• The lowdown on the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    How much do you spend on food a week? This is a question I asked my friends as well as my followers on Instagram. The reason I asked is because we, as a family of 4, spend R1,500 – R2,500 a week on food (groceries, snacks, eating out and takeaway) which I think is absolutely ridiculous!!! It’s way too much to be spending and I’m not proud to say this but I am the culprit. I don’t meal plan but I do occasionally come up with a grocery list that I take with me to the shops. The problem is that I don’t stick to the list. ‘2 tubs of…

  • How much is too little?

    One of our good friends came over to stay for a week recently. She has stayed with us before but I never really paid that much attention to how long she took to get ready each day. By ‘get ready’ I mean from the moment she walks into the bathroom in the morning until she comes out of her room ready for the day. This time I did notice though and it became a running joke that she would need at least 3 hours notice before she had to go anywhere. Then one of the mornings I actually asked her to break it down step by step and let me…

  • A Day in the Life of a Mentally Ill Mum

    I know that there will be some who will take offense to the title of this post. Before you do, you need to know that the title was decided on by the very brave woman who shared her day with us. If she is happy with it (and believe me, she put a lot of thought into this feature) then please do not get upset on her behalf. I met Laetitia (Tish) through a blogging group and I was SO intimidated by her because she runs Poppet Patch which has about a gazillion followers and she is taken very seriously by parents, brands and the blogging community in general. What…

  • What’s for dinner?

    If you have been following me on Instagram and Facebook, you would have seen my What’s for dinner? posts. This is something new that I started this week as a way for me to reconnect with my love of cooking. As a by-product, I will be giving you meal ideas that are really simple, quick, (usually) healthy and most importantly tasty. Monday night This was an Asian inspired, pork stir fry. And it was amazing!!!! So good in fact, that we ate it all and I had no leftovers for lunch the next day! I try to cook big meals for supper so that I only cook once a day.…

  • A Day in the Life of a Single Mum

    If you are a parent then you know how rewarding and amazing an experience it is. You will also know how difficult it can be purely based on logistics and the admin of having someone depending on you for everything. By everything I mean meals, clothing, butt-wiping, transport, water, snacks, did I mention butt-wiping?, entertainment, mental and physical stimulation, doctor visits, vaccinations, dentist visits, etc etc. As a two parent family I know how much I rely on my husband to take over with the kids in the evening just so that I can have a break (break = shower and loo visit #momlife). I can only imagine how difficult…

  • 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…

  • Fairytale fails

    I used to love fairytales. The lighthearted ‘everything works out in the end’ bedtime stories. That is, until I had kids of my own. Now I am reading the stories from my own childhood to my kids and I have mixed emotions at the lack of questions. It’s good that I don’t have to come up with creative answers but also bad that they are not questioning the logic of things. True, one is four and the other just turned one but still.  Here’s some of the questions I kinda wish my girls would ask…and then go to their dad for answers while I laugh quietly in the other room:…

  • 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…

  • Blogs I love : A Vodka Kind of Mom

    An unexpected side effect of this blogging journey is that I have met and befriended some incredible women from all over the world. One of them is the incredibly relatable and also super hot (her beach pictures make me want to both cry and also do 50 sit ups…possibly at the same time 😂) Ashley Marsh. I have been following her blog for quite a while and she has a strong female vibe that runs throughout her posts. ***** A little about Ashley in her own words:  I am 27 and live in the Bay Area but I am originally from Northern Utah. I have two beautiful little boys named Cash…