What keeps you MOTIVATED?


So lately i have been feeling so overwhelmed and just not interested in doing anything, yet i have so much going on, is this maybe why? To little time, to much to do?

Its been a stressful couple of months at my workplace, and things have really become unpleasant, when i wake up in the morning, i just don’t want to go there… but i used to love my job and had so much passion and that has all just gone!

I can’t wait to get home and do my Bokaloli projects, but when i sit down it’s like nothing, no creative juices want to flow, is this because i’m feeling the way i am?

That’s why i want to know from you, what keeps you motivated? What tips and tricks do you have? Please share….

This Mommy needs to get her MOTIVATION back.



Imported or Proudly South African?


So i have had so many mixed feelings lately, as i have seen so many local brands importing products. i’m not sure how i feel about it? Yes there are some stunning goods overseas that us South African’s don’t have, but yet we have so many local talents that are just waiting to be discovered and have similar products that are proudly South African.

I suppose i feel cheated in a way when i see products that are imported, yet i know where one can buy them in South Africa and support a small business, after all we should be supporting local.  I always try find out out if the product i’m purchasing is imported or made locally, and then think twice before purchasing, i have been mislead a few times, but anyhow suppose that’s how it goes.

How do you feel about importing products? I really am trying to make sense of it all, but just have this nagging feeling that South African local brands are so creative and we should be supporting one another instead.



Help…My 3 year old’s BAD Habit


Or should it be mine, i’m not sure who really is to blame here…… so our little “secret” or “bad habit” is Kayden who is 3, still drinks TIETIE, yip (BOTTLE), when he walks into the house once i have fetched him from school it starts. Mamma ek soek Tietie, he only drinks milk from the bottle, not that that is any consolation. We have tried to take it away, we really have, but at 2am in the morning it’s just easier to give in and get sleep.

The funny thing is when he sleeps over at his aunts house he doesn’t even mention the “T” word, so does he associate it me, am i the problem?  About 2 weeks ago my hubby was in hospital and Kayden was not himself, he insisted on taking his bottle to school, when we got there and his teacher saw this she was like, “drink hy bottle mamma” well i was so embarrased all i said was NO he found it in the cupboard and wanted it, must be because dad is in the hospital. When we got home that afternoon Kayden’s bottle was not in his bag, it’s the bottle we have, so you can imagine the drama, the teacher didn’t know she thinks it’s once off thing, so didn’t put it in his bag, well i tell you i searched high and low for a bottle in the house and eventually found an old Nuk bottle in the cupboard, saving grace, Kayden was happy and peace was restored. I told Kayden this is the ONLY Tietie and he must not leave it lying around as our sausage dog also likes bottle and bites them to pieces!!!

After bath time it was bedtime and i went to make Kayden his bedtime bottle, but could not find it, panic kicked in and i knew…”BEES” our dog had got hold of the ONLY TIETIE in the house, my stomach turned, it was past eight pm and i know the shops are closed, i am alone with the kids and it’s going to be hectic, searching everywhere i found it chewed to pieces under the couch! I took it went to Kayden and showed him, his response was “kry nog een uit die kas mamma” i said but there aren’t anymore…that face, shame i thought i was going to cry with him.  i called my friends and they were supportive and said, good time to get rid of the TIETIE Tarryn, yes i know but you don’t understand!  after much explaining and convincing, i gave Kayden a normal bottle, like a Oros bottle and said well this going to have to do, all went well until about 2am, when my pillow was soaked with milk and he wanted his tietie again!

The next morning after dropping the kids at school i was at dischem buying bottles for Kayden. So any advice on how to break this habit will be greatly appreciated.


Local is Lekker-Online Shopping


I must admit, i was never one to shop online for my kids clothes (even though i have my own online shop) as i always felt that it’s too expensive, or too nice to wear, or they going to get dirty! Yes i know it sounds crazy..hehe i was always a Pep, Ackermans kinda Mommy, well that was then.

I recently discovered all these wonderful brands, Mommy’s like myself also making and selling such cool stuff, it’s amazing even though i myself make things there is always more out there. Affordable and excellent quality.

I would always buy for everyone else, my niece in Germany well let’s say she is the most spoilt, probably cause i don’t see her…. i bought her a outfit from @littlepandawear and oh my goodness, such cuteness those watermelons…



My Second purchase was from @maddoncole, i bought Kayden their Dino Jacket and Harem Teepee Leggings, well let me tell you he loved them, he didn’t want to take them off!!!

So now i am like a little child again, surfing all these cool sites looking for awesome clothing for my boys, the only thing is i can’t seem to find anything for Tristan who is 6 years old, is this a gap in the market? or am i not looking hard enough?

Would love to hear from you, and what you think about online shopping and if you know of any cool stores for older kids.