Joining the NorthHantsMum Community!

There are several ways to join the NorthHantsMum Community…

Facebook Profile: “Louise nhm Smith” – I get a lot more interaction on my profile. NHM Readers often ask anonymous questions and I ask the NHM community to provide their advice and support on the readers behalf. I also have several FB groups set up which are a great way to meet like minded parents and you are very welcome to join. Details are in this post.

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Things to do w/c 26th September 2016

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I don’t want to tempt fate, but it seems like Miss NHM is calming down for the school run in the mornings.

It seems that the first three weeks after the summer holidays are really tough and then it starts to ease off a bit.

Fingers crossed because these first three weeks have been…interesting ;-).

Things to do w/c 26th September 2016

Monday 26th September: Toddler Sense (AM)
9.20am – 10.20am – 2 years to 4 years
10.40am – 11.30pm – 13 months to 2 years
11.40 – 12.30pm – 13 months to 4 years
1pm – 1.45pm – 13 months to 2 years
St Peter’s C of E Church, Pinkerton Road, South Ham, Basingstoke, RG22 6QP

Tuesday 27th September: Sherfield 0-5’s (AM)
10am – 12pm – Birth to 5 years
Sherfield Park Community Centre, Sunwood Drive, Sherfield on Loddon, RG27 0FP

Wednesday 28th September: Macmillan coffee morning, Charlie’s Cafe

Thursday 29th September: Active Tots (PM)
2pm – 4pm – from birth to 18 months
5-7 Granary Court, Stratfield Saye, Reading, RG7 2DL

Friday 30th September: Kids Club (PM)  (3-11yrs), 6.30pm-7.30pm, Wessex Christian Fellowship, next to Cranbourne School, Wessex Close, RG21 3NP (Term Time only)

Saturday 1st October: Chineham Craft SessionsDrop in craft at Chineham Library

Sunday 2nd October: Viables Public Running of the Trains, Viables from 11am till 4pm

Related Pages

Activities (Classes, Playgroups, Meet Up’s)

New Classes!

Local Events

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It’s time to get those slow cookers out!

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There is definitely a chill in the air in the evenings now, so it feels like it must be the start of “slow cooker season”. Yay!

As I’ve mentioned before, I use our slow cookers all year round but they really come into their own in August.

Those of you who have been reading NorthHantsMum for a while, will know how much I LOVE our slow cookers and how useful they are to cook healthy and cheap meals for my family.

Over the past few years I’ve put together a list of slow cooker recipes that I use regularly and have emailed them out to readers.

I’ve now taken this a step further and consolidated them into a “booklet”.

If you would like a copy of my slow cooker recipe booklet, which is great for someone who is starting out with using their slow cooker, please email me at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com.

However, please remember that NHM is my hobby, so it might take me a while to email it across to you.

Hope you find your slow cookers and the booklet useful!

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Naturally Sweet Kitchen

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Hi, I’m Aimee! Mum of 2 small people and owner of Naturally Sweet Kitchen.

Naturally Sweet Kitchen has evolved over time from my love of baking (and cake!).

Although I am a huge fan of cake, I am not a huge fan of the sugar rush and guilt that comes from eating it, or of the inevitable fall out from my children when they have had too much sugar! With that in mind, I wanted to create an alternative.

A natural alternative!
Cake has to taste good and it has to taste naughty but it doesn’t have to contain the bucket loads of sugar that we all know is so bad for us.

After an official ‘research and development’ period, which basically involved my children and husband having to taste test every batch, over and over until I had perfected the recipes (Paul Hollywood has nothing on my children when it comes to judging cake!!), Naturally Sweet Kitchen was born!!

Every sweet treat, cake and bake that we offer is completely refined sugar free and is sweetened using only natural ingredients.

Gluten free options are also available where possible (I have a gluten intolerance myself so tasty gluten free alternatives are a priority for me!) and many products are Vegan friendly.

Some even contain vitamin boosting vegetables (but sshhh, don’t tell my children!)

Our current bakes include everyday treats like the Squeaky Clean nut butter brownies, Zest around Lemon loaf, Strawberry Love Muffins and Clean cookies as well as our occasion cakes like the Carrotty one and The Naturally Sweet like Chocolate.

We even make our own sugar free jam!

To see our full range of treats and for more information head over to www.naturallysweetkitchen.co.uk, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram.

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ABC Concerts are an experience for you and your baby! (28th Sept 2016)

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All of our concerts are open access, we also refer to ABC as All Access Baby Concerts. You are free to move around, feed, drink, walk, jump, clap, laugh, cry, shout, sing, roll or change a nappy.

