Blogging, marriage, motherhood, Parenting

I Am More Than Just A Mommy Blogger ft. Spirited Mama

This week’s episode of my five-part mini-series – “I Am More Than ‘Just A Mommy Blogger'”! This series came about by the need to tell everyone more about the person behind the Mommy Blog and to show that we are more than’ just’ moms and definitely more than ‘just mommy bloggers’. This series is focusing specifically on South African Mommy Bloggers. You can read more about the theory behind it and future series opportunities by reading the introductory post I did before the features started. This week I am so excited to feature Spirited Mama, a part-time working mom of two boys who also blogs. I am a little jealous of this fabulous lady so please read on to find out more!  Continue reading “I Am More Than Just A Mommy Blogger ft. Spirited Mama”

Blogging, marriage, motherhood, Parenting

Believing In Me 

Blogging is one of those things where you can become so immersed in the world of blogging that you start to think in terms of blog posts, you start to see photos you take from the perspective of “how can I edit this to be a blog post header”, you no longer just put out a Facebook status update without carefully considering your audience, you no longer just put a picture on Instagram without carefully considering your hashtags and you actually know how to use Twitter.

When you step out of your blogging bubble and have to interact with the real world, it can be something of, dare I say it, ‘culture shock’.  Continue reading “Believing In Me “

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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”

parenting perspective required
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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”

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”

Blogging, family, marriage, motherhood, Parenting, Travel

Making Moves – The Reality

Our moving date is getting closer and things are starting to get real, and really hard. For those of you who are new to my blog, or who don’t follow me regularly (Shame on you! lol), we are relocating soon from the Free State, to East London in the Eastern Cape.

My husband started his new job two months ago, but the reality is that there has been a lot of back and forth, and more time at home than away which has been great for all of us. However, real life is now setting in and he is now gone more than he is home. It’s hard for all of us, and here’s why.  Continue reading “Making Moves – The Reality”

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My Instaweek Round Up – August Weeks 4 & 5

I skipped a week. My bad! Okay, maybe I’m too old to ‘say’ that. But I did. I skipped a whole week. The week before this was so hectic I only did 6 Instagram posts so I thought that it was basically just cheating to choose the top 5. So I waited a week and I now have two weeks of posts to pick the top 5 from.

So here we go …

No. 5: At the SA Mom Blog’s #JoziMeetup last weekend we got this awesome Baff Slime pack for the kids. It’s basically a powder you sprinkle in your kids bath water and after 10 minutes it turns to slime. You get to let them play for hours (okay, realistically a few minutes) without having to actually ‘supervise’, giving you the opportunity to SIT DOWN! Win Win Win. Read my awesome review on this stuff. I need more!  Continue reading “My Instaweek Round Up – August Weeks 4 & 5”

Why Do We Label Ourselves?
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Why Do We Label Ourselves?

Why does everyone need a label?

I read a hilarious post on the You Have To Laugh website (of which I have personally contributed a few posts – Note: Sense of Humour Required). It was a post by dad blogger Paul who blogs over at Babysitting the Kids. The post was aptly entitled ‘Apocalypse Now’.

He humorously writes about the inevitable pitfalls of parent blogging should you actually be brave (or insane) enough to have an opinion on anything! Literally anything parent related. Whatever it is, you will most likely be ‘taken out’ for whatever opinion you have because inevitably it differs from that of others. *Madness* Continue reading “Why Do We Label Ourselves?”

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Parenting Win vs. Parenting Fail ft. Tonic & Tiaras

This latest episode of #ParentingWin vs #ParentingFail comes from the lovely Chanene who blogs over at Tonic & Tiaras. Like me, she is a mom of two little girls. This post is being published on the eve of the first time we get to meet each other in real life … so exciting!

If this is the first time you are reading one of these posts, I started the series with the purpose of featuring a mom 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 (other than keeping tiny human’s alive) 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. Tonic & Tiaras”