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DIARY, EAT, GIVEAWAY

CLOSED: GIVEAWAY: WIN ONE OF THREE GINGERBREAD HOUSES FROM MOEMAS

28th November 2017
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WELL DONE WENDY, JULIE AND SARAH

I love Christmas time and all the traditions that surround it. This year, for the first time, we decorated gingerbread houses.

 

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It was such a fun activity to do with my girls. We had a selection of delicious things to use on the house (I think they enjoyed nipping the decorations as much as they enjoyed sticking them on the house!).

 

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For decorations we used:

  • pistachio nuts
  • cranberries
  • a selection of sprinkles; stars, silver balls, gold dust
  • marshmallows
  • hand made chocolate

Some other ideas are: smarties, candy canes, chocolate buttons, jelly tots.

 

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These beautiful gingerbread houses are from Moemas. The intricate icing adds a touch of magic to the gingerbread house, and more importantly, the gingerbread tastes (and smells!) divine.

 

In collaboration with Moemas and Fleur Norton we are giving away THREE gingerbread houses to our Johannesburg readers. To enter, follow Moemas on Instagram and Facebook, and leave a comment here telling us your favourite ingredient to use to decorate a gingerbread house.

 

Competition closes: Friday 8 Dec, Ts & Cs apply.

BABE, MAMA, WEAR

THIS IS WHAT WE DID AT THE COTTONON KIDS LITTLE REINDEER ACADEMY

14th December 2016
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Last week we were invited to attend CottonOn Kids’ Little Reindeer Academy at Sandton City. It was a fun-filled morning with our kids as they took part in little activities throughout the store. Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly smiles and reindeer horns. First up we were given our reindeer names, ours were ‘Blazing Razzle Dazzle’, ‘Happy Razzle Dazzle’, and ‘Blazing Mc Twinkle.’

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Our girls then dressed up in an array of tulle and sequinned dresses and sparkly shoes which is one way to my three year old girls’ hearts. Francie was excited to have her first “ballet dress” and showed everyone in store.

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The next activity was face painting. My twins chose a heart and a flower for their cheeks.

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Next up we were shown around the store. CottonOn Kids has some great stocking stuffers and Christmas present ideas  – from activity books and unicorn wands, to musical instruments and novelty swimming caps. The drums and xylophone provided a lot of entertainment. I also spied giant santa sacks, cool wrapping paper, and Christmas garlands. The trick was sneaking gifts into my basket without the girls noticing. I always love CottonOn’s approach to children in store – they don’t mind them taking part in the shopping which makes it much easier for moms.

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Aside from their summer range of clothing, CottonOn also has Christmas-themed items. It is quite fun to have one or two pieces just to wear around Christmas, like the “FaLala” pyjamas on Christmas eve, or a reindeer T-shirt for a hot Christmas day.

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We then moved to the colouring-in table where there were rainbow cupcakes waiting as a treat. All three girls enjoyed colouring in their Reindeer Academy certificates. I would say they graduated with flying colours!

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The Little Reindeer Academy created a wonderful in-store experienced that really focused on children. Combined with super staff that had endless energy for kids, and great products, it made for a wonderful shopping experience for the moms too!

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Thanks to Robyn Davie for all the photographs.

EAT

THE MOST DELICIOUS CHRISTMAS SALAD

22nd December 2015
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If you are spending Christmas with us this year then expect to me served this salad. I’ve made it too many times this December. In December if I host you for a meal it will be Christmas themed and this year this salad was served. I love it.

So this is all you need:

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  • Mixed greens
  • Chopped pears
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Dried cranberries
  • Pomegranate rubies
  • Goats cheese

Add it all together in a big bowl and voila! Christmas freshness, ready to serve.

