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Best of 2020: Lessons learnt in Lockdown

by | Dec 2, 2020 | Giveaways, Made in South Africa, Things we love | 126 comments

Never in a hundred years could any of us predicted what 2020 would bring… A year spent isolated, hidden and completely submerged in the unknown. We all navigated this storm (and are still navigating) the Covid-19 pandemic as best we can. Some may have been hit harder than others. For some, the blessings outweighed the challenges and others may still be struggling to stay afloat. For us it’s been a year with incredible wins, heartbreaking losses and many lessons learnt in Lockdown.

Today, on our blog’s 4th year of existence. I’m taking a moment (with the help of a few of our most beloved local brands) to share these lessons with you!

1. 2020 forced us to slow down

Like most years 2020 started busy and exciting. Days were full, weekends planned and extra-curriculars signed up for. It was the start of a new decade! The possibilities were endless. Then everything came to an unexpected, screeching halt!

21 Days turned into 5 months of staying home and staying safe. We traded 9-5’s for any time / all-the-time office hours. Teachers for homeschooling. Takeout for banana bread. Petrol for high-speed fiber.

It was hard, we needed to adapt and inevitably we were forced to slow down and let go of the things that simply weren’t as important anymore.

And then, in the midst of learning to slow down, we rediscover the beauty found inside ourselves, our homes and our communities. We got comfortable in our own skin and our own abilities, focusing on giving ourselves and others A LOT more grace.

Loungewear was the uniform of lockdown and you won’t find any better than BENA Women. Most of my days were spent in my beautiful BENA tracksuits because wearing BENA felt like a hug. Their effortless designs, perfect for every body type are always… Elegant. Simplistic. Timeless. I felt taken care of, while taking care of our entire family.

Womens Loungewear And Fashion Made In South Africa

And because BENA is the best… They are offering 20% off on all online orders when using the discount code “JustaMamma”. This offer is valid till December 17th, 2020. Visit their online store HERE.

2. We learned to lean into God, like never before

Our miscarriage during lockdown broke my already tired, overwhelmed heart into ashes! I felt completely broken BUT I knew I wasn’t alone. It was a year that kept knocking us off our feet…

The challenges felt bigger than we could face. Emotional challenges. Financial challenges. Physical challenges. It was impossible to make sense of it all and it would have been easy to feel completely lost BUT we made a choice to “let go, and let God”. A leap of faith we need to be reminded of often and that’s why daily, purposeful quiet time with God has become a habit I am unwilling to break or bend.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

The next devotional I started today, “Walk out on the Water” is by a friend and local author, Caitlyn de Beer. Caitlyn wrote this book during one of the most challenging seasons of her life, a season that has yet to pass. Her bold strength and desire to walk out into this world with unwavering faith inspires me and will do the same for many others too.

Devotional For Women South Africa

Because Caitlyn is the best… She’s offering 10% off all book purchases when using the discount code “JustaMamma”. This offer is valid till December 31st, 2020. Visit her online store HERE.

3. It was a year for appreciating the little things

Living a grateful life is a skill that needs to be cultivated. It’s far easier getting caught up in the rat race. Always working frantically towards the next goal, making wishlists and planning out our perfect lives and homes on Pinterest. We look so far into the future we completely miss the here and now. And although dreaming about the THEN isn’t a bad thing… It should never have us feeling inadequate about our NOW.

It’s a choice to wake up every morning with a grateful heart. The world is waiting to surprise you with its many things to be thankful for.

The Inspired | Change, Gratitude | Attitude journal helps me focus my wandering mind and is teaching me to think more positively about myself and this strange new season we find ourselves in. It’s a lovely addition to my morning Bible study and a great way to put my mind in a positive space for the day ahead.

Journals Made In South Africa

Because Inspired |Change is the best… They are offering 10% off all journal purchases when using the discount code “WELCOME”. This offer is valid till December 31st, 2020. Visit their online store HERE.

4. A year for treasuring what we easily take for granted

Never again will we have a year like this with our kids… YES! It was insane and at times everyone was contemplating a “jailbreak’ but what a gift time had given us. Not every second was spent perfectly but it was spent together and for brief moments I remember feeling like the time we were given was almost holy. Frozen pockets of memories that none of us will ever forget.

  • We will not go back to over-scheduling.
  • Family games night is a regular thing.
  • Pyjama days hold far more special memories.
  • Or girls will never forget how to make slime or bake banana bread.
  • Climbing this mountain together has made us stronger and closer than ever before.
  • And we still giggle when taking out the trash.

I’ve always wanted a personalised pendant with the girl’s names and just love this design by Minted Jewellery. The solid vertical bar slides into a circular ring handcrafted from a silver coin. I look at the ring as a symbol of our true riches… family and God’s eternal love and protection over all of us. It also reminds me of how the 5 of us are forever linked, not just through blood but also through our faith, with no beginning or end. Minted Jewellery makes beautiful personalised leather bracelets for dad too.

