Author Archives: One Messy Mama

Do you give your spouse your full acceptance?

In this new series focusing on marriage, I’m setting out to work my way through the alphabet… call it the ABC’s on steroids… highlighting the things that I believe is paramount to a healthy and long-lasting relationship. But, before I start, let me be clear: I am in no way suggesting that my own marriage is perfect (far from it)…. Read more »

I’m THAT mom…

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So here I am, once again, totally mortified! I seem to be on a roll this week! You see, I’m THAT mom… Yup, the mom that at the last minute sends an apology that we can’t make a birthday party… CRINGE! We all know how much effort goes into planning a party for our kids. The slaving away thinking of… Read more »

Accepting help in the world of parenting.

So today I had one of those parenting experiences that catch you completely off guard and leave you a little breathless. You know, one of those experiences that stop you dead in your tracks and stay on your mind for days, replaying itself in all kinds of different colours and sounds. Let me share it with you… I had to do… Read more »

The Pee Files #5 –

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A good few weeks have passed since I last wrote… As most of you know, our house is in utter chaos at the moment! We left the US on June 8th, and our container of furniture and household items only arrived 4 days ago. Adding to our craziness is the fact that my husband (darling of note!) decided to get… Read more »

Lifes Reflection

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`Her Reflection… What is it that she sees? Dark rings of endless nights Tear stains of angry moments that cannot be undone Slumped in defeat by love’s exhaustion She sighs… Dimples, and pimples, and wrinkles alike. The lines of life been born, like a forest of marks, stretch across her body with roots entwined. Youth forever gone… Moments of doubt… Read more »

My Girl … Never Apologise For Being Flamboyant

Tonight I had an earth shattering realisation – perhaps even life changing (but we’ll have to check back on that one) – I parent in a very controlling way. As a parent, I am always trying to control my children. And I mean that in the nicest way possible… not in some crazy-mom obsessive kind of way. Let me explain;… Read more »

Opening Up About My Pre-Natal Depression

From the moment we found out we were pregnant the negative thoughts began to roll in like a swelling ocean tide. Don’t get me wrong, I was over the moon and incredibly grateful that we were blessed with another pregnancy. However, the thought of having 5 children overwhelmed me… and, honestly, it still does! In my mind, I was barely coping… Read more »

Little Adventures for Little Ones – Review

One of the most adorable phases that I have experienced about having children, is watching them develop their little personalities within their own fantasy play! Watching them go from raging pirates to dainty princesses, brave knights to puppy dogs rolling about on the grass. It never ceases to amaze me at how creative they can become.  That’s why I just LOVE… Read more »

SuperSkills – Review

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What exactly is SuperSkills? Well – “We created a Superskills box to proliferate [pro-lif-uh-rayt] advanced vocabulary building in an easy-to-use 4-minutes-a-day word-building tool pack. Our monthly subscription plan provides children the tools to create and build their own success based on their strengthening SUPER POWER” – SuperSkills team “Superskills Box is a monthly subscription box for children age 8 & above…. Read more »

Mindful Mothering

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I was enjoying some mommy reading this weekend and stumbled upon this article from one of my favorite South African magazines, YOUR FAMILY. With just over 2 weeks to go until our little man arrives, I must admit my patience has been incredibly short, my mood dark and dreary, and my poor kids (and husband) have been the unfortunate recipients of… Read more »