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LITTLE DEAR RAE x KIMMY & BEAR GIVEAWAY

16th May 2018
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Dear Rae Jewellery has launched their very first collection for little ones – ‘Little Dear Rae.’ Created in line with the brand’s adult aesthetics, this debut kids range celebrates beautiful, timeless little collectable treasures, whilst teaching girls and boys from an early age about the value of kindness, courage and self-love. 

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Dear Rae sent each of the Kimmy & Bear babes a piece from the collection. The treasures came beautifully packaged, and the kids were so excited to open the little boxes. They even came with a little drawstring backpacks to match.

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 I absolute love the range (and the kids did too). It has the perfect dose of cute so as not to be too sophisticated for little ones to wear, and it is so sweet to see the trinkets around their wrists.

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Each trinket in the collection is paired up with a little watercolour print and a verse from the Little Dear Rae poem. To me this really reflects the thoughtfulness behind the design, something I associate with the Dear Rae brand (head to link in @dearrae‘s bio to read the poems).

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COMPETITION TIME

We’ve teamed up with @dearrae to one give lucky follower a chance to win a treasure from the brand new Little Dear Rae collection. The winner will be allowed to choose the trinket of their choice to the value of R500.

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Make sure you follow both @kimmyandbear and @dearrae on Instagram

2) Tag someone who would find this collection as adorable as you do

Comp closes: 22 May 2018

Winner will be announced: 23rd May 2018

DIARY, PLAY

OUR ANNUAL EASTER PLAYDATE FOR CHARITY

15th March 2018
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On Friday we hosted our 5th Annual Easter Playdate for Charity in Kimmy & Bear’s garden (see pics of our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th). It felt like an end-of-summer celebration as the garden buzzed with children and their lovely mothers (some of which have attended our Easter Playdate every year!). There were easter egg hunts, jumping castles, Easter-themed craft activities, a spread of delicious cakes, sandwiches, healthy kiddies snacks, and our mom’s famous chocolate biscuits.

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Each year we choose a charity that focuses on mothers and children. This year we chose to support One Small Act of Kindness, a grassroots initiative that provides support to small organisations overlooked by NGOs. Thank-you to all those that attended for your generosity – it will go a long way to providing essential services within communities.

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A special thanks to Robyn Davie Photography for taking pics of the afternoon, and capturing each mama and their babes – because really mamas don’t get enough pics of doing what they do! Another thank-you to Heather’s Jumping Castles for the fantastic jumping castles.

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DIARY, EAT, PLAY

WE WENT BERRY PICKING AT FIELD BERRY FARM

5th March 2018
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On Sunday we went berry picking at Field Berry Farm, about 30minutes outside Joburg. What a wonderful way to spend a morning with family. You are given a little bucket upon arrival, and are then let loose in the berry fields to pick (and sample!) as many raspberries as you like. As city-dwellers, there is something very fulfilling in partaking in a farm-to-table process of picking your fruit in the fields, seeing where it comes from, the type of bushes it grows on, and how it tastes when you harvest it yourself. Plus, raspberries are delicious, super good for for you, and can easily be devoured by themselves, on cereal, in smoothies, or frozen for later.

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After berry picking you can relax and hang out on hay bales, and indulgence in the various offering of market-style food stalls.

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Cost:

Adults: R40

Children (2-11): R30

When you arrive back at the farm house your bucket of berries is weighed and you pay for that in addition to your entry fee.

 

Tip: It gets really hot out in the fields so go early, take hats, cold water, and lather on the sunscreen.

 

For more info visit Field Berry Farm website, and follow them on Instagram.

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HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY! (AND A LIST OF OUR FAVOURITE BOOKS)

1st March 2018
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My favourite books are those that I love to read as much as my babes love to listen to. My all time favourite book to read to my children is the classic Winnie The Pooh, by A.A Milne – it is so beautifully written, full of laugh-out -aloud moments, and contains stories that can be heard a million times over. In honour of World Book Day we are sharing some other of our favourite children’s books at the moment (in no particular order).

