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Winter Warmers

So now that the cold is upon us, (well it was for a few weeks, suddenly it is pretty mild again) we need to keep our babies snug as a bub.  I was lucky enough to try some fleece products by the Children and Baby brand Minene.  They design and produce innovative quality pieces at very affordable prices, you may have guessed they were founded by 3 Mothers!

When browsing their website you’re greeted by cute and colourful designs and inspirational nursery pictures.  Always a winner for me as a marketer’s dream, I usually want every product I see when put together nicely.  Back to the Winter Warmers…

Jasper’s now 7 months old and I was yet to opt for anything fleece for him.  But given it’s now winter, thought let’s try two essential items, a blanket (can never have too many blankets for a baby) and a foot-muff to keep him cosy whilst in his pram.

I was so impressed with the blanket.  Jasper is a fan as has a new found interest in bi-planes. He has a cute little mobile in his room with hanging bi-planes, which he is fascinated by, and now his favourite blanket has a bi-plane picture on it too.  The blanket is light blue, fluffy fleece one side, and plain (with a plane!) the other.  Blue is a good colour for us as Jasper is ‘occasionally’ (very often) mistaken for a girl. I blame those big dark eyes.  So blue, as gender stereotypical as it is, helps us out of any embarrassing situations where we have to explain he is actually a boy.  I wasn’t sure how Jasper would take to the blanket as when sleeping he likes to fling away any covers, however with the fleece being so lightweight and also very soft he allows it to stay on.  Perfect for those freezing nights we had a few weeks back.  He also enjoys the blanket on him when out and about in his pram or car seat, and it saved the day when he was poorly a few weeks back as we both spent an afternoon wrapped-up on the sofa with it (see ‘feeling-sorry-for-myself’ pic on my Instagram account).

I have to admit his love for the blanket may also stem from the Minene label along one side.  As most Moms will know, babies obsess over labels.  I used to obsess over cutting out any labels, but have had to let go of this and allow him to have them.  So, the blanket is a winner; soft, boyish enough, warm, cute and affordable!  It also washes well as I had to wrap him in it when collecting firewood (yep as cavewoman as it sounds) and they were both covered in wood chip.  It’s now fresh and good as new again.

Onto the next Winter Warmer I tried.  A grey and white star fleecy foot-muff.  Anyone who knows Jasper and his nursery will know we love a grey and white star.  The foot-muff is a universal fit for all prams and has slits on the back and bottom to hook your safety straps through.  It is fairly thick but I didn’t know if it would withstand the cold of the Cotswolds when visiting my Sister and Niece last week and it dropped to -4, but it did.  We used it on a trip to meet Father Christmas and his Reindeers.  Jasper was really cosy tucked-up in his pram with the fleece.  It’s not too bulky so can stay attached to the pram seat when in the car (unlike most puffy foot-muffs) and isn’t too long so doesn’t hand over the bottom of the seat.

We are now big advocates of the brand and you might see Jasper’s little face on their website with these items.  Next on my list of Minene purchases are PJs, the cute storage boxes, and my current favourite slipper socks!

Winter Pyjamas, Giggles & Great Friends

Where has the year gone? The sun hasn’t even disappeared from the summer months, yet we are already thinking about Christmas!

Last week we were lucky enough to have two little guests to join Emmie for an afternoon of pyjama modeling, playing, tea drinking, make believe fun! The lovely Sasha and Jamie came to visit Emmie and they all had such a fabulous time!

We set up a soft rug and a little Christmas cheer to get them in the mood, Emmie was a little too excited at the sight of the decorations and decided to get decorating early. Of course, she had to wear her new strawberry dream pyjamas for this – the pink spot were not an option when it came to her very RED set!

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Strawberry Dream Girls Winter Pyjamas

It wasn’t long before friends arrived! After a quick change of outfit – chosen by Miss Emmie – Sasha was soon involved in playing with the bright red star storage, Christmas decorations and enjoying Emmie’s company. The two looked so cute in their matching pyjamas & sleep-suits and had lots of secret giggles whilst sitting on their fluffy rug.

