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MINENE FABRIC WASHING BASKET – REVIEW

Minene has a fun and contemporary line of baby products. From PJ’s to storage solutions they cater to the many needs of new parents. Minene has an in-house design team creating beautiful products which are made with love to produce practical, functional and unique designs especially for children and their parents. They are sold in 20 countries across the world.

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We’re trying to get Caspian to learn basis things like helping to tidy his toys, put things in the bin and his dirty clothes in the washing basket. He’s doing really well, though sometimes he takes everything out again. Just because he can…

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When we were recently offered to review one of the stylish laundry bags from Minene I went for the navy colour with a white star print as it matches our guest bathroom. I envision that this basket can go in Caspian’s room when his older and hopefully he’ll continue to pop his laundry in there. Wishful thinking I know. Especially if he takes after me as I have to hold my hands up to not being the tidiest person that has ever walked this earth. I claim it’s due to my creative nature, but no one is quite buying it! At least I’m trying to teach him to be better.

The basket is made from cotton and easy to clean with a damp cloth. It also has handles which makes it super practical as it’s light and doesn’t add any significant weight, so when full you can carry it to your washing machine with ease.

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Another great feature is that is folds flat and can be hidden away when not in use. Though let’s face it. if you have children your washing basket is ALWAYS in use, so you might as well invest in a design that’s easy on the eye, like this one.

It can naturally also be used for storage of shoes, clothes, toys, blanket etc.

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This particular style of washing basket comes in six different designs and matches the rest of Minene’s fun interior design lines. It measures  W37 x H55cm and retails at £32 with free shipping over £75. You can find the full collection on Minene’s website.

NB! Please note we were gifted this item. All words and opinions are my own. 

Minene Laundry Basket Review!

I’ve spoken a couple of times about chores for children, and I have a whole video chatting about it on our YouTube channel coming soon (will replace with a link once it goes live!) the girls, 4 and 3 are now at an age where they can start helping to keep their room a little tidier, one way we have been encouraging this is with this funky new laundry basket from Minene.

The Minene laundry basket (£32) comes in 6 different designs, from a cute pale pink to a funky monochrome chevron. As the girls bedroom is currently deep plum and grey (it used to be our bedroom an we haven’t gotten round to decorating!) the grey chevron was the perfect choice for us.  Made from cotton the basket has built in handles for easy transport and is lightweight, durable and practical. This is the perfect accessory to brighten up any room and has the added bonus that it folds flat when not in use…not that there is ever an empty wash basket in this house!
Now my girls love to get themselves changed about a thousand times a day so when I popped this in their room they got straight to work filling it with the random clothes they found dotted around the bedroom, hiding in toy boxes, squashed in between books on the book shelf, tucked into the end of the bed…you know the usual hiding places!
The laundry hamper fits in perfectly in their bedroom and looks great too. We have had it for a week now and as of yet, I haven’t found any clothes in places they shouldn’t be! It really has encouraged the girls to keep their room tidy…although it wouldn’t be a child’s room with a teddy or 2 on the floor right!
We were sent this product in return for an honest review.

The Mummy Adventure Blog

When we moved into our house I was pregnant with Archie and we were quite sure that he was our last baby.  We chose a three bedroom house that we thought would see us through the next few years.  Finn was a surprise and Cora even more so and suddenly with six of us in a four bedroom house space is quite tight.  I don’t fancy moving with four so little so we are finding ways to make the most of our space for now.
Cora is still sleeping in with us and we don’t have a real long term plan beyond that.  We may put the three boys in one room and our baby girl in another, or we may put Cora in with Finn so there are two in each room.  For now we are all happy where we are and we have created a small space for Cora in Finn’s room.
A girl needs somewhere to keep her clothes and Cora has a white chest of drawers as well as a few bits hanging in my wardrobe.  Minene kindly gave me some storage to help keep her corner neat so now all the little baby toys are kept in a lovely black and white basket and her bibs and socks are in the lidded soft box on top of her drawers.
Finn’s room is now triple purpose – it contains his cot, wardrobes and the nursing chair as well as Cora’s little corner and a desk as it is also our home office.  For the smallest room in the house (bar our box of a kitchen) it is pretty busy!
Being a fourth baby has some definite advantages – a more relaxed Mama, adoring big brothers and more experienced parents, but it does mean you don’t get quite as much space of your own.

