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Forget Prince Charming This is what every little princess has been waiting for! A unique,
Forget Prince Charming This is what every little princess has been waiting for! A unique,
Forget Prince Charming This is what every little princess has been waiting for! A unique,
Forget Prince Charming This is what every little princess has been waiting for! A unique,
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Editors Letter

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Please support this month’s amazing charity. Pop N Grow make and supply premature clothing to babies all over the UK. Each set costs just £11 to make and so they rely on donations in order to maintain the amazing work they do. Please donate any amount, it all helps…

For more information or to make a donation please contact them at:

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It’s nearly Summer!! Ok, was that a little optimistic?

I’ve had the most amazing month with trips all over Europe and the UK trying to find some amazing holiday destinations for all of my readers! They all range in prices and activities so that hopefully everyone will find something suitable for them. We also have a fantastic company who specialise in family holidays called Holiday Tots agree to be a long term feature within Baby Buzz Magazine, which will give you access to many more holiday tips and destinations all over the world, perfect for the Summer holidays creeping up upon us…

Each month I am amazed at the editorials and features that are sent in and I can’t wait to share them with you all. We have some fantastic stories this month including the next instalment from gardening expert Dawn Isaac (gardening consultant behind the hit children’s CBeebies show Mr Bloom’s Nursery and an exclusive interview with Andy from CBeebie’s show Andy’s Wild Adventures. In last month’s issue we also featured an article from Yummy Discoveries and so this month we thought we’d delve a little deeper and actually share some baby-led weaning recipes and a step-by-step guide to introducing your child to solid food when baby-led weaning. We’ve also been sent a gorgeous baking kit from the lovely Suzy Pelta which we’ve taken step-by-step photo’s for you to see how much mess we made!

This month we have 2 more amazing buggies to give away in our review section, not to be missed, plus an amazing array of other wonderful competitions. Remember - you have to enter to be in with a chance to win!

As always, if there is anything you would like to know or would like us to review, just pop us an email with your contact details and we’ll get straight back to you.

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A Warm Welcome To …

Name: Mabel Alice Cordell
Name: Mabel Alice Cordell

D.O.B. 9 th November 2012 Parents Name: Sarah Amari and Mark Cordell Weight: 7lb 3oz.

Parents Name: Sarah Amari and Mark Cordell Weight: 7lb 3oz. Name: Luella Chow D.O.B. 12th May

Name: Luella Chow D.O.B. 12th May 2013 Parents name: Daniel Chow & Jessica Samsoodin Weight: 3.71 kgs

Name: Talia Abigail Rollnick
Name: Talia Abigail Rollnick

D.O.B: 25 th March 2013 Parents Name: Sharona and Neil Rollnick Weight: 3.6kgs

2013 Parents Name: Sharona and Neil Rollnick Weight: 3.6kgs Name: Betsy Rose Freeman Born 30 t
Name: Betsy Rose Freeman
Name: Betsy Rose Freeman

Born 30 th March 2013 Parents Name: Andrew & Rebecca Freeman Weight: 8lbs 8oz

Name: Eddison Michael James Matthew.

D.O.B: 13 th April 2013 Parents Name: Samantha Russell and Kevin Matthew Weight 6lb 1oz.

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Competitions

Competitions COMPETITIONS An everyday essential, whether you are just nipping out or travelling light The Ru

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Contents Page

Contents Page COVER STORIES 13 Parents in Business - Inspirational stories 28 Get Growing with Dawn

COVER STORIES

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Parents in Business - Inspirational stories

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Get Growing with Dawn Isaac

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Exclusive with Andy Day from Cbeebie’s

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Mummy-2-be - Trimester 2!

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Mr Mum - Trials and Tribulations

Family Focus

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Bebe Jacobs - Why we scare our children every night…

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Bestbear - Childcare for Children with Special Needs / Disabilities

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BusyBeesBenefits - Where there’s a will?

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MojoMums - Helping mum get her mojo back!

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Top Family App’s

mum get her mojo ba ck! 71 Top Family App’s Baby Buzz Magazine Limited 75 Telford

Baby Buzz Magazine Limited 75 Telford Road New Southgate London N11 2RL

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Editor Nickie Evans nickie@babybuzzmagazine.com 0208 361 0727 07535 541 303

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Assistant Editor

Cindy Evans

Family Business Focus

Website & Design Emily Hewett, I am Emily contact@iamemily.co.uk

Baby Buzz Magazine is published monthly by:

Warner Midland Limited

Disclaimer:

The views expressed in this magazine are not always those of the publishers. Neither the publisher nor any other person associated with the production and publication of this magazine makes any guarantee, warranties or claims as to the accuracy of any of the contents of this magazine. We include and use products and services that we believe to be of a reputable standard but we advise readers to make their own judgements. The publishers and magazine will not be held accountable and or responsible for any loss caused by errors, loss or negligence resulting from Baby Buzz Magazine Limited. We do not accept responsibility for any unsolicited material or photographs published. Terms and Conditions for our competitions can be found on our website at the time of being published. No section of this magazine is authorised for use or reproduction in any form without the prior consent of the editor.

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Parents in Business - Inspirational Stories

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Business of the Month - Swimfin

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The Buggy Network - mixing business with bottles

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Legal Matters Concerning Children

54

Education with James Lee Consultancy

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What’s On?

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Business Card Directory

Health & Wellbeing

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Barrecore - Health & Fitness

34

Child Sleep Works - to sleep or not to sleep

42

Naturechild - Weaning

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Safe & Sound - Health - Gastroenteritis

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Hypnobirthing with Jennifer Barr

Get Creative

69 Jo Jingles - Herts

70 Creation Station - Time to get creative

Food & Recipes

43 Recipes with Yummy Discoveries

44 Suzy Pelta Bakes - Triple Chocolate Scones

Travel Destinations - by Holiday Tots

56 Hoseasons - Westholme Lodge

57 Canvas Holidays - France

58 Martinhal - Portugal

59 Holiday Tots - West Sussex & France

News & Reviews

61 KiddyCharts

62 Lenovo ThinkPad2 Review

63 Baby Buzz Focus Group Reviews

64 Volvo V60 Car Review

65 Emma Levine Fashion

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Cover Credits:

Stacey Jade Armour

Photography:

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Competitions - Page 5 -

Rocket & Rose

Metanium - Kindle

Hauck Ruby & Ginger

- Asquith London -

Dino Hoodie

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Feature

Feature The much anticipated Children’s Air Ambulance got off to a flying start this week, with

The much anticipated Children’s Air Ambulance got off to a flying start this week, with its first ever transfer of a neonatal patient from a local hospital to a specialist paediatric care centre.

On the morning of Saturday 11 th May, one day old Theo Mikova was transferred on a fifteen minute flight from Scarborough Hospital to Hull Royal Infirmary after complications were revealed at his birth. After a difficult labour, Theo’s mum Denisa Mikova (19) had to be put under a general anaesthetic in order to give birth to Theo by emergency Caesarean section. He was born weighing just under 5lbs and was five days late. Once Theo arrived, doctors realised that he needed an operation on his windpipe, which had failed to join correctly to his stomach and would make him very ill if left. Theo’s dad Lee Ratchford, 26, said: “My girlfriend came round and was still in a lot of pain and we got her into her own little room. That was when the doctor came and explained to us what was wrong with him and that he needed surgery. As soon as the word ‘surgery’ came in I started crying and so did Denisa. But we were assured everything would be alright and that was when we found out that he would be transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary. We thought we would be going by ambulance but then the helicopter came for him.”

