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Measles, German Measles, Baby Measles and moral obligations

You will all have noticed that I vanished rather suddenly right around Charly’s birthday. Her birthday posts are sitting half written in drafts and the dozens of story ideas I’ve had are still sitting in their folder waiting for me. Many of you follow me on social media; I post daily on Instagram, a daily photo of our girl and a short catch up on where we are at. Those who do, will have seen we were hit hard the week after Charly’s party with suspected measles or scarlet fever. The doctor couldn’t be sure which, but said because Charly was vaccinated it wasn’t serious, so treat the symptoms and move on. At the time, I was just relieved that she would be ok. But then I started thinking…

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Goodbye 2016 good riddance

Goodbye to 2016

Today marks my return to this little space and the official start of 2017 for me. While 2016 held some huge life changing events, it left myself and so many of the people I love battered and bruised and emotionally exhausted, and I am so very happy that it is gone. Goodbye to 2016 and good riddance!

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Chrismas List for Kids 2016

Making Christmas lists is something I have always loved to do. Moving them online and sharing all my excitement has made them even more special to me. I nearly ran out of time this year!! But I am on a mission, and these are all gifts you MIGHT still have time to get for your little one this Christmas!! Maybe you, like me, are feeling like you are missing something in your kid’s gifts… That something extra that didn’t make their list, but you KNOW will make them light up like the 4th of July (as they say). Here are a few of our best experiences and products for kids 2016!

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Making time instead of finding time

There is a big difference between finding time and making time. If I try to find time for things, especially things I want to do as opposed to need to do, I can never manage it. I have been slowly shifting my mind set on this. Maybe it is because I am re-evaluating what I deem necessary to do. Until recently, the only time I had was for work, Charly and Brett. I have started making time for my family again, making time for friends and “down-time” at places like Rouge Day Spa for just me. I have been looking in the mirror lately and hating what I see… And what I see is a massive (pun intended) sign of self-neglect.

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The magic of Barbie

We interrupt our regular programming to bring you this special bulletin – WIN one of the most beautiful barbies ever!! Seriously, I have been so swamped with everything I have going on here and on T2T. But I literally could not say no to sharing a gorgeous Holiday Barbie with you. Somebody is going to have a very very happy little girl (or someone is going to be a very very happy mommy – no judging) this Christmas.

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Surviving potty training

Potty training is not fun. I have been mostly incredibly blessed, because Charly’s nursery school started the process and my mom manages most of the rest. But there have been stages where we all sat in hysterical tears as well. Why did nobody tell me that surviving potty training is one of the greatest challenges moms face!!

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Best Christmas gifts for grown ups - Part 1

Best Christmas gifts for grown ups – Part 1

I was going to do one for mom and one for dad, but I realized this year there were a lot of crossovers and I have so many friends who are all “gender neutral” is the way forward… and then yes, I am almost out of time and I have SO many awesome things I want to share. So if you are looking for Christmas gifts to spoil the grown ups in your life, from husband to wife to mother or father or sister or brother or friends, these are my top Christmas gifts for grown ups! Part 1 today, just because it got toooooo long! Part 2 tomorrow :) [Read more…]

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A Charly Update

I thought it was well time that I did a Charly update. Our Charly bug has grown and changed so much over this past few months. There have been some big milestones reached along with all the challenges they bring. But you guys, she is just amazing.

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Learning to look after me

I am just going to start sharing again. So very very much has happened over the past 4 months. I can’t believe it has been a whole four months. I feel so disappointed in myself for having dropped the ball here, but I am having to let that go. I’m not going to do a whole what’s happened post, because I started one and I hadn’t got through the first week and it was almost 2,000 words. Instead, I am going to share bits and pieces as we go along. I want to keep moving forward. It’s been hard, but in the past few months I have been learning to look after me again.

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Going back to rearwards-facing with the Volvo Toddler seat

Everybody knows by now that I have been invisible to you guys the past few months because of my car seat campaign #CarseatFullstop. You also know I turned Charly back rearwards-facing and I promised I would tell you all about it and review the Volvo Britax car seat. So I thought, while I was doing that, I’d make up for my absence by giving one of you your very own Volvo car seat! Seems only fair 😉  Our winner was announced here. For enquiries on the Volvo seats, you can email childrenincars@volvocars.com.

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This is not ok

I am halfway through a nice “I’m back” post, and I promise I will finish it. I didn’t want to just jump straight back into the car seat business. I even have giveaways for you guys for the next 2 months to make up for deserting you for so long while I made that my focus. But I just HAVE to write about this right now. You guys may be sick of my #CarseatFullstop campaign. You may be sick of seeing articles all over all the parenting blogs. You may be sick of seeing my name or my face or hearing me on the radio. Fair warning, I am going to be in a few print magazines in November as well. Although the campaign ends at the end of September, I don’t think it is ever going to end with me. And THIS is why. THIS is NOT ok!!

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Has the internet broken humanity

Has the internet broken humanity?

humanity
hjʊˈmanɪti/
noun
1. human beings collectively.
“appalling crimes against humanity”
synonyms:    humankind, the human race, the human species, mankind, man, people, mortals; Homo sapiens
2. the quality of being humane; benevolence.
“he praised them for their standards of humanity and care”
synonyms:    compassion, brotherly love, fellow feeling, humaneness, kindness, kind-heartedness, consideration, understanding, sympathy, tolerance, goodness, good-heartedness, gentleness, leniency, mercy, mercifulness, pity, tenderness, benevolence, charity, generosity, magnanimity
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Inspiring Women

21 (+1) Inspiring Women

I looked forward to the Kids Emporium event for ages – which I loved because there was loads of notice to make sure I could attend. I was mostly excited as I knew I would be in the company of some of the most incredible women I know. But also, come on – it was a Constantia breakfast – the luxury and a little bit of “me time” was beyond needed. Also, the guest speaker was Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp. Seriously, who WOULDN’T be looking forward to this event?? But you guys, it was so much more than all of those things. It is incredibly rare that you are surrounded by so many inspiring women in one place.
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