Painting Fun AND Giveaway!

Our school holidays have kicked off here, and each day is now a flurry of activities to keep the children all amused. One of their most favourite things to do is good old fashioned Painting.

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I know many parents worry about the mess when I mention the word paint, but honestly it doesn’t have to be messy at all. I invested in a plastic easel which is wipe clean, and I always use a plastic sheet underneath. I found the best plastic mats are actually the disposable tablecloths that are left over from the kids birthday parties. If you are still worried then why not take the painting outside.

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I love letting the children loose outside with paints, it really is great for letting get messy. I also make sure they are wearing an apron to help protect their clothes. Of course the aprons we use are the Minene Apron which comes included with paints and a paintbrush which fit rather lovely into the plastic pocket on the front.

IMG_0171The sides fasten with velcro and are adjustable meaning this will fit a range of children from small to big.

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You can buy the Painting Apron over on the Minene website, RRP is £12, but if you have a good look through the colours some are as little as £8!

Now here is your chance to win one for your own budding artist!

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Planning Days Trips for the Holidays

Planning day trips can seem scary, after all little people come with some much ‘stuff’, and the last thing you want is to be caught out with that all important comforter, or without a nappy as you have forgotten to pack it in the blur of activity getting ready to get out of the door.

I have planned a few days out for the kids this summer holiday, but I haven’t gone as crazy trying to book something for every single day like I have previous years. I have decided that it’s quality over quantity, but that is not to say that they will be expensive days out. I have been searching all over blogs to find some great fun days out that won’t cost a fortune.  Look for local(ish) parks, discovery centres and other places which are free to get into. My kids love going to our large park a few miles away, it has acres and acres of open fields. I buy some cheap kites, pack a picnic (don’t forget your picnic blanket too!) and prepare your bags the night before to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

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Get older children to help you. Get them to write a list of stuff they want/need to take with them on a day out. Give them their own cute bag to pack it all in. My toddler adores packing his animal child bag, he feels very grown up carrying it on his back. My older child loves writing a list and sneaking in a few toys for the journey, and even the occasional book!

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Celebrating Paddling Pool Weather

Last year we just didn’t seem to get many sunny days where a paddling pool was needed, but this year we seem to have an abundance of them and paddling pools are selling out everywhere! I hunted high (and low) for one, and can categorically state that if you are after one then check your local supermarkets, as this is where I picked my family sized one from with success.

Kids of all ages love the padding pool, but here are a few tips of ways to make it better:

Fill up your pool with water first thing in the morning, it then has all day to heat up so it isn’t too cold for the tiny ones.

Use some form of cover, this is vital I think. It stops bugs and leaves getting in at night and helps keep it fresh for the little people.

Are the kids bored after a few days? Liven it up and add a bag of balls (like the type you use for the ball pools), they will love having something new to do in there and of course it gives them a good clean too!

Have towels on standby. One on the floor is great for people to stand on, it helps stop grass getting into the pool from wet feet when they decide they wanna jump back in. Towels on standby to wrap the kids up in also fabulous, like our Cuddly Bunny Towel which is snug and absorbent and has the cute factor too!

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Keeping baby cool in the Summer

The summer time is a nice break from the rain and clouds, but most of us will moan that it is too hot at some point. The little people in our lives also get hot and bothered, and sometimes even grumpy too. Having a baby in the summer you are worried if they are going to overheat as they cannot regulate their body temperature well, but I have found a nappy is all my baby needs to keep cool. Yes the pretty dresses are gorgeous, but she gets so hot in them, they are relegated to cooler days.

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Putting my baby in her pushchair I use the Minene reversible liner, it has a cotton side and also a towelling side. This is great for keeping the moisture away from Emma, it is white too which helps reflect the sun.

It also is great for popping in the wash after they have eaten in the pushchair, the crumbs seem to catch in the liner, so are easily shook out. It washes up lovely, and dries quickly too. They are universal fitting, and I have tried them in Stokke Xplory, Cosatto Yo! and maclaren strollers, and they all fit great. To keep them in place there is also an elastic strap which tucks round the back and stops it moving when you get your child in and out, it actually works!

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You can find these online here for £16.00 each.

