Lived with Love Minene Review!

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I’ve been trying to organise this house a little bit more, particularly Sienna’s toys… she has so many. This floral storage box* from Minene is perfect and goes so well in her room. We have put all of her ‘small toys’ in there in her room away from Aria. To be honest it still isn’t organised but it definitely looks prettier and is so easy for her to tidy away, she knows she just chucks them all back in the box!

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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

Toy Storage Review by Stressed Rach

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.

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The small basket was taken up to the bedroom for night time or first thing in the morning nappy changes and feeding too.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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Tidy Up Champions

TIDY UP TIME CHAMPIONS WITH MINENE
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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.

minene storage bagNow 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.

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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.

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minene storage bag sackWe 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!

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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

Keep Up with the Jones Family Review

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS

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Each time we drive to Southampton, we see them. Huge, majestic and so far out of reach in every way.  The luxury cruise ships that have graced the Quays over the past sixteen years have been magnificent.  I’ve taken three trips over the sea in my life so far – one on the Red Funnel to the Isle of Wight, the second on The Pride of Bilboa to France for an overnight trip with work; both leaving from Southampton, and thirdly on the Disney Wonder for a Bahamas honeymoon cruise. This weekend we were welcomed onboard my fourth ship – The Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas visitorRoyal Caribbean decided to invite a few bloggers onboard for the day to experience what The Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas [Jensen loved that his middle name, Indiana was the same as the Ship’s nickname, “Indy”] had to offer.  Did we love it?

Take a look…

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I kind of felt as though this was my spiritual home when I saw that there was a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlour on the ship.  Jensen and I could see ourselves being here for breakfast, lunch…and dessert after dinner. I mean, that’s what cruises are for, surely?

Royal Caribbean Independence of the SeasThen we were told that there was a Ben & Jerry’s stateroom!  We headed down there but we won’t spoil the surprise.  It’s moo-arvellous.  After touring quite a few enormous suites where my boys found it fascinating that there were toilets with telephones in them – and a bath in one of them [Lyoto didn’t see the point when there was a whole sea to wash in] and wanted to sit on the verandahs all morning, until they discovered that there was actual ice cream for them on the pool deck.

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We took a tour by the enormous dining room with its glittering chandeliers and stemware.  It was quite possibly the most beautiful place I’ve ever dreamed of dining – and all I could think of was the scene in Titanic where Rose comes down the staircase to see Jack in his tuxedo at the bottom.  Probably not the best thought to pop into my head on a huge ship in Southampton docks [we were at Berth 101, so a little way down the quay], but still.  Jensen found himself a seat and said he would take me to dinner there and we could drink with real grown up glasses.

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We saw an ice rink, huge portholes, arcades and kids clubs – but nothing compared to the pool deck for our boys.  The self serve ice cream machine was the best thing ever.

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After our tummies were full with swirly ice cream, we took a wander down the ship to see the Flow Rider and the spa area.  There were guests with cocktails everywhere and it made me nostalgic for our honeymoon where each day we enjoyed a Disney cocktail of the day.

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Soon it was time for lunch and we headed to my husband’s idea of dining heaven, Johnny Rocket’s.  We were originally seated inside a 1950s diner, but we switched to outside the restaurant because the view from a ship is just the most breathtaking, no matter where you are.  The air, the breeze – it’s paradise even in dock.

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So, truly, my husband would take a cruise just for the burgers each day I’m sure – and the milkshakes are delicious.  But then the dancing began.  Oh, the dancing.  Cast members from the restaurant came out to dance to the Bee Gees and my boys just couldn’t resist.  They were up and joining in – and making memories.  Just how a holiday should be.

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Hero was so full and out of puff that he fell asleep after dinner, as our bigger boys made their way to the pool at last!

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Let’s just say that it wasn’t the warmest day on deck – but after the initial shock of the cool water, they were away.  That is, until they discovered the hot tubs – then they were alternating between the two and shrieking with laughter.

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I sat poolside with Hero nestled in a wrap on his lounger – and thanked my stars I’d bought my mom-bag with me. If you’re after a bag that can do it all, this is it – my Amilie bag from Minene.  You have no idea how much I had in this bag. Seriously. I was like Mary Poppins. Even Spongebob found a place easily.

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Minene Model Search

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Minene are on the look out once more for adorable tiny tots to model our new 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  /  12 – 18 Months  /  2 Years

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: Monday 5th September

Photoshoot date: Mid September, 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

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