BABE, DIARY, MAMA, PLAY, READ, WEAR

REAL LIFE CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

21st December 2015
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Isn’t Christmas the best with children? Here we chat to a couple mamas about the Christmas traditions that they’ve started with their children.
Bailey (of Kimmy & Bear) and mama to twin toddles, Anna and Florence
Having children makes the festive season extra special for me because of the excitement and joy they bring to it. This is the fist year my toddler twin girls are aware of Christmas and it’s been fun starting little traditions with them which will grow with us as a family.We had a festive season morning where we decorated our little tree, hung our wreath on the front door, put up Christmas bunting, and set out our nativity scenes. This has created a lovely feeling in our home and the girls ask to hear the nativity story at least once a day. I also gave them each an advent calendar with tiny treasures to discover each day – This is one of their favourite things to do in the morning. We’ve also been teaching them carols and I find it very nostalic singing all these songs which remind me of Christmas as a child.
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There are four things I’ve done every Christmas with my babes which still remain:
1. We give them a new set of pyjamas on Christmas eve which they wear to sleep in that night and wake up in on Christmas morning.
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2. We give them each a different book as part of their gift, with their name and date written inside. These books are forming part of their collection which I hope they will pass on to their children one day.
3. Cheska made them gold leaf wreaths just before their first Christmas when they were only a few months old. Each year I’ve taken a picture of them wearing these wreaths and I have used it as our Christmas card.
4. My parents have a tree-decorating session at their home on a Sunday early in December. We each have to bring a Christmas decoration for each child with their name on. The tree grows each year with a wonderful collection of grandchildrens’ decorations.
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Liza (of We Heart Your Outfit & Storytime) and mama to Bailey and Robert
I just love Christmas time. Not for all the chaos that starts to ensue in all the shops and the constant bombardment of ‘specials’ and ‘must-buys’ but for the festivities that we as a family create and of course the real meaning of Christmas!
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If we are home for Christmas, on 1 December we make sure we put the Christmas tree up and decorate the house. I feel that 1 December is officially the first day of Christmas so it cannot happen one day sooner or one day later! We hang festive bunting, decorate the tree, play Christmas carols, fill the advent calendar and watch Christmas movies. Bailey and Robert are at the perfect age to just have the most fun with this so I like to make it a real party. The stockings go on the end of their beds and we hang the dogs stocking on the wall near the tree. There is something so romantic about watching TV in the evenings with the Christmas tree twinkling away. My mum also gives us a new handmade bauble for the tree every year, so we have quite a collection now. And JL’s sister found the sweetest little bell Santa’s with ‘B’ for Bailey and ‘R’ for Robert.
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The one movie that JL and I watch every single year at Christmas time is Love Actually. It just doesn’t get old, it’s the best! And this year we have invited some friends over for a ‘Love Actually’ evening of supper and movie watching.
Christmas Eve we usually spend at my parents home with all my brothers and sisters if they are not away and the children each get to open one present! Then back at home before we go to bed we leave a note for Santa and his reindeer with some milk and cookies, and carrots too. Christmas morning is spent at home with just the four of us, we then go to church and after that we host a big lunch at home with family and friends. And the last tradition which JL won’t ever let me stop doing, is making the yummiest traditional Christmas trifle!
Caley (of Ellie Love) and mama to Sophie Jade and Ellie Nicole
ALLABOUTME
  • Personalised Advent Calendar for the 24 days before Christmas (fun activities include decorating the tree, making a gingerbread house, Christmas arts and crafts, Christmas baking, reading Christmas stories and watching Christmas movies).
  • Friends Secret Santa – we have a small group of families with kids the same ages so we get together for a Christmas braai and have a fun secret santa for the kids who exchange presents.
  • Buy our real tree and decorate it as a family, with Dad placing the star on top at the end and Mom switching the lights on.
  • Personalised tree ornaments – we love finding new ornaments around the world or for different phases in our lives and placing them on the tree each year, as special memories.
  • Writing and sending our letter to Santa – so much for the kids
