Giveaway!! Win a night for 2 at the Old Mac Daddy in Elgin, Western Cape

35078_417322692963_4807403_nI love writing about travel! Through many opportunities, we’ve been able to see and explore some really beautiful areas in and around Cape Town. Some are via invitation, but mostly they’re not. Graeme and I love nothing more than grabbing the kids and finding great and fun things to do. Through writing about travel, I hope to show you some really great ideas for getaways and even day trips! We’re not foodies, we’re not critics and we’re 100% in it for the fun, to share, document and to explore.

Though I like showing you great places to go, eat, stay and check out – I also know that it’s not doable for everyone. I also know that some people need a nice little shove out the door and out of their comfort zone. So here’s your little nudge! I’m GIVING away #secretSunday night for TWO at Old Mac Daddy in Read the rest

Goodbye little baby house in Observatory. It’s time for us to move on now.

20140724_092526This weekend we’re moving out of our little house in Observatory. It’s a very beautiful semi-detached house, so our neighbors have the ‘other half’ which is exactly the same size and layout. I heard that our current house was built in 1923 and with the railways, all the houses were split in 2 to accommodate the rail workers or something. So we really loved the old Victorian charm of 2 fireplaces, wooden floors and high ceilings. We really loved living here for so many reasons and made the two bedroom setup work for as long as possible!

Right now, we need a bigger garden. A storage shed. An office. A guest room. Parking. Automated gates. Heck even a driveway would be nice. I wish that I’d put up pictures of all our houses since I started Raising Men. There are so many memories in this home. Through so many good … Read the rest

Betty’s Bay in the Overberg. And my little baby photography background

IMG_0145My mom lives in Betty’s Bay in The Overberg. We go visit as often as possible because obviously we LOVE my mom and Lester. It’s so nice to see them and lounge on their porch with an ocean view as the boys play in the garden. Jack loves exploring the fynbos, paths and streams and digging his heart out at the beach.

There’s so much to do in the Overberg – with beaches, fishing, quad biking, hiking and even sand boarding. In Betty’s Bay you’re also very close to Hermanus, Stanford, Kleinmond, Pringle Bay and Elgin. After about a year of exploring the area, we’re still dead-set on Betty’s Bay as the perfect weekend retreat for the whole family.

IMG_0143I recently got a propers Canon professional camera and a few lenses from Graeme, so I’ve started playing around again. I used to be my school’s photographer and belonged to a … Read the rest

Old Mac Daddy – Luxury Airstream Trailer Park in Elgin, Western Cape

20140824_162650Last weekend we were invited to spend a night at Old Mac Daddy in Elgin, Overberg. When you hear “trailer park”, your mind makes all sorts of unglamorous assumptions. We were completely overwhelmed by how beautiful, luxurious and quirky it is. Creativity is the cornerstone of this mini caravan resort. It’s like sleeping in a little 50s art gallery in the most beautiful setting – the Elgin Valley. So beautiful in fact, that the Old Mac Daddy project won a Gold Loerie Award in the Three Dimensional and Environmental Design Category – Interior Design Temporary Structures. Read more about the concept, designers, architects and process here. Really, the trailers are beautiful, – each designed by an artist, designer or creative living and working in Cape Town

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 1.33.24 PMOld Mac Daddy offers 10 trailer units, two lakeside units and the family-sized Daddy’s Villa. Each has themed bedrooms and earth-friendly living … Read the rest

We got a Border Collie! His name is Jack, and he is the very, very best dog.

IMG_20140803_140828I totally forgot to tell my blog that we got a DOG. Yes yes a real dog. Wait, we also got a new house which is why we got a new dog and it’s all so flippin’ exciting that you wouldn’t even believe it. Guys. He is the most amazing little pup. We’ve always loved both Staffies and Border Collies. Those are just THE dogs for me. I grew up with Staffies: Madonna, Wilbur, Sebastian and Caine. They were the BEST. We really wanted a Collie because of their sweet natures and intelligence. Also: How do you say no to those gorgeous blue eyes? We had to act super fast to get him as he was the only blue-eyed boy in the litter! Then we had to arrange his transport from George and it was just so exciting – all of it!

20140720_163042Jack is an absolute treat. While puppies are … Read the rest