LIFE DOESN'T FRIGHTEN ME

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Yesterday we all found out about Maya Angelou's passing. I've never blogged about a celebrity's death or the impact a celebrity has had on my life. When I read blog posts like that I always feel a little self righteous and usually tut away about sensationalist bloggers. I feel differently right now because as a young woman growing up I often felt lost in the world. I didn't know my place, I didn't know who I was or where I was supposed to be headed. It was a confusing time for me, and I found great comfort in Maya Angelou's books and poems. Those books are some of my most cherished possessions. As Sophie grows I hope to share these stories with her. 

Today I ordered Maya Angelou's children's book 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me' which is beautifully illustrated by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Have a look:

SAYING SORRY ONLY COUNTS IF YOU MEAN IT, RIGHT?

Saturday, May 17, 2014



I find that sometimes we say sorry when what we actually mean is: sorry for the way what I said/did made you feel. I put a lot of stock in an apology, that’s probably why I seldom apologise for what I’ve said/done. If I meant it, I’d be the worst kind of hypocrite to take it back just because it offended or upset someone.

I was recently told that a someone close to our family took offense to something I had written in one of my posts. I had no idea that this person was even reading my blog and was truly surprised at the reaction (and subsequent fall out) I received. It really underscored what a personal journey blogging has been and continues to be for me. I’ve been writing this blog since 2008 and it’s taken on many forms since then, but what it’s always been is a very true reflection of where my life was/is at.

WIN TICKETS TO THE GOOD FOOD & WINE SHOW 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014


You guys! I've been given some tickets to give away to the Good Food & Wine Show coming up in Cape Town! As a huge fan of both food and wine I'm sure you can imagine that it's taking all my willpower not to keep these to myself!

#GFWS2014 will take place from the 29th of May until the 1st of June at the CTICC. 

To enter:

Follow me on Twitter
Follow the Good Food & Wine Show on Twitter
Tweet: I've entered to win tickets to #GFWS2014 with @nikkilincoln & Between Daydreams http://bit.ly/bdgfws2014 

OR 

Like my [brand new] Between Daydreams Facebook page
Comment on this post to let me know you've entered

Winners will be announced on the 23rd of May 2014!

LIFE LATELY ACCORDING TO MY IPHONE #006

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Left to right, from the top left corner:

1// Trying to do a wardrobe inventory for my Minimal Me project and failing because Sophie loves the wardrobe. 
2// Buying the most lovely wrapping paper from Checkers
3// Nodding along to this fantastic article
4// Going on a date with my handsome beardy man
5// Trying (and failing) to teach Sophie to share her accessories. I was attempting to try on her very cute alice band. 
6// Enjoying mommy and Sophie time in the morning, she loves to unpack my box of scarves and belts.
7// Learning to manage Sophie's meltdowns, they happen often enough now, sherbs! 
8// Getting some new perfume! Happy Mothers Day to me! 

xxx

YOUR BLOG IS BEAUTIFUL // 001

Monday, May 12, 2014


I’ve written and rewritten this post so many times. I had this idea to share the blogs I am currently in love with so maybe you could fall in love with them too. The more I thought about how to lay it out, the more I realised I didn’t just want this to be a blogroll hiding out as a blog post. I didn’t just want to share what I was reading; I wanted to share why I loved what I was looking at too. You see, I am an incredibly visual person. I love beautiful design, from clothing to home ware to Sophie’s toys. It carries over to blogging. Yes I know, content is of course king, but a beautiful blog with exciting content? It’s a thing to behold. And that’s what I want to show you. Last night 2 great things happened: Natasha from Raising Men shared her redesigned site & Candice from Gorgeous Blog launched her new baby, a travel site called The Trip Fox. Both of these sites are visually divine, and looking at them I just knew this was the direction I was waiting for. This was where I wanted to take this blog series.

I DON'T WANT TO BE THAT MOM, BUT I KNOW IT'S UNAVOIDABLE


I just finished reading a wikiHow on introducing discipline to your toddler. I think it’s obvious that a desperate mother will accept any advice. You see, Sophie is a brat, I don’t want her to be one, but I know she is. I also know that the blame for this can be placed completely at our feet.

Since Sophie was born we have indulged her every whim. We’ve now reached this crucial stage of parenting, where I know she knows. She knows that if she pushes she will get her way. She knows that while I may reprimand her, if she giggles I will probably ease off, relent and accept defeat. She knows that her daddy has a spine made of jelly and is therefore completely incapable of standing up to her. She knows that she owns us. Well almost. I say almost because I am at the point now where I have been bitten, scratched, spat on, kicked, hit and had my hair pulled perhaps one too many times.

THE BODIES OF MOTHERS - JADE BEALL

Tuesday, May 06, 2014


Meet the mother who breastfed twins, who struggled with infertility, who had an unexpected c-section, who survived postpartum depression. Meet the mother who is still trying to love her body after having her babies.

Photographer Jade Beall celebrates all of these moms, and many more, in her new book The Bodies of Mothers. Eighty women in total bare their post-baby bodies – stretch marks, squishy bellies and all – within its pages in a brave and honest testament to the true beauty of motherhood.

Here is a look at some of her stunning portraits. Do you recognize yourself in any of them?

BEING A MOM MEANS FEELING GUILTY... 65% OF THE TIME

Friday, May 02, 2014



For someone that constantly talks about how important date nights are to new parents, I must admit Regan and I haven't had one this year. We've been caught up in this crazy whirlpool of work stress, life admin, a teething baby, a sick parent. This year started off in a sprint and it hasn't slowed down yet. On Wednesday night we had our first grown up night out for 2014.

Unsurprisingly, I spent most of the day in an excited bubble.

Yay for adult conversation!
Yay for drinks!
Yay for sitting in the impractically chilly backyard (something we'd not do with Sophie because it's outside in the evening - she'd get cold)!

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