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the multitasker

The first time I met Kathryn Rossiter from the blog Becoming You was at a blogger get together where she boldly came up to me and introduced herself. Turns out we actually went to the same high school. I don’t remember this, but I also don’t remember some of the people in my own class, so no biggie. Then we bumped into each other many times after that, at many launches, getting to know each other a little more. Kathryn has three kids – Ben (6), Abi (3) and Becoming You (her blog, her baby!). She blogs to remind herself that she is more than ‘just someone’s mom’, which we can 100% identify with. Her husband, Brad, is Area Manager for Seattle Coffee Co and they met on a blind date! Kathryn loves God, chocolate, travelling, photography, blogging, good food, shabby chic interiors, beauty products, movies, wine, Amarula, spending time with her girlfriends and dancing to cheesy music. Here she shares her juggling act…

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— Liza

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the momtrepreneur

The creative genius behind the cutest onesies and baby accessories (Basic Beings), Sally Rodrigues is a woman with tons of great ideas – she’s a thinker, an over analyser of life, a complete creator. She absolutely couldn’t give up cappucinos or dark chocolate and she’s at her happiest when surrounded by friends, laughter and nature. Together with her husband, Miguel, who is a project manager for the Rabie Property Group, they have a beautiful six-year-old daughter, Isla, as well as Sassy the Jack Russell and Tinks the kitten. Whenever we meet Sally for coffee, we always ensure we take pen and paper along so we can scribble down all the creative ideas and people she speaks of.

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— Liza

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the beauty queen

Lynette Botha is ELLE magazine’s Beauty Editor, as well as a freelance writer. Her two daughters are the same age as Emily’s two and they were both pregnant at the same time, twice. Chloe is 21 months and Coco is 4 months. Lynette is also step-mom to 19-year-old Connor. Her husband Luke works as a Sales and Marketing manager in food imports and they both dream of selling everything and moving to The Seychelles.

Here Lynette gives us a little insight into her own brand of chaos!

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— Emily

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the breadwinner turned breadmaker

This week, meet Matt Allison – a work-from-home-Dad who left his career in the music industry to spend more time with his family, taking up the role of primary caregiver. When he’s not fetching and carrying the kids he’s growing and preparing home cooked meals and writing for various publications about decor, design, food and parenting with a sustainable edge. His wife, Kathy, is an accountant. Together they have two gorgeous kids, Nathan, 3, and Olivia, 10 months.

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— Liza

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2 under 2 is no walk in the park

Hello, my name is Emily! By now, most of you know that Liza and I run this blog together, as well as our writing and editing company, Copy Ink. My husband, Ryan, is a PPC Campaign Manager and we have 2 kids under 2 years old (!) – Willow, who’ll be turning 2 in a few weeks and James who’ll be four months on Thursday. We also have a long-suffering staffie called Zula who used to be our only baby, shame!

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— Emily

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everyday i’m juggling

Welcome to a new series that we’ve been wanting to do for a very long time… We’re calling it The Parenting Juggle. Because we both work from home, run our own business and the blog, look after our kids, attend meetings and functions etc etc, we’ve always wondered how other parents juggle it all and if they’re similar to us? The interesting thing about this parenting gig is that we’re all different… some of us work for ourselves, some work half days, some work full days along with an extra part time gig, some don’t work, some are single parents.

Parenting is no mean feat. It’s the hardest job in the world, but also the most rewarding. And there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re alone when it comes to raising your kids. We are going to share with you how we juggle it all, and we’ll be interviewing a whole host of moms (and dads!) who’ll be sharing their stories too. Our aim is to create a community of parents that are honest and real about the daily juggle. Some days it’s easy, some days it’s most certainly not. We want all parents to know that no matter what, they’re doing a good job.

So to kick it off, here is the first interview… with me. Emily will share her story next week.

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— Liza

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