pencil heads for market day

Every year Bailey has Market Day at school – this will be her last one as next year she moves from pre-prep to prep. I have this habit of finding fun things to make and then delegating the task to others… like the first year Bailey sold sequinned headbands with flowers on them, made by my mum. The second year Bailey sold fudge. Easy enough, you think? Well, after two failed attempts myself, JL had to step in. This year, I stumbled across Mer Mag’s Pencil Holder heads and knew we had to do these. And this time I did help a bit more!

I got a strip of wood from Builders and got them to cut it into squares for me, then the hard part – drilling all the holes into each block of wood – was done by JL. After that, he sketched a few faces in pencil on each block, and then the painting was done by Bailey and myself (with one suffering an attack by Robbie). I think they’re super cute and although they’re not perfect, Bailey is very proud of them and can’t wait to sell them to all her friends.

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Sketching the faces

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Curious onlookers

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Bailey getting her paint on

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Easy does it

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Look how sweet?

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Almost done

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The finished project

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Ta da!

— Liza

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Baking with granny, and Sasko Quick Treats (PLUS: WIN A KENWOOD KMX50 MIXER WORTH OVER R5 000!)

One of my kids’ favourite thing to do is baking with granny on a Friday afternoon. Last week we were excited to try out the Sasko Quick Treats chocolate muffin mix. The perfect accompaniment to an afternoon cup of tea.

The Sasko Quick Treats range are super convenient. With only three additional ingredients needed there is way less cleaning up required afterwards, which is such a plus when baking with kids.

Willow loved the whole experience, especially eating them at the end. They turned out just right. Warm and delicious, with just the right amount of sweetness to get us through a grey, wintery afternoon.

You’ll find Sasko Quick Treats at leading supermarkets (for just R13.99!) with a variety of different options – Vanilla Muffins, Scones, Bran Muffins, Flapjacks, Pancakes, Cookie Mix and Chocolate Muffins.

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Now, to celebrate Sasko’s Quick Treats range we have a fantastic giveaway. One lucky reader stands the chance to win a Kenwood KMX50 series mixer worth over R5 000! We can’t even tell you how jealous we are right now.

Here’s what you need to do to enter…

  • Get yourself some Sasko Quick Treats and come up with your own fabulous creation – we highly recommend you like the Sasko Flour Facebook page for some inspiration (hint: the more creative you get, the better!)
  • Post your delicious Quick Treats creation to our Facebook page, or on Instagram (don’t forget to tag us), or on Twitter (don’t forget to tag us)
  • We will pick two of our favourite creations and trial them ourselves, then we will pick the winner who will walk away with the Kenwood mixer.
  • Get baking!

IMPORTANT: You have until 31 July to submit your fabulous Sasko Quick Treats creation. The winner will be announced during the week of 10-14 August. 

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Form and function are combined to ensure the most simple to the most indulgent recipe can be created. The mixer comes with a full pastry kit and is ergonomically designed for easy front access and easy operation.

— Emily

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have we told you about jim & bob?

When our boys, Robert and James, were born in 2013 we really struggled to find them some super cute baby shoes that were not only comfy, but cool too. We loved the idea of leather moccasins but couldn’t find any local ones that struck our fancy, so we took matters into our own hands. My hubby helped us with the first few prototypes and patterns, we set up a store on Hello Pretty, and eventually we hired the exceptionally talented Christina to do the sewing. We also did a really sweet photo shoot with Jim & Bob (the namesakes) and some of their friends! You can order moccasins for your littles through our Hello Pretty store, and please like us on Facebook :-)

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Here are the lads – Jim (right) and Bob (left) in their super soft and comfy moccs

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Precious Zac was not happy about being alone with the elephants on the bench

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Gorgeous Levi (also Bob’s cousin) was the perfect little model

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Beautiful Stella (also Jim’s cousin) acted very coyly for us, when in real life she’s a firecracker!

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We don’t do all outer soles with buck skin fur (only for the little ones still crawling or not yet crawling)

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Beautiful Kaia stole the show, she was born to be in front of the camera

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Photos by John-Louis West, clothing by Cotton On Kids

— Liza

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Littles woodwork with Houtkappers

My precious nephew Harrison had a party this weekend to celebrate the ushering in of his sixth year. A big year by all accounts and one that deserves the very best of parties.

His was a celebration of all things boy, which the girls turned out to love too. It was a woodwork party hosted by local wood crafting company Houtkappers.

It’s basically the most ingenious idea – refreshing and massive amounts of fun, plus they get something really worthwhile to take home with them.

Houtkappers arrive with everything your little guests need to make something great, on Saturday they made bakkies. It’s a simple idea, but complex enough to keep the kids busy. Harrison’s friends so loved sanding and putting together all the pieces of their trucks. Some took hours over sanding each wheel, others were more interested in the banging part. But they were all able to go at their own pace.

The Houtkappers team were on hand throughout, throwing out encouragement and assisting when kids got stuck.

Willow nobly made a truck for Jimmy, which he has carried around with him ever since.

