• Women’s Month Mompreneur #27 – Yvette Hess – Artist, Writer, Blogger and Mental Health Advocate

    In light of August being Women’s Month, I thought it would be the perfect time to promote some hard working mums. You could find the service provider you were looking for or be inspired to take that leap you’ve been dreaming of. Q&A WITH YVETTE 1. Tell me a little about yourself without including details of your family and work (it’s tough I know 😂) I’m Yvette Hess and I’m a free spirited woman with a lot of love to give!  I enjoy people, working with people and making people happy. Yes, that sounds so cheesy I know. I love laughing and making people laugh. I’m only 32 but I…

  • Mompreneur #7 – Cathy Heaton

    If you haven’t already heard of her, and I’m sure most of you have, Cathy is a 40 year old mother to two boys age 12 and 13 years. She is an award-winning professional makeup artist and photographer as well as the author of the pregnancy and baby journal, Our Incredible Journey. In 2014 she was the 2nd runner-up in the Mrs South Africa competition and has since become an official pageant mentor to girls and women participating in pageants. She is also a dedicated contributor and friend to two orphanages in JHB called Changing Lives and Ilamula House. Somewhere in there she finds the time to be a part-time…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 : 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…