LG Sapient Smart Inverter Washing Machine
family, motherhood, Reviews

The LG Sapience Smart Inverter Washing Machine: My Saving Grace!

At the end of last year I was extremely grateful to be given a brand new, 15 kg LG Sapience Smart Inverter washing machine. Grateful is an understatement. I felt blessed and honoured. Thank you LG!

As a Stay-at-home-mom and housewife, I spend a huge amount of time doing the family laundry. Previously I had an 8 kg washing machine which I loved. I won’t lie, that machine worked HARD! Then about four months ago it broke and I had to get it fixed. The replacement parts only came with a three-month guarantee so I felt like I was living on borrowed time.

I can live without any other household appliance, but not my washing machine! I am quite capable of washing my own dishes, or steaming food on the stove instead of the microwave, or even boiling water on a gas braai myself! What I can’t actually do is wash four people’s clothing every day, for the rest of my life. I just can’t. Do you know how many times a day little girls need to change their outfits? School holidays in particular feel like Paris Fashion Week every day! Continue reading “The LG Sapience Smart Inverter Washing Machine: My Saving Grace!”

Anxiety As A Mother
motherhood, Parenting

Anxiety As A Mother

Anxiety as a mother, is prevalent in our modern society. It’s a real thing. For many people, ‘being a mother’ and ‘anxiety’ seem to go hand in hand.  Two years ago I didn’t even know that anxiety was a recognised mental health condition. All I knew was that I hated the monster I turned into when I found myself in certain situations, and it was causing a huge rift between me and my children. The day I noticed that my girls were looking at me like I was a crazy unhinged monster was the day I knew that something had to change, I needed to get a grip!

In recent years, mental health conditions such as Post Natal Depression (PND) have become less of a stigma. People now accept that it is a real thing. How many of us can honestly reflect on those early months of motherhood and realise that we probably needed a little help but were either were too busy to realise what was wrong, or were struggling to admit to ourselves that we weren’t quite coping. I mean, we’re mothers. We’re supposed to be feeling like this right? It’s just tiredness, right?

As someone who struggles with anxiety, I want to start the conversation and I want ‘anxiety’ to be recognised for what it is, a state a mind that we can’t always control. Continue reading “Anxiety As A Mother”

Christmas Traditions
Blogging, motherhood, Parenting

My InstaRoundUp – December 2017

It’s time for what will most likely be my last InstaRoundUp for 2017. I intend to spend the next few weeks enjoying spending time with my family. Blogging is hard work, time-consuming and continuous and I think we can all afford to give ourselves a break every now and then.

Now, let’s be honest, I’m a blogaddict so I’m not going to completely disappear off-line, but I’m definitely going to ‘chill’ for a bit.

The last of these RoundUps was done in November, and December has been so hectic already and we’re only just over half way through. On to the roundup where I provide a little more insight behind the top 5 most liked and popular posts from my Instagram account over the past 20 days:  Continue reading “My InstaRoundUp – December 2017”

Christmas Traditions
family, Holiday, motherhood, Parenting

Christmas Traditions – Part 2

Earlier this week I put out a collaborative post where I asked a few of my blogging buddies to share with us how they celebrate the festive season and their Christmas traditions with us. I had so many other awesome bloggers want to share their stories that I have enough for another post.  Continue reading “Christmas Traditions – Part 2”

Bittersweet Milestone
motherhood, Parenting

Bittersweet Milestones

As a mother, our job is to prepare our children for life without us. Although we know that this is our job, all the  bittersweet milestones we have to deal with, take a piece of our mama heart with them!

As I sit and type this, I find myself reeling with the emotions I am forcing myself to feel and deal with.

Let’s Face It!

For the past week or so I have not had any inspiration to actually write. Then I read a post by a fellow South African blogger, Venean from In the Meantime where she was both celebrating and sad about the fact that her son is self-weaning. Reading it made me feel both emotional and inspired at the same time. It definitely touched something in my soul that made me rush home and start typing. Continue reading “Bittersweet Milestones”

Just For Laughs, motherhood, Parenting

How Being A PA Prepared Me For Motherhood!

I realised yesterday that my former life as a PA was the universe’s way of trying to prepare me for my current life of motherhood.  Believe it or not, I used to be a Personal Assistant to Directors and Heads of Department in various financial institutions in London and York in the UK.

Being a PA requires certain skills as any Job Advertisement will tell you: Diary management; Travel coordination; Planning; Organising refreshments; Flexibility.

Here’s why my former life as a PA prepared me for my current life of motherhood.

