NHM Summer Expo 2015!!!!

NHM Summer Expo

I’m VERY excited to officially announce the details for the NHM Summer Expo 2015!!!?!?!? WHOOP WHOOP!!!!!

All profits from the day will go towards my Sky Dive for “The Bluebells”.

If you can’t make it, I would be very grateful if you would still be able to sponsor me. Thank you!

Sponsorship: https://www.justgiving.com/Louise-NorthHantsMum.

Facebook EventNorthHantsMum (NHM) Summer Expo!!!

Ticket Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/northhantsmum-summer-expo-2015-tickets-16119585113

Expo Details

Date: Tuesday 12th May 2015

Time: 9.30am to 1pm

Location: Christchurch Chineham

Details of the AMAZING Raffle prizes can be found here: Raffle prizes

This will be a ticketed event as there are limited places and tickets can now be booked via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/northhantsmum-summer-expo-2015-tickets-16119585113

On the day

  • Over 20 local business stalls
  • Taster sessions
  • Softplay/Bouncy Castle Room
  • Anna and Elsa Frozen Sing Along
  • Face Painting
  • A pop up tea room with fabulous home made cakes and goodies
  • Photographer – details to be announced very soon
  • Breastfeeding/Quiet room
  • Raffle with some AMAZING prizes – (I am so priveliged that so many local businesses have been soooo generous with their raffle prizes!!!!)

You can find more information about the event at the following Facebook event: NorthHantsMum (NHM) Summer Expo!!!

Tickets can be booked here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/northhantsmum-summer-expo-2015-tickets-16119585113

Hope you can make it!


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Top Tip 27: Playmobil spare parts

NHM: Most of you know that I LOVE Playmobil, and I share this love of Playmobil with Mr NHM too. 

I’m very excited about this post as it’s the very FIRST post Mr NHM has ever written on NHM.

The first of many if I have my way 😉

Playmobil spare parts

I recently bought some second hand Playmobil for Miss NHM for Christmas (got some big stuff and very cheap), however, there were some parts missing. Key parts I might add.

So I did a quick search on the interweb and found that Playmobil have a page for spare parts: http://www.playmobil.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-GB-Site/en_GB/Home-Show

The system I used to find out the part numbers was:

1. Look on Google Images for the Product Number or if you have the original box it’s the 4 digit number on the front.

2. Download the Build instructions from Playmobil, found at the bottom of the home page.

Build Instuctions

3. Fill in the online form and sit back: http://download.playmobil.com/contact/ersatzteile/index_uk.php

Quote Form

The whole process took 30 minutes to sort out.  I had parts from 3 different sets to find.

I received an email with the cost for my quote, £5, and a Playmobil phone number, to call if I wanted to place an order.  It was a local number and took less than 2 minutes.

Eleven days later and the parts arrived from Germany, a breakdown of the costs was included and postage was £2.25, which I think was a bargain.

Playmobil Invoice

I’ve now placed the parts on the toys and have a feeling of completion and they look AMAZING.

So now everyone knows where to get your spare parts from.


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NHM Christmas 2014 Expo – A success! YAY!

I think I’ve nearly recovered. lol.

It’s not until you organise something like this that you realise how much effort goes into ensuring everything goes to plan.

We had a few curve balls yesterday but nothing that wasn’t resolved quickly and efficiently.

I’ve learnt an awful lot about how to host an event like this and I know what I will do differently next time. Yes, there will be a next time.

Am thinking about doing a smaller Meet Up in January, to beat the January blues, so let me know if you are interested in me organising this.

Right, next thing to plan….NHM Christmas lunch and NHM Christmas dinner. Everyone is welcome!

Thank you!!!

Thank you to EVERYONE who turned up. I couldn’t believe that there were people queuing up to get in at 9.25am. I think it was at that point that I started to get REALLY excited! lol.

Obviously I need to give a HUGE thank you to the team at Playdays who did a sterling effort with organising and ensuring that everything went smoothly on the day. They worked really hard and even had their faces painted! lol. A big thank you to Kristy and Cheryl for facilitating and to Jade for being so calm and letting me use the microphone to do an announcement. That was a definite highlight for me! lol.

Thank you to my Basingstoke Besties, Soph and Abi, for looking after Miss NHM for most of the morning. It wasn’t quite planned that way but thank you very much for stepping in and keeping an eye on her.

Thank you to Kati at Baby and Children’s Yoga for the really lovely chocolates and very posh thank you card. A really lovely surprise and I’m very touched by your thoughtfullness. Expect your posts to be thoroughly plugged the next time you send one over :-D.

