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Weekend Crush – The Knit Dress

March 18, 2017

When Jennifer Lopez recently stepped out on a date night with bae, wearing nothing but a teeny tiny knit dress, the internet once again went crazy. I can only assume the uproar had less to do with the dress and more with her confidence showing off her beautifully toned legs and how youthful she remains even for her age at only 47 years young.

Fabmom believes that we are all merely as old as we feel and this is most likely one of the reasons I have always loved Jenny from the block. She has style, is fearless and unashamed and she pours her heart into everything she does, including being a mom to her twins.

You would agree with me that being a mom requires us to be able to handle the type of emotional demand that money and fame cannot buy. So for a moment appreciate all fabulous moms and draw inspiration from that there really is nothing stopping you living your ideal life and being your ideal self, when you are bold enough to step out of your own way.

Of cause this would not be a complete Fabmom post, without a dash of fabspiration helping you along the way.

So be fearless and rock the timeless knit dress this autumn.

 

It’s comfy and you can easily wear it with sneakers

 

With thigh high boots

 

Ankle Boots

 

 

A hat adds the extra appeal to the knitted look

 

And nude heels are always show stoppers

 

 

Get the look at:

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Woolies Online

 

 

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What it’s really like raising three toddlers

January 17, 2017

I hear allot of questions and debate and even fear around whether or not to go for baby #3 while the other two are still so small. As a mom of a 6 year old, a 4 year old and a 3 year old, I agree that these moms have good reason for their uncertainty and their need to be completely sure before taking the giant leap of growing the family tree. And it’s our maternal instinct to always want to reassure these moms that everything is going to be just fine, even at those times when we are not sure of this ourselves.

I therefore also hear many moms urging these parents on to have another baby.  They claim the other two kids will have another ‘friend’ to play with and, my absolute favourite, they will have more kids around to look after them when they’re old and gray.  Maybe these are somewhat true, but they are certainly not the basis on which you should make your decision.

So, here are my ten proven facts of what life is really like with three little ones.

1. You know the phrase that goes something like this: ‘you gotta have hair on your teeth’? Well, with three toddlers this is definitely a requirement. You’ll want to murder them all.the.time! But you don’t, because even though they terrorise the living hell out of you (and each other!), they are the most precious beings to you and you would literally walk over molten lava for them.

2. Everything is a competition. Everything. Which is not a bad thing at all, however it does tend to push you to the edge when the one wants to sing louder than the other, or swim faster, have the last goodnight kiss, when all three compete to sit next to mom, hold mom’s hand in the mall or be the same movie character. Not to mention they all have their own taste in movies, which mean three movies all at once unless your negotiating skills are on point. Which it unfortunately as to be most times. It really is THAT crazy and the only thing keeping you sane is to remind yourself of your unconditional love for them ruckers. #woosah

3. Speaking of keeping sane. You HAVE to make time for just you and hubby at least once a month. This is non-negotiable. If grandma will allow you once a week or you can find a babysitter twice a month then all the better. Raising three toddlers is HARD work and like sponges, they suck every bit of energy from you. All three require individual, undivided attention all day, every day. You may think I’m exaggerating right now, but I’m only giving you the cold hard facts. What keeps me from completely losing my mind is a sunset walk on the beach after work, a Baxter theater show and the occasional Tuesday date night at HQ.

4. Then just when you think your life is about to become a whole lot more peaceful with the firstborn finally outgrowing the tantrums or terrible two’s, the other one starts the exact same sequence, followed by the next. I’m afraid, honey, it doesn’t get easier, you just become better at controlling the situation, your kids and yourself. Which is what makes us moms so fabulous.

5. Going on holiday is not so easy anymore. In my vain attempts to book family holidays, I noticed most places offer free flights and accommodation for two kids under 12. With three kids I still have to pay full price for the third child. Not exactly the end of the world, this only means our plans might be slightly delayed and we’ll have to save up a little longer.

6. School fees and study policies are always quadrupled. So when deciding on baby number 3, think of your career goals and which schools you would like your kids to attend. They may seem like minor details but has the potential to cause serious implications on not only your pocket but also your relationship with your spouse.

