Does your black daughter love her hair? This Sesame Street song will help.

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I’m still very much a beginner when it comes to caring for Kira’s hair, but I’m learning something new every day. I want Kira to grow up knowing that I took a proper interest in her hair and that I didn’t outsource all of her hair care because it was too much effort for her white mom. Because it’s not too much effort. Heart mamas, we have a responsibility to learn how to look after our daughter’s hair and teach them how to do it themselves. Find a ‘hair mentor’; learn what products work for your daughter’s hair; learn what ‘curl type’ means and do everything you can to help them love their hair even if it doesn’t ‘look like mommy’s hair’.

The writer of Sesame Street created this song when he noticed that his adopted daughter was starting to feel unhappy that her hair didn’t look like the Disney princess hair she saw on TV. I just love this cute catchy song, it’s a winner! Kira and I watched it six times this morning and I think we’ll keep watching it until we know all the words and can sing along.

After we watched this video, it was time to comb out Kira’s hair and get her ready for church. She loves the idea of combing more than the actual combing and she still wriggles around a lot more with me than she does with her teacher, but I love that she really does love her hair!

Let me know if you’re daughter enjoyed ‘I love my hair’ as much as mine!

Predo nappies have arrived in SA – WIN 3 x Jumbo packs!

WIN 3 Jumbo Packs pngYou may have seen me rave about this newest brand of nappies to hit South African shores over on Instagram and I must admit that I am a proper fan. I was sent a pack to test out on my kids and I found that the quality matches the popular SA nappy brands already on the market. Predo nappies  offer a snug comfy fit with an elasticated band, are hypoallergenic and have that powdery fresh ‘new baby’ smell. (Warning: new baby smell might make you broody!) Oh and the Predo branding is gold and turquoise which is stylishly gender neutral and fab.

You can follow Predo Baby SA on Facebook to find out more about local stockists and specials. They are also currently available online at Takealot.com and retail for competitive prices. OR you could also just scroll down a bit and enter the giveaway to win a month’s supply of nappies right here!

So, hands up if you’d like to WIN 3 x Jumbo packs of Predo nappies? Here’s how:

  1. Comment on this blog post with the name & nappy size of your little one.
  2. Like & Share the pinned Facebook post on Heart Mama Blog
  3. Tag a friend on the Facebook post to share the love!

The competition closes on Friday 12 August at 12h00 and the winner will be selected via Random.org. The winner drawn must have followed all necessary steps above in order to qualify for the prize. Competition is open to South African residents only and delivery of the prize will be made to your doorstep. Good luck mamas!

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The Kynie Kids have new threads! Our online shopping Spree with See-Saw

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So I had my first online shopping experience with Spree recently and the Kynie Kids are now looking pretty sharp if I do say so myself. When my delivery arrived (a mere one day later), I announced to Twitter that ‘You know you’re a Mom when kids’ fashion is important, but your jeans are two seasons old.’ Yip, this is what happens when you’re a Mom!

We selected some gorgeous items from See-Saw and the best part is that everything fits! I’m always a bit wary of buying clothes online but the See-Saw range was spot on with their sizing. You can have a look at their range here: www.spree.co.za and by selecting ‘See-Saw’ under brand. Here’s what we chose with a budget of R800:

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Click PLAY to see some Boomerang smooches between siblings who are feeling pretty stoked with their new clothes.

 

If you’re like me and haven’t bought from Spree before, this is all you need to know: Free delivery for orders over R250. 30 days free return and R100 off if you’re a first time shopper and you sign up to their newsletter. What’s not to love?

Happy shopping!

Why I cried when my son got into our Grade R school of choice

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If you’re a mom whose kid is three turning four then you may have been through the Grade R application process, but if your kid is four turning five then you know ALL about the ‘interview process’ which is the most gruelling part of this journey. The subtle and not-so-subtle vying for a spot for your kid can bring out all of the stress and all of the ugly in any ‘prospective parent’. It’s tough out there! Everyone just wants the best for their kid.

