Thursday, 30 December 2010

CHARLIE'S STORY

I came across this blog a few weeks ago which is written by Katy Mann and is about her 3 month old son, who sadly died of Meningitis only 8 weeks ago.

If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle please read and raise the awareness of Meningitis and how to look for the signs.

http://www.charliecheekychops.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

MARKETING FOR THE NEW YEAR

Hi,

Well Christmas has been and gone, we are still eating chocolates, breadsticks and dips for breakfast and the waistline is slowly expanding. I managed to give myself 4 whole days off which was difficult for a workaholic Mumpreneur but I'm glad of it and now working hard on the marketing front to get 2011 classes up to full capacity again.

I've had adverts in Raring2Go magazine and Families Cheshire Magazine contacted me 2 weeks ago asking me to do a feature about 'Mumpreneurs' so look out for that too.

The radio show is going very well, I'm meeting some very valuable contacts which is finding me more work, I certainly can't grumble at that. Tune in every Wednesday 10am till 12pm to hear me on Toddler Talk on Redshift Radio. www.redshiftradio.co.uk

The Christmas Movie Event which was held in collaberation with Redshift Radio and Malbank School was a success and we are now looking to make this a regular once a month event, the feedback was very positive so watch this space and I'll keep you posted of our first movie launch.

If you would like more information about Baby Sign classes, Toddler Dance or Parties, please do not hesitate to contact me on sharon@hullabalookids.net or call 07973 479471.

Happy New Year!!!

Monday, 13 December 2010

CHRISTMAS MOVIE FUN



Come and join myself, Redshift Radio and Children's Adventure Farm.
On Tuesday 21st December at 1.30pm till 4.pm at Malbank Community Cinema in Nantwich.

The Snowman & Mickey's Christmas Carol will be shown, in the break we will sing Christmas Carols and play some Christmas games.

Mince pie and non alchoholic mulled wine will be served and refreshments for the children.

A Lucky dip will be available to raise funds for The Children's Adventure Farm supporting disabled and disadvantaged children.

This is a free event and open to anyone so invite your friends and come along and join us for a final get together before Christmas!

Don't forget I am still doing the Toddler Talk show every Wednesday 10am till 12pm on www.redshiftradio.co.uk so listen in and keep your requests coming in for your song choices.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

Can't believe December has come round so quickly. This time last year, not only was I getting excited for Christmas but I was also preparing to go on holiday on New Years eve to Thailand.

The diary is full for Christmas parties, facepainting, birthdays and family get togethers. Last weekend was my Grandads 90th birthday and my sister flew over from Hong Kong specially with her 7 week old daughter! It has been lovely having a newborn round the house again, and 'yes' I am feeling a tad broody again!

Luke is learning his songs for the Pre-school nativity play, he is a King but his desire was to be a donkey. I will have tissues at the ready when I see him, it will be a very proud 'mummy' moment.

The Lucky boy is going to see 3 pantomimes this year too, in Crewe, Stoke and Winsford so by 25th December we will be ready for a few days off!

Look out for the Christmas edition of Raring2Go, I have a feature going in and hoping 2011 will be a prosperous year for us all!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

MULTI SENSORY CLASSES FOR BABIES


Its been far too long since my last post but things are just mad at the moment. My work with the Children's centres is going strong and I am grabbing it with both hands especially as 7 of the Children's centres in Stoke are closing down.

I am starting a new class for babies this week at Shavington Children's centre. For those of you who have attended Baby Sign classes know that I include some 'play' into the each session, but this class will be totally dedicated to Multi Sensory Play. Here is more information and the benefits of playing with your baby:-

What is multi sensory play for babies?
Multi sensory play incorporates activities and games that stimulate the senses, whether it be touch or sight or sound!
It can range from brushing a newborn baby’s arm with a soft, soft feather to clapping along with an older baby as he bangs and bangs on a drum!! Babies live in a world full of new experiences which can sometimes be overwhelming (sometimes its overwhelming for adults too!), but Multi Sensory Play incorporates low key and age specific activities that babies will enjoy without being over stimulated.

Why is multi sensory play for babies important?

Babies are learning all the time – even when very young. Multi sensory play helps to stimulate their senses in a gentle way, which in turn helps them to learn. They can experience new things:- new sounds such as singing and whispering, new touches such as scarves, bubbles and fur, and new sights such as shiny balls, multi-coloured fabric and new faces! A lot of multi sensory activities incorporate touch and bonding exercises, which are, of course, invaluable for babies. They make baby feel safe, secure and relaxed, which is just what any mother wants for their child.

How can I play with my baby in a multi sensory way?

The possibilities are endless! Singing is an easy way of stimulating baby, no matter how bad your voice – your little one won’t care! Gentle movement such as rocking, swinging and lifting baby up high will not only be lots of fun for mum and dad but baby will love it too! The first time you hear those giggles will be priceless! Using Parentese is a great way to play with baby – for us regular mummies that means using a Cbeebies voice! Raise your voice up a little higher and use exaggerated facial expressions and extend your vowels – just try it! You may feel silly but the reaction you’ll get from your little one will be worth it!
However just reading to baby is a wonderful activity. It promotes bonding between you and baby, is a lovely low key activity with lots of eye to contact and hugging, and can be a regular and easy way of playing with your baby.

There is a 2 month waiting list as class sizes are much smaller than Baby Sign but if you want to put your name down on the list get in touch with Shavington Children's Centre on 01270 371225.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

HALLOWEEN'S COMING!

Halloween is next week and I've been booked for a Childminding Party in Haslington on Friday and then all day Saturday too.

I imagine I will be inundated with requests for scary skeletons, green goblins, pumpkins and devils.

Nakatcha Pub/Restaurant in Welsh Row, Nantwich will be offering Free Facepainting for all children who will be dining, they are also putting on Halloween themed games.

For more details call 01270 629070

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

TIPPY TOES UPDATE

Earlier in the year I was booked to deliver Tippy Toes sessions at the Polish Family Support Group at Underwood West Children's centre.
The first few sessions were very difficult as most of the families did not speak English and trying to get them to join in with the Hokey Cokey was a real mean feat. However at the end of the 6 sessions, they all joined in with the songs and dances, children, parents and grandparents.
I have just had another block booking confirmed for this group, I'm delighted to be going back to teach them more of our crazy English songs.

This morning, I ran a Taster Session at Nantwich Baby Group with a view to some of the parents coming along to my Saturday class. However, I was asked if I would be starting another class in Nantwich on Tuesdays, so I spoke to Alison Bowett (who runs the group) and she agreed to let me run a Tippy Toes class every Tuesday at 10.15am before the Baby Sign at 11.00am.

If you are interested in joining class email sharon@hullabalookids.net

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

CRAFTY KID


Today was a rainy rainy day so after picking Luke up from nursery we decided to stay at home and make a robot. Over the past few months, I have been collecting empty cereal boxes and today was the day when they came in handy.

We spent just under an hour glueing and sticking foil, cutting and drawing. Lots of fun and great to spend time not looking at the laptop.

Look at my clever little boy's creation, obviously with a little help from me!

