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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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a piz buin summer

The first Monday of the school holidays was like, way hot. I had just received some lovely Piz Buin products (my all time favourite sun protection) and I got a spontaneous urge to close up my laptop and take my kids down to the beach. So I did…

I envisioned us on a blanket with buckets and spades, building castles and enjoying the sun and the beautiful surrounds. What I got however was a nasty taste of reality – never go to the beach on the first hot day of the school holidays! It was packed, there were roadworks so it took ages to get there, there was no parking and I realised that I was going to have to be a bit more strategic when it came to fun in the sun this holiday.

Happily my sis-in-law messaged to say she was taking the kids to the river in Bishops Court. It’s a gorgeous little bubbling brook hidden away from the bustle of the city and so I did an immediate u-turn and headed there. It was idyllic. The kids searched for river crabs and skimmed stones, while the babies wandered around in nothing but their Havaianas and loads of Piz Buin to protect them from the sun.

What a city we live in!

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— Emily

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

Bailey: Obligatory funny face for the camera
Robert: Very happy with his summer pyjamas.
Willow: Recovering from a nasty ear infection
James: His new haircut still causes me to tear up sometimes!

— Liza

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