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Have you seen the cutest, most lovable new puppies out there? Introducing the adorable Sneak-A-Peek Puppy!

Shhhh … they’re sleeping!

We don’t have a dog, we have cats. For a couple of years my youngest was actually terrified of dogs. An irrational fear I could never understand but then in her defense, as I said, we don’t have dogs. Her fear has changed to adoration and love! When we visit friends who have dogs she will sit next to any dog and just stroke them for ages. In turn, most dogs seem to sense the gentleness in her and seek her out.

She has been nagging us for months to get her a puppy, but with our lifestyle we just can’t justify getting a dog as dogs are far more needy than cats.

When the lovely people at Prima Toys sent the girls a Sneak-A-Peek puppy each, they were ecstatic and have slept with them every night since. These puppies are so soft and cuddly, I almost want to steal them from my sleeping children for myself! I have resisted the urge though!

Look How Cute!

They can be curled up into a cuddly little ball when it’s nap time, and then you open them up so you can stare at their gorgeous squishy faces!

These little cuties are about 30 cm long and are ideal for ages three-year old and over. There are six different puppies to choose from. You can check out the different puppies on the Prima Toys website here. They are available as Spar, Lilliputs and Hamleys stores countrywide and retail for R 299.99.

I’m have an awesome Giveaway for one of these puppies. Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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  4. I reserve the right to disqualify invalid entries. 
  5. If you have won anything from MomOfTwoLittleGirls in the past three months you are ineligible to win this prize. 
  6. The winners prize will be sent to them direct by Prima Toys. 
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Disclaimer: We received two Sneak-A-Peek puppies in return for this review, but all opinions are my own.

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When I was nominated by my friend and fellow mom blogger Jacqui from One Messy Mama who nominated me to pay it forward with a random act of kindness, there were many things I could have done to be kind to less fortunate people than myself, but there was only one that I kept coming back to. 

The Harsh Reality

Living in South Africa, I realise that the lifestyle my family and I lead is one that can be considered to be extremely privileged compared to the majority of the South African population. Not just that of South Africa but Africa as a whole.

For those of you who don’t know, I am originally from Zimbabwe. My girls were born there, and shortly after my youngest was born, we got on a plane and left. This was in 2013. There were many reasons why we left. However, the number one reason was the instability of income. With a new baby added to our family, we decided that the time had come to temporarily give up on our dream of being self-employed. We needed to settle for the much safer and more predictable life of him having a job and regular income. The job market in Zimbabwe is extremely limited, unemployment is around 95%. So off to South Africa we went, because as a South African there was greater opportunity for my husband there than in Zim.

I can’t stress to you how terrified I was to live in South Africa. With the crime rate and person on person violence here, South Africa is the 10th most dangerous country to live in, in the world. We decided that the safest place for us to be was to live in a townhouse complex and I am very blessed that the one we have been living in for the past three years is one of the safest places I have ever lived.

I Am Grateful

This all comes at a cost, I’m not blind to that. Again, being able to afford to live here is just one of the things I am grateful to my husband for. One of the features of the security of our estate is 24 hour guards at the entrance to the estate. There are two guards on duty every day on a 12 hour shift.

Kindness Costs Nothing

One of the things I always try to teach my girls is that it is important to treat everyone equally and to be kind, and respectful to everyone you meet. Whether it is the headmaster of their school, or the teller at the local supermarket, the waiter in the restaurant, or the security guards at the entrance to our estate. Everyone deserves the same respect because none of us is better than anyone else, and kindness costs nothing!

So yesterday I packed up two lunches, added a coke and an apple to each and off we went to make a special delivery to the security guards at the gate of our complex. When I stopped at the gate, the girls were extremely excited. They insisted that they wanted to be the ones to deliver the lunch to the guards. This makes my heart happy. I am glad I chose to do it when they were with me. It is so important that they are involved in something where they can actually see what being kind, and what thinking of others actually means.

I wasn’t able to get any pictures of the girls’ delivery of the lunches because I was trying to make sure that they didn’t get run over, or drop the food on the road! #momlife! But then again, it’s not always about taking pictures of everything good you do, it’s about what you do that counts.

