something you didint know about me

I don’t blog anywhere near as often as i’d like to.

Part of the reason is because I’m a mum. I have six children, in fact. No, I didn’t accidentally choke on my strawberry milk and jerk around hitting the S-I-X keys in succession. It’s true. O-K to be fair, I have two step-daughters and children of my own. Hence the half-dozen. I guess I’m a little like Carol Ann Brady, cheesy advice and all (never run with scissors!). 🙂

You see, my husband and I had already ‘been there, done that’ when we’d met. Life is not always roses and cupcakes, it can be farts and raccoon poop too. But I’m happy to report this story has a very Happily Ever After, and when my husband and I met things were just meant to be. Maybe ill tell that story another time. But for now, our love story came with a built-in family – minus one. It’s funny how life brings your down these paths, and this is one I am very happy to have travelled down.

(UPDATE: my two beautiful step-daughters now live with us permanently, its a full-time Brady Bunch house, yo!) My step-daughters, bless their cotton socks, live with their Mom in America throughout the school year (hubby was born in Bama, raised a California boy) and every summer they excitedly jump on a plane and get spend it in the land down under. Three months of kangaroos and BBQ’s. Lucky ducks 😉

From left – (Mr. J, 11) (Miss. T, 12) (Mr. C, 7) (Mr. A, 10) (Miss N, 4) (Miss L, 6)

Part two of this post is also very important (Something you didn’t know about me 1.2), because my eldest son and youngest son are special needs children. They are both very special souls, who are among the extraordinary group of children on the spectrum. I’ve always had a soft spot for children, and an extra special place in my heart for special needs kids. AND eternal respect for other parents and carers of these incredible people. It’s nothing short of amazing in my eyes.

We do things as every family does, but in our own special way. Lots of forethought goes into the little everyday things, and what to do in ‘those moments’. I forget quite often that things are a little different. I’ve done it for so long its like breathing, a part of life. I see a lot of myself in everything they do and how they see the world, and honestly I’m just a big kid at heart too. Things can get crazy sometimes all the time, so it’s a good thing I am like a ninja-Mum and am also hilarious*.

(*or so I think. Judging by the often stone cold faces of my children, I am not)

I feel fortunate that my family is really supportive of my blog *cough* obsession *cough*, and give me plenty of time to do what i enjoy. I guess when Mum (that’s me, yo!) is happy – and not reconstructing furniture after Spider-man antics or not wiping ‘I-don’t-even-want-to-know-what-that-is’ off the walls – everyone is happy.

And of course, they love to contribute…

So when the blog gets quiet and I don’t post as often, dear readers, now I hope you understand why 🙂

Baby powder. It happens.

39 Comments on Something You Didn’t Know About Me #1

  1. Ebony
    May 4, 2013 at 5:28 am (5 years ago)

    Kaye; I love your blog, but this is perhaps the most beautiful post you’ve ever written. You absolutely did not need to explain any absence you may have from blogging, so I hold the highest respect for you that you did, and that you gave us a peek into your personal home life. Thank you. Your beautiful children are so lucky that you are their mother Xx

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      May 4, 2013 at 9:49 am (5 years ago)

      Ebony, thank you so much for your heart-warming comments, it truly means the world to me. Everything you said just had me a little speechless to be honest, it feels really nice to be reminded I don’t need to explain the frequency of posts on the blog. When I started I promised myself I would never apologise, I felt like there shouldn’t be a need to have to, but of course I still felt guilty. In any case, it was really nice to share something about my life that really is a huge part of it 🙂
      It was so nice to read your comment, thank you again. xx

  2. Mammu
    May 4, 2013 at 5:43 am (5 years ago)

    Six! That is impressive! How do you manage? I need some tips asap, I’m losing it with only two kids 🙂 Hahhhaa what happened on the last picture? Is this the baby powder cause mine did that to my living room!!! You’re lucky you just have to wipe-off stuff from the walls, mine did holes in living rooms walls O_o I knew you were awsome but after this post I’m taking my hat off, you are amazing for doing it all!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      May 4, 2013 at 10:08 am (5 years ago)

      Haha, it sounds like a crazy number of children right? It really is, don’t worry even I sometimes wonder how we do it. The secret is I have no secret lol! Honestly, I’m forever thankful that the girls are kind hearted and lovely, there really isnt much to have to worry about 🙂
      Yes! That is baby powder! I took that photo back in 2003 when my two eldest sons were only young, to this day every time I see that photo I cant help but laugh. And don’t worry about holes in walls, thats just kids. I have my fair share of similar stories 😉
      Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words, it means a lot to me. xx|

      PS – give your children hugs from me! You are simply beautiful!

