Single mums Single Parent Network came to fruition after a realisation that parenting groups searched for on Facebook rarely focused on the needs of single mothers and the trials they face. Being a single mum of 1 since pregnancy, finding the support of other single mothers has been invaluable. Something I wanted to share and pass onto others in the same situation. Don’t get me wrong mothers with the benefit of a partner have given me invaluable support and advice but sometimes only another single mother can truly understand how difficult being a lone parent can be.
When starting the group I underestimated how much time and effort really needs to be put into establishing a successful group. I reluctantly made the decision recently that I would have no option but to close the group down due to its lack of activity. The group was then thrown a lifeline by Steffi Rox of Nice Mums Devon and suggesting that Single Parent Network become a sister group to Nice Mums. So with renewed vigour and determination the hunt is on for another admin to join the team.....
Single Parent Network becomes Single Nice Mums
We have been achieving fantastic results in reducing landfill and raising money for charity via our recycling collection but we can do so much more!
We are looking for new collectors and collection points to be set up. These can be anywhere in the country.
To become a collection point all you need is the premises and a bin! We will advertise that you are collecting and encourage people to drop their recycling into you. When you have enough of each required piece of recycling all you have to do is let us know and we will email you a freepost label so that you can post off your recycling in order for it to be added to our accounts and raise funds for charity.
Becoming a collection point is great for businesses as it increases footfall into your premises and increases awareness of your companies stand on Eco matters.
To become an individual collector all you need to do is let all your friends and family know to save their recycling for you. When you have enough we will send you a freepost label to send it in.
The recycling collection is an easy way to make a difference and do your bit towards reducing waste whilst raising money for good causes.
Please get in touch today if you can help. For our future and for their future we must reduce unnecessary waste.
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Name: Joanne Langford
What do you do for a living? Manager at British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical Store
Who do you live with? My husband, daughter & dog!
Tell us a bit more about your children. What sort of personalities do they have?
I have 1 child, Alexis she is very receptive, takes everything in, very cheeky (in a good way) strong character but in groups she follows rather than leads in play. Shes very independant and knows her own mind! She isn't shy about pointing out things you do wrong but she is also very loving and gives me compliments (kids tell the truth don't they?)
What’s the best thing about being a mum? The reward, there is literally nothing like it
What has being a parent taught you?
material things dont matter
What’s the most important piece of advice you want to pass on to your children?
have faith in yourself and regret nothing
How has your life changed since becoming a mum?
my life fully revolves around my daughter if I arent working I am with her, I even changed my job to get more quality at home time
Who is your favourite celebrity mum?
Tell us a bit about your home? Whereabouts is it and what’s it like?
I live in a house in newton abbot, its just the right size for our little family, a nice sized garden for my daughter and dog to play in during the summer months :)
What would a typical day in your life entail?
get up finish cooking my breakfast leave it to cool in prepared tub, walk dog, pack workbag with breakfast and lunch. Walk 1 1/2 miles to work (with tunes of course) get work around 8:45 unless I have to pop to supermarket on my way in for supplies. Work till 5:30 when hubby and alexis pick me up, arrive home approx 5:45. Prepare dinner, change into workout clothes and prepare living room for workout. Start dinner and as cooking do 10 min workout with alexis and hubby helping/directing, check dinner then complete monthly challenge. Dish up dinner eat, do dishes while madam eats pudding. Run her bath, get her bathed and pjs on, 10-20 mins playtime downstairs then off to bed for little lady. Once shes settled lunch and breakfast for following day prepared, kitchen cleaned, sit down with a brew and in bed at 10:30 :)
Where are your favourite three places to visit in Devon:
the moors, the beach (fav is goodrington at the moment) cockington, can't beat their cream teas and the gardens in the summer
Where is your favourite holiday destination:
What are your top three favourite shops:
I don't shop for myself but I use sports direct for trainers and a few clothes for hubby and daughter, boots for make up for me and usually toiletries and home bargains as u cn get so much there!
What’s your favourite book?
dead until dawn is my fav at the moment but I have a long list!
What baby or children’s items can you not live without?
Describe your fashion style:
Top tips on how to balance work and family life:
leave work at work make time with family quality
What or who inspires you:
friends and people who push themselves as parents or individuals yet still give their kids and family 100%
What plans for the future do you have?:
no solid plans i find life doesnt work in my favour that way, i want to buy our own home but in general to make sure my daughter is happy and healthy, nothing else really matters
If you could live your life again what would you change and what would you keep the same?
i wouldn't change anything everything I have experienced has lead me to my husband and having my daughter
We're excited to announce a new feature for our blog, Member Profiles. We have such a wonderful wide and varied mix of Mums on our 1200+ member Facebook group, from such different backgrounds and with very different parenting styles from one another we thought it would be nice to profile some of them. All of our members have been offered the chance to fill in our questions and we have had a great response, and will be actively nagging those that haven't done one yet too!
Hope you enjoy!
To get started, heres our first one........
