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Keeping It Candid

Finding bloggers and influencers that speak to who you are, encourage you, and inspire you is so important.  No longer should we simply follow people who we think fit into the cookie cutter mold that society wants to force us into – it’s not just about the perfect feed with the blonde-hair blue-eyed family.  It’s about relating to people, knowing they are real and honest, and relating to what they are posting.

One such person that I have been following for some time is Cisca de Kock.  She has been blogging for some time, and I often find myself popping over to her social media to see what she is posting about and what is happening in her life.  Plus, you know I’m a sucker for spreading kindness, and Cisca has this in bucket loads.

This is such a surreal experience to be able to introduce you to her on my little blog, and I am totally freaking out right now!  #fangirl


Your name:  Cisca de Kock

Blog name:  Keeping It Candid

Social media handles:  Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  and Website.

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3 fun facts about you:
1. If I could win a life time supply of clothing it would be socks! I swear they have superpowers and disappear- I always end up wearing my husband’s socks.
2. If I had to eat one type of food for the rest of my life it would be BILTONG.
3. If I had to be trapped in a movie for a day, it would have to be Clueless.

How would you describe yourself:  Honest, Perfectionist, Goal driven

How did you get into blogging:
My Mom passed away when I was 5 months pregnant with Hudson (my first born). I was devastated, and went into a deep and dark depression. When Hudson was born, I sunk even deeper. I had no one to talk to. No one to listen to my motherly fears and I just felt completely lost. I started seeing a Psychiatrist who deals with Post-Partum Depression and she suggested that I try and find an outlet. So one night in September 2017, while pumping milk for Hudson I created my own blog called It’s a Mom’s Life on WordPress. I honestly did not think it would reach anyone, and that was ok. It felt so good to write what was on my mind. From there I created my Instagram page which was first called “Raising Little Hudson” . Hudson was a little eager beaver and my water broke at 36 weeks (It was like a scene out of the movies – I actually wrote a 3 part Birth Story Series) We had to leave him in NICU, one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do, to leave the hospital empty handed. The day we left, the one nurse said “Have fun raising little Hudson” and that’s where the name stemmed from. This September my blog will turn 3 and since then both my blog and IG handles have changed. As my blog and social media handles grew, so too did my interests. I started off just featuring and blogging about local baby boy clothing brands. It became a bit expensive buying new clothing every month. It also became exhausting to take photos of Hudson. I knew it was not something that I wanted to do forever, and that’s when I starting exploring other avenues.

What does your blog feature:
Keeping it Candid is a Lifestyle | Beauty |Travelling and Parenting Blog. I started my blog to create an authentic account of my journey through life. Whether you are a lover of all things luxury: an organic foodie or a reveller in all things local, practical and affordable, Keeping it Candid will keep you up to date with the best in South Africa. I am a firm believer in YOLO and embrace each and every day to the fullest.

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What do you want people to feel when they are interacting with you:
I want people to feel comfortable and not feel like they are being judged. Over the years, I have made so many connections with other women. Some of them echoed the exact same feeling I had when I felt alone. My main goal has always been to use this platform and to make women feel that they are not alone and that it is natural to feel the way they do, especially if they are new mothers.

Why do you encourage people to support local:
This current Pandemic has really put things into perspective when it comes to sustaining oneself. A have so much respect for women owned local businesses. At the moment, they need all our help to sustain themselves. So much care goes into creating affordable and great quality products.

Why is family so important to you:
There’s so much I wish I could have shared with my Mom. Her death was so sudden and unexpected, that it still haunts me. The void that she left grows deeper every day, but I know that she would want us to remember her and to celebrate her. She also passed away on my Dad’s birthday, 1 December. Before the boys, December was such a difficult time. Having the boys now, we make it a happy time for them, a time that they will always find special, even if their Gran cannot celebrate with us. I am very fortunate and blessed to have married a man that respects me and treats me as his equal. I am double blessed with two beautiful boys, whom I will instill the values that were passed onto me. I treasure each and every moment that I can spend with my family.

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What is one way you feel we can all spread kindness:
There are many, but I want to mention two ways. Always treat others the way that you want to be treated. We also need to practice being quiet more often and to listening to others.

