Oral Thrush – A Quick Reference Guide

Does My Baby Have Oral Thrush | Penelope & Bella

What is oropharyngeal candidiasis? Well that is just a fancy word for oral thrush, caused by the Candida Albicans fungus (yup, the same one responsible for vaginal thrush too)  Small amounts of this fungus normally are found in your mouth without causing harm, but your body’s good bacteria normally keep the fungus in check.

When Crime Comes Knocking On Your Door

Penelope & Bella | When Crime Comes Knocking On Your Door

Living in South Africa has its pros and cons, right?  I’ve been on this planet for 39 years, and my exposure to crime has, thankfully, been low. Yea we’ve had the odd house break-in etc, but whenever these happened no one was at home, so no one got hurt. It’s a sad place to be […]

Challenges Faced by Families of Six

Challenges that come with having a family of six | Penelope & Bella

My husband has an enlarged photograph of our family on the wall, behind his desk in his practice.  It seems to bring him a certain amount of entertainment on a daily basis, watching the facial expressions of his patients while they are gazing at the photo.  Some say nothing, but others can’t help but blurt […]

7 Reasons To Quit Being a Butthead!

Penelope & Bella | 7 Reasons To Quit Being A Butthead!

One would think that in the 21st century, with the number of studies and readily-available information on smoking and it’s ill effects, that we would see a decline in parents smoking in the vicinity of their children. Sadly, this does not seem to be the case. We’re discussing the effects of smoking on your children […]

How To Build A Great Relationship With Your Teenage Boy

Penelope & Bella | How To Build A Great Relationship With Your Teenage Boy

I stumbled across a quote this week, that went something like this: Don’t see your teenager as a burden, but rather as a blessing ~Author Unknown Ha! You may say, we’re going full force ahead into the June exams, and that brings it’s own flurry of challenges with it! Oh don’t you worry, this momma […]

Ode To Bella Bus

Penelope & Bella - Ode To Bella Bus

It’s been three years since my darling hubby bought the family Volkswagen Kombi aka Bella Bus. Yes you guessed it, it’s part inspiration for the name of this blog. We’ll get to the “Penelope” component another day, shall we? Since she’s three years old this month and possibly feeling a little under-appreciated, I thought I’d […]