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Rumplestiltskin review

If Santa had a master toy designer it would be Mellissa from Rumplestiltskin.

This talented lady not only sews up the most beautiful of plush toys, she also dreams up and designs her own patterns. 

Each one sewn to meticulous detail and delivered with a piece of their own personality and her heart.
As an avid follower on her page I love to see the sneak peeks of a new creation on her table and delight in the final soft product she produces.

So many of her creations are given away free to those who need an extra cuddle and love and her dedication to her craft  is not only admirable but truly a passion for good. 

I awaited with antisipation when I heard I’d review one of her giant elephants.  This honestly was a product I’d fallen in love with. So , when the box was finally here I rushed across the road to Postnet to collect.

Bears eyes widened as he saw the cardboard box , but that was nothing compared to the delighted chattering as he reached for Elis grey trunk. It was love at first sight.
The elephant is beautifully crafted. Each crease in his forehead is defined and bear has his name neatly embroidered on its foot. The flappy ears are his favourite and he likes to lie on its tummy rubbing the soft blue fabric of the inner ear. 
The elephant is larger than bear and when seated is as tall as an arm chair. But you can order smaller sizes.
These elephants are not just great accessories for a baby room , the make a fantastic feeding pillow, first bean bag and best friend.
Thank you Melissa for gifting bear a treasured friend, soft hugs and a bean bag that he flops and lies all over.
To order one of Melissas gorgeous creations please contact

http://www.rumplekids.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/RumplestiltskinFancyDress/

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Macrame swing …review 

I love anything boho and handmade so you can imagine my delight when I stumbled onto Knot a Dream’s gorgeous facebook page.

I fell instantaneously in love and ordered a wedding backdrop with a tree of life macrame dream catcher as the centre.
But it was the baby swing that blew me away the most ….

Two days later I had the pleasure of meeting Rosinne,  the creator of these masterpieces and her husband Alan.

Wow! What amazing people …. this dynamic dueo are punctual and organised. 
Bear received his swing and I was even more impressed in real life , as the photos do not do the hours of patient knotting justice.

A strong sturdy base that he will be able to use until he is at least 3 or 4 years old. 

It’s self standing when not hung and can be folded down and stored neatly. 
The rope is neatly decorated and the 4 strong rope strands are securely knotted to ensure babies safety when hung.

I hung ours in a small tree and it held bears 10kg weight with ease. I felt safe placing bear in the string and it was great to see that even though he placed his head through the strings, with his legs between the seat strap he couldn’t easily fall through.  The seat also remained stable as I placed him in and out of the swing.
The precision in each knot of the design is meticulous and the beauty of this product , hanging through the green branches , would enhance even the drabbest of gardens. 

He , of course , was delighted and would have stayed all day in his swing. I have since hung it near our washing line so that he can safely swing whilst this mamma hangs the washing.😋

For more info and to view their beautiful products contact 

https://www.facebook.com/knotadream/

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The Game for Humanity cards

As I scrolled through Facebook a few weeks ago a post for Game for Humanity caught my eye…..I had to know more.
After a quick glance of the Facebook page, I knew this was an initiative i wanted to be involved in.

Since having Bear I don’t seem to find the time to give back as much and this was a great way for me to do small tokens of kindness and hopefully make a positive impact on those around me.

 The cards were designed with the idea of everyone being able to do a big of good and make people smile by completing small tasks.
The object is to make the world , or at least a few people in it happy. You chose a card complete the task and pass the card onto the next person who does the same , thus keeping the positive circle going. 

The Game for Humanity is well presented in a convenient card pack (easy to keep on your bag or car) and sells for just R100.

I was happy to see a school version to encourage children to be kind to one another. 

To order your own set contact 

www.gameforhumanity.com

Fb https://www.facebook.com/GameForHumanity/

Or call 0722371513

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Finding Nemo ….a trip to the Aquarium 

The Aquarium has been on my bucket list for the last 3 years, so when I saw tickets were half price on the Waterfronts museum night I knew exactly where we were headed.

Dressing bear for the Cape winter we headed off early determined to try avoid a long queue. 

Friendly aquarium staff ushered us to the right line and before we knew it we had out tickets and we’re entering the exhibit.

As we entered a photographer snapped our pics for sale later (at R250 a set it’s well worth the memory. 3 pics in a wonderful keepsake frame full of info about the Aquarium,  a postcard and 2 small pics that you can turn into a magnet or keyring)

We always do things the wrong way lol and started at the sharks first. I’d read that they had just this week completed the shark tanks and introduced the few ragged tooth sharks we saw. Bear was in total awe as these magnificent creatures swam slowly past us.

Next we found the Nemo tank where you can crawl into the centre and have a full view of inside the tank. Papa got to snap a few pics of bear and I. I watched as a facinated bear watched  the fish swimming about , babbling about what he saw.

Next we past small tanks of various fish and sea creatures. Each as beautiful as the next, giving us a wonderful glimpse of the oceans secrets.

The wave pool was intriguing and bear giggled each time the ‘wave’ crashed into the large fish pool.

I couldn’t help lingering a little longer at both the star fish and sea horse tanks …two of my favourite creatures.

