I need these socks in my life: Bonne Maison

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A little secret about me is that I only own 1 pair of sneakers and 1 pair of socks. I hardly ever have a reason to wear sneakers/socks and if I do its always my all stars and my grey and purple polka dot socks. So now you know, and now you'll understand why this post is quite a milestone for me, I've never coveted socks before.

We took a wander down Wynberg Main Road

Monday, October 21, 2013

I often drive through Wynberg Main Road and when I do I often comment on how much I'd love to have the time to just take a little stroll and look at all the second hand furniture shops. On Saturday we did exactly that!
From the left: Budget Brides - because every bride wants to feel like a budget bride. The vintage shop that has no name. The Wynberg hotel that is now a saddle shop. 
Only my dream summer ride... 
From the left: How fugly/ironically awesome is this bridesmaid dress. LOVE chair from Cape Cottage Antiques. 
Now I can check this off my bucket list!


Friday Finds: The 5 Summer Salads I Can't Wait To Make

Friday, October 18, 2013

I have this super long list of all the things I hate about summer. The one thing I don't hate is that its salad season, you see I am the anomaly that is the fat girl that adores salad. Every since I was a youth I've annoyed my family by making "fancy" salads to take along to braai's. Keep in mind that to my family cous-cous was way to uppity for a simple braai. Last year I converted quite a few family members with the beetroot, butternut, goats cheese & roasted sunflower seed salad I got used to taking/making on braai days.

This summer I have 5 salads I'm dying to make for braai's and bring along's: there's a fruit salad, a potato salad, a pasta salad, a green salad and a warm salad:

{the fruit salad} Kiwi & Pear Salad with an Orange Dijon Vinaigrette

{the green salad} Spinach And Avocado Salad

{the potato salad} Bacon Potato Salad -- I'm sure this one will be a hit

{the pasta salad} Pesto Tortellini Salad with Asparagus

{the warm salad} Ode to Summer: Roasted Vegetable Salad

I think I might actually make the tortellini one for dinner tonight!
Happy Friday peoples

Nursing Sophie: My thoughts on breastfeeding (eek, so not a trendy topic)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"There are three reasons for breast-feeding: the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can't get it." --Irena Chalmers

In my last trimester I had a paradigm shift with regards to my views on breastfeeding. That is to say, my views on me breastfeeding my baby and not breastfeeding in general (because I believe that the decision is yours to make as a mother). Early on in my pregnancy I was quite against the idea of breastfeeding. Like many new moms I was bombarded with information, a lot of it negative. There were tales of warm weather causing the breast milk to clot and boobs wrapped in cabbage leaves and boobs that were misshaped as a result of breast feeding. Do not even get me started on the dime-a-dozen tales about cracked nipples and oh the pain. I was terrified. In my last trimester I made the decision not to listen to anything negative, about breastfeeding or natural birth or mothering in general. I wanted to surround myself with positive accounts of the previously mentioned subjects. It may sound odd but the biggest influence on my feelings came from reading blogs written by beautiful, amazing moms in blog land that took the time to write about their love for breastfeeding.

Before mine and Sophie’s nursing chapter comes to an end, I wanted to share our story, partly for my personal record and partly to pay it forward with regards to helping other women embrace breastfeeding. It’s a bit of a lofty goal maybe.

As Sophie passes her 6-month mark it is so surreal and awesome to me that we are still exclusively breastfeeding. In the beginning I had hoped to make it 4 months and that’s come and gone and now I am hoping to make it to a year ☺ We’ve had our share of ups and downs and there were plenty of challenges that I needed to overcome, like feeding her when we were out. In the beginning I only left the house in between feeds. If things fell during feeding hours I would not attend them. This wasn’t because Sophie was difficult but rather because I felt so aware of what I was doing and so conscious of the fact that not everyone feels comfortable seeing a baby being breastfed, which in turn made me really uncomfortable.

Let’s also just pause a minute to acknowledge how completely spirit breaking breastfeeding can be to a new mom. No one told me how sore it was going to be. I read so much while I was pregnant and at best it was described as “mildly uncomfortable” what I felt in the beginning far surpassed discomfort, I had days when I would cry while Sophie was feeding. But the mind is a powerful thing, and pushing through the pain and “discomfort” got me to the point where breastfeeding wasn’t just comfortable, it was this beautiful bond I got to share with my daughter.

