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Adam turns 3 and we want to celebrate!!! + {Giveaway CLOSED}

I swear I don’t only have one kid….but I figure Adam is the youngest, he can’t really complain (or read) about what I write about him. Some of you have seen the fiascoes that arise when the kids spot what I’ve written about them on the blog. Oi vey! So seeing as he can’t complain, today’s post is about Adam. Adam turning 3 specifically! I’m not one of those moms that write letters and reminisce about the baby years….this is not that kind of post, I think……. I’m actually not sure what kind of post it will be….so bear with me….

Life before Adam

In 2013 my husband and I were trying to decide if we wanted another baby….I was at the height of my ‘losing-weight-and-training-sort-of-best-life‘ at the time. I wasn’t sure I wanted to put that on hold for a baby! With training and skipping pills, the week after we decided…okay we’ll do it…..we found out I was pregnant.  Well I guess it was already out of our hands…what’s meant to be right? Only it wasn’t meant to be…after a rocky 4 weeks of puking that ended abruptly, we found out the abrupt ending of the vomiting signaled the end of the pregnancy. It was a tough time, because 2 weeks after the D&C I had severe complications and I am guessing I came close to the end of my life. The doctor said we’d conceive soon afterwards….only we didn’t. Fast forward a year and a few months later, and…..#BabyOnBoard. This was a month before somebody was due to have their baby making business closed…..


I had a horrific pregnancy.….I literally have nothing good to say about it…my hope was that the kid coming out at the end of the 9 months would be worth it. And he was….such a joy of a child. Never cried, slept well….I was the mom that got eye rolls…. 3rd time is a charm it seemed! Only it wasn’t….after a week long hospital visit when he was 6 months old, my child morphed into somebody else’s baby. A baby that decided for the next 1.5yrs he wasn’t big on sleeping. Oh how I prayed that year away…..just to make it and survive. Thankfully we did survive and you all recall that time when our boss baby turned 2! Well here we are…a year later….

As we approach the beginning of the 4th year…. I can honestly say….I don’t miss the baby years. I’m NOT that mom…this is NOT that blog…. I am happy to have a kid that can make his own peanut butter sandwiches….a kid I don’t have to watch when he walks down the stairs. Just another little self-sufficient human…..besides the damn nappy situation…..

You’ll never find me saying this on social media, but I’ll make an exception today…Damn this kid was cute!!

Rainbow baby

When we had the miscarriage I was sad I guess, but it’s not something I dwell on at all or remember dates, etc. It’s probably easier for me, because we had our ‘rainbow baby‘ as they are called. Without the miscarriage….Adam would not be here. So to me, that was meant to be…. #SilverLining and all. Can you imagine the lack of blog content with no Adam?? What would my instagram stories actually be about? I cannot imagine a world without Adam…

  • A world without his smile……that mischievous grin….
  • An Adam that decides at 9pm he wants me to read 7 books to him, some with no pictures…. (FML on those nights though! lol)
  • A boy who is so glued to his father….who loves his father like he loves no other…. ( I am sure my husband thinks FML when Adam refuses to go to anybody else 90% of the time…but they have a special bond and I know he loves and treasures that)
  • The Adam that mimics his older brother and just looks at him with so much adoration and pride….. (My heart….)
  • Adam….who loves to brush my hair….
  • Who kisses our einas better….
  • Who beats up the person that upsets his sister/brother/mom/dad/granny or cousin (nobody is safe…we all get a hiding if we make anybody cry…or pretend cry, because it’s fun to see him beat somebody up….lol)
  • The Adam that you catch making his own nesquik…spilling a litre of milk in the process, but he’s so proud that he scaled the cupboards, opened the fridge, got a glass and did it! (Let’s ignore the lack of supervising skills in my household.)

