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Fabmom of the Month – Believe in your dreams

May 18, 2017

A Cape flats darling, Baryl Hendricks moved to Atlantis in 1984 after she got married. With a fiery passion for making others look and feel beautiful, she started working at Cut Above, a hair salon based close to her new home and where her obsession with hair and beauty was further fueled.

In 1993, due to her husband’s work demands, they packed up their life and moved to Johannesburg where she immediately threw herself back into what she loved most and started a new career at Hair International, an upmarket salon in Pretoria.

Not quite settled in and just getting used to the drier climate, Baryl soon found herself on a plane back to Cape Town. Her ex- boss simply couldn’t do without her and her magnetic love for the industry that drew clients so easily, and booked her the earliest flight home. To Baryl it felt good being valued.

With her husband still in Joburg, the pair decided it’s time they settle and bought a house in Atlantis. Fulfilling a lifelong dream she finally took the plunge and opened her very own hair and beauty salon. The path that followed wasn’t an easy one and not all things turned out as she had planned.

Her marriage crumbled and in 1999 she once again packed up, and with five kids in tow moved to the Northern Suburbs. With her focus set firmly on her career and figuring out the best way to raise her children in the most safe and loving environment, she successfully started up and ran three hair salons.

So amazing was she at what she did that all her managers eventually went on to open their own salons – having learned from the best in the industry.

Baryl has since remarried and been running her only remaining branch in Kraaifontein for the last 29 years. She lives for the happiness of her family…and making her clients look and feel amazing every time.

Pop in for a cup of coffee and  say hello to Baryl at:
65 Brighton Road
Kraaifontein
Cape Town
Contact to her on 021 827 0107 for amazing deals.

Yours in beauty,

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Studio Collection Launch in Cape Town

February 5, 2017

In between family time in New York and running their law practice back home in Mozambique, mompreneur Lei and her husband decided to take up another exciting challenge and open their very own Studio Collection franchise; right here in Cape Town.

It was such an absolute pleasure meeting and sharing many laughs with Lei (pronounced Lee) and her family at the bespoke baby boutique’s launch party last night. The store located on the upper floor of Cavendish Place is a piece of baby heaven. It’s comfortable and pretty and smells so gooood. Lei’s passion for her newest venture is clear when she gushes that it was her two-year-old daughter who was her biggest inspiration. The store with its carefully handcrafted baby linen, furniture and decor and the team that makes it all possible lies very close to her heart. The fabrics are 100% cotton and soft to the touch, all made in South Africa, by the hands of which mostly belong to other moms just like you and me.

Studio Collection is opening its doors to the Cape Town mom tomorrow, Monday, February 6. As the ‘mother’ city, I’m sure we can all agree that it was just a matter of time.

A mom herself, Lei gets how important the best quality fabrics are for our precious kids. She understands that each mom and child is unique and invites you to come pop in by her store and chat to her and the team of experts about your unique preferences; Or if you just happen to be in the area, come stop by for some mommy talk over a hot cuppa coffee from their espresso machine due to arrive this week!

The family is new in town so let’s make them feel welcome 🙂

When this fab mom is not off handling some legal business all the way in Mozambique, you will find lei hanging around her boutique in Cavendish Square.

Studio Collection stores also currently open in Centurion, Rustenburg, Umhlanga and, of cause, Cavendish Square.

This team of textile magicians literally turns your baby’s nursery into anything you can dream of. Check them out for yourself here

(Images are taken from the Studio Collection website.)

Love,

Founding Moms, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Slider

Fabmom of the Month January 2017: How this mom landed her dream career after 40 years

January 30, 2017

Each one of us have dreams. So often we think it’s better to keep on dreaming and then maybe our dreams will come true, but I have learnt through the years that this is not the way dreams work – striving for and working towards making those dreams a reality is the only way to make it happen for you.

It took me, Wilma Schutte,  no less than 40 years to finally realise my dream. Yes, 40 years! With my unwavering faith and perseverance, there was never any doubt that I will get there some day.

However, forty years ago I wasn’t quite so sure. In fact, back then I would never have thought that I’d end up looking after the little kids of working parents. At the time we lived in Worcester, I only had my 1 month old baby and things were tough. My husband lost his job thanks to the crumbling economy and was in desperate need of another to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads. Fortunately he was lucky to find work all the way in Strand; which meant we needed to uproot and start a new life in the Cape. Things changed suddenly and fast. But little did I know this would be the beginning of big things.

