Thank you!!!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who came along this morning. It was a resounding success! Yay!

I’m really sorry I didn’t get to chat properly to everyone. There were so many people that I wanted to talk too but there just wasn’t time.

I wanted to give a big shout out to the wonderful team at Playdays. Kristy, Cheryl and the rest of the team did a great job of setting up and helping to ensure that everything went smoothly. Thank you Ladies!

I also wanted to thank all of you who came along who represented local businesses. It was great to meet so many of you! Hopefully I haven’t missed anyone below. I completely forgot to take one of the bags myself (DUH!) so have done the list from memory. If I’ve missed anyone, let me know ASAP!

The next Meet Up (Summer 2014 ) is already booked for Wednesday 25th June, so get the date in your diary now! I’m sorry that it’s another Wednesday, for those who aren’t able to make Wednesday’s, but I’m hoping to do another Meet Up on a Friday and possibly one on a weekend if people are interested.

I also wanted to make you aware of another date for your calendar. I’ve set up a NHM Networking lunch for Monday 28th April, 12pm to 1pm. If you would like more details, please drop me an email at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com.

Thanks again and I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!

Local Businesses at NHM Spring 2014 Meet Up

Lisa from Lisa’s Lovely Books (Usborne Books are awesome, as is Lisa!)

Sarah from Woollen Clouds (Beautiful products and Sarah’s a lovely!)

Sophie from Design by Sophie (Sophie is the brains behind the NHM image and is the person to go to for all yours design needs)

Kim, Rapunzel and Pascale from Routine Riots (Rapunzel rocked today!)

Clare from Phoenix Trading Cards (I LOVE Clare’s cards)

Marta from Massage for Mum’s (Marta does the BEST massage!)

Colleen from My Precious Cargo (I soooo wish I had got a rear car seat through these guys as they are fab!)

Jaz from Caterpillar Music (Jaz is sooo lovely. I just want to hug her every time I see her! Her classes are incredibly popular too!)

Tom from The Baby and Children’s Market (Tom is also sooo lovely but if I say I want to hug him every time I see him, Jaz might not be too impressed!)

Madeleine from Little Acorns in Ecchinswell (Another lovely lady who I’m sure I’ve met somewhere else before!!)

Tracy from The Creation Station (I actually did hug Tracy because she’s so wonderful and her classes are also incredibly popular)

Sheri from Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers (Sheri is fab. Nothing else needed. Oh except it’s been nearly two years and she STILL hasn’t got her guest post sorted :-D)

Alistair from Ideal Imaging Photography (Alistair takes wonderful photo’s and I’m really looking forward to going on a shoot with him very soon!)

 

 

(10 minutes after this post was published, I got told off for not mentioning Mr NHM in my thanks. Opps! So… MASSIVE THANK YOU to my wonderful husband who sorted out the stickers – which are fantastic! – and who has been very supportive of my NHM career to date. Thank you!!!!!!)

The NHM Meet Up is….TODAY!

NHM Meet Up: Wednesday 2nd April, 9.30am to 12pm

Playdays, 2 Stewart Rd, Basingstoke RG24 8NF

I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of you tomorrow.

If you don’t know anyone in the area, this is the perfect opportunity to come and make some new friends!

If parking is an issue tomorrow morning, there are some empty units next to City Link that have several car parking spaces.

When you arrive at Playdays, don’t forget to say that you are there for the NHM Meet-Up and you will be given your very own NHM Sticker!!!

We are in the room upstairs, so if you would like more stickers, just let me know.

Stalls on display

Personalised Easter Gifts from Design By Sophie

Woollen Clouds

Lisa’s Lovely Books

Routine Riots will be face painting and Rapunzel will also be making an appearance

I know that there are several other businesses who have featured on NHM who are also hoping to pop in and say Hi.

It looks like it’s going to be a really good turn out (EEK!) so see you there!

(Those of you who aren’t able to attend, I’m hoping to do a Meet Up on a weekend soon…)

 

 

NorthHantsMum Meet Up – Spring 2014

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve finally pulled my finger out and got the next NHM Meet Up arranged. Yay!

Drum roll please….

NorthHantsMum Meet Up – Spring 2014

Date: Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Time: 9.30am to 12pm

Place: Playdays, 2 Stewart Rd, Basingstoke RG24 8NF

There will be a discount of £1.50 on entry for people attending the NHM Meet Up.

However, I must have your name and email address in advance, for you to qualify for the discount. Please email me your name and address to NorthHantsMum@gmail.com to ensure your name is on the list.

If you are interested in hosting a stall on the day (there will only be three stalls this time) please email me at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com ASAP as these will be on a first come first serve basis.

You can also join the event on FB HERE, however, please can you still email me so I can add you to the list. Thanks!

