BABY & LIFE

What’s in a name?

Is there anything more personal than a name? Parents spend a lot of time and research to choose the perfect name for their perfect little bundle.

There’s cool names, weird names, celeb names (I mean what’s up with Apple and Pilot Inspektor) – yes it’s actor Jason Lee poor kid and then

there’s forbidden names. Yes really! Like Prince William and Nutella in France, Adolf Hitler in Deutschland and Talula does the Hula in New Zealand.

Yes it’s true, you can google it!

With Minki… I just knew… FYI my dad calls me Linki, and my mom’s name is Mariette – so we changed the L to an M and that’s how

Minki Mariette was chosen.

And you must admit Minki and Linki on the go sounds quite cool…

I didn’t know what I was looking for when I started planning Minki’s nursery, but I knew I wanted

her name to be the centre of the room.

This may not be the most important part when planning a nursery but for me it was – it’s her room, her happy place, so

I wanted to put her name on it!

My 6 steps to create the perfect nursery:

1. Choose a crib

Choose a pretty one but make sure it adheres to safety standards. A Vintage crib may be beautiful but is it safe?

2. The changing table

Let’s talk dirty! Newborns can POO up to 8 times A DAY!

Choose a changing table that one day (when kiddo is off to college), can be turned into a bookcase or dresser.

3. Storage

Tiny people = a LOT OF STUFF! It’s diapers, wipes, earbuds, all sorts of creams, shampoos, blankets, toys, bottles and the list goes on…

Make sure you have enough storage space otherwise your once pretty nursery is going to become a contender on the next Clean house episode.

4. Nursing chair

Hours of breastfeeding and before you can say “solids” you’re gonna sit in that same chair, reading baby’s favourite story over and over and over…

Bottom line: make sure it’s comfy because you’re going to spend a lot of time there!

5. Prettify everything

There are no rules here! Fill this space with what makes you happy! Too much floral? Pink overdose? DON’T CARE!

 Only rule: if you love it, put it in!

6. Put a name on it

When I found Jen, from It’s a sign…it truly was like a sign!

My brief to Jen was simple: less is not more, romantic, feminine, floral and oh-so-girly!

The result:

She can make the board or just the letters – you choose!

Why we love it!

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Made with love:  You can pretty much tell Jen what you want – the style and colour – it’s up to you! And it’s handmade, with love!

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Investment: It’s so affordable! Depending on the name only R350!

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Need it now!

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Keepsake! Prettiness never go out of style!

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Importance of a name: Baby’s name symbolises everything you want and wish for kiddo.

Order your custom-made board or letters now:

E-mail: jeaston75@googlemail.com

Go on give Jen some love and follow her on Facebook at Its a Sign

Minki’s wearing angel dress from Keedo and her star-studded cardigan is from Cotton On Kids.

I’m wearing off-the-shoulder lace top and my fave skinny jeans both from Forever New.

 

 

Stay Stylish

XOXO

Helene

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  1. André :

    Ané Verster, sy is amper 6
    Barend de Klerk Verster is 4
    Hulle name was bitter maklik om te kies. Ek wou nog altyd gehad het my eie naam moet eintlik Ané wees en my man het daarvan gehou, dankie tog!
    En ek is baie vir familie name, so my seuntjie is die 8ste Barend de Klerk Verster en ek dis dis baie spesiaal. Almal het baie opinies oor familie name wat outyds is en te lank is, ek dink dit beteken meer as net ‘n naam wat vir jou ouers mooi klink, of wat in my geval gebeur het. My sussies het al die familie name gekry en toe sê my ma vir my pa hy mag kies… Nou het ek ‘n mans naam wat manlik beteken… Rol die oë…. Moral of the story is… Moenie laat ‘n man alleen kies nie!
    Ek hou van jou artikel en dis baie mooi geskryf!

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hallo Andre,

      Ek het nou so lekker gelag vir jou boodskap. Ai tog nou sit jy met ‘n mansnaam opgeskeep! Ane is darem ‘n baie mooi dogtertjienaam. En ek stem familiename is baie belangrik. Baie dankie dat jy ons blog lees en geniet. Dis so lekker om dit te hoor! Dankie vir jou inskrywing! Hoop jy het ‘n heerlike week verder.

      XOXO
      Helene

  2. Claire Purdon :

    Sean

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hi Claire,

      Thanks for entering! Hope you have a lovely day!

      XOXO
      Helene

  3. Louise :

    Carter

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hallo Liewe Louise,

      Baie dankie dat jy ingeskryf het! Ek hou vir jou duimvas! Een van die dae moet jy inelkgeval nog ‘n bord laat maak!
      Hoop jy het ‘n heerlike week verder!

      Liefde
      Helene

  4. Gerda Masterson :

    Callum is turning 2 on the 2nd of October. We initially thought he was a little girl that would have been named Nikita Mary Masterson (Mary to show respect to my husband’s mom that passed) then at 8 months it turned out that he is indeed a boy, so we went from name to name until we came across the name Callum (pronounced with a K but spelled with a C) and instantly fell in love with his name!