Friday, 10 September 2010

DJ SHARON

Well, Wednesday was my first broadcast on Redshift Radio. I arrived at the studio to find there was a power cut but fortunately there was power in the actual studio...phew!
I started off a little shaky but by the time I had my 2nd guest in, I was so relaxed and loving being a radio presenter!

Here's to the next 19 shows!

Go to www.redshiftradio.co.uk to listen to the radio station.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

RADIO SHOW GOES LIVE!!!

Hi,

I've really neglected writing my blog but things have been so chaotic.
My new radio show 'Toddler Talk' goes live tomorrow, Wednesday 8th September 10am till 12pm.

I am nervous, excited and apprehensive about hosting my first ever radio show.
I will be focusing on 'Mumpreneurs' and have 2 guests to chat to so I'm keeping fingers and toes crossed that I have enough material.

Wish me luck and listen to the station on www.redshiftradio.co.uk

Friday, 20 August 2010

RADIO GA GA


I've no idea where the last 2 weeks have gone but I have run 2 Gruffalo Workshops, a Pirates & Princess workshops, Facepainted at Wulvern Housing Family Fun Day and attended a Facepainting training with the Wolfe Brothers (who are very famous in the Facepainting World!) As well as the regular Baby Sign classes.

Also, to top it off, I have agreed to sponsor and present my own show on a new internet Radio Station called 'RedShift Radio', my show is entitled 'Toddler Talk' which will cover topics from pregnancy to pre-school, local and celebrity news, professional support and advice and much much more. I gathered if I didn't take the opportunity then somebody else would, its always been something I'm interested in and I have always listened to local and national radio so I thought why not give it a go?!

I'm busy preparing for it now and its less than 3 weeks till we're on air, launch date is Monday 6th September. How very scarey!

If you or anyone you know may be interested in sponsoring, advertising or appearing on a show please pass on my details:- sharon@hullabalookids.net or call 07973 479471 or go to http://redshiftradio.co.uk/Home for more details.

Hope you will be joining me over the airwaves very soon!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

DIMENSIONS LEISURE CENTRE


I visited Dimensions Leisure Centre in Burslem for a swim a few weeks ago with a friend and her little girl and absolutely loved it. The pool was fantastic and I can't believe there are no photos on the website that do it any justice.
I haven't been able to swim since having laser eye surgery but seen as I have a few days off next weekend, I think we should visit as a family. Mark is a real water baby and hope Luke follows in his footsteps, although we did have the water wobbles a few months ago.

Here are more details about it from the site:-
Our modern, light and friendly centre offers a fantasy themed leisure pool with ‘dragon slide’, hot spa pools, ‘water rapids’ and a tropical beach bar.

On dry land, Dimensions also includes a sports hall, outdoor synthetic football pitches and access to Dimensions Health and Fitness Club. We also have a spinning studio and licensed café bar.

We offer a wide and varied range of leisure services for all the family:

* Leisure swim... A tropical water paradise with "Dino", our 65 metre dragon slide, rapids, fountains, spas, whirlpool, cascade pools and lots more fun for everyone.
* Family swim... A unique aqua leisure experience designed for families, with children in the water accompanied by adults.
* Swimming lessons
* Aquatots... A wonderful way for parents to introduce their toddlers to water, gain confidence and at the same time have fun with toys and floats. (Up to age of 6 years only).
* Aqua fit... A super energetic way to improve fitness in a structured class in water to music.
* Children's birthday parties
* Football
* Basketball
* Badminton
* Table tennis
* Roller disco
* Spinning
* Hockey
* Sporting events

For our opening times and programme information please follow the links on the right.

Please note: Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied in the water by a responsible person of at least 16 years of age. Lockers require a 50p piece (non-returnable).

Even on our busiest days, guests are guaranteed a minimum of 1.5 hours pool time. All instructions related to individual or general guest safety must be adhered to. Our programme is continually developing to cater for a wide a range of guests as possible therefore please confirm details with reception in advance. During term time, the Dragon Slide on Monday - Friday will be operational from 4pm. Sunday is Family Day, all children under 8 years of age must be accompanied in the water by a responsible person of at least 16 years of age. All features are subject to availability.

Don't take my word for it, go and see for you yourself!

WHATS HAPPENING WEEK BEGINNING 9TH AUGUST

Monday 9th August - GRUFFALO WORKSHOP - SANDBACH WESLEY CENTRE
10.00am till 12.00pm
We will be making Gruffalo masks to use during our Gruffalo Story.
Play Gruffalo themed games ie/pin the wart on the Gruffalos nose and
We will perform our Gruffalo choir in our mini show for the parents.

Tuesday 10th August - BABY SIGN - MARKET STREET CHURCH NANTWICH
11.00am till 11.30am
Regular Baby Sign class in conjunction with Nantwich Baby Group.
Baby Group opens at 10.30am. This week, Bridget from Bags and Gladrags will be there with her collection of purses and handbags. I will be modelling one of her bags that I bought in June.

Wednesday 11th August - WULVERN HOUSING FAMILY FUN DAY - Crewe
1pm till 4pm
Facepainting for all Wulvern Housing Families. Last year I had the biggest queue of children waiting for their face to be painted.

Thursday 12th August - GRUFFALO PARTY - SHAVINGTON CHILDREN'S CENTRE
10.30am till 11.30am
All things Gruffalo at the Gruffalo Party, fun and themed activities at the centre hosted by Hullabaloo Kids.

Thursday 12th August - BABY SIGN - MABLIN LANE CHILDREN'S CENTRE
2.00pm till 2.30pm

Friday 13th August - BABY SIGN - SHAVINGTON CHILDREN'S CENTRE
10.00am till 10.30am

Then I have a whole weekend off! What will I do with myself?!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

MY BRAGGING RIGHTS



I started Baby Sign classes 3 weeks ago at Mablins Lane Children's centre and Shavington Children's centre. This was a 6 week pilot to see how much interest we would get. I wasn't too optimistic as it was during the holidays but how wrong could I be? I've had over 10 at each class.

Last week there were 3 babies who had learned to sign after one week and this week there was another one. I'm so proud that the babies have picked it up so quickly and credit to the parents who have been perservering with it.

After mentioning this to the Centre Manager, he told me how pleased he was with the feedback of the classes and has decided to take me on indefinitely! I just need to check my diary for when I'm free now!

GRANDPARENTS ARE A GODSEND


With my busy work schedule its good to know I can rely on Grandparents to help out in my hour of need. Over the past month, Luke has been looked after by my Dad and Stepmum, my In-Laws and my Mum. He does go to nursery 2 mornings a week but when I need to work just a half hour session, it doesn't make sense to book him into nursery.
Luke has a close relationship with them all and of course, is spoilt rotten!

As soon as Luke arrives at my Dad's and Stepmum's, he acts like such a diva, ordering his iced water with a straw and his Dairylea Dunkers. He is certainly not backwards in coming forward. Just not sure who he gets that from! The photo above is of my poor Dad who was totally worn out after looking after Luke for 6 hours.

