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This Week in North London

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Every week we round up the best things going on in North London.We add to this every week to include new classes that we hear about so do tell us anything you think we might have missed that we should know about. 
Have a great week!

Appy Monday! Mumsnet on the move - biscuits not included*


This North London Mum has been a Mumsnet obsessive since about two days after discovering I was pregnant. I remember googling something about my pregnancy symptoms that was making me anxious and google presenting me with a thread from Mumsnet that was just so reassuring and lovely that I was hooked from then on in. Since then, I credit the lovely women of Mumsnet with helping me to breastfeed my children when it seemed all health professionals were hellbent on stopping me and with helping me through some of the tougher moments of parenthood. So, as a keen smartphone user I was very excited when Mumsnet brought not one, but two apps to the app store in quick succession and here's what I think of them...


Friday Finds- very nice things to eat, buy and do



Our Friday Finds this week take us out of London- sometimes you just need to get some fresh sea air! This North London family grabbed a sunny Saturday and headed down to Brighton- and our blog this week looks at some of our finds. Our website of the week is England at Home- the destination site for unusual gift ideas.

If you can't face another weekend in London, then grab kids and car and head to Brighton for the day. If you take a route via Hove then you avoid the traffic into Brighton, and a neat 2 1/2 hours (yes it is a bit of a way) brings you to the heart of Brighton.


So what did we love?




The beach and the boardwalk are a must! Rousing fresh air, bearing sea, beached shipwrecks, colourful kayaks, icecream vendors- even if it is too cold to swim there's plenty to keep the kids amused. We also headed to the Pavilion- an oasis of calm and unusual beauty amidst the bustle of Brighton.



For food head to "Fishy Fishy Seafood Brasserie" - co-owned by Dermot O'Leary. It is well placed in a Grade II listed townhouse overlooking The Lanes, but despite it's touristy location, it offers fantastic quality and value and is a great treat for parents while serving kids well. The restaurant has strong eco credentials with all fish and seafood sourced from sustaninable sources. We had fantastic fish and chips- really we have never tasted better (and this from a Frenchman) and the children delighted in the goujons and grilled fish, chips and salad.



After some fine food, if you fancy some alternative shopping then head to England at Home. We stumbled across this shop on Ship Street- and it has a fab range of accessories and gifts for your home and everyone in it. There are plenty of unusual gifts, as well as furniture and kitchenware. We loved the beautiful Milano leather armchair- but couldn't fit it in the car so opted for a leather computer bag, and funky cheese knife set (why not!)


If you are starting to plan your Christmas shopping, then head to our website of the Week- The Handpicked Collection. This site specialises in gifts and treats selected by a range of lifestyle experts. There's a clever gift finder which brings up selections according to sex, age, theme and occassion- although don't search too narrowly- our young at heart search brought up a fluoresecent water pistol!


But really, if you find present buying a chore, particularly when shops are packed pre-Christmas- then The Handpicked Collection is your solution - a beautiful site with tempting photographs, and easy to search, unusual and inspiring gifts which you genuinely feel are handpicked.


We particularly like the unusual new mother gifts and the range of kids toys - we were tempted by the traditional outdoor games (yes we know winter is approaching but Spring will be here soon!).

We'd love to hear your recommendations for Friday finds! Have a great weekend!

Competition Time! Tickets to Tales from the Big Shed at Chickendshed Theatre

If you are looking for engaging theatre experiences for your little ones, or an unusual birthday party, then the Chickenshed Theatre in Southgate offers unique opportunities for interactive, creative theatre. We review our recent trip to the theatre and we have also teamed up with Chickenshed with a great offer!

Chickenshed Theatre is a unique theatre company which operates an inclusive creative process which values all its members as equals. It is a national charity raising over £3 million every year, and its work encompasses a theatre company, youth workshops, outreach projects and education programmes. They make "extraordinary, pioneering, challenging, dynamic, moving, groundbreaking, genuinely inclusive, beautiful theatre."

North London Mums took North London Toddlers a couple of weeks ago to see Tales from the Shed - a show aimed at children from babies to 7 years. We loved it.

