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Meet the Mommy [Week 10] – Venean

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 (short, because for moms the time struggle is real yo!). Here we’ll get to “meet” different mommies, and find out a little about them.

This week we meet mommy blogger Venean. We haven’t had a chance to meet yet, but we’ve been following each other’s blogs for a while now, and it’s lovely featuring her here today.

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

So weird to talk about myself; when Charlene asked me if I would like to be featured, I was first flattered and then scared. How do people write about themselves, I thought? Okay, so I am a mom. That word defines a lot of things about me, but is not completely inclusive. I work a full time job, am a wife to a gamer husband. My two blessings that make me a mother are Emilie who has just turned 11, and Daniel my 11 month old baby. When I am not moming, working and wife-ing I try to Vee. By this I mean just be a person without – I do this by blogging about all the things I am to maintain my reflective-ness. I watch a lot of series and read too much. I am pretty outgoing, although in winter time I hibernate. A LOT.

Meet Mommy Venean

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

This is a no-brainer for me. BALANCE! Finding a balance is so hard – and then when you find your groove, Murphy throws extra work at you, a function, a sickness, or a sick child, and you have to start finding that balance from scratch again. Also just carving out time for me and things that I like doing for myself. It’s sometimes so difficult to make time for you when everyone else’s needs seem so much more important. They aren’t… But then to remember that.

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?

Living my life over. Seeing things through the eyes of my children, when they see things for the very first time. It’s amazing, and such a blessing.

Meet Mommy Venean

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?

Forgive yourself! I have spent so much time beating myself up for not being good enough, or not doing enough, when in actual fact the only one expecting me to be a superhero mom was me (and my kids think I am a superhero – but according to their standards, not mine).

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

Funny mom moments are so difficult because most of them are only funny afterward! And honestly so embarrassing. But I am at a stage in my life when I really do enjoy my children whether it be from the know-it-all preteen Emilie, or from my newly discovering toddler. Ian and I are always laughing at things they are discovering and doing. We try to be really relaxed.

Meet Mommy Venean

6. Please tell us where we can find you online

Blog: In The Meantime
Facebook: www.facebook.com/inmymeantime
Instagram: www.instagram.com/veneanbosch
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bosch_venean

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

Meet the Mommy [Week 9] – Charlene

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 (short, because for moms, the time struggle is real yo!). Here we’ll get to “meet” different mommies, and find out a little about them.

This week we meet mommy blogger (and my curly hair + name twin 😊), Charlene from Pretty Please Charlie. I’ve been a fan of Charlene’s blog for a few years now, so I’m really excited about featuring her on mine today.

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

My name is Charlene and I am an almost 40 year old dog-loving, wine drinking, chocolate eating, technologically impaired Capetonian. My husband and I have been married for 8 years and we have a 6 year old little girl. I work full time and after hours (or when the boss isn’t looking) I blog about beauty, parenting and lifestyle. My family and friends are my everything. And the older I get, the more I realise that my life would mean nothing without them. I also love rock music, tattoos, sushi, watching Friends, singing in the car and lately I’ve developed a tiny (read: huge) crush on Ed Sheeran.

Meet Mommy - Charlene

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

Time. Oh my word. There are not enough hours in the day. Between my 8 to 5, blogging, cooking, cleaning, (trying my best at) being an attentive wife and a devoted mother, I struggle to keep all the balls in the air. I tend to drop one now and then.

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?

That’s easy. When Cara puts her hands on my cheeks, looks me straight in the eye and says ‘I love you to the moon and back’. Then I know I’m doing something right.

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?

Listen to all the advice, but, in the end, do what your gut tells you. And be kind to yourself! You are a better mom than you think. Oh, and white Dove bar soap does wonders for cradle cap. 😉

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

The first one that comes to mind, is when Cara decided that the best time to have a wee was while we were posing for a newborn shoot. She was wearing her ‘birthday suit’ and I was drenched. It made for a funny photo though.

6. Please tell us where we can find you online

Blog: Pretty Please Charlie
Twitter: MsCharlieW
Instagram: pretty_please_charlie
Facebook: Pretty Please Charlie

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

Meet the Mommy [Week 6] – Mira

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 another mommy blogger, Mira. Mira blogs about mom life, travel, great food, and events. I’m so happy to feature her here today. 🙂

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

I am Mira Naidu, a Real Life Mum. I have an Honours degree in Supply chain management and currently working in the telecommunications industry. I am a first time mum to Keshav who is now 16 months old. We love the outdoors, travel and holidays.

Meet mommy - Mira

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

The most challenging thing being a working mum, is finding the work-home balance. There are not enough hours in a day, and just so much to do. I look forward to the weekend where I usually plan some downtime.

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 favourite thing about being a mum is watching my son learn and grow. He loves the outdoors and we try to take him outdoors to let him use up all his energy.

Meet mommy - Mira

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?

Take one day at a time. Initially I was so overwhelmed by the responsibilities and how my life changed, but it gets easier with time.

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

I have had my fair share of funny moments with my son, he always makes us smile. He loves playing with bigger kids, and I find it funny when we are out there on the field and he approaches the kids saying hi and waving. It’s the cutest thing.

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

My blog: Real Life Mum, and Facebook.

Meet mommy - Mira

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