Halfway to happiness: A pregnancy update

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Every year in December I spend a lot of time thinking about the year, how it’s gone, what’s happened, what's changed. 2011 was a big year for me change wise, I honestly thought that I would never go through that many life changing decisions in one year again, and then 2012 rolled around and slapped in in the face. 

When I moved back from Norway last year I underwent some pretty serious medical stress that resulted in surgery and more than a few days in the hospital. This, coupled with previous similar stress left me thinking that I would never have a child of my own. I was 27 and while my personal life was in no way ready for the addition of a child, I knew that I would struggle to come to terms with the finality of not being able to have a child of my own one day.  

Fast forward 1 year and I am now 24 weeks pregnant. Life is indeed a weird and wonderful thing. 

So far my pregnancy has been a breeze. The list of pregnancy ailments I haven’t had far surpasses my list of pregnancy complaints. I have never felt so happy and content and in love with my body. 

My little bean is 23 cm long, which seems very large to me, but apparently its normal. She is completely healthy and growing very well. We've passed the half way mark now and Regan and I are so excited about the next 4.5 months  -- we have a lot of things to do before she arrives, but even my to-do list fills me with happiness. I can only put this down to insane happy pregnancy hormones. 

Aside from the baby growing, 2012 has been a year filled with immense happiness, and love. It got a little cloudy at times and if there was one thing I learned it’s that family definitely does come first and I am so incredibly grateful to have my amazing mom, sisters and brother (and of course my little niece Ella) and Regan, who is my person, completely. 

Hope you all had a splendid year and here’s to an even more amazing 2013! 
Motherhood yo! 

Monday Music Moment: High For This

Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday's Music Moment: Ellie Goulding covers the Weeknd's High For This:

Sidewalks: Cape Town is my boyfriend and we're in our dry humping phase

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

You know when you have a new boyfriend and you go through like 2 -9 months of just constant PDA's and touching and inappropriate kissing at the dinner table in front of parents and stuff? Well that's pretty much what summer in Cape Town feels like for a Capetonian. I am so in love with my city I wish I could just dry hump it constantly. 

Most cities come alive in summer, but Cape Town does it in a special way (yes that's my horrific bias you're hearing). In light of all this hypothetical dry humping and coming alive and general happiness I decided that perhaps it was time to reexplore this amazing city I call home. A few months ago I got 'Sidewalks: A Journal for Exploring Your City' as a gift, and I think this will put it to great use. 

It was the Modcloth Book Of The Month for June 2012. Described as: 

This charming journal is your guide as you “wander, discover, and document the unexpected everyday charms of the city you call home.” Explore your everyday surroundings like never before with this clever notebook. Filled with creative prompts, like searching out colours on a stroll, questions to ask strangers and recording meals you've tried around your city, use this slim pad to direct and document all your new adventures.


I'll be posting my various adventures with the book and the city! 


Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I’ve always been the kind of person that despises complaining. I never send my food back at restaurants, I never alert management about bad service, I am a firm believer in the shut up and get on with it school of thought. Recently however I have taken to complaining, at first it was via email, then I gradually progressed to phone calls, then the dreaded Hello Peter and finally Twitter. It’s horribly addictive! 

In the past when we had a problem we would get on the horn and try to talk our way up to middle management, perhaps even write a strongly worded letter, and if you were really extreme you might even write to a newspaper. Nowadays, its acceptable to name and shame brands on the internets. To be honest, I detest this form of complaining. Why is my 140 character tweet more likely to inspire action than my call to your customer services department? Why even bother to have a customer services department? 

Supporting a brand as a consumer is more than jumping on a band wagon, it means taking your hard earned money and putting it in the hands of a brand because you heard their message and on some level it resonated with you. Or you just liked the cool shit they were selling. Either way! If you can take my money for your product you can for damn sure help me sort out a problem I have with said product, right? Yes right, but only if I tweet you about the afore mentioned problem. 

This is not why I joined Twitter. I don’t want a timeline filled with all the reasons your service/ product/ brand sucks arse! Right now I am sitting at my desk, banging (literally) this blog post out in a lonely rage, wondering hopelessly why I have been reduced to this maniac over something as simple as returning a dress. 

Never before has cutting myself off from technology been more appealing. 

Brands: help your customers, don’t wait to be called out on Twitter, an email or a phone call is not just enough, it’s the civilized way to communicate. Why would you prefer that I list everything negative about your company of a public forum? 


Just a Minute: November you were amazing!

Friday, November 30, 2012

It's summer in Cape Town guys! 

