There’s no doubt that the Easter bunny visiting is just as exciting as when Father Christmas comes to town, but kids hyped up on chocolate and sugar overload can be a nightmare for parents everywhere!
Don’t get us wrong, an Easter without chocolate is like ice cream without sprinkles, but it’s a great idea to offer up some SUGAR FREE gift alternatives to keep the kids happy while they come down from that artificial high!
Surprise them with a beautiful soft toy to love and cuddle
A vintage inspired, bespoke Alimrose bunny doll (or swan! Or unicorn!) could become the best friend they never knew they needed! For younger kids, the Jellycat range of bunnies and soft toys are the softest you will find, and perfect for snuggling up to.
Timeless Beatrix Potter classics
As a young child I grew up with Beatrix Potter and the Peter Rabbit family (as did so many parents and grandparents!) so I love that my children get so excited about them too – not only do they get to watch them on TV but the Peter Rabbit movie will be released this week just in time for Easter!
Ok, maybe just a LITTLE sugar won’t hurt…
It’s hard when there is just sooo much sugar in everything nowadays, but with our range of super cute Easter cookie cutters and silicone moulds you can at least control just what goes in to that cookie or cake by choosing a healthier recipe. Check out Pinterest for some great decorating ideas too!
And forget Hot Cross Buns for Easter breakfast! Our Silicone Egg Chairs are ideal for sitting a soft or hard boiled egg upright to dip your toast into!
BONUS: We are offering a FREE UPGRADE to express post on our Easter range until Sunday 25th March so you can get your SUGAR FREE gifts in time for the Easter weekend!
It doesn’t matter HOW you celebrate Easter….you can’t escape THE CHOCOLATE!!!
It’s EVERYWHERE! But what happens if you aren’t allowed to eat it!?
If you have young ones that suffer from allergies, babies not old enough to have chocolate or you’d just rather not overload the kids with sugar, Easter Sunday can be a tough gig….
So if your Easter is going to be about better choices (and less chocolate) we have a range of alternatives and gift ideas to make sure that your child doesn’t miss out on the fun and festivities!
An Easter Treasure Hunt With A Difference!
Just because you are limiting the chocolate doesn’t mean the kids can’t go on a treasure hunt!
We’ve made it easy for you with our FREE Printable Easter Treasure Hunt signs! Simply download the file HERE or at the bottom of the page, and print! Cut each shape out and attach a paddle pop stick to create little signs you can use around the garden on Easter morning.
If you are avoiding chocolate eggs and sugary treats this year, we have some adorable trinket gifts available in our online store including little Bunny Lip-glosses, Wind Up Hopping Toys and Mini LED Bunny lights!
For added excitement, place some Bunny Footprints around the house and garden! Kids will be super excited to see the prints on the floor in their bedroom – especially when they realise that the Easter Bunny must have checked on them while they were sleeping!
(We have included some Bunny Paw Prints in our Easter Treasure Hunt Printable File for you too!)
Personalised Bunnies, Teddies & Soft Toys For Kids This Easter
Kids will love discovering a special new friend at the end of the trail!!
Mikki & Me have an extensive range of adorable bunnies, bears and soft toys just waiting for someone to love them. Our bespoke Alimrose Designs dolls are a timeless favourite (and they make a gorgeous nursery piece for those still too little to appreciate them!)
For little ones celebrating their very First Easter, we also offer Personalised Keepsake teddies & bunnies! Choose your favourite teddy, select a design and some colours, and let us create a one of a kind soft toy that will be treasured for years to come!
More alternative Easter Gifts too sweet to say NO to!
If you like to take a more practical approach when it comes to gift giving, we have you covered!
Gorgeous Retro Bunny Night Lights, Pretty Pastel (and Monochrome!) Bunny Placemats, and Books to read together with your child mean their Easter gifts will still be loved long after the Easter eggs have been eaten!
Head to over to our dedicated EASTER GIFTS section to shop online and have your goodies sent directly to your door (no trying to secretly hide things in the trolley with the kids around!)
