TweetSo you’ve started a blog, now what… I unlike most of my fellow bloggers fell into blogging, I am not a writer, I’m not in PR, I have absolutely no background or experience but I’m a Wife and Mom and have done a pretty decent job of keeping all my boys alive and healthy so
I first heard about Ella on one of the SA Mom Blog Facebook pages and immediately popped over to her blog to read a bit more about her story, I spent hours reading through her posts on Child loss and her son Logan. And then one day she reached out to me after reading one of my posts and asked me to feature in her WAHM Series.
I am always taken a back when someone asks to feature me, I mean really, who am I? This will never change, even small things like people commenting and liking my posts makes me smile from ear to ear.
- So tell us a bit about yourself, who you are, your background?
I’m a journalist who has ventured into newspaper design and layout and am trying to turn my hobby of making things into a kid’s accessories business called Oh!Boy kids
- Do you have any kids? Be biased and tell us how awesome they are.
This is always a bit of a loaded question for me, I’m a mother of two, but one, Logan, is with God, the other, Aidan, is giving me grey hair. He is 2 and a half but is such an old soul that I find myself arguing with a toddler way more than is considered normal. He plays air guitar while belting out twinkle little star and has been known to try and bargain with me “three last ones please” and makes my heart so happy.
- How, when and why did you start your small business?
Earlier this year, just after my 30th birthday, I resigned from my job as a reporter and decided to change my life. I love making things for my son and have had requests for some of his items so I thought why not branch out. I believe girls are much more spoilt for choice when it comes to accessories so wanted to do something “for the boys” but also found that girl moms are quite eager to order so I do make pink and pretty from time to time. I now work in layout three days a week and spend the other two creating things for my online store.
- Starting a business has its rewards. What has been one of the highlights of venturing out on your own.
Every time a mom sends me a pic of their child enjoying something I made, I could just burst with pride, it makes the late nights worth it.
- When doing new designs, what do you look for. Comfortability, affordability, latest trends? Where does the inspiration stem from?
I have a toddler son and my sister has a 6 month old boy, along with all the other little people in my life, they are my inspiration. I make things I feel they could do with. So far its kid’s accessories like bibs and snoods along with busy bags (stylish toys you can take along to keep kiddo busy) and I’m now venturing into more practical items like storage bags and reusable lunch bags (in time for Christmas). I also have people making special requests and love a challenge.
- Can one only order via the catalogue you have available on Facebook or do you do custom orders too?
I have an online store Oh!Boy Kids but most of my things are custom orders, and I love that, I hate making too much of the same thing and prefer small batch items.
- What are some of the challenges you have experienced with starting a small business (be it time, suppliers, huge orders etc.)?
I used to have a problem with saying no and have taken on way too many orders at one time. I have learnt my lesson though and realised my clients are not unreasonable so everything doesn’t have to be done right this second.
- Any upcoming markets or events we can come and support you at?
None yet but watch this space
- Where can one find your awesome products?
- Care to share a piece of advice with other aspiring small business owners
Do what you love, the rest will fall into place
Its been exactly a week since our 2 day getaway and I’m still living on cloud 9!
To celebrate our Anniversary (24 September) and my Birthday (25 September) we were gifted with a stay at Mofam River Lodge and it was amazing.
Carl and I haven’t really ever gone away alone except for our Honeymoon which was 4 years ago, and since having Josh join our little family there just hasn’t been time or energy to plan something like this.
When you have kids, its just so easy to let the “US” time move to the bottom of the priority list or fall away completely.
BUT let me tell you, after this breakaway, this is definitely something I want to do more of.
For so long, I’ve wanted to do a romantic weekend away with my Hubby (who doesn’t) but when I get around to checking out places and comparing prices the Mommy Guilt kicks in and I set it aside for another time (like when the boys are older, or when Josh is off the breast, or during school holidays or or and and and). So this was definitely a welcomed and appreciated surprise when we were told by my Mom that she had made all the arrangements and there was no turning back.
(Side note, Mom if I haven’t said it enough, Thank you so much for all you do and for the best gift ever)
Situated on the shores of the Palmiet River, Mofam River Lodge is the perfect laidback, luxury getaway. You’ll find them deep in the Overberg’s Elgin Valley where the natural backdrop is unrelentingly beautiful.
