• Loaded Mac and Cheese

    Week Three Recap of the #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    I can (almost) confidently say that meal planning is now a habit for me. I love having a list of what to cook instead of standing in front of the fridge and tying to come up with a balanced meal every day. Besides saving money, this whole process is really saving me time. If you ignore the time it takes to take pics and upload it all to social media that is, haha! Here’s a recap of the weeks meals: Day 15 – Monday – Lentil & Mushroom Quesadillas This was the first time I have ever cooked with lentils and I really don’t know why! The Quesadillas were delicious.…

  • 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…

  • A Day in the Life of a Home Schooling Mum

    In case you missed it: Part 1 in the series – A Day in the Life of a Stay at Home Mum, Part 2 – A Day in the Life of a Work from Home Mum I have always been curious about home schooling so when Charlene agreed to give me a glimpse into her day I rubbed my hands together in glee(not an exaggeration). Zee is Charlene’s daughter and a very cute contributing member to her blog High Heels and Fairy Tales. I love that there is structure to their day as well as the flexibility that comes with being a stay at home mum. With the crazy cost…

  • Be careful! You’ll fall!

    I don’t know about you but I say this a lot! At least 5-10 times a day. My eldest loves to pirouette and jump and dance like a jellyfish but her balance isn’t the best and she often falls hence The Warning. But I hate it. Here’s why… By saying ‘Be Careful! You WILL fall!’ I’m turning my warning into a fact. When I actually don’t know if she will fall or not. And even if she does, she may or may not get hurt badly. What I’m doing though is instilling a sense of fear in her. I’m making her doubt her ability when instead I should be encouraging…

  • A Day in the Life of a Stay at Home Mum

    I am so stoked about this new feature! It is a five part series featuring a snapshot into the lives of 5 mums with very different parenting lives. First up is a Stay at Home Mum and who better to give you a glimpse into this (far from)glamourous life than ME!!! Here’s an average day in my life with the time rounded off because it just looks neater that way… 5:30 – I wake up because the room is so damn bright. We don’t have a bathroom door to the en-suite(which will be rectified VERY soon) so the light from the window is super bright even with the blinds closed.…

  • Thursday’s Top 10 – My least useful baby products

    I will preface this by saying that the items below are based on my own experience from my firstborn. I’m sure there are Mums who will swear by some of them and if it worked for you – lucky you!!! 😊 Here’s the list in no particular order: Baby bath seat We actually had two bath seats. The first had a metal frame with a removable fabric ‘seat’ that could be taken out to be washed (Image 1). The problem with that one was 1) if it didn’t dry properly it had a horrible damp smell, 2) it took forever to dry on non-sunny days 3) it was no easy…

  • 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…

  • Re-defining ‘Home’

    As a kid growing up, my home was always my safe haven. I was perfectly happy to head straight there on the last day of school instead of going to the movies or hanging out at a friends place. My bedroom was my happy place, with it’s cheery sunflower yellow walls and navy blue curtains. (This may sound like a weird combination but it was the color scheme for my cousins wedding and it’s gorgeous!) Nothing has really changed since then. I still love being at home with my family as opposed to going out. If I can stay in my PJs all day reading novels then that day would…

  • The commercialism of Christmas and why I revel in it! 

    I ❤ Christmas. I did as a kid, then went through a stage of teenage indifference, loved it again as an adult and now that I have my own kids I SUPERLOVE it! I know that Christmas is about Jesus. I get that. But the tree, decorations and gifts have nothing to do with Christianity and THOSE are the things I adore. The commercialism can drive people nuts but not me. I want to see fairy lights everywhere!!!! When malls try to outdo each other with their giant Christmas trees it makes my heart sing. All the giant S.A.L.E. boards advertising stuff I know I don’t need makes me smile…

  • Giving of thanks 

    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in S.A. but I like the idea of taking a moment to look back on the year and appreciate the people that made it special. So here’s my belated version of Thanksgiving: This year I am thankful to My husband – for managing all our higher level family worries (income, investments, medical aid, did I mention income? etc) so that I only work myself into a frenzy over the day to day. For not running for the hills when post pregnancy hormones turned me into a tearful basketcase. For being such a hands on dad and borderline worshipping his girls. Also for being my best…