Four Weeks of Christmas Joy: Wolfie and Willow

Thursday, 3 December 2015 15:21:33 Europe/London

Four Weeks of Christmas Joy: Wolfie and Willow

The Christmas season is well and truly upon us, and it’s time to celebrate with the start of our ‘4 Weeks of Christmas Giveaway’; a fab opportunity to treat our fans and hear from you about your favourite decorations, recipes, films and all things Christmasy!

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For the first week’s prize we are giving away an adorable pair of moccasin booties from ‘Wolfie and Willow‘. Wolfie + Willow shoes are beautifully crafted, soft structured shoes ideal for babies and little adventurers. Ethical, stylish and comfortable, they are all handmade in the Wolfie+Willow factory in Wales.

The brand’s baby shoes are designed to ensure that the developing bones in feet are able to move naturally without any restrictions. Their soft structure protects little feet and does not hinder natural development, as they are made from lightweight leather which moulds to the foot like a second skin. This allows a child to feel the ground beneath them which is essential as they learn to move, balance and hone their motor skills. Recommended for indoor and light outdoor use.
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Wolfie+Willow was founded by a Welsh family, who moved to New Zealand to embrace a simpler lifestyle with their children in 2011. The family’s youngest son Gabriel inspired the name ‘Wolfie’ due to his adventurous nature, and ‘Willow’ as it is the founder’s favourite tree. Finger crossed you will win a pair of these special little shoes when you let us know which Christmas film is your favourite this week – our favourite answer wins.

Week 1’s competition will run until Sunday, and the winner will be announced on Monday 7th December. We are running a new competition every week for four weeks until the end of December, with the next brand up for grabs beautiful bespoke Liberty print bibs brand Reggie B, featuring in week 2 of our competition. Visit our Facebook page for more details.

Posted By Jemma Walsh

Autumn/Winter 2015 with Babymel

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:23:00 Europe/London

Autumn/Winter 2015 with Babymel

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This autumn/winter season Babymel is introducing their first fashionable and functional backpack; the Harlow, as well as their most sophisticated style yet; the Grace, which is available in a selection of grey, black and tan mock-leather options. Babymel is also expanding its most popular ranges; the Zahra and Cara, offering more choice than ever before.

The Harlow is a stylish backpack design, packed full of useful features including a concealed front magnetic pocket. Designed for comfortable wear on the move, the bag features a padded back panel and padded PU grab top handle for easy grip.

The Grace is the latest stylish new addition to the AW15 range, with an unusual curved top shape adding a sophisticated twist to this sleek and minimal design. The perfect everyday bag, this hardwearing style is crafted in PU, for a fashionable and sophisticated alternative to a leather changing bag.

Babymel bestseller the Cara range is updated for autumn/winter in the new season’s colour palette. The Cara Grey Stripe features deep grey tones; a perfectly versatile alternative to the range’s usual bright and bold colours.

Zahra was a new addition to Babymel’s range for SS15. A popular choice in teal and black, it is now available in a neutral grey for the winter months.

The Babymel AW15 range offers new and exciting on-trend styles as well as additions to the brand’s most popular lines. Featuring a selection of original patterns designed in-house at Babymel’s headquarters in London, as well as sleek and simple designs created in a variety of styles, for a bag as individual as you are, look no further than Babymel’s latest collection.

Posted By Jemma Walsh

Name the Bag Competition

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:24:23 Europe/London

Name the Bag Competition

Here at Babymel we are always working on developing our next range, and doing our best to make it even more lovely than the last, with all of the special, well thought out features that our customers have come to expect from us.

It’s time to start naming our next range of bags! We can’t reveal what they look like yet, but we would love for our fans to get involved. We’ve had Grace, Zahra, Lily, Amanda…what can we call this Spring/Summer 2016 bag?

Come up with the best name and win the bag, plus we’ll go ahead and use your name!

TO ENTER:
1. You must like the Babymel social media page – FacebookTwitter or Instagram of your choice*

2. Comment on one of our competition posts with the name you are suggesting

3. You have until 3pm on Friday 31st July to enter. We will inform the winner by 3pm on Monday 3rd August

name the bagPlease note that this is a competition to win a Spring/Summer 2016 bag, so it is yet to go into production. You will have a little wait to receive your prize, and it will be on its way to you as soon as we receive the range in early 2016.

This competition is in no way endorsed by, or affiliated with Facebook. You must be a UK resident over the aged of 18 to enter

Posted By Jemma Walsh

Father’s Day at Babymel

Friday, 19 June 2015 15:25:30 Europe/London

Father’s Day at Babymel

As you of course all know it is nearly Father’s Day.

Is your partner a daddy-to-be?

Changing bags aren’t just for mums, it’s great to spoil Dads with a stylish bag of their own, or invest in a unisex style that either of you are happy to carry.

