They want everything now
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They Want Everything Now!

I don’t know about your kids, but mine have no concept of waiting for anything. None! They want everything now. Not in five minutes time, or in two months time. Now!

It’s Not Their Fault.

This is the reality of the world we live in now. A world where everything is instant. Continue reading “They Want Everything Now!”

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My Instaweek RoundUp – Aug week 1

This has been a busy week, but a good week for me. We had an extra week of holidays so it was really good to be back home and in a routine. Some people hate it, but my girls and I need routine, order and a bit of predictability.  Continue reading “My Instaweek RoundUp – Aug week 1”

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Tangle Teezer Truths 

I was first introduced to the magic wonder of a Tangle Teezer about 10 years ago while I was still living in the UK. My future step-daughter was around 3 and had the most beautiful hair. It grew thick and long from a very early age and it was, and still is, stunning.

But … brushing it was not fun. This little girl, who wasn’t really sure about me, did not appreciate my amateur attempts at brushing her hair, and I was terrified of hurting her. There was some crying (from me) and some screaming (from her) and sometimes I would just give up, tie it up and hope for the best.

And then we got a Tangle Teezer! Yay!!!

It was bliss … it brushed the knots out of her hair so quickly, gently and easily.

Fast forward a few years, and my eldest daughter has the easiest hair in the world to maintain. It’s the perfect thickness and never knots unless there is food in it because she won’t let me tie it up. She keeps it at a manageable length just below her shoulders and there are never any issues with it. It’s been like that since it first grew. Yay!

And just when I wanted to give myself a metaphorical “Winning At Mothering Girls” badge

Winning At Mothering Girls!

… along came my youngest!

I despair, honestly. Her hair is a lot thinner than her sister’s, and she likes to grow it long. She is very ‘girly’ so likes it to look pretty and done up. Great. Terrific … except that she sleeps on her back most of the night and rubs her head side to side all night long which makes the back a big tangled bird’s nest! Every morning I dread that moment – the moment when I have to say “Come get your hair brushed?” 

A few years ago I found the magic Tangle Teezer brush again, it had been packed in our container when our stuff was shipped over from the UK.

Life was fine for a few years, and then about a year ago, after nearly 10 years of use, it broke. I was devastated! I tried to replace it with a cheap drug-store version but that one didn’t even last three months before the bristles all bent and broke.

Earlier this year I went to the #JoziMeetup – an SA Mom Blogs event and in our goodie bags was a beautiful shiny new pink Tangle Teezer – I was over the moon! As were the girls.

Then last weekend a friend of ours gave the girls a gift, another new Tangle Teezer each – officially named the Tangle Teezer Compact. Both have a funky leopard print design on – one natural leopard print coloured and one pink leopard print. They are currently retailing for around R139. Look how pretty they are …

They are both slightly smaller than the original pink one (hence the name compact) but they work just as well and are actually easier to hold in little hands than the original one too. Perfect for the girls to learn how to brush their own hair. They also have a cover on them to protect the bristles – such a great idea.

I really can’t recommend the Tangle Teezer range of hair brushes enough. I’m sure they were designed specifically to make hair brushing easier for moms and kids. Really! Do yourself and your little one a favour today and invest in a Tangle Teezer. If the first one we owned lasted nearly 10 years, it’s well worth it.

I’m still trying out various brands of children’s detangling spray, none work as well as my home-made remedy so far, but if there are any PR companies who want an honest review of their product then I would be happy oblige! Please get in touch. #prfriendly

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, it is my honest review of the Tangle Teezer hair brushes, as a mom of two little girls, and step-mom of one. 

5 Top Tips for House Hunting With Kids
motherhood, Parenting, Stay-at-home-mom

5 Top Tips for House Hunting With Kids 

House hunting with kids is not for the faint hearted!

In fact you really need to have your wits about you or be medicated – there is no in-between. Really! Please … hear what I am saying?! This is not an exaggeration! Continue reading “5 Top Tips for House Hunting With Kids “

family, motherhood, Parenting

My #Instaweek Round-up: Week 6

Welcome back to my slightly-late weekly round-up where I use the top 5 most liked pictures from my Instagram account over the past week as a prompt for a review of my week.

It’s been a pretty rough week. On Monday I took the girls to the pharmacist as they were both getting colds – cue Round 1 of medication. By Wednesday my eldest was a lot worse so we went to the GP – cue Round 2 of medication. By Friday I was super stressed about her as she was getting worse, not better. My GP referred her to a Paediatrician who diagnosed her with Sinusitis, Bronchitis and Tonsillitis. Cue Round 3 of medication (thank goodness for medical aid!). Poor child was really not great and was struggling with a very high fever of over 39.8 for 3 nights in a row.  Continue reading “My #Instaweek Round-up: Week 6”

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How To Survive Your Sick Kids

My kids are sick, mainly the older one, but both of them. Their symptoms have ranged from a persistent cough lasting about 3 weeks, to stomach ache, to raging fevers of almost 40 degrees the past two nights in a row, runny noses (that’s being polite), weeping eyes, you name it, they have it!

Continue reading “How To Survive Your Sick Kids”

The Evolution Of Motherhood
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The Evolution Of Motherhood

Back when I was in the trenches of early motherhood, the days with the demanding toddler, emotionally charged with raging emotions, and the tiny baby, the moving to a new country where I knew no one, those trenches, back in those days I used to look at women who had “stopped” having more kids and think to myself – what on earth do you do with your days?

I could not imagine my life any farther in the future than the next nappy change or feed, the next nightmare trip to the grocery store alone with the girls, or the next tantrum. It was like living in a haze.  Continue reading “The Evolution Of Motherhood”

Blogging, family, marriage, motherhood, Parenting, Stay-at-home-mom

Father's Day When Daddy's Away

Father’s Day four years ago was on June 16th. How do I remember that? Because, it was the day our youngest daughter was born.

To say that I peaked too soon at giving daddy the greatest Father’s Day gift ever is a huge understatement. How do you top that? A baby. The cutest, easiest, most charismatic little hellion you ever did meet … that’s her. The baby, the last child! How do you top giving daddy that ‘gift’?

Short answer … you can’t. Continue reading “Father's Day When Daddy's Away”

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My #Instaweek Round Up – Week 3

Welcome back to my latest #Instaweek Round-up. It’s week 3 in the series, and things were a little tough this week. You can read about our horrific day on Monday here.

Fortunately things picked up towards Friday, and I even managed to get a fun #friyay post out late Friday evening. They Were Bored … Honest! 

Continue reading “My #Instaweek Round Up – Week 3”

I Cant Keep Calm Im a Soccer Mom
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I Can't Keep Calm, I'm a Soccer Mom!

The day has finally arrived. After weeks of practicing and planning, and counting down of sleeps, tomorrow is finally the annual school 5-a-side soccer tournament.

It’s gonna be huge. Continue reading “I Can't Keep Calm, I'm a Soccer Mom!”