Ceramic Loving.

I’ve been slightly, and strangely (is it strange though?) obsessed with buying special mugs, plates, bowls, and cups lately. Home-ware overall, actually! Maybe it’s because we are living in our own home now, and finally aren’t renting anymore. Preparing for renovations and finally creating our dream home in the next few months. Or, maybe it’s just because I am growing up, and am starting to appreciate the beauty in things we use on a daily basis or when we entertain and have people over for coffee or dinner.

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I’ve always been in love with the home-ware from Country Road, and I do have quite a few items from there, but I have also had fun browsing small, local stores at markets and online. My latest favourite is a small company run by a beautiful local, soon to be wed lady, Kate. Her full time job is a manager at Zando, and her secret love affair is Potsicle Ceramics. The name defines her and her business perfectly! ‘Potsicle’, just the sweetest name to go hand in hand with some of the most gorgeous, imperfectly perfect ceramics that she hand makes herself.

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I sent Kate a few reference pictures of what I like, and told her to be creative as I love her own personal style. I was so eager to see what she would create, and oh my goodness, am I in love! It arrived on my door step a couple of weeks later (it’s a process), and let’s just say that Kate is a bubble wrapping queen! My package arrived all in one piece, and I giggled as I unwrapped all of the bubble wrap! I’m sure I actually gasped when I first held my complete pieces in my hands. They are beautiful.

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I’m so excited to have some girls over for tea so that I can fill the plates up with home baked treats, just so that I can show them off! The quality of my ceramics are phenomenal, not a single flaw.

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These would make such wonderful gifts for a wedding. You can do your very own custom order if you wish, and create something personal and special for either yourself, a friend or a couple getting married. I think I may even be placing an order before too long for a little set to be made for a special baby that is soon to be born. We were gifted with a Jamie Oliver set that included a small ceramic plate, bowl and cup. And I just loved the idea. But, to be able to choose what you want yourself, to make it personal and special just wins over my heart!

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Kate, you’ve made me one happy lady with these beautiful Potsicle Ceramics. I can see through your work that you love what you do so very much. Thank you!
You can browse her already made products here: http://www.hellopretty.co.za/potsicle-ceramics
Or you can check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Potsicle/
And her Instagram here: @potsicle_ceramics

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Make Your Statement with ByRoeline

ByRoeline is a very special Knysna based clothing collection for babies, kids and adults. By Roeline is a collection of minimalist, ethically made threads.

I came across ByRoeline on Instagram one day, and just loved what I saw on her online store. There was an obvious love and passion for what she does, and just so much truth printed on her garments. Ranging from adults tshirts, babygrows, fancy bibs, bags, décor items and Christian prints – she really has a good variety of meaningful garments for all of us, and so reasonably priced!

Roeline was sweet enough to send me one of her t-shirts to add to my ‘Moms Christmas Wish list’. She let me choose one from her ‘Adult’ collection.  I must admit, it was tough to choose just one, but I couldn’t resist the plain white 100% cotton tee that read ‘I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.’ Doesn’t this just hit home for each of us?

Chatting to Roeline, I felt as if I had known her a lifetime. Such an incredibly sweet, professional local creative. She certainly does know how to follow trends with the colours she offers, and knows how to make a simple saying a very bold statement.

Her baby grows are just divine. Some cute and quirky, and others with a very special, meaningful scripture, complete with a beautiful, delicate pattern.  These are definitely must-have’s to keep aside for baby shower gifts.

It makes my heart overflow with joy when I find a company that stays true to their word – and I often find that when I order online, I don’t get what I saw online. But, with ByRoeline, you get everything and more. That promised comfort, the eco-friendly complete garment and the fit that is explained to you on her website. I love this! There’s no going wrong when ordering online with her.

My order arrived within a day of ordering and it was even packaged beautifully in a little bag which held my gem of a garment! It’s the little things that leave us running back!

This is only the start of an ongoing relationship for me with this incredible new company who is without a doubt going places.