And don’t forget to download and print your FREE Easter Treasure Hunt for a fun filled Easter morning!
It’s widely known that imaginary play supports strong, healthy, confident minds and creating their own enchanted fairy garden is an ideal way to capture their imagination!
Choose your very own handmade and hand painted FAIRY DOOR
Your Fairy Door is the gateway between our world and theirs….Attach it low on a wall, high on a shelf or in another secret place inside (or outside!) your home. Once your Fairy Door is attached, the fairies will know how to use it to come in and out!
Don't let little children try and open your Fairy Door though...only the fairies can open the door and it may scare them away if the door is not treated with care!
Start decorating your Fairy Garden!
A dedicated Fairy Mail Box is the only way to get a message to the fairies and although they only come out at night, they are sometimes known to exchange notes and gifts with well behaved children. Finding their very own note or message in the morning will be a wonderful surprise when they wake up!
An ‘imaginary’ coping mechanism...
A Fairy Door is also helpful in guiding children through difficult times and growth in their lives – learning to go without a dummy, toilet training, starting childcare or kindy, or parents who work away for long periods. Let the fairies help them by leaving special trinkets, rewards and encouraging notes as they learn to cope with changes bigger than they are!
Children need to believe that ‘good things’ really do happen – and that magic is real. A Fairy Door will not only help encourage imaginative play and creative writing, but also help to eliminate fears
Start building an enchanted world full of surprise, creativity, and most importantly -magic for your child now!
It's officially less than 2 weeks til Christmas! Where has the time gone!?
For our 12th Day of Christmas we have a set of FREE Christmas printables for you!
Watch the kids excitement grow on Christmas Eve as they sprinkle Magic Reindeer Food out on the front lawn for Santa's reindeer to nibble on while he delivers presents.
PLUS they can plant their very own CANDY CANE trees!
*MAGIC ELF SEEDS!
Fill your snap lock bag with tic tac's, skittles, mm's or jelly beans
Seal and fold your printable over the top and staple in to place!
To 'plant' your seeds - place them in a bowl of sugar on Christmas eve and after the kids have gone to bed, replace the lollies with candy canes!
*MAGIC REINDEER FOOD
For this you will need:
1/2 cup rolled oats
Red and green edible glittler (or sprinkles/coloured sugar/hundreds&thousands)
Simply mix together and put into your snap lock bag, seal and fold your printable over the top and staple in to place
On Christmas Eve, take your kids outside to sprinkle on the lawn or garden for Santa's reindeer to eat!
*Printables are sized to fit a plastic snap lock snack bag from your local supermarket that measures 15cm x 10cm
*Make sure you 'print to file' or UNTICK print to page - you need the printed file to measure 15cm x 10cm to fit properly!
*Pictures are for example only
How often do you buy Christmas gifts throughout the year, shove them in a cupboard and then completely forget about them?
Then, the closer it gets to Christmas you have a panic and go out shopping again, buy more presents, go to shove them in that same cupboard, only to find a whole heap you already purchased throughout the year that you had completely forgotten about! You then realise you have overspent and overbought.
Well, it happens to me every year and I’m sure I’m not alone! I am determined not to let that happen this year so I put together a printable which has been so great at organising who I need to buy for, gift ideas, what I have already bought, what I still need to buy and what I have spent.
I am hoping this will prevent me overspending AND over spoiling!
You see, I have 3 children and year after year I buy gifts for them and don’t take into consideration that they will also be getting gifts from Grandparents, Uncles and Auntie’s… They end up with a lounge room full of gifts (and a recycle bin full of wrapping paper!)
It makes me feel ill how much they get when I know there are so many millions less fortunate that get nothing. This year I am determined to educate my kids and encourage them to give at Christmas to those less fortunate, rather than just receive.
After all, giving is so much more fulfilling don’t you think?
Would you like a copy of the Christmas List Printable? Its FREE! All you have to do is subscribe to our newsletter HERE and we will email you the PDF! Too easy!
