Monthly Archives: June 2009

Sweet Nothings

– Forays into fabulous philanthropy

Art for StarlightWhen it comes to choosing which of my soon-to-be-world-famous works of art to display on her walls, my Mummy is like the proverbial kid in a candy store. So I shudder to think what a menagerie of mummies will be like when they meet up at the Art for Starlight do at the Saatchi Gallery.

Watch out, Damien. Tracey, be terrified.

My work will be framed and hanging on the walls. At the Saatchi Gallery, darling. Finally, the recognition I’ve been craving!

We’ll be congregating and creating at Maggie & Rose on 4 July. Suitably inspired by the works of American artist Kent Christensen and his obsession with all things candy (it’s important we chose a role model we could identify with, you understand) we’ll be laying some sweet lines (on paper). 

All works will then be professionally framed and exhibited at the Saatchi at the end of the Summer, and sold with proceeds going to support the Starlight Foundation.

Sounds like a sweet deal.

Can you sweet-talk your mummy into letting you join me?

What Moi says:

A (Maggie and) Rose by any other name would surely smell as sweet.

Maggie & Rose Art for Starlight is a unique new children’s project. In workshops over the summer, they will create artworks to be sold to support the work of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, a national charity which grants the wishes of a lifetime for seriously or terminally ill children giving the whole family happy memories to share and cherish, whatever the future holds. Over 70% of Starlight wish children go on to get better. Starlight grants 500 wishes a year and is hoping that with the funds generated through the Art for Starlight project it will be able increase its wish granting capacity by 20% -that’s 100 more wishes next year.

The Creative Confectioners Art Workshop for 2 – 4 year olds will be held on Saturday 4 July from 2-4pm at Maggie and Rose. The cost is £45 per child with all proceeds going to Starlight. The private view will take place at Saatchi Gallery on Saturday 26 September, followed by an evening party and auction of lovely lots including a one-off Rocking Horse decorated by Vivienne Westwood and a specially designed Starlight Porsche 911GT3.

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One for me and one for …

metm21– Shades for the Super Stylish

Hooray! The sun has got his hat on!

And so do you, along with your on-trend – and dare one say obligatory – Marc Jacobs retro shades. Afterall, big, bold, brightly coloured shades were all over the S/S 09 catwalks, and you’re not one to miss out on the fashionista’s must have item of the season.

Spare a thought for your little ray of sunshine who may want to make an equally stylish entrance.

Think bold and bright Baby Banz.

De rigueur for tots, they provide excellent protection for your little one’s sparklers, attaching neatly behind the head so you don’t need to worry about losing them. And they’ve been approved by the Melanoma International Foundation. Well, it’s not all just about the fashion (statement).

And, they come in an array of bright, sunshiney colours – with a retro range – so you can co-ordinate or complement, depend on the mood or the occasion. 

One for me and one for …  you

(It’s called sharing.)

 

BabyBanz (SSP £10) are available from online boutique MojoLondon or buy direct from the BabyBanz site.

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Treasure Trove

MetM_19Jun– Saved by a Baby Book!

 

Mums on the run (is there any other kind?): take a leaf out of this book.

 

Pack a selection of Tiny Treasures in your handbag (naturally, of the most treasured Marc Jacobs variety) and head out the door confident in the knowledge that you can entertain your little treasure at a moment’s notice. On the bus. In the doctor’s waiting room. While waiting impatiently for your coffee (or junior’s babyccino).

 

MetM_19Jun1Mini Treasures are a diminutive library of modern-day classic tales that are no bigger than a postcard. They’re super-portable and utterly desirable to small hands wanting to hold onto a bit of loot.

 

Miniature Mister Magnolia is marvellous at amusing Mini. And he’ll  be shouting Again! at the book of the same name. (Admittedly you may be groaning at the thought of reading it Again!). And classical scholars will revel in the nostalgia of Rosie’s Walk.

 

MetM_19Jun2And at a mere £1.50 each, these tiny treasures certainly won’t break the … treasury!

 

What Mini says:

Pleasure, little Treasure!

Click here to see the full selection of Mini-Treasures.

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Old MacDonald

London’s City Farms

 

In a city like London, when a square inch of green space comes at a hefty premium, it’s unlikely that you’ll have a couple of cows and some sheep in your backyard for hands-on learning for your little animal(-lover).