Unfortunately, the first two months of summer bring with it a nasty South Easterly wind, so all of us Capetonians have spent the better part of November complaining about the dreadful wind. Other than being perpetually windswept, November has been great and I don't think I have ever been happier :) 

Reading - Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho -- its proving to be a credible, helpful resource for new and seasoned bloggers.
Listening - to the oh so awesome new Andy Scott album, Luxury Problems.  
Watching - Forrest Gump at the foot of the mountain -- thank you Galileo Outdoor Cinema for such a magical experience. 
Loving - everything about my life at the moment! 
Wanting - This swim suit from Lambley... I'm not sure if it will fit my massive belly and ample boobage though...

Hope you all had a groovy November! Here's to a very festive (and hopefully less windy) December! 

Gifting 101: Suggestions for Girlfriends & Sisters

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

'Tis the season to be jolly (and broke). 

One of the reasons why I love Christmas so much is because of gifts. I love giving them, receiving them, wrapping them up, putting them under the tree. There is such joy to be found in the act of gift giving. I thought I'd put together some gift suggestions for girlfriends, as in "hey, girlfriend!" {and not girlfriend-love-of-your-life} and sisters. 

While I am a self confessed lover of all things product, I really hate shopping and crowds, if its available online I will buy it! In South Africa we have been a little behind the local based online shopping scene, but we're catching up quickly. A great example of this is 36Boutiques, one of my all time favourite local online shops. All of my suggestions are available online at 36Boutiques

The list is as follows: 
2. Jo Borkett -- Silk printed scarf
3. Anomali -- Indian Style Hair Pin 
6. Katema -- Eton collar with studs
7. Civetta Sparks -- Swarovski crystals earrings
8. Jinger Jack -- Genuine leather clutch
9. Handmade By Me -- Pretty Proteas patterned Pillow
10. Moleskine -- A5 Carnet Style journal

What sort of things will be stuffed in your stockings this Christmas? Personally I am hoping one of my girlfriends or sisters gets me the Nuxe body oil, its been my life blood during my pregnancy. 

Happy Tuesday! 

Has Your Home Has Been Invaded By Hipsters?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Amazing, Portland based graphic artist Nina Montenegro, did these marvellous illustrations of classic hipster home d├ęcor. While I may be guilty of some of these, I do think there are a few odd ones in the mix, for example, trophy vases? Really? 

Major hahaha's for the camera's that don't work... GUILTY!
I love frame clusters and mounted antlers... GUILTY! 
 The vintage encyclopedia's are awesome though, I have always wanted a full set of Britannica's.
View more of Nina's lovely work here

1000 Degrees: Welcome to Singapore, Where Its Always Hot

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Last Saturday I left Singapore at 2.30am. I had spent 11 days there helping our new APJ Office set up and run their very first event. Even though this was my second trip to Singapore, the heat still took my by surprise. I love summer, and having spent time living in Okinawa, Japan  I know humidity, but in all honestly, I just couldn't live in a land that never saw winter. It's just too damn hot.

Being almost 5 months pregnant didn't help things either. By the time I boarded my flight back to Cape Town, my feet and ankles were swollen to elephant width. I felt so gross and unattractive! 

My Singapore highlights are as follows: 
Eating chilli crab in China Town
Walking through Orchard Road and being 1 in 1 million (at least that what it felt like)
Hot rain
Meeting great new people in our new office
Exploring Little India
The hyper efficient public transport system

More pictures from my trip here.


Good bye October! #justaminute

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So October has come to an end :) 

While you're reading this I am 1000's of feet in the air on my way to Singapore for work. The afore mentioned work has resulted in October passing me bye in a whirl of stress and anxiety. So it goes without saying that I am more than happy to see the end of this month! Here are some of my highlights (there were precious few of them) 

Listening to: A lot of Half Moon Run -- especially this track
Reading: Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho, as my life goes through changes, I feel this blog should as well. More on this later 
Buying: Maternity clothes :) my baby belly is growing so much, getting dressed has become something of an agony. 
Loving: My daughter, yes, we found out she's a she and we're overjoyed! 

Hope you all have had an amazing October, and here's to November. Sunshine, beach days, baby farming and so much love! 

Pantone Color of the Day -- Grayed Jade

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I am so in love with this color right now, I even decided to paint my kitchen cupboards Grayed Jade. 

Is It Still DIY If Its A Baby?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

When I was little there was always a mad dash to keep the Christmas gifts hidden from my youngest sister, Dani. She is completely incapable of keeping a secret and often the first person i turn to when I have a bit of juicy gossip. She even has a motto for it, "Secrets make you sick". I never really grasped the meaning of this until I found I had a secret of my own. I have been bursting to shout this from the rooftops for ages now, holding it in has made me feel so bogged down! 

The Human & I are having a baby!! I am officially 4 months pregnant :) and I couldn't be more in love with life right now. 

