Lately I’ve been contemplating my life. You only need to read a few of my more recent posts to understand what I’m talking about …

Set The Scene

Last month I had to go and have my fingerprints taken at the traffic department. No big deal, it was for my SA Drivers License. Unfortunately the machine was struggling to read my prints.

The lady operating the fingerprint machine suggested that I put some hand-cream on. Apparently this is quite common and in cases like this the machine finds it easier to scan your fingerprints if you put on hand-cream or something similar. I don’t know why. I didn’t ask either as she was gesturing to my oversized handbag, expecting me to whip some out!


I made the pretense of rummaging through my bag, supposedly looking for some, knowing full well that I don’t have any. Obviously, as with most women on the planet, I knew exactly all the contents of my handbag. And so I knew that there wasn’t any hand-cream in there. But I felt like I should at least pretend to look for it, because in that moment I was suddenly feeling very ‘judged’.

When I, unsurprisingly, came up empty, she was shocked! I actually wish I could have taken a picture of her face in that moment. Her mouth was hanging open and everything! lol


Almost Like That …

She eventually closed her mouth, took a deep breath, found her tongue and said to me …

“How can you not have any hand cream, are you even a woman?”

It was said in jest, we both laughed, and then she proceeded to offer me some of her’s. It worked, my fingerprints were read and I was out of there.

When I left there though, it got me thinking …

On this seemingly twisted and uphill journey along the path of motherhood … have I somehow misplaced my womanhood?

I don’t carry hand-cream in my hand-bag. In fact I don’t even have a hair brush in there anymore. I’m pretty sure it was removed about six months ago to brush one of the numerous My Little Pony’s mane – and never returned. #momlife

I certainly haven’t missed it. What is in my bag are

  • my purse,
  • roll-on,
  • car keys,
  • house keys,
  • a Troll or two,
  • some copper coins,
  • a hair-band or five,
  • a used tissue,
  • Lip-ice (NOT Lipstick because my kids have probably stolen it!)
  • Oh, and a few of those sweets they give you when you pay at a restaurant.

Does that make me less of a woman?

I realised today that I haven’t actually had my hair done professionally in over eight months. My badly done ‘blonde/yellow’ highlights are now at least an inch over-grown but it is finally the perfect length to wrap in a neat ‘Mom-Bun’.

If I go to the hairdresser they will end up cutting it and then my Mom-bun style won’t work. The thought of having to ‘do’ my hair every day … well, that just isn’t going to happen!

Does that make me less of a woman?

What about the fact that I don’t own, or even want to own a pair of high heels anymore. I think I have a pair of gold wedges somewhere but the last time I looked they were in the girls’ dress-up box!

For about a year before my hip replacements (age 33/34) I was so determined that I would one day wear heels again. Now two years later, I really, really see no point in them.

I think other women look stunning, poised and beautiful in them, IF they can walk in them. You know what? They don’t even have to walk in them, if they can stand up straight in them without it looking like they are about to fall over, they deserve to wear them and be admired for that. If not, then please just take them off?!

But for me … that’s okay thanks. I’ll stick with my flats. I mean, if I can’t even walk in heels, how the hell am I supposed to run after a four-year-old who can’t grasp the fact that ‘Cars Will Run You Over!’ whilst also carrying a bag of groceries, an oversized handbag filled with nothing and dragging the six-year-old who lives in her own world half the time? Seriously!?!

Does that make me less of a woman?

A few weeks ago I was fixing my makeup (for what it’s worth – we must have been going somewhere fancy …) and after about an hour of wearing it half had melted off in the summer heat. There was more on hands (I’m a face toucher) than there was left on my face. I spoke my thoughts out loud and said “I wish there was some kinds of spray-on ‘sealant’ that stops your makeup melting off your face.”

My then THIRTEEN year-old step-daughter looked at me with a face filled with horror, shock, and a touch of pity (almost like the lady from the traffic department). It turns out there is such a product, and it’s been available for years, if not decades. You can even buy it from your local pharmacy beauty counter. Who knew? Not me.

I still haven’t bought any, but I will … eventually. #lifegoals

Does that make me less of a woman?

I don’t wear lipstick. In fact the last lipstick I bought was for my daughter to wear to her dance concert in October last year. It’s a shocking orange colour reminiscent of those neon sunblock face pains that were popular in the 90s on Durban beaches and with cricket fans … I’m not even going to post a picture. I’m sure anyone over the age of 25 remembers them … No? Just me then? Don’t lie to yourself!

Does that make me less of a woman?