Theo was transferred for emergency surgery via The Children’s Air Ambulance, while being looked after on board by the Embrace Yorkshire and Humber Infant and Children’s Transport Service, part of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. This was the first emergency airlift of its kind to happen with Tthe Children’s Air Ambulance and Embrace teams. Pilots Shaun Tinkler Rose and Paul Hogan took off in the Agusta 109 Grand helicopter, specially adapted to carry the latest specialist paediatric medical equipment, at 0925 from Coventry Airport. They collected the specialist medical team from Embrace headquarters and travelled to Scarborough Hospital to pick up little Theo. Once Theo was on board, flight time to Hull took just 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Denisa and Lee travelled to Hull Royal Infirmary in a land ambulance to join him when he came out of theatre. Such a swift and efficient move helps reduce stress on both the baby and the parents and quick intervention helps speed recovery.

Dad Lee said of the transfer: “I do appreciate a lot about what The Children’s Air Ambulance did for us. If it hadn’t been there Theo would have had to wait an hour in the land ambulance with all the shaking around.” The Children’s Air Ambulance lead pilot Shaun Tinkler Rose said: “We estimated that by road this journey

MAIDEN FLIGHT OF NEW NATIONAL CHILDREN’S AIR AMBULANCE GETS OFF THE GROUND IN THE NORTH EAST

would have taken over an hour. Our total flight time was only 15 minutes with the patient on board. As we flew along, we could see congested roads and the difficulty a land ambulance would face especially if it needed to travel in rush hour traffic. It’s cases like this where every minute can, and does, count.”

After arriving at Hull Royal Infirmary, Theo underwent a tracheo- oesophageal fistula operation and is now recovering well with no expected complications. Dr Stephen Hancock, Lead Consultant for Embrace in charge of Theo’s care on board said: “Embrace were delighted to work with The Children’s Air Ambulance on their first ever transfer, providing the medical and nursing teams to get this baby to a specialist centre where he could undergo surgery. All the teams involved have been working really hard to get to this point and it is gratifying to see the helicopter in the air. This service is so vital because quicker transfer times mean that our medical teams are available to look after more critically ill children.”

Alex Toft, Director of Operations and Clinical Services for The Children’s Air Ambulance, said: “We are incredibly proud of The Children’s Air Ambulance. This week sees the culmination of eighteen months of hard work and dedication from our teams to get this aircraft off the ground. We are a bespoke helicopter transfer service, which will be used to fly children to specialist hospitals so that they can receive the treatment they so desperately need. Taking a child out of the controlled environment of a hospital adds risk, we want to help minimise that risk.

Andy Williamson, CEO of The Children’s Air Ambulance, said:

“When a baby or child needs specialist help, the speed at which they receive the treatment is vital. We have been fundraising all year for this and it is fantastic to see the first potentially lifesaving transfer run so smoothly. This is the first of many paediatric transfers we will complete this year and our service will make a significant impact on the survival and recovery of hundreds of youngsters.”

The Children’s Air Ambulance relies entirely on donations and does not receive any government funding. The service costs £134,000 a month to provide. For more information about The Children’s Air Ambulance, or to donate, visit http://www.thechildrensairambulance.org.uk or to donate £5.00 from your phone, text ‘TCAA77 £5’ to 70070

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Advertorial

Pardon, you said virtual what?

Advertorial Pardon, you said virtual what? Virtual Assistance automatically does this, in my mind, ‘virtual’ means

Virtual Assistance automatically does this, in my mind, ‘virtual’ means ‘not quite’ and assistance means ‘helping’. So why set up a company that’s ‘not quite helping’?! I thought long and hard about it. That was after getting long and hard (almost desperate to understand) stares, from friends and family alike.

so we bought a ladder, a small van and some public liability insurance. We combine many years training, skills and knowledge of the profession, with best practice customer care skills. His roofing firm continues to flourish and I continue to support it.

However, I decided, at the beginning of this year that it was time to get VA Toolbox ‘on the road’. I am lucky too; I’ve had the opportunity to consistently develop my vocation. I have worked for 12 years at mid-management level within the voluntary sector, for a few years in the private sector and today I appreciate the different skill sets I have. But 17 years ago, as a bored house wife starting a Business Administration NVQ course at The Camden Institute, it was very different.

very safe and knowing nods! This was a few months ago, The tutor, standing in front of a predominantly female class,

although the company is over a year old. It’s taken some

time to move it forward because I needed to move it away

from its source.

redundant within a month of each other, two years ago. He decided he’d learnt enough of his trade to set up on his own,

offered this question “what business skills do you already have?” Uncomfortably, nobody answered. The thought in my head was ‘if I had any skills, would I be sitting here?’ He said “You are thinking, if I had any skills, would I be sitting here, aren’t you?” He then wrote ‘shopping = planning, budgeting, maths (including fractions, percentages, weights and measures) and research’ on the board, “This is the beginning of your CV”. It stuck with me.

That’s when I decided that I’d pitch Virtual ADMINISTRATION, rather than Virtual Assistance. Those stares changed, on hearing the word ‘administration’, into

Both I and my husband were made

‘administration’, into Both I an d my husband were made Every day I think about what

Every day I think about what I’ve learnt, what I know and what I want to know. This probably applies to many of you, but if you aren’t quite sure where to begin, think about what you’ve done today, and where these life skills apply to a working environment. Many of you may be returning to work when your youngest is five, so I do hope that this helps when it comes to writing your CV. Or you may be considering self employment.

If you’d like to know more about Virtual Administration, please feel free to contact me. If you are thinking about setting up a small business, VA Toolbox offers a free hour consultation, there’s nothing to lose.

Lou Moon, Director, VA Toolbox

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IT HAS TO BE ESSEX BABY …

Advertorial IT HAS TO BE ESSEX BABY … If someone had told Tamsin Malone from Maldon

If someone had told Tamsin Malone from Maldon a few years ago that she would be running her own business based around babies, as a successful career girl responsible for scarily large sums of money in the world of corporate finance, she wouldn’t have believed them. Now Tamsin and her husband Edward are working parents, raising their two and a half year old daughter Taegen and 15 month old son Monty. You may think that two pre-school aged children would be enough to keep any woman busy but Tamsin has recently taken on another baby - her newly formed business Essex Baby (www.essexbaby.com).

Tamsin knows from experience that there is no tougher job than being

a new mum. “I suffered from postnatal depression and so appreciate

what it’s like to feel isolated as a new mother. So the key aims of Essex Baby are to bring parents together to form a community network with access to free advice from experts, providing a place to share feelings and make friends online through the site forum and giving parents the chance to actually meet up.”

It is estimated that 10 – 15% of new mothers develop postnatal depression (PND) usually within six weeks of giving birth. Symptoms, ranging from relatively mild to severe, can appear gradually or suddenly. At first Tamsin didn’t recognise her symptoms, but when she did she didn’t even want to admit she had PND to herself let alone to her friends or family. “I’ve always been a successful person who is in control. My PND was such a shock because I’d had no problems with Taegen but when Monty was born I began to feel like a failure as a mother. He wasn’t a bad baby, just a fussy feeder who wasn’t too keen on milk. “We hadn’t heard Taegen really cry until she was about nine months old, so even the simple crying noises Monty made were very strange to me and made me feel like I was failing him. He cried quite a lot around feed times and I just didn’t know how to make it right for him. I’d get tearful and not really know why.”

It all came to a head when Tamsin broke down in tears in front of her

Health Visitor, who was making a routine house call to check up on Monty, and the PND she was hiding became apparent. Tamsin immediately felt a sense of relief and it was the regular visits from her Health Visitor that aided Tamsin’s recovery.

“It’s a one-stop-shop for parents in the county and includes a directory of baby and toddler related businesses and services they’ll want to know about.

“The idea for the Essex Baby directory came from the hours I spent Googling things to do with Taegan and Monty and my frustration that it took so long to find the excellent goods and services on offer to parents in Essex.”

