Meet Blogger Fran: “I Desperately Needed an Outlet to Speak My Mind”.

We’ve actually already met South African mom blogger Francesca, who two weeks ago told us all about the average day in her life of motherhood.

This time she is sharing a bit more about why she blogs and some tips she’s learnt along the way.

 

  • What do you normally get up to on an average day? (Give us a brief description about yourself)

 

fran with kidWhat’s an average day in a Mother’s life, when you have a baby, a four-year-old, a teenager and a husband except to include and conclude with; chores, meals, chauffeuring and helping with homework while trying to make time for yourself in order to look and feel like you’ve just stepped out of the salon, just to keep your marriage alive. Not forgetting to give a few moments of your time to your passion which is blogging, painting and creating art, before keeling over in bed with just enough breath left to say “Honey, did you remember to set the alarm”. ZZZzzzzzzzzzz. Yes, I’m aware that I am talking in the third person but it’s my way of taking time out from myself lol!

 

 

  • How do you feel about motherhood – what are your struggles and joys?

 

Oh motherhood is fabulous (says most of us), joke. It is amazing, rewarding and most importantly inspiring because without it, what would the essence of my life as a woman be! The struggles would probably be, just time management for my whole family including trying to fit myself as a woman into the equation. As for the joys, that would be the blessing of being able to have these kids and a great husband in my life.

 

 

  • Tell us about your kid(s)

 

fran babyWell, I have three kids if we are not counting my husband (Peter) and our two dogs (Dexter and Ghost). The eldest, a 16-year-old teenager daughter (Lourdes), is surprisingly helpful around the house and with babysitting and loves to write for her own blog “GirlSaysItAll”, while my two youngest, a four year old (Raphaella), drama queen, in that she loves, loves, loves all the attention on herself, (beautiful soul), has Sensory Perception Disorder (SID) and my baby boy (Gabriel), of now eleven months, is the current reason why I still get absolutely no sleep at night, but has the energy of an Angel and loves his mommy dearly.

 

     4). How did you start blogging?

          You know how it is being a stay at home mom, and the only form of conversation and topic choices in your day are ALL kid based? Well that’s how and why I started blogging,  because I desperately needed an outlet to speak my mind and share experiences as well as to be able to contribute in some way with peers of my own “kind”. Apart from the fact that I possibly got tired of speaking to myself in my head in regards to thoughts, ideas and problem solving and having no outlet to allot them too.

 

 

  • Share with us a valuable blogging tip you’ve learnt. (or more)

For me this would be;

  • Get your bearings right before you start because it can become so overwhelming to create something for the “internet life” which requires one to basically be in the centre of most social medias.
  • Ensure you create your blog space/site, not only to appeal to others, but most importantly to yourself because if you need to be posting on there frequently and you hate the look of it, your inspiration level will drop drastically and you may not be as involved as you thought about being when you had the idea to start with. Look at it like a beautiful space in your home where you can go to in order to feel inspired, relaxed or to even create and read.

 

 

  • If you make money from your blog, give us a breakdown on how you do it. Give us some of your methods on how to get started on this, or any tips or advice.

 

I don’t make money from blogging as yet. For one because I’m really not clued up on how to as yet but also because I just started this year. I do however have my own online shop and every time I create a new item, I simply load it up for sale. This has been a great success to date.

fran car seatsCatch up with Fran here:

Blog           @ http://www.mothershiplanding.com/

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What’s On for Families This Heritage Day Weekend in Durban and Gauteng (23-25 September)

This weekend is Heritage Day, but it’s not only about having a braai and enjoying your heritage. You can have some active walks (some for charity), biking, shopping (Indian and baby) and blast off at the Nerf bootcamp. We even have a butterfly walk where you can catch and release butterflies. Here’s the lineup in Gauteng and Durban:

 

DURBAN:

  1. Moms, Tots and Pops Expo

moms tots and popsSoft play, pony rides, slides, mascots, face painters, sand art and lots more for the kids to do at this show. There are also many stalls to see the products you have an interest in.

