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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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hello bunbun kidswear

We always get excited when we see new ranges for kids… especially when they are local and when they are designed by a former colleague. We used to work with Carly at Edgars Club magazine, and she is the most organised, calm person you’ll ever meet (she also writes lots of lists, and they’re always neat!) with buckets of talent.

We love these pieces from Carly’s new kidswear range, BunBun. Go take a look at what else is on offer.

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— 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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how are the holidays going?

We’re about halfway through the winter holidays in Cape Town, and so far it hasn’t been too bad. Juggling work and a fun itinerary for the littles is no mean feat but we seem to have survived so far. This is what we’ve been up to…

  • Watching Noddy and Fantastic Mr Fox at the Artscape – their shows are always brilliant
  • Lots and lots of playdates 🙂
  • The Two Oceans Aquarium – always a winner
  • Snow White at Canal Walk
  • Disney on Ice
  • Holiday club at Virgin Active
  • Just chilling out at home!

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Other activities on the agenda include the Cape Wheel at V&A Waterfront as well as the Watershed Play Pad, maybe the Ice Slide at Cape Gate, a Table Mountain cable car ride, The Three Little Pigs at the Baxter Theatre, perhaps a movie or two or a picnic at Kirstenbosch Gardens? There’s lots to do! Let us know what you’ve been up to, so we can have some more ideas!

 

 

— Liza

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PICHULIK’s brave women

Local jewellery brand Pichulik has launched its Brave Women series, an archive of intimate portraits of courageous women that wear Pichulik accessories.

The idea to celebrate these women came from meeting with, “some extraordinary women, some famous and some not, who astounded me with their unique bravery and beauty. The time I spent with them developed into conversations about femininity, intuition and inspiration,” says Katherine-Mary Pichulik.

The most recent woman to be the focus of the Brave Women campaign is Talia Sanhewe, the founder of a production company, entrepreneur and producer, formerly an award-winning reporter. Pichulik explains why Sanhewe was included in the campaign: “The first time I saw Talia was at a coffee shop. I did not know who she was but her beauty and manner oozed joy. I then met her at my very scary interview as Businesswoman of the Year finalist as she was one of the judges. When we finally met again and got to know each other I was struck by her story. It is rich with compassion, courage, vulnerability and authenticity. That’s when I knew that she was one of the Brave Women.”

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Talia was photographed by Tommaso Fisceletti who also shot all the other women in the series that began with Lucie De Moyencourt, an architect, set designer and illustrator. All the women who participated in the series, and who will be introduced as the campaign rolls out, are creators in their own right. View Pichulik’s Brave Women series here.

— Emily

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kiddo clothes you want for yourself

The day has come where I get as excited about clothes for my littles as I do for myself. Which is why Sticky Fudge is such a delight. They have mini-clothes so cute you want them in adult sizes.

Liza shared Bailey and Robert’s wishlist a couple of weeks ago, and here is Willow and Jimmy’s. Don’t you just love!

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Willow
1. Hattie Top, 2. Anna Dress, 3. Madonna Skirt, 4. Faye Jacket

James
1. Franklin Tee, 2. Luther Waistcoat, 3. Oscar Shirt, 4. Tarin Top

— Emily

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