Our comfortable four-star bed and breakfast chalets provide sweeping mountain and river views. We make every effort to ensure your stay with us is as comfortable as possible. This includes super-comfortable mattresses, cotton linen, and good quality pillows so that you wake up fully rested.
11 Standard Chalets, 2 Family Chalets and 2 Self Catering Units
The drive there was so chilled, I think we were both so excited to be child-free for the next 48 hrs. I felt young and inlove again, I know its so silly.
Mofam is an outdoor adventure paradise for couples and families seeking a glitz-free yet creature-comfort holiday or mini break. Our friendly staff is on hand to serve up all manner of exhilarating on water activities. These include everything from water skiing, wakeboarding, bass fishing and canoeing to sunset river barge cruises.
We arrived early, a bit overexcited only to find out our room wasn’t ready as yet. This worked out perfectly because it meant we could have a nice rustig anniversary lunch at Peregrine Farm Stall.
If you ever head out that side, this is definitely a MUST experience. The food, the vibe, the staff are all exceptionally friendly and great. We loved it so much we went back the next day for breakfast.
Established in the sixties, Peregrine has been serving generations of travelers seeking honest homemade fare and warm country hospitality. Situated in the beautiful and fertile Elgin Valley, Peregrine offers an abundance of locally sourced artisanal goods and wholesome, responsibly farmed, fresh produce.
The seasonal menu is a result of the close collaboration of local farmers, artisan chefs, and the demands of our discerning customers. The focus is on café style casual dining in a relaxed but stylish venue, and for those wanting a quick bite for the journey, there is a selection of wholesome and healthy ready-to-eat meals too. Peregrine pies enjoy legendary status, with perfect pastry and generous fillings.
Skilled bakers rise at dawn to continue the age old tradition of carefully crafted breads, pies and pastries. We only use locally sourced unbleached stone ground flour and our own natural yeast starter in our artisanal breads. They are allowed to ferment naturally and slowly before being baked in our wood fired oven.
The shop showcases a variety of locally farmed and produced goods, from artisanal foods, fynbos honey to fresh cold-pressed juices and champagne style apple cider. The aroma of Peregrine’s variety of freshly baked goods fills the air and teases the senses. The wine shop stocks all the region’s top wines and ciders, as well as a growing selection of craft beer.
Once back at Mofam we settled in nicely and took an afternoon nap (yes we’re that old) in the loungers overlooking the river. It was pure bliss.
There’s just something special about this place, perhaps its being in the thick of nature or the fact that there’s little to no cellphone reception and NO TV’s in the rooms which allows you to completely relax. Whatever it was, it worked and I found the conversation and alone time so much more enjoyable.
Later the evening we made our way to the onsite restaurant for a well deserved anniversary dinner, however I was still stuffed from my AMAZING lunch that I only managed to have a toasted chicken sandwich (such a loser).
Flavours onsite restaurant lures guests with our hearty food, comfortable lodgings and incredible vistas. We’re open Tuesday to Sunday for lodge guests, locals and out of town visitors. Where possible, ingredients are sourced locally to make up an A La Carte and children’s menu to suit various palates. Flavours comfortably seats 60 people indoors with additional space on the terrace overlooking the river. Fully licensed, guests can enjoy a pre or after dinner drink at the restaurant wine bar. Be sure to sample from our superb Elgin Valley cool climate wine list.
The food was great, the view was amazing and although there was no water at the restaurant (as they were doing some maintenance) and we couldn’t have a nice coffee everything else was GREAT!
We absolutely cannot wait to go back!
Some of the Activities you can participate in while enjoying the breathtaking views at Mofam are
- Large Mouth Bass Fishing (Catch and release only)
- River Cruising
- Quad biking
- Taking a chilled walk through the Labyrinth
Parting words…. Go and have a romantic weekend away with your significant other, it will do your relationship the world of good!
Contact Mofam River Lodge
|Tel:||+27 21 846 8345|
|Fax:||+27 86 295 0084|
|+27 21 813 6845|
October is international breast cancer awareness month. According to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) breast cancer is the most common cancer among South African women, however, a diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence if it is detected early enough
This is the year to take our health seriously, not only for yourself but for your family. Breast cancer not only affects woman but MEN also!
