Noah is styled by Keedo! Cute kids clothing made and loved in South Africa

IMG_0768I LOVE dressing the boys. I always thought I’d want a girl to play dress-up with, but boys are so… Cool. They also love getting messy, climbing, digging, swinging, rolling and falling. Boys are busy! Girls are too, but I mean boys are… really busy. I’m a bit sneaky with their clothes – I buy everything a size or two too big so they can grow in to stuff. I mean, Noah and Ben are almost 2 years apart and they’re the same size! With all my hand-me-down dreams properly deflated, I’m really trying to make their clothes last as long as possible. Ideally, their clothes need to last two years – so they NEED to be good quality. I’ve bought clothes that haven’t survived 3 months with my two. I see all the mom’s in the audience nodding in agreement (I see you).

The boys’ individuality has really started … Read the rest

Giveaway!! Win a night for 2 at the Old Mac Daddy in Elgin, Western Cape

ABM_1409577469I love writing about travel! Through many opportunities, we’ve been able to see and explore some really beautiful areas in and around Cape Town. Some are via invitation, but mostly they’re not. Graeme and I love nothing more than grabbing the kids and finding great and fun things to do. Through writing about travel, I hope to show you some really great ideas for getaways and even day trips! We’re not foodies, we’re not critics and we’re 100% in it for the fun, to share, document and to explore.

Though I like showing you great places to go, eat, stay and check out – I also know that it’s not doable for everyone. I also know that some people need a nice little shove out the door and out of their comfort zone. So here’s your little nudge! I’m GIVING away #secretSunday night for TWO at Old Mac Daddy in Read the rest

Goodbye little baby house in Observatory. It’s time for us to move on now.

20140724_092526This weekend we’re moving out of our little house in Observatory. It’s a very beautiful semi-detached house, so our neighbors have the ‘other half’ which is exactly the same size and layout. I heard that our current house was built in 1923 and with the railways, all the houses were split in 2 to accommodate the rail workers or something. So we really loved the old Victorian charm of 2 fireplaces, wooden floors and high ceilings. We really loved living here for so many reasons and made the two bedroom setup work for as long as possible!

Right now, we need a bigger garden. A storage shed. An office. A guest room. Parking. Automated gates. Heck even a driveway would be nice. I wish that I’d put up pictures of all our houses since I started Raising Men. There are so many memories in this home. Through so many good … Read the rest

Betty’s Bay in the Overberg. And my little baby photography background

IMG_0145My mom lives in Betty’s Bay in The Overberg. We go visit as often as possible because obviously we LOVE my mom and Lester. It’s so nice to see them and lounge on their porch with an ocean view as the boys play in the garden. Jack loves exploring the fynbos, paths and streams and digging his heart out at the beach.

There’s so much to do in the Overberg – with beaches, fishing, quad biking, hiking and even sand boarding. In Betty’s Bay you’re also very close to Hermanus, Stanford, Kleinmond, Pringle Bay and Elgin. After about a year of exploring the area, we’re still dead-set on Betty’s Bay as the perfect weekend retreat for the whole family.

IMG_0143I recently got a propers Canon professional camera and a few lenses from Graeme, so I’ve started playing around again. I used to be my school’s photographer and belonged to a … Read the rest