Meet the Blogger: Meet Super Shazzer: “Create a Niche for Yourself”

healthy-living-5Today we meet South African mom blogger Sharon Atkins (aka Super Shazzer) who advises us to build up our social media with an excellent profile and content. She says we should create our own “niche” – something that sets you apart from other bloggers. 

What do you normally get up to on an average day? (Give us a brief description about yourself)

Mornings are spent dropping Matthew at school then a group cross fit training session, home for quick shower and breakfast.

I am a freelance writer and social media manager so spend the morning working on my clients’ accounts researching, writing and posting content.

I fit in my own writing in the evening or some early mornings.

Afternoons are spent on the school run and activities and squeezing in work if I have a deadline.

2) How do you feel about motherhood – what are your struggles and joys?

Parenting is not easy! You have to manage the worry and stress and balance it with the rewards and blessings.

Time just flies by with kids and it is such a joy to see them grow up and develop their own special characters.

Struggles- the everyday routine, lunches, homework and bedtime. Not enough time for myself and also time spent with my husband. The discipline and boundary challenges.

Joys- the hugs and cuddles. The rewards when they surprise you with their good manners, behaviour and generosity. Watching a unique special being evolve and guiding them along the way.

3) Tell us about your kid(s)

super-shazzer-kidsMy step-daughter is Sydney and she is 16. She is smart, gorgeous and funny and loves clothes, animals and her friends.

My son is Matthew and he is 9. He is a very busy and is always coming up with a business scheme. He loves cooking, cats and travel (especially on Emirates).

4). How did you start blogging?

I started writing content for clients for their social media platforms and blogs and then thought why not write my own stories and share these.

I use it to share what inspires me and what I love. I use it as a diary of events for myself and for my family.

I use it to inspire, inform and motivate others.

5) Share with us a valuable blogging tip you’ve learnt. (or more)

Stay true to yourself, tell your story in your own way. Create a niche for yourself, a point of difference, something that makes you unique compared to other bloggers.

Create a strategy and a plan. If you are going to share, post or publish pictures make sure they are well shot and have visual appeal.

If you don’t have already create a professional profile for yourself on LinkedIn and a business Page for your Blog. LinkedIn is a place where you can share content, build up great connections and network.

6) If you make money from your blog, give us a breakdown on how you do it. Give us some of your methods on how to get started on this, or any tips or advice.

Grow your social media platforms and followers. Write great content. Build relationships with PR companies and align yourself with brands that you admire.

Set your rates from the beginning and do not be nervous to stick to them. Know and understand your worth and value.

My links-

Website http://www.supershazzer.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Supershazzerblog

Twitter https://twitter.com/Supershazzer

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supershazzer/

Pinterest https://za.pinterest.com/supershazzer/

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonatkins

What’s on for Families this weekend in Gauteng (2-4 Dec) #FantasyOfLight

It’s December and we’re getting into the Christmas spirit here! There are lots of carol services happening all over the city. There is a Fantasy of Light happening in Midrand at the Mall of Africa every evening till Christmas eve and of course, the Mama Magic Baby Show is in town.

  1. Fantasy of Light

fantasy-of-lightLast week I wrote about the Fantasy of Light and gave the details of the event. This week I actually went to it and I thought I’d share a bit about how it was.

The event is at the Mall of Africa. You basically go on the road to Pretoria and take the Allandale exit. Park on the 5th level as that is where the festival is. 

snacksThe pantomime starts at 8pm but the gates open at 6. This is so you can walk around and take pictures of the lights and also have some snacks. Yes, snacks. This is not a full fledged dinner but enough to go on. Two little burgers. Some sweet things (like muffins and chocolate chip cookies) and drinks. Each department has their own little “hut” so you get the food at one place, the drinks at another and sweets at another. They also sell flashing light type things (read MomAgain@40 to see how her Little Miss persuaded them to get her a light sword).

A curtain of lights behind which you can see the screen on stage.

A curtain of lights behind which you can see the screen on stage.

The lights are amazing and remind me of PE’s Happy Valley in PE. (Although Happy Valley has more and is for free.)

Cinderella's carriage.

Cinderella’s carriage.

Yours truly with a reindeer.

Yours truly with a reindeer.

The show itself was great. It was the story of Sleeping Beauty. Of course I loved the romance. But I particularly enjoyed some of the songs at the end. I think they went to a lot of effort to not only dance but sing in different parts. And the acting was amusing too.

