June 18, 2016

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Last Minute Dot Com Father's Day

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Ha!
You thought we had forgotten to prepare a Father's Day blog, didn't ya?!

Well, we hadn't, but we have been really, really slow about it.
The result? A last minute dot com Father's Day idea for all of those forgetful (or like us, just really slow) peeps out there.

Last minute dot com Father's Day

This Father's day vibe is a two-parter:
1. Homemade Card
2. Rustic Banana Pancake Breakfast

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Home-Made Water Colour Card

What you need:

  • White cardboard cut to size
  • Water colour palette paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Candle
  • Glass of water

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What to do:

  1. Gather all of your supplies and set up on a clean workspace
  2. Set down some newspaper if you are worried that your little might make a mess
  3. Draw out the word 'DAD' in wax on the bottom half of the card with the candle
  4. Shake off the excess wax
  5. Get your little to paint over the word with the water colour paints
  6. Let the card dry and then fold
  7. Have your child dictate a message to their dad for you to write inside (if they can not write this themselves).

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Part one done. On to part two:

Rustic Banana Pancake Breakfast

Basically, what you need to do is find a simple banana pancake/crumpet/flapjack recipe and follow the instructions.

We used this recipe but added about half the milk and only a smidge of butter for frying. We also used self-raising flour instead of regular plus baking powder and served with honey rather than maple syrup.

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Get your little to help mash the banana, mix the batter and possibly even to flip the pancakes - but monitor this closely to avoid accidental finger or forearm burns.

The best part is that it is generally accepted that anything that has the word 'rustic' in front of it is automatically forgiven for being a bit wonky and misshapen. Try using it in a sentence today ;)

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Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!

May 04, 2016


Free Stuff and Mothers. Two of the Best Things in Life

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Isn't Mother's Day just one of the very best days of the year?

A day where we cherish and shout at the tops of our lungs how amazing, wonderful, self-less, beautiful, brave, ferocious, gentle, thoughtful, loving, caring and understanding our mothers are.

And there is nothing quite like a mother.
Having one. Being one.

Whether your relationship is rocky or solid, she is that one precious person who will always be your mom. The person who carried you for 9 months. In many cases, the person (or one of a pair or a tribe) who helped you make it to 5 years old, 10 years old, 20 years old... I still lean on my mom for so much support at 30 and, while the nature of the support might change with time, the undeniable need for it will not.

So let's celebrate our moms and let's celebrate ourselves as moms. The needs and duties change as the years pass and children grow but it will always be one of the most important roles in society.

Hug your mom today!
And if she's not around, call her!
And if you can't call, then think about her, or talk about her. Let her love fill your heart.

This may have been a bit premature since Mother's Day is only on Sunday. What can we say, when we start talking about what moms mean to us we can't stop!

So, we've rounded up a few of our favourite FREE Mother's Day Printables on a handy little list below.
Let your mom know how much she means to you with a rad print or card. Make her gift look spiffy with a fun gift tag.

Here we gooooo.....

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1. Floral Cake toppers for a little confectionery pizazz at your Mother's Day Tea
From Oh Happy Day

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2. and 3. Cards full of compliments from Chasing Gold

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4. and 5. More cards from Say Yes

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6., 7. and 8. We've seriously got quirky mom cards down. So many rad ones for you to choose from on this list! The above are:
L-R: Card from The Dating Divas, Wall Art from Alexi Bullock and another card from Weekend Craft.

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9. and 10. Lastly, some cutie patootie gift tags to finish off your mom's gifts with a swish
Above left are from Lia Griffith
Above right from The Painted Arrow

** All pics are via the websites that are linked

April 27, 2016

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Yoga for kids?

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What is yoga?

Yoga is the phenomenon that has basically taken the world by storm in the last few years. Some say that the practice has found growing popularity as a response to the fast-paced, wealth driven, internet age where everything is based on instant and fleeting gratification.
Yoga is a discipline which teaches breath control, simple meditation (ie. Being calm and aware of one’s own body) and adopting specific postures which help with health, flexibility and relaxation.

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Why should my kids do yoga?

