• Mompreneur : Jade van Niekerk

    I met Jade (owner and entrepreneurial mind behind Jadels) for breakfast and a chat. I estimated about an hour for our ‘interview’ but we ended up chatting for almost two and a half hours and I would have gladly stayed longer had my beautician not been waiting to fix my wolverine eyebrows.  She is the first in my Mompreneur series and the reason I wanted to meet her is this amazing product that I saw her advertising on Facebook: HOW GENIUS IS THIS?!!! Who doesn’t freak out about meeting in a fatal accident but your kids are still in the car and unable to speak? Or you are alone and unconscious…

  • I've been featured!!!

    How exciting!!  I was so flattered when Carly over at www.momoftwolittlegirls.com asked me to write a guest post. I have been following her blog from the time I joined WordPress and she is great! Super relatable and down to earth.  Here it is: https://momoftwolittlegirls.com/2017/08/17/parenting-win-vs-parenting-fail-5/ Time to celebrate with a steaming cup of Vanilla Chai …it’s bloody cold today 😂

  • The cloud is lifting

    What cloud you ask? The very dark one that seemed to enjoy hanging out above my head and occasionally (often) raining on my parade. PND is no joke. I feel like I have a mild case of it in comparison to some of the stories I have read but it’s still pretty shitty. Now I have way more good days than bad though so things are looking up.  My little sausage is almost nine months old. That’s her climbing up the jungle gym (unassisted I might add) like a tiny little daredevil. She is a source of such joy to me but also incredible pain. I’m talking literal pain. This…

  • Stick a fork in me, I'm done

    I read a great ‘feminist’ (I don’t think it should be classified this way) cartoon the other day. Here’s the link https://www.google.co.za/amp/s/english.emmaclit.com/2017/05/20/you-shouldve-asked/amp/ I’m sure quite a few of you have seen it already.  This really struck a chord with me. I wrote a blog post a while back about how running a household and taking care of kids is like working two full time jobs. At the time my husband stepped in to help out more but we seem to have fallen back into the same rut and I am both physically and mentally exhausted. Don’t get me wrong, my husband spends time with the kids, helps tidy up, cooks…

  • When breast isn't best :'(

    I read such a tragic story the other day that I just can get out of my head. Here’s the link: Mom Shares Tragic Story Of Breastfed Infant Dying From Starvation If you are a first time mum or even an experienced mum but being pressured to exclusively breastfeed…please trust your gut. If you think your baby is still hungry then get that formula. You can do combination feeding until your supply picks up. This story was so easily avoidable.  I am a well educated woman and I have another child but when I took my second baby for her vaccine the clinic sister made me feel terrible about combination…

  • My darling second child, you have stolen my heart

    I don’t know how it happened. I don’t know when it happened. But this teeny tiny three month old has managed to carve a place for herself in heart and she has made herself quite comfortable there 🙂 I confess, I had a mini meltdown the day before I went into theatre. I just did not know how I could possibly love another child as much as I did my first. I felt guilty for loving the new baby less even before she arrived. (Mum guilt is a very real and powerful thing!). I even whispered to my firstborn that she would always be my favourite (I’m not proud).  Yet…

  • I havn't disappeared

    Well…I guess I kinda have. My hormones have been throwing me completely off kilter to the point where I have taken some calming tablets on the really bad days. Blogging feels a bit too emotionally draining for me to attempt at the moment. Will get back to it as soon as my body calms down.

  • I'm starting to hate breastfeeding

    Ok, that’s not entirely  true. I hated it long before I started. Now it’s just my stubborness that is keeping me going.  Let’s go through some pros and cons shall we? Pros Health benefits  It’s free Cuddle time No bottles to wash and sterilize Cons There is a little person attached to my boobs for almost 10hours a day. 10 HOURS!!!!! I love her but that doesn’t make it hurt any less. Not being able to share the feeding is exhausting. It means being the one to wake up every hour or two hours throughout the night. Sometimes a feed lasts thirty minutes and sometimes three hours.  The tiredness is…

  • The cracks are starting to show

    Ugh. I have so much to post about but zero energy. Here’s a broad overview: Life  The business hasn’t taken off as we had hoped so J has started job hunting. In hindsight we were naive and foolish to think that he could work full time on this business while expecting baby no2 and living so close to family. There was always something for him to help with or some obligation thing to sort out. Before we knew it five months flew by and still no income from the website. Not an ideal situation. So now the job hunt is on and we will be moving provinces again. I don’t…

  • Say whaaaaaaaaaat!

    How cool is this! I’v been nominated for a Liebster Award by Jenny, writer of a really cool blog that you can check out by clicking on her name. Thank you! She is new to the blogosphere but her posts are entertaining and if you’re in the States you should definitely follow her (not literally please, that’s creepy) to get info on good bargains and free stuff 🙂 So for those who don’t know about the Liebster Award (2016), allow me to explain. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. Display…