Of Coffee, Bougainvillea and Babysitting

If you were having coffee with me we would be trying out bougainvillea flower tea.

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I was sitting outside feeling the sun on my skin and happened to look up and see the bougainvillea flowers shining red (or is that purple) in the morning light.


Inspiration and curiosity struck, hmmmm what if I crushed those flowers and drank them. Thank Google for knowing everything because I checked the internet if drinking bougainvillea was as a thing or if it was poisonous to drink and according to the internet it’s a herbal tonic that is claimed to be good for colds and flu so here we go…

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The smell of the tea is a bit strong and leafy. If you smell it with your eyes closed you can easily tell yep this is definitely a leafy beverage. And the taste of it, I wouldn’t say vile but let’s just say I won’t be having a second cup thank you very much. Curiosity sated

If you were having coffee with me, we would be babysitting my twin nephews who are 18 months old. Picture a hurricane of pure energy and then imagine there being two of them, it’s definitely more than a handful.

They still don’t talk yet (except saying mama) but they can cry, why can’t babies be born talking; life would be oh so much easier if they could tell you what’s bothering them, you know basic stuff, feed me, change me, entertain me……

Feeding time is such a messy affair, you know what I think would be great idea, to simply dress kids in the colours of the foods they are about to eat that way the stains won’t be as visible or better yet, you could just cut out the middle manchild and spit out butternut and let it dribble over your favourite scarf, spill juice all over the carpet and grind potatoes into your shirt sleeves then finish off by sprinkling bread crumbs into your hair…Bon appétit

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Oh yes question, when you are feeding kids and you make aeroplane noises do you imagine the are people on board the aeroplane, no? And you know what; it makes kids grow up with an unrealistic expectation of the tastiness of planes. FYI they taste like steel rubber and jet A1 fuel, don’t ask me how I know this, suffice it to say I am a curious busy body with one heck of an imagination.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that if you are babysitting be careful not to feed them sugar rich snacks. The Sugar Rush is brutal if you think twin hurricanes of pure energy are destructive picture twin hurricanes of energy tripping on sugar. Books are being ripped apart, drawers are being opened, and everything is on the floor, some of it broken.



Placing the coffee table on top of chair on top of the of the dining room table was a bad idea, because one of the twins is now on top of that stool clapping hands and giggling and trying to give me a heart attack in the process I mean what if they fall and break their brains what would I tell their mother.

“Watch the kids for a little” while she said, “it’s easy” she said, “they aren’t fussy at all” she said, “it will be fun” she said and “I will be back just now” she said…. Feels like she has been gone forever, you know how time doesn’t fly when you aren’t having fun?

If you were having coffee with me you would help me babysit keep an eye on the kids make sure they are playing nicely and not biting each other or grabbing toys from each and screaming for no good reason, and when they are silent and out of sight, RUN and find them that’s when they are being the most naughty.

If you were having coffee with me I would ask you if you dance. If you say you don’t I would tell you are lying (to yourself and me) Kids grow up knowing you can dance to music before they can even talk, play them good music and watch them dance like no one is watching I think we just grow up and become way too self-conscious, to enjoy the little things in life, laughing when someone makes a funny face, giggling when tickled and clapping when entertained.

If you were having coffee with me I would ask you does it hurt to feel sleepy because the twins are at their most fussiest just before they sleep, irritable and crying yet they won’t just lie down and sleep. It’s a bit of a struggle to get them to calm down, can’t keep calm when you have got all that energy.

Shhhh they are finally sleeping they look like little tiny angels when they sleep…..aaaawe



PS imagine you ask someone to bake a cake for the twins and that they should write happy birthday on both and this is what they do:

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happy birthday on both

have a great week ahead and Go Team Olympics



  1. I learned the hard way to not give little ones sugar rich snacks when I was teaching English in Thailand. I would bring Oreos into my after school class of four and five year olds to bribe them into listening to me (four and five year olds who are forced to stay one hour after school for after school class have ZERO attention span–especially when they can’t understand the teacher). This was all fine and dandy until one day when three student threw up pretty much simultaneously from the excess sugar. Lesson learned…no more sugar after that!

    They twins look like an adorable handful! Best of luck with looking after them.

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    1. Hi ^_^
      yep sometimes experince can be such a cruel teacher hey, you gotta burn just a tiny bit ….
      The twins are absolutely adorable and they are super cute, especially when they are fed bathed and sleeping hahahahahaha

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  2. Oh, my word…those twin cakes! haha 🙂 … Really, the kids are so cute, but from experience with my 2 1/2 year old grand-daughter…energy never ends! It is fun playing silly games with her though. You’re so sweet to babysit! 🙂

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    1. The cakes are hilarious ….. hahahhahaha
      where do they get the energy???
      The silly games are fun but then you want to stop twirling them around but do they want to stop noooooooo entertain me entertain me lol and suddenly you are asking yourself why did we start this game again.
      Thanks for dropping by


  3. They are so adorable! I can’t even imagine watching twins, let alone having any of my own. Love the idea of dressing them in the same color of the food their wearing. That’s brilliant!

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    1. Hi Joanna
      They are the most adorable ever…. watching them is a bit of double trouble … fun at times and hair raising the next moment I wish I had a video camera and so I can show them when they all grown up….
      Colour coding food with what they wear is genius!!!!
      Thanks for dropping by


  4. Your nephews are so adorable I can imagine what you mean by the describing them as twin hurricanes of energy.
    I happen to have twin nephews as well, we had to turn over tables and stools to stop them from climbing on top of them but then the furniture was just turned to push carts (without wheels) , you should see the scratch marks on the floor. I still think its better for them to push each other in the push cart table than tho climb the table, at least they are closer to the ground.
    I once made fun of my sister (mother to the twins), she looked as me ( you know the look, the one given just before a hex on is put on you) and she said, …………..

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  5. Marvellous, accurate snapshot of a real baptism of fire 🔥 #parenthood. Hahaha. I just went through the latest sugar rush nightmare yesterday, I’m still in recovery… think I need therapy. Lol. Bravo on a splendid piece of writing.

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  6. Bougainvillea flower tea? Herbal tonic for colds/flu, who knew? Love the description of the smell and the taste of the tea. That answered my final questions about bougainvillea flower tea. “Hurricane of pure energy” is a great description of your nephews; adorable as they are, next time we babysit I think I’ll have coffee if you don’t mind. Great post, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Medicine never tastes good right, I think it works by shocking the system so you dont want another dose again…. Bougainvillea Flower Tea taste like it’s definitely curing you of something hahahahaha…
      The nephews are absolutely adorable when they are not being little terrors, its like double the love ♥♥
      Next time I will serve you coffee freshly percolated too.
      Thanks for the visit ^_^


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