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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!*”

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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!”

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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!”

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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!”

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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”

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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)”

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Road Trip Northern Cape Day 1
family, Holiday, Parenting

Road Trip: Northern Cape, South Africa – Day 1

I fell in love with the Northern Cape when we lived there briefly between 2014 and 2015. My home might be Zimbabwe, but if you ask both my husband and I where we would choose to spend our golden years other than Zimbabwe, it will most definitely be in the Northern Cape. I  can’t even explain it exactly, it’s a feeling, an admiration for the unique beauty of a diverse and vast landscape, a respect for the quiet and gentle people who live there and a sense of being able to truly breath in good clean fresh air.

Road Trip!

Originally the plan was for my husband and I to go away together on his motorbike whilst my mom looked after the girls for us – yes, we were taking advantage of the fact that we finally had someone to babysit for us. 99% of the time we have no support network to rely on so we planned on taking full advantage. The day before we were to leave we were weighing up the pros and cons of our trip and I suggested that it would be far more comfortable and cooler to go in the car with the aircon than it would to go on the bike, and the idea grew from there until we decided to take my mom and the girls with us! Continue reading “Road Trip: Northern Cape, South Africa – Day 1”

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LekkerLinky Week 2
Blogging, LekkerLinky

The LekkerLinky [Week 2]

Welcome back from the holidays and welcome to week 2 of the (only) South African Linky – the LekkerLinky.

We did have a week off last week because of the festive season but we are all set to start off this year with a bang!

This linky has been specifically set up for South African bloggers and is aimed at promoting content that is relevant and relatable to those of us living in South Africa. We welcome posts from all genres: parenting, lifestyle, beauty, travel, technology, entertainment, foodies, anything and everything, as long as it is locally relevant.

My co-hosts, Charlene from High Heels & Fairy Tales, Jeanette from Whisky Of The Week, and I hope that this will be a fun linky which you will all enjoy, and one that will introduce everyone to wonderful new blogs. Continue reading “The LekkerLinky [Week 2]”

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10 Essentials When Road Tripping With Kids
family, Holiday, Parenting

10 Essentials When Road Tripping With Kids!

This is my top 10 essential items to pack when going road tripping with kids.

We went road tripping with the kids and my mom between Christmas and New Year, from the Free State through the Northern Cape, and back. A total of 1783 kilometers in three days! It was awesome! Check back next week for a more detailed post! It was so much fun!

Originally my husband and I were supposed to go away on the motorbike just the two of us, but in the end we decided to take the girls and mom with us. As we only decided this the day before we were due to leave the packing was a bit rushed.

That said, after doing this a few times there are some essential items you should never forget to pack when going on a road trip with kids. Here is my list in no particular order:  Continue reading “10 Essentials When Road Tripping With Kids!”

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Blog Migration to Siteground
Blogging, Parenting

Let’s Blog This, 2018!

Happy New Year!

I have been a bit quiet on the blog in December and over the festive season. It’s not that I was too busy (although life was rather hectic), but also because I decided to take the leap into the murky waters of ‘self-hosted’ blogging! I have big plans for my blog in 2018 and I have spent a lot of time over the past few weeks laying the foundation for these plans, preparing and migrating my blog and domain, a hugely scary move for any blogger, and generally just tweaking and sorting out ‘things’ (a technical term, I assure you) behind the blog scenes.

Up until now I have been completely reliant upon WordPress for domain hosting and site functionality but I realised that in order to take my blog to the next level I need the additional functionality that going self-hosted will allow me at an affordable price. Continue reading “Let’s Blog This, 2018!”

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