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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 when you realise that crime is going to affect you one day, and you pray for “milder” crimes that don’t happen when you or (heaven forbid) your kids or loved ones are around. Continue reading When Crime Comes Knocking On Your Door

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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 out, “Four children!” I’m assuming these are the parents with unruly kids… Hehe!  But seriously, for those who ever wondered, I thought I’d outline the challenges that come with having a family of six. Continue reading Challenges Faced by Families of Six

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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 write Bella an ode, a Five things I love about you kind of vibe. Continue reading Ode To Bella Bus

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3 Questions To Help Your Teen Succeed

Penelope & Bella | 3 Questions to Help Your Teen Succeed + Free Printable!

So we’re almost at the end of the first term, and some of us may have better routines established in our homes than others… ahem…
I ended up having one of “those talks” with my kids the other day, you know the kind, the mom-has-a-nervous-breakdown-and-then-calls-a-family-meeting kind.

Well I took a different approach this time around, and maybe, just maybe I’ll achieve better results – or ideally they will. I thought I’d wait it out a bit before I share my fail-proof recipe with you, in case it’s not so fail-proof. Although let’s be serious, when it comes to young adults, nothing is fail-proof. Continue reading 3 Questions To Help Your Teen Succeed

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Every Great Mom’s Back-To-School Guide

Penelope & Bella Every Great Moms Back To School Guide

Can you believe it’s back to school this week? It’s incredible how one misses that extra week we normally have in the December holidays. I don’t know about you, but nothing irritates me more than a back to school TV advert. I guess one advantage of still having builders here at home is that there is no TV connected, hence, no subjection to back to school ads! Are you ready for school yet? Those words always make me feel anxious and no matter how ready I think I am there’s always something I leave out. I’ve sourced some tips to make the transition into the school term a little easier for you, especially if you have younger kids. I hope they help a little: Continue reading Every Great Mom’s Back-To-School Guide

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Why Sitting In A Deck Chair Beats Sitting On The Couch

Penelope & Bella Why Sitting In A Deck Chair Beats Sitting On The Couch

Those who know me know that our family loves to camp. We try at least once a month to get away to one of our beautiful, local resorts. It’s really become a little piece of sanity in our busy lives. And admittedly, it’s really quite easy for us with older children, but there are many friends of ours who camp with younger children too. I think if your kids are introduced to your camping lifestyle from an early age, they just fit in with your plans, and trust me on this, they love it. Continue reading Why Sitting In A Deck Chair Beats Sitting On The Couch