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19th September 2017


My oldest friend, Kim Rose, is an incredibly talented artist. She has just launched a new line of work creating on customised paintings of children. She sent me a painting of my twin girls and I was completely amazed at how well she captured my girls. It is a very treasured artwork in our home and I am sure my girls will feel like that many years down the line.

We interviewed Kim to find out a bit more about the Little Rose Collection.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live in Newlands, Cape Town with my husband, son, and two dogs. I’m a stay-at-home mom to my 3 year old son, William, and I work part-time as an artist/illustrator. I LOVE my job and the variety of work that I do. I’m a real homebody and love walking on the mountain and  in Kirstenbosch. If I’m not doing the above, I’m probably drinking tea with my nose in a book. 

Tell us about the Little Rose Collection

The Little Rose Collection offers custom-made character artworks for nurseries and children’s rooms. The paintings are nostalgic and aim to capture the simple joys and moments of a childhood filled with wonder. 

It came about quite unexpectedly this year when a friend asked me to create four artworks for her daughter’s nursery. She’d been inspired by art she’d had in her room as a child, vintage french illustrations, childhood memories, beautiful clothing and she had a few reference artworks for me. We worked together in creating four seasonal artworks – she gave me input on clothes and the activities she wanted the character to wear and do. LRC grew from there.

This is a new focus for you as an artist. What inspired you to create this collection?

I loved the process of working with a client to create something uniquely special for their family. My other art requires quite an isolated and insular process (which suits me) but it was great doing something different, more playful and colourful. These days capturing memories or moments of childhood is so easily done with a phone camera. Instead of losing those pictures to a file on your computer I  loved the idea of taking a collection of photos and special moments/toys/outfits to combine them into one or a few paintings. It’s something that you can treasure for a long time – your own child or children as characters of their own life story. I am very much inspired by children’s book illustrators –  like how Christopher Robin’s imagination and toys were captured forever in the beautiful original illustrations from Winnie-the-pooh.

What is a key difference between these artworks and your beautiful botanicals that you are known for?

My process is quite similar. The one difference I can think of is that I create two drawings (a sketch and final drawing) in making a LRC artwork and I always send the sketch to the client for approval before I begin painting (like in any illustration process). Whereas in creating the botanicals my sketch and final artwork are the same thing.

What are the different artwork offerings available?

I currently offer originals only. I mainly create custom-made artworks which can be theme-based, although I do have a few originals for sale on my website that are not commissioned. I would like to offer prints of a set of characters in future (I’m working on it!).

Your customised offering is really special. If some one would like to order one, how does it work?

They would need to contact me via  email, Instagram or Facebook. We’d discuss size,content, colour and any other inspiration for the artwork . I would ask for reference pictures and information on the ‘character’ to be created. The more information given to me, the better. For example if the child has a favourite toy, outfit or activity, or if there is an activity/item/season that is special to your family.

Are there different options to choose from?

Artwork sizes are standard 13 x 13cm however I do make larger sizes if requested.

Do you have tips for choosing the photograph to be painted?

There are two ways to go about it. I can work directly from a photo (if it is a good one – I’d need to approve it). Otherwise I can take bits from a collection of photos and piece them together (this is quite fun actually). If I do work directly from a photo, ideally it should be taken at eye level with the child – not from above –  and in natural light. I also like to include the whole body.

Typically how long does it take?

The whole process usually takes about a week (from contact to sending it off). It does depend on how busy I am. I only work from 8 30 to 12am during the school calendar week, and occasionally on weekends. I can be working on a few pictures at a time though. If the client is quick to send pictures and give feedback on the sketches it definitely helps.

What is the cost of a customised artwork?

For this year 2017 my prices are set as follows: Unframed custom original (13 x 13cm) R750. Framed custom original (SA only – 24,5 x 24,5cm frame size) R1100



We are so excited to be doing a give away with Kim and the Little Rose Collection. You can win the a customised framed artwork of your child. To enter, like Little Rose Collection on Facebook and Instagram, and comment below telling us why you would love to win this prize.