  • Family Christmas Shoot – we have a fun shoot for Christmas with just the four of us and we use a favourite photo for our Christmas card.
  • Christmas cards – we print our own cards with the family photo and send to friends and family around the world. I love this old school tradition.
  • Placing cookies and milk for Santa, and carrots for the reindeers on Christmas Eve. Much excitement when it is all gone in the morning.
  • Christmas PJ’s – we all sleep in matching Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve and wake up in them together on Christmas morning.
  • Opening presents. We open presents as a family of four bright and early on Christmas morning and then open family presents with other family members later in the day.
  • Christmas Stockings. We each have a stocking that is filled with small pressies that we open first on Christmas morning.
  • FOUR Presents. This year we have decided to buy four presents for each person: something they want, something they need, something they wear and something they read.
  • Christmas Church Service – we attend the Christmas morning church service on Christmas Day. A lovely sermon and singing carols.
  • Christmas Lunch – we host Christmas lunch outside with our immediate family on Christmas Day. This allows to open pressies together in the morning, attend the church service and then prepare a lazy lunch for our family.
Chereen (of For the Beauty of It) and mama to Noah. 
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We have a few little Christmas traditions that we’ve started since Noah was born, but one of my favourites is an idea shared with me by my friend Kathryn, from Becoming You. Kathryn mentioned that she started buying her kids a special ornament each Christmas, so I started doing the same for Noah. His first ornament is a bright, red bauble with his name on it, which I ordered for him when I was still pregnant with him. Each year, we buy him a brand-new ornament, and the idea is that one day, when he moves out, he’ll take all his little ornaments with him and he’ll have a lovely, sentimental ‘starter’ kit to decorate his own tree. This year has been especially fun, as he’s finally old enough to pick his own ornament (he chose a merry little Santa from Hamley’s). Another tradition that I adore is gifting each other with a DVD that we get to open up and watch on Christmas eve. This year, I plan on buying Noah The Charlie Brown Christmas DVD, which I loved as a child, and I’ve asked for Love Actually. Such a fun way to spend Christmas eve. My love language is gift giving, so I’ve always known that my children would be spoilt rotten when it comes to Christmas presents. In an effort to keep things reasonable, my husband and I made a rule before Noah was born – we would buy four gifts only: something to read, something to wear, something he needs and something he wants (that’s excluding the Christmas eve DVD, of course!) Last year, we made our own gift wrap by stamping Noah’s hands and feet on plain white or brown paper – it was so much fun to do, and our friends and family (especially the grannies!) absolutely loved their gift wrap. This is definitely something we’ll do again this year – and I’d like to continue with this little tradition for as long as possible! So much fun, and it helps ease pressure on the budget, too!
Rochelle (architect) and mama to two boys, Anton and Hendrik
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We spend our Christmas holidays with alternative grandparents every year and with this comes different traditions.
So far one thing is constant –  we try to spend it with as many family members as possible and we usually spend our holiday down at the coast! I have grown up in a household where the religious traditions take preference above all else, but we still like to make it fun and special – especially for the little ones! So far Ewoud and I have taken the same route!
As this is a special family time Anton was christened on the first Sunday after Christmas and this year we will do the same for Hendrik – with so many family members present and everyone being in a festive mood we think it is a great time for this special event!
At our own house we have already set up a Christmas tree and put up a few Christmas decorations – this got us all in a joyous mood and sets the tone for the festive season to follow. As Anton is now at and age where he is starting to understand a bit better I though I would start a tradition with an advent calendar this year – it will be something diy, I will let you know once I know exactly what it entails.
We celebrate with a big Family dinner and exchange gifts on Christmas Eve (24th). A church service on the morning of the 25th followed by tea and cake usually with friends and family that live along the street in Stilbaai – we are very lucky that our family holiday homes are located only 3 houses apart!
The rest of the day will be spent lounging around – playing bull, dad making a potjie or some sort of roast on the fire, swimming and generally overindulging in good food and snacks.
Come the 26th the general consensus usually is that next year we will not eat as much… Only to do it all exactly the same the following year.
MAMA, PLAY, WEAR