I’ve only expressed milk a handful of times which makes it hard to have date nights and time alone but Regan is very supportive and Sophie enjoys her milk straight from the source, so we make a few sacrifices here and there for now. The feeling of knowing I am her sole source of nourishment and knowing that I am able to provide her with a sense of safety and comfort no toy or blankey can provide is what spurs me on. I treasure the memories of Sophie’s new, tiny body in my arms during the quiet hours of the night, just us. And now her body is so long, her legs hang off my lap, and she'll sometimes take a brake to smile up at me with her big blue eyes. I get a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes when I think about the day when our breastfeeding journey will come to an end. It has been so special and as the time to introduce solid food approaches I am forced to acknowledge and accept that this incredible time of bonding and togetherness is nearly over :’(

Sophie is 6 months today!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

It’s been 184 days since my beautiful little baby was born! I blinked and 6 months just passed me by. I feel like it was just yesterday that I brought her home from the hospital, all tiny and puffy eyed.

The past 6 months have been so completely amazing, terrifying, exhausting and at times overwhelming. There are days when I feel like the worst mom in the world and days when I feel like there is nothing I cannot do.

Regan and I have evolved so much as a couple in the last 6 months. We have gotten to know each other all over again. We’ve succumbed to our baser needs and displayed moments of total shame, like raging fights over who’s had the least amount of sleep, who knows more about a particular baby ailment or my personal favorite, who woke the baby. But in between these small arguments I come to know him not just as Regan the love of my life, but also Regan the amazing father, Regan the expert baby hair washer, Regan the patient man who will put up with my unwashed hair and unshaven legs without once commenting on either.

Getting to know my baby has been, for lack of a better word, incredible – I wrote a bit about what being a mom feels like to me so I wont go on about it again – suffice as to say, she melts my heart with every giggle and gurgle and watching her discover this world she lives in has been so exciting. She has made me believe in miracles.

Life… whoa life… doo do do doo! It’s pretty grand right now.

Kids Birthday Parties: It's totally OTT

Monday, October 14, 2013

Yesterday I had a tiny little rant on Twitter about kids birthday parties and how over the top things can get, specifically with regard to party packs, party bags or party favors. It was pointed out that in addition to it being a totally unnecessary expense, it's also a little insane to send the poor little sugar filled bodies home with more sugar in their party party packs.

My sister & I are busy planning my niece's birthday and we've ben scouring Pinterest for alternatives to the traditional sweet/sugar/msg fest that is the South African party pack. Here are some of my favorite pins:

Yellow party bag for boys & girls 

Pink Bubble Bear Party Bag

Boys Nature Party Bag

Boys Dinosaur Party Bag 

Girls Pirate Party bag
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Gosh darn I LOVE Mr. Printables

Mr Printatbles is an awesome site. If you are stuck at home on a rainy day with some bored kiddo's and a working printer, head over there and get lost in their beautiful diy printable wonderland.

The printables are quick to download, easy to use and so so pretty. They have a wide selection of holiday, craft, celebration and even decor printables.

My absolute favorites are:

Bird Finger Puppets
3D Alphabet
Letters from Santa
Santa Cones

Go and download ALL the printables now!

Life Lately According To Instagram #1

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

1) Sophie's teething is out of control. She will munch anything. My life is a constant battle to get things out of her reach and apply the various teething gels and powders I've amassed to her gums. 

2) The gorgeous weather means we finally get a chane to air out the chubby limbs. Yeah!! 

3) Sophie sleeps in our bed. I can almost here all the experienced moms tutting away at me. I know. We're trying to get her used to sleeping on her own by putting her in her camp cot for afternoon naps. 

4) I literally bought one of everything in the Ackermans summer range. Yes! Bring in the heat coz I've got a cute baby to parade around. 

5) Having cappacino's with my mom 

6) Ryan (my little brother) gets such a kick out of dressing Sophie up as an extra on Blood In Blood Out

7) My grandparents have been married for 53 years this year. Their kind of love and dedication amazing and inspires me. 

8) Is there anything better than a strong cup of tea and a tennis biscuit for dunking. 

9) Love cake to celebrate 53 years of marriage. 

So just to recap, my life is basically all Sophie all the time with pepperings of grandparents and shopping trips. 

30 before 30: Getting old and making lists about it

Monday, October 07, 2013

It’s a gloomy Saturday afternoon in Cape Town and Regan and Sophie are both fast asleep. I’m sitting on my bed, blankly staring out the window thinking about the fact that in just a few months I’ll be 30. How did this happen? 20 feels like it was around the corner.

In the past 10 years I have fallen in love 3 times, lived on two different continents, travelled to over 11 different countries, had a baby and settled down comfortably into what I have always wanted my life to be.  I felt really inspired to do a 30 before 30 list, you know, a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30. Upon examining my failures and achievements thus far I have come to realise that I have actually done so much so far, I’m so blessed guys.