Personalised Jewellery South AfricaMinted Jewellery Personalised Pendant
And because Minted Jewellery is the best… They are offering 15% off on all online orders when using the discount code “justamamma”. This offer is valid till December 16th, 2020. Visit their online store HERE.

5. It was a year for taking hands and working together

We may have been asked to stay apart but never has it been more important to come together! Local brands and businesses need us and together we are building our shattered economy.

Collaborating with the ladies of Hansel & Gretel Hansel & Gretel and working to bring these stunning mommy and me, PERSONALISED weekender bags to life was a MASSIVE highlight of 2020.

Peronalised Mommy And Me Bags By Hansel Gretel

As with every H&G product these bags are beautifully crafted and made with their signature UV-protected, water-resistant fabric. The added leather detailing adds a pretty touch and as always, quality is key. These bags are meant to last and come in 6 different colourways.

The matching vanity is a cute addition and the perfect size for toiletries and makeup.

Traveling isn’t just something we have a new appreciation for but we’re also doing it in style with our weekender combo.

Personalised Luggage South Africa

And because Hansel & Gretel is the best… They are running a special on Weekender Combos for the entire month of December. Visit their online store HERE.

6. And a year for new, fresh, “clean” beginnings

Our “new normal” and fighting an unseen enemy has forced many of us to take a long, hard look at how we live. Nothing is more important than good health, yet we so easily take it for granted.

“Clean living”, being “mindful” and “conscious consumers” aren’t just words anymore… Living a life well-lived, free from unnecessary toxins and being better to each other and the environment has become a goal of 2020.

We have a renewed passion and drive towards our own family’s wellness and with the help of Schoon Skoon Schoon Skoon many other families are also rethinking their approach to wellness.

It’s not just about essential oils but even more so about going back to basics and taking away the unnecessary.

Celeste’s passion and drive paired with her wealth of “green” knowledge have helped many and I especially like all her easy DIY tips and tutorials.

Schoon Skoon Wellness Hamper

Because Schoon Skoon is the best… Celeste is offering FREE delivery and a special welcome gift to any new sign-ups during the month of December. Visit her Instagram page HERE for more information.

Now, with Christmas around the corner and because it’s our blog’s “birthday” – We are sharing our Best of 2020: Lessons learnt in Lockdown in one incredible giveaway!

WIN all of the items mentioned above in a gorgeous hamper. That includes:

  • A R1500 BENA Woman voucher to spend on anything in their online store
  • Caitlyn de Beer‘s Inspiring devotional “Walk out on the Water”
  • Your own Raspberry Gratitude Journal from Inspired | Change
  • A stunning, handmade personalised vertical bar circle pendant from Minted Jewellery. Stamped with any special name, date or word you want to treasure forever.
  • Your own Hansel & Gretel Weekender Combo which include a personalised weekender bag with a matching vanity in the colour of your choice
  • Schoon Skoon Wellness Hamper filled with some lovely essentials to kickstart your own “clean living” journey

TOTAL PRIZE VALUE: R 8000

Just A Mamma Best Of 2020

How to enter

There are TWO ways to enter, you can complete one of these steps OR all of them to gain more entries:

  1. Leave a comment HERE telling us something you’ll treasure about 2020.
  2. Visit our Instagram account. Leave a comment under this post and tag who you think would like this competition too.

Just A Mamma Best Of 2020 Giveaway

* This giveaway closes on the 16th of December 2020. Prize will only be delivered in the new year.

Good luck! And may you too look back at 2020 as a year of immense growth and challenges but also a year of wonderful change.

COMPETITION RULES: 

  1. Only entries via Instagram and comments left below will be considered.
  2. Instagram is in no way responsible or associated with this giveaway.
  3. You need to follow all the brands mentioned above on Instagram to qualify.
  4. Competition is only open to South African residents residing in South Africa. 
  5. The winner must be 18+ years old.
  6. This competition closes on the 16th of December 2020.
  7.  The winner is picked at random and announced after the 16th of December 2020. 
  8. This prize is not exchangeable or refundable.
  9. Please enter valid email and contact info. If we can not get hold of you within 48 hours a new winner will be picked.
  10. The greatest care will be taken when mailing your prize but neither Just a Mamma nor any of the brands involved accept any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged goods.

PHOTO CREDIT |  Celeste Van der Berg from Celeste van der Berg Photography.

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126 Comments

  1. Danielle

    I will treasure the birth of our baby boy.. A beautiful and unforgettable moment!

