Fidget Pop Toys: The Must-Have Craze

Fidget Pop Toys: The Must-Have Craze

These are fast becoming part of everyday play, and are often used as anxiety busters for kids and adults. As a tool for staying peaceful and focused, this is a critical resource for all ages
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How Sensory Toys Help Children Living with Additional Needs

How Sensory Toys Help Children Living with Additional Needs

Most kids love play that involves exploring the world around them, using dough to squish and mould, and paint to freely express themselves on paper and many other surfaces.
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Our Guide to Choosing the Right Backpack for your Little Learners

Our Guide to Choosing the Right Backpack for your Little Learners

Your little princess wants the sparkly blue dinosaur bag, while your tiny mister is crying for the red one because it has a pig on it. We get it. We’ve been there.
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Learning Through Play: Why Educational Toys Are Essential For Your Children

Learning Through Play: Why Educational Toys Are Essential For Your Children

It’s common knowledge these days that toys are not just playthings anymore. No longer are they there purely to keep our children quiet in the supermarket, or to be used as bargaining chips mid-tantrum (although we’ve all been there, we totally understand).
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Best Lunchboxes For Kids

Best Lunchboxes For Kids

Choosing lunch boxes for kids and especially fussy kids can really be a lot of hard work and test your patience to the end.

Read on to find the best lunch box for your little one!

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SUGAR FREE Gift Ideas This Easter

SUGAR FREE Gift Ideas This Easter

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! 

We have a gorgeous range of Talking Peter Rabbit toys, as well as soft plush toys from the Peter Rabbit series just perfect 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!

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GUILT FREE EASTER GIFTS FROM MIKKI & ME KIDS

GUILT FREE EASTER GIFTS FROM MIKKI & ME KIDS

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!

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Create your own enchanted Fairy Garden...and let the magic begin!

Create your own enchanted Fairy Garden...and let the magic begin!

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!

Create an enchanted garden with our range of fairy accessories: teeny tiny windows, petite fairy furniture, grass mats with flowers and lots more.

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!

CLICK HERE TO GET CREATING!

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FREE Christmas Printables! It's Day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas Celebrations!

FREE Christmas Printables! It's Day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas Celebrations!

HOLY MOLY! 

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!

You can download the FREE Christmas printables HERE 

Plant your own magic elf seeds!

*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!

plant magic elf seeds magic elf seeds

*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!

 magic reindeer food

 

IMPORTANT INFO:

*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

 

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Get organised this Christmas - and SAVE $$

Get organised this Christmas - and SAVE $$

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!

Liza xx

 

 

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Top 5 Essentials When Travelling With Kids

Top 5 Essentials When Travelling With Kids

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!’

‘I’m hungry/thirsty….again…’

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!!

Packing For Kids Requires Military Precision...

#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!

 Personalised Car Organiser

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 

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Encourage Healthy Eating And Make Food FUN with YUMBOX!

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 

YUMBOX Mini-Snack 3 Compartment – perfect for snacking on the go

Panino Yumbox

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

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 ??

Yumbox Fillings

The options are endless with a YUMBOX but here are some great ideas:

Sandwich Pinwheels – roll up style sandwiches

Mini Pizzas

Meatballs

Rolled up cold cut meats

Cheese Sticks

Cut up fruits

Veggie sticks and dips

Yohgurt

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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