This kid….he gives the best soft kisses and hugs. Ahh….my baby boy is growing up! Darn it…with these tears forming, maybe I am THAT mom…just a little bit…..  Happy birthday my baby boy! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you….hopefully the future includes no nappies in the next few months…that would be nice. (I have to go there….lol) 

So you all know how much Adam has destroyed in terms of my makeup right? I thought it only fair to use all his birthday gift and party money, to instead spoil one of my readers! I’m a good mom right?? Ha ha. Just kidding…Adam is not having a party this year…..and I promise the giveaway did not cost him a birthday present! I thought his birthday was just a good excuse to have a giveaway! If not, why not?

What can you win?

  • Sorbet Salon Skin Vitamin Rescue Masque
  • Essence Shape your face contouring palette
  • Colourpop Golden State of Mind Eyeshadow palette
  • Tarteist pro glow liquid highlighter
  • Adesse HD liquid lipstick
  • Elizabeth Arden High Drama Eyeliner in black
  • L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Wash
  • Conditional extra prize: Elizabeth Arden Everyday Perfection Bouncy Makeup – please note I only have 2 shades. This prize is not guaranteed to contain this item, as this may not be your shade. I will not substitute it if it is not a match for you. 

How to enter:

Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget and you’re sorted! The  only mandatory entry is to leave a comment below telling me which post about Adam has been your favourite to read! (Some links are included in this post.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. This competition is only open to readers residing in South Africa.
  2. The giveaway will run until 12:00am, on Friday, 21st September 2018, with a winner being selected at random shortly afterwards.  I will announce the winners of my giveaway on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so make sure you follow me on all 3 social media platforms so you don’t miss the announcement.
  3. If no reply to my email has been received within 72hrs, a new winner will be selected.
  4. Ensure you complete the necessary steps to validate your entries. I have no choice but to disqualify any incorrect entries received.
  5. I really hope you only enter if you’re a regular reader or you plan to stick around <3
  6. This giveaway is in no way associated with the brands included in this giveaway.
  7. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery.
  8. If you have won a prize in the last 6 months, you are not eligible to win again.

BEFORE YOU GO….if you have a daughter/niece/friend’s child and are interested in winning an inspired Bible for girls,  please head over to In The Meantime for a giveaway she is also running from today! The Inspire Bible, worth R500, is a special coloring and Journalism Bible created with little girls in mind. (Our giveaways are in no way related or linked though.)


I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!


  • Marshni Padayachee

    My favorite post about Adam is THE COST OF TODDLER Destruction. I love the last picture in it with his foot stuck in the wet wipe container and the toast on him. He looks Soooo cute😁

  • Nisa

    I’m not THAT mom either but reading this post sure makes me seem like I would be, tears and all. Wishing your handsome lad a wonderful birthday and I hope we can meet soon cos he sounds like the perfect friend for my little ones. Love you 😘

  • Nasrene Sheik

    Definitely this post. I am THAT mom. Happy 3rd birthday to your little man. May God grant him all his little heart desires.

  • Marshni Padayachee

    My favorite pots about Adam is the cost of toddler destruction. I love the last picture in the post with his foot stuck in the wet wipe container and the toast on him. He is soooo cute.

  • Ramona

    The day I found out I was pregnant it was the happiest 2seconds of my life then the doc said I’m miscarrying. I would of had twins but my pregnancy was ectopic and I was a little more than two months along but my gyne did nothing about just sent me home and I had to google what I needed to know. I almost died. But I don’t dwell on it either because if I do I may slowly go insane it’s been a few months but sometimes when I see moms with their baby’s I wonder if I would have made a good mommy

    • Simone

      Ahh Ramona that is a really hard thing to go through…I am so so sorry 🙁 I pray that you’ll have the experience to be a mom one day soon if that is your heart’s desire…and I’m pretty sure you’ll make an amazing mom!