The shows are an introduction to a universe where children and performers go on a theatrical journey together, and along the way, meet characters such as Can-Can the beautiful bird and The Thing That Goes Blurgh! Fun, colour, magic, sing-a-longs and much more.

The show breaks down the boundaries of traditional theatre as it is completely interactive, with children encouraged to join in dancing, singing, cuddling the characters as the show progresses. The story takes you on a journey through a number of scenes or "tales" and each one features a different song or dance which children are encouraged to join in with. Different members of the colourful ensemble company narrate the tales, along with a number of mad puppets and lifesize characters which the children love. Most children found something which particularly grabbed their attention and excitement to jump up and join in. There's educational stuff too, with songs about shapes and dances about numbers. We particularly love the journey round the world, with encounters with the starry sky and the watery sea. And of course the childfriendly hip-hop at the end!




Chickenshed is housed in a lovely purpose built building in Southgate, with a large and clean bar/eating area plus outdoor play area. There is a party package on Saturdays when child-friendly shows are running. This includes reserved tables, and a good selection of children's food. The Tales cast even lead the singing of Happy Birthday!


Although the current run of Tales from the Shed has ended, you can look forward to Christmas Tales running from 21 to 23 December. This promises to be a "full-on family Talesomime (a pantomime starring all your favourite Tales characters). It’s gonna be high energy, hi-jinxing fun "Oh no, it's not! Oh yes it is!" For the first time ever they’ll be taking the show on the road! On Monday 19 December and Tuesday 20 December Christmas Tales will be performed at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield Town, EN2 6DS!

The next Tales shows at Chickenshed Theatre in Southgate will be on Saturday 10 December and Saturday 17 December. The shows are called Tales from the Big Shed as the team move into the larger theatre for this very special show. We’ve got two tickets to give away for a showing of your choice. All you need to do is email info@northlondonmums.com with the answer the following question: "What date is Christmas day?" . The closing date is 21 November 2011.

By entering this competition you agree to be included in our mailing list and to us sharing your email address with Chickenshed for the Tales from the Shed e-list.


Good luck!

Free Tickets To The Affordable Art Fair on Hampstead Heath - Today Only! Act Fast!

The Autumn Tea Ceremony, Emiko Aida

It’s all happening on the Heath!
The Affordable Art Fair adds NEW fair to its London portfolio
AAF Hampstead
27 – 30 October 2011

Friday Finds - exploring new places in North London and the world wide web

We had a lovely half term week this week and took the chance to explore some new places and websites. Here are some of the things we found...

Local Gems
Last week we went for a walk along the Dollis Valley Green Walk. We only did a short part of it but it is actually a 10-mile riverside walk from Mill Hill to the northern fringes of Hampstead Heath linking areas of public open space along the valley of the Dollis Brook. It passes through Moat Mount Nature Reserve, Barnet Gate Wood, Totteridge Fields, and under Mill Hill viaduct. Most of it is easily navigatable with a pushchair (although sling would be easier) and there are a few good playgrounds along the way too.

What's on this weekend in North London - Boo! Its Halloween....

There are plenty of spooky goings-on, but also lots of other great activities to entertain your little ones this weekend...


Spooky stuff....


This weekend the Pumpkin Festival continues at Willows Farm, with a free pumpkin for every child admission. Suitable for children 18 months +.


North London Mums reviews The Insect Circus - don't miss out on this great show

Today we had a fantastic day out at Jacksons Lane in Highgate where we saw their half term show The Insect Circus which is on until 30th October (with Halloween Special on 31st).

We didn't know what to expect of The Insect Circus, which is billled as 'a variety show with a difference'. As North London Toddler is only just three, we've not done much theatre with her yet and were slightly apprehensive when we heard that the show ran for 1hr 40 minutes (with interval) as the longest she had ever sat still in a theatre for before was 45 minutes and even that was a struggle for her (and for us).


Competition Time! Second chance to win a Family Ticket to see Peppa Pig's Treasure Hunt Live!

