A goodbye speech.

I started Raising Men when I was in a lonely place. A scared mother with a 6 week old baby, a toddler, PND and 4 months maternity leave.

You have no idea how lonely it was

And hey, your 20s is a scary place. A playing field for mistakes, learning, growing, struggling and forming. Playing field forward slash battleground. Bullets were fired. In your 20s you really start accepting your flaws, and subsequently I shed a lot of baggage that was always too large for the overhead compartment.

I am no longer Raising Men.

I am no longer that insecure new mom seeking comfort, attention and companionship online. The urge to share my life has dissipated and shifted in to something more concrete. A different outlet. A positive and rewarding one.

I don’t want to write about the boys anymore either. I mean, they’re so big now. I don’t want … Read the rest

10 things you need to know about the Mr Price Sport Blog Olympics 2014

63399_754667777915954_5011159724725704072_nThis year I was invited to the second annual MR Price Sport Blog Olympics. This was one of my favourite blogging experiences to date since Raising Men’s launch in 2009. It. Was. Fantastic.

I’m a Durban / KZN girl by birthright, so going anywhere near KZN is a treat in itself. I was super excited about competing in the Mr P ‘games’, but nothing could have prepared me for the experience. I’ve tried to summarize it in 10 points for you here, with the highlights, funny, juicy and must-know bits!

1. There were 28 bloggers from Durban, Cape Town & Joburg who were divided in to teams . We were all flown to Durban to compete in the Mr Price Sport Blog Olympics #BlogO14 —> search that little beast!

10606322_754667057916026_5624461236135778351_n2. We got the ROYAL treatment. The sponsors were incredibly generous with prizes, gifts and services. We were chauffeured by Mercedes Read the rest

I’m competing in the Mr Price Sport Blog Olympics! Follow #BlogO14 for ALL the FUN

MRP_MMS_2Now, I don’t attend many events or launches or things. Part because “two kids, two dogs, two bunnies, husband, two businesses, blog, gym and household” and part… I’m kinda shy. People never believe me when I say this? When G comes with me to events he’s all like… “go talk to people” and mostly I just can’t. So what does Tash do? She RSVPs to an event where she has to be in GYM GEAR (Lycra pants not the most flattering) and vests (be still my wobbly arms) and do actual tasks and challenges and obstacle courses in FRONT OF OTHER BLOGGERS. At events, you sip champagne and tweet and try not to get canapes all over your shirt. I can barely handle that.

But you know what, I’m so flippen excited and proud of ME! A few months ago I wrote about my weight gain and how unhappy I … Read the rest

Good times, bad times and all sorts of times at The Bunny House lately.

IMG_20141009_213301I’ve been writing for a few other publications, sites and blogs lately and getting my writing kicks where I can. I haven’t really been putting this blog as priority lately, and just going with it as we do. I got really in to food, health, fitness, local travel… Raising Men has changed with us and our interests over the years, which is why I can’t really label it as any sort of platform in particular. We’re just a little bit of everything these days. However, here’s a little time capsule of us, if you will.

IMG_0769Noah is such a little champion. We had him assessed with an Educational Psychologist where they checked on all aspects of his personality, emotional and mental development. It’s so important to do this. It’s SO important. A lot of things just ‘clicked’ in our feedback report. So many little quirks about Noah just started making … Read the rest

How CHANGE affected us. Share your #LoveChange stories and WIN!

I’m writing my story of CHANGE today. Our little family has gone through so many changes over the past three months. Some great, some not. When I was little I loved the idea of change and adventure – an excitement and gift that has stayed with me in to adulthood. Every strategic change we’ve made has improved our lives in great measure, and some unexpected changes have helped mould us in to the family we are today.

Change-quotes-tumblr-4Perhaps the most unexpected and traumatic change we’ve undergone was my retrenchment. When we lived in Joburg, I used to work at a Production Company as a TV Producer. It was a job that I loved and that kept us comfortable for about 2 years. When I went on maternity leave with Benjamin, things changed. Shows were cancelled, positions moved around and jobs were lost. I was supposed to return to work the … Read the rest