Getting Back

At first the guards were so surprised, they weren’t even sure what was going on. They were actually in the process of coming to see why I had stopped the car for so long. To say that they were  grateful would be an understatement.

When I came back in through the gate an hour later they both happily waved over to me. Normally they are professional in their duty and don’t usually engage with the residents. Us taking the time to thank them with a small gesture went much further than the plate of food provided. It’s not so much about what you give as it is about how it makes the person feel. That is what you get back from something like this. That feeling of being happy for making someone else happy. One small random act of kindness goes much further than you see.

The Challenge

Thank you Jacqui for nominating me, and reminding me that it’s the small things that count the most.

I now get to nominate two other mamas to take up the challenge. If you get nominated, you have 48 hours to complete a Random Act of Kindness. This can be for a stranger, your domestic helper, your child’s teacher, your neighbour, absolutely anyone! Then you need to tag two more mamas to do the same, using the hashtags #RAK and #momswhocare. If you haven’t been nominated, but are feeling inspired, then step right up and nominate yourself!

Become part of the #mumolution, I dare you!

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Choice is something that those of us who have the luxury of it, take for granted.

I don’t really want to dwell too much on this right now, suffice it to say that we are at a bit of a crossroads in life right now. We can either choose to take a huge leap of faith, or choose not to. 

A few months ago I wrote a post on fear and how fear takes on a different form when you become a parent. Well we are past the fear now. Now it’s time to make a choice.

Contemplation of Choice

Here are a few quotes on ‘choice’ that all speak to me at this stage of my life, right now.

I am grateful that we have a choice. It’s not the choice I thought we would need to make, but here we are. I know this is a bit deep for a weekend, but it’s a reflection of my life right now. Lots of contemplation for our future and that of our girls.

I am very grateful that we do have a choice though, and that we are free to choose. We will just have to live with the consequences of our choices, and pray.

Who Else Is Grateful?

Part of this series is linking back to other bloggers who have taken up the Saturday Gratitude Check-in challenge. Thank you to Coco Head To Toe for checking in too.

Grateful For: Strangers Who Give Up Their Seats For Pregnant Women

How To Take Part

If you’d like to take part in this series then publish your own Saturday Gratitude Check-In and link your post to this one. Next Saturday I will return the love by linking back to your posts from this week.

f you don’t want to write a whole post you can join in on whichever social media platform you prefer. To join in on social media just use the hashtag #saturdaygratitude2018 and tag me so I don’t miss it please.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Today I am tired. I am tired because I couldn’t sleep last night. The reason I couldn’t sleep last night was because I had a huge case of Mom Guilt! Mom guilt brought on by the fact that I let her down. I let my daughter down, and I didn’t even know it! 

How Did That Happen?

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, but it was also Wednesday for me. Wednesday is a crazy day in my weekly schedule. You can see what I mean by reading about a typical Wednesday in my life from when I was feature by my friend and fellow mom blogger, the hysterical Nadia from Non Adventures Of A SAHM! It’s hectic.

We didn’t have time to go home from school for lunch. Instead we ate lunch in the car park waiting for Art Club to start. Then I had to race my youngest across town to her dancing lessons, and get back again to fetch the eldest. It was 16.30 by the time we got home. I got busy making dinner, checking homework books, cleaning out lunch boxes, feeding the cats etc. Normal mom chores.

My eldest kept coming to me, asking for a box, then a ribbon, then how do you spell this, and where are her stickers. The persistent requests for this and that were becoming quite irritating, and I was irritated. I kept asking her, “Why do you want that? What’s it for?”, but she didn’t answer me. She just kept running off to finish whatever it was she was working on. I was busy so I left her to it.

Eventually it was bedtime and I noticed the box she’d made and shoved under her bed. I didn’t think anything of it and just left it there to deal with in the morning when I cleaned the house.

