I met Claire Hodgson years ago through my great friend, Justine. A friend of a friend to me, and someone who I’ve stayed connected with through Facebook over the years and a brief catch-up as and when we have seen one another, but acquaintances nonetheless. When chatting with Justine (Juds) last week and checking in with her on how Claire was managing, we found ourselves asking each other what we could do to help Claire. If you are not familiar with Claire’s story, then you can read in more detail here; http://bit.ly/ClaireHFB but in summary, Claire was diagnosed in May this year (2018) with Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma. Since then she has had 42 tumours surgically removed, had countless scans, infections and infusions. Through all of this Claire has remained gracious, positive, and an ever-increasing strength and belief that she will kick this thing!
Very quickly mine and Justine’s WhatsApp conversation went from ideas which turned Continue reading “Fundraiser Pics | Claire Kicking Cancer”
In concept stage of our house we had lots of ideas. There were loads of ideas of things we loved and hoped to try incorporate. I think I had hundreds of boards and pins on my Pinterest account, all individually dedicated to each space in the house. I had an idea of how I wanted to bring wood into the home to bring a more natural feel into the ‘chic’ decor style I was after. Black, white and gold can be a slightly harsh base from which to build your mood board, but by incorporating some natural elements like leather and wood can transform it into a chic yet warm and inviting living space.
It was all fairly simple to pin together mood boards of our dream of what the space should look like, but when these hopes & dreams were followed up with quotes and costings we just about cried ourselves to sleep at night… okay maybe that was just me…!
It wasn’t until we partnered with Coastal Timber that everything started to feel like our Continue reading “Our House Build | Coastal Timber”
I seem to get a lot of interaction when I share my OOTD posts on my Insta stories, so I thought I would put a little post together with some of my faves from August and September, linking or sharing the source of the clothes and shoes (cos you always seem to ask 🙂
Bodysuit: Superbalist – dailyfriday
Shoes: Pesso Espadrilles: Spat
Continue reading “#OOTD | August September”
sharing how we threw a lego party in the hope that it might help someone keen to do the same
If you saw anything about Jordy’s 4th birthday party, you’ll know that we celebrated our colorful boy with a colorful LEGO party hosted in our home. You can see a bit of the fun here.
Here are a few things we did to create the fun and bright LEGO party, which I thought were worth sharing in case your little one wants the same: Continue reading “How I created a LEGO party”
One of the most emotionally taxing experiences of my life so far
A few weeks ago we were invited to go away with friends to Phinda Bayete for a weekend in the bush. I have never been to Phinda, and being invited to this exclusive “Friends of Phinda” camp was such a treat for us. With the help of Justin’s mom and an Aupair who cared for our babies, we escaped for what was destined to be a magical weekend. We had no idea just what an experience was ahead of us! Continue reading “Rhino dehorning | my experience”
When I asked Jordy what theme he wanted for his birthday he responded – “I want what Jackson is having for his party”… He has serious heart eyes for his big brother, and wants everything he wants! But Jackson wanted a small Pirate Party with his besties, complete with a treasure hunt. Jordy though, as much as he idolises his big bro-bestie, is very different to him. Continue reading “Jordy’s LEGO Party”
Justin and I went on a date night last night for the first time in what felt like forever. Life has just been really busy and to be honest we have been really bad at putting aside time for each other. Having spent an evening together, sitting opposite one another in a romantically-lit setting, with someone waiting on us (rather than us waiting on 3 kids), and enjoying a delicious meal together was so great for us last night and just what we needed!
Here is why I think making time for “Date Night” is so important:
Continue reading “Why date your hubs?”
I wrote this for all the moms who have moments of feeling completely overwhelmed, under-qualified and downright fearful of this massive task of motherhood, because I am one of those moms too!
Continue reading “MOMMING IN THE FAITH THAT I AM ENOUGH”
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”