Name: Laura Bond
What do you do for a living? Currently stay at home mum though have just got a job caring for the elderly
Who do you live with? My partner and my daughter
Tell us a bit more about your children. What sort if personalities do they have? My daughter is called Abigail grace she is ten months old and full of smiles she's a little busy body here there and everywhere and loves her ladybird rocker she is learning new things all the time she has just mastered walking and absolutely loving it ..she can also be a cheeky monkey hiding behind the curtains and putting her teddies down the loo :)
What’s the best thing about being a mum?it hard to explain lots of them ..the love I have for her is no love I have felt before it's crazy...being proud of her progress and just simply watching her be so happy and full of life
What has being a parent taught you?lots and lots omg it's actually a hard question I have learnt so much I just can't think :(
What’s the most important piece of advice you want to pass on to your children? Don't worry about what hasn't happend yet but to focus on what is happening smile love and laugh
How has your life changed since becoming a mum? My life has changed in so many ways she has made me a better person I'm learning as much as she is being my first child.
Tell us a bit about your home? Whereabouts is it and what’s it like? I live in kingsteignton ins newton abbot in a two bed house I absolulty love my house my back garden goes into the woods it's so quiet and surrounded by lovely people I love the area
What would a typical day in your life entail? Wake up get dresses unless havering a lazy day breakfast for my lil one play with toys until my partner finishes work as he works nights will then normally go for a walk to the shops or around the woods go to baby groups or tumbling teds home for dinner play and chill and then bath story bottle and bed for Abigail and then I do my 40 mins of exercise house work washing etc watch telly and then normally go bed when my partner goes to wrk at 11pm
Where are your favourite three places to visit in Devon:being an animal lover I love going to the zoos and living coasts
What are your top three favourite shops: next homebargins and boots
What’s your favourite book? The damage done by warren fellows
What baby or children’s items can you not live without. Bottles milk teething gel
Describe your fashion style:casual jeans/leggings baggy long tops uggs
Top tips on how to balance work and family life: I failed miserably when my maternity finished as the hours where to long it killed me
What or who inspires you? strong willed people I mean we all complain about headakes tummy ales etc tho I recently watched a program about people with cancer and they simply get on with there life's no complaints happy little soles tho they are so ill but fight it with a smile no matter what you have or haven't got you should love life and love what you have life is a gift!
What plans for the future do you have?: getting married and having another baby to make my beautiful family complete :)
If you could live your life again what would you change and what would you keep the same?i would change how I was in my teens tho they say learn from your mistakes and those mistakes have made me the person I am today so probably nothing
Today I took my elderly father and a little boy to The Coffee House in St Marychurch precinct.
We were able to park on the street nearby in free 2 hour parking, however there are also council car parks nearby for busier days.
Due to it being a wet and windy Sunday most of the precinct seemed to be closed, so I was pleased to find The Coffee House open with its bright and colourful interior making a stark contrast to the world outside.
We chose off the menu on our table and I ordered at the counter. We ordered a latte, a skinny latte, scrambled egg on toast, a Panini, and a children's meal box. Our order came to a little over £17.
The menu had a great selection to choose from including a good variety of options for children. We chose to have the children's box with a ham sandwich. It also came with crisps, biscuit, a packet of sweets, a sticker book and a choice of drinks (Fruit shoots were one of them- my pet hate, but I was pleased to see they had healthier alternatives too).
The gentleman who served me at the counter was friendly and helpful and remained that way for the duration of our visit.
When are coffees were brought over I mentioned my son likes the side biscuits, the gentleman then went off and came back with an extra biscuit for my little boy, which I thought was a lovely touch.
No complaints on the food at all, it was tasty and well presented.
The cafe is spacious with nice décor, and a selection of arts and gifts that are available to purchase. Have a high chair available which was brought to our table for us, which is always nice rather than having to lug it through a cafe yourself. The cafe seemed very clean.
I didn't make use of the toilets or baby change but noticed they were well sign posted.
All in all a great visit, lovely place made extra nice by such lovely staff. The menu prices make it just slightly over our price range as some where we'd visit all the time when compared to its cheaper town centre counterparts, but as a treat I will definitely be visiting again. Great visit.
Nice Mum Stars: ***** 5 out of 5
Yesterday I took my little boy for a bite to eat at Cafe Mocha in Torquay's Union Street.
Occupying a prominent position opposite Costa, the cafe is spacious and light in comparison to its well-known neighbours.
We found a table easy enough, which had comfy chairs and there was a highchair available for me to help myself today. I ordered at the counter a brie and Cranberry Panini and a children's meal comprising egg sandwich, crisps and a drink and a latte for me.
The drinks on offer for me to choose to go with the children's meal where unfortunately only two flavours of Fruit Shoot. Anyone who knows me will know how much I disapprove of those god-awful drinks, so I politely declined to have a free drink. The waitress kindly offered me the option of a free bottle of water instead which I took and she offered me a straw to go with it to make it suitable for my little boy which I was impressed by. I do fail to understand why cafes offer such unhealthy drinks as Fruit Shoots with children's meals when there are healthier and safer alternatives they could provide.
