I cannot believe that we already in November! The year has flown by and Christmas is around the corner! December is my favourite month of the year. I love Christmas, it’s my favourite holiday and I go all out to celebrate. I got so many exciting posts coming up this month to get you in the festive mood.
So with my monthly favourite posts, I will be doing a little Life update too.
What is happening in my life?
My son turned a year old in September! He’s got 7 teeth at the moment and is always smiling. I can’t get enough of him! He is such a little charmer.
I’ve spent half of the year travelling to the USA and honestly, I loved it every bit of it! Travel opened me up to an entirely new world. The only regret I have is that I couldn’t take both my kids with me on every trip.
Kitana came with us on our first trip to the USA. We managed to tour the country a little and visit Disney world with her after we finished with work meetings.
Being a working mom is hard, emotionally and physically. Some people just don’t understand how difficult it is for a mom to leave her kids at home and travel thousands of miles to another country. They think we like it and want it!
Sometimes we just have no option, we have to do it because we doing it for the future of our kids. I’m leaving for Washington, DC on Sunday and I’m already emotional about it. I hate saying goodbye to my kids, I always want to cry!
Okay, enough with my sobby travel story, I will dedicate another post about this because there’s just so much to talk about.
Let’s talk about my October favourite products. I’ve included Kitana, Kiaan’s and mine this month and a lot of it has to do with travel. You will be seeing a lot more travel posts coming up since I’ve decided to add a travel section after rebranding plus Vije and I are working on a new blog. 😉
Kiaan is soooo active! He has so much energy and is always on the move. Travelling long distance with him is hard! He cannot sit still for long but he has a few favourite toys that he grabs his attention for some time.
1. Oball Rattle
There’s a whole lot of shaking going on with the Oball Rattle™. Much more than your average baby rattle, this adorable rattle is easy to grasp and, it rolls! With 28 finger holes just right for little hands, this award-winning ball rattle is destined to be baby’s favourite. Embedded in the ball are multiple rattles filled with shaker beads that encourage baby to shake the ball and hear fun sounds. The flexible, patented design is easy on little fingers as baby tosses or rattles the ball. With four different color options, you’ll want to have plenty of these 4-inch rattles on hand for the nursery, diaper bag, or playard.
For more information on this product, visit www.kidsii.com.
Kiaan eats anything and everything! Kitana is the fussy eater. I was surprised to notice that both my kids love Lancewood’s new cheese spread. The delicious Cheddar and Sweet milk full cream cheese spreads are available in convenient tubs.
As moms, we are always on the lookout for new lunchbox inspirations for our kids, these mouth-watering LANCEWOOD® cheese spreads provide just the right ingredients to take any sandwich from dull to delicious. Made with real A-grade cheese and butter, the great tasting, creamy spreads are also preservative free. In fact, they’re so cheesy, you will find them in the cheese fridge. Add the new LANCEWOOD® cheese spreads to your shopping list they are available nationwide at all major retailers at approx. R24.99.
For more information, visit the Lancewood Cheese Facebook page.
2 drinks in 1 bottle, one for now, one for later! Just freeze the green core to chill the outer drink then your little one can enjoy a second chilled drink once thawed. It’s great for sunny days and perfect for water, juice & milk. It’s BPA-free, Freezer and Dishwasher safe. Suitable from 12 months old. Kitana loves this bottle! For more information, visit www.brothermax.co.za.
Kiaan is still drinking formula. We recently introduced fresh milk to his diet because he refuses formula during the day. He loves the breast and since I travel so often it has been a struggle to get him settled with one bottle. This month he has enjoyed the Mimijumi bottle. A mimijumi baby bottle looks and feels like a real breast. I love the design of this bottle! For more information, visit www.mimijumi.com.
Fred is one of Kiaan’s favourite toys right now! He is so obsessed with having a puppy following him around the house.
Follow me Fred is a multi-stage crawling companion in the shape of an adorable puppy. This toy is suitable for 6-18+months.
- Baby-activated electronic dog encourages baby to crawl by barking and playing a friendly tune.
- Flexible middle allows Fred to turn in circles.
- Promotes fine motor skills, cognitive and emotional abilities.
- Adjustable speed control.
It helps with EQ, Fine Motor Skills and Gross Motor Skills.
For more information, visit www.tinylove.com.
Shield, South Africa’s number one selling deodorant brand has launched Shield MotionSense, the world’s first anti-perspirant activated by movement. This breakthrough technology, with microcapsules that burst when you move, will keep you fresher for longer. The anti-perspirant is for people on the move, as the more you move the more it works.
Shield MotionSense is available nationwide for both men and women in anti-perspirant roll-on and aerosol, each retailing at R28.99. There are 9 variants for woman and 8 for men. For more information, visit www.shield.co.za.
I bought this product in New York and ever since then, I’ve been addicted to it! This is the best exfoliating wipes I came across. For more information, visit www.sephora.com.
I’m loving Urban Decay’s collection especially their 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil which comes in 41 shades! For more information on the brand, visit www.urbandecaystore.co.za.
Octolite’s eye-catching exterior is modern, with a striking geometric design and a matte finish. Available in red, white or black, it also features an integrated carry handle, built-in address tag and fixed combination lock.
The super-functional interior is divided into two halves, one featuring crossed ribbons while the other is secured with a zip-in divider featuring a convenient side pocket.
To maximise manoeuvrability, Octolite has a double wheel design that provides smooth all-direction movement.
Octolite Collection is available at leading luggage stores nationwide. To locate a stockist near you, visit www.samsonite.co.za.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Apple but this watch is just something else! I took it with me when I travelled to New York and ever since then I’ve craved getting one for myself. It lets you easily monitor your heart rate, better manage everyday stress and add apps relevant to your specific routines. For more information, visit www.myistore.co.za.
All babies are prone to nappy rash which is most often caused by contact with wet and soiled nappies. The good news is that nappy rash can be avoided by protecting the nappy area with Bennetts Baby Bum Crème.
Bennetts Baby Bum Crème contains Lanolin, Zinc Oxide, Starch and Pure Essential Lavender Oil which helps soothe, heal and protect your baby’s bottom.
Due to it being formulated in a water repellent base, it forms a barrier between the wet nappy and baby’s skin. A thin layer should be applied at every nappy change.
Proven to reduce redness and protects against wetness by forming a barrier between the wet nappy and baby’s skin. Suitable for sensitive skin. Clinically tested for mildness and endorsed by Dermatologists. For more information, visit www.bennettsforbabies.co.za.
This great Chalkboard Milestone Board doubles as a prop when taking photos of your little one each month to record their ‘growth’, as well as being hung up in your kid’s bedroom as a keepsake. For more information, visit www.cottoncandyfloss.co.za.
I’m loving their new collection! The shampoo and conditioner is definitely a must try. For more information, visit www.ohsoheavenly.co.za.
This will always be one of my favourite products. It’s perfect for travelling long distance with. So easy to carry around especially when you have loads of luggage! For more information, visit www.facebook.com/doonasouthafrica.
I’m loving their range. It’s soap-free and lather-rich. Hope’s Relief Body Wash gently cleanses and hydrates your skin with natural ingredients, triple moisturisers and pH-balanced soft cleansers. Kind enough for the most sensitive of skins, you can enjoy washing without irritating or stripping moisture from your skin. It works well on Kiaan’s skin since he has eczema. You can purchase it on www.takealot.com.