Monday Thoughts: Unconditional Love
By Natalee Holmes If asked if you love your children unconditionally, no doubt your answer would be an indignant “Of course I do!” And of course, you do. Every parent does. If asked if you were loved unconditionally by your own parents, would your answer be as definite a yes? Possibly not. And if your parents were asked if they loved you unconditionally, I am [Read More...]
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Mommy Matters Partners With Kellogg’s Breakfast for Better Days™ Initiative 2014
Nearly one-fifth of South African children are not eating breakfast before going to school. To help address this need, Kelloggs is launching a large-scale Breakfast for Better Days™ Initiative, which will provide five million servings of breakfast to children throughout 2014, with 25 000 school children receiving breakfast every school day. Children who don’t eat breakfast before school are at a disadvantage. Studies indicate that [Read More...]
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Review: Aden + Anais
Muslin blankets are fast becoming the ultimate must-have in your baby’s nursery, pram and diaper bag. We all know the benefits around swaddling your new born, and Muslin being a cooler, breathable cotton is more than ideal in our climate. It isn’t always easy to find here in South Africa though, so Nikki gave the new Aden & Anais swaddle options a go with her gorgeous boy, and had this to say about it: ” I am totally in love [Read More...]
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Respect For The Little People
By Natalee Holmes “My friend cries, I try to comfort her. My baby cries, I put in ear plugs so she can practice self-soothing. My friend sneaks an extra cookie, I laugh. My child sneaks an extra cookie, she gets her hand slapped or timed isolation to think about her actions. My friend accidentally breaks a glass in my home, I help her clean it up. My child breaks something in my home, I spank her and yell at her [Read More...]
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Pregnancy Awareness Week
This year Pregnancy Awareness Week will be from the 10th – 16th of February. Pregnancy Awareness Week aims to equip and educate expectant mothers to make the right decisions for themselves and their baby. The Department of Health along with other institutions uses this week to promote education around pregnancy and motherhood, and during this week we will be bring you articles and giveaways to [Read More...]
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Back to Work!
By Jo Hardiman I woke up on Monday morning wishing that I lived in Sweden. Not for their weather certainly but for their amazing family values. Parents in Sweden are given 480 days paid maternity leave to split between the two parents. I have been on maternity leave for 4 months, receiving a small amount from UIF. And now the heart-breaking day has arrived where I have to return to work and leave my teething, chubby, sweet smelling baby boy [Read More...]
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Foody Friday: WIN With NoMU
For those of you that have met me, will know not only do I spend minimal time in the kitchen, the time spent there is most certainly not worthy of blog posts or Instagrams. We’ve always outsourced our Foody Friday slots to more worthy moms (this year it will be a man – watch this [Read More...]
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Mompreneurs Network To Succeed
Over the last almost 2 years of my involvement in, and since acquisition of Mommy Matters, I have been so blessed to be able to run monthly networking breakfast sessions for woman who have ventured out into the entrepreneurial space. Mompreneurs, we call it! It’s been amazing to see the established businesses inspire the start-ups, and how so many of the businesses that were just an idea a year ago, have flourished into brands that are becoming recognized and sort [Read More...]
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Daddy Guilt – It Exists!
By the end of our maternity leave, we’ve struggled for months about the thought of going back to work, stopping nursing, beating ourselves up over the fact that our little person will be spending most of his day in someone else’s care and arms, freaking out about the milestones that you’ll be missing, the first [Read More...]
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When Is The Right Time To Have A 2nd Baby?
By Chereen Strydom. As we approach our son’s first birthday, I’ve been thinking more and more about the possibility of adding a second baby into the mix. I remember furiously googling ‘the perfect age gap’ while I was still on maternity leave (2 years and 7 months according to one article I read, which means [Read More...]
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The Problem I Have With Image Consultants…
By Kathy Bruggemann. Image consultants, personal stylists, body shape experts, whatever you want to call them – they’re are out there, and are styling woman to look beautiful every day. They are changing some woman’s lives, making them feel confident when they put on those heals and their skinny jeans, or that wrap dress that hides that midriff just perfectly for them to go out [Read More...]
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The 50 Shades Of Motherhood
By Natalee Holmes. They were in bed relatively early for a change. The kids had gone down without too much trouble, bathtime had been a breeze… dare they say, fun! Even dinner had been pleasant. Overall it had been a pretty good evening. The kids were down, peace reigned. What a treat! She was [Read More...]
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