We love discovering new books so let us know your favourites in the comments below.

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1.How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

I am a big fan of Oliver Jeffers books but this is my favourite of all. It’s a sweet story of a boy trying to catch a star written in Jeffers’s usual quirky style.

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2. A Fairy Friend by Sue Fliess

My girls adore fairies so this book really appeals to them as it lays out a plan to find your very own fairy.

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3. In the Forest by Sophie Strady, Anouck Boisrobert, Louis Rigaud

This is a simple story with a strong message about looking after our planet, accompanied by beautiful pop-up illustrations, and a little sloth!

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4. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo

A must-have book on every bookshelf, for girls and boys a like. The one page, easily digestible stories of women who changed the world are inspiring.
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This is one of my all-time favourite books to read to my girls. The rhythm of the rhyming is spot on, the language fantastic, and the story simply wonderful. We also have Rosie Revere, Engineer, Ada Twist, Scientist, and Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau, all by the same author, and I could read each of these books a million times a day.

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6. Lost and Found by Barbara McClintock

This book has the most beautiful illustrations of scenes throughout China as two children explore the country with their uncle. Part of the story is finding a missing object on each page which adds a extra element to the story telling.

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7. Tiger in a Tutu by Fabi Santiago

It’s hard to go wrong with a story involving a tiger, ballet, Paris, and friendship.

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8. In the Attic by Hiawyn Oram

The magic of a child’s imagination is expressed so perfectly in this simple story about a boy who is cored with all his toys.

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9. A River by Marc Martin

A River takes you on a journey through cities and farmland, mountains, and jungle, and finally into the sea as it and beautifully expresses the wonder of imagination.

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10. The Night Box by Louise Greig, Ashling Lindsay

This story reads like poetry as it tells of all the changes the world undergoes as day fades to night and back to day again.

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11. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

I love this book as it’s inspired by the incredible High Line in New York, and tells the story of a little boy who transforms an entire city with one small act.

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Kindness, generosity, individuality and intention are expressed so simply and subtly in this sweet book about a girl who finds a box of never-ending yarn.

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13. Girl and Gorilla by Rick Walton

I used to call New York home, so I love reading stories set in NY to my girls to give them an inkling of this incredible city. I particularly love this book for it’s humour.

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14. Willoughby and the Lion by Greg Foley

Greg Foley is a good friend of mine from New York so his books hold a special place in our bookshelves. This book, with images solely in black and gold, is about finding out what’s truly important.

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15. Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by Julia Donaldson

I used to love reading this book to my niece so when I saw it the other day I nabbed a copy for myself. It’s Julia Donaldson at her best with fun words and silly rhymes.

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16. The Way Back Home  by Oliver Jeffers

Another Oliver Jeffers favourite about a boy and a martian, finding their way back home from the moon.

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17. Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kale Pankhurst

What a fantastic book to read to daughters!

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18. Dreamweaver by Claire Freedman and Carrie May

The perfect bedtime story if you ask me, all about going to sleep for the night. We love the rhyming too.

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19. Oi Dog by Kes Gray and Jim Field

This series really makes us laugh out loud. The rhyming is fantastic and we are introduced to animals we didn’t know before.

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20. Thank you Bear by Greg Foley

A simple story about a mouse and bear’s special friendship.

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21. Theres a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart

We love this tale of a little girl and her giraffe who explore grandmother’s garden – a polar bear, giant dragon flies? What’s next. Oh and the last page is our favourite.

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22. A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen, Chris Riddell

Described as poems for the “very young” which is great way to describe this book. The poems are funny, silly even ridiculous but we’ve read them over and over and love it.

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23. Sparky by Jenny Offill, Chris Appelhans

The sweetest story about a little girl and her pet sloth.

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24. Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack by Lynley Dodd

We are the hugest fans of Mairy Maclary so love all these books but these is something that makes us love the persistence of Zachary Quack.

