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…

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…

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…

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…

My Experience with Micro-Blading

When you walk into a room, your eyes are drawn to the feature piece… It could be the fireplace or a feature wall, but there is almost always something that definitely draws attention. Once your eyes linger for a little while, you’ll then notice the curtains that either frame the windows dramatically or make a…

It will all be ok

Hi there. This wasn’t the post for today, but it didn’t seem fitting to be posting about eyebrows at this specific moment. I’m not sure who needs to hear this, but if you are going through something right now, it will end. Remember that that no matter what you are going through, everything will be…

The Lockdown Tag

Guys, can you believe that it is already August? Where has time gone! This year has been quite a hectic one for me, but thanks to COVID-19, I have found this lovely new hobby (blogging). It has been such a rollercoaster year have met some very nice people. It’s crazy to say that I have…

Advice I wish someone told me when I was in university

As I was going through my WordPress feed today, I noticed how many university students are following my site and whose sites I actively read. Although that phase of life passed not too long ago (I won’t tell you how long though so don’t even think about doing the math), it was fun just go…

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Firstly, I would like to say a special thank you to Krisna from happymamahappybaby.ca for nominating me for this award. I happened upon Krisna’s very captivating mommy blog one day and never looked back! She is a wonderful first time mom who gave birth during this pandemic and shares all the tips and tricks that are helping…

14 days of COVID-19: My personal Experience

Recently, my immediate family and I tested positive for COVID-19. It wasn’t the worst experience in the world and I am grateful that we were lucky enough to go through the experience with very mild but annoying symptoms. With the whole world practically in lockdown over the new virus, I decided to tell my story…

Happy Birthday Spawn!

It has been exactly twenty four months since you joined this crazy world, and although you were safer inside me, I am very happy that we have had the chance to get to know each other. It has been such an honour to watch you grow, developing from a cute little angel to a sassy…

10 Weird things about me

Hi friends! As a newbie to the blogging community, I spent the passed few weeks going through so many blogs, reading hundreds of posts and interacting with some very special people. It has been such a wonderful experience meeting people that are so unique despite having many things in common. To everyone who has been…

Love, sanity and silver linings in the COVID-19 pandemic

June 28, 2000 – Day ninety five of the coronavirus pandemic… Yes, the year is 2000. “Bugs, please get off the phone now. I told you I needed to respond to an email by 3pm!” I sternly said to Nuno for what felt like the tenth time today. It has been three months since the…

But did I really know my child?

I believe it is day seven hundred and thirty thousand of lockdown (I stopped counting after two weeks) and my skin has gotten so pale and flimsy that I’m scared to come into physical contact with anyone out of fear that brushing against someone will rub off the little epidermal layers I have left. Maybe…

Lockdown Chronicles: Technology vs Parent

Every parent has most likely dreamt of how they wish to raise their unborn child, be it teaching them piano from a very early age or preparing them for future spelling bees with daily flash cards. To understand what I wanted for Gabby, I need you to take a moment to pause right here, log…