Behind The Scenes 01 July 2022 – Action Packed Start To The Holidays!

We have had a busy week behind the scenes 01 July 2022 with an action-packed start to these June/ July holidays. While it has been loads of fun it has also been a hard week going out with the kids every day and juggling my work in between loadshedding times.

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Behind The Scenes 01 July 2022 - Action Packed Start To The Holidays!

Watch The Replay Of My Facebook Live Video – Behind The Scenes 01 July 2022

You can watch the replay of my live video on Facebook (below) or in the Youtube video above the post.

Minions: The Rise Of Gru – in cinemas today!

The new Minions: The Rise Of Gru is in cinemas today and next week I will be publishing a post with a giveaway for 3 Minions hampers, so keep your eyes open for that.

My New Handbag Has Arrived & Other Amazon Orders On The Way

I’m so super stoked with my new handbag that arrived from Amazon this week. It is absolutely perfect in every way and exactly what I was looking for. It is hands down the best handbag I’ve ever owned. Click here to read my review.

I’ve also placed an order for new bedding and I can’t wait for it to arrive. I’ve ordered a queen size duvet cover set in white and a queen size grey blanket. It is the start of buying new things for when we move home in a few months time.

I love buying through Amazon, they have such a wide variety of products making it so easy to find exactly what I want.

All of the above items were ordered with Amazon gift cards that I earned through completing online surveys through Ysense – read more about Ysense below.

Moving To Laaiplek In A Few Months

We are so excited to be moving to Laaiplek in a few months. If everything goes according to plan we should be able to start moving in September. Laaiplek is a lovely place to live, very safe and family friendly. I went exploring a bit and the Berg River is a two minute walk from the house we are moving to. There is a path along the river that is going to be perfect for walks and bike rides.

Mommy & Me Market 01 & 02 July 2022

The Mommy & Me Pregnancy, Baby and Toddler Market is on 2-3 July 2022 at Tyger Valley Centre in Bellville. Find them in the banking court – lower level. Trading Times: Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 July 2022 9h00-17h00. Tickets available at the expo entrance only R20.00 p/adult & Kids under 12 FREE.

Blikkie Pizzeria – Paternoster – Best Pizza Ever

On Wednesday my kids and I went out to eat at Blikkie Pizzeria in Paternoster. It is my family’s favourite place to eat out. On their website they claim their pizza to be the best in the West Coast and that is not true. It is the best pizza full stop. If you are ever in the West Coast make sure to take a drive down to Paternoster, you won’t be disappointed.

I finally got around to writing a review on Blikkie Pizzeria after having it on my to do list for years. Check it out here.

West Coast Fossil Park

I took my kids and nephew to the West Coast Fossil Park and it was fantastic. We first went on the tour to see the dig site and learn about the fossils found there, including the short neck giraffe and African bear. It was very educational and interesting.

After the tour the kids took part in the mock dig and it was superb. I thought the kids would just get a chance to dig up some bones but it was so much more. Each child gets their own bucket with tools and they get allocated a dig grid. They dig up bones and dust them off with a brush. After they have dug it up they take it to the guy running the show and he tells them what bone it is and from what animal and tells him where to place it.

The kids got so excited and the guy running it was incredible whipping the kids into a frenzy and getting them into it. This was the highlight of the day,

After the mock dig we went to the museum to have a look around. We loved this outing – check out my West Coast Fossil Park review here.

My Son Is Loving His Jurassic Mega World Destroyer

Last week we received the Pentaceratops Jurassic Mega World Destroyer and my son loves it! It has gone everywhere with us including to a going away party for my son’s friend and West Coast Fossil Park. It is also packed and ready to go with us to the farm.

It comes with restraints and the dinosaur breaks free ready for battle. It’s head moves up and down, as well as side to side. It’s tail and legs also move. My son loved downloading the app and reading fun facts about his dinosaur and seeing it come to life.

This is a superb toy for a child and comes at the perfect time with Jurassic World: Dominion in cinemas now.

Off To The Farm

We are visiting my parents at their farm in Swellendam for a week and I am really looking forward to it. I love visiting my parents every school holiday. It is always great to see them and I get some downtime since my mom cooks all the meals and my parents keep my kids busy a lot of the time.

In addition to this, they have solar power, a gas geyser and a gas oven. The last week was so hard to manage with loadshedding and it looks like next week is going to be even worse. Getting a break from loadshedding for a week is going to be amazing.

Make Money Online– Ysense, SurveyTime, And Sweatcoin

Ysense is still providing me with a small but consistent income each month and moving forward I’m opting to cash out via Amazon gift card. The reason for this is that I’m buying new things for our home for when we move in a few months time. If you want to know more about Ysense click here to read my review and read my post on how to increase your Ysense earnings.

Click here to join Ysense.

