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FRANCIE TURNS 3!

3rd April 2018
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We celebrated Francie Sugar’s 3rd birthday a couple weekends ago! After a week of continuous rains and searching for plan B options and even thinking of cancelling we woke up to a beautiful, sunny morning and a shining new three year old. We celebrated, like we always do, in Kimmy & Bear’s garden with breakfast and balloons and a super fun train which was a huge hit. Bailey did a puppet show, using the same puppet stage my mum made for us when we were kids. It made me all nostalgic seeing all the kids watching in such excitement and laugh with such enthusiasm. Hugolyne baked Francie’s cake and stuck to Francie’s brief exactly, “I want a chocolate cake with pink and purple smarties” so that’s what she got. We had the best morning.

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Pics by Robyn Davie Photography 

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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NEST, PLAY

NEW KIMMY & BEAR X THINK CO WALLPAPERS

13th March 2018
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We are so excited to announce the launch of our latest wallpapers in the Kimmy & Bear x Think Co collection. Email shop@kimmyandbear.com with your dimensions for orders and queries.

Kimmy & Bear x Think Co Clouds

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Kimmy & Bear x Think Co Mountains

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Kimmy & Bear x Think Co Stars 

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Kimmy & Bear x Think Co Woodland

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And don’t forget about our other favourites:

Kimmy & Bear x Think Co Trees 

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Kimmy & Bear x Think Co Forest

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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.

BABE, PLAY

GET TO WORK, KIDS!

2nd March 2018
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This morning I came across this article, it speaks about a mother whose kids were driving her crazy, not listening so she called her mother, who said “They need jobs!” – the article offers great advice.

Later that morning I was looking after two two-year-olds, both wanted the exact same pen at the exact same time, then the same block and even the same space on the carpet. I thought of the article and set them to work.

I gave them each a bowl of water, a sponge and some (organic) soap… the result? 45minutes of washing windows! They (and I) had the best morning. After washing the windows, they dried them too.

So next time you need 5 minutes peace… get your windows washed.

BABE, PLAY, READ

AUDIO BOOKS TO THE RESCUE

19th February 2018
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I have recently introduced Francie to audio books and it’s the best thing, for both of us. As you know we are screen-free so handing Francie an iPad or letting her watch TV for a bit isn’t an option for us. She has always loved listening to music in the car, and some time ago I introduced her to stories in the car which she loved. It then suddenly dawned on me that I don’t only have to let her listen in the car! I remember loving to listen to tapes when I was a child and I guess it is the same thing.

Although she loves stories and reading books, listening to someone elses voice took some getting used to. Two main things helped to start Francie off on audio books:

  1. I chose stories which she already knows or characters she is familiar with
  2. I chose shorter stories, around 5 minutes – 10 minutes long

These are the times I find audio books most useful/ effective:

  1. Francie is transitioning to no nap so on those days we still have “quiet rest time” where she is in her cot, and I am either in her chair reading my own book (!) or in and out of the room. Our rest time at the moment is 20 minutes, and the last 5 minutes are usually taken up by an audio book.
  2. Today I had a dermatologist appointment, and had to take Francie with me. She sat quietly on the chair and listened to the story while I had my appointment, it was fantastic!
  3. That time when you just have to get something done but your toddler is hungry and tired and just needs to slow down for a bit. A quiet story, while relaxing on the bed/ couch/ floor is a great way to just calm down the energy and get those 5 minutes that you need.
  4. Travelling. We went overseas this month and there was plenty of travelling – buses, trains, and planes. She loved an audio story every now and then (I bought her a pair of headphones for the trip which caused great excitement!)

Our favourites: We use the Audible app which is linked to my Amazon account. Of course there are countless stories to choose from but these are our favourites:

  1. Any Julia Donaldson stories – especially Singing Mermaid, Paperdolls and What the Ladybird Heard
  2. The Very Busy Spider by Erid Carle
  3. Tales of Beatrix Potter, specifically Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggy-winkle (her favourite for us to read too).
  4. All Mog stories by Judith Kerr
  5. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Here are a few new stories which we discovered through audio books:

  1. The Penny series by Kevin Henkes
  2. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  3. The Animal Fair and Other Stories by BBC Audio

I hope this inspires you to download some kids audio books and get those toddlers listening, and if you do already love audio books please share some of your favourites in the comment section.