Taking the business from the virtual world out into the real one, Essex Baby has organised an extensive programme of expert-led courses, ranging from Ante Natal classes to sessions on feeding toddlers. Full details are listed in the online course directory. In addition to this, Essex Baby will soon be offering new mums the opportunity to meet up and to share their thoughts and feelings within a supported and safe environment. These sessions, where attendees can talk openly and receive support if they need it, are to be hosted by Steph Grainger, a Birth and Post Natal Doula.

Essex Baby is a rapidly expanding business. Tamsin is planning the launch of the website’s new online shop, offering a range of high quality mother and baby products not available from the high street.

With so much to do in setting up and developing Essex Baby, Tamsin would be the first to admit her work/home life mix involves a fair amount of juggling. But it’s nothing like working the thirteen hour days including the commute to London that she used to put in. That soon lost its shine because Tamsin hardly saw Taegen and Monty. Now it seems Tamsin has the very best of both worlds with the chance to enjoy motherhood and nurturing her family as well as tackling the challenge of devoting her ‘spare’ time to growing her other little cherub, Essex Baby. And with Tamsin’s tenacity and drive, it could turn into a very big baby indeed. See for yourself at www.essexbaby.com.

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“Taking a break from looking after the children, letting my Mum look after them so I could take an hour to myself made a massive difference. Talking through my feelings with the Health Visitor made me realise asking for help is ok, that I cannot control everything and I now accept that every baby is different.” After returning to work in the City for a short while, Tamsin wanted to carve out a more family friendly work routine and decided that the time was right to start her own business and so the concept of Essex Baby emerged. Tamsin’s goal for Essex Baby is to make it the first online destination that new and expectant parents turn to for advice or support.

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Feature ‘Dance into Better Shape’ Embracing the barr ecore ethos of incorporating the most effective work-out
Feature ‘Dance into Better Shape’ Embracing the barr ecore ethos of incorporating the most effective work-out
Feature ‘Dance into Better Shape’ Embracing the barr ecore ethos of incorporating the most effective work-out
Feature ‘Dance into Better Shape’ Embracing the barr ecore ethos of incorporating the most effective work-out
Feature ‘Dance into Better Shape’ Embracing the barr ecore ethos of incorporating the most effective work-out

‘Dance into Better Shape’

Embracing the barrecore ethos of incorporating the most effective work-out methods to deliver unparalleled results, barreDANCE has launched to offer members and beginners a high-energy class with extra cardio benefits; maintaining body-shaping and toning at its core.

The perfect complement to the signature barrecore class, this class fuses dance-based conditioning with fat-blasting and heart-pumping moves, to loud, stimulating music. The class is fun, fast-paced, and multi-faceted, targeting numerous muscle-groups with a variety of stylized choreography, incorporating multiple dance styles and genres. Energy levels are kept high to release mood-enhancing endorphins and to make the body sweat.

Clients will leave each class feeling challenged and positively energized. In a short amount of time the body will become stronger and leaner and the self more confident and focused.

Body sculptured … Well-being restored

Ante/Prenatal Workshop

This specialist workshop has been created to suit all women in each stage of their pregnancy and to ease the body back into exercise post the birth of the baby. Traditional barrecore exercises are modified for each trimester and to suit one’s personal energy level. Every muscle group is worked, followed by a stretch for relief. There is an emphasis on creating a supple body – to help it cope with the transformations throughout pregnancy. Once the modifications are learned, ladies can join the regular classes and incorporate the beneficial adaptions.

Same barrecore class pricing structure applies

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Are you in need of some inspiration or encouragement, is starting your own business the

Are you in need of some inspiration or encouragement, is starting your own business the right thing to do? Read what this months businesses have done and how and why it worked for them…

es have done and how and why it worked for them… How did the company get
es have done and how and why it worked for them… How did the company get

How did the company get started? Rachel and I have spent the majority of our careers in fashion and design, most of the time solving problems for retailers and brands alike.

We decided that we would draw on our own experiences as parents and as textile professionals, to develop something for ourselves. The life-long issue of babies socks falling off and school children socks falling down is a problem just waiting to be solved. There had to be something that we could design that would overcome these problems. This is how Little Grippers evolved.

What is the company about? Little Grippers is a new British brand which specialises in socks, gloves and mittens that do not fall off or fall down. Our

an d mittens that do not fall off or fall down. Our unique ‘Stay On Technology’

unique ‘Stay On Technology’ is a band of silicon applied by robots directly to the cuff of the product, with no additional sewing required or trims. The silicon is 100% natural, hypoallergenic and it is breathable, preventing any irritation to the baby or child’s skin. The silicon band lasts the lifetime of the garment, it can be washed

and tumble-dried and as it renews itself after every wash it doesn’t loose its effectiveness during its lifetime. Little Grippers launched earlier this year with some very exciting press and customer feedback. We now working to develop the next exciting new range… watch this space!

What do you hope to achieve? We believe that Little Grippers will put an end to the age old issue of children's socks falling down and babies socks falling off. In the future we hope that our socks will be the only socks that children will want to wear, and the only baby socks that parents will want to buy.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? For Adrien, having come from a very demanding job with long hours and lots of travel both in the UK and abroad, and Rachel who is a stay-at-home mum getting back into the industry after an extended maternity leave of 3 years, working for ourselves, from home has

leave of 3 years, working for ourselves, from home has been a breath of fresh air!

been a breath of fresh air! We don’t have to trouble ourselves with long commutes to the office and we can plan our schedules around the family, making sure that neither the business or our children are compromised.

Since starting Little Grippers, we have also been exposed to the world of PR, having appeared live on BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo show and featured in national and local newspaper /magazine articles, which has been daunting but fun none the less!

What has been the downside of starting your own company? Honestly, lack of sleep! We are so passionate about Little Grippers that we could easily work every night until the early hours. We also have to be careful that working together doesn't take over and that we are able to switch-off and be like any other normal husband and wife.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Research your market and product fully before you set-up. Knowing your market, customer and competitors is a must if you are going to stand out from the crowd. Make sure that all of your suppliers and backers, especially your bank and accountants are as passionate about your new venture as you are.

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Parents in Business Who is behind the Product? Lazy Daisy® was founded by a Suffolk based

Who is behind the Product? Lazy Daisy® was founded by a Suffolk based mum of five, Julie Long.

Julie’s background is in holistic therapies (gained relatively locally at the Suffolk College) which inspired her to embark on a lengthy training journey and which eventually led to her gaining accredited qualifications in a variety of perinatal therapies including Infant Massage, Baby Yoga, Pregnancy Massage and Birth Partnering. Her doula training with the renowned Michel Odent motivated her to seek out ways for lowering adrenaline through movement as well as massage therapies, and she went on to train in both pregnancy yoga and birth hypnosis. In 2006 Julie decided to evolve all of these techniques into one all inclusive movement and relaxation programme, and Daisy Birthing® was born! In 2009 fellow director and clinical hypnotherapist and fertility specialist

Sian Gilmartin joined the HQ team

We are now very fortunate

to have a number of specialists sitting within the training centre, including baby massage therapists and midwives too.

How did the company get started? Julie is always very honest with new teachers about the roots of the business. Her decision to focus on the perinatal period was very much a decision of fate - not only because she kept having babies herself but in 2005 she experienced a difficult bout of PND and felt inspired by this to ensure other mums were given coping and 'anxiety releasing' techniques. This is something our classes really focus on – providing tools to support a mum to be or new mum, without any judgement and to compliment her own choices and circumstances. We don’t tell people ‘how they should’ – rather we give people tools to enhance their personal journey. We see lots of different birthing choices and parenting styles and welcome all to classes! During the dark days of PND, Julie also began to understand and value not only the importance of installing confident but also the need for peer or 'mother to mother' support. The evolution of Lazy Daisy into a national network was very much fired by her determination to create a country wide group of peer supporters who could not only listen, relate but could impart information to really help mums look forward to birth with confidence and enjoy their new baby!