Thank you to the lovely ladies who did the taster sessions. I’ve had some lovely feedback about them from the people who attended. I’m sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye to you all but I hope you had a great time.

Thank you to Sarah for the fabulous photography sessions. I’ve also had some lovely feedback from the ladies who had their photo’s taken and they can’t wait to see the pictures (neither can I!!! lol).

Thank you to all of the fabulous stall holders. You were so awesome, understanding and flexible in your requirements and didn’t look at me too strangely when I started manically laughing at about 9am. I blame the sugar.;-)

It was so great to meet so many stall holders that I’ve only had online communications with up till now. I think you all had a marvellous time as I’ve had some lovely comments and some great feedback about how to do things differently next time.

Thank you to Grace from Routine Riots who has an amazing voice that always sends shivers up my spine. (She’s sung as Rapunzel, Tinkerbell and Ariel at previous NHM Meet Up’s and is fabulous). Watching her and the children singing together really brought a tear to my eye.  A real highlight for me was watching Miss NHM interact with Grace as Elsa and Miss NHM and the other children singing along when Elsa was singing. I had no idea Miss NHM knew all the words and she’s only watched the film a few times! lol.

A big thank you to the team at Harlequin Clothing (Hi Rachel and Paul!) for the NHM T-shirts. If only Miss NHM would have worn hers! lol. They did look fantastic and I’m so pleased with them!

Another big thank you to Jenny at MBE Basingstoke for facilitating the drop off’s of leaflets for the goody bags.

A MASSIVE thank you to my AMAZING husband and daughter who I’m incredibly proud of! I couldn’t do NHM without their inspiration and support and they did me very, very proud. 

Finally, thank you to YOU, my lovely NHM readers. I couldn’t do what I do without your support and encouragement. I love being part of this fabulous community of Mum’s and it was such a lovely atmosphere on Friday. I hope that those of you who attended felt it too.

Those of you who weren’t able to attend, don’t worry, you didn’t miss much and I promise not to bang on about it until next year’s Christmas Expo ;-).


NHM Christmas Expo 2014…TODAY!!!!

Yup, today’s the day.

Kind of a bit numb at the moment, not least because somebody (no names – Miss NHM) was up three times in the night!

So mine and Mr NHM’s under eye bags look wicked!!! lol.

Starts at 9.30am this morning. Finishes at 2.30pm

Even if you haven’t had a chance to register, you are still very welcome to pop along. Your children just won’t get reduced entry.

Fingers crossed you all have a fab time!!!

See you in a bit 😀

PS: Don’t forget your food donations and cash to support local Mum businesses!

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NHM Local Business Advent Calendar 2014

Last year I ran a Local Business Advent Calendar during December  on Facebook NorthHantsMum.

This meant that each day I gave a local Business a shout out on NHM.

It’s a great way to get some free publicity in the run up to Christmas.

I’m hoping to do this again this year, for local businesses, that aren’t stalls and who I haven’t already publicised on NHM in the past year.

If you are interested in being featured on the Local Business Advent Calendar please send me an email at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com.

Please include a short paragraph about your business that can be published on Facebook and include a link to your facebook page (best) or website.

It’s getting booked up fast, so inclusion will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

(Although if I get enough emails (which looks likely!) I may end up having two local businesses each day!)

Thank you!

NHM Meet Up – September 2014 is today!

The NHM September Meet Up is today! It starts at 9.30am at Playdays.

This event is open to everyone whether your little ones are big or small.

Adults have free entry so please pop along if you have time even if your little ones are in pre-school or school.

Lovely Liane from Smallprint  showing her there Keepsake jewellery.

Creative Chloe from Sew the Seams will be showing her handmade items.

Happy Heidi (I couldn’t think of anything else positive with H at this time in the morning! lol) will be showing her wonderful cards from Heidi Wadsworth Independent Phoenix Trader

Razamatazal (it’s early!!) Routine Riots will also be there doing face painting and THE Ariel will be coming along for story time at 10.30am.

Don’t forget to register at the eventbrite link to gain a discount on entry to Playdays: (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nhm-meet-up-september-2014-tickets-12917180635)

You have until 8.30am before I print the list! lol

See you there!!! 😀

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The Ultimate NHM Summer Holiday 2014 Posts!

YAY! The School holidays have officially (or very, very nearly) started!!!