The Gut Punch

Then at 09.30pm I checked back over the Whatsapp messages that the teacher had sent out. I’d had a cursory glance at them in between running from dancing to art club. When I saw that it was nothing important, just a few pictures of the class valentine’s activities, I had ignored it until I could spare the time to look at it.

That time came around at 09.30pm, and in that moment I realised what had been going on all afternoon. One of the pictures the teacher sent out was of the gifts that some of the children had given to her for Valentine’s Day. One of the gifts was a handmade box of ‘stuff’ from one of the kids.

I actually felt sick. Not only had I not organised a Valentine’s gift for her to give her teacher when more than half the class had, but I had also not helped her when she was trying to make it up to her teacher … on her own. I had let her down, and I hadn’t even realised it! Why didn’t she tell me? How did I not know?

“In My Defence …”

I do have one, however lame it is!

Firstly, I didn’t know that kids give teachers gifts on Valentine’s day. It’s been thirty years since I was in Grade One! I forgot that this is the sort of thing that kids do – take their teachers gifts! Most of the kids who did take gifts had older siblings so this is something they/their parents know about, but I didn’t.

Secondly, if she had told me that she didn’t have a gift for her teacher when some of the other kids did then I would have helped her make something that afternoon. I would not have ignored her requests, or pushed them aside. I would have prioritised it as important to her.

But I didn’t know.

My Apology To Her

This morning I apologised to her for not helping her with her gift for her teacher. I told her that she needs to tell me what she’s doing and why she’s doing it, because if she doesn’t tell me then I won’t know. If I don’t know then I can’t help her.

Luckily my husband had bought me a box of chocolates for Valentines day and luckily, I hadn’t scoffed them all the night before. (I’d scoffed the ones I bought him instead! Shhh…)

I told her that she could give them to her teacher as a gift and I helped her to wrap the box. She was happy with that and excited to give it to her teacher. I also apologised to her teacher and gave her the head’s up on what had happened.

I also apologised to my daughter for the fact that I didn’t know in advance. I explained to her that it is also MY first time as a Grade One mom, and I’m also just learning these things so she needs to help me as much as I can help her. We’re a team.

Grade One Is Hard

Having spoken to a few other moms this week, I suppose I can cut myself a little slack because we’re all struggling to adjust to the new demands, routine and needs of our kids. It’s not just me, and it’s not just my daughter. The kids are struggling, and a few of them are acting out at home. The parents are also struggling, and I am not the only one who has ‘dropped the ball’.  None of us are perfect. None!

I guess to put it into perspective, it was just an optional gift for the teacher. It’s not even about the gift, and she’s not the only one who didn’t give one. And I’m not the only mom who didn’t know, the only one who let their child down, dropped the ball.

The point is that I know my child and I know how she must have felt inside. I hope that today is a better day for her, and it’s certainly a lesson learnt for me.

Mom Lessons

Isn’t that what motherhood is about though? The fact that no matter what stage we’re at in our mothering journey, we are constantly learning!

My question to any other Grade One moms reading this, “How are YOU coping? How is your child coping?”

It’s tough out there. Stay strong mammas, we’ll get through this eventually. This isn’t the first time I’ve let her down, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

No matter how hard we try, none of us are perfect. What makes us good moms is that we never stop trying.

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If your little one loves dancing and ballet and all things pretty and squishy, you need to enter this awesome Giveaway to win the cutest little ballerina in town – Molly Ballerina!

First Impressions

When Molly arrived, the girls were over the moon. She is the ultimate doll when it comes to all things girly! She’s wears a tutu, it’s all pink and white and very pretty. Her hair comes in a bun which when taken down to brush is actually very good for doll hair. The doll itself is soft and cuddly too so your little girl can give her all the loves she wants to.

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Molly Talks!

Molly also speaks more than 200 words all related to a ballet theme, and if you press her hand she will play eight classical melodies played by Italian Maestro Foroni. Check out my video below for a few of the cute little things she says.

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“Little girls love ballet – the beautiful tutu and pointe shoes, the music and the performance. Molly Ballerina is not only a beautiful doll, she also embodies one of the world’s most beautiful disciplines and dance forms,” says Chiquita Patrizi of Prima Toys.

