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15th March 2018

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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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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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.



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



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.



11th September 2017

It was a freezing cold Saturday morning in August. Everyone was bundled up in big jerseys and scarves as they arrived to celebrate my girls’ Unicorn and Rainbow  fourth birthday party.



I asked Chloe of Kiss Kiss Photography to come and take some photographs of the morning. I find that when you’re hosting a birthday party you are so busy running around that you don’t have much time to take any pics.


She came a bit before the party began and snapped some shots of us the girls and their cousins getting ready, as well as the party itself. I love the intimacy of her documentary style and will treasure these photographs of this sweet day.




Giant balloons adorned the table which we decorated with a sparkly runner, rainbow of flowers, confetti, hooray flags, and beautifully iced rainbow and unicorn biscuits from Sprinkles. We served a breakfast spread of croissants and cold meats and cheeses, bowls of fruit, home made carrot cake, and my mom’s famous chocolate biscuits. We also served magical unicorn cake pops from Lion Heart Patisserie Studio (which we shipped from Cape Town, all the while holding thumbs that they didn’t break!).




It was the first of my girls’ birthday parties that they were really excited about and didn’t spend on my hip. It was so sweet to see them having a wonderful morning with their cousins, and friends old and new. They looks of delight on their faces, especially as they enjoyed mini pony rides around the garden. We also had a fairy dust treasure hunt and a colouring in table for the kids.



My babes and I baked their cake the day before (it’s become a bit of a tradition for us). I added unicorn figurines and lots of edible gold glitter and, although it was a bit wonky, as a non-baker I was thrilled with how it turned out. I think the girls’ favourite part of the party (of any party actually) was blowing out their candles, and singing happy birthday a 100 different ways.






22nd August 2017

I hope it is not just me who is 2.5 years behind on Francie’s photo books! Our photo books are one of those things that are constantly on my mind and my to do lists yet I just get further and further behind as the days go by. That is why I think that photographer Robyn Davie‘s photo book service is the most fantastic idea. All you do is send Robyn a selection of your photos and she will do the rest, no more excuses mama! We chatted to Robyn about this fantastic offering!


Tell us about your photo books?

Oh, I’m so excited about these photo books! This has been a passion project of mine that has been a long time coming – mostly because I’m an utter perfectionist and it has taken a good eight months to find a couple of printing companies, and the beautiful matt papers and covers that I’m happy with.

The part that I love the most is the A Year In Your Life photo books which I’ve just started working on this year – they’re gorgeous memory keepers, showcasing 20-30 images from each month of a year out of your life! These come in soft or hard cover, in 20×20 or A4, and are a fantastic way of cataloguing your life.

Here is a video of her 20×20 book which gives you an idea of how beautiful the books are.


What inspired you to create this new offering?

As a photographer it breaks my heart to think of my own personal photos trapped inside my computer, and it always is such a wonderful trip down memory lane when I stumble across pictures from a forgotten holiday, dinner with friends or memorable moment. My aim is to get those treasured photos off your phone or computer and into print, because there is something truly magical about being able to run your fingers across the surface of an image, or to stand back and admire a big blown up photograph on your living room wall!

How does it work?

In order to get started on your order, send me an email and we’ll get chatting about prices and packages. I’ll then need 20-30 images (depending on the size of the book that you choose) per month from a year in your life – this is the fun part, where you get to look back and choose the best moments from that year, and they can be anything from bath time to visits from the grandparents to birthday parties.

And then I’ll gather up those images and curate a beautiful photo book for you! All in all the design and printing takes about 2-3 weeks, depending on the time of year. We’re a little busier around Christmas time, so give us a few extra weeks to process your order then.


Are there different options to choose from?

I also offer three other gorgeous options when it comes to photo books – mini softcover flip books (with a similar feel to a magazine), hardcover A3 and A4 books (great for showcases a photo shoot, a family holiday or a special event), and premium genuine leather and linen covered books (great for the big life events – weddings, engagements and 60th birthdays!).


Do you have tips for choosing images for the album?

Don’t just focus on the big significant moments, this album is a wonderful opportunity to include the tiny little things that really make you love your family – making pancakes on a Sunday morning, a trip to feed the ducks at the park, your little one absolutely covered in their favourite food and loving it!



