Win with Storytime Club (because reading is rad)

As you probably know, Liza and I have a business called Storytime Club. It’s a subscription-based book club for kids aged 0 – 6 years old, and we’re really proud of it.

To celebrate all the glory of winter, and cuddling up on the couch with a good book, we are giving away a month’s subscription to Storytime Club worth R299. Your child will get three gorgeous, age-appropriate books delivered to your door, hand picked by us (both mamas and trained journalists, as well as devoted bookworms). We understand that not much can beat the excitement of receiving a package through the post (aka courier… same difference right?) and we are so pleased to be able to bring this joy to a new generation of children.

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To enter, all you have to do is upload your favourite photo of your little one/s reading, either via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag #readingisrad, then tell us here that you have done so. Good luck!

Competition is open to residents of the Western Cape only and closes on 14 August. You will be notified by mail.

— Emily

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butter pudding is so darling

I stumbled upon this local brand for little people, Butter Pudding, while admiring the Instagram account of Bailey from Kimmy & Bear. She dresses her twin girls (Florence and Anna) in the sweetest little outfits, and in one of their pics they were wearing little tasselled boots from Butter Pudding that caught my eye. I had to check this label out, and I’m so impressed. The African prints remind me of the little calico dresses my mum used to make for me when I was little. I just love that there are more and more local offerings in terms of fashion for little people. Go check Butter Pudding out!

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— Liza

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we heart cloth and print

Many, many, many moons ago, we attended a creative coffee morning and this is where we met Megan Smith for the first time. It’s so great to see how Megan has channelled her creative energy and talent and poured it into her new business, Cloth and Print, which she launched six months ago. We just love the design aesthetic of this brand. Read on to find out more about it…

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Tell us how Cloth and Print came about
I adore beautiful fabric and have a passion for print. My background is in Textile Design and over the years I have been eager to create my own handprinted collection but have parked it on the back burner until the time was right. I think the real catalyst to begin Cloth and Print came after a creative trip to Jaipur, India in 2014. Being so close to the historic craft of block-printing and being immersed in a culture rich in textiles gave me the impetus to lay the cornerstone of my dream to create my own textile collection. The name Cloth and Print simply expresses my love for fabric and my joy for print… where these two concepts meet, one repeat at a time. 

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I feel inspired by so many little things we find around us. Recently, I found myself mesmerised by the rather arbitrary shadows thrown by roadside retainer blocks, thinking what a great print it would make! But more often that not, I’m drawn to the natural beauty of our surroundings, flowers in particular are a source of inspiration to my work. I find that travel is a wonderful eye-opener especially when we allow ourselves to learn from people around the globe and the creative process they follow. It shakes us out of our comfort zone and broadens our perspective.

Where can we find your products?
Cloth and Print has an online shop where all the products are available, both ready-made and custom orders. I also supply Fabricate in Gardens Centre with most of the purses and bags from the range.

What are your favourite items to date?
I absolutely adore the Clutch & Cover bag which is both fabulous and functional! With a handmade leather wrist strap and available in two sizes, it can be used as a beautiful clutch for a night on the town or an iPad cover during the day.

In just a sentence, tell us what Cloth and Print means to you
Our lives are made up of memories, and Cloth and Print is the curated cultural recollections of my life told in the manner of pattern and print.

And to celebrate the beauty of Cloth and Print, Megan is giving away a tote bag worth R350 to one lucky reader. Simply like Cloth and Print on Facebook here and tell us you’ve done so in the comments below 🙂

Support local, get shopping at Cloth and Print!

— Liza

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outdoor art for the win

We love the new initiative by the V&A Waterfront to bring art to the public. They’ve given a number of sizeable outdoor artworks and sculptures permanent homes around their open spaces and public plazas. These artworks form part of their Art in Public Places Programme which has included artists such as Noria Mabasa, Cameron Platter, Claudette Schreuders and more.

Cameron Platter, V&A Waterfront Art in Public Places Programme

Cameron Platter

Already one of the most iconic cultural hubs in the country, and soon to be the home of the incredible Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) opening in September 2017, the V&A Waterfront has made a substantial commitment to raising the public profile of art in South Africa. Included in this is the idea that the artistry of those exhibiting in Zeitz MOCAA should not be confined within the museum’s walls; instead, it should spill out onto the rest of the property, with the outdoor areas becoming something of an open air art gallery the public could appreciate.

