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Weekend Style Crush: Velvet

April 13, 2018

I’m not sure how long Velvet has been around, but it’s been around for awhile, and for a long time was considered so high-end that it was worn only by royalty and the very rich, due to the complex and time-consuming technique to create it.

Thankfully those days are now where they belong…in the past. Velvet or Valour (its knitted sibling) can now easily be found in department stores and fashion boutiques everywhere and at reasonable prices.

There’s no doubt that it’s this, and every other season’s must-have fabric, and in recent years saw many celebs sporting the trend – From Nicole Kidman at the BAFTA’s, to a very pregnant Blake Lively at the Cannes Film Festival, and Victoria Beckham in the streets of New York… because she’s Victoria Beckham.

Although Velvet has always been synonymous with glamour, it can very easily be toned down with denim or a t-shirt for date night, a meeting or work lunch. It’s also super comfy and soft, a definite plus for us moms, and perfect for adding just the right amount of fab to a usually drab outfit.

 

How to rock the trend

 

 

Image: thelist.com

 

Sources:
Zando, H&M, Spree, MRP, YDE

 

Remember to ALWAYS read the care label on your velvet before cleaning, and when in doubt, dry-clean!

Yous in fashion,

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Happy March 2018! #YouCanBeAnything

March 1, 2018

 

Besides this being both my and my son’s birthday month, I am also extremely excited for and proud of  Mattel’s continued efforts to help our children recognize a broader view of beauty with their Barbie Fashionista range which incorporates the diversity that surrounds us all the time.

So many times we look back and reminisce the old days when life was ‘easier’ and ‘kids were kids’. So many ugly and negative things today we wish our kids were never exposed to. Perhaps the old days were good days, but that certainly does not mean they were any better than they are today. Among many others, the “Me Too” movement has proven how far we’ve actually come and how much we, as a human race, have matured. If you really think about it, we have more power today to make things so much better than what they were yesterday.

My sweet daughter is turning 8 this year and even though I have been buying her Barbie dolls for a long time, Barbie only really started to appeal to her very recently. A tender time in a young girl’s life – she’s just come from toddler-hood and nearing adolescence. It’s important that our young girls are exposed to positivity about their bodies, their skin colour, their hair types and even their sense of style.

It is perhaps no coincidence that the Barbie brand celebrates its 59th anniversary the day after International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018, celebrating women from all walks of life, all shapes, all sizes, all colours, and all creeds.

The Barbie Fashionista range has its roots in 2015, which saw the launch of a brand new Barbie crew featuring 23 dolls with a range of skin tones, facial structures, and hair colours. The popularity of the new line saw the official launch of the Fashionista label in 2016, with the introduction of three new body types – tall, curvy and petite – seven skin tones, 14 facial structures, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles. Plus, of course, countless new on-trend fashions and accessories to suit each individual doll, from casually cool and boho bold, to elegant evening wear and pretty much everything in between!

In 2017, this remarkable range won the coveted Toy of the Year award, in the Doll category, for its bold introduction of diversity, literally changing the face of the stereotypical Barbie brand by introducing new dolls with new body shapes, new face shapes, new skin tones, and new hairstyles.

The importance of exposing our children to diversity and providing them with imaginative toys that allow them to see themselves in their imaginary play cannot be overstated. Today, the Fashionista range features over 100 dolls of diverse appearance, and it continues to grow.

The 2018 range will bring with it even more variety, introducing another four body types, nine skin tones, 13 face-sculpts, nine eye colours, 11 hair colours and 13 hairstyles.

“Barbie has always given girls choices – from her 180 careers, to inspirational roles, to her countless fashions and accessories,” says Andrea Ziella, Head of Marketing and Trade Marketing, Mattel SA. “These new dolls represent a line that is more reflective of the world girls see around them – the variety in body type, skin tones and style allows girls to find a doll that speaks to them.”

Barbie fans can now choose their Barbie to look just like them or create a group of friends to mimic their own friendship circles.

By allowing our children to choose a Barbie in their own image, or in the image of their best friend, or favourite actress, singer, movie star, or sporting hero, we are encouraging them to see the beauty that not only lies in their own shape, colour, and style but also in the various shapes, colours and styles that surround them.

We live in an increasingly diverse world, it is not only natural but crucial, that our children’s imaginary worlds represent this diversity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images are taken from https://barbie.mattel.com/en-us/about/role-models.html

Happy International Women’s Month, and remember, you can be anything.

Love,

 

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How Are We Preparing Our Kids for Careers of the Future

January 22, 2018

It is either very scary or very exciting to know that in another 10 years from now, our children will find themselves either in, or working towards, a career that does not even exist today. How that makes you feel depends on how prepared you are. According to the World Economic Forum, approximately 65 percent of the children entering primary school now will fall into this category. So, how are we preparing our kids for something that doesn’t exist yet?

