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It’s been seven years since I started the Nice Mums Group. Helpers with the group have come and gone as time that was once spare gets taken by increased workloads and family commitments. My life has certainly changed since I began the group as a single mum of one on maternity leave. Relying on other people to help with the site and group has meant at times the group has been unattended so I’ve decided to take control again and make more time for this blog and the groups meet ups, so feel free to give me a kick in the bum if you find me slacking!
To reintroduce myself, my name is Steffi. I’m mum to two boys, Brody who is 7, and Romeo who is 2. We live in Torquay with our rescue animals Lilly the cat and Freddie the dog. I own a vegan coffee shop called The Kind Grind and since May this year have been homeschooling Brody after his school failed to tackle bullying issues, so Brody comes to work with me and we fill our spare time trying to find new learning adventures. As a result we’ve just traded our small campervan Lola for a much bigger one, a Mercedes Sprinter LWB called George who we plan to take us on big journeys and later this year on a bit of a trip around the UK visiting places we’ve never been (watch out Scotland, we’re coming for ya!). At the moment we’re currently personalising George’s interior making him pretty for his first trip to our favourite festival in a few weeks, Beautiful Days.
Running a business and being a single homeschooling mum whilst still finding a little time for myself can take some juggling but we love our life and doing things our way so I hope you enjoy reading future blogs as I hope to report back on our journey!
Thanks to all who have supported and helped the Nice Mums community along the way. You are forever an inspiration.
Once again we were lucky enough to go to our favourite family friendly festival Beautiful Days.
If you’ve read our blogs before you’ll already know how much we adore this festival and this year was no different.
Wellies this year proved unnecessary as the weather was on our side, an unexpected plus after previous years downpours.
This year was my first year in my camper, with my boys Brody, age 6 ad Romeo who is nearly 2. Our good friend Dawn joined us in her tent for her first ever festival.
This was the first year that work schedules had allowed me to arrive on Thursday. I was somewhat anxious about putting up the awning to my camper having never done it alone before but was very pleased to get it done mostly all by myself until the very last pole just wouldn’t do as I wanted to do, and so after much huffing, puffing and under breath cursing a lovely member of staff spotted me and came to my aid ensuring we were all set up and good to go for a weekend of fun.
Our “home” for the weekend was located at the end of a row of camper vans, right opppsite some toilets. My first thought was “ oh no, this is going to get smelly” but then I remembered where we were and that this festival has the cleanest festival loos you’ll find so we had infact landed a very handy spot. Our neighbouring campers were the typically lovely Beautiful Days sort, chatty, welcoming and happy to offer us a slice of vodka melon and compliment me on my ability to vaguely parent two children while putting up an awning.
The festival was as fabulous as ever. We thoroughly enjoyed Big Fish Little Fish, the family friendly rave. Romeo especially took to it, making use of his glow stick while busting out some moves.
Highlights for us were definitely The Dualers who got us dancing our socks off, to the point where I started feeling I was getting heat stroke so welcomed the chilled end of set cover of Redemption Song, where a “moment” was definitely created.
Discovering The Undercover Hippy were playing was a happy surprise as a fan of the band. Another chance for some dancing with the kids.
Headliners this year included a throwback to the 90s with Shed Seven and Manic Street Preachers, both made for great reminiscing and singing along.
Food as with every year was plentiful and not short of vegan options. Tofu burgers, tofu curry and vegan ice cream were on our list of favourites.
Sadly on the Sunday morning I had the bad news call that my shop had been burgled overnight so we had to depart early but despite the downer that put on the day we were still able to ensure the kids got plenty of turns on the fair rides and left smiling.
Happening towards the end of summer we place a lot of pressure on Beautiful Days as the expected highlight of our summer and once again, they did not disappoint. We absolutely adore this welcoming, fun festival and would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to go, with or without children.
Roll on next year!
16/6/2017 0 Comments
6 Places Dads go free or eat free this Father's Day in and around Teignbridge & Torbay
Stuck on what to get Dad this Father's Day?
Why not have a fun family day out or treat him to a meal.
With this list of 6 places Dads can go free or eat free this Father's Day in and around Torbay and Teignbridge, it doesn't have to break the bank either!
Dads go free:
Becky FallsBecky Falls Woodland Park Ltd.
