How to Holiday with a Mamil: Take them to Madikwe, not Mauritius

Ma-mil. Noun. The term “mamil” was coined in the 21st century and stands for “middle aged man in lycra”. It came about to refer to an increasing sub-set of the male species who spend large amounts of time in cycling … Continue reading


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Chiara’s Fifth Birthday Party: Eloise from The Plaza, NY

There is a scene in the Sopranos in which Mrs Soprano tries to coax her teenage daughter out of her moodiness by suggesting that they go into the city and have tea at The Plaza with Eloise. I must have … Continue reading


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Diet Diagnosis: The Get Fit Challenge

THE BACKGROUND: POST CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SELF-LOATHING By late December, the amount of holiday headspace that my weight (about 3kg more than my new normal) was occupying was unacceptably high. I was spending an inordinate amount of precious sea, sun, sand … Continue reading


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Tourist in Your Country of Birth? A Walking Tour of the Maboneng Precinct

For my 37th birthday in January, my friend Mandy gave me one of the best gifts I could have asked for: a walking tour of the Maboneng Precinct, south east of the Joburg CBD. I had been to the Sunday … Continue reading


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On Turning 37 & Riding Through Paris In A Sports Car

One of the perks of being married to an older man (7.5 years) and having a fair number of close girlfriends who have already turned 40, is that I feel relatively young when my birthday comes around each year. They’ve already … Continue reading

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I Carry Her Heart, I Carry It in My Heart

A few days after my mom’s funeral in early October, I published an unfinished post about her death, prematurely. When I realised what I’d done, I deleted it and have not attempted to complete it until now. Over the years … Continue reading


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Sisters on Sabbatical: 3 Days in Hanoi, Vietnam

#sistersonsabbatical Sabbaticals are the new black! My sister, Sylvia, has been dreaming about her sabbatical for years and I was honoured to be invited to join her in South East Asia for a small part of it. My husband, David, completed … Continue reading


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Children: Coping with Competition & Learning the Art of Losing

A friend of a friend quipped the other day that she was preparing to launch her 11 year old as an IPO. What she meant was that she was about to embark on a roadshow to try to secure him … Continue reading


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Being a Role Model to a Daughter as a Stay-at-home Mom

People tell me how great kids turn out when they’ve had their moms at home with them before they start Grade 1. People also tell me how they want their kids to see them working as mothers so they can … Continue reading


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4 Mantras I learnt from my Mom

On my Dad’s 70th birthday last year, my sister wrote a tribute to our parents on her blog & cited some of the mantras she remembered our mom repeating throughout our childhood. These are some of them as well as … Continue reading

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