We recently had the chance to chat to Cindy Alfino, a working, blogging mom of 3 beautiful children in Cape Town. Her gorgeous blog, 3 Kids, 2 Dog & 1 Old House documents the life of a busy mom, including all the laughs, tears and smiles along the way.
MM: 3 Kids, 2 Dogs & 1 Old House, is such a beautiful blog and one of our favourites! In a nutshell can you describe how the blog came about & where you have drawn your inspiration?
CA: Ah, it makes me so happy to hear that! Originally I started my little corner of the internet as a space to keep all the memories we made as we muddled through our parenting journey. Along the way it became a lot more than that, it’s also a place where I was able to connect with other Moms who have shared the same experiences. We can laugh, cry and encourage each other along the highs and lows of parenting.
Inspiration comes in many forms - it could be a big milestone like getting my toddler to sleep in their own bed ( going to a baby shower and being asked what advice I would give to a new Mom or just general life stuff that I feel other Moms could easily identify with.
MM: What would you describe has been the most difficult part of your blogging journey?
CA: Keeping it real. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the numbers – trying to craft clickbait or viral content can be great but in the process I found myself losing why I wanted to do this in the first place. It’s important to me to always be relatable and that can get lost when the focus is only on growing the blog.
MM: How do you juggle being a working mom of 3 as well as a wife and mommy blogger?
CA: Gosh, I’m not sure I’d say that I was doing a very good job at it, but sometimes I manage to keep more than one ball in the air. The key to relative “success” for me is to compartmentalise each part of my day and dedicate my focus to each thing at a time. So I split my day into work, then kids, then husband (when the kids are asleep), then blog (anytime I can fit it around the rest).
MM: What 3 items do you believe are mom’s essentials and should be kept in your handbag at all times?
CA: Hmmm, good question. A small pack of wet wipes/tissues, plasters for boo boos and a great lipstick to remind yourself that you’re a woman as well as a Mom.
MM: What is the best piece of parenting advice you have been given?
CA: All that “sleep when the baby sleeps” stuff is nonsense. I don’t know one Mom who actually managed to get that right. Instead I wish I’d known how much better it feels to talk about what you’re feeling. Feeling a little bit blue? Talk to other Moms – no doubt they’ve been there too! Feeling like your husband is useless because he can’t read your mind? Tell him what you need. Feeling alone and overwhelmed with being the sole provider to your little persons needs? Find a trusted Mom friend to talk to. It will make all the difference.
MM: What one thing do you wish you knew before becoming a parent?
CA: There actually 17 things I wish I knew before I became a parent haha - But seriously, the one big thing would be how incredibly full on it is. Being a Mom never stops - you’re “on duty” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 12 months a year for the rest of your life. Don’t get me wrong, I would really not have it any other way, but I didn’t quite get how it never stops before I had kids.
MM: Do you have a post that had special meaning to you and why?
CA: A while ago I sat my kids down and asked them a whole bunch of questions and recorded them on the blog. It’s one of my favourites because it sums up why I wanted this place on the internet – to cherish these memories.
MM: Where would you like to see 3 Kids, 2 Dogs & 1 Old House in the future?
CA: Of course I have many small goals, but the main one is to make sure that I keep putting out content that people want to read. If I can keep that up, then the rest of the small goals will follow.