Dear Future Me: How to be a good grandparent

Dear Future Me

Listed below are a few things I really hope that I remember when I am about to become a grandparent one day. Kids, I totally give you permission to print this out and make me read it when the time comes.  Continue reading “Dear Future Me: How to be a good grandparent”

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Get Real About Your Finances

I think that this is in part a lecture to myself. It has been an insane year. I am sure I am not the only one feeling the rising cost of goods weighing on them? Also since our first child was born we have loosened up our spending habits mostly where it means that we get to buy convenience and save time. With life becoming more expensive and another kid on the way we definately need to relook our spending habits. The ways I see things, is that I can become negative about the rising cost of living or be proactive about building the life I want.   Continue reading “Get Real About Your Finances”

Time Saver: Umatie

I am not a chef but before having children I used to love baking and throwing tea parties and dinner parties but I just do not have the time anymore. Our general strategy is to live off of as many marked down prepared meals from Pick n Pay as possible and when there aren’t any available in store or in the deep freeze we split the cooking duties. Not the most wholesome strategy I know, but it  is a survival tactic at this point. I do however stress that my little one needs to eat healthily even on the nights when we don’t and this is where Umatie comes to the rescue.  Continue reading “Time Saver: Umatie”

My Top Breastfeeding Resources

Who knew that something that is seemingly so natural has so much misinformation, prejudice and mystery around it?

Here are some links that I have found invaluable in my breastfeeding journey so far:

  1. Le Leche League South Africa’s Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lalecheleaguesouthafrica/ as well as their website
  2. http://kellymom.com/

The World Health Organization’s Global strategy for infant and young child feeding says:

“As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond.”

What are your favourite breastfeeding resources?

5 Tips for Staying Motivated as a Working Mom

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I wrote this for someone else when they were having a bad day. So it is rather ra ra. Take it for what it is –  a pep talk for when life gets tough.

  1. Schedule quality time with your children. I once heard of a mom who had regular ‘dates’ with her children. This entailed setting aside quality one-on-one time with each child doing fun activities on a regular basis. Never underestimate the value of quality time over sheer quantity of time together.

Continue reading “5 Tips for Staying Motivated as a Working Mom”