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MUST READ: THE MOMMY GROUP

9th May 2017
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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.

Elizabeth tells her story of becoming a mother, not always the easy road imagined, and of finding strength and friendship in her mommy group. However, as a journalist the author examines parenting issues and challenges in an informed and informing way. The importance of a supporting group of women throughout your parenting journey, especially during those early baby days, rings true and reminds me of the love such groups have brought me. I’m fortunate to live near my sisters and mother, who have formed my mommy group as is the traditional way. When my daughter was a baby though my sisters were not yet mothers and I formed a group that met every Wednesday morning for nearly 2 years. Treading common ground at the same time is a uniquely bonding experience amongst mothers and you’ll see yourself in much of this book.
The Mommy Group explores many facets of parenting from the heartbreaking experiences of miscarriage and postpartum depression to the potential toll on a marriage and returning to work. Each women in the group has a different experience, some harder than others, but they all gain strength through belonging to a mommy group and somehow the group allows them to experience the joy of being a new mother at a deeper level. Perhaps it’s the shared wonder and love of their babies, the shared experience of having your life change in unimaginable yet wonderful ways, and the generations-old truth of the strength women find in solidarity.
Now when I need to take a gift to an expecting mom, The Mommy Group is what I’ll give as I’ll be passing on a book that offers so much more insight and honest advice than any baby book and that advice is definitely more valuable than yet another swaddle.
Buy your copy via Exclusive Books.
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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, BUMP, MAMA, READ

FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

7th April 2017
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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…

How To Teach Kids Where Their Food Comes From

The Day I Decided My Daughter Will Not Choose Her Own Friends

Music Lessons Were the Best Thing Your Parents Ever Did for You

I’ve always wondered: Do Dairy Foods Cause Mucus Production?

The Day I Fell in Love With Having Two Children

Everyone is talking about this essay: You May Want to Marry My Husband

IVF: One Couple’s Funny, Heartfelt Story

People have seen my boobs 

Are you spoiling your kids?

Sing to your bump: lullabies to babies in the womb decrease crying when they are born

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

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.

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A 2 YEAR OLD’S 10 FAVOURITE BOOKS

14th March 2017
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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.

  1. Peter Rabbit (or in Francie’s language Bunny Peter) by Beatrix Potter
  2. Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson (she knows this one off by heart)
  3. The Tiger Who came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  4. The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson
  5. Hairy Macular from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
  6. Mog and Barnaby by Judith Kerr
  7. Tiger in a Tutu by Fabi Santiago
  8. How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens
  9. Angelina Ballerina by Katherine Holabird and Helen Craig
  10. Oi Dog by Key & Claire Gray and Jim Field

What are your and your little one’s favourite books? I’d love to hear!

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, BUMP, MAMA, READ

FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

24th February 2017
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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.

Japanese women looking to speed up the “mommy track.”

Beyonce: the Rock a Baby album!

First-born children have better thinking skills

Why skin-on-skin is so powerful.

How to raise financially savvy children.

This song was scientifically designed to make babies happy

When does a child need a sick day?

What the Obamas gifted celebrity babies from the White House.

Why young girls don’t think they are smart enough.

BABE, BUMP, EAT, MAMA, READ

FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

20th January 2017
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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:

The Japanese art of grieving a miscarriage

Children are eating nearly 200% more fake sugar than they were in 1999

Why Dutch children are the happiest in the world. 

An argument for letting parents bring their kids to work

A lawyer rewrote Instagram’s terms of use ‘in plain English’ so kids would know their privacy rights.

A “big sister” party – best idea!

Everyone is talking about this breast pump.

Encourage creativity in your kids. 

How to teach kindness.

Placenta smoothies. 

BABE, BUMP, MAMA, READ

FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

4th November 2016
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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:

Let your kids play!

When one is enough 

Boredom is good

The misleading promise of I.V.F.

Should we really be sneaking veggies into kids food?

5 love languages of child

An Icelandic lawmaker breast-fed her baby while giving a parliamentary speech — and no one cared

How we’re endangering our kids’ imaginations

Best baby registry ever

It takes a village

BABE, BUMP, MAMA, READ

FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

21st October 2016
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The Obamas

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:

Being a good parent will physiologically destroy you

The bath time ritual

What an Upset Kid is Really Trying to Say

When Did Moms Get So Good at Instagram?

I’m an Adult Woman, and I Call My Mother Three Times a Day

Let your husband be a dad

When Do You Worry About a Picky Eater?

How to raise kinder, less entitled kids

This Is Why Parents Are More Exhausted Than You Think They Should Be

Two Words That Will Revolutionize Your Parenting Strategies Today

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