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    • Lindsay Erasmus

      I will treasure all the moments we got to spend together as a family. I will treasure the lessons we learnt and how we realized that it really is the small things that matter. We learnt to pause and treasure every moment shared as a family. We went back to basics and even my cooking skills improved 😅 We also welcomed out third baby girl into this world which is definitely our highlight of 2020. God has been so good to us this year and we treasure His presence in our lives everyday 💛

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      • Yolanda

        I love how we have al learned to adapt to the new normal of 2020. We have become so much closer as a family.

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        • Heather

          I own a Nursery school and being closed for 6 months I never thought I would be stronger enough to re open. Financially and emotionally I was drained but the trust and love that the parents showed to me and my school has brought us back stronger than ever. I will treasure the feeling of gratefulness and appreciate every child that walks through my doors.

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          • Tasnim Kazi

            My son was born this year. And when everyone gripes about this year I tell them it has been nothing short of perfect. It gave us the opportunity to bond, learn and grow as a family and to appreciate all the important things in life. Health, family, love.

          • Tania Brewis

            I will treasure the awesome times this year spent together as a family. It’s been a tough year but we made it. My daughter was top 3 in her class this year and received the trophy for best student in Maths. Both my girls got gold in their ballet exams. Some great accomplishments this year. I’m thankful for our health.

        • Justine

          I’ve treasured the slower pace of our daily routine and I’ve learned to be more Grateful.

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          • Sofiah

            I’ve treasured about family time at home, this year we have had more time to spend in our own home.

      • Louise Engelbrecht

        We stay in a complex and for the first time people actually got to really know their neighbours instead of just racing past each other in the mornings. Some dropped fruit and veg in each other’s post boxes,others shared home made biscuits, we had daily sunset sidewalk wine/coffee chats into the early evenings.

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    • Andra-Lee

      I will treasure the fact that 2020 made me truly grateful for our amazing lives. We had space, love, family, jobs, home schooling and we were able to keep someone else in their job. 2020 made us take notice of the small things again and realise how truly blessed we are.

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    • Bijal Mehta

      I will always treasure the extra family time we have had this year.

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    • Anushka Moonilal

      Will definitely treasure the moments I had with my family. We lost a lot of our loved ones In my family this year and we couldn’t get to console and live each other during this difficult time. I pray for healing love and joy for every person on this beautiful earth

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      • Carol-Ann Jewell

        I will treasure all the wonderful time spent with my children at home

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    • Brigette Verhoef

      What I’ll treasure most about 2020 is how, despite, being admist a pandemic, people sought ways to encourage and uplift each other, to see the beauty in the moments we so often take for granted, looking for the positives and seeking to learn from all of this.

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    • Nikita

      2020 was a very bumpy start for our family, I had surgery but we pulled together as a family and trusted the guy upstairs and His timing to expand our family.

      COVID happened and we decided that we’ll turn it into a positive. We spent time together and made it work for our careers.

      I spent my time helping my school with setting up their online system. It was rewarding to put my skills to use especially to witness the joy of connecting with learners again.

      While my husband used the downtime to do much needed maintenance for his business which he never had the time to do in the past.

      Together as a family we grew to appreciate each other.

      I’ll treasure the spiritual growth that 2020 gave me

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    • Shandini Naidoo

      2020 the start of a new decade. 2020 is deemed to be the year of clarity. It is the year I took back control of my life and as a result I found myself diving deeper into my spirituality despite all the ups and downs I experienced. This is what I will treasure the most about 2020, the greater vision for my life that I found, a sharper focus and unmistakable clarity in my life, the will to enhance my own life and blessings in the lives of any and all who I encounter. Besides this greater sense of clarity – I will be forever grateful and treasure my incredible Mother. Who has shown me the true meaning of strength, courage, generosity and kindness. She is the epitome of class and elegance. She is the purest light that has walked this earth, without whom I would not be the person I am today. I can only grow in the glow of her light and shine even brighter because she is my Mother.

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    • Stephanie Morton

      Treasuring special moments & memories with family, my brother left for Dubai a month ago & my sister in law & my nieces & nephew leave next week 😭😭

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  2. Nadia

    I will treasure and value the love and presence of family. Something which we always take for granted. 2020 has definitely humbled me.

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    • Michelle Cloete

      I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with my children and husband, time that I wouldn’t have had if I were at work, I will treasure these memories always.

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      • Taryn Ulster

        My most treasured memory of 2020 is having that special us only family time at the beginning of Lockdown level 5, it wasn’t easy to have a very reduced household income but that time together made it worth it! We’ve now learnt to appreciate each other more and more.

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  3. Bhavani

    Without a doubt, the best thing about lockdown for our family was getting to thoroughly enjoy and solidify our bond as a family of four and then all being together through the newborn stage of our littlest princess making us a family of 5. She got showered with all day long love, cuddles and kisses by her brother and sister. She has only known having her family around her all day and all night and absolutely adores each one of us. There is no jealousy between siblings just pure love. The day that big brother and sissy went back to school was the hardest for baby sister ❤️

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    • Wendy van der Westhuizen

      To me 2020 was a year I was so looking forward to, new challenges awaiting. With the lockdown came some dissapointment about missing out on alot. BUT what I quickly learned is that the lockdown was the biggest blessing I could have asked for. Being with my husband and kids 27/7 was the best best best blessing I could have asked for. Seeing my daughter and son forming such a unbreakable bond which will last them forever and learning to stop focusing on the material things and enjoy every moment with the people you love.