Of cause sending them to the best schools, able to meet and exceed their specific needs, is a wonderful opportunity and one many of us are aspiring to. Sadly the reality is not everyone can afford to; and even though a good education is without a doubt necessary, I believe the true leaders of tomorrow, the ones who will be more resilient, innovative, tenacious, passionate, and even just likable, are not only made in the classroom but also at home.

I had an interesting conversation with my GP the other day. After confirming my ear infection we got to chatting and both discovered the other’s love for books. She confessed her obsession was to the point where she no longer had any available space for the books she keeps bringing home, but was caught by surprise when one afternoon she found her almost two-year-old daughter, on her own, completely drawn-in by one of her many story books. Right there she vowed to never give up on her love for reading, no matter how insane her obsession was. It was clearly developing her daughter into a great leader.

It’s okay to expect the school we pay hefty school fees to, to ensure our kids get the best education to prepare them for the brightest future, but in order to survive in an ever-evolving society we have to understand it is simply not enough for kids to learn – they need to LOVE to learn. By teaching our kids the value of sharing with others, we’re creating team players, by teaching them to respect others’ differences we’re creating compassionate leaders. Vocational learning and STEM education are, therefore, most effective when balanced with a healthy dose of emotional intelligence which is sure to be among the top 10 job skills by 2020.

We do not have control over the future, or what it has in store for the next generation, but we do have influence over our kids – at breakfast, the dinner table, while driving or walking them to school or putting them to bed at night. Every opportunity we are given to interact with our kids is an opportunity to shape them, nourish their passions and encourage their dreams. 

 

The future is now! Here are 10 careers that are here to stay; and the soft skills required to not only excel at them but also be happy in them:

 

Healthcare

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Love people, empathy, coping skills, prioritizing, teamwork, communication, love to learn
Information Technology

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Communication, ability to listen, teamwork, mentor, creative, managing conflict, leadership
Sustainable energy technology

Image by Humans of Concerned Scientists

Passionate about the earth’s future, curiosity, communication, love for knowledge, integrity
Content Creation

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Good communication and writing skills, highly creative, original, self-motivated and self-disciplined
Digital Marketing

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Creativity, excellent communication, enthusiastic, positive, adaptable, dependable, diplomatic, patient
Finance

image by elevationnetworks.org

Exemplary people skills, leadership, adaptability, the ability to handle stress, humble confidence, love to learn
 Space

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Adaptability, physical fitness, mental endurance, Love to learn
Web & App Developing

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Reinventing yourself, vigilance, integrity, communication, punctuality
Robotics Engineers & Drone controllers

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Excellent communication, excellent reading comprehension, active learner, disciplined and good decision maker, persistence
Gamers

Image by kotaku

Capacity to listen, write and speak, social Intelligence, enthusiasm, likeability, integrity

It is never too late or too early to start saving for this future by choosing an investment plan to suit your budget and take care of your child’s education, while you take care of the important stuff.  

Love,

 

Sources:

University of Kent

Fast Company

Salary.com

World Economic Forum

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We’ve decided to grow our already big family, even bigger!

January 7, 2018

I cannot remember ever being this excited about entering a new year as I am about 2018. Allot has happened leading up to the new year. We’ve moved house (I’ll tell you all about that in another post) and we’ve also decided it’s time to open our hearts a little wider and make the family a little bigger! I know right now you’re thinking I’m crazy since we already have three kids, but I can assure you my mental status is just fine. In fact, it’s a fabmom proven fact that the bigger the family grows, the bigger one’s heart becomes and the more love there is to share.

But, you can relax, because the new family member that will be occupying our hearts and home, while she is indeed my baby, is a fur baby.

You may be sighing with relief, but, Paris, our miniature schnauzer will in many ways be my fourth child. And I’m okay with that. We’ve prepared for her arrival for a long time. We’ve discussed and debated – between myself and Lesley, between us and the kids – and the right time has finally arrived. Jada cannot wait to have another girl in the house, and the boys I’m sure is just happy to have another partner in ‘crime.’

It’s also a very exciting time for Lesley and I. We’re becoming parents again! We’re fully aware of the amount of attention our ‘new baby’ will require, and also the chaos that is sure to follow, but more importantly, we’re excited about all the extra love and laughter that will fill our home. Even though we’ve been discussing getting a dog ever since Jada was born almost 8 years ago, we were just never ready – and it’s very important that you make a big decision like this only once you’re 100% certain you’re ready to make your pet as much a part of your family as your very own children.

Here’s how our family prepared for Paris’ arrival (who is only allowed to come home with us within another 3 weeks from now as she’s still drinking on her mama.)

1.  I’m very mildly OCD when it comes to a clean house, so I naturally wanted a dog that sheds very little hair. This is what made the miniature schnauzer so appealing to us at first.

2. We’ve always included the kids in our conversations about what dogs will be a good fit for our family. We would Google images of the dogs, read about their temperament and habits and make sure the kids understood and were happy with the kind of dog we’re getting.

