On being a stay at home, working, Mom.

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Things have been so crazy lately. Life. I’m sure you have noticed by the crickets hanging around on my blog lately, that I just haven’t had a chance to write. I feel like I am being pulled in every direction, I have to be a little bit of everything; A mom, a wife, an entrepreneur, a cook, a cleaner, a calendar, a coordinator, a home maker.. This is what moms are, right?

Jordan is approaching two and I am struggling to wrap my head around that to be honest!? How has it been nearly two years since he joined our family and our lives? Nearly 3 years since we found out we were going to be parents! I can almost not imagine what life was like without Jordy in it.  Some days I long for some peace and quiet without the sound of plastic motorbikes, water being spat onto the floor (after being told a million times to not do it), moaning for this or that, sounding like a broken radio “STOP eating the play dough!!”. I long for a moment of peace to simply write a blog post or paint my nails. Right now, as I type this, an inflated whoopee cushion has just been placed on my head and Jordan has just spat a mouthful of water on my lounge table.. Again. I sometimes worry about his hearing. Not really. He’s just testing me, I know this. Life seems like one constant test because I KNOW that he understands me. I’m also feeling a little bit (VERY) tired and overwhelmed with the fact that Nic is going away for 10 days and I will have to deal with this firecracker boy on my own for that amount of time. It’s been non stop with Nic and Gareth practising for their Grahamstown festival live show every single night for the past few weeks. I feel like we are just passing one another.. we haven’t been on a date night for months. Of course its taxing on our relationship but this too, shall pass. It has to.

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{REVIEW} The new 6.5KG Spindel. Spin dry your laundry in just 3 minutes.

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Okay so if you haven’t heard about this Spindel before.. A) You’ve been robbed of your precious time and convenience, and B) You will not want to go on without one after reading this.

The Spindel is a nifty little appliance that came into my life when Jordan was a few weeks old. Now if you have kids, or if you just like to get changed multiple times a day and you have a stack of laundry that sends you into near cardiac arrest.. you NEED on of these little machines in your life.

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(RECIPE) Tagliatelle with tomato & rocket pesto.

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I have never been a maser chef. Mainly because pre Jordan, Nic and I were extreme social butterflies. We had more time (and money to eat out. Things have changed some what although even post Jordan, living in Obs we had a wealth of cafes and restaurants a stones throw from our front door. Nasty for the ol’budget but dangerously convenient for the days where I just didn’t have the energy to cook.

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Moving house and how it has affected our toddler.

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We have finally moved into our new house. The transfers have gone through and the first chapter of our new beginning has now started. We couldn’t be more grateful for our lovely sunny new home, our garden, our pool and all the space Jordan and Banjoe finally have to run around. Most of all I am just happy that the renovations are over. After loosing money to dishonest builders and all the dust, I am DONE. We are so happy with how everything has come together, I didn’t know that I had it in me to project manage so much all at once whilst still managing life, but now I think I can call myself… wonder woman. I wish.

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Precious Jordan, home renovations & a few happy snaps.

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Life is just flying by. Between home renovations, wrapping my head around moving, packing and all that goes with that, I have barely had a chance to think, let alone log into my blog to share any of it with you all.

Renovations are in full swing. We have had gardeners and landscapers here almost everyday sorting out was used to look like a literal rubbish dump. We’ve had a guy and his trusty bakkie do about 6 FULL loads of rubbish that has been collected in the garden here over the last few years. Scary. There were tenants living in the house prior and they really didn’t maintain anything. The pool was green and the garden was practically just sand. We have had new floors put in the kitchen and dining room – white screed flooring – I am totally in love with it. The laminate floor guys started yesterday and things are looking just beautiful in that department. I will do a post with all the service providers we’ve used soon, in case anyone reading this has some up-vamping to do.

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Thank you Dad.

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Dear Dad,

I tell you from time to time but just to make sure we are on the same page – you know you are the BEST Dad I could possibly have asked for and I love you SO much, right?

I have been doing some thinking lately, about where I am in my life. About the good and bad financial decisions I’ve made, the steps I’ve taken to fix things, about the little family I now have in Nic, Jordan and Banjoe and about the things I still have to continue doing to ensure a healthy future for my family. I have been thinking a lot about the values that you have instilled in me and I am here to express my deepest gratitude.

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New beginnings, exciting projects & a whole lot of gratitude. We have a new HOME!

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This year has started off with SUCH a bang. Things need to slow down otherwise I might just burn out by June. Yikes. In the beginning of the year we had no idea we’d be where we are right now. As we all know, when an amazing opportunity comes your way, you jump right? We have been thinking about selling our home for a while now. It’s been a never-ending conversation with many visits to various property websites in search of the perfect home for us.

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