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BABE, GIVEAWAY, MAMA

WE’RE LOVING WOOLWORTH’S LITTLEWORLD (AND A CHANCE FOR YOU TO WIN FOR FATHER’S DAY)

13th June 2018
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A couple months ago I told you all about Woolworth’s Littleworld community that I had just joined. Now four months down the line and I am loving it! As you know, I hate loyalty programs that don’t give me any actual benefits, but I have been enjoying the Littleworld benefits since February!

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My favourite benefit, like any mama’s would be, was the spa voucher – I had the most relaxing afternoon, no kids, hot tea, in a gown being pampered, basically a reason all on its alone to join Littleworld (in case you didn’t know you receive a free spa voucher when you spend R450 or more in your first three months of joining). Of course, the voucher benefits have also been great, there is nothing like having a voucher to spend on your baby’s clothes when you hit the stores. I used both my welcome voucher and the kiddie birthday voucher on some new shoes for miss Francie (seriously, how quickly do their feet grow?!) and on some winter essentials. (FYI: You receive an exclusive welcome voucher when joining as well as a R50 Woolies voucher as a birthday present for your little one.)

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A few of the other things that I love about Littleworld:

The Littleworld newsletter is informative and useful – I love the monthly newsletter, I’ve found the tips pretty useful which I don’t usually find is the case with other newsletters and I have also enjoyed getting updates on Woolies food (since I am there pretty much everyday).

The Facebook group: The Parent Feed (if you haven’t joined yet, best you do) I love being a part of this community of parents who are in the same life stage as I am – we are experiencing parenthood together and are able to share and seek advice from a community who cares.

The contributors are Meg Faure (who I have been a huge fan of since I treated my Baby Sense book like a newborn Bible), Terence Mentor, Jo-Ann Strauss (such an inspiring mama), Bailey Schneider (love her Instagram account) and Zodwa Khumalo (who I have known for ages and is one of the coolest moms I know).

CHANCE TO WIN FOR FATHER’S DAY!

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Now, to celebrate Father’s Day, along with Woolworths and Littleworld we’re giving you the chance to win a R1000 Woolworths gift card. All you have to do is:

  1. Join the Parent Feed Facebook group
  2. Share the Parent Feed group on your Facebook timeline.
  3. Tell us in the comments section below that you have joined and shared the group.

The winner will be announced on Saturday 16th June 2018.

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Ts & Cs apply.

The use of the Woolworths gift card constitutes acceptance of the following terms and conditions:

  • This card is only exchangeable for merchandise in Woolworths stores and may not be refunded or redeemed for cash.
  • No cash change will be given.
  • This card may not be redeemed against purchases made at Woolworths stores outside the Republic of South Africa or any Engen stores.
  • This card is valid for 36 (thirty-six) months from date of issue.
  • This card may not be used to make payments into any Woolworths card or loan account or utilities account.
BABE, WEAR

WE LOVE: GUSS AND SHILO

5th June 2018
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Guss and Shilo is a children clothing collection that is inspired by a life lived outside. We love their simple yet beautiful items. We love it when local brands just get it right.

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DIARY, PLAY

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 

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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MAMA, READ

WHAT WE’RE READING

7th March 2018
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After easing into 2018 during January, February kicked up a gear as we found our new routines and got back to the normal busyness of daily life. Resolutions may have also weakened somewhat already with increased Instagram scrolling at the end of the day. As such my reading dropped to three books this month; three books that could not have been more different from each other – Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, the fluffy A French Affair by Katie Fforde, and the somewhat depressing The Locals by Pulitzer prize winner Jonathan Dee.

I mentioned Shoe Dog last month and it was outstanding! Phil Knight, the creator or Nike, shares his journey as he builds one of the world’s most recognizable brands. I loved seeing what went into starting a business in the 60’s and 70’s, a time of handshakes, long-distance letter writing, and risking it all. Phil Knight’s story also reveals and honors the personal relationships that were key to Nike’s success in an open and heartfelt way. If there’s one book I’m recommending this month, this is it!

