Dooky Cover Giveaway
Giveaway, motherhood, Parenting

~WIN~ The Original Dooky Cover Giveaway!

If you haven’t heard about the Dooky Cover yet, let me tell you all about this amazing accessory! The Original Dooky Cover will make life easier for you as a parent, and more comfortable for your precious little bundle of joy!

When you welcome your new tiny little human into your life there a million different things that consume you. I’ve written a few advice posts in the past. Continue reading “~WIN~ The Original Dooky Cover Giveaway!”

Are We Afraid Of Our Kids Being Bored

Are We Afraid To Let Our Kids Be Bored?

Why are we so afraid of letting our kids get bored?

This is the question a friend of mine asked me a few weeks ago, a question her father had asked of her. It got me thinking about the topic of keeping our children occupied and how we as parents seem to have become consumed with avoiding any situation where our kids might actually be bored.

Why is that? Continue reading “Are We Afraid To Let Our Kids Be Bored?”

Saturday Gratitude CheckIn
Gratitude Series, Parenting

My Saturday Gratitude Check-In

I’m starting a new weekend series where every Saturday I will recognize one thing I am grateful for! The Saturday Gratitude Check-In series will run every weekend and I hope you will all join in, in your own way so that we can all share something we are grateful for.

Today I am grateful for early morning cuddles with my girls.

As parents we often just want and need a few more minutes of sleep, especially on a Saturday morning after a hectic week. Continue reading “My Saturday Gratitude Check-In”

January Instagram RoundUp
Blogging, Giveaway, motherhood, Parenting

January Instagram RoundUp

It’s time for the first InstaRoundUp of 2018! If you were following my blog last year you will be familiar with these, but the idea is to give you some more personal insight into the Top 5 most liked pictures from my Instagram account. I used to do this fortnightly but for this year I plan to only do them at the end of every month.

Without further ado, let’s get this show on the road!

No. 5: I Don’t Diet!

Continue reading “January Instagram RoundUp”

Newsletter Coming Soon!
Blogging, Parenting

*Newsletter Coming Soon!*

I’m sure most of my faithful readers will have noticed that I have been changing things on the blog and shaking things up. I went self-hosted in December in a bid to start 2018 off with a bang! I’ve had a few hiccups along the way, a few tears and maybe even a minor tantrum, but it’s been worth it!

I also got a new logo designed and have been tweaking the layout and design of my blog. I would love your feedback regarding this. Continue reading “*Newsletter Coming Soon!*”

How To Plan Your Family's Schedule
family, motherhood, Parenting

How To Plan Your Family’s Schedule!

I joked a few weeks ago about how being a PA in my previous life had prepared me for motherhood thanks to my experience of juggling diaries for numerous directors and Heads of Departments! I was wrong! I am now drowning in diary madness so I had no choice but to come up with a plan to manage my family’s schedule!

I thought I was being so clever having my girls close together, but the reality turned out to be very far removed from that ideal! It’s hard work! It’s chaos! It’s never really knowing who needs to be where for what or when! Don’t get me started on the fighting!

What’s the problem?

Continue reading “How To Plan Your Family’s Schedule!”

Flying With Children
Parenting, Travel

Let Me Tell You About Flying With Children!

Flying with children is not for the faint hearted, whilst I’ve never done a return flight to Cape Town, I have a few other experiences to share with you based on my many experiences of flying solo with small children!

My Experiences Of Flying With Children – you can’t make this stuff up!

The first time I flew with my eldest daughter, she was 15 months old. We were on our way to the UK from Zimbabwe with a one day stop-over in Johannesburg. I didn’t even have a stroller then as the plan was to buy one in Johannesburg en-route. My husband was also flying to the UK, but funny enough he booked himself on a completely different airline and route – no, he will never live that one down! I was scared, but excited and determined. The trip itself was fine, the only ‘bad thing’ that happened was when she slipped off her seat, fast asleep, in the middle of the night and landed on the floor – Yup! Bad mom! I felt the judgement hard, and don’t think I will ever forgive myself. Fortunately she slept through the whole thing! Continue reading “Let Me Tell You About Flying With Children!”

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”

Road Trip Northern Cape Days 2 & 3
family, Holiday, Parenting, Travel

Road Trip: Northern Cape (Days 2 and 3)

During the week between Christmas and New Year we decided on a spur-of-the moment family road trip adventure to the Northern Cape. We had a few places on our ‘to visit’ list, but the rest was basically an adventure and exploration of the one province in South Africa that seems to pull us back, and definitely holds a special place in my family’s heart. If you want to catch up before reading on, you can check out the prep and Day 1 of our trip, or else you can just carry on from Day 2 and pop back later!

Day 2: Upington to Kathu via Van Zylsrus

Departure Time: 06.45am

Temperature: 23°C

Day 2 dawned bright and early. We packed up the car and went to have breakfast at Wimpy before heading off. After refuelling ourselves we stopped to refuel the Fortuner, and buy more ice for the cooler box! Our destination was Van Zylsrus for lunch, then on to Kathu where we would sleep the night. Continue reading “Road Trip: Northern Cape (Days 2 and 3)”