A peek into my life – A Day in the Life of a Working Mum

I jumped at the chance to write a little bit for The Non-Adventures of a Stay at Home Mum when Nadia asked me because 1. she’s absolutely incredible and I’m a fan; 2. joining the group of amazing women she has featured on her blog was an invitation I just couldn’t refuse… Just a day in her own life as a Stay at Home Mum was an eye opener!

Reading this series of a “Day in the Life of…” has given such a rare glimpse into the lives of friends, businesswomen, mothers that really allows you to put yourself into their shoes. It makes you realise even more so that we all have our own unique strengths, challenges, insecurities and joys. It has been an inspiration! So when she asked me to take it on, I thought I was going to give it my best shot!

I picked a random day, as my days are never the same, and I decided that I would quite literally keep my notebook at my side all day long and note every possible thing down. I stayed committed to my task and it turned out to be a pretty good day! So here goes….

A Day in the Life of a Working Mum

A Day in the Life of a Working Mum
— Read on

Click through to the blog to read all about my crazy day! While you’re there please do take the time to read up in the other days as well and I would love to hear what you think… come on back and scribble me a comment below

Summery Grilled Sweet Potato & Bacon Salad

Grilled Sweet Potato and Bacon Salad

Grilled Sweet Potato and Bacon Salad


  • 800 g sweet potato, peeled, cut diagonally into 1cm slices
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200 g rindless bacon rashers, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 orange, rind finely grated, juiced
  • 2 baby cos lettuces, trimmed, cut into thin wedges
  • 60 g baby rocket
  • 150 g snow peas, trimmed, blanched, thinly sliced
  • 2 green shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted, roughly chopped


  • Heat a grill pan or electric grill to high heat. Place sweet potato in a bowl.
  • Drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Season.
  • Grill sweet potato, for 2-3 minutes each side or until tender and lightly charred. Transfer to a plate.
  • Cook the bacon, stirring often, in a nonstick frying pan over med heat for 10 minutes or until golden and crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to drain the fat.
  • Combine the mayonnaise, orange rind and juice in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Arrange the lettuce, rocket, sweet potato and snow peas on serving plates. Sprinkle with bacon and shallot, drizzle with the mayonnaise mixture and top with walnuts.

Tuna & Avocado Salad – No Cook Dinner

Tuna & Avocado Salad – No Cook Dinner

Category: Salads

Cuisine: Fish


Tuna & Avocado Salad – No Cook Dinner

Gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, no cooking, no mayonnaise


  • 1 tins shredded tuna in oil, drained
  • 1 ripe avocado, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ground black pepper


  • Place all of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix with a fork, mashing the avo and breaking up the tuna as you go, until the ingredients are well combined.
  • Taste for seasoning and add more oil or salt and pepper if needed, serve on your favorite sandwich bread or toast. I used sourdough bread.

Mediterranean Chicken & Potatoes

Mediterranean Chicken & Potatoes

50 minutes

Category: Weekday Meals

Cuisine: Mediterranean


Mediterranean Chicken & Potatoes


  • 8 skin-on , bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 tsp crushed garlic
  • 3 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 6-8 potatoes, quartered
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 red pepper (capsicum), deseeded and cut into wedges
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 4 tbsp pitted Kalamata olives
  • Lemon slices, to serve


  • Pat thighs dry with paper towel. In a shallow oven dish, combine lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, oregano, parsley and salt. Pour out half of the mixture into a jug and set aside for later.
  • Add the chicken to the mixture in the oven dish and coat evenly. Cover and marinate for 15 minutes if rushed; 1 hour if time allows; or over night, turning each chicken thigh occasionally in the marinade.
  • Preheat oven to 220°C. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan or skillet over med-high heat. Sear the chicken on both sides until golden brown (about 4 minutes per side). Place chicken pieces back into the oven dish, then arrange the vegetables around the chicken. Drizzle vegetables with the marinade from the jug, tossing them through the oil mixture to coat evenly.
  • Cover the dish with or foil and bake until the potatoes are soft and the chicken is completely cooked through (about 35 minutes). Change oven setting to grill, uncover and cook for a further 5-10 minutes, or until chicken and potatoes are crispy and golden brown.
  • Serve with olives and lemon slices.

Pork Chops with Couscous, Butternut & Ricotta Spinach

Pork Chops with Couscous, Butternut & Ricotta Spinach


Pork Chops with Couscous, Butternut & Ricotta Spinach

Butternut and creamy ricotta spinach is always a winning combination. Add wholewheat couscous which is fat free, sugar free and rich in fibre for a healthy side, with lean pork chops as protein for a nutritious weekday meal!


