Here we go…..

I have been promising myself that I would create a creative outlet to vent, discuss, advise and just generally allow a space to exist whereby I have a dialect outside my head of some sort of adult content….

Even though this content will probably not be about anything other then my kids I believe that it will help me and hopefully create a space to allow other moms to discuss our lives with our kids. I also firmly believe that if there is one thing that truly bonds us mothers is that no matter what class, colour, creed or financial status you hold or have raising a child begets us the same or very similar challenges!

So here we go……

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Meet The Mom Monday – Tammy from Totem Teepee

When I first came across Totem Teepee, about two years ago, I had to contact Tammy for a replacement pole for a tepee that a client wanted me to use for their child’s party. I knew that I was working with a brand that valued their clients and took such pride in their product. I will never forget that Roy immediately offered to send a replacement pole to us at no cost! I could not believe it, so it’s with a warm heart that we share our interview questions and answers with Tammy:

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Q:  What is your Name and your Instagram handle?
A:   Totem Teepee  – @totemteepee

Q: Which social platforms are you currently on?
A:  Facebook – facebook.com/totemteepee
Instagram – @totemteepee
Twitter – @totemteepee (not too active but we do occasionally post to twitter)

Q: When did you start your business specifically relating to children? When did you start your Instagram page?
A: We started in November 2009. My son was 2 and I had seen teepees online and decided I wanted to try make one for him. In those days there was no Pinterest, and because I grew up playing on the floor of my mom’s sewing room, I had learned to sew and knew I could make one. It took me 3 attempts to get the dimensions right. And over the years it’s been tweaked further, we are constantly trying to better our product. My Instagram account was begun in February 2015, up until then I’d run my Facebook account as our primary online presence since November 2011

Q: What is the best and worst thing about being an Instagram Mommy/ Instagram business woman / Blogger?
A:  I am an introvert. Many people laugh when I tell them that, because I am a very jokey person and am not afraid to be part of the fun at social gatherings. But I NEED alone time. A lot! It recharges my batteries. Being a business woman means you need to interact with customers, and be enthusiastic and sometimes quite ballsy. This doesn’t come naturally to me! I have always shied away from the limelight, preferring to be a behind-the-scenes employee so I have to work hard to be in front marketing my biz. I think I also use humor as an ice breaker and am not afraid to be vulnerable at times and have a good laugh at myself. Humor is important to me, life is stressful, we need to laugh! But with vulnerability, comes criticism and I am sometimes hurt by the way people have commented and responded to me when I am being real. So those would be the hard things about being an insta-mom!

The good parts are that it has become a place to express myself, and I know it sounds contradictory to what I just said, I enjoy the forum to be real me, real Tammy! Some days I am strong enough to let the negativity that comes with that roll off my back, but others not. I am an incredibly sensitive and analytical person, so that also gets in the way sometimes!

But what I’ve loved most about the social media platform is the people I’ve met. In some ways these friends know me better than my ‘real life’ friends. Sounds crazy, but there’s a kinship that comes from knowing you are in the same boat as these other mama-makers! Subsequently I have a small circle of mamas who really get me and have my back as it were. They go above and beyond to help and encourage me. Those friends are like gold. We whatsapp almost every day and I consider these ladies important contributors to the success of our business. In many ways they keep me grounded especially in the false world of social media.

Also what I’ve loved about this journey is that my family is a part of it. We truly live the brand! My sons are so proud of their parents’ business. They offer teepees to many of their friends saying:  ‘oh my mom makes teepees, if you ask your mom I’m sure my mom can make you one!’ That’s a frequently overheard line in their conversations, mostly when their friends see and question the rolls of fabric I have scattered all over my house! We often donate teepees to NGOs and schools for fundraisers, and my boys fight over who gets to deliver the teepee, both very proud that they are giving away such an amazing product!
My husband, Roy, works full time for Totem Teepee. He excels at the interacting with people. We are a good partnership, both working to our strengths as a team. It’s not always easy working with your spouse, so we’ve had challenging times, but it’s helped us grow in our understanding of one another.