My mum lives in Bolton so has never had the opportunity to help out with childcare until today when she came over to spend the afternoon with us. I came home from my session to find my mum lying on the settee with stickers on her glasses being fed grapes. They had the best couple of hours ever and it was nice to see how they had bonded. I only wish I'd have got my camera out in time.

Luke spends every Wednesday afternoon with Nannie & Grandpa (Mark's parents), they only live 4 miles away so he gets to see a lot more of them. They all love spending the time together and I love to hear all about it when they drop Luke back off to me.

Luke is so lucky to have his Grandparents and 3 Great Grandparents who love him to bits and spoil him rotten!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK


Another extremely busy week. Here's whats happening with Hullabaloo Kids:-

Monday 2nd August - 10.00am – 12.00pm
WALKING IN THE JUNGLE - Wesley Centre, Sandbach
We will be making animal masks from the ‘Walking In the Jungle’ book.
Learning how to move like the animals during Story telling, then we will sing and dance and put on a mini show for the parents.

Tuesday 3rd August - 2.00pm - 3.30pm
SPACE HOP - Summer Reading Challenge
Nantwich Library
Space themed crafts, story telling and free facepainting by Hullabaloo Kids.

Wednesday 4th August - 11.00am - 3.30pm
NATIONAL PLAY DAY - Shavington Leisure Centre
The Crewe and Nantwich Play Partnership and Cheshire East Council have organised a fun filled family fun day to celebrate Play Day in the Crewe area.
All activities are FREE OF CHARGE for babies - teenagers

Activities include: Climbing wall, mini-train rides, bouncy castles, face painting, arts & crafts, BMX activities, Zorb balling, fire brigade & Police, Connexions, Baby play plus loads loads more. Hullabaloo Kids will be running 'Baby Play' sessions.

Thursday 5th August - 2.00pm - 2.30pm
BABY SIGN - Mablins Lane Children's Centre

Friday 6th August - 10.00am - 10.30am
BABY SIGN - Shavington Children's Centre

Hope you can make it to some of these events, please and come and say hi!

SATURDAY I was meant to be entertaining kids at a wedding but they never sent a deposit back to me so I guess that is a day of rest.

SUNDAY, I am doing Facepainting at a Christening.

And as the saying goes 'No rest for the wicked!'

Friday, 30 July 2010

8 DAYS A WEEK

The last 2 weeks have been non-stop, I don't have enough hours in the day or days in the week to fit everything in. Juggling work and being a mummy is getting to be more of a challenge.

I started 2 new classes last week for Baby Sign at Mablins Lane Children's Centre and Shavington Children's Centre. They were both well attended and as a result I have been taken on until further notice at both centres.

Sunday, I was busy with a party for 30 children in Knutsford. The lady booked me for her daughter's 1st Birthday party back in November, now thats what I call organised!

On Monday, I eventually had corrective laser surgery on my eyes. I was very nervous on the journey over to the Trafford Centre and even more so when I was called in to the treatment room. I won't go into details about the procedure but the operation was less than 10 minutes. When the anaesthetic wore off I was feeling very uncomfortable but after a couple of hours in bed, I was up and about with near on perfect vision.
After a morning of resting on Tuesday, I returned for my Post Op check up and was told I had 20/20 vision. What a relief and how exciting to be able to throw my glasses away.

I booked to have a stand, Facepainting at Nantwich Show on Wednesday which was a complete washout. Not only did I have the weather to battle against but Cheshire East had a marquee with someone offering Free Facepainting! How was I supposed to compete with that? I am staying optimistic that 'Hullabaloo Kids' was on the programme and that I may get a party booking off the back of it.

Luke has been here, there and everywhere the last 2 weeks and we are beginning to feel the affects. He is forever pushing boundaries and the 'Time Out' mat has re-appeared after being hidden in the back of the drawers. I haven't been able to spend time with him being a mummy and instead have been up to my eyes in paperwork and replying to emails.

After this morning's classes, I made the effort to have some quality time with Luke and focus on just being a mummy. We had a nice relaxing afternoon without one tantrum in sight.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

NEW BABY SIGN CLASSES

New Baby Sign classes are starting next week:-

Thursday 22 July - 2pm - Mablins Lane Children's Centre

Friday 23 July - 10am - Shavington Children's Centre

To register your space contact me and I will pass your details onto the relevant centre. Or feel free to just pop along.

THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS

Most Toddler & Baby classes stop during the holidays, my Nantwich Baby Sign class however will carry on throughout the Summer and I will be running a few workshops for Tippy Toes:-

Each workshop costs £7.00 per child including snack and drink. Held at the Wesley Centre in Sandbach.

Monday 2nd August - 10.00am – 12.00pm
WALKING IN THE JUNGLE
We will be making animal masks from the ‘Walking In the Jungle’ book.
Learning how to move like the animals during Story telling, then we will sing and dance and put on a mini show for the parents.

Monday 9th August – 10.00am – 12.00pm
THE GRUFFALO
We will be making Gruffalo masks to use during our Gruffalo Story.
Play Gruffalo themed games ie/pin the wart on the Gruffalos nose and
We will perform our Gruffalo choir in our mini show for the parents.

Monday 16th August – 10.00am – 12.00pm
PRINCESS & PIRATES
We would like all girls to dress up in their favourite princess dresses and all boys to dress up as pirates. Facepainting will be provided.
Our story telling will take us on a treasure hunt to find the missing treasure and themed party games.

To book a space on the workshops either send an email to sharon@hullabalookids.net or call me on 07973 479471.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

PIRATE DAY


After Luke wanted his pirate jumper on, his pirate socks on and to play with his pirate toys, we aptly named today 'Pirate Day'!

I bought a Pirate costume from 'George' last year for a couple of pound and just knew it would come in handy at some point, I'm amazed I managed to keep it hidden until today.

Luke spent a couple of hours this morning at his Grandparents while I ran a Tippy Toes class in Sandbach, then we came home, had a Pirate Lunch and then made a Treasure Chest out of an old shoe box and some treasure too. He loved being all grown up and drawing his own shapes and cutting them out himself.

Another fantastic day!

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND

My busy weekend starts tomorrow with facepainting at a Nursing home in Winsford. I don't have any childcare, as my backup is going to Chester for the day so Luke is coming too. It's been a while since he came to work with me so I'm keeping my fingers crossed he will be able to keep himself amused for an hour.

At 6pm, the new Community Centre in Stapeley, Nantwich is having an open evening and have invited me along to promote my classes.

Saturday is Nantwich Fun Day, I will be running the usual Tippy Toes class at 9.15am, then off to set up for Nantwich Fun Day. I will be painting faces from 10am till 5pm.
The weather is not looking too promising at the moment so hopefully will brighten up.

Sunday is Stapeley Water Gardens Birthday Celebration, so I have been booked to facepaint at the Palms from 11am till 4pm.