The event will take place within the Witness Garden Show from 23-25 September at Pavilion 10 and is brought to you by the Durban Events Company.

5km-walk-or-run-for-charity2. Sunflower Fun Walk

On Sunday 25 September there will be a 5km walk in aid of the Sunflower Fund at 9:30am. The entry fee is R50 and there will be five fantastic prizes given away.

For more details see their website. 

 

GAUTENG:

  1. Nerf Blasters Bootcamp

nerf-blasters-bootcampThe obstacle course challenge is taking place on 24 – 25 September at Jozi X in Bryanston. For those who don’t know, Nerf is a toy gun with foam pellets which has the slogan “Nerf or Nothin!” Open to kids 8 and older with parental consent. Places are limited so sign up here: 

http://www.nerfblastermasters.co.za/

There will also be food stalls, a grandstand for seating, activities for kids of all ages as well as a Nerf pop up shop with all the latest Nerf blasters and gear.

2. Flavours of India Shopping Festival

This eastern inspired extravaganza will showcase a variety of flavours-of-indiaauthentic Indian cuisine, fashion, jewellery, accessories, homeware and the best in live entertainment.

Venue:       Gold Reef City

Date:          Thursday, 22 September 2016 to Sunday, 2 October 2016

Time:         11am until late

Ticket:       R10 per person from the Gold Reef City website or at the entrance.

For more info see the Tsongo Sun  website. 

3. heritage-dayBraai Day at The Glen Shopping Centre

Celebrate Heritage Day on Saturday the 24th 11am – 8pm at The Glen Shopping Centre in Oakdene. There will be food and craft stalls on the rooftop parking, plus a Harley Davidson and motor vehicle display, children’s rides, a play area and live entertainment. Braai packs are also on sale.

4. Butterfly Walk

In Roodepoort at Kloofendal Nature Reserve, Grant Egen will show you how to catch butterflies from 10am – 12pm on Sat 24th. (The butterflies will be released at the end of the walk). Nets and collection jars will be supplied but bookings are essential. R60 for adults, R50 for pensioners and R40 for children. Book with Karen 0796935608.

5. Sacred Heart Music Festival

sacred-heart-festival

sacred-heart-bike-rideBring along your picnic basket to Sacred Heart College in Observatory on Sat 24th. There will be a music concert featuring Lira, Black Coffee, After Robot, high school jazz bands and Johannesburg DJs. A family cycle ride will start at 9 30am and there will also be children’s entertainment with child minders. The festival gates open at 12pm. Tickets are R180 at the gate, children 2-6 R60 (includes some rides).

6. The Sunflower Fund fun walk

Also on Heritage Day there will be a 5km fun walk inside the zoo in aid of the Sunflower Fund which will start at 8am. 

Do your bit for the bone marrow registry and participate. Tickets are R80 for adults and R40 for children under 10. 

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 7. Heritage Day Hike

Through Melville Koppies Nature Reserve and Heritage Site starting at 8:30am. Pay park and meet in the upper parking area at Marks Park, Judith Rd, Emmarentia opposite the Koppies’ entrance. Adults are R50 and kids are R20 (must be over six years old). No dogs. Contact Wendy 0114824797

A Mother’s Story: Parenting & Cancer

With parenting comes up and downs. Things go great, things go poor. There are really big challenges, along with a few easy wins here and there. The thing is, you try your hardest no matter what. Unfortunately, there are times that other circumstances come into play and make parenting that much more challenging.

Parenting with Cancer

Heather Von St. James was 36 years old when she gave birth to her daughter, Lily. As new parents, herself and her husband, Cam, were beyond excited. They had been married for years, and decided now was the perfect time! For three months they enjoyed the ups and downs of first time parenthood, learning as they went.

