EVENING EVENT // Mama Social X Sew in The City


We’ve teamed up with Kerrie at Sew in the City to bring you a blissful evening of embroidery in the cosy setting of the Sew in The City workshops.

Kerrie recently took over the business, based in West Bar, and has already made the space into an interesting, welcoming, creative craft hub.

We’ve worked with Kerrie to tailor this workshop exclusively for Mama Social and we’ll be creating our own stunning designs.

Embroidery is everywhere this spring/ summer and this is an opportunity to learn the basics so you can expand your skills to embellish clothing, table runners or create personalised items.

You will learn the basic techniques for transferring an image onto fabric and basic embroidery stitches such as chain stitch, satin stitch and French knots.

Once you’ve practiced, you will be given a choice of images to embroider and taught how to frame and finish it in a small embroidery hoop.

Come and relax and unwind with great company, fizz and nibbles on Tuesday 27th June and learn a new craft. Who knows, it could be your hidden talent!

Tickets are limited, to book your place on the evening please CLICK HERE

EVENING EVENT // Mama Social X Trapeze Kids


Mama Social are pleased to bring you our second shopping event in collaboration with Trapeze Kids on Thursday 22nd June.
As a massive thank you to her local customers and supporters Donna would like to invite you to an exclusive Mama Social summer sale preview.

Items will be up to 40% off with a further 10% off on the night. There’ll be discounted items from amazing brands such as Indikidual, Beau Loves, Papu, FUB Knitwear, Nadadelazos, Fresh Dinosaurs, Knit Planet and CarlijnQ.

Come along for a glass of fizz and bag a bargain in time for the summer hols.

You can book your free place to this event by clicking THIS LINK


CAROLINE ARMSTRONG // Healthy You Hypnotherapy // Self Hypnosis

Caroline Armstrong from Healthy You Hypnotherapy came to Mama Social and gave us a few tips on self hypnosis, as promised here is the guide…

This is technique you can use several times a day to help you to take a short break from what you are doing and refocus on your goal and how you want to feel.

Follow these simple steps…

1. Take a deep breath in, close your eyes and breathe out.

2. Count backwards slowly from 100-95

3. Say your positive statement slowly and with conviction, 3 times.

4. Count up slowly 95-100

5. Breathe in a revitalising colour, and open your eyes and breathe out


untitledDuring May we have two very different meet ups ….

On May 12th Caroline Armstrong will be coming in to Mama Social.  Caroline is a hypnotherapist and owner of Healthy You Hypnotherapy. She has over 10 years experience in successfully working therapeutically with children and adults and prior to setting up Healthy You Hypnotherapy worked as a Social Worker and Mental Health Practitioner. She now specialises in women’s mental and physical health.

Caroline will be talking about Hypnotherapy, how it works and how it can help improve women’s mental and physical health and wellbeing with a focus on importance of self care for women and mums.

On 26th May, for the first time, we’re taking Mama Social on the road!
As our usual venue is unavailable we’re instead hosting a meet up at Whirlow Hall Farm at The Barn Cafe.  We’ve arranged a farm tour and there’ll be animal handling for the little ones if they’re feeling brave!

Both meet ups start at 10am



Jessops Superheroes will be taking place on Sunday 21st May at Graves Park. The aim of the event is not only to raise money, but also to celebrate the superheroes that care for and save the lives of Sheffield’s tiniest patients each day.

More than 7000 babies are born at Jessops Hospital every year. The hospital supports families through all stages of pregnancy, from conception to care after birth. This includes caring for critically ill and premature babies in one of the largest and most specialist, Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country.

Babies being treated on the unit require constant 24 hour care, sometimes for weeks or even months. Each day can be a struggle and your support can help these families, during what can be one of the most stressful times of their lives.

The day will start at 10.30am where you can choose from a buggy friendly 2.5k route, or a more challenging 4k route, with a few bumps and lumps along the way. Bikes, Trikes, buggies, slings and even dads shoulders are welcome to help you around the course.

Rather than buying a ticket for the event, the charity are asking that each attendee raises £15 in sponsorship; with 100% of the money raised going to help the Jessops Hospital continue their great work.

For more information about the event you can visit the Jessops Super Heroes page on event supporters DuoCall’s website.

MEET THE MAMA // Caroline Armstrong // Healthy You Hypnotherapy


Who are you?

I am Caroline and I have been living in Sheffield for the last 17 years. I live with my husband and my young daughter who is an amazing little girl. I have a pretty dry sense of humour and love Alan Partridge!

Where are you from?

I am a Yorkshire girl and was brought up just outside Leeds. I moved to Sheffield in 1999 to go to university and have been here ever since!

What do we need to know about you?

I am a trained social worker and have additional therapeutic qualifications in counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodynamic work and hypnotherapy. I have provided successful therapy to a wide range of people over the last 12 years, including spending over 6 years working with the mental health charity Mind, before deciding to focus on hypnotherapy full time. Over time I have developed a specific interest in women’s health and wellbeing and have tailored my work to this. I believe working on your mindset is fundamental in creating positive changes in your health and have seen how hypnotherapy makes significant changes to people’s quality of life.


Where can we find your business/product?

You can find me on Facebook – Healthy You Hypnotherapy Instagram – Healthyyouhypno twitter – @hypno_healthy Website – www.healthyyouhypnotherapy.co.uk

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

I absolutely love being by the sea with my family. We recently had a amazing autumn break in Wales which involved sandcastles, paddling, running on the sand, listening to the waves and having the wind in our hair. Awesome!

