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I think this is what the Mums and Dads of Ealing have been waiting for! “Yes”, I hear you all say, a Coffee Shop that is totally child friendly, where your kids can play and you can enjoy a decent coffee, plus something tasty to eat. Kids By Patri opened this weekend at 52 Northfields Avenue, Ealing. I dropped in this morning to check it out and speak to the owners to find out what their inspiration for the business was?

Punnet and Preeti are already the proud owners of two restaurant you might have seen Patri Artisan Street Food and drinks on Northfields Ave (You can read my review HERE) and their other restaurant of the same name in Hammersmith, West London.

Kids by Patri, Northfields Avenue, Ealing

I think you will agree that we have all experienced that uneasy feeling when you go into a coffee shop with your buggy and you are not made to feel welcome. Firstly, there is no where park your buggy and perhaps you are even told to leave it outside (who wants to do that!). Secondly, for what ever reason you toddler is screaming the place down and you are getting sideward glances from other customers that you are interrupting their bit of me time and morning flat white!

Ealing parents fear no more, Kids By Patri is here and it is a place where it doesn’t matter if you two year old throws a massive melt down! You will be surrounded by like minded Mums and Dads. There are mats to put your child down on to play, toys and the area even has a gate so your little one can’t get under the feet of someone with a hot coffee. There is plenty of room for your buggy, so you don’t need to worry about that.

I had a catch up with Preeti one of the owners, to find out a bit more about why they decided to open this new part of their business.

Preeti, what made you choose this location?

We already have our Indian street food restaurant nearby and know the local area well. We had been using this unit for storage for my lightening and jewellery business. So it was the perfect location in the heart of Northfields, where we know there is a wonderful community of young families.

How easy was it to convert the space into a Coffee Shop?

We needed to change the layout slightly, so the back of the shop has now become the children’s play area. We used our expertise from already opening two restaurants for the design and lighting. We decided to open quite quickly, we didn’t feel that we wanted to wait until everything was perfect (as that takes time). The shop is still a work in progress.

What do you hope your new business will be know for?

Somewhere parents can come and enjoy good quality artisan coffee. Pick up something tasty to eat and relax in the knowledge that their child can play in a designated area.

What’s coming in the future?

For the Summer we are looking bring in an ice cream counter and a menu of hot foods, this will be a slightly different offering from our main Patri restaurants.

We hope to make Kids By Patri a place for the local community too. We are looking into the potential of having some children’s entertainment and workshops too, so watch this space!

 

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This week on the blog, I have decided to re-start my interview series #MumsWhoWorkIt. My idea for these blog posts is to interview local business women who have set up their own business. To find out what the inspiration was for their business and how they juggle motherhood with running a business. So, this week I welcome Tori & Carrie twin sisters who live in Ealing. They created Nailpad an ingenious way to help you paint your nails at home or on the go.

What’s your background and why did you both decided to start your own business?

Carrie: I have lived in Northfields, Ealing with my husband James since 2010 (with a 2 ½ year break living in Hong Kong). I moved back at the end of 2014, just before my little girl was born. She is now four and I have a little boy who recently turned two.

My career focus has been marketing, specifically in the fields of snowsports and travel – two of my passions. During my time in Hong Kong, I set up as a marketing consultant and continue to do so today, specialising mainly in strategy, communications and events.

The evolution of Nailpad has been in the background since living in Hong Kong. It was only at the start of this year that Tori and I could finally launch properly and bring Nailpad to life.

Tori: I live in St Margarets with my husband Joe, four-year-old son, Mikey and our black lab, Chevvy. Mikey starts school in September: I still can’t believe how quickly the time has flown!

My professional background is HR and Recruitment and, for the last 12 years, I worked as Group HR Director for a travel company. At the end of 2018, it was time to pursue a new adventure and in January 2019, we launched Nailpad.

We’ve always thought it would be amazing if we could have our own business and work together. That opportunity came with the concept of Nailpad: something we are both passionate about.

Tori & Carrie from Nailpad

What was your inspiration for Nailpad?

Tori: I have always loved painting my nails and trying out new colours. One evening I was sitting on the sofa, precariously balancing the bottle between my legs and getting some polish on yet another pair of jeans. I thought there must be a better way to do this: I sketched out the initial Nailpad concept on a piece of paper and we went from there!

Carrie: Tori and I have always loved painting our nails at home – discussing favourite colours and brands of nail polish. Like all our friends, we found holding a nail polish bottle between knees a real hassle – always worrying it would spill. Using a magazine as a surface was just not quite right either: it never felt very stable.

