I Won ‘Best Mom Award’ Thanks To Spree’s New Image Search Feature

Some of you may know that I’ve been on the lookout for a suitable princess dress for Kira for the longest time without luck. Suitable meaning – suitably sparkly, but not too over the top, and a nice price. So when Spree contacted me about their new Image Search Feature, I’d give it a whirl to find a reason to make my girl twirl. (Do you like what I did there?)

So what is this ‘Image Search Feature’ on the Spree app and how does it work? Well, it’s a feature that allows you to either take a live photo or upload and image (from anywhere) and search for a specific clothing item that you may like. Example of this: I see a picture of a sparkly princess dress on Pinterest that I’d love to get for my daughter. But where would I be able to get something like this in South Africa? Well, I can take a screenshot of the dress and upload it on the Spree app and then click ‘search’ to see if they have anything similar in their online store. Spree will list item options that are similar in colour, style and texture too and essentially helping you find similar items on Spree that you can shop right then and there. Which I did!

Here’s how easy it was for me to shop for sparkles with Spree:

Step 1: Find an image of a item that you’re looking for. I was looking for a princess dress similar to the one below in pink or purple. I found this pic on Pinterest: (more…)

How Many Ways Can You Say Hello? WIN This Book & CD by Refiloe Moahloli

“May our children grow up knowing, at the very least, how to greet a fellow South African in their mother tongue.” – Refiloe Moahloli

Sara’s first day of school is full of surprises, but the biggest one of all is that she discovers she doesn’t understand what the other children are saying and she wonders how she will make friends. Her teacher encourages her to find out the many ways one can say hello and so begins her journey of discovery on a hot air balloon across South Africa. (more…)

Stay Snug With Studio Collection This Winter

Brrr, it’s cold in here! These icy winter days and nights are upon us and I’m doing my best to keep thirty little fingers and toes warm at night. Lucky for us, Studio Collection Claremont recently gave our kids the opportunity to choose their own fabric for some brand spanking new duvet covers.

Up until now our kids have slept comfortably with their own thick fleece bankets, but now they’re bigger and get colder (and are mostly potty trained) and so bring on the duvets!  Studio Collection specializes in Bespoke Bedding for Nurseries and Kids Rooms, using 100% Cotton fabrics and the options are truly endless.

As much as the modern chic of Scandi decor appeals to me, I do love a cheerful burst of colour and so held back as I showed my kids a few of the design options on the Studio Collection website.

This is what the Kynie Kids chose:

Ilan chose the Character Stripe fabric from the Dr Seuss Collection. If only he knew that the Grinch was sitting dangerously close to his big toe in this pic!
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Stop The Roundabout, I’m Getting Off!

Most days my life feels like a playground roundabout – the kids are spinning out of control, life is NOISY and someone has lost a shoe – and I wonder how I will survive my afternoon with the kids, let alone parent them to the teen years. Gosh, the pages of my calendar just keep flipping over and it’s already June and so I’ve made the call to hop off the roudabout and just take a minute to figure out how to be present in the moment and not wish away this season of whining and kids chaos (more…)

Cocoa From Cocoa Cherry Is Dark & Lovely Just Like Your Daughter

Social media is just crazy, I love how it makes the world a smaller place and how I’ve been able to connect with so many other adoptive moms. It helps to know that I’m not alone on this journey as a heart mama. I recently spotted Cocoa Cherry on Instagram and ‘met’ Liz who makes the most gorgeous range of fabric dolls and animals. I was so excited to learn that she is also an adoptive mom and this is the story behind the Knysna brand Cocoa Cherry: (more…)