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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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Add Hope For World Hunger Month

Penelope & Bella | Add Hope for World Hunger Month

Did you know October is World Hunger Month?

Now there’s a topic that we don’t like to think about too much, because when we think about it we need to do something about it, not so?  And doing something about it is pointless because we’re only one lonely person trying to fix a global problem, right?  Er, I’m going to call you out on this one, WRONG! Continue reading Add Hope For World Hunger Month

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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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Lessons From A First Time Blood Donor

How you can save a life this world blood donor day

World Blood Donor Day is fast approaching, 14 June internationally, and 11 June in SA. I’d never really thought of donating blood, well there was this one time after I’d left school but I was on Roaccutane treatment at the time (those darned teenage hormones!) so was never fit to donate in any case. It was only in my later life that I was approached by the local South African National Blood Service (SANBS) office to assist them with a blood drive in my, then capacity as Mrs Port Elizabeth (yea, we haven’t really discussed this, but we’ll leave that for another day shall we?)

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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