FEATURE // mother’s day

It’s almost OUR day, the day we turn the tables, the day we can make demands on everyone and expect to be waited on hand and foot all day….well, we can dream!

I’m a huge fan of all the Mama merchandise that’s on the market at the moment and Mother’s Day seems a good excuse to be treated to some so I’m getting ready to drop some serious hints about this little lot…

  1. we could all use a huge ‘one good mutha’ mug by meresoeur.com for our morning coffee.
  2. handmade in Sheffield macarons by Show me Joni available here
  3. stylish and effortless but still completely practicle love this Elwood faux leather rucksack by Tiba and Marl
  4. Sheffield mama-made, organic, relaxing and soothing, sounds perfect! Natalie Bond gift set
  5. a sneaky way to make sure you’re always prepared for a cheeky corona bottle opener by The Fourth Trimester
  6. ‘Mama’ Tee by Selfish Mother. All profits go to mothers2mothers charity, shopping and supporting a great cause, win win!
  7.  ‘Mother’ necklace by Cult of Youth; top of my list
  8. Nursing Bra by HotMilk available at Figleaves because if we’ve got to wear them they can at least be pretty nursing bras!

 

 

FEATURE // HillsFest 2016

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When Karen joined us last Friday, we were privileged to hear the fascinating and incredibly inspiring story of how she opened Cupola gallery, on a shoestring, against all the odds, and is still going strong 25 years on! After hearing the story it seems only fitting that Cupola would want to celebrate their 25th birthday in style with the community that has supported the gallery for all those years. Cue HillsFest 2016, an ambitious festival of art and music planned for Hillsborough Park on 9th and 10th July 2016.

HillsFest looks set to be huge, with five inflatable themed domes; Creative Showcases, Maker’s Activities, Spoken Word & Film, Sound & Movement and Taste. Not only are we looking forward to going to the festival, but we also want to support Karen and the festival organisers to make it as amazing as Hillsborough and Sheffield deserve! We all know how important the arts are to people and communities and that is why events like this are SO important.

The festival will be free to attend and is not for profit so Cupola and the team need your help! Whether you can steward on the day, offer a few hours admin support, help with marketing effort and crowd funding campaign, contribute to community engagement and liaison activities, offer goods or services support or advice, they would like to hear from you!

Watch this space for some Mama Social fundraising!

For more information about the festival and how you can get involved visit www.hillsfest.org.uk.

GUEST SPEAKER // Cupola Gallery

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After a nice ‘relaxing’ half term break, we are back on Friday and excited to welcome mum of two Karen Sherwood as our guest speaker. Karen is the founder, owner and director of Cupola Contemporary Art. Cupola remains one of the most respected contemporary galleries for the sale and exhibition of fine art & fine craft in the north of England – wow!

Self described as ‘slightly mad passionate advocate of the arts’, Karen founded the gallery in 1991 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. You only have to speak to Karen for five minutes to understand why! Enthusiastic and ever the professional, a natter with Karen is always insightful and interesting. We can’t wait to hear all about her journey growing the gallery (and how she managed it with two young children!).

If you haven’t been to Cupola, we would strongly recommend a visit. With free chocolate cake every Saturday and children (and babies) welcome, who can resist? Top tip: their legendary ‘Under the Bed’ sales are a great way to pick up a bargain!

As if running a gallery and looking after two children wasn’t challenge enough, this year Karen is organising the first ever Hillsborough Arts Festival – #HillsFest2016. This will be an ambitious 2 day arts & music festival in Hillsborough park in July, celebrating arts and industry in Sheffield. There are many ways YOU can get involved with helping to organise and deliver this festival, which Karen will tell us all about during her talk.

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If you haven’t been to Cupola, we would strongly recommend a visit. With free chocolate cake every Saturday and children (and babies) welcome, who can resist? Top tip: their legendary ‘Under the Bed’ sales are a great way to pick up a bargain!

As if running a gallery and bringing up two children wasn’t challenge enough, this year Karen is organising the first ever Hillsborough Arts Festival – #HillsFest2016. This will be an ambitious 2 day arts & music festival in Hillsborough park in July, celebrating arts and industry in Sheffield. There are many ways YOU can get involved with helping to organise and deliver this festival, which Karen will tell us all about during her talk.

 We look forward to welcoming Karen to Mama Social and seeing you all on Friday 19th Feb!

 

MEET THE MAMA // Helen Skelton

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I am Helen Skelton, a cumbrian mum currently living in France with my husband and seven month old son.

• what do you do?

I’m a television presenter and have worked in telly and radio for over ten years. I also write (am trying to write children’s books) my first one came out last year – Amy Wild Amazon Summer.

• where can we see you?

Shows like Countryfile. ITV Tonight. BBC Sport – i do things like the boat race, the swimming and the olympics.

• what do you like to do as a family?

We moved to france in November so we spend a lot of time walking on the beach and dipping our toes in the sea. It’s a bit to cold to put Ernie in at the minute. When we have a day off together as a family we try to make no plans, we wander round the markets, walk on the promenade and eat too many crepes.