Molly Ballerina is ideal for ages three and up.

Molly is available at toys stores around the country, and retailers for RSP: R899.99

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If you haven’t heard about the Dooky Cover yet, let me tell you all about this amazing accessory! The Original Dooky Cover will make life easier for you as a parent, and more comfortable for your precious little bundle of joy!

When you welcome your new tiny little human into your life there a million different things that consume you. I’ve written a few advice posts in the past.

Safety and Comfort

One of my biggest struggles as a new mom was deciding on the perfect affordable pushchair and travel system to keep my little one safe and comfortable. No matter what you end up going with, it will never be perfect, and FYI, ‘pushchair envy’ is a real thing!

Whilst I was happy with the one I ended up choosing, the one thing I wasn’t happy with was that the hood of the pushchair and car seat didn’t extend far enough. It never really shielded the baby well enough. I ended up keeping the baby covered with either a baby blanket or something similar to keep the sun and wind off her.

This wasn’t ideal because the blanket would always slip off. I was also constantly worried that I was suffocating her. Obviously I wasn’t, but when you’re a new mom you are an irrational wreck 99% of the time! Think: holding your finger under your sleeping baby’s nose just to make sure she’s still breathing, but not being brave enough to wake her to check if she is! Yes, I was that mom.

Solution – The Original Dooky

Introducing the original Dooky cover!

This is an awesome accessory that solves the problem of shielding your baby from the weather. It’s a piece of fabric with clips on one end that clip on to the hood of the pushchair or car seat, and ties on the other that you use to tie to the handles of the pushchair or car seat.

The design of this accessory ensures that your baby is not overheated by the blanket being too close to their face, it won’t slip off every five minutes. It’s even UV resistant! How cool is that?

It was designed by Xplorys, an international company who design and manufacture baby accessories!

Their products are sold worldwide and this particular product is brought to you by Prima Baby SA.

Win A Dooky Cover!

The lovely people at Prima Baby have given me an original Dooky cover to Giveaway to one lucky winner.

This Giveaway is for the original Dooky that comes in grey. This colour is ideal as it will suit any and all colour schemes you may have chosen for your precious baby.

RRP: R559.00

Please fill in the Rafflecopter form below to enter the competition.

This Giveaway will run from Monday 12 February 2018 until Friday 16 February 2018.

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Rules – because there must always be some:
  1. This competition is open to South African residents or those with a South African delivery address.
  2. You must complete all the questions in the Rafflecopter competition in order to be eligible to win.
  3. If you have won anything from MomOfTwoLittleGirls in the past three months you are not eligible to win this competition.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. 

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Last week I decided to start a Saturday Gratitude Check-in series. It’s more of a reminder to myself that even though adulting, parenting and life in general is hard, we need to remind ourselves that there is always something to be grateful for. This week I am grateful for my husband.

You can check out last week’s post where I spoke out how I was grateful for early morning cuddles with my girls, because basically it means that I am loved by them, even if it’s usually too early in the morning to be awake!

Back to my husband. Don’t get me wrong, he is a demanding person with extremely high standards! I often joke that I must be the most perfect woman on the planet, because only the most perfect woman in the world would be good enough for him!

The Story Of Us

We have been together for 12 years, married for 8. We have made it through some very tough times financially. Somehow we survived the frequent moves across continents and countries – nothing tests a marriage quite like moving day! Working away from home is really tough on everyone, but we made it through that too, even though I may or may not have lost my sanity a little, home alone with two under 3 is not easy! We even survived my PND!

Through all of that, we are still together, just doing our best to make each other happy.