A lovely night out… great distraction from all the reports I have to do… 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Mama Magic Baby Expo

mama-magic-the-baby-expo-mid5At the TicketPro Dome at Northgate from 1-4 December, you can find anything remotely connected to having a baby or toddler. Plus go and see Barney in action. For more info, I have written a post (giveaway) where I linked to previous posts on this. 

Quite a few of the brands who have worked with SA Mom blogs will be exhibiting there, including the KidsEmbrace character car seats. So go and check it out.

 

3. Carols aplenty:

Ok let me make a list of all the carols you can go and listen to:

2 December: A Christmas Concert: The Gauteng Opera at 8pm at the Linder Auditorium in Parktown. Bring an unwrapped gift for a 0-8 year old child for the Orlando Children’s Home.

bedford-carols-by-candlelight-20162 December: Bedford Centre Carols by Candlelight: Saheti School Choir. 6pm at the Edgars court. 

2 December: Carols in the Park: Kiewiet Park off Wayne Ave in Randpark Ridge. 6pm. Bring blankets and a picnic. Candles, hymn sheets and refreshments are on sale plus a small market. 

2 December: Noel Concert with the Drakensberg Boys Choir: Mulbarton Primary School hall at 7pm. Tickets are R100, children are R80 for 3-12 years old and those under 3 are free.  Tickets from Webtickets. 

3 December: Carols by candlelight at Norscot Manor

PowerPoint PresentationGracepoint church is leading the carols by candlelight from 6:30pm till 8pm at Norscot Manor Recreation Centre in Fourways. Bring a picnic, camping chairs and a blanket. Bring a toy for the Randburg Rotary Club’s toy drive. Entrance is R20 per person and children under 3 are free. Candles are R10. 

3 December: Carols by Glowstick: New Creation Church: Robin Hills. 6:00pm. Children are welcome to come dressed as their favourite nativity character and there will be an impromptu play.

4. And by the way, The Fun Zone at Eastgate is still going till 4 December. This activation is brought to you by Hasbro – My Little Pony , Nerf , Play-Doh and Transformers has extended their dates for Eastgate!

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{Product Review} How a Batman Carseat Transformed My Son’s Behaviour

If you’re wondering how to entice your little one into his or her car seat, I have a groovy, Batman carseat, solution. Kids Embrace South Africa  is importing character car seats that will have your kid in their car seat in next to no time. And promising the earth to have it.

To set the scene of how much my child was excited about this car seat we have to go all the way back to November 2015 when my car was stolen, together with the car seat. I was looking online at different options and I came across the Batman car seat. Nicky also saw it and was very enthusiastic about the idea.

I did a lot of research and I just couldn’t swing it. I almost went for a second hand one on bidorbuy but I chickened out, not trusting the source. In the end I got a boring grey one from a second hand baby shop. Not that great, but it did the job. We forgot about Batman and went on with our lives.

Fast forward a few months and SA Mom blogs receives an email from Lisa Butlion, managing director for TDI Brandz, an umbrella company for quite a few products: Brother Max (feeding and weaning products), BabyStyle (prams, strollers and car seats), Yoomi (self heating feeding bottles), BoBo Buddies (beautifully made backpacks soothers and rattles), and wait for it, Kids Embrace: Character Car Seats.

Sometimes I’m really grateful for the doors blogging has opened for me and this was one opportunity I was seriously ecstatic about. Nicky saw me do a fist punch and wanted to know what was up.

“You’re getting a Batman car seat!”

“Batman car seat!” His cup was full.

Since the car seat took about a week to get to our house, this was an opportunity for us as parents to milk the thing for all it was worth.

Every time Nicky did not want to do something, we threatened to cancel the Batman car seat. This mostly applied to bath time and putting on his clothes. My husband actually had a long pretend conversation on his phone with Lisa, explaining that she shouldn’t send the seat as he would not get in the bath.

batman car seatbatman carseatEventually the seat arrived and our little boy was put out of his misery. He was so excited as we opened the box and put it together on the couch. He wanted it in the car right that minute but had to settle for the next day.

He loved putting the cape around himself. When we got in the car the next day he declared he was “cold” even though it was a sunny day, just so that he could have the cape around himself. The juice holders are great, not just for juice, but also for putting in his sunglasses.

I can’t thank Lisa enough for this great gift. My advice to other parents who are also stuck in the car a lot with a kid who doesn’t necessary want to be there: you won’t regret it. They will love it.

(And don’t think we still don’t threaten to put the Batman carseat back in its box and send it back when he doesn’t behave).

