When life gives you lemons…

Almost everyone has been complaining about this year (and rightfully so) because schedules were disrupted, jobs were lost, loved ones passed on… but if you are reading this right now, you have survived the pandemic and can still afford an internet enabled device with some data to spare. My heart goes out to everyone who…

The Face Behind GrowingWithSpawn

Hi everyone, I recently got tagged by my fellow mom and lovely blogger friend, Jan, to join her in this fun thread, so of course I jumped right on it. If you don’t know Jan, she’s basically a positive foodie who has a way with words. She writes about anything and everything, much like I…

Why you should consider couples therapy to STAY happy in your marriage

It’s Thursday again, so you know what that means? If you didn’t guess that we’d be continuing with the marriage series, then you definitely need to stop right here and read the other posts – I’ll what… Done? Ok great, now let’s jump into today’s blog takeover – Toni’s ‘hangout’. GUEST POSTby Toni (Lady B)…

5 Things you should never say to a woman

In the spirit of 2020, I thought that it would be a great time to highlight a few things that our male counterparts generally say to women which basically does no more than add fuel to the fire. Obviously not all women have been made the same, so it is only natural that some may…

5 Life lessons I have learnt from blogging

Guest Post Hi all! I am Niraj from Niraj’s blogs, and I am delighted to do this collab with Shelly. In this blog post, I am going to talk about 5 things I have learnt from blogging. To give a bit of a background, I started blogging in March 2019 and have been regularly blogging…

How kids will affect your relationship

Children are such a blessing; they fill the house with laughter, say the cutest things and are such a joy to be around. One of my favourite things ever is receiving toddler hugs or having my toddler run into my arms and drop a big sloppy kiss on my cheek. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Well…

When the lights turn off

It doesn’t matter how stunning you looked in the face of the world. You could’ve been photographed by a stranger and deemed the most presentable. The kids can gaze in awe, hoping to one day be like you- but none of that matters. What I care about is how you feel when the camera turns…

Good Morning!

Well hello there! It’s a bright sunny Saturday in South Africa and this got me thinking. Usually, the first thing I do in the morning is check my phone for any messages, check the notifications on my wordpress app, then hop out of bed to start my day. Today was a little different as I…

Kintsugi

Dear husband, I never promised you a rose garden, but that is what you got; a botanical beauty tarnished by its prickly thorns. Beautiful and desirable from afar but hurt and defensive, harmful to the touch. You felt the thorns from the beginning, cutting straight to your veins, but you decided to stay. I never…

Blogger Recognition Award

Hi friends, I am very grateful for all of the support and encouragement throughout this blogging journey. After just 4 months of learning the ropes, I have poured my heart out to you and made some wonderful connections in the process. Part of this support has come through featured posts, shout outs and blog award…

Why you should consider delaying your wedding

Hi everyone, welcome back for part 2 of the marriage series “Now that the honeymoon is over”. If you haven’t already done so, make you to check out the interviews and Toni’s post from last week so you are all caught up. Toni’s Interview Shelly’s interview Things you should ask yourself before getting married (written…

Positivity

Hi friends, Today’s post will be slightly different partly because I’m on leave and feel like having an informal sit down but also because I am doing something right now that I think can benefit us all. It was mental health week at some point this year, but I’m sure you can guess by the…

Things you should ask yourself before getting married

Guest PostWritten by Toni Bowman for the marriage series ‘Now that the Honeymoon is over’ Hey there! Hope all is well. Today’s hang out is the first part of the seven-part marriage series with Shelly and me. I will start it out by sharing some things I believe are worth taking the time to ask…

Accepting Grief: Letting Go

It took quite a while to finally close off the Accepting Grief series, but I think that after years of working on my emotional health, I am ready to finally let go. My mother was my best friend, my hero, my better half, but she has been gone for about fifteen years now and I…

The Pros and Cons of Working From Home

2020: The year that the world stopped. Working in pyjamas with Netflix playing in the background? Sign me up! This post comes at a time when most of us have had the experience of working from home, starting new hobbies and re-evaluating what our ‘normal’ will look like going forward. While I truly appreciate this…

Now That the Honeymoon Is Over… (Intro)

“A mirror.” “This is the best feeling in the world. How did I ever live before?” “I can’t breathe – something is not right.” “I feel like throwing up. Things are going to change and I’m scared.” “I don’t remember who I used to be.” “Wait, things are different… in a good way.” “I can…

What To Do When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

Hi everyone, my names Olivia from olivialucieblake.com! I am a lifestyle blogger that speaks on a wide range of topics from Mental health, self-confidence and blogging tips. I’m so excited to be doing this post with Shelly. Shelly has been such a great support system for me and my blog. I really love her content and…

The Climb

Hi Friends, It seems as though the more things go back to normal in the world and the busier we get, we need more motivation to get through our days. I can’t write poetry and am not in a place to be sharing positive words, so for today I will just leave you with the…

Lies ‘they’ told you

Hey there friends! With this little toddler doing more and more crazy things that are leaving me missing my younger days, I found myself thinking about all the sayings my mother told me to either to stop me from doing something or to calm my crying “Brooke Logan” self down. We’ll discuss the white lies…