Deciding to leave the house with kids in tow is never easy. Whether you are going to the shops for bread and milk, a doctor’s appointment or a play date at a friends house it can take planning of military precision to make sure that nothing important is left behind and that you are ready for any situation that life throws at you….
It’s no surprise that when we decide that a family holiday further abroad is called for, that the list of stuff needed to keep the kids placated grows at an alarming rate…
Kids get bored easily. My kids are usually happy for 5 minutes and then it begins….
’Are we there yet?’
‘Mum, I’m bored!’
‘Timmy is touching my part of the seat!’
‘She looked at me!’
But it doesn’t have to be that way!! With these 5 essentials in your travelling arsenal, your child will be content, your sanity will be preserved and your family vacay pictures should show smiles all round!!
#1: Snacks….LOTS of Snacks!!
Food is a necessary when travelling with kids! With tummy’s much smaller than ours, they are always going to eat more frequently than we do, so lots of healthy snacks are ideal.
But what to carry them around in!?
YUMBOX are perfect if you want to pack yohgurt or dips for the kids to snack on – along with other foods. They have leakproof, individual compartments so you can pack a range of finger foods to keep a variety of foods fresh on the go
SKIP HOP INSULATED FOOD TUBS are great for bringing a warm lunch in cold weather. You can keep soups, stews, pastas and more warm and they come with their own fork attached so you can eat whenever and wherever hunger strikes. And they come in a super cute range of designs too!
BOON TRUNK & CARGO SNACK BOXES have their very own handle so your child can carry their snacks around with them! Plus they are full of compartments so you don’t have to worry about those cheese cubes touching the strawberries!
#2: A drink bottle
If they aren’t hungry, they’re thirsty…
Get them a cute water bottle of their very own and all of a sudden water tastes SO much better!!
The ‘Forget Me Not’ range of flip top, straw drink bottles have a handy Velcro strap that you can attach to a bag or pram, plus a 2nd spare straw just in case!
If you are worried about drinks staying cold, we have a range of personalised, insulated drink bottle holders that will stop your kids drink bottles going missing, and keep them colder for longer!
#3 A special friend….
Everything is better when you share it with a friend!
New places, strange beds, and long car drives aren’t so bad when you have your very own teddy to cuddle. A personalised cubby or teddy bear could be just the reassurance they need to get through the night!
#4 A snuggly blanket!
Just like a teddy, being wrapped in a warm, comforting blanket can make everything seem better!
Our Ripple design blankets are fair trade and handmade with love, and are ideal for rugging up at night or on a long car drive. If you little one isn’t quite up to size yet, our baby blankets are perfect size for over the car seat or in the pram and will keep them rugged up and snuggly without burying them in a giant wad of material!
#5 QUIET activities!
The keyword is quiet!!! If you’ve been stuck In the car or on a plane for hours with the kids, chances are 10 minutes peace and quiet will go a long way… So quiet activities that they can do on their own will be a lifesaver
Try our Felt Creations storyboards. Kids can use their imagination to create a wonderful world of fantasy. Once they are finished, they can simply start again!
Another timeless activitiy is drawing and colouring in. Our personalised pencil cases are large enough to hold those pencils, crayons, textas and more. Just throw in a cheap scrap book or colouring book and they will be amused for ages!
BONUS TIP!!! Get yourself a Car Organiser!
We have recently added some personalised car organisers to our website and they are PERFECT if you are planning on spending time with kids in the car! Easily accessible from the back seat, the kids can keep all of their precious travel gear in one convenient location! Plus the large clear pocket fits an iPad (hello peace & quiet!) and it contains lots of compartments to keep all their gear in!
So now you know what we recommend to have on hand to keep the peace next time you are on holidays with the kids and to help them deal with the change in scenery as smoothly as possible… have you got anything that you would like to add?
Feel free to leave your comments below
Your child starting kindy or school is the perfect time to encourage healthy eating and teach them the importance of making the right food choices!
