• Week Two – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    Week Two has rolled around and I’m feeling more confident in terms of meal planning as well as grocery shopping. I did the shop this morning and came back with a few treats over and above the groceries. I planned on doing some baking this week because we pretty much just snacked on Marie Biscuits last week (they were lovely but still). The Bakery section beckoned and it worked out WAY cheaper to buy a few baked goods as opposed to making them. I came home with 5 croissants, 3 doughnuts and a Malva pudding all for the grand total of R60! Score!! It’s actually a test of my willpower…

  • Week One – The #OneGrandFamilyChallenge

    I know I said that I would have this out on Sunday but since I havn’t gone to bed yet (01:52), I’m going to say I met my deadline! Here is the Week One – Meal Plan As I mentioned in my previous post , there are no recipes, because the Meal Plan is supposed to serve as cooking inspiration more than a hard and fast menu. There is a very good chance that I will chop and change a few meals within the constraints of my ingredients during the week. Every evening I will post pics of our dinner on Instagram and Facebook together with my recipe for the meal.…

  • 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…

  • Running on fumes

    It’s Easter Sunday. Instead of hiding and finding Easter eggs with our girls, I’m sitting in the car in the gym parking lot and hiding from the world. I need a timeout. I don’t have anything left to give. I’m tapped out. I need to be alone. This happens to me sometimes. I am an introvert. Socialising or spending any lengthy amount of time with people (even my own kids) without getting time by myself exhausts me. It physically, mentally and emotionally drains me to the point where I just break. Something gives way without warning and I find myself standing at the kitchen sink, that never seems to stay…

  • A Day in the Life of a Student Mum

    The year after I got married, I had the bright idea of getting a third degree. I had all the credits to jump into the second year of B.Comm Accounting so I registered, bought all the textbooks, a new comfy swivel chair, some awesome stationery and got into it. I only lasted one semester. At the time I had no kids and a pretty laid back job. I just could not muster the determination to stick with a study schedule or to sacrifice sleep to work on assignments. I laugh to myself now because when I think back I had SO much of free time! I cannot for the life…

  • 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 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.…

  • My long overdue pregnancy story and A’s birth story

    I havn’t put A’s pre-birth story down in writing before. Partly because I have been putting it off but mostly because it’s this private little gem that I like to take out and think about and then pack safely away again. But considering that I have such a terrible memory I should write this all up before I forget and lose a precious detail. Especially with Baby #2 around the corner. So here goes: I always knew I wanted to have kids. In my mind I had a set plan – finish university, get an awesome job, meet the guy of my dreams, get married, have kids and stay at home…

  • How switching off the TV gave us our darling daughter back

       Our television has been one of my closest companions and best babysitters for the past three years. When A was just born and J went back to work (after a month at home), I watched Sopranos from start to finish. That’s SIX seasons! Add in a few seasons of Grimm, White Collar, Suits and Lie to me and you get a clear idea of what my life was like. For four months A wouldn’t nap for longer than 20 minutes during the day unless I carried her. And her internal clock only registered ‘bedtime’ as 6am for the loooooooooooongest time.  So I had a lot of time on my…

  • No sugar – Week 2

       I wouldn’t say Week 1 was an epic fail…but I definitely didn’t stick to the no added sugar rule 🙈 Mon – small slice of cake Tues – small ice cream cone Wed – small ice cream cone Thurs – good day Fri – good day Sat – half a large mint choc slab and coconut ice Sun – the other half of the slab 🙈 This is actually really good compared to the previous weeks so I’m going to look at this as slow but definitive progress in the right direction. Week 2 started yesterday and I’ve been good so far so I’m optimistic!