MAMA, PLAY

#kimmyandbearwraps

29th January 2018
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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:

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BABE, PLAY

ROAD TRIP ACTIVITIES

27th November 2017
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We went on our first road trip with Francie last weekend. We headed to a farm in Limpopo, which was about 5 hours away. I was so nervous about the long drive with Francie. She isn’t the best in the car. Since we have a “no screen” policy I created loads of fun road trip activities for our journey. Here they, in case you are prepping for the holidays too. I also ordered this activity tray which was perfect for activities and snacks in the car, I’d really recommend it.

1. Velcro Coloured Sticks

Francie spied these on my desk this week and I know that she is already curious! I bought these coloured ice cream sticks at my local stationary store and then stuck velcro on them. The coloured sticks are great because not only can she stick them together, but also sort them into colours and patterns.

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2. Lacing!

A new, fun activity which Francie is loving at the moment. We have a hand me down version from our cousins but here are three options which look great:

Melissa & Doug Farm Lace & Trace

Alex Lacing One, Two, Tie My Shoe

Viga Wooden Transportation Lacing Blocks

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3. Activity Books (I picked this selection from Exclusive Books)

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4. Crazy Clay 

I recently discovered Crazy Clay at our weekly Mom and Me and we both loved it! It’s a fantastic mix between Play Doh and Presstick. This was a huge hit and she played with it for ages. The great thing about it is that is that you can keep reinventing activities. First, she played with the clay on it’s own, then using paper to create artwork with the clay and in the end I even gave her little things to stick in the clay.

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5. Magnetic Drawing Board

I got one from Baby City for only R60. Francie hadn’t had one of these before and she totally loved it, it was a hit.

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6. Button Trees

Trust me, this is worth making! Francie absolutely loved making these trees and it kept her busy for so long that I didn’t end up using all the activities that I packed. She loved threading the buttons and then on the way home, she enjoyed taking them off too.

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Looking for some other busy bags? See some other ideas here.

BABE, MAMA, PLAY

BATH TIME WITH MY BABY

9th November 2017
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Although bath time (like in any home that is filled with children) is very much part of our end-of-day routine. I love it. I love the chats that sum up our day, the singing accompanied by splashed and of course the quite moments of cuddles and breast feeding. It is often during these everyday moments that as a mother one is made even more aware of how quickly things change, a slippery baby turns to a sitting toddler and then into a water confident, splash making little girl. I asked photographer Judith Bell to come capture our bath time before it changes again. Here are some of the pics, which I love.

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BABE, GIVEAWAY, PLAY

GIVEAWAY: #WINWITHART

1st November 2017
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If you don’t know that we love doing art with our babes then you definitely haven’t been following us for very long. Afternoons spent in our art room are some of our happiest, and our babes love getting creative (and dirty) with paint, pastels, and all sorts of craft materials.

So really, it is no surprise that we are huge fans of mama-run businesses that love kids and all things creative. Two of our favourite companies are: Firstly, Bumble Box – a coffee table art book of all your child’s art. That’s right, mama and former teacher Paula turns kids’ art into the most treasured book. Secondly, Minimi Artelier – whose PLAY2LEARN line includes garments designed to protect children’s clothes while doing arts and crafts, cooking, baking and more, at school and at home.

The other day, we invited Kiss Kiss Photography to our home, threw on our kids’ Minimi Artelier Play2Learn overalls, and let them paint to their hearts desire. Here is the result:

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We then packed up all our artwork from the past couple months and sent it off to Bumble Box.

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Look at our book that we got back! I am so excited with it, it almost makes me weep.

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We are so excited to have partnered with Bumble Box and Minimi Artelier to bring you this #winwithart giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a 60 page Bumble Box art book and a Minimi Artelier Play2Learn Overall.

Here is how to enter:

Follow Bumble Box and Minimi Artelier on Instagram, then Instagram a picture of your child’s art/doing art with the hashtag #winwithart (don’t forget to tag us @Kimmy&Bear).

This competition closes on 15 November so get painting.

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Thank you to lovely Chloe from Kiss Kiss Photography for snapping these pics of our babes painting. Follow Kiss Kiss Photography on Facebook  and @kisskissphoto on Instagram.

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