Life in the Smal household.

It’s been a few weeks since I posted on here and truth be told, I am totally okay with that. I went out for drinks with some people after work on Friday (I KNOW.. living LARGE) and we got onto the topic of blogging. You will know that I have always been very true to my belief that this blog is a hobby, something to be enjoyed and not something I have ever wanted to be a slave to. It is not a business, although of course I do sponsored content here and there with brands that I truly believe in and love, I consider that both a perk and a privilege. The point I am trying to make is that I have never wanted to feel life a slave to my own blog. I never want to feel guilty for my lack of communication on here and I live true to that. I don’t post for the sake of being current and I don’t post when I don’t feel like I have something valuable to add. Thank you to all you loyal folk who continue to visit and pop in on the regular. We dig you!

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Jordans Super Hero 3rd Birthday party.


Jordan had a dress up day at school a while back, they were able to wear whatever they wanted. Nic and I bought Jordy a batman mask and a cape for the occasion and since that day, Jords has been asking for a Super Hero party. Not a day goes by that Jords doesn’t give his mask and cape a spin. Poor Nic never has to go to gym a day in his life the amount of times he throws super hero Jordy into the hair and flies him around the house.

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Dear Jordan, on your 3rd Birthday x


My sweet Jordels. I cannot believe it’s been 3 years since you came into our lives. On the one hand it feels like forever because I can’t and don’t ever want to imagine life without you in it, but on the other hand I cannot believe how time has flown. You asked for a Super Hero party this year and we even got a jumping castle – it was all the rage.

You are such an incredible soul my darling. You are so well spoken and you have the silliest and the best sense of humour for your age. You make us laugh so much and I wish I could record all the funny things you say so that I could keep them forever. You absolutely love anything that has wheels, cars, motorbikes, scooters, trains, tractors. If we ever run out of outing ideas, all we need to do is take you to a construction site and you will happily spend hours sitting on the tractors pretending to drive them like a self-proclaimed ‘builder man’. We cannot execute a trip to a shop or restaurant without you spotting the motorbike or scooter in the parking lot and you will always want to go and have a look, even though you know you can’t sit on them all. In the beginning we didn’t really know how to respond to your demands of “Want to see the motorbike please”.. because it was every single time without fail. But we have realized that 5 minutes spent looking at the motorbike in the parking lot makes your little heart so happy that we oblige now without any questions.  You are a curious and interested little boy and we encourage that in you whole heartedly.JORDANBIRTHDAY9 JORDANBIRTHDAY6 JORDANBIRTHDAY2 You need to know everything about everything. You ask a million questions a day. Sometimes more. Even then the answers sometimes aren’t good enough for your inquisitive mind. “Because I said so” doesn’t ever cut it with you and you’ll persist until you can fully understand whatever it is that you want to know. I love this about you so much. You have such a zest for understanding things and for learning and you are fiercely persistent, it’s such a wonderful character trait. You are potty trained now and we are so proud of you. It took a while for you to wrap your head around making your number 2’s on such a big toilet but one day (in Addo Elephant park whilst on holiday) I promised you a chocolate milkshake if you did it on the loo and your eyes lit up instantly and off you ran. You were so proud and you loved your milkshake. Micah loves you so much and I am so proud of the amazing big brother you are to him. Micah adores you and he starts smiling and frantically looking around at the sound of your voice. I cannot wait to see your relationship bloom and grow. It makes my mommy heart so happy that you’ll always have each other.


You still love your bed time bottle, your dummy and your beloved bunny which looks a little bit tired these days to say the least. I am in no rush to make you give those things up though. For what? They comfort you and you love them.
You have endless energy and you are so amazing on your trampoline, your balance bike and your new scooter that mommy and daddy bought your for your birthday this year. You have so much coordination and you love pretending to be Ryder and playing Paw Patrol on your balance bike. Since getting your scooter you love to pretend to be Penny from ‘Bolt’ and Banjoe has to be Bolt the dog. You get so into it and your little face beams front the excitement of it all because you genuinely believe that you are those characters in the moment.

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Help your toddler to sleep later in the morning. Explaining the Gro Clock.


For as long as I can remember, Jordan has woken up at 4:45/5am. That’s when our day used to start. 95% of the time he doesn’t ‘sleep through’ until then either. He wakes frequently for milk or water and even though he generally goes right back to bed, the broken sleep is a killer for all involved. We have tried everything.. later bed time, earlier bed time, no afternoon nap. NOTHING has worked. Jordan has a busy morning at school so by the time he gets home at 12 he is exhausted and sometimes even asks to nap, although that has stated to fall away as well which makes for a loooong day.

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Happy 12 weeks Micah baby.


How did we get here? You are 12 weeks old already. It’s been so great to be honest.. and for some reason I feel guilty saying that. Probably because of societies stereotype on becoming a mom and especially becoming a mom to more than one child. It can’t be manageable, you must struggle and surely you stay in your pyjamas every day and don’t wash your hair for weeks. Of course we have had rough nights but it’s been nothing that we haven’t been able to handle without loosing our marbles. I would be the first to admit if I was struggling purely for the support, but I really feel that it has been easier this time, MUCH easier. I do understand that every baby is so different, I really get that now as Jordan did not have nearly as much chill as Micah does. I also suppose that it is really different the second time around because you know what to expect and you don’t question every noise and every niggle. We have coped so well because you are such a champion my Micah. Really. And so is your brother.

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