A CHRISTMAS TABLE

15th December 2015
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This year I am hosting 3 Christmas dinners! One for our friends, one for my inlaws and one with my family on Christmas eve. Of course it’s all about the eating – I absolutely love Christmas food! But, for me, it’s also about a festive table setting – completely with tinsel, crackers and candles.

Here’s how I decorated the table for Monday night’s Christmas dinner…

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GIFT GUIDES

GIFTS FOR MOMS WHO ARE EVERYTHING FROM COMFORT TO CLOWN AND ALL THAT FITS IN BETWEEN

10th December 2015
GIFT GUIDE FOR MOMS
  1. Block printed scarf, Skinny la Minx
  2. Juno blanket, Mungo
  3. Lulu and Mara Luxury Facial Kit, Lulu and Mara
  4. Delicious Monster bracelet, Henriette Botha
  5. A super cool hat, Simon & Mary
  6. Gown, Bena
  7. Copper candlestick, The Artisan
  8. Delicious monster umbrella, Victoria Verbaan
  9. Famous on the Internet Laptop Sleeve, Zana
  10. Gift cards, Liberty Bespoke
  11. Cha Ching Core #3 bag, Missibaba
  12. Jungle placemats, Aurem Design
GIFT GUIDES

GIFTS FOR TODDLER GIRLS THAT ROCK THEIR BABIES TO SLEEP LIKE YOU DO AND MAKE YOU REALISE THAT LIFE IS PRETTY WONDERFUL

8th December 2015
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  1. Kids apron, Skinny La Minx (R185)
  2. Cloud cushion set, MonoShop (R250)
  3. Toddler milestone cards, Panda Love (R240)
  4. Sort ‘n Shake toy, Yummy Baby (R450)
  5. Socks, HeyMamaMagShop (R110)
  6. Sweet dreams print, Simply Child (R90)
  7. Flamingo cushion, A Love Supreme (R330)
  8. Star garland, Gray Fox (R170)
  9. Fabric doll, Little Black Ant (from R200)
  10. Playhouse, Sons & Daughters (R2800)
  11. Cup and bowl, Simply House (R550)
  12. Glitter crow, Dash of Cute (R130)
GIFT GUIDES

GIFTS FOR BABY GIRLS WHOSE GIGGLE IS MUSIC TO YOUR EARS AND WHOSE HAND DIMPLES MELT YOUR HEART

4th December 2015
gifts for baby girls
  1. Dream Big print, Zana (R110)
  2. Babygrow monochrome face, Little Love (R160)
  3. Handmade fox plush, Little Black Ant (from R320)
  4. Metallic moccasins, Shoo Shoos (R310)
  5. Kiss cuddle repeat flag banner, Zana (from R210)
  6. Kido Toys floating whale, Yummy Baby (R200)
  7. Pink flamingo nappy cover, The Handmade By Me Shop (R350)
  8. Star cushion, Mono Online Shop (R150)
  9. Pastel building blocks, Little Love (R300)
  10. Bunny push toy, Simply Child (R320)
  11. Pink ellie slipper, Wreak Havoc (R170)
  12. Fox baby bedding set, Little Love (from R390)
GIFT GUIDES

GIFTS FOR TINY BABY BOYS WHO TURN YOUR LIFE UPSIDE DOWN IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE AND GRUNT LIKE BEAR CUBS

3rd December 2015
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  1. “Be adventurous” onsie, Panda & Frost (R135)
  2. Star mobile, Sons and Daughters (R200)
  3. Blockbot, Gray Fox (R350)
  4. Monkey toy, Aapie and Skaapie  (R280)
  5. Moccasins, Jim & Bob (R250)
  6. Bunny soother, Wreak Havoc (R185)
  7. Cowboy cushion, A Love Supreme (R330)
  8. Natural wooden transport toys, Eco Baby Company  (from R105)
  9. Wooden car teether, Faithful to Nature (R125)
  10. Alphabet print, Panda & Frost  (R63)
  11. Organic cotton baby blanket, Mungo (R278)
  12. Hedgehog cup and bowl, Simply House (R550)
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