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Back to School

04/09/2017 14:49

September is here and it’s back to the school routine. Early wake ups, busy mornings, a traffic filled school drop off, some child free time (usually filled with house work, or office work), traffic filled school pick up, after school clubs, home, dinner, bath, bed and repeat!

It can be a bit crazy getting back into the swing of things but we’re here to help ensure that your kids go back with all the things they need as well as being comfortable and stylish. 

The Coat:

It isn’t cold yet but just you wait… it’ll get there… and then you’ll need The Coat. Different schools have different rules but in my experience it usually needs to be dark and plain. But more importantly for the kids it needs to be comfortable, cool, and practical (preferably with pockets). Here are our top picks for the essential ‘Back to School Coat’.

Tiffosi Reversible Gilet

Comfortable and warm, this coat is dark blue to comply with the school rules but as soon as the bell rings show that vibrant personality but reversing it into a bright red gilet. 

Tiffosi Lindy Jacket

This warm blue coat is a classic crowd pleaser. With fur trim on the hood it is perfect to stay warm in cold weather. It also has lots of pockets that are fastened with poppers or a zip. 

Patachou Grey Coat

On a more traditional note this grey coat will fit every need. With 2 front pockets and a subtle tartan hint in the lining this coat will keep your little one warm all Winter. 

Sanetta Jacket

If your school is a bit more flexible with their rules, try this fun flowered coat. Its padded for extra warmth, it’s fastened with a zip and has two front pockets that are also fastened with poppers. And to give you some added flexibility the hood is removable. 

The Backpack 

A cool backpack is essential. Whether it’s to carry lunch, books or toys every kid needs something fun and practical to use on their way to school. 

Affenzahn Backpacks

With an extendable tongue with a name label, a front pocket and reflectors on every animal, these fun colourful companions will keep your kids prepared and happy at school. 

The Other Necessities

Hairbands – For girls these are always important. Whether you use a scrunchie to tie up a ponytail or a headband to keep the fringe out of her eyes, make sure you’ve got spares because some are bound to go missing.


Pencil Case - When I was at school I had at least three pencil cases. My pencil case and the stationary inside were the easiest way for me to show a bit of my personality.


Coloured Pens – (WARNING: These may need their own pencilcase) These are a must. Even a small selection is a necessity for make work look fun and interesting as well as those lessons where there’s colouring.


Have a great term back at school! Let us know in the comments what other tips you’ve got for parents for the first day back.



Posted By Patrick the Puffin

House and Garden Festival

14/05/2017 14:53

This June visit us at the new House & Garden Festival, 21-24 June at Olympia London with three stunning events- Spirit of Summer Fair, The HOUSE Fair and GROW London- each offering a distinct but complementary collection of curated brands and products approved by House & Garden.


See our beautiful clothes in person when you visit us at stand A84. We’ll be there with exclusive offers and surprises to make your children’s wardrobe the most stylish thing around this Summer.


Get 30% off tickets when you buy online at www.houseandgardenfestival.com or call 0844 4124623 using code SS189 at any time. To make it even better between 15-21st May you’ll get 2 tickets for the price of 1! Don’t miss this great offer and so many more at the show in June.


We can’t wait to see you there! 


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Visit us!

25/04/2017 15:05

Visit us

This year we’re going to be out and about visiting you at shows around the South of England. We’ve got such a variety of clothes for girls and boys from 0 to 12, for so many different occasions we’re sure you’ll find something you and the kids will love.

We’re a small company, run by a mum and daughter, but we are also doing our best to give back to the community. That’s why so many of the fairs we’re taking part in are contributing to charity, but we need your help to give them even more so please come, buy loads (from anyone there- it’s all for a great cause) and enjoy yourself. 

8th April Easter Fayre Bouverie Hall, Pewsey Radiotherapy Appeal, Swindon Hospital
18th June Sandhurst Heritage Day Royal Military Academy Sandhurst ABF The Soldier’s Charity
21st-24th June Spirit of Summer Fair Olympia, London
23rd-24th June Rare Brand Summer Market Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester
26th-27th September The Early Early Christmas Fair Tidworth Park, Salisbury ABF The Soldiers Charity
27th-28th October Save the Children Gift Fair Churcher’s College, Petersfield Save the Children
30th October-5th November Spirit of Christmas Fair Olympia, London
4th November Royal Southern Christmas Fair Royal Southern Yacht Club, Southampton Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity & The Royal Southern Charitable Trust
7th-8th November Watoto Christmas Fair The Tithe Barn, Ditcham Watoto Trust
8th-9th November Putney, Barnes, Kew & Sheen Friends of Cancer Research Christmas Fair Bank of England Sports Centre, London Cancer Research
14th-15th November Love Christmas Chester Racecourse, Chester TUSK and The Hospice of the Good Shepherd
16th-18th November Rare Brand Christmas Market Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester
25th November Bedford Red Cross Christmas Fair Bedford School, Bedford British Red Cross
2nd December Christmas Fair Grayshott Village Hall, Grayshott Macmillan Cancer Support

We hope to see you there!