More details will follow. I really hope you can make this, but if you can’t I am hoping to organise the next one on a Friday in June.

I’m really looking forward to seeing you all!!!! 😀

Would you like to be a NHM Secret Reviewer?

NHM Secret Reviewers

I rarely get the opportunity to talk to anyone about NHM these days. There are always several toddlers running around so it’s difficult to brainstorm or ask people what they think.

I was very lucky this week to have lunch with another Mum and I mentioned that I’m finding it difficult to do more reviews on NHM, given the limited time that I have to get out and visit places. (Typically, we had this week off but haven’t managed to go anywhere planned as appointments cropped up and now Miss NHM is ill. Boo hiss).

Kristy made the wonderful suggestion of having “Secret Reviewers” on NHM that could do the Reviews instead. What a brilliant idea!

So, if you are visiting somewhere, whether it’s a local restaurant, a local place or somewhere of interest for parents with small children and babies, how about writing a review about it?

All you need to do is take the following categories into account, take a few pictures (that you don’t mind me using on NHM, that doesn’t include any pictures of people) and email me your review to NorthHantsMum@gmail.com.

The categories that you would need to consider are:

  • About/Play
  • Tips
  • Food
  • Facilities
  • Baby Facilities
  • Parking
  • Prices
  • Rating out of 5

I would ask that you try to be positive in your review and not be nasty or mean. I make a very concerted effort to ensure that anything published on NHM is positive because these things can have such an impact on local businesses.  

I am still going to do Reviews of places that I’ve been too, with my comments, but I will also include “Secret Reviews” on the blog. If you are a “Secret Reviewer”, I will also ensure that you remain anonymous! 😉

If you are interested in doing this, please send me an email at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com. I won’t be able to pay you for your review or pay any costs associated with your review, but you would have the nice warm glow that you would be helping many other parents in the area. 

If you would like to see my previous reviews on NHM please click HERE.

Thank you in advance and thank you to Kristy for such a brilliant idea! 😀

NHM Networking lunch

As an aside, I’m thinking about arranging a networking lunch for NHM readers. This would mainly be for Mums who run their own businesses but everyone is welcome. However, you would need to pay for your own lunch.

It would be an opportunity to meet other Mums from the area and to brainstorm and bounce ideas off of each other.

I’m also thinking about mentoring other Mums who might be interested in starting their own blogs, so I was thinking of seeing if anyone is interested in brainstorming this idea over lunch.

If you are interested in the networking lunch, please also let me know on the email above and I will see what I can get arranged.

Sharing NorthHantsMum

Today is a bit of a cheat, because technically it’s “Sunday Re-post” but I thought I’d take this opportunity to ask you for a favour…

Could you share this post with all of the Mum’s and Dad’s who you think would find NHM’s posts useful?

Thank you in advance!

Sharing NorthHantsMum

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I tend to post a little bit more to the Facebook Friend as I get more interaction from these NHM readers.

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The NHM Meet Up is….TODAY!!!

Yes, it’s come round so fast, it’s untrue!

The NHM Meet Up is today, from 9.30am to 12pm at Playdays, 2 Stewart Road, Basingstoke, RG24 8NF.

I just wanted to confirm that you don’t need to stay for the whole time and you can drop in any time during 9.30m and 12pm.

Extra Parking is available to the left of City Link, where there is an unoccupied Unit.

When you arrive, please say that you are there for the NHM Meet Up and you will be directed to the two rooms. One room will be downstairs, where the stalls will be, and one room for Mum’s and babies/toddlers upstairs. You will be able to leave your pushchairs downstairs.

You will still need to pay entry to Playdays but the lovely ladies there have very kindly organised a discount for ticket prices that will be £1 off. Plus the owner has agreed to donate a further 50p off the child paid fee to the Forget Me Not Baby Angels Charity.

Please note that because of these discounts there will be no free tea and coffee, you will need to buy your own drinks. So, don’t forget to ensure you receive your £1 off entry as well.

I also wanted to confirm the prices for entry into Playdays:

  • Babies under a year are free with another child or £1.50 (not including the discount!)
  • Toddlers aged between 1 to 4 years – £3.50 (not including the discount!)
  • Families (and they must be families!) pay for 2 children, and the 3rd will only cost £1.50 (not including the discount!)

There are several stalls organised including:

Please do come and introduce yourself when you arrive. I’m very excited and really looking forward to seeing/meeting you tomorrow!

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NorthHantsMum Meet Up – May 2013

NorthHantsMum Meet Up – May 2013

I’m very excited to announce the second NorthHantsMum Meet Up. The first event was such a success that I thought we ought to do another one! Whoop Whoop! This is an event open to all NHM Readers and will be an opportunity to meet other parents (all readers of NHM) in the area.

