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The Origins of Halloween

29/10/2018 13:29

the origins of Halloween

 

All children look forward to Halloween evening when they can go out and trick or treat their neighbours asking for sweets and if not reciprocated, a trick is in order!

 

Build up to the evening begins with carving scary faces into hollowed out pumpkins and placing candles or tea lights inside.  Dressing up involves being as scary as possible; white chalked faces, blackened eyes, fangs, fake blood, wrapping up in tissue paper, and so on.  All great fun. 

 

We love Halloween and stocked up on glow in the dark mummy pyjamas and monster onesies. 

 

I didn't really know the origins of Halloween so I looked it up and read that it began as the festival of Samhain. It was part of the ancient Celtic religion in Britain and other parts of Europe. At the end of summer, the Celts thought the barrier between our world and the world of ghosts and spirits got really thin. ... They believed it was the time when ghosts and spirits came out to haunt, and the Celts would appease the spirits by giving them treats.

 

 

What was Samhain?

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset.

 

Where does the name Halloween come from it's actually two words smushed together. "Hallow" — or holy person — refers to the saints celebrated on All Saints' Day, which is November 1. The "een" part of the word is a contraction of "eve" — or evening before.

So basically, Halloween just an old-fashioned way of saying the night before All Saints' Day — also called Hallowmas or All Hallows' Day.

Here is a website with halloween costumes we can make at home:

https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/g1360/halloween-costumes-for-kids/

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Michaelmas Fair - Shaftesbury, Dorset

Spread over two days (Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd October), come and visit the Michaelmas Fair in Shaftesbury and find a wealth of festive treats and extra special presents to help you create the perfect Christmas. With over 70 stalls selling a wide range of gifts, jewellery, clothes, decorations, toys and more - it’s the perfect place to get into that festive spirit.

Date/Time:

-  Sunday 21st October - 12noon - 5pm

-  Monday 22nd October - 10am - 4pm

Place: St. Mary's Shaftesbury School, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 9LP

Charities supported:

Wiltshire Air Ambulance,

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

RNLI Swanage Lifeboat Station

 

Save The Children Fair - Churchers College, Petersfield

Date/Time:

-  Thursday 25th October - 6pm - 9pm

-  Friday 26th October - 10am - 4pm

Place: Churchers College, Petersfield, Hampshire

Charity supported:

Save The Children

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How to Make a Reef Knot

17/09/2018 10:15

How to make a Reef Knot

for 7 year olds plus

 

When I was around 7 years old my father sat me on his knee and said he was going to teach me how to make knots.  I'm a girl and wondered why this was important but I have two older brothers and I wanted to keep up, so I was all ears.  Many years later I'm glad I did as I use the knots all the time.  

 

Lets start with The Reef Knot.

 

The reef knot was used for centuries to tie two separate cords together.  Sailors used it for reefing sails, hence the name.  

(Remember it doesn't work if one of the ropes is made of nylon as it will slip)

 

 

There is a simple rhyme to remember how to do it

Right over Left and Left over Right

or vice versa depending on which cord you start with

 

Take two pieces of rope / cord / string

 

1.  Pass one end (red cord) over and under the blue cord (a half knot) 

 

 

2.  Repeat the process, the red end passes over and under the blue

 

3.  Tighten to make a neat symetrical knot

 

Hold the two blue cords in one hand and the two red cords in the other and pull tight.

Sometimes an extra half knot can be tied with the ends so as to make it doubly secure. 

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Trust Me, I'm a Doctor

13/09/2018 11:22

TRUST ME, I'M A DOCTOR

BBC 2 on Wednesday at 8pm

 

I realize we are selling children's clothing but I wanted to share a really interesting programme I came across last night on TV.  Maybe I'm the last one in line to know of it, but if you haven't seen it, it is well worth watching.  It has articles about health and diets and the little adjustments we can do to make us healthier, plus other medical advances which are amazing. 

 

The programme is Trust Me, I'm a Doctor aired on Wednesday's at 0800 pm on BBC Two

For example last night there were articles about

 

Exercising

It is recommended one do 150minutes of exercise a week.  

The usual advice is 5 sessions of 30mins each week but it has beenproven that 'Exercise' Snacking' comprising 6 bursts for 5 minutes spread throughout the day gives the same result.   

On the programme they show how they proved this with a team of volunteers.  For us with not a lot of Time on our hands, this solution could be achievable. 

 

How to Boost levels of Iron in our bodies

Lack of iron leads to tiredness, infection and even heart palpitations.

The body needs its iron intake from our diet as we don't produce iron in the body.  We can get this through foods which naturally contain it such as red meat, or iron fortified foods such as breakfast cereals and sourdough bread.

