I am one of five and two of them have three of their own. My choice to have one child often sparks interesting conversations, sometimes even heated debates. Is there a right or wrong when it comes to the number of children you choose to have, more specifically does it negatively impact on the child? … Continue reading Pro’s & Cons of being an only-child
Kite Days A kite, a sky, and a good firm breeze And acres of ground away from trees. And one hundred yards of clean, strong string-- O boy, O boy! I call that Spring! Mark Sawyer The wonderful sense of freedom associated with flying a kite is priceless, which is a bit paradoxical if you … Continue reading For the love of air, wind and flight…
As part our appreciation for Agriculture, we visited a few beautiful farms in and around the Hermanus area. I can't get enough of the simple life so many people are creating for themselves on the little pieces of land. What could be more fulfilling than producing your own food, let alone share your surplus with … Continue reading The joys of a simple life
Why do we celebrate Mother’s day when I would really like to celebrate my daughter! Being Mishka’s mom is the greatest honour and joy of my life. I get to spend time with this amazing person who wants to spend time with me too. It is just the most overwhelming feeling of companionship and admiration. … Continue reading 5 Tips to build a lasting Mother-Daugther Relationship
Projects with heart and soul, a conservation goal and community upliftment motives are exactly the kind of good news stories we love to tell. We want to thank Heart of Abalone for taking us on this very special private tour to admire the wonderful work of Abagold Farm in Hermanus. Heart of Abalone is the … Continue reading Sustainable Farming
WoolVreign was born out of a need to share the miracle that is wool with all babies. The small farm, Blauwkrans-Wes, situated between Graaff-Reinett and Jansenville in the Karoo, Eastern Cape was the starting point and is still the heartbeat within WoolVreign. This is a beautiful area, but so hard, arid and mostly very dry … Continue reading Cuddle up with a fleece
I still remember the day I discovered Matsidiso, it was after many Pinterest pins and never finding anything remotely close to what I see from overseas manufacturers. I always dreamt of being able to go to Italy or Spain to get my very own genuine leather, authentically handcrafted shoes! But then out of nowhere, I … Continue reading Ethical shoes
We were rushing out to a dinner party at friends and Mishka kept on going back to her room for more doll accessories: "no mommy I have to get her bottles because we will be away for a long time and she will get hungry, no mommy I have to go back for her blankie," … Continue reading Local Toy Maker
After spending a beautiful day at Landmeterskop Farm, surrounded by hatchlings and sheep I realised how little time our kids spend on farms these days. I was lucky to have two uncles and grandfather who farmed. Many holidays were spent on these farms. During those visits, we waited for the cows to come home for their … Continue reading 10 Reasons to teach your kids about farming
Join us at High Season Farm to learn all about Veld and Sea Foraging with Roushanna Gray!
Nothing quite nourishes the soul like a morning spent with your kids in the garden. We do this often, but very few of us know how incredibly fertile and productive our immediate natural surroundings are. Foraging for our own berries or herbs can be immensely satisfying and tunes right into our beautiful primitive nature. Our … Continue reading Veld and Sea Foraging Event
To us, it is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb after his crucifixion. We are grateful that He died for our sins, it gives us hope every day. We love spending time together as a family, even though we are a small family now, living in Hermanus, far away … Continue reading The meaning of Easter
Their concept is simple, their food absolutely delicious! I’ve always been very sceptical about ready meals because we’ve been brought up to believe that nothing in a box can ever be as good as mum’s! So the stigma died very hard for me. I am a true believer of making everything from scratch, be it … Continue reading Best ready meals for baba, mama & papa!
Mindfulness should be practical whether you live on a farm or in a city-centre apartment. It IS for everyone. If you are in the moment, you are mindful. Being in the moment is about getting out of your head and into your body, experiencing what is here and now, not regretting yesterday or fearing tomorrow. … Continue reading Is mindfulness easier on the coast?
As promised, a little bit more about Fairy Caravan’s Stories and Activities. Diana learns to meditate Diana Dassie used to be a bit of a worry-pot. “What if I’m late for school?” “How will I get dry if it rains today?” “What if there’s a spider hiding under my chair?” One morning, walking and … Continue reading The Story Club
Liesl van der Hoven - what a remarkable woman! The creator of Fairy Caravan, the story therapist, the inspiration of mindfulness, to me and to many children. What an absolutely genius idea! “Liesl is an artist, story teller and the owner of Fairy Caravan. She creates handmade toy characters using her illustrations printed on fabric. … Continue reading Tangible Stories
We became aware of the concept of mindfulness when our lives started moving too fast for us to make sense of it. One moment you are dating and living in a little apartment, the next you have a home larger than you ever imagined, a child in pre-school with activities every afternoon, keeping up with … Continue reading The M word
I was so lucky to find Gillian Coetzee! What I love most about her work is the depth and natural tone of her photographs. She has insight into the message I want to convey and captures essential moments and expressions as it happens.
