Do you need a break after the holidays?

 

Hello hello to all of you - let's bring on 2016!

It's been a while since I last blogged and have had a busy but great bonding time with the family. I had my brother and sister-in-law stay with us for 3 weeks from Johannesburg and their six kids - can't help but say three sets of twins! I also had my parents join us in Cape Town for a few days and my sister and brother-in-law from Uruguay with their three kids. Add on the Cape Town family and it was quite a tribe!

We spent a beautiful Shabbos all together at us (I think there were 20 people sleeping under one roof!) and coming from a big family it's very rare for so many of us to be together without a Simcha happening at the same time. 

There were 7 out of 11 siblings here and very special memories were created for all the kids and of course the adults too:)

 

 Some of the familia :) 

Some of the familia :) 

 My parents with some of the grandchildren  

My parents with some of the grandchildren  

While it was very special hosting family and friends, I think that all Capetonians can do with a little alone time and pampering after the holidays. 

I have the perfect place if you just want some quiet and relaxation - a little oasis in in town, which is so peaceful that I found myself dosing off when I paid them a visit. 

It is a fabulous Beauty Salon called ‘Precision Beauty’ and they offer a wide range of services including: Massage, Manicure, Pedicure, Laser hair removal and more. It is a new, modern facility, with friendly staff and a great ambiance. Check out their Facebook page here for full details. It is also great place to visit before Mikvah to help with all your preps.

Special promotional offer: If you tell them that you heard about them from ‘Rabbis Wife!’ you will receive 20% off all treatments.

Spoil yourself! You deserve it!

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Cute video: Laya Preparing for Shabbos

This past Friday we celebrated our daughter Laya's third birthday party with a pre Shabbat candle lighting ceremony and celebration. 

There is a custom for girls to start lighting their own Shabbat candle from the age of three and as of last Friday, Laya will join me by lighting a Shabbat candle of her own every week. 

We showed this cute video at the celebration before Laya lit her first candle. It shows her preparing and excitedly looking forward to Shabbat. Enjoy!  

 

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 Was very special that my mom joined us from Joberg for the occasion. 

Was very special that my mom joined us from Joberg for the occasion. 

 I loved the hanging tea cups idea - Thanks to Seon from Event Interiors for her creativity! 

I loved the hanging tea cups idea - Thanks to Seon from Event Interiors for her creativity! 

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 There were plenty homemade baked treats to enjoy! 

There were plenty homemade baked treats to enjoy! 

Birthday Fun!

I can't believe I have a seven year old child! I'm not going to use the cliche how it 'feels like just yesterday', but it definitely doesn't feel as long as seven years ago that I became a mom to the most perfect little angel - who then got colic and reflux and proceeded to scream for the next nine months! Thank G-d that stage of his life has passed and he has grown into the most beautiful, sensitive, loving and caring boy and big brother.

So yesterday we celebrated Menny's birthday with his friends at Aquabranch, the place he chose to have his party. Acrobranch, nestled in the beautiful forests of Constantia Nek, is 2 hours of huge fun with Tarzan swings, crossings, walkways, bridges, acro-bungy and zip lines! 

The kids were literally in heaven! What I love about it is that it is outdoors in nature in the fresh air and all the exercise means they sleep very well afterwards!

The next week or two is quite busy because in addition to the upcoming Festival of Shavuot I have my hubby's birthday and then a special Shabbat candle lighting ceremony for the community next Friday for my daughter Laya who is turning three and will be starting to light Shabbat candles with me. So if it's a little quieter from my side you now know why!

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 Here is some of the food that I brought along.

Here is some of the food that I brought along.

   When I asked Menny what he wanted on his cake, it was cute to hear his response. A house with smoke coming out of the chimney and a tree! I'm glad he doesn't feel the need to have a superhero themed party! I also baked the delicious peanut butter oatmeal cookies and chocolate and cinnamon Rugelach - both recipes can be found in the food category on the blog.

 When I asked Menny what he wanted on his cake, it was cute to hear his response. A house with smoke coming out of the chimney and a tree! I'm glad he doesn't feel the need to have a superhero themed party! I also baked the delicious peanut butter oatmeal cookies and chocolate and cinnamon Rugelach - both recipes can be found in the food category on the blog.