12 November 2016

5 Life Lessons Of A Work From Home Mom

I love being a stay at home mom, in fact I think I'm very blessed to still be able to make an income while I'm with my little girl every single day. That's the great thing about being able to work in the digital industry - you can create a flexible schedule for yourself + you can work from anywhere you like.

That being said, being a mom still takes up a lot of your time and if you're a new mom the whole process can be very nerve-wrecking at times. Still, I wouldn't change this life-changing experience for anything in the world - now read about the life lessons that I've learned thus far.

1. Nighttime became my friend.

That is if I want to get some work done, like a big chunk of work. Milania recently turned 10 months and except for the feeds of milk she needs during the night she's sleeping really well. Which gives me the time to work undisturbed. You may wonder how I functioned during the day. Well let's just say that after a while you become used to only a few hours of sleep.

2. Preparation is everything.

I don't always mention this but I suffer from anxiety. Over the years however I've learned to manage it very well. Like when I need to have a meeting I'll make sure that my hair is shiny and bouncy, that I'm well dressed and that I spritz on my most expensive perfume. And at the end of each week I'll cook + prepare a batch of pureed baby-food and I'll also pick an outfit for Milania a few days before we have to do a clinic run.

Also when she visits her grandma over the weekend, I'll make sure her little bag is packed with all the medicine, snacks and extra nappies she may need. When I'm prepared for something I feel more in control and that ease the anxiety. I guess that's why I'm also a bit of a control freak. Well, this makes my life sooo much easier.

3. Let it go.

I really envy successful bloggers sometimes that still get time to write fantastic posts, that have great collaborations with brands and that just seems that they are really winning at life. Sometimes I wish I had more time + energy to just do more! But then I realise that my recent journey have been a tough one. In the past 2 years I've not only lost my beloved baby sister, but I've also been retrenched from my full-time job. I've been in a serious car accident and to top all of that I also had to go to the dentist 3 times this year to pull a tooth.

It wasn’t all negative though, I gave birth to the most beautiful girl and I got married! Point is, life happens and it doesn’t always happen the way you want it. But you got to keep going and make the most of the blessings you have and just let the rest go.

4. You can still be fabulous.

I do not know why some people assume you have to look and behave in a shabby looking mess all the time when you've move into the club of motherhood. Sure when I’m just at home with nowhere to go I’ll look like that and sure there are times when I just want to sleep, when I stay in my pj's all day and when I don't feel like brushing my hair. But I've always liked my me-time too and nothing's change about that habit.

That means I still love painting my nails and dressing well. I make sure that I still spoil myself to beautiful lipsticks and glossy magazines and I also plan date nights with my husband, I make an effort to still be fabulous.

5. Just do your best.

Even when you've cleaned and cooked and delivered on all the tasks you had for the day you may sometimes still nitpick on the laundry that you didn’t get to. The report you didn’t send or whatever the hell you forgot throughout your hectic day. Here's what I've learned, do not torture yourself - realise that you still need to take care of it and leave it at that. Just do your best and give yourself a pat on the back for the things you were able to achieve.

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22 October 2016

Apple + Cranberry Overnight Oats

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite breakfast options (this is for you frazzled mommies out there) something that I never imagined I would like: overnight oats! I love the fact that it's an easy + no fuss breakfast, that's also healthy and tasty. This have become something I eat a lot during the week and I love the fact that you can make it the night before. To be honest, I'm on the lookout for similar kitchen hacks.

  • Half cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 apple 
  • Half cup of yogurt
  • Cranberries

Mix the oats + milk  together. Grate whole apple and add to mixture. Cover and put in fridge overnight. In the morning add yogurt, cranberries + thin shavings of more apple. Enjoy!

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11 October 2016

JOHNSON’S® Gentle Protect Giveaway

I’m always looking for quality yet budget friendly beauty + grooming products for myself and now that I’ve become a mom I’m doing the same for my precious little angel. Milania recently turned 9 months, she’s such a healthy and happy baby (you can follow me over on Instagram to see more images of Milania in action) and she’s now reached that stage where you can’t keep her inside her highchair, cot or in your arms for too long. 

She wants to explore and is constantly on the move, touching and grabbing things that aren’t always as squeaky clean as you’d like them to be. So, when I recently discovered the JOHNSON’S® Gentle Protect range I was over the moon. I've always been a fan of their products but this particular range really does it for me.

The JOHNSON’S® Gentle Protect range contain JOHNSON’S unique No More Tears® moisturising lotion and are enriched with a combination of natural ingredients including honey and extracts of rooibos & green tea. It’s specially developed to wash away 99.9% of dirt and germs, while being gentle on your toddler’s delicate skin. The wipes are so convenient - formulated to minimise the risk of allergy and it’s mild enough to use all over the body even around the eyes. 

Whenever I give my little one a bath + cleanup the delightful sweet smell of honey fills up the air, her skin always feel super soft and I have the peace of mind knowing she’s dirt and germ free. Overall I think that this is just such a great hypoallergenic range available in wipes, handwash, a soap and bath product. Want to know more, take a look at their  informative + helpful website.