For more info click here.




31st July 2017
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Hi there lovely readers. We have been quiet on the blog for ages and it’s good to be back.


We have had a crazy few months, starting with launching our interior design business, Kimmy & Bear Spaces, at Design Joburg in May, right up to our Rock-a-Baby Pop-Up at 44 Stanley last week. In between we have been on family holidays, working on exciting new client projects, moving house, developing new service offerings, and just being moms.


You could say that these last few months were a perfect example of how you can’t do it all and so our beloved blog took a back seat. But we are back now and we have some great new content lined up.


We can’t wait to reconnect with our wonderful Kimmy & Bear mamas and readers again.





19th April 2017

My baby turned two! Sometimes I still feel that I am all new at this mom thing, as if I can use the excuse “I’m sorry I have just had a baby”. But here we are – twice around the sun and a whole lot fuller. There she is talking non stop, making up jokes and running almost too fast for us to catch her. But she still hooks on as if she were a baby koala, sucks her thumb to fall asleep and won’t let her dear old binkie out of her sight. She loves parties – specially singing happy birthday, she is obsessed with her ballet clothes and adores her cousins to the end of the earth. Here’s to another year beautiful one.

To celebrate this milestone we threw a morning party in Kimmy & Bear’s garden. We had a Bloody Mary bar and served fresh croissants, French toast and maple syrup and muesli pots. My mama made the biscuits and my sister baked the cake. I made party hats for everyone. The four little girls dressed the same, Bailey drew a huge colouring in picture and the day flew by. We invited family and friends and had a delicious morning under the warm sun surrounded by love and joy.










Pics by Robyn Davie Photography



13th March 2017
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Week 45: We took it slow this week as you are still recovering from your time in hospital. We had to head back to the hospital each morning so that you could get your antibiotics via your drip. I was dreading it – knowing how scared you were and how much you hated it there I was anxious about your crying and fear. But I was wrong. We took Kimmy along with us and you showed off to her, calling Park Lane “my hospital” and walking down the passages confidently as you knew the way. You lifted your arm up and said “my drip” which of course broke my heart.

Since being in hospital you are more wary of strangers and new places, sticking close to me and not wanting strangers near us. I understand why. Sometimes when you are out you say “home” just like ET.


Week 46: We are back in the rhythm of being at home but you are missing your twins. They have now started school so we don’t see them as much as we are used to. You ask each morning with excitement “Bailey? Nana? Florence?” and when we aren’t seeing them I see the disappointment in your eyes.

Each Wednesday Jack comes to play at our house while Wiggy fetches Honor from school. It is so sweet to watch the two of you play and negotiate around each other. You try your best to be the big cousin, clutching his hand and saying in your sweet voice “tum Jack Jack I show you” sometimes he obliges and follows you around the house, other times he doesn’t which you don’t understand and you try in a slower, louder voice “I show you”.


Week 47: We went to your first dress up party this week. You wore your ballet dress and a cape. Your ballet dress is your favourite thing I think. You wear it from morning to bed at home and when we leave the house it comes with us in my bag. Your ballet shoes are old slip slops of Honor’s and those come along too. You were terribly excited to wear your ballet skirt and cape out of the house. You walked around at home excitedly and got in the car with enthusiasm but as we reached the party you stripped down to your leggings and onesie and that was that.

Our naps on weekends are often together, I fall asleep while putting you down and we end up spending the entire time curled up in your big chair. I love it.

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Week 48: It’s been a week of rainy, cold weather. Not the kind of rain that stops for a few hours so you can venture outside, no- rainy, rainy weather. We aren’t used to this kind of weather and days that we cant go outside! We got creative with our indoor play with dressing up and painting, clay cakes and tea parties, teepee houses and so many stories, long naps too.



