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Picnics with Minene!

I always dreamt of picnics in the park with my family, and luckily for me, we live in a city with an abundance of parks.
We’re also very much into getting outdoors at the moment and making the most of the beautiful weather we’re having recently.

So last weekend we decided to head out for the afternoon and have a little picnic in Palmerston Park in Southampton, one of our favourite spots at the moment. It’s filled with pretty flowers and plenty of shady trees, perfect for sitting under and letting Henry have a crawl around. After a quick stop in M&S for supplies we were ready for an afternoon in the sunshine.

 

We’ve also recently added to our picnic repertoire with this gorgeous activity mat* from Minene which combines style with functionality. The activity mat is perfect for setting up a picnic on, with a waterproof underside, and soft sensory toys attached to keep little hands entertained. It all comes in its own bag which fits perfectly over the handle bars of our pushchair.

 

 

 

Henry’s determined face in the above photo literally made my day when I was putting together this post so obviously I had to share it!

 

 

 

These boys of mine love their food!

 

 

Of course no picnic would be complete without some baby throwing, and baby escaping!

 

 

And finally, total picnic abandonment!! Seriously though, this is one really great and versatile blanket. It’s such high quality, and although a little on the pricier side, I think it’s well worth the cost as it is so well made and looks like it can stand any amount of small person torture! It survived a rampant 10 month old, which is more than can be said about our jaffa cakes (yep, Henry got in them and we didn’t realise until there was chocolate on his foot!) It’s 100% coming with us on every trip out, and I’m really looking forward to taking it to the beach with us when we go out for our staycations this year! That waterproof bottom looks perfect for protecting against sand too!

New Minene Pyjamas!

There’s nothing nicer than brand new pyjamas, so when we were asked to review some Minene Pjs I was more than happy to say yes.
Most of Ru’s pjs are getting too small and more than half are hand me downs!
I was asked to pick which ones I wanted, so I went for;
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Ru loved both of the designs and was more than happy to jump into them as soon as he had, had his bath.
The first pair he picked out was the Summer Grey pjs.
The little monster on the t-shirt represents Ru right down to a T!
The material is nice and soft and the fit is perfect, not too tight not too baggy.

 

Each Pyjama set comes in a nice organza gift bag, so they’d make a perfect present.

 

It’s recommended that you wash them at 30 degrees.
They wash up well, we haven’t had any shrinkages yet and he’s worn them a few times since receiving them.
All of Minene Pjs are available from ages 2yrs right up to 8yrs!
Minene also have a sweet collection of baby clothes that go up to age 2.
Along with their range of clothes & Pjs, they have a beautiful range of storage for the home.
All at very reasonable prices.
If you haven’t checked out their website, I highly recommend having a look!

MINENE ACTIVITY BLANKET: BABY PLAY TO PICNIC DAY

I love a good picnic with the kids and have since they were babies. I was always looking for that perfect versatile blanket that was water proof on one side, soft and thick enough to be comfortable to crawl on for baby and your bum to sit on but then grow up with us for our picnic days out as a whole family. We love to do picnics while on holiday so we always need a convenient way to carry the picnic blanket and basket with our hands free to hold the kid’s hands to wherever we are exploring for the day.

This Easter, we went to Ireland, we got to take with us this Minene Activity blanket that met all our criteria for a fab picnic day out for my two toddlers. They may not be babies anymore but it was thicker and softer than the normal picnic blankets we have bought in the past. It also comes with a fab carrier that still had room for other items which really saved my back when we were walking further distances for our picnics than just from the car.

Our first picnic was on a bit chillier day while we were visiting Great-Grandma’s house. The kids wanted their lunch outside by the flowers so we thought we would see just how comfortable our new picnic blanket was. My kids absolutely love eating outside as much as we do! They are usually ones that see a great place to sit and eat and shout out, “let’s have a picnic”.

