There is no denying that life as we know it today is intense. We have heard it from our grans over a hundred times; we are too busy, there is too much pressure on us, and we need to slow down. We can’t though, can we? We can’t be the only ones going slow, while everything around us spins faster and more out of control! We have to try keep up or we are sure to be left behind. At least that is how I feel. If I take my foot off the gas there is no way I will catch up. It is pretty crazy that this is just life as we know it now. Continue reading “The Myth of ‘Supermom’”
Having kids is a challenge that no one can ever be fully prepared for. Having three kids, well, let’s just say it is “full-on”. Thankfully, though, along the way I have built a little bank of MOM HACKS that help me through most days, and I thought I would start with my number 1 Mom Hack: Wet wipes errrrrwhere! Continue reading “Mom Hack 101 | Johnsons Baby Wipes”
After cramming in some work that morning (while the boys and Miss B played so beautifully in the playroom next to my office), the boys and I dropped little sis with my Mom in law and headed through to Durban. The plan was initially to meet dad for lunch somewhere first, but work delayed me more than I expected and so it was McDees on the road for the boys and I. We had a very important date at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, a date with the BFG!! Continue reading “Weekend in Pics | 29 June – 1 July”
Taking a walk down memory lane always brings up all of the feels, doesn’t it? Sometimes those memories flood back in the most unlikely of places, triggered by something which could be completely insignificant to the person who passed by it before you, but to you it holds a bucket-full of memories…
Continue reading “My Childhood Memories |& WIN a trip to Zanzibar”
We were sent a pair of the Snuggly Rascals headphones to review, and my goodness have I been excited to share this product with you guys! And the best news: You can WIN a pair too! Continue reading “REVIEW | Kids Headphones”
It has been a good long while since my last “Flavour of the month” post!
I am so sorry about that! I am super excited to share this lot with you though! Hope you enjoy, let me know if you try any of them and what you think…
Starting with the most important: Skin care. Because it doesn’t matter what you put on your face to pretty it up, if the base coat (your skin) is not clear and glowing, well then nothing will look all that good, will it?! Continue reading “Flavour of the month | Beauty. Skin. Hair”
I was asked to be part of the #AvonAnew30DayChallenge and trial the revolutionary new product from Avon: Anew Infinite Effects Night Treatment Cream. This could not have come at a better time as just before I got the mail I was hounding my hubby to please allow me to invest in some skin care that actually helped me with anti-aging, as after a stressful build, move and sick kiddies, I was feeling old and haggard, and my skin was looking worse than ever before.
You can even see how depressed I am in the below no-make-up-selfie:
Spotty, aged skin was really getting me down, never mind the fact that I didn’t recognise the texture of my skin! Applying make up was both a blessing and a curse; I felt relieved that I had it and didn’t need to go out in public looking so spotty and old, but I also struggled with feeling like I was a fake, because I was hiding so much underneath those layers. Lastly, I hated the feeling of my own skin. It felt like nothing went on smoothly and my foundation almost vanished on my face by lunch time, revealing all my dark spots and wrinkles.
In walked the Avon Anew Reversalist Night Cream (with a door-to-door courier guy ;), and I was so excited to give it a go. Cautiously optimistic.
The excitement behind this little gem was that it was different to any other night treatment I have ever used. The bottle came with two tops. Two lids. Two squirt nozzles. The side named “1” contains a phyto-based moisturiser which prepares the skin for renewal and production. Side 2 is contains super retinol, the number 1 ingredient for anti-aging.
Each side is used for only 7 days and then you rotates to the next side. Research has shown that the reason most night creams work well for a while and then appear to become less effective is because the skin becomes used to the change and then improves no further. With this in mind, the Avon Anew treatment continually alternates between Side 1 and Side 2, continually prepping and then activating the skin.
My thoughts after 30 days:
Whilst using the product there were things I really enjoyed.
– I loved that the two creams came in one easy to use tube as opposed to two different containers of some sort. I enjoyed that they were clearly marked and different (red and black)
– I loved the excitement attached to knowing I was prepping and then activating my skin, alternating the sides weekly
– I liked the texture of the creams and particularly loved the feel of side 2.
– I absolutely loved waking up every morning with my skin feeling supple, soft and looking more radiant than I have experienced in a good long while.
There were also things I didn’t love as much:
– I struggled some days to remember which side I was on and had to work back to remembering the week it arrived (Hey! I am a mom of 3 – be gentle!)
– I didn’t love the smell of the creams. I didn’t dislike them at all, just didn’t love the smells – I am someone who LOVES pretty smelling things, and this just doesn’t smell like much
As we look at our selves in the mirror everyday, it isn’t always easy to recognise a change when it happens gradually, but looking back at before and after pics, I am so surprised and elated at the change in my skin in just 30 days!
Take a look and let me know what you think!!
AFTER (no make up):
BEFORE (with make up):
AFTER (with make up):
Please excuse this last pic. I look hilarious – just woke up and still half asleep!! But I took this pic because I woke up two mornings ago and I couldn’t believe how good my skin looked! I have never really had great skin, and NEVER want to go out in public without foundation on, but looking at my skin lately I can imagine getting to a place where I can start to go out without wearing foundation to cover blemishes and dark spots! How awesome is that?!
I still have post-preg pigmentation I need to sort, and my forehead wrinkles are cray cray, so I am still looking for that miracle anti-wrinkle cream 🙂 but THIS glowing, supple skin is just like a piece of heaven for me! I have never EVER before woken up and had my skin glow like this. This was before washing face and hadn’t applied anything since the Avon Anew the night before:
What a wonderful weekend we had! One that left the love tanks feeling full and hearts warm.
Here it is in pics:
Friday afternoon I fetched kiddies from school and the boys had Chloe come to play. We went past KFC on our way home for their favourite treat: Sprinkle Pops, and then they played all afternoon. Jackson called me over to see he had spelt out his name on the fridge, and then he worded out the letters too. So proud of this little man. He just loves learning.
The only pregnancy we did a shoot for was our precious little piggy in the middle – my Jordan Rock! Looking back at these pics makes me so wish we had done one every time. The shoot was a special gift from Adrian Shields before him and his special wifey left for the Cape.
And what a gift this was 😍