Tel: 01647 221259
Dads accompanied by a full-paying child go free at Becky Falls this Father's Day! With a full day of entertainment, including awesome hands-on animal encounter shows, animal feeding sessions, stunning woodland and waterfall walks and kid's activities, there's lots to keep everyone happy and even the dog can come too! Open 10am - 5pm (last entry at 4pm).
Powderham CastleKenton, Exeter, Devon, EX6 8JQ Tel: 01626 890243
Dads and grandads are invited to visit for FREE this Father's day when accompanied by a full-paying child. Follow the "dad trail" and claim a prize from the Gift shop and enjoy Croquet and Tennis in the Pleasure Garden. There's also the walled garden and animals to visit.
Dads eat free:
Beefeater restaurants are offering a free meal for Dads this Father's day after 5pm.
*Picture from www.beefeater.co.uk
See below for a list of Beefeater restaurants in Torbay and Teignbridge.
Tel: 01803 202 282
Long Road South,
Tel: 01803 698931
Newton Abbot Racecourse,
Tel: 01626 883 301
Visit the Beefeater website here for more details, booking essential.
At Hungry Horse pubs Dads can enjoy a Sunday Roast or one of the tasty pub favourites free after 6pm.
*Picture from www.hungryhorse.co.uk
Newton Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 5ES.
Tel: 01803 872979
Visit the Hungry Horse website here for more details, booking essential.
For even more places to take dad for free across Devon then check out this post:
12 Places Dads go free or eat free this Father's Day in Devon
Let me know what you get up to or if there is any places I've missed and I hope you have a lovely day whatever you decide to do.
My name is Emma and I recently took the plunge and volunteered to be an ambassador for Nice Mums.
This is a completely new experience for me but I really love the support this group provides to mums and I am really excited about giving the opportunity to help out.
I have already hosted my first meet up a couple of weeks ago at Bear Feet in Newton Abbot where I got to meet some of you lovely mums, but for those of you who I haven't met yet, here's a little bit about me.
I am 29 years old and I have a three year old daughter. I grew up in the West Midlands but we moved to Torquay last March to be nearer family who had already made the move to Dawlish 10 years ago.
My daughter is currently going through the threenager stage where everything seems to be a major kick off. I thought the terrible two's were supposed to be the challenging time but somehow she has been able to knock it up a level.
If I could give one bit of advice to other mums yet to face this stage, it would be to work on your patience skills and the ability to block things out. The ability to switch off to any drama that is happening around you will be your best friend and is a skill I am yet to master, but will keep working on it.
Anyway I think I've rambled on enough now.
I am currently working on holding a regular monthly meet up and I hope to meet some more of you lovely ladies soon.
PS. I also blog over at www.devonmum.com so if you're looking for ideas for family friendly days out or holidays or just want to read some more of my parenting rambles and reviews then pop over and take a look. You can also find me on Facebook www.facebook.com/devonmum where I share some more local events as and when I find them.
Great news from Bear Feet in Newton Abbot.
Following on from feedback given by Nice Mums members some positive changes have been made regarding both customer service and the discount they offer our cardholders.
There has been some staffing changes and additional training has been implemented to ensure customers receive a vastly improved service. As some of our Nice Mum Cardholders have had service issues in the past they are looking to make amends and have invited us to hold a one off meet up where our cardholders attending will receive FREE ENTRY on the day. We'll post details of a date for this very soon.
A new discount has also been arranged and I'm sure you'll be very happy with it, no more phoning ahead of arrival!
We hope you will support Bear Feet in their efforts to improve and continue our long standing partnership. Keep an eye out for details of our new discount. Look forward to seeing lots of you at our meet up!
Nice Mums are really excited to announce that a new soft play has opened in Paignton.
The Den at Whitehill Country Park is brand new and fully equipped for ages 0-9, set in a picturesque location.
Free parking is available and there is a bar selling drinks, cakes & snacks.
Entrance is just £2 per child. Open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm during term time. Pay at Hayloft Bar.
(Nice Mum Cardholders get discounted entrance of just £1.50 per child)
We are really excited to announce that our half term meet up will be held at a location we have never used before.
Aztec Games is located within TLH Victoria Hotel, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, entered via the green doors.
With plenty to do for all ages from baby to adult it's perfect for bringing the big kids as well as small.
Nice Mum Card holders get a special discount on entrance, just £2.50 for the first child then £1.50 for each child after which includes a free tea or coffee for mum & children's squash.
All mums welcome, we look forward to meeting you in he seating area opposite the bar.