And what a week it has been. I am pretty darn exhausted. This entire month has been challenging, with my husband being retrenched and us having to share a car for the first time since 2011! I know, first world problems. So much is changing, my anxiety and I do not like change. We like our routine… but the universe clearly has other plans for us. Nova was admitted to hospital last week with RSV and we spent 3 tough nights in the pediatric ward. He was the smallest baby by far, and it was really scary… It made me so uncomfortable breastfeeding in a ward full of other crying kids and family members, that and the stress caused me to dry up. I was heartbroken… but our pediatrician put me on a course of Eglynol, I drank my jungle juice and munched my Mrs. Milk bars like there was no tomorrow – and boy, did it pay off! I am back on track and so grateful to be able to continue my breastfeeding journey. I think I need to do a blog post about breastfeeding for those mommies who find it as hard as I do.
Anyway, I used to do this little catch up’s once a month, but after realizing how different my audience is on each of my platforms I decided to do a weekly post where I list out all the things I chatted about on Instagram, personal updates, new blog posts, competitions – the works!
Blog Posts Published
I am slowly getting back to my regular schedule, but it is difficult when you run a business and have a 10-week old to entertain. I am trying… we are getting there!
Nova’s Birth Story – this is not a literary masterpiece, but I needed to get it out there. It’s our story, no bells,
Let’s Go On A Big Trip! Introducing you to ‘Big Trip’ the movie, and a chance for you to WIN an R1000 Toy Kingdom voucher!
Rad stuff I mentioned on my Instagram stories this week
Hipporoo Baby Carrier – I am working on a full review on this guy! If you missed it, you will find my stories in the Hipporoo highlight on Instagram. It is a 10-in-1 baby carrier, and I truly believe every new mom should own one. I managed to secure a 20% discount for Caffeine and Fairydust readers, which also includes free delivery. It is such a steal – instead of paying R2200 you will only pay R1760. This carrier can be used for little ones up to 15kg’s! Use code “MAZ440OFF’
Bambino Swingomatic 2-in-1 – I asked for recommendations on a baby swing for Nova, and I got some great responses. Problem is, all the recommendations were over R2000! I just don’t feel like I should be spending that kind of money / or buy such a fancy swing when Nova might not even like it (all I really needed it to do is play some music and swing backward and forwards)/ This is my last kid… he will be okay with less fancy stuff. I headed to Baby City and found the Bambino 2-in-1 Swingomatic on sale for only R1229! I love that you can plug it into the wall or run it on batteries… and it works like a charm. You will find this under the Baby Things highlight in my Instagram stories.
Absolute Mama Magazine – I might be a bit biased seeing as I am a regular contributor to the magazine, but I LOVE their content! My company, Driven Social, also just redid their website and it looks BOMB! Go see for yourself and have a squizz through the previous issues.
Mrs Milk Lactation Bars – I keep raving about these, but they have helped me so much. You get used to the taste of the original one, I even crave it sometimes – but the Apple and Moringa flavor is delicious!! Luckily they sell variety packs so you can have both!
Awesome Sales/Specials Spotted
Showmax series The Handmaid’s Tale: I am hooked! But damn, it makes me uncomfortable.
Also watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians from season 1 :’D Secretly LOVE them.
Our Fathers by Karin Brynard – This book is written by a South African and based in South Africa. I can see the scenes she describes so clearly. The book makes me uncomfortable, it hits too close to home.
“In one of Stellenbosch’s most affluent areas an apparent house break-in goes awry, leaving a millionaire property developer’s beautiful wife dead. Inspector Albertus Beeslaar is reluctantly drawn into the investigation. Soon this picturesque town begins to reveal its dark underbelly. Fifteen hundred kilometers to the north, Sergeant Johannes Ghaap is thrust into a drama of his own as he races to save a kidnapped woman and her child.”
This Week’s Favourite Beauty Items…
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Como – I get so many compliments every time I wear this shade, plus (as I have been saying for the past 3 years)… this is the best long lasting liquid lipstick ever! And it is 25% on Takealot at the moment.
Environ Focus Care™ Youth+ Avance Elixir – I have written a review on this product before, absolutely love this range! Just repurchased it.
BIODERMA Hydrabio Gel-Crème – LOVE LOVE LOVE this moisturizer. And so does my skin!
Noreva Xerodiane AP+ Relipidant Nourishing Balm – This product is so amazing for people with extremely dry skin or eczema. It cleared Mikayla’s eczema patches up in only 2 days! Also gives you a lovely, rich glow.
LaRoc Beginners collection – 120 natural eyeshadow tones – BEST MONEY EVER SPENT! R450 for 120 amazing eyeshadow shades, score. And I can honestly say that I use them all.
Stila Eyes Are the window Palette MIND – I get so many compliments every time I wear these shades, especially on Instagram stories by all of you! I have linked it here so it is easy to find.
Schwarzkopf Root Retoucher – I love this stuff. I am a natural blonde and I dye my hair black. This is great for when I have not had time to do my roots in a bit, especially when I wear my hair up and it looks like I have bold patches from my regrowth! Currently on a 3 for 2 special at Clicks.
Nova is doing so much better, he even decided to finally give us his very first proper smile a day before he turned two months old! He started with cooing sounds today and my heart cannot deal!
Knox is still crazy as ever. He has discovered a new love for puzzles, so I am trying to figure out how to store puzzles better so pieces don’t go missing / get mixed up. HELP
Mikayla is learning about different landforms and different parts of flowers… I got to sit in during a show nd tell and my mind is BLOWN. Montessori is honestly the best thing I ever did for my kids. She has also discovered the library, we head there every two weeks so she can choose her 7 books. Tomorrow just so happens to be d-day… would you like me to show you what she chooses? Should we get her to write a short review of each book?
Cole is in the infancy stages of starting his own company following his retrenchment. Stress levels are sky high, but we are choosing to look at the positive. So many amazing things have fallen into place… this is meant to be.
Me? Well, I am still trying to figure out how to be a half-decent mom to three kids and run my business. I’m just excited to start writing on here again. I have really missed it. I am up to my neck in reviews that need to get done, so I better start!
As always, I am so glad that y’all are here doing life with us. You all truly make me feel less alone, and like my crazy is okay. It means more to me than you will ever know! Wishing all of you a GREAT weekend!