 

metm9So how do you teach him about the birds and the bees? Especially when the endless repetition of Old MacDonald is starting to sound a bit hollow …

 

Try a visit to your local City Farm. Situated at various locations around London, the city farm is the ideal place to show off your farmyard expertise. (A quick refresher: goats have rectangular pupils; the mule’s mummy is a horse, and its daddy is a donkey; never look a gift horse in the mouth).

 

Use Mini-et-Moi’s comprehensive listing of London’s city farms to find your family fun day-out.

 

Don’t forget that this is not the place for designer togs – or for a “see and be seen” type experience (unless gazing at grazing goats is up there for you). Best to wear your wellies, and take along a tube of water-less hand wash. It is, after all, a farm (and not one of the manor house variety).

 

Remember: you’re in this for the education. You just can’t farm out your parental responsibilities

 

What Mini says:

Ee i ee i oh!

 

Click here to see the listing.

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Hang on to your Hat!

metm41– A Mad hatter’s tea party

As a mum, you really are expected to pull a rabbit out of a hat when it comes to entertaining you and your little bunny. Running from pillar to post, it can drive you dotty.

Take a little time out from the mad rush with a morning – or afternoon – at the latest, utterly charming tearoom in Muswell Hill: The Emporium. Offering superb home-made cakes and a selection of fabulous classes (including puppet-making for older tots and sewing classes for you), as well as beauty treatments, there is also a gorgeous shop with handmade goods by local crafters and artists.

If being indoors is not your thing, host your very own mad-hatter’s tea-party on the adjacent green. Borrow a rug when you pick up your takeaway tea and treats, so you can soak up the rays. Now that should have you grinning like a Cheshire cat.

 

What Mini says:

Hat’s off!

The Emporium Tea Rooms & Fancy Goods Shop is at 4/5 Cheapside, Fortis Green, London N2 9HP (Tel.  (020) 8883-3434

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Dear Diary

London-Mums_Baby-Bunting– Mini-et-Moi’s June Calendar 

You’ve got the weeks wrapped up – Monday’s music, on Tuesday the tot tumbles around. In fact, the week is action-packed*

What about the weekends? Now the Summer is here, we’re in need of some fun-packed family time for those long days.

F … fumbling around for a scrap of paper to hastily jot down a fete?

F… forget it!

Mini-et-Moi’s June Calendar has all the family-friendly fetes, fairs and fun you can handle. Find details of this weekend’s Festival of Running and Family Sports Day in Battersea Park, or next weekend’s Summer Fair in Primrose Hill (NW1), or the Open Garden Squares Weekend at various locations around London.

The June Calendar is online. We’ll be adding July and August soon. (Plus, Send us details of your event too**).

What Mini says:

Enough of the confessionals, this is fabulous!

 

* If you haven’t got the week all wrapped up, remember that you can search our database online at any time. Go to www.mini-et-moi.com and search!

** Something missing? Send us an e-mail at info [at] mini-et-moi [dot] com and we’ll add your event. We’ll update the calendar regularly so check back for more fun and frivolity!

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Don’t miss the boat!

– Brilliant boating for babies

 

A celebration!No need to rock the boat. Give your water baby a sea-faring experience, and be back in time for tea.

 

At 50 minutes one-way, the London Waterbus Company’s journeys on Regent’s Canal provide a perfect taster for the tot. (We’d like to say it’s about as long as her concentration span, but that would be pushing the boat out). Importantly, it’s not so long that you’ll be left at sea.

 

Trips are on traditional narrow canal boats. They’re slow and stable, but it’s still very exciting if you haven’t yet developed a taste for white water rafting.

 

You’ll enjoy the green and leafy fringes of Regents’ Park, spot the hyena’s on the perimeter of the Zoo (if you want to make a day of it, you can even get off at the Zoo), and end your trip at one of the cafes in Little Venice or at one of the stalls in Camden Lock. Whatever floats your boat.

 

What Mini says:

White water rafting … what a tongue twister!

 

In Summer, barges leave Little Venice and Camden Lock  hourly – check the timetable for details. One way costs £6.50 for adults and £5 for children aged 3 – 16. (Under 3’s travel for free.) Return trips are available, and you can make a stopover and go back later. You can also include a visit to the London Zoo. There is no parking at either end so you can combine this with another mode of public transport and make that the theme of the day. You’ll also need to take a small, folding pram.

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