Over the past 10 years the Lazy Daisy programmes and brand has gone from strength to strength – with both Daisy Birthing and Daisy baby capturing the birthing community’s imagination! Daisy Birthing was one of the first pregnancy movement programmes to gain approval by the Federation of Antenatal Educators as a recognised means of antenatal preparation and antenatal class education (in Summer 2009) and now has a team of fantastically skilled antenatal teachers from one end of the UK to the other and even internationally too. Similarly Daisy Baby is accredited as an infant massage and baby yoga programme by therapists association IPTI. Both have been nominated for various awards over the past 4 years.

been nominated for various awards over the past 4 years. What is the company about? So

What is the company about? So to summarise, in a nutshell Lazy Daisy provides peer-to-peer based antenatal classes, therapies and workshops – classes for mums and taught by mums (but mums, like me, who go through a stringent training programme endorsed by FEDANT and very much steeped in anatomy and physiology). The company and all connected to it, are motivated by the belief that if every mum can feel bonded to her pregnancy and labour, this hugely enhances the feelings she has for herself, her baby and her life post birth.

Daisy Birthing Pregnancy Classes are very much inspired by yogic movement and take mums through a weekly programme of pregnancy specific routines, designed to help mum feel stronger in her body and mindset and to prepare key birthing muscles ready for the journey ahead. We work a lot on alignment in the body, on easing common aches and pains and on ways to use gravity and movement, not only to help optimum positioning for baby, but also to aid labour. I think we are one of the only programmes to really try and link hypnosis alongside movement – we use lots of rhythmic sequences, coupled with birth breathing and guided relaxation, to help mums relax whilst they move and to make the birth movements they will use in labour second nature – so literally on due date these moves just play out!

Mum can help her birthing partner understand the techniques she is learning (or enjoy an intensive introduction to the programme if she isn’t able to make weekly classes) through our couples workshops. Furthermore, mum can enjoy returning to classes postnatally with baby, where she will find we cover everything from holistic techniques to aid colic and reflux, to top tips for winding and sleep

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Parents in Business What do you hope to achieve? Like Julie I am a mum too
Parents in Business What do you hope to achieve? Like Julie I am a mum too
Parents in Business What do you hope to achieve? Like Julie I am a mum too

What do you hope to achieve? Like Julie I am a mum too and have two children of my own

– in fact I was pregnant with my 2 nd when I chose to train

with Lazy Daisy. I am really hoping now to carve myself out

a family friendly career with real rewards – not just financial

but the emotional rewards – the high of knowing you have helped someone to achieve a more confident birth or to enjoy the first few weeks with baby. This is so important and I feel so excited about having the chance to work in an arena I love. As a mum of girls, wanting them to feel strong and confident as they grow, I feel very fortunate to have a career which allows me to feel so strong, confident and inspired by motherhood! Ideally I would like to build my business (I am literally now starting out following maternity leave) to run regular weekly classes and with time, give up my day job!

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? The mums and their stories without a doubt! A good friend of mine enrolled in one of my first terms of classes when she was pregnant and through learning to relax and have confidence in herself, I am so pleased to say that she achieved the wonderfully calm birth that she wanted – it makes me feel so proud that I was able to contribute to this, she said she heard my voice all the way through her labour!

What has been the downside of starting your own company? Of course like any business, there is the initial outlay with training and and licensing costing me just over £2,000. This of course is an expense you don’t necessarily plan for whilst on maternity leave, so the initial financing has made things tight for our family but I trust that this will be short term pain for longer term career satisfaction! It can be very disconcerting not having a regular income

which is why, for the time being, I will continue with my 'day

This gives me

job' and build my new business around this

the security of my salary but the chance to build my evening classes and really start to spread the word in my local area.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? There are many advantages to being your own boss but at the same time you have to be realistic – be prepared for hard work, especially at the beginning – after all if it was easy everyone would do it! You need to be passionate, have a plan in mind and feel motivated by where you want to get to – for me, I keep focused on the fact that I am building a career to work around my children as they grow. My husband is also self-employed and this can be tough, sometimes meaning we are both so busy with our respective ventures that we have to sacrifice time together as a family or a couple – hopefully it'll be worth it in the end!

To find out more about my classes please email:

karoline@lazydaisybirthing.co.uk

or visit the Lazy Daisy website www.thelazydaisychain.co.uk

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Who is behind the Product? Hi I'm Sian and I own Photography for Little People (PLP) - Hertfordshire North. I'm mum to a gorgeous little boy called Jack who's 6 going on 16! He is my world and my inspiration!

How did the company get started?

I started with PLP last August when I left the Army after 8 years service, 4 in the RAF as a photographer and 4 in the MPGS in the Army. I loved being a photographer in the RAF as everyday was different. I've sat on the back ramp of a Hercules plane photographing another Herc flying behind us and travelled all over the place with my camera in hand.

When I had my son I joined the MPGS because it meant i wouldn't have to travel anymore and would be home to see my son grow up but i missed photography. After the breakdown of my marriage in 2011, I was desperate for a change I was working shifts, Jack was all over the place between me and his dad and all I could think of was running my own photography business but I just didn't know where to start. Finally I found Photography for Little People, a national franchise who were the perfect fit for me and in August 2012 I launched Hertfordshire North!

What is the company about? Photography for Little People specialise in bump, newborn, child and family photography and hand and foot impressions creating lasting memories for you to treasure, beautiful frames and canvases all ready to hang on your wall.

What do you hope to achieve?

I hope to be the best photographer in my area, to be successful in what I'm doing and provide a happy stable home for my son!

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? Winning best families photographer at the franchise awards last December and being a finalist in the newborn category.

What has been the downside of starting your own company?

I seem to end up working more hours than I ever did before but

at least it’s on something I've dreamed of doing for a long time so I actually don't mind and I can work it all round Jack whenever I need to!

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Have good family and friends nearby to support you and give it everything you have as it won't happen if you just sit and wait for it to land in your lap!

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Who are you? I’m Marilu Wren, founder of Ocky Olly. A Mum of four, living near the beach in Devon with 3 dogs, 1 cat, 3 ducks and 2 chickens and my patient husband Gordie!

What do you do?

I design and create innovative, fun & practical clothing for kids. Our

first product is the Smocka, a practical fun play top for pre-school children,that encourages them to play and learn outside. Made of fleece with fun, digitally designed canvas trims, it's ideal for little explorers who like to collect things. The large pocket has a waterproof lining which is perfect for conkers, leaves, shells and other discovered treasures. It also folds down to a simple pouch, but folding the Smocka and turning the pocket round it, so it stays clean and dry in your pram, car or bag.

When did you establish your business?

I came up with the idea two years ago, registered the company in Nov 12 and finally took in stock Summer ‘13

What made you start your own business? My husband sustained a spinal injury during surgery and we were forced to take stock of how we were going to support the family. We looked to the family, my past experience and love of design for inspiration. Our youngest Daisy who was 18 months at the time, was obsessed by pockets, collecting and “owning” things and she, along with my love of the Cornish Smock and the outdoors, inspired our first product.

What do you love about working for yourself?

I really enjoy tapping into my creative side which was very under- utilised as a mum and I love being able to make so many things happen, especially bringing my designs to life.

Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?

I have found it very lonely and would have loved to have another

woman in the mix, to bounce ideas off, but I’ve enjoyed joining Female Business Groups and mixing with other entrepreneurs and inspirational people. It’s a double edged sword being a mum and working from home, both jobs cause resentment of the other. I wish I had more time to work and more time to be a mum!

Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could? Every set back I’ve had has taught me so much and been valuable in their own way. We are currently looking to raise equity investment through Crowdcube and in hindsight I would have worked harder on the social media communications programme so as to have maximium impact at this beginning stage of the pitch.

