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June 2015

BABE, EAT, MAMA

THREE EASY HOME REMEDIES TO FIGHT THOSE WINTER COLDS

30th June 2015
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The winter time coughs and colds made its way into our home last week and I had two under-the-weather toddlers. Wanting to avoid going to the doctor, and dosing with medicine, I searched for natural alternatives to treat my twins before it developed into anything serious. While it might sound a bit like potions and spells, these remedies worked liked a charm.

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1. Eucalyptus and coconut oil rub for the feet and chest

I use this rub helps to ease breathing when my littles have a blocked nose. It works like Vicks rub to but without any of the bad stuff. I rub it on my twins’ feet and chests after bath before we put on their pyjamas.

2 spoons of coconut oil + 20-30 drops eucalyptus oil

Mix the eucalyptus drops into the coconut oil. Use your discretion with the amounts, the coconut oil just acts as the carrier so the eucalyptus must be the dominant smell. Apply using cottonwool ball (if the mixture is liquid), or just your fingers (if the mixture is more solid).

 

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2. Onion and honey mixture for coughs

This mixture works like a charm in clearing up coughs. It actually doesn’t taste as bad as it sounds!

2 chopped onions + 2 tablespoons of honey

Chop the onions into a jar and add the honey. Place the lid on and leave for a few hours and a liquid forms in the jar. I give my babes a teaspoon of this liquid throughout the day (4-5 times a day) using a dropper (I find it easier to administer than using a teaspoon. I keep the mixture in the jar for about three days (sometimes adding more onion and honey if there is not much liquid left) and then I make a whole new batch.

 

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3. Chopped onions for general blocked noses and chests

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Chop half an onion and place on a side plate near the cot. I do this just after my babies are asleep so the chopped onion is as fresh as possible. Just as onions make you cry when chopping them, the fumes from the onions help clear passageways. Warning: the nursery does tend to smell of onion!

 

Disclaimer: The remedies mentioned in this post are just a mother sharing some tips and are by no means intended to be medical advice.

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COTTON ON KIDS NEW HOME COLLECTION

29th June 2015
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We are so excited with the new Cotton On Kids Home collection which launches in two days time. Don’t say we didn’t warn you when you want to redecorate your kids’ rooms! From fun cushions – how great is that blue lion one? – to magical bedding – we love the pink and gold combo and the black and white spots.

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In stores from 1 July.

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FAMILY ALBUM AND THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

26th June 2015
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Audrey Hepburn wearing Valentino, photographed with her son Luca by Henry Clarke at the gardens of her famous “La Paisible” in Tolochenaz (Switzerland), in February 1971.

These links caught our eye this week:

A new birth trend that is taking off in Australia.

The most hilarious tweets that sum up parenthood – the one about whispering had us laughing out loud.

This birth didn’t go according to plan… this mama has a surprise home birth. Can you imagine?

Travelling with your babe? Here is Goop’s Paris with Kids Guide and their London with Kids Guide.

8 Confessions of a new dad. 

15 amazing pics of mamas breastfeeding.

And some links that you may have missed from Kimmy & Bear: 

As Francie Sugar turns 3 months, Cheska reflects on being a mama. 

Remember to enter our Naartjie competition – you stand the chance to win a R500 shopping voucher.

Crib sheets that we love.

BABE, NEST, PLAY, TRAVEL

LABEL WE LOVE: THE HEART FELT PROJECT

25th June 2015
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We love going local when shopping for our babes but The Heart Felt Project takes ‘feel good’ shopping to a whole new level. Hand-sewn by a group of women in Makapanstad (which is in the North West, thanks Google). Each item tells the story of everyday life, each carries a message of hope and each sold contributes to an HIV/AIDS and TB charity in the local community, while also helping to feed and clothe the ladies and their families.

All the items are made from felt and include cushions, bookmarks, brooches, mobiles and dingle dangles (ie pram distractions).

You can shop The Heart Felt Project online or at your closest Kids Emporium.