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hi Gerda,

      That is such a great story! Did you only find out he’s a boy when you were 8 months pregnant?! Callum is a really unique name! Thanks so much for entering our giveaway and reading our blog. Hope you have a lovely day!

      XOXO
      Helene

  5. Heleen :

    Lené 🌸

    • Helene Olivier :

      Liewe Heleen,

      Natuurlik weet ek jou dogtertjie se naam is Lene! Baie dankie vir jou inskrywing en dat jy altyd ons posts like en share! Ek waardeer dit sooo baie! Hoop jy het ‘n heerlike dag en gee ‘n spesiale drukkie vir liewe Lene!

      LIefde
      Helene

  6. Geraldine Van Biljon :

    Hi 🙂 I also call my daughter Minky. Her full name is Meicaiah Carien and the meanings were very important to us. Love your blog. And that nursery?!!!! Oh my word. BEAUTIFUL. <3

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hi Geraldine,

      Yay! Another Minky! Love the full name, really unique and special. Thank you so much for the beautiful compliment! I’m so happy to hear you like our blogs! As you can see I went a “little” overboard with her nursery but I just love florals and pink. Hope to hear more from you in the future and thanks so much for entering!

      Have a fabulous week!

      XOXO
      Helene

  7. Elsandri :

    Melizé

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hi Elsandri,

      Baie dankie vir jou inskrywing! Dis ‘n pragtige naam, werklik besonders!

      Hoop jy het ‘n heerlike week verder!

      Liefde
      Helene

  8. Kirsty Robinson :

    My boys are Luke and Jaime

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hi Kirsty,

      Thanks so much for entering our giveaway! Two boys… I can’t even imagine how busy you are! Thanks so much for reading our blog!

      Have a fabulous week!

      XOXO
      Helene

  9. Suvana Ramdhani :

    Avyukt Attwarie, 2 years 7 months and Yajvane Attwarie, 9 months

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hi Suvana,

      Wow such beautiful names! Thank you for entering our giveaway and for reading our blog!

      Have a lovely day.

      XOXO
      Helene

  10. Lydia Dunn :

    Eden Rose

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hi Lydia,

      What a beautiful name! How did you decide on it?

      Thank you for entering our giveaway and thank you so much for reading our blog.

      Hope you have a fabulous week!

      XOXO
      Helene

  11. stephanie videira :

    We choose the name Gabriella always loved the name and our second daughter is Daniella after a very close family friend

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hi Steph, Thanks for entering! Such beautiful names! Can’t believe we are both Mommy’s now! Seems like a lifetime ago when we worked together.

      Hope you have a fabulous day with your 2 pretty girls!

      Love
      Helene

  12. Liezel Hesse :

    Alinay Klara

  13. Liezel Hesse :

    Clarice Mackenzi

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hallo Liezel,

      Twee besonderse mooi name! Baie dankie vir jou inskrywing!

      Hoop jy het ‘n fantastiese dag verder!

      Groete
      Helene

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hallo Liezel,

      Baie dankie vir jou inskrywing! Ek hou duimvas!

      Hoop jy het ‘n heerlike dag en week!

      XOXO
      Helene

  14. Deborah :

    Lana-Marie

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hallo Deborah,

      Baie dankie vir jou inskrywing!

      Hoop jy het ‘n heerlike dag!

      Groete
      Helene

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hallo Deborah,

      Dis ‘n pragtige naam! Baie dankie vir jou inskrywing! Ek hou duimvas!

      Hoop jy het ‘n fantastiese dag verder!

      XOXO
      Helene

  15. Marilé Grobbelaar :

    My klein dogtertjies se naam is Amoré Elizabeth – wat beteken liefdes geskenk van God.
    Haar zulu naam op die plaas is Lindiwe… wat beteken ons het vir haar gewag – en na n hartseer verlies is hierdie naam baie gepas. Sy is ons reënboog kind! 🙂

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hi Marile,

      Dit is so mooi naam en betekenis! Love die zulu naam! Baie dankie vir jou inskrywing!
      Hoop jy het ‘n heerlike dag!

      Groete
      Helene

  16. Leonie Kotze :

    Kaila Kotze

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hallo Leonie,

      DAnkie vir jou inskrywing!

      Ek hou duimvas! Sterkte vir jou Maandag en week!

      Groete
      Helene

  17. Heleen :

    Lené

  18. Carolyn Augustus :

    I have always loved the idea of unisex names especially since I know girls can do whatever boys can (sometimes even better). My little girl’s name is Blake and her older daughter is Cameron.

  19. Chanelle :

    Milandie ( Mila Muis) <3

  20. Karleyne :

    Olivia Layne

    • Helene Olivier :

      HI Karleyne,

      Such a unique and beautiful name! Thanks for your entry!

      Have a fabulous day!

      XOXO
      Helene

  21. Deborah Graham :

    Lorelei 😍😍

    Absolutely loving your blog xox

    • Helene Olivier :

      Hi Deborah,

      Lorelei is such a beautiful name! Thank you sooo much for the compliment! It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoy it!

      Hope you have a fabulous Monday and week!

      XOXO
      Helene

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