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Celebrate National Grandparents Day

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Fun Activities Children Love to do with Grandparents

Treasure Hunt

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.

Baby Photos

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.

Game Time

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?

Baking

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.

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Minene WINS Gold at the Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards!

We are proud to announce that our pushchair liners, bath time items, storage & feeding bibs have won Bronze, Silver & Gold at the Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards 2016 <3

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Check out our winning items below:

Minene Cuddly Towel has won SILVER in the Baby/Toddler Towel 2016 category

Minene Mi Booster Cushion has won GOLD in the Travel Highchair 2016 category

Minene Storage Basket Set has won BRONZE & CONSUMER CHOICE in the Storage Solution 2016 category

Minene Full Vest Bib has been SHORTLISTED in the Feeding Bibs 2016 category

Minene Mi 1st Bath Buddy has won GOLD in the Bathtime Safety 2016 category

Minene Bandana Bib Set has won BRONZE in the Bandana Bibs 2016 category

Minene Pushchair & Car Seat Liner has won SILVER in the Pushchair Liner 2016 category

The Mini Mes and Me Review

As we are in the process of decorating Minxy’s and Jamster’s bedrooms we’ve been on the look out for new furniture, beds and accessories to get some inspiration. I’m fairly clueless when it comes to things like design, I could certainly do with all the help I can get, and although the Mr is a handy man at heart he doesn’t have an eye for interiors either! I thought it would therefore be the best option to ask the Mini Mes exactly what they want and to just go with that. After all, I know how excited they are about having a more attractive space of their own and it makes them feel involved with the transformations.

Jamster is after a modern skater theme with cool graffiti style artwork whereas Minxy is seeking a more feminine and classic look with floral designs, floaty drapes and big fluffy cushions. Regardless of the style, we definitely need more storage for their belongings and Minene stepped in to help in that department. They sent us some pretty baskets to kick-start our projects and these have already been very useful.

The smaller of the two is ideal for placing upon a table top or windowsill to store essentials like hair brushes, remote controls, DVDs, books, lip gloss etc for easy access, whereas the larger one can be used for laundry, bedding, toys or games. The strong handles make both easy to transport as and when required and Minxy loves the quilted look with flowers on the outside and the red polka dots inside for a nice contrast.

As a mum, I really appreciate the fact that these are machine washable so they can be kept clean at all times! If her friends are on the way over we can quickly scoop up anything laying around her room and throw it in to hide away which is useful, although thankfully she is naturally quite tidy.

 

There are matching boxes and cubes available so I think we might need to add those to our collection once her room is complete. It’s possible I will purchase the same in a different print for Jamster – he particularly likes the stars and grey chevron versions.

Baby Sample Sale!

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Minene BABY SAMPLE SALE starts this week!

Gorgeous clothes from newborn till 2 years plus muslins, bandana bibs and lots more starting from only £1

*CASH ONLY

Tuesday 16th August 2016 10am till 3pm
Wednesday 17th August 2016 10am till 3pm

@ 20 Wycombe Gardens, London NW11 8AL

Join Minene at the Kind & Jugend Trade Show

The team at Minene are going to present a colourful & joyful booth at the Kind & Jugend Trade Show, September 15th – 18th 2016, Koelnmesse, Germany.

Minene’s Marketing & Export team will be hosting thousands of visitors, presenting its new and beautiful collection, innovative products for babies, toddlers & kids.

We welcome you on taking advantage of this opportunity, and have a meeting with us, to:

 • Review the product range together and learn of special features        • Minene Partner’s Program       • Prices & Commercial terms          • Meet the Minene team

Click here for more information about the trade show
Email marketing@minene.co.uk for more information

How to make a Frozen Tutu!

Disney’s Frozen invasion is all set for the sequel, so there’s no point in packing up the blue paraphernalia just yet. With plenty more Elsa-themed dress-up parties in your future, here’s a super-easy, step-by-step guide to making a Frozen tutu to rival them all.

How to make a Frozen tutu - fast!

This simple, no-sew (or no more than a stitch) project that takes less than half an hour, and is easily adapted for babies, toddlers – or anyone who likes to flounce. (And even if you’ve had your fill of all things Frozen – there’s never enough tutus in the world, right?)

To make the tutu, you’ll need:

  • 2 metres or more of tulle (SPARKLY tulle!)
  • Scissors
  • Elastic
  • Needle and thread

Instructions:

  • 1. Measure the waist with elastic.
  • 2. Cut the right length and sew two ends together.
  • 3. Cut tulle into long strips.
  • 4. Take elastic and tulle strip and make a knot. TIP: place your elastic around a cooking pot – that way it will be easier to make knots and keep them neat.
  • 5. Continue making knots until you like how it looks.
  • 6. Party time.