Add a bit of quirkiness to your life with with Mevrouandco’s tongue-in-cheek T-shirts. Soft and comfortable with Afrikaans sayings to capture those unique moments!
Everything you need to take your kids and all your stuff to the beach and other outings. Our tribe was born in the sunny town of Ballito, South Africa. We value family life and the easygoing outdoor coastal lifestyle. We are a tribe of adventure seekers and world explorers. Our mission is to inspire families to … Continue reading Little Beach Tribe
Quirky oversized knotted cushions are beautiful accessories to brighten up a room and endless fun for Mishka to play with. Koosh-uhn is an online store that designs and creates products for little ones, homes and special occasions. We love custom designs so please contact us with your ideas so we can bring them to life.
Part of our journey to a slower life is finding alternatives to mass production. The majority of relatively affordable linen and soft furnishings tend to be made of synthetic fabrics and dyes, mostly to cut costs and to stock the fast-growing one-stop-shops (all of the major food chain stores now stock décor). That is why … Continue reading Printing with Nature
Rosie-bee is a small business run from our family farm in the beautiful Limpopo province. My inspiration comes from my little girl and also from my background as a botanist – I love unique floral and nature-inspired prints. Childhood is about fun, imagination and a bit of whimsy thrown in the mix – and that is … Continue reading Rosiebee Children’s Clothing
How many times a day do we say I loooove this or looooove that. We even say I love you to our loved ones, often but not always affectionately or with meaning but just out of habit. In celebration of St. Valentines day, a day which is now merely a day of expecting gifts and … Continue reading Love is…
Totemteepee creates fun play tents and absolutely personalise it to your taste and colour scheme. Our teepee goes from room to room as we move the fun from room to room. We even take ours along on our yearly caravan holiday.
All our wooden goods are handcrafted and made with love. All items are hand painted, and colours may vary from images. Please feel free to discuss all custom orders or ideas. We love to help your ideas come to life. ROSE AND VICKORY CO. offers modern and unique handcrafted decor, educational wooden toys and an … Continue reading Rose and Vickory Co.
Two friends, sharing a love for tassels, pompoms and everything woven. All made by hand in South Africa! One of our most beloved and practical items from their online shop is the Moses Basket. We comfortable carry all our beach essentials in this large woven basket. They sell the most beautiful African baskets, from Laundry … Continue reading Perfect Imperfect
We are serious about the word HANDMADE. We love using locally woven fabrics. We adore all things cute and pretty. The most adorable Pinocchio toy we have ever seen and this is just one of many of Little Handmade's creative items. Rompers and onesies with unique slogans to celebrate every memorable moment in your little … Continue reading Little Handmade
Simplicity, comfort and fun are all words to perfectly explain kiddies clothing from Tonian Closet. From baby to toddler to little girl, these beautiful and practical clothes make every day a fun day for your little one.
The most creative and soft hand-made dolls can only be from Kara Kenya. Made to order Heirloom dolls, hand embroidered and painted by hand. Made out of 100% Cotton. Perfect for gentle play or as an art piece for your room.
One of my first suppliers was Bear Bear & Me. Comfortable and pretty shoes are irresistible! A beautiful vintage inspired footwear collection created by award-winning fashion designer Carmen Rochelle. Our footwear collections are classic, stylish and sometimes quirky and are inspired by shoes worn throughout the decades. Our brand aims to focus on hand-made artisanal footwear aesthetics with each … Continue reading Bear Bear & Me
Hi, I am Nytjie from Opgedollie. I often get a giggle for the name, but I like that it explains exactly what I do. I am a proud mommy of two beautiful kids, Vaughan and Livé. Opgedollie is my passion, I am a Professional Makeup Artist but, ARTIST best describes me. My most successful product … Continue reading OPGEDOLLIE
Mossie Handmade is a true gem! Beautiful and well crafted felt toys, shoes and decorations. Perfect for every occassion. Nicolette van der Westhuizen's attention to detail is what makes her felt goodies stand out. Craftmanship! I started Mossie in March 2010. The name reflects my love for birds and the Mossie is a very humble … Continue reading MOSSIE HANDMADE
There was only one, the perfect choice for creating Mishka’s mermaid outfit – Lienielief! This beautiful and creative mermaid tail and top are just two of many of Arlene’s crochet projects. She started out with the all comforting and universal (but essential item) – The Blankie. Those nimble fingers were made for bigger things. She … Continue reading Lienielief – Next Level Crochet!