Its a good job I've had some quality time with Luke this week as I'm certainly not going to see him at the weekend. He will enjoy spending time with Daddy and has a party to go to which will keep them both entertained.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

HAPPY TUESDAY


Since Luke moved up to Pre-school he is the happiest he's ever been at nursery. He runs in without a blink of an eye and has settled in so well. He started at Nyehome, Nantwich at 9 months and cried virtually every week he was there, until now. He is much happier which makes it easier for me too.

This morning, Luke announced he wanted to go on a bus in the afternoon after nursery. This was due to seeing our friends, Anne-Marie & daughter Jaime jump on the bus yesterday. I decided against Crewe Town centre so went the opposite direction taking the C84 to Tarporley, where I spent my teenage years and attended Tarporley High School. The excitement of being on the bus wore Luke out and as soon as we got off, he fell asleep! This gave me the opportunity to walk round a few shops in the High Street, many of them don't have pushchair access and sit and have a quiet coffee.

When we came home, we started on the dinner, homemade lasagne. Luke has always had an interest in cookery and one of his favourite programmes was 'Big Cook, Little Cook'. He insists on helping so today for the first time, I gave him a plastic knife and the mushrooms to slice (which he did perfectly) then he helped to lay the lasagne sheets and grated and sprinkled the cheese on top. I then sliced the french stick and let him mix the garlic, parsley and butter himself and spread on the bread. He was so very proud of himself helping to cook dinner and couldn't wait to tell Daddy all about it.

I am so grateful for the time I get to spend with Luke but also that when I am working he is being well looked after. He gets the best of both worlds and so do I.

SUMMER COLD

The weather has been exceptional the past couple of weeks with only 2 days of rain, the rest sunshine. With this in mind, why did I have to catch a cold?! I almost certainly caught it from Luke but mine has lasted well over a week and his, a few days!

The timing couldn't have been worse, especially as today, I should have been going for corrective eye surgery in Manchester. I was hyped up all week but yesterday I had to cancel the appointment due to fever, sore throat and cough. It has been re-booked for the end of the month so I will be keeping germs at bay. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

FOOTBALL MUMPRENEUR


I'm currently sitting watching the England v Slovenia game. One advantage of being self employed is having the flexibility of working from home and being able to watch this vital game. It will decide if England will stay in the World Cup or get knocked out.

Mark however has not been as lucky, he is in the office without a television and have been told they must not use the internet to watch the match. They are listening on the radio though which at least is better than nothing.

Wednesdays are my admin and marketing day, the usual routine is take Luke to nursery, work in the morning, run a Tippy Toes class at the Park Pre-school in Whitchurch and then home for more work. Luke's Nannie & Grandpa pick him up on Wednesday afternoon from nursery and don't drop him off until after tea time. It gives me the opportunity to knuckle down to some work.

Today, I am sitting in front of the telly with the lap top on my knee.

COME ON ENGLAND! Half time score 1-0 to England.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

2 NEW CHILDREN'S CENTRES


This morning I had a phone call from the manager of the new Children's centre in Mablins Lane, Crewe and Shavington Children's centre, Alan Badder. I wasn't even aware of the centre in Mablins Lane, I am usually first in the queue when I hear of new developments such as this but I hadn't been informed or heard anything of it.

Alan told me he had only been in post for 3 weeks and was keen to get some Baby Sign classes booked in. We met up this afternoon and came to an agreement to run some pilot sessions. I start in Mablins Lane on Thursday 22 July at 2pm and at Shavington on Friday 23 July at 10am for 6 weeks.

Anyone wishing to book a place please contact me and I will pass your details onto the centre. sharon@hullabalookids.net

Monday, 14 June 2010

SOS CALL

Saturday was going to be a family day and as the forecast was good, we had planned on going swimming together. However, on Friday night, I received a phone call from the lady who trained me in facepainting asking if I could help out at a job in Crewe Hall for BSkyB's staff family fun day. It was too tempting for me to turn down. Mark totally understands and he likes having his Daddy & Luke days.

As it happened, it was a really good experience and I learnt a lot from the other facepainters. We were all different levels but working as a team. I was nervous at first but soon got into the flow as we didn't stop for 5 hours. The whole day was a success. I had never painted a St George's cross before today and as England were playing their first World Cup match, I painted plenty.

It was my first ever corporate event and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was glad to get home to Mark and Luke and hear all about their day though.

Friday, 11 June 2010

BOOKSTART DAY IN NANTWICH SQUARE

Today was National Bookstart Day. A bear hunt started from Nantwich library which led onto the Square, the children were entertained with a story and songs.
I was booked to do facepainting for Nantwich Children's centre, there was crafts for the children, and also Family Information Service, Bookstart and Cheshire East Library.

I had a queue of children eagerly waiting for the 2 hours I was there. The best thing about my job is when I show them the mirror and I see a big grin, ts so rewarding. I love what I do and that is to make children happy and happy children equals happy parents. If only parenthood was that simple!

For more details go to http://www.bookstart.org.uk/Home

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

HULLABALOO KIDS & TIPPY TOES MERGE INTO ONE


After much thought and deliberation I decided to merge both my companies into one, Hullabaloo Kids Baby Sign & Tippy Toes Toddler Dance. I am now running them all under the 'Hullabaloo Kids' umbrella. You won't even notice the difference as it won't affect the classes, it just means I will be wearing the same t-shirt for all my classes now! I think it was confusing for everyone as people didn't know I ran both companies, and also the facepainting. I have now had my flyers re-designed to incorporate all 3 products into 1 flyer.

As soon as they are printed I will be distributing them out and about in Nantwich, Crewe, Sandbach, Alsager, Stoke, Whitchurch and afar. I have a list of nurseries, children centres, pre-schools, mother and baby groups and schools to deliver to, I'm going to busy the next couple of weeks.

I also have a new website and email address, www.hullabalookids.net and Sharon@hullabalookids.net
I hope you get to see one soon!

NANTWICH CHILDREN'S CENTRE

Nantwich Children's centre have the following events happening this month.

Friday 11 June - BOOKSTART DAY - 9.30am till 2.00pm
Join Bookstart Bear at Nantwich Library at 9.30am, follow the bear to Nantwich Square for lots of fun and games.

Monday 21 June - CHILD SAFETY WEEK - 1.30pm - 3.00pm
Crewe Fire Brigade are coming to talk to us about keeping safe in and out of home.

Tuesday 22 June - CHILD SAFETY WEEK - Don Broughton will be running a talk for parents to learn about dressing cuts and scolds as well as discussing head injuries and choking hazards.

Thursday 24 June - NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING WEEK - 1.30pm - 3.00pm
Pop along to our Breastfeeding cafe for a drink and a piece of cake (for breastfeeding mothers)

I will be at the Bookstart Day event facepainting so hopefully will see you there. Also, anyone who knows my son, Luke, knows that he has an unhealthy obsession with Fireman Sam so I will be taking him to see the fire brigade. I think he will be dumbstruck when he sees a real life Fire fighter!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

ITS BEEN SO LONG SINCE MY LAST POST


I can't believe it has been over 2 weeks since my last post. I am absolutely snowed under with work and even though I have now finished all classes at Nantwich Children's centre my weekends are getting booked up with Facepainting parties.

