MEET THE MAMA // Jo Humphrey // Mind Baby + Soul

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Who are you?

I am Jo… Partner to Lee who is an International Event Manager and away from home lots and Mama to Ruby who is 2 and getting more amazing (and mischievous!) by the day. We also have a dog : The Funk and a cat : Tracey. Both are rescues and very special in their own, unique ways!

What do we need to know about you?

I am a Sheffield girl, born and bred and proud of it. I went to University in London and Manchester but there was never any question then of me staying away after I’d graduated. I am not going to spend all my days here, however. Sunnier climes are calling and we hope to move abroad at some point in the distant future…

What is your business/Product?

I am the owner of MIND BABY + SOUL : teaching Baby Massage and Baby Yoga and also Kids and Family Yoga. I have been doing this since retraining and finishing maternity leave in the summer of last year. I also own MINI RAVERS as of March this year and run monthly public and regular private themed disco and sensory parties aimed at little ones from 0 to pre school age. I LOVE MY JOBS and am so glad I have finally found something that suits me!

Where can we find your business/product?

Please note that both my websites are being rebuilt at the moment so aren’t really a shining example of my businesses just yet but : mindbabyandsoul.com miniravers.co.uk The FB pages are better, until the new websites are launched in a couple of weeks : facebook.com/mindbabyandsoulsheffield facebook.com/sheffieldminiravers

Your favourite thing to do as a family…

When Lee is home and we are both not working (which is all too rare these days!), we love to go out as a family, walking somewhere with the dog and we love to go out for food, too. A perfect winter Sunday, for example, would be a nice walk in the peaks, looking at trees and streams and wildlife with Rubes, followed by a nice roast dinner and a glass of wine somewhere… bliss!

Your top mama tip…

If you’re having a tricky time… JUST BREATHE. Whatever you may be going through right now, you need to know that it IS normal, you are NOT alone and this WILL pass. Which sounds a bit cheesy, I know. Trust me when I say it’s surprising how much clarity can be gained if you can just down tools for 2 minutes and regulate your breathing. Having suffered a fair bit with PND and PTSD, I genuinely speak from experience and would be more than happy to discuss it further with anyone who may be interested. Also, BE KIND TO YOURSELF. If you need to put your feet up, do it. If you fancy a slice of cake, have it. If you want a duvet day, go for it. You can be a much more effective lover of others if you love yourself, first.

Your Mama confession…

Eek, I must confess to getting Rubes into bed at the earliest available opportunity when Lee is away, in order to buy myself a little extra ‘me time’ in the evening! Daily, I’m up at 6am to get some work done before she wakes up and I work again when she has her afternoon nap so an extra few minutes to put my feet up and maybe even enjoy a glass of wine after her bed time is not too much of a crime, right?! 😉

 

Jo is coming in to Mama Social on Friday 4th November – 10:30-12 at The Showroom

MEET THE MAMA // Rachel Medina // The Snowdrop Project

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Who are you?

I am Rachel Medina, mum to Alex (almost 4) and Eva (almost 2). My husband is called Victor and we live in Birley (out by Crystal Peaks). I am the Local Coordinator at the Snowdrop Project.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Maine in the USA. I came to Sheffield in 2007 to do an MA at Sheffield Uni. I did move around a bit growing up, so soon, Sheffield will be where I have lived the longest! I get to go home to visit family about once a year, where I stock up on my American goodies.

What do we need to know about you?

I have absolutely fallen into the career path I’m on, and I am completely in love with my job. I have a BA in History and an MA in European Historical Archaeology. I happened to find what has become my passion through some temp work I did after completing my MA. I did a bunch of rather random jobs temping as an administrator until I worked for an organisation called Refugee Support. I got managing their office and learned more about what they did to help refugees in Sheffield with housing and integration. Within six months I got a job with them as the Lifeskills Tutor at their supported accommodation Foyer teaching and coordinating life skills and independent living sessions. Without that experience, I don’t think I would have ended up where I am now!

At the moment my life consists of working and running around after Alex and Eva, but I have hobbies as well, including knitting, crocheting and painting. I also cannot resist a conversation about politics, British or American. I really enjoy listening to other people’s perspectives and experiences!

Where can we find your business/product?

Our website is: www.snowdropproject.co.uk

Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/SnowdropProject at the moment we use facebook the most, so give us a like!

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What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

My kids love basically anything we do all together. They are happiest when we all go to the park or just stay home and play together, but so far our favourite family activity is taking the kids to Yorkshire Wildlife Park to see the animals.

Top mama tip

Be honest with yourself and with others when it’s tough. Find some friends who you can be real with, during both the good and the difficult things, and commiserate regularly!

Your mama confession…..

Should be confessions!

I have been known to let my kids eat cereal for dinner and put them to bed early on nights my husband is out of town to maximise some peace and quiet for myself. It’s like a treat for them and for me!

I once forgot that it was picture day at nursery and both my kids were dressed like house elves…seriously every item they were wearing was either stained or had holes in! Surprisingly we didn’t buy any of those photos!

Alex also loves AC/DC and once sang, ‘Thunderstruck’ for show and tell at nursery – his favourite line is ‘I was shakin’ at the knees/I was covered in bees’… I haven’t corrected him.

 

GUEST SPEAKER // RACHEL MEDINA // THE SNOWDROP PROJECT

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Joining us at mama social on Friday 14th October is Rachel Medina, the local coordinator for the Sheffield
charity, the Snowdrop Project. A charity which works to empower survivors of human trafficking to live independently in the community.

Rachel helped to start the charity, while starting a family. She is going to come and talk to the group about how she juggled motherhood with the pressures of setting up a charity.

Rachel will also being telling us about how and why the charity was started and the incredible work they do to support the survivors of human trafficking.

”The Snowdrop Project is named thus because, as the first flower of spring, the Snowdrop must overcome the harsh, cold realities of winter in order to bloom.”

Rachel is coming in to Mama Social on Friday 14th October, 10:30-12 at The Showroom- We hope to see you there!

MEET THE MAMA // KELSEY BARRIE // WELEDA

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Who are you?

I’m Kelsey Barrie and I live in Ridgeway (just on the Sheffield/Derbyshire border) with my 2 sons, Louis who is 19 and Lucas 15

Where are you from? 

I’m Sheffield born and bred and wouldn’t want to be from anywhere else!

What do we need to know about you? 

I’m a people person and all my previous jobs have involved working in and looking after teams.  Taking my redundancy from a well known high street Bank after 20 years service in 2012 gave me the perfect opportunity to address my work/life balance and choose a completely new career path.

I joined Weleda in April 2013 as an Advisor and have enjoyed every minute.  I now also look after a team in Yorkshire, Scotland and Northern Ireland and I can honestly say I have never working with a group of more inspiring, supportive and welcoming individuals – we are a family in every sense of the word.  My job gives me the opportunity to share my passion for natural health and wellbeing with others, helping people find a more natural way to feeling better

Where can we find your business/product?

https://www.facebook.com/Wellbeing-Advisor-Kelsey-Barrie-South-Yorkshire-482291915224955/

What is your favourite thing to do as a family? 

Well my boys don’t seem to want to spend as much time with me these days…..so family meals out or just even sitting down for together together give us precious time to talk and catch up

Top mama tip…

be the greatest you are capable of being

Your mama confession…..

having to replace eggs at Easter that have been bought for my children but I’ve inadvertently eaten!!!