Oh Hey Friday

25 July 2014

With the fabulous Five on Friday ladies on a link up break over the US Summer, the Friday posts started to get a little average and sad before the weekend... 
Until these two lovely ladies: Karli and Amy came to the rescue with:

Oh Hey Friday!

So we are back in action - and remember to link up each Friday.

1. Mini Moccasins. Have you ever seen anything cuter? I just ordered a pair of both my girls and I cannot wait for them to arrive! Shop online here.

2. Newborn Shoot. We finally did our newborn photo shoot with the talented Heather Fitchet (is it still newborn at 9 weeks old?!) and here is a sneak peek - we cannot wait to get all the images.

3. Mysmartkid. Did you see my post yesterday? If you live in SA and have a child ages newborn to 7 years old, you need to sign up here! We are loving our new, fun educational toys.

4. Macaroon. I just love this store and their website - perfect stationery and goodies in delicious colours. And the latest "Mum-on-the-Run" range is right up my alley - will e placing my order soon. 

5. Fruit Cleanse. This week, I decided to do a three-day fruit cleanse - basically eating fruit every two hours and a salad for dinner. I was surprised at how good I felt and I wasn't hungry. You can read more about the fruit flush/cleanse on Caycee's blog.

Happy weekend


August is the best month of the year!
Because it's my BIRTHDAY MONTH!

If you have been reading my blog for a while or know me personally, you will know that I LOVE all birthdays - especially my own!

And now it's that time again...
And time for all Ellie Love readers to start winning and celebrating too. Watch this space for exciting giveaways from next Monday.


24 July 2014

As a qualified teacher and a mom of two (especially of a busy, talking and interactive toddler), I am always looking for new, fun and exciting games, toys and educational activities to excite SJ with.

I've recently come across the genius idea that is 

Mysmartkid is a play-based educational programme targeting 0-6 year-olds. By focusing on your child’s development through the use of age-appropriate toys, tools and activities, Mysmartkid promotes school readiness with its integrated early childhood development (EDC) offering.
The programme aims to cut through the clutter of toys, information and well-meaning ‘advice’ that overwhelm many new and expectant parents. Designed by a panel of leading experts, this exciting new subscription-based service offers convenience, value-for-money and a timesaver all in one.  
The childhood development experts, from occupational and play therapists to child psychologists, have been closely involved in the development of the programme and their professional insights and expertise will be a source of trust and assurance for parents everywhere. 

What is it all about?
Mysmartkid is based on the principle that play-based activities are the optimal medium of brain development and learning in the 0-6 age group. Several key age-appropriate milestones are naturally reached during this period of intensive growth and development, and Mysmartkid aims to maximise and enrich this process through its interactive, engaging and stimulating programme.
For busy, working parents, one of the added benefits of the programme is the peace of mind of knowing that your child’s play time is targeted towards his/her development – and that your child is reaching his/her milestones at the right time.

How does it work?
New members subscribe to the Mysmartkid subscription programme for a 12-month period, thereafter it continues on a month to month basis. On joining, you’ll receive welcome gifts of a kiddies’ backpack (valued at R175) and an exclusive parent handbook written by an occupational therapist taking you step-by-step through your child’s ECD milestones.

Every two months, members receive a Smartbox of curated toys and activities for your child, delivered free of charge anywhere in South Africa. Smartbox in hand, all that’s left for you to do is unpack the box, learn how to use the goodies and then introduce them to your child – and play, play play! Every Smartbox is accompanied by a full-colour parent guide packed with relevant advice and information from our experts, as well as guidelines for using the materials. Members will also receive a monthly email newsletter jam-packed with additional information, advice and activities.

The programme groups children into the following age groups: 0-1 years; 1-2 years; 2-3 years; 3-4 years; 4-5 years; and 5-6 years. When registering, members are required to fill in their child’s age (you can register more than one child and each child will have his/her own account).  On the child’s birthday the system will automatically move the subscription up to the next age range.

As a Mysmartkid subscriber, you’ll have member login access to the website programme’s free information, expert advice and additional information – as well as exclusive member-only discounts through the Mysmartkid online shop. The expert panel of child development experts, psychologist and play therapists continually assess and update the programme to ensure it remains current and relevant in accordance with the latest developments in early learning studies.

What does it cost?
Mysmartkid has a subscription fee of R295 every two months in advance with free delivery within South Africa. Payment can be made via debit order, credit card or EFT payment.

How can I sign up?
There are 3 easy ways to join Mysmartkid.
               Sign up at www.mysmartkid.com              
Call on 0861 555 224
Email newapps@mysmartkid.com

Find and follow Mysmartkid at:
Blog: Mysmartkid
Facebook: Mysmartkid
Twitter: @Mysmartkid
Pinterest: MysmartkidSA

Sign up to Mysmartkid today - it’s an invaluable investment in your child’s future and as quick and easy as child’s play! 

I can't wait for my first package to arrive - a blog post to follow. A few of my favourites on the online shop:

*This was not a sponsored post, all views and opinions are my own*

The Blogmopolitan Quiz: Round 3

23 July 2014

Look what I found over at Two Thirds Hazel...
The Blogmopolitan Quiz: Round 3

Just a little bit of fun - join in and link up with Erin

EN - Month 2

Month 2:

Weight: 4kgs

Height: 52cm

Clothing size: Finally fitting into newborn clothing

Diaper size: Size 1 

Feeding: 120mls (every 3 hours) We are following a daily schedule of 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and demand feeding at night - she is waking once a night at 2am to feed.

Sleep: She is sleepign well during the day, after each feed. And she is sleeping from 7pm - 2am, has a feed and then 3am - 6am. 

Milestones: She is doing really well - she focuses her eyes and follows objects. She responds to noise and has a partial head lag. She is desperately trying to smile and coo.

Loves: She loves her pink cherry dummy and refuses any other. She adores her big sister and can just stare and smile at her. She now loves her bath too.

Dislikes: Just like her big sister, she seems happy and content at most things. She isn't a fan of a moving car stopping - traffic lights and stop streets are not her thing!

Adventures: Still no big adventures for our little tot but there are a few planned soon so watch this space! She spent her first morning alone with Nana and was such a good girl.

Mommy and Daddy could not get through the month without: An angel big sister in SJ. We are so grateful that she has taken to being a big sister so well - she is so loving and gentle with her baby sister, always wanting and willing to help. She has shown no signs of jealousy or being possessive and demanding. We are so proud of her.

See SJ's Month 2 here.

*Monthly pictures taken by the beautiful and talented Bron from Vanilla Photography*

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