Although bath time (like in any home that is filled with children) is very much part of our end-of-day routine. I love it. I love the chats that sum up our day, the singing accompanied by splashed and of course the quite moments of cuddles and breast feeding. It is often during these everyday moments that as a mother one is made even more aware of how quickly things change, a slippery baby turns to a sitting toddler and then into a water confident, splash making little girl. I asked photographer Judith Bell to come capture our bath time before it changes again. Here are some of the pics, which I love.
Although we have been “online mama friends” with Sarah and her gorgeous little girl Aria for quite a while we loved meeting them in person the other day. Sarah is the mama behind Mascara and Mimosas and sweet babe Aria is just delicious.
Favourite product for toddlers and why?
Aria doesn’t use ton of products, we are very lucky that she hasn’t suffered from anything like eczema or severe nappy rash. Two products that I make sure that I always have for her though are:
Kiehl’s nurturing oil for mom and baby – this nourishes Aria’s skin like a bomb and a little really goes a long way.
Shampooheads Awesome Annie Detangler – Aria has very knotty hair and this detangler gets those really nasty tangles and knots out pretty easily and with minimal discomfort.
As for toys, it’s a tricky question as Aria’s preferences change as often as we change her nappy! But the toys that she loves the most are her doll, her wagon, books and crayons and paper for drawing.
How has your style changed since becoming a mom?
To be honest, it hasn’t changed that much, I have always been a jeans and t-shirt kinda gal as it’s what I find most comfortable.
Best gift you have received for Aria?
Wow, we received so many amazing gifts for Aria. Practically, her princess tent has been fab to keep all of her toys hidden away in and her chair and table set is really great for her to sit at to do a whole bunch of different activities. For her dedication, Aria received some really gorgeous jewellery that I have put away to give her one day when she’s older and will really treasure them for the sentimental gifts that they are.
Favourite book to read toAria?
She has a ton of books, lately we have been reading Frog and the Whale in a Princess Tale by Tina Scotford. It is both written and illustrated by South Africans which is such a treat.
Where is your favourite place to go hang with Aria?
Without a doubt, Kiddilicious. It’s a great restaurant in Bedfordview with the most wonderful kids playground as well as really good coffee. Can’t go wrong!
Favourite meal to give Aria?
Bangers and mash is definitely her favourite meal, but my favourite is anything that’s quick and easy, ha!
What is the biggest surprise to you about having a toddler?
How quickly they change – one day they don’t know much and the next day it seems like they’ve swallowed an encyclopaedia! It really is amazing to watch a little person grow and learn.
You have a successful mom blogger – Any advice on balancing motherhood and work?
Don’t beat yourself up, you won’t always get it right. Balancing motherhood, work, my marriage, friendships as well as taking time out for myself is really difficult and most of the time I neglect one aspect but I have learnt not to be too hard on myself, I’m only human. At the end of the day, if I can go to sleep knowing that I did my best, that’s enough for me.
What one thing do you want to teach Aria?
Kindness, I think that it’s such an important virtue to have.
Photography: Kiss Kiss Photography
If you don’t know that we love doing art with our babes then you definitely haven’t been following us for very long. Afternoons spent in our art room are some of our happiest, and our babes love getting creative (and dirty) with paint, pastels, and all sorts of craft materials.
So really, it is no surprise that we are huge fans of mama-run businesses that love kids and all things creative. Two of our favourite companies are: Firstly, Bumble Box – a coffee table art book of all your child’s art. That’s right, mama and former teacher Paula turns kids’ art into the most treasured book. Secondly, Minimi Artelier – whose PLAY2LEARN line includes garments designed to protect children’s clothes while doing arts and crafts, cooking, baking and more, at school and at home.
The other day, we invited Kiss Kiss Photography to our home, threw on our kids’ Minimi Artelier Play2Learn overalls, and let them paint to their hearts desire. Here is the result:
We then packed up all our artwork from the past couple months and sent it off to Bumble Box.
Look at our book that we got back! I am so excited with it, it almost makes me weep.
We are so excited to have partnered with Bumble Box and Minimi Artelier to bring you this #winwithart giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a 60 page Bumble Box art book and a Minimi Artelier Play2Learn Overall.
Here is how to enter:
This competition closes on 15 November so get painting.