Shoe Dog is the perfect example of why memoirs are one of my favorite genres. I love a look at people’s stories and lives whether similar or completely different to mine, their understanding of themselves and their places in the world are so compelling. If you enjoy memoirs here are some of my favorites:
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls: One of my favorite books, this story will break your heart. The author grows up in an unconventional, dysfunctional family yet goes on to defy all odds, through it all her deep love for this crazy family shines through. Eagerly awaiting the movie out this year.
Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming: Did you love Eli Gold in The Good Wife? This is his memoir and it’s a wonderful story of triumph and putting the past to rest. Looking at him now, it’s hard to imagine all he’s overcome to get here.
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller:  Compelling memoirs filled with love, family, heartache, tragedy, adventure, starting over, and Africa.
The Mommy Group by Elizabeth Isadora Gold: I press this book into expecting mother’s hands at baby showers! The author reveals such vulnerability, which will speak to any new mom navigating parenting waters. There is so much truth in this book, highlighting our common experiences as mothers and reminding us that we all need our own ‘mommy group’ to make it!

There are a few books I’m looking forward to this month and Hum If You Don’t Know The Worda by Bianca Marais tops the list. This South African author’s debut novel was inspired by her own nanny and is set in South Africa, I’ve been wanting to read it after seeing it on so many holiday reading lists last year. (There’s another book I’m excited to read that’s linked to one of my guilty pleasures so check in next month for more on that!)

Happy reading!

Follow Hey Good Booking on Instagram for more reading inspiration.

BABE, MAMA, TRAVEL

MUSEUM VISITS WITH CHILDREN

20th February 2018
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Visiting Monet’s Lillies in the Musee de l’Organgerie when Francie was 18months old

When I mentioned that on a recent trip to Paris we took our babe to the art museums, a friend of mine was surprised. She immediately asked what we did with Francie, and if she was bored. It got me thinking about museums or (non child-specific) exhibitions with children, and how this is actually a great activity to do with them. Obviously we don’t spend hours staring at the paintings listening to audio explanations but that doesn’t mean museums and galleries aren’t an option.

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At the Henri Matisse exhibition at the Standard Bank Art Gallery in Johannesburg (Sept 2016)

Here are a few things that we do to make museum and exhibition trips fun for us as a family:

  1. Book in advance. We avoid long queues and long waits by booking ahead so once we arrive things are relaxed, and no one is exhausted or over it already.
  2. We limit our time. Don’t think that you are going to spend an entire morning in the museum. Decided to spend an hour or so there, depending on the age of your child.
  3. Limit what you see. Again, it is not about seeing everything, everytime. Choose a few pieces of art that you want to visit.
  4. Take the time to discuss the art with your child. Talk about what they see – you don’t need to go into detail on the artist or techniques. Talk about the colours, the subject e.g. the ballet dancer or boat, and the shapes. Ask your child what else they see? What they like about the artwork.
  5. Be enthusiastic yourself! Be excited when you see something that you love, and draw on their enthusiasm and experiences. We were so excited to see a Monet’s La Gare painting in the Musee d’Orsay, since Francie loves trains, and we had been on one the day before.
  6. Finally, as you leave the museum buy a book which features some of the artworks that you saw. This way you can discuss them again at home.

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Andy Warhol exhibition at WAM (Oct 2017) 

I loved this comment on one of our Instagram snaps by reader Iriann “Great that you are taking her to all these museums, I’m sure children take in the colours and images and emotions evoked in art in ways we can’t even begin to imagine.”

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National Gallery, London (Oct 2016) 

Check out Rock That Museum Kid, a cool Instgram account featuring kids in museums.

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.