Give away information:

Value of prize -R1200 (shipping included)

Size – artwork 13x13cm frame 24.5×24.5cm

Open to South African residents only

Painting limited to one child

For more information on The Little Rose Collection, and to keep up to date with Kim’s beautiful creations, follow her on:

Instgram: @littlerosecollection and @ellenkimrose

Facebook: @littlerosecollection

Or visit her website:



8th March 2017



Mom’s come up with the best ideas about what other moms need and this idea is no exception. A former teacher, and now mother, Paula has just launched Bumble Box, a coffee table art book of all your kid’s art. We chatted to her about what inspired Bumble Box, and how exactly it works.


Tell us a bit about yourself 

My name is Paula, I live in Johannesburg and last year in June our Harry was born. I couldn’t believe how much I would love being his mum. So after teaching for the past 9 years I made the emotional decision to take an extended break so I could spend as much time as possible with our little boy.  All this new found “freedom” had me feeling a bit itchy to try something new.


What is Bumble Box?

Bumble Box takes children’s artwork and turns them into beautiful bespoke coffee table books. This can include letters, pottery, short stories or any special keepsakes you wish to display.


What inspired the idea to start Bumble Box?

As a teacher I know the amount of artwork that was being sent home. I know how emotionally hard it is to throw it away. I also know how frustrating it is to take up so much storage space. Children take such pride in their artwork. They often associate memories, facts and feelings when going through their art. I had been playing with the idea for some time, I even tried to convince my husband (who has a digital agency) that this is what parents really needed and that he should do this. After I resigned I knew it was the perfect time to test the waters. The complete wonderment and awe on my 4 year old nieces face when she looked through her own book made me realize just how important the sense of belonging is, and something as simple as seeing your art proudly displayed can be in a little persons life. Not to mention the slick design that will compliment your homes decor.


How does it work?

The whole process is aimed to make it as simple and convenient as possible for the busy parent. The easy to use step by step online ordering process allows for the box to be delivered to your home or work place. The hard part will be picking which art to pop in the box. Once you have finished selecting and packing a courier will come and collect the box from either your home or work place.  After the artwork has been professionally photographed and creatively curated into the coffee table book, your art and book will be delivered back to you.


Typically how long does it take?

4 – 5 weeks


We are so excited to be doing a give away with Bumble Box. You can win a bespoke, wheatlam hardcover coffee table book customized with 60 pieces of your child’s art, valued at R1,550.

To enter, like Bumble Box on Facebook, and comment below telling us why you would love to win this prize.


For more information on Bumble Box, and to keep up to date with their beautiful creations, follow them on:

instgram: @bumble_box




24th November 2016


We’ve said it before but we will say it again! We love Gluki Organics and here is why:

Gluki Organics is an uncompromised, high quality plant-based product range that meets my needs for my babe.


The ingredients include: Baobab fruit Powder, Marula Oil, Kalahari Melon, Mongongo Oil, Mafura Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Shea Fruit Oil, Sunflower Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Rooibos Extract, Organic Orange Peel Oil, Organic Coconut Oil.

All the products smell delicious!

The products are ideal for baby’s soft sensitive skin yet still effective: the shampoo still foams and the wash still gets all the paint off after a painting afternoon.

Now we’re giving you the chance to win the ultimate Gluki hamper – consisting of all their products, worth over R900. Here is what is in your hamper.

Organic Baby Bedtime Bubble Bath

Natural Baby Powder

Lip Balm

Organic Baby Bum Cream

Organic Hygienic Hand wash

Organic Tissue Oil

Organic Baby Body Wash

Organic Mother Nipple Cream

Organic Baby Shampoo

Organic Baby Moisturising Lotion

Organic Mother Hand and Body Moisturising Lotion

Organic Baby Oil Gel


To stand a chance to win, comment below telling us why you love organic products.