What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business? Some advice I was given early on has held me in very good stead; the higher my goals and aspirations at the beginning of my journey, the more powerful my decisions will be for the long term good of my business. Believe in yourself and think BIG!

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Parents in Business Who is behind the Product? Rascals is a family run business owned and
Parents in Business Who is behind the Product? Rascals is a family run business owned and

Who is behind the Product? Rascals is a family run business owned and directed by myself Diane and and my husband Dan Neave. We met in 1994 when I was studying dance at the prestigious ‘Laban Centre of Movement and Dance’ in London and Dan was working as a solicitors clerk.

How did the company get started? It was whilst teaching at other schools that I noticed the tendency for many to focus on the most talented children with the ‘favourites’ always gaining the best parts. Some schools charged astronomical fees making it impossible for parents without a large pot of excess money to be able to afford it. It was this experience that fuelled our vision of creating an affordable theatre school where all children would be welcomed, regardless of ability or background, and that all children would be treated the same and given the same opportunities. We opened our first Saturday morning school back in 1997, and then developed our unique after school format with the launch of our first after school session in 2000. The Rascals energetic spirit has steadily grown and we now have 9 branches across Essex.

What is the company about? The aim at Rascals has always been to provide affordable and most importantly FUN classes in Street Dance, Drama, Pop Singing & Musical Theatre. The main focus of our school is to provide fun and exciting classes that will build your child’s confidence, inspire them and give them skills for life.

Rascals motto is: ‘Ready for life!’ It can be harsh out in the real world but children find comfort in the nurturing and supportive classes that Rascals offer's. A fearless place that offers them a chance to blossom and learn how to shine in the real world. Confidence, creativity and strength of character can be as useful in the workplace as a number of academic qualifications. Rascals students become fearless about things that many people tend to dread such as;public speaking, team playing and leadership roles.

Our classes are physically and mentally challenging but most of all, great fun. Children gain in confidence and character, improve co- ordination, balance, rhythm and flexibility, develop social skills, make new friends and are able to express themselves more easily.

new friends and are able to express themselves more easily. What do you hope to achieve?
new friends and are able to express themselves more easily. What do you hope to achieve?

What do you hope to achieve? Dan and I are now maxed out with the number of bracnhes that we have and so to continue to expand our network of classes we have spent the last couple of years developing our Licensed business model. In january this year we piloted our License agreement with our first Licensee in Chadwell Heath and Epping and we are looking forward to meeting future licensees to take Rascals all over the UK and inspire children through dance, singing and acting. In true keeping to the Rascals ethos the license agreement is an affordable way for other budding young performing arts teachers to get involved in a well-established brand.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? The highlights of running Rascals is seeing our students performing and sharing in the pride and amazement that their parents feel when they see them up on stage! It takes a lot of courage to take part in performances and having the confidence to get up and do it is a huge acheivement for most of our children. Once they realise how much fun it is they just grow and growin confidence and can't wait for the next show! It fills us with pride when we hear comments from parents about how much their shy timid child has grown in confidence and how our classes have helped them at school and in other areas of their lives, it feels really good to be able to make a difference.

What has been the downside of starting your own company? It hasn’t always been easy in the 16 year journey, running your own business doesn’t allow you such things as bereavement time, family matters can really rock your world and cause you to take your eye off your business, but giving up has never been an option. Making Rascals the best that we can be motivates us to continue developing, improving and growing as a company.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Its a juggling act! Being a parent and running your own business is a balancing act and sometimes it is hard to get that balance right. The scales never seem to tip in the right direction, when you are great at work and working really hard then you are not spending time being a great parent and when you take time out to be a fantastic parent the company suffers as there is ALWAYS something that needs ticking off the list! When you have a dream and a vision for where you want your company to go, working all hours to try and achieve your dream is not always compatible with being a parent!! but If you believe in yourself and your product and are willing to work hard then you just find a way!

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Who is behind the Product? I'm Lisa, mum to Amy who is six years old. Amy's my little helper with the packaging and the post office run.

How did the company get started? It all began when I made a few Personalised Blankets for family and friends as gifts. I started to get a few enquiries from people who had seen these Blankets and got a couple of orders. Once Amy started school I found myself with a little more time and decided to try out more colours and designs. I then set up a Facebook page to see if I would get any interest and everything just took off from there. Along with the Blankets I now offer Baby Wear, Rag Dolls, Swimming Bags and T-shirts which can all be Personalised

What is the company about? Cheeky Wee Monkeys create Personalised Embroidered Gifts aimed at newborns and younger children with fun and unique designs. There is nothing more special than to receive a gift with your child's name on it and children love to see their name on gifts.

What do you hope to achieve? To offer a bigger range of products and gradually turn Cheeky Wee Monkeys into a full-time business.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? Working hours that fit around my family life, to do something I enjoy and of course the feedback I receive from customers is very satisfying.

What has been the downside of starting your own company? It's been hard financially for me. I was very lucky to get a loan from my parents which paid for my embroidery machine and everything else was funded by myself which has made the whole process from my idea to start up slow going.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Research your idea, believe in your idea and get as much business advice as you can.

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Who is behind the Product? Spring Baby is run by me, Nicola - mum to 17 month old Isla, retired Spring Baby model and my inspiration in launching this venture.

How did the company get started? For the last 15 years I've worked in publishing and was freelancing as a magazine designer for the past six years until the birth of my daughter. I loved being self-employed, but my priorities changed when Isla was born. As my maternity leave was passing swiftly, I decided to look for a change in career, I still wanted to work for myself but needed the flexibility to be there for Isla. I first discovered Spring Baby while researching the babywear market, when the opportunity came to purchase the company I jumped at the chance.

nity came to purchase the company I jumped at the chance. Spring Baby was fo unded

Spring Baby was founded in 2009 by previous owners, I bought the company over in September 2012 and have since rebranded and redesigned the range of babywear. With the help of my dearest friend Heather, who is a talented freelance illustrator, I've created a family of characters.

What is the company about? Spring Baby is an online shop that stocks a range of babywear, designed with fun animal motifs. Providing practical and essential babywear for the little ones.

What do you hope to achieve? My aim is to continue growing the brand. This includes expanding the range with a variety of products including t-shirts, bibs and nappy bags. Also adding a few new characters and sizes along the way.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? Receiving my first delivery of new stock and getting the website up and running made it all the more real. Getting lovely and positive feedback from customers.

What has been the downside of starting your own company? Having the confidence and courage to try something new. It's been a huge learning curve, but one that I've enjoyed.

It probably seems a bit crazy to start a new business having just become a new mum, but with hard work and a few late nights both roles are possible. As for the housework… well that gets a bit neglected from time to time.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Research! Work hard and who knows where your new journey will take you. Great support and advice from family has also been invaluable to me. Go for it!

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Parents in Business Who is behind the Product/services? Myself, Martina Finn. I left my jo b
Parents in Business Who is behind the Product/services? Myself, Martina Finn. I left my jo b
Parents in Business Who is behind the Product/services? Myself, Martina Finn. I left my jo b

Who is behind the Product/services? Myself, Martina Finn. I left my job working in special needs education to start my own business. I am a full time mum with one very lively little toddler.

How did the company get started? For 10 years, I was happily working for the Hertfordshire county council in SEN education. Then my son came along and I started to look for childcare solutions. Sebastian started nursery after my maternity period ended and I returned back to work, however I felt a need to start something new and challenge myself more. To set up a Childcare agency seemed a obvious choice as I have ten years experience in this field, though the business side aspect was something completely new and required a lot of hard work and learning on the spot. I started the Puzzle Childcare Agency at the end of November 2012.

What is the company about? Puzzle Childcare is a young vibrant nanny and au-pair agency, specialising in childcare and special needs childcare services in London, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. We are a small agency which allows us to focus on the individuals needs and offer families that personal touch, I go to the family and talk personally to them and discuss what are the best options available for them.

