Meet the Mommy – Carly

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 – an 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 Carly, our first mommy blogger in this Meet the Mommy series. I’ve been following Carly’s blog for a while now, and I especially love her sense of humor which comes through in her posts. I recently had the chance to meet her in person, at the #JoziMeetup mommy bloggers event, and I’m so happy to feature her here today.

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

I’m at 35 year old married stay-at-home mom of 2 little girls, 2 cats and 2 birds. I’m originally from Zimbabwe (my heart home). I lived in the UK for 10 years where I met my South African husband. We moved back to Africa after we got married, and started our family here. Our girls were born in Zimbabwe, and shortly after my youngest was born we moved to SA. We move a lot due to the nature of the industry my husband works in (Construction) and I’m slowly ticking off the SA provinces I’ve lived in the past four years: Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Northern Cape, and the Free State. I love living in Africa, I am most definitely, a child of Africa. I have also had both hips replaced, nearly two years ago now – best thing I ever did. I am also a huge fan of Grey’s Anatomy and … surprise surprise … Wine! In my spare time (don’t laugh) I do a bit of freelance copy-editing and proofreading. I think that covers almost everything. Maybe a little too much information.

Meet mommy - Carly

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 for now, I’m waiting for my SA Resident Permit to come through (nearly 2 years waiting now) and then I might consider going back to work part-time, unless my blog takes off and earns me a tonne of cash. I love being available for my kids and family whenever they need me, but it can be quite a lonely life. Contrary to popular belief, us SAHMs don’t actually spend all day gyming, shopping or getting our nails and hair done.

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?

The absolute trust and belief in me that my kids have. They truly believe I can do almost anything they need, except open the over-tight soda bottles. It’s a huge responsibility to live up to but very humbling.

Meet mommy - Carly

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?

Don’t judge – I’m guessing that’s not cool, but you really shouldn’t judge unless you have all the facts (I think it’s actually very cool, quite brilliant advice Carly). Or if you do, keep it to yourself. I found a cool quote the other day that I had to share on my Instagram – it goes like this:

“Don’t judge people for the choices they make, when you don’t know the options they had to choose from.”

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

My kids amuse me constantly. I think it’s especially funny when I hear them repeating my words to each other, scary too. I do put a lot of it up on my blog, but the best that stands out for me wasn’t something they said, it was something they did. We were in the Drakensburg and had spent the day busy doing Zip-Lining and exploring the area. When we got back to the lodge we were staying in, my husband and I were busy unpacking the car and the kids ran ahead of us to the kitchen, absolutely dying of thirst (apparently).  A few minutes later my husband and I walked in to find the eldest daughter on her hands and knees in front of the fridge, with the younger one standing on her back to reach the juice on the higher shelf. It was so funny and clever at the same time, and they were so proud of themselves. I did take a picture of them (ever speedy with my camera phone) and it’s the best example of “Team Crawford” to date.

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

I’m on my blog, obviously: Mom Of Two Little Girls

Twitter: @momof2lgs

Instagram: @momoftwolittlegirls

Pinterest: momoftwolittleg

Google+: Mom Of Two Little Girls

Meet mommy - Carly

Thank you Carly for giving us a glimpse into your life as mom of two little girls. 🙂

Faircity Hotel Roodevallei

The long weekends in April and May, whilst AWESOME and much needed, made it difficult for some of us to adjust to regular school/work weeks after… Almost two weeks in, and I was still walking around like, “what day is it even?” 😕 (This also explains the delayed timing of this post.) During one of those long weekends, we stayed a night at Faircity Hotel Roodevallei.

The Faircity Roodevallei lies on the banks of the Pienaar’s River in Pretoria, surrounded by a nature reserve and a bird sanctuary. The hotel offers a relaxed bush setting within easy reach of Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport, complete with thatched roofs for a true African feel.

Friendly, efficient staff

Excellent service starts right at the front gate, where we were greeted with a friendly smile by Lucky, and then an equally warm welcome from Elvis at the second gate before heading inside. We were assisted at reception by Junior. He kindly offered to walk with us to two different rooms, so we could have a look inside, and decide on which one we preferred. The hotel has a bit of a resort feel – a walk outside to get to the rooms, swimming pools on the very large property, grassy areas with jumping castles for the kids to play on. We opted for a riverside room, with two double beds.

The room

The room we stayed in is spacious enough for a family of three like ours, or four. The beds make for a comfortable night’s rest. The bathroom is big, with a separate bathtub and shower. There’s a faux balcony – you can open the sliding door, but you’re not actually stepping outside. The only complaint about the room (and it is a small one) is that the water in the bathroom takes a pretty long time to heat up.

The food

We did the buffet dinner at their restaurant that night. There were the usual options – curry, roasts, etc. The food was okay, nothing special, and being tired and hungry after a long day I didn’t take any photos. Breakfast the next morning was great. The lady cooking the eggs was lovely, and giggled when I told her I didn’t want much in my omelette, but I did need loads of cheese. I apologize for having dug in before taking the photo… I’m one of those people who always wakes up ravenous… Oh, no one else? Just me? Okay. 😋

Overall, Faircity Hotel Roodevallei is great accommodation for when you want to be away from it all for a while. That wasn’t our plan this time, therefore just the one night stay. Rates are pretty reasonable too (we paid just under R1000 for the room with two double beds, AND dinner + breakfast), so definitely worth looking at if you’re heading that way.

Faircity Hotels Roodevallei

Faircity Hotel - reception

Faircity Hotel - Room

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Faircity Hotel - room view

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Faircity Hotel - breakfast

Meet the Mommy – Prakashnie

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 – an interview with regular moms like you and I. Here we’ll get to “meet” different mommies, and find out a little about them.

Today we meet Prakashnie, a good friend, and a great mommy whom I’ve known for just over twenty years.

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

Wow, I haven’t been asked about myself in over 5 years… lol. From the minute everyone found out I was pregnant with my first child they always ask about the kids. Even the guard at school greets Kian with a big, loud “HELLO MR K, HOW ARE YOU TODAY AND HOW ARE YOUR BABY SISTERS”, then I get a soft barely audible “Morning Madam”. I feel like my only identity outside of the work environment is that I am a mom! Okay, so I am a 35 year old working mom with 3 beautiful kids, a 5 year old boy and twin 17 month old girls. I love travelling and spending quality time with my family when I am not feeding my shopping addiction. 🙂

Meet Mommy - Prakashnie

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

My kids are too little at the moment but I am sure the day will come when I have to miss something because I am a working mom…. thankfully that day hasn’t arrived yet. The twins and I even attended Kian’s grandparents picnic cause it looked like so much fun and we didn’t want to miss out.

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 absolute favourite thing about being a mom is knowing that I have been blessed with 3 precious souls who feel that I am the most important person in their lives. My favourite part of the day is arriving home to 3 little faces pushed up against the gate (because they heard the garage door opening) screaming “MUMMY” with the biggest smiles all rushing over to give me hugs and kisses, all piling on my lap at the same time almost dropping me over with excitement. My favourite thing about being a mom is being called mom. 🙂

Meet Mommy - family

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?

My one piece of advice would be never wake a sleeping baby… ever!

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

Oh my word, there are so many. When I told Kiasha she’s my good girl (because she ate her meal all by herself) and she said “I know” without even batting an eye, or when I told Kianna she’s my sweetie pie and she replied “No, I’m cutie pie”. At the tender age of 1 when the random words are turning into really cute sentences… it just melts my heart.

Meet Mommy - twincess

Thank you Prakashnie, for giving us a glimpse into your life as a mommy. ❤