Two Plus Two Equals Four!!!

My water broke around 3:30 that Sunday afternoon. Since I’d been in ‘barely there’ labor since 9 in the morning, everything was ready and already by the door. I quickly put on the blue dress that boyfriend was ironing at the time and we rushed out...

Modern Mom Can't Cook

The food had just started boiling when I heard a knock on the door. My pocket was hurting that day; I only had 4 shillings to my name. Not one to despair, I was contented working with what I had – rice, potatoes and an onion. Without the tomatoes to at least add some color, I was prepared to have some very bland lunch. But it was ok, ...

Biggest Baby Expenses and How to Save on Them

Though the spending on the new baby is inevitable, there are steps you can take to ensure that you keep the costs at a minimum. In this post, we look at the biggest baby expenses and how to save on them ...

I am Selfish

There’s a long hoot and I’m screaming his name at the top of my lungs. In that split second, I see my life come to an end. I see myself losing my best friend barely two days after his coming home. I see him robbed of life right before my very eyes...

I'm Home at the Candy Shop

Essentials greets you as you enter. Though on the first floor, it is the first thing that draws your eyes as you walk in. There’s something about kids' stuff that just whispers to you; especially when you are a parent. Without the pressure of shopping and a baby tagging at my skirt telling me that she wants this or that, I felt like I was in a candy store. And I sort of was.

Dealing with Unwarranted Parenting Advice

Being different is ok. We are all special in one way or another. This memo, however, did not get to the perfection bullies. When your child is a little different, they’ll make it their business to tell you what you probably did wrong to end up where you are, and come up with so many solutions to your problem your head will spin.

Melina's Messy Updo

A messy updo comes in handy when I need to do a simple hairstyle in little to no time. I have found that it works best on freshly washed hair as the curls are more defined then. You do not even have to comb it. Just shampoo, condition, moisturize, oil and style :-)

Of Housegirls and Parenting

She called early Sunday morning telling me that she was in town but when I went to get her, my calls went unanswered. Thirty missed calls later, I could not reach her. Thinking that her phone must have run out of charge, I now had the hectic task of looking for her in a crowded town via footsteps the way it used to be done like 3 presidents ago ...

Goodbye Ceskycess. Hello, Modern Mom.

When I started blogging, I had no idea what I wanted to say. I therefore wrote some really pathetic posts and prayed that no one would ever read them. A few months later, a love interest did some stalking, found my blog and read the half-baked posts. To please me (I think), he praised and gushed my writing.

Washable/ Reusable Cloth Diapers in Kenya

If you ended up here, you are probably considering switching from disposable to the washable or reusable cloth diapers. And just to assure you that you are making the right decision, here are reasons why washable/reusable cloth diapers are better than pampers and the like…
Washable/removable diaper

  1. Environment friendly– The world could do with less dirty and plastic diapers
  2. Economical – Though the initial investment is a lot. Disposable cloth diapers can be used again and again and that will save you thousands of shillings at the end of the day.
  3. Re-usability – You never have to worry about running out. You use them over and over again!
  4. Come in a range of super cute prints, colors and styles – Goodbye boring dullness.
  5. Contain no harmful chemicals or absorbent gels – Some babies have very sensitive skin that is prone to reaction outbreaks as a result of the absorbent balls found in disposable diapers.
  6. What nappy rash? – Since they do not react with babies skins, you never have to worry about a nappy rash.
  7. More breathable – As opposed to being wrapped up in plastic, cloth and washable diapers are more breathable thus ensuring air circulation to the baby’s skin.
  8. Convenient and handy – Gone are days when cloth diapers meant nappies. Today’s washable and reusable diapers are easy to snap into place and can be adjusted accordingly. No need for safety pins.

Key Properties

  • One size fit for all babies from 3 – 20 kgs
  • Soft and comfortable on baby’s skin
  • Super absorbent.
  • Washable
  • Reusable
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Obese Women Take Much Longer Time to Conceive, Research Concludes

A study on fertility and body composition published in the Journal Human Reproduction has concluded that it may take overweight women 55-59% longer to conceive as compared to their non-obese counterparts.

