As a family, we love having a picnic in the garden and now that the weather is colder, we have indoor picnics! Lots of snacky food; like cakes and biscuits, as well as sandwiches and fruit snacks! It’s one of the kids favourite meals and I can see why! Whenever we went outside to have a picnic, I always ended up using an old blanket for the kids to sit on, which wasn’t ideal if the grass was a bit damp because we would end up with soggy bottoms. Now that we have a picnic blanket from MIU Color, a soggy bottom can be avoided. The picnic blanket has a polyester top and a PVC bottom making it waterproof on even the wettest of grass! It folds up nice and compact meaning I can even carry it in the pushchair basket if we go to the park for our picnic lunch.
Although the blanket isn’t machine washable, it’s really easy to clean with a cloth and some warm soapy water. Perfect for when those sticky fingers make a mess! It also dries really quickly so you don’t have to leave it hanging around before putting it away.
The MIU Color picnic blanket is also a perfect addition for use when baby led weaning, I placed it underneath our highchair to catch all the food that Zara likes to throw on the floor. As it’s so easy to clean it stops my floor getting all mucky, especially when spaghetti bolognese is on the menu! Luckily I have wooden flooring throughout, but it would be a must have if I had carpet to save it getting ruined.
I especially love the colour and pattern of the mat because it means if there are any stains or marks that you can’t get off, the pattern hides them. Nothing grinds me more than my plain grey sofa’s because you can see every single mark on them but this picnic mat can hide all of that!
MIU Color Glass Water Bottle
I love having a water bottle, it means I can ensure that I keep up with my daily water intake and I can carry it around with me. I was using a water bottle with a filter but it pained me to buy the filters for it because they just did not last long at all. When I received the glass water bottle from MIU Color, I instantly fell in love. We were sent the grey and the green and I was drawn to the green one. This is an anti-slip silicone sleeve which can help prevent breakages should it be dropped. I have dropped mine quite a few times, thankfully only from a low distance, but it remained intact and is still going strong so I can very thankful for the protective casing.
My first thought, with the silicone case, is that it would get dirty and grubby but that hasn’t been the case for me. In fact the colour is still bright and as a vibrant as it was when we first got it, but if it does get a mark on it, it’s really easy to clean with warm soapy water. The same goes for the actual bottle, I haven’t used it in the dishwasher but it comes with a cleaning brush to help you reach, and easily clean, the bottom.
The trouble I’ve had with previous plastic bottles is that the plastic became cloudy and murky after continuous use and it put me off buying clear plastic bottles but I liked the clear ones because I could easily see how much liquid I was putting in so I was in a catch 22. The glass bottle does none of that and there is no cloudiness at all, no matter what liquid is poured into it. You can use it for water, juice, iced coffee, iced tea, hot drinks and so on without any staining or after smell! The taste of the water isn’t even tainted after being used with a coffee flavoured drink!
The bottle holds 550ml of liquid and has a leak proof seal in the lid ensuring there are no unnecessary spillages!
We were sent the MIU Color picnic blanket and glass water bottles for the purposes of this review, however, all opinions are my own. For more information, please see my Disclosure page.