  3. TheBeautyHolder!
    May 4, 2013 at 7:00 am (5 years ago)

    You already know I adore you and your blog and I admire you that much more now- if possible! My only son is severely Autistic. He is every part of my world, life and being! I started working at his school in January and now work with children not only with ASD but Multiple Learning and Physical needs. I started a blog a could weeks ago about it and life in general but it unfinished. You are a wonderful Mother and person in general! Your children (including Step-children) are a blessing as you know and sharing your story is so kind! Thanks for being so open with something so personal! To almost quote you it can’t always be roses and cupcakes…but when it is…it is beautiful! When it is not, God helps us through! Huge bundles of love and hugs! Donna-Marie xoxoxo

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      May 4, 2013 at 10:01 am (5 years ago)

      Oh Donna-Marie, I read your comment and had to go away and come back a little while later because I got a little emotional. Thank you for sharing with me your sons Autism, it never ceases to amaze me to find out so many amazing people have special children.
      I’ll be honest, I was SO scared of sharing something so personal, I’ve written and re-written this post many, many times and never posted it because of the fear of negativity. People in general are wonderful, but still, the last thing I wanted to do was put the children in a position to be judged. My heart was actually racing when I posted it, lol! When I read your comment it made me feel so much at ease (thank you!) and I had a moment where I thought, aha! I knew Donna-Marie was amazing but this is just PROOF!! I’ve been a big fan of yours from the beginning and now I know that allure comes from your wonderful heart 😀
      I’m glad I finally decided to write about it, it is the biggest part of my life and hopefully I can meet other people like you and I.
      When you get your special blog up and running please forward the link to me, you already have one follower! I would love to keep up with things like that, I have such a interest in it, besides the obvious reason of course 🙂
      Keep in touch lovely lady, give my love to your son, and my hat is off to you for doing the work you do! You are my hero! xx

  4. bellezakisses
    May 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm (5 years ago)

    You have a beautiful family! I can’t stop laughing at “farts and raccoon poop too” and that picture at the end is priceless!!!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      May 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you my dear! You have a awesome sense of humour, I’m glad I could make you laugh 😉

      That photo will go down in our family history as a great one. I will definitely bring it out on big birthdays when they are all grown up. The look on their faces says it all lol! xx

  5. Luchessa
    May 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm (5 years ago)

    Aww K, thats for being brave & proud mommy and share all that personal background with us. I have a lot of respect for that and what you do on the daily basis. See and i can’t even imagine having one…maybe i’M just not there yet…:P
    And don’t worry about not posting every day or more often. You always make such a great content, it’s worth waiting 😉

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      May 5, 2013 at 3:50 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you lovely, I’ve actually been wanting to write about it for some time now. I love getting to know bloggers behind the scenes 🙂

      I have a lot of respect for anyone who doesn’t have children! I find its just as much of a challenge in itself, because of so much pressure and judgement from society to do it (which I think is ridiculous). My hats off to you beautiful! Thank you for your comments, I love it when you stop by! 😀 xx

      • Luchessa
        May 5, 2013 at 10:18 am (5 years ago)

        Thank you K 🙂 You know there always ppl who jugde, i think it’s just part of the human nature, you just need to know how to deal with it. And yes, i do get asked every nwo and then about when im thinking about having children ect…i always do wonder, why do i have to explane myself?!

  6. Saira
    May 5, 2013 at 3:35 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed a peak into your life:) xx

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      May 5, 2013 at 3:53 am (5 years ago)

      Glad you enjoy it, it was very fun to share! My kids do and say the most ridiculous and hilarious things, hopefully I will be able to share more 🙂 xx

  7. luv4beautyandnailart
    May 6, 2013 at 11:23 am (5 years ago)

    Hi, Its so good to read through this. Thanks to the blog hop. I really felt like reading an excellent well narrated story, which I was scared to scroll down fearing that it would end.
    Congrats on still following your heart and making time for blog 🙂
    Really brave girl!! Kudos.
    Loved your blog

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      May 8, 2013 at 1:12 am (5 years ago)

      I’m so unbelievably touched you liked my post! Thank you, truly. It’s taken me a long time, but the true key to happiness is to follow your dreams. Big or small, it makes all the difference, don’t you think? Hope your day is going wonderfully, I’m grateful you stopped by! Here’s to you beautiful! xx

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      May 8, 2013 at 1:06 am (5 years ago)

      Lol it’s crazy isn’t it! It was worthy of a photo, which will definitely be brought out on their 21st 😉

  8. thestylehippie
    May 12, 2013 at 8:33 am (5 years ago)

    Even tho we aren’t a mixed family, I’m the oldest of 7, so I know how much fun craziness there is in a big family. (Also how much hair pulling there is too…especially on days where I have to be the 2nd mom!)
    More power to ya, girl!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      May 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you my dear, you are so lovely! And kudos to you too, having a big family can be crazy but nothing compares, as I know you know! 😀

