School and Children Centre Snow Closure’s

I know this is probably a bit late, but if you want to check which schools and children’s centres are closed today due to the snow, the following link should help:

Emergency school, college and children’s centres closures in Hampshire

The weather men are predicting that the snow fall will be heaviest in Basingstoke between 10am and 1pm today. There is a link to Basingstoke council with a page dedicated to Snow Updates.

Basingstoke Snow Updates

I was supposed to be meeting friends today, but instead it’s a day of snow angels and snowmen. That’s if my little one doesn’t freak out about the snow like she did on Monday!

Please stay safe out there and only travel if you have too!

Louise x

Mum Networks in Basingstoke and surrounding areas

Winter can be a lonely and depressing time for Mum’s, new and old. It’s a lot harder to get out and about, logistically and motivationally, when it’s cold, and raining or snowing outside. If you are feeling a bit disconnected and want to meet some new people, especially Mum’s, check out the page below which is on NHM. It lists all of the Mum Networks in the area that communicate via Facebook (that I know of!). Even though I think Facebook has lost some of it’s charm, it’s still a great way to connect with people.

Does anyone know if there are any Dad’s networks in the area? It must be so hard being a stay at home Dad as there doesn’t seem to be many networks in the area for them!

Also. I know that there are a few people who read NHM from outside of North Hampshire. Are there any networks in your area on Facebook that you can join?

On a slightly related note, it’s supposed to snow tomorrow and Saturday, so if it does, I hope it doesn’t disrupt you too much and your little one’s enjoy playing in the snow. Have fun! 😉

Mum Groups

Online Food Shopping

I’ve shopped for food online for the past 6 years.  I find that online shopping gives me the freedom to buy what I want, without being drawn into buying BOGOF offers that we don’t actually need. The Online Shopping tool that I use remembers what I’ve ordered before so it’s very easy to find something that we’ve already had.

As I mealplan, to keep costs down and reduce waste, I find that online ordering allows me to ensure that I only buy what’s required for each week.  I suffered with Pelvic Girdle Dysfunction (PGD also known as SPD) when I was pregnant and I haven’t been able to push a trolley since so I like the fact that someone else is doing all the heavy lifting for me!

I found that when I was pregnant and in those first few months after my daughter arrived, having my shopping delivered was a a sanity saver. I really couldn’t cope with the concept of wandering around a supermarket with a tiny baby, trying to follow my shopping list and then needing to try to push a trolley and look after baby and shop. It just wasn’t going to happen. I know a lot of people don’t like online shopping because you can’t select your own vegetables or fruit, but we get round this by using an Organic Box Delivery service that provides us with fresh fruit and vegetables.

I’ve summarised a few Pro’s and Con’s of online shopping.

Pro’s

  • You only buy what you need
  • You can keep within budget much easier
  • You can bulk buy when offers are on
  • You don’t have to do the heavy lifting

Con’s

  •  You have to pay for delivery (I counteract this by factoring in the cost of driving/petrol to the supermarket and we also use the option of a Delivery Pass. The delivery pass ensures that each delivery is free. As long as it is over ÂŁ40 we can order as many times as we like for free. We pay a ÂŁ6 fee for a month, which is often the cost of one delivery with other suppliers!)
  • You don’t get to choose your own fruit and veg

I know that online shopping is a personal preference, some people like being able to choose their own food and enjoy the shopping experience. I don’t mind the shopping experience, but if it means that I can do my food shopping in 5 minutes (I can set up an online order in 1 minute, by copying the previous order, although I’ve never done this!) and allows me to spend more time with my family, this can only be a good thing.

If you are about to have a baby, I cannot recommend online shopping enough, at least for the first three months!

Have you tried Online Shopping and if yes, who were your preferred Supermarkets/Deliverers?

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The New FitMama Studio

So, do you have your New Year’s Resolutions sorted and are you raring to go? If exercise is high on you new years resolutions, check out the new FitMama Studio in Stroudley Road.

The studio is run by Marie Bahena and Lola, the ladies who have very successfully developed the FitMama Method. See a previous blog HERE about FitMama.

(I stole this from the welcome page of the FitMama studio, but I don’t think Marie or Lola will mind! ;-)):

 The FitMama Studio, Basingstoke, is a place where exercise meets motherhood!  It is a home away from home, a support structure and place of self discovery, a hub of health and helping hands to get you to your goals.

We may not have hairdryers and steam rooms, but we do have your goals and ambitions at heart, and will be with you through your journey of motherhood, whether you are pregnant or the mother of a 24 year old!

With lashings of advice, honest assistance and downright good fun, we will never judge you, only help you. We will never give up on you, only continue to support you. We will be a shoulder when you need it and a jolly good laugh when the time is right.

So don’t feel frumpy and alone, become a member of The FitMama Studio and start spreading the Fitmama Love… cheesy? yes, of course!!!!!

 The FitMama Studio is the Basingstoke HQ of the Fitmama family, including The FitMama Method Book (Souvenir Press) and Fitmama Ltd.  All of which are dedicated to the health and well being of mothers and the professionals who work with them.

The FitMama Studio is the flagship venue for all Fitmama classes, and used as a training centre for our exceptional FitMama Trainers who are expanding across the UK.

