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July 2015

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FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

31st July 2015
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Jackie Kennedy with young John

Happy weekend mamas. It’s a cold one here in Joburg as cold front is blowing in. We’re getting ready for a weekend that will definitely involve coats and hats. Tomorrow is the Ridge Primary School‘s fair so some of us are headed there in the morning. The rest of the weekend involves long walks and daddy-playtime. On Sunday we are having some people over for tea so I am making a Chocolate Almond Cake from this book. We wish you a lovely one.

Here are some links from around the web that caught our eye:

Prince George’s playhouse in Prince Charles garden – no way!

This mama’s letter to her kids before school holidays started.

Great DIY puppets.

Parenting and discipling with love.

Breastfeeding is important and some tips for the first few weeks. 

Talking about ‘those’ Bugaboo ads. 

And don’t forget to enter our Ruby Rabbit competition.

BABE, NEST, PLAY

BEST STORAGE BINS FOR TOYS

30th July 2015
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Somehow no matter what one promises oneself pre-baby the toys pile up! But no one wants a lunge covered in toys after playtime is over and the babes are in bed. We also firmly believe that the little ones should be part of the tidying up process, packing away is part of the end of play so the easier it is to clean up the better. We love these different storage bins – they look fantastic in any room in the house and are big enough to fit most toys. They are also an easy storage for babes to use – all it takes it throwing everything in and away you go.

Here we’ve rounded up some of our favourite ‘adult-living-room’ friendly toy storage bins:

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1. Melange woven basket, Country Road at Woolworths

2. Laundry baskets, Monoshop

3. Iringa traditional basket, Weylandts

4. Kalahari utility basket, Mr Price Home

5. Nest baskets (in small medium and large), Country Road at Woolworths

6. Jute storage bags (in medium and large), Simply House

7. Washable paper bags (in small, medium and large), Country Road at Woolworths

8. Colourful paper basket, Weylandts

9. Skinny La Minx fabric buckets, Superbalist *I know these are smaller than the others but they are great for small teething toys and little things like that.

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CLOSED: GIVEAWAY: RUBY RABBIT OUTFIT FOR YOUR BABE

29th July 2015
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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER: JACKIE DOWNS

As mamas we are very particular about what we dress our babes in. Of course, comfort, convenience (non one likes hard-to-find poppers), and cute-factor are key but just as important is the type of fabric. That is why we are huge fans of Ruby Rabbit – we love their luxurious baby basics made from eco-friendly bamboo and organic cotton. The result? The softest fabric for our babes.

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We love bamboo fabric for many reasons:

  • It has a natural sheen similar to cashmere
  • It’s more absorbent than cotton, drawing moisture away from your baby and keeping your baby dryer.
  • It’s hypoallergenic – reducing symptoms experienced by babies that suffer from asthma, allergies and skin ailments.
  • It’s thermal regulating – keeping your baby warm in cool weather and cool in warm weather.
  • It has antibacterial and odourless traits – keeping your baby smelling fresher.
  • It offers UV protection – reducing your babies exposure to the sun.

Ruby Rabbit items are made from 50% bamboo and 50% organic cotton – making them last longer and wear well.

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We are excited to be giving you the chance to win a Ruby Rabbit outfit for your babe – including a Ruby Rabbit sleep suit, a beanie and a bit, worth R745.

To enter comment below telling us why you love Ruby Rabbit. 

*Competition closes on 12 August. 

For more information on Ruby Rabbit visit their Facebook page or their website.

BABE, READ

BEST NEWS: A NEW DR. SEUSS BOOK IS OUT

29th July 2015
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Can you believe it? A new, previously unpublished Dr. Seuss book was recently discovered and went on sale for the first time yesterday. “What Pet Should I Get?”is believed to have been written at some point between between the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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What’s it about? A brother and sister, at their local pet store looking for a pet. We cannot wait to get our hand on it.

Available on Amazon.

BABE, MAMA

WHY WE THINK RACHEL ZOE IS THE COOLEST PERSON TO WORK FOR

28th July 2015
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Thanks to the Zoe Report and Rachel Zoe’s instagram, this stylist to the stars has always been up there on our list of ‘amazing people to work for” but we didn’t realise quite how amazing she is until now. Rachel is mama to two boys, Skylar and Kaius but in 2014 5 of her staff members were pregnant, all due very close together. So what did Rachel do? She immediately opened an office nursery.

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“I still think of my staff as family. I wanted to create an environment where these new mothers wouldn’t have to make a choice between career and motherhood. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to grow my company from just a few people to more than 40 while having my kids (and my husband) by my side, and so I knew I had to do everything in my power to give my staff that same luxury,” explains Rachel.

Rachel goes on to explain, “if I can bring my babies to editorial meetings, fashion shows and designers’ parties, why can’t my girls have their babies close by too?”

Rachel went ahead and opened the office nursery right next door to the Rachel Zoe Studio. “Seeing how motivated and committed the mothers on my team were after returning from maternity leave and being able to set up their babies in the nursery has only solidified my belief that every company should consider this option. Sure it required us to make additional investments—the physical space, the insurance required to protect everyone, the furnishings—but what we are getting in return is invaluable; the working mothers at our company can improve and grow our business without having to sacrifice spending precious time with their babies at such a crucial stage in their mother-child relationships.”

We salute you Rachel!

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A GENDER NEUTRAL NURSERY FOR BABY AIDEN

28th July 2015
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Imagine your mama was decor guru Holly Becker of Decor8 – one could only expect a nursery that would blow us away. Holly created a beautiful, gender neutral space for her baby boy Aiden, using brands like Ferm Living and Oeuf… basically what dreams are made of. I mean, seriously, how great is that wallpaper?