 

We had a variety of picnics with friends and family and just us throughout our entire trip which was fab. When we got home, we got invited on a sunny Saturday to go have a picnic at Trentham Gardens with friends so we jumped at the opportunity to bring along our new picnic blanket. It was great for the kids to share while over looking the lake and swans. I was amazed at how much stuff I could fit in the carry tote along with the activity blanket. I only wish I had this when my two were little it’s fab.

I can’t stand sitting on a picnic blanket and feeling the cold ground which is a bonus with this one especially if you have babies crawling around on it. It does have cute little soft toys attached for playtime, entertainment and my two just used them to mark their side of the blanket and called them seat markers. I loved the vibrant stripes of this one.

It’s perfect for winter or summer picnic with it’s wipe clean material and it’s thickness to keep the cold ground at bay. It’s the perfect square size for a family of four at 135 cm x 135cm square 3cm thick. It comes in six different patterns and colors with matching tote bags! Bonus! It’s easy to throw over your shoulder and take wherever you want to go.

So whether you have a baby or you have a growing family that love picnic days, it’s the perfect versatile outdoor blanket and this pattern is on sale at only £20 now. It’s picnic season, let’s get our baby play or picnic days on!

*We were sent this for the purpose of this review but all opinions are our own. 

Pretty in Pink!

If there’s one thing we love in this house, it’s pyjamas! And I’m not ashamed to admit that we have days, far too many of late, when we like to stay in them all day! Although the girls have had some lovely fleece pyjamas over the Winter months, the last few weeks they have been waking up and stripping off, and so this review coincided quite nicely with us being on the look out for new Summer pyjamas.

When the girls pyjamas arrived from Minene I was so impressed with the packaging. Gift packaged in an organza gift bag I instantly got the impression of good quality and something that little bit extra special that would make the perfect gift.

We received these floral Summer pyjamas which are so pretty and available in sizes 2-8 years.

Both the top and the bottom have the Minene tag on the outside, which adds a little designer touch.

The girls couldn’t wait to get their pyjamas on last night, with both Eva and Megan commenting that they were lovely and soft. Made from 100% pure cotton I completely agree, they feel so fresh and airy, and you can almost feel that they will wash beautifully.

I love that the pyjama tops have short sleeves, which are perfect for the  Summer, and that the pyjama bottoms are cuffed so they don’t ride up in the same way when the girls are in bed. You’d be amazed how a pyjama leg riding up can be classed as an emergency at three in the morning when Megan is screaming the house down!!

Priced at £16 the pyjamas are a little more expensive than some other brands and yet they are also far better quality. I will most definitely be buying the girls another pair for the Summer months, and I already have my eye on these unicorn ones!

Activity Mats just arrived!

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Minene’s colourful, padded, portable activity blankets with storage bag are essential accessories for picnics and daytrips.

We have 3 brand new designs for this Spring / Summer!

The surface of the blanket is made from 100% cotton canvas and comes with two toys attached. The underside is made from water resistant polyurethane, making it ideal for indoor and outdoor use.

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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.

Minene Christmas Model

model_search_xmasMinene are on the look out once more for adorable tiny tots to model our Christmas collection!

To enter please email Rachel at marketing@minene.co.uk with two clear photos of your little one aged 0-2 years taken in the last 3 months. Please include their name and age category.

We are searching for models in the following age categories:

Newborn – 3 Months  /  3 – 6 Months  /  6 – 12 Months

You can also enter via Instagram – just follow us @mineneuk and tag your little one using the hashtag #mineneuk.

Don’t forget to include their Name & Age category as a comment below your post.

Deadline: Friday 30th September

Photoshoot date: Mid October TBC

Location: London

Thank you for entering Minene Model Search!

We’re now busy looking through them and will inform the winners in due course x

Dear Bear and Benny Review

Review: Minene Storage Basket Set…

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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.

Minene recently sent us their storage basket set, it comes in fourteen different designs and we have the cream flowers design. When it arrived I knew it would be perfect for Holly’s bedroom.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Laura x