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New in: Spring & Summer 2017

27/03/2017 15:54

Look out Summer we’ve got you covered!

With bright colours, stripes galore, powerful patterns and a seaside theme find everything you need to look great this Summer. 

We’re seeing stripes everywhere we look this season. From grey and white with the Caro Dungarees from Boboli for your daughter, to orange and blue pinstripes with the Luka Shirt for your son, and the Rainbow Jumpsuit for your little one.

Striped items

A personal favourite is the purple, blue and white striped collection from Knot including the Ocean Stripe Dress, Dungarees or Romper – all of which are 100% linen and machine washable making them perfect for fun Summer days.  There are also striped shorts from Knot in a variety of colours and striped tops from Sanetta and Boboli. 

Ocean Stripe items

If stripes aren’t your thing, how about some dynamic patterns? Boboli has pulled out all the stops and we can’t stop staring at these gorgeous patterns for girls and boys! We’ve got the Tropical shorts for girls which are bright and fun for holidays, as well as the Heart Trousers which are comfortable and ever so practical. For the boys we’ve got Palm Shorts which are ideal for the beach and these Rockstar Shorts covered in little guitars are bound to become a favourite. 

Patterned items

Finally take a trip to the seaside this Summer with some of oceanic designs. The Jellyfish Dress with matching bloomers and the Whale Bodysuits for babies are excellent for keeping them cool on hot days. While the bigger kids can take pleasure in looking their best in the dapper Anchor Shirt, Ainslie Jumper or chic Seashell Dress as they head to a party. More casual options include the Harbour T-Shirt, Reptiles T-Shirt and Happy Moments Top stylish and eye catching for everyday use. 

Seaside theme

We can’t wait to see your kids enjoying our great new collection so please tag us on facebook, Twitter or Instagram @mmlmkids <3


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Charity Fairs Association

27/01/2017 11:09

We’re very excited to tell you all that we have been accepted as a member of the Charity Fairs Association. This is great news- it means that we’ll be seeing you all at more fairs around the country this year and we can’t wait to show you all of our new products!

Fair stand

More importantly being part of the Charity Fairs Association means that we’re giving back to the community in a bigger way than before. From national charities like Save the Children and Cancer Research to regional organisations such as St Peter’s Church Hever and St Catherine’s Hospice we will be supporting them all. We think it’s important to give back to the community around us and with your help we’ll be doing a lot more of that this year and in the years to come.

We look forward to seeing you at the fairs and will keep you posted about venues, dates and events soon.

CFA logo


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Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair

30/11/2016 10:07

This year on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of December we will be exhibiting a collection of our clothes at the Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair. With over 85 hand selected luxury boutique gift brands at the market get all your Christmas shopping done in one place this year. 

When: Friday 12pm - 8pm 

               Saturday 10am - 6pm

Where: Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, London

To sweeten the deal, print this voucher to get free admission to the event for 2 people! 

Free Admission Voucher


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New in: Autumn & Winter 2016

18/10/2016 10:31

This Autumn & Winter we've got some great new collections from Mon Marcel, Benedita, Wild & Gorgeous, and Knot as well as new brands Tiffosi and Sanetta. Find out about our favourite fabrics, colours, coats, pyjamas and more below! 


Fabrics & Colours

This season has seen a resurgence of a wonderful turquoise across a few of our brands. This gorgeous colour is deep and vibrant. We’ve got some fabulous dresses from Wild & Gorgeous with beautiful sparkling decorations to appeal to every glamorous girl. From Knot we also have a jumper for young boys in this classic colour. With elbow patches in a complementary orange, both colours really pop and catch the eye in just the right way. 

Nutcracker Dress, Cara Dress, Arabian Blue Jumper


One of our favourite fabrics this season is a beautiful grey tartan from Benedita with subtle changes making it suitable for both boys and girls. For the girls dress the grey tartan has a hint of pink, while for the boys shorts and romper there is a hint of blue. 

Benedita Grey Tartan

Knot has its own Tartan option this season. If you’re looking for something a little brighter, then the Kenya Check is the way to go. We’ve got a dress, pinefore, shorts and a romper all available in this gorgeous material. 

Kenya Check Knot 

We think either of these tartan collections would look great in a Christmas photo of the family! 


