5 of my favourite podcasts

my favourite podcasts

A lot has changed since I last posted about my favourite podcasts 3 years ago – podcasting has really taken off and the game has totally changed (for the better). I have a eclectic taste of podcasts ranging from talk show types, interviews, women chatting about life and more recently I have fallen in love with true life crime.

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how i handle being away from my toddler when I travel

black mom and 2 year old daughter

I always remark on how crazy it is that I only started travelling for work after I became a mom. When I was a dependent-free gal on the town work trips were mostly limited to national trips and then 7 months into motherhood I started travelling *all* the time. I love that I get to see new places so I never feel otherwise about that, however being a mom has shifted my mindset before and during my travels. In this post I will be sharing how I manage with being away from my daughter when I travel for work and for play.

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taking stock 013

taking stock 013

This is the winter 2019 edition of my life update series, it’s funny because I’m writing this while I’m in Cote D’Ivoire where it is full on summer and it’s warm and humid but I know that South Africa is in the grip of a chilly couple of days. This is what I’ve been up to in my life lately.

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my bedtime routine

Bedtime routine

Bedtime routines are not only for infants and toddlers (this has been my life for the past 27 months), adults can thrive off them too. Creating a routine creates a cue for your body to know that you’re winding down and about to get into bed. I know that if I have a good night’s sleep I wake up so much fresher and ready to take on the day. So I have been intentional about my bedtime routine and I’ve reaping the rewards.

Bedtime Routine
My bedtime routine starts from the time that my daughter goes to sleep and I can finally have mommy time. I start off with changing into my pyjamas and doing my skincare routine. I love the process of taking off my makeup and cleansing my skin because it really marks the end of the day.

I move on to bed and bring out my bullet journal and I write in my gratitude, fill in my habit trackers and plan for the next day. The one thing that has really changed my bedtime routine is this next step: I either read a book or I listen to an audiobook (with a sleep timer), I used to be on my phone just before falling asleep and found that it took forever for me to wind down. Reading before bed has made my transition to la la land so much easier. On some nights I have a cup of herbal tea while I’m reading my book and this also helps me to relax.

The cornerstone of a good night’s sleep is a good mattress. That’s why Sealy has been the mattress and base set brand of choice for many people. Sealy has recently revealed their redesigned and refreshed mattress and base sets, all equipped with Sealy’s exclusive Posturepedic Technology.

What is Posturepedic Technology you ask? Well…

“Developed in cooperation with orthopaedic surgeons, Sealy Posturepedic Technology delivers exceptional support and comfort, providing back and body alignment to ensure a comfortable, healthy night’s sleep. While you sleep, different parts of your body need different levels of support, and Sealy Posturepedic Technology is designed to provide zoned support where it’s needed most.

The word “posturepedic” is a contraction of the words “Posture” and “Orthopaedic”, with paedic being the medically correct position of the skeletal and associated structures of the body. A bed with orthopaedically correct design correctly supports the muscles to relax and pressure points are relieved to minimise the body’s need to toss and turn during sleep.”

With Sealy’s new design you will be guaranteed a comfortable and healthy night’s sleep.

[CLOSED] Giveaway

In honour of Sealy’s new redesign, I am giving away the following items:

[CLOSED] How to enter

  • Answer this question:  Name one of the foundations that a Sealy mattress can be paired with (Pssttt!! click here to find the answer).
  • Post you answer in the comment section below

[CLOSED] Giveaway Rules

  • Competition closes on 18 June 2019 at midnight CAT
  • The giveaway is only open to South African residents (the prize will be shipped to a physical address in SA)
  • Only one entry permitted per person
  • Winner will be contacted via the email used to comment

All the best!


Thank you everyone for entering, the winner has been chosen and contacted.

*Sponsored by Sealy


on deciding the language that my daughter will learn first at home

on deciding the language that my daughter will learn first at home

Growing up in the late  80s and early 90s Zulu was my main language at home and at school. I then moved on to multi-racial schools and started learning English and learning in English, it’s been like that since I was 9 years old. I am a fluent English speaker and my Zulu is also top notch and I’m also in the process of learning French. View Post


my venture into bullet journalling

bullet journal south africa

I learnt about bullet journalling in 2017 when I came across a video on YouTube, in my mind I thought it was team too much and certainly not for me because I am not artistic at all. I then came across the Hello Thembekile Journal and used that through 2018 as my work and personal journal. I liked that journal but it’s size put me off (it’s A4 and I prefer A5 because that size is easier to carry around). So in 2019 I bought another bullet journal-esque diary but soon saw that it didn’t really fit my style. So finally at the end of February 2019 I decided to start my own bullet journal. View Post



Colgate Every Cup Counts

I admit that I have been guilty of not using a cup when brushing my teeth (even though I know better!) – I don’t let the water run while I’m brushing but it’s definitely running while I’m rinsing my mouth and my toothbrush. So the #everycupcounts campaign by Colgate to ensure that we all use only 1 cup of water when brushing our teeth directly speaks to people like me. View Post


my 5 fave summertime products

summertime products

With summer wrapping up – the temperatures in Durban have been dropping the past few days, boooo! I wanted to share my favourite summertime products that I really loved over the this past season. These items vary across all aspects of my life and aren’t just limited to beauty / makeup.

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🇫🇷 tout sur mes études françaises 🇫🇷

learning french

Bonjour mon ami! Bienvenue 🙂 Never mind me I’m just practicing.

So earlier this year I decided to start formally learning French, it has been something I had been thinking about for a while and I decided to take the plunge and sign up. I’ve always been fascinated by French and it’s one of the international languages that I’d always try to speak and butcher my way through so I decided that I need to stop disrespecting the language and do the right thing. This is the first time I have learnt a new language outside of the school system so it’s a bit daunting for me.  View Post


how I’m preserving memories of Mpilo

preserving memories of Mpilo

Being a child of the 80s I don’t have many “memories” of when I was younger apart from a few photos here and there. In this age there are so many ways to capture and store memories for everyone and in this case our children. I’ve been a mom for 2 years now and I have been trying to walk the fine line between capturing memories for my daughter but also trying to live in the moment and not have a camera stuck in her face for most of day. So I’ve come up with a few ways that ensure that I’m preserving memories of Mpilo that she will cherish in the future. View Post


a morning at the brunch club

The Brunch Club

Backstory: when I went to the launch of the Johnson’s Smoothies range in Cape Town last year I won a ticket to The Brunch Club – a multi course food experience hosted by chef Matt Manning. I initially thought I wouldn’t be able to redeem my prize until my recent work trip to Cape Town came up and as luck would have it my BFF was joining me for the weekend so she was able to accompany me to this experience. View Post


Taking Stock 012

Taking stock 012

My last one of these Taking Stock posts was almost a year ago (March 2018), eek! I don’t even know if they are still relevant anymore but I loved doing them and I am bringing them back with a bang!  View Post