The interesting fact is that even though there is iron in certain foods, the body does not naturally assimilate it, for instance drinking orange juice or any juice high in Vit. C with the cereal will increase its absorption, yet drinking coffee (which as polyphenols which bind the iron ) make it less soluble, so they suggest drink coffee 30 minutes after having eaten.  Also, cooking spinach in boiling water (rather than steaming it) enhances the amount of iron we assimilate from it, moreso than eating it raw or steamed.  Steaming cabbage preserves most of the iron instead of releasing it into the cooking water. Raw cabbage has most iron as cabbage is high in Vit. C.  This applies to kale, broccoli, cauliflower and watercress.

 

A cure for Haemophilia A which works

A very interesting article on a major breakthrough for people suffering this condition.

The articles are thoroughly researched and easy to watch and interesting.

 

 

If you found this sort of a blog interesting, it would be appreciated if you could let me know. 

Its slightly diverging from the norm of talking about children related subjects so if you think it is irrelevant or interesting I would be keen to hear about it. (info@mmlm-kids.com)

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Something to do ... Enjoy a day out in West Sussex and see the Autumn colours coming in.

On 19th September (evening) and 20th September (all day) the New Horizons Appeal Autumn Gift Fair is being held in aid of St. Catherine's Hospice. 

The actual timings are

19th September 6:30pm - 9:30pm  (champagne reception)

20th September 9:30am - 4:30pm

Knepp Castle is a 3500 acre estate in West Grinstead, just south of Horsham.  Within the grounds is a wildlife reserve with wild ponies cattle, deer and pigs roaming free in the grounds.  It should be a lovely day out, provided the weather is on side, to walk, for little ones to play safely outside and do some shopping.

At Mister Master & LIttle Miss we would be really pleased to welcome you to our stand where you can touch and feel the items you see online.  Up close they are much nicer!  plus it would be lovely to meet you.

(If you see anything online you would like to see 'in the flesh', let me know via info@mmlm-kids.com and I will bring it to the Fair.)

If you come to our stand and are our Newsletter subscriber, whisper the code MMLMKids@Knepp  and you will qualify for 15% off all purchases. 

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Catherine

Mister Master & Little Miss is a mother and daughter run, friendly online shop, selling designer clothes for children between the ages of 0 - 12 years old,  carefully selected in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany and Sweden.

A special focus are small and cute clothes for premature babies.  We also carry newborn baby gift boxes which are beautifully presented. 

Our overall approach is to select clothes based on 'classic' fashion, quality and colour. 

We offer all seasons all year round so you can buy your shorts and tops mid Winter and your ski jackets in Summer. 

All orders are gift wrapped as we believe that the experience of receiving and opening the parcel is just as important as wearing it. 

Our ethos is to give back so we support numerous Charity Fairs in the Southern England and London region.

We are happy for you to visit by appointment if you are in the Chichester area.  Just call us on 01243 575962.

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Lets Pretend - Games for Toddlers

 

The Letter Carrier - The Postman

Equipment:  Envelopes, stamps (stickers, Christmas seals, etc. - all optional)

How to Play:

1.         Decide who is the letter carrier and who is receiving letters

2.         Determine what will be the mailbox or delivery drop-off point.  If you are playing outside it might be a tree trunk or fence railing.  Inside areas could include a chair, table or shelf.

3.         Letter carrier "drives" or walks to mailbox area and leaves a letter.  She/he then continues on her/his round delivering imaginary mail.

4.         Other payer comes to "check her mailbox" and finds the letter.

5.         Receiver of the letter exclaims "Oh, a letter from grandma!" or "oh, no! Just another bill"

6.         Receiver then puts a new letter into the mailbox that she wants the letter carrier to pick up

7.         Letter carrier returns to mailbox and picks up the letter to go to the post office.  Letter carrier can also deliver another letter to receiver if she wants.

8.         Letter carrier returns to main post office (kitchen? tree stump?) and picks up more letters to take out on her "route"

9.         At this point you can change places and repeat steps 1 through 8, or continue with steps 10 - 15.  If this is your first time playing Letter Carrier, change roles now, before you add more steps, will help everyone become more familiar with the game.

10.       On her next round the letter carrier could deliver an imaginary package (or a box of some sort).  In this case she must go to the door and knock.

11.       When receiver answers, letter carrier must have her sign for the package.

12.       After letter carrier leaves, receiver decides to write a letter, stamps it, and places it in her mailbox for the letter carrier to pick up.

13.       This time the letter carrier ignores receiver's house!

14.       Receiver must run "outside" and call to Letter Carrier, "Hello, excuse me ... I have a letter here for you to pick up!"

15.       Letter carrier then explains that there were no letters to be delivered so he/she didn't stop.

16.       No switch roles and go back to step one.

Variations:  

There are many variations to this game and each player can go inventing and adding their own touch.  That is what pretending is all about.  You can try delivering mail in the rain and snow or the receiver could have a huge dog that chases the letter carrier.