 

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Preparing for a sunny Sunday

The heatwave of the UK continues, and we are making the most of it here at Minene UK. The kids are plastered in sun protection, and we are enjoying a break from the cooking by letting the men BBQ up some food.

Tomorrow is set to be nice too, and as it’s Sunday we will be making the most of it and kicking off the day with breakfast in the garden. I have been busy preparing some fruit to make into fruit kebabs, it’s really simple and effective. Just cut up your favourite fruits (and maybe something the children don’t tend to eat), push them onto wooden skewers which are available in the BBQ aisle of the supermarkets…and voila! Fruit skewers!

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I always find filling up the paddling pool in the morning is a good idea, it gives it a few hours to heat up a little from the sun. Sitting down on the Minene Portable Activity Mat, I can hopefully catch a few sunrays while the kids splash happily in the pool.

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Of course they can then wrap up in a Cuddly Poncho. Remember we have a giveaway running  on our blog where you could win one! Just enter here.

We hope you all enjoy your sunny weekend, and that the little people are coping OK with the heat…back soon!

 

Of course they have their Minene Cuddly Ponchos for when they get out.

 

Cuddly Poncho Giveaway!

It’s official, paddling pool weather has struck the UK this week and we think it’s the perfect way to cool down. Our poncho towels are perfect for toddlers and children to get dry poolside, and even bath side too!

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They pop over the head, leaving legs free from dangling towels that could trip them up. The poncho design also means that you don’t have to worry about them staying around the little ones, it is one piece.  They are the perfect companion for bath time and poolside, they even have very cute ears and a hood too.

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You can buy these from www.minene.co.uk for £17.00 each.

But right now here is your chance to win one in the colour of your choice, that includes Blue, Green and Pink.

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Pushchair Accessories

If like me you love your pushchair, then the chance to add something to it to make it better is very appealing. I have searched high (and low) for the best accessories, testing many over my 10 years of parenting. Some sound appealing but the reality is then a disappointment, but sometimes its something simple which has the best effect.

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People always ask me what clips I recommend for putting on the handlebars of pushchairs, it doesn’t matter how big your shopping basket is, there is always a need for more! The Minene Stroller Netbag is impressive. It comes in a small pouch, but it stretches out and can fit loads in. This means you can pop it in your bag and use it only when needed. It attaches with a simple clip, so literally takes a second to fit to a pushchair. I find this fantastic for storing the raincover in, as well as blankets, shopping, school run stuff…the list goes on!

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These are available from www.minene.co.uk in 7 different colours, for £10.

Another question I get quite often is ‘Do you let your child eat in their pushchair?’. Yes I do. I wouldn’t starve my child just to keep my pushchair looking nice, but at the same time I am concious of the mess. The Reversible liner is fantastic for popping in the seat of whatever pushchair it is I am using that day. The cotton side is nice looking, it is available in five colours. But on the other side is cotton towelling, which I find amazing for the summer when little ones are hot, it really does adsorb moisture.  It has universal slits, so fits any pushchair.

The Reversible Liners are available for £16.00.

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Finally, the Pushchair Sunshade, is perfect for jazzing your pushchair up, and for keeping the sun out of your babies eyes…

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The Pushchair Sunshade is available in five colour schemes for £15.

Do you have a favourite accessory that you love using on your pushchair? We would love to here what you love!

72 hour sale NOW LIVE!

For 72 hours only we have a massive SALE for you all! 

All Pyjamas are just £10 per pair, that’s every style and colour, 100% cotton and machine washable! So be quick and grab the style you love best before it sells out in the size you need.

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To celebrate the sunny weather we also have all Car Sunshades reduced..

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And if you are more of a walker, then we haven’t forgotten you either, we have a sale on all Pushchair Sunshades too.

pushchair_sunshadeFinally, as if that wasn’t enough, we have some reversible liners reduced, the massively popular Mi-Booster, Comforters, Crumb Catcher bibs, and even a discount on the fabulous 3-in1 activity mat!

Be quick though, this is for 72 hours only! Ends midnight Sunday 30th June 2013. While stocks last.

