Parenting

Two Dogs. Two Kids. Two Bicycles.

Two Dogs. Two Kids. Two Bicycles.

I’ve written inspirational blog posts before. Posted loving photos and crafted beautiful letters to my kids. But my parenting lately has not been like this. It has been made up of simple day-to-day survival – there haven’t been many shiny Instagram-worthy moments. I don’t know what my kids are going to eat for dinner each night, I(…)

Rachel’s Tinkerbell Party

Rachel’s Tinkerbell Party

I am not a good organiser of birthday parties. I get a bit anxious. Will people be bored? Will they be hungry? Will they be so disinterested that they’ll want to leave early? These are, I know, not rational thoughts. All kids really need is each other and a few sweets and they’ll have a(…)

Coming Out of the Woods

Coming Out of the Woods

I don’t know if I agree with this idiom because I quite like the woods generally. They’re shady. And quiet. And peaceful. But in terms of parenting, I do feel like it’s starting to get a little easier. This doesn’t mean I know it will be plain sailing from here. Far from it. It just means(…)

Johnson’s Baby Sense Seminars (+ Win Hampers)

Johnson’s Baby Sense Seminars (+ Win Hampers)

This giveaway is now closed and the winners were Adele Klusener and Lauren Henderson. Congrats! I loved being pregnant. I was one of those weird women who never got morning sickness, glowed with good health and felt as strong as an ox during both pregnancies. Yip, pregnancy I was very “good” at. Newborn babies? Not so much.(…)

Meet a Mom: Lauren

Meet a Mom: Lauren

I met Lauren at university where we both studied Business Science and then had the grand plan of going over to America to work on the ski slopes. Thinking back, this was quite ambitious of me, considering I came from a dusty farm and had only seen snow once in my life. We had such fun(…)

Save your Knees with Kneepal (and win)

Save your Knees with Kneepal (and win)

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winners were Linnet Crow, Romona Moonsamy and Cirsten van den Heuvel – congrats!*** This is not something I knew I kneeded (LOL) before it came across my desk. When the kids’ bathtime came along every day at 5pm, I always just hunched over the bath on a folded up bathmat(…)

What Ben Says

What Ben Says

I wrote with much angst a few months ago that Ben was not really interested in talking. Well, as with many parenting concerns, my worries were unfounded because now the little man can talk a hind leg off a donkey. I love this stage of toddler speak. Of discovering the joy of language, of having the(…)

MamaMagic Expo: My Best New Products

MamaMagic Expo: My Best New Products

This year I was asked to be part of the judging panel for the New Product Awards at the MamaMagic Expo and I said Yes. I’m not sure why they wanted my opinion but hey, they did, and I saw that they’d even marked me off as “an expert” when I signed in, which may not be(…)

To the Unmothered on Mother’s Day

To the Unmothered on Mother’s Day

“Mother I love you so. Said the child, I love you more than I know. She laid her head on her mother’s arm. And the love between them kept them warm.” (Stevie Smith) *********************************************************** “When my Mom died…I don’t know, I got scared. Of pretty much everything”. He nods, like he gets it, says, “It’s(…)

Skincare, Salaries & Selfish Moms: Top 10 Links

Skincare, Salaries & Selfish Moms: Top 10 Links

Well hello there. As older readers of mine will know, I love collecting useful, funny or otherwise interesting links from around the web and doing a round up every few weeks or so. So here goes: Most of you have probably seen it but this is a video guaranteed to bring a tear to every mother’s eye: watch(…)