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ACTIVITIES AT HOME: STICKY WALLS

1st August 2017
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So many people have asked me on Instagram about the activities I set up for Francie Sugar and her cousins so now I am starting to blog about them.

This week I created “sticky walls” for Francie and Jack – they had the best time exploring how different stick on the vertical surface.

What you need:

A range of items: from leaves, to straws, bobby eyes and cotton wool. I used items that I found around the house. Items that stick easily are best, Francie’s favourites were bobble eyes, cotton wool and coloured paper.

Sticky plastic (i.e. contact paper)

Tape

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What to do: 

Using the tape stick your contact paper on the wall- sticky side up.

Lay out your little items

Let your little one start sticking!

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WE’RE AT DESIGN JOBURG

12th May 2017
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Kimmy & Bear Spaces is show casing at Design Joburg this weekend. For more on our Growing Up space, click here.

The Design Joburg show is set to become a new focus for exceptional design, quality and inspiration. Design Joburg is the perfect mix of a longstanding favourite local exhibition that highlights the best in the industry paired with the new innovators and emerging talent of South Africa.

Visitors to the show will be part of a unique audience of high end consumers as well as architects, designers, specifiers, developers, as well as multinational companies looking to source directly for their latest projects.

Friday 10am – 6pm

Saturday 10am – 6pm

Sunday 10am – 5pm

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Kimmy & Bear Spaces is a three-sisters interior design team working on family spaces – from nurseries, to playrooms, from art rooms and family gathering areas, to lounges and bedrooms. We believe in creating a sense of joy; we believe that how one feels in a room is of utmost importance; and we believe that what you do in a space is as important as what the space looks like. Our aim, through design, is to make the ordinary extraordinary as we redefine family spaces in the home.

For information or queries please contact cheska@kimmyandbear.com

BABE, DIARY, EAT, MAMA, PLAY

FRANCIE TURNS TWO!

19th April 2017
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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.
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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.

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Pics by Robyn Davie Photography

BABE, BUMP, MAMA, NEST, PLAY, READ

FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

13th April 2017
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Liv Tyler with her babes Sailor Gene and Lula Rose

Happy Easter weekend mamas and bunnies. Wishing you one filled with family, love, sunshine, laughter and Easter bunnies and egg hunting that brings endless joy.

Here 10 links that we book marked this week:

Ford Designs Car Simulator for Babies That Will Help You Sleep

Becoming a stepmom

Let’s talking about pumping!

How to naturally die Easter eggs

Toy-free kindergartens in Germany

Kids who do chores become more successful adults

Create a pocket playground for your kids

16 Ways to Travel With Kids (And Enjoy It)

Great DIY free printable bunny mask for Easter

Love Emily Henderson! Here is her babe’s nursery

BABE, EAT, MAMA, PLAY

ANNUAL CHARITY EASTER PLAY DATE AND TEA

11th April 2017
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Each year us three sisters host a charity Easter play date and tea in Kimmy & Bear’s garden. The afternoon is always fantastic, and filled with joy: there is a delicious tea for the mamas and loads of fun things for the babes like jumping castles and Easter egg hunts. This year we also did bunny mask making and biscuit icing.

This year we chose to suppose Miane Ainslie.

A year and a half ago, then 19 month old Miane Ainslie fell into a porta pool. She was underwater for about 10 minutes before she was found, after 23 minutes a heartbeat was found. Now nearly 3 Miane continues to need extensive medical treatment. Her mother is a single mother who gave up her job to look after her daughter and, without medical aid, relies entirely on donations for medical treatments, physio and medical equipment. 
For more information on how to donate to this worthy cause contact us or visit A Miracle for Miane Facebook page
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!
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DIY BUSY BAGS

10th April 2017
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Lately I have made some great busy bags/activities for Francie. I pack these activities away and bring them out when we need something new to do together or when we go on holiday and need some quiet, fun activities for the plane etc.

Here are some of my favourite free printables that I have found online (thanks Pinterest!) Simply print, laminate and cut/bind.

Shapes activity book 

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Animal Puzzles 

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Silhouette Matching Game

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Stick the stickers

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I posted this idea on Instagram and wow! You all loved it. Here it is again for those who missed it-this is a great fine motor skill/ hand-eye coordination activity.

