Category Archives: Family

Finding Fabulous Friday: Pixlr-o-Matic (who needs an iPhone;)


I know, I know… i’s been a while.

So, I’ve been struggling with the idea of changing blogging platforms from WordPress to Blogger.  An internal battle with many pro’s and con’s either way… it would mean that I’d have to start all over again.  Think it might be worth it though!?

So much happening… STILL RENOVATING! … will publish a monster post when its done.  Was off sick (again!) with what I believe was my very first Migraine Headache… OUCH! and have run out of disk space on my PC, which means that I have to offload almost a zillion photos from my computer onto my external hard drive AND create extra back-ups…. this is a painstakingly long task.

In this whole process, I’ve also changed my web-browser to Google Chrome (giving Opera a break for a while), there I stumbled upon an  App for, this in turn lead me to Pixlr-O-Matic… which is my Finding Friday Fabulous! What a fantastic tool that can be downloaded onto your PC as well! Love it! Check out my latest creations:

(above) Just another Saturday night at the Johansen’s…

(above) best friends!

 (above) Happiness is…

 (above) Beauty is…

 (above) Love is…

The last picture is one of our engagement shots from a lifetime ago and the one with Chris on the bike is when he rode it for the first time by himself… such great memories!

So next time we meet, it might be on a my new blog, I’ll keep everyone updated on the move.

For now… Happy Friday Everyone!


Horseshow, Sunshine & Family


On the past public holiday, we made our way to Serenity Equestrian Lifestyle Centre (quite a mouthful) for their Alice in Wonderland themed Show Jumping Event.

Christopher represented his riding school Green Acres in the 1st Class Pole on the Ground event… sooooo exciting! (spot the proud mommy)

 What a beautiful setting, great event and all round wonderful way to spend a stunning morning:


(above) big boy!

(above) big love x

(above) Daddy’s still the best “Horsie”

(above) Green Acres riders waiting their turn

(above) time to saddle up


(above) ready to go…

(above) riding high

(above) one of the “jumps”

(above) proud Daddy


(above) proud Mommy!

(above) Christopher’s Rosette for a “Clear Round” – meaning he didn’t knock over any poles 😉


Another crazy, beautiful and special day as a Parent… I think the sign below sums it up perfectly for me!

♥ Jo


What’s up with the weather?


Another a beautiful  winter  summer’s day… in August? in Cape Town?

This weather is really strange, Christopher said it was raining “swimming pools” again on  Thursday, on Friday we had snow on Table Mountain (check out this video: ) and today… well… we heard the bell jingling down the road, ran outside and bought the kids their first ice lolly on a Sunday afternoon from the Ice-Cream Man… they loved it 😉


Have a stunning week!

♥ Jo

Nap Time


I love nap time!

It’s a space and place where everything calms down for a bit and I get to hit the reboot button.  When first becoming a mom, I spent much of my time trying to coordinate nap schedules:

Get Christopher to nap so I can nap/Get Christopher to nap so I can work/Get Christopher to nap so I can clean

Then Sophia was born:

Get Christopher to nap so I can feed Sophia/Get Sophia to nap so I can spend time with Christopher… then the difficult one… Get both of them to nap at the same time, so i can regain some sanity!  I had it down to a fine art, both of them would take a nap after lunch (well actually the “fine art” is me driving them around in the car until they fall asleep).

Then, quite recently, Christopher decided he didn’t need naps anymore… eeeeek! “Mommy, I a big boy now, I no need sleep”.  I still get him to take a nap on some days depending on what he did during the morning or if he’s ill, but soon I’ll have to make peace with no more naps… and a lot more entertaining to do (more on that in another post)

Some memories of my napping angels:

One of Christopher’s first naps!

Lazy Sunday Afternoon Nap with Christopher (8 months)

Pooped  after a playdate

One of Sophia’s first naps

Too precious!


Happy napping!



The Beginning


Finally! I started.

There’s something liberating about just doing it, closing your eyes and jumping straight into the deep end. I’ve always been talking, dreaming and thinking about my own blog, and today I started. (YAY ME!)

I’m not quite sure yet how this beast will be tamed, and what it will turn out to be… my mind is overflowing with ideas and inspirations.  Unfortunately it’s also overflowing with a head cold, blocked nose and drowsiness, so the next installment will have to wait – first it’s nap time while the kids are still at playgroup!

♥ Jo

celebrating the start