 

If you missed out on our first competition then here's a second chance for Peppa Pig fans! North London Mums and the producers of Peppa Pig’s brand new theatre tour, Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt, are delighted to offer one lucky winner a family ticket to see the show at The Alban Arena, St Albans, on  Wednesday 2 November at 1pm.  A family ticket is for 4 people, minimum 1 adult.

In this new theatre production Peppa Pig and her friends set off on a treasure hunt. Peppa, her brother George and friend Danny Dog get up to fun and games on a day out on Grandad Dog's boat. There are clues aplenty as Pedro Pony, Polly Parrot and Zoe Zebra help them find their treasure as they all enjoy a day of adventure. Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt features true-to-life puppets, perfect sing-along songs and a new story that will charm and delight all her fans. Full sail! Ahoy! 



Table for Two - Romantic Local Restaurants in North London

Just because we're parents, doesn't mean that we don't occasionally want (and need) a romantic night out without the kids. However, with a babysitter time is literally money so it can be tempting not to stray too far from home when going out. Lucky then that there are some really great local restaurants in North London that can hold their own with any in town. 

Here are some of our favourite restaurants for a special night out. We hope you find somewhere in this list that you've not visited before.

Morgan M, Islington is a small and stylish dining room on Liverpool Road. This is one of the best places to get modern French food in London and it has fantastic 6 course tasting menus as well as a great a la carte menu. In particular, this is unusual in having a 6 course vegetarian tasting menu, which is every bit as good as the non-vegetarian menu. The food is beautifully presented and tastes amazing. We hardly had room for dessert but were really glad we did squeeze it in as this turned out to be the highlight of dinner. All in all a very relaxing dinner experience and somewhere we will visit again.


Appy Monday! Doing back-flips over Flipboard!

Flipboard is a social magazine for iPad.  It WILL revolutionise how you use your iPad, and how you consume your social media (that is if you get some grown up time on your iPad).


In a nutshell, Flipboard takes content from across your social networks, and other publishers and individuals that you choose to follow, and presents them in a paginated format which uses the visual capability of the iPad. Flipboard was named Apple's iPad App of the Year and one of TIME's top 50 innovations of 2010 (you can read the article here.)  It is aptly described as "a fast, beautiful way to flip through the news, photos, videos, and updates your friends are sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Instagram. "

Friday Finds- very nice things to eat, buy and do

Hmm- it's that time of year- getting colder makes me want to stay in more and, well, nest. Which is probably why my picks of the week have a shopping/home furnishing theme...

Website of the week 

Website of the week is the beautiful Patchwork Harmony, an online boutique selling beautiful homewares and gifts. They are hand-selected, eclectic and really beautiful.  home accessories. 

The site is simply organised into categories:


and has a lovely range of products from candles, picture frames and pictures. I particularly love the vintage range of tea cups and plates (oh and did I mention the vintage shot glasses?!).


Patchwork Harmony also has a blog with lots of interior design tips and inspiring photographs. Dip in and enjoy!

This Weekend in North London - bats, radical short films for children, festivals and more - only in North London!

From bats to butterflies and Peppa Pig to Aladdin. As usual North London has it all going on.....

All Weekend 

London Zoo is celebrating Halloween in style by opening a brand new Bat Cave on Saturday. There will also be halloween activities all weekend such as a special Halloween themed animal demonstration featuring the Zoo’s vulture, a skunk and a burrowing owl which will be taken over by the evil Prince Igor. Kids can get messy by making creepy crafts in the Zoo’s Animal Adventure exhibit meanwhile frightening tales will be told in the terrifying tepee.

This weekend is the Bloomsbury Festival and there is a lot on for families as part of it. There is a children's tent in Russell Square that has a  packed programme of fun activities for little Festival visitors - with plenty of things to do, ranging from face painting and storytelling to crafts, including making your very own bird feeder! Check the programme for other events.

Get active - Sports classes for children in North London

This week as part of our ongoing series looking at the best classes for children in North London, we round up the best sports classes.


There are lots of different activities to do with children that help them to get fit and learn team skills. Read on to find out more...

