Meet the Mommy [Week 5] – Namreen

Meet mommy - Namreen

A while back I was thinking about how all the moms I know are different in many ways – be it their parenting style, or whether they go to work, stay at home, or work from home. Some have one little person, while others have three or four. Some of our babies began their journey inside us learning the sound of our heartbeat, whilst some began in another only to meet us later and hold our hearts forever. Whatever the differences in how we became moms, how we parent… Being a mom, plus ALL that comes with it, is what we all have in common.

And that’s how I came up with the idea for this feature – a short interview (short, because for moms, the time struggle is real yo!) with regular moms like you and I. Here we’ll get to “meet” different mommies, and find out a little about them.

This week we meet mommy blogger, Namreen. Whether it’s posts about mom life, or personal style, I always enjoy reading what Namreen writes. I’m so happy to feature her here today. 🙂

1. Please tell us a little – or a lot (we like details) – about yourself. 

Strangely enough, I struggled to answer this question the most. I have many roles and functions… I’m a stay at home mom with two teens and an almost 8 year old, I’ve been a wife for the past 16 years; a sister for forever, and I’m a full time daughter and occasional blogger/writer. I used to love baking, but right now it just feels like a chore amongst the other chores… But I feel like those things don’t properly define who I am; and who I am is constantly evolving as I journey through life. At various times I identified more strongly with one of the above mentioned roles; but now I feel like I can proudly say that I’m just Namreen, journeying through life with my kids, husband, siblings and parents by my side ❤️. I think I’m very traditional in my values and family is everything!  

Meet mommy - Namreen

2. What’s the one thing you find most challenging about being a working / stay at home mom? 

I’m a stay at home mom, and in the beginning the hardest part for me was forging my own identity. I didn’t have a career or identity other than being a mom. Right now though, I think the hardest part is finding a balance between being my own person, while still effectively fulfilling my duties and responsibilities. And generally feeling like I’m falling short and not able to give each child the undivided attention that they need. The afternoons are particularly nightmarish and sometimes I feel like there’s always one person getting the short end of the stick. I guess I sometimes feel that time is short and I worry that I’m not the kind of mom I want to be. 

3. We all know there are challenging moments – moments which call for chocolate, or wine (or both), to soothe those mommy nerves… Forgetting all that though, what is your absolute favourite thing about being a mom? 

Oh gosh… there’s so many! But my absolute favourite thing would be if we’ve discovered a new life lesson together, or if I was part of them evolving as a person. I also particularly love the moments when we’re all piled up on the bed or engaging in some fun family activity. We can be proper fools sometimes and I love that we can laugh at each other and with each other. 

Meet mommy - Namreen

4. From the experience you’ve gained since becoming a parent, what is a pretty cool piece of advice you would give to other moms?

This is a tough one because it’s a topic I’m quite passionate about so it’s hard to choose just one thing! I guess if I should choose, then one thing then I’d say that kids require most is parents who are present…and not just physically, but emotionally connected to them. And sometimes that task gets harder as they get older, but that’s when they need it most! 

5. Share with us one of the funniest moments you’ve had since becoming a mom.

Parenting is no joke!!! LOL…Jokes! I can’t think of anything that stands out as particularly funny. I do, however, find it amusing that people ALWAYS ask me if I’m my children’s sister. In the shopping mall or the ER; I ALWAYS get asked it and I kind of like it!  

Meet mommy - Namreen

6. Please tell us where we can find you online. 

My blog is Life and Times of the Fireflies, and I can be found on Facebook under that name. On Instagram I can be found at @namreensonday and I’m on Twitter as @220779 (don’t even ask how I got that handle!)

Meet mommy - Namreen

Thank you Namreen for giving us a glimpse into your life as a big sis mom. 😉

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Tammymum

Meet the Mommy – Melissa

A while back I was thinking about how all the moms I know are different in many ways – be it their parenting style, or whether they go to work, stay at home, or work from home. Some have one little person, while others have three or four. Some of our babies began their journey inside us learning the sound of our heartbeat, whilst some began in another only to meet us later and hold our hearts forever. Whatever the differences in how we became moms, how we parent… Being a mom, plus ALL that comes with it, is what we all have in common.

And that’s how I came up with the idea for this feature – a short interview with regular moms like you and I. Here we’ll get to “meet” different mommies, and find out a little about them.