  • Maintains flexibility and strengthens growing bodies

    Kids who engage in rough and tumble activities and sports are less prone to injury when they practice regular yoga.
  • Enhances concentration and focus

    Moving from one pose to another can be quite a challenge for kids and can require a high level of concentration for them to be able to focus on the correct muscle groups to help them successfully get into a pose. This promotes concentration in other areas of life, including school work.
  • Teaches tolerance

    ‘Namaste’ a greeting used among yogis means ‘the light in me sees the light in you’. Yoga teaches children to respect all living things because the same light shines from everyone. This helps them to understand that judgment and negativity should be avoided.

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  • Increases self-esteem and discipline

    Mastering a difficult pose after a lot of practice and hard work brings with it a great sense of accomplishment. It boosts a child’s confidence as it makes them feel as though they can do anything that they set their mind to. They learn that if they are disciplined and work hard and consistently, they will be able to achieve their goals.
  • Gives a child tools for stress management

    A child is faced with challenging situations all the time. Yoga provides instant stress relief from these, the postures and stretching release endorphins which send positive messages to the brain. Even the deep breathing that yoga teaches has an unbelievably calming effect in a stressful situation.
  • Increases self-awareness  (in mind and body)

    Yoga teaches children to be aware of how their body feels in every movement, stretch and posture. This body awareness is of high value both while they are kids and as they grow, from understanding niggly injuries and sickness to being aware of what their body requires to stay healthy.
    They learn how their mind influences their attitude and emotions and can ripple to those round them. Yoga means a happier child in happier surroundings.

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Considering all the benefits of kid yoga, the question seems to change from why should my child do yoga to why shouldn’t my child do yoga?

It’s a no-brainer really!

The pics for this post were supplied by Carolina Barrause (thank you Carolina!) who runs Kid Yoga classes at the Astanga Studio in Kloof. If you are in the Durban/Upper Highway area you can contact her on carolinabarausse@gmail.com or visit www.astanga.co.za to sign your child up for the inspiring practice of yoga!
Classes for children run every Thursday and space in each age group is limited.

If you are not in the Durban/Kloof area, please give us a shout at info@thetinystore.co.za or using the form on our contact page and we will be happy to recommend yoga studios that cater to children, if we know of any in your area.

Namaste

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March 24, 2016

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Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies for Easter

CHOCOLATE!

That's pretty much what we've had on our minds for about a week now.Make your kids smile with these Easter Treats_Mini Eggs Brownies

We're partial to super dark chocolate around these parts but have been known to dabble in other chocolate varieties every now and then. We understand that chocolate is one of the most universal signs of love in any language. So we couldn't let Easter slip passed without sharing a lil bit of chocolatey goodness with ya'll.

We found this recipe here

And can we just say that it completely exceeded our expectations.

Perfectly chewy or gooey (we're not sure of the correct terminology but whatever the opposite of 'cakey' is, it was that). Plus the added bonus of the crunchy tastiness of Mini Chocolate Eggs.... Winner Winner, we're having brownies for dinner!

We've repeated the recipe here in a South African friendly version, as the original uses US measurements.

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What you'll need:

(We modified the recipe slightly by using less sugar and dark instead of milk chocolate. So this is what we used).

1 cup butter
3 small slabs milk (we used dark) chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 of a cup of sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
1/4 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chopped milk chocolate Mini Eggs, divided in half
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Let's get going:

1. Heat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

2. Line your baking tin or grease with butter (we didn't have baking powder so went with the butter greasing version).
3. Melt the chopped chocolate and butter together in a double boiler.
4. Remove from heat and add cocoa powder, stir until smooth and glossy
5. Set aside and let cool slightly.  
6. Whisk together sugar, eggs, salt and vanilla until combined.
7. Add the chocolate/butter mixture to the egg mixture and stir to combine.  
8. Fold in the (sieved) flour.  
9. Next, fold in the Greek yogurt and 3/4 cup chopped mini eggs.  Make your kids smile with these Easter Treats_Mini Eggs Brownies4
10. Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan and spread until even.
11. Sprinkle the remaining chopped mini eggs on the top of the brownie batter.  
12. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
13. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
14. Pour yourself a glass of milk and enjoy!
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March 22, 2016

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DIY clay Easter bunny bowl

Yay for school holidays (and extra public holidays for mum and dad)! What better way to spend quality time with your littles this Easter holiday, than with some creative, crafty fun! We fell in love with Alice & Lois’s DIY clay bunny bowls because they are simple, easy and super for kids!