I’ve had lots of discussions with the lovely Kristy at Playdays and I think we’ve got it sorted! The Meet Up will be at Playdays again on Friday 10th May from 9.30am to 12pm. Kristy has organised for us to use the same room we used last time, but she has also offered the party room too. So, we may have the room upstairs for babies and networking and the stalls downstairs. I’m going to see what the demand is like before confirming this.

You will still need to pay entry to Playdays but the lovely ladies there have very kindly organised a discount for ticket prices that will be £1 off. Plus the owner has agreed to donate a further 50p off the child paid fee to the Forget Me Not Baby Angels Charity. Please note that because of these discounts there will be no free tea and coffee, you will need to buy your own drinks.

If you are interested in running a stall at this event (last time we had Vicky from Usborne Books, Sheri from TinyToes and StickyFingers and Clare from Phoenix Trading cards) then please send me an email at northhantsmum@gmail.com.

It’s going to be a great opportunity to meet some other Mum’s and Dad’s and to have a chat with some new people. Everyone is welcome so bring your friends! It would be great to see  you there!

So, put the date in your diary!!!! Friday 10th May, 9.30am to 12pm. See you there! Yay!!!!

(If you are planning on attending, it would be great if you could let me know via the NHM Facebook Event Link. Thanks!)

Thank you!

I think I thanked everyone personally who came along this morning, but just in case I didn’t, thank you so much to all of you who came along this morning. It was great to meet all of you and so nice to see everyone chatting away and all of the children and babies playing and enjoying themselves.  Thank you also to Vicky, Clare and Sheri who had tables for each of their businesses.

As this mornings event was so successful I am now very seriously considering putting on a regular NHM event. However, as I work Monday to Thursdays (I took a half day from work this morning ;-)) I was thinking that it might be better to vary the day. Perhaps do the next one on a Friday morning and then the following one on an evening, so that those ladies who work during the week might be able to attend? Please let me know your thoughts about this.

I know that many of you were networking and making new contacts this morning, which was so great to see. Several of you came along with your babies and children so may not have had a chance to look at all of the leaflets that were on display, so for those of you who missed out on this, below are the links to the businesses that were represented this morning.

Over the weekend I’m planning to put together a survey to gauge your feedback which I will send out on Friday. However, if you are happy to add comments to this post, please feel free. I’d really like to hear your thoughts about the event and whether you have suggestions for improvements.

Thanks again so much for coming along and look forward to seeing you all at a future event. Please keep an eye out on NHM for further details 😉

Phoenix Trading Cards

Usborne Books

Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers

Playdays Parent and Baby Club

Sarah Dutton Photography

Attitude for Change

IAIM Baby Massage

Art Polish Pottery

Little Puma’s

Reflexology

Stretch-n-Grow

First Aid Angels

Caroline Oppenheimer Health & Wellness Coach

The Capsule Wardrobe Solution

(please let me know if I have missed any business cards!)

NorthHantsMum Meet up is TODAY!

Whoop Whoop! Just to confirm, it’s at Playdays in Basingstoke and will be on from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Vicky will be there with her Usborne books, Clare will be there with her Phoenix Trading cards and Tinytoes and Stickyfingers have just confirmed that they will be there to take prints of your little ones hands or feet.

There will be tea, coffee and squash available and a corner will be set up for babies. Extra parking is available in the units next to City Link.

Hope to see several of you there!!!! 😀

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Further Details on the NorthHantsMum Meet Up…

Exciting News about the NorthHantsMum Meet up!!

Further Details on the NorthHantsMum Meet Up…

I hope you are having a good week. I just wanted to confirm for those of you that may not have seen, the NHM Meet Up has moved to the morning of  Wednesday 27th February, from 9.30am to 12.30am at Playdays. I had a lot of feedback on Facebook about the afternoon session clashing with Nursery, Pre-School and School pick up times, so I surveyed everyone and the majority of responses were for a morning session. Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience this change causes for you.

I am very excited to announce that Vicky Moran will be there with her Usborne books. I LOVE Usborne books and have been wanting to organise a party for ages, so it seemed a good idea to ask Vicky if she could come along with some of her books. Thanks in advance Vicky!

I am also very excited to announce that Clare will be there with her Pheonix Trading Cards. I’ve been meaning to have a look at these for ages as I know they do really nice cards for a very reasonable price. Thanks also in advance Clare!

I also wanted to confirm the prices for entry into Playdays:

  • Babies under a year are free with another child or £1.50
  • Toddlers aged between 1 to 4 years – £3.50
  • Families (and they must be families!) pay for 2 children, and the 3rd will only cost £1.50

Playdays are putting on a special room for the meet up and the Playdays team are going to set up a corner for babies in the room and there will be free tea, coffee and squash available.

Really hope you can make it as it will be great to meet you!!

PS: It’s Shrove Tuesday today so if you are having pancakes…Enjoy! 😀