There’s small steps we can take which could make a huge difference between life and death.
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What can YOU do to show your support this month.
Host a Cuppa for Cancer
Attend a Cuppa for Cancer
Become a Volunteer
Swipe your MySchool card
If you’re based in Soweto or Pretoria register for the Pick n Pay walk
CANSA – The Cancer Association of South Africa
0800 22 66 22
Taking a step IN faith!
Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Should I wait in Faith or Step out in Faith?”
For the last 2 years I have done just that. I’ve dreamt about starting my own business, something small, something manageable and something that means something to me.
I work well with balance, with structure and being comfortable. This has been fine, until now. Very recently I’ve been questioning myself, questioning where I see myself in the next 5 years, trying to work on my plan and one night before I fell asleep I thought, “Do I really want to live in my comfort zone for the rest of my life?”
Faith is more than just believing, Faith is actually taking the next step. I’m proud to say we have done just that, we’ve stepped out in faith and started our own little business, it may not always be easy but I know it will be worth it. We’re in our “New Season” and I could not ask for a better partner to be sharing this experience with. He is my biggest supporter, my fiercest critic and my absolute tower of strength. He challenges me to be my best, to do more and to go for what I want.
A while back I read something on Instagram, “The key to success, is to start before you are ready”. I had a good chuckle and got my day started, not knowing that this was the start of our new journey.
The name for our business sort of just happened, welcome to the world “Love Made Me”.
This is our new baby, our creation, and just with a new baby we need your support.
Please feel free to drop me a mail at email@example.com for all your baby printing needs. We do customized sublimation printing on baby Onesies (growers and vest). If there’s something you’ve seen, if you have an idea, we’ll do our best to accommodate you. Alternatively you can have a look at our Facebook page for recent projects. Email me for pricing options. Postage can be arranged at an additional cost, or if you’re Cape Town based you can always collect.
We all have to start somewhere, and this is our somewhere.
Is there something you’ve been dreaming about? Something you want to do?
Let me know!
Good Morning Lovelies,
Following my post yesterday reviewing the Tiny Tribe Kids leggings I purchased last month for Josh, I’m here today with a BIG SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!!
You could be the lucky winner of a pair of Tiny Tribe Kids leggings for your child or a niece / nephew / grandchild / godchild / futurechild – ANYONE!
Competition will run from Wednesday, 22 July to Sunday, 26 July and the winner will be announced on Monday, 27 July.
So, what are you waiting for???? Go and enter!
Competition only open to SA residents living in this Country, sorry.
Leggings sizes (Age 0 – 4 years only).
Enter via LINK TO THE RIGHT
Rafflecopter – a Rafflecopter giveaway
As I have mentioned before, I am obsessed with all things cute for little people.
For as long as I can remember I’ve had the obsession for little people, not in the politically correct / incorrect sense but in the little human sense.
From pregnancy to when they’re old enough to fight with the powers that be, I love kids. More so my own, but I love them.
Keeping them looking somewhat stylish and yet comfortable has been one of my many parenting goals for both my boys. I say somewhat as I’m definitely not the most “On trend, trend forward” Mom as clothing needs to be practical. They need to work for both boys and they’re busy lives. Skinny jeans may look great on your kiddie but on mine who is not a fan of denim (or ruff fabric as Danny says) due to it being tight, uncomfortable, hard and many other excuses it doesn’t work. Then we have the second challenge, both my boys are narrow waisted. They’re not skinny or underfed, they’re growing and developing beautifully, so when we typically buy Age 5 – 6 for Danny and Age 1 – 2 for Josh, the length is always spot on however the waist requires a belt, or drawstring which is a schlep. Belts more so because I’m the one who has to ensure its tied at all times.
Then I stumbled across Tiny Tribe kids and decided to give their leggings a go for Josh. I’m a BIG fan of leggings for boys, age appropriate of course (I don’t in the future see Danny or Carl wanting to wear leggings), they’re versatile, user friendly, cost effective, comfortable and stylish. After mailing Linda and placing my order which took 2 weeks give or take to arrive as all items are made to order I jumped in my car and went to collect (a road away from my Mom, can you believe how small the world is). I was blown away by the quality of the items and more importantly that they FIT! Happy dance all around for this Mommy.