Even though I have done most of what I would put on my list I think I will go ahead and write it down anyway, there will be profound things and frivolous things and the ones already realised will be struck out.

  1. Go to Japan – I actually lived in Japan so I’m sticking this one out with a footnote to say that I would love to go back one day.
  2. Complete a #fmsphotoadaychallenge – October might be the month I do so.
  3. Lose enough weight to fit into the jeans I used to wear when I was 24 (yes I still have them). I only have 3 months to go till my birthday so I’m not sure how likely this is but I will give it my best shot.
  4. Go camping & enjoy it. Never had a successful camping trip that didn’t end in me sleeping in the car.
  5. Go bowling – something I’ve never done. Finish the colour on my back tattoo
  6. Get 1 more tattoo (am I brave enough for a half sleeve?)
  7. Have a baby – done and she is the single greatest achievement of my life.
  8. Get comfortable driving – this is a little secret of mine, but 15 years ago I was in a horrible bus accident. On our way back from a school trip to Cape Point our bus toppled over on the bottom of Ou Kaapse Weg and while no one died there were many serious injuries. Since then I have had such intense car anxiety. To put it simply I am not only the most nervous driver in the world, I am also the most annoying passenger.
  9. Wear a dress every day in the 30 days leading up to my birthday
  10. Re-open my vintage store (more on this at the end of the month)
  11. Go on a hot air balloon ride. This is a dream of mine.
  12. Visit Robben Island (also never been)
  13. Make a 7-course dinner for 7 people.
  14. Read Cry My Beloved Country again
  15. Go on a romantic mini-break with Regan and leave Sophie with my mom. (I don’t know if I am brave enough for this)
  16. Volunteer at the Sarah Fox home for children in Bridgetown.
  17. Do a full moon hike
  18. Travel to a town in South Africa I haven’t been to yet.
  19. Get dressed up and go see a show.
  20. Revamp a piece of old furniture
  21. Start or join a book club
  22. Find the perfect shade of red lipstick for my skin tone
  23. Download and complete the Couch to 5K running plan.
  24. Cook my way through a cook book
  25. Have professional family photos taken
  26. Take both my grans to High Tea at the Mount Nelson
  27. Donate blood
  28. Make one thing off my Pinterest DIY board
  29. Send 30 snail mail letters to 30 people. 
  30. Embrace getting older! 
I'll do my best to blog about any of the things on this list I manage to finish before turning 30 :) 

Happy Monday! 

Blog changes

Friday, October 04, 2013

Guys I definitely have blog adhd. That's a thing right? Honestly though since Sophie was born I have been feeling so disconnected from my blog. I started this blog in 2009 when I moved to Norway as a way to stay in touch with friends & family, but its changed so much since then. I used to want to share my finds with you and show your cool internet shit but now I just want to share myself (in a non-sexual way), I want to write about my journey towards World's Most Amazing Wife & Mother and how much I freaking love Cape Town. So expect more of that.

I was a bit worried about changing my blog name but you know what? Fuck it. I want to blog more and I also want to blog better. A total make over was needed. So this is just a little side note so you know you're in the right place.

My top 5 summer picks from mrp.com

I haven't bought any new clothes since my third trimester, so its been about 9 months now. Obviously my mom pants are super awesome and comfy along with my mom bra's and panties but let's be honest, I'm not up for any fashion awards. Just for the sake of it I had a bit of a browse on the Mr Price site just now and OH MY GOSH they have the cutest summer stuff!

While there are amazing tops, sandals, pants etc, these are the 5 dresses I am adding to my cart right now:

Left to right: I absolutely love the prints on this dress, while its branded as a geometric print on the Mr Price site I get such a groovy African/Tribal vibe from it and the black top is lovely. Its a great day to night dress. I cannot tell you how happy my heart was in 2009 when maxi errrthang came back into fashion, it is the fat girls fashion dream come true. So this coral maxi dress with sleeves is just divine. I see it paired with gold sandals and a cross over camel leather bag and lots of gold bangles with a messy top not and fresh off the beach tan.
Left to right: I've always loved polka dots, I have several dotted and spotted items in my wardrobe, dresses, pants, tees, tops. This polka dot pinafore is so adorable. I LOVE it. The middle dress just screams summer garden parties, sipping Pimms and wavy hair. Lastly this navy floral number is a classic beauty, plus the cut on the back will show off my tattoo's so well :)

Go have a look!


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