How can people reach out to you to work with you:
They can either make contact through my blog or DM. Alternatively they can email me at : cisca@dekockfamily.com

Quote you live by:
You are the artist of your own life, don’t hand the paintbrush to anyone else

Anything else you want to add:
The number one question I always get asked is: What camera do you use?
I don’t have a fancy camera, I always use my iPhone 8 + to create content. I will always try and think out of the box. Sometimes I take a lot of photos and I will change up the styling, until I am happy with it. Once photos are taken, I select the ones I am happy with and then either edit with my iPhone editing app, VSCO or Lightroom.

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Cisca, it was such an honour to be able to feature you on my blog, and it has been an absolute joy to get to know you better.  Thank you for your kindness, your messages and just for being you.

Please follow this wonderful woman – you will be a fan from day dot I can promise you!


 

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The Tiny Dollhouse

When I think back to creating happy memories as a child, I think back to spending hours creating fairy gardens or playing with my Barbies in their house that my uncle built.  I think back to magic, imagination and love.  Recently Charlie Loves Studio shared a story on her Instagram about a beautiful business that is just launching and I was immediately thrust back into my childhood.  KaRi has created an adult version of fairy gardens and doll houses – and I am completely obsessed!


Your name:  Karen Kelly but people know me as KaRi (my creative alias)

Business name:  The Tiny Dollhouse (South Africa) and also the #girlboss behind the Lovilee Blog for the past 10 years.

Social media handles:  Facebook and Instagram and Website.

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What are 3 fun facts about you:
I always thought I was addicted to coffee, but have realised coffee is addicted to me.
I am bunny everything obsessed!
If I could choose any color in the world, it would be the color grey.

Tell me a bit more about the business:
I am a creative at heart, always busy with some activity behind the scenes, whether it is to knit, to embroider, to DIY or just to craft. I love keeping busy and surrounding myself with creatives. This year I decided to take the leap and follow my tiny passion to create an online store, with a beautifully curated Instagram feed and miniatures by myself and other makers. A way for other creatives to showcase their talents in a different way, but still linking to their bigger businesses. A community that will be brought together in a tiny (yet big) way. I am hoping to start a dollhouse revolution in South Africa!

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Where did the idea for this come from:
A few years ago my bestie in Holland sent me an image of a Scandinavian style modern dolls house and I was sold. I knew I had to have one and tried to find one in South Africa. It was virtually impossible so, I decided to make a plan and bring the dollhouses to South Africa myself.

Why tiny dollhouses:
Tiny things like miniatures and dollhouses make me happy and I hope to share this happiness with others, be it via Instagram, or the online store. Let’s face it, not everyone can have a perfectly organized home all the time, but you can manage something like this on a teeny tiny scale. It makes me happy to know that my tiny dollhouse is styled the way I like it and that no matter what chaos ensues in the home, there is a place that is the total opposite. I love the DIY element that comes with these miniatures, I might not have the time to do a room revamp in my home in one day, but it might just be possible to do it in my tiny space – giving me a total sense of accomplishment and pride.

Where can people order from:
They can order directly from the online shop. I courier countrywide, RSA only.

What kit do you think a first-timer should start with:
Step 1 – Purchase a dollhouse. If you are looking for a small project the one bedroom dollhouse is the perfect option and can be displayed beautifully in an office or bedroom.
Step 2 – Add some wallpaper or paint for the walls.
Step 3 – Add a carpet and plants
Step 4 – Get creative and make some cute furniture that you can move around.

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What sort of products can people expect from you:
As the owner and creative behind Tiny Dollhouse, I curate each and every product that is listed in the online store. There are not bulk amounts available of each product to keep the experience unique and I will be sharing DIY tutorials and printables going forward as well, essentially an extension of the Lovilee Blog, just on a smaller scale. I hope that this new pretty venture enables you to create your own tiny dream house! All of the dollhouses and products in the shop are made to a 1:12 scale.

Items in the store include Dollhouses, Miniatures, Carpets, Plants, Wallpapers and I will be adding Furniture soon.

Quote you live by:
“When you do what you love, nothing feels like work.”