Q: You have a trusted babysitter and the night off what would you do?
A: As a couple we seldom have a night off. But my ideal would be to book into a B&B in the KZN Midlands, go out to a local restaurant for dinner, and enjoy taking our time, sleeping in the following morning, and then exploring the local shops and countryside. We also love good coffee. A lot! Our favorite place is Fego at the Pavilion! (which I discovered on Monday night is closed!!!! #Nooooooo) It’s so low key, but it is definitely our coffee shop of choice. That and Circus Circus café at the beachfront. Roy and I have never been big culinary fanatics. We really are pretty simple folk, and enjoy good coffee, a movie, reading magazines together, watching series (and watching people!!!). Our date nights are few and far between as both of our families have all emigrated. No grandparents and aunts and uncles to help out! We really do enjoy spending time as a family, and seldom do things without our children.

Q: How important are trends for you with regards to what you buy for your children or yourself?
A:   I am always watching global trends in terms of children’s’ decor and apparel. It helps me gauge the colors and styles which will reach South Africa within a season or two, ESPECIALLY in terms of my market which is very kiddie focused. Australia and parts of Europe are my go-to countries in terms of their application of current trends. Especially the minimalist Scandi look, in addition to an eclectic mix of modern and vintage. However, I don’t necessarily allow trends to dictate my path. After doing a Gallup Strengths Finder strengths test, my top strength came up as ‘Ideation’, followed by Futuristic, Empathy, Restorative and Input. I highly recommend everyone tries to do one of these online tests, it’s helped me so much in discovering what makes me tick, and how to optimize my best character traits. But having Ideation as my top strength confirmed to me that I am a forward and innovative thinker!
Q: Who are your current top children’s brands or local brands in South Africa?
A:  Supporting and growing our local brands is high on my list of priorities. Mostly because I know how hard it is to succeed in our local environment.
My favourites include:
Tinytribe
Schnookypie
Ollypollykids
Clever Little Monkey
Simply Child

Q: Do you think South Africa should have a Kids Fashion week?
A: Yes absolutely!

Q: Which Instagram Mom/Moms/Blogger/Business woman inspires you?
A: I can’t possibly choose ONE (it’s so difficult!)

Chenel Kruger of @Raising.Little.James
I’ve yet to meet this precious friend, but I feel like she is a close friend.
Chenel is young, I think she’s 23!!! But she has a maturity that far surpasses her years!
She’s an incredibly high capacity woman, an accomplished professional photographer, outstanding mama to her little boys James and Jaxson plus a loving wife to Eugene. She has her head on straight, which I certainly didn’t have at that age!!!
Chenel is our main brand rep. She is incredibly devoted to Totem Teepee and loves our products which shows in the way she uses, styles and photographs them.
I admire her accomplishments for someone so young, and enjoy working with Chenel, we tend to view things quite similarly, and chat via whatsapp almost daily.

Teri-Jane Row or @choosearow on facebook and instagram
Teri lives near me, and so I’ve had the opportunity to get to know her in person. and like Chenel she bought her first teepee from us, which is a sign to me that she is committed to supporting and growing local brands without receiving a hand out. Unfortunately, South African reps are often looking for freebies, which there is a place for, but it reassures me of a person’s intentions when they don’t ask to brand rep for us with the expectation of free stuff!
Subsequently Teri has become a brand rep for us, along with her sweet daughter Skylar whom I feel is like a niece to me.
Most of all, Teri is very grounded. When it comes to how I interact with her, she is a great sounding board. I tend to be an impulsive person, so I ask her opinion on issues before I allow myself to respond to various situation. I love her no-nonsense approach to life, her content is relative and relatable, even for me with my children who are much older. She’s kind, and honest and has an affinity with people that I particularly admire. And she’s an incredible mom to her precious 2-year-old Skylar.