Soho Messenger

A long-running favourite in the Babymel collection, the Soho Messenger is one of Babymel’s trendiest styles. A large bag with plenty of pockets, the Soho Messenger is available in black, navy, grey and forrest green.

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Compton Navy

The Compton Navy is a more structured and formal alternative to the popular Soho Messenger, with stylish, bright orange bottle holder and changing mat included.

As well as having a perfect, sleek shape the Compton is water resistant, and includes nine secure pockets and compartments. Understated and durable, the Compton can double up as a work or weekend bag.

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Does your husband or partner carry a changing bag of his own, do you share or does he use yours?

Posted By Jemma Walsh

Vinegar and Baking Soda Volcano Experiment

Friday, 12 June 2015 15:26:46 Europe/London

Vinegar and Baking Soda Volcano Experiment

School will be ending soon but this doesn’t have to mean that the learning has to stop. Keep your little ones engaged and interested in science with this explosive experiment.

You will be creating a mock volcano with ingredients that are already in your kitchen so you don’t have to break the bank on this activity. But be warned, this science experiment can get a little messy so make sure you do it on an easy to clean surface or outside.

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The actual science behind this is a chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar. It produces carbon dioxide gas, which builds up pressure inside the container, eventually forcing the mixture out in a volcanic explosion. Carbon dioxide gas is found in real volcanoes which makes this experiment realistic You can add red food coloring for a more dramatic looking lava if you wish.

You will need to start with the container or “volcano” that houses the ingredients. If you have the time and materials, a more realistic looking volcano can be constructed using paper mache or clay around the vessel holding the ingredients. You can use anything from an old soda bottle with the top cut off to a mason jar.

Start by mixing together the vinegar, dish soap and food coloring in a separate container that is easily pourable. Give it a few stirs to ensure that everything is evenly distributed. Next take the baking soda and place it in whatever vessel you have designated as the volcano. The beauty of this experiment is that it takes about five minutes of prep time and can be repeated over and over to the delight of your children. You can make bigger batches of the lava ingredients to create a more substantial flow from larger containers. For the grand finale just pour the liquid mixture into your baking soda. But be sure to stand back because this volcanic explosion could possibly splatter you. Goggles are also advised.

To occupy more time you can mess around with variations of this experiment. Let your children try putting the vinegar inside the volcano first and pouring in the baking soda second. Try different proportions of the ingredients and let them see how the reactions differ. You can add different shades of food coloring like blue or purple and glitter to create a galactic volcanic eruption. The best things about this experiment are that it can be repeated over and over again and it’s non-toxic.

What you will need:

  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1 tsp. red food coloring (if desired)
  • A few drops liquid dish soap
  • 4 Tbsp. baking soda, NOT baking powder
Posted By Jemma Walsh

Family days out in London this weekend

Thursday, 4 June 2015 15:27:47 Europe/London

Family days out in London this weekend

This weekend is set to be a lovely, sunny one here in London. Make the most of the beginning of British summer time with our selection of great day out ideas for families in the capital:

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Big lunch in the park’

A lovely event for families to get involved in, pack up a picnic this weekend and head to London’s newest park, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, between 12pm and 4pm.

The huge community lunch will offer free fun activities for all the family, with music, games, face painting and more. What better way to get to know your family London mums, at a fab event that won’t break the bank.

Visit one of London’s city farms

A fun and cheap day out for kids when the sun is shining, why not pop along to a city farm. Some of our favourites are Hackney City Farm and Kentish Town City Farm; offering weekend workshops and an under-5s activity room. Other alternatives include Spitalfield’s City Farm on Brick Lane, and Vauxhall City Farm, complete with riding school and allotment!

‘Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall

A good one to wear out the kids ready for early bed time, head to this fun event in Southbank at 3pm on Sunday when the sun’s rays have all got too much!

DJ Monski Mouse gets your little dancers grooving at this under-fives family disco. Nursery rhymes, classic pop songs and retro dance tunes should make for an energetic afternoon. Nearest tube is Waterloo. Take a look at the website for more details.

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‘Sunset Safari’, London Zoo

Sunset Safari is a new event at London Zoo this summer, letting visitors make the most of long, warm evenings. Talks and animal feeding sessions will teach your kids a little more about our furry friends. Entertainment includes acoustic guitar performance at the safari base camp, performances at the Zoo’s theatre of life, and a world food market for a variety of tasty treats.

Boating in Hyde Park

Another park-based suggestion, but a sunny day in London is the perfect opportunity to make the most of the beautiful green spaces that the city offers. For a special family treat make like a tourist and hire a rowing boat for an hour on the Serpentine lake, and take in the park’s beautiful views. If your kids love the water, you could even head over to the Hyde Park lido for a dip.

Posted By Jemma Walsh

It’s picnic time! Babymel’s guide to eating Al Fresco

Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:30:07 Europe/London

It’s picnic time! Babymel’s guide to eating Al Fresco

It looks like the warm weather is well and truly here, much to the delight of all of us here at Babymel HQ. Us lucky Londoners are looking forward to a summer of lunch times basking in the rays over on nearby Hampstead Heath!

