FEATURE // TOPFIVEBABY OFFERS

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This week we’ve got a selection of amazing offers and treats for you, all of which are totally EXCLUSIVE to Top Five Baby. Exciting times indeed. The generous souls offering up these un-missables are all house favourites at TFB.

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Lara & Ollie giveaway
Lara & Ollie, makers of the most stylish baby-friendly jewellery out there, have given us a gorgeous teething combo set to give away. To be in with a shot of getting your hands (and gums) on them, simply:
1. Like us on Facebook for one entry, and Instagram for a bonus entry.
2. Then like our Lara and Ollie giveaway post.
3. Think positive thoughts.

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10% off YesMum affirmation cards
YesMum cards  give mums, mums-to-be and just humans in general an amazing little lift every day. They’re a brilliant, thoughtful, original gift for a pregnant friend, or, even better, yourself.
With the code TOP5BABY you can get 10% off. But today is the final day of the offer, so best to get your skates on.

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10% off Lady Bakewell-Park   Lady Bakewell-Park makes biscuits, brownies and sweet treats, the likes of which you’ve never tasted or seen before. Don’t think about it, just order some now for anyone with a mouth and use code TopFive16 on checkout to get 10% off your order (valid from Friday 30 September until Friday 14 October).

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10% off Clary and Peg
Clary and Peg are one of our go-to maternity brands – their range of vintage-inspired items work so well with or without a bump, and they even do some scrumptious bloomers for the tiny one.
Get 10% off your order when you enter the code topfivebaby at checkout.

Let us know how your fabulous discounted purchases work for you and your baby/bump on Facebook and Instagram – we love to hear and see what you’re all up to.
Until next time, keep it simple, spread the Top Five Baby word and happy shopping!

MEET THE MAMA // JENNY WALKER // TOPFIVEBABY.COM

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Who are you?

Jenny Walker, co-founder of www.topfivebaby.com

Top Five Baby is a baby kit review website where we have created a shortlist of the best in every category to save busy parents the time, effort and stress of figuring out what you actually need for your baby.

Where are you from?

Sheffield, then I moved to London in 2007 (that’s where I had all my children) and now very happily back north again as I promised myself I’d not bring them up in The Smoke.

What do we need to know about you?

I studied and qualified as a lawyer before being made redundant whilst pregnant with my second child.  This turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me, as there was no way I could have returned to my job after our little boy Elliott came along. He very sadly died aged 10 days old of a rare genetic condition that we had no idea about and I have spent much of the time since them coming to terms with his death and learning how to live life according to how I want to, in a much happier, simpler way with my children and husband.

Fundraising in Elliott’s memory for Great Ormond Street, the hospital where he was treated, has kept me going too. More recently me and my husband, Michael, have invested any of our remaining spare time into growing Top Five Baby, but we’re still on with our fundraising and I’m not sure we’ll ever stop. I have two healthy girls and am I’m pregnant with our fourth child!

Where can we find your business/product?

Our website is www.topfivebaby.com

We’re on Facebook at www.facebook.com/topfivebaby

Instagram @topfive_baby

Pinterest @topfivebaby

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

Luckily loads of stuff as our girls are still young enough to enjoy being with us and us with them. Snuggling in bed with books, going for a walk, digging in the garden, cooking, colouring, making dens are just a few things the girls love doing at the moment.

What is your top mama tip?

Ask for help if you need it. I’m terrible at this but trying to get better. Being a mama can be really hard when you’re doing it all on your own, and an hour or so off can make all the difference. You’ll enjoy things all the more when you’re reunited. And be kind to yourself. Try not to feel guilty about the stuff mums generally punish themselves feeling guilty about, just doing your best is enough.

Mama confession

I taught my 4 year old to sing Mummy Superstar to the tune of the chorus of Ghetto Superstar / Islands in the Stream. It’s super cheesy but it gives me an amazing boost that she thinks I’m a superstar even if I’ve told her to sing it! I’m clinging to this as long as I can get away with it.

 

Jenny is coming in to speak at the Mama Social session on September 30th. 10:30-12 at The Showroom.

MEET THE MAMA // Emma Braithwaite // Bobbi Brown

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Who are you?