Ts&Cs apply.

Competition closes 30th November



26th August 2016

Angelina Jolie featured in W Magazine breastfeeding

Happy weekend lovely mamas. We are headed back to Joburg today after a week in the bush so we’ll be chilling out at home most of the time. Watch out for some pics from our time away up on the blog next week.

Here are 12 links that caught our eye this week:

Why the iPad is a far bigger threat to our children than anyone realises

This mum’s advice to her husband when left alone to look after the kids is so funny

Hormone balancing drink

Get your baking on: a delicious snack for kids

9 ways lazy parenting helps grow grown ups

Want happy kids? Science proves these 10 things make a difference

6 Marriage Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Kids Later On

Japanese school lunches 

What’s your parenting objective? Happy vs. high achieving

9 Miserable Travel Mistakes Parents Make With Their Kids

And just for fun:  What It’s Like To Be A Celebrity Personal Assistant

Have you entered our latest Kimmy & Bear giveaway? It’s a great one.



24th August 2016
WIN K&B Spaces


Kimmy & Bear Spaces redefines baby and child spaces in the home – we are Johannesburg-based sisters perfecting the art of children’s interiors. We love to work on nurseries, bedrooms and, of course, playrooms or play areas. We are all about beautiful, fun spaces which will wow your minis, suit their specific age needs and fit with a high design aesthetic. With a passion for all things beautiful, an inside knowledge of where to find gorgeous on-trend items and a keen eye for colour and texture combined with our practical experience as mamas, Kimmy & Bear’s meticulous design in creating  beautiful spaces is unmatched.


We are excited to be giving away an Online Interior Design Consultation worth R2000. 

This includes a personalised design kits for clients who love design but just aren’t sure how to achieve the look they want. The starting point for a design kit is the client completing a thorough design questionnaire and providing photos and measurements of the room via email. You will receive a thoughtfully curated mood board as a first response, following feedback you will receive a final mood board with product shopping list. The products featured in your unique design are easily available.

To enter comment below telling us why you would love to win this prize.

Competition closes 7 September 2016.

Ts&Cs apply. 



4th April 2016


What’s the one item every mama has to have and is actually for herself? Your nappy bag, right? We absolutely love Jean Kelly items – they are simply, natural products that are not only of a high quality but also super stylish and we love that the items are made, from the highest quality leather, in South Africa.

So we are super excited to have partnered with Jean Kelly on the most fantastic giveaway. One lucky Kimmy & Bear reader will win a tan laminated leather bags, a changing clutch, a leather dummy clip and a baby organiser. This amazing prize is valued at R1746! Now thats what we call a spoil.

To enter, comment below telling us why you love Jean Kelly.

Competition closes on 15 April. 

Terms and conditions apply. 



2nd March 2016

We are sure all of you love In Good Company as much as we do. It’s the perfect one stop shop for all your entertaining and party needs, not to mention some of the best toy and gift selection that we’ve seen. Of course, with Easter, just around the corner we cannot get enough of In Good Company’s amazing Easter products.

We are so excited to announce our fantastic giveaway with In Good Company – a Easter hamper worth R1000. The hamper includes the In Good Company book, Good Times, A super soft Jelly Cat Bunny as well as a pack of Easter themed cookie cutters and easter surprise poppers. Trust us, you want to get your hands on this prize.

To win comment below telling us how you will be celebrating Easter with your babes.

For more great party ware, gifts and more visit In Good Company or their Facebook page.

Competition closes on 16 March. Ts &Cs apply



17th February 2016


We’re huge fans of La Fede, especially their totally cool wooden cameras. But La Fede is also loved for the vintage style rompers and other outfits, and we love that their products are handmade in South Africa. We’re so excited that La Fede is giving 2 lucky Kimmy & Bear readers the chance to win a La Fede gift.