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character-car-seatsThe following stock are now available: Batman, Paw Patrol Marshall, Dora & Turtles.
Stock is available from them at www.kidzbrandz.co.za or Takealot.
They will be at Mama Magic JOHANNESBURG this week with all of their brands which include:
Kids Embrace Character car seats
Babystyle Prams & Strollers
Brother Max feeding & weaning
Yoomi bottles
Thermo Baby Bath & Toilet training
PUJ Bath
Little Dutch Soft & Wooden toys
Buggi & Scooti lights
 
What’s also really nice is that the car seat grows with your child. Nicky started out with the front fastening seat belt and now he has moved onto the normal car seat belt. When he is even older we will remove the back part and he will just sit on the seat (with the cooldrink holders still there). The kilograms for each stage is labeled on the chair.
 
Here is more info on the sizing and safety:
The KidsEmbrace Friendship Series stage 1-2-3 high-back booster car seats grow with the child and are suitable for use from 9-36 kg (approximately 9 months to 12 years). The integral 5-point harness system is for children 9-18 kg and has a single hand adjustment to tighten. The integral 5 point harness also has a quick release buckle with chest and buckle pads for extra comfort on the journey. Once your child reaches approximately 4 years old, the harness can be removed and your child can sit safely in the seat using the car’s seat belt. The backrest can easily be removed and the base used as a booster seat. Built-in belt guides position the vehicle’s seat belts for a correct fit when the seat is used as a booster. This high-back booster car seat has side impact protection to keep your child safe in the event of a side on collision and the headrest is height adjustable so you can ensure they are always sitting comfortably whatever their age. The seat is strong yet lightweight which makes it easy and convenient to transfer between cars.

 

 

Win a Disney hamper!

disney-hamperIs your child a fan of arts and crafts? Disney has a host of ideas and activities you and your little one can get up to these holidays.  As a teacher, I can vouch for effectiveness of an art activity keeping them busy – although there is often a lot of preparation and tidy up!

Disney also has a super hamper that we are giving away. Inside you’ll find your favourite characters from shows such as Finding Nemo (or Dory), Minnie Mouse, The Incredibles and Inside Out.   

All you have to do to win the prize is, using the Rafflecopter mechanism, answer the question: 

School holidays are around the corner and Disney Healthy Living have some super cool activities that are sure to keep your little ones entertained. Tell us what Disney Healthy Living activity your little one will be enjoying this festive season and you could stand a chance to win a magical Disney hamper.

Terms and conditions:

  1. You must be a resident of South Africa
  2. You are 18 or over and would like to receive updates, information and offers about products and services of the Walt Disney Family of Companies from The Walt Disney Company Limited. Please read the Disney Privacy Policy
  3. The competition will run for a week and the winner will be announced on our Facebook page and emailed. 

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SAMB Christmas Picks – Treat Me Sweetlie

If your little one has a dummy, you will understand just how valuable they can be and also how easily they go missing. When Emma had a dummy, there were times we would lose the dummy in the car. One minute it was in her mouth and the next it was gone, dummy clips are actual sanity savers. Not only do you not lose dummies but your little one is able to pop it in and out easily. If you are travelling I would suggest you get a few of these Treat Me Sweetlie dummy clips, I used to have one on Emma and one on the nappy bag with the spare dummy.

We pride ourselves in excellent quality handmade baby goods specialising in the use of combinations of genuine leather and suede.

We are known for our handmade braided pacifier clips, a first in South Africa. Recently added products include handmade flat leather pacifier clips, handmade leather purses and handmade leather necklaces. Treat Me Sweetlie| SA Mom BlogsThe handmade braided and flat leather  pacifier clip are made using combinations of genuine leather and suede. The suede is a specially treated microfibre that looks and feels like real leather, which is softer to the touch. Each pacifier clip is attached to a metal clip which has a plastic insert to protect the fabric to which it is attached.Treat Me Sweetlie| SA Mom Blogs

The handmade kids leather purse is made using combinations of recycled genuine leather and suede. The suede is a specially treated microfibre that looks and feels like real leather, which is
softer to the touch. Each purse is threaded by hand, and all decorative parts are
carefully traced, cut and glued together to form a stylish accessory.Treat Me Sweetlie| SA Mom Blogs

Purses are accompanied with a strap adjuster, allowing you to adjust the purse to your desired length. Alternatively, feel free to not the strap to obtain the pure look of a little girls purse.

Purses are currently available in a butterfly or kitty design.

