I have a new home…

I’m now at http://www.dearmax.org – please find me there!


I have 40+ Essie nailpolishes, plus six other random facts

Dear Max

Karen from MomAgain40 gave me this award – thanks hun! The rules are simple: share seven things about yourself, and pass this on to 15 other bloggers.

So here they are:
– I love nectarines, chai tea and sour gum sweets
– I am contemplating getting a tattoo (gasp!)
– I never enjoyed Lost or Desperate Housewives
– I have about 40 Essie nail polishes
– I will ALWAYS feel 12kg overweight
– I cannot wait to go to Paris or New York again
– I have never read any of the Harry Potter books

I nominate the following to pass this forward:
Sharon, Melinda, Nicki, Taryne, Vanessa, Anita, Tania, Tiffany, Celeste, Bronwynne, Hayley, Sam, Bronwyn, Rina and Gina. No pressure… (who am I kidding, the pressure is awn!)


If we weren’t Jewish, this is what our Christmas greeting would look like…

Dear Max

When Vanessa of Nina Say Cheese invited us for a Christmas shoot, I didn’t think twice. I love quirkiness, and I love Vanessa’s pics, and I loved the idea of a Jewish kid in a Christmas shoot.

The result – an ethereal and magnificent pic that I think I might make into a Chrismukkah greeting.


Why it’s acceptable to wear glitter on your eyes, plus other end-of-week observations

Dear Max

Some thoughts from the last week:
– American Horror Story is my new fave TV series. It’s made by the same guy who created Glee, and it’s macabre, odd, scary, obscure and funny, and I’m unashamedly hooked.
Taryne Jakobi makes amazing orange chocolate cake. I had more than one slice this week. I lost count, in fact.
– It’s so utterly hard to forgive someone who has hurt you.
– Glitter on my 30-something eyes is cool. I had a make-up lesson with Candice, who taught me some great hands-on tips. I also threw away dozens of products I’ve acquired over the years (mostly from R5 beauty sales at ex work).
– There are some flipping generous people out there, like the ones who sponsored me on my #FocusMyFunds run for the SPCA. As soon as all the charity is in, I’ll write a blog post about it all.
– Breaking Dawn was lame. And it was no fun without a shirtless Jacob.

Love you so much Max

Happy Friday! The Ben 10 winner is…

Well done Natalie Lawrence! Please drop me an email and we can organise your prize 🙂

The world’s most stupid toy?

Dear Max

Would I buy this for you? Would I even add to a present wishlist for you? Probably not. Here’s why:
– It’s called Doggie Doo
– It is essentially a plastic toy dog that passes gas and then poops out a soft, colourful and non-toxic claylike substance
– How it works? Children take turns feeding clay pellets to a plastic dog. Then they roll a die to determine how many times they’ll squeeze the dog’s leash. The leash is really a pump, and each squeeze pushes the “food” through the dog’s digestive system. After many pumps and presumably, it comes out the other end and the child uses a plastic shovel to collect the poop. The first child to collect three pieces of poo wins.
– It’s supposed to teach kids how to look after dogs and pick up their poop (Max, if I wanted to do this, I’d give you Gina’s pooper scooper and take you around our garden picking up crapola).

And another sh*tty thing – it costs $29.99 overseas.


via John Kass, http://www.chicagotribune.com

Look what Mom has done with her new gadget…

Dear Max

So while I love my iPhone a lot and while loads of pics on this blog were taken on my iPhone, the good peeps at Kodak decided to give me a Kodak Z990 camera to take more cool pics (for when the awesome Vanessa or Celeste aren’t around).

I’ve been having fun, learning a bit, and while I’m not the next Annie Leibowitz or Herb Ritts, I’ve taken some great pics of you, and it really is a way of growing my library of pics of us, and life. But seriously Max, you aren’t at the age of keeping still and posing, I’m battling a bit to catch you on camera a lot of the time (it’s not the camera, really, it’s just that you are always on the move and groove).

Here’s some of what we’ve been up to ala Kodak… taken at Serendipity.

Love that hair

Love you,

Another great initiative to make you think

Dear Max

Just like manners and good behaviour, I think that road safety and responsible driving starts at home and with oneself.

I’ve just signed up at http://www.ipledge.co.za, and committed to responsible, drunk-free and safe driving. I wish it could change everyone, but if it can change handfuls, and cause people to sign, commit and think their behaviour through next time, then that is valuable.

Amazeballs Ben 10 hamper looking for a home… win here!

To celebrate the launch of new game show Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge on Cartoon Network, I’m giving away a Ben 10 hamper that, if I were a boy, would adore. The hype around Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge, is that not is it a cool show, but it’s the first to be produced independently of the franchise, but is still inspired by the three animation series – Ben 10, Ben 10: Alien Force, and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.

The game-show format will see kids tasked with Ben 10 general knowledge rounds, as well as physical and mental agility tests and an assault course. The show is on Fridays at 5.55pm, with repeats on Saturday at 11.35am and Wednesday at 6am.

So, just in time for Christmas, comes this cool prize of a Ben 10 hamper, which includes:
Ben 10 Alien Swarm Omnitrix Projector
Ben 10 Projector Pen
Ben 10 Yo-yo
Ben 10 Alien Force T-shirt
Ben 10 Disc Alien Ultimatrix
Generic Ben 10 T-shirt
Ben 10 Phone Charm
Cartoon Network Backpack
Flashdrive Bloo
Plush Set EEE Bobblehead

To enter the draw, comment below and you’ll be entered. Simple! Good luck peeps. Winners will be announced on Friday.

Sometimes I think my child is on loan

Dear Max

So here’s something weird – sometimes I feel like your mom (even though you look nothing like me) and it feels natural and all those instincts that everyone talks about are strong.

Yet other times, I wonder WTF I’m doing – how do I know how to teach you lessons, how do I know how to mother, and how do I know to set boundaries, to discipline, to nurture in your best interests? These are the times I feel like I’m your babysitter or au pair, like any minute your “real” mom is going to come and take over, someone who knows *exactly* what they’re doing.

Please know that this has nothing to do with not connecting to you, or loving you enough, or not thinking you are awesome enough – it’s quite the opposite. It’s so good and you’re so phenomenal that sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s no dream – that I really do have the privilege of being your mom.

I love you dude,