The girls gift consists of a pink wooden camera, a vintage rose romper and headband. And for boys a blue camera with a rhino onesie and shorties.


To win comment below telling us whether you are after the girls gift or the boys gift.

For more great La Fede products visit their website or their Facebook page.

Competition closes on 2 March. Ts &Cs apply



7th October 2015


Oh wow! We have a fantastic giveaway for you this week. Robyn Davie is one of our favourite lifestyle photographers in Joburg. She takes such great snaps of families, mamas and cute babes. She manages to capture those special, unposed moments that make your heart warm. She is so patient (that’s what you need when snapping babes) and comes with fantastic ideas of how to get the best picture of your family.

Here are some of our favourite shots of Robyn’s (although there are many more!):

We may be bias but we love the shoot that Robyn did of Francie Sugar when she was just 8 weeks old (stop it! How tiny is that face?)


Hello cutie pie! We love this family snap of Marc, Lauren and baby Sophie.

Marc, Lauren & Sophie

Love this family shoot, including a babe in a bump.


Robyn snapped Summer Josie when she was teeny tiny.


How fantastic is this shot of the Smiths – all 5 of them look fantastic!


And finally how fantastic is this family of 3 little sisters?

3 little sisters

Now how fantastic Robyn is giving one lucky (super lucky) Kimmy & Bear reader the chance to win a family shoot valued at R2250. This shoot includes: 4-5 family members, 2-3 looks, 60 -80 edited photos. Robyn will spend about 1 – 1and a half hours with your family, snapping away. We love this prize so much we wish we could win it ourselves.

To enter: comment below telling us why you want to win this amazing prize and share this post on your Facebook page tagging @KimmyandBear

*Competition closes on 21 October

T&Cs Apply (and this prize can only be won by mamas living in Johannesburg)

PS. Follow Robyn on Facebook too for other great offers and inspiration.



16th September 2015


We are always so exited when a new cookbook hits the market, especially when it is all about family cooking. Sylvie Hurford has been cooking forever, as well as been a food stylist, written columns and styled up recipe books. And now finally, she’s written her own recipe book: More – allergy free cooking for the whole family. We chatted to Sylvie about her love of food, allergy free cooking and her top tips:

What three items are always in your pantry?

Maizena, a tin of chick peas and mustard seeds.

What three items are always in your fridge?

Fresh Coriander, Fennel and white wine

How do you recognised food allergies in a child?

The only way to truly tell if a child is allergic is by having them tested. Following tests your paediatrician may recommend an exclusion diet to see whether there is an improvement in symptoms – these could vary from a rash, to a runny nose, headaches, a sore tummy or a persistent wheeze or cough.

What are the most common food allergies?

I’m not a doctor so I don’t have all the information to hand – but I do know that the ones we were looking out for were allergies to wheat, dairy, nuts, fish and eggs.

Any advice for moms who recently had a child diagnosed with a food allergy?

Don’t panic! There are plenty of alternatives available and its better to know what’s causing your child discomfort. The good news is that many children grow out of their allergies – I’m a living example of that.

What’s your favourite recipe from your recipe book?

That’s like asking me to pick a favourite child! I love them all – but I’m particularly proud of the Fruit Sushi and the Veg Tempura is delicious!

How do you help your children understand their allergies? And make the right food decisions when aren’t around? 

Empower your children and talk to them about how eating food that they’re allergic to can make them feel – get them involved in the kitchen so they get used to spotting alternatives and if they’re very tiny, then pack their meals for them – it’s all in planning, and communication.

Top tip for allergy free cooking? 

Read the labels! And cook whole wherever possible – roast chicken, potato and veg is the perfect, delicious, allergen free meal!

More - high res cover-3

 More is published by Human and Rousseau, R275

Now we are super excited to be giving away 2 copies of More.

To enter: comment below tells us why you want to get your hands on More by Sylvie Hurford. 

*Competition closes 30 September. 

T&Cs apply

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