  • 200 g frozen spinach, thawed, well drained
  • 80 g ricotta
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 2 tbsp cream/coconut cream
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 butternut, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup wholewheat couscous
  • 1 vegetable stock pot
  • 4-6 pork chops
  • ground salt & black pepper
  • olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 200 C.
  • Place butternut into a shallow oven dish lined with baking paper.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and season with half the garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until tender.
  • Boil water in the kettle.
  • Place 1 cup dry couscous to a bowl, add 1 cup of boiling water and vegetable stock pot. Mix well to dissolve stock pot.
  • Add a dash of olive oil and cover with clingwrap. Leave to stand.
  • Rub pork chops with a drizzle of olive oil, season with salt & pepper.
  • Grill on a hot electric grill or grilling pan until nicely browned on both sides and cooked through. Remove from heat.
  • Meanwhile, mix together frozen spinach, ricotta, remaining garlic, cream and nutmeg.
  • Place into a small saucepan over medium heat and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • When couscous has absorbed all the moisture, remove cling wrap and fluff with a fork.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Beautiful Intention Part 1 – Look and feel beautifully healthy

Beautiful Intention 2018 - look and feel beautifully healthy

Intention is an idea formed in the heart

This series is inspired by my personal Intention for 2018. I have spent over a year now working on living life with positive intention and this has involved many hours of research, listening to podcasts and Ted Talks, reading and just really expanding my own world of knowledge and experience. It has had such a phenomenal effect on my life and outlook.

Whether the subject is food, mindfulness, physical health, parenting etc. years of personal study (and experience) have formed each droplet of water that comprises my little fountain of wisdom. I am still constantly learning, always soaking up more information and absolutely loving the exploration.

One of my wishes for 2018 is to share more with my family, my friends and of course my readers, things that I believe will help us live a more beautiful, positive life. Your thinking absolutely creates your reality and it’s so important to love both your body and mind, taking the most special care of both of them in order to be the best you that you can possibly be.

Once you have started with yourself, then you can share it with those around you.

Intention is more than wishful thinking, it’s willful direction.

Looking and feeling healthy

My goals for 2018 with regards to business and development are going to take an immense amount of energy. This body of mine had better be strong and ready for what my mind has planned!

Having my own business does mean having the flexibility to be available for my family when they need me too and this year they are going to have the best me, present and jumping up and down if necessary. Just don’t expect any running! Let’s not cross the line here…

Beautiful Intention 2018 - look and feel beautifully healthy

So I am starting with me

And you can start with you, along with me!

This is not about being supermodel skinny or perfectly ripped and toned… that’s not what this is about. This is about realistically, in my lifestyle and with my resources, feeling happy and healthy and being the best ME.

I could stand to lose a little roll or two and after the December splurge I am looking forward to getting back on track!

I like to think that I generally have healthy eating habits and a positive attitude towards food and I instill the same in my family. We eat a good variety of fruits and vegetables, meats and fish. We don’t avoid carbs but I try to include a variety of grains for them and cut out the gluten for myself.


Unfortunately, chronic pain is a part of my life. Fibromyalgia is a disorder associated with muscle, joint and nerve pain as well as severe fatigue, memory problems and a variety of other issues that often make me feel like a really old lady.

Further to that, I also have degenerated discs in my lower back which come with their own special bag of tricks for me.

I take daily medication to relieve the nerve pain and some other symptoms but other than that I prefer to manage the conditions without too much medication.

A critical factor is avoiding inflammatory foods such as gluten, sugar and dairy. I will explore the how’s and why’s of everything in more detail in separate posts.

This healthy eating plan is suitable for everyone and anyone! I am also not advocating any particular “diet”, neither will I call this a diet. It’s a lifestyle change with positive, healthy intention at the core, following guidelines and research that simply make sense – eat good food and stay away from the bad stuff! In a nutshell.

Together with my meal plan and weekly shopping list, it fits seamlessly into a busy family lifestyle.

Meals are flexible and adaptable so that you don’t have to cook separate meals. Recipes are super easy and cooked in a flash! Everything you need to make life less complicated and more delicious.

The plan

The main points of my healthy lifestyle plan will all be explained in upcoming posts, but are essentially the following:

  • Drink water! 3 litres per day.
  • No sugar
  • No gluten
  • Limited dairy
  • Fresh ingredients in their natural form
  • Affordable and easily accessible… okay just normal ingredients. I may have the odd chia seed but you won’t find any pea protein powder or kombucha in my kitchen.
  • Mediterranean diet – closest to the way my family normally eats and red wine is included!
  • Quick, easy, delicious!
  • Fibre is essential.
  • Omega 3 and Vitamin D supplements.
  • Have a treat now and then, be gentle with yourself. Do this because you love yourself, not to punish yourself.
  • Stretch, chill, smile!