My name is Emma Braithwaite. I am a makeup artist and mother to two girls. Who are 4 and 2.

Where are you from?

I live on the outskirts of Doncaster near Thorne. I commute to Sheffield for work because I love my job!

What do we need to know about you?

I’ve been a makeup artist for 15 years. For 12 of those years I traveled around the country doing makeup artist events.  I have worked in Paris and London on Chanel fashion shows. I discovered Bobbi Brown when I had my first child. I loved her philosophy on life and also the fact that she is working mum. I loved that she created products that suit me as a mother as well as a makeup artist. She sees the woman and wants to bring out the best in everyone. Her moto is be who you are. That did it for me!

Where can we find your business/product (facebook, instagram/website etc)

I work for Bobbi Brown in John Lewis Sheffield. We offer complementary how to’s for anybody wanting any makeup/skincare advice.

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

I love it when we are all together having an old fashioned Sunday dinner.

Top mama tip…

Don’t be afraid to look silly!! Oh and say I love you, a lot!

Your mama confession…..

My 2 year old still gets in bed with me every night!

Emma will be joining us at Mama Social on Friday 23th September 10:30-12 at The Showroom.

EVENING EVENT // Mama Social X Trib3 // SEPTEMBER 28th

trib3Join us on the evening of Wednesday 28th Sep at 7:30 when we will be bringing you an exclusive Mama Social X Trib3 collaboration.

The evening will be held at the unique Trib3 venue on Ecclesall rd (entrance next door to Sainsburys)

We will begin the evening with a introduction to this new kind of fitness session. Trib3 offers a group workout designed around three key components: treadmill, resistance and intensity to maximise conditioning, physical and mental performance.

Tribe has exclusively tailored their workout to our mama social members with a focus on retuning to exercise post baby.

We are giving the opportunity to try this amazing 30 minute workout, surrounded by your fellow mamas, in a laid back, non judgey (promise!) environment and set to a backdrop of internationally acclaimed music.

Trib3 will also be discussing future promotions specifically for Mama Social members, so don’t miss out.

Come and join us for a Giggle whilst also getting back into shape. We’re all in this together!

To book your free place for the eveing please click here.

GUEST SPEAKERS // THE APPLE TREE CENTRE // 16TH SEPTEMBER

Logo - TextRosie Dymond and Jenny Reid are co-directors of the Apple Tree Centre, providing counselling and therapy to children and young people.

Jenny and Rosie will talk about their work as Play Therapists, supporting children with a wide range of emotional and behavioural needs, as well as their experience of teaching Play Therapy skills to parents as part of their Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) groups.

CPRT supports parents to hold weekly ‘Special Play’ sessions with their own children. These sessions are child-led, allowing children to feel understood and in control, and giving parents an insight into their children’s thoughts and feelings. At the same time, parents learn techniques and develop confidence to set effective boundaries.

Play has a crucial role in children’s development, allowing children to learn to regulate their emotions, process their experiences and practice new skills and behaviour patterns, as well as providing a valuable means of communication between parents and children. We will talk about the roles of different kinds of play and their relevance to children’s social, emotional and cognitive development.

MEET THE MAMA // Alex Duxbury // Lifft Slings

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Who are you

I am Alex Duxbury, based in Millhouses with my husband Michael, daughter Georgina (21months) and our two Jack Russells.

Where are you from?

I am originally from a village in Hampshire, then spent five years in Norwich in Norfolk, before moving to study at the University of Sheffield. I have lived, studied and worked in Sheffield ever since.

What do we need to know about you?

I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.

I have always been interested in people, having studied degrees in Psychology and later Human Nutrition and so ended up working with the public in diverse range of roles. Over the years I have worked on tourist boats, building sites, monitoring school food, for a NHS mental health trust and as a Maternal and Infant Health researcher at a University. My research funding ended just before my daughter was born, so I knew I would have no position to return to after maternity leave, prompting me to consider my career options.

Our daughter was born in December 2014, and in September 2015 an opportunity arose for my husband and I to acquire a baby sling business; Lifft Slings.

Our business enables me to share my passion for babywearing with others and be a stay at home Mum, taking ‘Demo Baby’ to meetings, sling demos at groups like Mama Social and being the main attraction to our stand at shows.