By making food FUN, we can get our little ones eating a wider variety of foods. They are also more inclined to try new and different foods when they look so appealing
Our YUMBOX containers are perfect for a packed lunch and come in 3 different sizes:
YUMBOX Mini-Snack 3 Compartment – perfect for snacking on the go
YUMBOX Panino - The Yumbox Panino has four sections and room for a full sandwich or large salad making it the perfect Yumbox for bigger tummies
YUMBOX Original – a 6 compartment Yumbox perfect for those who like a variety of foods to eat!
Best of all, YUMBOX lunch and snack boxes are child friendly, leakproof, and BPA free!
All Yumbox components are dishwasher safe (top drawer up to 65C) to make clean up a breeze.
Divided into labelled sections, the tray has been designed with dietary guidelines in mind to help parents pack correct portion sizes and ensure nutritional balance. A tight seal between the tray and silicone lid makes Yumbox leakproof even when packing wet foods like yoghurt, dips and sauces. The Yumbox tray is removable and so also makes a great snack plate for kids at home
So once you’ve chosen the right sized Yumbox for you….what do you fill it with ??
The options are endless with a YUMBOX but here are some great ideas:
Sandwich Pinwheels – roll up style sandwiches
Rolled up cold cut meats
Cut up fruits
Veggie sticks and dips
Sultanas or other dried fruits
Crackers & Dip
Sandwiches cut into shapes using our LunchPunch Sandwich Cutters
The options really are endless and Pinterest is a fantastic source of healthy recipes and lunchbox fillers if you need a hand getting started!
The Mikki & Me Online Store also offer a great range of Insulated Lunch Boxes which are super handy for keeping your Yumbox cool in Summer, Insulated Food Jars perfect for a warm lunch at school and other useful products designed to help encourage your kids to eat better on the go!
We'd love to see your YUMBOX fillings and lunch pics :)
Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave your comments below
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Do you pack lunch for your kids every day, only to find them bringing their lunchbox home from school mostly untouched? It can be difficult (and frustrating) to make a packed lunch that is appealing enough to make kids want to eat it. There is a solution to this age old problem, and it comes in the form of a bento box.
Kids love fun, bite sized food. Bento style lunch boxes are perfect for this; they are made up of small compartments that you can fill with a deconstructed style lunch. For example, instead of giving your child a salad wrap, you could put one salad item from that wrap into each compartment, along with a small wrap cut into wedges. You might put cherry tomatoes in one section, small cubes of cheese in another etc. If you still prefer to make wraps or sandwiches, try cutting the wraps into small, bite sized pieces, or using cutters to cut sandwiches into fun shapes that will make them irresistible to kids.
Not only are bento boxes more appealing to kids than the usual sandwich and piece of fruit, they are also so much easier to put together, even the kids can get involved. You can keep prep time to a minimum by using small fruits and vegetables that don’t need cutting, like grapes, cherry tomatoes, dried fruits, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Bento boxes might look time consuming, but they are really quite quick and easy.
Another benefit of bento lunch boxes is that they completely eliminate waste, which is perfect for schools that ask all parents to send along zero rubbish lunches. Because of the many separate compartments in a bento box, everything has its own place. You will save money and the environment by not having to use sandwich bags, zip lock bags and other forms of disposable plastic.
Ready to give bento boxes a try? Firstly, SHOP HERE for a range of different styles/sizes on Bento Boxes
Include at least one item from each of the groups below and you have a healthy, balanced bento lunch that any child will be excited to eat.
Start with a protein, such as
- Boiled eggs
- Cubed cheese
- Chick peas
- Deli meats
Next, add some grains like
- Cooked quinoa or couscous
- Pita bread wedges
- Pasta salad
Add some vegetables
- Sliced cucumber
- Carrot sticks
- Celery sticks
- Cherry tomatoes
- Sliced red capsicum
Include some sweetness with fruit
- Apple slices
- Pineapple chunks
- Sliced kiwifruit
- Cubed watermelon
- Fresh berries
Finally, add in a few snacks
- Dried fruit
- Rice crackers
- Air popped pop corn
- Dried fruit
The foods you include might be the same as your child has always eaten, but because they are presented in a different way they will suddenly look far more fun to eat, after all we eat with our eyes. It’s also a great way to encourage your kids to try new foods. There is a good chance your children’s’ lunch boxes will all of a sudden come home completely empty. Even if there is still some food left uneaten, because everything is kept in compartments separate from each other, any leftovers will likely be good to eat as an after school snack.
