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Why I Laugh At My Kids!

One of the best reasons to have children is so that you always have someone to laugh at! Yes, I really said that! At the moment, the funniest of my two little girls is the Fournado!

She had me crying with laughter the other day … there were even real tears! You are going to have to stick with me with this story about why I laugh at my kids, and you will see the way it ties in at the end!

My girls are obsessed with snakes! One of their favourite things to do is to lie on top of their daddy on the sofa and watch various snake catching programmes available on the nature channels on TV. It’s their thing, the three of them, sitting there, watching snakes. In fact their career aspirations have changed recently from being an astronaut, to a pizza maker, and now they want to be snake catchers – all in the space of a week. Continue reading “Why I Laugh At My Kids!”

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Anything But A Fight With My Four Year Old!

I have been a mother now for six years and four months and I am now a mom of a six year old and a four year old. In that time I have learnt many, many hard lessons. One of those lessons is to pick your battles and to just give in sometimes. We are at the stage of ‘whatever you want sweetheart’, because really … anything but a fight with the four year old.

This approach of appearing to give in and back down drives my husband, an authoritarian, absolutely insane, It also physically hurts the control freak in me.

So Why Do It?

Quite simply, it is the last weapon I have left in my fight to retain some semblance of sanity, and I make no excuses for that. In fact, I’m waiting for my medal!

This is especially true on days like today, when my four year old decides she wants to challenge me, all day! She has clearly decided this from the moment she opens her eyes in the morning and this will continue until the moment they close tonight. Continue reading “Anything But A Fight With My Four Year Old!”

The Perfect Summer Drink
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The Perfect Summer Drink!

This weekend I created the perfect summer drink to keep you and your whole family cool, refreshed and healthy.

It is extremely hot here in the South African Northern Free State. It’s about 22°C at 07.30am, and peaks at around 37°C in the middle of the afternoon. Even though there is a breeze in the air it feels more like a hairdryer blowing warm dusty air at you, and it’s doing nothing to cool us down during the day. Therefore we are spending a lot of time inside the house in the afternoon because it’s just cooler than being outside. Even swimming only lasts for a short time as it’s just too hot to be in the sun.  Continue reading “The Perfect Summer Drink!”

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Top 5 Christmas Gifts For Girls

It’s nearly that time of year! Time to get your Christmas Shopping List ready! This post is my personal recommendation and guideline for the perfect christmas gifts if you are looking for a great christmas gift for girls aged between 3 and 10.

As a mom of girls who are 6 and 4 years old I sometimes struggle to get the right gifts for them. Don’t get me wrong, if I were to let them loose in a toy store I’m sure they would find loads that they suddenly need or want, but the reality is that so much of it is either not worth the money, or simply too much money. All the toys for girls on this list are under R500.00 and has various options to suit most budgets.  Continue reading “Top 5 Christmas Gifts For Girls”

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25 Things Moms Of Girls Will Understand!

I am a mom of two little girls. I have no sons, in fact only one member of my extended family has a son. I have four sisters, my one sister only has girls, my sisters-in-law only have girls, my cousins have girls except for the one boy. ONE! I even have a stepdaughter too so I am highly qualified when it comes to being a mom of girls.

So, with that said there are a few things you come to realise about life with girls that, like it or not, are a reality.

Let me know if you recognise any of these:

  1. The drip-tray in your kitchen is always filled with pink plastic-wear. Always! Pink cups, pink plates, pink drinking bottles. Pink, Pink, Pink.
  2. Despite you professing during pregnancy that you would never dress them in pink, whenever there is a ‘come in any one colour’ dress up day at school they’ll be wearing pink, maybe with a dash of purple … just to ‘shake things up’, but always pink!
  3. Knickers – there are knickers everywhere, all the time, in various sizes, in various colours. They seem to change their knickers as often as they change their minds!
  4. You know all the My Little Pony characters by name and mane colour and refer to them in conversation with your children as if they are real live friends! “Where is Princess Celestia?” or “Pinkie-Pie is not coming with to school!”
  5. You own at least five different Barbie movies, probably more.
  6. You hate Frozen because you have watched it so many times you can recite it word for word and the market is flooded with Frozen merchandise!
  7. You love Moana because she isn’t Frozen!
  8. They either MUST dress the same, or they MUST NEVER dress the same. The position on this changes almost daily, and you never really know which way to go when you wake up in the morning, but either way you are never fully prepared.
  9. As sisters they either love each other, or hate each other. This situation changes on a minute by minute basis. Again, unless you’re a sister of a sister, you will not understand. Even then the phrase ‘pick a side’ comes to mind.
  10. Daddy is number one, until he eventually decides to discipline them and then their hearts are broken forever and you might hate him a little bit too. Kidding my love! 
  11. Mommy’s make-up is never safe. Ever! No matter where you might put it or try to hide it, they’ll find it. Don’t even bother buying the nice stuff.
  12. They have more shoes at any one point in time in their lives than you have ever had in your whole life!
  13. You will have spent roughly a trillion dollars on hair-ties, hair clips, hair bows and slides, but you are currently clinging to the last one you can find in your house.
  14. There is only one exception to the point above, the spare hair-band in your handbag, but you NEVER take it out – ever. That one is for emergencies! I’m not sure what kind of hair emergency there might be yet, but I’ll be prepared.
  15. They must dance, wherever they are, whenever they feel like it, and you must watch them, always! The world is their stage. Just don’t laugh! Never laugh.
  16. Your drains will always be blocked. Always. I’m convinced mine have lost more hair in the bath in their lifetime than is currently on their heads, and they have a lot of hair.
  17. You are always wrong. They are always right. You were born yesterday. Deal with it. (This may not only be applicable to girls but I have no idea.)
  18. Mommy’s high-heeled shoes are “waaayyy” better than theirs. Waaayy! They must be worn when mommy is on her last nerve just to tip you over the edge with that *click clack* sound. You don’t even wear heels anymore.
  19. You constantly hear your own words coming out of their sassy mouths and have to bite your lip to stop yourself from laughing, or crying. Either one.
  20. You constantly hear your mother’s voice coming out of your mouth, and you want to cry and beg her forgiveness for everything! I’m sorry mom!
  21. Your parents love them more than they loved you. And you don’t mind.  (Again, probably not unique to girls.)
  22. At least one doll in the house has had a haircut, and you’re lucky if it’s just the doll and not them.
  23. They are like magpies – anything that shines is pretty. Glitter, sequins, sparkly candy. Any of it.
  24. They like to whine, so most of us mommy’s also need to wine, that or eat cake.
  25. They are hormonal and moody from the day they are born. God help me in the teenage years!

I could go on but I think I’ve made my point.

So to all the moms of girls out there, *big hugs* – we’ll get through it together.

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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!


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!”

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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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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.”