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May 2014


A mama, a dad and a newborn hanging on the couch

28th May 2014

We are totally blown away by the beauty of this newborn shoot. Baby Tucker was only 8 days old when these pics were taken and we love how mother mama and dad look as if they are marveling at their creation. Simple, at home and on the couch… just the way we like it.

PS. Don’t these pics perfectly show off that newborn nappy-to-big, skin-to-big deliciousness?


Meet the mama: Sara-Lea

27th May 2014

Sara-Lea is the Account Manager at Public Relations Agency. She and her husband Pierre live on their beautiful farm in Edenville, in the Free State, with Julie the family dog, and Lia, their 15 week old daughter.

Favourite product for moms and why?

Nivea In-shower moisturiser – it smells wonderful, does a great job of moisturising your body, and it saves time!

How has your style changed since becoming a mom?

I exclusively breastfeed Lia – so I don’t wear dresses anymore when going out – I find myself choosing clothing that will make breastfeeding easy. My style  hasn’t changed that much, I believe in retaining my identity as the woman I was, within my new role as mother. 

Favourite product for babies and why?

Rooibos teabags! Lia had a bit of baby eczema and I added a rooibos teabag to her bath, I then used the bag as a little sponge over her body. Dermalex is another fantastic product for eczema and I now use Cetaphil Restoraderm to moisturise. The combination of these sorted the problem. I love Epizone ointment for bathing her, and in summer you don’t have to moisturise after bathing if using Epizone ointment. Because of the eczema I am not using any fragranced or coloured products. Sudocream is my go to bum balm. While pregnant I tried to establish which nappies were best and bought both Huggies and Pampers but soon realised it’s a matter of personal preference, or baby’s gender. I love Huggies, and find that most mommies of girls prefer Huggies, but my friends with boys seem to prefer Pampers. 

A baby essential you couldn’t live without and why?

The dummy and her automatic swing! Both seems to sort out any niggles Lia may have – and it’s the extra pair of hands I need while working or cooking. 

Best gift you have received for your baby and why?

All the fabulous clothes! I am really overwhelmed by the generosity of all my friends, and friends of my mother and mother in-law. My aunt also kept a pair of knitted booties my paternal grandmother knitted for my first baby before she passed away in 2001. Lia’s Fisher Price automatic swing and mobile was also a gift, something I would never have bought, but now that I have it I can’t imagine life without it. 

Favourite song to sing to your babe or their favourite song to hear? 

I made a playlist with songs we listen to at bath time, and our favourite song is a Lize Beekman song called Sonneblom uit Bethlehem – probably because Pierre farms with, among other things, sunflowers! To me, they represent hope for the future. 

Where is your favourite place to go hang with your baby?

I have a big rose garden on the farm, and come summer, I can’t wait to hang out there with Lia, reading books and playing. 

Favourite meal to give your child? 
The boob – I plan to exclusively breastfeed Lia until 6 months before starting solids and continuing with breastfeeding. 
Naming your children always has a story. How did you pick your child’s name? 
We are very traditional in that sense and followed the traditional Afrikaans way of naming: first born daughter is named after the woman’s mother, and first born son is named after the man’s father, if we have another girl after Lia she will be named after my mother in law. Our little girl is named Cornelia Cecilia after my mother, and we call her Lia – the end of both the names – for short. 
What one thing we will never catch you doing as a mama? 
Leaving my baby to cry it out or ignoring her. 
What surprises you most about being a mum? 
I am surprised at how some things just comes naturally, almost like instinct, and then there are also times when your common sense just completely fails you – until someone, usually my mother, points out the obvious solution! I am also surprised at how one little smile or squeal from Lia could change my whole mood – it lights up my whole day. 
What do you love most about your husband being a dad? 
I love seeing how his fascination with Lia doesn’t wear off – I didn’t know one man could stare at a baby that long and often. 
What one thing do you want to teach your child? 
There are so many things I want to teach her, that I recently started a board on Pinterest called Lessons for Lia. The lessons on there are for this life, but I would like her to know that life on earth is only preparation for eternal life. Also, in this life, there is nothing she can do that will change my love for her – it is unconditional. 
Best piece of advice you could give moms of 3 month old babes 
I got up one day and realised my precious daughter wasn’t a newborn baby anymore…since then she has changed and developed in front of my eyes everyday. My best advice – spend as much time as possible with your baby – they change over night. Aside from that, I believe that breastfeeding and Rooibos can fix almost everything.

family album & this week’s reading list

23rd May 2014

Super model and her super kid: Kate Moss and Lila Grace make a pretty gorgeous mama/daughter team.

Here are five links that caught our eye this week:
Hey mama, you are doing a good job.
These baby names are now popular – would you consider any of them? 
Getting ready when you have a 10month old. *All mamas know what this is like. 
Have you seen the “Ban Bossy” campaign. I think it’s fantastic. 
Secrets for confident kids. 

Welcome to the world

22nd May 2014
 Anna at 7 weeks, photograph by Christopher Munton

I love this welcome poem for new babies that I found on The Littlest. How lovely to send this to a new mama or to write it down for your little one for them to read one day.

we’ve all been waiting for you.
for you.
your arrival has been marked, has been recorded
on earth,
in the universe,
in the galaxies,
in all of space,
in all of time.
you come with a birthright, written in love and sung
through all creation in words which promise
that no matter where you’re at,
you’re home
that no matter who you’re with,
you’re welcome
that no matter who you are,
you’re loved.
~ rita ramsey


Meet the bump: Janna

21st May 2014

Janna Bernic is the owner of Janna Koppel Public Relations – a PR company based in Jo’burg. She is 7 months along in her first pregnancy.