She has also since launched new items to their range which are just too adorable and combo deals, and then the bigger plus she’s a MOMTREPRENEUR! Something I would love to be (totally jealous of you right now), but I also love the security of my regular paycheck monthly.
Never heard of Tiny Tribe Kids clothing before, where have you been. Go and show them some love on Facebook
A bit about Linda and how this company came about,
“I come from a clothing background, study a BTech in Clothing Management.
Starting this business wasn’t my first as I had a range of ladies clothing which was stocked in a few boutiques across SA. After that I embarked on a new business venture and bought an evening wear hiring boutique in Durbanville, which I ran for 2 years. But after falling pregnant with my son, I wanted to be a bit more flexible. The shop kept me quite busy and with retail, the hours aren’t very flexible. So I sold the shop and focused on my family.
Clothing shopping after my son was born was frustrating, there wasn’t a wide selection in stores. These baggy, character print, brightly colour garments just weren’t working for me.
Coming from the clothing background, the production part was easy. But finding nice printed fabric was a nightmare. I just couldn’t find what I wanted anywhere. So I decided to print my own fabric.
I taught myself how to screen print by watching MANY YouTube video tutorials, speaking to screen printing suppliers and LOTS of practice.
And that’s how Tiny Tribe Kids was born.
I really love what I do, and I’m really lucky that I have a Husband that supports my dream to do what I love, while still being able to be there for our Son.
I guess you can say I really do have the best of both worlds.”
You can place your orders the following ways:
Call: +27 073 6444 222
I LOVE MOMTREPRENEURS!
If you have your own business or know of a great Mom run business please let me know and I’ll check it out.
A while ago I was asked to review the new and improved Pampers pants for Joshuah and I jumped at the opportunity as we’ve had a constant challenge with finding something suitable for him from birth.
Since I was 13 weeks pregnant and given the all clear by my Doctor following a miscarriage at 10 weeks, Carl and I started in investing in nappies. When this baby was due to arrive we wanted to be sorted and in true Thomas ways we searched all the nappy deals and purchased almost R4000 worth of nappies. Packing space was slim to none-existent and the nappy tower began developing much like our little baby in my belly in the home’s belly, our lounge.
This was at 20 weeks, see I kid you not, it was a HUGE nappy stash which kept on growing!
Shortly after Josh was born though, we discovered that these wonderful nappies were causing a bit of an irritation to our wee bundles precious bum and thighs. To our utter dismay we loaded the Vito and headed to Dischem who were willing enough to accept all the nappies and in return give us a gift card with the monetary value of the nappy pile, I think it was totalling R43 something something and a few cents. Which actually helped us BIG time when I went on maternity leave for all the meds, toiletries, baby products, cleaning products we needed during those 5 months.
We have long been a Pampers baby fan, these were nappies that worked for us and worked for our petite baby’s frame.
Another constant battle we have with both our kids is that they’re narrow waisted beings, I swear they get this from me. Really, not that you would think that now but really, I promise. Length of clothing works perfectly but the waist is always much to big.
Getting back to Pampers. With Josh we found out match, no saggy nappy bum. Fit was perfect and no leaking / exploding nappy bums in the morning. A definite win from me! NO ONE likes waking up to a gel covered bed, which during our nappy hunt we experienced MANY!
When I was contacted to review the pull up pants I was excited. The thought of pull ups scare me a bit. Since the introduction of disposable nappies, the world has come to know the “open system” was the norm. Tabs / Velcro / Cellotape whatever they were made of is what worked. So the no tabs and easy access through me a bit, I will explain why and because of this I’ve never thought of purchasing them myself. But with potty training lurking in the not too distant future I thought it was time to don my big girl panties and give it a go.
Day 1 – 4 : Pampers pants used from 06:00am – 20:00pm, no problems
Day 5 – 6 : Pampers pants used 06:00am – 17:00pm, slight nappy rash from school due to not being changed often enough so we swopped for the night routine to normal Pampers.
