What’s breast for you {& your babe}? | Repost

It’s #WorldBreastfeedingWeek, and over this past week my inbox has been flooded with emails entitled or including the #breastisbest slogan. Instagram has been filled with {beautiful} breastfeeding pictures and controversial discussions around the topic.

While I personally have never been one to share any {revealing} images of me breastfeeding, prior to today of course ;), every #breastisbest hashtag has pushed me a little more to share my feelings on the topic. But before I share my feelings on the matter, here is some background on my three b/feeding experiences:

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10 beauty hacks for over 30s

I have to say, I love the way people are embracing getting older. I feel as though birthdays which took people, women particularly, out of their “prime” twenties were historically approached with hesitation, or sometimes even angst. It seems though, maybe it is just my perception (?!), but I honestly feel as though humans are embracing these ‘older’ years more graciously, maybe because we as a whole understand the gift of life, and of growing old with our loved ones. That said, though, its never easy for us gals to see those grey hairs sprouting, or have another wrinkle appear on our forehead!! Thankfully I believe there are many beauty tips and tricks us more mature lasses 😉 can invest in to try stay clear of invasive surgeries or extreme measures in anti-aging, because for me, as much I want to grow old graciously, I also want to look after this God-given body to my best ability, and if that comes with a few extra years of supple skin and glowing hair, then I want in! How about you?

It’s no secret that I love testing, trying and reviewing beauty products, treatments and sharing those I love with you guys. I am so fortunate to discover and uncover the value in new products and treatments, and share what I find has worked well for me. I’ve been asked to put together a list of those I love the most – so here you have it:

My 10 beauty hacks for over 30s: 
The first 4 points centre around inner beauty – no matter what you do, if your insides are not healthy and happy your skin, hair and nails will never glow, no matter how much illuminator you apply !! 😉 Continue reading “10 beauty hacks for over 30s”

Midlands escape | Travel

There is no better time to connect with loved ones than over a weekend away! Our lives have been so busy this year that we found ourselves really missing our friends the Rosie’s a lot, and agreed that a weekend away was well needed. Left in the more than capable hands of Caley, a quick two night escape was booked & planned in no time, and we had something to look forward to together.

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Marc Anthony Grow Long | Review

It was about one month ago now that I received the new Marc Anthony Grow Long products, including the Shampoo, Conditioner, Volumizing Texture Spray, Miracle Repair Anti-Frizz Spray and the Volumizing Dry Shampoo. Upon first sight I was in love with the bright and fun PINK packaging, but if there is one thing us ladies have come to know very well, its less about what it looks like, and more about how it leaves your hair looking… so how did it measure up?

Let’s start (at the beginning) with the Shampoo and Conditioner:
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Pirate Party | Jackson turns 6

NOTE: This post is from last year’s party !! Very delayed haha
My boys are almost exactly 2 years apart, and for the longest time they shared birthday parties which made so much sense because they shared many of the same friends and it was silly to spend double, 2 weeks apart. As they have grown older, however, it has become all the more evident that they are very different little personalities, and wanted something very different out of their parties. Jordan Rock is “friends with everyone”. The more the merrier for him as he wound invite everyone he has ever met to his party if possible. Jackson, on the other hand, is far more reserved, with fewer close friends, and when it came to planning their parties last year it was clear that he wanted something small, intimate, and mainly with his closest male-friends from school. He couldn’t not invite two of his best girl-friends too, Chloe and Sophie.
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Social Media Course | Basics

If you would like more information on the Social Media Basics course I am running please follow this link: Social Media with Shan

Social networks concept
The course will be run on Instagram and is therefore available to anyone, anywhere.
The course material will go up daily and you will be able to work through it all at your own pace, ask questions on the profile and follow 3x live chats where we can Q&A.

The course will include but not be limited to the following: 

  1. Creativity – apps I use to help generate engaging content
  2. Instagram etiquette – dos and donts
  3. Setting up your insta – business profile and managing your insights
  4. Media kit & rate card – How and what to charge
  5. Blog – are blogs still relevant? Setting up a blog (basics)
  6. Growing your Insta profile
  7. Promotion of posts – pros and cons ?
  8. Hashtags – how to use them
  9. Authenticity
  10. Frequency
  11. Creating engaging content
  12. Working with brands
  13. Working with influencers
  14. Engagement
  15. Tools I use

For more information email me

A Baby Shower for my bestie

On Saturday 8 June I hosted a baby shower in my home for one of my best friends, Natasha. She is expecting her second baby in less than a month, and will be one of the lucky mama’s with two under two 🙂

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Nurturing Nannies | WIN

We were gifted with a term of Nurturing Nannies classes, and I can honestly say that it was the most wonderful gift, and it blessed three of us: me, my daughter and my nanny…  truly the gift that kept on giving 🙂

We decided that, for a few reasons, we were not quite ready to send our little last-born lamb to school just yet, and that meant she would be at home with me when I was home, but mostly with her other mommy; her Nanny, Fungai. Continue reading “Nurturing Nannies | WIN”

Brooklyn Turns Two-Tu Cute

We celebrated our little baby girl with the most perfectly PINK party, put together by the incredibly talented and wonderfully special Natasha Parsons from POSH Events. Historically I have always taken huge pride in throwing my kids’ parties myself, but I found myself without the time and energy, and Tash was an absolute lifesaver, and allowed me to feel completely part of the process, beginning to end!
I honestly cannot sing Tash’s praises highly enough. She heard my dreams for the party, put together a mood boards, worked within budget, and went above and beyond in terms of effort and time on this party. The details that she added to the event were too special, and she is made for this party planning life!

Our little two year old absolutely loved being the centre of attention, and particularly loved her jumping castle, and spent hours on it before, during and after the party!

 

Tash did all the decor – complete with perfume bottles that resembled the Chanel No 5 bottles #LOVE
She arranged all the suppliers and all set up and break down of all items. This included the balloons, of which a few of the tutu balloons popped before the party stared due to the wind and Tash arranged for the supplier to come back and do some more for us!!

Brooke and I twinned in Cotton On Kids tutus in blush pink. Of course she wore it best!
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Tea4Kidz – Laager

With so many over sweetened, artificially coloured, and sugared-up choices for kids, I absolutely love it when brands that offer healthy alternatives for kids make moms’ lives easier by making the products exciting and enticing for our littles.
One such brand is Laager, with their introduction of the #Tea4Kidz range. Not only is the packaging fun and exciting, the flavours are too! Continue reading “Tea4Kidz – Laager”