Winter Survival Guide!

Well, would you look at that! There’s been a bit of a makeover in these here parts! The black and white was getting me a bit down especially since like the Starks have been promising for years now, winter has come. So the darkness (both outside and on the blog) was just a bit much for my soul and I wanted something clean and bright so… tadah!

But anyway, guys, I’m sitting here on the couch typing this and it’s bloody freezing!!! The first thing I did after I put the kids to sleep was make hot chocolate. Mostly to warm my hands to be honest but also because I’ve had 3 cups of tea today already.

So how do we survive winter in The Mollagee household? Well let me tell ya:

Hot Chocolate (obviously)

hot chocolate-winterAnd tea to be honest. We’ve been going through so many litres of milk y’all! Because we’ve been making so many warm drinks just to keep warm. Our favourite is House of Coffee’s Hug in a Mug, especially since it comes in refillable bags with a ziplock seal.



We’ve been spending a lot of time indoors. A LOT. Because it’s cold and who even wants to leave the house. So thank God for Netflix! The Munchkin had his own kiddies profile and Justin Time is a new favourite lately. Sometimes I feel bad about the amount of screen time but then the other day my 3-year-old told me very accurately what a bayou was so there’s that. I legit did not know what a bayou was till I got to high school (probably)

Lego, Play-Doh and Kinetic Sand

When the guilt of the screen time finally comes crashing down on us we turn to our tried and trusted Lego blocks, Play-Doh and kinetic sand. What’s cool about the Lego is that he can play for ages on his own making up all sorts of things. It’s amazing to see what his imagination comes up with. 

But because he is a messy 3-year-old, the Play-Doh and kinetic sand need supervision because that shizz gets all over the damn place if you don’t watch him. This is great for spending some one-on-one quality time with him that we’re seriously lacking!



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Onesies, gowns and warm hoodies


The house has been so cold that The Potato’s almost always in one of them fleecy onesies and the rest of us have a million layers on under gowns or hoodies. The air has just been so flipping icy lately, that it’s even cold inside the house. Hence the million cups of tea and hot chocolate.



I would not have survived this winter without Vicks. I use the little inhaler stick to clear my blocked nose and I must prefer it over Karvol for The Munchkin because it’s just opens everything up better. Karvol’s a bit weak smelling.

For The Potato we use Vicks Baby Rub because it’s the only thing on the market that’s safe for babies. Although I do stand corrected so let me know in the comments below is there’s something else to use for stuffy nosed babies.

Immunity Boosters

This is something that our pharmacist recommended. I went on one day to get some Efferflu because it’s the only thing I can take while breastfeeding and she gave me Linctagon C as well to strengthen my immune system and said I could take it all winter. So we got some of the Linctagon Junior syrup for The Munchkin as well and praying to God that all this will keep the Potato safe because there’s really not much you can give to a kid under 1.

We’ve also actually kept The Munchkin home this holidays to give him a break from creche germs and to build up his immune system a bit. 

So that’s us trying to survive the winter. How are you guys doing? Do you still have all your fingers and toes?


1 Comment

  1. Robyn van der Merwe

    July 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I really love this new look. Well done, love!
    I’ve been surviving winter by constantly topping up my hot water bottle (With the same water, of course. Gotta watch that water usage!). I’ve also been living on that Hug in a Mug hot chocolate, because it’s both warm and delicious. Win!

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