20th February 2017

Week 40: We spent the last week of our holiday on the Natal Coast with the Stark family… we rented a beautiful house over looking the ocean, with a pool and a lawn. You decided that the beach was even less appealing than the week before so we stayed clear of the sand and the ocean. We spent the good weather days swimming in the pool and making endless cups of tea with your toy set. You built Duplo and coloured in. It’s a change to be the only child – for both you and me. In the mornings we quietly snuck out to make everyone breakfast. When you (and I) went down for a nap the rest of the family was waking up. On the cooler days we visited the croc farm – you loved seeing the flamingos and the bunnies. And one day we visited the UShaka Aquarium – you loved the push car that we rented for you, you found the fish fascinating and the penguins tolerable but you hated the life-size men dressed up as animals. I don’t blame you. Your Afrikaans vocab increased, you insisted on drinking water through a straw and from the moment you woke until bedtime again you didn’t wear clothes. The most I could get you to wear was a tracksuit top but certainly no nappies. In front of our house ran a working train track with  a train going past every few hours. Most people would complain about this but you were thrilled – you would jump up each time we heard the train coming and we would run with you to catch a glimpse!

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Week 41: Back home and you are thrilled to be back in your space and surrounded by your cousins. You are back to owning our home and demand to carry no less than 5 bags around all the time. It was evident how much you missed your cousins while we were away as seeing them you threw your arms around each one with excitement. We are back into a rhythm of being at home, visiting the nursery and the horses, going back to our playdates and spending lazy summer afternoons with the twins.


Week 42: Your sentences get longer everyday and I feel  I am constantly followed by a shadow that narrates my every move. To confirm what you want you put a decisive “ya” at the end of your sentence for example “come mama, ya!” or “read mama, ya!” you have also learnt to say thank you/dankie for everything which comes out as a mix equaling “dank you” in the sweetest soft voice.

To start the year off we got you a little table and 4 chairs which has been an absolute hit. I thought you would spend your time sitting at the table colouring which you do when your cousins visit but you prefer to line the chairs up as your bus. It is fascinating to watch as you make sure that the chairs are perfectly in a row, not a millimeter out. You then gather your bags and put them either “under my seat” or “in the boot” and collect us each a ticket. You, your mama and your papa have spent many hours sitting in your bus. Of course binkie joins us as does your doll’s pram and doll.

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Week 43: Time goes so quickly once you are a mother – I know I have told you this a million times but it constantly confronts me. As I watch you grow and explore I am endlessly amazed. Your little voice is so sweet and you concentrate so hard getting your words out. Your favourite food is chocolate ice cream (thanks to your cousins) and eggs and sausages. You love your doll, playing peek-a-boo behind the curtain in your room and your Playtown book is your best. You love having milkies when you wake up from your nap and then listening to Peter Rabbit. In the car your favourite song to sing is “our time” from Kindermusik. You want to take your ballet dress and a pair of Honor’s old slipslops everywhere!

Jack Jack comes to our house every Wednesday to play and you love showing him around, you try to take his hand but he does not always oblige. Of course I do also hear “no jack jack” often when he reaches for your things. I know the two of you will grow up bring such great friends.


Week 44: We’ve had the toughest week since you came into our lives. You got terribly sick which resulted in you being admitted to hospital for four days. I never considered my baby going to hospital and then suddenly there I was packing our bags for Parklane. You were your usual trooper self, being so brave and patient and trying so hard to still laugh and giggle. People think that it is hard for the mama because of no sleep or a change in scenery but that isn’t what made it hard. I found it so hard- hard to know what to do, hard to comprehend  that I was supposedly doing the right thing. Hard to fight my mama instincts as I held you down for blood tests and all sorts of things… much of the time I wanted to rip the drip off and carry you home, but of course I didn’t do that. Instead you and I hung out together _ I read your favourite stories (Cave Baby, Angelina Ballerina, Peter Rabbit and Squash and a Squeeze) over and over and I undressed and redressed your doll countless times. We cuddled in the big chair and I breastfed you like a newborn. We had long midday naps together, when I would shut the door and pray no one would wake us. We stared at and chatted about the alphabet curtains and I explained the drip to you over and over – you soon got used to it, navigating your movements around the cord and even saying “beep beep” every now and then. We got into a routine of it all, your papa arriving early with breakfast and Bailey and Wiggy visiting later. Kimmy and Bear were stuck in France which broke my heart but I know it was worse for them 

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