This week we meet Melissa, our second mommy blogger in the series. Melissa is such a lovely lady, and I was so happy to meet her at the recent Jozi meetup. And it’s a pleasure to feature her here today.

1. Please tell us a little – or a lot (we like details) – about yourself? 

I’m a journalist by day (well, currently doing PR) and a blogger by night. I’m a mother of a 17 month old daughter and my step-daughter is 22, living in Cape Town as a Chef de partie. Married to a music composer, my life is filled with toys, Tupperware, and music instruments laying around on the floor. I’m the first one to hear my husband’s creations. I find myself falling asleep when I put my youngest to bed. Husband will be working through the night on his music. I have to mention that Husband is normally the one who changes Princess’ nappies and who dresses her in the morning. He does it in a fun way – I always hear her laughing. My favourite food to cook is lentils. We enjoy travelling long distances with the car – my parents and other family live in other provinces.

Meet mommy - Melissa

2. What’s the one thing you find most challenging about being a working / stay at home mom?

I find it hard to work on my blog or to type anything at home, because my daughter stands on her toes and presses on the keyboard. I also find it hard to discipline my child. To her, “no” means “let’s go there and do the opposite of what mommy says”. She has a happy go lucky spirit, so how can you get angry at her? 

3. We all know there are challenging moments – moments which call for chocolate, or wine (or both), to soothe those mommy nerves… Forgetting all that though, what is your absolute favourite thing about being a mom? 

My child hugging my legs when I am busy doing the washing or the dishes. Just kissing her, and her smile, makes me happy. 

Meet mommy - Melissa

4. From the experience you’ve gained since becoming a parent, what is a pretty cool piece of advice you would give to other moms?  

I realised that my family members won’t tell me I’m doing a good job – so I have to remind myself of the little things I did to be a good parent. I don’t take for granted that my child eats vegetables daily, and you know there’s other small decisions you make that you will feel are best for your child. Remember, you are a good mother, because your child is smiling at you and loves you. You are good enough for your child. My mom used to say, “a mother is the light of the house” so remind yourself you are that light.
5. Share with us one of the funniest moments you’ve had since becoming a mom.

I seriously can’t think of any funny moments, but my child who is 17 months old started biting her dad and I two months ago. She would bite our thighs while standing in between our legs, or shoulders if you are carrying her. It’s annoying and makes a person nervous. We say “no” but she finds it funny. 

Meet mommy - Melissa

6. Please tell us where we can find you online.

Blog: Mel’s Postbox

Twitter: @melissa_nel

 

Thank you Melissa for giving us a glimpse into your life as a mom. 🙂

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Tammymum

#WellnessWithZando – Encouraging a healthy lifestyle

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If ever there was an excited little person, it was Zee yesterday (and in the days leading up to yesterday)! A little background: The WellnessWithZando event was scheduled for a week day. It was also the same day that Shawn was attending a full day work event. That meant I could only attend, if Zee could come with. When Lee-ann (who, btw, is the best) from Zando said Zee was welcome to attend, my little girl literally jumped for joy. “Mommy, I’m going to my first blogger event!” 😀

Here she is all warm and ready for #WellnessWithZando. Just look at that excited little face!

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Wellness Warehouse and Zando have teamed up to emphasise the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This #WellnessWithZando event saw three speakers – Louise Pitot (eating psychology coach), Stefan Potgieter (CEO Fuel Foods), and Mark Wolff (endurance athlete) – educate us on nutrition and fitness.

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The relaxed setting at Wellness Warehouse gave us a proper chance to meet some really lovely bloggers. NeetaZamaTebogoSarahZoeBronwynSamantha – ladies, it was great fun chatting, laughing, and trying out the yummy food and drinks with you! Zee thought you were pretty cool too. 🙂

It was so much fun at our table, I almost missed the chance to have a massage! Two amazing therapists from Rain Africa were there, and the magic in their hands and in those oils was real. I wish that neck and shoulder massage could’ve gone on for an hour or two!

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I also had a bit of a fangirl/nerd moment when I met fashion/lifestyle blogger Jade. She’d come from Cape Town with Lee-Ann, as she handles social media for Zando. I’ve followed her blog for years, her pics are always so gorgeous, and she’s just as stunning in reality… so of course, I had to be all weird and like tell her this when I met her. 🙈

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There were of course great goody bags too, but I’ll let Zee tell you more about that. Naturally that’s happening over on YouTube. 😀

I hope you enjoy the video!