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At each concert music is brought to life by some amazing professional musicians. These concerts are not “dumbed down”.

Babes are known to concentrate fully on something that is engaging, fun and stimulating and ABC are all of those things.

Your baby wants to be fascinated and ABC will fascinate them (and you) throughout.

ABC brings incredible artists who present their favourite musical styles for you and your baby to enjoy.

You can find out more details about this event at the FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1654257444885487/
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Things to do w/c 19th September 2016

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Is it nearly half term yet? I’m feeling completely exhausted already!! :-D.

Are you an expert in something to do with your baby or little one? Would you be happy to share your experience with NHM Readers?

If there is something that you are passionate about which is related to parenting and you are happy to write a post about it to share your experiences, please drop me an email at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com. Thanks!

Things to do w/c 19th September 2016

Monday 19th September: Swap shop for children’s clothes, books and toys, 10am to 12pm, Christchurch Chineham

Tuesday 20th September: Chineham Library New RhymetimesWeekly Rhymetime Sessions

Wednesday 21st September: Music with Mummy (AM), 10.45am – Jolly Babies – Birth to 14 months, 11.30am – Music with Mummy – 1 year to 3 years+, St Leonard’s Centre, Rectory Road, Oakley, Basingstoke, RG23 7ED

Thursday 22nd September:  Munchkins Baby and Toddler Group (AM), 10am – 11.30am – under 5’s, 7 Park Prewett Road, Basingstoke, RG24 9RG

Friday 23rd September: Child Health Clinicat Basingstoke Discovery Centre 9.30 – 11.30

Saturday 24th September: NCT Wild West PartyCome and sing, dance and play with Jessie the Cowgirl

Sunday 25th September: Jellybabies Swimming, 9am-12pm, Tadley Swimming Pool, New Road, Tadley RG26 3LA

Related Pages

Activities (Classes, Playgroups, Meet Up’s)

New Classes!

Local Events

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New Drop-In’s for Breastfeeding Support!!!!!

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Breastfeeding support in our area has some new drop-ins, one in Andover, Basingstoke and Eastleigh.

The new ones are being funded under a 6 month trial by Hampshire Hospitals but delivered by professionally trained breastfeeding counsellors.

Please come along for support with breastfeeding, no appointment necessary.

And share 🙂

NEW!! Every Monday

10 – 11.30am Blue Room, Sherborne Building, Basingstoke Hospital RG24 9NA

Every Tuesday

10 – 11:30am (NCT run) Spring Meadow Children’s Centre, Smannell Rd., Andover SP11 6JP

NCT Bumps & Babies Tuesdays Term Time Only 1 – 2:30pm Valley Park Community Centre, Eastleigh SO53 4ST

Every Wednesday

9:30am – 12pm (NCT run) Lantern’s Children’s Centre, Bereweeke Rd., Winchester SO22 6AJ

NEW!! Every Thursday

10 – 11:30am Conference/seminar room (near Peaches restaurant) Andover War Memorial Hospital, Charlton Rd., Andover SP10 3LB

Every Friday

10-11.30am (NCT run) Brookvale Village Hall, Lower Brook St, Basingstoke, RG21 7RU

NEW Every Friday 1 – 2:30pm (starts Sep 23rd) All Saints Church, Desborough Rd, Eastleigh SO50 5NH

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Wild Child article – sessions start Monday 26th Sept

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Hi, I’m Angela and two years ago I started a toddler group called Wild Child, after leaving my previous job as an ecologist in order to look after my two children.

I was totally overwhelmed by the support and interest I received in the group and it has been an absolute pleasure to be able to develop a year-long programme of sessions that change with the seasons and encompass topics ranging from bees and trees, to cowboys and dinosaurs.

badgers5I keep a strong emphasis on encouraging an enjoyment in the outdoors whatever the weather (so very important with our British climate) and each session includes a range of activities including singing, role-play, art, dancing and crafts.

We meet on Monday mornings 10-11 at Sherfield Village Hall and the sessions are held on the adjacent green.

Wild Child starts back on Monday 26th September and I have a few spaces left for this term.

There is also the opportunity to come on a drop-in/ pay as you go basis.

For more information please check out my facebook page on www.facebook.com/wildchildtoddler or my website www.wildchildtoddlers.co.uk or you can contact me direct Angela Simmons: 07812350925

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My experience: Alternative Swear Words for parents!

It’s no secret that I had a bit of a “potty mouth” before Miss NHM was born.

