You should know people.

This morning as I dropped Njeri to school, I decided to walk her all the way to class and say hello to her classmates.

Oh the sweet little girls, playing with their play dough, others colouring and chatting. I walked round and said hey to each of them as I asked for their names. (What better way to match faces to the names when Njeri talks about school? Hehehehe).

Anyway, I got to one girl whose name I knew as she attended the interview same day as my daughter. I said hi and as I walked away this ensued:-

Little girl: I know how you know my name!

Me: You do? Oh, and how do I know your name?

Little girl: Because you see me on your TV!

Me: Oh! I do?

Little girl: Yes! That’s how everybody knows my name.

Me: Is that so? That is lovely.

At this point my mind was blank and I had to ask the teacher what  the little girl was talking about. Apparently she is in a local yoghurt commercial that I haven’t watched yet. Till now.

Oops, I really should know people. 🙂

PS: Zawadi is a very beautiful and confident young miss. And no, her name is not mentioned anywhere in the commercial. LOL

 

Weekend recap- Pre – birthday Lunch

Hello Lovelies.

The weather in Nairobi is awesome right now. Who doesn’t love the smell and sound of rain after the sweltering heat since January? Beautiful weather for a beautiful country.

This past weekend was a busy one for me. H and I are yet to finish our building project and Saturday was spent picking some natural stone tiling from Classic Mouldings. They have a beautiful range of stones and decorative paints that you will fall in love with. They are located on Mombasa road and have a new gallery off Waiyaki Way. This is what we picked:-

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Caribbean tumbled antique blend

Saturday afternoon was spent at the barber (for me) and the salon (for Njeri). I finally cut my hair and love the new me. Had late lunch at On the Grind on Riara road with my best friend. The food was surprisingly good; yummy and fresh. I have always ignored it, but shall definitely return.

Sunday was my day with the Tots and we had lunch at Adega. I love Adega; their food is delicious and halal, not greasy, service is fast, portions are huge and they have a great kiddie area which you don’t have to pay extra for; like some places in Nairobi. Sigh.

They do not serve alcohol but have an array of fresh juices, shakes, mocktails and hot beverages. It was mango juice for the kids and the usual pineapple mint for me. Yummy.

It is the best pick where one can let the kids play as you linger over your lunch. I just made sure to reserve a table near the play area so I could watch them play without having to move a lot. Perfect solution for when you are alone with two very energetic preschoolers.

I had the kingfish with fried rice and the kids had fries with chicken nuggets. Check out Leo’s fork skills 🙂

I was too stuffed to have dessert and even the kids barely touched their food, so they had it for dinner instead. LOL. Nothing goes to waste if I can help it.

Today is my birthday. Woop! Woop! Why am I so excited about growing older?

Have a lovely week ahead friends.

PlayTime

I wrote this in one of the Facebook parenting groups I am in and thought it might help one of my readers . 
 Let’s talk toys for a while. 
How many of us buy toys for our babies? What informs the choice of what toys to buy? And most important of all, what are toys for? 

I’ve been reading a bit online and found some info I’d like to share. We live in a society where buying kids toys is perceived to be a luxury. Which should not be the case. 
Toys do not have to be expensive and could be anything that a child plays with safely. Toys help with physical and muscle development (bikes, blocks and puzzles), sensory development ( eg bubbles), social development eg dolls and creative and intellectual development eg crayons, paints and clay. 

Each of these types of toys assist the child in each stage of development. They is also a reason the toys are age designated in the packaging. 
Infants should have colorful soft toys with no sharp edges or parts tHat are easily detachable. Rattles, stacking rings, push pull toys and balls are great. These you can get in toys shops or even Toi where they are sold at great prices. Beanbags like we used to make in school are great too. Let infants feel textures of your hair, your clothes, leaves and even your fingers. It’s all about the sensory experience at this stage. Toi and text book centre also have some small books that have textured pictures that are great for this stage.
As the kids grows older, you can get puzzle boards or book, nursery rhyme videos, action songs (Hal Palmer has a great series) and blocks. Toddlers need to exercise their muscles. Kick a ball with them, bikes, wagons, big cardboard boxes can be a house or castle 😊 let them play with your plastic bowls and pretend to be cooking. 

Toddlers still put toys in their mouth so ensure toys are washable and have no small parts or sharp edges. They love balloons, climbing, running and jumping, hence a lot of time spent outdoors. 
Toys encourage children to use their imagination, gain self confidence. When they accomplish assembling blocks or blowing bubbles they feel great and worthwhile. Commend them when they do do and play with them on their level. 

Toys also helps our kids make friends as they earn to share and solve problems together by playing puzzles or building blocks. 
As you choose what toys to buy or make for your child, ask yourself is it safe? Is it age appropriate? Does it captures the child’s interest? Is it attractive? Can the child play with it alone? What skills is it improving in the child? What kind of activities does it encourage? keeping in mind some play will need more energy than others. 

 

Mums. Let us switch off those cartoons and play with our kids on their level. Rummage through your wardrobe and play dress up with our little ones, kick a ball with them, cook with them. For the infants, let them feel different textures, even if it’s touching different fruits and vegetables, see different colors.
Kids love simple play. It does not have to cost anything to have fun with our children as they explore the world around them. 
Have a lovely play filled weekend. 

Going the extra mile.