The course I did last year was the best thing I ever did, it was a lot of money at the time but I have certainly made the money back and more and it is such a popular activity with children, I can't believe how long they wait to have their faces painted. The best part about it is when I show them in the mirror and they look at the reflection with a big smile, that makes my job so worthwhile.

My party bookings have gone through the roof the last few weeks and I am even doing a wedding too, I have been booked to entertain the children, now there's a challenge!

Thursday, 6 May 2010

KIDS TRIATHLON

On Saturday 26th June, Alsager is hosting its first Kids Fun Triathlon which is sponsored by 'Warburtons Family Bakery'. Its an ideal way to encourage children to get active and healthy.

Liz Southall who is helping to organise the event asked for my help with promoting and raising the awareness of the event and also to do facepainting on the day. I met Liz through a local business who introduced us, they thought we would hit it off as our businesses were both children related. Since our first meeting we have helped each other out, well its a bit one-sided as I owe Liz big time for being a compere at the last 'Bumps, Babes & Beyond Show' at the Civic Hall. She also helps run 'Business For Breakfast' which is a local networking group who meet for lunch & breakfast. She was even a presenter on The Cat radio, she is like superwoman, I've no idea how she does it!

The Kids Triathlon is a fun and non-stop swim, cycle and run event for 7 to 16 year olds. Each child will receive a T-shirt, goody bag and medal. It will be a great day out for all the family with plenty of attractions including a play zone, entertainment, picnic area & stage shows.

Put the date in your diary and if you know of any local businesses wishing to book a stand tell them to get in touch.

For more details go to www.kidstriathlon.co.uk

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

UP THE WOODEN HILLS


Every Tuesday, my Baby Sign class is held at Market Street Church Hall in Nantwich it runs in conjunction with 'Nantwich Baby Group'. This was started up by friends, Alison Bowett and Toni Brookshaw in March 2009, 2 months after their first children, Isaac and Emma were born.

They met at baby clinic and quickly became firm friends and as there only toddler groups and no actual baby group in Nantwich, they decided to start their own! The group now has around 30 mums and babies coming along each week to enjoy a chat while the babies (and now Isaac and Emma are older, the toddlers) have a play. It really is a friendly group and only costs £1 which includes a cuppa.

After a year's maternity leave, Alison wanted to start her own business and because her life was now surrounded by all things baby related, she decided to combine the two and created the on-line website www.upthewoodenhills.co.uk which sells top baby brands at low prices. New stock is being added all the time so have a look for yourself and grab a bargain. Go to http://www.upthewoodenhills.co.uk

Thursday, 29 April 2010

LUKE'S 3rd BIRTHDAY


It was a difficult decision deciding where to take Luke for his 3rd Birthday outing. For his 1st birthday we went to Blue Planet Aquarium, then last year was Chester Zoo, this year we decided on Knowsley Safari Park. For the first time in 3 years, the weather was actually kind to us, which may not have mattered too much as we were sitting in the car. The animals were not shy and the lions enjoyed themselves a bit too much in front of us, we didn't know where to look!!

The baboons were especially funny and luckily didn't break off the aerial or wing mirrors. We probably had about 5 baboons on the car at one point and Luke thought it was hilarious. There is a 'monkey friendly track' which takes you in a jeep but we thought it would be a nice surprise for Luke to see them climb onto the car.

Luke's favourite programme at the moment is 'Fireman Sam'. He is forever putting fires out and now has most of the Fireman Sam books and accessories. Last year, it was Thomas the Tank Engine but I think Fireman Sam is staying with us for a bit longer yet.

Monday, 26 April 2010

PARTY DAY


After a month arranging it, Luke's party day had arrived. We had a very excited little boy who was open to bribery at every opportunity! Although Luke is nearly 3, he still needs an hours nap or he gets very narky, so Mark was sent out for a long walk to get him off to sleep, while I finished all the last minute preparations.

We hired Nantwich Methodist Church in Hospital Street, which has been recently refurbished so I was a bit dubious about holding a painting party, in case of a major disaster. Each child was given their own money box to paint, piggy banks for the girls and dinosaurs for the boys. The set included 6 paints and a paintbrush and real value for money. All the children were so well behaved throughout the whole party, all sat down to play pass the parcel and most danced with me. I was quite grateful for that, at least I wasn't doing 'Agadoo' on my own!

Luke really enjoyed the day and was thrilled with his Fire engine birthday cake, made by his Nannie. We are so lucky to have so many lovely friends and he really does appreciate that. I get booked to do the entertainment for lots of parties, but I felt a bit of pressure for my own son's party, but I'm happy it all went so well.

Not sure how I will top it for the next one, best start planning for it now!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

PARTY PARTY!

Luke will be 3 a week today, I really can't believe how quickly it has gone. I have been busy arranging his party which will be held at Nantwich Methodist Church in Hospital Street on Sunday. As most of the children are the same age as Luke, we decided on a painting party. Its a good job the parents will be helping out!

I'm out on Saturday night in Manchester celebrating my friend's Hen night so I think I'd better stick to the soft drinks, I don't fancy entertaining 20 children with a hangover.

Luke is at the age where he understands about birthdays, so I'm hoping he will enjoy his party. I've asked most people not to buy him a present and to donate money to Caudwell Children's Charity, there will be a charity box available for people to donate. He has so many toys, books and clothes that he really doesn't need anything else. I've taught him that he can make other children happy by giving money and some of his toys and he seems to understand this.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

STARSTRUCK


For some reason whenever I see famous people I always get starstruck and yesterday was no different when I met Alex from Cbeebies. It was at Sandbach Transport Festival. He genuinely is a nice chap and naturally good with children. He even told me several times how gorgeous Luke was, which was very sweet, although I must admit, he did look quite adorable in his fireman hat and sunglasses.

Alex is running the London Marathon in aid of 'Caudwell Childrens Charity', they provide Treatment, Therapy and Specialised Equipment for terminally ill and sick children. I also support this charity and donated the money from both my Baby Fairs last year to Caudwell. Good Luck Alex, I'll be watching next week!

After the excitement of meeting Alex, I was booked to do Facepainting at Nantwich Town Football club. It was the last game of the season and they wanted to promote it as a family event so invited me along. They won 4-1, it was my first ever live football match and I enjoyed it immensely, the atmosphere was fantastic. Maybe I was their lucky mascot!

I'm being invited to some more home games in the Summer so come on Nantwich Town!

Friday, 16 April 2010

ANOTHER PLAYDATE


Luke and I had another playdate on Friday, with Ali & Isaac who we met at Cronkinson Farm Baby Group, when our little ones were just a couple of months old. We usually just have a play round at each other's houses but thought we would venture out of Nantwich, have lunch and a cheeky glass of wine.

We took the 11.06am train from Nantwich to Crewe, the boys were very excited waiting for the train. It was a 10 minute walk to the Brocklebank pub on Weston Road from Crewe Railway station. They have a play area which is free with a ball pool, spiral slide and lots of opportunity for the children to climb. The outdoor area is equally as good and the sunshine helped again.