Family photo shoots need not be as dreaded as most people find them to be. With the right attitude and preparation, it can actually turn into very memorable moments, stories to tell and photos to show. Over the years I have learned a few things to make our family shoots worth the effort and expense, … Continue reading FOUR tips for a successful FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT
Some idols never go out of fashion. Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” was popular when I was in my teens, but I do remember my youngest sister being absolutely besotted! Times change, but classics stick! Mishka is in love. To add to this inspiration she was told a little story by my dad. A story which … Continue reading Beach Party!
The hustle and bustle of Christmas is now just a memory but before we start our year officially, I love to reminisce about the beautiful moments we shared, mainly to prolong the wonderful festive spirit. Who can forget those dreaded days before going back to school! This is an antidote to that awful feeling, dwelling … Continue reading Reminisce…
My idea of Christmas was very much influenced by my Mom's idea - Spicy, rich and white. Her idea of the festive season, in return, is rooted in years of English Christmas traditions and the many beautiful Victorian magazines she collected over the years. We would spend some Christmases with my Mom's family, others with … Continue reading Summer Christmas…
On land, at sea, in forests and mountains, there is food all around us, we just have to open up our senses and reconnect. When I saw this, I was immediately intrigued! I signed up! Definitely a delicious wild adventure! Throughout our lives, we take long walks on the beach, explore a few rockpools and … Continue reading Veld and Sea…
Hunter-gatherer primal instinct we are told is embedded in our beings and that it can still impact on our choices in life, particularly in terms of our outlook on our roles in society and our relationships. Living a slower life for me goes hand in hand with exploring these primal callings. To collect what nature … Continue reading from picking to foraging…
We discovered these little creatures a while back and I had to just share this with everyone! 100% Natural and cruelty-free handmade toys! I would love to introduce the creator of these unique characters: Meet Corja: Taaibos has always been a name very close to my heart and at the age of 3, I had … Continue reading from farm to felt….
When Ian and I met, I had a little Pekingese, he fell in love with her (too). What an unconventional pair, tiny Pekingese and this 1.8 m tall man, Phantom fitted right in the palm of his hand. We were not married for long when we had to get another one, a friend, little Tammy, … Continue reading A friend like no other…
This is a very special monthly feature. I want to share with you the wonderful women in my life. Ordinary heroes. It can get so lonely sometimes, when you don't have all the answers as a mom, or when you see all the perfection around you. We all have questions and we all wonder what … Continue reading Our first feature mom – A coastal Wonderwoman!
My little girl is turning six in November and I am remembering all her little achievements and highlight up till now. It feels necessary as she will very soon be growing up at a different pace with very different influences and experiences. Going to primary school will be the beginning of her formal education and … Continue reading a wonderland party…
I’m trying to think when I first started reading my own books, what the stories were about, and where I got these books from. The answers don’t really matter; all I know is that as an adult, reading is mostly to gain knowledge and to understand life and people better. I do read stories, but … Continue reading for the love of books…
My name is Meryke Koch, Born in Kuruman. I’ve been married for seven years, to my best friend, my tall, dark and handsome prince charming! William James Koch. I am also the proud mama of a two-year-old daughter, Hailey. She is our little miracle after two years of trying to conceive. She truly is a … Continue reading a talented mommy…PoppeLoppie.me
I often wonder if my idea of beauty will brush off on Mishka. I know that my mom’s likes and dislikes certainly made an impression on me. The older I get the more aware I am of that influence. But I would like to think that Mish has her own ideas. I am almost certain … Continue reading kids see the beauty in it all…
There are so many things to consider when you decide to pack up and move, in most cases, in pursuit of a better life. But when you sit in your garden and wonder what could be better than this? You start to find all the reasons not to move! A garden is way to root … Continue reading In Celebration of Garden Day 2017…
What a wonderful surprise! Something crafty and educational for the kids! The Whale Festival was such an amazing experience for Mishka, so many wonderful opportunities to learn about the sea and shoreline. I would like to give special mention to Creative Notions. They combined craftsmanship with education and offered a step by step package to … Continue reading Play and learn…make a soft toy
October is Marine Month and what better way to celebrate than to attend the annual Eco-Marine Whale Festival. Growing up in the countryside, far-far away from the beautiful ocean leaves you with this inexplicable longing for the sea. I remember even as an adult, still living far-far away from the sea, I always dreamed of … Continue reading A festival for the whales…