Here are some examples of packed lunches using Go Green, Bentgo and Yumbox
We hope so!
Leave any comments about Bento Style eating below.
For those new to the site, the Mikki and Me Kids gorgeous online store features gifts and products that are:
When you’re browsing through the Mikki and Me Kids you are looking at quality products which are tried and tested by a real family; just like yours.
Many new customers coming onto the site are looking to find something for their newborn bub or for an upcoming baby shower gift, so we decided it was time to gather our list of Top 5 gifts for newborns in one easy-to-share post!
Our Baby Book is gender neutral, meaning it is ideal for a baby shower or birth arrival, especially in instances when the gender of the unborn bub is a surprise! The Baby Book is the perfect gift to document all the milestones and special moments experienced with a new born baby. Record moments with ease on the featured Enviroboard paper.
While we love Facebook as much as the next parent, there is something incredibly rewarding about holding this baby book between two hands and recording your moments within this A4 spiral bound baby book. You can treasure these for years to come.
Those with toddlers will agree it feels like a lifetime ago that your two year old was just born, so having a book which can take you on a trip down memory lane is priceless! See for yourself here.
You can’t go past our personalised cubbies… They are thoughtful newborn baby gifts. We are constantly receiving orders for these bespoke baby gifts and they are always received with delight!
With so many to choose from, we can barely choose a favourite Personalised Cubbie. Cubbies are personalised with embroidery with your chosen colours, font and message. Browse the entire range online today.
OB Designs Baby Blankets
Mikki and Me Baby Kids stock practical, affordable and adorable gifts – and the OB Designs Baby Blankets are no exception! Bestsellers from day one, these blankets make a cute gift that is not only a pleasure to look at, but soft and snuggly too. Those receiving them as a gift for their baby will be elated. There are a variety of designs to choose from, so you can find a style to suit. Why not bring a soft touch to a bedroom décor with the gorgeous Sky Ripple baby blanket by OB Designs.
You’ll find our collection of Marquee Lights to be that perfect finishing touch on your newborn babies’ room. Our range of Marquee Letter Lights and Marquee Shaped Lights can be hung on a wall, or stood upright depending on the look you’d like to achieve.
The letter lights are available in letters A – Z.
Why not spell out your new bubs name, or perhaps words which make a statement such as: L-O-V-E or B-A-B-Y.
If you have a unique light décor idea, don’t keep it to yourself, share it with our Facebook community, we’d love to hear from you!
We believe there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’, especially when it comes to a name! It’s why Mikki and Me stock a wide variety of personalised products, including our Personalised Pillows. Our range of pillows can be personalised with your name of choice and complements the OB Design Baby Blanket’s perfectly.
We love seeing our customers happy with their new gifts! Why not share your pictures with our gorgeous Facebook community. Simply like us to stay in touch, see the latest products and by inspired by the latest in Australian baby boutique products.
Mikki and Me Team xx
P.S. This list is like the baby shower equivalent of your 2016 Christmas wish list being pinned to the fridge door but perfectly tailored for those in charge of throwing a baby shower! Why not share the not-so-subtle hint with your friends and family with the simple social share buttons…?
So this morning when my 5 year old daughter woke up, within minutes, she exclaimed she was bored. To which I replied;
"What do you mean, bored?"
Her response; "Well, I have nothing to do!"
I looked around me at our lounge room that has been "transformed" into what looks like a play centre/toy shop!
HOW IS IT POSSIBLE YOU CAN BE BORED!?
