• 2018 Goals (The long version)

    I am a terrible goal setter. Mostly because my memory sucks and I forget where I wrote them down 😂 So I’m going to leave this list right here for me to come back and assess my progress during the year. #1 – Drop a dress size<<< s may not seem like a lot to do, it's just one size right? Ha! I have been struggling to drop this size for two years!! I am a size 36 or a L depending on the size table. I know this isn't huge and it's a very reasonable size to be but it's not a comfortable size for me. The biggest problem…

  • Product review : Muppie Lounge

    A week ago I received the cutest package of Muppie Lounge goodies for me to review. I had been following Marishka’s (creative whizz, artist, planner, website designer, owner and and model behind Muppie Lounge) story and was really keen to check out her range. She is a mum to four little kids and has somehow also managed to start her own fashion label. (How the hell?!) She launches a new range every three to four months and NEVER does the same print on the same style twice so everything is Limited Edition.  First impressions: Oh. My. Hat! I am a sucker for cute containers and the T-shirts arrived in these lovely cylinders with…

  • I'm totes trending!!!

    I have not been trendy at any point in my life. I’m pretty sure I thought I was once. ..but I was wrong. HOWEVER, I now have documented proof to show my girls (when they are teenagers and I’m the height of uncool), that there was a point in time when I was officially trending.  A major character trait of mine is that I downplay accomplishments. It is something that I have always done because I can’t stand people who show off and if you really want to see something exciting then watch someone try to bullshit me. I just don’t have the patience for that kind of thing. My…

  • Mompreneur #6 : Cheryl Barnett

    The morning that I met Cheryl was rough. I had been up since 5am with my little one who had woken twice that night for feeds she didn’t need and I was exhausted. Ten minutes after chatting to Cheryl, I felt awake, invigorated and excited about life. She is the human version of a glass of champagne; pretty, bubbly and she just makes you feel happier.  Cheryl is a mum to a twenty year old step-daughter and an almost two year old son. She waited a really long time for her little boy to make his arrival, seven years in fact, and he is the reason that she left her…

  • Finding my Mumtribe

    I have always been a bit of a loner. If given a choice I would much rather be at home than do something social. I have a few very close friends that have been around for almost half my life and I have been quite content. Since having kids though, I feel as if I’m not setting a very good example. While I don’t think there is anything wrong with being an introvert, I also want to show my girls that it’s ok to put yourself out there and meet new people.  When we moved here in April it was quite lonely. I wasn’t entirely happy with the move to…

  • Mompreneur #5 : Victoria (Tory) Sutherland-Dadds

    It is always so impressive to me when people know from a young age what they want to do with their life. Most take years and a few career changes before finding something they love. Some people never do. Tory is one of the lucky few who found her talent early on and has turned it into a successful career.  Growing up she was always fascinated by tattoos. Luckily for Tory, she is very creative and after she finished matric she went on to art school to hone her talent. Straight afterwards she did an apprenticeship in a tattoo and piercing studio that she ended up buying and running within…

  • Mompreneur #4 : Issa Blanco

    Issa is so well travelled and educated that I was actually quite intimidated by interviewing her. She has a degree in Journalism and two Masters degrees in Marketing and Public Relations respectively. Even with those accomplishments she is so down to earth and easy to talk to which makes sense since she is also a qualified counsellor and Reiki master. (See what I mean?? She’s amazing) Issa was born in Venezuela to her Venezuelan father and Mexican mother. Once she finished University she moved to Colombia in Latin America, Spain, Mexico, the UK and is now living in South Africa until their next move. Along the way she picked up…

  • The multiple personalities of Motherhood 

    Let me preface this by saying that this post is meant to be lighthearted and does not in any way take away from the seriousness of actual mental illness. ***** I didn’t realise that this was even a thing until recently. My daughter chewed off the top of her brand new water bottle because, kids. When I saw it she asked if I was angry. I heard “are you angry Mummy?” But she meant “are you Angry Mummy” 😂 So I thought it would be fun to unpack some of these different personalities: HappyMummy: She has had a good sleep and wakes up humming and generally too exuberant for the…

  • Mompreneur #3 : Debbie Lee Cheetham

    I was quite intrigued when I received Debbies e-mail. She runs two very different businesses from home. The first is her own Graphic Design business. Debbie was a Design Head and Brand Custodian before she had her first child. She managed the account for one of the biggest retailers in SA and like many mums (myself included) she expected to step right back into her job once her maternity leave was over. Being a mum changes your priorities though and Debbie went back to work but as a half day position. Anyone who has converted their role from a full day to a half day in the same company will know that what…

  • Mompreneur #2 : Seimani Naidu

    I am definitely not a clichè Indian. I hardly ever cook curry, dont watch Bollywood movies and I own half of a Punjabi. Apparently I have an accent but if anyone agrees with that I will unfriend you instantly. Joking! (Not really) However, when I met Seimani (her name rhymes with Germany in case you were wondering how to pronounce that) she brought me a sample pack of her Preggsons Spices products and I confess I smelt that Kashmiri masala about six times. I kept putting it down then picking it up to smell it again like I had OCD. It smells amazing! The masala mix is her dad, Preggie’s special concoction…