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fun family things to do in cape town for the winter holidays

We’re in the last week of Term 2 and we’re heading towards a long, cold, winter school break! It’s always a bit daunting imagining how we will keep our little people from going crazy with cabin fever. We don’t really want them glued to the TV or the iPad all day, so if you’re not heading off to warmer climes or taking a mini break somewhere nearby, here are a few ideas around Cape Town that will help keep you all happy…

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Table Mountain Cableway
Luckily, Cape Town offers gorgeous, crisp clear winter days too, so it’s a brilliant time for a family outing up Table Mountain on the cable car. Especially when you can take advantage of their Kidz Season special offer which runs until 30 September – one adult ticket gives two kids under 18 a free ride. Bonus!

Watercolour Workshop
A stalwart in Cape Town, Hi Ho Cherry O in Tokai is an institution when it comes to all things educational and fun for children. For the holidays they’re offering 30-minute watercolour workshops for little ones between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, at their store from 27 June – 1 July and 4-8 July. The workshop will teach your kids how to mix palette paints properly and how to produce certain effects in free-style painting. It will cost R50 per session, there will be morning and afternoon slots with two children per session allowed, and your child will receive a set of Italian Giotto watercolour paints too. To book, call Hi Ho Cherry O on 021 715 9033 or pop into the store.

Mini Masterchefs
The Table Bay Hotel‘s Executive Chef, Jocelyn Myers-Adams, has been running cooking classes for kids since April, and for the winter holidays she will be teaching mini chefs-in-training how to make Tomato Beef Bredie (on 2 July) – the perfect dish for a cold, rainy day! The two-hour session costs R300. To book, call 021 406 5988 or email tablebaydining@suninternational.com

Theatre Time
We’ve been to many of the children’s theatre shows at The Artscape and they are always so brilliant. This time you can look forward to an adventure with Noddy and his friends (27 June – 9 July). It’s a lovely morning outing. The Playhouse in Somerset West will also be showing The Wizard of Oz and Little Red Riding Hood.

Sweet Treats
For a milkshake treat like no other, head to the new MyShake Milkshake Bar at Canal Walk. Little ones get the opportunity to build their own milkshake creations from a creamy vanilla base. With over 100 toppings and treats to choose from, they’re bound to enjoy it! Or head to Crumbs & Cream in Sea Point for the ultimate ice cream sandwich – a scoop of their choice of ice cream flavour sandwiched between two giant cookies of their choice. Yum!

There are many more fun things to do in and around Cape Town, but we can’t list them all here. Let us know what you have planned!

— Liza

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it’s the most wonderful time of the year

Although we’re both completely exhausted from a very busy 2015 (no time for curated gift guides over here!) this is such a special time of year for us and we have many festive traditions.

For Liza…
On 1 December, no matter what is happening on that day, I have to decorate the house and put up the Christmas tree. This ritual also includes playing the cheesiest of carols while we don our hats and sing along. My mum hand makes us a new bauble for the tree every year, so we have quite a few lovely ones now. Bailey and Robert get to fill their advent calendar with sweets and in the evening, we play a Christmas movie. This year it was The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot about Christmas. We hang the children’s stockings on the end of their beds, and the dogs’ stocking gets hung near the tree. Last year we started the tradition of all the girls in the family (sisters, cousins, aunts, grannies) going to watch the ballet at the theatre – it’s The Nutcracker this year, can’t wait! On Christmas Eve we usually go to my parents for a traditional dinner if we are not away, and the littles get to open one present each. Then back home before we go to bed, we leave out milk and cookies and carrots, as well as a little note, for Santa and his reindeer. Christmas morning is chaos – Bailey and Robert finally get to open all their pressies – stockings first and then the bigger ones! We go to church and after that usually host lunch at our house. This year we have 13 adults and four children coming over, so it’s going to be super festive. Lunch will be a variety of cold meats – gammon, lamb, chicken and beef, along with some Mediterranean-inspired salads. And then Christmas pudding, fruit cake with slices of cheese (my fave!) mince pies and my traditional trifle which I make every year without fail for my husband – it’s his favourite! Another treat we absolutely cannot go without is White Christmas, you’ve never tasted anything quite so yummy. And last but not least, we always haul out Love Actually and this year we’re starting another new tradition by having some friends over for a Christmassy supper and watching it all together.