All those toys! When I was a little girl (here we go...) we didn't have phones full of apps/games, tablets or tv channels committed to kids programs. We had to find our own fun and be creative, use our imagination to initiate our own amusement.
This shaped my inner creativity and my fondest memories growing up!
"Making perfume" using flowers from the garden
"Making an outdoor kitchen" using sticks and pebbles, then "cooking" a meal and serving it up to my parents. I was so proud of my creations and "meals".
My brother and I would play cricket with a stick and a pine cone! For hours! It was so fun and I remember it like it was yesterday!
PLEASE, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying all kids have lost this way of entertaining themselves but I do put my hand up and say I need to encourage my children to find their own fun. Not always be reliant on digital devices.
So today I have imposed a tech free day! Let them play outside and use their imagination. Let them be bored for heaven's sake! That's when the greatest of creative play comes to life and where lifetime memories are made!
Leave a comment below about your fondest childhood memories, we would love to hear them!
Signing out now to join my kids and watch them make memories.
Crochet is a process of creating a fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread or strands of other materials using a crochet hook. You may have fond memories of being taught to crochet while growing up by a talented grandmother or aunt, whose skill in knitting and crocheting was the envy of the entire family. But crochet has its origins from bygone eras. Some sources suggest this age-old craft was first introduced in the 19th century, however it has probably been around for even longer but not recorded in literature, perhaps more likely being taught within inner sanctums passing the craft down within generations or being specifically taught instead of skills being shared within various forms of media like today.
Fast forward to today; crochet is an incredibly popular textile in homewares, linen and pillows. For those who are avid fans of crochet there is myriad blogs and magazines dedicated to the gorgeous art of crochet. Social media has made the sharing of patterns easier than ever before. You can learn to crochet with online tutorials and blogs creating online communities within the comfort of your own home! When you crochet, you work the yarn, thread or other material strands and form a nice, smooth chain.
It is great to crochet and listen to music, catch up on recorded shows on the bus or train or even just to sit in blissful silence to unwind at the end of the day! Crochet is seeing a true resurgence of late; with many people learning to crochet alongside more traditional knitting. While some argue that patterns are simpler now than they were (after all society moves along a faster pace than the 19th century), there are many groups in many cities around the world who honour the art of crochet and invest many months to create a complex piece from scratch. The options of things you can create with crochet are endless. You can craft pillows, blankets, hats, homewares, gifts and baby clothes. There is a mixture of complex patterns and the more simple patterns ideal for beginners.
It is truly versatile textile and pieces feel cosy and instilled with love and care due to the history of this textile creation. Crochet pieces are great for adding that special finishing touch to a space, whether it be in your child’s bedroom or living room. There may be nothing more comforting than curling up during the cooler months of Melbourne, tucked in warm and snug with a crocheted blanket and a warm cup of tea or glass of red! If you can’t tell, we are quite a fan of crochet becoming more popular! Always a fan of a highly skilled textile creation, we have sourced these gorgeous blankets for Mikki & Me, just in time for winter.
The crochet blankets we offer are super soft, hand crochet 100cm x 100cm blanket. They make a great gift for those friends with a newborn and adds a gorgeous, inviting feel to a child’s bedroom décor. Made from 60% cotton, 30% azlon (milk fibre) and 10% cashmere, the Ripple Blanket from Mikki & Me Baby Boutique are soft to the touch and super cosy.
We have lots to choose from, including the Rainbow Ripple Blanket, a hand crochet blanket in fun, bright rainbow colours sure to brighten the dreariest of winter days! If you are looking for something a little more muted? We have the Black and White Ripple Blanket and the Blujay Ripple Blanket too. It is pretty hard to narrow down which ones we should offer online, so we got them all! You can see the full range of crochet goodies here. They have been really popular as gifts for those friends with newborns, but also make a lovely addition to your child’s bedroom too.
It is amazing to think of an art which started hundreds of years ago is still in our lives today. What is your history with crochet? Can you crochet? Share with us below in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.
Stay warm and cosy,
Mikki & Me Team xx