My busy life. Toddlers, starting school & the arrival of a new baby.

IMG_0378_2_rGosh but life is busy. Life with a toddler, a pregnancy and a demanding job.. is busy. Hence my silence on the blog. I quite literally have just not had the time or energy to sit down and write between all my work, family and social commitments! I cannot believe that I am already 36 weeks pregnant, barely surviving in this heat. Still very much working and keeping myself occupied. I think that this little boy will be arriving sooner than anticipated. I am not quite sure where the time has gone but I am sure the end of the year / beginning of year madness has something to do with that. CatchUp6 My Pregnancy. In the beginning of this pregnancy I was told that my placenta is positioned very low. I was told this by more than one specialist. The condition is known as Placenta Previa – it happens when you fall pregnant and your placenta attaches in the wrong place. My gynae (Steffi Hinz) told me that she could only really check if my placenta has moved at 36 weeks and most of them do move but you never know. If the placenta has moved, then I can have a normal delivery as I did with Jordan. If it hasn’t moved, I will be booked in for a C-section. Steffi can only really check the position of the placenta properly by doing an internal scan which might aggravate things which will result in me having to birth this baby immediately. BUT we have to check because if the placenta hasn’t moved, going into labour naturally and having contractions could be quite dangerous. Today is my scan, at 12:15pm. In short, this baby boy might be born into the world.. today! I am all kinds or nervous and excited and cannot wait to welcome this little bundle into our lives. I trust Steffi implicitly and know that we couldn’t be in better hands. My special Jordy.

Jordy has never been a particularly great sleeper at all. At the moment this is probably a good thing as we are SO ready for newborn nights. I just cannot believe how time flies when you’re so busy busy busy. I am slowly wrapping my head around having a second baby, the time has just escaped me and I feel like I haven’t had any time to even think much about it or ‘reflect’. Jordan is still my baby and I cannot imagine (at all) what it’s going to be like having two! In the past few weeks I have also become increasingly aware of how little time I have left with my Jords alone.

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A fun ‘Back to School’ DIY with Bostik.

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I have teamed up with Bostik to do a fun little ‘Back to School’ DIY. I am so impressed with their new look and their huge range of products. Have a look here for a little bit more information on that and how you can WIN a R500 Bostik product hamper.

I have decided to do a little something involving glitter glue, cause it’s SO MUCH FUN! Glitter glue also takes me straight back to my school days. I wanted to do something that reminded me of those times and the kind of thing that I would have wanted back then to keep all my goodies organised. Having said that, I am totally going to be using this nifty stationary jar in my office at home!

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{WIN} A JD Bug balance bike and a ‘Jake the Pirate’ ship from Toy Kingdom worth R1,500. CLOSED.

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I am SO excited to share this giveaway with you. We got Jordan a JD balance bike AND a Fisher Price Jake the Pirate ship for Christmas and he seriously loves them both. I am a huge fan of balance bikes over a bike with training wheels, or ‘fairy wheels’ as we used to call them when I was little. The balance bike allows children to develop their balancing and steering skills rather from day one rather than just focussing on the pedalling aspect of a bike with training wheels. This focus on balance and coordination from day one will enable kids to ride a regular pedal bike sooner than later. The JD bug balance bike doesn’t come with pedals but you are able to buy the pedal attachment for when your child is ready to transition to this next phase. LOVE this. The JD Bug balance bike is only 3.35KG of allow frame, 12″ air wheels with drum type  and very soft handles.

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{WIN} A R500 ‘Back to School’ hamper from Bostik! Closed.

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Bostik have recently re-branded their entire product range. I love a good rebrand, there is nothing better than fresh new look. Bostik’s tag line ’Don’t just stick it. Bostik it’ is a household phrase in South Africa, with over 50 years of great quality product. I cannot remember a single back to school pencil bag of mine that didn’t include bostik items.

The Bostik range consists of more than 60 products which include everything from glitter to Prestik, glue sticks, wax twister crayons, rainbow twisters, clear self adhesive glue tubes, rolls of tape, glue dots and more. Bostik have introduced a cute little ‘Gary the Gecko’ mascot to their branding, calling their product ‘smart adhesives’. Gecko’s are renowned for their remarkable bonding abilities that allow them to cling to just about every surface.

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Beautiful leather baby bags in South Africa. #SupportLocal

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When chatting to friends and moms to be, one of the most common things I hear is about the struggle to find the perfect nappy bag. Most baby bags on the market are designed for kids, with Winnie the Pooh or similar plastered all over them. The way I see it, the nappy bag is for mom, not for baby. Mom is the one who has to carry it around wherever she goes. I didn’t even bother with a handbag for the first year of Jordan’s life as I always had SO much to trek around with me. Sporting a nice looking, functional bag is very important to me.

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Plans for our new Bathroom & a bit of inspiration.

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Since we moved in, our avo bathroom has been on top of the list of ‘things to tackle’. As bathroom are incredibly pricey to renovate, we decided it would have to wait a while as he put in a brand new kitchen, new floors, re-did the ceilings, installed pool fences, new grass, painted walls inside, painted the whole exterior or the house, and the list goes on. Crisis having a house is a lot of work but it’s so much fun recreating spaces to be what you have always dreamed of.

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Earth friendly & educational kids bath products.

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I have always found it incredibly important to educate children about environmental awareness from a young age. This way they really LIVE it. If you implement eco friendly ideals in your home, your children will mimic and hopefully grow up doing the same. One can only hope. We started when Jords was a mere 2/3 months old by switching over the Fancy Pants reusable nappies. It was the best decision we ever made. We have not only saved money but we are doing our bit to save the planet. We are have a weekly recycling service in our area that collects your paper, plastic, glass and tins of the same day as your garbage. We don’t claim to be ambassadors on environmental awareness but I will certainly choose an earth friendly product over a regular one. Any day.

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