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21 meals a week - and counting...

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21 meals a week - and counting...

Three meals a day, seven days a week. That’s 21 meals a week at a minimum. In truth, it’s often more if you cook a different dish for the grown-ups or conjure up something extra to tempt a picky child. It’s no surprise that the chief caterer in the household can sometimes struggle for recipe inspiration. Of course, everyone aspires to produce tasty, home-cooked meals containing all the elements of a healthy diet. And sometimes it’s necessary to smuggle vegetables into dishes to get those vitamins into your children. But time is also of the essence, given the need to...

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Mum? Mummy? Mumma?

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Mum? Mummy? Mumma?

The first words that most children learn are the names they use for their parents. And those early sounds vary the world over. Mum or mummy? Mumma or mom? It’s something we’ve thought about long and hard at Munchkin & Bear as we launch the business into the UK and Europe. How should we be addressing all those female parents out there? That’s not to neglect the dads among you. But our particular challenge has been to find an equivalent for ‘mumma’, which Munchkin & Bear currently uses in Australia. Say it out loud and it might sound normal to...

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Neighbouring interests: how Munchkin & Bear made it to the UK

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Neighbouring interests: how Munchkin & Bear made it to the UK

It all started when I saw a removal van outside our flat in Battersea, south-west London. Little did I know then that welcoming our new neighbours with a bottle of wine would lead to a business partnership and the launch of Munchkin & Bear in Europe more than a decade later. That friendly gesture led to many more get-togethers and, before long, Alana Hands and her husband, Tim became firm friends. This was long before either of us had children and entrepreneurship was the last thing on our minds. Our days were busy with product development and marketing for Rimmel and advising...

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Rain, rain, go away - but not for too long...

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Rain, rain, go away - but not for too long...

THIS year, Britain basked in the most glorious summer since 1976’s famous heatwave. But while sunny skies are lovely to see, with the mercury regularly hitting 30 degrees, any parent of young children will have avoided the scorching sun. And when you’re huddled in the shade indoors, longing for fresh – and cool – air, how can you keep those kids entertained? It’s not just a hot weather dilemma and the UK’s usual gloomy climate will mean many parents have to come up with imaginative indoor entertainment all year round. We all quickly learn that the kitchen is a veritable...

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