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Getting out and about this summer

The past week has gone by in a blur of school runs and rainy days, but this Sunday I was determined to get out into the garden. The benefits of getting out into the fresh air are massive, not only does it provide natural Vitamin D but it helps perk everyone up a bit with a change of scenery. Even when it has been raining my kids love nothing better than popping their Wellington boots and raincoat on, and going outside to splash in as many puddles as they can find. I find for toddlers these suits are amazing at keeping their clothes dry, no matter how big the splashes are!

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Pack Away Waterproof All-In-Ones £32.00

When taking the baby out into the garden it’s tricky to find a place to put her down safely. She is 6 months old and is no longer content with just sitting in a pushchair, she wants to be exploring!

The Portable Activity Mat is perfect for using outside, measuring a 135cm x 135cm, it has plenty of space for baby to explore.  It has a water resistant back which keeps your bottoms dry and the top is made from 100% cotton and even has toys attached. When you are finished with it you can simply pop it back into the bag that comes provided with it.

portable_activity_mat_reviewBut the uses are not just for outside, you can use it for inside too, particularly helpful when you are visiting friends, and especially for when your child gets to the feeding stage and you are don’t want to ruin your friends carpets. The great thing is the mat is completely machine washable, so it really doesn’t matter how much mess they make as you can pop it in the washing machine when you are done. This is a product that as a mum I adore, being able to protect my child from dirty floors, and protect my dirty children from clean floors, it has so many uses.  Fear not if pink isn’t your thing, there is other colours available too, including green, blue and my personal favourite, grey.

You can buy the Minene Portable Activity Blanket for £37.

The summer holidays are almost upon us in the UK, so over the next few weeks we shall be sharing some great activity and ideas to keep the little ones amused, watch this space!

 

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Summer Must Haves & Giveaway

Although summer is in full swing, you cannot help but see those clouds outside and wonder if summer has already been and gone in a flash. But here at Minene we are feeling optimistic that the sunshine is saving itself for many more bright and sunny days, especially as we still have the whole of July and August still to come. Alternatively you may be lucky enough to be jetting off to warmer climates, and be looking for some ‘Must Haves’ to take with you, so we have come up with a Summer Survival Guide which hopefully might have something new you haven’t discovered before.

Having a baby in the hot summer sun can be a worrying experience, you worry that they may overheat despite doing everything you can to keep them out of the sun, but it can be so much fun, and those days can be some of the most memorable.

Having a parasol on your pushchair can be handy to shade baby from the sun, but like many people I find they get in the way, and older babies just love pulling them around too. The Minene Pushchair Sunshade is made from 100% cotton muslin, it fits to any pushchair and even has a peekaboo window, so you can keep an eye on your little one.  Available in pink, blue and cream, this will help you keep baby shaded and out of their reach too. It also comes with it’s own little pouch, so when not in use you can fold it up and pop it in your handbag.

pushchair_sunshadeTo help shade baby from the sun when playing in the park, or even on the beach or in the garden, a hat is a vital must have. Look out for one with a large rim all the way round the head, rather than a peaked cap, as the rim will help shade babies neck and ears, as well as helping to keep the sun out of your little ones eyes.  The Minene Reversible Cotton Sun Hat is of course perfect, as well as having lovely designs, in addition with it being reversible means it’s two hats in one!

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Finally, for travelling by car a travel sunshade to stick to the window is essential. Even if you don’t own a car yourself, you may well be on holiday and renting one or even find yourself in a taxi. The Minene Car Sunshade simply poppers to any window. It is made from 100% muslin cotton and gives great coverage from the sun. It also folds up nice and small into it’s on pouch, for just £12 this is great to have in your handbag, or in my case, the glove box in your car.

blue_sunshade_carWe all know that sun screen is vital for all the family, but finding one which is safe for use on even the most sensitive baby can be tricky. After searching high (and low) we have found Ultrasun SPF50. It is free from the usual nasties found in everyday sun protection and is hypo-allergenic, making it suitable for even the most sensitive little skin. It is also suitable for all the family, no carrying extra bottles for baby.

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What is your favourite Summer Holiday must have? We would love to here it…. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win a Minene Pushchair Sunshade in the colour of your choice.

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