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Mommalikeme has a brand-new home!

If someone had told me back in August 2017 that my blog would have gained the popularity that it has to justify a self-hosted domain, I’d have laughed. I have almost zero tech savvy, I’ve literally had to learn as I go. I’ll admit that I often hit ‘publish’ sending a post off into cyber… Continue reading Mommalikeme has a brand-new home!

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Sleep – who needs it?

What I battled most with having babies was the lack of sleep and constantly being woken up. It makes sense that sleep torture has been common practice to torture people since World War II. In an ideal world I’d sleep a good 9 blissful hours every night. My favourite time of the day is that… Continue reading Sleep – who needs it?

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Valentine’s Day Jam Cookies

This year, from the moment Woolies stocked their stores with their Valentine’s range, Oli became absolutely obsessed with Valentine’s Day. He wanted to buy everything for his teacher. Instead, I convinced him we could bake for him and Soph’s teachers, which he happily agreed to.I used my trusty sugar cookie recipe that I always use… Continue reading Valentine’s Day Jam Cookies

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Easy Banana Breakfast Muffins

The kids and I bake most weekends. They love the process of measuring, pouring and mixing and of course enjoy tasting the end result! Faced with a bowl of overripened bananas (this heat ripens everything so much faster!), we decided to bake Banana Muffins in our jaarmies on Saturday morning. Perfect for a quick breakfast… Continue reading Easy Banana Breakfast Muffins

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Colour sorting sensory box

During the holiday I decided to do a fun colour sorting sensory box for the kids.  At 5, Oli is obviously a pro and could sort the colours and name the objects, but as for Soph, not so much. She can easily group the colours together,  as well as recognising what the objects are, but she's still learning… Continue reading Colour sorting sensory box

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7 ways to raise a confident child

In a world full of uncertainty, chaos and instant gratification, raising a child that is confident enough in themselves is crucial. Self-esteem is the key to a happy and successful child and in turn, adult. My hope is that I raise my children with enough confidence that they are self-assertive and assure – with just… Continue reading 7 ways to raise a confident child

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Baking with YUM YUM – The best Peanut Butter Cookies!

Flourless and gluten-free Peanut Butter Cookies - they're virtually sinless if you don't count the sugar and chocolate chips.  A few days ago YUM YUM dropped off a fabulous gym kit for me (did you read this post about getting my BC body back?) and two boxes of peanut butter sachets for the kids. Inspired by the delivery, we… Continue reading Baking with YUM YUM – The best Peanut Butter Cookies!

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HICH South Africa – creating a revolution for kind little beings

Humility, Integrity, Compassion, Hardwork - these are the four words that represent the HICH South Africa brand. The Port Elizabeth mother-daughter trio launched the company on 15 December 2017. Founded by a family who are deeply passionate about the well-being of animals, they design quirky kids t-shirts with the main aim of bringing awareness to animal cruelty.… Continue reading HICH South Africa – creating a revolution for kind little beings

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Win a R2000 Woolworths voucher with #LibertyBack2School

Liberty wants to know how you went about selecting a school for your child! Share your story with me and you could win a R2000 Woolworths voucher to help cover your child’s extra schooling needs! The hardest part of having a child is trying to guide them towards their future. One of the reality’s in… Continue reading Win a R2000 Woolworths voucher with #LibertyBack2School

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The last mop you will ever need: Review & Giveaway of the Vertex Mop

Whoever said "Good Moms have sticky floors, dirty ovens and happy kids" have never walked on a sticky floor before! December is the one time of the year that both my husband and I take leave.  The kids have a long school holiday, and our helper takes her well-earned break. As much as I look… Continue reading The last mop you will ever need: Review & Giveaway of the Vertex Mop

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Losing yourself to ‘Mommy’

One of the most monumental changes in your life is when you become 'Mommy'.  I don't think I'm the first woman to feel that by birthing two gorgeous babies I lost a part of myself, and I certainly do not begrudge the fact that I had children. Your world is literally upended when you give birth. … Continue reading Losing yourself to ‘Mommy’

