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In Motherhood

GROWING PAINS

In the last 12 years I have watched young people, mostly my peers and younger family members, fall into all sorts of traps as a result of a series of bad decisions.These decisions need not have been made if people were a little more careful and sober. They have now resulted in unplanned pregnancies, drug addictions, poverty, disease and broken hearts. I don’t think any of us were trying to mess up; we simply failed to manage the ‘growing pains’ of our twenties.

Our lives are a wonderful journey of self-discovery, but if the process isn’t managed, what starts off as self-discovery can quickly become …

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In Motherhood

HOW WE DEAL WITH COUGHS IN OUR TODDLERS

I remember when my first child was about a year old and we were having a conversation with friends, who had a slightly older child, about crèche. They were relating their experience with the ‘toddler cough’ that he gets from school, and how these respiratory infections inevitably spread to the entire family! I was mortified. The idea of my child being frequently ill and my not being able to control it made me anxious. It’s one of the reasons I’m against taking babies to crèche before the age of 2.

Fast forward to four years later – we have a crèche going 5 and 3 …

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In Restaurants

Life Grand Cafe – Mall of Africa

If you know me, you’ll know I’m obsessed with food; good food in particular, with a side of good service. This is exactly the experience I had at the Life Grand Café, Mall of Africa.

My booking was for a midweek lunch at the Life Grand Café in Waterfall. The Mall of Africa at Waterfall City is typically frequented by a youthful (if not younger) crowd in an indulgent mood. The Life Grand Café patrons, however, seemed more laid back and this establishment provides the perfect setting for a quiet meal or business lunch. A lady named Charlotte was our hostess. She offered me …

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FOUR WAYS TO MANAGE BABY’S DRY SKIN IN WINTER

We have always had babies with dry skin and in the beginning it was quite a nightmare! With each baby, we have become better and we’re no longer struggling to them nice and most all year round.  I have since come up with four ways to manage baby’s dry skin in winter:

1.  KEEP BABY WELL HYDRATED

Apart from managing constipation, this is a good way for managing dry skin. We give our one year old a little more than a litre of liquids per day, this includes breastfeeding. If your little one isn’t really into water, diluted fruit juice is okay too.

2.  KEEP …

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AKHO MAYATULA – OWNER OF CLOTHING BRAND ‘MY CLOSET’

When I was growing up in the Eastern Cape, the home of the Xhosa nation, traditional garments were only worn at traditional ceremonies. Most people had an item or two that they would put on during these special occasions. A lot has changed since then. Whilst the garments still can’t quite be worn daily, they are however, becoming more accessible and starting to feature outside of the traditional setting.  Last week I visited the designer and owner of print and traditional wear brand, ‘My Closet’ – Akho Mayatula. We met at her home in Randburg, where she offered me a drink and muffins, a …

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THE BEST GIFT FOR A NEW MOM!

It’s 3:40pm and I finally have a break from domestic duties and parenting. I put them to sleep (all by myself!), did a little tidying up, then sat down with my coffee to listen to the Word on T.V. My back is aching and I could do with some sleep but I know it won’t be possible – even though it’s Mother’s Day. Our helper is off, my hubby is studying and, in any case, we’re broke right now anyway.

Which leads me to thoughts about the perfect gift for a mom; I’ve narrowed it down to three things:

 1.  An opportunity to rest for …

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In My Recipes

SIMPLE SADZA RECIPE

So this is a bit of a weird post for me.  This is one of the dishes in African culture that you learn through observation – as with most of our dishes – and not through a recipe. In South Africa, we call it ‘pap’. It’s the same dish, and is cooked in the same or similar fashion, but I find the texture significantly more dense, which is why I prefer how it’s made in Zimbabwe. I made it this Saturday and it’s perfect for the cold winter season we are approaching but they have it every day, all day in Zimbabwe! Allow me to …

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THINKING BACK TO MY FIRST PREGNANCY

A photographer friend sent me some images she had taken of me five years ago, during my first pregnancy. I was hesitant about viewing those pics because I remembered that pregnancy very well, and it wasn’t all roses.  Most people are over the moon throughout the course of their first pregnancy, but I was not. The pregnancy was planned and we were excited when we finally got a positive test result but the excitement was very short-lived.  I slept my way through the first trimester, literally. I would wake up, go to work, get home at 6, cook, eat and I was out for the …

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