As do most people, I love receiving awards, any kind, whether it's acknowledging me as "Mom of the Year" or "C**t of the day", any recognition is good...isn't it?
So when I received this 'award' from Tanya I was over the moon excited...
First of all I have tell you seven things about me that you wouldn't (or didn't want to) know. Then I have to pass on the award to 15 other people. I'm not sure I'm going to find 15...but I'll do what I can
7 things about me
I only started smoking at age 30! I think I started to piss off my ex-husband and clearly it worked…
I love weddings. So much so I've done it twice
I have abnormally large feet for my height. And horrible sea anemone type toes. The type of toes that would make Tanya barf, because she has a feet 'thing'
My favourite perfume is Narcisso Rodriguez. Not a day goes by that I'm not wearing it. I used to wear anais anais until my ex husband told me it reminded him if his gran. Who was dead.
My nickname is Squidward. But I think he's more cheerful than I am
I studied teaching at varsity and did my prac's at a high school, teaching ninth grade. Everyone, including the 8th grade students were taller than me, so I gave it up as a bad idea. I would love to teach nursery school children...at least I'll be taller than some
Before Emma I dreamed. I dreamed of all the little things I would do if I had a little girl. I dreamed of the toys she would have, the way her room would be decorated and the mobiles hanging above her cot. Thanks to my broodiness and barreness I was the best guest at any baby shower as I would buy everything that I dreamed of for my very own baby.
Every baby shower gift included an essential, like nappies, creams or soaps, an item of clothing (or two or three) and an extra special little gift courtesy of Yummi.
Yummi holds a very special place in my heart. After finding out we were pregnant I bought my unborn baby a little welcome into the world gift. The first thing that caught my eye was Ethan the Ellie. It was love at first sight and I knew my baby would love him as much as I did.
Ethan the Ellie
Sadly I never got to give my baby the gift, but realizing how incredibly special Ethan was, I passed it onto a friend who was due the same time I would have been. She really didn't want to accept it but when I told her it had been made with love and chosen with love and it was now being passed on with love, she took Ethan in the Ellie in her arms and held him close.
A year or so later when we got the news that Emma was coming home the first thing I did was buy her her very own toy. Walking into our local baby shop my eyes fell on Abbey the Giraffe and I knew immediately that that was THE toy. I didn't even realize it was a Yummi toy, but I knew it was special...
Every baby deserves a gift made by Yummi. Born out of a deep love Sam has for babies and children, each and every Yummi item will hold a place in the heart of the person giving it and the lucky one receiving it. Emma still sleeps with Abbey and spends hours reading to her, making her 'tea' and telling her stories. Abbey has become a part of Emma's life and will hold some wonderful memories for our little girl as she gets older.
What I love about Sam's proudly South African range is that through her passion she has assisted local women in the community to support their families, empowering them and enriching their lives. It's no wonder Yummi products are so beautifully made...
The good news is that Sam has given me a voucher to the value of R300 for one lucky reader.To stand a chance of winning 'like', no, LOVE Yummi's Facebook page and leave a comment here
I can't say I've been very good this year. In fact I can't even say I've been good at it. I've procrastinated on most things and have left Mark very frustrated - procrastinating, not not been good at it. In fact I even forgot to write you this year. Thankfully colourgiggles has her sh*t together and reminded me that it's THAT time of the year again. She deserves an extra gift just for that.
So anyway, my list isn't long. I mean I have my health and lots of love in my life BUT there are a few things missing. I hope I haven't left this too late because you might need some time to source a few of my requests. You'll be happy to see that a lot of the gifts are for other people, so I'm hoping my selflessness scores me a few extra points...
Firstly I would love a pair of PHOTOSHOP glasses. These are similar to 3D goggles but it makes one look as they have just stepped out the pages of a fashion magazine. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but sometimes the beholder needs a little help. If you could drop a pair off at my house, for the attention of Mark, I would be most appreciative
I was going to ask for a jar filled with humour and another one overflowing with libido. However our counter top already has loads of jars labelled 'health', 'happiness' and 'love' so I thought I'd ask for a jar of Inspiration - this should (hopefully) cover all bases
Next on my list I would love a magic wand! I'd be able to turn Emma's veggies into chocolate, making them healthy BUT tasty too. I would use it to get ears washed, nails clipped, snot cleaned and diapers changed. I would wave it over her bed at night so she can sleep through. Don't mean to sound ungrateful but that sandman thingymajig from last year hasn't worked at all. I would also use it to magically pull lost toys, socks, tupperware bowls and lids out of my a**. Please make sure batteries are included.
This might be a tough one, but if anyone can find it, you can. I'm looking for that invisible string that makes your reindeers fly. I need to hoist up my very low hanging boobs. The miracle cream you left last year hasn't worked. Hope I'm not being too cheeky asking for a little bit extra so I can do some darning on my-not-so-eighteen-year-old vajajay...