501 couples from Texas and Michigan between 2005 and 2009 were examined, until pregnancy or up to 1 year of trying to get pregnant, for the study. The women were between 18 and 44 years while the men were 18+years. The participants kept a journal recording their menstrual cycles, intercourse and home pregnancy test results. Those who participated were from the general population and not those undergoing treatment for infertility.

The researchers compared the average time it took the couples from the non-obese group to conceive to that of the couples in the obese group. They then calculated the probability that a couple would conceive using a statistical measure known as the fecundability odds ratio (FOR).

The research showed that obese couples took much longer time to conceive than the non-obese couples. Couples in the non-obese group had FOR of 1 while those in the obese group had FOR of 45 which means that it took 55% longer.

When other attributes affecting fertility such as smoking, age, cholesterol level and physical activity were taken into account, the ratio for the obese group went even lower with 59% longer time to get pregnant.

The study concluded that couples' obesity may affect fertility and specialists may want to take couples' weight status into account when counseling their clients about conceiving.

More on the study here.

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Flat Belly with a Tummy Trimmer in Kenya

A Tummy Trimmer
No matter how big or small you are, there’s something very sexy about a flat tummy. This is a pipe dream for many women especially after pregnancy and delivery. The weight gained around the waist line takes time to go away. At times it never does. A tummy trimmer is an effective tool in exercising the middle section and ensuring that your stomach is flat and firm.

I got mine 6 months after my first delivery. At that point the extra weight was taking time melting off. Doing sit-ups was not as easy as it once was and my weight loss had reached a plateau. The tummy trimmer not only eased the exercises, it also provided the resistance I needed to tone areas like the thighs, hips, arms and legs.

I like the fact that it is light and portable, and it takes very little space in the house. I normally hang mine on the wall. It has a comfortable foot rest and a loop to secure the foot grip. The handles are also firm and provide a steady grip.

Did it work like it was supposed to? Yes. It sort of invites you to do a quick workout and when put to work, it does what it is supposed to.

Key Features

  • Workout tool ideal for both men and women
  • Easy to use
  • Portable and light weight
  • Amazing results


  • Handles provide a nice firm grip
  • Comfortable foot rest
  • It makes it-ups easier for those just starting out
  • It is light and portable
  • It does not take up much storage space. You can just hung it on the wall.


It is definitely a worthy purchase. trimmer


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7Pc Non-stick Cooking Pots Review

I just bought this set a few months ago and I'm more than happy with it. It comes with 4 non-stick pots with glass lids, 2 long handled non-stick frying pans and 2 spoons. pots
Though I went for the blue ones, other colors available are green, silver and red. The pots are non-stick which means that your food will cook without burning or sticking to the surface of the pot.

This is not only good for the flavor but also when it comes to cleaning. No more using steel wool. As a mater of fact, scrubbing will compromise the quality of your pots.

I was surprised when I received my order because I did not expect the pots to be as big as they are. The second largest is bigger than my biggest sufuria and that is a very good thing. My household has 4 members and I'm yet to use the largest pot of the lot.

They get real hot very quickly and that plus the lid help in heat use efficiency. Do not worry about burning your hands though as the handles remain cool at all times. The pots stack perfectly into each other making them space efficient. I however have a hard time storing the lids as the handles makes it impossible for them to fit into themselves.

 Product Key Features

  • Non-stick Coating‎,‎
  • Back lite handles for fire resistance‎,‎
  • Internally reinforced 2 coats technology
  • Specially designed bottom for better heat efficiency
  • Non-stick coating‎.‎
  • 100% Non-Toxic Non-stick‎.‎

The Pros

  • They are non-stick and therefore easy to clean
  • They stack into each other making storage neat and easy
  • They are affordable
  • They all have lips which is a good thing
  • Two of them are really big and ideal for a large family

The Cons

  • I find the spoons too bendy for my liking 


At a price of about Ksh. 6,000, I have to say that this set is completely worth every cent. You can get your set on Jumia Kenya now before they run out.   

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7 Creative Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for her

The romantic month is here and if you're there wondering what to get that special woman in your life on 14th, then relax because we got you. Here are 7 creative Valentine's Day gift ideas for her.