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      • Pauline

        I am so grateful that I got to spend more time with our three daughters, that my mom survived, and that life is more in perspective. It’s been a tough one 💜

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      • Kerry Vollmer

        I will treasure the joy of getting up in the morning and going outside and listen to the abundant birdlife in our area singing their morning song. ..one doesn’t realise how loud the traffic is until it’s not there. Also, the owl sitting on a lampost when I went to do an essential trip, it was a sight to behold

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    • Soné

      I will never take anything for granted ever again. Covid and lockdown took away a lot, but we also gained so much, especially quality time spent together as a family. Thanks for always inspiring, justamamma xx

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  4. Annemie De Jager

    The best parts of 2020 for me, were learning to change my faith into an ACT of trust, and to see the relationship between my kids blossom through the hard lockdown period, when other connections were suddenly not possible. 🖤

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  5. Shubhra

    I value a fewbthings more now. Family and time spent with family, basic good health of myself and people close to me. Also i have realised we can never be tired of watching our kids grow. My second born arrived in november last year and we all got a lot of time to be together and watch the kids grow and bond together. It was awesome. Also my parents were with me for the first 4 months and that was a blessing.

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  6. Tanya van Rensburg

    I will always treasure the gift of time we got to spend with one another. I had to take my daughter to nursery school at just 3 months old because I had to work. Lockdown gave me the gift of spending 5 and a half months with her and it was magical. Also I learnt the lesson of being grateful for everything I have in my life.

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    • Candice van Wyk

      I have learnt a very much needed lesson in 2020. God will always come through. We have faced hardships and come out better for them. He has a plan for us. I also am starting to realize I need to give myself grace.

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  7. Michelle Graham

    I will always value the importance of family and togetherness!

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    • Caryn Fick

      I’m so grateful for the quality family time we were afforded this year! Time we would never have had under regular circumstances.

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    • Gillian Jagger

      2020 where do we begin. Its been one of the most trying years ever. However through all the hardships and depressing days 2020 has taught me how to bond with my children through good old fashion play as apposed to technology, to appreciate the little things in life that we tend to forget. 2020 has taught me to be grateful for what I have even though it may be little, I am one of the fortunate ones to still have food in my stomach at the end of the day. 2020 has taught me to value of life above lifestyle and most of all 2020 has taught me generosity, if I have a loaf of bread and my family only needs half a loaf but the family next door has nothing why hang onto the other half loaf when you can feed another.

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    • Jacqui Trinder

      Hello Mamma 👋 My treasured moments are both after having prayed last year that God would help me be a more available wife and Mommy. I have two such special moments which happened after choosing to homeschool both our kiddies for this year because of Covid. 1. Our little 5 year old asking me to pray with him and ask Jesus into his ♥ and 2. Having the privilege of teaching him how to write his own name and alphabet. Both lockdown moments I will treasure forever. God granted me the desires of my heart and I feel so grateful for it. X

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  8. Leana Lourens

    I am lucky to still have my family and my job❤️

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    • Marilize Nelson

      The extra quality time spent with our girls and daddy (who works outside the country), made this year PRICELESS! 2020 has really been a year to remember, a year that strengthened us 🥰

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  9. Jacqueline Engelbrecht

    I value time. Yes it was hard being at home juggling a million roles But what a privilege to have that time to really rally spend with my children. It really helped me reassess what is important

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  10. Silvana V

    Definitely treasure the power of virtual communications, it brought friends and family together while apart and isolated.
    Friendships for us grew stronger.

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  11. Magda Halliwell

    I really will treasure that it brought our family together. We had each other and no one else. The fact that this year brought me down on my knees and helped me realise that that is the only place i should be, in prayer.

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  12. Kezanne

    My family and our health! We are blessed beyond measure.

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  13. Debra

    The sound of the birds during lock down, it was so still in the neighborhood and the bird life and song was so prolific and beautiful. And having the time to cook a Sunday lunch. And reminding myself that God is still on the throne and despite all things He is present through the good and the bad 🙏💕

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  14. Gardielle

    Quality time with my husband, 3year old girl and baby girl is what I treasure and value the most. I also learned to be grateful for a job, family and good health.

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  15. Janet Perry

    In 2020 I treasure the strength and courage I found in myself and my family in the face of adversity. I’ll always treasure the fact that as a family unit, we acted on the courage of our convictions and never followed the crowd.