Q: If you could ask a fellow Instagram Mom/Blogger/Instagram Business one question, what would that be?
A: My question would be for bloggers: There are many bloggers out there. What sets yours apart, and how has having a blog helped the success of your business/brand? Would you recommend a blog as part of your online presence, for any small business who is trying to grow? Do people really care what you have to say!!!!!

I personally have gained such a stunning insight to the amazing woman that is behind the brand Totem Teepee, thank you so much Tammy for your honesty and being so open to this interview, you continue to inspire many of us who are just starting our instagram journey and we truly wish you only the most amazing success for your family and your brand today, tomorrow and the future!

Meet The Mom Monday – Fadwah from Tiny Totz Accessories and Clothing

If you have been following MyKidzclothes for awhile you will see Tiny Totz Accessories as a regular feature in Dakota’s wardrobe, she makes the coolest little dresses and has a stunning range of head gear, always taming Dakota’s wild locks!

Here are some of her questions and answers from our latest Meet the Mom feature:

Q:  What is your Name and your Instagram handle
A:   Hi I am Fadwah. And I’m the Owner of Tiny Totz Accessories and Clothing

Q: Which social platforms are you currently on?
A:  Instagram and Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Tinytotzaccessoriesandclothing
@tinytotzaccessories

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Q: When did you start your business specifically relating to children? When did you start  your Instagram page? Or your business even if it’s not related to children just a local brand?
A: I started this business last year April 2016. Thanks to a very close friend well known for her adorable moccasins Rushana from Luscious Junior. Who pushed and nagged me for months to start something cause of my creative mind lol. Thank you, babe.

Q: What is the best and worst thing about being an Instagram Mommy/ Instagram business woman / Blogger?
A: Definitely time management. For those who don’t know I am a mommy of three boys under the age of 7. I see full time and work as a Fragrance Specialist part time. So, I am constantly tired and drained that’s the worst thing.Best thing above this is. The love and passion I have for sewing and making things. I grew up with sewing machines around me my grandmother was a dressmaker.

Q: You have a trusted babysitter and the night off what would you do?
A: Nights off??? What are nights off lol. I am constantly busy I tend to cut during the day and sewing production starts when the boys go to bed.

Q: How important are trends for you with regards to what you buy for your children or yourself?
A:  I am not much for the trends when it comes to me buying or making them things. I got my own style I don’t like to follow the crowd. I love being different and unique
Q: Who are your current top children’s brands or local brands in South Africa?
A:  I tend to make my boys clothing if and when I find the time. So yes, they are forced to wear what I provide for them lol. I tend to shop at Her but, MRP, Edgars, Foschini, Earthchild and LTD. And I prefer to support local where I can

Q: Do you think South Africa should have a Kids Fashion week?
A: Oh yes definitely count me in. And I’m there.

Q: Which Instagram Mom/Moms/Blogger/Business woman inspires you?
A: Definitely My bestie Rushana from Luscious Junior all thanks to her I would not have Owned Tiny Totz today.

Q: If you could ask a fellow Instagram Mom/Blogger/Instagram Business one question, what would that be?
A: How do you Manage time? With kids, work, home and a business. Lol.

 

Meet The Mom Monday – Olivia Fox from My Tiny Teepee

Sometimes in life you meet people (even though not in person) and you just sense that their authenticity comes across in every way, from the first time I was in contact with Olivia she came across as the ‘real deal’ someone who was honest and caring, so its a great pleasure to feature her in this weeks segment of Meet The Mom, her brand carries a part of her soul and you can see that in the beautiful creations that she makes…..

Olivia Fox

Q:  What is your Name and your Instagram handle
A:   Olivia Fox from @mytinyteepee

Q: Which social platforms are you currently on?
A:  FB & Instagram
https://www.facebook.com/mytinyteepeetent/
    @mytinyteepee

Q: When did you start your business specifically relating to children? When did you start your Instagram page? Or your business even if it’s not related to children just a local brand?
A: My mom has been hand making amazing things including teepees for years but I officially started My Tiny Teepee in 2015.