The FitMama Studio Ltd, Unit 41 Basepoint Centre, Stroudley Rd, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8UP

The studio is incredibly Mum and Baby/Toddler friendly. They have classes in the evening time and during the day and also hosts one of the only Sling Meets in the area. You can join as a Pay as you Go member or you can pay a monthly fee. For more details, check out the FitMama studio website.

If you would like more details about the Studio, please contact Marie, Lola and their team on the following: 01256 369 291 or email hello@thefitmamastudio.com.

It’s on my list of things to do to check out one of the classes at the Studio very soon!

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Happy New Year!!!!!

So, this is it. Last day of 2012. What a year it’s been! I can safely say that I’ve learnt a LOT this year. A lot about parenting, about being a better wife, about blogging, about being a good friend and the best Mum I can be. This year has seen: a cancer scare (not me, but it was still VERY scary); new jobs for my husband and I; the ability to tag people in Facebook (it took me two years to work out how to do it!); being more mindful about the actions I take and the decisions I make; meeting a whole stack of people because of NHM and a whole host of other things that I can’t remember now! 😀

I don’t know what 2013 will bring, but I can safely say that watching my daughter grow up has been the most wonderous thing of 2012 and I suspect that it will be the most wonderous thing of 2013! She is now 21 months and her personality, speech and determination are developing every day. Sometimes it’s really hard work being her Mum but I wouldn’t trade a single moment of it. The hard stuff is worth it all for those moments when she gives me a spontaneous hug or her eyes glow with excitement and she shouts out “Mummy!” (she’s finally started calling me Mummy after months of calling me Daddy!) :-D.

So, enough of the soppiness. I wish you a wonderful 2013 and hope that you will continue your support of NHM throughout 2013. There is lots of the horizon, including a networking event for Mummy’s, Babies and Toddlers, of which I’ll share more details in the New Year. I’m looking forward to seeing whatever 2013 has in store!

I hope you have an awesome evening, whether you are taking stock of 2012 or are out on the town.

Happy New Year to you and yours!!!!!

Louise x

Guest Posts in 2012

I need to say a HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful Ladies and Gents who contributed a Guest Post to NHM in 2012. Thank you so much for your inputs and for your support. I’ve had feedback from several of you that NHM has helped increase business, which is AWESOME! Long may it continue and thank you to those of you who shared NHM’s details with your friends and networks in return and those of you who have contacted people because you’ve seen their Guest Post.

I also wanted to give a big shout out to Sophie who has been a great support from the beginning and often contributes with Guest Post’s when I’ve run out of time or inspiration. Thank you Soph.

Reflexology – Wendy

Active Learners – Amy

Phoenix Trading Cards – Claire

Fitness with Becky Lane – Becky

Massage for Mum’s – Marta

New Shop: Devlin Rhodes – Tara

MAD Academy – Elaine

Book your free electric vehicle advice clinic – Robert

Ikon Works Photography – Tasha

First Aid Kits – Sophie

Bra Fitting Service – Abigail

Makaton in Basingstoke – Sophie

Basingstoke Baby and Children’s Markets – Tom

“1,000,000,000 sit ups – The end of an era!” – Lola

First Aid Angels in Basingstoke – Vicky

BuggyTug – Di

The Creation Station – Lara

Slings and Sling Meets in Basingstoke – Martina

FitMama – Marie

Caterpillar Music – Jaz

More Part Time work opportunities in North Hampshire – Georgina

New Photography Studio at Viables – Sarah

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Ballet/Dance classes for 2 year olds

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Happy Christmas!

I’ve decided that I’m going to take two weeks off from NHM during the Christmas period. I did this last year and it worked really well. It gave me an opportunity to take stock and to make plans for the following year for NHM. You probably won’t notice that I’m not actually on here because I’ve scheduled for a few posts to appear, whilst I’m sitting back and enjoying a festive break!

So, I just wanted to say HAPPY CHRISTMAS to each and every one of you. Thank you so much for all of your support over the past 18 months. NHM wouldn’t be what it is today without all of your comments, questions and feedback. I’m very humbled by the support that NHM has had.

I hope you all have a wonderful time with your families and little ones and I will see you all back here on NHM, refreshed and raring to go, in the New Year!

Take care and Merry Christmas!

Louisex

Previous Christmas Posts on NHM – Part 2

So, it seems that I’m getting pay back for having time off from parenting last month. Now the husband has tonsillitis! So no snogging and lots of hugs for him. lol. He’s on a diet of ice cream and antibiotics. Personally, I don’t see what the problem is with that! :-D. Only issue for me is that I now have to look after our daughter AND him! Roll on Christmas.

Below are links to some posts that I published last year around Christmas time. They have some good ideas for “creating the magic” for your little ones. Enjoy!

The Santa Bus Competition Winner’s are…

Lorraine Cooper and Louise Harwood!!!!!

Congratulations Ladies!! Sarah will be in touch to ask for your addresses so that she can send the tickets to you. It would be great if you could let us all know what your experience on the Bus was like.

Thank you to everyone who entered! Don’t forget, you can still ride the Santa Bus, you just need to buy a ticket 😀

PS: I’m not Louise Harwood! lol.

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