Beautiful sunny weekends are perfect for spending time outdoors as a family, and kids love the novelty value of eating their lunch outside. It also saves the mess and spilled crumbs all over your kitchen!

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Thinking of quick and easy items to pack that won’t spoil quickly or be too messy to eat can be a little more of a challenge than a normal meal around the kitchen table however. Here are Babymel’s tips for tasty Al fresco eating:

Cheesecake jars

We all love a cheesecake, but they’re far too messy to be taken with you for a picnic right? Wrong! Use empty jam jars to make these easy and portable little treats, courtesy of blog ‘My baking addiction

Watermelon swizzlers

Chop a watermelon into bite size triangles and push a lollipop stick through the rind side to create a healthy alternative to ice lollies for your kids.

Pasta salad

Pasta salad are quick and easy, and work with so many different ingredients! Try a tomato based dish and add some tasty and delicious roast vegetables;. You can make it colourful with peppers, courgette, tomatoes and onions.

Alternatively the classic combination of pesto with roasted pine nuts, sundried tomatoes, feta cheese and artichokes can be put together in minutes from store-cupboard ingredients. Tuna pasta salad with sweet corn and spring onions is another favourite with kids.

Sweet potato bites

Roast some sweet potatoes for a healthy yet delicious alternative to crisps. Find out how here.

Scotch eggs

A retro picnic classic, you make these tasty treats a day ahead and refrigerate. Take a look at this mouth-watering recipe from Jamie Oliver:

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Your child can carry about there own packed lunch in our range of special insulated lunch boxes, which keep their lunch cool for longer. Available on their own or as part of our Explorer rucksacks, they’re perfect for a busy day out as a family in the sunshine, as well as being an ideal school bag for daily use.

Posted By Jemma Walsh

Competition: Find the Easter Bunny with Babymel!

Friday, 27 March 2015 15:30:39 Europe/London

Competition: Find the Easter Bunny with Babymel!

Spring has sprung and here at Babymel we are celebrating Easter with a rather special competition – hunt the rabbit!

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We are hiding a cheeky little Babymel rabbit somewhere on our UK site everyday from Monday 30th March to Friday 3rd April. The rabbit will appear at 10.30am and could be anywhere – you will need to check our products, blog and homepage to find the pesky little fellow.

There will be a new rabbit each day, and a new prize available each day. All winners will be notified on Tuesday 7th April 2015.

TO PLAY

  1. Search our UK site and find those bunny ears
  2. Go to our Facebook page, like us and post where you found the bunny. Alternatively if you prefer Twitter, follow us and tweet where you found him.

Good luck and get searching!

*Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. This competition is in no way endorsed by or affiliated with Facebook or Twitter

Posted By Jemma Walsh

Mother’s Day at Babymel

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:31:46 Europe/London

Mother’s Day at Babymel

This year at Babymel, we want you to share those priceless gifts and cards that your child makes with us. You will be in with a chance of winning not only a lovely prize for yourself, but also a child’s rucksack of your choice, to reward your son or daughter for their good work!

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To win:

1. Like/follow our page on the social platform of your choice (TwitterFacebook or Instagram)

2. Sign up to our newsletter. You can do this via inbox message, or sign up directly via the tab on our Facebook page.

3. Share a picture of a special card or image that your child has made for you, with hashtag #BABYMELMUM*
*This competition is in no way endorsed by, or affiliated with, Facebook.

Posted By Jemma Walsh

Try something different this Pancake Day with Okonomiyaki!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:32:40 Europe/London

Try something different this Pancake Day with Okonomiyaki!

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Bored of traditional lemon and sugar pancakes every Pancake Day?

If you are looking for a savoury alternative, why not try making Japanese pancakes ‘Okonomiyaki’!

Translating to ‘as you like’ Okonomiyaki is a great way to use up leftover vegetables from your fridge, can be made vegetarian or with meat, and will appeal to kids with sauces decorating the top!

Ingredients:

225g plain flour

500ml water

300g pork mince/bacon/meat of your choice

250g green cabbage/courgette/veg of your choice

To serve:

Worcestershire sauce

Japanese style mayonnaise

Directions:

Place the flour in a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Gradually add the water, whisking constantly with a fork, until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

Meanwhile, heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the mince and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 5 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a bowl.

Add the eggs to the batter and whisk to combine. Stir in the cabbage and shallot.

Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a 22cm non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 80ml of the batter and swirl to cover the base. Sprinkle with one-sixth of the mince mixture. Cook for 3 minutes or until the pancake is golden underneath.

Carefully turn the pancake and cook for a further 2 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a serving plate. Repeat, in 5 more batches, with the remaining oil, batter and mince mixture, reheating the pan between batches.

Drizzle Worcestershire sauce and mayonnaise over each pancake and serve!

Posted By Jemma Walsh