When I was in Hong Kong in 2013, during one of our weekly Saturday Skype calls, Tori showed me an idea she had been working on. It was the very first prototype of Nailpad, cut out in paper. Six years later, after multiple prototypes, design iterations, material testing, pot-holder and product shapes, we manufactured Nailpad. We now sell it on our Nailpad website to help others paint their nails at home or on the go and to make life easier.

Describe a typical day for you?

Carrie: I work part-time on Nailpad and look after the Heidi and Teddy two days a week. When it’s a Nailpad day, I am probably working by 8.30am and cram as much work as I can before pick up at 5pm with the occasional stop to hang up the washing. I either work from home with Tori or at her house, in local cafes and libraries. We recently discovered the British Library – such an immense resource and a fantastic place for inspiration and support for start-ups.

Tori: At the moment no day is typical as I am still getting used to my new routine and not being in an office! Mikey is in pre-school three days a week so that is when I get the majority of work done on Nailpad (either at home, at Carrie’s or a local coffee shop in St Margarets!). I set my agenda for the day and break the day up in chunks and try to stick to it. Carrie and I work together physically at least one day a week and are in constant contact discussing new ideas and what’s on the agenda.

What do you think has been the biggest challenge for you both starting your own business?

Carrie: Time is a real challenge. There are so many things with work and family life we want to do, feel like we should be doing or aspire to do. However time just isn’t on our side sometimes… I made the decision to work part-time so I could share more time with the babes before they start school and am really pleased to have done that. It just means the odd night catching up on emails or work.

Tori: There is always so much to do so having to learn how to be ruthless with priorities. Also, we realised early on that one has to tackle many different roles when starting a new business – product design, manufacture, marketing, distribution, finance etc. It’s a steep learning curve!

How do you think Motherhood has changed you?

Carrie: I think my ability to multi-task and prioritise has improved! And also realise that the most important thing in life is spending time and experiences together as a family. Work will always come after that.

Tori: Like all of us, Motherhood has completely changed my approach to life. With a different set of priorities, I made the decision to change my career, enabling me to live a more flexible life with the family at the heart of it.

 

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given about Motherhood that you would like to share?

Tori: In the early days, sleep when your baby sleeps and nap when you can!

Carrie: That all young children go through different stages, some of which at the time may seem difficult but (rest assured) they will soon pass.

Where are your favourite places to go with or without kids in Ealing/West London?

Carrie: I’m a real fan of Gunnersbury Park at the moment – there is so much for children to do – from the playground, lovely café with yummy pizzas and museum, to the walks and adventure trail ending up at the insect farm. It’s always a fun few hours.

Osteria Del Portico for an Italian meal is a favourite for a low-key date night. Great food, service and atmosphere!

Tori: I love heading to Osterley Park. When Carrie and I meet up with our children we go to some of the great parks around here – Lammas, Blondin and Walpole to name a few. Also I do love a coffee at the Fields cafe!

What are your handbag essentials?

Carrie: With two little ones, my handbag is usually over spilling with cars, colouring pencils and snap cards! I do love a little hand lotion and nail file in there though to keep hands moisturised and any chipped nails sorted as soon as I can.

Tori: Lip balm, portable phone charger and a nail file! With Mikey, I always make sure I have a mini figure toy, colouring book and water.

How do you see your business developing over the next couple of years?

Tori: We hope that people will see Nailpad in the same light as we see it: as an essential manicure accessory for anyone who paints their nails at home or ‘on the go.’

Carrie: We have plans for new colours and additional product ranges. Currently we mainly sell to the UK market, and are looking to expand into new regions and to look at new distribution channels.

What advice would you give to other Mums who are considering setting up their own business?

Tori: Use resources and professional people to help you in areas you have less experience in. You don’t have to be an expert about everything.

Carrie: There is a lot of admin involved but don’t let this put you off! Finance is always an issue. In fact, one of Tori’s roles is to investigate funding opportunities.

So if you have an idea, go for it – if it’s meant to be it will happen.

What is the one thing you wish you had already known when setting up your business?

Carrie: It takes time! A lot of it!

Tori: It’s totally normal for mistakes to happen – learning from them is really important.

Where can potential customers find Nailpad?

Carrie and Tori: We sell a black and pink version of Nailpad on our Website. Why not follow us – on Instagram and Facebook page

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ve always had a love of reading ever since I was a young child and I still have my nose in a book a lot of the time now too. I’m always keen to encourage my Daughter Amelia to love books too. This Easter I have teamed up with Waterstones, at Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre to give you a run down on my top five books to get the kids reading this Easter. To hopefully spend less time on electronic devices! Plus, I have a competition over on my Instagram for you to enter. You could win a £10 Waterstones voucher, plus four top kids titles get you going, the prize is worth £38! Head over to my Instagram now to enter!