 

Sasha is her Strawberry Dream Sleepsuit

Our Red Star Storage is ideal for getting your house in the festive spirit! Check out our sale page this week to get a great deal on all festively red star storage! Happy  Sale Shopping !

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Master Jamie was also very keen to get involved! He might be a petite 11 months old but that didn’t stop him wanting to be part of the crew! He looked gorgeous in his navy Baby Sleepsuit and Emmie absolutely adored him, commenting ‘ I love him Mummy, can we have one too please?’

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Minene’s lovely little models did a great job of showing you some of the girls winter pyjamas and sleepsuits that are available for AW2015/2016. The soft cotton pyjamas are made from super soft cotton and are comfortable and very vibrant. Each pair is lovingly packaged in an organza gift bag making them the perfect Christmas Eve gift or Chirtsmas Day stocking filler. Jamie’s lovely sleepsuit is also available in a a Boy Winter Pyjama style, available in sizes 2-8 years.

Tune in next week for part two of the shoot…. where models start to get a little silly and tired… and the giggles really begin!

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On the 11th day of Xmas #mineneslittleheper gave to you…

A snuggly towel robe in white!! 🙂

Day 11 already! Wow! In the spirit of last minute everything.. today’s is an easy like and share! The image is already on facebook you just have to visit it and give it the thumbs up!!

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#mineneslittlehelper is in with today’s prize, a cuddly hooded bath robe!

To view all the designs, of our super cute and spunky hooded robes, you can click here

Good luck and be sure to check out the 12th and final day here, tomorrow! 🙂 xx

On the 9th & 10th Days of Xmas #mineneslittlehelper gave to you…

Pyjamas!! And we know every child needs a new pair of pyjamas to wear on Xmas eve!!

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#mineneslittlehelper picking pyjama time fun for the 9th & 10th days of Xmas

She is digging mighty deep now, as the days tick down! This weekend we will give away 1 pair of boys pyjamas and 1 pair of girls pyjamas, each day (that’s 4 winners all together!)

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Some of the gorgeous pyjamas that are available to win! Thank you #mineneslittlehelper

Minene’s childrens pyjamas are made from soft jersey cotton and come in a range of cool styles, including long john ‘rocket man‘ and loose cut ‘Olga Le Owl‘ just to name two! Each style is available in ages 1-6 years and arrive lovingly packaged within an organza gift bag.

To win… tell me which style pyjamas your little one would like, his or her size AND what their favourite bedtime story is! As always #mineneslittlehelper as without her…there would be no prizes! You can enter on Facebook or Twitter or leave a comment on the blog…in fact if you do all 3…you will get 3 entries!! 😉

Good luck! All 4 winners will be announced on Monday and we will endeavour to send the that same day so they have a chance of being with you on Tuesday, just in time for Santa 🙂

On the 8th day of Xmas #mineneslittlehelper gave to you….

A cuddly and cosy fleece blanket!! She found a pretty pink one, but the lucky winner can choose whichever colour they like. (that basket is certainly starting to look empty…must mean Christmas is coming!!

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#mineneslittlehelper is having to dig deep today! And what has she found? A cuddly and snuggly fleece blanket!

Minene’s snuggly, super soft,  fleece blanket will soon become your little one’s must have blankie. At 75*100cm, it is the perfect size for snuggling up in their pushchair, whilst sitting on the couch or, of course, in the bedroom & nursery.

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Beautiful fleece blankets, from Minene

 

We have many soft and cosy fleece blankets to choose from, so head over to the fleece blanket page to make your choice!

And how do you win your favourite fleece blanket? Take to good old Facebook or Twitter and tell me which colour blanket you would like and what one item your little one can’t sleep without! Remember to add #mineneslittlehelper 🙂

Good luck all and thanks for entering!!

On the 7th day of Xmas #mineneslittlehelper gave to you…

A green frog child bag!

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It is a stretch for #mineneslittlehelper today as she grabs the bright frog child bag :)

 

This cute green frog themed kids bag is fun, lightweight and wipeable making it ideal for young children. The bags features two exterior drink pockets and a large plastic front pocket for extra storage.