Q: What is the best and worst thing about being an Instagram Mommy/ Instagram business woman / Blogger?
A: The constant pressure – but I’ve learnt that this is self-imposed and can be put aside. The best thing was the worst thing. Learning that only the friends you make through this is what actually really matters. What matters is your family and the love in your life.

Q: You have a trusted babysitter and the night off what would you do?
A: Sitting in a restaurant with my husband looking at pictures of my children.

Q: How important are trends for you with regards to what you buy for your children or yourself?
A:  Not at all. I go with practical and beautiful and long lasting. Like my Teepees ;).

Q: Who are your current top children’s brands or local brands in South Africa?
A: Too many to name. Look at the tags in my photos. I collaborate with all my friends and involve them in everything I do. Support means everything

Q: Do you think South Africa should have a Kids Fashion week?
A: Mmmm…. I don’t know. I was mocked as a child because of what I wore. I think the constant pressure to conform and have top name brands is so detrimental to children and families. Whilst I 100% support Local makers and the incredible workmanship and quality – I do not necessarily agree with elevating anything to a “worship brand”. We all just try and make beautiful things for children. Not to covet but to love and enjoy. I think there is a fine balance.

Q: Which Instagram Mom/Moms/Blogger/Business woman inspires you?
A: @justamamma @followingthebean @leighgeary @oursunshinejourney @yoyo_prins @demilucas – All for different reasons. All because of the way they parent. All different because I learn different things from them.

Q: If you could ask a fellow Instagram Mom/Blogger/Instagram Business one question, what would that be?
A: Is this truly what you love? (Because sometimes it isn’t. Not to sound negative but I know so many people who are doing this for the wrong reasons and they need a voice to say “get out of this!”  You need to love every second.)

Thank you for participating Olivia and its been wonderful gaining some insight into your thoughts and who inspires you!

Meet The Mom Monday – Annette Griesel from @little.handmade

Another amazing interview with a gorgeous mommy run Insta account and a local brand meet Annette Griesel:

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Q:  What is your Name and your Instagram handle?
A:   Annette Griesel from @little.handmade

Q: Which social platforms are you currently on?
A:  FB & Instagram

Q: When did you start your business specifically relating to children? When did you start your Instagram page?
A: Living in the small town of Bethlehem in 2012 we didn’t have any cute baby stores, so if someone had a baby shower, they would end up with many of the same gifts from our local Woolies. Practicing as a Biokineticist then, I started making clothes to give as gifts to my friends on their baby showers. When we moved to Bloemfontein in 2013, my little hobby has already grown beyond the “hobby” phase and I had to make the difficult choice: stay with what I know and go on practicing in my field, or take a leap of faith into the unknown….I took the leap. I started my Instagram page in 2015

Q: What is the best and worst thing about being an Instagram Mommy/ Instagram business woman / Blogger?
A: The best thing about doing what I do is feeling like I am always “playing”, the worst thing, is having to juggle everything, in the course of 24 hours I need to be a designer, seamstress, human resources manager, accountant, admin person, logistical manager, financier etc, all while begin a full-time mommy and wife.

Q: You have a trusted babysitter and the night off what would you do?
A: That usually happens when grandma and granddad is in town. Bloemfontein unfortunately doesn’t offer a big variety of entertainment at night, so we (me and my lovely husband) would usually go out to a restaurant. It’s quite fun to actually finish our food at the same time – hehe. My husband is an old soul, so If we had the entire night to ourselves, we would put on some golden oldies, open a bottle of wine and just cuddle.

Q: How important are trends for you with regards to what you buy for your children or yourself?
A: I like having a few items that are trending at the moment, but I won’t change my entire wardrobe every season to keep up with it. I like wearing items that are plain, with no prints on, that way I can keep up with the fashion with my accessories, I am the same when buying clothes for my boy. With my child I don’t mind the trends as much, he is way too small to know what he is wearing, and I never want him to be conscious of the “brands” he is wearing, your heart is way more important than your sleeve. I often buy end of season sale items for him to wear the next season, so that definitely won’t be on trend then. Quality, however, is extremely important for me
Q: Who are your current top children’s brands or local brands in South Africa?
A: If I could I would have a Bella Poppelina crochet item in every room in my house. I am also a big Dandy Lion fan; the quality is great.