If your little one is having a party soon, or you’re looking for a unique new idea for a function, you can find out more about them here. They also do woodwork classes.

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Each kiddo gets all the bits they need

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Start with sanding

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The Houtkappers team keep a close eye on proceedings

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Harry at the head

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Checking wheel alignment

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Harry proudly showing his bakkie.

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Willow making one for her “brusha Jim Jim”

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The girls took a little longer to get involved, but once they got going you couldn’t tear them away

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Showing off the finished product

— Emily

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sasko quick treats are a treat (Plus: win a kenwood KMX50 mixer worth over R5 000!)

One of my favourite activities to do with the littles is baking, because the reward at the end is so sweet, for everyone. There’s always more of ‘Can I lick the spoon yet?’ and ‘This dough is yummy’ than ‘Let me help whisk the eggs’ or ‘I’ll measure the flour’. It usually gets a little crazy when we’re all in the kitchen at once – sometimes many hands make more work! So when I spotted Sasko’s Quick Treats range, I knew I had to try it. They had me at ‘quick’…

You’ll find Sasko Quick Treats at leading supermarkets (for just R12.99!) with a variety of different options – Vanilla Muffins, Scones, Bran Muffins, Flapjacks, Pancakes, Cookie Mix and Chocolate Muffins. And the best thing? You’ll only ever need to add three ingredients – the rest is all done for you.

I decided to try Cookie Mix – my littles love biscuits and there’s something about a homemade cookie that is just so much nicer than a store-bought one.

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All I needed to add was butter and an egg (I chose to include choc chips, because who doesn’t love a choc chip cookie?)

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Bailey and her friend took rolling the dough and placing the cookies on the baking sheet very seriously (all the while sampling the cookie dough, of course)

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The old-school ‘squish with a fork’ trick

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Cookie dough monster

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The easiest batch of cookies ever made, and the yummiest too (crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle!)

Now, to celebrate Sasko’s Quick Treats range we have possibly the best giveaway we’ve ever had on the blog. One lucky reader stands the chance to win a Kenwood KMX50 series mixer worth over R5 000! We can’t even tell you how jealous we are right now.

Here’s what you need to do to enter…

  • Get yourself some Sasko Quick Treats and come up with your own fabulous creation – we highly recommend you like the Sasko Flour Facebook page for some inspiration (hint: the more creative you get, the better!)
  • Post your delicious Quick Treats creation to our Facebook page, or on Instagram (don’t forget to tag us), or on Twitter (don’t forget to tag us)
  • We will pick two of our favourite creations and trial them ourselves, then we will pick the winner who will walk away with the Kenwood mixer.
  • Get baking!

IMPORTANT: You have until 27 July to submit your fabulous Quick Treats creation. The winner will be announced during the week of 10-14 August. 

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Form and function are combined to ensure the most simple to the most indulgent recipe can be created. The mixer comes with a full pastry kit and is ergonomically designed for easy front access and easy operation.

— Liza

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style inspiration – Maggie Gyllenhaal

Last week I indulged in such a great series, the political drama The Honourable Woman.

Set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it’s gripping, complex, beautifully shot and features the magnificent Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Great storyline and acting aside, it’s Nessa Stein (Maggie’s) power-woman wardrobe that is the most breathtaking part about it. Stein is an Israeli-British heiress who has taken over her deceased father’s business while trying to further Israeli-Palestine peace…

While doing so she single handedly redefines the working woman’s wardrobe. I couldn’t get enough.

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Nessa wears a wardrobe that most woman can only dream of – Roland Mouret, Stella McCartney, Jil Sander, Escada, Pringle and vintage Chanel, with the 1970s Yves Saint Laurent-inspired silk blouses and wide-legged trousers created especially by Hilary Marschner. Drool.

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I love this quote by her costume designer Edward K. Gibbons (stolen from Fashionista.com):

“We wanted to set her apart from the establishment she was entering into to show, although she was now becoming a peer to the realm and supposedly very British, she wasn’t that person,” Gibbon said. “Stein wasn’t using power dressing in a cliche way of women who want to be on par with men,” he explained. “She was above these men already.”

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— Emily

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sunnies for spring/summer, plus win some vogue colourbands worth R1 250

We’ve been rather spoilt this Cape Town winter with all the sunshine and beautiful days we’ve been having. Although we fear it’s going to be a cold, dreary, very wet August. As much as we don’t love the rain, our dams and rivers need it so we’ll put our heads down and get through it. At least we know that spring is coming, and then summer!

And what better way to welcome the new seasons in than with a gorgeous new pair of sunglasses? We went to the Luxottica spring/summer preview a few weeks ago and have our eyes on some beauties! There are some pretty spectacular frames too (both of us are spectacle wearers).

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And because we haven’t done a giveaway in quite a long while, we thought we’d offer you, our lovely readers, the chance to win these awesome Vogue Colourband sunnies worth R1 250! All you have to do is share the Facebook post or retweet the Tweet or leave a comment here why you need these in your life. Simple!

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I Heart Your Outfit

Entries will close Friday 17 July at 5pm. Winner will be announced Monday 20 July.  

 

— Liza

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