Friday, 5 December 2014

Psalm 127:3-5 Baby Shower

 
Last month I organised a baby shower for a sweet friend from church. At the time I was reading 20 kids and counting book and Psalm 127:3-5 is one of  Michelle Duggar's favourite Bible verses. 
So it just clicked. I chose that verse as the party theme.
 
I'm sharing with you a quick blog post with some pictures from the party.
 Sorry for the phone pictures,the quality is not that great, my camera is still dead.
 

I was looking to print and frame the verse but because of the size of the print it was a little over my budget so I just DIY-ed it...is that a ..word?
 Anyway , I painted  a sheet of metal with chalk paint and wrote the verse using chalk markers.


        Being November...I  used Autumn colours and some woodsy decor things.


                         For the banner I used some burlap fabric, twine, small pegs and a marker.


   Everyone brought a plate of /desert and we managed to surprise the mum to be.
  She already welcomed her blessing!
 Congratulations sweet mama!

Thank you for reading!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

MOM'S SURVIVAL TIPS - for the holiday season ...for life!

 Holiday season gets very busy for everyone, especially for moms.
I put together some tips that helps me put everything in perspective and prioritise what is important for me , to enjoy life really..not just the season, with my dear ones with no  minimum stress .

Plan it. Set  goals for yourself. For your day or week. Long term or short term goals.
I like making lists, organise/plan the next day on paper but most of the time in my head. If I don't have some kind of plan for the next day , it tends to be a hectic day. I plan the meals I'm going to cook, the activities I will do with my girls or things around the house that needed to be done. Plan it, pray about it and then give your day to God. I almost never cross everything off my list the next day, but it helps me to keep it together :).


Here we went to visit Coombe Abbey...it was beautiful and so romantic...and best of all...free! :)

Make time for your spouse. I can not stress enough about this. Put time aside and go out on date night or just for a walk. Have a date night at home, you don't have to spend a lot of money, you just need to be intentional about it and make time for it.



Make time for you. Friday night I take a few hours for myself and have a SPA night at home.It's my time to relax and recharge for the weekend. A good book or a great blog post to read and a cup of coffee does it for me.

Do not compare yourself to others. Be grateful and happy with who you are and what you have. Comparison is the thief of Joy. Appreciate this and now and don't wish your time away dreaming of better days. Live your life to the fullest as it is.

You don't have to do it all. I know I said to plan it all, but it is to help you and give you some kind of structure to your day not to stress over it. Do what you can and prioritise things. Don't sacrifice your time with your kids or your husband over a clean house or a project. Sit down and play, your dirty floor and dirty dishes will still be there.

If you have other tips please feel free to share them in the comments sections below.
Thank you for reading. I hope it was useful.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

My Beauty Must-Haves - skin care

When it comes to beauty, I'm not very complicated. I wish I had some sort of fancy skin care routine because It’ll probably save me a whole lot of wrinkles  in a few years, but I’m also kind of lazy and always in a hurry in the morning and can’t handle more than five or ten minutes in front of the mirror  with my routine.
I DO NOT have perfect skin, it might look like I do in pictures but I don't.
I have tried lots of different things so far, but for about a year this is what I use, this is what works for me right now.
 
My skin type is...well...complicated, let's just go with dry/normal skin with occasional breakouts.


                                                                       

Today I'm sharing my daily skin care routine.
 I used the same three products morning and night.
The Body Shop vitamin C micrdermabrasion  I only use once a week, but I included it because it made such a big difference for my skin.
 
 During the last pregnancy I had really bad hormonal acnee.  I  could not use any of my regular acnee products  because of the Salicylic acid and other ingredients that is best to avoid during pregnancy, so I went with a more natural approach: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil. It's not amazing but it does the job. I like it that it doesn't dry out my skin. 
I started using Dove soap one night because I ran out of my regular make-up remover and loved it ever since.  This combination of products really helped me with my acnee and scarring. 
 
The vitamin E face cream is just amazing! IN LOVE WITH IT! It's light but very moisturising! I just wish it would have a higher SPF. The vitamin C face cream from the Body Shop has SPF 30 but its too heavy for my skin, I like this one better. By the way, this is not a sponsored post by the Body Shop,( I wish)  just my honest opinion. :)
 
I will share my make-up must haves in a different post, so if you care to read that, please come back.
Thank you for reading.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

LIFE LATELY...ACCORDING TO MY PHONE PICTURES.

Life has been quite fun lately. Hard. But FUN!
I think I had a routine down now, the colic stage is gone and little brother is doing great!
 Growing by the minute! We have fallen in love with his cheeky smile. The sweetest thing!
 
I'm sharing some phone pictures from our life lately, scroll down if you want to see.
Warning, this post is picture heavy! :)

 
 





                                                          
                                                  *back to school/preschool








                                                            
                                                              *my birthday gift


 
                                                 *multitasking :) I got this haha





                                                                  In love .            


 


                       All dressed up for the Children's fancy dress Praise Party at church.




Wednesday, 8 October 2014

WIWW - postpartum edition

Getting back in to non maternity clothes was and still is quite a challenge.
None fit right.
Now, being in this situation for the third time I have some a great tip for you : High rise jeans ladies! Love them. Best buy ever! And high rise skirts too!
 
Sorry for the iphone picture, it was an unplanned photo shoot :) I've been MIA for so long and I just used up all my excuses...so here I am. In all my postpartum glory!:)


 shirt: Gap
Skirt: H&M
Boots : Graceland
 

 
Linking up with all the other lovely ladies over at The Pleated Poppy blog.

Friday, 29 August 2014

God is good. Our baby boy is here!

 On 15 of August we meet our baby boy Alex Noah.
 He was born at 10:04 and he weighted 3.480 kg. We are so grateful and filled with  so much joy to finally be able to hold him. He is a perfect little healthy boy! 


 
I had him by Cesarean, I delivered all my three babies by a c-section ( you can read the reason for Cesarean here)  and everything went well and I am now slowly recovering.
We were so blessed to have some wonderful ladies from church cook for us for the first week and a half. It was fantastic not having to worry about cooking.
We love our church!  We now have my sisters in law here helping me with the school runs, as the girls went back to school/preschool.
The girls are so excited about having a baby brother.
Emma prayed for him even before we decided on baby no three.
They love to help mommy and give him kisses and hugs. They are great big sisters.
 


                          I think this must be one of my favourite picture ever! My heart is so full!


                                                                   Our sweet little baby!

 

For this child I prayed; and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of him.
1 Samuel 1:27


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Letter to my son.

 
 
 
Tomorrow is the big day.
Tomorrow we meet for the very first time.
 Tomorrow I get to hold you.
 
I, your daddy and sisters loved and prayed for you even before God sent you to us.
You are a blessing and a joy !
 
I pray, I don't  take it for granted that you are here with us and that we are privileged, oh so very much so, that you are our child, our son. I can't wait to watch you giggle and grow and just be.
 
As you come into this world I pray you will live, live a full life. Serving courageously your maker, our Lord. That you seek to please Him and not the world.
 
And my son, when you fall, my arms and Gods grace will be right there to pick you up.
He will always be with you and as far as you look to him first and always, you will be in the arms of the one who holds the world in his hands.
 
Your name will be Alex (Defender of men) Noah (Rest, Comfort). 
He already knows so much about you that we now can only wonder about.
 I love you. God loves you more.