BABE, DIARY, MAMA

3 MONTHS OF BEING A MOTHER

24th June 2015
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“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” Osho

Francie Sugar is 3 months old today, which means that I have been a mother for the same amount of time. All the mothers in my life – my mama, both my sisters and even friends, warned me that motherhood is the most wonderful, heartbreaking experience. I know now what they mean – each day that passes is a momentous occasion of surviving and yes heartbreaking because the day is over and your tiny baby is one day older. I understand now why, even though I am 29 years old, my mother still calls me her baby.

Only mothers understand the achievement of a sleeping baby, of self-soothing, of a good feed and even that poo. Only mothers understand the guilt of an endless cry or the heartbreak when someone tells you that your baby is getting ‘big’. Only mothers understand the conflict between co-sleeping cuddles and independent cot time. Only mothers understand the soft satisfaction of a suckling baby at the end of the day and only mothers could ever understand the beauty and calmness of midnight feeds.

3 months of Francie Sugar has been magical – that is the only way to describe it. 3 months of being a mother have been pretty magical too, I cannot imagine being anyone else.

To celebrate the last trimester, as some call it, here are some snaps that the lovely Robyn Davie snapped of us when Francie Sugar was just 8 weeks. 

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BABY BENSIMON’S BEAUTIFUL NEST

23rd June 2015
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Candice, the babe’s mama, said that from the start that she wanted a modern, neutral nursery that was not too girly. “I spent endless hours browsing the internet gathering ideas which gave me inspiration for a room that was pretty and fun, with some cute touches, a room that she will be able to grow into.” We love all the unique elements in this nursery, many designed by friend’s of Candice and sourced from local creatives, that work together to create the perfect space for a baby girl.

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Bedding from BabyBelle Boutique, wallpaper-designed by Candice’s friend Ludwig Breedt, printed by Smartart, ladder shelf from @Home, gold ceramic Lego book stand from Heartworks

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These prints add a touch of whimsy to fuel the imagination

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Fox and house wall sticker from Stickaroo

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How great is this reading nook, with wonderful classics on the shelves

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Flower hanging light from Abode, cloud mobile with gold and grey leather triangles by MOTIF

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“Love you to the moon and back” wallart above fireplace and wooden bunny lamp, both from AbodeGirl and bear print (Aurora Marauders) by Candice’s friend Jade Klara,  rocking horse from Mr Price Home

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Papertales prints above the compactum and ceramic clouds, all from Abode, hexagon mirror and laundry basket @Home, compactum organizers by Skinny la Minx

BABE, NEST, PLAY

NEW BRAND ALERT: AAPIE & SKAAPIE

22nd June 2015
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We love it when we discover a new South African brand for our babes and this one looks particularly cool. Aapie & Skaapie is a Cape Town based brand, making the cutest handmade products. They have three characters: Aapie, Skaapie and Giraffe and their bed sheets look super cool too.

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Follow them on Facebook for their latest offerings.

 

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FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

19th June 2015
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Ralph Lauren and wife Ricky play with their children outside their East Hampton home in 1977

Happy weekend lovely mamas. What are you up to? We are excited to celebrate our first Father’s Day on Sunday – we’re hoping for a lazy morning, extra warm cuddles and a delightful walk for breakfast. We are all then off to a big Sunday lunch – just the way we like it.

Here are some links that caught our eye this week:

13 phrases to calm an anxious child.

Curious about co-sleeping? You must read this. 

10 quotes on motherhood! This one is the funniest: “Last night, I found a cheddar Goldfish in my vagina.” —Colin Nissan, The New Yorker

A child explains why he is a vegetarian – pretty much the cutest thing.

Father’s Day on  Sunday here is our gift guide.

Don’t forget to enter our Naartjie competition – stand a chance to win a R500 shopping voucher.

BABE, WEAR

WHAT THE TWINS WORE THIS WEEK

19th June 2015
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My little pink bunnies. Hats and cardigans from Gap.

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Corduroy rompers with a bow Made by Kimmy, black tights and our favourite winter shoes from Country Road at Woolworths.

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This icy cold morning was the perfect excuse to get bundled up in our snug grey jackets from Country Road at Woolworths – we added a knitted grey scarf and beanie too. 

See more of What the Twins Wore on their Instagram account.

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