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Our newborn photo shoot with Cutepix Photography

newborn photo shootRemember how much I bragged about Michelle over at Cutepix Photography? Well, the proof is in the pudding and this post right here is the pudding, ladies and gentleman. Well, MY pudding, to be exact… look at that face! I was so chuffed to be able to plan Jonah’s newborn photo shoot with Michelle. After seeing the amazing way she orchestrated Kari’s first birthday cake smash shoot, I knew that I would be pleased with Jo’s pics! I saw this shoot as a way to capture the beauty of our Jonah, fresh out of the oven. But it was also a way to celebrate his life and all the promise that we see over it! I’d like to celebrate with you too! I will be giving away a very special gift at the end of this post. But first… more pics!
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Some of the highlights of the shoot was:
1. Michelle was so gentle with my baby Jo – I could literally sit back and let her do her thing. (No really, she told me to bring a book along, to relax with)
2. The room was heated and the studio was calm and super stress free. She believes that a serene atmosphere will have baby feeling relaxed and comfy – and the comfort of the baby is always on top of her list.
3. She took her time. When it comes to photographing little ones, you cannot time it! She sat and sang to baby Jo for the longest time, until he gently fell asleep and then spent another few minutes, with her hand on his back, as he fell into a deeper lull. You can tell that she’s a mama too and I was really glad that we didn’t have to squeeze the whole session into one or two hours.
4. She made me feel at ease, as she put him into various poses and asked for permission if she thought the position/pose might freak me out.
5. She makes her own props people. Super score! I always knew this because she literally hand made every single prop in Kari’s shoot but when I walked into her studio and saw all the beautiful newborn props she had, I went a little giddy!
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If you’re in the Port Elizabeth area, and you’re looking to plan a photo shoot for yourself/your kids/your family, check out the Cutepix website. I promise, you will not regret it!

By the way, in celebration of Motherhood and our baby Jonah, I’d like to pass on some of my favorite things, including a copy of one of my favorite books – (un)Natural Mom by Hettie Brittz – to one of you wonderful Mamas! Thank you for all the words of encouragement and for celebrating with us!WhatsApp Image 2017-06-13 at 12.51.59 PM

To enter, simply like and comment on the pinned post on the My Spreadsheet Brain Facebook page, with the hashtag #cutepixphotography. Here’s a link, in case you get lost 😉 Don’t forget to follow Cutepix Photography on Facebook! Winner will be announced on July 3rd.

Autumn/Winter 2017 jacket trends

Autumn/Winter 2017 jacket trendsAs much as I love #dressingthebump and all the stunning maternity styles that I’ve been showcasing, I’m actually looking forward to my post-preggy days when I’ll be able to squeeze into my favorite outfits again. (Operative word being “squeeze”) I think the real score is that baby Jo will be joining us at the end of May, which means that I can start shopping for Autumn and Winter gear now! I spotted some really fab Autumn/Winter 2017 jacket trends on Superbalist – six styles in all – and I have to have one of each! From puffers to bombers, super svelte parkas and military styled coats to over-sized biker jackets and elegant faux furs, there is something for everyone. Yep, even you Margaret. Check out these style ideas and you could win a Superbalist voucher to get that jacket that you’ve had your eye on! (more…)

Sneaker LAB Premium Shoe Care Kit: review and giveaway!

Sneaker LAB
When you have a gazillion children, like I do (please, love my drama, don’t hate on it) you’re always eager to find quicker and easier ways of doing things. One such thing has been the saving grace of Sneaker LAB – an innovative premium shoe care product that is helping me keep my teen (and tots) sneakers looking fresher for longer. Yes, it’s possible! Let me show you how (and give you a shoe care kit to try out for yourself!) (more…)

Dressing the bump: Yummy Mummy Maternity {WIN!}

Yummy Mummy MaternityMarch is the month of #dressingthebump. Yep, I’ve claimed it! And I am totally enjoying the beautiful maternity and body positive clothing that I get to showcase while doing so. This week I model the very stylish and comfortable Yummy Mummy Maternity capsule collection.  Made of high quality fabrics, with that growing mummy belly in mind, the capsule collection is a mix of four basic maternity wear items. (Wana win one? Stay tuned!) (more…)

Books that made me appreciate life

appreciate lifeWhenever my birthday comes around, I find myself valuing the gift of life, love and family. We are so blessed! All of us. Yes, even without Kim Kardashian hair. I’ve been enjoying a few amazing reads from Christian Art Media, that made me appreciate life even more. These books helped me to self reflect, clear my head space (which is usually difficult if you have a spreadsheet brain) and realign my thoughts. They say you are what you think. It’s the TRUTH! I’ve found that when I focus my thoughts on that which is good, my mood is instantly lifted, my goals become clearer and I am able to face challenges with a smile on my face! So, to say happy birthday to me, I’d like to give some of these amazing books to one reader. But first, more on the books: (more…)

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