You can find Treat Me Sweetlie on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram.

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{Momentrepreneur} Meet Kristen: Seller of Second Hand Clothes: “Don’t be afraid to experiment!”

healthy-living-11This week we meet a mom who decided to make use of second hand clothes plus link up with a charity. She shares with us how she has tried different approaches to build her business.

  1. Tell us about yourself, a bit of background.

I was born in Texas, but met my husband while in Cape Town on holiday, and moved to South Africa over 10 years ago. Now, I’m Mommy to two beautiful girls, Maddie and Chloe, who certainly keep me on my toes! I’ve been running this business with the support of my husband for about five months now.

 

kirsten-babeThe idea of our business came when I was clearing out my girls’ cupboards and realised, like many other parents, we had (too many!) clothes our young children had barely worn and had now grown out of. These were just sitting in the back of the cupboard collecting dust! We began our business to enable parents to clear space and make money by selling their no longer used kids clothing.

 

Parents with young kids have no spare time, unless you count the minimal hours we spend sleeping! Knowing that sorting through and selling clothes through the likes of Gumtree and Facebook is time consuming, we tried to make it as simple as possible to sell through with us. Pack the clothes into a box, drop it off at a convenient location (nationwide), and we do the rest. We photograph and list the saleable items on our e-commerce store, www.oncemore.co.za, sell,  deliver to the buyer, and pay the sale proceeds to the consignors. In addition, we sell lower priced items through our entrepreneurial network and also donate to our partnered charity, Mhani Gingi.

 

once-more-recycleWhat I’m proud about is that we’re creating is a growing network of mothers selling and buying each other’s quality kids clothing. When you’re buying something from Once More, you’re buying from another mother, very similar to you. These days clothing is so expensive, so we are trying to change the way consumers view second hand clothing. Quality clothing withstands more than you would think, and the nearly new items you get from us are a true testament to that!

 

  1. What were you doing before you started this business?

I worked in corporate administration when my husband Stuart and I had a stint in London. Since being back in Cape Town from 2013 and having our girls, I started working again with a half day job for a family business. My kids are now getting to the age where I am able to apply some of my time elsewhere, which allowed me to begin this business. But I’ve always enjoyed being a busy person, and I’m excited to see where this road takes us!

 

  1. Is your business full time or part time and why?

Well, I still have a half day job, but our business is full time in itself. My evenings and weekends are extremely full and busy, but my husband has been a great supporter and contributor to the business, and I couldn’t do it without him.

 

  1. kirsten-familyHow do you juggle the responsibilities of being a mom with your work?

It’s really hard! I’m very fortunate that both my husband and I are able to be flexible with our time, so we share the parental workload as much as possible. This and supportive family means we’re able to juggles all our responsibilities. Only just!

 

  1. Do you have a business plan? If so, can you share a bit about your strategy to make it successful?

kirsten-sunglassesYes, I believe a plan and vision is crucial for every business. It doesn’t necessarily have to be 100% correct, but if you’re on the right track and you’re able to execute well, you can course correct and find your way to the right strategy. I’ve found that it needs to be flexible and change as needed. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try things. If something doesn’t work out quite the way you hoped, then stop it, learn from it, and try something else. If you’re determined enough, you’ll get it right! I’ve been pleasantly surprised that my critical thinking hubby, paired with my softer, customer service oriented and creative side has made for a really good balance.

 

  1. How do you get clients/ market yourself?

Right now, Facebook is our largest driver of new customers. We are very active on it, and have joined many groups, do loads of posts and advertise to enable us to reach and engage many potential new customers. Word of mouth is probably our next best acquirer of customers. We also use the Google Ad network, and have recently printed flyers to distribute. My recommendation to all businesses is try lots of different channels to advertise, but always assess to see how effective each is and do the ones that work best.

 

  1. What’s your biggest challenge right now?

There aren’t enough hours in the day! Our business is really ramping up, and it’s quickly turning from a start up into a fully fledged “grown up” business which requires more of our time and effort. We’ve noticed a network effect with our consignors wanting to sell their items with us (awesome!), which is keeping us ever busy. Another challenge is deciding when is the best time to scale our business into other items such as baby equipment, toys and books.

 

  1. Did you need a lot of money to start off? And how long was it before you made a profit?

We haven’t invested a significant amount of money in this business to get it going. Our approach from the get go has been to start small and iterate. We’ve experimented and tried lots of different things, and have chosen the ones which work best. We’re a consignment business so we’ve not needed to buy stock which would have been expensive. This, with very lean spending, means we are a profitable business just a few months in. But what we have invested a huge amount of, is time. We work to all hours of the morning, and over weekends to make sure we end up with a successful business.