What do you hope to achieve? To establish Puzzle Childcare as a top recruiting nanny and au-pair agency in the south east Region. I am making small steps, but hopefully in the coming months and years I will be able to establish this agency as a company that is highly regarded by parents.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? Seeing the website go online and things starting to shape up! Talking to the first clients and learning day to day tasks in running a business whilst still doing my most important role of being mum, wife and taking care of my family.

What has been the downside of starting your own company? I had a very difficult time at the start because of the loss of my father suddenly, which put things on hold.

The hardest part is to find families in today’s financial market, it's hard to get clients and for the parents to put their trust and money into a new childcare agency as money is tight and everybody is watching their pennies.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Don't allow anything to stop you in fulfilling your dream in starting up your business. Take all the advise you can get and if possible or appropriate get family and friends to help. Use friends skills to save you time and money, if a friend can design a website for you as a favour then take that, my mother and brother helped me with the website , it will save you start up bills and gives you more confidence as friends are involved in the process so can offer encouragement.

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Who is behind the Product? My company is Marie Donn Photography, and unsurprisingly I’m owner,

photographer, administrator, and milk monitor for it all – although I’d be lying if

I said it was all me; I couldn’t do any of it without the behind-the-scenes support of my husband Gavin, especially as so much of my work takes place at weekends!

How did the company get started?

I started the Company about 3 years ago now – but if I’m honest I think I probably

started to operate seriously in the Spring of 2012. It was at that point that I really decided to look at what I was offering and make a break for the kind of customer service and experience I’d want myself from a family photographer.

What is the company about? It’d be too simplistic to say that this is a photography business – so many people have their own cameras now that what I offer needs to be something more; so I would suggest I offer creative family photography experiences – fun appointments with one another for busy families, wonderful mornings of laughter and exploration, and capturing key milestones in every family’s life, with the added touch of the memories captured on camera to enjoy again and again through bespoke products. I think this is a pretty rare offering in the Essex area, where more traditional studio photography has been much more available in the past – I’m all about the great outdoors, and capturing life where it’s actually lived, than forcing smiles in a box!

What do you hope to achieve? For my families, I aim to create an experience and images they treasure – that make them smile whenever they see or think of them. I hope to give them back a little time together, which is so hard to find these days, and I wish for them that they are inspired to make even more time together afterwards (asking me along would be a wonderful bonus of course!). For my business, and my family, I hope to maintain the wonderful flow of clients I have been lucky enough to enjoy, at just the right level to allow me to keep my customer service high and yet make my own special time with my growing family. I only shoot 3 or 4 times a month, to maintain this balance, as my children’s time is every bit as precious as my clients’.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? There are so many highlights! Meeting wonderful people; sharing great memories; exploring new places; finding out exactly what I can do, in a field I never dreamed of entering before a few years’ ago, and learning all the time.

What has been the downside of starting your own company? There are a few of these as well – I don’t think I honestly understood how much juggling, extra hours, and administration would be required – not just for me but for my family too. I think I read somewhere that a photography business is about 5% shooting, when I’m sure most people think that’s the majority of my time. Deciding to offer a professional service demands a commitment to that level of service, and I believe I’ve got it right, but the balance has been a while coming and my family life has had to bend over backwards on occasion to allow me to get this far.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Seek advice; not just business advice, but from those who support you. Understand whether your finance and support network is strong enough – because actually it’s not just you starting the business! Seek local business start-up schemes and advice, and think about networking to gain great contacts who will make how you work so much smoother – and don’t be afraid to outsource if it means playing to your strengths – I have an accountant for my one-woman band, because that’s their strength, not mine, and every January I am so glad I made that decision! Consider the time you have available around

your family life, and remember to keep time for your own family and for a rest

occasionally!

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The “We Love Craft” group enables like-minded individuals, who are passionate about buying and selling

The “We Love Craft” group enables like-minded individuals, who are passionate about buying and selling high quality crafts , to meet on a frequent basis. The group hold a monthly fair every 2nd Saturday of the month to give people an opportunity to buy unique gifts from crafters (apart from January when there is no event). Not only do the fairs bring together these amazing people and their creative products but they also provide an opportunity to bring the family together for an afternoon of fun, assorted activities and highlights the community spirit by promoting local produce.

So what can you expect if you attend one of the craft fairs? A wide range of art and craft stalls with over 20 different types of craft on display. For the June fair there are a selection of activities ranging from children’s crafting tables, bouncy castle (weather permitting), face painting, children’s jewellery, baby knitwear, personalised children’s books, bags and cushions, faerie doors, children’s hair accessories and wonderful balloon creations by Balloonatastics. Maddielli will also be there with their pop-up studio with walk-up mini shoots being made available to all ages. Why not come along and have some fun with tiaras and top hats, feather boas and fireman’s hats!

For more information why not visit the Facebook page: We Love Craft and join in the group or email welovecraft@talktalk.net. You can get notifications on the latest fair and details of the crafters who will be featuring.

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Children’s jewellery Baby knitwear Personalised children’s books,bags and cushions Faerie doors Children's hair accessories

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Children’s crafting table Bouncy castle (weather permitting) Face painting Balloons by Balloonatastic Glitter tattoos

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Business of the Month

Who is behind the Product? Now retired swim coach (30 years experience) Kevin Moseley

How did the company get started? After the ridicule from the Dragons in the Den, Kevin self financed the company himself. He re-mortgaged his house, cashed in his pensions, life savings etc and got heavily into debt with the bank. The cash was used for worldwide patents, trademarks, research and development, testing procedures and eventually some stock. The list to get SwimFin off the ground was endless.

What is the company about? We want to change a swimming lesson into a fun session. SwimFin was developed so that every member of the family can use it, either at home or in the pool, in or out of the water. Learning to swim is a psychological process and the early days are important to create the right mindset. We pride ourselves on our customer service and we care about our products and customers. We are always on hand to offer advice on the use of SwimFin and swimming in general. We are in touch with our customers and understand their needs. Our company mission statement is as follows - "to sell a high quality product that provides and encourages a fun learning experience for children and family members, of all ages and abilities".

What do you hope to achieve? We want to educate the world that SwimFin is truly innovative and is really making a difference to the child (or adults) learning process. There are countless swimming aids on the market but there's nothing quite like SwimFin when it comes down to the one stop shop. It’s the only vertical swimming aid in the world that will work on any age and ability, from beginners to advance and every stroke – front crawl, breastroke, butterfly and backstroke.

The problem is, because we've invented something that breaks all the (normal) rules in learning to swim, some instructors don't see how it works or are too old fashioned to change their ways. SwimFin has already had a massive impact in over 80 countries and we want to continue to provide fun and be safe times for families in the water. SwimFin is becoming a trusted and recognised brand. We have much work to do but we are fast becoming the market leader and are extremely popular with parents and children worldwide.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? The testimonials we get back from normal every day families stating, how we as a company, have made a massive change to their lives, are extremely rewarding to us all at SwimFin HQ. It’s a buzz to walk into a pool somewhere in the world and see teachers using your invention and the kids laughing and playing – learning to swim the fun way.

What has been the downside of starting your own company? The downside was the massive leap into the unknown, the stress, the extremely long days (I do recall on a few occasions working 22 hours). Risking everything on a gamble, the possibility of losing your home, bailiffs etc. But Kevin knew he had something that the market would need and want. Those days seem so long ago know. Apart from the early days there hasn't really been a downside. Everyday is a new challenge. We deal with new customers and companies from all over the world on a daily basis. The Team behind the company are amazing.

What would your advice be to anyone wanting to start up their own business? Never try and set up a company without taking sound and solid advice. There are so many organisations out there that want to help you. We found the local Chamber of Commerce invaluable and because we export, the UKTI have a minefield of experienced personnel. Talk to an accountant, seek some legal advice. Know your market and keep it real. Be different, offer something your competitors don't. It’s a tough world running your own company, but extremely rewarding if you can do it.

