Eve writes: Journey of love

The journey of me.
The journey of us.
The journey of we becoming three.
The journey of the four of us.
The journey of love.
🖤
When inspiration strikes, you surrender and write. Even when you know you should be tucked in sleeping hard (or hardly sleeping) ‘cuz your 3-month-old has been a bit fussy sleeper few days in a row and you need every precious minute of sleep to fuel your body for the next adventurous day with 2 small kids. Real moments. Pure happiness. My biggest loves. Photo by amazing Kristiin.

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I spy: Bryanston Organic and Natural Market

I spy: Bryanston Organic and Natural Market || Open every Thursday & Saturday 9am-3pm

Visited another market in Johannesburg. Cozy and relaxed vibe. Great place to pop by. I was really pleased because I found one artist who has a bit different style from typical ‘acrylic paint on canvas or paper showcasing African people silhouettes and animals’. It is smth I have wanted to try myself.

On a different note, something for other moms out there. Was happy to find Pure Beginnings baby wipes here. I have been using Jackson Reese’s Kinder by Nature wipes which  I ordered from Amazon but guess what, shipping to South Africa would cost 50 euros so I decided to try out this South African organic baby and kids skin care brand that had good reviews. Wanted to order online but luckily found them here first, bought some to try out. First impressions: good wet feel and not too intense scent. Baby looks happy too👌😄

UPDATE❗Love these wipes!!! Definitely will keep using them. No rash, no bad smell, nothing. Buy them bulk from Dischem Rosebank Mall which is definitely cheaper that I spent when I first bought them from the market🙈

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Eve writes: Do something

Woke up today and got really active – breakfast, diaper and clothes change for both of my kids, shower, some cleaning and then suddenly I felt it coming. The feeling when you don’t want to do anything. Arghh, but it was only 9:30 am and I was home alone with a baby and a toddler. So what to do when you don’t feel like doing anything? Do SOMETHING. Whatever it is, just do it! I mean.. I am lucky because my toddler won’t let me sit around and stare at the wall all day nor sleep. And because he loves to listen to some music and dance and draw, we did all of those things. I thought I would just lay in the bed and let him do all the dancing and drawing but of course you can guess how that turned out. We danced and laughed and then this little art piece happened and danced some more and all of a sudden I had so much energy in me😄🐻

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I spy: Artist Rose Kamoto

I spy with my little eye..beautiful artist Rose Kamoto, who I met at the Rosebank Sunday Market (read about the market more from my previous post here). Rose is a self-taught artist from Kenya. The market had so much ‘noise’ and colours, but Rose’s art, just as colourful as the market, still stood out for me. I don’t know what it really is about her art, it kind of reminds me of so many other street artists here in Africa, but there is some sort of spark, something extra in her works. One specific style she is creating stood out the most. These are dancing Maasai women. I didn’t have much time to talk to her at the market, but I did some Googling and read that Rose spent time living among Maasai tribe in Kenya and this has influenced her art a lot. This is really fascinating because the Maasai are among the few tribes in Africa who still strongly stick to their culture. And as it turns out you can visit some Maasai tribes villages to experience their culture, traditions and lifestyle (in return for a fee of course).

I also snatched myself one piece of Maasai women dancing. I would of wanted to buy a bigger piece, but right now it is not the right moment and I am not interested in keeping it hidden in the closet for a few years before framing it and hanging it up. So now I am a proud owner of this smaller piece and I love it. Elegant, sophisticated and gorgeous, don’t you think?

I am not sure right now, where you can buy her art besides the Rosebank Sunday Market (as I understood, she is frequent seller there) but if I have some more info I will update the info here. Also you can e-mail her directly: rosecrafts@hotmail.com

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I spy: Rosebank Sunday Market in Joburg

Last weekend we went to visit Rosebank Sunday Market in Johannesburg. It is located at Rosebank Mall’s 4th floor carpark section. It is held every Sunday from 9 am – 4 pm and it should offer live entertainment every last Sunday of the month. They describe themselves as follows: “shopping experience includes an array of tasty delights, interesting bric-a-brac, unusual antiques, original clothing and a eclectic assortment of hand made and creative art and craft market stalls”.

It was cool. There was plenty of space to move around with two strollers, nicely divided sections for crafts and vintage. I was more interested in the crafts section this time but I will definitely go back there some day to spend some more time looking for vintage items and as I read from their website there should be some sort of rooftop bar even (or maybe the bar meant 2 or 3 tables and chairs in one corner, then I already saw the place 😀 ).