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25. The Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson

Follow the adventure of the Everywhere Bear when he gets lost one day.

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26. The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr

Fancy a tiger coming for tea? And then eating and drinking everything you have in the house.

MAMA, READ

YES, YOU DO HAVE TIME TO READ

7th February 2018
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I’ll be blogging each month about what I read, new books I’m looking forward to and other book news.
Let me start by stating what may be the obvious, I love reading. Reading is my ultimate downtime – ideally on my own, in a quiet place with a cup of tea and a piece of chocolate but 10 minutes snatched while the kids run in the garden works too!
I read a lot but somehow could not reach 50 books a year, which has been my goal since I started tracking my reads a few years ago. I blamed this on being busy and having two young children but then Bailey sent me this article at the beginning of the year and it has changed the way I think about my day and the hours I spend reading. By being more conscious of reading when I have some free time instead of scrolling Instagram (I still scroll obviously, just with a bit more discipline), even if it’s just for 10 minutes while I run the bath for the kids or wait for school pick up, I read 7 books in January! Disclaimer: I do not spend all day reading! I read here and there during the day for probably a maximum of 30 minutes total and then I read for about an hour in bed each night. A great way to start the year and it looks like I might reach 50 books this year, at last!
This month I read a few books I can recommend:
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Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden
Joe Biden’s memoir chronicles a momentous year in his life as his son battled brain cancer, he faces the decision whether to join the presidential race in 2016, and serves as Vice President. This book is moving on so many levels – his strong Catholic faith, deep love for his family, hope and grief for his son, and his true friendship with Obama.
What I loved: The insights into his dedicated parenting and his commitment to instill a sense of civic duty and service in his children is inspiring.
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Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
I’m always delighted to find brand-new releases at my local library so I picked up Option B earlier this month. Sheryl Sandberg details her approach to life following her husbands sudden death. With two young children and a broken heart she was lost until Adam Grant proposes the idea of Option B, an alternative look at grief and recovery. When I face grief in my own life, my own or someone else’s, this is a book I will turn to.
What I loved: The idea of Option B, which can be applied to all life situations and the chapter on bringing up resilient children, this chapter alone prompted me to buy my own copy.
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Run by Anne Patchett
My favorite non-fiction book last year was The Story of a Happy Marriage by Anne Patchett, which prompted me to read more of her backlist. Run is a short book that takes place over two days, with flashes to the past interspersed. It follow two adopted brothers, their father, brother and two strangers whose lives collide in a startling set of circumstances. Anne Patchett’s writing is outstanding and I don’t think any of her books would disappoint.
What I loved:  A beautiful and unexpected twist that changes everything.
Here’s a look at a few titles on my to read list this month.
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Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
My brother-in-law and a blogger I follow both raved about this Nike founder’s memoir so I picked it up at bookclub this month.
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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I loved her first book Everything I Never Told You so I bought this in December and it’s on my bedside table waiting to be read.
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The Last Mrs Parrish
This book has popped up so many times on my Instagram feed this month so I’m excited to read it when it’s eventually released in SA.
What have you enjoyed reading lately? Follow my bookstagram account @heygoodbooking for more quick reviews and recommendations.
Happy reading!
(all book images via Good Reads)
MAMA, TRAVEL

7 TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH 4 YEAR OLDS

30th January 2018
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Traveling with four year olds is a lot easier than traveling with 18 month olds – they’re a little more self sufficient, their attention spans are a little longer, they don’t need nappy changes, and they have their own seats.