One of the other reasons I don’t wear lipstick is because I have permanently chapped lips. I might get away with three or four days in a row where they aren’t dry and cracked, but normally they are. Lipstick on ‘that’ looks like a hack ‘house painter’ painting over a wall riddled with cracks. It’s positively pointless and not very pretty.

So instead of lipstick I use lip gloss, in a shiny nude or pale pink colour, barely noticeable. I think I’ve had the same bottle in my bag for over a year. As a mum of two little girls I see that as an achievement in itself, but that’s a topic for a different post.

Does that make me less of a woman?

I don’t have the answer for all these questions. Let’s face it, this is not even one of those soul-searching posts. I hope you laughed a little.

The reality is that I know there are many Stay At Home Mums of little kids who rock the perfect hair, make-up, heels and handbags that contain hand-cream, but that’s not me. You guys rock! You are what I aspire to be … some days, when I’m ‘going out’. However, the reality for me is that I just don’t, can’t and won’t.

Maybe it’s that in itself that might make me less of a woman. Maybe I’m not less of a woman, maybe I’m “just” a mum. I can live with that. Maybe that’s just me. And that’s okay. I’m happy with ‘just me’.

Don’t worry … before you feel too sorry for me, I know that I Am More Than Just A Mum.  The subject of ‘am I even a woman anymore’ isn’t even really important considering all the other more important things that I need to concern myself with as mum of girls.

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Mom of two little girls and a bonus mum of a teen. On a quest to survive parenting two strong-willed daughters in a modern world, and getting the balance right. I am a perfectly Imperfect parent who shares the highs and lows of parenting. As a family, we love to travel and experience days out with the kids.


  1. junielouboutique 28th September 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Lol! I read this in the school pickup line and had to check my purse to see if I had hand cream! I do (who even knew?) but I also had 3 pairs of socks, a medicine dosing cup, 2 hot wheels, some stickers and a stack of store credit coupons from my local resale shop! Looks like I’m set ???

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 28th September 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Woo hoo! #winning! xxx

  2. The Non-Adventures of a SAHM 28th September 2017 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    When I grow up I want to be one of those mums who put on make-up and use earrings. The ones who use actual pants and not tights. Who leave their hair open and its clean! But who am i kidding ??

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 28th September 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      ?? … ahhh … our aspirations! #whathappenedtous?

      • The Non-Adventures of a SAHM 28th September 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

        I’ll be honest…I have never been that woman ?? but wish me luck, I plan on buying my first (beauty bloggers will faint dead away) foundation soon. These racoon circles are getting bad

        • Mom Of Two Little Girls 28th September 2017 at 10:03 pm - Reply

          ??? I just use B.B. cream, eye liner and mascara. And lip gloss if I can find it.

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  4. evita 29th September 2017 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Oh gosh, the hair conundrum! I also am desperately in need of a hair cut and color – but then all the ways I’ve learned to keep it out of my face won’t work anymore!

  5. motherofangels3 29th September 2017 at 6:44 am - Reply

    We are still women after having kids but our womanly needs become more trivial as we put our children before ourselves. So that being said , I think we are more womanly after having kids and the only thing that has disappeared is the superficial necessities that we were taught made us a woman. We’ve always had the power but society didn’t want us to know.. lol

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 29th September 2017 at 6:53 am - Reply

      I love this perspective! Thanks for sharing this. It’s so true. X

  6. Melissa Javan 29th September 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

    I can so relate. I never wear make up. Must. Get. That. Hand cream.

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 29th September 2017 at 8:00 am - Reply

      haha … so glad it’s not just me.

  7. charliecountryboy 29th September 2017 at 9:04 am - Reply

    I think the fact you are asking these questions makes you a woman, because you are being yourself, a woman, not defined by makeup, high heels and a ‘woman’ list for a handbag. Great writing ??

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 29th September 2017 at 9:04 am - Reply

      Thanks Charlie.

  8. PeanutGallery247 29th September 2017 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I enjoyed reading this post, I love your style of writing…so authentic unashamedly and to me, that makes you a woman of substance. So I guess the definition of a woman is dependent on perspective – for some its the superficial things and for others it means much more…

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 29th September 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

      Thanks lovely. I seem to have struck a chord with quite a few mommies with this one. x

      • PeanutGallery247 29th September 2017 at 9:05 am - Reply

        You’re just saying it as you feel/experience and I for one absolutely love and admire that! Keep it up ??