BABE, MAMA, WEAR

I’VE JUST JOINED WOOLWORTHS LITTLEWORLD

5th February 2018
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Let’s face it, Woolworths is our go to store for all things baby (well, actually all things mama and family too). Ever since Francie was a tiny thing I have loved their white babygrows, and now I love their cool kids fashion for little ones so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered their Littleworld loyalty program  — I immediately signed up.

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Nothing bugs me more than loyalty programs that actually give me nothing, seriously what is the point? But Littleworld has already made signing up worth it: I’ve just received my welcome voucher of R100 off (with any R400 purchase on kidswear). And since I immediately stocked up on new items for Francie Sugar I also received a spa voucher — yip, pretty much any mama’s dream (you are rewarded a spa voucher when you spend R450 or more in the first 3 months of joining Littleworld). All I need to do now is book my mama to babysit so I can head off for a massage!

Other benefits that make it worth joining are the monthly gift card competition (each month you stand a chance to win a R500 gift voucher), other vouchers for birthday outfits, and special savings.

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As a member of Littleworld I am also entered into exclusive competitions such as the amazing WIN AN EDUCATION BURSARY WITH R20 000 TOWARDS YOUR CHILD SCHOOL FEES. Francie is only starting school later this year, and already I can’t quite get used to the cost of school fees so winning R20 000 towards fees would be amazing. Every time I swipe my Woolworths WRewards card it counts as an entry. The competition ends on Friday 9 March so get swiping as soon as you are a member!

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I know our readers are huge fans of Woolworths so make sure you join Littleworld, and enter the bursary competition — it’s really a great program.

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To join Woolworths Littleworld click here.

{Photography: Lad & Lass; Robyn Davie}

BABE, MAMA

THIS IS US

5th February 2018
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“The love a parent feels for a child is strange. There is a starting point to our love for everyone else, but not this person. This one we have always loved, we loved them before they even existed. No matter how well prepared they are, all mums and dads experience a moment of total shock, when the tidal wave of feelings first washes over them, knocking them off their feet. It’s incomprehensible because there’s nothing to compare it to. It’s like trying to describe sand between your toes or snowflakes on your tongue to some one who’s lived their their whole life in a dark room. It sends the soul flying.” Fredrik Backman, The Scandal

We hung out with Emma Jane from Lad & Lass Photography in our parents’ garden a couple weeks ago. Here are some of the moments that she captured if you would like to see.

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BABE, READ

5 OF OUR FAVOURITE BOOKS AT THE MOMENT

23rd January 2018
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We have shelves and shelves full of story books but somehow favourites are favourites and those are the ones we read over and over. Francie Sugar (who is 2 years and 9 months old) got a whole lot of new books this holiday, some of which have made it onto our favourites list. Here they are:

1. The Everywhere Bear, Julia Donaldson

We love reading all about Everywhere Bear’s adventure,  spotting the bear on each page, laughing at which book the teacher is reading to the children (one of our other favourites) and of course the rhyming is always great too.

2. Gotta Go, Buffalo: A Silly Book of Fun Goodbyes, Haily Meyers and Kevin Meyers

Francie finds little goodbye sayings like “See you in a while, crocodile” hysterical at the moment so this book is right up her ally. We know them all off my heart now so when we say goodbye to anyone it’s a long rhyming farewell. The book is lift the flap too which is always nice.

FYI: I found this one on Amazon but ordered it through Exclusive books, it took a couple weeks but it worked really well.

3. There’s a tiger in the Garden, Lizzy Stewart

There are so many things that we love about this book: Jeff the giraffe, the grumpy polar bear, spotting the tiger and of course the last page is the best!

4. Pretty much any book by Sandra Boynton especially Pajama Time, Barnyard Dance, Belly Button Book and Thirteen Animals

These books are such fun, catchy and pretty funny too. We know them off by heart and are known to bust out a few moves for the Barnyard Dance and Pajama Time.

5. Thank you Bear, Greg Foley and Good Luck Bear, Greg Foley

The sweetest stories about a bear and a mouse and what friendship is. These books are heartwarming!

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