Parenting

Turn Off The Noise!

I think it’s time to turn off the noise.

As parents we can become sidetracked from our own mission of what we believe to be right or wrong when we listen to everyone else’s opinions too much. It is easy to worry that we aren’t doing enough, or we’re doing too much. It’s human nature to compare and contrast, but at the end of the day we need to decide what is best for our own children and then turn off the noise! I know what I’m talking about, because I used to be a sheep!

As a blogger we move in certain circles and whilst competition can be healthy, when you become preoccupied with what everyone else is doing and the way they’re doing it, you can lose sight of your goals as well. Who got what campaign. How did that person’s post compare with yours? What did so-and-so get paid to be part of that campaign. This mentality was extremely bad for my anxiety, so I took the decision to turn off the noise!

How To Irritate Me & Lose Credibility!

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Parenting

Self Love Makes Exceptional Moms

Self love? What does it mean exactly?

Well, for moms, it’s can be a bit of an obscure concept.

We’re very familiar with love, the kind of love that’s unstoppable and generally flows in torrents in the direction of our family. This love is demonstrated not just in hugs and cuddles, but in the form of lunch boxes, clean clothes, putting tired little bodies to bed, and consoling a toddler whose ice-cream just met the road.

Pause for a minute and think of the last time you directed some of that loving care your own way? An extra 20 minutes in the bath, an indulgent bite of your favorite chocolate or a binge session of that embarrassingly ridiculous series? All that, in a nutshell, is self love. And if the last sentence made you sigh a little sigh of “YES PLEASE!!!”, then you’re about to learn just how to work these simple pleasures into your manic-mom routine. Continue reading “Self Love Makes Exceptional Moms”

#GirlMomsMeetUp-Toy-Kingdom
Blogging, motherhood, Parenting, Reviews

#GirlMomsMeetUp | Toy Kingdom

Last week I announced the #GirlMomsMeetup that my blogging friends and I had organised! I didn’t give away too much information as we wanted it to be a surprise, and what a super surprise it was! One of the sponsors who were super excited to work with us from early on in our planning was the amazing Toy Kingdom. They invited us and our girls to experience their Build A Bear Workshop at their Toy Kingdom store in Boksburg at the East Rand Mall. The #girlmomsmeetup Toy Kingdom experience was on!

It was epic! For those of you who didn’t read it (shame on you! Kidding!) the idea behind our meet-up is that we, as moms of girls who are no longer babies but are not yet teenagers, needed to get together to see what was out there, and chat about the hot topics we are all facing trying to parenting the future generation of women! Continue reading “#GirlMomsMeetUp | Toy Kingdom”

Winter on the side of a sports field
family, Just For Laughs, Parenting

How To Survive Winter On The Side Of A Sports Field | Tonic & Tiaras

Today I had the honour of speaking to a “seasoned’’ sports mom.

All the men in her life (husband included) play sport while she freezes her butt off on the sideline.

How does one make this just a little bit more bearable?

I had to ask her.

Is it possible, and if so how do…

Source: How To Survive Winter On The Side Of A Sports Field | Tonic & Tiaras

Girl-Moms-Meet-Up
Blogging, motherhood, Parenting, Reviews

Announcing: The #GirlMomsMeetUp

I am so excited to announce the first ever #GirlMomsMeetUp in South Africa.

WHAT?

A few weeks ago I was chatting with a couple of my blogging buddies, Charlene from High Heels and Fairy Tales, and the award-winning Chanene from Tonic & Tiaras, about how we were struggling with some of the requests we were getting from PR companies and brands.

As Influencers we are always grateful when Brands and PRs recognise us. However, so much of the mommy blogger market is dedicated to little kids and babies. And we’re past that! Phew! But in the same breath, our daughters are not teenagers yet either.

We talked about how it didn’t sit right with us to work on products that don’t relate to us and doesn’t correlate to our individual blog’s brands.

We realised that we had stumbled into a little gap in the market. As moms of girls of a specific age group, our focus has shifted. Continue reading “Announcing: The #GirlMomsMeetUp”

Car-Seat-Advice
Parenting

CarSeatFullstop | I learned something new – High Heels & Fairy Tales

Every child until 12 years of age needs to be in a car seat to be safe in case of a crash. CarseatFullstop.

Every child. Every time. No matter what.

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I-Was-There-To-Say-Goodbye
family, Immigration, marriage, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting, Travel

I Was There To Say Goodbye

I spent the last two weeks before the long Easter weekend back in my hometown of Kadoma, in Zimbabwe. It was a very bittersweet trip. Not only was I going to just go and be with my family, but I was also on a mission. A mission to tie up loose ends, to settle unsettled affairs and to sell stuff we had left behind when we moved from Zimbabwe to South Africa. I was there to say goodbye.

For those of you who have just stumbled upon my blog, we are in the process of relocation from South Africa back to the UK. We are Africans by birth, but spent over 10 years in the UK which is where we met. After we married we moved back to Africa, but now it’s time to say goodbye again. And it’s breaking my heart. Continue reading “I Was There To Say Goodbye”

March-Instagram-Round-Up
Blogging, Holiday, motherhood, Parenting, Travel

My March Instagram Round Up

It’s time again for my March Instagram Round Up. This is my monthly series where I share some behind the scenes insights into the top 5 pictures from my Instagram over the past month. Giving away a little more details about what was actually happening at the time the picture was taken, or providing just a little more context and details to the pictures.

I usually do these posts on the last day of the month, but I’ve been a bit busy traveling between Zimbabwe and South Africa so I didn’t get the chance before now. For those who follow me regularly you’ll know I was in Zimbabwe for the past two weeks. Or as I like to call it – “Home”.

It was so good to be there, but very emotional for the girls and I, and my parents there. This will be our last trip to Zim for a while now as we have made the decision to move back to the UK. It was really a ‘farewell’ visit, and just that terminology made us all sad. I’m not going to dwell on that.

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