I Am Grateful For My Husband

Here is a short and incomplete list of reasons why I am grateful for my husband:

  • His high standards keep me on my toes!
  • He is an incredibly hard worker, and even though he has to work away from home sometimes, I know he is doing it for us and our future.
  • I get to be a SAHM and, even though we have to make sacrifices for that lifestyle, we are doing it together for our kids and our family.
  • He makes me angrier than anyone else on the planet, but as quick as I am to anger at him, he’s that quick to make me laugh, even in that moment when I’m still angry at him, he can still make me laugh, which just makes me angry again. #marriage
  • He supports me, encourages me and pushes me to be better, do better, and to achieve what it is that I want to achieve for myself, my sanity, my passions.
  • Despite the fact that I am naturally submissive to him (deal with it feminists), he has always pushed me to be able to do anything and everything without him. This includes managing the household finances, wiring up the TV system and even changing a tyre, if I have to. I thank him for all those things!

What I am most grateful for is that he puts me first, always. He loves me, respects me, respects my opinions and we make decisions about our future together.

Thank you my love. Here’s to the next 12 years, at least!

p.s. Don’t forget Valentines Day is on Wednesday!!! hint hint!

Who Else Is Grateful?

Part of this series is linking back to other bloggers who have taken up the Saturday Gratitude Check-in challenge. I only launched it last week but I already had a link!

[Gratitude #1] Funny things that my kid says

How To Take Part

If you’d like to take part in this series then publish your own Saturday Gratitude Check-In and link your post to this one. Next Saturday I will return the love by linking back to your posts from this week.

You can see where I linked this post to my Facebook & Instagram pages and if you don’t want to write a whole post you can join in on whichever social media platform you prefer.

To join in on social media use the hashtag #saturdaygratitude2018 and tag me so I don’t miss it please.

Have a great weekend everyone, and remember to be grateful for your husband, or wife.

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Why are we so afraid of letting our kids get bored?

This is the question a friend of mine asked me a few weeks ago, a question her father had asked of her. It got me thinking about the topic of keeping our children occupied and how we as parents are seem to have become consumed with avoiding any situation where our kids might actually be bored.

Why is that?

Let’s Reminisce

When I think about my childhood, back in the dark ages, I think about things that used to be my reality. Here’s what I remember growing up as a child in Zimbabwe:

  • School finished at 13.00, but TV only came on at 16.00. So what did we do during the afternoon?
  • Homework? Well, let’s be honest, homework didn’t take ALL afternoon, even if it felt like it. So what did we do?
  • We did have afternoon activities at school, like tennis, hockey or swimming, but that didn’t take all afternoon and it certainly wasn’t every day. So what did we do?
  • Go and play outside! My mom’s voice clearly ringing in my ears, even now! What did we do outside?
  • I remember riding bikes in the yard, down the dirt road, with the dog chasing us.
  • I remember building forts behind the fir trees on the ‘dark side’ of the garden.
  • I remember climbing trees. I remember playing Barbies in the tree!
  • I remember cutting into the fallen mangoes with a real knife, and guess what – I still have all my fingers.
  • I remember making mud pies and then my mom making us bath in the laundry sink outside the kitchen door so we wouldn’t trapse mud all through the house!
  • I remember reading books! Books, after books, after books! The Famous Five; anything by Enid Blyton; the Faraway Tree series!

What don’t I remember? I don’t remember ever being bored.

Travelling Back Then!

When we went on road trips to visit family two hours away, or trips to South Africa on holiday, I remember reading books in the car whilst listening to cassette tapes on my walkman. We would rewind the tape to play the same song over and over again until the tape literally stretched. I remember staring out the window, a lot.

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Reality Check

This is not a post about ‘the good old days’ because life is different now for our kids than it was 25 years ago (eek!).

We live in town. My girls don’t ride their bikes in the streets, they don’t even ride their bikes around our high security complex. We also don’t really want them making mud pies in our perfectly designed and landscaped garden to be honest.

I also don’t want them watching TV all day, or YouTube videos of kids unboxing toys. I’m a huge fan of the internet, and I do believe that the girls have widened their vocabulary and been exposed to so many exciting and positive things about the big wide world by watching TV and being exposed to the internet, but everything in moderation!! A post for another day, perhaps!