My First recommendation has been a firm favourite with my Daughter and the stories always keep her coming back for more. Aimed at children of the between the ages of 4-6 years old. There are a variety of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam Stories. This one is entitled The Cat Burglar, by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton.

“Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam have swapped a life of crime for baking cakes in their cafe. But now there’s a new robber in town – the infamous Kitty-le-Claw! When there’s a midnight robbery at the bank, can the two baker dogs save the day?”

My next suggestion is The winner of Watermans Children’s Book Prize 2019. The Boy at the Back of the Class, by Onjali Q. Rauf. I would say it is suitable for children aged 7 years and up. It might be a book that you could also read to your children, but it could be suitable for them to read to themselves depending on their reading ability.

“A story of friendship, hope and the importance of kindness, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a story full of heart and humour, told from a unique perspective. Featuring illustrations from Pippa Curnick, this is an exceptional book by an emerging voice in children’s writing.”

You can’t go wrong with Charlie Changes Into a Chicken, by Sam Copeland.

“Charlie McGuffin tries to be an optimist, but in reality he’s a bit of a worrier.

Some of the things Charlie is worried about:

  • His brother (who is in hospital)
  • Their very panicked parents
  • Unwanted attention from the school bully
  • The fact that he’s started turning into animals!

Even though every kid wants a superhero power, Charlie isn’t keen on turning into a pigeon in the middle of the school play.

But what happens if he does? Will he get sent away for Science to deal with? Will his parents crack under the extra stress?

With the help of his three best friends, Charlie needs to find a way of dealing with his crazy new power – and fast!”

 

We also love Lightning Girl by Alesha Dixon. It’s great to see a superhero that is a girl for a change!

My inspiration to create a superhero called Lightning Girl began with wanting my young daughter to feel empowered. It’s been a dream to create a strong role model that any child can look up to – I want my readers to see themselves in Aurora.” – Alesha Dixon

The winner of the Waterstones Children Book Prize for older children. Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adyemi, is suitable for Teens.

“Magnificent from the off, Adeyemi’s richly drawn world is a breath of fresh air in Teen and Young Adult fantasy. Written with seemingly endless reserves of imagination, our booksellers were captivated by this distinctive and exhilarating novel, which is all at once fearless, immersive, emotional and cinematic beyond its pages. This poignant debut has more than enough to keep you on the edge of your seat and reading late into the night.” – Florentyna Martin, Waterstones Children’s Buyer

Don’t forget your local Ealing Waterstones has something for all ages and abilities of reading. They have an excellent section for younger children and a wide range of picture books.

Also, if you are going away over Easter and need some activities to keep the kids entertained on a long journey, you can’t go wrong with a sticker book and Waterstones currently have a buy one get one half price offer.

They also have a great range of toys and gifts too! If you have a birthday party coming up.

I hope you have a very Happy Easter and enjoying encouraging your child to read or read with them!

Don’t forget your Ealing Waterstones has it’s very own social media accounts, so follow them if you want to find out what’s going on locally.

Twitter: @WstonesEaling

Facebook: @WaterstonesEalingBroadway

Disclaimer – (AD) This post is a paid collaboration with Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre and I was gifted the above products from Waterstones in return for a review.

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Packing For Our Easter Break With Country Kids Tights & Socks

March 31, 2019
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It’s nearly time for the kids to break up for the Easter Holidays, if they haven’t already! So about now is when I start making sure that I have all the essentials ready (washed and ironed) for our Easter Break. If you are staying in the UK and especially near the coast it can still be quite chilly at times. Let’s face it, we never really know what the British weather is going to do! One minute your Winter coat and shoes have been put away and the following day you need to get them out again. My Daughter Amelia is a big fan of wearing dresses and skirts what ever the weather, so even in Spring tights are still a daily staple in her wardrobe. When Country Kids Tights & Socks contacted me to try out their range of tights I was delighted, as I have always know their tights wash well as they are made of the brilliant quality cotton. They have a range of 45 stunning colours and designs, so I’m sure to find a design to fit with one of Amelia’s outfits!

I’m a particular fan of these right on trend leopard tights – priced at £9.95 currently available in sizes 3-5yrs, 6-8yrs and 9-11yrs.

Here are my Top Tips for Packing – For a Holiday in the UK this Easter 

  • Don’t under estimate the British weather! We literally can have four seasons in one day! So when I am packing I like to take a variety of clothes to suit changes in temperature. Items that can be layered are particularly useful. As are tights and it your child does get to hot you could always take spare socks to change into.
  • Some people say less is more when packing, but I must admit I am the opposite. The last thing I want to do when I am on holiday is start having to wash dirty clothes out in the sink and then you have the hassle of where to dry them? So if I am travelling by car I do tend to overpack. I would rather have more clothing options than not enough!
  • Take plenty of slide lock bags that way you can separate dirty clothes, especially if you have an accident while out and about. So handy to keep in your day bag.
  • Take a couple of swimming costumes for your kids, there is nothing worse than having to put them in a cold wet swimming costume if it hasn’t dried.
  • Don’t forget their wellies as it would be a shame not to be able to go out walking if it rains and a pack away rain coat is something else I always keep in my day bag.
  • My final tip would be stock up on children’s Paracetamol and Ibuprofen in sachets as if you are going to be somewhere remote, the last thing you need is searching for a chemist if they are ill. I also like to take a small first aid kit for any trips or falls!