"That's my iPad, no that's mine"- Kids and computers!

I sometimes wonder how parents survived without smartphones and computers. I remember friends who had children before me guiltily admitting that they used their DVD player as a "surrogate babysitter". We've never had to rope in the DVD player but that's because, quite honestly, the iPhone and iPad have been the childcare alternative of choice since North London Toddler was, well just a toddler.

To give you an idea of our personal journey, it really started with the iPhone,  and the clever guys from Duck Duck Moose who created Wheels on a Bus (if you haven't tried it- check it out here- we'll be reviewing shortly). Not only did this pass the odd tiresome car journey, or wait in a restaurant, but tiny NL Toddler was seriously addicted to the tune (particularly in violin mode), and we used to pipe it through the car stereo when all other anti-crying tactics failed.



Wheels on the Bus moved on to flipping through the photo gallery and videos on the phone (a daily activity from 5.30- 6.30 am when quite frankly we used to place said toddler in bed between us and snooze while she amused herself). From there to You Tube (oh yes- she recognises the icon) and episodes of Peppa Pig. And now my iPad is stacked full of apps, and the biggest source of rivalry between the two North London little ladies in our household.

Appy Monday! Get nostalgic with Me Books

Regular readers will know by now that we are huge fans of the iPad and the potential it has both to entertain and engage children. We love books too and think that there is definitely a place for both in childhood - we especially love it when our two passions come together beautifully like in our pick this week.

Today we are reviewing some really lovely apps - Me Books -  brought to you from Made In Me and Penguin. These apps bring the bookshelves of our childhood to life on the iPad and are a lovely way to introduce your children to the books you loved as a child. I still have some of these little Penguin Classic books and so have enjoyed reading them to my daughter and then showing her the interactive version alongside.


Me Books are innovative picture book apps that allows parents and children to interact with and personalize picture books in an entirely new way. When you download the app (69p) you get the Ladybird Classic "The Zoo" with it and then you can download thirteen additional titles, including Cinderella, Gingerbread Man, Jack and The Beanstalk and The Three Billy Goats Gruff, which are available through In-App Purchase at £1.99 each.

Friday Finds - very nice things to buy, eat and do

Every Friday starting this week we will bring you lovely local gems that we have found in North London that we think you might not know about already. We will seek out and bring to you the nicest parks, shops, classes, restaurants and things to do. Don't be too surprised if a lot of our finds are food related...! We will continue to bring you a website of the week as well, introducing you to a company that you might not hear about otherwise. 

This week our finds are:

Website of the Week

We have a really great website to introduce to you this week called (appropriately) Very Nice Things. This is just the kind of website that we could lose ourselves in for hours as it sources and sells beautiful, good quality products from the UK and Europe that you wouldn't otherwise find. They have a great range of things for decorating children's rooms including some absolutely gorgeous nursery prints that we just can't resist and some great ideas for storage that will keep rooms tidy and stylish.

The website is very nicely designed and simple to use and we can attest that the custmer service is excellent and makes them a pleasure to deal with. So, if you need a present for a new baby, an old baby, yourself or someone else, do check this lovely website out.

What's on this weekend- theatrical pursuits and more!

Lots on again this weekend- with a distinctly theatrical feel...here's our pick!

Saturday



This is the last chance to see the Horrible Histories at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows The Awful Egyptians and The Ruthless Romans are adapted from Terry Deary's bestselling books and are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips! The cost is £14.50 for children and £18.50 for adults.


For more theatrical exploits, head to the Little Angel Theatre in Islington which is showing the Steadfast Tin Soldier- a charming adaptation of the Hans Anderson story told through puppetry, music and storytelling. For children 3+.


Circus Space, Coronet Street, London, N1 is hosting a Circus Skills experience day for young people from 2.30 to 5.45pm. Aimed at children 8-16 years, this session gives children the opportunity to learn flying trapeze, diabolo, tightwire walking and static trapeze.
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Lauderdale House is hosting a Saturday Morning kids show,  Kan Kan the Kangaroo , about a little Kangaroo who falls out of his mums pouch, and the friends who try to help him. The performance is at 10am.