Day 7 – 10 : Pampers Pants used 24 hours, night 1 we had a nappy explosion (10 hours of wear during night) but Josh ate poorly and drank for most of the night (the nappy just couldn’t cope), the rest was no problems.
The challenge, Josh has very very sensitive skin and using Vaseline as a barrier is not even enough. We have trained him so well from young, the minute he drops a bomb he MUST tell us (as parents sometimes you forget, can’t smell, not too sure), Josh now tells us when he’s mid bomb drop. Lol In saying this it means that he uses the Pharmacist concoction daily with every nappy change on his bum. Here’s the challenge. How do you put on bum cream with a pullup pants and not get nappy cream on everything (i.e. bed, changing mat, couch, cot wherever you lay your little one on)?
See my problem? Its a practical and mindset thing which I’ll just have to get over. On the practical side we put on the pull up then through the side do the barrier cream.
Lets see what Pampers says and if it stood the Josh test
· Unisex and Easy to use
· Extra Sleep – Layer which absorbs wetness and distributes it evenly across the core for up to 12 hours of dryness
· All around fit with a stretchy waistband and leg cuffs adapted to baby shapes and movement for a perfect fit in all positions
· Less bulky design which allows for maximum freedom of movement
· Breathable : Micropores enable vapour to travel from inside to outside of nappy to help your baby stay dry
My final thoughts?
Other than my one challenge it stood the test, there were no major leaks or accidents I needed to clean up (apart from 1 overloaded deposit). They’re super easy to use and tear easily (at the seams when taking them off) and Josh is proud to be wearing in his words “Ander pants”. And he has mastered the art of taking them off himself for bathtime (you do not want to see that picture, after taking them off for bathtime he decided to leave me a little surprise on the bedroom floor, like a naughty puppy and it wasn’t a wee wee) and score they’re compact and fit him perfectly!
From my side I do feel they could be a tiny bit softer, I do understand the need for durable absorbing material but these are tiny people’s little bits after all. Thumbs up from me and my gang.
Please note Pampers gave me these products to test and share my experience and I think I’ve done it fairly.
Pampers pants are available both in store and online from sizes 3 – 6
The great thing is that Pampers also gave me a few extra packs to share with other Moms and get their inputs. Watch this space. I will be asking 3 Moms to give their views on the product.
Let me start off by acknowledging the fact that I have a problem, I have 2 guilty pleasures which take up quite a bit of my Pinterest browsing.
These are makeup and kids fashion.
I’m by no way a fashionista or expert, I am merely a Mommy who loves following whats in and out for kids. I also don’t always follow these or run out and buy what Harpers Bazaar says is in.
I do however like looking at whats out there and drawing some inspiration with my own kids. Shopping for boys can sometimes be so hard, there is definitely not the variety available as wide for boys that there is girls. But here and there you get a piece that just works, from both higher end brands as well as more affordable options. I love when a budget friendly store like i.e. Mr Price keeps with trends out there for kids.
In saying this I thought I’d share some of my fashion loves for kids this winter thanks to hours spent on Pinterest.
I’m obsessed with leggings for both girls and boys, snoods, beanies and moccasins. I think these are versatile for both winter and summer and can be dressed both up and down for any occasion. Kids should look stylish but also still remain kids, I’m not too much of a fan of the “mini me” version of items for adults and kids. These little people still need to look like kids at the end of the day, sweet innocent little munchkins.
If you have a similar love of kiddies fashion feel free to follow me on Pinterest or suggest a board I should follow. I’d love that!
Also, I thought I’d share some outfit inspiration for little ones. Use what you have in your kids cupboard and build up from there. There’s some great SA brands which have come to the party in a BIG way with kids fashion and they’re keeping with the average Joe’s budget. Big win for me!
Today I’m just sharing some Mr Price fashion faves.
If you loving the legging trend & graphic tees and wanting to support local ladies then check out :
Have a fashionable Thursday
TweetRemember, please and thank you these are the magic words, if you want nice things to happen it’s the words that must be heard… Anyone else know this kids song? Its from Barney. Well raising our boys with manners, is one of the non-negotiables in our family and in our home. Simple you may say,