Some small changes can make a huge difference. I hope you will be joining me on this adventure and more than that, I hope that you will be inspired and that I will be able to add just a teeny tiny bit of value to you.

We’re going to feel positive, eat positive, live positive and love the beautiful life we live.

Remember that Beautiful Intention is not just a healthy diet, it’s a holistic lifestyle focusing on loving yourself (body and mind), your family and the world we all live in and simply loving this beautiful life.

Beautiful Intention 2018 - look and feel beautifully healthy

One thing that is guaranteed to save you money in 2018.

Money, money, money… must be funny…

The Entertainer logo

It’s that fabulous season during which we reflect on the events of the past year, successes and failures, happiness and sadness. Some people set goals and intentions for the future and some take it that one step too far with this silly list of things called New Years Resolutions. I gave that silly list up a long time ago… I am a mom. My goals are simply to keep the little people alive, brush my hair now and then and try not to burn the house down.

The Entertainer 2018

Seriously though, it’s not easy having a business, blogging in between, managing school and activities (I’m that mom who needs several extra reminders). Why am I talking about school already? Let me stop right there… I mean, if you enjoy arguing about lunches at 6am, I cannot recommend parenting highly enough.

The Entertainer 2018

My point being, with all this going on we still want to find time for entertainment and save money too. Impossible? No!


The Entertainer!

Here’s the secret to saving a packet of money on restaurants (first and foremost), leisure and entertainment, beauty, retail and even hotels!

It’s a buy one get one free Christmas miracle and it keeps getting better and better. With The Entertainer there’s always something to smile about and so, we were invited along to the Johannesburg launch of the #Entertainer2018 held at Parker’s Comedy Club and had an absolute blast!

The Entertainer 2018

We, being myself and SuperDad and about 100 of Joburg’s coolest food and lifestyle bloggers, were treated to a lineup of hilarious comedians, good food and the freshest news about the new app.

With an established footprint from Hong Kong to the UK, The Entertainer has recently added Bali to the list of locations – my bucket list destination just became a little bit closer to reach! The app also tracks your actual savings and the cost of the (teeny weeny) annual fee will pay for itself several times over even if you only use it once a month.

The punchline

Sounds like a great deal to me! SuperDad may even be persuaded to go and eat at an outside establishment occasionally…

Thanks to The Entertainer for a fabulously fun evening and for many more to come in 2018! Cheers!

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Say yes to loads of new adventures and win one for your family.

These are the big questions in life…

1. What’s for dinner; and

2. What to do with the kids?

I can happily say that I now have the answers to both of those!

The Adventure Clubs app is honestly one of the best entertainment ideas for kids (and parents) that I have seen in a long time. It would take me days to research and come up with half as many fun, educational and interesting things to do with the kids.

Even if I could manage to make a list of fantastic activities, there would be heaps of admin involved in making the arrangements. It would probably be far more expensive and I wouldn’t have any idea what the quality of the experience would be, whether it’s safe or not and trying to figure out friends’ schedules to go in a group is a nightmare on it’s own…

Adventure Clubs

Adventure Clubs has a huge selection of super adventures for all kids between ages 6 months and 10 years of age. From hip hop dancing and baking classes to helicopter flips, there’s something for everyone and when you’re watching your kids make wonderful memories, you will definitely enjoy sharing those moments with them too!

Adventure Clubs La Cremosa Gelato

Every experience is designed by parents, for parents. Well planned and coordinated, the experiences are attended in groups with other parents and children as well as a group coordinator/leader.

Our first experience was at La Cremosa in the Dainfern Square shopping centre, where we got to go behind the scenes inside the gelato “factory”. We were taken through the entire process of making delicious, creamy gelato from pouring the milk all the way through to eating!

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My boys really enjoyed every minute of it and got chatting with the friendly staff as well as the other children. Of course their favourite part was the eating!

I could go on and on about the benefits of this concept but it’s really something you just have to go and experience with your family as soon as possible! To give you a push in the right direction, I have one adventure to give away to a lucky reader!

It will be one of your choice, available in Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town, to the value of R300. All you need to do to enter is to download the Adventure Clubs app easily on either App Store or Google Play, browse the range of experiences and then comment here with your favourite one. Easy as gelato!

Winner will be announced on 5 January 2018. In the meantime, make sure you are following Adventure Clubs on Facebook to see all their great news and of course, follow MammaChef Jozi so that you don’t miss the announcement!

I am so glad that I discovered this before leaving on holiday and we’re definitely making use of it while we are at the coast. When you don’t know the area all that well, it’s not easy to find new and interesting things to do… Adventure Clubs saves the day!

To enter:

Download and have a look through the Adventure Clubs app and comment on this post (or on the same post on MammaChef Jozi Facebook, Instagram or Twitter). Names will be placed into an online hat and a random winner will be drawn.

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