Friday, November 01, 2019 Cape Town, South Africa

Sitting in my sunny lounge, reading the last post on this blog from a year ago makes me feel so many things. This little blog started as a way for me to keep my family updated about my life in Norway, it then evolved into talking about vintage clothes (which I used to sell in Oslo) and then evolved again to talking about pregnancy and motherhood. I started writing in 2009 and even though 10 years have passed, the one thing that has not changed is safety net that writing has always offered me.

When I decided to stop blogging about parenting last year, it was decision fuelled by so many things. My children were growing and I felt I owed them their privacy, my relationship was kind of going through something and I didn’t feel like presenting this happy family online was authentic at all. I also lost my mojo massively. My mom mojo. I wasn’t able to blog with truth about the joys of motherhood because I was so tired and my life felt so devoid of joy.

I decided in those moments towards the end of 2018 that I needed a change, I needed to explore something that was just for me and as a result, Two Babes On A Budget was born. This is a blog I share with my friend Kim and it’s all about fashion and living your very best life without breaking the bank. Gosh, I love this blog. I love having a space to write and share the things that interest me outside of motherhood, I love that I can share pictures of myself and my little banal tips and there are thousands of women who love it. But I miss my mom blog guys. I miss the cathartic energy that writing down my struggles offers. I miss the advice and the community and I miss having a sounding board for both the wonder and the heartbreak of motherhood.

I was crying in bed a few weeks ago because we’re having a tough time right now and I thought, “I just want to write all the things in my heart down” and then I did and guess what? I felt better.

So in those quiet moments in my bed, I decided I would blow the dust off my little corner of the internet and maybe start posting here again. I donated my old platforms to Two Babes On A Budget, so I am starting from scratch on Instagram and Facebook and I find that so exciting.

You might be wondering what you can expect from us this time around? Well, there are a few things I am going to be covering (and maybe, God willing, I might even be carving out that elusive niche that always evaded me before). We are going through big shifts at home and obviously, these shifts will influence what I write, so stick around if you are keen to read more about:

Our sugar-free life 

Yep, we’ve cut sugar out of our home. We’re trying a Monday to Friday rule, for now, to give the girls an adjustment period, but my goal is to remove it completely. It’s really hard and requires a lot of “from scratch” cooking and I have no idea how I am going to sustain this because life just seems to get busier. But I have realised what a massive disservice I have been doing to my children with regards to their diets. I don’t want to go into it too much right now because it upsets me, but we’ve made some horrible choices and it’s time to turn the tide.

Healthy little minds 

So this isn’t rocket science because we know that the harder life gets, the harder parenting gets. And I am choosing to separate those two things because my life (work, relationships, money, health) really shouldn’t get in the way of the quality of my parenting but the truth is, it does. I have seen it in my home over the past year in leaps and bounds. The more stressed I am the worse I am as a parent and I know that sounds harsh but this blog has always been a place for harsh truths and that isn’t going to change. Sophie (who is 6) has really suffered a lot in the past year and I have seen it play out in her school work, her eating habits, her overall attitude at home and I am taking steps to address that and make the changes I need to make in order to ensure that I am always giving my children a childhood that nourishes and empowers them and not one they need to recover from later in life. So yep, I will be talking about those steps and how I am ensuring I am raising happy and confident little girls.

Healthy mom 

Ah, I could never leave this one out. A big focus for me in the past year has been looking after my own mental and physical health and I didn’t realise how much I had neglected myself until I started looking after myself. So expect a sprinkling of that too.

Ok, that’s pretty much it for now. I am glad to be back and I hope you guys (if you’re still even there) are happy to have me back. We’re going to take it slow and this is going to be chilled and personable. I have a few competitions plans and a few printables to share and I am going to try to be an ear and a sounding board for you as much as I would like you to be that for me. I’m excited.

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