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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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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Adaptable Ecommerce & Digital Marketing Star Wanted!

A bit of a different one today – as Minene are recruiting!! We are currently looking for a new person to join our fun & friendly little team- could you be the 1?

An amazing opportunity has arisen in our boutique baby company for a Junior Ecommerce Manager.

Minene (Mi nene – My baby) is an innovative, practical and stylish baby brand, distributed worldwide. Our award winning products are stocked within & online at some of Britain’s most well-known brands including John Lewis, Amazon, House of Fraser, Toys R Us, My 1st Years, Ocado, Waitrose, Boots and more. As well as wholesale, we now have a successful retail website and online retail stores with Amazon and Ebay.
Supporting our ecommerce site & social media platforms, you will ensure that the brand’s online presence is up to date, regularly refreshed and always changing with fresh content and new products uploaded.

Do you want to manage our website and social media pages?

Do you want to manage our website and social media pages?

Your Key Responsibilities will include:
*Ecommerce, Trading & Fulfilment Operations
*Website Management
*Monitor & Report on site performance
*Management of House of Fraser online store
*Management of Ebay Store
*Minene Blog & blogger relations
*Digital Marketing
*Photography & editing of product images
*Mailchimp marketing emails

As part of the role you will be responsible for our House of Fraser online shop!

As part of the role you will be responsible for our House of Fraser online shop!

We are seeking an experienced ecommerce / customer services professional, ideally coming from a lifestyle / home / retail led background seeking that next step in their career. The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge across social media platforms, intermediate Photoshop skills, a can do attitude and be highly adaptable.
This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a forward thinking baby textile business & to further develop a career in ecommerce.

Start Date: October 2015
Remuneration: Salary + commission (OTE £25K)
Hours – 30-35 per week (flex)

INTERESTED?

Email rebecca@minene.co.uk with your CV and a cover letter and we can take it from there 🙂 good luck!

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Pushchair liners – why are they such a good idea?

When Minene first launched  back in 2007 we had a small range of jersey cotton liners, about 4 or so. Through out the seasons we have seen the demand grow and grow and this SS15 season has seen the launch 50+ new sets including Reversible Liner and Safety Straps Sets, the Baby Car Seat Cover, Baby Car Seat Liner Sets, Jersey Liner snd Straps Sets and more!

With all the money we spend on fancy pushchairs and car seats, why is their such a large market for these accessories and what has changed in the market to help with their success. Over the next few weeks we will explore the different types of sets we do, the car seats and pushchairs they suit and don’t suit and the reasons for using them! If you have anything to add, or see yourself as a guru on the subject and would like to add your 10 cents worth – please feel free!

I thought we would start easy today, being day 1, and look at the original Jersey Liner and the pros and cons of this lovely little product!

The original of all liners, the jersey liner is made from a soft, stretch knit cotton, aka jersey cotton, and is a soft and comfortable fabric for baby to sit on. The liner itself has a polyester filling, about 1 cm thick, ensuring even more comfort for baby and often giving the pushchair or car seat a more even surface as baby doesn’t feel the lumps and bumps as much.

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Grey jersey liner on pushchair

As well as padded comfort, the cotton liner ensures that baby is sitting on a clean and breathable surface. All of our liners are machine washable ensuring that babies with sensitive skin are sitting on a surface that will not irritate them AND if the inevitable spills happen it is easy to wash clean.

Our liners are designed to fit a majority of pushchairs and car seats on the market. A once simple 5 point design now features 10 universal slits to ensure it fits as many designs as possible. We often use Maclaren pushchairs in our images as the liners sit really well on them. Of late we have also been using the amazing Yo yo (so easy to assemble and you can take it as hand luggage on a plane!!) the liners looks gorgeous on the Yoyo and fits it perfectly. The main NO GO area for our liners is the Bugaboo as they have  vertical straps and we have more horizontal slits.

Our jersey cotton liners are currently available in 5 colours including baby blue, baby pink, grey, red, fuchsia and we have a 6th colour launching in June!