Think a necklace, a bracelet or a moderately pricey ring.

How about this gold two-in-one pendant necklace with a clasp fastening? It is elegant and romantic. post

A Classic Handbag

This one is a classic. She will always find use for a nice handbag whether carrying her essentials to church, office or to a party.

This 3-in-1 shoulder bag comes in black, blue, brown and maroon. post

A Scarf

Scarves can take that dull outfit to the next level effortlessly. They are an essential part of any lady's wardrobe.

This blue/beige star print long scarf is double sided thus giving you two scarves at the price of one. post


You can never go wrong with a good perfume.

Escada Magnetism is a vanilla fragrance for the ladies with red berries, pineapple, melon, black current litchi and cassia top notes. post

A Flirty Dress

A skater dress is a perfect gift for Valentine's. It cinches the waist at it's tiniest complementing anybody type by emphasizing the curves.

This `sweet piece is trendy, elegant and affordable. post

A Watch

Gone are days when watches were just used to tell the time. We now have phones. The main purpose of watches today is to make a fashion statement. And what better way to do so than with this stunning piece?

This stunning timepiece is perfect for any occasion. It is water resistant and has a round alloy case with a ceramic bezel. post

A Classy Heel

I'm yet to meet a woman who is not obsessed with shoes. A nice heel will score you major points. Double points if you can find one that can transition between day and evening.

These Saints nude pumps have a detailed heel for that classy finish. post

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Everything for your Baby

BabyShop is bringing you the online shopping experience through Jumia Kenya. This is a chance to buy everything you need for your baby from the comfort of your home and have your order delivered to you wherever you are. shop

Among the products available are;
  • Feeding bottles
  • Walkers
  • Diaper Bags
  • Back packs
  • Lunch and Sandwich boxes
  • Newborn Starter Sets
  • Toys
  • Car Seats
  • Colouring Books
  • Cuddle Wraps
  • Baby Monitors
  • Body Suits
  • Playsets Among others
Visit the Baby Shop Page on Jumia for these and more baby products. 

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Huge Offer: Bouncy Diapers Flash Sale

It’s January and things are clearly not good. Payday looks like three months away and you have mouths to feed, fare, school fees and other bills to settle. Any coin you can save is completely worth it. That’s why as a mom, I’m letting you in on a little secret.

Jumia have a big flash sale on Bouncy Diapers tomorrow the 13th Jan, between 12 and 2PM. 40% off. We all know you need them diapers, and the discount even more! flash sale

Click the banner above or simply visit the bouncy page on Jumia, bookmark, set a reminder on your phone and feel free to thank me later.

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Merck More than a Mother championed by Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari says no to Infertility Stigma. This time in NIGERIA

“Merck More than a Mother” campaign launched in Nigeria championed by the country’s first lady, Her Excellency Mrs. Aisha Buhari. The launch held in Abuja, Nigeria is in partnership with Senate Commission on Health; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and Future Assured organization.

At the Merck More than a Mother event launch in Abuja: Dr. Mohammed Kamal National Coordinator, Future Assured Foundation; Hon. Joyce Lay, Member of Parliament, Kenya; Senator Dr. Lanre Tejuoso, the Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Nigeria; Dr. Rasha Kelej (centre), Chief Social Officer, Merck; HE Dolapo Osinbajo, Wife of Vice President of Nigeria; Dr. Toyin Saraki, Wife of Senate President, Nigeria; Hon. Sarah Opendi, Minister of State of Health, Uganda; and Prof.  Isaac Adewole, Hon. Federal Minister of Health, Nigeria

“Merck More than a Mother” continues its commitment to break stigma around infertility and empower infertile women by improving access to information, education, healthcare and change of culture and mind set to de-stigmatize infertility.

Her Excellency Mrs. Buhari pledged her support and the support of Nigerian Governors’ wives  in the implementation of “Merck More than a Mother’s” activities in Nigeria focusing on eliminating infertility Stigma and creating awareness and providing information and education on causes of infertility; facilitating access to healthcare; and economic and social empowerment of infertile women.

