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    Hi my name is Dana, mama of three beautiful children Kia, Cuba and Coco-Ivy.

    My first baby was born in 2003 and wow how time has gone by so super fast. Two more little beauties later and I have moments of panic knowing how the ordinary and extraordinary experiences and memories of raising a family can become a distant blur, as we unashamedly rush around in our fast paced family bubble

    I have always had a non stop flurry of creative and business ideas but I have not implemented much of them at all and then seen similar ideas online or on the high street. Always letting a lack of confidence in myself take a hold of all the potential I could have achieved.

    Blogging is something  I’ve been meaning to do for quite a while now so I am determined not to miss this mothership. Oh yes, I now have the confidence to reach towards one of my goals in life.

    I am a full time mama inspired by my three amazing children and I embrace the inspiration I have been blessed with.

    Essentially, my new blogging venture is my desire to make a visual diary and a creative outlet capturing the everyday wonderfulness and challenges of our family life and friendships. Also a special keepsake for my children to treasure.

    How would I describe A Mamanista Life?… The essence of the blog is about everyday family life, honest by nature, keeping it real. I enjoy fashion, shopping, beauty, fitness, play and learning, travel and days out. I am hoping A Mamanista Life develops organically.



    I’m Dana, a forty something dedicated mama to a teenage daughter, a six year old son and our latest addition, our very own two year old little princess. I do enjoy being a forty something mama however, I sometimes forget I’m a forty something mama (I still think I’m in my twenties), where does the time go?

    I’m a gobby lass from up north who enjoys having a laugh, quite partial to a large glass of Rioja, a bit of a foodie, oh and a frustrated fashionista!

    I am an everyday mama dreaming of a tidy home and I am in need of a lie in!

    I look up to strong female role models from all walks of life like Michelle Obama, Katie Piper, Nicola Adams and Megan Markle.

    My professional background has been varied and includes fashion retail, being a London nanny, and working in childcare and family services. Both fashion and children have been my passion, so it’s no surprise to my family and friends that they have been my focus in life.

    So enough about me for now, time to meet the family.



    Sean and I have been living together for almost ten years which is practically the entire duration of our relationship. We met in the summer of 2008 in beautiful Jamaica where we were both visiting family.

    Sean is a Distribution Manager for Amazon. He is a Londoner born and bred. He’s a loyal Arsenal fan and I’m sure he dreams of having the time to watch a match in real time and not on catch up TV! He also enjoys the usual stuff like watching movies and reading. Sean is a music fanatic, his favourites being drum and bass, reggae, soul, hip-hop and in his younger days happy hardcore. Back in the day he was a DJ working in London nightclubs.

    He is a great cook, his culinary specailties are Caribbean delights, curry, spicy one pot’s and rice and peas.

    Sean is a great father and partner, he is really supportive of my new blogging ambition.


    Kia is fifteen years old, my first born. My little princess, who didn’t leave my side like my shadow and we spent all our time together. I was so fortunate to have the most amazing manager Donna, who gave Kia a place in the nursery I worked in so my little princess even came to work with me.

    These days Kia is a typical teenager, she has a super busy social life so we don’t spend as much time together as we used to. But, I’m really happy for her to live her life to the full and have fun growing up into the beautiful young lady she is becoming, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Kia is a selfie queen, a chicken wing fanatic and she loves experimenting with makeup and fashion. She enjoys dance and watching her idols on social media. She is super sporty and is blessed with natural sporting ability in all she participates in.


    Born in 2012, Cuba is my one and only little fella in my life. He is a popular and handsome dude who already has the girls flocking. It’s very apparent how good he looks in clothes and trendy outfits.

    Cuba has a great sense of humour, he loves a good chat, he has a cheeky Chappy smile and he is very loving. I’ve lost count of how many kisses and cuddles we’ve had since he was born. He is an amazing big brother, he loves his little sister and he is very thoughtful, patient and protective of her.

    Cuba’s favourite things to do are playing on the xbox with his friends, anything Minecraft inspired, swimming, cooking and helping out in the kitchen, making the biggest box craft you’ve ever seen and reading a bedtime story.


    Coco-Ivy is our little princes. She is an absolute joy and has brought so much love into our family. She wakes up with her beautiful smile everyday. Her eyes sparkle which is her feature most people notice when they meet her. She has the most softest, loveliest dark curly hair.

    We knew we wanted another baby to complete the family, and after two years of trying we were blessed with the news of our pregnancy, just when we accepted in our minds that it might not happen. Sean would love one more baby however, for me our family is complete. I still can’t believe I’m a mum, never mind a mum of three amazing children, feel so blessed.

    Coco-Ivy has truly been the happiest baby we have ever met, she loves music bopping and singing to her favourite tunes. You go girl! she loves our visit’s to the park climbing and going on the swings, so cute. She is always on the go and her favourite things to play with are her dolls and kitchen and anything to do with Peppa Pig.

    Her siblings adore her and want her to remain the baby forever.



    Disclaimer | an insight to how it works

    This section is to give you an understanding on how the world of blogging works. I want to be completely transparent about if I have been sent a product or been given or gifted a service for me to write a review, or whether I have been paid to talk about it.

    If a company or brand asks me to mention a product for a price I will always mention this on every post as something like ‘This is a sponsored post’. 

     I will only share information or recommend something that I genuinely like or something I believe my readers will enjoy.

    Some of the links in my post may be affiliate links. This means if you click the link to a product and make a purchase I will receive a small commission. This does not change the buying experience or price of a product. It just means I receive a little bonus for bringing the product to your attention. All the products are genuinley picked by me and I have not been enticed to put any specific item on there.

    I am really passionate about my little blog site and my goal is to create a place I want you to trust and believe in.

    Everything on amamanista life has been created by me (Dana) unless otherwise stated. Please do not use any of my photos or content without asking permission. You can contact me to discuss via email on mamanista@outlook.com



    1. March 18, 2019 / 7:49 pm

      Just seen this now.
      Thank you for the information on your family, I feel I know them well now, especially little Coco. Loving your blog.

      • amamanistalife
        March 19, 2019 / 7:01 pm

        Thank you so much for your lovely message, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. I really can’t ask for more than that x x x

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