In our Baby & Toddler range Sanetta is providing us with a great opportunity to mix and match numerous lovely pieces to create something that suits any occasion. This beautiful blossom flowered material has been used for trousers, tops, skirts and dresses as well as providing subtle detailing to spice up otherwise simple (but beautiful) tops. 

 Sanetta Blossom Collection

For the boys stripes are back on order with these comfortable, practical and beautifully made items primarily in blue and grey. 

Sanetta Boys Baby Collection

We’ve also got some wonderful pieces from Mon Marcel which come in a variety of colours and are perfect for layering with simple tops or bodysuits. The Cooper Dungarees, Zaha Dress and Noah Trousers are all made with a thin corduroy material that is both soft and comfortable making it perfect for everyday use.

Corduroy Mon Marcel

A similar soft, comfortable corduroy has also been used in the new range by Benedita. The Bordeaux Dress is a personal favourite in a deep red that is sure to make an impression and with the beautiful detail of a white frilly collar and cuffs and a large bow tied behind the neck. We also have some lovely boys’ shorts in this corduroy which come fully lined and are will look wonderful on your Mister Master. 

 Benedita Corduroy


Staying Warm

As the weather begins to turn cold, it’s time to bundle up in a gorgeous new jacket. If your girl is looking to stand out from the crowd we have a wonderful and warm purple puffer jacket and a pale pink gilet from Sanetta both of which will keep you toasty and looking stunning this season. From Tiffosi we also have a waterproof coat with a fur trim hood, which is perfect for school trips.

Sanetta Coats, Tiffosi Coats

For boys our newest brand Tiffosi is serving up a treat with the Newton Jacket- a varsity jacket with a removable hoody inside, providing you with a great, stylish layering effect and a jacket that will keep you comfortably warm in the unpredictable English weather. Also a winner for me is the Two In One Gilet which is reversible- red on one side and marine on the other, hooded and comes with a handy pouch making it great to travel with. For something lighter there are also thin hoody/jumper style jackets in great checked patterns, ideal for layering on cooler days.

Tiffosi Jackets and Coats

For the younger members of the family Sanetta has provided us with some gorgeous felt jackets and a delightful outdoor onesie. Perfect for staying warm on cold days out this Autumn and Winter. 

Sanetta Baby & Toddler Coats


Land Among the Stars

This year’s fashion has been all about the stars✨ and it’s not over yet! Benedita is using a wonderful pale grey material covered in white stars to make a romper and a dress both with lovely white collars. Knot is also continuing the space theme with the star romper and the rocket romper. Last but definitely not least is my personal favourite, the beautiful Grace Nightie from Sanetta which is covered in little gold stars. 

Star Romper, Nightie, Rocket Romper


Pyjama Party

This season we’ve expanded our collection to include a brand new range of pyjamas! Imported from German brand Sanetta, these colourful, comfortable ensembles are all made from responsibly sourced organic cotton and manufactured in Germany. We’ve already mentioned one of our favourites (the Grace Nightie) but our others are…  the Andrew Pyjamas for Boys with lovely checked flannel trousers and a ribbed cotton top with long sleeves, the Wonderland Pyjamas for girls which are bright and colourful, reminiscent of a magical world. And for younger members of the family we also have these lovely Sky Pyjamas with a simple striped top and plain bottoms. 

 Sanetta Pyjamas


We’d love to know what you think of our new collection, which are your favourites? Is there anything you’d like to see more of? Get in touch with us via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @mmlmkids, or email us at info@mmlm-kids.com  


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Blackberry Jam

05/09/2016 10:13

It’s blackberry season and they are looking so juicy that we couldn’t resist picking as many as possible and making our very own blackberry jam. Thankfully our venture was a success and I’ve been eating toast with home made blackberry jam for breakfast for a few days now, and will be into the foreseeable future.




  • Bowl of blackberries
  • Granulated sugar
  • Nob of butter



  • Jam thermometer (if you have one)
  • Big cooking pot
  • Metal spoon
  • Glass jam jars and lids (sterilised in the dishwasher or in boiling water beforehand)



1. Once you’ve picked loads of blackberries give them a quick rinse and weigh them
2. Then weigh out the same amount of sugar

Jam and sugar
3. Put the blackberries in a big pot over low heat to bring the juice out of them, stirring occasionally but being careful not to break the berries (about 15 minutes)

Boiling berries
4. Gradually add the sugar to the blackberries and stir it (carefully) into the mixture
5. Bring to the boil
6. While you’re waiting for the jam to boil get your jars, remove the lids and put them all on a tray and into a hot oven (about 150*C) leaving them here until the jam is ready
7. Turn down the temperature so the mix is simmering and leave it for about 45 minutes (this is where things get a bit trickier as there’s no 100% certain time it takes to make jam) then check the jam every 10 minutes as the change from too runny to too think can be pretty quick

