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Travel with Elana | Kite Surfing

|By Elana| Home, Travel with Elana

Just when I thought traveling in Cape Town can not get any more exciting, I bumped into Malin Kirjonen.  A boxing champion , stuntwoman and a F-ONE kite surfer.

I’m not gonna kid you, Even though I have the guts to try extreme things, I’m not very good at doing extreme things.  Malin is incredible on her board, and took us on a journey where none of our cameras have ever gone before.WhatsApp Image 2017-02-21 at 12.22.45 PM
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My travel buddy Jan, captured all the action.  For Jan, photographing action sports is all about capturing that one perfect moment, often a split second.

A few factors need to be perfect when taking these snaps; your focus, exposure and shutter speed to freeze action!

Jan says: “Getting everything right is extremely hard, but its also very satisfying when everything comes together.”

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Reaching heights of up to 7 meters in the water, Malin makes surfing look so easy!  Her love for Cape Town ?  Well, the  lifestyle, the mountains, the best beaches and of course the greatest conditions for kite surfing!

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Watch this action video for this week.  Listen out for the wind howling at 30 to 40 knots and the gurgling of the water as our cameras go kitesurfing with Malin Kirjonen

Follow Malin on Instagram here >>

See you on the road.



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And then your child bit my child…

|By Elana| Home

I once bit my brother.  In the rage of our argument, I grabbed his arm and tucked my sharp milk teeth into his chocolate skin.  My teeth didn’t sink into his flesh like I thought it would.  In fact, I think it was worst for me than for him.  Sure, he was bitten, but I had the aftertaste of blood in my mouth and the worlds biggest hiding later that day when daddy got home.  That was the first and the last time I bit.  It hurt.  All of it for that matter.

I think my child is an angel, on the playground she is not. My child doesn’t bite, but this spirited little girl slaps.  She tried it with me a few times.  I would grab her hand in motion, and glare at her with my evil eye and issue a warning.   She still does it from time to time and I reprimand her every time.

She came home last week with a bite mark on her arm.  I was informed what had happened, and I was horrified.  My toddler, who is not even two yet, now has a bite mark on her arm?  I could clearly see the teeth marks, and this upset me more. I felt pain, anger and so sorry for my daughter.  I also felt guilty for not being there when it happened.  Do I call the parent ? I tried to stay calm.

I went through all the motions.  If this was my child bitting others;  Would I own up to it? Would I call the parent and apologize, would I give my toddler a warning or a hiding and would I say anything at all.  I’m disappointed that the parents didn’t reach out to us.  We are all on a WhatsApp group and they could have just said something…anything?

At toddler age they can’t speak very well and I am sure they are really frustrated. So some bite, slap, shout and others throw tantrums.  I asked some experts about this. I am told;

“Try, “that’s biting, that’s wrong” or a firm “no”. If you’re in a group, remove them from the situation. Explain that it hurts others and why you don’t like them doing it. Teach them to express themselves: When things have calmed down, try to help your child find a less painful way to express their feelings”

Also, Most parenting blogs and sites explains that you need to remove the biter from the situation.  a 30 second time out feels like eternity for a toddler.  Also, to let him/her apologize with a ” sorry” and if he/she doesn’t talk yet, apologize with a gentle pat on their back.

In my case, When your kid’s the bitee

  • Wash the bite with soap and water right away, even if the skin’s not broken. If there’s even a little bleeding, apply antibiotic ointment and cover with a bandage. Actual deep puncture wound? Call the doctor; she may prescribe an antibiotic.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as redness or swelling at the bite site, or a fever.

Now lets hold thumbs for a good week.  Marilyn Monroe said ” Dogs never bite me. Just humans”…..She was so right.






The nursery makeover …. Before and AFTER!

|By Elana| Home

I love makeovers.  Beauty makeovers, those home improvement shows, Hannon on TV giving ladies new lip color and then my ultimate favorite, nursery makeovers. I am so confident in my decorating skills that I never thought I would need this makeover in my home!

I LIVE in my babies’ nursery. At 4 weeks darling Annie wakes up every 3 hours and not a minute less or more. I spend at least 30 min feeding and then another 20 min burping her. And sometimes 1 hour trying to burp…. That’s a lot of time in a room. So it better be a pretty one.

My makeover happened like this:

I left home for the day, and upon my return found my then walk in closet, that I sort of decorated as a nursery, turned into the most beautiful haven for my princess,

The angels at Kids Emporium,  launched a decor service recently, and decided to pay my house a visit with the permission of my darling husband and redecorated my baby’s entire room.

The nursery was a basic room, with a few bits handed down from my eldest daughter. There was no color scheme except for the few peach towels that I bought, and the curtains that would arrive the following week. Pull up your nose to some of these pictures of my “before”…

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The designer, Lauren de Swart, and her team had the following in mind. Shades of peach, gold and white would be the primary colors. Now based on what I had, this look is easily achievable when you have a blank canvas to work with.