They would also make a fun Easter gift for a loved one… to keep jewellery or small treasures!
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We decided to go ahead and re-create these. We had initially thought we might give the bunnies our own spin in terms of paint treatment but you know what they say about ‘original and best’ so we ended up sticking pretty close to the original bunny face.

What you’ll need:
  • Air dry clay
  • Baking/parchment paper to roll on
  • A small glass bowl to use as a mould
  • A rolling pin
  • White paint (optional)
  • Paintbrush
  • Permanent marker/ sharpie marker pen
  • Sandpaper for smoothing
Directions:
1.Set up your work station so that you’ve got some space to be creative. Line the table with newspaper so you don’t have to worry about clay and paint splotches later!Kids_DIY_Easter_Bunny_Bowl_TheTinyStore2
2. Roll out the air dry clay, using your rolling pin on a smooth surface. We used baking paper to roll on. Roll to thickness of 5mm.Kids_DIY_Easter_Bunny_Bowl_TheTinyStore3
3. Place the bowl top side down onto the clay and cut around the edge of the bowl with a knife. Remove the excess clay and lift the bowl gently off the baking paper to pop out your circle of clay.

4. Cut out a rectangle out of your left over clay you’ve rolled out. Cut it in half and round the edges carefully with a knife to create the two bunny ears.Kids_DIY_Easter_Bowl_TheTinyStore4 5. Place ears on backside of rolled out circle and gently push and roll with the rolling pin to create a good smooth seam. Try and smooth over any cracks now.Kids_DIY_Easter_Bowl_TheTinyStore5
6. Now to create the shape. Push the clay into your bowl until it touches the bottom and side. Smooth the edges with your finger.

7. Leave the clay to dry overnight (or slightly longer if you live in humid Durban). Once it is dry, pop out the dried clay from the glass bowls and sand the edges with the sandpaper.
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8. Now comes the fun part. You can paint the bowls however you’d like with acrylic craft paint. We liked our bunny bowls white so we didn’t end up painting them!

9. Once the paint has dried, use a permanent marker or a sharpie oil-based paint marker to draw in the eyes and nose.
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10. Don’t forget to mark the underneath with your little one’s name and the year so you can remember in the future!

Happy Easter Crafting!

You can visit Alice & Lois’s blog for the original post here.

March 18, 2016


Easter Picks from The Tiny Store

It’s almost time to stuff our faces with chocolate eggs! Yea!

Hunting for Easter eggs is truly such a joy for both kids and parents, we’ve seen some pretty adventurous Easter Egg hunts and some curious hiding places in our time. What's the weirdest place you've ever hidden or found an Easter egg?
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We have two fun (one yummy and one crafty) Easter activities lined up to share with you next week. Spend some special bonding time with your kids over the school holidays while helping develop their motor skills and co-ordination as well as their logical and creative minds.

For now, here are our favourite Easter picks from The Tiny Store. If you order before Monday, you can still get your goods in time for the Easter weekend!
Easter Picks for your Baby and Toddler from The Tiny Store
1. This friendly bunny is plushly stuffed for maximum cuddles. He is printed in a course bitmap pattern, which up close seems quite modern and abstract, but take one step back and his personality comes shining through. He will make the perfect pet for your little one's bed or rocking chair!

2. Super bunny to the rescue!! Get your child into the Easter spirit with this lightweight long-sleeved super bunny t shirt. Perfect timing for the cooling weather as we head into winter.

3. Toddlers LOVE these gorgeous bamboo bunny push toys. A perfect Easter treat that can act as a toy or a nursery décor item.

March 08, 2016

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Simple Safari Party Part II

Hi Friends!

Last week we shared part I of our Simple Safari Party. If you missed it take a look here.
Here’s what else went down at the safari party:

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Popcorn Cones

The next item on our list was Popcorn Cones. Easy to hold and environmentally friendly, we used a banana leaves to make our cones but any similarly shaped leaf will do.

Clean your leaf with a soapy damp cloth and rinse it off thoroughly.

Tear/cut your leaf up into square sections and roll them into a cone shape. You have two options for fastening, either use a toothpick to hold the cone together or, for a quicker and less finicky option, use a stapler. Make sure that the staples are properly secured so that little fingers don’t get poked during the popcorn guzzling.

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Animal Masks

We fell in love with the animal masks from House that Lars Built. We used her printable for these masks. We used two of the three that she offered as we were keen on the idea of using the masks as an easy way to divide party attendees into two teams for games and activities.