Soon we came across the jelly tanks , strategically placed in a darkened room the florescent jellyfish seemed to dance before us.

I loved the I &J tanks with a giant turtle shyly hiding in the courner as large sea creatures swam around him . Ahead of us was a tunnel and I wondered what kind of tunnel you’d have at an aquarium. The tunnel is made of glass and as you walk through the fish swim above and to your sides. This allows you perfect close up views of the animals in the tank.

Something that stood out for me was the touch tanks , where bear got to touch sea weed and a live starfish. This was not a sensory experience he enjoyed. He could also dig for fossils. Sadly he’s a bit young to understand what he was doing.

We gave the kids play area a skip,  mostly because it was bears suppertime and we were eager to view the penguins. But it was encouraging to see so many families , especially with small babies visiting. The Aquarium is completely pram and wheelchair friendly.

You smell the penguin enclosure before you see it and if you’ve been to Boulders beach you will know that smell only to well.  A cross between ocean, fish and dirty socks. The penguin are as cute as can be as they stare at their visitors .

I found this the most beautifully decorated exhibit with its wild fauna creating an ambiance of exoticness. 

It was nice to see an area dedicated to how green you are and we noted a kelp forest interactive game for older kids. I also saw a microscope section manned by aquarium staff who were educating the visitors about various sea life.

The sign boards are informative , without being too rigid and the staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have. There were many opportunities to interact with certain exhibits, touch and take unusual photos.

If you haven’t visited , it’s well worth the visit .

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Modern cloth nappies … what you need to know 

Social media is full of beautifully clad baby bottoms , all wearing modern cloth nappies. Bear uses disposibles as I was overwhelmed by the new cloth nappy choices. When my other bears were little we used plain old towling squares held into place with a snappi. And so I was eager to learn more.

Jolene Smith from Smitten  Baby  Boutique was happy to answer my questions .

Can you share your personal journey using cloth nappies?

I started using modern cloth nappies with my little boy and my passion for cloth encouraged me to open my own cloth store manufacturing and supplying other mommies with modern cloth nappies. Every time I used a cloth nappy it was a massive achievement for me. I loved the way they looked on my little boy and loved the fact that they were environmentally friendly. They also contained no chemicals!! It was a win-win for me.

What made me start using cloth nappies? My boy suffered serve chemical burns from disposables and I needed to find an alternative solution for him. 

As a new mom what would the mom‘s need to purchase and how many of each?

I started with basic pocket nappies. I purchased 10 new ones and found 10 preloved ones in my area. I washed nappies with his bodyvests and towels every 3-4 day and dried them on the washing line. 

After a few month’s I discovered other types of modern cloth nappies (All-In-Ones, Hybrids, SIO’s, Flats etc). My complete nappy collection now contains various brands and various types of nappies. My toddler is now potty trained but baby number two is nearly here. So I get to reuse all my nappies again on another bum. So where the nappies cost me a little bit to start out, I will now pay nothing for baby two.

How many nappies does baby use daily (disposible 4 to 6 ) and How does this compare to disposibles.


Full time cloth users can use between 5-8 nappies a day. The amount you need completely depends on how often you will be washing your nappies. 

How do you wash cloth nappies?

Some mommies wash daily and some do it 2/3 times a week with other washing. Washing routines are much easier than the ‘old school’ toweling nappies. We don’t soak or sterilize modern cloth nappies. Dirty/wet nappies are placed into a ‘dry’ bucket (washing basket, large bucket) when taken off baby’s bum. Then when you are ready you wash you place all the nappies into the washing machine and do a rinse cycle. This rinses excess urine etc. off nappies. Then you just do a normal wash (not a quick wash), cold water is completely fine with only washing powder, no fabric softeners. Once this wash is done you hang your nappies to dry on the washing line. You can even add other washing into this wash. Like towels, linen, clothing etc. Save on water and electricity. You don’t need hot washes or tumble dryers.

Why do you think cloth nappies have become so popular?


When I started using modern cloth nappies it wasn’t something I saw when I went to the shops or people spoke about at baby showers. Now I can walk into any mall or play area and see a cloth bum. Mom’s are becoming more aware of modern cloth nappies and choosing them over disposables for various reasons. Some of those reasons: disposables are becoming expensive, you are paying more for poorer quality nappies. Another reason is modern cloth nappies are completely breathable and chemical free. You don’t even require bum creams or barriers with modern cloth nappies.

As a preschool teacher I didnt encounter babies on cloth nappies , do you find schools open to parents nappy choices


Crèches are slowly coming around to the idea of using modern cloth nappies. I think it’s intimidating for any crèche owner or caregiver to be handed a bag of modern cloth nappies and expected to use them. Luckily all cloth moms absolutely love teaching others how to use cloth and are only to happy to show crèches how they work. There are a large amount of crèches that actually don’t mind cloth bums and enjoy embracing it.

Why would you recommend cloth?

Ask any cloth mom how modern cloth nappies work and you will see the passion and love they have for modern cloth nappies.