All our slings are made in Yorkshire, by my mother in law so we are a true Yorkshire family business. Our slings are available from our website or at events such as The Baby and Toddler Shows, where we can meet the customers and offer free demos and sizing advice to ensure they purchase the perfect sling.

In the last 12 months the business has developed and grown, and I have gained new skills as a Babywearing Peer Supporter and now am responsible for sales, marketing and social media.

Where can we find your business/product (facebook, instagram/website etc)

Our website is www.lifftslings.com

Our facebook page is www.facebook.com/lifftslings

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Twitter @Lifftslings

Pinterest Lifftslings

 

You can read what Anna from Angel in the North had to say when she reviewed the sling here: http://www.angelinthenorth.com/2016/08/24/review-lifft-baby-sling/

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

Going for a dog walk in the Peaks then stopping off at Our Cow Molly for ice cream on the way home.

Top mama tip…

Be the best Mum you can, but never compare yourself to others. Remember in your little one’s eyes, you‘re the best Mum in their world.

Your mama confession…..

I take the concept of ‘working from home’ to the limits to include grabbing my laptop and a drink and working from the front seat of my car, parked outside our house as our daughter naps in the back.

 

Alex will be joining us at Mama Social on Friday 9th September 10:30-12 at The Showroom.

MEET THE MAMAS // Rosie Dymond & Jenny Reid // The Apple Tree Centre

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Who are you?

We are friends who met through our work as Play Therapists, and who share a passion for providing good, robust emotional support for children and young people. We both have children of our own, aged between 5 and 8, and have loved building up our therapy centre at the same time as we have watched our children grow and become more independent.

Where are you from?

Rosie grew up just outside Sheffield, studied away, travelled and then came back. Jenny travelled around the country as a child (mostly in West Yorkshire), came to Sheffield for university and immediately felt that this was home. I did move away for work for a couple of years, but always believed that I would come back.

What do we need to know about you?

We both love providing individual counselling and Play Therapy to children and young people, watching them grow and learn and explore and develop self esteem, resilience and better coping skills. More recently, we have begun teaching these therapeutic skills to parents, and have found it hugely rewarding to watch the changes in their family dynamics over just a few weeks. Our next series of parenting classes begins on 13th September, and we can’t wait to meet the new groups.

Where can we find your business/product?

Our website is www.appletreecentre.co.uk. We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/appletreecentresheffield/

and a twitter account:

https://twitter.com/appletreecntr

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

Jenny: My children love being out in the natural world. When the weather allows, our favourite weekend activity is to go out into the Peak District and let them clamber over the rocks there, testing their strength and balance and making up complicated imaginative games in the caves and ‘dens’ they discover.

Rosie: Much like Jenny I love being outdoors with my boys, riding bikes, climbing trees and generally getting mucky!

Top mama tip

Jenny: I try not to organise too much of my children’s time for them. I’ve really enjoyed just watching them this summer, being ready to intervene if they need it but otherwise allowing them to enjoy each other’s company and really explore their own imaginations. It’s so much more relaxing for me, and more fun for them.

Rosie: My approach to parenting is the ‘stand back and see what happens’ approach! I’ve always encouraged my children to notice how they feel in risky situations like when they’re balancing on a rock or on a climbing frame – I ask them whether they feel safe and if they do they can try to go a bit higher, or jump… I try to avoid the ‘don’t do that because it’s too high / big / dangerous for you’ stance and let them come to that conclusion for themselves!

Your mama confession…..

Jenny: We are so far from perfect, it’s difficult to choose just one example! We spend a lot of time talking to other parents about how to communicate more effectively with their children, but I think the most important lesson I’ve taken from our parenting programme is about forgiving ourselves when we make mistakes or snap at our children, and focusing on rebuilding relationships.

Rosie: Sometimes I behave like a child, I get into grumpy arguments with my kids when I’m fully aware I’m not behaving like a grown up but I do it anyway because a bit of me needs to be that grumpy child sometimes. I apologise and make up with cuddles later… I think apologising to kids for behaving badly is setting a good example!

 

Jenny and Rosie will be joining us at Mama Social on Friday 16th September, 10:30-12 at The Showroom