Load up on kitschy sparkles and toss in a snowflake tiara for the full-on Frozen effect. Once the trend for all things blue thaws, you can swop the colour for standard princess pink (or whatever the new Disney flavour of the moment is).

Tutorial (adapted) and image from munchkintime.com

Family Fever Review Minene!

We have so much stuff in this house. Living with 4 small children means lots of toys, games, puzzles, teddies and household bits such as bedding and swim kits. Finding good, spacious storage can be really tough, and now we are in our lovely new home, I want it to look good too!

Minene recently sent us their fabric storage box with lid, which is available in 20 different colours – something to suit any room in any home. We went for the yellow clouds design – bright and cheerful but in keeping with our decor.

Minene storage box

Minene storage box

The box is incredibly easy to assemble. It comes flat packed, and once opened will pop outwards. The base is secured with a zip to keep the shape, and this can simply be unzipped and flattened for storage. Designed as a bedding box, it will slide easily under a standard single or double bed.

We decided to use the Minene storage box for toys, purely because it is so spacious. Measuring 60x40x25cm, there is plenty of space for loads of toys, even larger ones such as the Fisher Price puppy.

Minene storage box

Minene storage box

Perfect for keeping in the living room, this is where all the toys get popped at night time, giving us our living room back as a grown up space again. The fact that it has a lid means that everything can be packed away tidily, and I don’t have to spend all evening looking at toys. My one criticism is that the lid is purely material, so it is quite flimsy. It would be great if it had a zip like the box base, or a plastic backing to keep the lid more rigid.

Minene storage box

Minene storage box

A great height for small people, both Max and Eliza can access the box, even reaching the toys right at the bottom. The children love it, and find it easy to tidy their toys away at the end of the day, as there is so much space for everything. I love it because it holds so much, looks so pretty and has a lid which keeps toys out of sight when not in use.

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SS16 Clothing Range coming soon!

SS16 Clothing Range coming soon!

Hey Guys!

It has been a very busy week for Minene UK, as we are delighted to announce our lovely new clothing range coming soon – exclusive to the House of Fraser website!

Check out our behind the scenes photos and don’t forget to comment below to let us know which clothing you love the most

Minene Pyjamas

Our pyjama range is full of lovely designs which are ideal for a sleepover party

They ensure little tots stay snug all night long whilst looking fashionable. Each pair of Minene pyjamas comes lovingly packaged in an organza gift bag making them the perfect gift!

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We are in love with these super cute t-shirts along with our lovely monochrome storage range pictured behind

We think that they look amazing styled with denim shorts or a skirt for the hot summer months ahead

Check out more of our favourite shots below!

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As always, we LOVE to see your personal photos so feel free to share them with us on our Instagram / Facebook Page! #MineneUK

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Fun Things For Kids During Christmas

Fun Things To Do With The Kids At Christmas

Hey Guys!

Just an update on our 12 Days of Christmas competition we have been running all week. We have seen people winning Banaba bibs, booster cushions and other great gift but the festivities have only just started.

Today is a very special one for Minene as we are giving away one of our cosy fleece blankets to a charity chosen by you! We at Minene feel it’s important to teach our children about the importance of giving, especially at this time of year and out Santa’s Little Helper is very excited.

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Giving is just one of the fun things kids can do to get exciting during the Christmas season, here are some fun activates you and your little ones can do during the run up to Christmas:

Charity:

There are many charities to get involved with around the Christmas season, and as mentioned before it can be very rewarding and exciting for children to get involved with charity at such a young age. Some great examples are Crisis for Christmas which allow you to really get stuck in and work at homeless shelters feeding the hungry and clothing the homeless.

Another example is giving to GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital). You and your child can go out, choose present such as board games and teddies, wrap them up together and take them up to the hospital for the poor children who will spend the holiday in hospital. You also get a chance to play with the children as well which is always a bonus.

Christmas Cooking:

I like to call it Christmas cooking because you get to cook all types of Christmassy treats such as ginger bread snowmen, marshmallow snowmen, and Christmas tree cake pops. There are so many fun things to do in the kitchen and end up lots of Christmassy treats that look pretty in the house as well.

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Making Christmas Cards:

Arts and crafts is always fun but even more so when its Christmas themed. With cotton wall snow men and Rudolph’s with glitter red noses you can really get stuck in and make fun cards, makes a change from the same old ones we get every year J

Games:

Pin the nose on the Rudolph! A Christmas rendition of pin the tail on the donkey. On a large piece of paper make a Rudolph face but without the nose. On red card cut out a circle to use as Rudolph’s nose. Get the kids blind folded and pinning the nose on the Rudolph, great for Christmas day as well!

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There are lots of things to do over Christmas and keeping up with our 12 Days of Christmas is also one of them. Over the next 8 days we will be giving out storage baskets, bedding sets and so much more. So keep an eye out on our social media pages and click below to sign up for our emails updates.

Merry Christmas

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