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.

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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 Continue Reading

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: Continue Reading

Black Dolls Matter

When little girls are little, they want to look just like their moms. And so as a white mom of a black daughter, it is especially important for me to do everything I can to help Kira love her brown skin and her curly black hair, even if it is different from my long blonde hair. One of the ways that I can do this is by finding her black dolls to play with because when black children play with black dolls that reflect their beauty they develop a healthy and robust sense of self. But black dolls aren’t just for black kids – when white children play with black dolls they become familiar with racial and physical differences which is so important. Continue Reading