We had lunch (2 meals for £9) and had planned on getting the 13.26 train back to Nantwich. However, we were very relaxed as the boys were playing so well and the wine was going down nicely! The next train was 15.26 but we were able to keep them both entertained to get the later one.

I recommend the Brocklebank if you want a nice pub meal and a great play area for the children. We had a lovely day and Luke hasn't stopped talking about it.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

PLAYDATES

I love being a Mumprenuer, I really do have the best of both worlds. Luke gets to spend time at nursery with other children and learns such a lot (he learnt to count to 10 in French and German without my knowledge!) and we also get to spend more time together than if I was in a regular job.

Thursday afternoon was spent playing with Dawn & Harry who has just turned 3, Dawn is also a Mumpreneur running 'Faerie Godmothers' a wedding planner business. Dawn and I had never met before we had our boys but my Mother In Law and Dawn's mum are old friends so it is nice that we have now formed a friendship and our boys too. We compared and discussed our 'spirited and defiant' little boys and it was nice to know we are going through the same experiences.

We went to the new play area in Willaston, it was our first time and we were very impressed. It was nice to make the most of the sunshine and give the kids plenty of fresh air.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

THE PARK PRE-SCHOOL, WHITCHURCH

Wednesdays used to be my admin day as I have childcare for Luke all day. However, I was invited to run Tippy Toes classes at The Park Pre-school near Whitchurch. It was very different to how my other classes run as the children are the older end of pre-school and the parents are not supervising them.

It took around 3 weeks for the children to get used to me and my class but now they all address me as 'Miss Sharon' (which I find most adorable) and they look forward to seeing what comes next.

The Pre-school is set in the most beautiful surroundings and the outdoor area is fabulous. They provide children with a safe and stimulating environment in which they can gain and develop the necessary skills for their future through a full, well balanced curriculum, including the best aspects from Montessori and Mainstream Education.

I'm very proud to be part of their curriculum for this term.

For more details go to http://www.theparkpreschool.co.uk/

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

POLISH GROUP


Last year I was given the opportunity to run 'Tippy Toes' at Underwood West Children's centre in Crewe, in conjunction with the Polish Group. Now I don't speak a word of Polish and they speak very little English, there is an interpreter who translates but the first few sessions were a real challenge to say the least. I expected them to at least know the Hokey Cokey or Ring a Ring a roses but I was very wrong.

I have visited the group over 10 times now and as soon as the children see me they tidy all the toys away and make a big circle ready to dance. They know which props are for which dance and they all have a ball. They even know what to do for the Hokey Cokey!

After today, I have one more session with the group but I hope they will be booking me again in the future. Fingers crossed.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

OUCH!

On Thursday, I met a friend for a play and then took Luke for a swim. So dinner was going to be an 'easy' option......Corned beef hash, which now looking back wasn't so easy!

I peeled the potatoes, put them on the boil and opened the tin of corned beef. I was getting the contents out and accidently sliced my thumb. It was a good job Luke wasn't in the kitchen as a few choice words did come out of my mouth!

I resisted going to A&E as I didn't actually think it was too bad, I was looking forward to my weekly Boxercise class and would have gone if I could've got my boxing glove over the plaster. It was only the following day, when I got a second opinion that I decided to take myself off to Leighton. I was given 3 butterfly stitches which wasn't too bad and bandaged up nicely.

No washing up for a week for me!

Friday, 9 April 2010

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN

The Backdrop at the Palms Tropical, Stapeley Water Gardens

I've really enjoyed the Easter Holidays but it has gone way too fast. Most of my friends have school age children so it is the time when I get to catch up with them all. Every day of the school holidays is filled with playdates.

We have been to the Palms at Stapeley, Playworld in Shavington, visiting friends at home and been visited. Its been hectic, costly but most of all enjoyable.

Luke never gets much time to chill at home but after some good advice I make sure I get home around 5pm for him to have his tea then a sit down and cuddle in front of the tv before bed. At one time, I was filling his days with all different activities and dragging him along to all my classes, when sometimes he just needed to relax. Now that Luke can voice his own opinion (at 2 years and 11 months!) I do give him choices and if he is insistent he doesn't want to go somewhere or do something I listen to him.
It is something I had to learn the hard way with some very difficult times but we seem to be a lot more contented. I'm hoping we've managed to find a happy medium now.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

I LOVE YOU MUMMY


Anyone who knows me, knows that my Text message alert on my phone is Luke saying 'I love you Mummy' It melts my heart everytime I hear it.

From the moment he was born we have always told him that we love him and felt it was important for him to hear every day. He now says it back when we say it first.
This weekend he actually told me without me having to prompt him. I am such a proud, happy Mummy.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

HAPPY EASTER!


Apart from it being a religious festival, Easter when I was growing up was all about receiving Easter eggs and it was the only time of the year my brother, sister and I were allowed to eat chocolate in the morning. Many children nowadays are being treated to Easter gifts like it is another Christmas receiving gifts as large as a Nintendo DS!

When Luke was weaning, I only ever allowed him to him naturally sweetened foods but he was introduced to chocolate by his Grandparents (my Dad!!) He instantly took an interest in it so we are careful not to have it in the house as much nowadays. This year I gave up chocolate and crisps for Lent so I have my own stash hidden away, I will be sneakily tucking in when Luke isn't in close proximity. We will probably be making rice crispie and cornflake cakes out of his Easter eggs which is still chocolate but mixed with cereal just doesn't seem as bad.
Happy Easter everyone and hope you have a good break.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

CANDLE FACTORY & ICE CREAM FARM

I was struggling with ideas of where to go for a family outing on Wednesday afternoon and was given a few suggestions after my SOS on Facebook.

We decided to go to the Candle Factory at Burwardsley and then afterwards onto Cheshire Ice Cream farm at Tattenhall. Luke is at the age now where he gets excited about surprises and the journey was a real adventure. He loved looking out for Beeston & Peckforton Castles so I'm guessing we will be venturing out there again in the Summer.

The Candle Factory was buzzing with children all doing different activities, pottery painting, decorating wooden spoons, making badges, fridge magnets and rulers. Luke was spoilt for choice and was so in awe of it all that he decided he didn't want to make 'nuffing'. We went downstairs to watch the candle making but again, Luke wasn't interested in making one. He spent the morning at nursery making Easter Crafts and I think he was activitied out! I've never pushed him into anything he doesn't want to do, believe me its not worth it with such a strong-willed toddler!

Onwards to the Ice Cream Farm, this is much more Luke's scene and Mark's too! We had a quick look round the petting zoo and then into the shop to buy our ice cream. As I have given up chocolate for Lent, I had to abstain from my usual 'Ferrero Rocher' with chocolate waffle cone and settled for Strawberry cheesecake, it was delicious but just not the same. There is now an indoor play area here too which was opened last year, a great place for adults to chat and children to play. It is a frequent meeting place for myself and my old schoolfriends as they are all Tarporley based. I am looking forward to going back in the Summer for my Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream!

