1. 1
  2. 2

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. 

DateFairVenueCharity
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
4th November Royal Southern Christmas Fair Royal Southern Yacht Club, Southampton Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity & The Royal Southern Charitable 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 House Hospice and Babygrow
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
5th December Save the Children Christmas Cocktail Chelsea Old Town Hall, London Save the Children

We hope to see you there!

Comments

Posted By Patrick the Puffin

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

0 Comments

Posted By Patrick the Puffin

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

0 Comments

Posted By Patrick the Puffin

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

0 Comments

Posted By Patrick the Puffin

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  

Comments

Posted By Patrick the Puffin

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.

 

 

Ingredients

  • Bowl of blackberries
  • Granulated sugar
  • Nob of butter

 

Implements

  • 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)

 

Instructions

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…

0 Comments

Posted By Patrick the Puffin

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.

 

0 Comments

Posted By Patrick the Puffin

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.

 

Love Patrick the Puffin

0 Comments

Posted By Patrick the Puffin

Summer BBQ

06/05/2016 10:37

Hooray!  Finally, the warm weather is on its way in time for the weekend - and we think there is nothing better than a barbecue in the garden on a nice sunny afternoon. So we've got some recipes here to help you enjoy the weather and the BBQ!

 

Alternatively, why not have a barbecue with friends and family in a country park in the beautiful South Downs.  The Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire is a fantastic place to have a barbecue with friends and family in a stunning location.  They have a number of family hearth areas in the forest which include a static barbecue and picnic tables and can be hired for 2 hour periods.  The hire cost is £10 per session and can cater for 10 people.  The park also has play areas for the children and some beautiful walks and scenery.  A truly fantastic day out.

 

Enjoy the sunshine!

 

Jerk Chicken

 

Ingredients:

- 4 tbsp soy sauce

- 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

- 2 tbsp runny honey

- 125 ml vinegar

- 2 onions, grated

- 1 fresh green chilli deseeded, finely chopped

- 2 cloves garlic crushed

- 1 tbsp brown sugar

- 1 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped

- ½ tsp ground allspice

- ½ tsp nutmeg

- 1 tsp black pepper

- 4 chicken breasts

 

Method:

1. To make the marinade mix all the ingredients, except for the chicken, together in a bowl

2. Make slashes across the chicken, then cover with the marinade and place it in the fridge

3. Leave to marinate for at least an hour (the longer the better)

4. To cook, place the chicken on the barbecue and cook evenly for around 30 minutes, turning often

5. To check the chicken is cooked insert a skewer or fork, if the liquid runs clear its ready to eat!

 

Barbecue Ribs

 

Ingredients:

BBQ Sauce

- 2 heaped tablespoons tomato ketchup

- 100g soft brown sugar

- 100ml low-salt soy sauce

- 100 ml white wine vinegar

- 2 cloves of garlic, minced

- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

- ¼ tsp salt

- 1 tsp paprika

Meat

- 2 racks of higher-welfare pork loin back ribs (about 1.6kg)

 

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/gas 6 and preheat the BBQ

2. Drizzle some oil over the ribs and season with salt and pepper

3. Mix all the BBQ sauce ingredients together in a pan and place over medium heat

4. Stir the sauce until the sugar dissolves, then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes to thicken the sauce

5. Put the ribs in a large roasting pan and brush with the marinade

6. Cover the roasting pan with foil and cook in the oven for 1 hour 20 minutes (total), or until the meat pulls away from the bone easily

6a. After 30 minutes in the oven baste the ribs with the marinade

6b. After 1 hour remove the foil, baste and cook uncovered

6c. After 1 hour 10 minutes baste the ribs again

7. Once your ribs are cooked and the BBQ is hot, transfer the ribs to the BBQ and cook over a medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes

 

  

Bon appetite! 

0 Comments

Posted By Patrick the Puffin

In 1967 the last work of the infamous Walt Disney was released with those unforgettable characters Mowgli, Baloo, Shere Khan and more. Inspiring the names of more than a few household pets, the Disney animated classic tells the story of a man cub raised by wolves and the adventures he undertakes with his animal companions on his way to the man village. The recent reimagining by Jon Favreau tells the same story of friendship, loyalty and the search for identity that is so common in Disney movies but with a more nuanced and adult tone.

 

The live-action remake of this family favourite features some famous voices in prominent roles. From Sir Ben Kingsley’s eloquent portrayal of Bagheera the self-appointed guardian and escort of Mowgli, to the humorous, fun Baloo of Bill Murray and the sinister and threatening Idris Elba as Shere Khan, you are guaranteed nothing less than excellent vocal performances. Neel Sethi, who you’ve probably never heard of before, plays our protagonist Mowgli. At just 10 years old Sethi captures the personality of Mowgli perfectly, with his fun loving, smart and cheeky ways. Other significant voices you may recognise are Scarlett Johanssen as Kaa the snake, Christopher Walken as the gigantopithecus King Louis, Giancarlo Esposito as Akila and Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Mowgli’s wolf mother.

 

I’m always hesitant to see remakes of Disney classics. As an adult who regularly uses younger family members as an excuse to watch children’s movies, I always fear that the magic of Disney may be lost in the adaptation of the original. Favreau and Marks have created a movie which incorporates aspects of both the book, written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894, and the Disney movie, which is more familiar to us all. By incorporating more aspects from the Kipling edition than that of Disney (who told his animators not to read the Kipling version when working on the movie as he believed it was too dark) Favreau and Marks have widened the audience of their movie, making it enjoyable for adults as well as children.

 

Using the relationship between a man cub who has ‘no people’ but manages to unite all of the animals for one cause, Favreau and Marks have skilfully made a movie that inspires you to try and be the best you can be. It speaks to children who are trying to fit in with a crowd that they are never quite part of, but shows them that by being themselves and using the gifts that make them unique they can be part of something bigger and better.

 

This is a great movie to watch with the whole family, combining a great jungle adventure with a few nostalgic songs and some moral lessons. Some of the characters are more sinister than in the original movie so I would suggest not to take children under 6 (I definitely jumped a few times). The Jungle Book is out now at Cinemas showing in 2D, 3D and IMAX and it really brings a new lease of life to some of your favourite characters. Let us know what you think of the movie in the comments below! I for one will be naming my next pet Bagheera or Akila…

 

Enjoy the popcorn!

0 Comments

Posted By Patrick the Puffin

  1. 1
  2. 2