Here is how you could redo your own room, with some of the suppliers who contributed generously to create Annie’s “crib”


How beautiful. I tend to be predictable when it comes to decorating. Why not elephants? Try Wreak Havoc – White Ellie full plush toy range ; Daniella Huyser ( Facebook

With my firstborn, I used the wrong chair for breastfeeding and hurt my shoulder muscles badly. If I can give any advice, it would be to invest in a good chair for nursing. I bought one for the my eldest, and Comfy Mummy generously fitted us with this one, in striped canvas. There are 2 sizes available. Bigger is not always better, so choose the smaller version if you wish. Contact them here: Comfy Mummy – Nursing Chair – – Sarah Jeffreys Facebook

What about an interesting pillow to tell a story, or a talking point for visitors to your baby’s room. I love, love the arrow blanket draped on her Moses basked, and the bear cushion on the feeding chair. Thank you:  Little Love kids – Cotton peach arrow blanket, Love arrows garland ,Grizzly bear scatter cushion Facebook

I didn’t have a lot of wall space in the nursery and wasn’t really sure what to do with the      1.5 m blank space other that a big boring mirror or perhaps a stunning picture.  Well, out with the predictable, and in the the CUTE factor.  These letters on the wall, that cleverly spells, ” I love you” is from The Letter lady – ABC I love you- – Janine van Loggerenberg Facebook


I’ve learned that babies and toddlers love a good mess, while eating, playing, or just while living! This is my ultimate favorite supplier. Spill proof bibs, clothing and play mats. It’s a must try or the ultimate gift for the modern mom! Contact Step South – for Caboo Organic, DxGo, playmat, Ubbi bin, this is just some of their products. You can finally have a metallic bin that limits the smell of those healthy poos!  Thank you guys!! – Ubbi SA Facebook Close Parent SA Facebook 

Last year I bought the most amazing prints from Simply child, they also made the ladder shelf and crochet rug for the nursery. Delicate and beautiful for any room, especially for that of my little princess. Simply Child – ladder shelf, dot vinyl’s, crochet rug – Facebook



Affirmations and positive spoken words are everything! A little “Be Brave” plaque, to tell my little one that she is going to be the most amazing human ever! Thank you Kiki and Franki – http://WWW.KIKKIANDFRANKI.CO.ZA – Stacey ( Facebook

Ruby Melon is responsible for these cute Dingle dangles, the beautiful receiving cuddle blankets in the picture and the teddy soother that you attach to your baby or toddler’s dummy. When they are ready to part form their dummy, they get to keep their cuddle! – Ruby Melon Facebook
c5Also, a massive thanks to Parental instinct for the Muslins, baby growers and sleeping bag – Paddy Muldoon ( –

I always say; when people gift my children, it’s the biggest blessing I could ask for.

Thank you Lauren and the team at Kids Emporium for this amazing gift together with ALL of your friends. See you soon. There might be a baby number 3 soon. (Wink Wink)

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Love, EAB




Travel with Elana: Kramats – Cape Mazaars

|By Elana| Home, Travel with Elana

One would need to be greedy or ignorant to truly want to live forever. I Immediately want to start talking about leaving a legacy, living life to the fullest and purpose, when I think of life and death.

All of my thoughts around this were sparked when travel buddy Jan and I were out in Cape Town and stumbled upon Kramats or Cape Mazaars. Could one say, where the deceased lives is beautiful and mean it respectfully? Because what I saw blew my mind!

I’ve lived in CT all my live and have never visited a Kramat, until last week. With scarf in hand and modest attire, I was privileged enough to visit these holy shrines of Islam. Graves of Holy Men of the Muslim faith. Think of them as special houses that keeps the remains, stories and spirit of some of the greatest leaders that ever lived. tells of their existence in detail.

It all started with the Dutch invasion of places such as India and Java. Local communities resisted the tyranny but their leaders were banished to the Cape.

Citizens of Malay, Indian, Javanese, Bengalese and Arabian origins were also sold into slavery during this time, and these slaves and sultans started the first Muslim communities in the Cape. It was only during the British occupation that the first Mosque was permitted.

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There are guides to Kramats available, and information on the Cape Mazaar society’s website:

This is what we discovered on our travels.  Watch this week’s #TravelWithElana


Guide to the Kramats of the Western Cape

Cape Mazaar Society – P O Box 443, Gatesville, Cape 7766, South Africa.

Ph:SA + (0)21) 699-0500. Fax: SA + (0)21) 699-0508.

Photographer and videographer Jan du Toit is behind the lens. Follow Jan on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by clicking here, here and here.

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