A stormy weekend spent indoors

Monday, November 18, 2013

A storm raged this weekend guys. I woke up in the early hours of Saturday morning to a rumble that I thought could not actually be the rain, but it was. There was sever flooding in some parts of the peninsula and so many people suffered with damages to their property and people in the informal settlements lost their homes. The Vergelegen Mediclinic in Somerset West was so badly affected they had to evacuate patients. Whenever we have these bad Cape storms it always underscores my gratitude for the things the I have.

This weekend was so self indulgent. We stayed indoors and enjoyed delicious food, family time and we napped till we couldn't nap anymore.



Have you tried the premixed Indian cuisine spices from Woolies? I made the Butter Chicken one on Friday night, it was so divine.  The spices are so simple to use, all you need to add is the protein and cream and canned tomatoes. It took 25 minutes from start to finish. We also got the heat & eat Naan bread from Woolies.


Sophie is so entertaining. She has the most expressive face I've seen on a baby, and I'm not just saying that because she's my baby. She really does. This weekend she found her bliss playing with her feeding spoon, my t-shirt, her lion slipper & her paci. I don't know why we even bother to buy toys.



All three of us spent most of Saturday in bed :) It's not often that we get to spend so much time together, Regan often has gigs to get to and Sophie & I have our little routine of eating and sleeping and going out. Having all this time together has made me so impatient for Regan's summer leave to start. A whole 20 days to enjoy Cape Town and Sophie together! Magic!


 Hope you all had a great weekend too! Here's to a productive & rewarding week!

Friday Finds: The coffee table books I wish I owned

Friday, November 15, 2013

I love books, before I had Sophie I would read at least 1 book a week. Since Sophie was born though, time has become a luxury and reading an even bigger luxury. So naturally I find my focus on books shifting from the hefty novels I used to read to the more picture filled coffee table variety.

Life Lately According to Instagram #3

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Top row from the left: Couple selfie because this man owns my heart + It's impossible for the insta-updates not to contain snaps of my beautiful little girl guys + Waiting in the car for Ella to finish OT, contemplating how much my Converse have gone through... 

Middle row from the left: Teething is out of control, Sophie wakes up with an itchy mouth often and its usually at 4am and she usually cannot go back to sleep after + So I usually end up looking like this most days.. thank you teething + Ella's school had their end of year picnic and Jazz evening, Ella won the potato on the spoon race! I was the proudest aunt in attendance

Bottom row from the left: Regan dj'd the Touch Bass rooftop party again last weekend, he always pulls weird faces while he's picking his music for the night. Love the giant stuffed tiger in the background + I went along to the rooftop party because its been 16 months since I've had a drink and dance and I needed it + Summer evening out listening to music with the baby.... bliss




Happy happy! Clappy clappy! My blog is 4 years old!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013



I started this blog in November 2009. I was living in Norway at the time and initially I had hoped it would be a way for me to update my friends and family in South Africa. Truthfully it has changed so much in the last 4 years. Now it a place where I can share my thoughts on motherhood and my adventures in Cape Town, it’s a place where I can inspire myself and (hopefully) others. I love writing this blog and since Sophie was born I love it even more. So it’s in the spirit of all that love and inspiration I share with you my very first giveaway!

There’s a saying, a party without cake is just a meeting... in celebration of my blogs 4th birthday I am sponsoring a give away: a stunning Le Creuset batter bowl and 3 Nomu Baking Kits to one lucky reader! All you have to do to enter is:

1} comment below to tell me which colour bowl you’d like and the first thing you’ll bake with it.
2} follow me on twitter
3} tweet about the giveaway by linking to this post and mentioning me or #betweendaydreams 

The winner will be drawn on the 30th November 

J

Happy baking folks!

#lovecapetown: Family fun day at the Bay Harbor Market, Naps & Daddy's that do hair

Wednesday, November 06, 2013


How glorious was the weather on Saturday? Not too hot, not cold, just the perfect amount of wind blowing. It's so easy to love this city.

Naturally, like all Cape Tonians we scrambled to find something to do, After receiving two complimentary tickets to the Baby Expo I had my heart set on shopping but as soon as I opened my eyes I knew I could not waste the day inside an over air-conditioned, windowless convention centre buying things Sophie doesn't need.

Life Lately According to Instagram #2

Friday, November 01, 2013

From the top left: walks down Wynberg Main Road + flowers from my father in-law + Sophie had solid food for the first time + Sophie loved solid food so much she tried to eat the bits left on her bib + breaking my clean eating diet for a little Burger King action (it's the little things) + finishing off Sophie's summer wardrobe with some organic cotton bibs from Earth Child and a lovely pink sun hat + finishing my summer look off with yet another coral gloss, this time it's 'Lush' by Dior + being constantly reminded that Christmas is on the way and I've yet to buy a single gift + visits with my maternal grandmother and flash backs to my youth.

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10 things new dads need to know about new moms

Regan & Sophie, just a few hours after she was born. 
(Disclaimer: these 10 things are unique to my experience as a new mom and also my experience dealing with a new dad. It’s different for everyone yes, but I think generally we pretty much all feel the same way once our little bundle of love joins the real word)

ONE// A new mom feels ugly: Once Sophie was born I had so many conflicting feelings towards my body. On one hand I felt amazing, like the greatest being on earth, I mean I grew a tiny human (!). On the other hand I felt gross. Like seriously gross. My body was stretched out and ill proportioned, things were saggy where they used to be pert, loose where they once were tight and oh my god let’s not even get started on the leaky body parts. Now add to that the fact that I couldn’t spend more than 2 minutes in front of the mirror and none of my clothes fitted me, I swear even my fat pants were too tight.

Just a Minute in October


October has been the month of trips down memory lane. I've been focussing so much on family. Having a child forces you to confront your own mortality in a way. I want to ensure that Sophie is raised with a good sense of family and belonging, like I was. That's been my theme this month. Here are the highlights though.

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