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Unwrapping the Cuteness at Canal Walk

It’s official – we’ve opened our newest store in Cape Town’s bustling Canal Walk Shopping Centre, and we couldn’t be more delighted! We began our journey in 2010, after we welcomed our customers into our dollhouse store in Stellenbosch, and within 6 months, we...

How Screen Time is Edging Out Play Time – and Why It Matters

I have had the eye-opening experience of having children across three decades of my life: two in my 20s, two in my 30s, and two in my 40s. This has given me a unique opportunity to witness firsthand dramatic and profound changes in the very nature of childhood. For my...

Only The Best For Baby: Nutritious and Delicious Homemade Baby Food

Preparing your own food for your baby is easier than you think. Not only is it more cost effective, but more importantly, you know exactly what ingredients are used which seldom is the case with prepacked convenience meals.  If you opt for making your own baby food -...

Maintaining a Healthy Immune System During the Holidays

The holiday season is here and for most that means summer holidays and festive celebrations… with plenty of food, food, and more often unhealthy food consumed! Healthy habits often take a holiday in December - but remember your immune system cannot afford to take a...

I Wish I Wasn’t Needed So Much

I left town without my two small children last weekend. It was a three-day, four-night trip, and I was equal parts excited and anxious about it. Excited as I packed my bag full of girly things, like makeup and cute outfits. Excited to take a eight-hour flight and read...

7 Priceless Gifts All Parents Can Give to Their Children

Parents share a universal hope that their children will live happily ever after, with minimal worries and the ability to be successful as adults. Every parent tries to give their child a strong moral foundation, as well as the necessary life skills to thrive and be...

5 Ways to keep up with your 21st century child

Nowadays there is a growing need for parents to become aware and take heed of the importance of their children’s future in our ever-changing world Instead of parents wondering how to keep up with their children in the 21st century they need to be mindful of the...

Halloween With A Toddler: Fact Vs. Fiction

Adults love Halloween because it's the only time of year when they can pretend all that chocolate they're buying is for other people. It also provides endless Instagram opportunities which is like money to them. Ever since Hansel and Gretel, parents have been obsessed...

Breast Cancer Support For Moms – 8 Ways To Help Mothers With Cancer

No one wants to read this article. I recommend you skip it if you don’t have any female friends. Except you do. And cancer happens. Even to people like you and me. Breast cancer is the number one cause of death in women 15 to 54, according to the National Cancer...

Spring clean your child’s diet

Contributor:  Clinical Nutritionist, Desi Horsman September 2017 Spring is here and what better time to “spring clean” your entire family’s diet. Start by eating more foods that “clean out the clutter”; foods high in fibre like fruit and veggies, whole grains and...

Embrace the magic of threenagers: 10 reasons why 3 year olds rule

Okay, I have to get something off my chest. I don’t think three-year-olds are crazy or bad or out to get us. Is that okay to think? To say? To be honest, sometimes I feel like we live in a world trying to convince us that our toddlers are scheming and plotting against...

Being Too Busy for Friends Won’t Help Your Career

Friendship matters. Everything we do to succeed in our careers is improved when we’re supported by a foundation of strong, stable friendships. Basic research tells us this is so, yet many who focus on their careers run the risk of losing touch with their closest...

Stubborn Kids Are More Likely to Be Successful

Parenting stubborn kids can be, um.... challenging. When you're trying to explain to your toddler for the umpteenth time why socks are necessary in winter or convince your preschooler that green foods truly aren't poisonous, you might want to throw up your hands in...

Children, the gift that keeps on giving…

June was a significant month of awareness for South Africans, well for some of us...with Nelson Mandela day on the horizon we had a constant reminder: for some it was an awakening to give back, for others to be thankful for what they have. Either way Mandela's...

Parents are buying their kids all the wrong toys

The highlight of my son’s speech therapy was always the bag of toys. Years ago, when he was a toddler and the therapist came to our house, he’d wait patiently as she took out one toy at a time and used each to help build language skills. Anxious to boost his progress,...

Food For Thought This Father’s Day

FOOD FOR THOUGHT THIS FATHER’S DAY: Dads Are Nutrition Role Models Too Contributor:  Clinical Nutritionist, Desi Horsman Both parents determine the pattern for the family's habits and lifestyle but it may be surprising to note that fathers play a significant role in...

The third trimester!

The third trimester, and it’s only just begun, feels a lot like being a child stuck in a car with your parents driving. “Are we there yet?” you ask, the answer “no!”. You can see the end but it’s far away, on the horizon. It’s a sick joke, an optical illusion, like...

The host is more important than the invader.

IMMUNE BOOSTING STRATEGIES FOR YOUR CHILD That Naturally Bolster their Bodies This Winter Contributor:  Clinical Nutritionist, Desi Horsman May 2017 “The host is more important than the invader.” By Louis Pasteur As parents we would love to protect our children from...

Rock Bottom!

Everybody has a rock bottom. My rock bottom came when I thought the first trimester was behind me. I inhaled a burrito, it didn't want to stay down and in favour of my persian rug, I opted to instead throw up all over my staircase. And as the warm vomit was running...

Let the hunt begin…

So as the Easter Bunny collects a basket of choclate eggs and hides them around the garden...so someone who is 8 1/2 months pregnant does collection and distribution in preparation for no2. Lists, OH so many lists. Baby needs list, hospital list, things to remember...

The autumn season of toddlerhood…

As the autumn leaves change colours so do the physical, emotional and social aspects of a toddler… Some interesting facts physically, your toddler may gain 4x their birth weight. They may also start running, jumping and improve their balance. Additionally their fine...

Can Valentine’s day be saved?

Look, for anyone that knows me…I love an event! Whether it’s a birthday (mine or anyone else’s), Christmas, a baby shower… you name it, if it calls for celebration, I will celebrate it. So, why NOT Valentine’s day?

When it’s hard to love the human growing inside of you!

I’m not one of those girls who always dreamed of having babies (I’m not saying there is anything wrong with those girls and I’m not saying there isn’t) but I did want to marry this amazing guy with eyes the colour of Turquoise – resort postcard eyes, and the ability to make Hilary Clinton supporters laugh…

Explore through activity

Experience is gained through activity for kids…for us adults we think its a bit of a different story, but is it? I thought we have it tough but I’m starting to see a whole new world of anxiety, frustration, curiosity and fun through Isla.

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