Q: Do you think South Africa should have a Kids Fashion week?
A: Yes, yes, yes, that would be so much fun, says the business woman in me. As a mother, I have mixed feelings about it, I am so cautious not to raise children that judge a person by what they wear. I love dressing my boy up, and I don’t change his “nice” clothes before he goes to play in the sand, because I don’t want play to be stopped for something as silly as clothes.

Q: Which Instagram Mom/Moms/Blogger/Business woman inspires you?
A: I love Mari-Louise from Just a Mamma and Chenel from Raising Little James. Daily mirror is a page I can never get enough of.
Q: If you could ask a fellow Instagram Mom/Blogger/Instagram Business one question, what would that be?
A: I would like to see everyone’s time-management tips

Q: If you have anything in addition that you would like to mention please feel free to add that
A: Most of the local children’s brands (those that do not sell imported goods) use local materials, local printers and local workers, the sad truth about supporting local, is that it is expensive. My fabric is woven for me, by a mill in Cape Town, a mill that has been closed down twice, because it is cheaper to buy imported fabric, so local companies don’t support them. The thing about using local fabric is that the quality is phenomenal and consistent, you never know what you are going to get when your fabric from China arrives here. The problem is, that local consumers do not know that, if the public are educated about this, I am positive that they will support more local brands, and that way we can keep the mills open and save thousands of jobs!

Annette it was lovely to meet you and we hope that when you visit Cape Town again you will come and pop round for a coffee. All the best in Bloemies 😉

 

Meet The Mom Monday – Jen from Alexa Lily

As a young girl when my parents used to take us to the shops at month end and we were allowed to choose something small as part of our ‘allowance’ and I was always drawn to stationary, from gel pens, khoki pens to beautiful notebooks and scented paper, so when I found the amazing Alexa Lily online shop I was smitten. Jen shared some of her insights and inspirational Insta pages with us below:

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Q:  What is your Name and your Instagram handle
A:   Jen from Alexa Lily (@alexalilyshop)

Q: Which social platforms are you currently on?
A:  FB & Instagram
https://www.facebook.com/alexalilyshop/
      @alexalilyshop

Q: When did you start your business specifically relating to children? When did you start your Instagram page? Or your business even if it’s not related to children just a local brand?
A: We started our brand at the end of 2016 and began selling products Dec last year.

Q: What is the best and worst thing about being an Instagram Mommy/ Instagram business woman / Blogger? |
A: Love the flexibility and creativity of being able to reach your customer anytime anywhere. I don’t hate anything (:-() it’s the best best job ever!

Q: You have a trusted babysitter and the night off what would you do?
A: Friday 🙂 end of the week my husband and I are totally finished and need a good night off & glass of bubbles

Q: How important are trends for you with regards to what you buy for your children or yourself?
A: I love following trends but always view them as a guide and trust my own instinct and style to suit my personal needs as everyone is unique and different. With regards to my girls I prefer to dress them (although they are choosing their own outfits these days) in very neutral colors with pops of colors here and there. I also don’t follow too many trends with them as they so small but I would say comfortable and practical is the way to go
Q: Who are your current top children’s brands or local brands in South Africa?
A: Cotton On, H&M, Earth Addict, Naartjie, Zara kids, Country Road

Q: Do you think South Africa should have a Kids Fashion week?
A: To be honest no, I’m not a fan of kids modelling at such a young age. I think fashion has become so consuming & we should rather look to purchase quality items rather than quantity

Q: Which Instagram Mom/Moms/Blogger/Business woman inspires you?
A: I love Kimmy&Bear (3 sisters) they all have fantastic taste & miss_luckypony
Q: If you could ask a fellow Instagram Mom/Blogger/Instagram Business one question, what would that be?
A: I would ask the daily edited (an Australian brand), how they grew their business globally

Thank you Jen for sharing in our Meet The Mom feature and congratulations on the recent inclusion of Alexa Lily on the House and Leisure online store, if you have not had a look at their gorgeous notebooks and planner go and like their page, follow their Insta handle and get ordering ladies I have seem them sold out many times!

