This is US

Brooke’s party was a mom & daughter only affair, and so dad and the boys were off on their own adventures before the party, but Sammy Maber managed to get some beautiful family pics before they left. Gosh they make my heart burst with pride.

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Brooklyn’s 4th Birthday

My little girl turned FOUR in Feb this year (2021), and she knew exactly what she wanted for her party. She is a real little lady who loves all things pamper & beauty, and so a Pamper Party was the perfect fit for our princess B.

Seeing as we are still amid a global pandemic we took care to keep her party small, inviting only the children she plays closely with in her class, a couple of her besties-since-birth outside of school, and their mamas. This meant no siblings allowed – not even her brothers. 🙁

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The Cavern: Berg at it’s best

Ever since we heard about the Cavern Resort & Spa in 2018 and paid it a visit, we have been enamoured with the place and it is an honour to share this special gem with you all. The Cavern, founded by Bill Carte in 1941, is still a family run business, and with that creates what I believe to be the heart of the resort. It is, in my opinion, far more special than a business-run resort with “one in one out” mentality. Megan & Hilton Bedingham run The Cavern with love & heart, and that can be felt throughout the resort. The family eats nightly in the same dining hall as guests, and with a weekly ‘snacks in the bar’, genuinely seem to care for making connections with their guests. See discount code at end of this post 🙂

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Girly Birthday Party Ideas

I asked some of my fellow community for some ideas for B’s 4th birthday party and boy, they delivered 🙂 There were many repeats, but close to 50 original ideas! Thank you all. Brooke’s 4th party theme is hidden somewhere in the list below 😉

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Christmas Gift Guide

Festive shopping is well underway in our home, and I thought it would be helpful if I put some of my favourite gift ideas together (as well as some Black Friday deals!

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Baby Shower | Boho Chic Picnic

How do you create the perfect Boho Chic Picnic baby shower?
Well, if you live in Durban you hit up all the suppliers mentioned in this post, they know what to do 🙂

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Heritage Week muffins

DON’T THESE SOUND DELISH?! IN HERITAGE WEEK THESE ARE THE PERFECT SA MUFFINS! THANKS @DISNEYCHANNEL FOR SENDING THROUGH

BILTONG, DROËWORS, CHIVE AND CHEESE MUFFINS

RECIPE: CHRISTINE CAPENDALE

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Clarens – where to stay

I recently asked for recommended places to stay in Clarens as we are going there for a wedding soon, and tons of people asked me to share the recommendations, so here they are in a blog post – easy to come back to when you need to.

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An open letter to white mamas

On 2 June 2020 we stood together in unity and blacked out our social media with a movement that was, in my opinion, a well overdue deep-dive into issues that still plague our world. Being a white, priviledged mama raising white children in South Africa I have, especially in the past months, felt an incredible need to learn as much as possible, to enable me to share as much as possible so we are all empowered with knowledge and the know-how to DO better. That little black square that on the 2nd helped me feel like I was supporting, by the 3rd of June brought with it a deep guilt that I wasn’t doing enough. So on June 4th 2020, after wracking my brain on trying to figure out a way to be part of the change that we so need, I decided to ask for help. I reached out to a woman of colour who I highly respect and have grown to love; the gorgeous Leanne Dlamini.
Leanne graciously accepted the challenge and I received her message to us white mamas in my inbox today. It really touched me, enlightened me, and given me some pointers to help me do right by my children – to open their eyes and hearts, in order to do right by ALL children, here and abroad.

Before we get to Leanne’s open letter to all white mamas, I want to share an experience I had with Jackson. You will see that Leanne roasts me in her piece 😉 the back-story to that is; Long-story short, month-end May, just ahead of 2 June black out, our business’ driver drove our Gogo (nanny) and domestic workers both home for the weekend. As they drove away Jackson turned to me and said something that stuck me and made me feel as though I had failed him. He said, “Mommy it is so strange to see three brown people in a car”. He adores his Gogo more than anything in the world – his second mother, and even though his comment was full of naive innocence, my heart literally ached as the words left his lips. He has friends of colour at school. His best friend is coloured. But it was clear to me that from his observation, through his eyes, he was not seeing enough diversity. I knew instantly that needed to change.

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Local Brands Gift Idea Guide for men

Celebrating the men of our homes is such an honour, and I thought what a better way than to celebrate them whilst also supporting small businesses who have survived lockdown by the skin of their figurative teeth 🙂
I hope you love the guide as much as I do and please do tag me in your purchases on Insta so I can reshare and know who you supported

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