Five 10 Minute Brain Break Ideas For The Whole Family

April 15, 2020

Sound familiar?  It’s 8am, kids have been up since 5.30 and are already fighting, emails are flooding in, the house is a mess...(not just my house right?!) Or maybe, you need a quick reset button for the whole family to change up the mood! Just for something different. #IsoLife 

We’ve got five 10 minute brain break ideas for the whole family...(yep, hubby too!)

1.  Water the plants!

(Ah - yes it’s a job but did you know it’s fun!) Try different things to mix it up, we use a spray bottle for the inside plants. Count the sprays, or measure the amount of water in a measuring jug for added learning bonus points! Who can water the most plants first? For those outside plants, you might-as-well make it a water flight while you’re at it! (Disclaimer: water fights are fun, this could turn into longer than 10mins.)


2. Quick card game!

My boys are four and six and we are loving UNO at the moment! It’s great for some quick family fun. We have a whiteboard on the fridge and write up the current UNO champion. The champion gets special privileges like “control of the remote” You could also try Go Fish and Snap too!

P.S Check out these fun PERSONALISED card holders from Willow Print Co to make card games with little people a whole lot easier! 


3. Picnic Snack!

Let’s face it - it’s always snack time. Why not make an event out of it, pull out the picnic rug and head into the backyard with a snack platter! We love The Lunch Punch Puzzle cutters for epic shapes just to make it extra fun!


4. Dance it out!

We love GO Noodle for fun quick dances that the whole family can do. Also, you should definitely video hubby doing his best moves and tag us so we can giggle - I mean encourage those ace moves!


5. Get moving!

Everyone knows that moving your body is great for the mind and physically, but it doesn’t need to be long or super-intensive to make a difference (yes, my kind of work out!)

    • Go for a walk, scoot or ride around the block. (Although be warned with this one, my kids can take 10 mins just to get their shoes on - maybe that is a fun activity in itself!)
    • Check the mail; can you lunge, hop, run there and back? Stick something fun for them to do in the mailbox - like a colouring-in page you downloaded, or an activity sheet!
    • Grab a couple of dice and take it in turns to roll. What it lands on is how many hops/skips/squats you have to do! Bonus points, if you have a few dice you sneak in a little bit of maths - add the dice together and get hopping!
    • I’m loving this deck of cards workout from The Active Truth (you don't have to do the whole deck!). It’s quick, fun and motivating!

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    So let’s face it keeping your morning brew’ steaming HOT -  it’s important!

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    The big sis’ of our Coffee Cup fam. No need to swipe right, you’re already a perfect match. Coffee or tea, no matter your morning brew, with her double-walled stainless steel, she'll keep your #startyourday tonic hot for hours. Bringing you that warmth and smile that only besties can bring! 

    Why do we LOVE?

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    • Screw on lid, with a flip-top spout that locks tight #nospills in your handbag.

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    Shop MontiiCo Mega Coffee Cup!

    Regular Montii Coffee Cup

    She might be regular in size, but she’s far from ordinary! Keepin' your morning beverage seriously hot (in more ways than one!) Bringing you your morning beverage steaming while you’re on the run.

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    • Matching with your Mini

    Shop MontiiCo Regular Coffee Cup!

    Mini Montii Coffee Cup

    The cutest little guy in our coffee fam! Making the morning coffee run with Mum #MatchyMatchy, keeping warm on the inside but cool to touch! Babyccino in hand, watch out world here we come!

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    • Piccolo coffee (Mini Montii isn’t just for the kids!)
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    Shop MontiiCo Mini Coffee Cup!

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    The only choice you have to make now... What colour will you choose?

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    September 10, 2020

    He’s the newest member of the team! The calm amongst the chaos, Craig joined our warehouse team earlier this year after while his job as a restaurant manager was put on hold (thanks COVID) And because we are SO RAD to work with (right?) we convinced him to stay and to join the team in the office to manage our wonderful international distributors along with all of the fun manufacturing logistics.

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    (Don’t worry guys, we will soon show him our way!)

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    Apart from Tom Cruise, Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington (in his younger years), not really… 

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    (See! I told you we would show him our ways! Guzman is a firm fav’ around the office)

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    So that’s it, guys! I’m sure we’ll be seeing many more boomerangs, stories and blog features from Craig.

    If you have a question you’d love the team to answer - hit us up! Shoot us a DM on Instagram, we’d love to hear *all* the things you would love to know.

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    September 04, 2020

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    Shoot time!

    Being local to us here, we invited Kasey along to our photoshoot day in Brisbane! Kasey’s daughter Darcey absolutely stole the show. At age four, Darcey is even following in her Mums footsteps, with her very own brand - Drawn by Darcy!

    We also invited some of our favourite Instagram supporters (total influencers!) along for our shoot! We absolutely LOVE these ladies, and the support they give our brand is amazing!

    Kellie from @my_shopping_dreams is a long time supporter of small business, lover of all things bright and a breast cancer warrior. I have connected with Kellie through Instagram and I was so stoked to meet her in real life (how good are the IG connections we make!!).

    Along with our very own Ness and her twin sister Peta @traineemama! Seriously, how FUN would it be to have an identical twin - besties for life! #FunFact - Kirsty, Peta and I met in an online Mums group nearly SEVEN years ago and this was the first time we actually met Peta in person!! 

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    If you aren’t following these ladies - seriously do yourself a favour and go and give them a follow and say hey!

    Lunch and drinks [may] have been consumed after our shoot - hey we deserve it right?! 

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    Turning heads in the streets. With this trio by your side, you’ll be strutting in the aisles like you’re on the fashion runway. Get wild with our wildcat prints!

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    So, the only question left?

    What colour will you choose!

    Shop the range!


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