When we go on road trips, which we do a lot, I used to make sure that the girls each had a backpack with toys, colouring books and crayons. They also have a tablet each which I would load with games and music to keep them entertained. This was about a year ago. I even had a whole Pinterest Board about ‘how to keep kids busy in the car’. I’m not even going to start on all the snacks and food and sweets and drinks that I would pack to keep them busy too – not to keep them full, to keep them busy!

I’ve Had Enough

When we went on our road trip this year between Christmas and New Year, I did something different. I focused on us as a family!

Whilst I did charge their tablets, etc. and I did pack their colouring books, I did not pack their extensive toy collection. They were allowed to choose two small toys each, and that was it!

I also did not pack endless snacks and treats, I packed some, but I was very selective because I am also fed up of the inside of my car looking like a tip and so the food I packed was carefully selected NOT to destroy the inside of my car – so no chocolates, nothing that melts, no crumbly biscuits. Juice bottles had those pop close lids, and no sticky fruit!

After a few hours, the batteries on their tablets went flat, then the snack supply ran low, and the crayons became scattered on the floor. I decided it was tough; I wasn’t going to stop the car to look for the red crayon and I wasn’t going to unplug my phone to charge their ipads. Not this time.

What Happened.

Well, let me tell you! It was shocking! They looked out the window!!!

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Yup … They. Looked. Out. The. Window.

They didn’t cry, or whine, or complain that they were bored. None of that. It was awesome.

Let Me Tell You Something Else!

The December school holidays were quite long, about six or seven weeks, as is normal here in South Africa.

For the first few weeks I let the kids just chill and watch TV whenever they wanted really. I strictly controlled the internet usage because that is what causes the most about of sibling fights, but I was pretty free and easy with the TV time. (#BadMom – yup!)

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I consciously made the decision that I was also not going to take them out to play at various restaurant playground areas, and I wasn’t about to take them to have milkshakes and ice-creams every day. That’s just not necessary, and quite frankly a waste of money.

After the novelty of having almost unlimited TV, I noticed a shift in their behaviour. It’s almost like I was watching a science experiment unfold before my eyes. They started playing in their room together. They spent hours colouring in. I would let them choose two or three colouring in pictures from the internet, and then they would colour in those pictures.

And I left them!

When my friend and I were discussing the topic of ‘are we as parents afraid of our children being bored’, I confided to her that for the past two or three Sundays I had consciously neglected my children in favour of spending time with my husband. It was great!

Fair enough, my girls are old enough now. I still make sure I watch them swim. I still feed them and care for them. But I chose to spend the time working alongside my husband in the garden, or watching TV with him, or cooking together, instead of running around after the girls all day.

It was good for us and it was good for them.

Imagination and Creativity!

I do believe that if we continuously turn ourselves inside out to control their every waking moment in an attempt to avoid them getting bored, that they will never learn how to be creative or imaginative.

Listening to my girls play with each other, the little make-believe games they come up with, and even the scary mommy-daddy role playing (another post for another day – not!) they do is excatly what I hope they remember from their childhood!

Yes, having two girls close together has been damn hard some days (read years), but when they play together I know that it’s been worth it. When they think back to their childhood they might remember the fights, but they will definitely remember the time they spent playing together.

Boredom?

When you google “Bored Kids” google throws up post after post of ways to keep your kids busy. Is that really necessary?

Not once have they come to me in the last couple of months and said, “Mom, we’re bored.”.

Not once.

They have always found something that they want to do, or they have come and asked me specifically to do something. “Mom, can we do a craft?” or, “Mom, can we swim?”.

I’m definitely loving the approach I’ve taken. Let me know if you decide to give it a try?

Are you brave enough to let your kids be bored?

What’s the worst that could happen?

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Welcome to the fourth episode of our LekkerLinky bloggers link-up! The only South African Linky on the web.

This linky has been specifically set up for South African bloggers and is aimed at promoting content that is relevant and relatable to those of us living in South Africa. We welcome posts from all genres: parenting, lifestyle, beauty, travel, technology, entertainment, foodies, anything and everything, as long as it is locally relevant.

