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I Am More Than "Just A Mommy Blogger" – feat. MammaChef Jozi!

Welcome to my new five-part mini-series entitled “I Am More Than “Just A Mommy Blogger”.

Over the course of the series, I will be featuring five ladies, who are all moms who blog.  The aim of this series is to find out a bit more about what they do other than being moms and bloggers because, as we all know, we wear so many different ‘hats’ that to pigeonhole us into just one category isn’t the smartest thing to do.

For this first week I am featuring the lovely Jeanne-Riette from Mamma Chef Of Jozi. When she isn’t being a mom and blogging, she is a business owner and entrepreneur who runs her own HR and Payroll consulting agency.

So, Jeanne-Riëtte, tell us a bit more about you?

Mamma-Chef-Jozi-ProfileI have been blessed with two beautiful boys, an amazing husband and step daughter and a name that nobody can pronounce – my name is Jeanne-Riëtte and I blog at MammaChef Jozi.
Life has taken some interesting twists and turns  to bring me to where I am today and I simply wouldn’t have it any other way! We are a true modern family living in lovely, lively Johannesburg. Having been a housewife in a small town for some time, I suddenly found myself at 29 with a four-month old baby, going through a divorce and living with a friend/angel in Joburg. Fast Forward eight years on and my husband and I now have a daughter who is 21 (his), an eight year old sports nut (mine) and a four-year old boy with the most colourful imagination (ours)… and don’t forget the dog!
I started my career a little later than most, however with a degree in Industrial Psychology and a lot of intervention from the universe I got a temp job doing admin for a labour lawyer. This grew to later spending a few years as HR and Payroll Manager for a group of companies, then to consulting and a while later I started my own HR Consulting company. I partnered with a recruitment specialist to form a complete package, providing recruitment and outsourced HR and Payroll to businesses in Gauteng – Majenta Personnel.
I cook every day, weekends included. We do have the occasional takeaway or toasted cheese but I like to cook healthy and balanced meals. I cook from scratch so that I know what goes into our food and I also prefer to use organic produce so that we know where our food comes from. This saves me money and really doesn’t take as much time as you would think!

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How did your blog start?

I started with a family What’sApp group, sharing what’s for dinner with photos. This eventually spread to colleagues and friends. One day someone suggested I start a Facebook page and as I have always wanted to write and have an ongoing creative outlet, I just decided to go for it!
I absolutely love every minute of it and the idea isn’t to charge money or make anything from it. It’s just my little space on the interweb, to inspire, to share ideas, share healthy meals and spread some love!

Why Do I Love MammaChef Jozi?

Have you seen the blog? It is beautiful. Every single post is stunning. Not only will you find posts about food, but there is an entire section dedicated to Inspiration. Don’t we all need a bit of that every now and then?

Her recipes are inspiring. They really are simple, easy to make from scratch and not intimidating for those of us who just cook to survive and feed our families, not because we know what we’re doing really.

One of the recipes I personally tried a few months ago was this one – it was so easy and my kids ate it without even arguing #winning:

Newly launched on the MammaChef Jozi website is this beautiful weekly Meal Planner. MammaChef Jozi will be launching her new Free Printable Recipe cards on her site, so stand by for those which will become available over the following week. Those will be available directly on the MammaChef Jozi website so make sure you are following her on her various social media platforms for when they are available! They are the same stunning design as the Meal Plan with easy and simple instructions on how to cook the perfect family meals!

I know I’ve added lots of links to her social media already, but because I love sharing the blog love, here they all are again:

Thanks Jeanne-Riëtte for being our first “I Am More Than Just A Mommy Blogger”.


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How To Tell If You Are Winning At Parenting!

Let’s be honest, most of parenting is an uphill struggle.

Yes, we love them. Yes, they are cute. Yes, eventually they sleep through (that or you almost die for a few hours each night – whatever, at least your eyes close!).

But mostly it is hard, it is exhausting, it is heartbreaking, it can be humiliating and it is definitely expensive! Continue reading “How To Tell If You Are Winning At Parenting!”

family, Giveaway, marriage, motherhood, Parenting, Stay-at-home-mom

My InstaRoundUp – ep. 1 October

I’m back with another instalment of my InstaRoundUp where I take the top 5 most liked pictures from my Instagram account and use them to provide an update on what’s been going on with me and us.

