Well its that time of year another HUGE hyped up game release! Gone are the days you wait for HMV open at 9am and the average age was 19 of all the gamers queuing. Now its pre order (and posted to your door on release day - our chosen option), midnight queuing or rushing the shop first thing to try and secure a copy. If you actually looked at the average person buying such games these are 25+ males some with kids, most with a partner but no spotty teenagers in sight, well maybe a few but anyway as I said we have pre ordered and we (hubby) waited like a kid at Christmas for Mr Postman Pat! Now my hubby God bless him likes his games and to be fair to him generally places them post Alexis bed time and not every night, but these big games are a different kettle of fish its like big match day I suppose for footy fans! He will play and play it. Now since hes usually a good boy I leave him to play in peace, I even took Alexis out and allowed him to play all day in the bedroom in peace while me and Alexis had mummy and daughter time which I dont get enough of with working! I caught up on reading my book (another love, I have been known to lose days - pre child of course!). I must admit he was good after the 1st day of excitement but I bet some poor wives, partners & families are literally are "left" while some men concentrate on their games I know it takes over their lives! I must say I feel for those people whos partners are really into most games as there are so many new releases over the few weeks! So what did I do with my bonding time, we did some cutting and sticking (mainly sticking and un-sticking my fingers!), baking yummy cakes (my poor waistline!) and walking the dog! Exciting, messy but most of all an adventure for me and my girl. Sitting here writing this my hubby is actually re playing GTA, hes has completed it once but it has another storyline?! Although he is getting value for money (I am a penny pincher) !This is 7 days after release (hes had some good gaming hours) but this afternoon after nursery he took us the beach for rock pooling fun and we visited some family so really cant moan at the continuous playing, although its coming up to "that time" so the moaning will commence shortly I am sure ;)anyway I am off for now rock pooling, catch you next time!
Next month we are hoping to interview our first Nice Mum of the Month for this blog. We are looking for mums with something to tell that our readers will find interesting. Do you balance work and family life, bring your children up organically, run your own business from home, or perhaps you hold some unusual parenting views, whatever it is we want to hear from you, or you can nominate a friend. If you think you could be the first Nice Mum of the Month please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also looking for local WAHM's (Work at home mums) wishing to showcase their business and tell us a bit about how it works for you and what your business is all about. If you are a Devon based mum and running your own busines from home then please get in touch at the above email address.
If you're neither of the above but still feel you have something to contribute to the blog then we want to hear from you too! This blog is for all of our members to get involved in so please send in any ideas or blogs you think belong on the page!
Dance Classes in Torquay and Brixham
The Brixham/Torquay Dance Project is a small, friendly, local Dance School. Classes have been held in Brixham since 2004 and we have just set up a sister project in Torquay. Both branches will offer classes in Ballet, Tap and Modern Dance for children and adults and will eventually add classes in Jazz, Street and Contemporary Dance. We take pupils from the age of three. Our Classes are kept small so that all pupils can be taught to the best of their ability and we hold annual examination sessions with a nationally recognised examination body. We are affiliated to the U.K.A. (The United Kingdom Alliance of professional Teachers of Dance and Kindred Arts) and we work to their syllabus, for the past two years we have had a 100% examination pass rate. All of our Teachers hold BA (Hons.) in Dance or Dance related subjects, have CRB checks and hold Public Liability Insurance. We also hold an Annual Show at Brixham Theatre so every pupil gets the chance to perform in front of their family and friends as well as performing at other local events as they occur. Brixham Classes run on Monday and Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings and the Torquay Classes will be held on a Thursday to begin with. The benefits of Dance are many; it is a recognised way to keep fit, improve your strength, flexibility and balance, reduce stress and boost cardiovascular health. Dance also helps build confidence and self-esteem so why not come along and meet some new people and try a class?
If anyone would like more information, please contact us by ringing or texting 078 284 221 48 (please leave a message if we cannot answer and we will get back to you as soon as possible) or by messaging us on ‘face book’ at www.Facebook.com/BrixhamDanceProject We also have a website http://brixhamdance.webs.com.
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Well firstly before I start to ramble i best introduce myself! My name is Jo, I live in Newton Abbot, married (nearly a year!) and have a 3 1/2 year old daughter and a dog! I am a full time working mum and the hubby has stayed at home since my girl Alexis was 6 months old.