Meet The Mom Monday – Angela Rea from Oursunshinejourney

You may have come across some pictures of her gorgeous son on Instagram, or read her heartwarming blogs, if not then read about her here and make sure you go and follow her and her beautiful journey through all things beautiful.

Angela

Q:  What is your Name and your Instagram handle?
A:   Hi my name is Angela but most people call me Ang and a few Angie my Instagram handle is https://instagram.com.oursunshinejourney which is a play on my surname “Rea”

Q: Which social platforms are you currently on?
A:  I am on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and I have a blog on WordPress     https://oursunshinejourney.wordpress.com     https://www.facebook.com/OurSunshineJourney/?ref=bookmarks

Q: When did you start  your Instagram page?
A: I started Instagramming about 5 years ago but I only recently started to take it seriously as I am studying now to become a photographer and I find it such a great place to show my work. My blog is a few months old and the other platforms came with the blog

Q: What is the best and worst thing about being an Instagram Mommy/ Instagram business woman / Blogger?
A: I love all the love that is shared with all the Instamommies. We are such a new and unique community and we all look out for one another and end up being great friends and get to meet in person. Unfortunately, there are a few bad seeds but that comes with everything. There is a little bit of competition but not that much really as mostly we all get along so well and count the Instamommies as our treasured friends

Q: You have a trusted babysitter and the night off what would you do?
A: The perfect night out for me would to be able to go to a spa for a massage and stay the night there. I would sleep in a beautiful hotel bed and maybe catch up on some series. Of course there would be hot chocolate involved.

Q: How important are trends for you with regards to what you buy for your children?
A: I am not that concerned with trends when buying for my son Elijah as I prefer the more classic style. I like children to look like children in beautiful, well-made clothes. I used to think Elijah looked quite a lot like Prince George and started dressing him in those style of clothes and that is still the style I prefer

Q: Who are your current top children’s brands or local brands in South Africa?
A: My top childrens’ brands are Minime Atelier for all their classic beautiful clothes and Rosie-bee Children’s clothing for that vintage, unique look.

Q: Do you think South Africa should have a Kids Fashion week?
A: I definitely do think that South Africa should have a children’s fashion week. There are such beautiful things around and they should be showcased.

Q: Which Instagram Mom/Moms/Blogger/Business woman inspires you?
A: Gosh, there are way too many to write down and I consider them all friends so I would not want to leave anyone out! But if you are talking about who I started following first and inspired me to blog in the first place it must be Kim Gray and I Want That. I started following them years ago when they just started out. As for the mum’s that have helped me out tremendously I have to mention One Modern Mom, Choose a Row and Pregnant In Cape Town. It was actually Lisa from One Modern Mom that made me get off my butt and start blogging. But there are so many more that I have inspired, helped and offered friendship to me

Q: If you could ask a fellow Instagram Mom/Blogger/Instagram Business one question, what would that be?
A: I would, where do you get the time to fit everything in and be a mom as well?

Thank you Angie and we wish you all the best on your photography journey and we look forward to seeing loads more pics of young Prince Elijah xxxx

 

 

Meet The Mom Monday – Lehani from Dandylionkids

We are kicking off our weekly feature of Moms/ Bloggers and Local brands on Instagram with the amazing Lehani from Dandylionkids!