Entry is free for both of these attractions. For more information go to:- http://www.cheshirefarmicecream.co.uk/

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

FACEPAINTING


I've no idea why I bothered to paint my nails last night especially when I know I am going to get covered in Facepaint. It comes off skin no problem just not off nails and clothes very well.

Half of my day was spent at Stapeley Water Gardens at The Palms. I am now listed as one of their preferred suppliers and they have me in to do facepainting for all their school holiday family events. Its a great opportunity for promoting my parties and I have had a couple of bookings from being there.
There was many a Grandparent spoiling the Grandchildren, A childminder from Wales with 3 children and a Dad with 4 children! Bet they just love the school holidays. The most popular request today was a dalmation dog, its normally pink butterflies!

Tomorrow, Mark & I are having an afternoon with Luke after his morning visit to nursery. We had to quickly paint a boiled egg at 5pm for the Easter Competition. He insisted on a red pig, so we will see if he we manage to win a prize this year. We have decided on a trip to the Candle Factory in Burwardsley and then afterwards a trip to the Ice Cream Farm at Tattenhall.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Nantwich Children's Centre

Today was meant to be the last 'Tippy Toes' class at Nantwich Children's centre but between us we have failed to find a suitable venue with buggy park and spacious enough.
I was delighted when Jo Stainsby said we could carry on until the end of April.

Luke is my little helper at this class and handed out the rattles to the children and parents, held the bubble machine while the children popped them and gave out stickers at the end. In return he got a little treat in the way of a 'Cbeebies magazine'. I'm forever looking at new ways to entertain the children especially in the dance class and the magazine had the perfect thing. 2 inflatable dice, one is a numbered dice, the other has actions ie/jump, wiggle, dance, hop etc. We had a lot of fun trying it out in when we got home and I will be making my own to use in class.

I have made lots of my own props, my favourite creation is the life size 'Jack in the Box' the children just love popping out of it. I also adapted some little mice to use in 'Hickory Dickory Dock' dance. The mice were originally cat toys.

My mind is always working ten to the dozen but welcome any ideas that anyone could send my way.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Swimming with a toddler


Thursday started with Tippy Toes session at Sandbach and then picked Luke up from his Nannie's. He was deep into his lunchtime nap, much to his disgust I woke him which may not have been the best idea as he was a grumpy little man but it wasn't going to stop my plans to meet up with a friend for a swim. Luke has been swimming since he was 12 weeks old, one minute he loves it when I'm not allowed to hold him, the next he hates it when he's clinging onto me for dear life. This day he was the latter, holding on all through the session. He was born in the water so I always expected he would be the ultimate Water Baby, how wrong can a person be?

Today, we made the effort to go as a family to overcome his fear. He spent the first 10 minutes clinging on to his daddy like a koala then became very confident and splashing about and swimming furiously chasing his toys round the pool.

When I organised the first ever 'Bumps, Babes & Beyond' Show I met Anna Woodhart from Water Babies who runs Baby Swimming classes in South Cheshire. Here is a small biog about Anna. I've never taken Luke to one of her classes but I'm beginning to wish I had!

I first discovered Water Babies when my eldest son, Jack now 4, was about 6 months old. I was dreading returning to work and wanted to ‘do something else’- a feeling a think most new mums experience. I had also been looking into taking Jack to baby swimming classes and couldn’t find anything in my area, the closest was Liverpool!! So when I was reading my trusty Mother & Baby magazine one day and saw an article about 3 ladies who had quit their jobs, retrained and bought Water Babies franchises it seemed like the perfect solution. I literally put the magazine down, picked up the phone and off I went. Nine months later (after a huge amount of training and lots of hours of work!!) I launched my first class.

I am very lucky to be part of the world’s leading provider of baby and preschool swimming tuition, not only do we have the most highly trained teachers in the world, we also have a unique structured and progressive course that teaches you how to teach your baby. Nationally we currently teach over 20,000 babies per week water confidence and vital water safety skills.

I really, really love what I do- every day is different and exciting. We now teach over 600 babies and toddlers per week across Cheshire and Staffordshire and have just expanded into North Wales as well.

We have classes running 7 days a week in warm water pools across the area. If you would like some more information please call 01270 781239 or look at www.waterbabies.co.uk


Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Design & Artwork by Nicola Francomb

Had a brainstorming session in Costa Coffee with Nicki Francomb from 'Nicola Francomb Design and Artwork'. Now I'm into my 3rd year of trading, I've decided I need a new corporate identity which covers all my 3 businesses into one. Its exciting stuff and I'll be posting on here when it has been finalised.
I first met Nicki when she attended the Baby Sign classes at Nantwich Children's centre withe her daughter, Isabella. Bella was one of the first babies to sign 'milk' at that class.

In my previous life as a Travel Agent and Business Development Manager, I found Business networking to be a very useful in making business contacts and generating business. This was one of the reasons I organised the 'Bumps, Babes & Beyond Show' as it gave me the opportunity to meet other like minded people who were pro-active in developing their businesses. In my blog, I will be introducing other 'Nantwich Mumpreneurs' to help promote their businesses too.

Nicki says :- I have worked within the advertising industry for over 14 years working with some highly creative people. I'm a designer and artworker (that's the more technical side for those not in the know) and am working on becoming a web designer too.
I've set up my own business 'Nicola Francomb Design and Artwork', after having my daughter, offering my skills to everyone from other new mums starting out on their own up to established companies.
My particular skills lie within brand identity, brochure and ad layouts, point of sale and proof reading.
Please contact 07887 986228 for further details or if you would like to discuss any requirements with me.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Baby Signing and the benefits


This week's topic was 'My Furry Friends', all children love to mimic animal sounds, so we sing and sign to 'Old McDonald', 'How much is that Doggy?' and bonded over 'This little piggy..'. It's such a fun session and now that a couple of the older ones are signing along too the parents of younger babies can see the benefits too.

The intellectual benefits of baby signing are:-

1. It increases the speed of the development of verbal language and vocabulary
2. It reinforces the use of verbal language.
3. Promotes language learning through concept.
4. Reinforces a child’s communication attempts.
5. Promotes early literacy.
6. Increases interests in books.
7. Promotes the early use of complex sentences.

Baby sign benefits extend to children over 3 years old also. Older children who used Baby Sign Language as infants and toddlers have better verbal and reading skills. Many parents use books along with teaching sign language. When you point to a picture and then show the sign for the word, both reading and communication skills are improved. Vocabulary is developed earlier and grows faster. The kinesthetic elements of signing reinforce verbal skills.

You can actually teach an infant Baby Sign Language, and it will promote the use of speech sooner rather than later. Language is conceptual. You have to be able to picture an item and relate a word to the picture in your mind. When a child learns how language works by using Baby Sign Language, it is only natural the baby will attempt to use the actual word as soon as possible. The fear that baby signing slows the development of speech is ungrounded. In fact, the opposite is true.