I love these gorgeous marigold coloured pain tights they have an extra stretch for a  perfect fit, priced at £8.95. Country Kids sell tights right from baby sizes 0-6 months up to 12-15 years.

Country Kids also have a range of socks and special occasion tights perfect for christenings and weddings. They also sell excellent slipper socks too, so check out their Website.

Country Kids Tights

Disclaimer – (AD) This post is a collaboration with Country Kids and I was gifted the above products in return for a review. However, as always all opinions are my own and are an honest reflection of my experience with the products.

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Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery – A Family Afternoon Out In Ealing

March 17, 2019
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Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery finally re-opened it’s doors this weekend in Ealing, after being closed for three years while the Grade-1 listed building underwent refurbishment. Once the country home of British architect Sir John Soanes. Built between 1800 and 1804 it is a stunning example of architecture of this time. The opening has been eagerly awaited by the people of Ealing, West London. For many months the building has been shrouded by hoardings and I have often walked past to try to get an glimpse of what has been going on. So I was thrilled to be some of the first members of the public to venture into this stunning building this weekend!

I am over the moon that here in Ealing we have somewhere to view amazing pieces of art on our doorsteps. The exhibition area intends to have three different artists presenting their work over the next twelve months. Currently, Anish Kapoor is showing his work until the 18th August 2019.

Pitzhanger Manor House and Gallery – Ealing

I am also so glad that Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery will be providing space for local families to engage in creative activities and other workshops suitable for adults too. This addition to Ealing will make our area even more well known as place for families and help our community to grow.

The house is really interesting to walk around and there is plenty to learn about it’s history and of course how the refurbishment was completed. Amelia particularly enjoyed dressing up in some costumes that were available!

In the Upper Drawing Room the beautiful wallpaper really is spectacular! Within this room there is an opportunity for children to play with wooden blocks and other interactive hands on toys. While parents can sit and marvel at this stunning room!

Heading downstairs to the Gallery area, which was once Ealing Lending Library and dates from 1939. You can enjoy Anish Kapoor’s exhibition in this amazing light space.

Anish Kapoor’s Exhibition at Pitzhanger Manor & Art Gallery – Ealing

These pieces of art are really breathtaking and transport you into another world of mirrors and light. It’s hard to really get a full appreciation of Anish Kapoor’s work without actually seeing them, so I highly recommend that you go and see them for yourself. My Daughter Amelia found them fascinating, as I’m sure most children would!

Finally on your way out don’t forget to visit the shop. Selling lots of lovely gifts and some locally produced products too. Including Pitzhanger honey and cards by local artist Charlotte Berridge.

Information to help plan your visit

Address: Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5EQ

Admissions and bookings

Go to the website

Opening Hours see below

Ticket prices

Adult tickets start at £7.70, with a reduction in price for Ealing residents priced at £4.95. The ticket price includes entry to the house and gallery.

Children from 0-17 years are free of charge, there are various other concessions, so please see the website for full details.

You can also join as a member which will give you free unlimited entry, plus many other benefits.

Ealing residents can also visit for free on Tuesday and Sunday mornings.

Accessibility 

The whole building is accessible to wheelchairs and buggies.

What’s on

There are so many events planned at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery coming up over the next few months. I’m especially looking forward to some of the family activities they have planned. Including: Upcycled Easter Baskets & Disco Eggs, Chocolate Easter Egg Workshop, Little Builders: The Great Materials Hunt, May Half-Term: Mystical Mirrors and stories and Open House Families to name a few.

You can pick up a copy of the What’s On Guide at the Manor or find out more details over on their website.

If you enjoyed this blog post then, why not have a read of one of my other posts? Ealing 135 Group – Local Parenting Support & Events

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My Mood Stars – A learning aid & interactive toy that can help children express their feelings

March 11, 2019
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Today, I would like to introduce you to My Mood Stars these tactile cuddly little stars are an ingenious invention by Wendy Woo. She saw a need for children to be able to express their emotions particularly in young children or in children with special needs. As parents, carers and teachers well know when a child can not express truly how they feel, it can lead to anger, anxiety and frustration. Mood stars can allow a child to explore how they are feeling in a fun and simple way. They also allow children to gain an understanding of the emotions and feelings of others, which is something important for all children to learn.