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50 things to do with your kids in Johannesburg

If your kids are anything like mine, they love to get out and about.  With these long school holidays we can all get a bit of cabin-fever being at home, and early January in Johannesburg is the best time to explore - it's quiet! I've put together a comprehensive list of fun places to go, things to… Continue reading 50 things to do with your kids in Johannesburg

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Decadent Christmas desserts

In our home Christmas time is synonymous with delicious meals and decadent desserts. I thought I’d share two of my all-time favourite desserts to make at Christmas time with you this year! Summer Christmas Berry Pavlova This pavlova is such a show stopper of a dessert that never fails to deliver and is always the first… Continue reading Decadent Christmas desserts

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Christmas Gift Guide for Moms

Finally, it's our turn! Dads and husbands, it's time to spoil the wonderful women in your life.  I've put together 26 fabulous ideas to suit various budgets - with just 4 days left, it's time to get shopping!     Where to find gifts and prices: Amanda-Jayne candle R300 for stockists check here // Short pj… Continue reading Christmas Gift Guide for Moms

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Christmas Gift Guide for Dads

People always comment how difficult it is to buy for the men in their lives - their Dads, brothers, husbands and the father of their children.  Socks, undies, biltong, booze, braai - right? Sometimes some nice 'smellies'.  I've put together a roundup of 30 gift ideas across various price-points to inspire you in your gift-giving this… Continue reading Christmas Gift Guide for Dads

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Why handwashing is so important

Each and every day I feel like I alternate between "have you washed your hands?" and "come brush your teeth!".  Jokes aside, there have been so many nasty bugs doing their rounds this year that I've reinforced a good hand washing routine at home. To commemorate Global Handwashing Day on 15th October, Dettol, a leader in germ protection, ran a successful 6… Continue reading Why handwashing is so important

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The importance of breakfast with Gourmet Moods

My kids wake up super early every morning.  Breakfast for them during the week consists of a hot bowl of porridge at school, but on the weekend, it's either eggs, crumpets/pancakes with fresh fruit, croissants, cereal or French toast.  Starting the day with a nourishing meal sets them up for a good day.  They need a meal that's going to… Continue reading The importance of breakfast with Gourmet Moods

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Our summer with Spurt

It's finally Summer in South Africa, which, aside from braais and summer storms, means swimming! Spurt sent us some amazing swimming apparel to try out - which we did this weekend.Unfortunately, we don't have a pool at home, one of the motivating factors for our next move.  When it's hot, all we want is a refreshing dip in the… Continue reading Our summer with Spurt

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Holiday Inn® sparking children’s curiosity through active conversations

We always encourage honest and captive conversation with our children, but let's be honest, we're only really getting that from Oli right now, Soph is only two!  I really enjoy our chats, sharing about our days and strengthening our bond, over dinner, in car trips or lying in bed at night. Holiday Inn® invited us to share in… Continue reading Holiday Inn® sparking children’s curiosity through active conversations

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Preschool Kids Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is a big event in our home!  It's our favourite time of year and we go all out celebrating this special holiday.  I thought I'd kick my Christmas Gift Guide series off with the most important of the lot - the kids!  Here are 28 gift ideas for Preschool Kids. We let the children… Continue reading Preschool Kids Christmas Gift Guide

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Rainbow Rice Sensory Play

I have the most brilliant friend, a trained teacher, who constantly inspires me with the activities she does with her girls.  One of her favourite activities is this gorgeous rainbow rice - a wonderful sensory activity for various ages.  I asked her if she'd share her activity here on Mommalikeme, so here it is! Our… Continue reading Rainbow Rice Sensory Play

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Are you ready for a second child?

A friend asked me a while ago, how did I know I was ready for a second child? Was Oli sleeping through?  Was he potty trained?  Were we financially ready?  My answer was quite simple – I don’t think anyone is ever truly ready, but there certainly are factors that might make you readier. When… Continue reading Are you ready for a second child?