win a beard box set from houtkappers

Hooray, it’s the first day of the month of lurrrve and to celebrate, we have a very rad giveaway from our friends over at Houtkappers.

The Beard Box set is a unique gift for the man in your life – Houtkappers offer two types, the Bow Tie Box set (R345) which includes beard oil and a nifty handcrafted wooden bow tie, and the Comb Box set (R365) which includes beard oil and a beautiful handcrafted wooden comb.

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Houtkappers are giving away one of each box set to two lucky readers. All you need to do to enter is ‘Like’ Houtkappers on Facebook here, and comment below telling us which Beard Box set would be best for your man, and why. And don’t fret if your man isn’t of the bearded variety, there’s always that uncle or cousin or brother that you can gift it to :-)

To see more of what Houtkappers offer, visit their online shop.

Competition rules:

  • Entries are open to all those residing in South Africa.
  • Entries will close on Monday 8 February.
  • Winners will be announced on Tuesday 9 February.

— Liza

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valentine’s ideas for him

Need some ideas for your man for V Day? Every year I make my hubby a cheesecake, but these gifts are pretty awesome too :-)

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1/ Mont Blanc Star Classique watch – a classic timepiece that’ll go well with his work wardrobe, or any outfit for that matter

2/ H&M cashmere blend jersey – perfect for autumn as the mornings and evenings get crisper

3/ Davidoff Cool Water EDT – okay I’m being biased here as this is my favourite scent on my hubby, but any of your favourites will do

4/ Houtkappers Beard Box – this box contains a bottle of beard oil as well as a handcrafted wooden bow tie with elastic (so nifty!)

5/ Herschel Supply Company backpack – a very cool way for him to carry all his stuff

6/ Persol shades from Sunglass Hut – because every man needs a pair of Persols at least once in his life

7/ Adidas sneakers – timeless and easy to wear with anything

8/ Beats Pill Dude – you may need to get the Beats Pill speaker too, but how can you resist something so rad?

— Liza

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beautiful pet gear

I’m not quite sure why I haven’t come across Benji + Moon before, but I’m just in love with all their products. Although a tad pricey for our current budget, I’m sure our bulldogs would settle rather nicely into a merino wool bed. It’s certainly a whole lot prettier than their current bed!

Each piece that Benji + Moon sell is made by hand by selected artisans – weavers, leatherworkers, potters, crocheters and needleworkers.

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The hand-felted dog bed is made from 100% Merino wool – the felt making process is an ancient craft where threads of wool are rubbed and moulded into shapes. South African artist Ronel Jordaan collaborated with Benji + Moon to create this masterpiece.

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The woven cat pod is made from sisal by Swazi weaver Khosi Gadlela who uses traditional weaving techniques. Hours of labour and love go into each basket.

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The beautiful ceramic food and water bowls are made by ceramicist Edson Mahlangu.

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The natural leather hand cut belt bag is where you can keep dog treats, poo bags and your phone when you’re out for a walk with the pooches. So cute!

You can take a look at all that Benji + Moon has to offer, and shop online, here.

— Liza

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valentine’s ideas for her

Girls are easy to buy for, but sometimes your man needs a bit of encouragement or some not-so-subtle hints. Here are a few ideas… maybe send him the link or leave your laptop open on this page when he’s nearby :-)

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1/ Opus hanging plant – a bunch of flowers is lovely but we prefer the idea of something that lasts longer

2/ Dear Rae silver knot ring and 3/ Country Road circle necklace – you can’t go wrong with jewellery

4/ Zana soft pot – it can be used to store toiletries, make-up, hairbrushes or as a plant holder

5/ L’Occitane Citrus Verbena fresh shower gel and hand cream gel – full of minty freshness and goodness for your hands and body

6/ Yankee Candle in clean cotton – the best smelling candle you’ll ever own, plus they have a ton of delicious scents to choose from, like Fluffy Towels, Cinnamon Stick, Egyptian Musk, Baby Powder, Black Plum Blossom, Vanilla Lime, White Gardenia and many more

7/ The Girl on The Train – we have still not read this New York Times bestseller but we’ve heard it’s brilliant

8/ Beau Constantia Pas de Nom red wine blend – this smooth-textured red has a ripe, dark fruit flavour with a beautifully rich and structured palate

Look out for our Valentine’s Ideas for Him coming soon!

 

— Liza

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plant love

Compliments of the season to you and yours. I hope it was a wonderful, relaxing and restful time with family and those you love most in the world. Mine was, and I am so grateful.

Back to work now however and our gorgeous holiday in Rooiels and Knysna is starting to recede in my memory as we focus on getting back in to work and my littles starting play school (eek!) and the big excitement of moving house on 1 February. A total dream come true! We’ve started collecting boxes and clearing out already – if anyone has tips on moving with littles, we’d be very grateful to hear your advice as the thought is as overwhelming as it is exciting. After this I am sure we will have some and I’ll be sure to store them up for a future post once the chaos has died down.

I have started my Pinterest board for the decor, of course, and one thing I am decided on is to have a house full of plants. This brilliant guide below has helped and inspired me, as I am helplessly watching my beloved split leaf philodendron wilt and die before my eyes (I’ve had it for years, but it suddenly doesn’t look well.. I moved it to a bigger pot and it’s not adjusting to the space. Anyone know how I can perk it up?)

Plants are the easiest and most affordable way of making a house feel like a home. Take a look at the below for some inspo (I have a major crush on the black and white rug too).

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Please bear with over the next few weeks as I share our packing and moving journey with you. As a full-time working mother of two little ones I am sure it’s going to reveal some interesting sides to my character. Let’s hope they are positive ones!

— Emily

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a picnic fit for a king

Happy 2016 to all of you! How were the holidays? We both had a great time with our families – mostly chaos when we’re all together, but family time is the most precious time isn’t it?

A few days after the littles broke up from school for the year and before we headed off on our mini breaks and family time, Emily and I wanted to spend some quality time together with our little ones. We picked one of our favourite places – the Newlands River – for a picnic. This little haven of tranquility is tucked away in the suburb, under the enormous trees with perfect little picnic spots dotted all along the river. We were lucky enough to be gifted with a picnic hamper from Burger King to celebrate the launch of their new King Snacks. The littles each received beach towels, beach bats, frisbees, caps and water bottles, plus we got to feast on the yummy King Snacks! Each pack contains four chilli cheese bites, four King Wings, four King Nuggets, four King Chicken Ribs, two fries and two BBQ sauces. All that for just R99 and you have the perfect picnic.

We tucked in to the deliciousness, then the littles headed down to the river to catch tadpoles, throw stones and splash in the water. At one stage, Emily and I headed down to cool off too, and when we came back up we found a big shaggy dog enjoying some leftover King Snacks too! Robbie and Jimmy enjoyed a game of bat and ball, although they found it a lot more entertaining to whack the ball into the bushes and then go hunting for it. An afternoon by the river under the warm African sun was the best way to kick-start the holidays!

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so much deliciousness

so much deliciousness

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checking on the tadpoles

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tucking into more chicken nuggets on the way home

Even if your holidays are over and you’re back at work, there are still plenty of summer activities to do. Whether you’re off to your next picnic, beach sunset, mountain walk, music concert, road trip or just a need a break from cooking, we highly recommend you head to your nearest Burger King today and get the King Snack pack!

— Liza

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