  9. An Ordinary Gal 29th September 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    I was rocking the mom bun long before I even became a mom! lol. I have such pressure now that I started blogging…to look more presentable when I go out. At a bloggers meetup somebody that hasn’t met me….said on Whatsapp : I expect you to look like a model’. I almost died. I have 3 kids. I have not had my hair done in about 2yrs. So it’s something I am conscious of when going out now….to just look presentable, nowhere near model material. lol.

    I actually want to put a disclaimer on my blog… I love talking about makeup, but please don’t expect me to look put together and (heaven forbid) in a pair of heels. ha ha

    To me, these are definitely the superficial side of being a woman….but that pressure is there. Whether society puts it on us, or we put it on ourselves.

    Great post!

    PS You can get a great setting spray from Avon even for like 70 bucks ;) That’s the stuff to ‘seal’ your makeup ;) #YoureWelcome lol

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 29th September 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      ??? Thanks for that! I will definitely find an Avon agent and get myself some. My next option was hair spray … Kidding!!!

  10. suzanna 29th September 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Loved this post. You certainly sound like a very successful woman to me. :-)

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 29th September 2017 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      Wow … not sure about that. But thanks anyway. X

  11. Dal 29th September 2017 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Oh my days! Are you sure you aren’t writing about me? Loved it! Love your writing! Phenomenal!

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 29th September 2017 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Thank you x Just caught up on all of yours too. Worried for you all … ?

  12. Laetitia Corder 29th September 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I’m so inspired by this Carly!
    I had a little makeover at a makeup outlet recently and felt a little bit like they tried to make me into a star, which I’m not. The outside was not an accurate reflection of the inside. My husband said I look like a glamour pussy, and we laughed and laughed and laughed. I admire the glamorous girls who pull it off naturally you know. It’s not my every day go to kinda thing.
    I’m really just a mom who likes to dress up occasionally and I have no idea what to use to conceal stuff. And pajama days and no makeup days are at the top of my favourites.

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 29th September 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks for this. I actually get totally intimidated by the fabulous look, make-up counters and beauty departments. But I must admit, I was a bit jealous when I saw your make-over snaps. I don’t think I saw the end result but I saw you getting it done. Loving the updates from your trip. Looks like you having a blast!

  13. ceearrbooknerd 29th September 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    I never carry hand cream, never wear make up, and don’t have any kids. In 2017, we need to stop expecting women to be and do certain things. I am a woman. You are a woman. F**k the fingerprint lady!

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 29th September 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      ?? thanks.

  14. CoCo 29th September 2017 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Love this post! You have Trolls in your bag instead of hand creams? I have my daughter’s unicorns and extra socks.

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 29th September 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      ?? Always something!

  15. Cherralle 29th September 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Love this post! You are authentically you and that’s amazing. you strike me as a confident and intelligent woman. Thsnk you for sharing

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 29th September 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      I think I portray that image but inside I’m a constant bundle of nerves and insecurity. I also think that’s the beauty of writing. I get to write down what I really think and believe and I don’t have to present it or defend it in person. It gives me the opportunity to think and consider carefully before hitting the ‘publish’ button. A luxury I wish I could have when having to speak out loud … instead I constantly feel awkward. Thank you for your lovely comment. X

  16. thetaleofmummyhood 29th September 2017 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Hand cream? What even is that? I’m terrible at self care, the only time I moisturise is when I get scaly! Haha! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 30th September 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

      I actually can’t stand the stickiness of cream/lotion so that’s one of the reasons.

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  18. mummabug 30th September 2017 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Listen Ladycakes,

    You have everything a real woman needs to survive in that handbag and I have no doubt that in a pinch you could MacGyver the hell out of it all!

    Sure, make-up and a well manacured hair-do can define a woman, but they don’t “make” you one!

    I bet your children get one hundred percent of your time and probably don’t even realize how much the appreciate not having to compete with a mirror on a daily! We all sacrifice things when we become parents, even when we don’t choose to!

    This was super funny though and so true! I have a giant purse and it contains more toys then make-up, paperwork that I know won’t be safe anywhere else in my house and a bunch of little “I might need these” things!

    I went to work the other day and hung my purse beside the door. About an hour later a co-worker walked up and was like “Uh, these must be yours” … what he was referring to was the pair of socks in his hand! They had fallen out of my purse, which has apparently become a suitcase!

    Your doing great! Not only ARE you a woman, but your an amazing one because you are a good Mumma!

