Let me begin with a little "Happy Dance" hehe... it is always so rewarding to be picked for any kind of nomination because no matter which one it is - it is a recognition for the efforts of your passion! I am thrilled to have been selected for the Blue Sky Tag Challenge, so a BEEEEG thanks to Nabeeda of "World of Nabeeda" for the nomination! Can I get a whoopwhoop!
Ok, let's get cracking...
What is it with the young “women” of today?! Obviously there are the exceptions to the rule but for the most part, many of them are… (Let me think about how to put this politely) …SELF ABSORBED, ARROGANT LITTLE B*TCHES! (Yes that’s about as gracious as it was going to get).
Waking up in a house with young children is truly a new experience every day! It never ceases to amaze me how they manage to jump out of bed with a level of enthusiasm and a spring in their step that is enough to make any adult envious – never mind completely perplexed.
I am all for BIG families – I am a part of one. We are loud, opinionated and loads of fun! There is truly no limit to the amount of fun we can all have together, but whilst my son has many cousins (with a new addition on the way any day now) he - is an only child, and I think I speak for ALL mothers sitting in the “only child” sphere, when I say – we DEFINITELY spoil more to compensate for the lack of siblings…
For those of you that read my original "Food for the Soul - Make the Circle Bigger" post... tonight seemed like a good night to grow the circle... It's Tuesday evening and is supposed to be Winter here in Cape Town, but the sun was out to play all day long - which as any thoroughbred South African will know...this means BRAAI TIME! (any excuse for a braai really...) and there are two perfect accompaniments for a braai...
There is a difference between being a kind, considerate individual and being a doormat. I have all the time in the world for honestly GOOD people… that have back bones! – In fact – I might be so bold as to basket myself alongside those… but I have a very low to zero tolerance for people that simply never seem to stand up for themselves but perpetuate their situation...
Nobody wants their child to be an over confident cocky brat, but every parent wants their child to hold a healthy level of confidence. When I was a kid, I had no problems with public speaking and even won 'best speaker of the school' once upon a time, but as I got older and life shared all its trials, tribulations and experiences with me, I lost that confidence somewhere along the line…
I am not generally one to go out of my way to follow what is headlining the news and many people raise their eyebrows or roll their eyes at me when I mention this, but guess what – it is a choice - which I am perfectly happy with.
Tonight I feel like a five year old child on Christmas Eve. It is 8.30pm and I am in bed!
(I know, Right?!) Dinner, laundry, lunches, homework – check! Electric blanket on, the last of my glass of wine on my bedside table, son fast asleep and mom - headphones in and laptop where it belongs… on lap! Haha!
Before I get to the 15 blog posts that I have nominated for this award, I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to Emily of Holden Down The Fort for taking the time to read my submissions and nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award! I have only recently re-entered the world of blogging, so this was totally unexpected and a wonderful surprise indeed!
Bloody hell, stress is STRESSFUL! Those two little words "stress & anxiety" – or emotions rather, can activate an entire personality within you, taking one particular situation or state of mind and literally turning it on its head – so much so, that you can honestly reach a point of wishing that a hole in the ground would swallow you up – or even better, you could cover your eyes like a 5 year old and practice the “if I can’t see you, you can’t see me” routine…
Well – the hole in the ground probably isn’t a very good idea, but the latter is not impossible and is a great idea!
With most of us ladies being career driven these days, it can become overwhelming at times to keep a level head when it comes to managing all the ‘other’ responsibilities which come hand in hand with motherhood and family life – no, seriously – do the clothes in my house have something against me that they need me to repeatedly clean them?! Haha! – EVERYDAY is laundry day in my house! Literally! – But, it makes my OCD heart happy, and that generally means that everyone else around me is happier too… smile and wave, smile and wave…
Bangers and Mash is one of my all time favourite comfort foods ! No question! It is so yummy and SO EASY!! My take on this traditional recipe is GREATLY popular amongst my family and friends as it comes with "bonus features" hehe.... and whilst it generally consists of sweet potato mash these days (carb conscious and all) - it can swing either way and is equally decadent!
“It doesn’t matter what size you are,” said the owl. “Just use your brains and you will find that you are big enough to do anything.
“My child is honestly, just SO, uniquely intelligent!” – Said every mother, every day, everywhere in the world. #truestory. Haha! And every single mother on planet earth is correct! We are all born with a unique and amazing combination of gifts at our disposal - and as a mother it is a truly amazing and on-going delight to watch these talents, gifts and skills unfolding in their lives - and ours.
Perhaps it is just me and the way things have repeatedly unfolded in my life, but I find it funny, how (often) as women, when we are single, we are enormously independent. We could literally take on the world. We are intelligent, passionate go-getters and very driven! - Yet when we enter into long term relationships, we become ‘comfortable’ with the so called ‘roles’ of each gender and to some degree (in my opinion anyway)… lose ourselves, our passion, a degree of our confidence and mostly our belief in our amazing capabilities and ourselves in general.
I don't know about you - but on my planet - I literally have a backing track for every single passing moment in my life. It has been this way for as long as I can remember. I have wonderful childhood memories of table dancing on Saturday afternoons whilst accompanying my mom to the live jazz sessions at the Heidelberg in Obs. - I think I even got a 20c tip once. haha!
A few years ago I asked my little boy what the most important thing to him in the whole wide world was. His reply - His teddies. He had no sooner announced their great importance to me when he rushed off to fetch all of them. On his return, he seated each and every teddy on the bed and began explaining to me why each one was important to him.
Yes, well, we have all been there haven’t we ladies… I am definitely an advocate for “live and let live” – or – “accept others so you too will be accepted” but seriously, I have managed to pick up some PRIME strays in my lifetime!
Why are we all so excited about being human! clearly, this is the kind of lifestyle we should be striving for...?! lol #catslife - just LOOK at mine.. just LOOK! lol
"Moaner Lisa" is a common part of my vocabulary – in simple describing someone who whines a lot… ultimately expressing the old “If you don’t like something change it, you are not a tree” quote
Recently, my family and I visited a local restaurant that happened to be hosting a private event. We were made aware of the event the day prior when making our booking and were thus speedily eating and planning to leave as timeously as humanly possible. As time went on, the flamboyant and vocally extravagant “event guests” slowly trickled in.
Can you remember the un-restricted passion, energy and enthusiasm you felt as a child? Everything you did – you did 110%. There were no half measures. Everything about our characters as children was uninhibited. We were honest, thorough and real. We had no “blotches” on our canvas so to speak.
What should I wear, who is going to fetch the kids, what can I cook tonight, How am I going to pay this/that bill, why haven’t I heard from them in forever, how am I going to provide for my child’s future, will I ever find someone to love, what do I really want to do with my life????? Any of these sound familiar?
So, both my partners in crime are away tonight… (aka - my son and my better half). This left me in a position to do exactly as I pleased. Well, I could have gone wild really… but I think I have enough of that trait naturally… no need to add to it hey?! (Nonsense!!! – haha!)
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