This was shared in one of the Whatsapp groups I am in:-

“Ezra and Thomas joined a company together a few months after their graduation from university.
After a few years of work, their Manager promoted Ezra to a position of Senior Sales Manager, but Thomas remained in his entry level Junior Sales Officer position.
Thomas developed a sense of jealousy and disgruntlement, but continued working anyway.
One day Thomas felt that he could not work with Ezra anymore.
He wrote his resignation letter, but before he submitted it to the Manager, he complained that Management did not value hard working staff, but only promoted the favoured!
The Manager knew that Ezra worked very hard for the years he had spent at the company; even harder than Thomas and therefore he deserved the promotion.
So in order to help Thomas to realize this, the Manager gave Thomas a task.
“Go and find out if anyone is selling water melons in town?”
Thomas returned and said, “yes there is someone!”
The Manager asked, “how much per kg?”
Thomas drove back to town to ask and then returned to inform the Manager; “they are 13.50 per kg!”
The Manager told Thomas, “I will give Ezra the same task that I gave you. Please pay close attention to his response!”
So the Manager said to Ezra, in the presence of Thomas;“Go and find out if anyone is selling water melons in town?”
Ezra went to find out and on his return he said: “Manager, there is only one person selling water melons in the whole town. The cost is 49.00 each water melon and 32.50 for a half melon. He sells them at 13.50 per kg when sliced. He has in his stock 93 melons, each one weighing about 7kg.
He has a farm and can supply us with melons for the next 4 months at a rate of 102 melons per day at 27.00 per melon; this includes delivery.
The melons appear fresh and red with good quality, and they taste better than the ones we sold last year.
He has his own slicing machine and is willing to slice for us free of charge.
We need to strike a deal with him before 10am tomorrow and we will be sure of beating last year’s profits in melons by 223 000.00.
This will contribute positively to our overall performance as it will add a minimum of 3.78% to our current overall sales target.
I have put this information down in writing and is available on spreadsheet.
Please let me know if you need it as I can send it to you in fifteen minutes.”
Thomas was very impressed and realized the difference between himself and Ezra.
He decided not to resign but to learn from Ezra.”

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As we begin this fresh year, let this story help us keep in mind the importance of going an extra mile in all our endeavors.

You won’t be rewarded for doing what you’re meant to do, you only get a salary for that!

You’re only rewarded for going an extra mile; performing beyond expectations.

To be successful in life you must be observant, proactive and willing to do more, think more, have a more holistic perspective and go beyond the call of duty.

One last time.

Are you a HONY fan? I love the stories and today’s HONY post on Facebook  about Mario and his friend just made me tear. One truth that is hard to believe is you never know when your last conversation with someone is.

I was thinking of friends and relatives who have passed away and have regrets over so many things I would have loved to do or say, and there are those I have peace over, as I had the chance to spend time with them one last time. Even if neither of us knew it would be one last time.

To Hellen my childhood friend, I used to visit her in hospital and she got well for some time but we lost contact for a few years. I really wish I had worked hard at maintaining contact. I also wish my grandmother would have gotten to meet my daughter. She passed away before I could introduce my child to her.

For my friend Waithera, I am grateful that we got a chance to share a meal and a ride together. I did not imagine it would be the last time to do so. I keep asking myself what I could have done different if I knew; would we have lingered over lunch longer? Would I have driven slower and prayed for traffic so we could chat longer on her way to hospital? I do not know……but I am grateful for the short time we got to spend and talk over future plans for her family.

Rest in peace Waithera. Your family shall be fine and the boys will never forget you. Rest in Peace my dear. I know you are at peace.

 

Culinary Delights- Potatoes and Steak

I love potatoes. Boiled, fried, baked, hot, warm, cold.  I love them. There is a funny joke that ladies from my tribe put potatoes in everything. Hahahahaha. Well I do not. But I can have them for breakfast, lunch and supper! And this love includes sweet potatoes 🙂

Below is a throwback meal I made.

I boiled the potatoes in salt, a bit of turmeric and garlic powder. Garnish with coriander.

The steaks were rubbed with olive oil, salt and lots of black pepper, and put on a hot griddle (same one I use for making chapatis). About 2 minutes on each side as they were not very thick and finished off with a knob of butter.

I love kachumbari in various forms. Here it was just tomatoes, onions, salt, a bit of cumin, roughly chopped spinach dressed in olive oil and lemon juice. Yes spinach. Just clean it well and only eat raw if sure of the source.

I am really bad with quantities. LOL

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Weekend recap

Hello Lovelies, good bye to another work free weekend! If this is not bliss, I do not know what else bliss could be 🙂

Saturday morning was spent with one of my good friends. It did feel nice popping in to someone’s office on a Saturday morning just to say hi. H and I had a few errands to run but the traffic really slowed us down. We ended up at Kiambu again but no pork this time round. We just bought some takeaway and ate while running around.

There is a lot of construction happening in this town it makes me wonder if all of these properties will get occupied. Methinks the bubble is going to bust soon and it will be ugly. It’s already hard enough for commercial properties to get tenants fast enough; cannot imagine the same with residentials. And the cost of these houses is no small change either. The prices are just ridiculous.

Sunday was lunch at a good friend’s place. I am so mad at myself for not taking photos of the spread. And it was quite a spread. Pork ribs with the meat falling clean off the bones, Sadza (southern Africa’s version of ugali), dried greens in peanut butter sauce, rice, chicken curry and these amazing butternut in coconut cream with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. I was in heaven! Njeri demolished that pork like there was no other food on the table she even got some take away. Hahahahaha. My friend Mandy is an amazing cook, I should really get photos of the next meal she cooks for us.

Have a lovely week ahead friends.