I know.  It’s not clever and it’s not smart and people who use swear words are supposed to be of lower intelligence.

But you can’t beat using a swear word to reinforce your point. Like when you stub your toe on the end of the bed and it REALLY hurts.

And it’s always the first words you learn when learning another language. At least, it was for me!

However, since Miss NHM has been born, I’ve had to be a bit creative with my swear words.

I’m very proud of the fact that at 5.5 years old, Miss NHM thinks the worst word in the world is “stupid”.

To the point where she will happily “tell off” complete strangers if she hears them use the word “stupid”, which can be a tad embarrassing (Yes for those of you who have known me all my life, she’s my daughter and I am well aware that the chickens are coming home to roost :-D).

Anyway, after a discussion that was had on Tuesday night at the monthly “Prosecco and chat evenings for non-cliquey Mum’s” evening (all Mum’s are welcome. Email me for more details), I thought I would share my pearls of wisdom for those of you who are parents and also need to change your vocabulary so your little cherubs don’t get into trouble when they start copying you!!!??!!!

Alternative Swear Words for parents

“Mother hubbard”

“Oh bother” – Miss NHM uses this after we’ve read a lot of Enid Blyton recently. I’m sure people think I’m trying to bring her up “posh” but she does it even more when she knows I’m cringing! Sigh.

“Balderdash”

“Chuffing”

“Fudge, fudge, fudge!!!!”

“Fiddlesticks”

“Rock and Roll” – yes, bit of a strange one but VERY useful at times

“Bu………tter!”

These are the ones that I may have possibly used at some point in time.

Although Mr NHM did tell me that he knew that the cat had been sick on the stairs the other day because he heard Miss NHM walk down the stairs, sigh, then tut and say “bloody cat!”.

Oh well, I’m not perfect! :-D.

Do you have any other “alternative” swear words that you can recommend as I’m always on the look out for some good ones!

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NorthHantsMum Facebook Groups for you to Join!

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Over the past few years I’ve set up several groups on Facebook for all sorts of different segments of parents in North Hampshire.

Several have flourished so I thought I would share them with you again, so you can see if any are relevant to you.

Many parents have also met face to face via these groups, so if you are looking to meet other parents who have some of the same interests as you please add me as a friend at “Louise nhm Smith” on Facebook and then message me to let me know which groups you would like to join.

They are all either a “closed” status or “secret” status so people cannot see what has been posted.

If they are “secret” only those in the group can find the group, so no one will know you have been added unless they are already part of the group.

If you would like to be added any of them, please email me at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com (I can’t keep track on facebook!).

Feel free to invite anyone else who you think may benefit.

These groups are a great way to meet like minded parents!

NorthHantsMum Networks

Below is a summary of the latest groups:

Mum Businesses

  • NHM Publicity for Local Businesses – Support Local Business
  • NHM Mum’s running Small Businesses

Parents

  • Pregnancy – for pregnant Mum’s
  • Babies – for Mum’s with babies under a year old
  • Toddlers – for Mum’s of Toddlers
  • NHM Miscarriage, fertility, still birth group
  • NHM Single/Lone Parents
  • NHM Fans of “The Secret”
  • NHM Buddies -(a great way to meet other local Mum’s)
  • NHM a safe inclusive groups for Mummies who don’t know anyone
  • NHM Positivity club (we post up when great things happen to us, so as to share a bit more happiness in the world)
  • NHM Cinema Club (every month we meet face to face and go to the cinema as a group)
  • NHM Book Club (every month we choose a book to read and read as a group (online) and discuss)
  • NHM Dad’s Club (a group for Dad’s who support NHM)
  • Babysitting in Basingstoke (a great way to find a local babysitter)
  • NHM Homeschooling network
  • NHM Top Money Saving Tips for parents
  • NHM Shift Parents (a group specifically for parents who work shifts)
  • NHM Fitness Team
  • and finally all of the NHM Parents network/regional groups, e.g. North West Basingstoke, South East Basingstoke, Rural North Hampshire, etc. etc.

Are there any other groups that you think should be created?

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New!!! Best Start Kidz Club

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The Best Start Kidz Club is a place for children and parents to find motivation, great recipes and support.

We’re looking to create a Facebook community of fitness fuelled parents and children.

This group includes….
* meal inspiration,
* fun activities to do at home
* healthy eating information and much more…

Thank you

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If you would like to be part of this new exciting Kidz movement then drop me a friend request on Facebook, like the post and I will add you.

Becky x

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