Top Mama tip…

Try not to compare yourself to other people. Motherhood can be challenging and we shouldn’t feel we have to match up to a certain ‘ideal’.

Your mama confession…

I generally don’t buy ‘naughty’ food but I have been known to pinch some of my daughters giant chocolate buttons! They taste so much better than the normal size ones!

Caroline will be coming in to talk at Mama Social on Friday 12th May 10am at The Showroom

MEET THE MAMA // Lindsay Snow / Understanding Kids

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  • Who are you?

Hello! I am Lindsay Snow and run the business Understanding Kids. I use evidence-based research to enable parents to tackle their parenting challenges with confidence and compassion. I have a 3 year old son, Adrian, and partner, Jurriaan.

  • Where are you from?

I was born in Ireland and moved to Hertfordshire, near London, when I was 6. While at uni, I went to Switzerland with the Erasmus programme where I met a Dutch guy. I then moved to the Netherlands where I completed a Masters and then a PGCE in Bilingual and International Education. After a few years Jurriaan took a job in, of all places, Hertfordshire :s We lasted another 3 years there before he fortunately got a position at the University of Sheffield where we both now feel very much at home.

  • What is your brand?

Most of the parents I work with are medical professionals, academics, teachers and business managers: people who are used to being knowledgeable and in control in their professional lives and then find that life with kids requires a slightly different measure of success. Some choose to attend a workshop because they are struggling with specific issues, like sleep or undesirable behaviour. Others just love to know what is going on in their kids’ heads.

  • What do we need to know about your brand?

You’d be amazed at how much guilt we’re all carrying around due to an inaccurate or incomplete understanding of parenting research. Access to the Internet has only made this worse. However, what seems to really matter to kids is that their caregivers are relaxed and confident. How their mum parents them might be different to how their dad or grandparents do it, and there is rarely need for everyone to be as consistent as the media would have us think. My workshops are non-judgemental because only you are the expert in what helps you to be the relaxed and confident parent your child wants you to be.

  •  Where can we find you?

Through my website www.understandingkids.co.uk and www.facebook.com/BabyCalmToddlerCalmSheffield 

  • What do you like to do as a family in Sheffield?

You can usually find us hanging out as a family at the local climbing walls. Adrian and Jur enjoy visiting the animals at Graves Park while I’m working at weekends

  • Top mama tip?

So much advice out there is not backed up by peer-reviewed research so if anything doesn’t sit well with you, there’s a very good chance you don’t need to do it! If in doubt, ask the advice-giver to explain why something is important. Only then will you know if it is relevant to you and your family.

Lindsay is coming in to talk at Mama Social on Friday 28th April 10am at The Showroom and will be focussing her talk on the subject of baby’s and toddler’s sleep

Snacking in Preschool Children – Volunteer for a University of Sheffield Research Project.


The University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) are currently looking for parents or caregivers of children ages 2 to 3 years to take party in a study to find out more about eating habits in young children.

The study will be conducted over a three-week period in your home. Each week the researchers will ask you to complete a four day weighed food diary.

During the first week of the study they will ask you to make no alterations to the way you feed your child.

In the second and third week they will provide you with a selection of snacks to give to your child at their usual snack time.

By taking part in this research you will contribute to their understanding of eating behaviour and dietary intake in preschool children.

You will be provided with all snacks for your child for two weeks and offered a £25 high street voucher for taking part. They will also provide you with the nutritional analysis and breakdown of what your child has eaten from the weighed food diaries.

This project has been ethically approved by the School of Health and Related Research ethics review panel (007850).

If you are interested in taking part or want to know more about the study, then please get in touch with Colette Kearney at c.kearney@sheffield.ac.uk or call 07712410932.

MEET THE MAMA // Laura Wood // Photographer


Who are you?

My name is Laura and I own Laura Wood Photography. I have an almost 2 year old named Arthur and he’s the reason I finally, at the age of 30, decided what I was going to do with my life. I started taking photographs of him when he was born and quickly realised how much I loved photography and decided to learn more. The love of being able to capture moments with my son, teamed with knowing that I absolutely didn’t want to go back to a hectic career in retail, meant that I started my own photography business last year.

Where are you from?

I’m from Wath upon Dearne in Rotherham and, aside from a couple of years in London, this has always been home. There seems to be something about Yorkshire that always brings people back!

What do we need to know about you?

I worked in fashion for a large chunk of time and had some pretty big jobs for a while – I loved it but not enough to be away from Arthur quite so much. I still love fashion and have more dresses than Diana Ross… alas, only 50% of them fit these days!

As a photographer I am drawn to atmospheric and moody images, and the old places and things which evoke a sense of nostalgia. I certainly wouldn’t describe my approach to photography as ‘light and airy’…I tried it for a while but it’s difficult to do minimal when you’re a clutter-bug and hoarder.

Where can we find your business/product?

Instagram: @ourkiddo and @laurawood_photography

Facebook: Laura Wood Photography

Web: www.laurawoodphotography.com

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

We love to travel and to be out and about as much as we can. I have always loved being outdoors but never fully appreciated it until I saw the way my son responded to nature. We also tend to gravitate towards any place at which Arthur can play whilst his Dad and I sit and have a drink together.

Top mama tip…

When Arthur was smaller and the day wasn’t going as planned I would take him out in the car for a nap along with my hair and make up stuff. I would sit and get ready in the car whilst he slept – it was the only way I could transform from bog brush to human on most days.

Your mama confession…..

Sometimes I hide in the toilet when my boyfriend gets home from work, just so I can have a break.


Laura will be at Mama Social on Friday 24th March, 10am at The Showroom