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Anything else you want to add:
I have been the creative girl boss behind http://www.lovilee.co.za, a Lifestyle blog for the past 10 years and used to have a Wedding Hanger personalisation business that I sold just over 2 years ago. I had been looking to start a small online shop again selling items that I am passionate about. I guess this TINY obsession is about to grow BIG.

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I absolutely LOVE the idea and passion behind this project.  I love that it can be a bit of quiet time for anyone to do something that they love, and allow their inner creative to come out.  I love that it could be a family project, where you can spend quality time together without the interference of cellphones and laptops or television.  I love that you can create your perfect little happy place – a place where you can escape and envision your dreams becoming a reality.

If you had to design your dream room right now, what would it look like?  What would you include?  And which room would it be?  Once I began thinking down this route, I realised that I definitely wanted to work on bringing my dreams to fruition.  I now want to create my own Tiny Dollhouse filled with miniatures of happiness – macrame plant hangers, a fluffy beanbag, handwoven rugs, mini family portraits, and a beautiful wallpaper…


 

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La Vie En Rose

“But first, brunch…

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Recently I was invited to an event at KCC La Vie En Rose (see their Facebook & Instagram pages) for a Bloggers Brunch, & I immediately accepted!  In case you haven’t noticed, I absolutely love my food, & brunch is that in between meal that just makes me super happy.  With husband working Saturdays we don’t often get the chance to go out & experience new restaurants, so this was really special.

I arrived early on Saturday morning at Killarney Country Club, & drove through to the restaurant – it is on the property of KCC, & past where the gym is so don’t feel like you are getting lost!  I was immediately greeted by the friendliest staff, along with a glass of mimosa before I headed to the table of bloggers that were already seated & snapping pics of the gorgeous surroundings.

What a great group of people I got to meet!  From foodies, to tech babes, to YouTubers, to lifestyle bloggers – we were all there & I am so grateful for the friendliness & acceptance in the circle of Joburg “influencers”.  But, I digress…

We were treated to a table groaning under the weight of the lavish spread laid out for us.  From Nutella stuffed pancakes, to bagels with salmon, cream cheese & avocado – there was literally something for everyone.  My sweet tooth was in heaven & I couldn’t resist trying a little of everything, including the cannelloni which made the sounds around me fade into the background & my entire attention zoned in on what was entering my mouth.

My plate was filled to the brim, & I managed to scrape it clean before ordering a Chai Latte, which was the perfect ending to the most perfect morning.  The entire experience left me with a huge smile & desperate for any excuse to go back.  I rolled out of the restaurant to my car & immediately called my husband to say that we needed to make a plan to go back together (*cough cough* wedding anniversary?)

All in all, I have to say that I rate the entire experience a 10/10.  The ambience, food & drinks were all outstanding – the only problem I have is that there was no more room in my belly to try everything that was there.  It was such an honour to be invited to this event, & I will definitely be back as soon as possible.

La Via En Rose caters for events such as baby/bridal showers, birthdays & get-togethers.  You can request to be seated in the beautiful garden under umbrellas, or enjoy a cozy meal inside their restaurant with your loved ones.

Contact them today for your next morning out by calling 011 268 6144 or email info@lavieenrose.co.za. And ENJOY!

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Loving Local

It is the month of love, & I am thrilled to have teamed up with some of my favourite small businesses for another giveaway!  It is launching on 17 February 2020. so make sure that you don’t miss out…

I am letting you know a little more about each of these amazing businesses below so read on to get inspired & fall in love.

Enter to win the following:
– R500 voucher from Muppie Lounge
– 1 x Made Wild shirt
– 1 x Gift Box from Modern Crete Decor
– Print from Olive & Arrow Creative
– Shaving soap & brush from Bundubeard
– 2 x bottles of wine from HPF Skapie
– Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet from Living that Oil Life
– Macrame bag tag from Viveca


Jislaaik Online Shop

In 2016, Jislaaik Online Shop was created as an expression of our passion for good-quality, locally-made South African products.

Our range is only supplied by local artisans and creatives who hold to sound ethical values in their production and in their business practices. We aim to provide products that are manufactured to be environmentally sustainable, while also raising social consciousness.

Our collaborations with our suppliers result in unique one-of-a-kind product lines. We love introducing creatives to each other who together with us, bring concepts to realisation that are exquisite and exclusive. We are equally committed to the spirit of Ubuntu. When our collaborations are successful, we donate a portion of the proceeds to worthy causes that fall within the theme of each collaboration.