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    • LOUISE

      I will treasure how God has shown His incredible faithfulness to ymy family during this year. Every corner where it seemed impossible or gloomy He turned each thing around for our good. 2020 is bang full of testimonies from my household and I’m so grateful xxxx

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  16. Michelle

    Spending extra time with our littles has been such a gift (although extremely challenging while working from home 🤣)…this year has been full of lessons in embracing unexpected change and making the best of whatever situation you find yourself in ❤️

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  17. Liezel

    My family. My husband and my daughter. My parents, especially my dad who is a high risk for Covid. My job. Yes, there are difficult days, but I got a salary every month this year.

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  18. Sandra

    I will forever treasure the time that was given to us. Despite how hard some days might have been and how difficult it may have been to juggle all the hats we as mammas have to wear. That time with my twin girls and my family is more than I could have ever needed. I got to experience so much in a time of their lives that they were developing so so much. How blessed and fortunate we were as a family to have that time all together

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  19. luci jacobs

    QUALITY TIME WITH MY FAMILY AND ESPECIALLY MY DAUGHTER.SHOWING APPRECIATION BUT NOT WITH MONARY GIFTS.BEEN RELAXED AND DECIDING IS THIS SITUATION WORTH MY TIME

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  20. Mariette

    I got time with my family…. something I will cherish forever. Eventhough it was rough (still is…. getting better slowly but surely) and I lost my job, our little family rallied together and created our own new-normal with lots of love, quality time and fun.

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  21. Gaelyn Cokayne

    I’ll treasure the fact that our daughter was born just before my husband was retrenched and lockdown started. Meaning we had months of family time and he could share every moment of our daughters lives!

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  22. Candice

    I treasure my family and time spent with them even more than then ever ( especially because I spend a lot of time overseas away from them) that when we are together I make sure to make the most of that time! And I’ve course my little guy who is truly the light of my life and my partner who is the best dad to our son!

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  23. Mia van Heerden

    2020 was the year I was supposed to get married… But looking back now I treasure the special times I had with my fiance this year. I treasure the working from home together, cooking together and watching the sunsets and thunderstorms from our balcony together. Minutes have become moments. Looking forward to our 20 March 2021 wedding!

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  24. Tiana

    I will forever treasure that I was able to see every milestone in the first year of my boy’s life due to the lockdown!! I would not have neen able to see them otherwise!!

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  25. Jessie Heath

    I will forever treasure my family and friends (especially our new friends made during lockdown)! 🥰 2020 was a good reminder to cherish all that we have 🥰 I also loved being tossed into a lockdown as newly weds because I know if we can get through this crazy adventure there is nothing we can’t face together 😍

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  26. Trudy-Jo

    I will treasure the moments I got to spend seeing my little girl grow and learn…moments I would have missed had she been at school.
    I am grateful for the challenges we (my hubby and I) faced and overcame as a family and being able to reset and live in the moment.

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  27. Rachel van Rensburg

    Working from home with your Little underfoot can be challenging but i will treasure being able to see her sart to crawl, the walk, then run and also finally turn one! These milestones can often be missed when you work full time so I will treasure the fact that i witness all her BIG firsts.

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    • Tamsyn

      I will treasure getting family back safely from overseas after lockdown started, and that none of us have been sick with covie.

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  28. Roxanne

    This is so amazing and really really needed!

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  29. Alanna

    I will treasure the time I had with my family during lockdown. Being all together for the long for the first time in 10 years was such a blessing. We got to play together, support, connect and learn from each other. What special memories we made during such a difficult time!

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    • Carmen

      I will treasure the quality time we got to spend with family and friends throughout 2020, as well as the news of our second baby, due in 2021.

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  30. Dannielle

    Slowing life down and living in the moment is something I hope to take into 2021

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  31. Liezel

    I will treasure this year as despite the challenges and challenging times – we grew closer as a family. Also for all the extra time I got to spend with my little one and the time he got to spend with his grandparents while we stayed with them during lockdown.

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  32. Bronwyn McPhail

    I’ll definitely treasure all the time I got to spend with my kids and hubby! And I’ll treasure the fact that my kids came out of lockdown only seeing the positive side of it and they loved how much they got to spend time with us

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  33. Diana

    I will treasure all the time we spent together, as a family. Braaiing together, playing cricket, Catan, Karoake, backgammon, baking, etc. We also had the time to work on our new house and we were able to make it a home.

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  34. Eldré

    What I treasure about 2020 is my health, as a diabetic it is very hard to stay healthy and worry about covid. And I am truly blessed to still have my family to share my health with.

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  35. Leonie

    This is such an amazing way to celebrate ‘momness’ in 2020! This year had its challenges, but at the end of this year, I learnt that my Hubby and I are a brilliant team, my kids taught me more lessons than I taught them, and God is always faithful!