 

  1. What makes your business unique from other brands?

At its core, we’re an online kids clothing consignment store, but what sets us aside is that we’re building a network of both buying and selling mothers. The more sellers we have, the more buyers we get, and the more buyers we have, the more sellers we get. And by building a brand and reputation that gives our customers the confidence to purchase second hand clothes online, we believe we have a business that can really succeed.

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What is also unique is that not everything we sell goes through our website. We have built an entrepreneurial network where women in townships sell lower value consigned items in markets and to their own contacts. This has been a very empowering part of our business.

 

We also donate on behalf of our consignors. We have a partner charity, Mhani Gingi, where all items donated go to principals of early learning centres in townships. They then sell the clothes to parents of their pupils which builds parental responsibility and avoids handouts. All proceed from the sale of these clothes are invested into the schools.

10. Share with us your social media links and website.

once-more

 

www.oncemore.co.za

www.facebook.com/OnceMoreSouthAfrica

contact@oncemore.co.za

 

SAMB Christmas Picks – Macaroon

This pick is more of the moms than the kids. If you know of Macaroon then I probably don’t need to explain. If you don’t know them, pop over quickly and you will understand. They have some of the most gorgeous personalised stationery from diaries to planners to bottles. Whatever you need, they have it and once you see it you will want it all.

I have been eyeing out their personalised diaries for a while now. I struggle to find a diary that has what I need and looks nice. I searched the internet and kept coming back to these. It may end up being my Christmas present to myself.

Macaroon|SA Mom Blogs

I have been intrigued by their mommy cards for years now. I actually think they could work well as blogging cards if you change the text around a little bit. I like the idea of a little message on it. But they also do the more contact cards. 

Macaroon| SA Mom Blogs

I was in a home office recently that was labeled with Macaroon office labels. It made such a difference, it made me want to label EVERYTHING I own with these labels. Organising is so much easier when you have pretty things.

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SAMB Christmas Picks from Baby Group

I shop a lot at Baby Group. I get most of my baby shower gifts through them, I love the idea of not having to browse through isles of stuff in a baby shop. Even after having 4 kids the amount of choice out there today overwhelms me. You can get toys, clothes and toiletries from them, so it really is a one stop shop!

These picks are based on what my kids have loved from them.

Fishing Game. I bought this for Emma last year and she absolutely loves it. It is great for their hand eye co-ordination. You can also use it as a game between more than one child to see who can catch the most fish. Melissa and Doug is such a great brand so the board is strong enough to with stand a little bit of rough play.

Baby Group|SA Mom Blogs

Tolo Cash Register – Tolo is another of my favourite brands. I really like their toys and so do my kids, they are sturdy, bright and well thought out. This cash register has been played with so much. They use it to play shop, restaurant or just to pay each other for whatever they feel like in the moment. Swiping the card is their favourite part of it. 

Baby Group|SA Mom Blogs

Stack and sort board – we don’t have this toy but both the younger kids have played with it at our Moms and Tots classes and it is a fun toy that teaches so many things – colours, shapes, sorting, stacking, counting and more. 

Baby Group| SA Mom Blogs

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What’s On for Families This Weekend in Gauteng (26-27 November)

Not sure what to do with the fam this weekend? You can watch a pantomime filled with lights and special effects,  or a play about the Elves and the Shoemaker. You can relax and eat your Sunday lunch while the kids are entertained by magic. There are also a lot of markets happening: a baby one, a famer’s one and a charity one. These are great opportunities to nab those Christmas gifts. 

  1. Fantasy of Light: Midrand Mall of Africa

fantasy-of-lightThis is a Christmas stage production that will combine with  lights, music and visual effects that families of all ages will enjoy.

A majestic, nine feet high set by Juan Boshoff, 104 colourful costumes, 22 km strings of twinkling fairy lights, a giant stage, 12m of captivating Christmas ornaments with cheerful lighting, a unique 160m waterfall of cascading lights and a world-class concert all contribute towards a dazzling experience like none other before.

Director and actress Liz Meiring was the brains behind this pantomime.

Shows will take place under the starry sky daily from Monday to Sunday. Gates open at 18:00 and by 20:00 the 3 000 guests will be amazed by a 70-minute show, transporting them to a gripping wonderland, where Cirque du Soleil meets Christmas cheer. Tickets can be booked through Computicket at R120 per adult, while kids under eighteen years of age and seniors only pay R80.