PS - There is a picture but it's invisible so you can't see it
Last but not least on my list for Christmas 2011, I was wondering if you'd be able to drop off a little brother for us. It would seem the womb G-d gave me is faulty.
Oh, and world peace, yes world peace for everyone...and love, health and happiness for all my friends. Let me know if these last two are too much for you. I'm happy to include them in my letter to G-d
ps - please don't traipse all that white sh*t through the house again. Last year it looked like Pete Doherty was your little helper...
It's that time of year...Boney M's Christmas Carols can be heard wherever you go, trees are up, the tinsels been placed and kiddies are putting their lists together for dear Ol' Santa Claus.
Moms are stressing about what to buy teachers, friends and fellow bloggers participating in fun things like Secret Santa's thanks to Tiny Toes...
Well moms, stress no more. Nonna in Parkhurst is a unique gift and decor shop with the MOST beautiful things, both old and new.
A lot of their ranges support local product initiatives with an emphasis on natural materials and high quality craftsmanship. The locally made products include stationery, frames, jewellery, candles and candle holders, baskets, scatter cushions, baby gifts, soaps and salts.
What sets Nonna apart is their amazing selection of beautiful OLD things and rare finds. Owner, Hildeke Macleod, personally sources the individual pieces and new stock arrives on a weekly basis. There are also collectables (stamps and books), crockery, cutlery, furniture, paintings, prints and much much more...
Moms lucky enough to live in Jo'burg, why not pop into Nonna at No.9, The Cobble Centre, 4th Avenue (cnr 12th) in Parkhurst. Tell Hildeke I sent you...
Hildeke has very kindly given me a Tamelia nappy bag to give away along with the most delicious pair of handmade felt baby shoes courtesy of Nonna.
To win just leave a comment here...happy Christmas shopping xxx
I am so excited. On Saturday Tanya showed me the most beautiful picture Vanessa at Nina Say Cheese had taken of Max for Christmas. I'm a sucker for photos of Emma and knew that family in the UK and Knysna, as well as those just over the highway, would LOVE something like this for Christmas. So we'll print a few and send some as emailers.
The awesome news is that she has a place for us tomorrow morning. Even more awesome is that she sent an example through for us to see, making me EVEN more excited...
Nina Say Cheese is kids photography with a difference - custom built sets, wardrobe and styling to create a fantasy playground in which the little ones are left to play and be themselves. There's a theme to suit every age, girl or boy, from 'forest' and 'pilot' to 'tea party' and 'circus'.
If you want a beautiful photo shoot with a difference, I strongly suggest you contact Vanessa as soon as possible.
Promise I'll post our pic of little Emma as soon as it's ready xxx
We've got a few things that Emma can't live without (read "I" can't live without)
Emma loves books, all sorts of books. Picture books, big books, small books, books that we can read to her and books that she can 'read' herself but her favourite is the Leapfrog Tag. She can read along with it or listen to the stories. Depending on where you place the Tag on the page it gives you sounds, or asks you to 'answer' questions...Emma has hours of fun with this and the best part is it's nurturing her love for reading...
Need I say more...every little person loves bubble bath. And most people I know love the Mr. Men characters, so imagine my excitement when I spotted Mr. Messy bubble bath at Dischem. It smells good. It looks good and it makes us smile
Hello Kitty! Growing up I wasn't allowed Hello Kitty stuff. I'm not sure if it was because my dad didn't like cats or if it was too expensive for my 'middle class' upbringing. However I have righted the wrongs of the past and Emma has everything Hello Kitty...I mean everything - little broekies, various sized soft toys, jarmies, plates, bowls, spoons, forks, cups, bottles, puzzles, pillows...and now, thanks to Woolies, Hello Kitty cookies!
"Upsy Daisy here I come. I'm the only Upsy one". Emma's Aunty Caryn sent this gorgeous Upsy Daisy wooden doll from the UK for Emma's birthday. It is one of Emma's favourite toys - the pieces come apart so it helps with motor skills AND it looks beautiful. Long after Emma's stopped playing with it it'll make a pretty ornament for her room...
Emma has a HUGE love and appreciation for books. Often you find her on the couch with book in hand, reading away to herself...
Okay, okay...this is my love but Emma benefits from it. I love all things Naartjie. I AM the Mayoress of Naartjie, Epsom Downs and I dread the day Emma no longer fits into their clothes
Bubbles bubbles everywhere! From little Emma loved bubbles. At first she would just sit and watch us blowing them, screeching with delight. As soon as she could she was doing it on her own. Oddly enough the other day I heard that they're actually really good for little ones. Blowing bubbles helps develop the 'b' and 'd' sounds...
Winnie the Pooh said it best: "It is much more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words, like "What about lunch?"
Emma, Max and Luca are BFF's...they're proof that not much needs to be said to be the bestest of friends.