Wendy Woo worked as a Nanny before having her own three children and later on she became a Registered Childminder, so she has a huge amount of knowledge of how children play and develop. Wendy explains in her own words what My Mood Stars are about.

“Encouraging emotional development was always a priority for me during my long career as an Early Years Practitioner, leading me to design and develop My Mood Stars.”

“My Mood Stars and the accompanying board started to gain attention from parents and carers of children with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Some of these children have difficulty recognising and acknowledging facial expressions so My Mood Stars helped as a visual aid. I was delighted, not only had I made a really fun toy but an effective developmental resource that would actually help young children.”

My Daughter Amelia is six years old, despite having quite advanced language skills for her age, she still struggles at times to get across how she really feels. We played with the mood stars for a little while and it was interesting to hear her describe how she related to each of the star’s faces. Mood Stars are suitable for children of any age.

The Mood star set comes complete with:

A board that can be mounted on the wall and included the hooks and fittings to do so.

8 mood stars including, Shy Star, Sad Star, Scared Star, Happy Star, Angry Star, Surprised Star, Silly Star and Sleepy Star.

Plus the book, which is an excellent way to work through some of the emotions your child might be feeling. As you can see Amelia has both drawn a picture and written a comment about snoring.

The mood stars are small enough for little hands to hold and are made of a material that will simply attach and detach from the board. Moving and replacing the stars on the board is a game in it’s self.

I wish I had know about this wonderful education toy years ago when Amelia was younger, as I can see how they would have been invaluable in dealing with lots of the changes that small children go through such as: Mummy/Daddy going back to work, starting nursery or school for the first time, sleep issues and potty training.

Wendy has also developed some suggested games that could be used alongside the Mood Stars, a leaflet is included in the pack and you can also find out more over on her website. The game that stood out to me that was particularly helpful was “Today I Feel….”. This activity allows the child to take control of their emotions and express how they feel thought the day. In this game you use the board and stars as part of their morning routine, allow the child to choose which star they are feeling that day. If it is a negative star, the child will see this as a challenge to end the day with a postive star. If the child feels they are in complete control of their emotions, they will want to ‘win” the game.

Wendy has also published two books which are available to buy online via her website, Rat & His Amazing Musical Band, plus Rat Loses His Voice.  These stories have become firm favourites in early years settings such as childminders and nurseries and has been developed to encompass much of the UK Early Years Framework. Both both are priced individually at £10.00.

If you would like to buy your very own set of my Mood Stars you can head over to Wendy’s Website where the board and set of stars are priced at £24.99 and you can also purchase extra copies of My Mood Star book for £5.99.

Disclaimer – AD -This is a collaborative post with My Mood Stars, however as always all views are my own and are an honest reflection of my opinion of the product.

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Ealing 135 Group – Local Parenting Support & Events

March 10, 2019
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Ealing 135 is an organisation run by volunteers who put together playgroups, events and networking for parents/ carers with children under 5 years old in the borough of Ealing. “Ealing 135 was established 40 years ago by a small group of mums who felt Ealing was lacking activities and support for those with babies and young children. In the days before Netmums, Mumsnet and Facebook, finding and connecting with others in the same boat as you was harder and being a new parent could be a lonely and daunting experience” Sourced from Ealing 135 website. So if you are looking for some new Mum friends and some great local events then you should definitely consider joining Ealing 135.

How much does it cost to be a member? 

Standard membership: £15
Out of Area members*: £21
*(any postcode that does not begin with: W3, W5, W7 or W13)
Members on benefits: £5

If you would like to join head over to the Ealing 135 Website. Where you can join online.

Ealing 135 Pre-loved sale

What is included in the membership?

(Sourced from the Ealing 135 Website)

  • The newsletter – Only members receive a jam-packed newsletters four times a year, detailing all the Ealing 135 activities, alongside a regularly updated diary of baby and toddler groups going on each day in and around the borough. It also includes loads of suggestions for trips further afield and great articles written by our members and local businesses about a range of topics
  • Reduced entry costs – Members get cut-price entry to our Saturday Box Making, play-sessions and Actions, Songs & Rhymes (ASR)
  • Access to holiday events – Members can attend holiday events, which are always popular since most local activities only run during term-time. The most popular events are the Spring Fun and Summer Fun events, where each session offers 2 hours of action packed crafts, singing and fun.
  • A range of discounts – Only members get access to discounts which have been negotiated with local business exclusively for Ealing 135, encouraging you to shop local.
  • Access to special interest groups – Members can join groups for first time parents, second time parents, grandparents, lone parents, working parents, or parents with babies who are or have been in special care. These groups provide valuable support by connecting you with others in a similar situation to you.
  • Access to the babysitting circle – Only members can join this system of reciprocal babysitting. It’s a great way to get a night out knowing that it is another parent that will be looking after you child/children and not having to pay because double glass pebbles are used as payment. You’ll get 6 hours worth of pebbles to get you started once you’ve joined and you earn more by babysitting for others.
  • A packed diary of open houses and other activities organised by our members – Members receive the full diary of Ealing 135 events, the majority of which are actually small informal gatherings organised by members to enable you and your kids to get out and about throughout the week. From coffee mornings and playdates, to meet-ups in the park, group forays to local playgroups and even trips further afield, there’s always something going on.