  • Amy-Lee

    Definitely this one! It had me reminiscing about my boys when they were 3. And I think Adams best years are yet to come ❤️ He is a total cutie and gave me th giggles when I read about how he destroyed your make up 🙈Happy birthday Adam, May God richly bless you all the days of your life 🎉🤗

  • Zaheera

    The potty-training escapades! It adorably showed his personality! And made me laugh! The Boss Baby themed party was a definite fit! May God bless him with a long, successful life ❤️

  • Lisa

    Happy birthday to Adam! I loved this post about him, showing just how much we love our little guys even when they can be so naughty! 🙂

  • Anusha Naidoo

    THE COST OF TODDLER DESTRUCTION post was definitely a favourite post.😍😍😍😍
    Although it was devastating to read of the make up destruction especially of the nude palette . You wrote this is in a light hearted humorous way . And the pics more so of cute Adam ….reminded me of my daughter destroying my favourite lipstick and highlighter. Adam is sooo adorable look forward to more of his escapades.🙂
    Happy Birthday and blessings precious little boy 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗

  • Tahira Khan

    The cost of toddler destruction post for suree sure
    ! 😍❤️
    He is adorable in those pics omg! I absolutely love your posts and blogs Simone, it just keeps me so entertained.

    I also just would like wish Adam I happy 3rd birthday. ❤️ Richest blessings to him. ✨

  • Jadie Jones

    Your parenting posts are all great because they are honest and you don’t pretend to always have it all together! Love that! I think the potty training post is probably one of my favourites because it illustrates how even with a third child, parenting brings surprises.

  • Julia Booysen

    My favourite post was “Adam turns 3” ♥️ This post warmed my heart! This is the reason why I can’t wait to have my own little one! ♥️

  • Chanté Ho Hip

    I absolutely loved this post just as much as how adorable I think your son is! 💕 firstly a happy happy birthday Adam and a congratulations to you Simone, you have raised a fine young man.

    My favorite post, no matter how heart breaking it was to read, had to be the toddler destruction one. I will never forget that one 😂😂

  • Natalie Naidoo

    Loved every bit of this post! My fav being the “rainbow baby”. Adam is so gorgeous! Love his spunk! I’m sure he had the best day ever! I mean the cake was simply Wow! Amazing!

  • Janet Perry

    Reading about all the makeup Adam destroyed makes me marvel again at just how many sacrifices and adjustments we make as Moms! Had one of our treasured palettes or eyeshadows been dropped or even just cracked in our pre-Mom days, it would’ve felt like the end of the world but children teach us about priorities and patience (sometimes in not-so-pleasant ways) and we learn to get over stuff and move on and love them all the same!!😁😁😁👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🤗🤗🤗😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️🌸🌸🌸💐💐💐💕💕💕

  • Tracy Jacobs

    This post I love! What a gorgeous child! Happy birthday to your Adam and Thankyou for using his birthday as an excuse to bless your readers…..

  • Farah Mohamed

    Happy Birthday dear Adam. I must say, I think I had to love and totally felt the “damn nappy situation” blog. I have a two year old daughter, baby of three kids, and with her sibling potty training was just so much easier and less fuss, and now madam comes in with a no nonsense attitude, basically making us understand….”that you will wait until I am ready”….and that’s exactly what we doing. Allowing her to just be a baby until she decides I’m literally ready to put on my big girl panties now 🙂

  • Megan

    Definitely this post because Adam turns 3 and is now a big boy. congratulations to Mommy and Daddy for raising such a cutie 😉 xx

  • Donna

    This post my friend.. totes love it. Thing is I don’t know which one’s my favourite though. Thing is all your posts are soooo real.. I love it. You say it straight out And I’ve told you that many times before. But I think it would have to be this one… or is it the cost of toddler destruction. Or the potty training one. Oi vey… his face in the pic with the toast …his face do.You get upset with that face?
    ok… So This post is the one I’ll choose.
    Was good seeing y’all Saturday. And seeing Adam..all quiet… littleI did we know he was just warming up lol.
    I know he had a blast yesterday of Caus.. that cake alone.. magnificent.

  • Letesha Korasie

    I loved the cost of toddler destruction blog. I myself have a toddler and she loves playing with my make up and together with her almost 12 year old brother they have destroyed the most expensive of eyeshadows.

