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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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!
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
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)
1 egg white*
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
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.
The finished yummy Cookies!
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One thing that no one tells you before you have children, is how much stuff they come with! There is all the toys, teddies and large colourful plastic stuff! I am always looking for new and better ways to store all the girls things.
I like everything to have a home and it makes it so much easier and tidier at the end of each day.
Our house is over run with teddies, please tell me we are not the only ones? They seem to end up everywhere, in beds, pushchairs and random places. Everywhere we go they seem to end up with another one. It made sense to have them all in one place. Then when one of the girls wanted a particular teddy, we would no longer have to search everywhere for it.
These baskets have provided the ideal solution. We’ve been able to pop all their teddies in them and they look lovely sat in Holly’s room.
I’ve saved hours from having to hunt down teddies now they have a home of their own. The large basket is a good size and larger than I was expecting. It holds about 15 of their teddies. The small basket would also be ideal on a chest of draws for small toys or hair accessories.
The baskets are really soft and they hold their shape well. Plus the design is really pretty! The set consists of a large basket which measures 45″ and a small basket which is 22′ and has an RRP of £38 for both baskets. Matching boxes and cubes are available too.
The cream flower design is something that can grow with Holly and it will be a lovely addition to her bedroom for years to come.
Having a new baby recently it has amazed me how much extra stuff we need, they do accumulation a lot of stuff and so when I was offered the chance to review a Storage Basket Set by Minene I happily accepted as I knew this would help save my house looking so messy but also meant I had everything at hand both up and downstairs.
The storage basket set I chose was one from their new 2016 collection, black with white stars. They arrived quickly and were flat for easier postage. When I opened it I was surprised at how big the large storage basket was and the smaller one for me was a perfect size for my needs. They measure 45cm x 40cm (large) and 22cm x 18cm (small). On the card that is wrapped around them it says, that they are ideal for extra nursery, playroom, laundry and bedroom storage. The large baskets are ideal for storing bedding, clothing, toys, washing etc. and the small baskets are ideal for storing books, nappies, pegs, toys, muslins etc.
The baskets are very good quality, very thick and are quilted too. The design matches most decors as it is black and white.
Once I had finished looking at them with a very impressed look in my eye I started to fill them. We literally had baby things everywhere at this point so we needed that storage so bad.
The small basket was taken up to the bedroom for night time or first thing in the morning nappy changes and feeding too.
I packed this with nappies, a pack of wipes, muslin square and nappy rash cream. This really is the perfect size for the bedroom and keeping the night time/morning nappy changing items all together instead of having to go up and down the stairs finding things at night. Having fabric handles at the top makes it easier to grab too.
The large basket is in the living room, we still have the basinet up for day time sleeps, and little man does sometimes keep a little bit of wind down and it usually comes up just as we lay him down for a nap, which means changing the sheet. Therefore this basket has basinet sheets in it, a couple of blankets, a small towel for when I give him a top to toe wash. Lots of muslin squares and bibs, you can never have enough at hand when they are teething and feeding, spare clothes as he gets through about 3-4 outfits a day at the moment and his toys.
There is still lots of room left over for other things that may need to go in there later on. This again has carry handles which means I can move it around with no trouble.
I am very happy with the Minene storage baskets, not only are they a nice and stylish design but they have saves my house from looking so cluttered with baby things everywhere. And when they are not in use (not for a long while yet!) they have been folded flat for storage.
This set costs £38, Minene also sell the baskets separately and in many different designs.
Fun Activities Children Love to do with Grandparents
All kids love a good treasure hunt, and scavenger hunts turn ordinary walks into adventures. Make a list for your grandchild—a red leaf, a Y-shaped twig, a feather—and start walking and collecting. Tip: Take a camera with you and have kids take a photo of something that begins with each letter of the alphabet.
Grab the baby books—not your grandchild’s, but their parents. There is nothing children like better than seeing their parent as peer (rather than the person who tells them to clean up their room and it’s time for bed). Talk about their mom or dad’s first step, first word, anything he or she did that was naughty or funny.
Whether it’s bridge, gin rummy or mah jongg, playing games you love with your grandkids opens them up to new experiences and shows them a piece of you and what hobbies you enjoy. What child doesn’t love competing against Grandma, or seeing Grandpa make mistakes?
Okay, the yum factor makes this an obvious winner, but the hidden benefits are important, too. Kids like to be included in grown-up activities, and cooking or baking is just that. But it is also about family traditions and history. So while your grandchild is measuring and stirring, you‘re teaching how to plan, follow instructions, and develop patience.
So, this is a bit of a real life post. Here are my three, one in pants, one with dirty face and big brother looking the most presentable, in their toy-covered bedroom that they have yet to tidy, again. Normally I’d clear up before taking any photos, but here they are in their jumble of toys and trinkets.
Here’s the annoying bit – are your little ones like mine? Do they come home from pre-school or school with stickers across their sweatshirts, proclaiming how excellent they’ve been? Are those stickers for AMAZING tidying up? Do they EVER clean up at home? Nope, mine either. Yet according to pre-school and school teachers, my boys are the ultimate in helpful assistants in the tidy up department.
Now I do know how this works. Having spent a few years as a teacher I used to smugly laugh at parents who told me this tale. I couldn’t imagine why they would do it for me and not for their parents. So now I’m bitten by karma. My boys are pretty bad at picking things up – or rather, really good at letting me know just how hard it is for them to do it.
I like keeping the toys seperate – LEGO [two sizes], wooden bricks, Play Doh and Plasticine, Little People… You get the picture. There is nothing worse than having to search for Rapunzel the Little Person or a set of LEGO wheels that you need in seven different boxes. So I tidy up that way, but my boys think this is the equivalent of tidy up torture.
I’ve gone for a new tactic. Minene have these gorgeous soft storage baskets – ours is pale blue with grey stars – and what I now do is at tidy up time, I drag it into the middle of the floor and the boys can put everything into it. I’m fine distributing it into the boxes because it’s a start at tidying and they are only little after all. The storage baskets are HUGE. They can fit so much in there and they never have a problem with overflow.
We all love this basket. It’s played with when it’s empty in make believe land, and it’s so durable that the stitching doesn’t budge and it stands upright without any sign of ugly sagging whilst it’s in the corner of the room on display either. I’m slightly in love with the floral ones for laundry baskets at the moment.
I’ve been crafting a chore board for them when they start back at school that I’m excited to show you!