Minene’s jersey liners are a must have for this time of year especially as it still gives little ones a slightly warm and cosy lining when the sun fades behind the clouds. Comfort, warmth,  protection and padding – oh and did we mention it makes the pushchair look more stylish?!

The jersey cotton liner is priced at £18 and available here

 

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Available colours for the Minene Jersey Cotton Pushchair Liners R-L : Baby Pink, Fuchsia, Red, Grey, Baby Blue, New Denim Blue

 

Gorgeous Newborn Gift Boxes are on their way!

Spring is has almost sprung in London and we are looking forward to our new collection doing the same!

From bright & colourful liners, pushchair accessory sets & sunshades to a gorgeous new range of newborn gift boxes, Minene are excited about what SS2015 has in store!

Over the next few weeks we will be giving you a sneak peek behind the scenes and showing you what we have been working on. These ranges will be available At www.minene.co.uk  from late March, so keep an eye out!

Minene in Monochrome features a gorgeous array of gift boxes all made from black & white printed stories about Minene. The boxes feature a range of gorgeous gift products including bodysuits, trousers, hat, bibs, socks, baby blankets, muslin squares and more.

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Our smaller gifts have also had a makeover for Spring, our ever popular snuggly comforters will now be available in cute ice cream cones and will be finished off with organza wrapping and a ribbon

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Cute Star Bandana bibs will also be looking a little sweeter, gift wrapped as cute lolly pops on red and white striped lolly pop sticks & beautifully  finished with a matching red & white check bow. The perfect little treat!

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We have so so much more to show you too!

See you next week xx

Cute Winter Clothing has arrived for AW14/15

Our first official clothing season has started and we are so excited. Our gorgeous new baby & children’s clothing line features a range of fabric collections and designs in ages NB through to 2 years.

One of my favourite collections is the Winter Cotton Collection. The gorgeous designs are just the begging with this lot! The cotton is super thick and cosy, unexpectedly thick especially with the little body suit. A stand out for me is the little 2 piece outfits ‘Little Striped Lass’ & ‘Little Pink Petal’, they have pretty body suits & little trousers that are part track pant, part harem pant, making for a cute, stylish & really warm little outfit. You can see below….too cute!

 

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The Winter Cotton Collection for little ladies

The Winter Cotton Collection will be live on the website this weekend and we can’t wait! From little two piece outfits to cute onsies for little boys and little girls, I’m sure you will find the right outfit for your little fashionista! Because this is our first season, the sizes are limited so if you like what you see…buy buy buy!

Minene's gorgeous Winter Cotton Collection features a range of cute & stylish outfits for NB to 2 years

Minene’s gorgeous Winter Cotton Collection features a range of cute & stylish outfits for NB to 2 years

 

New Winter Pyjamas are arriving next week! Models will be needed!! :)

We always love the new season! The new fabrics, designs & products are what makes this job fun!

Next week we receive the first drop of AW15 clothing and it includes 6 pairs of super cute pyjamas, new baby sleep suits and some little baby onsies – it’s enough to make us jump with glee.

For the boys we have an super cool pair of long john, star print, pyjamas in red and grey. We also have a green and grey monster style for crazy little monsters AND on the back of our popular ‘Rocket Man’ pyjamas, we have a newly invented rocket style. These three fun styles will be available in ages 2-8 years and are made from 100% soft jersey cotton 🙂

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Minene’s cute & kooky boys pyjamas have arrived for AW 2014

 

And for the ladies? Well, we always look after the little ladies! We have three very sweet little styles; the first are a long john style pyjamas with owl & polka dot trousers and a printed owl top, set number two are a relaxed, loose, style with big and bright polka dots AND the third, again based on the most popular from last year, the vintage and oh so timeless pink roses. These sets will be available for lovely little ladies aged 2-8.

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Our gorgeous winter pyjamas will have your little ladies wanting to spend all day in her new pyjamas!

