Parenting

Children’s Birthday Party Etiquette

Children’s Birthday Party Etiquette

You’ve probably seen this incredible story going around, about a boy in England whose parents sued another 5-year-old boy for the grand total of GBP 15.95 for not showing up to a birthday party. I mean, this made me LAUGH. Of course it’s completely ridiculous and totally absurd but there is still a very small(…)

Win a Little Miracle Babygro designed by Jo-Ann Strauss

Win a Little Miracle Babygro designed by Jo-Ann Strauss

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED – and the winner was comment number 22 Nicky Dumaresq (see random. org screengrab below)** Spree recently got in touch asking if I’d let you know about a great new initiative they are part of called Little Miracle. In collaboration with Jo-Ann Strauss and Keedo, they have recently launched a new(…)

Ben’s First Day of School

Ben’s First Day of School

We were so excited this morning (I mean, look at that face – he’s thrilled!). He had his best outfit on, his little ladybird bag packed and he was wearing shoes for probably only the fifth time in his life. He even grabbed his bag and walked all the way down to our driveway by himself(…)

How I Pack for a Holiday With Kids

How I Pack for a Holiday With Kids

The Mountains are THIS close to our December holiday. And we’re driving everywhere, because flights this time of year are SO expensive, plus it’s becoming quite impossible to take all the things we need for a month away on the aeroplane with us. I’m not exactly excited about the long car journeys, mostly because Ben is(…)

Smug Girl Parents

Smug Girl Parents

I used to be one of these, so I can speak from both sides of the parenting gender fence. I’d had my gorgeous baby girl and got through the difficult first few months and then she started to reach all the expected milestones exactly as she was supposed to. Is she rolling yet? Of course? Sitting? Yes! She(…)

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Rachel is four so she certainly doesn’t have a cell phone and she doesn’t ever sit on the computer (except to Skype her grandparents). The closest she comes to the Internet is when she’s playing on the iPad but we limit her time there to a few games, movies and taking photos (her favourite) and she(…)

Look Who’s (Not) Talking

Look Who’s (Not) Talking

By the time Rachel was 18 months old she could say approximately 13 words and identify many more. Ben has two: HA-WO! (hello) and ta-ta (thank you). He babbles in baby language all day long and has proper conversations with his parents, his sister, his nanny and strangers on the street, all in a mixture(…)

That Age When Parenting Gets Easier

That Age When Parenting Gets Easier

Let me start with a bit of a caveat: I don’t think parenting ever gets really breezy and easy. As your kids get older, you are faced with more difficult, complex issues as they deal with the world and the people around them. And this continues the older your kids get, so that even when they’re 40(…)

Why You Need to Discover Korango (+15% off!)

Why You Need to Discover Korango (+15% off!)

Who or what is Korango? I had never heard of this incredible children’s clothing brand either, until they sent me the most exquisite outfits for Rachel and Ben (lucky us!). Make no mistake, these clothes have been created with love. The attention to detail and amazingly high quality is what really made me sit up and take notice(…)

Tuesday

Tuesday

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,(…)