My co-hosts, Jeanette from Whisky Of The Week and Charlene from High Heels & Fairy Tales,  and I hope that this will be a fun linky which you will all enjoy, and one that will introduce everyone to wonderful new blogs.

A Few Guidelines for the LekkerLinky

1. The #LekkerLinky will be open from Monday to Friday every second week.

2. The linky will run in a two-week cycle. The first week is for linking up; the second week is to allow extra time for commenting and sharing if you didn’t do it on the day that you linked up.

3. Accessing the linky will alternate between my blog, and Charlene’s (High Heels & Fairy Tales).

4. Please make sure you are following the hosts on twitter: Charlene @HeelsFairyTales, Carly @momof2lgs, and Jeannette @Nettie_SA

5. Everyone who links up will have their post commented on by at least one of the hosts.

And in case you missed it, you can check out my earlier post for all the guidelines + Charlene’s which gives you more details about the blog benefits to joining a linky.

Highlights From Episode 3

Each new episode we like to highlight our personal favourites from those posts linked up in the last episode.

Mine was Changing Industries As A Journalist: Media To Marketing by Melissa Javan. Mel’s insight into the difference between the two industries and her journey of learning how to change her approach to suit the new industry is so interesting. Thanks for sharing Mel.

Jeanette’s was “The Rising Costs of School Uniforms in South Africa” by Noleen from Miller in the City.  This is such a bug-bear of mine, and she hits the nail right on the head with her post.  I can’t wait for the Competition Commission feedback on this. I hope it will have a positive impact on the cost for all parents.

Charlene’s was Be Careful You’ll Fall from Nadia of The Non Adventures Of A SAHM. Charlenes said: “I love that Nadia shared this reminder to really look at how we go about keeping our little ones safe, without turning them into scared, anxious little people. “I want her to be aware and not afraid.” – my favourite line in the post, and exactly what I want for my little girls too.”

Please remember that to be chosen as one of our highlights from the previous week you do need to comment on all three of the host’s posts AND the post that is linked up just before yours. 

LekkerLinky Rules

1. You may link up one post per week, old or new, it doesn’t matter.

2. Please ensure that you grab the LekkerLinky button from the sidebar of my blog, and add it in the html portion of the post you are linking up (see how to do this in here.).

3. Once you have linked up your post, please share it to Twitter using the hashtag #LekkerLinky and tag each of the hosts for a retweet: @HeelsFairyTales@momof2lgs, and @Nettie_SA

4. You must comment on each of the host’s posts (that’s 3), plus the post linked up directly before yours (which makes 4). Any more is a bonus, and helps to spread the blog love.

4. When commenting on each other’s blog posts, please remember to use the #LekkerLinky hashtag in the comments, so we can see where you are commenting from.

5. Share the post linked up before yours (and any of the others you decide to read and share) on twitter using the hashtag #LekkerLinky and tagging the hosts again.

6. Commenting and sharing must be completed by the end of the Friday of the following week.

On To The Link Up:


Please share this post to help grow our LekkerLinky community.

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I’m starting a new weekend series where every Saturday I will recognize one thing I am grateful for! The Saturday Gratitude Check-In series will run every weekend and I hope you will all join in, in your own way so that we can all share something we are grateful for.

Today I am grateful for early morning cuddles with my girls.

As parents we often just want and need a few more minutes of sleep, especially on a Saturday morning after a hectic week.The reality is that this is not what happens. Children who struggle to get up for school for five days a week will almost, without fail, wake up half an hour earlier on a Saturday than on a week day. It’s just how it is.

With this gratitude series in mind, today I am grateful for this early morning wake-up call because I know that my girls love me and I know that I am blessed beyond measure.

What are you grateful for?

How To Take Part

If you’d like to take part in this series then publish your own Saturday Gratitude Check-In and link your post to this one. Next Saturday I will return the love by linking back to your posts from this week.

You can see where I linked this post to my Facebook & Instagram pages and if you don’t want to write a whole post you can join in on whichever social media platform you prefer.

To join in on social media use the hashtag #saturdaygratitude2018

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