Monthly Archives: May 2008

Express Yourself

– Family friendly food

Rushing around to find the latest fashions and fads for your little one? Feeling famished? It may have beenAre we nearly there yet? your favourite fix for a quick bite pre-baby, but did you realise that Pizza Express is also fab en famille?

With a good selection of luscious salads and hearty pizzas for mums and dads, and a three course piccolo menu for that most discerning of patrons … (if we didn’t know better, we’d say that piccolo was Italian for “picky”.)

The mouth-watering miniature feast includes delicious tot-sized dough balls, with a nutritious side salad, a mini pizza and ice cream. And no Italian meal would be complete without a bambinochino, steamed frothy milk with (or without) a sprinkle of chocolate.

Now express your relief with a sigh …

What Mini says:
Mama Mia! When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza-pie, that’s amore!

Pizza Express (http://www.pizzaexpress.com/find-a-restaurant/) also provide fun piccolo packs to entertain little munchkins. The staff is attentive and welcome noisy families. And the Regent Street store in particular has great baby-change facilities and ample space for buggy parking.

Express Yourself was conceived and submitted by the fabulous Moi – Eliza and her lovely mini, Pandora. If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us – or if you’d like to see some of your own writing published, write to Mini-et-Moi at info@mini-et-moi.com.

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We thought you’d like to know:

– Local Event (NW3)

The authors of The Ultimate First Book Guide will be talking about What Kids Want to Read.

When: Thursday 5 June 2008 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Waterstones Hampstead
Tickets: £3 in advance. Call 020 7794 1098 for further details

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Push!

– Best wooden push-along toy

Push! Push! Push!

No, that’s not a reminder of the labour ward. We’re simply describing how occupied your toddler will be with this fantastic toy. Ideal for confident walkers, this gorgeous wooden push-along will provide lots of fun around the house, in the park or on the path.

It\'s Mini Mouse!We love the pink mouse, replete with a bow in her ear, and small pink balls that bounce along her wheels. But there are plenty of designs to choose from, something of a menagerie of domestic and wild animals, and some great unisex choices too (for those of you who are sick of deciding between that wide range of well, um, blue or pink).

Roar!Go on, expand her horizons – and her vocabulary. Reasonably priced and great value given the playtime, there’s no need to push the boat out on this one.

What Mini says:
A toy that moves with me, now that pushes the right buttons.

The Orange Tree push-along toys (SSP £8 ) are available from good local toy shops or online.

Mini-et-Moi.com is the ultimate review site for London mums, babies and toddlers. Click here to read more about our reviews of classes, activities and great things for Mum and baby or toddler.

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And the Winner is …

– The Winners of the Baby Brains Book & DVD

A celebration!Congratulations to N. Christensen who entered the draw to win a copy of Baby Brains, and to L. Mitchell who won our new subscriber draw.

We’ll be posting the books to you.


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Oh, you’re such a smarty paints!

– The perfect place for a Mini Picasso (SW12)

British Summer Time is here – but will someone please tell the weather? These on-again, off-again rainy days do not fit in with glamorous plans of strolls around the parks and lunching al fresco.

Avoid the grey by heading to Smarty Paints, a ceramic art studio for children (and parents of a pre-disposed artistic nature). You’ll stay warm and dry with the help of a frothy cappuccino while creating mini masterpieces to treasure! And your Mini will love making special presents for his or her adoring fan base including doting grandparents, aunts and uncles.

With a range of ceramics ready to paint, we love the mugs, plates and cookie jars that just shout out for Mini’s tiny hand and footprints.The friendly staff are happy to help out to achieve perfect prints.

It’s also a great place for children’s parties for older siblings.

What Mini says:
With artistic talent like mine, sign me up for an exhibition at the Tate!

Smarty Paints is at 85 Nightingale Lane, Wandsworth London SW12 8NX, Tel 020 8772 8702. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm / Sun 11am-6pm, Thursday Late Night till 9pm

Mini-et-Moi.com is the ultimate review site for London mums, babies and toddlers. Click here to read more about our reviews of classes, activities and great things for Mum and baby or toddler.

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All That Jazz

– Great CDs for kids (and grown-ups too).

We asked you to vote for your favourite kids’ CDs and here’s the first of what you love listening to, as reviewed and approved by Mini-et-Moi’s mums and tots.

Does the sound of Incy-Wincy make you want to wince? Five Little Monkeys making you ape? Sick of singing silly songs?For the Library

Then it’s time to let Ella (Fitzgerald) elevate Old McDonald. Get a little fruity with Yes, We Have No Bananas. Or let the fox into the coop and see the feather’s fly with Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens.

With a great selection of fun favourites and offbeat originals, Jazz for Kids is a great introduction to jazz and swing, for the whole family.

And with some of the era’s most legendary performers, it will go some way to jazzing up your tot’s musical repertoire.

What Mini says:
I love swing(ing from the chandeliers … ).

Jazz for Kids costs £8.99 and is available on Amazon.

 

This CD also came highly recommended by one of our favourite teachers.

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The Games People Play

– Great Games for your Toddler’s Party

Let\'s PartyThe guest list is settled, the invitations are out. Your inner Nigella is focused on food. Now the real fun and games begin. How will you entertain the little players and older kids?

This is where a little bit of prep can really pay-off, big-time.

If you’re part of the DIY set, then with a few simple props (think balls, bubbles and some sand), you’ll be able to put on plenty of games. Like that all time favourite, Pop ‘em, Poppets (chasing and popping bubbles), or Balls in a Bucket (no prizes for guessing this game) or Buried Treasure (bury small prizes in a sandpit and let each pirate dig until he finds some loot).

If kid’s parties are just not your game, contact Adam Ants to hire soft play animals, a bouncing castle or a ball pond – and let the little ones get on with it. And, if you want your party to sizzle, try Twizzle. From sourcing entertainers or equipment, to arranging all aspects of the party, they’ll do it all.

That’s one game you’ve aced.

Now don’t forget to pack your camera.

What Mini says:
And the winner is ….

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