You can also support this production on social media: Facebook, Twitter #FantasyofLight and Instagram

Secure parking is available and tickets will be exchanged for different dates in the case of unpredictable weather circumstances. 

2. Wits Art Museum family talkabout

This is a free event but space is limited to 30 families; it is a first come, first served event.

There will be a Talkabout on Saturday, 26 November 2016 at 12h00 for the exhibition, Walter Battiss: “I invented myself” The Jack Ginsberg Collection.

For queries call 011 717 1365 or email info.wam@wits.ac.za

The venue is the Wits Art Museum in Braamfontein at 12pm. 

3. Hey Baby Boutique Fair: Kempton Park

heybabyfairA market for baby, pregnant ladies and moms involving shopping, play area and kid’s entertainment.  There will also be nursing and changing stations.  Coffee shop and bistro too.

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2016 @ 8:30am – 5:00pm

Venue: Eden East Rand, 497 Shannon road, Bredell, Kempton Park 

Cost: R40 entrance for adults. Kids 12 and under play for free.

4. The Elves and the Shoemaker: Irene

elvesandshoemaker-e1473308086197-850x429The Pretoria Youth Theatre present this classic story at the Irene Village Theatre, 1 Pioneer Rd from 26 Nov until 16 December. 

The play is about a shoemaker who obtains a huge order from the king. Will he make it in time? With the help of the elves, he will!

Performances are at 10am and 3pm. Bookings are essential. Phone 0824230603 or email tshwaneyouththeatre@gmail.com. 

 

5. Music and Magic: Boradacres

website-music-finalThe Green Garden Cafe, within the Purple Tulip Nursery in Broadacres, offers music and a children’s magic show from 12pm – 5pm. Relax and enjoy the afternoon with your children. 

magicianRyan from Wowweemagic and the talented singer, Monique West will be there for an afternoon full of magic tricks, good music and a delicious Sunday roast.

Check out their Facebook page for more. 

6. Fresh 2 U Farmers Market: Modderfontein

fresh2ufarmersmktA country market with over 80 vendors selling unique crafted items such as crematics, hand painted pillows, wooden pallet signs, bottled goods and fresh produce.

The venue is Franz Hoenig Haus Gardens on High St in Modderfontein, 26 November. 

See their Facebook page here.

7. Parkview Charity Christmas Market 

parkviewmarketShop for hand made decorations, crafted gifts and locally produced products and enjoy entertainment by local artists, school choirs and jazz ensembles. 

The date is 25-27 November at the George Hay Park in Parkview. 

Friday 3pm – 10pm, Sat 10am -10pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm. R50 for Adults, R30 for Pensioners and R80 for a weekend pass.

Nicarela is a NGO who raises funds to support a number of outreach projects. which involve anything from inner city to old age homes to school bursaries.

 

Lots of markets also in Durban, see the Family Outlings Calendar here.

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SAMB Christmas Pick – Schnooky Pie

Moms (and dads) I hope you are all ready for tomorrow because today’s pick has something AMAZING planned for Black Friday tomorrow! So I would head over to Schnooky Pie’s Facebook page and Twitter account and follow them NOW! Schnooky Pie is one of my favourite kids clothing brands. They are a proudly South African company run by an incredible women (who is also a mom).

I really want to say “buy all their stuff now” but if I have to pick an item or two then I would have to pick their swimming costumes

Our swimming costumes come as a set with the rash vest style top and mini shorts for the bottoms. Made from high quality lycra (swimming costume fabric) and made with a generous cut, our swimming costumes are the perfect item to get your little one this summer.   All of our designs are handmade in Durban by our amazingly talented team and each design is lovingly checked to ensure that we maintain our high standards that our fans have come to love and expect.  

Schnooky Pie | SA Mom Blogs

Then I would definitely chose their pj/dress. When we are on holiday the days become afternoon then become bedtime before we can realise it. Having an outfit like this that is a dress but can also be a pyjama is super cool. I almost wish there was an adult size!!

Schnooky Pie | SA Mom Blogs

And my final pick, ideal for a stocking fuller is this little plushie! I absolutely love it! It is perfect as a decor item or as a toy for your little one. There is also an ice cream one but I really like this dinosaur!

Schnooky Pie | SA Mom Blogs

I know I am standing by to catch their black Friday specials and the bonus is you can do it all online. No need to wrestle with the masses in the shops!

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