Diary Management

As a mother, you are required to coordinate your children’s school activities, sporting activities, play-dates and social schedules, and this requires vast experience, patience and organisational excellence. This experience was only gained during my time as a PA, and thank goodness I have been able to dust the cobwebs of my mom brain off and call on my previous skills and successfully transfer them into my new life of servitude / motherhood!

Travel Coordination

Motherhood requires you to be on top of complicated travel itineraries. Whilst the landscape may have changed, and I no longer need to consider flight schedules and train timetables, I do need to plan ahead so that I know how I am going to get them from school, then to this one’s dance lesson, and back in time to take that one to swimming lessons, whilst also remembering to pick this up and drop that off. Motherhood it turns out, is extremely hectic and far more complicated than life as a PA and having to organising the travel requirements for four adults with different schedules that require I take into consideration network rail delays and changes to flight schedules!


Children expect you to ‘jump’ whenever they need refreshments, and in fact, “Mom, I need juice!” is actually far less respectful than “Would you mind getting us some coffees for the meeting at 10.00 please?” One of the duties I hated the most as a PA was getting coffees. Thank goodness the Directors I supported were really lovely, and they understood this, and on the rare occasion when they were extremely desperate for a coffee, they would all but beg me to get them a coffee. (I never said I was a ‘good’ PA!) Little did I know that motherhood would require me to ‘jump’ every two minutes to provide some kind of refreshment or sustenance to the two Directors I actually gave birth to!


Being a PA requires you to be flexible, not just in the hours you work but in being able to make changes to schedules and provide ad hoc support when required. Being a mother, requires that you are so flexible that you may as well be an olympic gymnast. In this one instance, I don’t think being a PA adequately prepared me for motherhood quite as well as the other examples I have given, but it did give me some basic training. Cancelling a train ticket and processing a refund is far easier than having to cancel your entire meticulously planned schedule at a moment’s notice because one of your Directors threw up all over the kitchen floor and you actually attempted to catch it with your bare hands.

What are the benefits I miss about being a PA?

  • Having a reason to get dressed in uncomfortable clothes that look nice.
  • Going to work, working, and then going home and not working!
  • Money – I had some.
  • Respect – I had some.
  • Talking to adults who you can actually reason with.
  • Annual Leave
  • Flexi-time
  • Hot Coffee
  • Did I mention talking to adults?
  • Sleeping at night

Given the choice, what would I change about being a mother?

  • Nothing – except the vomit catching! I could do without that.

Thanks for reading. If anyone has any other examples you think I should add to this list, please let me know in the comments below.

Life Love and Dirty Dishes
Monday Stumble Linky


motherhood, Parenting

My InstaRoundUp – 22 November

I feel like it’s been ages since I did an Instagram Round-up Post, but I guess not. Maybe it’s the time of year, everything seems to be going so fast! We are almost done with our school commitments for the year, which is pretty scary. Just one more function which is this coming Friday where the ‘man in the big red suit’ will be making a surprise visit to school, and then one more week of school and we are done. I can’t wait for the holidays. The girls are tired, I’m tired. We all just need a break!

On to the round-up …  Continue reading “My InstaRoundUp – 22 November”

Online Shopping With Superbalist
motherhood, Parenting

Online Shopping with Superbalist

Online Shopping with Superbalist might just be my new favourite thing! I am completely sold on this. When I lived in the UK I used to do a huge amount of shopping online. Since living in South Africa I haven’t really done that much online shopping. I don’t really know why. I think part of the reason is my concern with actually receiving my orders in a timely manner. I’m very impatient!

My Superbalist Experience

After my experience with Superbalist, my concerns about shopping online are gone and I am definitely converted! As soon as my kids clothing order was dispatched I received a text message confirming the order number and providing me with the option  to track the parcel. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived the very next day! Continue reading “Online Shopping with Superbalist”

Blogging, Just For Laughs, motherhood, Parenting

I Am More Than "Just A Mommy Blogger" ft. Tonic & Tiaras!

Well we have reached the final episode in my ‘I Am More Than “Just A Mommy Blogger”‘ series. I have to say I have really enjoyed finding out more about the ladies I have featured up till now, but it’s not over yet! If you want to catch up on last week’s feature of the series where I featured Spirited Mama  please do.

The final episode features a lady who I have definitely grown to consider as one of my blogging besties! She is an awesome human being so I really hope you enjoy learning more about her!

Welcome MsChanaynay, please tell us a bit more about you?

Continue reading “I Am More Than "Just A Mommy Blogger" ft. Tonic & Tiaras!”

family, Just For Laughs, motherhood, Parenting

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!”