Kyle Morland, V&A Waterfront Art in Public Places

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What a great idea, and a nice way for little people to enjoy art as well (without annoying anyone in a quiet museum or gallery).

— Liza

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win a R1000 hill’s voucher

We’re all big animal lovers over here, and we’re guessing a lot of you are too. Last month we attended the most amazing presentation by Hill’s Pet Nutrition – it was so inspiring and we learnt a whole lot more about the care, research and dedication that goes into every single bag of Hill’s pet food. It’s good stuff!

We also love a beautiful heartwarming story, especially when it involves animals. Watch this video of Skyler (grab some tissues first), who was found by TEARS Animal Rescue in a terrible state. She was given two weeks of love, care and nutritious Hill’s food and her transformation was just incredible. Add new loving, adoptive parents and Skyler is a different dog today. There are so many of these heartwarming stories of how good nutrition can change a dog’s life. If you’d like the chance to win one of 50 R1 000 Hill’s vouchers, visit Hill’s Transforming Lives and share your story! You might even be the lucky family to win a R50 000 holiday.

— Liza

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did you survive the holidays?

And just like that the winter school holidays are done and dusted. What did you get up to? Although it was a bit of a whirlwind – I’m such a stickler for routine and holidays are not about routine – it was all great fun. Bailey had to have grommets put in, and she was so brave. She said afterwards that her ears felt very ‘sensible’. I took the littles to spend a week with my sister and her great, big crazy family in Durban. We had no agenda and just decided each day what we felt like doing. Highlights included hiking in Krantzkloof, spending the morning on the beach skipping through rock pools when it was pouring with rain back home, visiting Mini Town (especially for Robert), riding the cableway over the promenade (terrifying!), playing racket ball and running with my nephews and brother-in-law (thanks sis for babysitting!), visiting my niece at her waitressing job and having her serve us (how to make me feel old) and just hanging out with my special family.

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Here’s a video that my clever niece made of our one morning in Durban. It captures the fun perfectly!

And last week, back home, we spent a lovely rainy Friday afternoon at Cafe Paradiso. The mamas drank wine and managed to actually have a conversation, while all the kids were whisked off to the kitchen to make their own pizzas. Such a great idea and the kids loved it. And if they’re not in the mood for pizza they can also do biscuits or gingerbread men.

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— Liza

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Calling all corporates and individuals – Dedicate 67 minutes to stop hunger now

For 450 000 vulnerable children, giving 67 minutes of your time for Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, 13 July can stave off their hunger for as long as a year.

Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa and Sun International’s GrandWest Casino are gearing up to pack 450 000 meals that will benefit children at the Early Childhood Development Centres supported by Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa.

The initiative forms part of Stop Hunger Now’s global campaign to mark International Mandela Day by packing and distributing meal boxes to those in need. Each meal box contains 36 meal bags, which in turn contain six meals each. Meal bags are planned to deliver optimal nutrition to children. The bags are packed with rice, soya, soup mix and a vitamin sachet containing 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

Between 8.30am and 5pm, GrandWest’s Market Hall will be transformed into a streamlined packing facility with 30 production lines consisting of 20 volunteers each. In total, 600 volunteers, organised into 150 three-member teams working four shifts, will pack a total of 12 500 meal boxes containing 36 meal bags in each.

2015 Stop Hunger Now campaign with Mervyn Naidoo, GM at Sun International's GrandWest Casino

Heidi Edson, Sun International Group Socio-Economic Development Manager said, “We appeal to Capetonians, and especially to other corporate companies based in Cape Town, to join us in making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children. From our privileged position it is often difficult to imagine what it must be like to go to bed hungry every night, but for 3-million South Africans this is a reality. Please help us to make this challenge a reality, and to ensure that 450 000 children can stop worrying about where their next meal will come from”.

Explaining the registration process, Saira Khan CEO of Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa said, “An entry fee of R10 000 will be levied for each corporate team of 20 people. This money will be used to buy the dry ingredients and to cover the basic cost of the packaging. Individuals wishing to participate can do so for a donation of R500. Pre-registration can be done either online via http://www.stophungernow.org/south-africas-million-meal-challenge-for-mandela-day/, or by emailing events@stophungernowsa.org to request a registration form.”

Four two-hour packing sessions have been planned for the day but will be extended to a fifth session. Once packed, the meals will be stored at the Stop Hunger Now warehouse, to be distributed over the next 12 months.

— Emily

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