Something was very apparent to Heather, though. She felt awful, physically. “I was losing weight, to the tune of about five to seven pounds per week,” Heather explained. It only got worse as time went on. She continued, “About mid-October it felt like a truck parked on my chest and I couldn’t breathe.”

That’s when she went to the doctor and was diagnosed with cancer. Malignant pleural mesothelioma, to be exact. Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, a natural fiber, common in many products used in building and construction. This type of cancer is very rare–about 3,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. Thinking back, Heather realized that she had been wearing her father’s work jacket, covered in asbestos filled dust. Little did they know, those toxic fibers she breathed in would give her cancer.Parenting with Cancer

Along with the diagnosis came a 15 month life expectancy. Heather knew that she had to beat that. She couldn’t let her daughter live life without a mother. She had to be there for her! With that in mind, her and Cam came up with a plan, and stuck to it. First, they would go to Boston, where Heather would have her lung removed. After a long and challenging recovery, she would fly back to South Dakota to stay with her parents–along with Lily–because at that point she could not care for Lily on her own. Cameron would go back to Minnesota, so that he could work and the bills would be paid.

While in South Dakota, Heather went through chemotherapy, followed by an intense 30-day radiation treatment. The process took a toll on her body, causing her to lose approximately 100lbs. It was also a particularly tough time, with Cam being hundreds of miles away. “In that three months while I was recovering Cameron was only able to see Lily for three days,” Heather recalled. “It’s what we had to do in order to get by.”

Parenting With Cancer

Heather explains that she is grateful that this happened at an age that Lily would be too young to remember. She does not remember the time spent away from her parents, she does not remember seeing her mom so sick, recovering from treatments, and she does not remember the challenges and pain that were experience. She does, however, still have the strong bond she built with her grandparents when they cared for her and that is something Heather is grateful for.Parenting with Cancer

One would imagine that going through a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery would change the way you parent in so many different ways. “I parent completely different than I ever thought I would,” Heather explained. “The little things don’t get me!” Having experienced such a desperate health situation put things into perspective for Heather, and her husband. Rather than worrying about test scores and attendance records they worry about health and wellness.

Heather also explained that she likes to make sure Lily gets to have as many fun and exciting life experiences as possible. “I see parenting in the bigger picture as opposed to little blips along the way.” Having faced a possible death sentence, Heather has a different outlook on life that she incorporates into her parenting style.

Make a Difference

Mesothelioma, the type of cancer that Heather battled and continues to battle, is rare and aggressive, but it is also preventable! That is why awareness is so important. If we can all just educate ourselves and our loved ones about the dangers of asbestos exposure, and common places to find asbestos then hopefully, this awful cancer can be prevented. While over 60 countries have banned the toxic substance, there are still others that have yet to–and that is why we continue spreading awareness!

Parenting with Cancer

September 26th is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. If you’d like to make a difference on that day (or any day for that matter!), please share this information with your friends, family, loved ones, and social networks! You can use the hashtag #MesoAwarenessDay or join in on Twitter on the 26th for a Mesothelioma Awareness Day tweet chat using #EndMeso! Any awareness efforts made mean the world to Heather, and other families out there who have or are currently dealing with mesothelioma. Like Heather said, there is always hope!

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{Product Review} NetFlorist

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My family and friends are spread out all over the country (and some parts of the world). As a blogger  I have developed many friendships with other bloggers who I have yet to meet in person. When friends are close by it is easy to get together for a quick coffee or drop of something for them at their office or even just bump into them in the local PnP but it is not easy when your friends are far away. NetFlorist can make this all a little easier.

We have all heard of NetFlorist but I only recently figured out how cool the service was. Obviously the basic service is a delivery one but they have some really great products that they offer and have recently introduced freshly baked goods in the major cities.

When I tested out the service I decided to treat two fellow bloggers, one who had just had a baby and the other who I knew just needed a little bit of love. I ordered for the first one thinking I had to do each order individually but you don’t. I LOVED this!