Anyway the marketplace was fun way to spend time with my family and do some art shopping. I bought one piece from the artist named Rose Kamoto (will tell you about her in my next post). Because of the location my husband even got to expand his Lego collection thanks to the Lego shop in the mall 😀 . We decided that if we are not heading out of town on the weekends then we’ll try to go and explore other markets Johannesburg has to offer. I already made a list of some I found interesting but the thing is most of the markets are held on Saturday and they are all in different places. Joburg is a BIG CITY, so I think one market per day is all our family can handle right now. Go explore and give feedback! Xx.

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Eve writes: Sleepless in Johannesburg

This is not a love story like Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks shared in the movie (Sleepless in Seattle). But after spending 3 weeks in our new home, I am starting to believe we can have a happy ending also. So as some of you know, we moved to South Africa. Yup I know, our adventures in Africa don’t seem to stop because after moving back to Estonia from Mozambique and having 2 kids I was actually the one who thought that I won’t be going to Africa any time soon. But as we all know – life can be full of surprises. So when we were planning our future and rising M (our oldest, 1 year 10 months old) and waiting the second one to pop out, life gave us some strange new signs that we couldn’t ignore. Everything just happened at the right time, so we made the decision to give Africa another shot.

After K was born, we decided to wait 2 months and booked the tickets. The flight from Tallinn to Joburg was “interesting”. I mean, we have travelled with M before to different places, but with 2 kids and 160 kg of stuff we had to pack, it was totally different story. I am not stopping on the details of our travel, nor am I giving much thought about the first days here in our new home. Let’s just say we both agreed that these were the hardest days of our lives yet (wiping the sweat from my forehead 😀).    

First weekend was for surviving. Getting stuff we needed for our new place etc. Second weekend was for doing something small with the family, so that we could get out of the house and spend some time together. We decided to visit Gauteng’s Lion and safari park.  We have visited few other safari parks in South Africa before so this one I wouldn’t even call being on safari. BUT when you want to see some lions not just sleeping and hiding like they usually are in the zoo, this is THE SPOT for doing that! Add a few zebras and giraffes passing by the car and you can call the trip a great success😄. Last weekend was the first one for my family to really start exploring the city of Johannesburg all together. We chose Rosebank Sunday market for that (I will write about it in my next post).

Me and my husband have been to Johannesburg many times while we were living in Mozambique, but not with two small children. Every trip outside of the house together is like a small adventure – who forgets what, who poops where and when, who has a tantrum every 5 minutes and the list goes on and on. Even with so much hassle and sweating it is still a joy to gather experiences and memories together. Also you get wiser and you don’t worry as much as you did the first time. You feel more confident and you actually start to enjoy yourself again.

But getting back to the not sleeping part. Well, the thing is, if your child doesn’t sleep well during the night that means you don’t sleep well and this is why you don’t have the energy to do stuff, plus you have a grumpy kid during daytime. And then you just don’t feel like doing anything special or going anywhere with the family. If this goes on and on and on for a while..well you can see where I am going with this. This is the recipe for disaster. Anyway, we had some pretty bad nights that meant pretty bad days also and we chose to at least do stuff during weekend. And you know what – it totally helped. We still have so-so nights, but what I wanted to say here is that we CHOSE not to let it turn us into sleep deprive zombies. I pretty much worked out a day schedule to do different and fun things together with M and yes, the baby usually messes up some of our plans, but it doesn’t matter. Time goes by so quickly. When M was a newborn I was so overwhelmed by everything that I totally lost myself in this new chaotic life. This time I started to lose myself again but reminded just in time to take control and take action. Thinking positively about everything, not stressing about sleep or the messed up schedule and putting a lot of fun and play into all of the activities is my way of staying sane and taking control. Most important, I started thinking about myself again and started to mix my interests into our daily schedule (workouts with the kid, painting, writing not cleaning and cooking like a crazy person while kids are taking daytime naps etc). Every day is such a valuable learning opportunity for all of us, so don’t get yourself caught up in small errors.

You know what, I think this actually is a love story – love yourself and each day as fully and fearlessly as possible😉

One way only – the positive thinking way 😉
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Creative break: Hand print

Getting messy and creative with my almost 2 year old is one of my favorite time during the day. The way he concentrates while painting with his hands is mesmerizing to watch. You can say it’s just a hand print by looking at the photos, but as I watch him choose color, how intensely he thinks while choosing, how he positions his hand, how he plays with it and how every time he just makes a few hand prints and then signals me that the artwork is finished.

I bring out the watercolors for him to just play, but every time it is me who is learning so much out of this play and i believe so is him. I love how coloring brightens our day and our mood💛💙💚❤️💜

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