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a mom daughter date

It was school holidays last week and although Emily and I have so much work, I decided I had to take some time out to spend a special day with Bailey, just the two of us. She has been unusually needy lately and I feel like I’ve neglected her a little bit – probably due to the amount of stuff going on with work and everything else. There is no guilt like mom guilt so I’m glad we got to have our special day, it made a big difference. She was delighted to have my undivided attention.

First stop, some I Heart Vintage deliveries then to Bread, Milk & Honey for coffee and hot chocolate. We took Bailey’s hot chocolate away in a take away cup and she was so excited that ‘people will think I’m drinking coffee and I’m only five!’. The rest of the morning we spent exploring at the museum. It was Bailey’s first trip to the museum and she loved it. I thought she’d be blown away by the enormous whale skeleton but she was more intrigued by the taxidermy bears and ‘reindeer’ that we spotted through a small glass partition of a locked room. Too funny. We also watched a show at the Planetarium and I got reprimanded by the man in charge for taking my phone out my bag to snap a pic of the fancy machinery (name?) – in front of everyone. Blind. After the show we checked out the reptiles and mammals, did some colouring in in the activity room and then headed to the Waterfront for some shopping and lunch. I hinted that sushi would be nice for me (Willoughby forever!) and Bailey could have a plate of hot chips. But she was having none of that. It had to be spaghetti bolognese. So we ended up at San Marco with all the tourists and shared a bowl of overpriced pasta. Last stop, Charly’s Bakery for a fancy iced biscuit. Bailey picked a girl covered in pink and purple icing. Five minutes later she dropped it on the floor and it broke into pieces. But I reassured her it would get mushed up in her mouth anyway, so there were no tears.

day out

day out

day out

day out

day out

day out

day out

day out

day out

What a lovely day, lots of fun and cultural too. When the weather’s a little better – we picked a rather chilly day – I’d love to spend some more time in the Company’s Garden. It’s just too beautiful not to appreciate more often.

— Liza

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the mammoth multitasker

Nadine Bowley is an art and drama teacher at Amanzimtoti Primary School, she’s been married to her high-school sweetheart, Gareth, for 18 years now. Gareth leads Oasis Church and together they have four of the most gorgeous, delightful children you’ve ever met. And I am allowed to say that because Nadine is my sister and these four children are my nieces and nephews. I became an aunty for the first time when Hope was born. She’s now 14 (!), then there’s Samuel (12), Luke (10) and Alexandra (7). Nadine always wanted four children and loves being a mom. She also loves creativity and art and has too many hobbies but not enough time. Being a neat freak, an art teacher and the mother of four has its moments. Read on to see how she manages her daily juggle… 

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— Liza

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