Monthly Archives: August 2008

On Tigers and Tea

– Amusing FT Article especially for mums


It would seem that your little tiger is not the only one who loves reading The Tiger who Came to Tea again, and again, and again and, well again.


You’ve barely turned the last page and she’s poised and at the ready with a clear directive: “More!” she orders. And you oblige.


Mini-et-Moi loved finding this article in the Financial Times Weekend. Written by Susie Boyt, she sets out the moral compass of the tale:


·         When the unexpected happens, try to enjoy it rather than becoming fearful or anxious.

·         If someone comes to your door, give them everything you can.

·         Try to behave as though all requests are completely normal.

·         Do not look askance at people who have odd eating habits; your habits may seem odd to them.

·         If everything in life is going wrong, you can do a lot worse than decamping to a café.

·         If you were found wanting in certain circumstances, lay in supplies to make this less likely in the future.


From Susie Boyt’s Should a Tiger Come to Tea in the Financial Times Weekend 23 August 2008. To see the full article, click here.


What Mini says:

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A Bolt out of the Blue

A Bolt out of the Blue

– Stylish spa holidays with tots in tow


Dreaming of your next getaway? Large beds, fluffy robes, good food, blue skies, luxury spa treatments …


Suddenly it hits you! Like a bolt out of the blue, you realise you’ll never be allowed into those hallowed halls with your little dynamo. Fast as a lightning bolt, and noisy as its thunderous counterpart, you won’t get a moment’s rest. Let alone some ‘alone time’ … or a facial.


Thanks to the new Spa Selection from Baby-friendly Boltholes, you can plan a wonderful spa retreat en famille. Dart out of London for a mini-break in Buckinghamshire (at 30 minutes out of London, there’s no time – or need – for a nappy change) and enjoy a sumptuous weekend in the country. Or head further afield with luxurious breaks in Tenerife, Spain, Cyprus and Mauritius.


The spa selection showcases 12 properties picked and experienced first-hand by Baby-Friendly Boltholes. It’s easy to navigate with a clever key and search function for quick browsing. And the fun reviews have everything you need, like knowing how much babysitting costs (so you’re not hit with a nasty little surprise on your departure), getting to know the ins and outs of the kids’ club before Junior does, or planning meals for your fussy little duck.


Whoever said you can’t shut the stable door after the (rocking) horse has bolted, didn’t know about Baby-friendly Boltholes.


What Mini says:

And I thought cucumbers were just for eating … this face-mask brings a whole new dimension to finger foods!


Subscribe and win!

All readers subscribed to both and by 1 September 2008 have the chance to win the full range of gorgeous, custom-blended spa products from Whitehouse – a baby-friendly, yummy mummy retreat par excellence! – worth £137. Subscribe to now! Or log onto Baby-friendly Boltholes to subscribe (Remember to quote ‘Mini-et-Moi’).


PLUS! £100 voucher for spa treatments

Baby-friendly Boltholes is celebrating the launch of its brand new luxury spa breaks section by offering subscribers a £100 voucher towards spa treatments with every overseas spa holiday booking* made by 31 August 2008.  To claim, quote ‘Mini-et-Moi’ on the booking enquiry form.



*must be a holiday featured on the spa section at

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Mini-Manual – Top Tips for Travels with a Tot

With Mini in tow, the days of a starting a holiday with a leisurely shop in duty free and a G&T (or two) on the flight are well and truly over but, with just a little bit of preparation, holidays with your little travel companion can still be enjoyable and relaxing!



Have Bag, Will Travel!

Be the leader of the pack with a super-organized travel bag.  Make things easier to find by packing these 4 smaller bags to put into your main bag:

  • A ‘Goodie Bag’ with a selection of toys, books and a favourite teddy.
  • A ‘Nappy Bag’ with nappies, wipes, cream, tissues and a change mat.  Always pack at least 2 more nappies than you think you’ll need.
  • A ‘Snack Bag’ with water, milk and meals for your tot, along with healthy treats packed in small sandwich bags, perfect for tot-sized hands.
  • A ‘Clothes Bag’ with a change of clothes and spare bibs for Mini and a spare top for you.  Pack a favourite blanket so Mini can snuggle up if cold or stretch out in the airport lounge. 

Don’t forget a few sealable plastic bags to tie up used nappies and wet clothes.


Super Suitcase

To ensure Mini’s holiday luggage packs a punch, factor on two outfits per day. Here are some top tips:

  • Layering clothes is the best way to manage changing temperatures. 
  • Swimsuits with SPF protection are a must for hot holidays, and sunscreen and hats are necessary regardless of the destination.
  • Stock up on washable bibs and pack a portable high chair.  
  • To stop the new time zone getting the better of Mini’s bedtime routine, take small bottles of her favourite baby wash and lotion before tucking her up in a travel cot (which will double up as a safe play area in the daytime). (Also, stock up on your favourite jet lag remedy.) 
  • Most hotel rooms or villas will need childproofing.  The usual culprits of plug sockets, long curtains and electrical cords will need attention.  Masking tape and pipe cleaners offer a quick fix for most danger zones.
  • Finally, don’t forget a first aid kit in case of bumps, scrapes and pesky mosquito bites.

Flying High with Mini

A happy Mini means a happy Moi (and fellow passengers!).  Take a team trip to the loo just before you board the plane then, with your super organized travel bag, you can both look forward to a top flight.   If Mini is traveling on your lap, a baby carrier or sling is a great way for you both to relax and sleep safely. 


Smart Mums board the plane last to minimize the time your bundle of energy is cooped up on the plane.  On boarding, put a pack of baby wipes in the seat pocket, grab a bottle and/or dummy to relieve ear pressure at take off and landing, then sit back with Mini and her favourite toy and relax.


And Finally……

Don’t forget your camera to capture the magical moments holidaying with your tot (see our Mini Manual on how to take fabulous photos!)  


What Mini says:

Sounds like our holiday will be ‘plane’ sailing!


This Mini Manual is sponsored by Baby-friendly Boltholes, the website for stylish escapes – perfect for pre-schoolers.


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