You can order a variety of items going to different people – so say on Mother’s Day you can order for mom and mom-in-law in the same order and just add their different addresses, making it super convenient. NetFlorist | SA Mom Blogs

So I was able to place the order for  both Mandy and Melissa at the same time. I would have loved to have sent Melissa a cupcake bouquet but for now, they don’t have that option for George so I sent Mandy a box of shaped cookies and Melissa some  goodies for her new baby and a treat for her to enjoy.

I had to call the call center to check something and they were incredible helpful and called me back a few times just to check everything was ok. (They had no idea I was reviewing the service).

We will be giving away a NetFlorist voucher next week so keep a look out 🙂

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{WIN} TWO Domestly cleaning vouchers

Domestly | SA Mom BlogsAs moms, we all appreciate any and all help we can get when it comes to tidying and cleaning the house. It doesn’t seem to matter how organised you are, there always seems to be something to clean and something to tidy.

I have Jane, she keeps our household clean and tidy 3 days a week but there are times that she can’t make it or I need extra stuff done like the walls and windows cleaned. I am sure we all can identify with this, sometimes we just need a little once off help.

This is where Domestly comes in. They offer both a once off cleaning service or an ongoing one. It is super easy to book a lady. You can use their app or book through their website. It takes 5 minutes to book a time, date and place and what you need done, and you receive a confirmation it has been accepted.

Elsie arrived last week to help me out, she was super friendly, extremely polite and when the kids got home Kiara was extremely impressed with how her bed was made. She actually didn’t want to get in and ruin it. 

It is a great service to use if you need help every now and then (like say your mom in law is coming to visit) or if you are due to have a baby and need some help for a few weeks.

We have TWO cleaning vouchers to giveaway to help you get your house nice and sparkling.

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{Guest Post} Ten Things To Do Before Baby Arrives

 to do list before baby arrivesWhether you are ready or not, your baby is going to come and change up your whole life. Even if this is your third or fourth child, adding a new baby to the mix can be a difficult but amazing time. To make this time a little smoother, there are some things you can do to help prepare yourself and your family for the impending bundle of joy.  

Being prepared is my first tip for most parents. If you can think ahead, preparing yourself for the things that might take place makes most situations easier. From putting extra outfits in your car to carrying crayons for restaurants, being a parent requires staying one step ahead of your, very fast, child.  

Here are my ten things to do before baby arrives, in no specific order.

  1. Take Each Sibling Out for a Date: Not only is your life about to change, but your other children are also about to have their little world rocked. If you have one child, they are about to share your attention with another baby. If you have more than one child, your youngest is about to be bumped up to the older sibling. Taking the time to focus on them before the baby arrives is important for both you and your child.  

2. Date Your Spouse: This is an obvious thing to do, but it can be difficult when you lack in babysitters. No matter how hard it is to find a babysitter, make the effort so you can get some crucial one on one time with your spouse. 

3. Finish the Nursery: Whether you have a designated nursery or not, the last few weeks before arrival is the time to get all of the details done. If you have a special nursery, get all the decorating finished. Put together and set up all of the furniture. Trust me, putting together a crib with a frequently nursing newborn is a real treat.  

4. Freezer Meals: As your due date approaches, it is time to stock your freezer with easy dinners, snacks, and breakfast foods. Having a full freezer makes life a lot easier after having a baby. Also, I always stock my house up with groceries and any necessities beforehand, which gives my husband and I a break from having to worry about heading to the store for little items.  Some of my favorite things to freeze are pancakes, French toast sticks, banana muffins, ham and cheese pockets, lasagna, buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese, rustic chicken stew, and Italian chicken. I plan most of my freezer dinners as slow cooker meals. I put all of the frozen ingredients into the slow cooker and come back in a few hours to a lovely meal. It doesn’t get simpler than that!

