Brownies are totes the new Banana Bread of Lockdown,right?…Or maybe it’s just me. Or maybe I’ve always just been a brownie fiend and will always have a weakness for them, regardless of lockdown. But this is the one thing I’ve been making every week in lockdown, so it’s kind of become quite a staple in our home. And now we’ve added these TWO divine variances to the mix, and I just cant get enough. There’s another Continue reading
The postpartum period is a time like no other. That delicate period of cocooning, discovering and unfolding with your new little bundle(s) that follows birthing them into this world. It is a special time where once more your body does some amazing transformations, and you and baby dedicate yourselves to finding your rhythm, get to know each other and forge your bonds. It’s a paradoxical time of newness, excitement and monotony. And amidst all that, your hormones are roller-coastering, your sleep is dramatically reduced beyond your control, and your stamina and ability to maintain your poise gets tested like never before.
There is just so much morphing constantly, between baby AND you, at rate which almost feels impossible to keep up with. And, if not done with proper support or mindset, it could leave you reeling and depleted. Which is not the ideal way to start your mothering journey off. Your world changes, as do your perspectives – so radically, yet Continue reading
Call me heavily influenced by the 80’s American Kid or whatever, but I always so keen on creating a time capsule. It just seemed like the “neatest” thing to do as a kid. Can you imagine being the one to find some one else’s time capsule from say 50 years ago?!! Wow!
And even with my own kids I’ve always wanted to do this. Now, in the time of Covid, I think the sparks flew even bigger, so much so when I saw another mom on IG share a free resource on this time capsule, I was all in! I mean, yes, we’ve been journaling our lockdown (almost) every morning, so we have record of all that, and it’s helping the kids sort through their emotions, but Continue reading
This very day is forever emblazoned in my mind..a thousand thoughts streaming at me and through me…The day we found out we had a FOURTH little something something baking in my oven..even though I only just returned to work. It was a day of feeling both great emancipation, and heavenly bliss..and whilst those two emotions sound like a packaged deal, they actually each came from the very opposite ends of the spectrum of having babies…I know that sentence didn’t make much sense at all…but read on and it should become clear.
We had just had our third darling child…and it was both an enormous and gratifying sensation witnessing, and getting to embrace how our dreams of having a big family were unfolding for us. I mean, we finally crossed that line where the kids now outnumbered us. A particularly joyous crossing, after only but riding that same wave a few months before, then crashing into Continue reading
Breakdowns in Lockdown. Thursday past was my day. Seems like everyone is having their turn and last week, my number was up. I was a solid mess. Like, on the floor in a heap ugly crying. It took me by surprise. I knew this was going to be hard- this lockdown – it was never intended to be easy. That was never the point of it all. But I thought I was doing fine despite the inordinate task that’s been set for us all.
We all know that what is being asked of us right now, is simply impossible: cooking,cleaning, work, feeding,teaching, nappies, bottles, meetings, teething babies, growth spurts, middle of the night wakeups. It’s a list that just won’t quit, and you just never get to it all. And yet many of us still are finding ourselves dead on the floor trying to do just that. Often this is not of our volution, because, for some, there’s still this invisible pressure from management that wants to completely negate the reality that many are sitting with at home. Or the complete lack of any empathy or indication of understanding it. Like the reality of 4 kids, 2 very busy babies, with nappies and bottles and who need you to be all in, all the time. I mean there is a reason why one pays top Continue reading
Edit: Added a few more since publishing, and will as I get the chance to…
So I know you’re probably up to your eyeballs already in all the suggestions of how to keep your kids busy during this time of social distancing…so no pressure on my list. Take what you need from it, or leave it – all good. But what I do know is that everyone’s routines are going to be thrown out, and we may all need some help with extra ideas and tips to help us get through this time with all sanity in tact.
Personally, I know there are a couple of activities that not only keep my kids entertained and buy me some silence and sanity, but also keep their minds engaged and happy as well. There are some activities that also provide some applied thinking and maths. But most of all…I find with the reduced screen time ( they CHOOSE to do the activities over the tv), by the end of day, everyone’s moods were great, their focus was SO MUCH better…and they actually listened to us and went to bed with ease.
Now don’t worry, this is not going to be a post on why you need to cut screen time…cause Lawd knows this is not the time us parents are looking to cut screen time…In fact, I cant see Continue reading
So we don’t have to do this. This whole Valentines day friendship gift vibe. There is NO pressure to do it. My kids don’t beg me to do it. (although now after years of doing it, and being involved in the whole process, they’ve now come to expect that we do it)…So,know that there there are zero external pressures on us to do these kind of things, but if there is a way I can show my kids small and sweet little ways to be kind and spread a little sunshine in an easy fashion to others, and thus help lay the foundations for gracious and thoughtful grown human beings in the future, then HELL YEAH I’m going to take the time to make little class Valentine gifts!
Yes, I’m going to take precious time I could have been vegging out on Netflix or catching up on old blog posts half way written, and instead, spend it getting cramps in my right hand from cutting out labels and helping my staple them to little trinkets that say, “HEY, YOU! You’re cool. I see you. I like you. And you’re awesome just for being you.”
And each year that passes (aka with each new baby we add to the brood), I try to make this easier on myself, because Continue reading
Oh hello lovelies, the suns out, but my bum’s in bed…nursing my feet that gave up the ghost after this year’s spectacular kicking of my ass. Bust up feet, as sissy as this injury may sound, is total buzz kill and an unfortunate side effect of multiple pregnancies coupled with a genetic disorder I discovered I have, matched with a very busy festive period. Also, I’m now stuck in limbo… aka the period between Christmas and New Year, where you’re completely unaware of what day it is, nor interested in even finding out! 😉
But I have to remind myself, there’s Continue reading
This ain’t no trick. Or treat. This is just your fair warning….. Superbalist’s BLACK FRIDAY is coming!!
Now guys, as someone who has to be super wise with her pennies – thanks four kids, and hello school fees(!) – I’ve learnt that I can really make Black Friday work for me. You just need to know HOW! And if you’re keen, read on and I’ll show how Im doing it with Superbalist’s epic Black Friday this year!
Firstly, let it be known, that I haven’t Continue reading
Guys…my love for holiday celebrations are well documented, I think. And as an extention of that, my love for seasonal holiday pyjamas follows neatly on trend…but its always just been Christmas jam-jams and Easter…And its been like that for years now, as it was also nicely timed with the kids needing new pyjamas round about that time. So there was always some practicality to it all…HOWEVER, I think we can all agree that we knew this day was coming…ladies and gents, I give to you….HALLOWEEN Pyjamas!
I know, I know..i’m just 20 cats and a pair of knitting needles short of being the crazy cat lady who’ll knit seasonal holiday attire for my garden knomes…But I’ll be darned if I stopped! It makes not only my kiddies happy, but it makes me happy too…And being happy about them being happy is like a crazy happy game of Inception! So clearly I have no intention of stopping!…But also, for the record, I don’t own any garden knomes….or cats…knitting needles. (But Whiskey, our dog, knows she may have escaped Halloween jamjams, but Christmas is a sure bet! – No ‘fur’ real, she gets jammies too.)
Now, I know that there’s a whole gang of you who also enjoy it, much like we do. Chances are your kids might need new jams and how dope would it be that they now get holiday jams that are cute…They are..just look!
Or maybe they don’t need, but you’d love to get them some too…HOWEVER, if you’re like me, sometimes the cost of living makes that its just not always financially Continue reading