Fresh off my easel

This is a recent drawing that I finished. I used charcoal pencil and pastels on white cartridge paper. Size of the drawing is A1. #keamomlangeniart

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Say CHEESE!!! Fun family photo shoot.

Our family did a photo shoot with Belinda Botha Photography and the pictures came out perfectly. It’s really great how she was able to capture our family – I’m very happy with the results. I can’t stop beaming at all these shots. I’ve posted some of my favourites here.

Family photo shoots are fun. It’s great to dress up and strike a pose with your loved ones. You create memories that you can come back to over and over again. Once you have the photos there are so many things you can do with them. As a social media fanatic, I love sharing pictures of my family – my people are awesome.  You can document how your children are growing.

I’m going to be creating a photo coffee table book out of all these images, like an annual family year book.

Family photo shoot
Family photo shoot
Family photo shoot
Family photo shoot
Family fun
Family fun

What I learned from a week of daily photos

So I began taking daily photos of myself and posting them on Facebook and Whatsapp for the past week. What an emotional roller coaster it’s been. Here’s what I’ve learned about putting yourself out there:

#MondayBlues

My hat and colour coordination caused a stir…I realised I have my own kind of style that the world sometimes doesn’t get. Oh well, this is me channeling my inner-Rihanna! These red shoes make me feel great when I’m wearing them.

#MondayBlues
#MondayBlues

#BlackChooseDay

This was a fun play on facial expressions. I’m rocking my natural ponytail with nerdy glasses.

#BlackChooseDayTuesday
#BlackChooseDayTuesday

#SparklyWednesday

Boy did these sparkly shoes cause a stir, something else that I like that the world doesn’t get. These shoes light up my world 🙂

#SparklyWednesday
#SparklyWednesday

#FormalThursday

This look was a hit with the masses. The hairstyle reminded me of my high school days.

#FormalThursday
#FormalThursday

#CamouEasyFriday

These pants are a great discovery, they fit well. Comfort and style – two birds with one stone!

#CamouEasyFridays
#CamouEasyFridays

#DivaSaturday

Since my weekends are spent mostly with my kids, decided to throw in a #MommySelfie in the mix. Still love this lip colour.

#DivaSaturday
#DivaSaturday

 

#KiddieSunday

Closed the week off shining the light on my Divas! They do it better than Mommy.

#KiddieSunday
#KiddieSunday

 

This was fun…should I continue taking pictures for the month? What do you think?

Weekend Update: We had visitors and it was GREAT!

Welcome
Welcome

Yesterday I spoke about the happy vibes I’m feeling lately. Think my weekend contributed to this surge of happiness I’m feeling. I had the ladies from my church group over for lunch and drinks on Saturday, which turned out to be a great gathering. The thought of having people come over meant I cleaned the house more efficiently and put little welcoming touches. I would like to continue doing this even when I don’t have visitors because it puts a lovely atmosphere to our home. My nieces also came over which meant my kids had playmates for the whole weekend, a rare occurrence. It was great seeing them bond albeit the many squabbles we had to intervene in.

Sunday was mostly spent at church, at a fundraising conference. Nothing like praying ladies to get you uplifted. One of my sweet friends baked cookies for my family, which was a great treat after a busy weekend.

I realised I love having people over and playing hostess. I should do this more often.

How about you? How was your weekend?

Book Review: Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae

Desperate: Hope for the mom who needs to breathe
Desperate: Hope for the mom who needs to breathe

Just finished re-reading Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae. This is a great book for any mother who’s ever felt like they’re failing their children. Like I mentioned in my Ode to Motherhood post, there’s so much riding on mothers. So many voices telling you what you should do. Desperate helps you navigate finding your voice as a mother, defining how you want to be present in the lives of your children and aligning that to what God intended with motherhood. It teaches you how to build a support network, create beauty in your life and enjoy your children!

Weekend Update – Restoration

Restored
Restored

I was feeling so weary before Mother’s Day, I guess the toll of waking up early and braving the cold were getting to me. However, my weekend restored me. I got in a little pampering to awaken my girly side – nothing like pink toe nails to get a girl smiling. I went to see my little sisters; one of them hadn’t been feeling well. My kids tagged along and put in some aunt time.

Mother’s Day was mostly spent at church, just what my mommy soul was looking for. It started off with Mr Man making breakfast 🙂 for Mother’s Day…then we had load shedding, mid-preparation of lunch. The sermon at church spoke to my heart, reminding me what a precious calling being a mother is. So I’ve resolved to get back on the mommy bandwagon and find ways to bring beauty in with mini-breaks along this journey so that I don’t find myself on the dark side too many times. We still have tantrums and run-ins with the divas but I’m praying for patience and appreciation for my family.

My two-year old got to bond with her cousin, giggling and fighting after weeks of not seeing each other. My oldest spent the night at her grams with her aunties. We were all reunited Sunday night with a movie. I finished the day off with some ironing done for the week.

This week I feel more loving. Totally restored!

Wishing you a great week ahead 🙂