We asked her a few questions and loved reading her responses, hope you enjoy them too! Dandylion logo

Q:  What is your Name and your Instagram handle
A: Lehani @dandylionkids

Q: Which social platforms are you currently on?
A: Facebook 
https://www.facebook.com/dandylionbabykidsclothing/?         hc_ref=ARSvuSlVsMRegTPzoq8guQSpFjA-MiQpRz-BGZZwuM2IBppN1RhWu3lbeBF4GzgEuNA
Instagram 
@dandylionkids

Q: When did you start your business specifically related to children? When did you start your Instagram page?
A: About 3 years ago. But was dreaming of starting a kid range long before then. As I could not always find what I was looking for Lila to wear. And eventually when I started Dandy Lion she was outside the age bracket

Q: What is the best and worst thing about being an Instagram Mommy/ Instagram business woman / Blogger?
A: Best is – I am doing what I love and creating is my passion. Worst- So very difficult to balance work and life as work seems to take up most of my days but I really try and manage it.

Q: You have a trusted babysitter and the night off what would you do?
A: Date night with Hubby, or a good girls’ night

Q: How important are trends for you with regards to what you buy for your children?
A: I love buying trendy items. It is becoming easier now as my daughter is moving out of the cartoon character phase. Thank goodness never thought it would end ha ha
Q: Who are your current top children’s brands or local brands in South Africa?
A: Annapatat love her brand and to top it off she is such a sweet heart. Little Love kids, I have redone Lila’s room and bought all my items to decorate her room from them. Even though we work very closely together Heloise has such an eye for styling. And always has great advice. She is my sound board in Business, such a lovely woman.

Q: Do you think South Africa should have a Kids Fashion week?
A: Oh yes would this not be awesome!

Q: Which Instagram Mom/Moms/Blogger/Business woman inspires you?
A: Sjoe there are so many… My greatest inspiration is Sanet from Berry and Flambe (BASH) she has taught me SO much! I must say that the following ladies also inspire me, Cath from followingthebean, Chenel from raisinglittlejames, Marie-Louise from justamama, Anneke from Annapatat, Heloise-littlelove, Melanie from littlemeraki, Angela from oursunshinejourney, Sammy from sammyshepard_art, Terry from choosearow and yourself off course xx oh and so many more!! Instagram is full of amazing bloggers/moms and business woman does actually not feel right only naming a few
Q: If you could ask a fellow Instagram Mom/Blogger/Instagram Business one question, what would that be?
A: How do you do it all? And keep the balance?

 

Thank you Lehani for your time and effort – we wish you all the success in the world xxxx

New Weekly feature! Meet The Mom

While laying in bed contemplating the million and one things on my to-do list I started pondering the many human beings that make up the new Insta community that I have found myself a part of!

There are some that silently pop up every now and then, there are the forerunners whom we all aspire to emulate and follow religiously! There are some that are not even Moms but they have become a part of an every-growing trend that is used as both business and pleasure.

Have you hear of Instameets? These useful pages have now been setup across the globe to try and bring together these moms and get them chatting, meeting and setting up play dates. Where this is such an amazing concept, I myself have found reaching out to other mothers rather daunting. Kind of like that first day of school feeling where you have butterflies and sit with the unsure feeling of ‘are they going to like me?’

This all brought me round to my Meet The Mom concept, I will be running a weekly or bi-weekly (depending on the responses I receive) feature where I introduce one of the Insta Moms on my feed and ask her a series of random questions, breaking the ice if you like!

If you would like to be featured, or nominate someone to be featured please send me a direct message on either Instagram or Facebook!

I hope you all enjoy reading these features as much as I have!

Have a wonderful day Ladies (and Gents as I have seen quite a few Insta Dads lately ;-))

Why do I support local?

There has been so much hype of late around supporting local? Local music, local TV, local brands in all the many forms. This got me thinking as to what has changed, how come everyone is on this buzz?

Firstly I considered quality, and lets be straight up honest here its not for quality alone because many international brands have mass produced high quality items at time cheaper then local brands especially where clothing is considered.

Next consideration is style and variety, again there are chain stores that hold larger selections of trendy and market related varieties across all sectors.