From speaking to people this role reversal is really common although I haven't met many people in a similar situation. For me it was a hard decision, leaving my baby as much as I had cabin fever I worship my girl and leaving her was a very hard decision but it was the most logical and anyway that was 3 years ago! Lets fast forward to now! Like I said my baby is now 3 1/2 with ATTITUDE!! How has our situation affected our relationships and emotional states? I can only really answer for me and my perception (I am sure a psychologist would have a field day!) anyway, for me its almost the norm now we have our routine. I have been lucky as I leave before the house stirs usually..... a few times well more often than not just lately Alexis now wakes as I get up, is she listening for me? hoping to catch me? Who knows but those mornings she begs me to stay home tears me to pieces. As I walk to work I have time to pull myself into "manager" mode but as a mum it rips me apart. I am a mum first and my girl always comes first so these morning totally destroy me.
What happens after I leave? Shes all smiles with Daddy, goes to nursery, collects me from work all excited like butter wouldn't melt! How do I make sure we spend quality time together? Easy, my days off are adventure days, we go the park, swimming, libarary, bake, basically have fun. My spare time is her time and this helps, or so I believe helps us to bond and gives Daddy a much needed day off,
Well thats a bit about my life for now! I shall post blogs about daily activities and weekly happenings and my emotional breakdowns from week to week! Hope to see u all soon!
Exciting news: Jay from Optimus Health & Fitness will be joining us at the Nice Mum Card launch on 4th October at Play Cafe Torquay and will be available to chat to about your health & fitness requirements. He's on the discount list so for anyone wanting to get fit or lose the baby weight this is a great opportunity to book some personal training with him.
For more information see www.optimushealth.co.uk
Child Friendly Matters is a new company set up by two local mums who want businesses in the local area to become more Child Friendly and want to make it easier for Parents to recognise those that are . They need YOUR support. Please like and if possible complete the Survey on their Facebook page www.Facebook.com/ChildFriendlyMatters They will be donating towards our Birthday / Christmas Party and Discount scheme and the more Likes and Surveys they get, the more £ they will donate! Plus every person that fills out the survey has a chance of winning a High St Voucher. (When completing survey please write Nicemums after your name ie 'Steffi Rox Nice mums' so they can identify our members).
We have decided to close the Facebook group. As the group has rapidly grown in size to 854 members the amount of time required to manage it has steadily increased leaving us less and less time to spend with our families. The politics involved in trying to get such a large amount of mums to get along and then having to be the ones to sort out any issues has become stressful to say the least and we feel our energy could be focussed better elsewhere.
I know many have gained support, help & friendship on the facebook group & that was our aim so its been achieved.
We are sad to be seeing an end to this but for us it's too much time spent on resolving problems rather than planning things to benefit the group.
The website will be continuing & hopefully in time we can improve its features. The recycling collection will continue with the updates going on the blog and the discount cards & parties will also still be going ahead. Updates will be posted on the blog so please keep checking it.
As many of you have become friends remember to add each other on facebook so you don't lose touch!
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Some people live their lives by Facebook, Nice Mums just live! Onwards & upwards!
With lots of love
Dani, Eles & Stef
2 women die each week as a result of domestic abuse in the UK, many suffer silently for years, their children watching. However, the national network of refuges across Britain help 180,000 families escape domestic abuse each year, undoubedly an invaluable service to women and children everywhere. Yet, Torbay council are currently proposing to shut down the area's refuge in place of an "emergency accommodation plan" in order to cut costs. I believe, along with Westward Housing Association's representative who runs the refuge, that it is an essential aspect of our social care and safeguarding of children, a vital pillar of support for women and necessary for our community and Britain as a whole. Please take 5minutes to give back to this service by heading to the nice mums Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/nicemumsdevon/ and signing the petition thread to keep Torbay's Refuge open. You can make a difference! Thank you. http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-24047660
NICE MUMS OF BRIXHAM! We want to get you recycling! So far no one has taken any recycling into our only collection point in Brixham so to try to get you involved Jack & Jills preloved baby shop has kindly offered 5% discount on anything in store for anyone bringing in 10 items or more of suitable recycling (see our website) until further notice! So not only will you be reducing landfill, raising money for charity but you'll also save money too! So get involved and get collecting!! http://www.nicemums.com/nmd-recycling.html
So for the past month myself, Dani and the lovely Lyndsey from Play Cafe in Torquay have been spending all our time designing a new discount scheme for all of our members, a new and exclusive discount card, new Nice Mums Devon logo and marketing campaign. Finally things are coming together and we have a date for the launch of the new scheme. On Friday 4th October at 12pm the new discount card will be available to purchase and we will be launching it at a special meet up at Play Cafe in Higher Union Street, Torquay. We will be available until 2pm with cards to purchase which will enable Nice Mums Devon members to get fantastic discounts at over 20 local businesses.
Anyone not able to make the launch will still be able to purchase cards after this date but this will incur p&p charges and of course missing out on all the fun of the meet up so please come along and enjoy coffee and play at a fabulously discounted rate! xx