The little things.

The skies decided to open this evening and bless us with some much needed rain. The Western Cape is in a drought, the worst recorded in history and we are preparing for day zero. Yes there has been strict water restrictions for well over a year but from the 1st of February we have been […]

The gift of life-Stem Cell storage

Let’s take a brief moment and talk about stem cells. So your initial reaction would be what the hell is that and what does that have to do with being a mother. Well, everything really. What is a stem cell? It is an undifferentiated cell of a multicellular organism which is capable of giving rise […]

Birth

  So let’s talk childbirth and all the things nobody cares to share with you. You know the less glamorous stuff that gets shunned off to the side like yesterday’s rubbish. First a bit of biology. Babies can be born by two means; Either they pop out of your vagina like a  cork from a […]

One, two and then comes three

I suppose every mother gets sentimental around the time of their child’s birthday. What the hell am I even saying I think ANY mother is pretty much sentimental when simply looking at their child, a little bit of heaven that carries a piece of their heart. Miss M’s birthday is fast approaching and I every […]

Happy 20 uhm 18

Life is racing at Mach speed and it feels like I literally need to hold on to something grounded to prevent myself from getting whiplash. Wasn’t it 2014 like 5 seconds ago?Perhaps it isn’t that bad, perhaps my brain has just been set to cruise mode for the past 3 odd years. What I have […]

FOMO-The unnamed toddler curse

      I honestly think my darling daughter suffers from FOMO. So if you are old school like me, FOMO is an acronym that stands for Fear of Missing Out. According to Wikipedia it is  “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent”.  (Not to be confused […]

Adopting a pet

So evidently my busy schedule is making me less than available to blog. I have even deserted my social media platforms, and while it’s not necessarily a bad thing-you know with the whole people being connected but so disconnected pandemic doing it’s rounds- I have found that I actually miss it. I just don’t seem […]

My struggle with postpartum depression

It’s taken me two years, 7 months, 5 days and a lot of courage to finally share my postpartum experience. I know that every type of funk that comes with postpartum depression is equally as awful due to the anxiety, extreme sadness, fear and rage that accompanies it. I also have mentioned before that I […]

GERMANY the land of poets and thinkers

I should also ad Germany is the country of pretty much everything amazing. Beautiful landscapes that range from farmlands-think Free State to mountain ranges to magical forests.

Keeping cool

Things I’ve learnt about myself in the last week. I have a lot more patience than I give myself credit for. Mila has been having the WORST tantrums. Think feral child meets gremlin that gets wet with screeches resembling that of an annoyed banshee. And it’s been going like this for probably 4 days now, at […]

Wanderlust not so “wander”ful

TRAVELING WITH A TODDLER When Mila was just about 3 months old we went to Amsterdam for a holiday. (Yes we are those looney parents that planned a trip overseas before the bambino had actually arrived.) Naturally I was a nervous wreck, I like my comfort zone on the best of days, I had to […]

Social media and parenting

This has been something that has been weighing on my heart heavily, and I am not going to lie to you, technology and social media scares the shit out of me. It has been a concern even before I had a child but after the events that took place this past week, I am back […]

Let’s go swimming

Whether you are a professional, amateur or merely just beginning to find your “fins” swim gear is something that is pretty much as necessary as wearing a helmut while cycling.

Except for aerodynamics swim gear also provides protection, from UV and chemicals in the pool. Let’s just say once chlorine hits the pool it’s like that friend you love to hate. Luckily we have come a long way from these;

swimmask

Swim mask dating 1920-ish, designed to protect your face from harmful UV rays. It wants to look a bit like a halloween costume gone wrong. Aint no way you are getting your little angel into one of those.

goggles

Goggles (Words escape me)

Luckily that was about a hundred years ago and we do things better now. Spurt has designed a range of absolutely gorgeous swimming gear. You can have a look here.

We have teamed up with Spurt and we are giving away this gorgeous set of gear to one lucky reader.

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Prize includes; Blue penguin swimming cap, silver adjustable goggles and nose clip

How do you enter?

Simply follow us on Instagram and like the competition picture. Tag a mate and you could be the lucky winner of this awesome prize.

For an extra entry let me know what do you think of the Spurt range

(Competition open to South African residents only)

 

Mind over matter

Sitting on the couch, after eating what feels like double my weight in delectably divine food, there’s a tad of despair that this year is drawing to a close. With about 4 days left until 2018 I feel a bit flurried as to what to do?

Do I; “make the last few days count”?

Do I; “slug along and start again in 2018?”

As much as I want to stand on the roof top and be that person to shout from the top my lungs to live every single second and end 2017 with the biggest bang ever, I am not THAT person, I am however going to say this;

How about just being mindful?

Mindfulness

  1. noun
    1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
    2. “their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
    3. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

How about for the next few days we stop overthinking?  What if we stop looking for the perfect Instagram picture, or thinking about the perfect tweet or caption for that picture and just be. Be conscious and aware and then of course keep practicing this through 2018. (Yes I know it probably sounds like I’ve stepped out of the early 90’s but was it that bad?)

We love to say that you only live once and that time is such a cruel mistress or bed fellow {or what ever time is referred to.} Yet we wish it to pass and then on top of that we tend to waste it on the most obscure things. I am in no way one to talk, I spend way to much time on my phone and even when I am not on my phone I have the lingering thought at the back of my mind about what is going on on my phone.

In a time where it’s never been easier to be connected, we have never been more disconnected. We cherish the people on our phones, we speak to the “crowds” who listen with eager anticipation at whatever our keyboards spew onto their screens and praise every word as if it is a religion.

We are the brainwashed generation too wrapped up in our little smart devices to realize that there is a world outside.

Now don’t get me wrong, as with anything in life there is a time and place for everything. There are bloggers and brand influencers as well as enthusiasts that work very hard at what they do, and do it brilliantly. Yet there is a very fine, yet distinct line that needs to be drawn.

Let’s be more mindful the last few days of 2017 and carry this into 2018. The world needs more present people (and less techno zombies)