 5. Schedule Newborn Photos: Make sure your photographer knows your due date and has a tentative date onto the schedule. Of course, babies don’t always arrive at the time we hope and plan, but you want to make sure your photographer isn’t booked so far in advance. Newborn photos are precious, and a great reminder of your newborn was when they are older.  

6. Have a Girls’ Day: Taking care of yourself frequently takes the backburner as a mother. However, this is an excellent time to take a few hours with your close friends to focus on you. See a new movie, get a pedicure, have a fancy dinner out, or just plan a girls’ night at your home.     Whatever you decide to do, focusing on yourself helps you feel relaxed before birth. I would also recommend getting your haircut now because you never know the next time you will be able to escape to get one.  

7. Take a Road Trip or a Babymoon: If you can swing it, taking a road trip or a babymoon with your husband is so worth the time and money. Most babies don’t enjoy the car, so it may be the last time you can enjoy a winding, country road. 

         Stay in bed and breakfast, while sleeping in late. I cannot recommend enough indulging in time to yourself and with your spouse before your baby arrives. Marriages frequently take the backseat when children come; connect now and stay that way throughout your marriage.

8. Pack your Hospital Bag: Most mothers pack and repack their hospital bag a dozen times before it is go time. However, unless you live in a remote village, your husband or family member can fetch any item you forget so don’t fret too much. Here are some of the things I love to bring with me when I have my babies:

  • Dry shampoo
  • Phone charger
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Extra snacks (I am always famished the days after birth. Instead of bothering those poor nurses all day, I pack a lot of snacks.)
  • Comfortable, thick socks
  • Nipple cream
  • 3 or 4 sleepers for baby
  • One cute, coming home outfit
  • Change for the snack and drink machine (for the reason listed above) 

9. Install the Car Seat: Unless you want to live in the hospital forever, you need to have an installed car seat in your vehicle. They are required by law to verify a secure car seat is in place before you are allowed to take the baby home, which is typically just a quick check. However, you want to make sure it is installed correctly. When installing the car seat, you may need help from your spouse because the baby bump can make it difficult.  

10. Read: If there is one thing I miss in the early days of motherhood, it is the unlimited amount of time to read. So, take the time to read everything – newspapers, magazines, a novel, parenting books, or whatever you enjoy. Having a young baby in the house means you will either be too busy to read or too exhausted to keep your eyes open when you do have a few moments.

These are just a few of the awesome things you can do before your baby arrives. You will want to get all of the clothes and sheets washed, the house cleaned up, and your birth plan prepared. However, make sure to spend the last few weeks enjoying this precious time before your baby arrives. Your life is going to change forever, in a beautiful and extraordinary way.

 

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This post was written by Natalie Michele, who  is a general physician and pregnancy consultant who aims to inform and assist current or expecting mothers to a smooth transition to maternity. You may find her on her blog or on Twitter.

 

 

What’s On for Families This Weekend in Gauteng (17-18 September)

bark in the park

This weekend you can take your dog for a “Bark in the Park”, go to the theatre (for kids or Indian dancing), paint to music and shop for beautiful baby goods.

 

 

  1. Family Fun Pets Day

Jacaranda FM DJ and Mela Television Presenter, Kriya Gangiah will be hosting her second family fun pets’ day out, on the 18th of September 2016.

There are plenty of stalls for craft and food as well as music lined up to keep everyone entertained. Dogs can enjoy a groom at the pet wash station for a small fee before heading home.

The venue is the Brooklyn Primary School Sports Field in Pretoria and the time will run from 10am till 5pm.

There is a Facebook page for the event plus you can buy tickets for R80 here.

2. Rock a Bye Baby Fair

rock-a-bye-babyThis fair is known as the most beautiful ie very cute and beautiful goods will be on sale. Also one of our bloggers, Little Interiors, will be there. The fair will take place at The Tin Factory in Kramerville on Saturday, 17 September (9am – 4pm) and Sunday, 18 September (9am – 2pm). Tickets are R50 each, and available at Webtickets or at the door. For more information, go to the Rock-a-Baby Facebook page. 

