So, here we are… Day 1 of South Africa’s 21 Day LOCKDOWN. You’ve got the kids sorted… Stocked up on food and toilet paper to last at least a week or two… You may be working and “momming ” OR just full-on, full-time “momming” and homeschooling… One thing, or rather one person I know you’ve forgotten about is YOURSELF. 21 Days in the same spot can make even the most stable, optimistic of us, STIR CRAZY!!!!!! That’s why you need to make time for yourself too, even if it’s just for a few minutes daily. Mamas, sit back and have a glance at our “Self-care tips for moms: 10 Things to do during #LOCKDOWN”. You’re sure to find something that “feeds your soul” during this time.
For the foodie mom…
If cooking is your thing… Why not learn from the best, for FREE! Yuppiechef is giving everyone 30 days FREE access to all of Yuppiechef’s Online Cooking School courses! Professional chefs, Peter Goffe-Wood, Sarah Graham and Franck Dangereux, will be teaching you all about meats, french classics, quick and easy dinners, sauces, breakfast favourites, how to cook fresh, treats, dessert, chocolates and how to prepare a Christmas feast!
I’ve already signed up and will start watching my 1st video tutorial tomorrow! Click HERE to join too.
For the mama wanting to grow…
Why not take this time to invest in YOURSELF! Caitlyn de Beer is a mom, a life-coach and basically all-around girls gal. She wants every woman to LOVE HER LIFE -just as it is and helps so many through her incredible online courses.
This week she launched the “Chaos to Calm”, self-paced online course aimed at helping YOU create a safe space on your journey towards greater self-awareness. Through 5 downloadable audios and 4 worksheets, you’ll grow from being self-critical, always running from uncomfortable situations to a woman that knows how to manage herself and her feelings in a positive, inspirational way. There’s no right or wrong answers, no deadlines to meet… You work at your own pace.
Best of all, the course is only R200 (you’ll get access immediately) with R100 going towards a local AIDS orphanage in need of support during the Covid-19 pandemic. Purchase your “Chaos to Calm” short course HERE.
For the mama in need of some retail therapy…
Nothing wrong with wanting to spoil yourself – just a little, and I’m sure chocolate is seen as an essential, right?
For the photo-loving mama…
I know you’ve got a phone FULL of photos or a hard drive about to crash… And there’s just never anytime to make up that family holiday photobook… The FujiFilm My PhotoBooks website is still up and running which means you can download their FREE photobook software while taking your time to create a beautiful photobook filled with your precious memories.
It’s SUPER easy!
- Download the FREE software.
- Choose photos you’d like to add to your book.
- Drag-and-drop your images into the album templates – they have so many themes, borders and extras to choose from.
- Save your beautiful book to your computer.
- And place your order after lockdown.
For the organised mom…
What better time to “spring clean” than now, it’s not like you can go anywhere…
- Why not consider taking up Project 333 – sorting out your winter wardrobe. “Wear just 33 items for 3 months and get back all the JOY you were missing while you were worrying about what to wear.”
- It’s also never too late to join the Marie Kondo train – visit her blog for the BEST “Tidy Tips”
- Or start with something small, like organising your children’s arts and crafts (I know you have them stored somewhere, collecting dust). Decide which pieces you’d like to keep, throw out damaged or less important works and after 21 days, order yourself a Bumble Box Artbook. These are incredible PLUS there’s never been a more important time to support small, local businesses.
For the dancing mama…
Get your feet moving (and your mind in the right vibe). Join Spotify!
FREE music on your phone or computer. It’s amazing. I’m actually listening to our Lockdown Shakedown playlist as I type this. You’ll find us rocking out to local bands The Narrow, Desmond and the Tutus, BOO and other favourites like Pharrel, Katy Perry, Florence + The Machine, Imagine Dragons AND LOADS MORE!
For the creative mom…
Simply look for the hashtag #quarantineartclub on Instagram. You’ll find loads of art challenges to join in and keep you inspired. Even just following the hashtag puts a smile on my face.
For the faithful mom…
If you’ve been following us on social media you’ll know I haven’t stopped posting about the 11-week devotional I started last year. “Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood” is a must-read for all moms, no matter your religious belief actually.
I have followers from so many backgrounds commenting and loving the lessons, truths and scriptures shares in this book.
Purchase and download the eBook HERE via Takealot.com for only R239 – you could be reading it tonight.
For the active mom…
We can’t leave our homes but there’s no reason to not keep our bodies moving. We are going to need all the “feel-good hormones and endorphins” to flow! Have a look at our Mommy and Baby Workout Routine to see how you can get fit with your baby, nothing else needed.
Fit mama Angelique van der Linde from Just Victorious Living has also been sharing home workout tips via Instagram this week and Li Yoga just launched online yoga sessions to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Taz Falconer from Alchemy Store will be hosting a LIVE “18 Day Online Keep fit & Learn to split Challenge” for those needed to stay motivated in a group.
- 18 x live online sculpt classes. 9am daily
- 18 x live online stretch classes. 5pm daily
For the reading mom…
ISSUU online magazine platform is the place to be… Buy your favourite local and international monthly publication for a fraction of the price. Every issue can be downloaded and enjoyed completely paperless. Less waste and less old magazines stacked in your home.
We are in this together mamas and we need to stick together. Find strength, calm and peace in the chaos by choosing to do just one of the options above or even a few… It’s all up to you. Just remember to take a moment for yourself during the next 21 days.
Ps: Remember to pass this post along to any of your mom-friends too. You never know who might need some inspiration during this time. xxx
PHOTO CREDIT | Selected photos by Anje-Ilana van Dalen from Madison & West Lifestyle Division.