The KacheeTee Circle Blogger Brunch London: Recap, Moments & Photos

So this happened!

And except you’ve been away for a very long time or haven’t caught up with me on social media much, then thats the only way you wouldn’t know it happened. I wish I kept an active journal so I could document accurately at what point I considered this and how it all went down from there. Because if ‘m being honest, it still feels a bit surreal to me. One minute, I’m considering having an offline event, and the next we’re sourcing venues, I’m putting the word out there and my inbox is popping with payment notifications.

So what is The KacheeTee Circle all about?

Mumfession: My Life as a Mum with Sickle Cell Disease

I’ve wanted to start this column for the longest time, and I’m so glad we have our first feature. Mumfessions is simply a space for mums to talk about their real life as mums, giving us the unfiltered real truth in a way we may not ordinarily hear about or even think of.

Basically mums + confessions. 

And today, we’re starting off with Elozona, a public health specialist in the UK, wife and mum to two lovely boys who is fascinated with motor bikes and wants to own one! She has Sickle Cell Anaemia (SS) or Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), an inherited blood disease - and shares with us some of her experiences, challenges and advice.

I Wore Makeup Everyday for a Week: Here's What Happened

I am of the opinion that there are two types of people in the world: those that take makeup seriously and those that don't. I fall in the latter.

But last week, I went on a trip for a Physiotherapy Convention in Enugu eastern Nigeria and since I wanted to make a stellar impression, I decided to be on my A-game which involved wearing professional clothing and you guessed it - makeup.

I wore makeup every single day, for every single event and a few things happened along the way. I found it quite interesting and thought to share with you real quick:

Curious about Menstrual Cups? Here's Why I Love Them and How I Use Mine

So, my post on reusable menstrual products got a lot of mixed reviews!

But in particular, there was a lot of interest in menstrual cups and how it works. Since of all of the ones I tried, the cup is my absolute favourite, I thought I’d delve into a bit more sharing why I love and how my use OrganiCup menstrual cup.

My OrganiCup menstrual cup is a small flexible cup made from soft allergy-friendly medical grade silicon. It is folded and worn internally just below your cervix where it catches the menstrual fluids. When it’s full, it’s emptied, rinsed and reinserted.

Pretty simple and straight forward yes? Let’s keep going.

Exploring Lebanese Cuisine in Lagos: My Time at Salma's

After an intense low carb week recently, I looked forward to the weekend as my cheat day was fast approaching. I’m sure you all have figured out that I really love food. Since I came across Salma’s Instagram page I was excited to visit and I informed my food buddy that we had to go. More so, I really love Lebanese food and I got super excited to check it out.

Salma’s is quite easy to locate. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of an apartment building and there’s a little coffee shop tucked at the side. There is a swimming pool behind the restaurant and also a view of the Lagos Lagoon. The ambience is everything . The restaurant is well lit and spacious. The gold lanterns gave an Arabian vibe that reminded me of my time in Morocco.

For the first time in a while, I entered a restaurant in Nigeria and fell in love. 

Too Cool for Non-Fiction books? - These 6 Categories are for Every Reader!

Do you read non-fiction? If you had to choose between reading fiction or non-fiction only, for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Honestly, I’d probably choose fiction. Lately, though, I’ve read a few engrossing non-fiction reads. So, at least now I understand the hype of good non-fiction.

If you’re not a massive non-fiction buff, you might find that you prefer a certain type of this genre. I’m the same way. I particularly hate those overly-inspirational self-help books with cliche buzzwords on every page.

However, I enjoy memoirs and self-help with personal stories sprinkled throughout. So, basically, you’ll catch me where the stories are. Thankfully, there are all kinds of non-fiction for all kinds of people.

I’m sharing six of my favorite categories, with a few examples to help you choose your next non-fiction read, no matter what kind of reader you may be.

The Return to Work after Maternity Leave: 8 Tips to Make it Easier & Make You Excel

Speaking from personal experience and that of those around me, it’s safe to say that many career-focused or career-inclined women often have a lingering doubt about how having kids would affect their career; and it is not an insensitive concern to be treated lightly. Having children does take a huge toll on you - physically and mentally. Ridiculously enough, many organizations have failed to create an atmosphere where mothers feel like they can thrive.

Women are often seen to be less competent once matters relating to a child come up. As a simple example: if a man requests to work remotely because he is having improvements done in his home, he is not judged in any negative way but if a woman requests to work from home due to a child care emergency, she could be slightly perceived, albeit unconsciously as not being very organized.

There are lots of improvements that organizations have to do to be truly inclusive, and ensure that women and mothers feel more included and valued. But that’s a whole different kettle of fish for another day. Today, let us focus on how best woman can return to work strong after maternity leave.

Six Tips To Enjoy "Reading" Audio Books

Do you wonder how people actually experience books on audio? Do they actually understand everything? Is it enjoyable to “read” a book without actually seeing the words? Does that even count as reading?

I'm here to help you answer all those questions and more. I hope that by the end of this post, you'll at least be willing to try out ONE audiobook. Audiobooks are truly a wonderful addition to the world of reading because life gets so busy and humans get tired. On days when I'm too tired to read, but still want a story, audiobooks are my perfect companion. Depending on my choice, I could be listening to a person's memoir, laughing aloud to a ridiculous children's book or shaking my head at character's bad decisions while making dinner.

There are some things though that will improve your audiobook experience and help you add more reading to your busy schedule.

Here are six things to know about using audiobooks:

Post Baby Body? Post Baby Sex? 7 New Mums Share Their True Feelings

Don’t quote me on these percentages, but could we possibly estimate that 8 out of 10 women aren’t huge fans of their post baby body? And although it’s termed “post-baby”, those issues perhaps begin to manifest during pregnancy: weight gain, stretch marks, skin colorations, swellings and so much more. It’s not all gloom though. Some people are excited about the weight, and of course many love the pregnancy glow!

As a first time mum the not-so-pretty aspects and body changes can be a bit upsetting, but many times it’s pushed to back because of the anticipation of the baby! So when the baby arrives and many months later the body hasn’t “snapped back” to its previous form - the emotions begin to come to the fore and a new mum’s perception of her body could possibly affect intimate relationships with her partner.

In this post, seven first time mums share how they felt about their post baby body, how this affected intimacy and their choice of post-baby contraceptives!

30 Countries Before 30: Femi Luwa

Like many of my friends who have turned 30 this year, I turn 30 in a few weeks. But unlike my high school classmate Femi, who successfully snagged in her 30th country before the 30th year bell went up (and currently has 37 under her belt), my country count is just about a third of my age.

In March 2016 Femi whose very fitting nickname is “Aunty Fun Times” took her first ever girls’ trip to Thailand. It was an exhilarating ten days of excessive island hopping, curry eating, mai tai sipping, full moon partying, beach side massages and endless exploring.

5 months later in August 2016, she packed her bags (7 suitcases if we’re being precise) and moved to Europe. In the two years she’s lived there she’s visited over 20 new countries.

In this feature she answers a ton of our questions. From feminine matters about being comfortable in bikinis, her secret to that glow on holiday, dealing with cramps on travels to general travel tips, solo travel and travel blogging. I also couldn’t help but ask what happens if she ends up with a non-travel loving partner! See what she says!