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Looking for a fuss-free family picnic? This pre-order picnic is the way to go

Looking for a fuss-free family picnic? This pre-order picnic is the way to go

No matter which way you look at it, picnics = schlep. Don’t get me wrong, I love making my own picnic food. But there is a ton of prep involved in it all. From making the food to packing the bags, and then pulling it all off with your sanity intact. Honestly, sometimes I think…

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By Bronwyn Mulrooney, October 24, 2017
Family picnic survival guide: your 10-point checklist

Family picnic survival guide: your 10-point checklist

You know those pictures of happy families sitting on pretty checked blankets enjoying a family picnic? Yeah, that’s not us. After spending the better part of the morning preparing Pinterest-worthy family picnic fare, our picnics usually dissolve into chaos over who gets which sandwich (even though they’re all the same), who ate all the chips…

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By Bronwyn Mulrooney, October 9, 2017
Holiday hotspot: Jubilee Creek picnic site

Holiday hotspot: Jubilee Creek picnic site

I have always loved Knysna’s forests. Maybe it was because of Daleen Mathee’s descriptions of these lush green wonderlands with their ferns and fairies in my matric setwork book, Fiela se Kind. Or perhaps it was because of the sense of awe Knysna’s 800+ year-old Big Tree stirred in me 15 years ago when I…

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By Bronwyn Mulrooney, October 3, 2017
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5 healthy(ish) kid-approved picnic foods

5 healthy(ish) kid-approved picnic foods

I remember a time when a PICNIC in our house involved grabbing a blanket on our way out the door and a few snacks from the shop down the road. Afternoons were whiled away with friends, chatting, laughing and tucking into unhealthy food that was filled with gluten, sugar, carbs and preservatives we couldn’t pronounce….

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By Bronwyn Mulrooney, September 22, 2017
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The joys of boys

The joys of boys

It happened again. I opened the freezer and nearly peed my pants (the post-pregnancy bladder will do that to you). Because yet again, there was a toy masquerading as frozen food in the freezer. And although this is the norm in our house, it gets me every time. The freezer is just one in a…

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By Bronwyn Mulrooney, September 21, 2017
Spring crafts for kids

Spring crafts for kids

The biggest reason we left Jozi for the Garden Route six years ago was for our kids. We only had The Oldest Child then, but knew we wanted at least one more and wanted to raise them in as natural an environment as possible. Even then, with just a small suburban garden to explore, The…

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By Bronwyn Mulrooney, September 20, 2017
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Welcome to Muddy Boots, a little escape from your everyday world that features my personal experiences with family-friendly travel, leisure and lifestyle activities in South Africa. I’m a fulltime writer, editor and author; wife to a long-suffering husband; mom to 3 young boys (aged 10, 4 and 1); and pack leader to 2 mutts and 1 thieving Weimaraner who steals (and eats) everything he sees. We all live together in a little village at the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains in the southern Cape, where the weather is wild and traffic jams usually involve waiting for herds of lazy bovines to cross the road. BRONWYN MULROONEY
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