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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.

Ts&Cs apply.

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THE TWINS’ 4TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

11th September 2017
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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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!).

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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.

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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.

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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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