    **Feel free to stop by (or click on my name!)**

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 30th September 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

      Thanks lovely. Such a great comment –
      Glad it made you laugh. Seems many moms carry socks in their handbags … my kids hate shoes, I can barely get them to wear flip-flops so I don’t really have the sock problem! ?

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  20. Lucy At Home 31st October 2017 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Haha your post rings very true over here too! I was only saying to someone this week about wearing earrings – I used to be known for always wearing really dangly earrings, and she commented that, in the 4 years I’ve known her, she’s never seen me wear anything other than studs! Nooo. The realisation that she was right. Earrings used to be my “thing”! How has this happened??

    And congratulations because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the BlogCrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge :) #blogcrush

  21. One Messy Mama 18th December 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Love your honesty! I don’t even have a handbag anymore… It’s diaper bag all the way! I guess when in a bind I could use some bum cream :) #lekkerlinky

  22. myyearofovenlylove 18th December 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Loved this blog!!! It made me wonder if I am a woman too! Thankfully I have hand cream because when I last went to get my nails done – which is not often, the manicurist told me how dreadful my cuticles are and basically implied I better do something about it or she would wear her raised eyebrows permanently LOL

  23. millerinthecity 18th December 2017 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Love this. I was never a big make up person and up until 2 years ago could still rock a look without any foundation. But as I’m getting older, I’ve realised that I need to take care of my skin so I have a facial routine in the morning and never go without sunscreen. I still do very minimal makeup and really only splash if it is a cocktail party or wedding that I need to attend. I’ve given up on wearing high heels (wrote about this in a previous blog post) and my handbag is so messy – it now carries objects of my girls and husband. However I must say I can’t go without hand cream. So I guess I’m still a little bit of a woman but don’t know for how long.#lekkerlinky

  24. Abieda Siers 18th December 2017 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Hi ive heard the are you not a woman story with tissues, can you believe it, your womanhood is measured by something like hand cream and tissues. skaamte #lekkerlinky

    • Mom Of Two Little Girls 20th December 2017 at 5:44 am - Reply

      Haha, I was initially quite upset but then I realized I measure my worth as a woman far higher than some tissues. Thanks for linking. X

  25. High Heels & Fairy Tales 19th December 2017 at 7:46 am - Reply

    I still love this post! I don’t think any normal mom out there wouldn’t be able to relate. :) x #LekkerLinky (we’re doing this thing – eek! ?)

  26. Jean 19th December 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I loved this post..and it made me laugh so hard my 2 year old looked at my like I had completely lost it! #momlife is hard and rewarding and tiring but thank goodness for Mom-buns and BB Cream ;)

  27. Lucy At Home 27th December 2017 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    This post has been added to the BlogCrush linky again! Congratulations! Reading the post again, and I still see so much of myself in this. But I just had a flash of inspiration – you need to be a woman to be a mum, and I would much rather be proud of my womanhood by being a super mother rather than just reducing womanhood to being a pretty face with some lippy on! :) #blogcrush

  28. Lisa Pomerantz 30th December 2017 at 3:25 am - Reply

    I wear no makeup, I am growing my hair to donate to cancer patients, I cannot wear and do not own high heels… dresses, NOPE. Cream in my bag, nope. Oh, and my bag is a backpack. Easier on the back/neck. And, I am woman, hear me ROAR! Hysterical post. Rock on Momma! #blogcrush xoxo

  29. Ian Northeast 19th February 2019 at 9:26 am - Reply

    As a Dad, this made me laugh too much. Great post! However, it got me thinking. I am becoming more like a woman. As a single Dad, I have to worry about hair, hand cream, beauty products etc. Not for me, for my little lady. My pockets often have nail polish remover in them, hair bands, hair brush….. the list goes on. I am officially becoming a mum haha

  30. Unmindful Mama 19th February 2019 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Yes you are! Hand cream does not maketh the woman! I do know what you mean about losing those little things in life that make us feel feminine though – my 6 month roots stand testament to that. But I reckon these perfectly coiffured yummy mummies aren’t like that all the time – and if they are they must get a heckuva lot less sleep than us! But #itsok, we rock anyway! Great post.

  31. Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 20th February 2019 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    If it makes you feel any better my (greasy) hair is currently up in a ponytail and my bag contains less than half of the stuff on your list – including no hand cream or hairbrush! But hey, #ItsOK! xx

  32. Jacqui Bester 24th February 2019 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Oh golly! I definitely need some of that make-up sealant!!!! Who knew? Right now, in my bag… Wallet, nappy, wetsipes, water bottle, lip ice, bum cream… Yup, I’m sexy like that! :) #itsok

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