So far the highlights of have been:
-- no morning sickness
-- buying clothes 1 size too big because i feel super fat only to find out, I'm still the exact same size (bar my waistline)
-- sharing this experience with an amazing man who is my equal in every way
-- beginning my own ultimate DIY project, the DIY baby 

There are so many things I am looking forward to in the next few months and the end of April can't roll around fast enough because I cannot wait to meet my little bean. 

HBO's GIRLS: my current obsession

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I recently started watching HBO's show Girls... I often get absorbed by tv, usually there either has to be a fabulous story line or fabulous clothing. Girls has everything I want (read: need) from a tv show. How else would I be able to laugh at a white 20 something Jewish girl accidentally smoking crack? Or find out more about "the stuff that gets up around the side of condoms."

So you can imagine my relief when I stumbled across these amazing Girls Paper Dolls by Vulture --- click the link to download friends. 

Now I am going to kick back, put on some Robyn and dance with my Hannah and Marnie dolls! 

According to Wikipedia, Season 2 will begin in January 2013! Here's a sneak peak... So exciting! 

Have a groovy Thursday! 

Is it Christmas Yet? Wishlist #1: Hello Pretty

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

 It's no secret what a total sucker I am for Christmas. Yes I know it is an over commercialised holiday and I really don't need all the shit I buy, even though I adore most of my ridiculous Christmas purchases, jungle bell hat included, what  I love most about the holiday is the gift giving. 

Its the feeling you get when you spend time finding a gift for someone and you get it right. You'll know you got it right by the expression on their face when they open the gift :) That feeling is what sees me longing for Christmas in August. 

Lately I have been scouring the web trying to find the perfect gift for my perfect loved ones. Making wishlists all over the show. 

Have a look at these wonderful finds from the oh so lovely SA online design goods store, Hello Pretty

Gorgeous brass Swallow brooch from Joey and Julia for only R150! 

I absolutely LOVE these dino storage jars from Afternoon Delight

This Jan Pierewiet enamel plate from Tjou Tjou reminds me of old Karoo farm houses and milk tart! 

How adorable are these ceramic bokkies from Maiden Name

I'm so looking forward to Christmas!

Q to the A

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Me on Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan 2008 

If your house was on fire and you could save one possession, what would it be?
Hmmm, tough one. I think my vintage dresses would be the first thing I grab.

What was your favourite subject in high school?

How long have you known your longest friend?
I moved around a lot when I was younger and changing school frequently was not really the perfect way to cement lasting friendships, so the oldest friend I have I have had for 13 years. 

What was the best thing to happen to you today?
Today started off quite poorly, but I did manage to get out of a 2 hour training session so woop to that! 

What was the best year of your life and why?
The best year of my life was 2006 – I moved to Okinawa, Japan and I learnt about being independent, falling in love (hard), making friends, a life without family and adapting to new environments. There was absolutely nothing about 2006 that didn’t amaze, frighten and confuse me. It was wonderful. 

Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus?

What's on the cover of your address book or day planner?
An illustration by Orla Kiely. 

What did you have for lunch yesterday?
Yesterday I had a chicken breast, spinach wilted in garlic butter and topped with feta cheese. 

Who's your favourite Care Bear?
I hate care bears. 

Where were you on September 11, 2001?
I was off sick from school (grade 11) sitting on the floor in my living room watching the news crying buckets over the senseless violence. 

What's the best bargain you've ever found at a garage sale or thrift store?
Church bazaar – bought 2 vintage dresses for R20 (about $1.20 or NOK10) 

Do you want/do you have any children?
I don’t have children, I’d love to have one someday, sure. 

You have got six months to live, what will you do first?
Move somewhere tropical – if I only have 6 months, I’d want them to be spent on one of the best beaches in the world. 

What is your favourite way to spend an evening during your workweek?
Catching up on Mad Men or reading – both options involve a glass or three of red wine. 

What do you think is the most important value in a relationship or friendship?
I’m not sure – respect probably. 

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Driving to Zimbabwe in the dead of night in my parents yellow Ford Escort. 

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Well after my recent frolic in the country, I think I would buy a house to weekend in. 

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Hardest question ever! 

Country Lovin'

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Greyton? I think you mean GREATton!

Ok I know that was incredibly cheesy, but its only because I am still riding the fresh air, good food, country life wave. Greyton is amazing. Its small and quaint and packed to the rafters with wonderful restaurants and cute little stores. 

The Human came to pick me up from work on Friday afternoon, after negotiating moderately early release for my work prison. Just a tip, Vida’s breakfast rolls do not make for very good car food. This fact was compounded by the Vida in Tokai insisting they had no napkins…. Eggsplosions. Not my vibe. 

The winter skies were complete perfection on Friday afternoon. 

Organic/ mobile political graffiti – I wonder why the person chose this truck? And what the catalyst for this statement was. 