A tidy home with Minene

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I won’t lie. I’m a little bit of a clean freak. I hate when my apartment is messy. It ‘leaves me feeling on edge, anxious and unable to relax. It’s not always possible to have a tidy space when you have a toddler running around creating mess as you clean. I’ve worked hard to shape my home into a place I love to relax in. If you are anything like me then you will hate the sight of toys laying around. I try to store away all of Daisy’s toys in an easily accessibly place, yet hidden away discreetly. As I do a lot of work from home, I feel like I need a clean and tidy space to be able to work efficiently. Don’t get me wrong – a lot of the time I have toys dotted around everywhere.. I let Daisy get out anything she wants during the day then we have a quick tidy up before lunchtime, then again before bedtime. Then once Daisy is asleep I get to sit back and relax/work in a clean and tidy space.

The beautiful Minene toy storage

We have recently been sent a set of two storage baskets from Minene and absolutely love them. We’d had our eye on this style for a while and so couldn’t wait to pop them up into Daisy’s room. We have a large one and a small one and they fit SO much in, it’s unreal. The good thing about these is not only do they fit so much in, but it’s easy to move them around. We’ll quite often grab the larger basket and bring it into the living room for Daisy to play with whilst we do housework. The larger basket is also perfect for larger items such as bedding, blankets, clothing and large toys. We keep the smaller one on top of her chest of drawers with all her little plastic toy animals in.These two came in a set and the RRP is just £38. We love them!

Scheduling tidy up times

We tend to have designated tidy up times – as silly as that may sound! We find that I’ll do a quick tidy up in the morning after having a nice cup of tea and whilst Daisy eats breakfast. She’ll then make all the mess she possibly can. We’ll do a little bit of tidying before lunch, then again after nap time. Once nap time has been and gone (it’s always pretty quick nowadays!) the place will get really messy. I don’t see the point in tidying up again until bed time. For every one toy  I put away, Daisy will get out five.

Turn it into a game

We find that with the Minene storage baskets it’s really easy to turn tidying up into a game. We place the large basket in the middle of the room and encourage daisy to drop everything in there as quick as she can. We help her and then within no time the flat is clean again! Although it never lasts long,  I really find that just keeping on top of things if you have a spare five minutes really helps.

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Halloween Baking with Emmie

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Our youngest Minene member Emmie is so excited for Halloween, so we decided to make Spiderweb Sugar Cookies together… of course wearing our gorgeous Apron to protect her clothing!

We believe that cooking is up there as one of the most valuable skills you can teach a child and Halloween is the perfect opportunity  to get little ones excited about baking!

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 batch Royal Icing (see below)
Food colouring

Royal Icing:
1 egg white*
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions:
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat until fluffy. Blend in the vanilla. Sift in the flour, baking powder, and salt, mixing until just combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a floured surface, roll half of the dough to 1/8-inch thick. Cut into circles using a 3-inch round cookie cutter or the top of a drinking glass. Gather and reroll scraps. Repeat with remaining dough. Place the cookies on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes, until just golden. Do not allow cookies to brown.
To decorate, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in a heatproof bowl for 1 minutes. The chips may look unmelted, but stir them with a spoon to see if they have actually softened before putting them in for another minute, if necessary. Spoon the melted chocolate into a zipper-lock bag. Seal the bag, pressing out any air. Use a toothpick to make a very tiny hole in one corner of the bag to release a very thin stream of chocolate for writing.
To make the spiderwebs, spread white royal icing smoothly over the surface. Immediately, before the icing can set, pipe a spiral of chocolate over the surface, starting in the middle and working outward. Starting in the center, use a toothpick to pull outward through the icing, making a spiderweb design.

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The finished yummy Cookies!

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