      Thanks so much for commenting! xx

  9. Moi Contre Le Vie
    May 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm (5 years ago)

    What a beautiful family, great pictures! Nice to learn a bit more about you. 🙂

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      May 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm (5 years ago)

      It was lovely to share! Thanks for reading my post, I see that you are living in SF. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL city, you are so lucky. I’ve only visited once, but hopefully will come back again soon 🙂

      • Moi Contre Le Vie
        May 29, 2013 at 1:26 pm (5 years ago)

        You’ll definitely have to let me know when you make it back! 🙂

      • Beautiful Kayekie
        May 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm (5 years ago)

        Absolutely! My husband’s hometown is Sacramento, and maybe living there one day is on the cards. It would be lovely! I fell in love with SF 🙂

      • Moi Contre Le Vie
        May 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm (5 years ago)

        How funny! My boyfriend & I are from Sacramento so I spend weekends there visiting him (I live in SF). 🙂

      • Beautiful Kayekie
        June 1, 2013 at 12:22 am (5 years ago)

        It really is a small world! That is so funny, what a crazy coincidence. I’m hoping to take a family trip there at the end of this year if time allows, Ive only ever visited in October and I want to play in the snow (in Tahoe) lol!

  10. Valeria
    May 28, 2013 at 11:39 pm (5 years ago)

    Awwww you seems to have a gorgeous family!!! It was great to get to know you a little bit more. Kisses to all of you 🙂
    Visit from GIG
    <3 Val

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      May 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi fellow GIGer! Thanks for visiting 😀 its lovely to get to know you guys a little better also, hope to catch you around in GIG <3

  11. Cheryl Zamora
    May 29, 2013 at 7:53 am (5 years ago)

    Lovely family. Great that they’re all supporting your blog. I wish my family too to me, unfortunately I don’t live with them so I only get a moral support instead 🙂 You’re such a great mum, I wanna be as great as you too in time. God bless you and your family!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      May 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm (5 years ago)

      Ahhh you are too kind! Thank you! You must miss your family so much, that is awesome that they can still be there for you though, you are truly blessed. When the time comes I’m sure you will be the coolest/awesomest/kick ass Mum there is 🙂 thanks for commenting <3

      • Cheryl Zamora
        May 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm (5 years ago)

        Praying for God’s blessing this year. Hopefully if He permits. I’m not getting any younger. Lol

      • Beautiful Kayekie
        June 1, 2013 at 12:23 am (5 years ago)

        I’m thinking of you, I hope all your dreams come true! <3

  12. M.Valdez.
    June 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm (5 years ago)

    You have a beautiful family :). I stumbled upon your blog a few days ago because I am beauty and fashion obsessed. My son is on the spectrum as well. I feel like when you tell people your child has autism they think that you don’t have a life. When in fact you have a beautiful life. It may not be typical but, none the less, it is beautiful. Much love to you and yours and keep being amazing and beautiful! xxxo

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      June 12, 2013 at 5:58 am (5 years ago)

      Oh it’s such a pleasure to meet you!! Thank you so much for sharing about your son, I love meeting fellow parents of amazing kids! I couldn’t agree more, you certainly do have a life. I’m sure you feel the same way, but I love it. There’s something very special and unique about it. I hope you and your son are doing well, much love to you guys too! Feel free to drop me a line any time to chat beauty, fashion kids or just life! Thanks again xx <3

  13. Oona
    January 13, 2014 at 11:19 am (4 years ago)

    I came here by looking reviews about Garnier Darks Spots Corrector and found your blog. I need to tell you that you made me laugh so much with your writing! You seem like a lovely big hearted person and I wish all happiness in life for you and your beautiful family.

    Bisous from France
    xx Oona

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      February 18, 2014 at 5:34 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Oona, THANK YOU so much for commenting. Your words are so kind, and you really made my day. Thank you for the well wishes, right back at you! xxx

  14. Lorna Mai (@TheColourQueen)
    March 5, 2014 at 12:47 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing your Christmas holiday photos. I can’t believe you’ve had 4 children, you look amazing. I’ve never been to California before but you have completely sold it to me. The views seem too good to be true, almost like watching a movie. I love forests, log cabins, mountains….The way you describe your children’s faces is beautiful. You’ve created a life long memory for them all!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      March 7, 2014 at 2:12 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you for the lovely comment Lorna, you are just too, too kind. Going to Tahoe for me really is just like that, the scenery is so unlike anything I am used to so you said it so well – just like a movie!

      You should definitely visit California, it is so diverse! We traveled back and forth for our trip, I feel like it has so many great things all a quick drive/flight away. Big cities, cosy towns, desert, mountains – SNOW! (and lets not forget Disney Land) 😀


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