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WHERE NEW MUMMIES COME TO MEET NEW MUMMIES

Feature WHERE NEW MUMMIES COME TO MEET NEW MUMMIES A little while ago I was informed

A little while ago I was informed about a new group called Nurturing

Mums which offered new mums the opportunity of meeting on a regular basis whilst also having regular guest speakers come in and talk about different topics. Founders Gemma and Elise invited me to

the first ‘Nurturing Mums’ evening which took place on 21 st May at

a gorgeous local place in Muswell Hill, called The Clissold Arms. The

evening was all about socialising with other mums, businesses and friends but also had an energetic speech given by Business and Maternity Coach Rebecca Fishman (www.labofself.com). Rebecca spoke about a range of concerns ranging from changes that motherhood can bring, challenges that mothers face e.g. guilt, loss of self and also the big question of deciding whether to go back to work or try something new.

The evening, I felt, was a resounding success which enabled me to meet many wonderful businesses and mums alike but also to find out about a wonderful business called My Showcase, the owner of which will be appearing in July’s Parents in Business feature.

I found the event extremely enlightening especially during the talk given by Rebecca, where some of the mums really opened up about their feelings and concerns and it really hit home that we all have so many different experiences and worries and that just by voicing our feelings and concerns the weight is lifted. I would definitely recommend the group to any new mums who haven’t got the support network around them with other mums perhaps in the same situation as they are.

Nurturing Mums is a five week course set in an informal, friendly atmosphere where mums can chat, learn and relax. Guest speakers share their expert advice and answer questions on key topics including sleep, feeding and weaning. In addition, a professional photographer takes precious mum-and-baby shots to treasure, an indulgent pamper morning gives the new mums a longed-for beauty treatment and a life-coach talks about getting back to the real ‘you’ with advice about going back to work, embracing your new role and focusing on the positives in the tough early weeks.

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Birannagh Children's Boutique opened in Queen's Road Buckhurst Hill, in April 2007. Our aim is

Birannagh Children's Boutique opened in Queen's Road Buckhurst Hill, in April 2007.

Our aim is to offer an excellent choice of good quality affordable children's clothes. Our wide product range will appeal to both children and parents alike-the type of goods that you can't buy in the Big Shops. You'll find something for the just-born to the all grown-up 14 year old girls or 8 years for boys.

We sell a range of top quality modern and innovative products at affordable prices. Every one of our goods has been specifically chosen by us for its quality, usefulness, uniqueness or sometimes just because it looks so cool. We know our customers want to buy something that is a little bit different, stylish and engaging for their children but don't want to pay the earth for it.

So, as well as stocking known brands such as Converse and FC Kids, we actively seek out interesting and different ranges of goods from around the world and our product range is constantly evolving.

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Get Growing - Monthly Exclusive with Dawn Isaac

Get Growing - Monthly Exclusive with Dawn Isaac By Dawn Isaac, garden designer and writer specialising

By Dawn Isaac, garden designer and writer specialising in children's gardening - www.dawn-isaac.com

pinch of seeds between finger and thumb before sprinkling them onto the surface of the compost. They can then dust a little more compost on top so they are very lightly covered.

tle more compost on top so they are very lightly covered. Love me Tender At long

Love me Tender

At long last it's getting warmer!

From a ‘grow your own’ perspective, this means you can start thinking about planting out and sowing some more tender crops with the children.

You see not everything likes our weather. And who can blame them?

Lots of the things we love to grow, such as tomatoes, courgettes and pumpkins come from warmer, sunnier places and they can't stand the frost. And if you thought frost was something that only happens in winter - be warned: night time temperatures can hit freezing as late as mid May in most of Britain - and even late May in the many Northern parts.

This means you're best starting off tender plants with some protection. If you're lucky enough to have a greenhouse, that is perfect, but a sunny windowsill works just as well - if not better as the children can keep an eye on their precious crops.

You can sow with children outside - to keep the mess slightly contained - or else, why not invest in a length of oil cloth as a gardening cover to put over an indoor table?

Larger seeds can be picked up individually and planted one or two at a time in separate pots. Big, flat seeds such as pumpkin, squash and even cucumbers can be pushed into the compost sideways. If they don't go far enough in, the children can add a little more compost on top before pressing it down.

The big, fat seeds of beans should be put in individual pots and it's easiest to ask the children to make a hole in the compost with their index finger and then drop in the bean, before covering them over.

Finally, for all the seeds sown, add a label, water them in using a watering can with a fine rose (the attachment at the end of the spout) and place them on a sunny windowsill. It can be wise to put the pots on a tray of some sort to catch any water than runs through the base and stop it dripping onto the sill.

Start by asking children to add some seed compost to a half size seed tray. If you don't have one of these then you can recycle some plastic pots such as good sized yoghurt pots (minus the yoghurt obviously). If you are recycling such pots remember it is vital you add some holes to the bottom so excess water can drain away.

At the start of June, all danger of frost should have gone, so you can plant our your crops in the garden. Don't forget to add a cane next to plants that need some support such as beans and tomatoes, and keep them watered in dry weather.

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Once the compost has been added, make sure the children press it down, so you don't have any large air pockets. For very small seeds such as tomatoes, the easiest thing is to put these onto saucer so children can see them clearly. They can then take a

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What to plant this month:

Courgettes - sow indoors - you can find different varieties such as round or yellow courgettes, if you want a change from the green straight type Pumpkins - sow indoors (if you don't have much room look for varieties that will grow on in a large pot) Tomatoes - sow inside - if you haven't a greenhouse make sure the variety you chose can be planted outside later in the season Runner beans and French beans - can be sown directly into the ground after the danger of frost has passed Sow more lettuce, radishes and peas so you have crops ready at different times

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Get Garden Creative

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specialising in children's gardening www.dawn-isaac.com June project: Wheelbarrow Vegetable Garden This project is

June project: Wheelbarrow Vegetable Garden

This project is from Dawn's book - Garden Crafts for Children (CICO RRP £14.99)

You will need

Old wheelbarrow Scrubbing brush Warm soapy water Gravel Potting compost Water retaining granules Garden twine or string Clothes pegs

Selection of dwarf or compact seed species or small plants such as:

1 mini broad bean plant

1 cherry tomato plant

Beetroot seeds Tom Thumb lettuce seeds Parmex carrots seeds Radish seeds Short sticks or bamboo canes Watering can with a fine rose

You don't need acres of space, or even a garden, to grow tasty vegetables. Using an old wheelbarrow and some well-chosen seeds and plants, you can create a mobile mini vegetable plot. As the wheelbarrow isn't very deep, it is worth choosing smaller varieties.

1

Ask a grown up to drill or puncture holes every 10-15cm in the base of the wheelbarrow. Use the scrubbing brush and warm, soapy water to give the wheelbarrow a good clean, and then leave it to dry. Add a layer of gravel, about 2-3cm deep to the bottom of the wheelbarrow to help with drainage.

2.

Add some potting mix to the wheelbarrow so that it comes to within 4-5cm of the top. Add some water-retaining granules and then mix them into the potting mix.

3.

Use lengths of garden twine or string to mark out six square sections over the top of the wheelbarrow and to form mini fences. Use the clothes pegs to secure the ends of the twine or string to the rim of the barrow.

4.

Plant a different seeds species or plant in each square. Place the tallest plants at the deeper end of the wheelbarrow in order to give their roots more room to grow and plant the smaller ones toward the front.

5.

Plants such as tomatoes and beans may grow quite tall, so push a short stick or bamboo cane into the potting mix next to these plants so that you can tie them in as they grow taller.

6.

Water the plants thoroughly using the fine end on the end of your watering can so that you don't disturb the potting mix around the seeds. Keep the barrow well watered and then harvest your vegetables when they reach maturity.