How can I help?
Ealing 135 is still in desperate need of volunteers for the following roles:
– Chair
– Events Manager
– Northfields Playgroup Coordinator
If you’d like to get involved or would like more info please email  ealing135chair@gmail.com or send a pm on Facebook.  All volunteer committee members get free annual membership to Ealing 135 and volunteers for events and playgroups also get to go for free!
You can also follow Ealing 135 on Facebook for all their most recent news and you can also join their great Facebook Group for local information and buying/selling of baby and child related items.
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Honest Burger Ealing – Eating Out With The Kids

March 4, 2019
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Honest Burger Ealing is slightly different to other burger restaurants, founders Phil Eeles and Tom Barton started Honest Burger back in 2010. They wanted to offer burgers made from high quality ingredients.  “British beef patties are made in our own butchery and homemade rosemary chips cut and cooked daily. Every restaurant serves local beers from neighbouring breweries, and many restaurants serve local burgers using ingredients from nearby food heroes.” I was really pleased to see that this restaurant uses cheese from local Cheddar Deli in Northfields Avenue and serves beers from Werid Beard Brew Co. I think it is brilliant to see a business like this supporting local small businesses in the Ealing area. If you are eating out with the kids in Ealing, I think you will find this restaurant to be child friendly. They have a kids menu, colouring to keep them occupied and if you arrive early evening the restaurant isn’t too busy. The staff we came across seemed to be used to welcoming children and were very accommodating. You must check out the chalk board at the back of the restaurant, you are encouraged to leave comments and let the staff know what you thought of the burgers!

I loved the relaxed dinning style at Honest Burger. The menu is simple and they offer a good value children’s menu. The mini burgers come with rosemary salted chips (you can request no salt if you like), and all cost £5.50 with any juice. Amelia really enjoyed her meal and polished off the lot! So it was a big thumbs up from her.

I love a Gin and Tonic, so I was really pleased to find Honest Burger’s homemade Gin & Tonic on the menu! Served with with Psychopomp, cucumber and dill favoured. It’s exclusive to Honest Burger and a really refreshing drink. They also serve a range of cocktails too, if you fancy something a bit different. Local craft beer is on the menu too, as is a range of ciders, wines and soft drink options too.

If you are looking for something a bit special you can’t go wrong with the Cheese Truck Burger – £12.50 or if you are really hungry you can double up for £3.50! Comprised of Honest beef, deep-fried smoked British mozzarella, Old Winchester cheese, chipotle jam, pickles and rocket with homemade rosemary chips. You better be quick if you want to sample this amazing taste sensation as it is only available until the 31st March 2019.

Another option would be to go with The Ealing Burger – £12.50 (only available in the Ealing branch), beef, bacon, Dambuster Cheddar, Dorset Red, mustard mayo, onion, rocket, tomato and pickles with chips. Brent from Cheddar Deli in Northfields Avenue helped the, to pair two British Cheddars – one sharp, one smoked for a punchy double cheese flavour.

If you are still hungry then there are also some yummy side dishes too, we particularly enjoyed the BBQ chicken wings served with chipotle BBQ sauce and spring onions – £5.00

The Ealing Mummy’s verdict – fresh juicy burgers, with hand cut chips served with a smile from the friendly staff. Comfortable seating and welcoming atmosphere (definitely child friendly). Great drinks menu and supporting local businesses too! What’s not to like? Already looking forward to our next visit!

You will find Honest Burger at – 53 New Broadway, Ealing, W5 5AH. They also have other West London branches in Chiswick, Hammersmith, Portobello, South Kensington and Bond Street, plus many branches around London and other branches in the South of England too.

Honest Burger – Ealing Broadway Branch

Disclaimer – I received a complimentary family meal in return for a review, however as ever all views are my own and they are an honest reflection of my experience.

If you enjoyed this post, why not check out my review on Patri – Indian Street Food Restaurant in Northfields

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Independent Schools In Ealing -The Ealing Mummy’s Guide

February 17, 2019
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I’m often asked what are the options for independent or private schools in Ealing? With lots of Open Days coming up this Spring, I decided now was a good time to write a blog post about Independent Schools in Ealing. We are very fortunate here in Ealing to have so many great schools. If you are looking for a co-educational school, a boy’s school, a girl’s school or a faith school, then Ealing has many options to choose from.