7. Everything comes in threes. Clothes, toys, life stages, I love yous – you name it. And bath-time takes forever!

8. Oh, and you’ll sadly have to say goodbye to your beloved 2 door sports car or the 5-seater family sedan for that matter. With you, hubby and three kids, all still in their baby seats, I recommend you find yourself a more reliable 7-seater fast! Although your family of 5 may still easily fit into the 5-seater, it, unfortunately, does not allow any other family members or friends to join in on the ride. Which we discovered is a big problem for us. So 7-seater it is. They are however costly, in value and petrol, so be sure to do your research carefully before deciding on baby number 3.

9. Three is such an uneven number. The buy-one-get-one-free concept means little to nothing to you when you have three little ones. On New year we bought tickets on daddy’s deals for bugs play park  – 2 tickets, including all kiddies rides, for the price of one ticket. Great deal, except we then ended up with one extra ticket we could not use. This is just one example of many, but you get my point. I’m almost tempted to say that having 4 kids instead of 3 may make more sense.

10. You have more kids than hands. Any mom would agree that having just one child is already physically and emotionally demanding. Having three, even more so. Sure your kids have each other to occupy. Until one pisses off the other and then it’s right back to mom and dad to clean up the mess.

I’m sorry I didn’t sugercoat more, but this is reality. MY reality right now. These facts are not meant to scare you, but to prepare you. It’s tough and it’s messy, but at the same time it’s also beautiful to see them grow up together, protective of one another, an unbelievable friendship and an unbreakable bond. Honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing if I could. The truth is you are never going to be ready. You simply have to ask yourself if you are ready to become a stronger version of you, a wiser one, a more tolerant one, grow a bigger heart.

Love,

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Okay South Africa. A mom’s take on RMF Protests.

February 17, 2016

Yes, we all hate what is currently happening at UCT. It sucks, it’s barbaric, it’s absolutely unnecessary violence and vandalism and all of the million other things we can think of or have been calling it and “them.” While paintings are being ripped off the university walls with years of sentiment being burnt to ashes and while our iconic building is being vandalised, we are all (black, white, Indian, coloured, Asian etc.) wondering where our beautiful country is headed and when it will ever stop.

 

But while the country is lashing out, I have silently observed one simple fact – these students are very clearly crying out for help – and like little kids, they are going about it the wrong way. However, what do we do when our little kids are crying out to us for whatever it is they need our help with? We obviously do not condone their tantrums, but we help them anyway.

 
It is time we realise that we are no longer innocent bystanders who gets to be offended by the “baboons” wreaking havoc on our beautiful country. We no longer get to point fingers and pretend how innocent we are in all of this, no matter how innocent we may be. We no longer get to pretend this is not our problem, because quite frankly, it is. Unless you are moving to Australia any time soon, it’s time we get our hands dirty and get to work rebuilding this nation.

 
These students are crying out for help the best way they know how and the more the rest of us tell them how barbaric they are, the louder and messier the tantrum becomes, it’s time we listen to the outcry South Africa. It’s time we teach what we have had the privilege to be taught.

 
You start arguments on the issue and you get offended when someone mentions race. “Because, come on! Who mentioned anything about race in this discussion?” Well, it may not be about race to you South Africa, but it’s all about race to them. Although unreasonable in this day and age, it has become a crutch.

 
Have you noticed, South Africa, that the only people trying to make some kind of sense of this abstract behaviour, are non-white? No, it’s not because of some personal vendetta against whites. Far from it. If you think about it, it’s simply because the only people who have truly lived through “the struggle” are non-white; and though we condone this destructive behaviour probably least of all, we maybe understand most of all why name calling and showing frustration on public platforms is not solving anything. It’s just further fueling this runaway fire.

 
Now, before you shoot me off as being biased or more commonly, racist, I am not pointing a finger at you, white South Africa, I am appealing to you. Maybe even on behalf of these very students trying to break down the barriers, but breaking down historic landmarks and buildings instead, because ‘asking for help’ is synonymous with failure. The truth is, we need you. But more than that, we need to stand together. Only then will true and lasting change come.

 
Imagine the incredible things we can accomplish if only we put our differences aside and focus on moving forward. Imagine what we can achieve as a rainbow nation if only we open our hearts and hear the helpless cries. Our leaders have forsaken us, but we can finish this war with victory.

