What I… Tracey Grammer-Porter from The Milk Memoirs

Today I’m pleased to introduce you to Tracey Grammer-Porter, a mommy blogger who writes over at The Milk Memoirs. Found mostly behind the lens of a camera, she is an aspiring photographer as well as an aspiring domestic diva. A mom of two girls (so far), and a four-legged furry child called Whiskey she is a full-time working mama whose blog is one part chronicle, one part resource of all things breastfeeding and family life…with a good dose of fun & mommy realness thrown in. Read on to find out more –>

 

What I…

 

Know

This life is too short to not go out there and give it your best, or to take yourself too seriously, to go explore and discover, and to love with all your heart.

If something is worth doing, its worth doing right.

We were all placed here to learn, love and be loved.

You are never too old to learn and never too young to teach.

My children are a reflection of myself, so best I pull up my big girl panties and do my damndest to make sure it’s a good one!

Husband and girlsMarch 2014_97

 

Love

My incredible husband and children, including my four-legged fur child – more than life itself.

My big family & close friends – they sprinkle a special kind of happy dust on my heart.

Travel – good God, do I love to travel! There’s just something about discovering the joys of a foreign country that sets my heart ablaze. After our last fam holiday, I promised my hubby I’d put the bug to rest for a bit, while we do life with bills and school fees, but I’m realising that’s not something you could ever put to rest. And my heart is burning so! Now, if only my wallet would play with.

Taking too many photos – my home is filled with them, both framed and in boxes and memory drives. Definitely one of the things I’d run back into the fire for.

Oreos & waffles – this love is pretty much an addiction that I’m not ashamed to admit to, and may very well tackle you for the last one of either. You’ve been warned.

In fact, food. I love food. Any food, that’s done really well. #Nomnom

Cape Town – I was born and bred here, and there’s nothing like it.

The beach – sad days, happy days, whatever days, just take me to the beach, and it’s all good.

A well-made cocktail. And if you put said well-made cocktail together with the beach, then…well, well, well, well… J

Halloween, but Christmas still beats it hands down.

Baking cookies and cakes and then giving them away to those that would enjoy them.

Comic books – the craze has lightened since my high school days, but the geek in me is still alive and kicking.

Making things with my hands and, of course, writing.

Martial arts, adventure sports, dance and being physical. I need to move, or start I feeling dead inside.

Also, I’ve got nothing but love for ballet and the opera.

You know, maybe you should’ve asked what I DON’T love, that list may have been shorter, cause I’ve got more where this came from. 😉

travel

 

Read

Soooo many blogs – no surprise there.

As for books, I don’t do fiction much, unless you’re talking Terry Pratchett, then, hell yeah, bring it on. Otherwise, Im a bit of a boring nerd burger for material on breastfeeding, birth, baby/child psychology and physiotherapy books. Before kids came though, my nerd-burgerness was more focused on fitness, science and the human body – I know right, sooooo wild and exciting. J

 

Want

Five extra hours in a day. Only five. Not asking for much, right?

While we’re at, throw in a camel Burberry coat too please.

To get back to my more disciplined fitness self. There’s just another kind of freedom of movement that comes with a strong and well-honed body – I miss it so.

Freshly baked waffles lightly seasoned with maple syrup and topped with vanilla ice-cream to magically appear before me, with a mere thought.

To set good examples for my children in life.

To help and empower other moms by sharing my stories and creating awareness about the options they have when it comes birth and breastfeeding – and consequently having the confidence in whatever choices they’ve made, without being led by fear.

Also I rrrrreally want to learn all the moves to the Thriller dance. You know, just in case a flash mob randomly breaks out -you’ve got to be prepared for these important things in life.

active adventure_1

 

Wear

Mostly, whatever I feel like. I am not a trend follower. Not intentionaly, I just like what I like. If it happens to be something that’s on trend at the time, then score. I, however do like to invest in classic pieces – particularly coats. I may or may not have had a slight coat fetish that Im still recovering from.

I love my jeans. So comfy, easy and versatile – dress up, dress down.

I generally tend to change it up according to my mood; But mostly I go for comfort.

I have a gorgeous selection of stilettos that now, post two babies, only make guest appearances in my everyday life. My feet, since babies, have decided that flats are where it’s at.

Papaya Body Shop Body Butter – been in love with it since the day my hubby gifted it to me for my birthday way back then, when he was just this hot new guy, I had only just met.

For fragrances, I flip between Carolina Herrera’s 212 Sexy and, when I magically find stock online, Polo Sport for women.

 

Need

A tan – desperately.

An inexhaustible travel fund – duh!

Permanent 3 day weekends – please let it be so.

A holiday! And lots of them, more often.

Sleep- lots and lots of sleep. As a mom, I’m terribly sorry for neglecting my naps all that time as a youngster. “Sleep when you’re dead”, I said – not realising just how close to death I’d actually feel now as a working mother, who at present wildly fantasizes about sleep. But if I want to keep all my chosen balls in the air, then unfortunately, sleep becomes the first thing that’s neglected. #suckerforpunishment

Patience with myself, and an even bigger patience tank with my children.

 

Follow Tracey over here:

Instagram: @traxport

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/themilkmemoirs

Twitter: @milkmemoirs

 

Images: Tracey Grammar – Porter from The Milk Memoirs

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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