One of my favourite genres to read is the momoir, memoirs written by mothers are relatable on an intimate level and speak to our common experiences as mother, no matter how different our lives may be. Recently, I read and absolutely loved Elizabeth Isadora Gold’s The Mommy Group, my pick for our recent beach vacation. I’m now recommending it to all the moms I know who are looking for a light but meaningful read – easy entertainment was balanced by the heartfelt wisdom about parenting in today’s world.
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:
Let’s talking about pumping!
Create a pocket playground for your kids
Love Emily Henderson! Here is her babe’s nursery
Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy visit the Grand Canyon.
WOW! What a day in South Africa – it was inspiring to see: matches, protests, and peaceful tributes.
I’m off to Cape Town this weekend for a little family get away… hence the busy bag post coming up next week and keep your eye on Instagram for what we get up to.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Here are some links from around the web for when you get a moment to read…
I’ve always wondered: Do Dairy Foods Cause Mucus Production?
Everyone is talking about this essay: You May Want to Marry My Husband
How much should stay at home moms earn? Work it out!
Raising Gifted Children: 6 Simple Tricks to Maximize Happiness
Having Kids Means Less Sleep For Women, But Not For Men
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!
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.
Fill the whole frame with the little munchkin. An attention grabbing pic excludes the background, and pulls all the attention onto your baba!
Let them be kids! Smiling for the camera is lovely, but let’s see some funny faces 🙂
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.
We are all about reading at the moment, before bed and after we wake up, during dinner and lunch and breakfast and all the time in between. Francie Sugar likes the same stories over and over and while I try to mix things up a bit (for her sake as well as mine) but these are the 10 we always fall back on.
- Peter Rabbit (or in Francie’s language Bunny Peter) by Beatrix Potter
- Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson (she knows this one off by heart)
- The Tiger Who came to Tea by Judith Kerr
- The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson
- Hairy Macular from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
- Mog and Barnaby by Judith Kerr
- Tiger in a Tutu by Fabi Santiago
- How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens
- Angelina Ballerina by Katherine Holabird and Helen Craig
- Oi Dog by Key & Claire Gray and Jim Field
What are your and your little one’s favourite books? I’d love to hear!
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
The BBC video that went viral this week – every parent can relate!
Did you love enough today?
Interesting read on the vaccination debate
A brave mama and how her daughter changed countless lives (you will weep!)
The dangers of using a sticker chart to teach good behaviour
Want to Raise Successful Kids? Do this
Best countries for raising a family (*WOOHOO #15!)
Harvard Psychologists reveal: parents who raise good kids do these 5 things
This is why Finland has the best schools
Happy weekend. Here is Joburg we are in for more rain – we’ve had cold rainy weather this whole week so we’ve been doing some serious crafts, painting, house making and even shows… rainy days are long when you are a mum. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Here are some links that caught our eye this week:
Natalie Portman Channels Demi Moore in 2017 Hollywood Issue Portfolio.
Beyonce: the Rock a Baby album!
Why skin-on-skin is so powerful.
Happy weekend everyone! It’s the first one being back back and we are ready for it. It’s also a huge one for the world: bye Obama, hello Trump – we’ll miss the Obamas that’s for sure. Wishing you all a wonderful one.
Here are 10 links that caught our eye this week:
A “big sister” party – best idea!
Everyone is talking about this breast pump.
Olivia Wilde and new babe Daisy Josephine
Happy weekend lovely mamas! How is this the first weekend in November? With the days just getting hotter we’re loving spending afternoon swimming and eating ice cream – basically practicing for December holidays. We’re also heading to a baby shower this weekend, we love celebrating mamas and their babes on the way! Have a wonderful one.
Here are some links that caught our eye this week:
When one is enough
Boredom is good
Should we really be sneaking veggies into kids food?
An Icelandic lawmaker breast-fed her baby while giving a parliamentary speech — and no one cared
How we’re endangering our kids’ imaginations
Happy Friday mamas! We are excited for the weekend ahead – Cheska is hosting a friend’s baby shower and it’s Bailey’s birthday picnic on Sunday. We are also looking forward to visiting Beechwood Gardens – if you are in Joburg, this is a must this weekend. Hope that you have a good one.
Here are some links from around the web:
The bath time ritual
When Did Moms Get So Good at Instagram?
Let your husband be a dad
Two Words That Will Revolutionize Your Parenting Strategies Today