What do you do with your nappies when baby no longer needs them


There is a huge market for preloved modern cloth nappies so when you are finished with your nappies you can sell to another mommy and you will recoup even more of your initial investment back. 

As a completely overwhelmed  mom what advise would you give me with regards to cloth nappies

I have been running Smitten Baby Boutique since 2014 and I can’t tell you all the success stories I hear everyday from my customers. I always tell all new cloth users that it’s very overwhelming in the beginning to get started. But within a month or two they will be pro’s and talking all the cloth lingo like the experienced cloth users do.

Best tips for new cloth users

Best tips I can give potential new cloth users: Find a mommy in your area that uses cloth nappies. Ask to be able to come look at her nappies. She will happily explain all her different types of nappies with you. 

You mentioned not buying bulk nappy packages, why is this

Don’t buy bulk packages of one specific brand of nappies. Buy a variety of different brands and types. Each nappy fits differently on each baby (no two babies are alike). Get a feel for what you enjoy using and invest in more of those. Sell those you don’t reach for. That way you don’t get stuck with 15-20 nappies you don’t enjoy using. That’s why Smitten Baby stocks a variety of different brands and types of nappies, so that Mommies don’t have to shop around at various stores. They can shop at one store and get everything they need. I also courier all over South Africa.

My website is: www.smittenbabyboutique.co.za

My facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/Smittenbabyboutique/

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NutureOne -All in one bib (review)

I was very excited to collect bears NurtureOne Fuss Free Bib as now that I have an active crawling baby who wants to feed himself on my hands EVERYTHING gets messy.

The fuss free bib is made from a durable plastic and folds itself into a small pouch attached to the bib. The pouch is small enough for you to pop into a nappy bag or even your handbag and pull out when needed.

I also like the fact that by folding it back into the pouch , you are able to store these bibs on top of each other neatly. So great for other OCD moms like me who have nightmares over the neatest way to fold and store material bibs.

It slips on easily and attaches at the back with Velcro. I’m happy to say it will fit kiddies older than a year. Bear currently wears clothing age 12 to 18 months and the bib was comfortable with room to grow. It also covered all of his outfit.

Easy to clean and dries in minutes. I wiped his bib down with a wet cloth after breakfast but after lunch he’d smeared yoghurt all over it so I gave it a quick hand wash in warm soapy water , hung it up and when I went back 20 minutes later it was dry, ready for supper time.

The bib is not just great for messy eating but also for messy play time. A stress less way to keep your baby and toddler neat as they enjoy water play, paint , play dough or messy play.

I’ll be popping this into my bag and taking it along to bears Moms and babes classes for messy play time …no more dragging along a change of clothing for this mamma. 

For more information on the product contact

 www.nutureone.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/nurtureOneNesting/

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Ripleys … believe it or not (review )

I’ve been a fan of Ripleys amazing facts since I can remember.  As a young girl I would read for hours from the huge volumes of facts that we collected each year in his book of records.

 As I grew older I found some of his old comics in vintage books and would read these over and over again. So when I saw the Ripleysbelieve it or not exibit I just had to see if the hype was real.

In the pouring rain we headed to the Clock tower at V & A, to be greeted by Jean , our amazing tour guide and one of the most knowledgeable young men I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.  With a warm welcome he lead us to the beginning and showered us with facts that certainly aided the exibit.

I was interested to find out that Ripley himself was awkward as a child and so identified with the strange and unique people he often came across. A fact I hadn’t known until today. 

With over 170 artifacts and interactive exhibits, there’s something interesting for everyone. From real shrunken heads ( oh did my stomach turn) to the Olympic torch. 

Do not be fooled by the small looking size of this exhibit. It took us about an hour to amble our way through the informative plaques of each artifact.

I personally enjoyed the variety of art work from various mediums and am still amazed that there’s someone who can create masterpieces in the eye of a needle.

What really caught my attention was how child friendly this exhibit is. There are stickers placed stratigically encouraging you to take photos. The microscopes have little steps for tiny feet to stand on and the kids can touch and see certain artifacts. 

Bear got to hold the Olympic flame, sit in the eye of a needle, try out one of the largest chairs and drive a mini car. (Just look at the delight on that face )

It’s not often you can take a baby or child to an exhibit or museum and keep them occupied. Ripleysbelieve it or not ticked all the blocks for us and although I would recommend it for older children (7+) bear was constantly entertained,  and I got some amazing photos.

The dinosaur exhibit was my favourite and I enjoyed trying to guess which fossil was which … 3 out of 4 not bad for a teacher. 😂

 Hidden amidst the dinosaurs were the skeleton of a komodo dragon , dodo and two headed calf. 

It also boasts the largest nest of fossilised dinosaur eggs.

There are various screens showing clips from particular Ripleys shows and a wide assortment of strange and scarey people.

You can photograph yourself next to the fattest man or measure how tall you are next to the world’s tallest man. Don’t forget to hear the story of the tattoo lady and see how small tiny tims suit was. 

I highly recommend a visit if you’ve not yet been. Fun, educational and child friendly.  

Open from 9am to 9 pm.

One of the best exhibits we’ve seen

For more information 

http://www.ripleyscapetown.com/