Category: Review

Faircity Hotel Roodevallei

The long weekends in April and May, whilst AWESOME and much needed, made it difficult for some of us to adjust to regular school/work weeks after… Almost two weeks in, and I was still walking around like, “what day is it even?” 😕 (This also explains the delayed timing of this post.) During one of those long weekends, we stayed a night at Faircity Hotel Roodevallei.

The Faircity Roodevallei lies on the banks of the Pienaar’s River in Pretoria, surrounded by a nature reserve and a bird sanctuary. The hotel offers a relaxed bush setting within easy reach of Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport, complete with thatched roofs for a true African feel.

Friendly, efficient staff

Excellent service starts right at the front gate, where we were greeted with a friendly smile by Lucky, and then an equally warm welcome from Elvis at the second gate before heading inside. We were assisted at reception by Junior. He kindly offered to walk with us to two different rooms, so we could have a look inside, and decide on which one we preferred. The hotel has a bit of a resort feel – a walk outside to get to the rooms, swimming pools on the very large property, grassy areas with jumping castles for the kids to play on. We opted for a riverside room, with two double beds.

The room

The room we stayed in is spacious enough for a family of three like ours, or four. The beds make for a comfortable night’s rest. The bathroom is big, with a separate bathtub and shower. There’s a faux balcony – you can open the sliding door, but you’re not actually stepping outside. The only complaint about the room (and it is a small one) is that the water in the bathroom takes a pretty long time to heat up.

The food

We did the buffet dinner at their restaurant that night. There were the usual options – curry, roasts, etc. The food was okay, nothing special, and being tired and hungry after a long day I didn’t take any photos. Breakfast the next morning was great. The lady cooking the eggs was lovely, and giggled when I told her I didn’t want much in my omelette, but I did need loads of cheese. I apologize for having dug in before taking the photo… I’m one of those people who always wakes up ravenous… Oh, no one else? Just me? Okay. 😋

Overall, Faircity Hotel Roodevallei is great accommodation for when you want to be away from it all for a while. That wasn’t our plan this time, therefore just the one night stay. Rates are pretty reasonable too (we paid just under R1000 for the room with two double beds, AND dinner + breakfast), so definitely worth looking at if you’re heading that way.

Faircity Hotels Roodevallei

Faircity Hotel - reception

Faircity Hotel - Room

Faircity Hotel - Room

Faircity Hotel - room view

Faircity Hotel - Zee

Faircity Hotel - breakfast

Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Lotion & Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths

I’ve been using these Cetaphil products for just over a month now, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on them.

Cetaphil

~Please note that these products were sent to me to try, but all thoughts in this post are my own.~

Gentle Cleansing Lotion (400ml, R245 – Clicks)

What the product claims to do

Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Lotion is the ideal choice for:

• All skin types, all ages, all seasons
• Sensitive skin
• Removing eye make-up
• Contact lens wearers
• Fragrance-free
• Unlike soap, your skin will not be left feeling dry and tight.

My opinion on the product

The first few times I used it, I kept washing and washing, waiting for it to form a lather. I hadn’t used a non-foaming face cleanser before, so it felt a bit strange to me. Then I remembered I’d read on the bottle that it would not lather like soap, and proceeded to stop scrubbing the skin off my face. Of course, being a sufferer of “mom brain” meant I forgot this the next few times, and repeated the relentless face washing process. Now that I’m used to it though, I quite enjoy the soft, foam-less (actually this part I’m still not quite used to), texture of the cleanser.

Something I’m especially impressed with is how clean it leaves my skin. I wasn’t convinced at first… I mean would this lotion-like cleanser actually clean my skin properly? One look at the still very clean cotton pad I use to tone my face and neck after, and I changed my tune.

I also decided to test their claim that “your skin will not be left feeling dry and tight.” Being a stay at home mom, I could afford to take this test to the next level. After washing my face with the cleanser one morning, I didn’t tone and moisturise as usual. I wanted to see just how non-drying/non-tightening the product was, so I carried on my day without applying anything else to my skin (like I said, next level stuff here.. Lol). Zee and I got started with school, and before I knew it, the day was pretty much over, and I was still moisturizer free. Surprisingly, my skin actually didn’t feel much different from when I actually have moisturized. And this was on one of the freakishly cold days we’ve had recently! Nice work Cetaphil. 🙂

Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths – for sensitive skin (25 pack, R140 – Clicks)

Product claims

• Convenient, pre-moistened – perfect for when you’re on the go
• Ultra soft and gentle
• Thoroughly removes makeup and dirt, leaving skin clean, refreshed and balanced
• Mild, soap-free formula cleanses without irritation- it won’t strip skin of its natural protective oils or emollients
• Moisturizes without leaving residue that can clog pores
• Fragrance-free and ophthalmologist tested

My opinion

Cetaphil can make these claims confidently, because in my opinion, all of them are true. I’m not much of a fan of facial wipes, as some have irritated my skin, one even stung a little. I found these wipes however to be just as gentle and moisturizing as the cleansing lotion. They felt soft and mild on my skin. I even used them to remove eye makeup, and it did the job. Well.

Also, convenience. They’re perfect on late nights, when all you can handle is minimal effort in cleaning your face. I also threw them into my handbag when we were away for one of the recent long weekends, and they kept both my face and hands fresh.

Both products surprised and impressed me – a “lotion” which cleans amazingly, and facial wipes which don’t irritate, and actually moisturize. On my next toiletries run, I’m probably more likely to buy the cleansing cloths, purely because I’m super happy to have finally found wipes which work for me.

We finally made it to YouTube!

I see now that my post title may be a little misleading. Allow me to explain – you see, we weren’t totally stuck in the dark ages all this time. I mean we’re always on YouTube, watching tutorials or unboxing of toys, or old Barbie Life In The Dreamhouse episodes… but today we posted our first video – YAY! 😀

Zee has been bugging me to do this for the longest time (because you know, moms don’t have seventy five thousand other things to do), and this time I finally gave in. I, well actually Zee received a My Little Pony gift bag yesterday, with an amazing Rarity Fashion Runway play set. She was thrilled! She literally jumped up and down, and squealed with delight! Having been a My Little Pony fan since I was as little as she is now, I was doing the same… but just on the inside. 😉

YouTube - MLP

Of course, this new toy meant the “mommy can we film a video for YouTube pleeeeeeease” routine started again. So today, I decided I’d give my favourite word (No) a break, and say Yes to this little person instead.

YouTube ZeeMy YouTube skills obviously have a long way to go, but I think it came out pretty decent. And now, instead of me boring you, here’s Zee telling you all about her fab new toy. If you (or your little people) enjoy the video, please give it a like, or subscribe to the channel, or share, or all of that. I’m sure it will absolutely make her day. 🙂

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One Messy Mama