  • Wendy Cameron

    Loved the Birthday post, and how he is celebrated; after sadness he came; just like how we learn through our hardships, there is always a silver lining and what a character he is! All smiles with his dinosaurs and all. #AdamTurns3

  • Eden

    I really enjoyed “The Cost of Toddler Destruction” because it’s so relatable 😅 all the little kids and even my dogs have cost me a lot at times. Hope it’s gotten better since! 💖

  • stephanie videira

    Loved this post about him, Happy birthday bet you had a fab day and you sound like an amazing little boy love the fact that you will protect your family (Who beats up the person that upsets his sister/brother/mom/dad/granny or cousin ) very sweet 🙂

  • Nimmi

    My fave post about Adam was the Cost of Toddler Destruction. The remnants of make-up on his face coupled with him looking as innocent can be just made the post!

  • Cindy Kotze

    The cost of Toddler destruction is definitely one of the funniest (and saddest for the makeup) posts. Adam is so busy but absolutely adorable! I love all your insta stories of how Adam gets up to mischief 💕

  • TINA

    About the Rainbow Baby , God bless you , you have adam after your miscarriage ,
    thing’s happen for a reason

    .So to me, that was meant to be…. #SilverLining and all. beautifully said

  • Melanie Pretorius

    My favourite post was definitely the one where he destroyed the makeup items. Looking at the cost of it all, it’s heartbreaking. The sheer joy on his face whilst his doing it, unaware of the damage is heartwarming though. When he gets older (read: earns his own money, show him this and you will be rewarded with loads of makeup goodies)

  • Cirsten Van Den Heuvel

    Love the Instagram feed with you taking adam birthday shopping to choose a present. I tried this with my two year old so can imagine how it went. Like a bull in a China shop. I’m so glad he chose the thomas train carrier it’s so adorable. Both my boys are thomas the train obsessed. Happy birthday to cutie pie adam

  • Janice

    I just love your blog!! cant believe our baba’s are 3 already! What a cutie pie Adam is!!! So proud of you and your blog!!! And would love to win this prize.

  • Jolene van Wyk

    I just discovered your blog! Love it! Happy to read about someone else’s experiences having a boy! 🙂 thought mine was the only wild one 😉

  • Chanelle Adamson

    This post is so cute and such a beautiful rendition of the joys and fun that comes with having a little one! Thanks for sharing and thanks for this great competition. I am a mom to a very busy just-turned-3 princess warrior child so some pampering is much needed 😁 keep well!

  • Nina b

    Happy birthday Adam! My favourite read was about the damn nappy situation 🙂 he put his own nappy !! One day Adam and siblimgs will read your blog articles and relive their childhood through your their loving mother’s words and humour 🙂

  • Susana

    My favorite post about Adam is any post that features his cute dinosaur, i remember you posted that his dinosaur buddy wanted to eat cheese curls too.. 😀

  • Susana

    My favorite post about Adam is any post that features his cute dinosaur, i remember you posted that his dinosaur buddy wanted to eat cheese curls too.. 😀 his so cute

  • Dhesh

    The cost of toddler destruction was too funny. You have the patience of a saint!..but I guess that cute little face makes everything better.

  • Felicity

    The cost of toddler destruction is definitely one that we can all relate to….And their abilities of destruction are limitless. My son is 5 and is still at it…but now it’s deconstructing his older brothers Lego masterpieces. …why we ask? Because I’m a master builder he says 🙈 everything is awesome 🎵

    Boss baby turns 2 was also cute as i loved that movie too and your party looked awesome. These little ones definitely enjoy ruling the roost xxx

  • Caronessa

    My favourite post about Adam would be this one. Love your honesty about the tough first years with him. I was a single mom at 16. It made me think about the rough couple of months of being a new young mom with a colic baby! Thank God for time and kids growing up! Would love this prize. P.S tomorrow, the 21st is my birthday. Fingers crossed for a nice surprise. Hahaha.

  • Mishka Manilal

    This is such a cute post! You give me baby fever! You’re such an amazing mom and have such an amazing family. The cost of toddler destruction is sooo funny! Love learning about your family life.

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