Our firm belief is that we live in a South Africa where everyone can benefit from the works of their hands and their hearts. Through our blog posts, you get to learn about the inspiration behind the products that feature in our online store.

We know our suppliers. We understand our clientele. We believe that our country possesses great talent that can contribute to positive economic change for everyone. We are good at what we do, and we are true to our purpose in bringing good quality products to the forefront of the South African Online Shopping Industry.

Jislaaik, that sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

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Muppie Lounge

A Proudly South-African brand. Everything uniquely designed for the confident woman.

Each range tells a story and all my inspiration comes from you. The life that surrounds us, the beauty of motherhood and the longing of a perfect tomorrow.

All our stuff is either made by hand or carefully designed for your comfort. We are all about lifestyle, confidence and adding a dash of excitement and romance to life.

Stay At Home Mom of four, Marishka, needed a new challenge when the kids went off to school and decided to try something bold and new. She launched the first range 3 months before her last baby went to school and loved it since.

This brand is to empower woman. She believes that we are all worth it.

It’s called a #muppiemoment

She has launched 5 ranges in total since September 2017. Every range means something, it tells a story of where she is in her life.

She started off with T-shirts and have now evolved to dresses, mommy daughter twinning , woman accessories and some creative play tents for kids.

Everything is made by hand, in South Africa by woman who needs the work.

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Made Wild

Made Wild is a proudly South African blog created by someone who felt the need to celebrate and embrace the South African heritage and culture.

In addition to providing you the best quality T’s we are passionate about travel, good food and coffee, great friends, long evenings around the campfire and a spirit of adventure!

When joining our #MadeWildFamily you will find a lot more than just some lekke T’s to wear, you will also discover a whole new world of all things travel and local related.

We are blessed to live in a country rich in diversity, we just have to keep on searching for the beauty and joy deep down to appreciate it.

So get out your vellies, pack the coolerbox and join us for a roadtrip through our precious country!

“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventure, we have nothing to lose and a world to see” Made Wild

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Modern Crete Decor

There is something beautiful about the natural cement look that brings so much character to a space. Not only is it modern but also a classic look that dates back to ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt.

Modern Crete is an established company in Somerset West, Western Cape and hand crafts cement décor items. From planters, candle holders, serving slates, door stops to jewellery dishes, Modern Crete’s variety is unlimited.

They are always looking for new items to create.

“We are inspired by our desire to create beautifully crafted décor, furniture and accessories and strive to offer the best service and product quality.”

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Olive & Arrow Creative

My name is Charise and I am the founder of Olive & Arrow Creative. Olive & Arrow Creative was born long before it got a name, creativity has always been part of my life

I live for the beautiful moments in life.

I absolutely love what I do and the journey of meeting new people who quite often become friends.

My style of work is modern and simple but stems from a deep love for what I do and this, in combination with your idea, gives way to the perfect end result.

Creativity is a force of enchantment – not entirely human in its origins

I will forever be changed by this book – Olive & Arrow Creative

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Bundu Beard

Classic wet shaving is simply the coolest way to shave. Period. When you start to enjoy something considered by most as a tedious daily chore, you know you are on the right track. Improving your quality of life is not only about doing great things, but also about making small changes that turns boring into fun. Most classic wet shavers look forward to their morning shave, even thinking about what combo they are going to use the night before! It is all about options, quality, exquisite hardware and consumables that nourishes, cleanses and lubricates. Just by being here you have taken the first step in upgrading your life, now take a few more and reclaim your own individuality and style. Classic wet shaving is exactly that; Classic.

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Living That Oil Life

It all started out kind of organically, I’d heard about the ditch-and- switch phenomenon sweeping across the States – where moms were trading their store bought cleaners for natural, child-safe alternatives. It’s what kick-started my journey with essential oils. We as a family already watched what we ate so why not everything else? I took the plunge around June 2018 and bought a Young Living Premium starter kit, and switched out our dishwashing soap, all-purpose cleaner and our washing detergent. From my kit I started making my own blend of chill-out rollers for my hubby, Duncan (he calls it his cream soda roller, because it smells incredible), a soothing baby bum balm for our little girl Sloane and a few gifts here and there for my girlfriends’ stork teas.