First thing to note is that it was my birthday on the 1st of October so most of these pictures relate to that. I am 36 years old. Thirty Six! I feel so old some days, and so unprepared for life the others. How am I in charge of a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old? When did that happen?  Continue reading “My InstaRoundUp – ep. 1 October”

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My #InstaRoundUp: September 2

Hi all. Well, I have been a bit quiet this past week, in fact I took a bit of time out from the blog. My parents from Zim and my sister from the U.K. all came to visit, and my husband was home as well (Yay!!) so instead of spending my time blogging, I got to spend it with my loved ones. It felt like being on holiday, but isn’t that always the way when granny comes to stay. Not only does she look after the girls (because basically they barely acknowledge my existence when she is around) but also because she gets to look after us as well. Moms really are the best!

I was still on Instagram a bit so here’s the top 5 pictures on my Instagram since the last one of these … Continue reading “My #InstaRoundUp: September 2”

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If Moms Designed Plasters! 

My girls love plasters! Love them! My youngest is actually bordering on having haemophobia so I never run out of them. Never!! I’m not exaggerating here.

I, however, am fast running out of excuses, plasters, money to buy more, and patience! I am also sick of the same few plaster prints out there. Even the girls are bored of the same old cartoon characters available in the local stores.

That got me thinking, if I could design my own version of plasters, what would they say? Well, below is a selection of the ‘pc’ version of my imaginary plasters. I call this range:

“If Moms Designed Plasters”

Continue reading “If Moms Designed Plasters! “

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Parenting Win vs Parenting Fail ft. Lifestyle by M.

This week’s edition in the Parenting Win vs Parenting Fail series features the lovely Mumtaz Saley. Mumtaz runs a stunning lifestyle and parenting blog over at Lifestyle by M. Over to you … She is really funny, very real, and if you want some stunning pictures to look at do pop over to her Instagram Profile.

If this is your first time reading one of these, it’s a series I started a few months ago with the purpose of featuring a mom (or dad) who is willing to share a Parenting Win story and a Parenting Fail story. The “Parenting Win” stories are where mom’s get to brag about their greatest achievement as a mom. These tend to be really small achievements to everyone else, but to the mom involved they are huge! The “Parenting Fail” stories are stories where you felt like you really dropped the ball (mine was a doozy!). The point is to make other parents realise that there is no such thing as a #PerfectParent. We all make mistakes but we learn from them and move on. Continue reading “Parenting Win vs Parenting Fail ft. Lifestyle by M.”

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Perspective Required 

A conversation today with my youngest went like this:

Her: Mommy, when I find someone to marry, I can get my own iPad and my own iPhone!

Me: You don’t need to be married to get those things. You need to go to school, work hard, get a good job that pays you your own money and then you can buy your own things.

Continue reading “Perspective Required “

My instagram weekly roundup
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My InstaRoundUp – September

It’s time for another Round-up of my top Instagram Pictures since the beginning of September. I feel like I’ve been really busy, but I also feel like I have very little to show for it. I guess it’s more mentally productive than anything else, isn’t that the life of a freelancer.

Anyway, let’s get this show on the road. On with my top 5 pictures from Instagram over the last 10 days. Continue reading “My InstaRoundUp – September”

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Sunday Funday

It’s Sunday. We are bored. I’m trying to keep them off the screens, out of the African sun and doing something together that technically shouldn’t cause any fights!

So we made homemade paints using the first recipe I found on Pinterest that I had all the ingredients for. The recipe is a work in progress for now because what looks like thick poster paint is actually quite watery.  Continue reading “Sunday Funday”

Advice for new moms Memories fade
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Warning: Memories Fade

One of the biggest mom guilts I have is that the first four years of motherhood were so hard and such an emotional rollercoaster that I don’t remember everything I wish I could.

That’s not exactly true. I remember the hard stuff. The tough days. The mistakes. The fights. The tears. The sleepless nights. The guilt.

The happier memories are less clear. They are more a feeling than an actual memory. That makes me feel guilty all over again. #momguilt

Sometimes memories flash up on my Facebook of my beautiful girls, looking happy, having fun. Sometimes I’m in the picture with them, mostly not. I often struggle to remember that precise day or moment, and I wonder to myself, “Does that make me a bad mom?”  Continue reading “Warning: Memories Fade”