12 Tips You Should Know Before Planning a Road Trip With Toddlers

Road trips make for unforgettable adventure holidays with my crazy family. We usually pack up everything the night before and hit the long road before dawn while the kids are still half-asleep. This way they can get shut-eye while we make some headway en route to our destination. Many great family memories are made while road tripping with the kids. But yes, any lengthy time couped up in a car with toddlers can be challenging. Here I share some top tips for a rocking road trip with the little people! By Tamsyn Cornelius

Road trips are somewhat easier than flights! If you’re doing a flight, check out my survival guide for flying with little people. But if you’re heading on a family road trip, rest assured that you can do it at your own pace and in the comfort of your own vehicle. Firstly, the kids can make all the racket they want without upsetting the hundreds of passengers you’d expect on a Boeing! Keep things simple and be prepared to ensure a smooth drive.Read More »

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Blended – The Family We Choose

Family is what happens when two people fall in love. Meet our next #JewelInHisCrown, Luchae Williams (34), a blogger, accounts manager and mom of four based in Port Elizabeth. By Tamsyn Cornelius

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As a young mom at just 19 years of age, the reality of life’s struggles slapped Luchae square in the face. Suddenly she had another life to care for besides her own. But how would she navigate this journey of becoming an adult and a mother at the same time?Luchae dug deep and found her strength in Christ.Read More »

A Survival Guide For Flying with Kids

It’s #TravelTuesday which means I will be posting a travel-related piece today as part of an ongoing Travelogue every week. Today, we focus on the littlest people who often run our homes. Travelling with young kids may seem daunting, but trust me, whether on a flight or in the car, travel can be done without losing your sanity!  By Tamsyn Cornelius

Over the years, we’ve successfully lugged two toddlers halfway across the globe (with stop-overs in foreign airports) and we recently packed the family into a car for a seven-hour road trip… and we are all still alive to tell the tale! Here I share some of my top tips for travelling with your little ones!Read More »

An Advocate for the Rights of Children

“The circumstances we ask God to change are often the circumstances God uses to change us.” Meet Michelle April-Benjamin, a woman making a difference in and out of the Child Justice Court. She is our next #JewelInHisCrown. By Tamsyn Cornelius

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As the eldest of six children, Michelle grew up on the Cape Flats and spent most of her childhood between different schools and provinces, due to difficult circumstances at home. Despite the challenges she had to overcome as a young woman, today Michelle (aged 37) is proud to be a magistrate in the Child Justice Court and an ordained prophetess in her local church. She recently married Mark, after being a divorcee for three years, and she is also mom to Luke (age 4).Read More »

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

“If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.” Angelique Du Toit has faced many challenges in her life but through perseverance and unwavering faith, she pushed on to make her mark in the world as a successful entrepreneur and a loving, committed mother to her children. No wonder then that she is our next #JewelInHisCrown! By Tamsyn Cornelius

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At the age of 14, life seemed very bleak for a young Angelique who was forced to leave school and find employment to contribute financially to her family. Having no high-school education, the future was a dark cloud when she first entered the world of employment as an under-age hairdresser’s apprentice. Only an adolescent herself but Angelique was suddenly forced to confront the world as an adult and deal with adult problems.Read More »

Travel Tuesday: That One Time We Went to Graaff-Reinet

It’s not often that we get to venture out of the Western Cape on a road trip with our young kids. Anything more than a couple of hours in a car is usually a nightmare waiting to happen. However, when friends invited us to join them on a 665km trip upcountry to their hometown in the Karoo for a weekend, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

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I’m ashamed to say that this was my first trip to the beautiful surrounds of Graaff-Reinet. I’m not exactly sure why I had never visited this culturally-diverse part of the country before, but one weekend in the fresh Karoo air, with my children roaming free in the dusty soil of the Camdeboo, and we were all left longing for more time to unwind and enjoy this authentic country way of life.Read More »

Clothed In Strength

Our first Jewel In His Crown is a fashion designer mogul mum making a name for Christ in retail fashion in South Africa. By Tamsyn Cornelius

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At age 39, Pranitha Sahibdew is a creative soul; a quiet-natured yet resourceful woman of influence who wears many hats as a mum of two boys, namely Sean-Paul and Sebastian, a business owner and fashion designer. Together with her fulltime pastor husband Nitesh, the pair is also actively involved in their local congregation at newDAY Church in Edenvale Gauteng.Read More »