Boiling jam

8. If you have a jam thermometer it would come in handy now – the jam is ready when the mixture reaches between 20*C and 23*C. If you don’t have a jam thermometer you have to be eagle-eyed and check the consistency of the jam another way… Dip a metal spoon into the jam and take it out, the layer of liquid that is left on the spoon should form 2 drops that hang for a moment and then fall off the spoon, or they may merge into one bigger drop slowly and then fall off- when you reach this stage the jam is ready 
9. Once you think your jam is ready turn off the heat and add the nob of butter, stirring carefully until it is melted, this gets rid of the foamy bit on top of the jam
10. Remove your jam jars from the oven and transfer your jam into the jars. We used a ladle but it did get a bit messy, if you have a wide funnel that would probably be best
11. Put the lids onto your jars- CAREFUL THEY’LL BE HOT!
12. Leave your jam to set overnight and test it out for breakfast in the morning

Jam in Jar


Timing jam can be a bit confusing but don’t be dissuaded if it comes out too hard. It’s all about trial and error to figure out what works best. We made this recipe with about 1300g of berries and filled 6 jam jars. If you want to make the jam a bit more sour then add some lemon rind at the boiling stage (5) just don’t forget to take it out when it comes to putting the jam into jars. Get picking and let us know how your jam turns out! We’ll be making more this weekend (the supply of blackberries seems endless!) so will have some more tips and tricks coming your way soon…


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The Olympic Games

09/08/2016 10:01

The Olympics is the biggest sporting tradition in the world with every country sending participants thousands of miles to take part in this historic event every four years. We all know what the modern Olympics is like with it’s dazzling opening ceremonies, participation controversies and screaming audiences, but do we know where it came from?


The first recorded ‘Olympic Games’ took place in Ancient Greece as a religious festival in honour of Zeus, in 776 BC, and held in Olympia. At this time the games only consisted of one event- the 200-yard dash called ‘The Stadium’ but over the years more events were added starting with the more traditional Greek events, such as discus, javelin and wrestling, to all of our modern sports. From this point the games were held every 4 years until 393 BC when they were abolished by Emperor Theodosius I as he considered it a Pagan cult which offended his Christian religion.


It wasn’t until the late 19th Century in France that Baron Pierre de Coubertin undertook a successful campaign to revive the Olympics and make it a secular, international event. The first modern summer games opened on March 24th, 1896 in Athens, Greece. The Olympics fostered the ideal of ‘sound mind and body’ and aimed at promoting friendship between nations. Other than 1916, 1940 and 1944 when the games were cancelled due to World War 1 and World War 2 they have taken place every 4 years. However after 1992 the Winter and Summer Olympics were no longer scheduled for the same year.


This year’s Olympic Games is being hosted in the magical Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. Despite the controversy and surrounding the games this year’s event is a first in many regards. It is the first Olympic games to be held in South America, previous games have been held in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia leaving just Africa and Antarctica having not held the games. This year we also have a record number of 206 competing teams including the Refugee Olympic Team which aims to highlight the current refugee crisis across the world. We also have 2 sports back in the mix with Golf and Rugby being played for the first time since 1904 and 1924 respectively.


The games has only just begun so we wish all the athletes the best and hope you all enjoy watching the games against the beautiful backdrop of Rio.



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We have some new treasures especially for you with a brand new range of wooden toys from Lanka Kade and colourful tights from Blade and Rose.


Designed in the UK and hand crafted in Sri Lanka, all of our new products from Lanka Kade are fair trade and of the highest quality, with the majority being made of natural rubber wood.

We’ve got animal puzzles which help with learning numbers and letters in a colourful and fun way, simple jigsaws aid in developing problem solving and coordination skills and four-piece block puzzles help with picture recognition skills. In addition to these educational toys we have larger interactive toy sets from a pirate ships to farm yards. These all include characters and are a great way to expand your child’s imagination or as a gift at a Christening or Christmas.

Alphabet whale puzzle, jungle block puzzle, dinosaur number puzzle


Our new collection of tights and leggings from Blade and Rose are made and designed in the UK and come in a range of themes to suit every personality. With an elasticated waist and made from cotton, nylon and spandex they are comfortable, flexible and practical to keep those little knees safe from grazes while they play, crawl and climb. From pirates to unicorns and Beefeaters to cupcakes we’re sure that you’ll find something to suit your Mister Master or Little Miss. These wonderful leggings are easy, fun and perfect for everyday use and the tights come with anti-slip feet to help keep accidents to a minimum.

 Pirate, unicorn, beefeater and cupcake tights


We hope you like our new additions and would love to see your family playing with or wearing them so go ahead and tag us on Instagram, facebook or twitter @mmlmkids.


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