santa’s shoebox happiness

On Tuesday we went to Canal Walk to visit Santa’s Shoebox ‘The Little Elves’ Pop-Up Shop. Situated at the Centre Court, it’s the cutest little cardboard shoebox shop with everything you need to make a needy child’s Christmas a wonderful one.

The standard shopping list for each box ensures each child gets a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, a facecloth, a toy, sweets, a little outfit and some crayons and a colouring-in book.

The Good Hope FM pop-up shop supported by Pick n Pay will cater for anyone who has already pledged as a donor with the organisation and also encourages new shoebox pledges – on-site registration and pledging means you can support the initiative easily and quickly.

“Every year we work as hard as we can to ensure that every child on our name-list receives a pledged box and this year we are hoping that The Little Elves Pop-up Shop will help us to reach new supporters, and to grow our reach even more within the community of the Western Cape. We are thrilled to see our initiative coming to life like this!” said Irené Pieters, National Coordinator, Santa Shoebox Project.

All the filled shoeboxes will be handed over to the Santa Shoebox Project at the CTICC on 31 October. So if you are at Canal Walk this weekend, do pop in and put together a shoebox. We did, and we are so grateful for an organisation like this that puts so much hard work into making sure needy kids get blessed for Christmas.

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The Santa Shoebox Project originated in Cape Town and has grown from a humble 180 boxes in 2006 to a record 118 274 in 2013! The boxes are distributed to more than 1 000 facilities through more than 60 satellites around South Africa and Namibia. The success of the Project can largely be attributed to its personal nature – your box is specific, for children whose names, ages and genders are known.

— Emily

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style crush: charlie may

I stumbled upon British designer Charlie May on Instagram. What first caught my eye was her great hair. But basically every single photo she posts is beautiful. I like discovering designers that I’ve never heard of, especially when their aesthetic speaks to me – simplicity, clean lines, no fuss.

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Charlie May also has a great blog, Girl a la Mode, where she posts about all her trips, projects, outfits etc. I love this look with the high-waisted pants and Adidas slides!

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— Liza

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

Willow: We licked the bowl after making chocolate brownies
James: He’s discovered how to pull out the plug. And turn on the tap.
Bailey: She went camping with dad on the farm this weekend
Robert: Cheeky chops

— Liza

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out with the old, in with sleeeeep!

I mentioned in my last ‘confessions’ post that we were having a spot of trouble in the sleep department. So, after a month of being relegated to the couch Ryan decided it was time to shake things up. We needed to sell off Jimmy’s cot and compactum and get him into a big boy bed.

First thing we did was get onto Gumtree and load the items into the Children’s Furniture section and then we started browsing for a new bed. We were planning on getting a little bed for Jimmy, but found such an amazing deal on an almost new, king size that we ended up buying that for ourselves and shuffling everything else around. Willow got our old double, Jimmy got the single and we got the king size. It’s like sleeping in a glorious, soft, comfy boat. It’s enormous and we got it for a bargain!

Gumtree is such an old faithful friend. We have found everything from our house, to sunglasses and camping equipment on this platform and now we have it to thank for a full night’s sleep.

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There was much excitement. Jimmy’s bed is now the number one reading, jumping, playing place in the house. He hasn’t done much sleeping in it though. Hopefully that is to come. Fingers crossed!

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— Emily

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House of Cinnamon s/s 2014

Last week we went to the launch of House of Cinnamon‘s summer 2014 collection. We’re big fans of the brand and were pleased to see that they have extended their range to include clutch bags and sandals, sliders, brogues and loafers. Handmade shoe heaven!

Flat shoes are reigning supreme right now – even Victoria Beckham has been seen out of her usual skyscrapers. The look is practical chic and low key, and House of Cinnamon’s spring/summer 2014/15 collection is just that. The range has a classic, sophisticated colour palette, as well as bold, brave florals and patterns.

TIP: The new way to wear pumps is to pair them with flowing silhouettes, dreamy fabrics and loose-fitting dresses. Opt for a solid bright or mix prints by contrasting a printed design with a floral dress.

Each pair of House of Cinnamon shoes is handcrafted in South Africa using luxe fabrics and
leather, and each design is produced in limited numbers to retain the brand’s exclusivity.

View the collection online at: www.cinshoes.co.za

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— Emily

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join us for high tea at The Table Bay

We’ve been invited by the lovely Vicki Sleet of I Want That for afternoon tea at The Table Bay hotel next Thursday afternoon. The event will be hosted by Le Creuset in aid of CuppaforCANSA. And we are inviting two (eep, just ONE) lucky reader to join us!

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Le Creuset’s objective with the campaign is to spread the word, thereby encouraging people to host a Cuppa for CANSA tea in order to raise funds for CANSA. It’s cake for a cause, people. What could be better than that?

In order to win this decadent Thursday afternoon with us and a bunch of very cool bloggers, all you have to do is Tweet or Facebook the below sentence and let us know that you have done so in a comment on this post. Simple!

I’ve entered to win afternoon tea at The Table Bay with @the_iheartgirls and @LeCreusetSA #CuppaforCANSA

We’d love to meet you!

There will be some super cool raffle prizes on the day and everyone who attends automatically gets entered into an amazing draw to win R10 000 to spend at a Le Creuset near you!

* Competition open to Cape Town residents only
* Winners will meet us at The Table Bay at 2.30pm on Thursday 23rd October
* Winners will be announced on Friday 17 October

— Liza

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a mom daughter date

It was school holidays last week and although Emily and I have so much work, I decided I had to take some time out to spend a special day with Bailey, just the two of us. She has been unusually needy lately and I feel like I’ve neglected her a little bit – probably due to the amount of stuff going on with work and everything else. There is no guilt like mom guilt so I’m glad we got to have our special day, it made a big difference. She was delighted to have my undivided attention.

First stop, some I Heart Vintage deliveries then to Bread, Milk & Honey for coffee and hot chocolate. We took Bailey’s hot chocolate away in a take away cup and she was so excited that ‘people will think I’m drinking coffee and I’m only five!’. The rest of the morning we spent exploring at the museum. It was Bailey’s first trip to the museum and she loved it. I thought she’d be blown away by the enormous whale skeleton but she was more intrigued by the taxidermy bears and ‘reindeer’ that we spotted through a small glass partition of a locked room. Too funny. We also watched a show at the Planetarium and I got reprimanded by the man in charge for taking my phone out my bag to snap a pic of the fancy machinery (name?) – in front of everyone. Blind. After the show we checked out the reptiles and mammals, did some colouring in in the activity room and then headed to the Waterfront for some shopping and lunch. I hinted that sushi would be nice for me (Willoughby forever!) and Bailey could have a plate of hot chips. But she was having none of that. It had to be spaghetti bolognese. So we ended up at San Marco with all the tourists and shared a bowl of overpriced pasta. Last stop, Charly’s Bakery for a fancy iced biscuit. Bailey picked a girl covered in pink and purple icing. Five minutes later she dropped it on the floor and it broke into pieces. But I reassured her it would get mushed up in her mouth anyway, so there were no tears.

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What a lovely day, lots of fun and cultural too. When the weather’s a little better – we picked a rather chilly day – I’d love to spend some more time in the Company’s Garden. It’s just too beautiful not to appreciate more often.

— Liza

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