Beauty, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Parenting


October 14, 2014 | 9 Comments


Hello Tuesday, you were busy. Today I made a little guy porridge, got dressed, went to work, read with my learners from Help2Read, rushed home for lunch, went back to work, popped to the shops for groceries, went to a meeting until 5:30pm and then battled traffic to get home. Then I fed Ben supper, watered the garden, picked up dog poo and made supper for myself. I’m a bit tired but I guess that’s because I’m still recovering from the tonsillitis.

Still, I did have a moment when I stopped and thought: this life thing, does it have to be so rushed? Is this part and parcel of my age, stage and socioeconomic status or did I engineer this? And do I want to change it? And then I went back to my ordinary thoughts because that thought process was just too exhausting. This will be the subject of a future blog post, but in the meantime, here are some observations and interesting links ===>

  1. My daughter learned how to swim today! She swam across the pool completely unaided and her Dad caught it on video for me. Gareth and Rachel are currently in Cape Town doing something exciting (to be revealed soon) and I’m a little sad I missed this important moment but at least we have it on tape. She is SO proud of herself.
  2. This made me laugh. I especially liked “The seams on toddler’s socks are facing down. This is an emergency. How could you let this happen on your watch? Toddler needs assistance and someone to talk it out with” and “Toddler would like you to stand alert in the doorway, unmoving, like one of those Royal Guards who aren’t allowed to scratch”.
  3. Baby equipment sterilisers Milton have launched a very cool campaign called Milton Cares where anyone can nominate a beneficiary around South Africa to receive a free Milton combi steriliser pack. It only takes a few seconds and can really help disadvantaged communities try and help fight the terrible gastro statistics in our country. Do it and spread the word!
  4. I love these 10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings (hilarious!), and am definitely guilty of a few of them including “nodding continuously while pretending to take notes” and “asking the presenter to go back a slide”.
  5. Naartjie Kids recently celebrated their 25th birthday! I love their fresh, locally inspired designs and luckily they’re running some cool sales as part of their anniversary.  Take a look. 
  6. This article someone shared on Twitter really got me thinking about the way retailers gender stereotype kids from such an early age and place pressure on them. It’s to do with clothing sizes in the US and there are really some eye opening findings.
  7. Finally, I CUT OFF ALL MY HAIR! Thanks for all your emails and wonderful tips on having short hair (after I wrote this post) – you gave me the confidence to do it! Plus the problem with blogging every thought that comes into your head is that once you say it, you can’t really back track;). I’m definitely finding myself wearing more make up and dangly earrings (not that this is necessarily a bad thing!) and it’s all growing on me. I’m no Anne Hathaway but it was completely liberating and I’m so glad I did it.

Bye for now – happy reading.

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  • Reply Ailsa Porter October 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Love the hair!

  • Reply Heather October 14, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    You look fabulous!

  • Reply Jenny Kroon October 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    You look gorgeous Bea!

  • Reply laurakim October 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Love the hair!!! Yeah I often wonder about the busyness of life – I have no alternatives and when I try and think of what I can not do in a day – I can’t seem to find one thing to cross off!

  • Reply Belinda Mountain October 15, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Ah thanks so much Ailsa, Heather, Jenny and Laura-Kim! The trick now is trying to get it to look how it did on that first day after the hairdresser did it! It would be really handy if she could do my hair every day;)

  • Reply Louise Jackson October 15, 2014 at 6:34 am

    You look stunning! A super-feminine stylish short cut – have fun with your new do x

  • Reply Gill October 15, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Love the new hairdo!

  • Reply Cindy October 15, 2014 at 9:24 am

    You look stunning!

  • Reply Claudz October 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Love the hair! Looks gorgeous

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