All I did was draw funny shapes on a card and put big dots where she must put the stickers. I cut the stickers into small strips so it’s a super easy “do and throw away” task.

Don’t forget this Animal Matching Box which is also great.

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Colour/Peg matching

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I love hardwares and I especially love the paint sample cards so I was so excited when I spotted this great way to use them on Pinterest. If you want to make this activity make sure that you get two of each card so that you can cut one up to make the matching peg. Francie is a little young to decipher the different tones but the twins have loved mastering this one.

Printable roads

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I love these and have printed a whole lot and laminated them. The cars Francie Sugar has are these Melissa & Doug ones but any cars would be great.

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BUSY BOX: ANIMAL MATCHING

3rd April 2017
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This busy box has been such a hit in our home. Francie Sugar  absolutely loves playing this matching game and often chooses to play it on her own.

All you need to do is buy some smallish plastic animals and find images of the same animals to match. Print them out, laminate them and away you go.

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We started off with a set of wild/safari animals and I’ve added to the game each time I have found interesting plastic animals, for example pets, ocean animals and now even insects. Francie has also learnt her insect names through this game.

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I simply used Google images to find the pics, they aren’t all the same size but I cut them into equal size cards.

(Looking for a free printable rather? Here is a great one)

BABE, MAMA, PLAY, READ

TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING TODDLERS

15th March 2017
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As your babes get older, they get more and more difficult to photograph as they are always on the move. We asked super star photographer Robyn Davie for her top tips for photographing toddlers:

Be prepared to get moving – toddlers (when awake) are always on the move – get on your feet and follow them!

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Get down on their level. Yip, on your hands and knees, as close to the ground as possible. This is super fun for close-ups, and for seeing the world from their angle.

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Fill the whole frame with the little munchkin. An attention grabbing pic excludes the background, and pulls all the attention onto your baba!

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Let them be kids! Smiling for the camera is lovely, but let’s see some funny faces 🙂

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Capture the every day moments. Yip, a posed pic when everyone is dressed up in their Sunday best is gorgeous, but I love the tiny in-between moments – the early morning deliciousness of a just-woken-up baba, the toddler who thinks bath time is as fun as pool time, and the quiet concentration of a little one completely absorbed in a moment of play.

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Follow Robyn on Instagram and book a photo session with her – we all know mamas need more pics of themselves and their babes.

BABE, BUMP, EAT, MAMA, PLAY, READ, TRAVEL

FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

11th March 2017
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Chrissy Teigen and baby Luna via Instagram 

Happy weekend mamas. There is a strange autumn feel in the air this weekend and I am not sure I am ready for winter to be on its way. We hit the park this morning and convincing a toddler that she needs shoes and a jersey was like negotiating a high level contract – I couldn’t help but think “how am I going to do this all winter long?”

Here are Kimmy & Bear HQ we are busy busy – working hard on Design Joburg and a couple cool Spaces for some fun clients. I am also starting to prepare for Francie’s 2nd birthday – break my mama heart!

Here are some links that caught our eye this week, enjoy! 

Chrissy Teigen opens up about postnatal depression

Dad is not a babysitter, he is a parent

The BBC video that went viral this week – every parent can relate!

You are never going to sleep again

7 Strategies for Empathic Discipline

Did you love enough today?

Interesting read on the vaccination debate

The new preschool is crushing kids

A brave mama and how her daughter changed countless lives (you will weep!)

The dangers of using a sticker chart to teach good behaviour

How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Body

Family Vacations Serve as ‘Happiness Anchors’ for Kids

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Do this

Ted Talks for when you’re expecting  a child 

Having a baby isn’t a miracle and doesn’t make you a goddess

Best countries for raising a family (*WOOHOO #15!)

Harvard Psychologists reveal: parents who raise good kids do these 5 things

32 ways to savour your children while you have have them 

My degree was not a waste

This is why Finland has the best schools

Walk slowly mama 

How French schools handle fussy eaters

Music and your baby’s brain 

BABE, GIVEAWAY, MAMA, PLAY

CLOSED: GIVEAWAY: A BOOK OF YOUR CHILDREN’S ARTWORK BY BUMBLE BOX

8th March 2017
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THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED:

CONGRATULATIONS SHEREEN LURIE

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Typically how long does it take?

4 – 5 weeks

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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.

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

instgram: @bumble_box

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BumbleboxZA

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