 

So, now for the fun bit! We want your kooky little tots to be our models! Here’s how it works, we will be doing a couple of shout outs on facebook over the next 3 weeks for at home models. Post cute pics of your children,  if they are picked we will send you a pair of pyjamas. Then, you and your  little tot get to have a little photoshoot of them before bed, in their new Minene pyjamas. Send us your favourite images and we will use them on our website, Facebook, House of Fraser pages and more. And of course, your little one gets to keep the pyjamas – for all their hard work 🙂

All pyjamas will be live online from Friday 19th September! 🙂

Minene clothing launches in style, with #mineneslittlehelper and her cute frilly romper

We are super excited to launch the beginning of Minene Fashion in the UK – little fashion for little ones!

The high summer collection, Pretty Little things, launched earlier this month and we have had an amazing response! The clothing is based on vintage designs and made from a range of fabrics including cottons, lycra, lace and more.

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Pretty Frilly Romper – white floral with pink bows

The best part about all of this, a part from putting our stamp on the fashion industry of course…..

I got to spend 3 lovely sunny days in the garden with my favourite little poppet, Miss Emmie, AKA #mineneslittlehelper . She has come a long way since her first modelling experience, I think it was the I love Mummy muslins and she was just 3 months old!!

She wore all of the outfits so well, but then again I am bias! We blew bubbles, bounced on the tramp, played on the swings and climbed up the ladder to the hut; all in the name of getting the best photo! and having a little fun too 😉

My favourite photo was Emmie in her Pretty Floral Romper. Both designs were just made for her! They are pretty, just like Emmie, yet hard wearing and durable! They survived the play ground, the tramp and rolling in the grass!

I managed to get a more demure image of her, after all the rough and tumble of the day! Although, the leopard print bows tells the real story…. 😉

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Pretty Emmie in her Pretty Frilly Romper, latest fashion from Minene :)

 

Minene’s summer collection is available online now, we only have a few of each size so be sure to snap up anything you like the look of!

I will be sure to share more outfits over the next few weeks, like all clothing it is so much easier to see the full look when it is on a little person….or big!

Enjoy your heatwave Thursday! xx

#Mineneslittlemodels continue to show their stuff

We have had SO much fun over the last couple of weeks and it is all thanks to you! After the amazing response from the #mineneslittlemodels hunt, I have had lots of gorgeous images to play around with! You have met some of our pretty little girls, however our latest little poppet is Imogen…an absolute sweetheart! She is looking gorgeous in her Summer Floral Pyjamas

The little lads will be following shortly…and they are cute to boot!! 🙂 You can have a sneak peek at their Cute Alien Pyjamas here….see you Monday!

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Peek a boo Immy!! This cheeky little chick is look very pretty in her new summer floral pyjamas!

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Minene’s #minenemodelhunt works a treat, for new girls pyjamas!

At Minene, we love thinking out side of the box. Whether we are designing new products, coming up with fun gift ideas or thinking of ways to show off our products, we like try new things.

When looking at the cute new children’s pyjamas for summer 2014, we were exactly the same! Of course we have our beautiful Emmie in the office, the perfect model, who could have put on the pyjamas and smiled for the camera, but that’s what we did last season….so it would not do!

We had a brainstorm and decided to take to trusty Facebook. We wanted to see if any of you thought you had the perfect little Minene model, who could show off the gorgeous Minene Girls Pyjamas….and you certainly answered! Now we would like to introduce you to the special little ladies who became our 2014 Summmer Pyjama Models 🙂

Introducing the lovely Isabella, she is 2 years old and a cheeky wee natural in front of the camera, already!

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Little Isabella is looking gorgeous in this pair of Minene Girl’s Pyjamas

Other little ladies, who we will introduce you to in more detail as the week goes on, include……

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Minene’s pretty little pyjama models

 

Our new season’s girls pyjamas are on trend with a light cotton swing top and matching shorts, with frill and bow detail. These lovely pyjamas are 100% soft cotton, available in ages 1-5 years of age and come lovingly gift packaged in a Minene organza gift bag.

We will be bring you more #minenemodelhunt models over the next few days! And of course, we haven’t forgotten the boys! They will be popping up in their cute pyjamas, too! xx