If you fancy grabbing a bargain or selling some of your old baby things then head to the nearly new sale hosted by NCT Barnet St Stephens Memorial Hall (Behind Christ Church) 620 High Road North Finchley, N12 ONU from 10am-12pm. Details here. There's also a table top sale in Wheststone at Manor Drive Methodist Church (Corner of Manor Drive and York Way), Whetstone, N20 0DZ, 10am -1pm.

For more retail therapy, head to the art, design and crafts fair taking place at  T. Chances, 399 High Road, Tottenham, London, N17 6QN between 1 and 7pm.

There is Apple Day from 3 to 6pm, Hornsey Vale Community Centre,60 Mayfidld Rd, N8 9LP. Variety of apples to taste, juice pressing, apple crafts,nature crafts, and many more...

This week is International Babywearing Week and there is an event to celebrate this taking place today, 11am-3pm in the Lower Hall, Hargrave Hall, Hargrave Road, N19 5SP (nearest stations are Archway and Upper Holloway). There will be information and advice available from local babywearing consultants and experienced babywearers, a chance to meet other parents who carry their babies and toddlers, a marketplace for buying new and secondhand slings as well as a raffle with some amazing prizes on offer.More information about the event can be found on the website (ibwlondon.wordpress.com) and Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/ibwlondon2011). A flyer for the event can also be downloaded from here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/66463275/IBW-2011-London-Event-A4-flyer

The Way Back Home...Review and competition!

"Once there was a boy who, one day, found himself stuck on the moon, and he was not alone"...


This wonderful book, "The Way Back Home"  leapt onto the stage at Jacksons Lane today, and will be showing at the Arts Depot in North Finchley from 26 to 30 October, presented by Big Wooden Horse and the Theatre Royal Winchester. 

If you are not already familiar with this book, it is the story of a little boy who finds an aeroplane in his cupboard and decides to go on a journey but gets stuck on the moon, where he meets a martian who is also stuck. Together they work out a plan to find the way back home.

The book has a very unique style in the look of the characters and the objects in the story. These elements are very cleverly represented in the play and the children who are familiar with the book will recognise the aviation outfit donned by the boy, the green face and yellow jumper of the alien, and the clever mini plane and space craft that feature in the story.

Although this is the story of one boy's journey it is cleverly created into a two man show, with the boy's friend driving the story along, until his companion in the story is cleverly transformed into the alien whom the boy befriends and helps to get home. The show is very interactive, with lots of funny sounds and actions to engage the young audience- who were clearly loving it. Get ready for the little boy to slurp his way into his aviator outfit, and for the martian to get caught up in a hysterical out of control dance as his spaceship veers out of control. But the best thing about the production is definitely the beautiful music and songs-produced by the composers of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom- which drive the story forward and which you will think you have heard before.

The production ends, as in the book, with the delivery of the little red radio and the martian voice saying "hello" "hello" - a wistful end to a great performance.

I would definitely recommend booking this when it runs at the Arts Depot. And if you want to get a feel for it, then watch the video trailer here. 

Children interested in The Way Back Home may also be interested in the Alien Art Workshops for ages 3 - 7 years, also run at the Arts Depot, the perfect accompaniment to this fabulous half-term show.

We have a family pass (4 tickets) to give away for the performance on Wednesday 26 October at 3pm.To enter, just sign up for our newsletter below by 17 October.

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Half Term Activities in North London - spooky goings on

Hard to believe, but half term is already around the corner. Luckily there is a lot on so it is a half term worth looking forward to. We round up the best things going on in and around North London.

Theatre


Jacksons Lane Theatre in Highgate is showing The Insect Circus.  Wonder at agile ants, gasp at balancing beetles and beauteous butterflies! Marvel at glimmering glow worms, wild wasps and flighty flies as astonishing seasonal novelties will be premiered! Thisis a variety show with a difference featuring a concoction of thrilling circus and imaginative theatre for all creepy crawly lovers out there!