Tanya has written a post all about it with pictures here. 

 

 

3. spring-expoSt Andrew’s School for Girls Spring Expo

With over 100 stalls and a fun park for the kids this looks like a winner. There will be 25 different rainbow inflatables, the House of Horrors and  a new toddlers’ play area.

The expo is at St Andrew’s School for Girls, St Andrew’s Ave, Senderwood. Tickets are R20 for adults and kids are free (under 18). 

4. Kinder Theatre:

Kinderspiel presents Dream Big at 10am on Saturday 17 September. Suitable for kids 3 years and older. This one tells the story of Ntombi, a girl who wants to audition for Peter Pan but is rejected because of her colour and sex. Tickets are R55 and the venue is 39 Greenhill Rd Emmarentia.  This is physical theatre with lots of interaction. 

5. Dance ka Josh

dance-ka-joshThis one is more for the adults, but since it is two nights only (Sat 17 and Sun 18 Sept at 7pm) , it is probably worth making the trip to Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre. 

I have to say I was blown away by the Mystic India at Montecasino and if that dancing was anything like that I have to say it must be tremendous.  It promises to be an eclectic mix of Indian classical Kathak, Bollywood, Indian Folk, Hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, and for the first time ever – ballet.

Book at Computicket.

6. Painting Music

Feel like painting to music. Free painting to music for adults and kids 3 years old and onder and costs R100 to cover materials.  Hosted by best selling children’s illustrator Herve’ Tullet, all are welcome and no experience with painting or drawing is required. 

For more info go to their website here. mandy@henrygeorge.co.za 0798879512

 

 

Yoghurt Pops and Date and Nut Balls

healthy-living-3On Monday we met Teresa, a successful South African food blogger who shared with us about her blogging and her family. Today she shares with us some advice about cooking with kids and their favourite recipes.

My kids are used to seeing me in the kitchen – making their meals, testing out new recipes and styling and photographing plates of food. Cooking from scratch and homemade food is just what they are used to, and now that they are getting bigger they love getting involved. This can be a lot of fun… and usually quite messy too! It can be a bit tricky when I am working and my measurements have to be exact, or I am trying to style a shot with little fingers trying to “help” and so I do try and make time for recipes that are just for them.

These are two of our favourites. The kids can help to make them and, more importantly, they love eating them! These make great little snacks for the kids, and I feel like they are getting something a bit more wholesome than a store-bought, sugary treat. I hope your family enjoys them as much as we do!
yoghurt-popsSTRAWBERRY AND PEACH YOGHURT POPS

Makes 6

250g fresh strawberries, stalks removed and halved

200ml plain yoghurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp honey

3 peaches, peeled and stoned

6 x 100ml lolly moulds

1.) Place the strawberries, 100ml of the yoghurt, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp honey in a food processor (or use a stick blender) and whizz until smooth and combined. Taste and add more honey if you prefer a sweeter lolly.

2.) Divide the strawberry mix between the moulds, so that they are each half full. Place in the freezer for 1 hour, or until they are firm to the touch but still soft enough to insert the lolly stick.

3.) Cut the peaches into chunks and whizz up along with the remaining yoghurt, vanilla and honey until combined. Again, you can add additional honey according to taste if you wish. Top up each lolly mould, insert the stick and leave to chill in the freezer until firm.

 
date-ballDATE AND NUT BALLS

Makes approximately 14
12 pitted dates (or 70g)

1 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp almond or other nut butter

1/4 cup shelled pistachios

1/2 cup raw almonds

2 tbsp brown rice syrup

1 tsp finely grated orange rind

3 tbsp dessicated coconut

1.) Place the dates, cocoa and almond butter into a food processor and whizz into a paste.
2.) Add the pistachios and almonds and whizz again until the nuts are finely chopped. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the brown rice syrup and orange rind, and mix again until everything is combined.