Filling the advent calendar

Filling the advent calendar

Getting all the decorations out

Getting all the decorations out

Hoping to eat some treats now?!

Hoping to eat some treats now?!

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Bailey looking rather pleased with her lopsided angel 🙂 *She’s standing on a chair incase you wondered how she grew so tall 😉

 

For Emily…
Growing up in England, I am still amazed by how a hot Christmas still just feels weird. No matter how many times I experience it. I’ve always been a stickler for tradition however and therefore did what I could to make sure the routines of my childhood were carried through. At least I did… until I married a man who cares not one wit about tradition and, well basically I had to start all over again. I have let go of almost all my childhood Christmas traditions, but there are a few that stick.

We put up the tree (I always vowed I would never buy a fake tree…. but now we have and secretly I love it) listening to carols and belting them out at the top of our voices. Jimmy generally denudes the tree as quickly as we decorate so it’s a process, although now he’s two he is actually getting more involved, which was so lovely this year.

Each year, Christmas itself is different. Since my beloved dad passed away we made a decision to not stick to the things we did when he was alive, it was too painful and we missed him too much, so now we do everything different but one thing that has to stay the same is that we are together. My mum and sister Alice, my brother Charles and his wife Barbara and their three kids (and normally about five dogs). This year we are going to Barbara’s parents for three days in Rooi Els and it will be a glorious chaotic time. I am insisting on making turkey (no one really likes it much but I am the only one with any respect for the traditions of our youth) and of course, the much looked forward to White Christmas chocolate dessert that Liza posted the recipe to above.

It’s going to be another break from tradition, another first, and although it’s still hard for me it is okay, I am accepting the fact that it’s just the way we are now and as long as we are together it’s all that really matters. Happy Christmas everyone!

And because you’re not going to find any gift guides here, we suggest you visit our blogger friends who are much more organised than we are. Take a look at Kimmy & Bear, For The Beauty Of It, Hey Mama and I Want That.

Wherever you are this Christmas and whoever you spend it with, we hope that you are happy and blessed and relaxed!

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We’re going to be taking a little blogging break from 11 December till early next year. See you then!

— Liza

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saltwater sandals now in SA!

This is the best news… we’ve been fans of Saltwater Sandals for a very long time…

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As you can see below, I only bought these amazing sandals for the littles (online in the US and UK when family and friends went over and could bring them back for me), but now I can buy right here in SA. Seriously, these are the only shoes that actually last an entire season with my littles – and they’d go for longer if their feet didn’t grow out of them.

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Saltwater Sandals were originally made from military boot scrap leather by a guy called Walter Hoy back in the US in the 1940s. They’re designed to mould to the shape of your foot which works even better when the shoes get wet… that’s why they’re perfect for the beach. Robbie is ready for a new pair and I have my eye on these tan ones for myself!

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You can buy them online here or at selected stores in Jhb and Pretoria – see the website for details. Hopefully they will be coming to Cape Town and Durban soon!

— Liza

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a portrait a month – july and august

We’ve been a little busy and forgot to do our portraits for July and August, so here they are 🙂

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Bailey and Robert at the aquarium

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Bailey and Robert story time

Princess Willow in the meadow 🙂

James, this boy is too much of cute right now

James, this boy is too much of cute right now

— Liza

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h&m’s official launch date, plus more spring news

We are overexcited, today we got word that H&M’s first South African flagship store, which is going to be two floors of heaven at the V&A Waterfront, is officially opening on 17 October from 10am-12pm, with exclusive shopping offers. And on 18 October its doors will be open till 11pm and then every day thereafter from 9am-9pm. We can’t hardly wait!

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Another lovely thing happened today… we saw the announcement from Jane Sews, one of our favourite local designers, that they’ll be releasing a range of shoes for little girls. Eeep!

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— Liza

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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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