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Photography Competition

19/07/2018 00:02

In celebration of World Photography Day on the 19th August MMLM Kids are running 2 competitions:

 

‘My favourite hobby’ Competition 

For Children Aged 8-12 years

The Prize: 2 tickets for Cineworld

 

If you’re child is aged between 8-12 years old and they’re looking for something to do during the school holidays, why not ask them to enter our Facebook competition to win tickets to Cineworld! All they have to do is get creative and capture a photo of their favourite hobby, uploading it to Facebook and tagging us @mmlmkids telling us why they love their hobby!

 

Our favourite 2 photos will go head to head in a Polls Vote on our Facebook Page, and the winner will be announced on World Photography Day, the 19th August 2018.

 

T&Cs

  • Entry closes 15th August Midday 12:00. Entries after this time will not be accepted.
  • Our favourite 2 photos will go head to head in a Polls Vote on our Facebook Page ‘@MMLMKids’ from the 16th August- 18th August. The finalists have 48 hours to get as many votes as possible for their photo.
  • The winner will be announced on World Photography day (19th August 2018)
  • The Prize includes two full price Cineworld vouchers. Travel expenses are not included. 
  • We will get in touch with the winner via facebook 
  • Entrants must be between 8-12 years old
  • Entrants can enter via their own, or their parents facebook account
  • All photos to be uploaded as jpeg with authority for MMLMKIDS to use the image.

 

 

 

‘Summer Holidays’ Competition 

For adults

The Prize: £50 MMLM Kids Voucher

 

Capture your children having fun this summer and enter our Instagram Competition for your chance to win a £50 voucher to spend on childrens clothing at MMLMKids.com .

All you have to do is upload your photo to your Instagram account, tagging in @mmlmkids and using the hashtag #MMLMSummer

 

Our favourite 2 photos will go head to head in an Instagram Stories Polls Vote on our Instagram Page, and the winner will be announced on World Photography Day, the 19th August 2018.

 

 

T&C’s

  • Entry closes 15th August Midday 12:00. Entries after this time will not be accepted.
  • Our favourite 2 photos will go head to head in a Stories’ Polls Vote on our Instagram page ‘@MMLMKids’ from the 16th August- 18th August. The finalists have 48 hours to get as many votes as possible for their photo.
  • The winner will be announced on World Photography day (19th August 2018)
  • The Prize includes one £50 Voucher to use at MMLMKids.com and can not be exchanged for any cash alternative
  • We will get in touch with the winner via Direct Messaging on Instagram.
  • By entering this competition, you give MMLMKIDS full usage rights to your image.
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Butter Biscuits

28/04/2018 10:13

Butter biscuits are perfect for children to help mummy make. The best part is cutting the dough into shapes and decorating them with flakes or stars or sprinkles just before it goes into the oven. They are light and yummy to eat. Perfect for school lunch boxes or snacks.

 

You will need:

- 2 large bowls 
- beater
- 2 baking trays

 

Ingredients:

- 1/2 Cup butter - softened
- 1/2 Cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 Cups and 2 tbsp flour - sifted
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
(Optional 1/4 Cup chopped walnuts)

 

Instructions:

1. Turn oven on to 375*F (190*C)

2. Take 2 baking trays and smear lightly with butter

3. In a large bowl beat together butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg, milk and vanilla and continue beating until smooth

4. In a separate bowl sift flour.  Add baking powder and salt

5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in two parts and mix to form a soft dough. (Optional : add chopped walnuts).

6. On a flat surface (marble top or similar) sprinkle a little flour so the dough mixture doesn't stick. Roll dough out to approx 1/2cm thickness

7. Take different shapes and cut the dough into shapes.

8. Decorate with sprinkles.

9. Place biscuits on the buttered baking dish and place in the oven for 10 minutes.

This recipe should make approximately 4 dozen biscuits

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Boboli- Spring & Summer 2018

19/03/2018 20:00

We are so excited to show you the brand new Spring and Summer collection we've got from Boboli. It's fun, casual, comfortable and full of bright patterns for your kids to wear this year. 

Boboli was formed in Barcelona, Spain in 1984 and is a firm favourite in Spain and other cosmopolitan cities that love colour and style in their kids clothes. Each season they offer a great collection for kids aged 0-12 years. 

As a family run company Boboli puts kids and adventure at the heart of their designs and want everyone to enjoy wearing their clothes as much as they enjoy designing them. This year we've got more bright colours, with a beautiful orange featuring strongly as well as a nautical theme among many of the items. So if you're little one loves the water you've come to the right place! 

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This fun yellow jumper is the perfect item to brighten up the wardrobe this Winter. Made by Portuguese brand Tiffosi, this knitted jumper is comfortable and fun to wear for any occasion. 

Marccy Jumper

Price: £19

 

Sizes: 8y, 12y

 

Made in: Portugal

 

Looks great with: Blake K170 JeansToutty Dungarees, and Esther Shorts

 

Looks great with

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