Mums on the Go May Newsletter featuring Mums and the City and Bilocated Lifestyle Management
May 13, 2012
Mums on the Go is delighted to introduce some new local businesses…
In this month’s newsletter we bring you great features from Mums and the City and Bilocated Lifestyle Management
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Top tips for weather-proof entertainment (By Mollie from Mums and the City)
Although we continue to hope for sun, we have to remain prepared for the rain. After the weeks we have had, it can be difficult inventing new ideas to entertain your little one indoors and to also remain sane yourself!
We recommend hitting London museums with your little one! It may seem daunting
to take your baby or toddler to a public place where peace and quiet is expected. (I had nightmares of being in a museum surrounded by intellectuals dressed in tweed who were looking in disgust at my yogurt-covered daughter who is shouting “no Mommy!” in the middle of the exhibition, as part of her hourly tantrum.) So here are some tips to get you going:
How to keep your little one entertained :
My top tip is grab one of the convenient fold up chairs many museums provide (V&A, Portrait Gallery and Design Museum are a few off hand). My toddler LOVES to climb. So I spend my time in a museum holding the stool/chair steady and she climbs away, giggling when she reaches the top. This has been my key survival method at museums since she turned 1.
Also, I recommend the “can you find the <insert animal here>?”. Most museums have animals around—either in paintings, sculpture, ceramics, etc. My toddler loves hunting for them when I give her a hint.
Finally, don’t worry about your child having a tantrum or good cry while you’re there. But if necessary, take a quick coffee break (museums have the best cafes stocked with lovely cakes and coffee!) and continue later.
Where to go:
No limits! Go somewhere that interests you and your little one will be entertained as well. Just check baby/toddler facilities and availability of lifts (for buggies) beforehand on the website. If you plan to go in a group of buggies (maybe four or more), it is worth calling ahead to ensure the museum is okay with it and it doesn’t violate any health and safety measures. Some museums have small rooms and unfortunately groups of buggies can be
When to go:
If I have the choice, I avoid weekends and school tours (I was pleased to discover in a museum that more annoying than a shouting baby is a group of school kids!). I think opening time is the best, plus my daughter is happiest in the morning.
To learn more about Mums And The City outings on our Discovery Series, please get in touch www.mumsandthecity.co.uk
Mums and the City is offering Mums on the Go members a 25% discount.
Practical help for juggling work and family (By Alex from Bilocated Lifestyle Management)
Bilocated Lifestyle Management provide concierge services across the capital including property management, administration and de-cluttering, personal shopping and errands, and travel and entertainment. An invaluable service for busy mums on the go.
So, Alex, tell me a bit about yourself?
My background is in arts and events management. Previously I have worked at festivals and in arts organisations such as Hampstead Theatre and British Film Institute so I love both things arty but also appreciate the need for good business structure behind any project that I undertake. When I’m not working, I take care of my lovely 18-month-old daughter. She is also the most demanding client that I provide services for!
How did you come up with the idea of Bilocated Lifestyle Management?
The lack of time was my inspiration! I was studying, working and doing my MA work experience all at the same time, which left me wondering how I can be at two different places at the same time. I realised that the people who struggle the most are not necessarily top-end earners but those running small to medium businesses, parents juggling work and childcare and young professional trying to progress their careers and therefore working all hours of the day and night.
With that in mind I assured that my services are affordable, so you don’t need to worry about breaking the bank.
What is the best/worst thing about your job?
The best thing is diversity. I immensely enjoy the variety of different tasks I get to do each week. My favourite areas of work are event and leisure organisation but when I’m exhausted from running about the town and making phone calls, I get to have more quiet weeks when I work a lot on my computer, preparing documents and doing research. No week is the same!
What sort of advice would you have for other mums/mums-to-be thinking of starting their own business?
Working from home does not automatically mean you can completely forgo childcare. Obviously it hugely varies from one business to another, but do not assume that your angelic and the cutest in the whole world baby will be happy to share your attention with a computer or heavens forbid a phone receiver.
Any other passions/hobbies?
I love weight training, which sadly I had to quit at 7,5 months pregnant. Only now I’m slowly getting back into it. My other passion is wine. I have an Advanced Certificate in Wine and Spirits that requires constant learning. More often than not, it means quite a lot of reading and not just empirical research!
To learn more about Bilocated Lifestyle Management check out their website www.bilocated.co.uk
Bilocated Lifestyle Management is offering Mums on the Go members a 20% discount on first bookings and 10% off subsequent bookings.
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