I have always loved (read: loathed) driving over Sir Lowry’s pass. The steep climb, the bendy roads, the long haul trucks travelling at murderous speed… Ok so I am being a little dramatic, but the best part about crossing the pass is when you get to the other side. The Overberg is so beautiful. It has inspired so many South African artists, from Pierneef, to Huga Naude, to Volschenk. And there’s a reason for that…

We got to Greyton quite late in the evening, it was dark, cold and I was miserable after being in the car for two hours. There was a huge storm on Friday night and it raged on until Saturday morning. The power went out briefly. I struggled to get some sleep. 

And when I woke up on Saturday morning, Ella and I hit the streets for puddle jumping & hot chocolate drinking. Awesomeness. 

There are so many gorgeous little houses in Greyton. All of this prettiness makes me long for a weekend house, a place to escape and commune with the natural world. Is this what old age is like? Longing for fresh air and peace and quiet while we await the zombie apocalypse? 

There was snow on the mountain by the time Saturday afternoon rolled around. Investigation was absolutely mandatory. 

The Greyton town square hosts a market every Saturday morning, selling lovely local produce and fresh pancakes, waffles, delicious cheeses and a biscuit maker that had no front teeth and smelled of mulled wine – bliss. 

Searle’s restaurant and general grocer is quite a treasure trove for candy, pastry and vintage garb. It is also the most unlikely place to find Coast & Koi shoes. 

The house we stayed at was totally magical. Pretty and cozy if a little draughty – the kitchen was a super gorgeous farm kitchen that had the most amazing ceramic pieces like this rooster butter dish. Divine. 


Happy days!

Tattoo Tuesday: Part 3: Meet my lovely friend Adeline

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Meet Adeline.  

Adeline and I share a love for hot chocolate at The Hotel Bristol in Oslo, art galleries, boy talk and tattoos. 

Adeline has an amazing blog that is a constant source of inspiration to me, and I am so very honoured that she agreed to share a bit of herself here on my blog: 

Name & Blog Name: Adeline - Lady Croissant
Age: 29
Occupation: Museum NerdAda's Puppeteer
Age of First Tattoo: 23
Featured Tattoo/Location: Russian Doll on my right foot.
Artist/Shop/Location of Shop of Featured Tattoo: Sam, Tattoo Convention at Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway.

Tell us about your featured tattoo
I've always had a thing for Russian Dolls since childhood and I knew that at some point, I wanted to get a Russian doll tattoo. Sam was visiting and I showed him around, he was so grateful he offered to tattoo me - yes, for free - and I immediately thought of a drawing Naomi made for me. A few days later, the magic happened. Initially, I wanted to keep it black & white with a dash of red but now, I'm ready to add so more colour.

Do you have any other tattoos
I have two others: a viking symbol on my forearm and the one you can spot on my left foot.

Do you plan on getting more
Yes! I want to get started on a half sleeve as soon as I can afford it.

How do your family, friends and loved ones feels about your tattoos
My friends actually paid for one of them, it was my birthday gift a couple of years ago. They all agree that they reflect my personality and who I am. My mom wasn't smitten at first but she grew to understand that she doesn't have to worry about my health or my career and I think she likes them: she made a compliment about the Russian doll a few weeks ago... it was a first and it made me very proud.

What do you do to pass the time while getting tattooed: 
I talk. And I drink coke.

Any advice for someone who would like to get a first time tattoo:
Make sure it's personal and take time to think about it.

Have a look at this gorgeous video which features Adeline's lovely tattoo: 

Happy Tuesday! 

Wednesday's Word of the Day: Prismatic

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

prismatic [priz-mat-ik]   
As in brilliant or intensely hued 
How big is multicoloured or prismatic hair at the moment? Look at these fantastic pattern//hair colour combo's: 

Images vis sfgirlbythebay

I Fucking Love Colouring - Thanks Crayola

Monday, July 16, 2012

Now I’m not saying that I have out grown wax crayons and colouring in books, not by a long shot, but if I was looking for a more grown up version I’d be in luck because Crayola has just created a mini nail polish set inspired by their classic colour range!

Oh. So. Yay!  

The ‘Crayola Mini Nail Polish Set’ comes in a giant yellow crayon box (quintessential to Crayola), and consists of 8 vibrant colors: Metalic Orange, Metallic Cotton Candy, Robin's Egg Blue, Scarlet, Plum, Blue Bell, Glitter Wild Strawberry and Glitter Canary.

Some polishes are metallic, while others have glitter.

For those who fancy the brightest crayons in the box, the mini nail polish set retails at US$8 on Amazon.

Just remember to color within the lines!


© We Are The Humans | A South African Parenting and Lifestyle Blog. Design by FCD.