 
No matter how hard our new democratic is trying to tear us apart, we need to take a stand together. Only then will our beautiful South Africa be the country we all so long for.

 
I am not talking from a political stance, I am writing this letter of appeal from a maternal point of view. We have all had mothers, still have mothers, have been mothers, want to be mothers or are mothers. I think it’s time we take these tantrum throwing kids under our wing and guide them in the right direction. What do you say South Africa?

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Image taken from 2oceansvibe.com

Ubuntu!

 

Entertainment, Lifestyle, Slider

Amazon Family Fun Day @ Ratanga!

March 17, 2015

We decided to take the kids along on Amazon’s annual family day at Ratanga Junction on Sunday, and since I haven’t been there in nearly ten years, I was quite looking forward to it. The theme park has been an integral part of the city’s culture for 17 years, so you can only imagine my disappointment when I spoke to one of the park marshals and  learned that the park will be closing down in the next 5 years.  Somehow I cannot imagine myself driving down the N1 and not see the infamous Cobra sticking it’s head out above the park’s high walls.

Let’s all challenge ourselves to visit the park more regularly from now on. Maybe, just maybe, it saves our beloved park from closing down for good!

On a lighter note, here are just a few of the pics hubby captured while enjoying a fabulous time with the kiddos. Enjoy 🙂

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More pics on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/carmen.marks.52

Ratanga Junction Theme Park allows smart shoppers to SWITCH R86 worth of smart shopper points for a R172 Ratanga Junction Theme Park Full Adventurer Ticket – that’s HALF-PRICE!

Fabmom xx

 

Entertainment, Inspiration, Lifestyle

Bon Voyage!

August 6, 2014

I’m one of those people that always wanted to travel the world, but never got around to it. Where most young people went on their merry way and thought they’d see the world first then settle down, I decided to not follow the masses and instead to get married to the man of my dreams, start a family as soon as possible and do the ‘boring’ domestic life thing. I even left my day job to make sure I give being a wife and mother my best shot possible. I guess I figured the world would always be there waiting, my ovaries on the other hand, wouldn’t.

I’ve never been sorry a day in my life! Sure, I’d get envious looking at Facebook posts and pics of friends roaming the globe – late lunches at fancy cafés and selfies at historical sites, all around Europe, landing dream jobs in Dubai and touring the States. sure I got a little green with envy…jealous even…no, outright jealous!! but not once have I felt sorry for my domesticated life, a noisy household filled with endless laughter (and sibling fights) or finding my Mr right at a time when everyone else were steering clear of being ‘caught up’ and opted for the single life that mainly consisted of staying up late and sleeping in all day. my life being the exact opposite of cause with early (exhausting) nights and lucky-if-I-even-get-to-sit-down days.

Still, I wasn’t sorry.
Then one day, out of nowhere, taking me completely by surprise and knocking my socks right off, my kids were toddlers, these amazing smart beings, and all the years of sacrifice had paid off. I suddenly felt ready to conquer the world. to meet it and it’s wonderful offerings of adventure. And I could suddenly not imagine doing it all without my family right there with me.

My top 5 kid-friendly traveling bucket list!

1. Norway: A culture that still believes in gnomes and fairies, a place where the sun is always shining (Midnight sun), enchanted castles, majestic landscapes and the breath-taking Northern lights. It’s the perfect playground for my Princess Jada and her two Viking (protective) brothers!9fefc46f2342c6a2f508cae37b505ce2

2. Disney World, USA: Seriously. Need I Say more!

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3. Switzerland: Wide open spaces, boat rides, the children’s Adventure Trail in Mürren which also boasts as a car-free village and sure to make you feel like a young Heidie, the Jungfruajoch railway which literally takes you to the top of Europe (2hr long train ride)  while taking in the sights of the breath-taking Alps.06062007178

4.Italy: Italians love family! Not to mention the pizza, pasta, ice cream and kids stay up late. A paradise for you and the young ones!Typical-Italian-Food

5.Hawii: Sun, sea, entertainment and home to a variety of kid-friendly resorts. This one is definitely a family must!Aulani-Resort-and-Spa-The-First-Disney-Resort-in-Hawaii-27