cute to see the things she decided to photographed. from sand to trees to dandelions.4


Here is her results: ( note its still very blurry we will still get to the standing still to take a picture)




Then we moved to the backyard.

7Her result:




Her Result:


And this I think is my absolute favourite of the day.


Her Result:


All in all I have to say that this lesson was a huge success.

Next lesson. How to stand still when taking a photo.