Helen Phillip, one of the infertility stigma victims in Nigeria, after rolling in Merck more than a Mother program

The Nigerian women leaders also supported the empowering of infertile women who form a vulnerable part of the population. Infertile women in Nigeria and many other African countries who can no longer be treated and have been empowered socially and economically to lead independent and happier lives through “Empowering Berna” initiative. “Empowering Berna” is part of “Merck More than a Mother” campaign.

Helen Phillip, a Nigerian woman from the North shared her story of suffering from Infertility Stigma and expressed her gratitude to the support “Merck more than a Mother” provided her through establishing new business so that she can become an independent productive member in her community.
Merck More Than a Mother - The Story of Empowering Helen Philip, Nigeria

Merck more than a Mother committed to work hard to ensure that no other woman would suffer the same way Jackeline did.

Watch Nigeria’s Infertile Women sharing their stories of social suffering of infertility stigma and their transformation after the economic and social empowerment provided by “Merck more than a Mother” through “Empowering Berna “project:
Merck More Than a Mother - The Story of Empowering Victoria John Kuba, Nigeria
Merck More Than a Mother - The Story of Empowering Kachollom. M. Sha
Merck More Than a Mother - The Story of Empowering Khadijat Yaya, Nigeria
Merck More Than A Mother - The Story of Empowering Oluchi Omenife, Nigeria
Merck More Than A Mother - The Story of Empowering Chinelo Azodo, Nigeria
Merck More Than A Mother - The Story of Empowering Ijeoma Ezeaku
Merck More Than A Mother - The Story of Empowering Nneka Omenife, Nigeria

Discussing the way forward with Merck more than a Mother in Nigeria, H.E. Wife of the vice President of Nigeria and Rasha Kelej , Chief Social officer of Merck

“In Nigeria we have been advocating for the end of harmful traditional practices including the stigmatization of women which is prevalent all over the country. Women have not been coming out openly because they are traumatized. With this campaign we will encourage them to speak out and we pledge our support and collaboration,” said Hon. Aisha Alhassan, Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development.

Dr. Rasha Kelej, Chief Social Officer, Merck Healthcare

“Merck More than a Mother” campaign is a great initiative to break the stigma around infertility and to empower an unprivileged category of women in Africa, women who suffer infertility. Infertile women have been neglected, mistreated and discriminated because they cannot bear a child, yet 50% of infertility is due to male factors. We can together improve access to education, information, awareness, health care and change of mind-set and culture to stop these women’s suffering,” said Dr. Rasha Kelej, Chief Social Officer, Merck Healthcare.

Two panel discussions of fertility experts and policy makers during the launch called for an end to the stigmatization of infertile women; creation of awareness and education on the causes of infertility and management since untreated STIs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia may be the cause of up to 85% of infertility among women seeking infertility care which can be treated and prevented; male infertility; building advocacy for the development of artificial reproductive therapy (ART) laws to improve the governance and quality of fertility care; improving access to fertility care by integrating it into public reproductive health services and building the capacity to provide quality and safe fertility care through training.

Prof. Isaac Adewole Hon. Minister of Health emphasized: “We are responsible for policy at the Ministry level and this is where we can make a difference in improving access to fertility care in Nigeria. We will work through training institutions we are responsible for to strengthen fertility management by making it a sub-specialty. We will also as a Ministry work with private sector, the Senate and the National Assembly to improve governance and quality of care to provide standards to protect infertile men and women seeking treatment.”

“Merck More than a Mother” was first implemented in Kenya in 2015 followed by Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic and Nigeria.

To read more about Merck More than a Mother, visit and

H.E. Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo , high level panelists and , wives of Governors from Nigeria together with infertile women who have benefitted from ‘Empowering Berna’ project .

About The stigma of Infertility in Africa:
Jackline Mwende  the recent victim of Infertility stigma tells us her story of suffering of terrible violence by her husband.

