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…

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songs-of-the-90s
family, Holiday, Just For Laughs

Songs Of The 90s Teenager

I’m feeling a little nostalgic at the moment. I think it’s the impending move and all that. Today I was driving and a song came on the radio that I hadn’t heard in years! Decades actually! It was Westlife’s – When You’re Looking Like That. Now technically that song came out in 2000, but it made me want to go back and remember all the songs of the 90s from when I was a teenager!

I was born in 1981, so my teenage years were pure 90s! I remember being a ‘goodie goodie’ at school but on weekends I was a reckless and ‘expressive’ as my friends, a typical 90s teenager, or any teenager I’m assuming. Let’s just leave it there.

Last week I was packing up the last of my precious memories and my mom brought me my old school tie to take with me, emblazoned with all the badges I’d earned. Believe it or not, I was Head Girl, Captain of Swimming and Captain of Hockey, to name a few. Anyway, seeing that tie, and being home in my mom’s house where I spent my teenage years was quite weird, especially when my two little girls crept into my bed in my old room with me. Continue reading “Songs Of The 90s Teenager”

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”

The-kindness-of-strangers
family, motherhood, Parenting, Travel

The Kindness Of Strangers

Flying with the girls this time round was a much easier experience than it has been in the past. The first reason being their age, with the eldest being nearly 7 and the youngest being nearly 5. The other was the kindness of strangers.

Growing Up

As I have said before, I have flown many times with the girls. Most of that has been done on my own, solo parenting.

This can be a very daunting responsibility for a parent, especially if the children out number the solo parent!

This time around I can honestly say it was easier. Not perfect, but definitely easier. Here’s why: Continue reading “The Kindness Of Strangers”

Grateful For Choice
family, Gratitude Series

My Saturday Gratitude Check-In: Choice

Choice is something that those of us who have the luxury of it, take for granted.

I don’t really want to dwell too much on this right now, suffice it to say that we are at a bit of a crossroads in life right now. We can either choose to take a huge leap of faith, or choose not to.  Continue reading “My Saturday Gratitude Check-In: Choice”

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!”

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!”