Category: Review I Giveaway

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. Continue Reading

WIN a R500 voucher from Kids Emporium with Heart Mama Blog

Kids Emporium is one of the reasons that I’ve wished that money grew on trees – their product range is so carefully selected, beautifully made and creatively designed. In my early days as a Mom I splurged on a Sophie the giraffe which was worth every single cent – she’s been munched on by two of my teething littlies and is still so popular in our home that I often have to break up a squabble over ‘MY Sophie.’

Sigh, kids. Anyway, if you’ve shopped at Kids Emporium before and have your eye on something special, then this competition is just for you! Scroll down to view some of the top sellers (for some shopping inspiration if you win) & for competition details.

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The famous Sophie Le Giraffe needs no introduction.

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Going, going, GONE – Shopping online with Gumtree

Isn’t there something so addictive about buying and selling things online? There is also something very satisfying about finding a really good deal. Just this last week we sold our dining room table to make space for a new-for-us table that has been passed down through the family. It sold in less than a week thanks to Gumtree.

I am always so impressed at how easy it is to sell something on Gumtree and how punctual potential buyers usually are. To be safe, my husband deals with the queries and we use his work location on the Gumtree ad. In the past I have bought a compactum, a cot, an outside table and rented two flats through Gumtree. I’ve also sold my trusty old Tazz on Gumtree. That was a sad day.

It’s easy for me to get a bit carried away scrolling through the Gumtree ads online and creating a wish list of items for the house and for the kids but today I decided to have a squizz and see if I could find anything suitable for my almost 5 year old for his birthday. This is what I found, what do you think?

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Swing ball set for R170 – The dream is that your 5 year old can keep himself entertained for at least 5 minutes!

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WIN: An online voucher from Bright Owl Paper Goods worth R550

Hand-illustrated foxes and zebras dash across pages alongside landrovers and bicycles, sparking imagination in young hearts and minds with a hint of adventure and a touch of whimsy, while carefully chosen words tell little ones that they’re loved and valued.” – Bright Owl

Today I’d like to introduce this beautiful little company – Bright Owl Paper Goods to you! It was created by fellow Heart Mama, Elke Dunaiski, who used her graphic design skills to start her paper goods business in anticipation of being able to work from home when she became a Mom.

Fast forward a few short years and not only has Elke’s business and family grown with the arrival of her daughter in July last year, but the Bright Owl team has also expanded to include prospective adoptive Mama, Celeste, who is paper pregnant and waiting to be matched with her little one.

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I love how Heart Mamas flock together and love the fresh creativity of these two ladies – scroll down to see for yourself: Continue Reading

‘Do your baby’s hair!’ – The beginner’s guide + review of Smooth ‘N Shine by Schwarzkopf

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As a white Mom of three black children, it is so important that I know how to care for my kids’ hair. It’s been fun learning and I’ve got a way to go, but that scene in Grey’s Anatomy where Bailey gives McDreamy a (very) hard time for bringing Zola to school with unkempt hair haunts me to action. I don’t want to be THAT Mom!

If you haven’t seen the clip I’m talking about, here you go: Continue Reading