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Risks of Pregnancy After 35 That no one Talks About

Janet Jackson gave birth to her first child on January 3rd at 50. She is one of the many women starting their parenting journeys later in life. Professional careers and other personal circumstances have seen many shelf their family dreams to their 40s and 50s. There is however a number of risks associated with this trend of trying to get pregnant after 35:

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Difficulty conceiving:

A woman is born with a limited number of eggs. From the mid 30s, the eggs decrease in quantity and quality making it difficult for her to even conceive.

Multiple pregnancy:

The chances of getting twins increases with age. The fact that one might need assisted reproductive technologies like IVF only adds to the risk.

Gestational diabetes:

Gestational diabetes only occurs during pregnancy and is more common in older women. Left untreated, it can cause an unborn child to grow significantly larger than average, increasing the risk of injury during delivery.

High Blood Pressure:

Older women are more likely to develop high blood pressure during pregnancy. Medication or  delivering the baby prematurely help avoid complications in such a situation.

Premature and low birth weight babies:

As we all know, premature babies normally have complicated medical problems.

Chromosome Abnormalities:

Babies born to older women have a higher risk of developing certain chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome.

Higher risk of miscarriages and stillbirths:

The risk of pregnancy loss increases as you get older. This could be as a result of pre-existing medical conditions or fetal chromosomal abnormalities.

That said, it is important to note that you can still carry a pregnancy as an older woman. You just need to have your health care provider advice and monitor the development of your pregnancy to ensure that everything is going exactly as it should.

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One Painful Step at a Time

This is my first post this year. I've been on a much deserved break; everything from my body to the blog needed a reset. We are now well rejuvenated and ready to tackle 2017.

I started jogging in the morning the last few weeks of 2016. I've not been able to do it since we came back from the holidays, which is such a shame as I did have an amazing time pushing my body and zoning out. For the first time in a long time, I had moments when I thought of no one or nothing but me. Not my kids, not my hubby and not even a single responsibility.

At some point in my course I would go up a steep hill. My goal would be to jog up the hill without stopping to the very top. It was easier said than done.

Day one I ran too fast and my energy ran out way too early. Day two I tried to be steadier and slower and almost made it to the top. Day three I concentrated on my breathing, listened to my pain while putting one foot in front of the other and managed to get to the top. The birds were cheering me on, I was panting, the wind was cooling the sweat on my face and cloths and it felt really, really good. It's amazing what your body can do when you convince your mind.

In that moment I knew that's how I wanted to deal with whatever life throws at me this year - with determination and focus. Whatever you're working on in 2017, whether a business venture, weight-loss or your relationship with God, all you need to do is to make a conscious decision to do whatever it takes.

It might not happen as easily or as fast as you'd like, but if you keep at it, you will see results at the end of the day. Be like a river; it cares little about the obstacles it finds along its way. It will dig through hills, flow around boulders and even when you stop it by building a wall, you can be sure that one day it will stubbornly overflow and be on its way.

Here's to trudging on no matter what and to a fruitful 2017!

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A New Parent’s Guide to a Clean House in 15 Minutes a Day or Less

Being a new parent is by no means easy. Once you have a baby, expect your house's look and feel to change. You not only have limited time, but the kids do all they can to make the house untidy.

This is no time to have OCD. Perfection is best left to the homes without kids. It is a perfect time when just trying is good enough. So how do you keep the house at least presentable? The tips below will help you clean that house in 15minutes or less.

 Daily Chores

  • Wash dishes
  • Wipe counter-tops and tables
  • Make beds
  • Take out rubbish
  • Spot sweep
  • Spot mop
  • Wipe shoes

Weekly Chores

  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Brush carpets and rugs
  • Wipe down kitchen appliances
  • Wipe down TV and other appliances
  • Change bedding
  • Polish mirrors
  • Dust shelves and furniture
  • Do, fold and put away the laundry
  • Clean toilets and bathrooms

Monthly Chores

  • Clean the large appliances like fridges, ovens and microwaves
  • Clean cabinets
  • Disinfect dust bins
  • Wipe door knobs and Switches
  • Wash Carpets and Rugs

Seasonal Chores

  • Clean curtains and blinders
  • Clean duvets and comforters
  • Take out expired groceries

As a new mom, how do you keep your house clean?

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