SurveyTime is another survey platform that I really enjoy. I earn a smaller amount compared to Ysense, however, they are simpler to use, there is no cash out threshold and payment is made immediately. I’ve written a review on my website including a comparison between Ysense and Surveytime.

Click here to join SurveyTime.

Sweatcoin is a platform for earning to walk. It tracks your steps through Google Fit and you earn 1 Sweatcoin for every 1000 steps. You can cash out your Sweatcoins for offers on the app. They are launching SWEAT crypto soon and when they do I will write a review.

Click here to join Sweatcoin.

Ysense earnings June 2022

Shopping Apps (Vouchers, Cashback) – SnapnSave, BuySmart, PanelSmart, ibottit, Entertainer, And Hyperli

I’m loving all the apps I’m using to earn cash back, vouchers or shopping discounts. My favourite app is SnapnSave. You earn cash back on various offers in the app. I’ve earned over R1500 since joining at the beginning of this year. Click here to read my SnapnSave review.

BuySmart rewards you with points for buying Tiger Brands products. You can cash out your points for shopping vouchers and call time. Sign up now by sending a WhatsApp message saying “Hi” to BuySmart on 072 897 6278.

PanelSmart is a market research company that rewards you for sharing your shopping habits. You get rewarded each month and can cash out vouchers and buy products on their website. Sign up for PanelSmart here.

ibottit is an app that rewards you for submitting your till slips and completing surveys. Each till slip you submit earns you 20 points and every survey earns you 50 points. You can cash out your points for vouchers on the app. The minimum cash out amount is 500 points which equals R50. Vouchers change all the time, I’ve seen vouchers for Checkers, Pick n Pay, Sorbet, Exclusive Books, and more.

The Entertainer is a superb app for two for one offers on entertainment. I’ve bought meals, gone on the big wheel at the V & A Waterfront, had massages and more through The Entertainer. It is a paid app, however FNB customers can get The Entertainer for free through the FNB app, which is how I got it.

Hyperli is a discount app that is very similar to The Entertainer. Hyperli is free which makes it a fantastic alternative to The Entertainer if you are not with FNB.

Addiction eBook

Get 50% off my addiction ebook The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn using coupon code TG36N.

Website Giveaways

I’ve got a number of SA competitions running on my website and two new competitions will start next week. Here are the current giveaways:

I hope you all have a fantastic week, and survive loadshedding relatively unscathed. I will catch up with you next week.

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  1. Eish loadshedding there’s no eNd. We currently have watershedding. At my age I completely adore minions they’re damn adorable. Your bag is gorgeous. Good luck with your move Lynne, your pizza review made me hungry, I can eat pizza for brekkie lunch and supper. The west coast has such lovely activities, your kids was soe xcited I saw the vid you posted. That reel was too cute with your son and the Dino. Hope this week is better and hope you relaxed on the farm

    • Thanks Tanya, yes that farm visit really gave me an opportunity to rest, although I was planning on getting a lot of work done there since I had power but instead I decided to take it easy! Yes that Fossil Park really was a highlight for my kids. I’m going to make a video reel of the mock dig.

  2. Tshegofatso Washington

    Lynne you live such a busy and exciting life! Absolutely sbwl lol.

    Awww loved the reel of your son’s Jurassic Mega Destroyer toy on Instagram! He sounded absolutely chuffed! Dinosaurs are a big deal lately!

    Sounds like you guys had a great time at the Fossil Park? Would love to visit again, last attended one when I was in my early teens lol, we want to take my son with next year, also to see the zoo.
    Didn’t know there was a short neck giraffe? Lol crazy.

    Hope you got to rest at your parents’ farm! Always great to visit the folks xx

    • Lynne Huysamen

      Yes I rested at my parents big time. I planned to take advantage of the continuous power and internet to get ahead with my work so that when I got home to loadshedding it would give me a bit of relief… but instead I rested a lot. I think it was the right move. It’s not often I see my parents or get to have a really good rest.

      You must visit the fossil park, it was superb!

  3. Loadshedding just made this holiday unpleasant nothing seems to be getting done in time ?‍♀️?‍♀️i hope it get resolved sooner
    It’s a good thing you are moving to a much safer place Lynne cz wow things happening outside here are just scary and it’s depressing not only us adults but kids too
    I recently joined panel smart and I enjoying using it
    What is hyperli I have no idea about that one
    Are the dinosaurs now available for sale in retailers I just love that one it’s so realistic

    • Yes the dinosaurs are available in stores! They are so lovely! I totally agree with the loadshedding, it is making the last stretch of these school holidays really hard and unpleasant. We spent the first week of holidays out and about and the second week at my parents (with solar power), but now I have work to get finished and deadlines are looming but the power is out half the day.

      Hyperli is an awesome app that offers discounts on all sorts of activities. It is free and a great app.

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