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Here are 7 tips for making traveling with kids a breeze:
  1. Talk about the travel part of the trip as an adventure. Involve them in discussions and plans, such as how you’re going to get to the airport or when you’re there let them hand in their own tickets, that make them feel like a valuable part of the trip. Even going through the metal detectors is fun for four year olds.
  2. Cheska gave my girls one of these backpacks for their second birthday and we’ve used them for every trip since. They’re big enough to fit their essentials, but small enough to carry the bag themselves.
  3. Pack a lunch box for each child for the trip. Variety is key – smaller amounts of more items. I always include one or two treats too. These lunchboxes go into their backpacks, and they can get them out whenever they want. They love the autonomy, and I love not having to depend on airplane food. The variety keeps them interested. Even if you’re not traveling over a meal time, it’s a good call not arrive on the other side with hungry small people.
  4. Create a little tradition at the airport. Something you always do while you’re waiting for your flight that your kids look forward to and feel part of, whether it’s watching planes take off of getting a bag of popcorn, to avoid just waiting.
  5. I always pack a little bag of toys in my girls’ backpacks that they only see when they’re traveling. My girls’ bags still have a little travel doll and it’s blanket, and a toy airplane that have been in there since they were babies. I’ve recently added another doll and little pony. Avoid tiny pieces that can disappear into the void.
  6. Stickers and a notebook. I say no more.
  7. This is a recently established tip which came about through experience. Black leggings are a winner for travel. They hide things. When I flew home in December our flight was over dinner time. I had brought heated-up melazane onboard for my girls (not advisable). While eating, one of the containers was knocked and I watched in slow motion as it somersaulted down onto my one daughter’s lap. Needless to say I wished they had been wearing black.

We would love to hear your top tips so let us know in the comments!

 

Going on a trip? Here are our:

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DID SOME ONE SAY CHOC-CHIP COOKIES?

24th January 2018
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My girls and I made the most delicious choc chip cookies on Saturday. We used the choc-chip cookies recipe from Real Food, Healthy, Happy Children by Kath Megaw (such a great recipe book with tons of easy ideas for littles).

 

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There are three reasons why I love this recipe:

  1. They take 10 min to make and 10 min to bake
  2. You can make them your own by using the recipe as a base, and switching out or adding in ingredients
  3. They are really delicious and gooey

 

There was one strange thing with the recipe, it said the batter would make 48 and we got about nine. I am sure it is meant to say 4-8 because who wants 48 cookies anyway?

 

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1 free-range egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp coconut oil

A pinch of sea salt

2 tbsp xylitol

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup almond meal (ground almonds)

1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts (I didn’t have these so we just left it out)

1/4 cup cacao nibs (we replaced this with actual chocolate chips, because, well, chocolate…)

 

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk the egg, then add the vanilla, coconut oil, salt, and xylitol.
  3. Mix in the baking soda, almond meal, macadamia nuts and cacao nibs.
  4. Using your hands, mould the cookie dough into small balls and arrange on the baking tray, flattening each one with the palm of your hand as you go. Bake for 10 minutes.

Best served hot (because of the oozing chocolate) with a glass of cold milk.

DIARY, MAMA

HELLO THERE 2018

21st January 2018
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Hello lovely readers. We are back on the blog (and trying to figure out how it’s already the last week of January!). I love the energy brought on by a new year – that blank diary waiting to be fulled by any story you want to live, the focus of renewal, improvement, and creation, and a fresh start or reset in the way you approach your day-to-day life.

 

We have a lot of exciting dreams for our business, and this year we hope to materialise a few. We have great content and collaborations planned for the blog, a new collection for Kimmy & Bear Clothing, and are already working on projects for Kimmy & Bear Spaces. The consulting side of what we do really took off last year, and we aim to grow that side of our business too.

 

On a personal level I have a million ideas dancing around in my head of what goals I want to accomplish, projects I want to complete (such a planting my veggie garden), and habits I want to adopt (using as little plastic as possible falls under here, as does being more present). I usually take the whole of January to think about these and solidify them, so my new year unofficially starts in February.

 

May you have a good year. May you live it as fully, bravely, and as beautifully as possible. May you spread hope, appreciation, compassion, patience, forgiveness, and love where you can. And may you be kinder than you have to.