3. The reason we decided to wait until the kids were bigger is exactly for this reason – to involve them in everything from the decision-making to caring for the dog.

4. Our family is big on giving back and our first thought was to adopt, but the Animal Anti-Cruelty League, unfortunately, at the time of inquiry, did not have any puppies of the particular dog we were looking for, and we really wanted the dog to grow up along with our kids. I would, however, recommend adoption as a first option if you are ever ready to grow your hearts and home.

5. We realised that getting a dog is probably the best way to keep fit as they require lots of exercise. Even this fits right in with our goal to stay healthy and active together as a family.

6. We would stop people walking their schnauzers on the beach to talk about their experiences. This has been very helpful to us in making our final decision.

7. Once our minds were made up and we’ve met with the breeder, it was all downhill from there. Although our pup cannot yet join us at home, we’ve already grown to love her immensely, the kids have already agreed on a name and although we haven’t quite pup proofed our home or ran out to the pet store for food and supplies, we cannot wait for her arrival and look forward making beautiful memories as a complete family.

Say hello to Paris our fur baby 🙂

And her gorgeous mum & dad

 

Love,

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My Christmas 2017 Gift Guide For The Whole Family

November 22, 2017

We’ve decided to bring the office tradition home this year and we’ll now also be doing secret Santa at home with the family because let’s face it, buying Christmas gifts for the whole family is just not possible…or sane. At least this way we don’t have to empty our pockets and we know exactly who we are buying for and what they like (which could be the trickiest part of Christmas shopping!).

Obviously, I wanted to make things easier on my fellow fabmoms too, so I’ve put together a handy list of my favourite gifts this year – all for under R500 !!!

 

Sorbet Feeling Playful Hand & Nail Cream Trio/Bubbly Bath Bombs/She is gorgeous nail set

The great thing about the Clicks Sorbet range is that they are already affordable,  3 for 2,  and almost all contain a R50 gift card to use towards your next Sorbet salon treatment. This is my favourite 3 for 2 combo. Find your Sorbet combo here and your Body Shop combo here and spoil someone you love

 

Amarula Fruit and Cream Dark Chocolates

Who does not love chocolates! You will make anyone’s day with a box of good quality dark chocolate, that’s a guarantee!

 

Smartlife Water Infuser

 

Water may be scarce at the moment, but that’s all the more reason for you to create your own flavoured water using fresh, natural ingredients. Made from quality, BPA-free plastic for healthy hydration.

 

Romoss Polymos 5 Power Bank 5000MAH

These days, everyone could do with a phone battery charger on the move. The Romoss power bank is safe and durable and inexpensive.

 

Polaroid Snap Instant Camera

Savour the nostalgia of the classic Polaroid film cameras. The Snap Instant Digital Camera offers the convenience of digital capture with the thrills of being able to instantly produce a physical print thanks to the implementation of ZINK Zero Ink Technology.

 

Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)

I remember how much hubby use to love this game. Maybe you know someone who’d enjoy the thrill of chasing money in fast cars.

 

Gamer Looks T-Shirt

What is a pro-gamer without a t-shirt to complete the image?

 

Lee Cooper Flag Backpack

The perfect all-purpose backpack.

 

Logo Door Mats

Looking for a unique gift? All homes need a doormat that speaks of its residents’ personalities.

 

Universal Smartphone Fish Eye Lens Clip

A fisheye lens is an ultra wide-angle lens to enhance your images taken on your smartphone.

 

Typo Pen Holder

To inject some fun into your office space!

 

Typo Shower friend

For those who love to sing in the shower (which is everyone!).

 

Typo Luxe Earphones 

A gorgeous pair of earphones is an absolute must! Even better if you have a pair for every mood!

 

Typo Shake It Phone Case Universal

Sparkles!!! Need I say more? Even your phone needs a new outfit this Christmas.

 

Typo Carried Away Mug

 

Because a real coffee ‘addict’ will agree that coffee should always be served in a gold-plated mug!

 

Typo Varsity Laptop Case 

Just a little something pretty to keep all your tech toys together in one place.

 

Polaroid Kids GPS Tracker Watch

Make sure you know where your kids are, at all time. Now available at a Musica near you!

 

Disney Blootooth Dancing Water Speakers

If it’s Disney and it sparkles, then it’s a win for any child!

 

Bubblegum MP4 8GB Player

I also happen to know that if you purchase of these, valued at R449.95, at any Musica store before 18 Dec’ 2017 and swipe your Clicks card, you stand a chance to win the awesome Bubblegum Generation 4 kids tablet combo worth 1 699.95, including headphones, stand, car charger, and cables. A steal if you ask me, so HURRY!!

More information here.

 

Shield Ultimate Wash & Shine Kit 6 Piece

 

Well, mom, I hope this makes shopping this holiday allot more bearable.

Happy Festive and Merry Christmas!

 

Love,