How do you decided where to send your child with so many choices? In my opinion the best thing to do is to attend an Open Day, that way you will get to see the school in action and even meet some of the pupils who will be happy to tell you about their own experiences of the school.

St Augustine’s Priory

St Augustine’s Priory  is a Catholic Independent Day School for girls aged 3 – 18 years and boys in the Nursery, set in 13 acres of stunning grounds. The school even has it’s own farm and forest school!

Main Points of Entry 

Nursery, Reception, Year 5, Year 7, (11+) and Sixth Form, with entry considered in other year groups subject to availability.

Pupils wishing to enter Nursery through to Prep III (Year 2) will be invited to attend classroom assessments.  Candidates wishing to enter into Lower I – Lower II (Years 3-5) will sit formal written assessments in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning and will also spend time in the classroom as part of the entry process.

Entry into the Senior School for 11+ takes place on their Selection Day. Candidates will sit exams in English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and participate in a Creative Task.  Interviews will also take place on Selection Day.

Next Open Day

The next whole school Open Morning is 10am on Saturday 9th March 2019. You can registered your interest to attend via their website. If you can’t make the March open day then there will be another one in October 2019 or alternately you could enquire about a tour at another time.

Contact Details

St Augustine’s Priory
Hillcrest Road
Ealing
London
W5 2JL
020 8997 2022
office@sapriory.com

St Augustine’s Priory – Ealing

Notting Hill and Ealing High School

Notting Hill and Ealing High School is an independent day school for girls aged from 4 until 18 years old. The school won The Sunday Times Independent Preparatory School of the Year in 2018.

Main Points of Entry 

4 + (Reception), 7+ (Year 3), 11 + (Year 7) and 16+ (Sixth Form).  There may sometimes be places available in other year groups.  Entry is selective and via an appropriate test and/or interview at each stage.

Next Open Day

April 2019 – check their website for more details.

Contact Details

NHEHS Junior School
26 St Stephen’s Road
Ealing, London
W13 8HH

(020) 8799 8484
Admissions (020) 8991 2165

juniorenquiries@nhehs.gdst.net

NHEHS Senior School
2 Cleveland Road
Ealing, London
W13 8AX

(020) 8799 8400
Admissions (020) 8991 2165

enquiries@nhehs.gdst.net

Clifton Lodge

Clifton Lodge is a small private Prep School in central Ealing. They take both boys and girls from the age of 3 up to 13 years old. They offer preparation for the 11+ to attain places at some of the best senior schools in the London area. They are part of the Cognita School Group.

Main Points of Entry 

Entry to Nursery (age 3+) and Reception (age 4+). Places are also offered at any time during the school year subject to places being available.

From September 2020 Clifton Lodge will become a sole 11+ prep school, with one exit point in Year 6.

Next Open Day

Saturday 16th March and Saturday 18th May 2019, 10am until 12:00 noon. Contact the Admissions Registrar to book your place or to arrange a private tour.

Contact Details

8 Mattock Lane
Ealing
London

W5 5BG

020 8579 3662

admissions@cliftonlodgeschool.co.uk

 

Clifton Lodge – Ealing

Harvington Prep

Harvington Prep School is a girls school which was founded in 1890. They accept boys in Nursery only and take children from the age of 3 years old up to 11 years. They pride themselves in offering a high standard of education to prepare their girls for the 11+ examination. Many girls have been offered places and academics scholarships at some of London’s top schools.

Main Points of Entry 

Entry is accepted in any year depending on availability.

Next Open Day

Contact the school directly to organise a tour.

Contact Details

Harvington Prep School

20 Castlebar Road

Ealing

W5 2DS        

020 8997 1583

admin@harvingtonschool.com

Harvington Prep School – Ealing

St Benedicts School

St Benedicts School is a co-educated school accepting both boys and girls from Nursery all the way to 18 years. Recent developments include a new Sixth Form Centre and Art Department, which opened in 2016.

Main Points of Entry 

Admission to Nursery (3 +), Pre- Prep 1 (Reception) and a smaller intake of pupils at 7+ for entry to Lower Prep (Year 3). Then for the 11+ for the Senior School. There may be places in other year groups subject to availability.

Next Open Day

The next Senior School Open Morning is Thursday 9th May 2019 and the Nursery/Junior Open Morning is Tuesday 21st May 2019. Contact the school to make further enquires. Private tours can be arranged too.

