Welcome Back!

11 January 2024| ,

A new year. A new start.

We all know how my A-type, OCD, perfectionist self can be at the start of a new year – all things new and fresh and ready to begin… And one of my greatest resolutions for 2024 is to be actively blogging again. Blogging about life, motherhood, faith, marriage, travel and fun. I have always loved sharing words, memories and life with people and since I found blogs and started blogging all those years ago (almost 14 years ago!), I have never stopped reading my favourite blogs – not the new age, Insta worthy, content creation – just your old school, online websites filled with words, memories, tips and tricks and fun things to share.

And so, in 2024, I am back. And I thought the best way to make my comeback is with a good old HELLO and introduction post…

My name is Caley, I am a late-thirty-something year old living in coastal Durban, South Africa. I am married to my university sweetheart, MC and we have five children (yes, FIVE!) We have three daughters: SJ who will be 12 this year, EN who will be 10 and ZB who will be 7 and our latest additions to complete our family puzzle: our twin boys, FM and RM who will be 2 this year. A full, loud, busy house – but all our family dreams come true!

We live a happy, simple life on the coast of Durbs, enjoying everything our small town has to offer. We have our small, immediate family close by, a group of incredible friends who are like family and great schools. We are blessed to live in our forever home which we built a decade ago, I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom to our mini brood and MC runs his own business from his local office.

We love family time, spending time together making memories, being on the beach and in the pool, on the sidelines of our girls sports matches and dance concerts, quality time with precious friends, exploring the world together, being on a game drive in the bush, celebrating the joys of life with parties, photographs and fun!

Some silly, fun facts about me:

Age: One year away from 40!

Fave colour: Coral

Fave number: 2

Fave holiday destination: The beach or bush

Fave animal: Tiger

Fave drink: Coca Cola or Five Roses tea

Fave food: Potatoes, Greek, Indian and Portuguese

Hobbies: Reading, blogging, exercising, party planning, organisation and socialising

Dislikes: Snakes, Avocado, Wine, Coffee

If you have visited my blog and read this introduction post, I would love for you to say hi and introduce yourself in the comments. One of the best parts of blogging is the connection and networking from around the world.

Hello, and nice to “meet” you x


  1. Ah my Cals! I’m so happy to see you back. Have always loved your blog and so glad you are back. I think it’s time to start blogging again too ❤️

  2. Ah i love this! Feels like a real nod to the old blogging vibes which I miss so much! I’ve followed your blog and insta since the early days – I love your little space online and I’m so glad you are back! Happy new year Lovely Caley 💕

    1. YAY!! I couldn’t agree more, my Lu! And thank you for always being so encouraging in this little space of mine.
      Happy new year to you too x

  3. Yay!!! I love your blogs and often refer back to them for some inspiration.

    I love how you celebrate everything and have such zest for life.

    So great to see you back and starting to share more this year!! Wishing you all the best for 2024.

  4. 14years of blogging! Loved your blog back then and I’m excited that you’re back in your online space. Always enjoy your online posts on social but I do enjoy a good read.

  5. Hi, I’m Chantel from Hillcrest! Love seeing your posts on Insta & now that I see you have a blog. I’ll most certainly get reading…
    Have a beautiful day!

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I'm Caley a thirty-something wife & mummy from Durban, South Africa. Ellie Love Blog is all about me, my family and our beautiful life.


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