• Food,  healthy living

    Fudgy Sugar Free Brownies

    We love brownies. Our brownie love is so strong that I once walked into Peregrine and bought every single brownie in the shop. But things have changed a little. We’re (and by we I mean ME) trying to cut down on refined sugar and processed food at home. And there’s the small matter of me trying to lose a crapton of weight so that I can do triathlon again. It’s hard when you have a sweet tooth. I’ve tried to quit sugar, and it’s simply not sustainable for me, so I try to make sure that when I bake I don’t use refined sugar or sugar replacements, but look toward’s…

  • injury,  training & racing

    Damn, This Ankle!

    The story of my dodgy ankles is a long and eventful one. I’ve suffered multiple sprains and injuries – all thanks to a nasty little condition called hypermobility – and have already had ankle surgery in 2013 and 2015 respectively. And now it seems I’m going down that road again.

  • Homeschooling

    Homeschool Anniversary: 3 Years Strong

    We’ve officially been homeschooling for three years. Happy Homeschooliversary To Us! It’s been crazybusy, since I have been juggling a demanding job with homeschooling, but we somehow made it through the wilderness. We may be a bit battered and bruised, but we are also older and wiser. And I’m quite proud to be dispensing (limited) homeschooling advice to those who ask.

  • healthy living

    Quitting Sugar – 1 Month In

    I decided to quit sugar on 18 February 2018. Cold turkey.  Excluding the first few months of my life, and the tiny dessert helping I had at a wedding a few weeks ago, this is officially the longest I have ever been without some form of pastry or chocolate. Do I feel more energised? Hell No! I’m super stressed. Do I feel awesome about this life choice? Nope. I crave chocolate every second of every day. Why did I do it then?

  • Homeschooling

    Awesome homeschool resources

    I haven’t spoken a lot about my homeschooling journey that is coming on to two years now. Mostly because I feel it’s a dynamic process in which we like to try different things and see what works / what doesn’t work. But in all this, I have found some invaluable resources that i can’t do my job without: ORGANISING I used to spend my nights checking out these amazing homeschool classroom setups on Pinterest, and see-sawed between feeling hopelessly inadequate  and… actually, there was no see-sawing. I looked at how organised everyone one, and how beautiful their homeschool classrooms were and I couldn’t help BUT feel terribly unprepared for this.…

  • Homeschooling

    Stop being a control freak

    I’m usually pretty laid back about life.  I believe in balance. That Rome wasn’t built in a day. And I’m trying very hard to effectively manage my work vs home life – which is challenging when your office is right next to the bedroom and upstairs from the kitchen.

  • Family,  Homeschooling,  work

    Homeschooling? I must be mad!

    So let me start off by saying that homeschooling is something we had been considering for a while but never really done anything about because, you know, most kids in our community go to an actual brick & mortar school. But a number of factors led us to the point where we decided to homeschool brightboy from this year.

  • training & racing

    The worst thing that can happen

    “What is the worst thing that can happen to you?” I asked a client this morning when we were discussing honesty and the courage to speak out when you disagree with someone. For many, getting fired is that worst thing. I don’t fear getting fired. Instead, I fear losing my family. But that’s life stuff… When it comes to training, I fear burpees. I dread them. I hate them with every fibre of my being. And while I often use anger as the motivator to help me go bigger, better and faster, nothing can help me conquer a burpee. Which brings me to the worst things that could possibly happen…

  • Food,  healthy living

    Delicious grain free, sugar free banana loaf

    I love banana loaf, but have found it difficult to create a recipe that is grain free, sugar free, and does not contain any form of corn/maize (important for Da Son). It’s taken a fair bit of experimentation but I think I finally have a winner. BIG PLUS: It got a thumbs-up from Da Kids, who showed fantastic willpower to save some for school the next day. I didn’t take step-by-step photographs and will add them in when I bake this again. Meanwhile, try this and enjoy! Delicious grain free, sugar free banana loaf ** Preheat your oven to 180°C** Mash & Mix: * 3 small bananas (or two large…

  • training & racing

    Fear & Loathing in Hout Bay

    I may have vomited a little in my mouth. Yes, that appeared to be my body’s response to the raw fear I felt when I looked at the box in front of me and realised that there was nothing smaller coming my way. It was an evening of weights, weights and more weights. And box jumps, but more on that later. On the upside, it appears I still have my mojo when it comes to hard headed persistence (thanks to years of kung fu and months and months of triathlon training). We learnt about push presses and other kinds of lifting work, which was awesome as I enjoy weight training…