There are many intellectual benefits of using Baby Sign Language. An infant learning baby signing results in the early development of literacy and verbal skills. If you want to teach your infant how to communicate 1-2 years earlier, while developing intellectual abilities, Baby Sign Language is a key tool.
(taken from http://www.babies-and-sign-language.com/baby-signs-intellectual-benefits.html)


If you are sceptical about Baby Signing come along to a class and see the results. You will be amazed! From a personal front, Luke was signing from 5 months, his first signs were dog and milk. He now speaks in full clear sentences and his memory is second to none, he is not quite 3 but everyone comments on how advanced his vocabulary is.
Watch the video of 13 month old Rowan, what a clever girl! I am so proud how many signs she has and how much she can communicate with her parents at such a young age.
video

Monday, 22 March 2010

Just another Manic Monday

Monday mornings are mostly spent at home with Luke. This morning I made 3 batches of homemade Playdough for the 'Nantwich Baby Group' tomorrow. Its so easy and probably a lot cheaper than the shop bought play dough. I will post the recipe on here when I remember!

In the afternoon I take Luke with me to the Tippy Toes Class at the Children's centre, Nantwich. He used to be so easy to take to classes when I first started, but as he's gotten older, its been more difficult as he realises he now has to share his mummy with lots of other babies & toddlers. A healthy snack and a treat usually does the trick! I have been lucky to be able to start a business and not pay for childcare so I'm grateful for that.

We had 13 children at the Tippy Toes class, it was very lively and I'm certain they will all sleep well tonight. I noticed about 4 of the mums were expecting again with their 2nd child. I think they're all very brave!!

Monday 29th March will be my last class at the Children's centre, but they have kindly helped to find me a room at the Wyche School which is next door to the Centre. I will be starting classes there after Easter so anyone wishing to take a place please contact me on 07973 479471.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

British Weather

I start nice and early on a Saturday morning, Tippy Toes Toddler dance class takes place at Pear Tree School, Nantwich at 9.15am. It always amazes me at how many dads we have at this class bonding over a boogie.

Then after a quick change and swapping all the dance equipment to facepainting equipment, I was off to the Family Fun Day at Rope Green Farm Nursery. After a week of sunshine, Saturday took a turn for the worse. When I arrived at 11am, I was pleased to see so many dedicated families, despite the rain. Some were even on the bouncy castle! The staff stood at various tombola stalls under umbrellas and kept spirits up, a couple of children even had their faces painted. I was only able to stay for an hour in which time the rain did clear away for a short while. What a shame after all the effort but I hope the press managed to get some good publicity shots of the Cheshire East mayor Cllr Margaret Simon and MP, Mr Edward Timpson.

After Luke's lunchtime nap, we were off to Haslington Playbarn again for the second time this week. This time we met Gwen & Chloe and Frankie & Rawdon. Us mummies met at the Aquanatal class held at Nantwich Swimming baths when we were pregnant. It is a gentle exercise class in the water suitable for pregnant ladies from 16 weeks. It was a nice way to compare notes and chat about our fears of becoming first time parents. I'm glad we've stayed in touch and remained friends.

Being part of a Baby Cafe & Post Natal Group was very important to me, especially in the early days. I love to meet new people and share experiences, I was given lots of useful advice and hope I managed to pass on my own words of wisdom too. My Baby Sign class is held at 'Nantwich Baby Group' which is a local group set up by first time mums, Alison & Toni. Its a friendly group and only costs a £1 to go towards the hire of the hall. It is held at Market Street Church Hall from 10.30am till 12pm.

For more details go to www.nantwichbabygroup.org

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Best of both worlds


This morning was a very lively Tippy Toes Toddler Dance class at the Wesley Centre in Sandbach. I introduced a new dance today which was 'Bob the Builder's, Big Fish Little Fish Cardboard Box' I don't know who was having more fun, me or the toddlers. Each session covers a number of different dances and the children learn to appreciate music & rhythm. We use props such as scarves, hoops, ribbons, toys and books. Its such a fun class and I love teaching it.

I collected Luke from his Nannie's house to learn that he had cried for me for nearly an hour when I'd dropped him off. He is a real mummy's boy and in his nearly 3 years has coped well having to share me with other babies but now he is starting to rebel! I now dedicate my time to him for 'Luke and Mummy Time' and this afternoon was just what we did at Haslington Playbarn. We played with cousin, Baby Alicia (as Luke calls her, but she has just turned 1) and lots of other playmates from past and current classes. We had a lovely time catching up and eating cake!

Haslington Playbarn is next to the Cricket Club in Clay Lane. It is a small indoor play area with ball pool and slides. It is free entry for adults and children under 18 months. They do not restrict your time there and we played for a good 2 hours. Luke was shattered by the time we got home and so was I!

OUTSTANDING Nursery



Wednesday 17th March was my first Baby Sign session with Rope Green Farm Day Nursery. I will be teaching the staff to communicate with the babies in their care using Sign language. Each week, the parents will receive a copy of the signs learned so they can practice at home with their babies. The staff were all lovely and friendly and we managed to keep most of the babies amused for the 30 minutes.

Rope Green Farm Day Nursery is a private day nursery in Shavington (opposite Shavington High School) and is set within a working diary farm. They only opened in October 2009 and in their first Ofsted inspectin they received outstanding in all areas and outstanding overall. Nationally, they are the first private nursery to receive this in all areas.

To celebrate their achievement, they are holding a 'Family Fun Day' on Saturday 20th March 11am till 3pm. There will be stalls, tractor rides, easter egg hunt, bouncy castle, raffles, fun family games and face painting (offered by yours truly!)

Its free entry so go along and join in the fun and have a look at what this lovely nursery has to offer. Vicky Dodd is the founder and will be on hand to answer any queries on the day.

http://www.ropegreenfarmdaynursery.com/index.html

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

The Sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray!

This weeks topic for the Baby Sign class in Nantwich was 'Family'. Each week we focus on 10 signs to practice at home. It was lovely to have such a good turn out and I'm so proud when the older babies sign along to certain songs. It is held at Market Street Church Hall in Nantwich at 11am. The cost is £3 and includes a play and a cuppa.

The nice weather certainly gets people out and that was apparent when I went to feed the ducks with Luke after I'd picked him up from nursery. I regret ever getting him excited about seeing the ice cream van because now when he sees one he wants one! I didn't succumb today and bribed him with the play area on Brookfield. Bribery works so well with toddlers!

Tomorrow is my first day with a new nursery, Rope Green Day Nursery in Shavington. This is a lovely new nursery built on farm land run by Vicky Dodd. They have booked me to do Baby Sign sessions every other Wednesday so will keep me busy for the next few months.

If you wish to know more about Baby Sign and how it helps with development of speech, please visit my website www.hullabalookids.co.uk and read the testimonials for yourself.

Introducing Nantwich's new blogger

Hi,

I've read many other blogs and thought it was about time I did this myself. Its a great way of sharing experiences and telling people what I do. I spend my life on Facebook updating my status so thought this is a much better way to document my life!

For many local mums, most people know that I run Baby Sign & Toddler Dance classes but I have recently ventured into the Professional Facepainting route and do Kids entertainment and parties.

Aside from my business, I'm also mummy to a 'spirited' toddler, Luke who is 3 in April. I have so many lovely stories I long to share and would love to hear yours too.

Happy Reading!

Sharon