Recently I came upon an article about the high cost of raising children. I am a mom of four. I know a little about the costs of raising these tiny ones. But if I truly knew how much children would cost us before we had them, I might have just gotten a dog. Scrap that. Dogs are expensive too. I’d get a plant. A cheap, replaceable plant.Read more
Our eldest two children are finally old enough to budget. To understand, earn and save (and certainly ready to spend!!) their own money. Luckily, we have been trying to teach them about money and budgeting from a young age. But because we have never let them do it all themselves, we are now giving this a shot.Read more
I started writing about my favourite book (huge book lover over here!), but because today is World Chocolate Day, I decided to write about my favourite recipe book, The Primrose Bakery Book, and my top 3 chocolate recipes. And while I’m typing I’m sitting with the last three Ferrero Roche balls… These recipes are for reals good. It’s orgasmic good. Like, your husband will email me to thank me – good. I’m not saying it’s seriously a turn on, but ummmm I might just have to warn you…I have made these recipes a couple of times. And now I have four kids. Coincidence?Read more
We live in a world where it’s more devastating to loose your phone than your car. Our whole lives are on our phones; there’s literally an app for everything these days and South Africa certainly is no different.
I’ve put together the life-changing apps I have on my phone that, as a mom and a business woman, saved me time, and money and helped me in more ways than one.Read more
With Father’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably also looking for the perfect little gift to show your Dad how much he means to you. Well, the search is over! Read more
Thinking, or preparing to send your little one to Preschool in the next few months? Mom of 7, Judy – blogger @funmammasa – wrote this incredibly insightful post on saving towards and saving when putting your toddler into preschool. It was first published on her website, Mamma & Bear, and is re-published on Mama To The Power of 4 with her permission.Read more
This Easter, the kids wanted to create some interesting bunny projects, and Emily has been asking for weeks to do some “arts and GRAFTS” 🙂 We wanted them to get to know the real meaning behind Easter, and not just connect it with chocolates and bunnies as most do. So my husband suggested combining the two by spending some time doing fun projects, but at the same time, connect with them where they’re at and tell them about the real reason we celebrate Easter, and do everything else: Jesus.Read more
I’ll admit it; I’m a bit of a wet wipe snob. I need the perfect wipe. Every time.Read more
When I started dating my (now) husband just over 15 years ago, I was a Grade 12 student with a part-time job as a waitress, and he was an assistant teacher. (More on this interesting love story in this blog!) So as you can guess, our dates weren’t extravagant. We got seriously creative with our …budget dates without it ever feeling cheap. After a decade (++), I am still dating my husband and here are our top tips and ideas!Read more
Every January the memes start, and the month seems longer than the ones before, and we swear next year we’ll be better with our money. So many of us get January’s paycheck earlier in December, and although we know it’s supposed to stay in our account till January, the self-control is weak. And we dip into next month’s salary… And come January, we feel the Wallet Hangover.Read more
This is Me: Simone
My name is Simone and I am a mom of four, wife to one, and I blog about the joys and experience of living life as a large family.
It is our (continual) journey of faith. Of learning to raise independent, loved, well-behaved children. Keys we have discovered to a successful marriage. How we manage our finances. Products we love, and work for us, and most importantly; how we shop, save, and budget as a large family.
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