We printed these on to A3 sized paper and then cut them out. To fasten you can use ribbon or elastic band attached to the mask.

As an alternative, there are many options online for printable black and white mask outlines. If you’d like to turn mask-making itself into an activity you could print these out and provide crayons for each child to colour their own unique mask.

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Decorations

We kept the décor for this party inspiration quite simple, using hessian over the table for an earthy feel and palm fronds behind as our table’s background.

For the garland above the table we sourced leaves from Jodie's home garden and threaded these on to a piece of sisal twine. Use a toothpick to stab the leaf before threading the sisal twine through to try to avoid leaf rip-age as far as possible. We used washi tape to secure our garland to the wall.  

Lastly, we gathered some safari animal figurines and dressed them in brightly coloured paper party hats using cut out squares of colourful craft paper which we rolled into cones. We used pritt (non-toxic paper craft glue) to secure the cones. Each animal was adorned and then they were ready!

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PARTY TIME!
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March 04, 2016

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Simple Safari Party

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We’re pretty much still on a high from opening The Tiny Store, and what better way to keep that over-joyed feeling at max intensity than a party blog! Woooo!

For this party we channeled something that South Africa is super popular for.
SAFARI!
Safari party.. safariparty safariparty. It just rolls off the tongue so well!

We decided that we wanted to honour the age-old tradition of animals in party hats, while celebrating a 2 year old’s birthday so this is what we did!
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For the Cake

Ingredients:
  •     Flour
  •     Butter
  •     Eggs
  •     Sugar
  •     Salt
  •     Baking Powder
  •     Bicarbonate of Soda
  •     Lemons
  •     Icing Sugar
  •     Buttermilk (we used regular milk)
  •     Vanilla Essence
  •     Palm leaves and plastic animal figurine for decorating

We used Ina Garten’s recipe for a lemon loaf (visit the link for instructions). We used a round cake tin rather than a loaf tin which made this is a cake with a rather firm crumb. Ideal for going mental on the cake decorating if you’re keen on that. Or you could drizzle a simple glaze like Ina does. Or you could do what we did and sandwich with a delicious lemony butter cream while leaving the cake naked.

For the buttercream icing:

  1. Mix half a brick of butter (250g) with a packet (500g) of icing sugar, add a spoonful of milk and lemon zest and vanilla essence to taste.
  2. Then spread the top surface of your bottom cake layer with icing and sandwich the remaining cake layer on top.
  3. We used palm leaves around the bottom of the cake to finish off, with some extra sticking out from behind for height and make sure our giraffe cake decoration got the attention he deserved.
  4. Get your partner in crime to fashion a delightful cake stand for you at the last minute because your idea to use an old tree stump was a bit gross for a food related project. Alternatively, feel free to visit this Facebook page and order one

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Animal Biscuits and Monkey Food

Any self-respecting animal party has gotsta have the humble zoo biscuit somewhere in the mix. The nostalgic value for the big kids combined with the bright colours that draw little eyes in are the perfect party biscuit.

We used de-hydrated banana chips as our monkey food. These can either be DIY’d at home if you have a food dehydrator (or an oven) or they can be purchased from your local Manoli’s or even Checkers. They went down an absolute treat.

Join us later this week for a continuation of the safari party vibe.

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February 14, 2016

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HAPPY LAUNCH DAY!!

HAPPY LAUNCH DAY!!
*cue doves and streamers and pompoms and dancing troupe and lively band*


We’re so excited to open our virtual doors today! Please take a browse through our site and let us know what you think. :)

We’ll be adding new products regularly over the next few weeks so follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest to stay in the loop.

Happy shopping!

February 12, 2016

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Product Spotlight - Myang Shoes

Wanna know more about our awesome proudly South African products?
You’ve come to the right place!

Today we’re shining the spotlight on Myang.
We love their gorgeous shoes with genuine leather soles, which come in a variety of rad colour, pattern and style combinations.
In fact, if I could fit my feet in I would definitely get a pair for myself!
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We also love that their products are made by an all women team - GIRL POWER WOOO! and their emphasis on uplifting those from disadvantaged communities.

What makes Myang so great (other than that their shoes are beautifully designed and crafted) is that the fabrics are comfortable and lightweight to allow your baby or toddler’s feet to develop naturally.

Take a look at the Myang Shoes we have in stock here: Boys and Girls