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  36. Natasja

    It is such a shame that I don’t qualify, being in Cape Town, but thank you for your inspiring words and posts. The highlight for me about 2020 is I finally fell pregnant after 10 years of marriage and many years trying and we are so excited to meet our little baby boy soon! Forever grateful for God’s blessings! God Bless you and your family!

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  37. Tamsyn

    I will treasure getting family home safely from overseas after lockdown, and that none of us have been sick with covid.

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  38. Tanja

    In 2020 I got to work from home, enabling me to spend time with my precious daughter! Watching her grow was a real blessing !

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  39. Marsha Bowers

    I treasure the time the most. Time with my two little girls and husband.

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  40. Chani

    I will treasure the time with my kids! And also the time to rest and reflect. I will treasure my health and my village of friends and family that have been there through every thing.

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  41. Dawn Wallenkamp

    Covid-19 made 2020 very difficult for all of us. I have an autoimmune disease so I am still staying away from people and places. But what I will treasure is the time I have had with my daughter and granddaughter. Being a first time granny I’ve been able to see them everyday as my daughter was on maternity leave and her offices have remained closed so she is working from home.

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  42. Emsie

    2020 het my defnitief geleer om meer “Grace” te hê. X

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  43. Michelle

    I will forever treasure the time both my husband and I could spend with our son. It was so special to see their relationship grow and their bond formed. We will also never forget the baby we lost, but continue to treasure the promises that God has given us daily❤️

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  44. Courtney

    I’ll treasure that the year forced me to discover just how strong I am.

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  45. Stephanie

    I will treasure the benefits that heart work will bring to myself and my family. Uncertainty and discomfort sometimes brings out big areas of development. I am thankful that ai didn’t shy away, that I leaned into the discomfort and made work of asking ‘why’ and then being practical about how. I treasure that that I have a little team that will reap a harvest from all this sowing.

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  46. Jané Barnard

    I will remember 2020 as a bitter but sweet year. Nothing during this year turned out as planned, but still beautiful memories were made.

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  47. Sam

    This year I will treasure the opportunity to learn new skills and grow despite the challenges.

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  48. Anzél

    I will treasure the birth of our beautiful baby girl! 2020 has given us the greatest gift

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  49. Nadine

    A of ups and downs (many more downs) for 2020, until we found out that we were pregnant! We could not have asked for something better. We have lost two babies in the past but had a beautiful healthy little girl after all the heartache. I was both nervous and unsure if I want to start the whole process again but with a lot of prayer and faith everything is going well 🙏🏻🙌🏻♥️♥️♥️

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  50. Abigail

    I will treasure the way it changed the workplace by given the opportunity to work from home to see and be more available to my kids.

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  51. Luanné Galloway

    I will treasure the extra time at home with my one year old boy, that I would’ve missed out on as a working mom! Even though it was stressful, looking back I only remember the sweet moments.

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  52. Therese Hardy

    I will treasure watching my baby growing into a toddler. If life were ‘normal’ I would have missed so many milestones. Yet, I got to witness and be apart of each one.

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  53. Carien van der Westhuizen

    Our first baby girl was born, 3 weeks before Lockdown. It was the most challenging but oh so rewarding maternity leave 💗
    I will always be grateful for her, she is our rainbow baby 🌈 and without a doubt the biggest blessing of 2020 and my life!

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  54. Kerryn

    I will treasure the non-negotiable family time and memories that we have forever in our hearts to cherish!

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  55. Nadia

    I will treasure the time we got to spend together on our Family Farm. Our kids loved having their dad home all day. Something that I’m extremely grateful for is the fact that we’ve made it to December without a stay in hospital, which is a regular thing for our kids born with a genetic condition.

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    • Judele

      I will treasure my family and quality time spent with them during the lockdown

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  56. Jen

    So grateful to have been able to be with my family during lockdown , we take small things for granted and this year showed me how blessed I am in life .

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  57. Maxine Strydom

    I will treasure the birth of my baby girl during lockdown, and the special quality time we got to spend together as a family of 4.

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  58. Justine

    I will treasure the birth or our second child and baby boy In the year of 2020, even though it was a tough year and being pregnant most of my pregnancy during lockdown, there is always a silver lining. I’m thankful that my baby is healthy and I’m even more thankful that my family is now complete.

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  59. Manuela Bofilatos

    I treasured the time being at home with the kids and my husband, although work was rough…very rough, i learnt that staying at home and not rushing to swimming/shopping on weekends is ok, we learnt to shop for groceries/ clothing etc online and stay at home is actually so great!

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  60. Henriëtte

    Made the best memories with our son, we had so much time on our hands. Saw it as a blessing, being safe , together at home. Xx

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  61. Robyn Clappen

    There is so much that I treasure about 2020. Memories with my family but MOSTLY my husband who has been my constant support during very challenging and exhaustive days! Co-parenting, co-teaching and co-adulting has been a blast with him!