So this pretty much leaves me with SUPPORT and COMMUNITY. Everyone regardless of what many will argue love to be a part of something, a party of a community, part of a movement or a cause. Its human nature to seek out companionship. And this my friends is what I have come to realize, we support local because its where we belong, where we make friends, where we connect and find support!

Any product that you market will always succeed when you touch the heart and soul of your target market and is it not so much easier to reach out to your neighbor, your fellow parents experiencing the same issues that you are on a daily.

South Africa has long been the target of much negativity and like a phoenix our local brands have risen from the ashes, choosing rather to celebrate our talents and our strengths. With awesome music, actors, businessmen and woman and lets not forget why we are here, our FASHION! Our proudly South African Mama’s who are making incredible clothing, toys, furniture and much more! Quality that you cannot imagine can come out of someones garage or loft room, styles that you wouldn’t believe a Mama could still have imagination left to come up with, after bathing kids, cooking and cleaning! Service deserving a golden award of excellence after a day of being Mother, Chef, Driver and Wife, she still has time to smile and send a heartwarming email to thank you for your support!

As woman, as mothers we support local to be a part of that community the one that you can rely on, meet up with for a coffee and while you there buy your kids next gorgeous outfit! Woman find ways to multi-task so whats better then seeing a friend and shopping while your kids have a playdate?

It warms my heart when I see the community that has risen from the brands in South Africa and makes me super proud to be a Mommy here, even inspires me to find ways to contribute to this market, like what can I make or create that our kids need?

So next time you see a new Mommy store on Instagram or Facebook give her a like or a follow and remember her when you need to buy that toy, jacket or shoes, because you are not just buying that item from a store you are buying a part of someones dream and that’s just MAGICAL….

Travelling with Gremlins

So for the April school holidays my Mom asked us to come and visit…..in  Durban…..we live in Cape Town….

This obviously meant that we need to take a flight, which may I add was only Dakotas 2nd time flying. Que Dakota who is a boisterous and highly energetic 1 and half year old little girl. These days  flights cost an arm and leg so here was my dilemma, do we fly at the cheapest rate or do we fly in accordance with my child’s sleeping patterns? I don’t know how many of you moms have experienced a live wire kid on a plane its truly one of the most stressful things to live through, so I bit the bullet and bought the pricey ticket because I am pretty sure nobody would approve of me downing small size bottles of whiskey while my child runs screaming through the plane at high altitude!

Now on the day of the flight both there and back I start sedating myself not my child as I am more likely to loose my shit then she is! And this time round I must tell you that I had a pleasant experience both ways with my child BUT not so much with the airline! There is nothing more annoying when airlines are inconsistent in their policy or when they look at you like an alien when your 6 year old bought 6 toys guns in Durban and wants to bring them home, or when you dare take a car seat with you I mean who believes in safety!!

The Mango assistant can be really glad that I have already sedated myself as he started on about toy guns not being allowed to be checked in your luggage, and then telling me that you have to use your luggage weight allowance to book your car seat in! REALLY!! I mean have any of the people who make these rules or enforce them EVER traveled alone with TWO kids under the age of 7!!! So to be clear you may carry the car seat with you to the plane and check it in at the door for FREE but you need to pay R250 (8kg car seat) to book it in. So lets get this image clear, I need to carry an toddler, hold a 6 year olds hand while he carries his travel bag, and I am carrying my laptop bag (I had to work), the baby bag (she had to poop) and my handbag (someone has to pay for stuff). I was livid to say the least, and all this while the agent discusses his personal plans for the weekend with the girl next to him!

So surprise surprise my anticipated point of a breakdown was my small child but instead the gremlin turned out to be the Mango assistant! And to add Dakota was an angel fell asleep, slept through the two hour flight and when she woke up smiled and waved at all the passengers, Carter is always an angel, he’s a bit of a seasoned traveler having been everywhere back and forth with me for the first 3 years of his life. Oh and the IPAD, he gets engrossed in a movie for two hours leaving me stress free! I know many moms say that’s not good but one thing being a mom has taught me we all do what we need to do to get by……