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6 WAYS TO FEEL FANTASTIC AFTER YOU’VE HAD A BABY

27th July 2015
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When I was pregnant I felt fantastic – I was fit (thanks Yoga!), it was summer so I wore tight fitting dresses to show off my ever expanding tummy and pretty much all my time was my own – read: manicures, pedicures etc etc were a frequent occurrence. Fast forward to post-birth and suddenly I didn’t feel that fantastic. No, my pre-preggy clothes didn’t look that great anymore (thanks breastfeeding, big boobs), my tummy is not as flat as it once was, I’m over tired, non manicured and certainly not wearing super tight dresses. So what can one do to feel beautiful again?

Here are 6 things that helped me:

1. Get out of the house and walk! I took Francie Sugar for her first walk when she was 2 weeks and we have walked every single day since then, at least once. It’s amazing what the fresh air does, a change of scenery is great too and it felt fantastic to move again. I recommend investing in a carrier for you babe so walking is easy and allows for extra cuddle time.

2. The key to amazing hair when you feel like you barely have time to shower: dry hair shampoo. Trust me, it’s a life saver. My favourite is the Evo (Water Killer Dry Shampoo) but the Batiste one (available at Clicks) is great too.

3. Put your face on. Let’s face it mamas make up works wonders. The one thing that makes me feel the most fantastic are eyelash extensions, Flutter Eyelashes are my go to girls for my eyelashes. Also, do notedness estimate the value of gloss or lipstick.

4. Underwear is important. No, you won’t be wearing your pretty lace bras and panties. Bigger boobs and breast pads are a reality for any new mum but my advice is buy a couple really great feeding bras. Don’t fall for those gigantic ones that may look comfy but are impossible to hide unless you are wearing a polar neck. My favourite is the Yummy Mummy Bamboo Nursing bra, it’s amazing.

5. Go on a health kick. Breastfeeding made me completely focus on healthy food – fruit, vegetables and every morning I drink hot water with lemon – not only are lemons full of vitamin C but lemon water helps wash out any toxins in your body.

6. Go shopping! Hit the shops for new ‘mum’ outfits. Don’t wear your maternity wear and don’t worry if your property clothes don’t look or feel as great as they used to. Embrace a new style of comfy yet, stylish clothes, some flats that are easy to walk in but make you feel great. My shop of choice? Country Road – I pair great jeans with new jerseys and sneakers for a lux casual look.

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FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

24th July 2015
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Lily Aldridge and daughter Dixie Pearl ready for lunch in Paris. FYI: We love the name Pearl. 

Happy weekend beautiful mamas. The cold has hit Jo’burg so we are looking forward to cuddles and wrapped up walks.

On Sunday the twins turn two! Bring on the cake and champagne, presents and giggles.

Here are some links that caught our eye this week:

 A letter to the new big sister.

Birth and your vagina – what really happens.

How to talk to little girls.

Breastfeeding and the anti-colic diet.

Mamas, you are super strong.

Talking about good sleep habits.

iPhone’s parent mode.

Don’t forget to enter our Superga giveaway.

And since they turn two on Sunday, here is  Anna and Florence’s birth story 

BABE, MAMA

PAPERLESS POST X DISNEY

23rd July 2015
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WOOHOO! As if Paperless Post couldn’t get any better with their designer collaborations (think Kate Spade, Oscar de la Renta and Petit Bateau amongst many others) the online invitation hub collaborations with the brand that makes dreams come true: Disney.

We are so excited with the fun designs which if you ask us, aren’t just for the kids. Get ready for a Disney overload in your inbox!

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See the entire collection here.

BUMP, MAMA

PREGNANCY ESSENTIALS

23rd July 2015
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A friend of mine just found out that she is expecting and asked me what my 5 pregnancy essentials were. So here they are:

1. The Ultimate LCD (little colour dress) from Yummy Mummy. When I was pregnant it only came in black but now there are a whole bunch of colours. My advice: buy them all. It was my absolute favourite dress – comfy, fitting and made me feel fantastic! Another Yummy Mummy favourite – The Bamboo Ultimate Tank Top. This is a super comfy vest which I wore all the time. It’s easy to use for layering and super comfy. Confession – it’s the one maternity item I wear post babe too.

2. Mama Mio products – especially the Boob Tube, Tummy Rub and Liquid Yoga. Yes, okay, I loved the entire range. I used my products everyday throughout my pregnancy and I have no stretch marks so it must work. The Liquid Yoga is the ultimate addition to a relaxing bath.

3. Fab flats. I gave up on heels quite early on in my pregnancy and rather embraced fab flats. I found fantastic bling ones from River Island and a fun pair with a giant bee buckle at Zara but my everyday pairs came from Country Road. Our current choice? Seeing as it is winter, this pair from Witchery.

4. Books and apps – My favourite being What To Expect When You Are Expecting and Sprout. It’s fun to know what your baby is up to each week and which fruit you can compare your growing baby’s size to.

5. Flutter eye lashes. That’s right! Eyelash extensions are the way to go, especially near the end of your pregnancy when you are feeling a bit bloated and perhaps not that attractive. The eyelashes are one way to make you feel fab. Top tip: My back would ache is I lay on it for too long, so when you make your appointment ask them for a chair instead of a bed, it changes everything and top number two: book your nails to be done at the same time, nothing like a foot massage to help you relax.

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