Are you finding out the gender of your baby and why or why not? 
No! Because it’s our first born we wanted to keep the surprise. There are such few good surprises in life…this is the best of the lot!

Tell us one thing you can’t live without while pregnant? 

Creams galore! I’ve probably tried everyone on the market.
What is your favourite beauty product? 
I’m loving the Mamo Mio range of creams…they have specific creams for each area of the body which I love. I really feel like I’m doing something special for my skin when I’m using it.
What is your favorite food or are you having any cravings while pregnant? 
I’m craving lemons funnily enough. I drink water with tons of lemon and then I like to eat them after including the skin. I cant get enough.
What preggy books or apps are you using? 
I’m reading The Happiest Baby on theBlock by Dr Karp and I’m using the Pregnancy+ app which reminds me how far along I am and gives daily tips.
How would you describe your pregnancy style and where do you shop for preggy clothes? 

I haven’t shopped for preggy clothes as such. I did have to buy a whole new wardrobe of bra’s as I’ve gone up two sizes and I’ve needed to learn to dress for a bigger bust. I’ve always been quite flat chested and it’s amazed me how clothing styles I used to wear no longer look nice anymore. I did purchase some amazing preggy jeans (J Brand, AG and Seven for all Mankind) from America which I have lived in. I’m trying to keep it as comfortable as possible at this stage. I’m definitely not into heels or skin tight clothing.

What’s your exercise regime at the moment? And how has it changed with your pregnancy? 

I used to work out 5 times a week but that’s flown out the window as the early morning wake-up’s aren’t as easy anymore. I’m at a trainer twice a week for some light weight training and I attend preggy yoga once a week. On the weekends I try go to the gym at least once and walk on the treadmill for about 30 minutes.

Have you decided on a birth plan, are you going natural or having  a caesar? 

I would love to have a natural birth with an epidural. However that being said, if my gynie thinks a caeser is safer for my baby Im certainly not going to argue. We will have to see what happens.

In preparation for your baby what are your most over whelming thoughts/ worries/concerns? 

The most overwhelming to me is the lifestyle change. After 30 years of living a certain way I know things are about to drastically change. I love my ‘me’ time and I know this going to suffer greatly. I know it will be worth it and I probably won’t be able to picture my life without my baby in a couple of months. We shall see…eek!

How did you tell your husband you were pregnant? And when did you break the news to friends and family? 

I hadn’t been feeling well but didn’t want to tell my husband as I was worried to get his hopes up unnecessarily. One morning I woke up and decided it’s time to test. He was still lying in bed and I said “OMG it says I’m pregnant”- we were in shock and it took a few minutes to sink in. We went for a blood test and it was confirmed. We then called out families and told them the good news. 

Dream babymoon destination? 

We went to Mauritius a few weeks ago…it was fabulous! I wouldn’t turn down another baby moon to the Maldives right now. 

What has surprised you the most about being pregnant? 

The morning sickness and how bad it was. You never think you will be the one who suffers so badly and when it happens it hits you like a ton of bricks. Mine lasted 18 weeks, it was absolutely awful!

What is the best pregnancy advice you have received? 

To enjoy my first pregnancy because once it’s your second you have no time to enjoy it any longer.

Follow Janna on Instagram here.

*Thanks for chatting Janna! Good luck for the last two months of your pregnancy and we cannot wait to hear about the arrival of baby Bernic. 


Baby food by numbers

20th May 2014

It is hard not to slip into the routine of serving up the same food for your babes. When time and taste buds are not always on your side, thinking of new ideas is not always easy. That’s why I like CamilleStyles baby food by numbers – it shows us eight fun, tasty dishes that your babe is sure to love. I’m going to try these out with the twins and will report back.

  1. Popeye Mix: Blueberries + Apricot Slices + Raw Spinach. Add a touch of agave syrup if the fruit isn’t super ripe.
  2. Squash ‘n Grains: Roasted Butternut Squash + Cooked Quinoa + a pinch of kosher salt and cinnamon.
  3. Sweet Pea Hummus: Frozen Peas (thawed) + 1/2 clove peeled Garlic + Tahini + squeeze of Lemon Juice + pinch of Salt & Cumin.
  4. White Bean Purée: Cannellini Beans (from a can, rinsed & drained) + 1/2 clove peeled Garlic + Lemon Juice + a few leaves Italian Parsley + Olive Oil + pinch of Salt & Black Pepper.
  5. Tropical Avocado Pudding: Banana + Avocado + Pineapple + Whole Milk Plain Yogurt.
  6. Figgy Pudding: Chopped Figs + Roasted Pears (peel first) + Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice + a touch of maple syrup.
  7. Green Machine: Kale + Peach Slices (peeled) + Whole Milk Plain Yogurt + a squeeze of agave.
  8. Just Beet It: Roasted Beets + Cooked Farro + Goat Milk Yogurt + a pinch of salt & squeeze of agave.

one of our favourite nurseries ever

19th May 2014
This is baby Otto’s nursery, isn’t he lucky? We love how these are pieces that are not too baby, like that glorious Eames lounge chair and those darling plates on the wall. 

We couldn’t resist sharing this adorable pic of baby Otto. 

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