Then one day I found my friends asking me to whip them something up to help with their eczema, something for dry skin, body butter for our kids and a roller to help with sleep and in late 2019 Living That Oil Life was born. I realised early on that people wanted alternative, “nasties” free products and the health benefits of using high quality essential oils in our products offer that. You might think “oils aren’t for me” but there is literally something for everyone, from moms to bubs and even the dads too. One take away I have from it all is that delving into essential oils has been, and still is, a wonderful journey. I’ve had so much feedback from people wanting to know more and learn more and that’s why I launched a Facebook group where anyone can ask questions, share tips or follow a few of our guides when starting on a similar journey. I’d love for you to join our community and learn more about essential oils and how they can enrich your life.

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Viveca Handcrafted Jewellery

A mother of two, wife to one, friend to many spectacular souls, daughter, sister and a crafter with a taste for nature and uniqueness.
Hesmarie vd Merwe was born and raised in Limpopo, and currently lives in Bela Bela.
Handmade bohemian jewellery which is so unique, not one ever looks the same.

Viveca is a unique local supplier of creative, handmade products of different mediums for those with a love of the flair of local.

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Hermanuspietersfontein Wines

Was it not for “the sheep” we would not have a story to tell.
In the early 1800’s farmers from the Overberg region imported a teacher by the name Hermanus Pieters to teach their children in Dutch, the forerunner to the Afrikaans language. Mostly paid in sheep they used to graze at a fountain where be camped under the Milkwood trees near the sea… This spot soon became known as Hermanus Pieters’ Fontein.

The wine with the longest Afrikaans name in the world…
In 1855, some 20 years his after his passing, the village was named after him. In 1902 the postmaster shortened the name to Hermanus. When, in 2005, we founded our cellar we elected to adopt the original name of our village and pledged all our brand’s label copy to be in Afrikaans.
Operationally, our well equipped 350-tonne urban cellar boasts a large stainless steel component, 20 6000L French foudrés and some 450 small and large French oak barrels. Designed to operate with two winemakers and two assistants; we combine a European mindset and gravity concept to minimize handling and intervention in the winemaking process.
Our 350 Ha conservation conscious farm is located in South Africa’s cool climate premium wine producing region and nestles in the sheltered mountainous area called Sondagskloof. Less than 20% under vine our viticulture strategy focuses on low-yield farming in the interest of quality.
On average 2° cooler than the rest of the Walker Bay region this special piece of earth is an accredited wine ward: Wines of Origin Sondagskloof under auspices of South African Wine and Spirit Institute since 2007.
The minerality in our wines can be traced back to the high clay content in the soils while the cool climate and maritime influences on the vineyards is expressed in natural acidity. The different soil profiles presents the perfect environment for both Bordeaux and Rhône to prosper.
Founded in 2005 for more than a decade already we’re still the only wine producer able to offer an elegant, European styled range of Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet franc, and Bordeaux and Rhône varietal wines under the appellation Wines of Origin Sondagskloof.
Our winemaking philosophy Good Earth makes Better Wine successfully expresses our sense of place which we call The Soul of Sondagskloof.

What is the relevance of a “sheep” in our lives?
Well, everything… Was it not for his sheep Hermanus Pieters would never have camped at the fountain under the milkwoods near the sea and the site was never going to be called Hermanus Pieters’ Fontein. To this end we’re employing a wooley little creature as our story teller…

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Flowercrowns & Treatment

If I had to describe my blog using 3 bullet points, it would include:

  • Kindness
  • Proudly South African
  • Awareness

I am here to show that your diagnosis doesn’t have to define you (I was diagnosed with a rare disease, Myasthenia Gravis in 2004); that we should always try to support the local businesses in South Africa (there is so much talent right under our noses – we just need to look); & that you should always choose kindness in every moment of every day.

I have made some amazing friends through this journey, & hope to continue it for years to come.

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I am so amazed by the gorgeous products that we have right here in South Africa – & this is a prize jam-packed with so much love, time, talent & passion.

Follow all their social media pages now & get ready to enter the giveaway of a lifetime!

Which part of the prize are you most excited about?


 

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