Mum Hack - Taming the almost Miss 4

Mum Hack - Taming the almost Miss 4

Minene Mum Hacks (aka mom hacks) is a series of parenting tips, tricks, bribes and mishaps from our very own Minene Mums! There might not be any science (or good judgement) behind our hacks, but whatever works right? ;)

**No children were harmed in the making of these blogs**

Rebecca Limbrick Swanson
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Easter Arts & Crafts

Easter Arts & Crafts

We only just got the kids back to school and here we are at the Easter break!! 

So, I thought we would throw a few fun and creative activities your way to keep the kids entertained and you... sane!(?)

**disclaimer - we have only created 1.5 of the below! Have to save something for the weekend! Please share your creations and I will share the remainder of ours! I figure it will be a nailed it/failed it type situation**

I asked Annabelle which one she would like to start with, and of course she chose the chocolatiest one! It's just as well we are doing one at a time, as her booster cushion definitely needed time to unstick and wash!


Chocolate Nests (Mess Level - Next level) 

Minene's chocolate easter nests

What you will need:

  • 3 cups coco pops (or other chocolate puffed rice cereal)
  • 3 + 2 Mars bars (3 for the recipe and  2 for the constant 'taste testing' that will go on whilst trying to get them from the board to the bowl)
  • 60 g butter
  • Sprinkles
  • Mini chocolate eggs
  • patience & maybe a wine?



  1. Use cooking spray or butter to coat the inside of a muffin tin, make sure you grease each cup really well so your nests don't stick.
  2. Chop the butter and Mars bars into small pieces and place them in a large microwave safe bowl.
  3. Ask repeatedly for children not to eat all the mars bar
  4. Microwave for 30 seconds then mix the melted butter and Mars bars together.
  5. Microwave for another 10 seconds if the Mars bars need a bit more melting - the nougat part won't melt completely, don't worry about that!
  6. Tell them not too taste test as it will be too hot. Give them an 'I told you so' look and cup of cold milk when burnt tongue crying commences
  7. Add the coco pops to the melted Mars bars and butter, and mix until the coco pops are well coated.
  8. Taste again and wash hands 
  9. Put spoonfuls of mixture into the muffin tin, pressing down firmly to create a nest shape with a thumb or soon indent in the middle (for your eggs).
  10. Shake some (too many) sprinkles onto each nest and put them in the fridge for half an hour.
  11. Continually tell them to shut the fridge door for the next half an hour and maybe have that wine?
  12. Once they are set (breathe a sign of relief!), remove from tins with a hot knife and pop a few eggs in each nest!

annabelle micing kneeling on her booster cushion  Annabelle making chocolate Easter eggs with her Minene booster cushion  

    The finished product! Chocolate Easter eggs and one very dirty Minene booster cushion

Verdict: It was messy but she loved it! They taste nice with a coffee too! 

Easter Bunnies (mess level 2.5)

What you will need:

  • Toilet Rolls (always a few lying around the ground because NO ONE puts them in the bin but me!)
  • A few little pom poms for nose, tail, interpretative decoration 
  • Paints & Pens (lids optional)
  • Paper Eyes or stik on eyes
  • Coloured paper for ears
  • glue and scissors
  • patience 
  • cloth & detergent for constant wiping
  • mini easter eggs and wine (YOLO)

We only went as far as painting the bunnies for this - we need something to do on Good Friday!! We will share the final results with you via insta :)



Easter Chick Pops (mess level: TBC - Easter Sunday project) 

chick pops


  • 150g white chocolate melts
  • 100g white marshmallows
  • 10 yellow M&M’s
  • 1-2 red licorice twists
  • black icing pen
  • 20 pop sticks or skewers
  1. Melt white chocolate in a microwave proof bowl and melt in short bursts in the microwave.
  2. Push marshmallows onto the pop sticks. One by one, dip into the melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off.
  3. Cut M&M’s in half with a sharp knife.
  4. Cut 4mm slices of licorice and then cut those across into half moons.
  5. Working quickly before the chocolate has completely set, press a half M&M into the front of the marshmallow and a licorice piece onto the top. Refrigerate to set completely.
  6. Once set, using icing pen, squeeze a small amount onto each marshmallow to form the eyes.

Please share you creations with us on Insta! We will have a few spot prizes to give out! be sure to tag us on insta @mineneuk

Wishing you all a very happy Easter! xx

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