15 Minute Happy
Happy Teas & Happy Tums
We’ve joined forces this May and June with Professor Scrubbington’s to promote kids’ happiness and wellbeing.
For us, Small & Wild tea has always been about taking a precious few moments to unwind, reflect, get back to nature and enjoy the small things in life. So, when Professor Scrubbington’s approached us to join them for a #15MinuteHappy campaign, we jumped at the chance.
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A cup of tea and a good book
I was so excited when I discovered Small and Wild as I had long been suggesting parents offer fruity teas to their kids as a variation to water. I immediately bought some and was even more delighted when it arrived - the branding and packaging is perfect for engaging little ones and when our snoozy fox tea turned blue I think my son’s mind exploded a little bit! When we arrive home from a walk or outdoor activity my son now says ‘shall we have a cuppa tea mummy’? It warms my heart. As does the tea.
Now, being in the healthy kids snack market, we rarely have a cuppa without a little something, so here are a couple of our favourite recipes to try out with your little ones and enjoy with your next cuppa!
There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting in the quiet with a cup of tea in your hand and a good book on your lap - although as busy parents these moments of calm are unfortunately now few and far between! Wouldn’t it be great if your child could share this feeling with you? Well now they can!
Small & Wild teas come in 4 delicious flavour combinations, each represented by an animal. Here at Ivy’s Library we’ve done our research and we have found the perfect book to go with each tea.
Hello everyone my name is Dorothy and I am one part of Fig & Bloom and now at Dotscookin. I am a Mom, a holistic chef and a healthy cooking fan. While trying to juggle it all I recently had a major realization that packaging, plastic and trash was really getting out of control in our house. Part of it I saw, was my dependence on ‘convenience’. Those cubed mango bits…in a plastic tub. That rolled up yoyo…in a packet and a card that is used once. That school lunch….wrapped in cling film. You see where I am going with this.
Mindfulness for kids
We’ve done a round-up of some of our favourite green spaces that make for brilliant expeditions, big and small. These are guided by areas we know and love - please, please do tell us about your own favourite parks across the UK.
Tell Santa to put the kettle on...
We’re not big on New Year’s resolutions here but one thing we will be trying to do is to put just a few minutes aside once a day for some mindfulness. This doesn’t mean we’ll be roping our kids into silent meditation for half an hour. Rather just taking the time to really focus on an activity in hand, noticing thoughts, feelings and sensations that are happening around us right now.
Mugs, Glorious Mugs
We can’t deny it any longer, it really is nearly Christmas! This is our first festive season with school aged children and it feels like a whole different ballgame this year with fairs, shows and parties galore. We’ll be well and truly ready for a rest once the big day arrives.
For both of us a lot of the magic of Christmas comes from stockings (which obviously we still insist on also getting ourselves) and we might be biased but we think Small & Wild tea makes the perfect stocking filler.
Happy Toucan Infused Pumpkin Cake
A great cup of tea deserves an awesome mug. We spend a LOT of time lusting over mugs for children (and grown-ups!). One day we hope we’ll be making some Small & Wild mugs of our own. In the meantime though, this lovely selection may well be on our…ahem…our little peoples’ lists to Santa.
Why is Herbal Tea a good drink for children?
We love pumpkins – and reckon they shouldn’t just have their one night of fame at Halloween. We’ve got the perfect recipe to celebrate this lovely vegetable, a delicious, and slightly indulgent, cake which is infused with our very own Happy Toucan tea. The whole family will love it, it’s ideal to enjoy whilst sitting down together enjoying a yummy cup of Small & Wild tea - and just a little piece on the side is enough. We totally encourage kids to get involved with making this, they can be chief infusers of the tea for a start…
Brewing the perfect Iced Tea
By Laura Clark, Registered Dietician
As well as an innovative form of hydration, these sorts of drinks can also provide an opportunity for families to come together and share in a healthful experience. Children learn from modelling so if we as parents can demonstrate the importance of keeping hydrated (as well as simply just taking five to breathe and check in with ourselves and our children) then that’s a bonus.
Exciting times too if we can increase our repertoire of healthy drink options to offer – when it’s good for them and they actually enjoy it, that’s a winning combination in my book! Time to put the kettle on…
Iced tea is a brilliant healthy substitute for squash and a delicious way to stay cool and hydrated in the summer (and year round!). Any of our 4 yummy blends can be enjoyed over ice, but we recommend trying out fruity Merry Tiger or Jolly Croc tea first.
Here are 3 methods for preparing iced tea - why don’t you try each one to find out which you prefer!