The Arts Depot in North Finchley is showing The Way Back Home. Once there was a boy who found himself stuck on the moon - and he was not alone....We will be reviewing this soon and running a competition to win tickets for the half term performances.

Little Angel Theatre in Islington is showing The Gingerbread Man. Using puppetry, live cooking, and a sprinkle of imagination, The Gingerbread Man is brought to life in a brand new way. Suitable for 3+.

Puppet Theatre Barge is back in North London after the summer and is docked in Little Venice, Maida Vale. During half term they are showing The Three Pigs and The Wolf and Captain Grimey.  A really lovely day out for parents as well as children!

Museums and Attractions


Museum Of Childhood has Magic and Make Believe, an enchanting week of arts and crafts, performance and storytelling. Marvel at walkabout magicians, watch shadow puppet storytelling based on The Magic Paintbrush (10.30, 11.15 and 12.00), embark on a magical trail and make a magician’s hat (14.00-16.00). FREE.


RAF Museum, Hendon has Big Draw Week and the theme is Halloween. All materials are provided free of charge. Sessions run from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm each day in our Milestones of Flight Gallery.

Appy Monday: The MoneyBook App

 I sat down with another north London mum for a coffee a few weeks ago and before we even sipped she got out her phone and started uploading the cost of the capp. I was intrigued...

MoneyBook is a great little app for tracking your budget. It's something this North London Mum is always meaning to do but never quite gets round to. The app is addictively simple to use-it's hard not to track your daily expenses!



There are 4 tabs for tracking budget and expenditures: overview, expenses, recurring and history. It's easy to set up your monthly budget from the overview page, and then recurring income and expenses, by type and date. There are a clever set of icons to categorise your expenses into clothes, food, baby, travel, personal etc.

Website of the week: Airbnb!

As Autumn creeps in are you already thinking about your next family holiday? or are you looking for a weekend getaway with your other half? 

Airbnb is a fantastic site offering an innovative way to find and book holiday accommodation.




The website's USP is "unlocking unique spaces worldwide". It offers a huge range of accommodations  - from private homes to private islands in over 16,000 cities in 186 countries. Looking for a castle or villa? a houseboat or a yacht? If you are looking for a unique experience, and the opportunity to discover a local side of cities and cultures, at a price point to suit your budget, then this is the site for you.

This Weekend: Roll up! Roll up! Puppets, poetry, horses and a whole lot of fun

This weekend the circus is coming to town but if that's not your thing, there are loads of other things going on too. Puppets, teddy bears, poetry, trains - London has got it all going on! Enjoy.

All Weekend

Zippos Circus is coming to town (Wood Green) and bringing its Horsepower show that brings all things horsey and circusy together in one fantastic show. What's more, you can get a great deal on tickets if you book through the excellent Littlebird who are offering tickets at a 51% discount.

Little Angel Theatre has the Da Silva Marionette Circus which has been delighting audiences of all ages, around the world, for almost half a century.

London Transport Museum has the Depot Family Open Weekend.Visitors can explore behind the scenes at London Transport Museum Depot, Acton over the weekend.There are family activities all weekend including craft workshops, make and take and storytelling.

North London Mums visits Zebra Ceramics


Yesterday we took advantage of a great deal on with the new family group buying site Kidoo. The deal we used was this one to get a half price baby footprint on a framed ceramic tile done at the lovely Zebra Ceramics in Muswell Hil (£15 instead of £30). The deal is on for the rest of this week. You can buy more than one voucher and take your friends along!

Zebra Ceramics, Muswell Hill

Chill-out: Baby Massage and Postnatal Yoga Classes in North London

Postnatal yoga, baby yoga and baby massage are all great ways to relax for you and your baby in those stressful first few months after birth. We round up our favourite classes across North London.


Anna offers 4 week baby and massage classes from her home in Hendon- this North London Mum attended and really enjoyed it.  Course dates vary so contact Anna for details.

Yoga Therapy London runs parent and baby yoga classes at the Moving Arts Base in Islington. The October course is fully booked but check for future courses here.They can also do individual postnatal recovery sessions if you are in need of some real TLC.