 

Photo by Emma Jane Nation

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MY TOP 10 ESSENTIALS FOR DECEMBER HOLIDAY (SPONSORED)

13th December 2017
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The December holidays are upon us! And that means packing bags for the whole family. While I am by no means a minimalist packer (that went out the window with the arrival of my twins), I try to keep anything beyond clothing to a minimum. However, no matter the destination, these are 10 items you’ll find in my suitcase at this time of year:

 

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  1. Dermikelp Moisturising Lotion: What I love about this product is that it’s a cure all for the whole family. I don’t need to pack a hundred different creams for different situations – this will work as a moisturiser, a soothing lotion on any skin irritation, a cooling lotion after a day on the beach, and even treat those pesky itchy bites. Dermikelp products are completely natural so I’m comfortable using it on my girls’ skin. They’re made from kelp extract, and are free from all the nasties (cortisone, parabens, and chemicals). Available from Dischem, and selected Pick ‘n Pay, Clicks and independent pharmacies.
  2. A giant sun hat: I am vigilant about sun protection for me and my babes, and am usually covered up at the beach (hence I arrive back from holiday as pale as ever!).
  3. Mangos: My absolute favourite fruit, and one that is synonymous with December holidays for me. I make sure a box finds its way into the cooler bag of food, and I stock up from padstals once my stash has been devoured.
  4. Artisan chocolate: To maintain balance (or just to feed my addiction) I don’t go anywhere without some good chocolate.
  5. Headphones: Travelling (and nap time!) is the perfect chance to catch up on all those podcasts I’ve been wanting to listen to. I am currently listening to Undisclosed, and Dirty John is next up on my playlist.
  6. Glass water bottle: I actually don’t leave my house without my water bottle. I am trying to reduce my use of plastic in any way I can, and this is such an easy way to do so. Also, it reminds to stay hydrated through the day.
  7. Books: One of my best things about being on holiday is all the reading I get to do as I am not distracted by every day life, chores, and to-do lists. You’ll find the whole family with noses buried into books when we’re on holiday. I am currently reading the obligatory The President’s Keepers with my jaw dropping open.
  8. Camera: I seldom go anywhere without my camera, and holiday is no exception!
  9. Bling: I don’t take my usual jewellery with me on holiday as I don’t want to be worrying about losing it on the beach. But I like to take one or two fun pieces to add to an outfit.
  10. Planner and a pen: A new year means a new diary, and I love that feeling of a whole year’s worth of blank pages. It is such a January ritual to fill in my new yearly planner,

 

PS. Don’t forget to enter our Dermikelp family hamper giveaway valued at R1300 and includes one of each Dermikelp products. Click here for all the details.

 

 

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GIVEAWAY: A DERMIKELP HAMPER FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

4th December 2017
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When it comes to skincare I try to only use natural products, especially on my babes’ skin. I find out all I can through trusted sources, word of mouth or just plain old research before I buy a new product whether it’s shampoo for me, body wash for my husband or balm for my girls.

 

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Although it’s been on the market for a while, I have only recently discovered Dermikelp, and learnt that it is 100% natural. As its name suggests, Dermiklep is made from a type of kelp species that has anti inflammatory properties which target and relieve itchy or irritated skin. It is free from chemicals, parabens and cortisone – the usual culprits found in lotions targeting skin irritations (which is a huge plus for me).

 

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Dermikelp has a wide range of skincare products such as body wash, shampoo and conditioner, scalp spray, moisturiser lotion, itch relief cream, after sun cream spray, and skin cream and spray. I like that the products are for all ages, so we can all use them, and that there are specific products for specific needs that my individual family members may have. For example, I use the moisturising lotion when one of my girls gets dry patches in the winter months, and I use the itch relief cream to relieve an itchy mozzi bite in the summer. There is also an after sun lotion will I will pop in my bag when we head to the coast.

 

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We have teamed up with Dermikelp to bring you a hamper full of our favourite Dermikelp products, valued at R1300. To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us which Dermikelp product you’d like to try. The giveaway closes Friday, 15 December, Ts & Cs apply.

For more information about Dermikelp products visit their website or Facebook page.

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