3.) Roll heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls. Roll each ball in coconut to coat. Store the date balls in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

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WIN a Barbie Hair Princess!

healthy-living-4When I was a kid I used to love playing with Barbie. And Ken. The act of dressing them up and taking them places was really fun for a little girl like me.

Barbie has changed quite a bit over the years. Still the same basic (unrealistic) frame, but now there are more and more of her. Recently a new “Fashionistas” range has a curvier more diverse range.

In case you or your child fancy yourselves as a bit of a hair stylist, here’s a Barbie with extra long hair to play with.  Yes, she has twice the length of the normal Barbie hair at 25cm long.

Barbie Hair Princess also comes with hair accessories to enjoy too. There are six “snap beads” which plug into a tool that creates a twist.  There are also barrettes which can be worn by kids too. 

The Barbie Hair Princess has a retail recommended price of R399.99.

Here is a video so you can see the twist in action. 

 

All you have to do to win is to tell us what you like about Barbie in the comments, using the Rafflecopter mechanism.

(Not sure how to use Rafflecopter? Sharon wrote a how to post on it recently here) (Do the comment first and then click on the Rafflecopter). 

Terms and conditions:

  1. Competition is open to SA residents only.
  2. The competition will run for a week and the winner will be announced on Facebook and emailed.
  3. If you have won a giveaway on SA Mom Blogs in the last 3 months you will not be eligible for this giveaway. 
  4. The prize is not transferable.

 

 
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Meet Blogger Teresa: “Blogging is a Marathon, Not a Sprint”

healthy-living-2Today we are lucky enough to meet Teresa Ulyate, South African mom blogger and food blogger from Cupcakes and Couscous, to share a bit more about her blog and her life…

1) What do you normally get up to on an average day? (Give us a brief description about yourself)

I am a stay at home / work from home mom and every day is a little different depending on what’s on the schedule. It is pretty much a juggling act of children, errands, chores and blogging so there is never a dull moment!
2) How do you feel about motherhood – what are your struggles and joys?

Wow, what a ride it has been! I am always amazed at the heart’s capacity to grow and feel such unconditional love for not one but two other little people! Being an introvert, I do sometimes struggle with the lack of alone time and also feeling as though I can never start and finish a task without being interrupted constantly, but I am so grateful to be at home with the children in these precious early years and would not change it for anything.
3) Tell us about your kid(s)

teresa-familyI have two children. My eldest, Maggie, is four years old and is a spirited and determined little soul. She keeps me on my toes, but also amazes me with her observations of the world, her compassion and her sense of humour. My youngest, James is almost two and is the sweetest, kindest little thing. He loves his books, helping me around the house and always has hugs and kisses for his family, my heart!
4). How did you start blogging?

I started blogging around the time of Maggie’s first birthday. I had thought about doing it for a while but was nervous about putting myself out there. After being encouraged by friends I started out with the main aim of having a creative outlet – little did I know that a few years later I would turn it into a business!
5) Share with us a valuable blogging tip you’ve learnt. (or more)

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Gosh, I have learnt so much in the last few years. I suppose the biggest piece of advice would be to keep at it! Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint but if you keep going and producing quality content the readers will come. Also, practice your craft! Read as much as you can, do a photography course, read articles about blogging – it all helps! And network as much as you can, I have met an amazing bunch of bloggers and influencers and am so grateful to be part of that community.
6) If you make money from your blog, give us a breakdown on how you do it. Give us some of your methods on how to get started on this, or any tips or advice.

I have been quite lucky in the past to have been approached by companies (who found my blog online) to develop recipes and work on food writing assignments. That said, I am now making more of an effort from my side by registering on sites like Webfluential and SABizChat to proactively seek out opportunities.

You can find Teresa on her blog, Twitter,  Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Watch out for some recipes from Teresa on our blog later in the week.