Monday 

We are very fortunate in North London as we have the Active Birth Centre on our doorstep (near to Archway tube). They have fantastic postnatal yoga courses good for body and mind. You can bring your baby to this relaxing class (of course!) Courses cost £75 for 6 weeks and run on Mondays at 1pm. Contact Lynn on 020 7281 7059 or email lynn.murphy@talktalk.net.



Yoga Balance offers a range of yoga and massage classes for babies and children. Baby massage classes take place on Mondays 10.30 to 12 at a range of venues in Mill Hill and Edgware.

Lifelong Yoga has mother and baby yoga classes in Crouch End at 11am. Contact Julie Tortora to book. Details here

Marielle runs postnatal mother and baby yoga classes at the serene North Bank Methodist Church in Muswell Hill at 1.30pm. Call 0784 717 9233 to book or email marielle@londonyoga.org.uk

Birthwise Yoga runs a baby massage class at  Yoga Junction in Crouch End running at 3pm. Next start date is October 10th. Details for booking here.

Eat Play Grow has a yoga baby class at 11am-12pm at Pop Up Yoga, 199 Upper Street, N1 and a baby massage introduction class at 2pm and a follow on class at 3.30pm.  Contact Alissa on 07831941419 or email alissa@eatplaygrow.co.uk for details.

London 2012 - what's in it for the kids?

The emphasis of London bid for the 2012 Olympics on children and young people was one of the reasons London was chosen to host the games. With less than 300 days to go- what opportunities are there for kids and families getting involved? It's a bit of a maze so we have tried to navigate through it for you. 




A significant part of the opportunities around London 2012 are driven through school engagement and activity.


Get Set is the official London 2012 education programme which individual schools can register for. Once registered, the school and pupils have access to a wide range of resources, plus exclusive rewards and opportunities.  Is your child’s school a member of the get set network? We’d love to hear what your experience has been.

Mumpreneur of the Month - Laura Rudoe, Founder of Evolve Beauty

This month's mumpreneur of the month is another North London mum, Laura Rudoe. We found out about Laura because she was recently nominated for, and won the Best Green Business Award in the Mumpreneur Awards.

What is Evolve?

Evolve is a truly modern company. It aims to help people live healthier, greener and smarter, through its range of effective, desirable and organic, yet affordable and accessible beauty products. Packaging comes from recycled milk bottles, and is recyclable. Products feature highly effective ingredients derived from natural superfoods. The range was developed in conjunction with a team of ‘evolutionaries’ – real consumers who gave input and feedback throughout the development process.

About Laura

Laura has a 2 year old son, Daniel and she set up evolve because she strongly believes in making organic and eco products more accessible for people. She looked around for affordable skincare in environmentally friendly packaging and didn't like what she found. Everything looked old fashioned and smelled boring. There was very little available in recycled packaging so she had the idea for evolve.

What's On This Week

All Week


Every week we round up the best things going on in North London.We add to this every week to include new classes that we hear about so do tell us anything you think we might have missed that we should know about. 
Have a great week!

Appy Monday! Help your child learn to tell the time with Hickory Dickory Dock from Mindshapes

This week North London Mums tested out the new app from Mindshapes. We are fans of this London based developer and publisher of fun and educational apps. Mindshapes philosophy is to make all their apps accord with their "Five I's": Imaginative, Immersive, Intelligent, Interactive and Intuitive! Find out what we thought here....

Hickory Dickory Dock  promises to introduce children to the basics of time-telling. Mindshapes' core philosophy is that learning should be fun, and Hickory Dickory Dock is both fun and great to look at. Using the familiar nursery rhyme, children move around the clock with the little mouse and each number on the clock has an activity for them to do that fits in with the nursery rhyme.
  
North London Toddler is not quite up to learning to tell the time yet but was definitely curious and engaged with the app and we will definitely come back to it when she is older. The app is versatile as younger children can just enjoy it as a game, whereas with older children you will be able to engage them in conversations about the time. 

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