•  top mama tip?

Have a shower even when you can’t be bothered and the baby is screaming. It’s amazing how human you feel afterwards.

oh and don’t move to a country where you have no friends of family with a new baby. you’ll find yourself in the tourist information office every day making friends with anyone who comes in!

• your mama confession…

I have a little bit of Ernie sick on the inside of my leather jacket – I haven’t washed it out because I like the smell of it and I like having a whiff of him if I am ever out and about without him. (not that that EVER happens!!)

 

 

MEET THE MAMA // Nikki-lee

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  • Who are you?

My name is nikki-lee , firstly I am a mum to two daughters , a wife and then creative director to my company Kojo&Lee , a hair salon.

  • Where are you from?

I grew up in Guildford (just south of London) I have lived in Sheffield for 12years.

  • What do we need to know about you?

I have been in the hairdressing industry since I was 14 at TONI&GUY, I left the company to set out on my own after having my second daughter. Starting in the basement of my house to the upstairs room of the Gatsby and now I am one year into my own premises. A lovely old building on Devonshire street in Sheffield. A beautiful calm space , a completely different and unique approach to hairdressing.

  • Where can we find your business/product?

Always Instagram, sometimes Facebook , sporadically Twitter , if I ever find the time then Pinterest and Tumblr…

  • What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

Honestly – going to FIVE GUYS for burgers on a Sunday! :) but probably abit naughty to say ha!
But , Sunday’s in general are our family day and we normally go for outside somewhere on the bikes and then lunch and watch a film :)

  • What is your top mama tip?

Listening and cuddles.

EVENING MEET // Lucy Sheridan @ Daisy’s Bar 17/03/16 @ 20:00

 

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Mama Social is proud to announce our first evening event… We invite you to join us and Lucy Sherdan for a cocktail in the gorgeous Daisy’s Bar (above The Great Gatsby – Division Street).

About Lucy

Lucy Sheridan AKA The UK’s first and only Comparison Coach, is on a mission to get Gen Y over the ‘compare & despair’ of social media and be truly happy off and online. She has been featured in Grazia, Stella Magazine and the Daily Mail as part of her #comparisonfree campaign and continues to deliver that message via one on one coaching, workshops and speaking gigs. She is also co-creator of #HigherSelfie the spiritual lifestyle brand.

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Nobody’s Tribute Act: From compare & despair to #comparisonfree

“Comparison is the thief of Joy” – Theodore Roosevelt

In this inescapably digital age, the power couple of technology and social media have meant our devices are extensions of us.

We take them to the toilet, the birthing suite and (some of us!) even capture after sex selfies. Although at first thought extreme, these are trends nonetheless and when it comes to social media it appears it is all up for grabs!

This has had an interesting influence on how we perceive ourselves and each other as it can often feel that according to social media, everyone else has this thing called life figured out apart from us and their perfect lives fill our feeds and lead us to compare and despair.

Other people’s families, jobs, children, luxury handbags, grades, holidays, promotions, blogs and properties are all there as comparison content for us to consider and sometimes obsess over.

If we’re not careful, our happiness and success will boil down to an arbitrary check list ticking off those things whether we feel aligned with them or not.

In many ways we can be in danger of becoming someone else’s tribute act, with our goals and dreams a hodge-podge of other’s lives, and guess work of what we think we ‘should’ be doing at a certain life stage.

So to quote Dr Dre “HOLD UP”!

In this ‘does what it says on the tin’ session we’ll be:

  • Exploring and unpicking the digital overspill into our offline lives
  • Understanding how and why we compare ourselves to other people, without judgment or assumption
  • Gaining the insight that comparison can generate for you via self study, interactive exercises – and using those to set your goals and life vision, uniquely and authentically aligned with you
  • Dispelling the myth of the ‘perfect life’ created by social media
  • Discovering how to let the REAL you shine in every area of your life on your own terms
  • Putting down our phones and looking within to find the answers that will move you forward, get brave and gain the confidence to deliver for yourself.
  • Having a giggle at Lucy’s own cringey comparison anecdotes and the lessons learned from these

 

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

 

 

MEET // 5/02/15




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We had such an amazing response to Friday’s meet. The ever-lovely Emma from Moss&Clover came down and brought lots of beautiful props as well as giving a pretty honest insight into how she manages to maintain the work/life balance.

We saw so many new faces this week and it was great chatting and finding out about what you talented mamas are up to.

This week also saw us send out our first monthly newsetter with details released about our first fantastic evening event….watch this space!!
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GUEST SPEAKER // Moss&Clover

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Friday 5th February sees Moss and Clover founder, and mum of two, Emma Venn coming in to discuss all things mum boss…be warned she has said she’s going to be brutally honest about she manages to fit it all in!

imageEmma specialises in terrariums and planters and is bringing in a few to show us (I’m personally hoping she brings the gold dinosaur planter!)

She’s also bringing us in an activity to take part in, so come down, meet the mama behind the blooms and get your craft on!!