toddlers and technology: how we are navigating this parenting landmine

toddlers and technology

Toddlers and technology… This is one area you can’t avoid if you are a parent in 2019 – how do you want your child to interact with technology? I didn’t think that I would have to deal with such so early in my daughter’s life, I thought maybe when she was a bit older, but here we are. By technology in this instance I am referring to phones and tablets because this is what she is exposed to mostly.

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parenting without milestones

parenting without milestones

I’m not ashamed to say that when I first became a mom I had nooooo idea what I was doing (I don’t even think I know what I’m doing now, lol). I had somehow been on top of things knowledge wise with regards to pregnancy but I somehow didn’t read up on what actually happens after the baby is born – what a moemish!

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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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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

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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

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how i find time and ways for a fitness routine as a working mom

how i find time and ways for a fitness routine as a working mom

Getting regular exercise is very important to me and unfortunately it has been the one thing I have neglected in my life since falling pregnant and becoming a mom. I am done with the excuses now and I am ready to get back to getting some exercise in my life. I’ve had to change my strategy though because of some life changes such as: I have very limited time to myself and we have moved house so I don’t have the luxury of living across the road from a park anymore. I have come up with new plans to help me get my backside moving and to become overall fit and strong again.

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as a working mom and content creator, how do i create balance in my life?

Balancing my life

I get this question regularly on my social media platforms and in my real life interactions with people. It’s usually a version of: you seem to do so much / you seem to have it all together… how do you do it? The first time I was asked this question, I was thoroughly shocked because I didn’t think that I have it ‘together’ and I was questioning what depictions I was giving that led people to believe that, I also didn’t want how I portray my life to be the source of other people/moms feeling less than because they think that I have it together and that being a source of them feeling inadequate. View Post

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nompilo is one

mpilo is one

My daughter turned one on the 8th of March, we had a small 1st birthday party for her on the 3rd of March to celebrate her birthday. I was quite undecided about whether to have a party or not, we made the final decision to have a party less than 3 weeks to the day of the party so there was little time to get everything together. I did most of of planning and the decor myself with the help of Pinterest, I love DIY so this was right up my alley. It was sooo tiring though, wow, but my vision came together wonderfully and the party was a success. View Post

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to my daughter on her 1st birthday

to my daughter on her 1st birthday

This past year has been such a rollecoaster and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Your laugh is the most beautiful sound in the world and I want to hear it all day every day.

When I come back from work, the first thing I need to do is take off my makeup and my wig so that you can explore (read scratch, eat, slap) my face and bite on my hair with no abandon.

I love how your face lights up when you see me in the morning and when I come back from work. Seeing you so happy to see melts my heart. View Post

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my baby girl is here…

my baby girl is here…

I finally became a mom on the 8th of March to a beautiful baby girl. As I write this, she is lying here next to me fighting the urge to fall asleep, lol! That’s one thing I am failing to understand about newborns – why fight the urge to sleep when you are sleepy??? sigh! Motherhood has been a massive learning curve, I only now (5 weeks later) feel like I am getting some sort of hang to it. However, just as I feel like I have figured her out, she switches it up on me and does the complete opposite and leaves me more confused than ever! View Post

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life update // a family of 3

Watermelon pregnancy t-shirt

I don’t even know where to begin writing this post, I’ve had so many drafts that I have written and re-written and none of them seem ‘perfect’. My husband and I are expecting our first child 🙂 – I have been cooking this little one inside of me since last year. Pregnancy hasn’t been easy for me at all – I really didn’t know what to expect, but being sick all the time and not really feeling like myself was not what I expected, but it’s what I got. I have great respect for people who go through this multiple times; but maybe they are the lucky ones who have easy pregnancies. Even with all the downsides and bad symptoms I have experienced, I am very excited for this new adventure in our lives. View Post

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