I want to have my cake and eat it. Yup, that’s right. I want to be mother of the year, but without the 24/7 backbreaking emotional and physical labour, it takes to just get nominated for this elusive award. Which means I love shortcuts and tips. If you don’t have children yet, move along swiftly, there’s nothing here to see… (lol).
So, moms, if I could tell you about a quick and easy way to do something for yourself and your child, and even throw in an improvement to the decor of your child’s room, would you be interested? Read on sister…
Perhaps it’s a remnant from our days as cave dwellers, but I am yet to meet a kid who does not love hiding inside a fort or any cave-like structure (often meticulously put together in the middle of your living room).
It’s easy to see the allure of a hideout, even more so as a middle-aged mom of two boys. I would be lying if I told you I have not been (very) tempted to crawl into an already assembled blanket-built fort for some solitude, where I can drink my double triple espresso from a Sippy cup while curled up in the foetal position, nurturing well deserved “me-time”.
I remember a summer holiday where a red two-man tent, set up in our front garden, became a hideout for weeks on end. There was nothing inside bar two patio chair cushions, a book or two, and snacks in the form of two apples and a bottle of water. And it was bliss. My friends and I told each other stories, we played games, we sang, we had naps, we laughed, and we felt safe and yet free – as if we had our own little house.
So, here’s where the shortcut comes in: Putting up tents outside and building forts inside aren’t always the best/easiest option, for various reasons of which the taking down and tidying up of said structures is not an insignificant part.You want to give your children that special, nurturing space, but without going through the whole rigmarole involved with above mentioned structures. Enter Teepees…
Teepees are like tents, less the zip and windows. I’m not known for my interior decorating skills or cool whatevers, but I think Teepees look kinda cool and trendy.
There is a certain kind of magic to a hiding place, whether it’s in a child’s own bedroom or elsewhere in the house or garden, it still feels like an adventure. It’s a place that transports you, even if you don’t set foot outside your house. And the mother-of-the-year part is that it can help your child to develop their imagination and take a timeout from all the orchestrated, over-stimulating activities we often expose them to. Children need to have space where they can be bored, can find a bit of peace and quiet, can feel safe and relaxed and can take some time-out for reading or dreaming.
While your child is enjoying some guilt-free Teepee time, it gives you a bit of space and extra time for doing other important mom stuff. And that’s also really cool.
If you’re not sure what Teepees are, or what’s available out there – have a look at www.migidesigns.co.za – they have a beautiful selection in different sizes and colours. The MiGi website is very user-friendly and navigating between products is a breeze.
MiGi is a proudly South African company and their Teepees are manufactured locally. And they even make them for pets.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an appointment with a Teepee.
If you’re anything like me, you’d also much rather divulge the contents of your Facebook search history (read: stalking) than unpack your handbag and open your whole being to the scrutiny of this cruel world.
Finding a good bag might be as precious as finding a good gynae; a treasure to behold from now onto eternity. The difference is that if you find a really great bag you might actually share the info with your besties and even your mother-in-law.
We all know that the value of a good mom lies not in her cooking, curves or charisma – it lies in her ability to whip out a wet wipe with the same dexterity one might expect from a highly-skilled engineer changing the tyres on an F1 racing car at a Grand-Prix pitstop.
With kids in tow a clutch bag just won’t cut it – save your illusions of grandeur for date night, retirement or death. For efficient and successful child-rearing, the only bag that is worth its salt is one that is strong enough to withstand the onslaught of a million cute but very destructive minions.
This special bag may or may not include the following: tissues for tears and runny noses, healthy snacks for kids (or for busy mom stuck in traffic), less-healthy snacks intended for bribery (also to eventually be consumed by said mother stuck in aforementioned traffic), hand-sanitizer, make-up, purse, phone, sunscreen, perfume, chewing gum, 5 pens (of which none work), a notebook (never to be used, but I’m old-school so bite me), sunglasses, crumbs, sand, contact lenses, a collection of small rocks, magic crystals and a dried lizard tail (because, boys.
But the madness continues… you may also find other unnecessary items such as plasters, a tweezer / screwdriver combo thingy, allergy tablets, pain meds, a plastic fork, small change, tooth floss, 17 individually wrapped wet wipes collected from various family restaurants, and my lost hopes and dreams of ever wearing white clothes again.
So, I’m sure you’ll share my joy at eventually finding The Bag. The ultimate, the one and only to carry the weight of all my expectations and above-mentioned life-and-death items. And it’s sort of fancy too – very practical, elegant and beautiful. And it has the perfect name: Go-Go Bag. It is truly the Mary Poppins of mom bags. Thank goodness I’ve resurfaced to real life after the nappy years, but if you’re still down there, I’m sure you’d be able to fit a handful of nappies and a jumbo pack of wet wipes into this bag as well, even if you have half your life in there already.
After finding the Go-Go bag I was hungry for more, so I visited their Facebook page and their website (www.migidesigns.co.za). Go-Go bags are designed by MiGi Designs and they have so many practical and beautiful things that most moms would love. The website is very user-friendly, and I like the fact that they are a local company focusing on good things: quality, beauty and giving back. You can shop for their items on their website or through takealot.com, and their products are also stocked in a selection of gift/lifestyle shops.
I am #blessed to have found the perfect travel companion in the Go-Go bag, it’s perfect for the crazy and happy mess that being a mom brings.
And no, you can’t look inside.