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Celebrity Feature

Fun, Fun, Fun! With Cbeebie’s Presenter Andy Day

Fun, Fun, Fun! Wit h Cbeebie’s Presenter Andy Day Tell us a little about yourself? I'm
Fun, Fun, Fun! Wit h Cbeebie’s Presenter Andy Day Tell us a little about yourself? I'm

Tell us a little about yourself? I'm very tall with gigantic hair Oh, I also love the outdoors, I live on a narrow boat, I love camping, and I’ll challenge anyone to a game of table tennis!

What have you enjoyed most about working on CBeebies? You get to play around with different voices / costumes and characters which is great fun, and the people are amazing.

What made you want to be a children’s presenter?

I worked with children in Italy for three months when I was 17

and loved performing in children's shows. You can afford to be very silly, which I love.

What is your background training?

I completed my A-levels at college, Drama/Performance being one of my subjects.

What are your future aspirations?

I would like to see the show that I’m currently touring in with

my good friend Mike James, 'Tick Tock Time Machine' broadcast on TV, and continue making fun children's theatre. I would also like to delve into film. I’m a huge fan of Simon Pegg!

What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you?

I was in a public toilet very early one morning. Thinking no one was there, I began doing impressions from my favourite horror

‘Poltergeist’, then I heard a toilet flush in the cubicle next to me!

I laughed a lot when they left.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to follow in your footsteps? Be true to what you love, work hard and be nice to people; no one wants to work with someone unpleasant!

e to people; no one wants to work with someone unpleasant! Following the success of their
e to people; no one wants to work with someone unpleasant! Following the success of their

Following the success of their acclaimed UK tour, the BAFTA nominated children’s presenter, (CBeebies) and his comedy partner , have revealed plans to continue touring throughout the autumn. The dynamic duo teamed-up with ‘Tweenies’ creator to produce this family-friendly adventure (suitable for ages 3+), which sees Andy and Mike whisked on a time- travel adventure; think ‘Bill and Ted’ crossed-with ‘Back to The Future’. The show received its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year and is now due to enjoy a third-leg, performing at a further 13 venues across the UK from 21 September ‘13.

a further 13 venues across the UK from 21 September ‘13. 'A cut above most other
a further 13 venues across the UK from 21 September ‘13. 'A cut above most other
a further 13 venues across the UK from 21 September ‘13. 'A cut above most other

'A cut above most other children’s shows out there’

'A cut above most other children’s shows out there’ 'so much here for everyone elaborate set

'so much here for everyone elaborate set fun audience participation one of the liveliest hours you'll have'

one of the liveliest hours you'll have' Andy & Mike’s adventures begin when they stumble

Andy & Mike’s adventures begin when they stumble across a mysterious machine locked away in the garden of their ‘Fun Pad’ many years before by their great, great, great Grandfather Wally Bum… Met by the machine’s guardian, they are sent on a time-travel quest. The intrepid duo must collect items from both the past and future, whilst avoid being trapped in the mists of time forever. Will they make it? One thing’s certain… they haven’t a chance without the audience’s help!

'Highly energetic and amusing, a more entertaining children's show is hard to find.'

more entertaining children's show is hard to find.' What are you doing next? Mike and I

What are you doing next? Mike and I are working on some ideas for our next show, to follow ‘Tick Tock Time Machine’ – which is touring until November. I’m also currently filming Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures to air on CBeebies very soon. Over the summer, I can be seen at a number of festivals with Sid Sloane. I’ll then be appearing in panto in St Albans this Christmas. So all is good and very busy!

Together, the star of the recently BAFTA nominated Andy’s Wild Adventures (CBeebies) alongside his co-star Mike, combine their trademark style of humour, wit and infectious energy, with an irrepressible sense of fun. Providing audiences with a performance that will have them longing to travel back in time to see it all over again.

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WHY WE SCARE OUR CHILDREN EVERY NIGHT! READ ON…

Even though I love having older children there’s one thing I miss about the fact that they’re no longer small –and that’s reading to them at bedtime. Reading their bedtime stories used to relax me as well as them –far too often I’d find myself falling asleep as I was reading, to cries of “Wake up Mummy and carry on.”

What is the significance to children of this reading together time and what sort of stories should we be reading to them?

the name of their school or street. But even if you don’t feel you can invent stories, change the name of the child in the story to YOUR child’s name. They will love this!

in the story to YOUR child’s name. They will love this! ∙ T.I.M.E. Have you he

T.I.M.E. Have you heard that LOVE is spelt T.I.M.E. The most important reason for reading a bed time story is of course time spent together within a busy day. You’ll slow down together and share something without necessarily needing to say anything other than what is in the book. Of course most parents use it as a time for checking that all’s OK in their child’s world and for giving them those last kisses and cuddles before bed.

I do in fact recommend that parents have regular special 1- 1 time

with each of their children apart from story time at bedtime. 1-1 time should be about 15 – 20 minutes long and should involve an activity when a child is lively and wide awake not sleepy as in the case before bed. 1-1 time can be the time for talking, sharing and even learning

a new skill. This is so vital to a child’s development and should be on

yours (and theirs) regular if not daily schedule. But sharing a bedtime story fulfills other meaningful benefits.

Intelligence. Reading at bedtime also boosts your child’s intelligence. When you read to them you’re role modelling that reading is important, you enlarge their vocabulary by reading words they are not yet able to read for themselves. Of course you are developing more than vocabulary –you are also helping them develop speech patterns and inflections, pitch, tone and volume especially with pre schoolers.

Confidence. You are also helping to develop your child’s confidence as they become familiar with words and sounds and that’s one of the reasons there’s lots of repetition in young children’s books. The more they hear it and join in, the more confident they feel that they can do it. They quickly master repetitive phrases like “Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man!”

The skills of handling books. You are also teaching them about the feel and touch of books and even basics like how to hold them, and to read from left to right (in English anyway as other languages read in different directions). If you’re a kindle lover, read sometimes from a kindle to a child so they know it’s available –but also use books!

Imagination. This is a major reason for reading as just by watching the expressions of awe, wonder and excitement on children’s faces, you can see how much their imagination is working. One fun way to read is to put your child’s name into the story. This works best if you’re making up a story and use their name, their friend’s names and even insert

Facts. Books-even at a child’s level are full of facts. So as you’re reading, be your child’s teacher as well. Ask them who, what, why, where and when questions related to what you’re reading to stretch your child’s knowledge.

Overcoming problems. Books can help children going through transitions or experiencing problems without having to talk about them directly. The characters in the book go through similar problems and help the child find solutions. Even if the problem isn’t exactly the same, it shows the child they are not alone with their problem and they can relate to it. Parents have often asked me why some stories especially folk tales have such horrible people or are so scary. Why do we want to scare our children just before they go to sleep? Is this necessary for young children? The answer is “Yes”. Children use these scary stories to get in touch with and release their own fears without having to go through the scenario in reality. So Cinderella expresses every child’s fear that they will lose their mother, having wicked, bossy siblings, and that they could be treated like a slave. Red Riding Hood addresses the fear of strangers and being lost and finding a loved relative like a grandma hurt.

Of course these stories also allow the child to identify with the hero or heroine and feel good and brave too.

Concentration. We all know how much young children fidget and are restless at bedtime. If you emphasize that the story will only be read if they are tucked up and stay lying down with their head on their pillow (otherwise you stop reading temporarily) they will learn how to relax their bodies. Their concentration will be increased as they won’t be fiddling or distracted by other things and they will allow their bodies to get into sleep mode. This discipline is good in itself, you are helping them increase their concentration span and you are teaching them what it feels like to be relaxed.

Books are so powerful, can be such fun and can teach so much. Don’t skip an essential part of the day as by reading with him/her, you are giving your child an excellent foundation for the future.

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