I’m a white Southern Suburbs mom of a black son who is ready for big school next year and we want the best for him. I don’t want to make too big of a deal of it, but it is kind of a big deal and choosing a school has been one of the hardest decisions in my life so far. My husband and I want Ilan to go to a great school so that he can get a great education that will expose him to opportunity in life, but we also want him to go to a school that is diverse with diversity reflected in the school body as well as the staff room. Sadly you can’t have your cake and eat it at many schools here in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town and I blame apartheid. (more…)

Savour special memories this Father’s Day & WIN an A2 stretched canvas from PrintWild

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Guys, why have we stopped printing photos these days? I remember back in the day (waaay back) when we used to develop every single spool of film and then eagerly march around the shops while we waited the one hour for them to be developed. I loved it! Modern technology means that we can capture great pics so much more easily, but the flip side is that we just don’t get around to printing them. Digital albums are great, but I know I’m not the only one who has wept over lost photos when a phone has been stolen, when digital files have somehow been corrupted or when your hard drive has crashed. I say, ‘Let’s bring back the printed photo that will stand the test of time!’ Yes, that’s what I say.

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
― Karl Lagerfeld

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How to explain Youth Day to your 5 year old

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Have you told your kids why today is a public holiday in South Africa? Here’s how I tried:

Before you were born we had a bad president who had a bad government. This president said ‘white people you must live here’, ‘coloured people you must live here’ and ‘black people you must live here.’ He said that white people can’t be friends with black people. This was very wrong. One day the government decided that all the kids need to learn in Afrikaans at their schools, even the kids who only knew how to speak Xhosa or Zulu. This wasn’t fair because it’s hard to learn in a different language that you don’t know. The government didn’t want the black people to get too clever which was very wrong.

One day these children (they were actually big kids) from three different schools in a place called Soweto decided that they had had enough and made a plan to get together for a peaceful protest. They all got together early on the morning of June 16 to march to the stadium.  Their principal said, ‘Good luck everyone. Please be peaceful and behave well.’ All the children were very excited to march and sang songs together – there were about 10 000 kids all together. (more…)

Eureka, it’s International Bath Day! WIN a Yookidoo Bath Toy worth R600

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Legend has it that on this day, exactly one week before the beginning of summer, Greek mathematician, scientist and scholar, Archimedes, discovered while taking a bath that an object’s volume could be accurately measured by being submerged in water! Unable to contain his excitement, Archimedes leapt out of the bathtub and yelling “Eureka, Eureka!” as he ran through the streets of Syracuse, Greece.

Bath time has always been a highlight of the day in our home and I look forward to it too because despite the inevitable wild splashes (and sibling squabbles), the kids are contained and they’re getting clean! It’s a fun, watery play pen. Our kids love playing with their plastic tea set and they have an assortment of bottles for decanting and pouring. Water play is a great way to learn the basic properties of physics such as empty/full, float/sink, heavy/light, and cause and effect all while having fun in the tub. (more…)

Meet the Mama – Marileze Feldmann, single Mom who adopted in her 40s

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Let’s hear from Marileze, a Heart Mama who became a Mom in her 40s by welcoming little 8 month old Nina Katlego into her family. Thank you for sharing your story, Marileze!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your family.

I’m a single white female from Springs, Johannesburg, who adopted a child in my 40s. I’m a qualified bookkeeper, working as a credit controller at a French freight company and currently studying further toward a Project Management Diploma. I have Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and have never been able to fill my heart’s desire to become a Mom naturally. I decided in 2014 to take a chance and try adopting a family. It worked and 8 months later I had my daughter! (more…)

Has adoption been fixed yet? #fixadoptionSA

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Well, the answer is not yet but we’re getting there! I’ve loved being a small part of Team #fixadoptionSA, led by Arise Cape Town‘s Director, Steven Nicholson. On behalf of all adoptive parents in South Africa, we want to say a massive thank you to Arise for putting your time and resources behind this campaign!

Let’s have a look back and see what Team #fixadoptionSA has been up to and how close they are to their goal.

Phase one: Way back in April, Arise  launched #fixadoptionSA with an open letter to Home Affairs Minister Gigaba. Home Affairs was given two weeks to respond with answers to their questions:

1. What is the process for changing your adopted child’s name?

2. How do you apply for your adopted child’s new unabridged birth certificate? (more…)

#DIY because anybody can – Ilan’s loft bed upcycle with Gumtree

Have you checked out Gumtree’s new mobile app? Gumtree challenged a few of us bloggers to summon our inner Suzelle by purchasing an item with their mobile app and then giving it new life with a little bit of love and some DIY. The app is super user friendly and I easily found an awesome raised loft bed for my almost five year old son under the ‘Baby & Kids – Children’s Furniture’ category.

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Ilan was super stoked with his new ‘big boy bed’, but just as soon as we gave him his ‘new’ bed, we had to take it apart again to fix it up! This is the before pic:

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So, what did we do to upcycle this bed? (more…)