One lucky reader could be the winner of this JOHNSON’S® Gentle Protect hamper! Entering is super easy, here are the rules. 

1. Follow my Facebook Page. Also find the above image over there and share it.

2. Follow my Twitter Page. Also find above image and retweet it.

3. Make sure you follow the Johnson's Baby SA Facebook Page.

And that’s it! This giveaway will run until the 25th of October 2016. Good luck! Only open to South African readers.

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05 October 2016

6 Girl Boss Habits That Will Inspire You

When I started my online venture a few years ago I naively though that most of my days would be smooth sailing - you see I was going to work from home, with no boss breathing down my neck and I could eat healthy lunches every day. Um however, that wasn't the case. I was undisciplined, I slaved away without eating at all and because I deprived my body from proper nourishment I became tired and uninspired. 

However, along my journey I've learnt that you should always take care of your mental and physical wellbeing and that you should set firm rules and goals for yourself - that is if you want to be a successful girl boss! Take a look at these other inspiring habits that I've learnt along the way.

1. Believe in yourself

Hey, self-doubt is a bitch and we all know that. Please do me a favor, don't allow comparisons and past failures break you. You are capable of great things, just think of all your past achievements ( write them down and put your list somewhere private to look at whenever you need a pat on the back ) and realize that you can conquer even more if you focus and train yourself to be consistent and self-disciplined. And remember, fortune favors action.

2. Eat breakfast

Well eat breakfast and lunch and a proper dinner for that matter, Nourish the body that's making a living for you. Drink your vitamins and keep yourself well hydrated. Don't become totally wrapped up in important tasks and schedules, realize that in order to be creative and energized you need to fuel your system. 

3. Make notes

The other day I was watching a daytime talk show where the question about success was raised. That made me think, what exactly do I want to achieve and when will I be content... I immediately jotted it down, because that specific discussion was important to me. Whether it's something similar to that question that made me think or just a splendid idea for a blogpost or business proposal, write it down. You can always discard what you don't like, but most importantly - you'll get some fresh perspective and you'll always have creative inspiration nearby. 

4. Collaborate

Don't be afraid to reach out to ask for help from your peers when you need it, sometimes great things happen when you share ideas with like-minded people. Get in touch with your tribe, the people in your industry. Do your homework and pitch that bright idea. Reach out, don't be afraid of rejection, who knows where you might be in a year.

5. Practice gratitude

Gratitude is such an awesome practice and I know that it's not always that easy to be grateful but it's really life changing and such a beautiful thing. Whenever something good happens to you, when you get a new client or when you get a really pleasant comment on your blog you're obligated to express your gratitude towards that person and most importantly to God. Be grateful for big bold success and small simple pleasures alike. Gratitude shifts your energy to make way for bigger + better things. You almost become like a magnet that attracts good and wonderful things, so give it a go whydontcha!

6. Practice self-discipline

I did mention self-discipline here and there in this blogpost and now I will put more emphasis on the subject. Without it you'll make mistakes and suffer, and yes I know that nobody's perfect and yes you're allowed to make mistakes... Just as long as you learn from them, especially in business. Made a lot of cash this month? Don't spent it on another pair of lace-up shoes. Do you have an important meeting on Monday? Don't stay up too late on Sunday night, oh and you don't need another glass of wine. You get the drift. Use your God-given discernment and practice that self-discipline, and you'll go far, you bright shining star!

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23 September 2016

The Beauty Desk: Essie, Gosh, Beauty Fix...

Ooh, time to share some of my current fave beauty products. I particularly love the gorgeous shade of nailpolish from Essie althought I'm equilly impressed with the powder brush from Gosh. Ok, ok I love all of these and here's why.

1. Essie Nailpolish Peach Daiquiri 

This is such a beautiful shade like mentioned before, just perfect for summer! Truth be told, I was also drawn in by the cheerful name when I got this Essie shade from my local Clicks. I wasn't particularly impressed with the staying power, but it's definitely my go-to polish when I want to feel glamorous + pretty.

2. Beauty Fix Makeup Finish

What a lovely hydrating + nourishing mist this is. Infused with rosewater, cucumber and aloe vera it sounds good enough to eat. So imagine spritzing something that's more like a healthy green juice on your skin after the application of your makeup? Amazing! It really blends + revitalises the skin - leaving you with a beautiful, radiant glow. More details on the product here. 

3. Gosh Powder Brush

This brush is made of the softest nylon hair and it's really an all over brush - ideal for applying loose or pressed powder, blusher, bronzer or shimmer. Gosh specifically used nylon bristles for this brush as they are more hygienic, hold their shape and will not feather. I've been using it for more than 4 months and I'm still in love with it!

4. Woolworths Pomegranate & Berries Hand & Nail Cream

I love fresh, fruity and zesty smells and this is exactly that. I love the size of it too, which makes it easy to pop in your hand or makeup bag. It's very moisturising and my hands + nails have been getting lots of compliments, but did I mention the packaging? Well it's just sooo beautiful and I would definitely repurchase this fancy little tube from Woolies!

Image - My Own
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