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  62. Ingrid van der Westhuizen

    I am an Occupational therapist with my own practice which means NO WORK – NO PAY. When lockdown hit I knew the rest of the year was going to be very difficult financially as I was also 3 months pregnant. Although it has been a very difficult year financially, I am grateful for always having enough. God provided for us in ways I never expected. We serve an awesome God and I am grateful for growing in my faith.
    Our daughter was born on 27 August, her name is Isla which means “easy going”. What a blessing to have a chilled baby after such a hectic year!

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  63. Shaaista mahomed

    I will treasure the time spent with the kids during lockdown.. even though it was hard for everyone it really allowed me to slow down and enjoy the moments

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  64. Taryn Coates

    I have loved the slowing down, focusing on family, our home and being creative. 3 year old twins locked down was challenging but flip there were such special moments that I’ll treasure forever!

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  65. Simone Slabbert

    I will treasure the time(months) I got to spend at home with my partner and son. Life felt like it stood still and we could focus on our little family and be grateful for what we do have 🖤

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  66. Kirsty

    I have had more time to spend with my family this year due to being lockdowned in the same house. After my dads cancer diagnosis this year. That is something I will treasure 💜

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  67. Monika

    Most of us if not all of us, lost a little but also gained a little.

    From the worst we learned the best and the most important. Walk in faith, as our faith is really all we own.

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  68. Cherelene

    I will always treasure God’s favor upon my family! Keeping us all safe and he always provided during these trying times . This family time is something to treasure for the rest of our lives with little moments cast into our memories forever.

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  69. Nicole Rose-Innes

    I treasure the time together as family, loved having my hubby working from home for a while. Loved watching my kids being so helpful and thoughtful whilst I was sick and then when they got sick, how caring they were to each other.

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  70. Bashee Hurripersad

    2020 taught me the true value of friendships, family and time. I no longer indulge in fake conversations or waste my time on frivolous things that does not add value to our happiness at home. I am now a better mother, a better daughter, a better sister, a better wife and a better friend. Most of all I have learnt to live without unnecessary material things and find joy in the simple things like perfecting recipes and making up the most outrageous voices for story telling time. I had time to reconnect with myself, remembering to take care of me before I can take care of my family and friends. My artistic side featured as well and it was a hit with my baby girl. As heartbreaking as this year was, I still have so much to be thankful for and I managed to find alot of positive that came out of this pandemic especially when my husband was diagnosed positive. We still survived ❤️

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  71. Cheri Kok

    Ooh hierdie is byvêre die maklikste om te antwoord – die geboorte van dogter in April, was aan die begin van die epidemie, en kan uit alle eerlikheid en dank sê, haar geboorte
    Die feit dat my oudste dogtertjie net meer en meer verlief en lief is vir haar sussie, maak hierdie jaar SOVEEL beter, om te sien hoe hulle albei groei en die band wat gevorm is, van sussies na beste maatjies en leer van mekaar af – wow
    hierdie mamma hart sou nooit kon raai dat ek soveel liefde in daai blou ogies van beide kan sien van dag een af nie – So ja, die epidemie het ons almal geruk, maar ek is eintlik dankbaar vir dit want dit het ons weer net nader gebring aan mekaar, asook my band met God, ek het myself bietjie verloor met die swangerskap en bietjie baby blues, maar om Carli en Lené so te sien, vervul my hart wat net Ons Vader geweet het wat leeg was

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  72. Stephni Hardie

    After lockdown was over and the kiddies could go back to school we decided to keep our little one at home until the new year. It has been very tiring and 3-year old tantrums are the worst! But I will never get this time with Ava again and treasured all kisses and cuddles in between the fights 🙂 plus the Lord has blessed us with a new baby for 2021.

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    • Priyanka

      I treasure the time with my family. Being at home this year has drawn me closer to God and my motherhood journey. I am so grateful for Gods goodness

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  73. Lynn Botha

    One thing I am really grateful for. Even though we were in lockdown, I got to spend quality time with my children, no rushing around worrying about work, chores etc. It was actually such a nice relaxing few weeks and a time I will never forget.

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  74. Khadija Fakir

    I am grateful for the time spent with my children. The lockdown schooling was fulfilling and rewarding. There was no rush to our days. The kids played, painted and coloured. They learnt some household skills and experienced day to day living.

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  75. Zukiswa Zono

    I’ll treasure having my son at home with me and all the extra quality time we spent together. We’ve learned so much about each other and grown so much this year. What a special time for me (us).

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  76. Lizanie van Deventer

    Slowing down and spending more time at home than at the office ( as usual) resulted in me falling pregnant with twins. Currently 34 weeks with boys. Despite all the troubles this year brought, it will always be the year our lives changed for the better.