My latte was brought to the table quickly and swiftly followed by our food.
The food was nice enough, although somewhat uninspiring.
The atmosphere in the cafe however was very nice and it appeared that some of the customers were regulars. The staff seem very happy and were very friendly. I cannot fault the service at all.
The baby change facilities are separate to the toilets and seemed very clean.
The decor is nice though lacks imagination and the restaurant seems very clean. We were lucky to find a table with normal height chairs because the lower level of the cafe is set out as all tub chairs and low tables apart from the table we went to, you have to go upstairs to get to the rest of the normal tables which isn't ideal if you have a pram, swapping the tables around in my opinion would make it more child friendly as a high chair would tower over the lower height tables.
All in all we enjoyed our visit to Cafe Mocha and were impressed by both the staff and cleanliness.
Nice Mum Stars *** 3 out of 5
Heathy children's drinks and a better table layout would have made it 5
Last night I went out for a rare dinner without a child to Legends at Steps in Torquay.
Having been to Legends at their old site on Torwood Street a number of times over the years I had high expectations for their new home at the old Steps Bistro location.
We were greeted warmly by a lovely waitress on entrance who showed us to our table. The waitress was the only member of staff we came across during our visit and provided a great service, attending to our needs without being overbearing, and was very friendly.
I had a glass of house white wine and the main course of Broccoli Bake, my date had steak and a lager (man food!) The broccoli bake was absolutely delicious, cannot fault it at all. I was actually disappointed that it was so filling I could not finish it all. The steak I'm told was very good too.
The restaurant is very small but has a lovely décor and is a updated take on the old restaurant. It was busy but not full (unsuprising on a very rainy January night) and had a good atmosphere.
For a couple or a group of friends the restaurant makes for a lovely night out, but due to its size I'm not sure how I would feel about taking my sometimes noisy toddler as I feel with the restaurant being so small he'd stand good chance of disturbing everyone in there! Definitely a great place for date night though.
I was really impressed by Legends at Steps and it exceeded all of my expectations.
Our bill for our two main courses and two rounds of drinks came to £38 which I felt excellent value for the quality of food and service.
If I was to pick fault, the only thing I could probably find is that the name of the place is a bit of a mouthful, go back to just calling it Legends!
Nice Mum Stars ***** 5 out of 5
Give the waitress a pay rise!
Well he's been and gone again! its a new year and a new start! I do have to wonder how many resolutions have been broken already?! Myself I didn't make a resolution as I always break them instead I started to really look at myself, as a woman, I am sure most if all of you can relate to this, I am very self critical and my biggest issue is my weight and health. Since a very young age I have witnessed my mum yo-yo dieting trying the latest work outs, aerobics classes etc and my dad and his family always teased us with "fat" jibes. Now I am not blaming my upbringing for my current issues but clearly they have had an effect.
I am now 31 years old with a soon to be a 4 year old daughter who I want to have a healthy relationship with food and exercise so the question is what to do? I decided to cut "junk food" out of my diet and start to jog again. I was then approached by a friend up north in the new year to take part in a 30 day kick start programme which would involve daily exercise challenges as well as workouts 3 times a week and a weekly meal plan. I jumped at the opportunity. I am a week in my meals and diet has completely changed I have embraced the Paleo lifestyle and the workouts I do with the support and guidance of my 2 personal trainers, my daughter and my husband.
So progress so far 4lb loss and 1inch! Amazing I will happily share my progress pictures with you at the end of the 30 days so you can see the difference this is making to me. I have also re discovered sausages I am LOVING them at the moment, I haven't eaten red meat and eggs for 15 years and now I eat them so much! its amazing how your taste buds change with diet and age!
Well I will say by for now but I will share progress news very soon :)
We've been coming to this particular playgroup for over a year now and my son loves it. Its totally free but there is a small charge for tea & coffee.
It starts at 9.30 & finishes at 11 on Thursdays, on the way in your asked to sign in or register if you haven't been to any Action for children groups before (its just 1 form).
The children are allowed to go and play with an assortment of toys that change weekly, today we had paints, glitter & rollers, books & beanbags, farm animals, tractors etc, trains & wooden track, slide, puzzles & jigsaws, play food, and a baby area with bouncer chair & assorted toys.
The mums & dads can help themselves to tea & coffee but this has to be drunk in the kitchen which you can see your children from.
There is usually a good assortment of ages from newborn - 5 years. 2 leaders run this group Sarah Jane & Alice, both are extremely easy to talk to and get to know, they can help you with most problems and give you advice.
The children play until 10.30 then its tidy up time where everyone helps to put things away into the toy cupboard as all the toys end up absolutely everywhere!
Then we have a bit of a sing song, the usual's are wheels on the bus, wind the bobbin, twinkle twinkle etc then its fruit & milk time, the children sit down at the table, clean their hands and then help themselves to an assortment of fruit & have a beaker of milk or water.
There is a car park here and toilet facilities, also changing facilities too.