Today I Took My Daughter On A Cinderella Date… And We Learned Some Valuable Lessons!

Life is finally starting to get back to normal… I have started working again, got my confidence back and the kids are settling in nicely. Having a baby changes everything – wether it is your first or second… it does not matter – it…changes…everything (mostly for the good).

Before Knox was born, I used to take Mikayla on regular ‘dates’, this was our time – just us girls. During this time I would not pick up my phone unless it was to capture that perfect Instagram moment, because let’s face it – my child is freakin’ gorgeous. Anyway, even though I have made a point in including Mikayla when we do things with Knox and trying my best to give her equal amounts of attention we have not been able to go on one of our little dates since Knox’s birth almost 5 months ago – and that’s okay. There is so much adjusting, healing and changing happening and I knew it would be unfair to put too much pressure on myself to keep things the same.

We finally had a chance to start dating again today, we had such a blast! One day when Knox is old enough we will have our own dates too – I really think it is so important. We went to watch Cinderella at Ster Kinekor. I was worried at first as she is still very young and not a fan of ‘real-life’ movies, but it was what she chose to watch. It was a brilliant choice – we both really enjoyed it and it really exceeded my expectations. If you thought the 2015 reboot of Cinderella would be sassy and all-knowing you’d be wrong. And its very traditionalism is its greatest strength. Before you read any further, I will be referencing quotes from the movie – so if you consider that a spoiler – spoiler alert!

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Going Back To Work After Maternity Leave… The Mommy Guilt, The Good, The Bad And Tips On How To Survive

Going Back To Work After Maternity Leave… The Mommy Guilt, The Good, The Bad And Tips On How To Survive 2 So as you all know by now, I have some issues regarding maternity leave in South Africa… and having to return to work when Knox is barely 4 months old is one of them. The first time around (when I had Mikayla Rose) I was young, had PND and could not wait to get back to work – to be honest, we had some issues bonding (read more about that here) and I was going batshit crazy at home. I felt like I was failing at being a mom, and running away to work seemed Continue reading

{For The Dads} Some Things Change… {by Cole}

Since becoming a father my Friday nights consist of an argument about eating supper before ice-cream, watching My Little Pony and then the bathroom battle – where my daughter refuses to get into the bath and then, once bathed, refuses to get out. Gone are the days (or nights) where my buddies and I used to drink a bottle of brandy and a case of beers before heading out to the club (Gandalf’s) at 10 or 11 pm. There were no rules or time limits or things that had to be done, it was just me, all the time. Sometimes I look back and think: “Wouldn’t it be cool to still be able to do that…” And then I realize that no… no it wouldn’t.  Continue reading

{Guest Post} Teaching Kids About Money and Finances {by Edna Thomson}

When it comes to establishing habits in our children,it often happens to be a real challenge. Especially when money is involved, things become even more complicated due to the fact that children usually have other concept for the finances. This has its simple explanation – kids, unlike adults do not have to think of paying all the bills or distributing the monthly budget in the proper way.

Teaching kids about money and finance can be easy as long as you know the right approaches and possess the patience and the time to devote on this activity. There are methods and ways in which you, as a parent, could explain some money-saving strategies without bothering your kids with unnecessary facts and statistics. It will be useful for them to know how to operate with their savings in an excellent way as well as how to know the importance of being practical when it comes to family budget.

This article will give you some valuable tips how to make your kids realize the importance of the distribution of finances and money.

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The Significance Of It All… One Day My Baby Will Be A Man.

I’ve been feeling a little bit overwhelmed, I don’t know if my hormones are still doing somersaults after giving birth almost 4 months ago or if this is perfectly normal…

I was sitting in the rocking chair with my baby boy earlier, looking down at his perfect little face when all of a sudden he grabbed my hand. I could not stop staring… he opened his hand in mine and my eyes started tearing up. One day, those hands are going to be bigger than mine, stronger than mine.

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My dearest little boy… a little more than a year ago you were just a thought in far away dreams, a hope. Today I look at you and your presence overwhelms me, you feel so small yet so solid in my arms. I look into your clear blue eyes, so big and innocent.. you inherited your dad’s long eyelashes, a perfect frame to the window of your pure soul. You are growing so fast and I wish each moment with you to last forever. Continue reading

The Day I Kicked Parenting’s Ass… It’s The Small Victories {Grocery Shopping}

I must say, I have been blessed with mostly well behaved kids, so I cannot really complain too much. There is one thing that sends chills down my spine and makes my heart drop into my shoes… going grocery shopping with both of them… and Cole for that matter. It is always a mission and it is always the same.. Mikayla gets bored, Cole gets hangry and Knox always has the biggest poo ever. Every single time I promise myself I will never do it again. I like shopping alone… it is a form of me time. You know your life has changed when going to the grocery store by yourself is a form of vacation.

Needless to say, when Cole told me he would be in Stellenbosch most of Saturday I started hyperventilating. That means I have no-one to leave the kids with… and there was no way I couldn’t go because we had pretty much run out of everything.

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