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  77. Taryn Ulster

    My most treasured memory of 2020 is having that special us only family time at the beginning of Lockdown level 5, it wasn’t easy to have a very reduced household income but that time together made it worth it! We’ve now learnt to appreciate each other more and more.

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  78. Tanya August

    I’ll treasure the moments I got to spend with my kids. Learning there strength and weaknesses what makes them happy and sad. Moments that I got to spend with them doing new things learning new things will last a lifetime and I’m very much appreciated for this

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  79. Michaela Galley

    I will treasure the birth of my son this year as well as having the extra time to settle in as a new family of 3.

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  80. Tanya Nothnagel

    I will always treasure the quality time we had during hard lockdown, although it was hard at times, becoming a homeschool teacher like most of us. But being able to not rush here and there and focus on each other is what makes 2020 special for me. Oh and online shopping became a thing 😉

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  81. Jacqui Trinder

    Hello Mamma, This year was special because at the end of my tether and ocerscheduled last year I prayed and asked God to help me be a more available wife and Mommy. I wrote down a goal of slowing down. My best best best two moments of this year sorry both are so special 😉 1. 14 April my little 5 yr old asking me to pray with him and ask Jesus into his heart ♥ and then 2. Homeschooling them for 9 months and teaching him to write his own name and alphabet. Moments I will hold in my heart forever. X

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  82. Kylie

    This year has taught me the incredible STRENGTH that God has given me as a woman. I fell pregnant in Nov 2019 and gave birth to the most perfect boy in July 2020. Due to COVID19 and lockdown, I did not see my Mom ONCE during my pregnancy. NOT ONCE. I live in Pretoria. She lives in Langebaan. My birth story is such a miracle. I went through 11 hours of labour and pushing with a mask on. My hubby was only allowed to be there for 2 hours after the birth of our son. This is our first child and this was such an emotional experience. Had absolutely no visitors in hospital. My husband had to leave and fetch me 3 days later. God has been there for me through every single second, showing me what I am capable of and showing me His everlasting love. Today I am GRATEFUL for Life xxx

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  83. Rehana seedat

    I will treasure all the wonderful moments i spent with my cat before he passed away. Sadly, i lost my pet who was only 2 years old. Smoky filled my life with so much love and joy especially after the loss of my parents and brother who committed suicide. Now, to have lost a pet that meant so much to me saddens my heart. I will always love my pet and treasure all the happy moments we shared

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  84. Heike Jeske

    Lockdown taught my family to slow down, appreciate the time together, help each other, be more patient and to stand together during this difficult time. We prayer together for the hands that helped and for the patients in need.

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  85. Teixeira

    I will treasure the family time more than anything. Bi- weekly family devotions and the many meals we sat down for listening to each other. The fact that there was simply no rush just time to invest into each other. We learnt to value our family of four but also realised how much we need to value our extended family and friends. We learnt to be grateful.

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  86. Danielle Lopes

    I will treasure learning to love myself & learning to be grateful for what I have 💜 This year has taught me to appreciate the small things in life 💕

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  87. Roxy

    Wow what hasn’t 2020 taught me! I’ve learnt so much about myself AMA what I actually want out of life. I started a new business where I help other women achieve confidence and self worth. I’ve manifested a bye home, a new puppy and amazing new friends. I started a podcast and I’ve taken up boxing again. This year has been beautiful!

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  88. Jessica Barnard

    I echo all these sentiments and so beautifully written. I treasure how I’ve grown in faith and humility this year. I was forced to slow down and invest more time into the things that really matter, my family. It was the greatest gift of all time and I treasure these moments and special memories forever

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  89. Marelize van den Berg

    I will treasure the extra time I got to spend with my daughter. Except for 2 months after my maternity leave, I got to experience the 1st year of her life with her. I got to see her first crawl, step and hear her first word which I might have missed if we did not have a lockdown.

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  90. Lenie

    Het my man en kinders sommer weer van vooraf leer ken en liefkry ❤️

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  91. Deone

    There are so many things I will treasure about 2020, but there are 2 things that really stand out.
    The 1st is the uninterrupted quality time we got to spend together as a family for 5 full weeks.
    The 2nd was finding out we are expecting our 3rd baby and our family will be growing in 2021.

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  92. Natasha wilson

    I have treasured the extra time with my little girl and family! Also the slower pace and realizing what really matters most 😘

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  93. Cait Hegter

    Will definitely treasure the fact that lockdown forced us to stop and reevaluate our priorities! In a world where we are always rushing we had no choice but to be still!

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  94. Helge-Mari Rainier

    So many moments, being present with my two boys and soaking up the extra time the pandemic gave us, even though the juggle was real balancing work and home life from home. The moment we decided to try for a third baby on Mother’s Day and for Christmas to come on the last day of July being pregnant, then finding out on our anniversary that it’s a girl. So many blessings 2020!

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