Contact Details

Senior School
54 Eaton Rise
Ealing
London
W5 2ES
020 8862 2000
Junior School
5 Montpelier Avenue
Ealing
London
W5 2XP
020 8862 2050

 

St Benedicts School – Ealing

Durston House

Durston House is an independent preparatory school for boys aged 4-13. There are various schools in London that have an entrance exam for the 13+ and Durston prepares their boys for this. They have a large sports field near to the school where the boys participate in a variety of activities.

Main Points of Entry 

Entry to Durston House at Reception is non-selective. Admission to Year 1 up to Year 8 is subject to availability of places and an assessment, plus references from the boy’s current school.

Next Open Day

16th, 17th, 18th May 2019. If you are unable to attend one of the Open Days, individual visit can be arranged. Contact the school for more information.

Contact Details

12-14 Castlebar Road
Ealing
London
W5 2DR

020 8991 6530

info@durstonhouse.org

Durston House – Ealing

Avenue House

Avenue House is a small co-educational pre-preparatory and preparatory school, located in West Ealing.

Main Points of Entry 

Any year group depending on availability of places.

Next Open Day

Spring Open Day – Saturday 2nd March 2019, 11am to 1pm.

Contact Details

70 The Avenue,

Ealing,

London

W13 8LS

020 8998 9981

school@avenuehouse.org

Avenue House – Ealing

I hope you have found my guide to independent schools in Ealing useful? Do let me know in the comments.

The details I have included have been sourced from the school’s websites and as far as I am aware the information is correct at time of publishing. If you require any further information, I suggest you contact the schools direct.

Disclaimer: I have not been paid by any of the above schools for this post.

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How To Manage Fever in Children – Guest Post by Dr Stephanie Ooi

February 16, 2019
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Hello! Thank you to Joanne for inviting me to guest post on her blog! I am Stephanie Ooi, Mum to my almost 2 year old daughter Lily and a private GP working at MyHealthcare Clinic in London. I post information about a variety of health topics with a bit of Motherhood in between. There is so much misinformation about health nowadays and I hope to provide some accurate bitesize information for people to refer to! I wanted to go through how to manage fever in children. We have gotten through about 2 bottles of Calpol this Winter period and I commonly see feverish children so I thought it would be a good place to start!

Dr Stephanie Ooi – GP & @the_gp_mum

A note on Calpol and Nurofen:

Calpol is a branded version of Paracetamol. Nurofen is a branded version of Ibuprofen. The branded versions are more expensive, but not any better! Unfortunately the market is saturated with the branded versions, but if you can find the generic versions these are perfectly good to use too!

What is a fever and why does it occur?

A fever is a temperature above 38C.

It happens because the body is trying to fight off an infection and make it harder for any bacteria or viruses to survive. It is not an illness in itself. As a result, you don’t actually have to give any medication to lower a temperature unless your child is distressed or unwell. If they are otherwise happy, they don’t need any medicine!

What can I give to my child to manage fever?

If they are distressed then choose either Paracetamol or Ibuprofen and use it by itself. If one does not work to make your child comfortable then switch over to the other one. If this doesn’t work then you can start to alternate doses of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen.

How often can I give medication?

Paracetamol is given every 4-6 hours and Ibuprofen is given every 8 hours. Follow the instructions on the box for dosing. Jotting down the times at which you give medication can help to avoid any confusion or mistakes.

Some general advice:

– Encourage regular fluids (can continue breastfeeding as normal)

– Avoid overheating or shivering. If your child is feeling hot then you can take off layers, but no need to strip them down completely. Conversely, do not put on additional layers even if your child feels cold.  Cool baths or sponging is NOT advised (a rebound fever can occur after this)

– Look out for signs of dehydration (sunken eyes, reduced wet nappies, dry mouth, absence of tears)

When should I worry and seek medical advice?

  • If your baby has a fever and is under 3 months old
  • If there is evidence of dehydration
  • If you are worried about their breathing
  • If they have a fit
  • If there is a non-blanching rash
  • If the fever lasts for more than 5 days
  • If they are becoming more unwell
  • If YOU are worried – you know them best!

I hope that you found my guest blog on how to mange fever in children helpful? If you have any questions then please feel free to message me through my Instagram page. Unfortunately I can’t give specific personal medical advice, but I’m happy to answer any general questions!

You can follow Dr Stephanie on Instagram @the_gp_mum for more helpful tips on family health. She also  contributes to the blog Gas and Air set up by Clemmie Hooper from @mother_of_daughters. Who is a successful Blogger, Author and Midwife. Over on Clemmie’s blog you will find some really interesting articles about pregnancy, birth and beyond!

Disclaimer – This article is in no way meant to replace direct medical advice. If you have any concerns about your child’s health or your own health, then you should contact your GP, call 111 or attend A&E.

 

 

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