furniture for little people

We’re at the stage at home where we need to start adapting things to suit the needs of our kids as they grow up. We don’t want their stuff to take over the house and we definitely don’t want it to look tasteless. Two of the most important things on the agenda are finding a beautiful storage unit for the play area and deciding on a big boy bed for Robbie – we’re thinking bunks!

I found some inspiration over at Petit & Small and Kids Room Blog. Now if only I had more money…

I love black and white for a kids room

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John-Louis sent me this one… maybe he can make it?!

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This elephant chair by Korean company Titot is just amazing. Find out more about it here.

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— Liza

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This year’s ELLE Rising Star finalists

The ELLE Rising Star Design Award in association with MrP is presented by African Fashion International (AFI) and the finalists will show their designs at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2014 where the winner will be announced.

As in previous years, the panel of judges had a difficult task when it came to selecting the seven finalists, however in the end it came down to this… Style curator and fashion consultant, Jackie Burger says: ‘The 2014 finalists represent the new generation of designers with a unified modernist vision, a focused confidence and definitive design signature.’

So here they are, in no particular order….

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— Emily

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“A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

All four: A sunny Sunday afternoon braai

— Emily

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black and white is always right

Emily and I were shopping the other day when we realised that after 24 years of friendship and shopping together, we’ve finally grown up. No longer do we rush to the rails hanging with the season’s latest trends and buy the exact same items regardless of whether they suit us or not. Instead, we headed in different directions and straight to the grown-up basics – the pieces that we know look good, that we’re going to wear for a few seasons, that will last.

We also noticed there wasn’t much colour going on. We’re stripping things away and investing in classic blacks, whites, creams and greys. Okay, whites and creams aren’t very kid friendly but we’re going to make an attempt of it. We’re sticking by our new mantra: you can never go wrong in black and white. It’s timeless.

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1. Aldo pumps, R899. 2. Call it Spring clutch, R349. 3. Country Road skirt, R1 399. 4. Country Road silk shirt dress, R1 599. 5. Call it Spring pumps, R349.

— Liza

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how to streamline your schedule

At the beginning of every year I vow that this will be the year I’m more organised – where I’ll make extra dinners to freeze, I’ll never oversleep, I’ll get fit, I’ll take more care of myself, the house, the garden… and then work gets crazy, kids get sick, I get sick, life happens. And all my heroic plans fall to the wayside.

The other night I stumbled upon my collection of Real Simple magazines (don’t you wish it was still sold here?) and an article that really helped me, called The (no) Time Management Guide. Busy mamas, here are some tips for you to streamline your schedule…

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1. Learn to single-task

Because I work for myself, I’ll often be cooking supper and checking emails with my laptop on the kitchen counter. I only end up getting annoyed because I can’t give my work or my littles my full attention. According to a study by a university in California, it can take an office worker almost half an hour to get back on task after being interrupted. So rather focus on one thing at a time, and when your littles are more settled after supper and bath time, then you can focus on your work.

2. Make extra meals to freeze 

When you do have a bit more time in the kitchen, it’s a very good idea to make another lasagne or soup that you can stick in the freezer and take out for those nights that are more manic.

3. Delegate 

If your kids are old enough, get them to make the salad for supper or set the table, even pack the dishwasher after supper. Don’t take on all the tasks yourself, even if you’re a perfectionist.

4. Set boundaries 

If you simply don’t have time to help your mum plan where she’s going to hang her new painting or meet your friend for that long overdue coffee, don’t beat yourself up or feel guilty about it. Give yourself and your immediate family the attention they need, and when you have a moment, then organise to do those things you haven’t had time for. Also remember that you are important and if you need to book that hair appointment or manicure, make time for it. You’ll be happier for it.

5. Consolidate your calendars

If your husband or partner has just as busy a schedule as you, it’s probably a good idea to have one calendar that you share. Print out a weekly calendar and fill out all the activities and appointments that are happening, then stick it on the fridge for all to see. Personally, if we have stuff on the weekend or during the week I’ll input it into my phone calendar and then share it with my husband so that it’s in his calendar too. That’s one way of avoiding the double-booking dilemma.

I hope these have been helpful. Do you have any points that work for you that you’d like to share with us?

 

— Liza

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pumped up kicks

I am on the lookout for some cute sneakers. I haven’t worn kicks outside the gym in years, but I am becoming convinced that they are the missing link in my wardrobe. I have pumps and boots and sandals and my faithful Converse, but kicks are that perfect in-between shoe.

Liza has fallen for the whole sports-luxe trend big time, but it didn’t catch my attention until I saw her in a perfect pair of dusty pink Adidas the other day – she pulled off wearing them to a client meeting and it just worked. I’m now fascinated with pairing not-so-casual outfits with funky sneakers. The contrast of mixing trench coat, leather, chinos or fur with such low-key footwear is utterly fabulous. Don’t you agree?

How do you wear yours?

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— Emily

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“A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Willow: She got a pink braid in her hair.
James: See saw 
Bailey and Robert: Muddy wintery walk to visit the horses

— Liza

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