With my daughter still in her pram I started going around visiting estate agents, because we desperately needed to find a place to stay. The winding road I was journeying on led me straight to Nel&Nel Properties in Strand. I managed to find us accommodation that day and was making my way out the door when suddenly life took a different course with me – the owner of the estate agency was a very old lady and I didn’t realise she was watching me from her office all the while I was chatting to her colleague. She got up from behind her desk before I made it out the door, walked right up to me, took me by the shoulder and I can still recall every word she spoke to me. She said: “Lady, I don’t know who you are or where you come from, but I was on my knees the entire night last night, praying to God for the perfect person to look after my grandchild while his mommy is at work.” Without thinking, I said yes! And so the seed was planted to one day have a playschool of my own.

Unfortunately there was no money to rent  another place and so I managed my little playschool directly from home. One child later became twenty and the numbers continued to grow bigger and bigger.

I reminded myself every day to keep on persevering and to hang in there.  

Years went by until one night I had a dream. In my dream I had died and gone to heaven. I heard God clearly speaking to me saying: “You know Wilma, you can’t be in heaven and just sit around doing nothing. Your work here is to see to all the little children.” When I woke up I knew this was not only my dream, but my calling. It’s been forty years and I am now the proud owner of my own playschool, Kids Cottage.

What motivated me and kept me inspired along the way, was knowing that if anyone else can do it, I can do it too.

So I encourage you, mom, to dream big and to hold on to that dream – it doesn’t always take 40 years. I am now finally surrounded by many little kiddies and I could not be happier or feel more fulfilled.

With that, I wish you all the most beautiful dreams.

WILMA SCHUTTE

info@kidscottage.co.za

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The Story Behind the Working Mothers Expo

October 1, 2016

Janice Windt, Founder and MD of the Working Mothers Expo, in partnership with MiWayLife, had a son of nine months old and was pregnant with her second when she was offered the career opportunity of a lifetime. Thrilled and devastated at the same time, Janice was at a cross road that so many women face: can I be the mother I want to be and also have a thriving and fulfilling career? Today, she has started a movement with her fellow working mothers: to remind us that there is support and inspiration out there and that It is possible to make life work if you’re willing to ask for the help you need.

 

Every woman’s story is different. We all have different circumstances, goals and ambitions, but work life integration is a juggle that every working mother has to learn how to manage. Our careers are often a vital part of our identity and sense of purpose. But when our families come along, we are faced with a transition both at home and at work which isn’t easy to manage and, often, something has to give.

 

This was Janice’s experience, and that of many of her colleagues and friends: “I started speaking to other working mothers and realised that many of them were struggling with similar things. Many of them were making decisions that they regretted. They were trying hard to cope and putting on a brave face. My heart started to break for these women – for all of us.”

 

Janice became so passionate about giving voice to the struggles working mothers were facing that she started a blog and eventually interviewed over one hundred working mothers from seventeen countries around the world.

 

“It was such a privilege to speak to all these women from different backgrounds and cultures and to have them open up to me about their lives. I realised that the challenges we face are not unique. Working motherhood is a challenge. If you find it hard, trust me, you are not alone.”

The Working Mothers Expo brings together everything working mothers need under one roof.  Working mothers need to realise they are not alone, get access to the help and inspiration they desperately need and have a moment that is, quite simply, all about them.

To get in touch with Janice and her team and to find out more about the Working Mothers Expo you can visit www.workingmothersexpo.com.  Tickets are available at Computicket

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Janice Windt

 

The Working Mothers Expo, brought to you in partnership with MiWayLife, brings together everything working mothers need under one roof. 4-6 November 2016. Sandton Convention Centre. With world class products, services and speakers and great entertainment for your kids, this is an event not to be missed.  Tickets available at Computicket

 

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Tsunami of Kindness Sweeps over Cape Town

June 5, 2016

Moms are just extraordinary beings!

We truly are the epitome of love and generosity and just when we think all is lost, one mom, Nadine van der Westhuisen from the South Peninsula moms facebook group post that she would like to #payitforward to a deserving mom to get a cut and blow-dry at a salon.

Not long after her random act of kindness, wave upon wave of kind offers swept over the tiny fishing community of fishhoek, and by the end of the day more than 220 moms had offered to pay it forward to other deserving families in the South.

This all started at the beginning of June and as a mom myself, I feel immensely proud of the fishhoek moms and community. I am thrilled to have a part in spreading the message of paying it forward, albeit small,  and share it with communities all around the country and world. How wonderful if we all decided to become involved in any way we are able to.

The #Payitforward initiative encourage all small businesses and moms to give away their services free to enhance  community spirit and uplift each other. They offer something free to anyone in need. All that is required is that you put your name up and someone gets a freebie – who doesn’t love those! It can be anything from a massage, dinner, weekend away, photo shoot etcetera.

All freely given because we care.

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ABUNTU!