Below are a list of posts that have already been published on NHM that will help you keep your little one’s amused during the Summer Holidays.

The Ultimate NHM Summer Holiday Posts!

A Summer of Sport

The very lovely Peta wrote this wonderful series for last summer. She did a fantastic job and it really took the pressure off me! Thanks again Peta!

A Summer Sport I: Tennis

A summer of sport II: Cycling

A summer of sport III: Golf

A summer of sport IV: Cricket

A summer of sport V: Horse Racing

A Summer of Sport VI: Ballet

A Summer of sport VII: “Born to be wild…”

A Summer of sport – final

Summer Fun

Poll: Payable Events over the Summer Holidays

Poll: Free Activities over the summer holidays

Caterpillar Music Summer Parties

Classes that are still running during Summer 2014

24 things to do during the summer holidays with small children in Basingstoke

15 Different Experiences for Children

8 “things” I’m planning to do with my daughter in the future

13 things to do in Basingstoke in Spring with a three year old

8 Cheap or Free Rainy Day Activities in Basingstoke

In the Garden

Summer Holiday Activities 2012

22 things to do with an under 7 year old in Basingstoke when it’s raining

Library Membership for your child

Summer Holiday 2012 Activities

Our favourite books


Poll: Free Activities over the summer holidays

7 More Free Rainy Day Activities

A week of “free” Activities – Autumn

Toddler Games

Coloured Spaghetti

Making Gloop!

A Toddler Box of Tricks: Things To Always Have On Hand With A Toddler Or Two

Dry Food Play

Play Dough Recipes

Summer “Bored” Jar ideas

Winter “Bored” Jar Ideas

Spring “Bored” Jar Ideas


Treasure Baskets

Swimming Pools in North Hampshire suitable for Babies and Children

11 Songs and Rhymes for Babies and Toddlers

Babies and Chocolate

Things to do/Places to go with a baby when it’s raining

The Importance of Skin to Skin

Summer Outings

Season Tickets to local attractions in North Hampshire

Age limits for attractions

Great Picnic Spots near Basingstoke

Great Picnic Spots in Basingstoke

Nature Detectives

Cheap Transport in North Hampshire

NCT House Swap Reduces Holiday Costs

Hampshire Days out with your children

Family Friendly Festivals 2012

Lido’s in Hampshire

Culture-All Passport – Hampshire

Hampshire Days Out

Berkshire Days Out

Softplay Centres



Dinton Pastures Country Park, Berkshire

Dinosaur Crazy Golf at the Oracle

Marwell Wildlife

Giraffe in Festival Place

Micheldever Wood

California Country Park, Finchampstead

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway


The Vyne


Miller’s Ark, Nr Hook


Lakeside Country Park

Paulton’s Park/Peppa Pig World

NorthDown Orchard Deliveries

Farleigh Mount


The Hawk Conservancy

Basing Lime Pits

Basing Wood

Finkley Down Farm

Wellington Country Park

Basingstoke Aquadrome

Alice Holt, Farnham

Kids ‘n’ Action, Soft Play Centre, Winersh Triangle nr Reading

The Living Rainforest, nr Newbury, Berkshire

Reviews Page

Summer Food

Early Bird Meals with children

11. Places to Breakfast “out” with Children in North Hampshire

9 Foody Places to go as a group of Mums with babies/toddlers

8 “Cheap” Restaurants in Basingstoke (Meal for 2 for under £15)

Pick Your Own Farm’s in North Hampshire and Berkshire

Blackberry Picking in North Hampshire

NHM’s 2014 Summer Holiday…

I’m planning to step back from NHM a little bit over the summer holidays.

I’ve spent the past three years getting up early so I could re-publish each post to the NorthHants Mum on Facebook, because Facebook will only publish it to one place (NorthHantsMum FB Page).

So I need a bit of a lie in.

I will still publish the regular Monday “Things to do” post and the Wednesday “Guest Post” but I’m going to see how it pans out for the rest of the week.

I’m going to change the settings of the Facebook page so that only I can post to the page. This means I won’t need to keep track of it or worry about spam content.

I will change the settings back once the autumn term begins.

In the meantime, I have lots of posts in my “floating posts” folder in Evernote and I would like to get lots of them finished and ready for you!

If you have any events, new classes, etc. that you would like to be publicised over the Summer Holidays or for September please can you email me at NorthHantsMum@gmail.com with at least three weeks notice so I have time to get everything scheduled.

Thank you!

Yay for Summer holidays 😀 !!!!