There are 4 animals in the full collection! Check all child bags out here

To win, tell us on facebook or twitter what your little one carries in their backpack and why they need a new one 🙂 don’t forget to #mineneslittlehelper

Good Luck!!

On the 4th day of Xmas #mineneslittlehelper gave to me…

A soft, cuddly, super large,  hooded towel!

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We hope you all had a lovely weekend! And are ready for another week of fun, with Minene! To win one of our fabulous hooded towels all you you have to do is share the competition page on our facebook page, marked with #mineneslittlehelper and click over to the website to check out the cuddly towel colour range and comment on facebook which colour you would like!

A comment gets you an entry, as does a share 🙂

Also, want to know who won our gorgeous teddy bears?

Congratulations to Nicci Jane Cowdell-Murray, Jacqueline Roberts (@homernbloss) and Caroline Tonge (@mscazzingtons) please contact rebecca@minene.co.uk with your details 🙂

 

 

On the 2nd day of Xmas #mineneslittlehelper gave to me

We hope you all enjoyed day 1 of our little helper’s 12 days of Xmas.

So this morning, #mineneslittlehelper got back in her dress (we have officially given up on the hat now!) and with her wafer in hand…..she chose….

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A bright red painting apron, with paints and paint brush! And seeing as it is day 2, we thought we would give two away to 2 lucky winners!

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#mineneslittlehelper picked a bright red painting apron for day 2 of her 12 days of Xmas

Our painting aprons are perfect for little Picassos. Perfect for arts and crafts, cooking and eating, the apron features a large pocket at the front. The apron is made from 100% vinyl with a wipe clean finish and 100% cotton lining.

So how do you win today? Jump on facebook and comment on the image to say which colour painting apron you would choose. For a 2nd entry, tell us what kind of things your little one likes to paint…and for a 3rd…share image with your friends!

The winners will be announced on here tomorrow! 🙂

GOOD LUCK!! 🙂

On the 1st day of Xmas #mineneslittlehelper gave to me…

A Mibooster Cushion!!!!

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#mineneslittlehelper making sure gift 1 is a good one!

The competition has finally begun, after a bit of a slow start! So what will you have to do to win all of these AMAZING prizies and how will it all work? Each day at 10am we will announce the previous day’s winner and announce the new competition. They will all be based around social media platforms, as it gives everyone a fair chance! We hope you have lots of fun playing along… and that you win something! There will be plenty of prizes up for grabs over the next 12 days, so get entering!

To enter today’s competition all you have to do is choose your Mibooster colour, the one you would choose if you were the lucky winner! Then tweet

On the 1st day of Xmas #mineneslittlehelper gave to me..1 Mibooster cushion!  I’d like a (insert colour) one @mineneuk please! 🙂

Tweet and retweet as every tweet counts as an entry! Entries close at midnight tonight, Wednesday 11th December 2013. The lucky winner will be announced on here tomorrow morning at 10am…at the same time that the new competition will be launched!! 😀

Minene’s Little Helper and her 12 days of Christmas

Minene are excited to launch the #mineneslittle helper and her 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!

Beginning on Monday 9th of December, Minene’s little helper, Emmie, will be bringing you presents, toys and fun, for 12 days! From gifts for you, to gifts for your tots, there will be plenty of lovely Minene surprises to win.

Each day our Minene’s little helper will choose a gift (or 2!) from our large Minene Christmas basket, whatever she chooses is yours to win (don’t worry…we will help her lift the big ones!)

We will shout about it on Facebook, tweet about it on twitter and pic about it on instagram…so plenty of ways to keep up to date with what you can win and how to do it!

So, I know you are all wondering….what type of products will be in the Minene Christmas basket? Well we have stroller net bags, liners, bandana bibs, childrens pyjamas, newborn gifts, a Layla Changing Bag, large cuddly towel, Mi booster cushion, froggy bag, small storage baskets and boxes, plenty of friendly teddy bears….and maybe even an activity mat!

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SO many toys up for grabs! Which one will our #mineneslittlehelper choose first?

Everything is ready for the beginning of our #mineneslittlehelper 12 days of Christmas event!!

Everything is ready for the beginning of our #mineneslittlehelper 12 days of Christmas event!