You can find her online store at: http://byroeline.co.za/
Also, check out her stunning Instagram feed which gets updated regularly: @byroeline
And, lastly you can follow her Facebook journey here: https://www.facebook.com/ByRoeline/

Thank you to Angela Rea Makeup for the makeup and photos.

Treat Yourself, Mom!

My life is slowly steering itself in the organic direction, and I am quite happy to let it sail that way to be quite honest. I have always been reasonably health conscious, and when I say that I mean with the things I digest – be it food or drinks, as well as what I feed my son. However, in the past year or so, I’ve slowly been directing my attention to organic products too. Skincare products, clothing (hence, starting my own Eco-friendly clothing line), toys, food, etc. I think it is something that really needs to happen to help save our environment, especially to create a better world for our little people to grow up in.
One of the skincare companies that I have recently tried and fallen head over heels for is a local company, Skin Creamery. The ingredients used are all certified organic products, all components of natural essential oils and as they advertise – 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin.

Skin Creamery sent me two of their brand new products (which will be available to purchase online or at Kamers from tomorrow until Sunday. I would like to share my experience on both of these products with you!


1. Sesame Oil / Baobab / Melon Seed Oil-Milk Cleanser
This Oil-Milk Cleanser is magic! I have never come across a face wash that can totally remove my waterproof mascara! It literally doesn’t leave a single trace of mascara with one simple pimp of cleanser! I was actually left feeling a bit dumbfounded and wondered if I had just imagined actually applying any that morning! I tried it again the next night, and TA-DA, it was true. You only need one small pump of cleanser which you’ll apply to your DRY face, neck and eyes. You’ll then rinse with warm water, and ALL makeup and impurities will be lifted from your skin. This Oil-Milk Cleanser really leaves my face feeling fresh and healthy!

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2. Baobab / Malachite / Rose Two-Phase Skin Tonic
The Skin Tonic is something I’ve never heard of before, but I wish I had known about it sooner! The packaging explains that the water phase contains malachite, a mineral-rich crystal extract with powerful antioxidant and skin protecting properties. Baobab fruit powder, which is high in vitamin C, is infused into organic rose water to create a vitamin-rich floral splash. Rose water balances the skin’s PH and adds a touch of toning magic.

This is an amazing product that will rejuvenate damaged and tired skin. Does that not sound marvelous for us moms who don’t have all morning to treat our skin?
I’ve been following this little routine morning and evening – wash face with Oil-Milk Cleanser followed by 3 squirts of the Skin Tonic into the palm of my hand which gets applied to my cleansed skin, and I’m ready to take on the World.
With the sensitive skin that I have, I’ve ended up with dry, itchy skin that feels like sandpaper at times due to the awful ingredients that get tossed into many of the non-organic skincare products. I have really battled to find a local skincare product that is easy to access for this particular use. I have finally found it, and I don’t plan on going back to the products I used before. It feels great to be able to wash my face and to NOT have a face that stings afterwards. I will pay any amount of money for that.
These products come in glass bottles, which has an incredibly odd ability of making me feel like I’ve really been spoilt, and makes me feel that extra bit more ‘beautiful’ and ‘luxurious’ when using them. It also makes them totally recyclable!
It is rare to find products that are Cruelty Free, aren’t tested on animals, vegan and totally recyclable.

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I feel like to be a good mom, we need to learn to look after ourselves too! I think it’s one of the most common mistakes that we make – we feel that we come last, but actually, in order to have the ability to be a good mom, we need to invest time into ourselves, we need to take a moment to reflect on ourselves, to pamper ourselves (even if that means painting our nails while enjoying a cup of tea, or soaking in the bath with a little bath bomb that we spoilt ourselves with. BUT, do not neglect yourselves!

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Also, invest in products that you truly believe in, and ones that work for you and your skin type! I can assure you that these above products are going to last you longer than the store bought ones, because you only need to use so little at a time!
These products are on my ‘SUMMER ESSENTIALS’ list. They are bound to leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated after days spent in the sun.
Head over to the Skin Creamery’s Social Media platforms:

Website: http://www.skincreamery.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skincreamery/?fref=ts
Instagram: @skincreamery