Category Archives: Messy Me Blog

Weaning little ones over Christmas

Whether you’re at home or away visiting friends and family, here are a few tips to help with weaning and looking after little ones over Christmas: Try to stick to their routine (both eating and sleeping) as much as possible Christmas can be stressful and chaotic enough without adding a cranky baby to the mix!  It’s a fine balance – not being too strict / regimented so your baby takes over, but keeping to a routine so they are happy – Read More...

Autumn Messy Play Ideas

It’s a beautiful, crisp, sunny autumnal day here at Messy Me HQ, which has inspired me to pull together some ideas of fun activities to do with little ones at this time of year – most involving an element of mess… Out and about Leaf Hunting –  take your little ones to find as many different leaves as possible – see how many different shapes, sizes, colours and textures you can find.  Bring your favourites home to paint / make into Read More...

My highs and lows of running a business

There are many mums out there successfully running their own businesses around their families.  For those I know, the summer holidays are always a particularly challenging time. We’ve often set up our businesses so we can spend time with our families in the holidays – this was certainly a key factor for me when setting up Messy Me.  At the same time, most small businesses simply can’t survive 6-8 weeks with some of the key staff not around – so Read More...

9 ideas for summer fun with toddlers

We’ve had some gorgeous sunny days here at  Messy Me HQ, which has inspired us to put together a list of some of our favourite sunny day activities with little ones: Picnics Find a shady spot, unpack a few snacks and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.  Finger foods are generally best for picnics so little ones can graze and play, run around and have fun.  Our splashmats work really well for picnics – they’re very compact when folded so don’t Read More...

Father’s Day Craft Inspiration with Messy Me

Father’s Day is coming up soon – on Sunday June 17th… Surprise Dad this Father’s Day with a home made gift – most Dads love something home made by their little ones and children just love the chance to get crafty and make something for Daddy… Some Messy Me helpers have been very busy over the last few weeks coming up with some wonderful ideas for Father’s Day.  Here are our favourites: Footprint Fun   Anyone who follows us will know we love any Read More...

10 uses for our Messy Mats

A recent testimonial about our Messy Mats said “You don’t need to use the mat just for feeding as it’s so versatile…” This got us thinking here at Messy Me HQ about the different ways in which our Messy Mats have been used by customers.  Here are our top 10: Mat for catching food spills and splashes under high chairs Initially designed to catch food bits dropped from high chairs, it’s large enough (90 x 120cms) to cover a good area under the Read More...

Our 9 Tips and Tricks for Happy Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids – Part II Last week, we talked about all the benefits of cooking with kids.  How they not only love it, but it’s great for their development in so many ways.  Here now are our top tips and tricks for successful cooking adventures with your little ones: Allow Enough Time Cooking with little ones will definitely take longer.  Allow enough time so you can all enjoy the experience without rushing or stressing.  For little ones, the experience of cooking, Read More...

7 reasons why it’s great to cook with your children

Cooking with children… Just the words can often conjure up a variety of different images and emotions.  Fun and excitement for children, chaos and mess for parents… When my children were little and suggested we do some cooking, I would often scrabble around for excuses to avoid the mess and chaos cooking with children can involve.  However, cooking with children is a great opportunity for them to learn a number of really useful skills and have fun at the same time. That Read More...

Home Made Easter Cards Ideas

With Easter fast approaching, we thought we’d share some ideas for home made Easter cards to help keep your little ones busy.  A big thank you to Anna and the Popitha twins for the ideas and instructions on how to make these cards 🙂 As always with Messy Me, there’s some mess about! Easter Cards Ideas Here are 3 lovely ideas for Easter cards which little ones will love making and friends and family would love to receive: 3 Chicks The first card is Read More...

Mother’s Day Craft Ideas with Messy Me

Mother’s Day is fast approaching – often sending Dads and Husbands into a panic – this is one they can’t really delegate!   My children always love making presents for me for Mother’s Day and I love the thought and effort which goes into them.  I’ve still got a bookmark made by Sam, with fingerprint flowers on – he’s now 14, so the days of handmade craft presents from him are long gone… Vicki and the Tippy Tupps crew have Read More...