2nd February 2018

{Anna, March 2016 photographed by Robyn Davie}

Happy Friday and happy February lovely mamas. We’re back into the swing of school, classes, new clients and trying to juggle it all! I am off tonight to France, we’re going skiing – with Francie in tow, which should ne interesting. I can just imagine her saying “me not wearing that” as she points to the boots, skis and helmet. So follow us on #KimmyandBearTravels over the next few days for updates!

In the meantime here are some links that caught our eye over the past few days and weeks:

If Apple CEO Tim Cook had kids, he says he wouldn’t let them engage in social media and How Bill Gates limited screen time for his kids.

Pressure much? The best foods for a baby’s brain.

The Art of Raising Kind Kids.

How to minimize your exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals.

The godsend of meeting mom friends online.

Kid’s Lunch Recipes from Chef Moms.

The Times released a 6-piece video series about motherhood.

Fussy Baby? Here Are 20 Things You Need To Try

The question all moms are asked (and dads are never asked).

Why kids in school need helicopter parents

Do Parents Make Kids Fat?



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:



29th January 2018

If you know anything about us you will know that we love wrapping gifts. It’s almost as important as what is inside. Check out our hashtag #KimmyandBearWraps for gift wrapping inspiration.

It was hard to choose but here are some of our favourites:









24th January 2018

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).




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?




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.



23rd January 2018

We have shelves and shelves full of story books but somehow favourites are favourites and those are the ones we read over and over. Francie Sugar (who is 2 years and 9 months old) got a whole lot of new books this holiday, some of which have made it onto our favourites list. Here they are:

1. The Everywhere Bear, Julia Donaldson

We love reading all about Everywhere Bear’s adventure,  spotting the bear on each page, laughing at which book the teacher is reading to the children (one of our other favourites) and of course the rhyming is always great too.

2. Gotta Go, Buffalo: A Silly Book of Fun Goodbyes, Haily Meyers and Kevin Meyers

Francie finds little goodbye sayings like “See you in a while, crocodile” hysterical at the moment so this book is right up her ally. We know them all off my heart now so when we say goodbye to anyone it’s a long rhyming farewell. The book is lift the flap too which is always nice.

FYI: I found this one on Amazon but ordered it through Exclusive books, it took a couple weeks but it worked really well.

3. There’s a tiger in the Garden, Lizzy Stewart

There are so many things that we love about this book: Jeff the giraffe, the grumpy polar bear, spotting the tiger and of course the last page is the best!

4. Pretty much any book by Sandra Boynton especially Pajama Time, Barnyard Dance, Belly Button Book and Thirteen Animals

These books are such fun, catchy and pretty funny too. We know them off by heart and are known to bust out a few moves for the Barnyard Dance and Pajama Time.

5. Thank you Bear, Greg Foley and Good Luck Bear, Greg Foley

The sweetest stories about a bear and a mouse and what friendship is. These books are heartwarming!



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



13th December 2017

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:




  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.





4th December 2017

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.




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).




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.




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.



1st December 2017

We’ve worked with Chloe on a few projects lately and have loved getting to know her. She is mama to almost 2 year old Ava.

Tell us one of your favourite things about being a mother. 

Anytime her little hand grips mine in a tight hold while we walk.

What is one piece of parenting advice you heard and tried to follow as a mother.

Don’t sweat the small stuff.


Tell us one of your favourite memories of parenthood so far.

When Ava realised she was Ava. She kept pointing to herself again and again saying Ava, Ava! She was so happy to be her own person in the world.

What if your idea of the perfect way to spend a day with your little one? 

In nature, swimming.




What are your favourite books to read to your babe?

Dr Suess is always on rotation as well as a collection of vintage Beatrix Potter books that belonged to my step mother as a child.

Do you have any family rituals?

My husband gets up every weekday morning with Ava and makes himself a coffee, Ava a baby chino and me a cup of tea. Ava climbs into bed with me and we drink our beverages whilst reading stories in bed.

What one thing we will never catch you doing as a mama?

Saying “I’ll never….” because I’ve done everything I thought I would never do as a mom.


What is the biggest surprise to you about having children?

How clever they are and their ability to teach you. I feel like she teaches me far more than I teach her.


What do you love most about your husband being a dad? 

Aw man, EVERYTHING!? Seeing them develop their own relationship that’s separate from me is pretty special. I shoot over weekends so they spend a lot of time together and it really shows.

Follow Chloe on Instagram here.



28th November 2017


I love Christmas time and all the traditions that surround it. This year, for the first time, we decorated gingerbread houses.




It was such a fun activity to do with my girls. We had a selection of delicious things to use on the house (I think they enjoyed nipping the decorations as much as they enjoyed sticking them on the house!).




For decorations we used:

  • pistachio nuts
  • cranberries
  • a selection of sprinkles; stars, silver balls, gold dust
  • marshmallows
  • hand made chocolate

Some other ideas are: smarties, candy canes, chocolate buttons, jelly tots.






These beautiful gingerbread houses are from Moemas. The intricate icing adds a touch of magic to the gingerbread house, and more importantly, the gingerbread tastes (and smells!) divine.


In collaboration with Moemas and Fleur Norton we are giving away THREE gingerbread houses to our Johannesburg readers. To enter, follow Moemas on Instagram and Facebook, and leave a comment here telling us your favourite ingredient to use to decorate a gingerbread house.


Competition closes: Friday 8 Dec, Ts & Cs apply.

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