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    35 Life Lessons on my 35th Birthday (Part1/3)

    I turn 35 this weekend. That’s quite a milestone birthday I think. The ‘find yourself’ twenties are a thing of the past and the ‘reinvent yourself‘ forties are around the corner. Since I am of a ripe old age, I thought now would be as good a time as any to impart some knowledge on the younguns (basically anyone younger than 35). Here is Part 1 of my Life Lessons: Life Lessons as a Daughter Before I was anyones sister, girlfriend, wife or mother, I was a daughter. This is something that I will always be regardless of what age I am. I am so grateful to have the parents…

  • The mixed message of ‘Stranger Danger’

    Have you ever told your child not to talk to Strangers? I would be surprised if you had not. Strangers are an unknown element in our lives and in the twisted world we live in today, you never know who could be a threat to your child. But here's a question, have you ever told your child to... - greet a cashier? - a shop assistant who said they were cute? - a friendly car guard? - a friend of yours from high school that you bumped into at the mall? Of course you have. But isn't that a Stranger?

  • The Insurance Cover you don’t think about, but need the most

    We are almost all held hostage by Insurance companies in one way or another. They charge us exorbitant fees in the hope that nothing happens to us and we pay those fees because we live in fear that something bad WILL happen. It’s a strange gamble where you only win if you lose, but if something holds value to you then you don’t mind paying to have it protected. However, there is one form of insurance that is too often overlooked and it’s meant to cover the most valuable possessions you will ever own.   But first…let’s look at the most common forms of insurance Medical Insurance (aka Medical Aid)…

  • A public letter of apology to Peppa Pig

    Dear Peppa, I owe you an apology. I know this probably comes as a surprise since we became besties over the last few weeks but the truth is, I didn’t always like you. In fact, I have said some rather…unpleasant things about you and it’s been eating at me. Now I need to get this off my chest so that we can carry on with a clean and pure friendship. Apologies This isn’t easy and I think it’s best that we get the worst out of the way first. It is possible that I may have, on occasion… compared your face to a deformed penis. There, I said it. I’m…

  • It’s been a year, and what a year it’s been!

    I know I come across all professional and knowledgeable (haha! wishful thinking!) but I have only been on the South African blogging scene for about a year now. I wrote my very first post in January 2016 without ever thinking that anyone would read what I wrote. This site was my anonymous, online journal, my space to work out the feelings that I could not, or would not, verbally express. Since then it has evolved into so much more. My husband, sister and best friend were my test subjects and their positive feedback gave me the last push I needed to eventually take the leap in September last year. I…

  • 10 Ways to Stay Sane as a Stay at Home Mum

    I have been a stay at home mum for five years now. That is almost as long as I was in the business world before having kids. It’s really crazy how fast the years go by. In that time I have learnt a few tips and tricks to help maintain a certain level of sanity. When you are surrounded by tiny people who struggle to verbalize their needs but are really frikken needy, trust me, you can lose your shit very quickly! Here’s my top 10 tips to being a successful stay at home mum: 1. Wake up early This is a tough one, especially in Winter, but it’s worth…

  • The milestone I never saw coming

    Today took me a little by surprise. In retrospect it shouldn’t have but sometimes I get so busy with life that I don’t take the time to really focus on the now. It used to be the case in most Indian families that little girls would get their ears pierced very young. By very young I mean under a year old and before you get all horrified about that, the reasons are that it’s easier to care for a healing piercing in a little baby than an active, often dirty, toddler. In Indian culture, piercing your ears is as normal as cutting your hair. It is not seen as body…

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    Keeping up with the Joneses at School

    I have been thinking of our social standing recently and this is only something that has popped up on my radar since my daughter started school. We are a middle income family living a comfortable life. My husband is the sole bread winner by choice, we own our own home and employ someone three times a week to help with the cleaning. Compared to the majority of people in South Africa, we live a luxurious lifestyle. Luxury is relative though isn’t it? The Joneses My daughter goes to the most amazing pre-school. The teachers are exceptional and clearly love their job, the class and playground equipment is in pristine condition,…