Newsletter

Hello lovely KM readers,
Here’s your weekly newsletter from Kensington mums.
Keeping you in the loop with the local scoop

It’s hard to believe we have begun the third month of the year. Its been a few days of celebrations, first with International Woman’s Day (March 8th) and Mother’s Day only yesterday. I hope you all enjoyed celebrating Mother’s Day with your little ones and not to forget your Mums too. I have said this before, London is great for family outings and great to explore with children. We are spoiled when it comes to museums and galleries. Here are a few things happening this week and don’t forget to take part in the Kensington Mums competition to be in for a chance to win 1 of 5 tickets to the Ideal Home Show in Earls Court.

Kensington Mums celebrated International Woman’s Day at City Hall thanks to an event organised by the Mayor of London and the lovely Monica Costa founder of London Mums, and Mary Cummings, founder of Work Your Way. The conference ‘Nurturing female entrepreneurship through the power of collaboration’  for ladies looking for practical advice to help kick-start or grow their business.  There were a lot of inspiring stories with a list of speakers including Apprentice finalist and successful entrepreneur Claire Young, Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Business and Entreprise Hosts,

We want you to celebrate Mother’s Day every day! This day should be celebrated because so many Mother’s work super hard all year round and rarely get the merit they deserve. So although I’m a bit biased, I’m down for it one million percent. You are invited to take part in the Kensington Mums Motherhood Exhibition. Come share your stories and voices. The exhibition will showcase and support mums to develop and share their own motherhood stories using their own personal pictures which to them illustrate definition of motherhood. Its free to take part, all you need to do is to contact us.

KENSINGTON MUMS COMPETITION

From 15 March – 1 April 2013, the iconic British Home Show will return to Earls Court, London for its 105th Year! Whether you have a substantial home project or want to add those finishing touches that make a house a family home, the Ideal Home Show sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements has everything you need!

Ideal Home Show has teamed up with KENSINGTON MUMS, to give you the chance to win 1 of 5 A PAIR of tickets. To enter please click here. Competition ends 13th March 2013.

KEEPIN’ IT LOCAL – WHAT’S ON FOR YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE(S).

If you fancy some pampering time and a catch up with a mummy friend, why not head to Harrods and have coffee in their new Dior Cafe, complete with pastries and cakes inspired by Christian Dior’s own recipes.

Drop in Design at Victoria and Albert Museum. Sunday 17 March – Outrageous Outfits. Search the Museum for unique accessories. Look for interesting shapes, lines, colours and design an accessory to make your outfit more outrageous for a party at the V&A. For more information, please click here.

St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Trafalgar Square. Sunday, 17 March, 2013 – 12:00 to 18:00. The Mayor of London presents the St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, a free day of family fun in London. For more information, please click here.

 

FATHERS’ FOOTBALL CLUB. Mondays from 7-8 pmat St. Luke’s Church Sydney Street London SW3 6NH. To register for the activity, email info@solidaritysports.org

Fundraising event. Where’s Wally? fun run in Victoria Park on Sunday 24 March 2013. Walk, jog or run 5 or 10 km. Entry costs £20 and includes a free official Where’s Wally? costume. All are welcome, including children aged 8 and over (who must be accompanied by an adult). Register now.

Landmark: The Fields of Photography at Somerset House. FREE. This might be something for the parents to enjoy. Running until 28th April 2013. FREE. This novel exhibition will be the first of its kind anywhere to show both the harsh, even brutal realities of the changing environment, as well as its enduring and stunning beauty, is a wide-ranging and ground-breaking exhibition featuring more than 70 of the world’s most highly regarded photographers from North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia, with many of them showcasing previously unseen and recently completed works. For more information, please click here.

Stay and Play. FREE at St. Cuthbert with St. Matthias CE Primary School and Earl’s Court Children’s Centre. Thursdays 9.30-11.30am.

Bliss Buggy Push. Help a great cause. Bliss the special care baby charity are holding a 5k Buggy push on 25th May 2013 at Regents Park.  They have a warm up, kids entertainment, and fab goody bags to give away.  Registration is now open and is only £10.00 which includes a free tshirt.  For more information, please click here.

The Institut Français, Kids Tales. La Musique with Frederic Chopin. Saturday 16 and 23 March. Booking essential. Prepare your little ears for some musical delights. Listen to the blissful and melodic sounds of Chopin’s music and travel back in time to the places which inspired this lyrical music. Suitable for ages 0-3. For more information, please click here.

The London Transport Museum is always great for a family day out. To enter the Museum, you need to purchase a ticket  which gives you unlimited admission for 12 months from the date of purchase. Children under 16 are admitted free. Don’t forget to get the map at the door which the kids use to stamp as they go around and tour the Museum learning the different stages of transport in London. The museum also offers family activities, please check their website for dates on when they are running. Their hands on gallery is great fun for little ones where they can climb aboard our fun versions of a bus, train, Tube and taxi. Click here for their events timetable.

Family workshops at the Saatchi Gallery. Running every Saturday until the 4th of May 2013. Come along for a series of workshops exploring the current exhibition of Russian art. Book the entire six week course or take your pick and attend whichever workshops you like! We will explore the work of a different artist each week. Sessions will involve an interactive tour of the exhibition followed by a fun, creative workshop in response to the artist of the week. Booking required. Sat 26 Jan- Sat 9th March.Time:  1:00pm-2:30pm. All materials included. Booking required Suitable for ages 3-12 years old. For more information, please click here.

IN THE NEWS

Is this for real? Business cards… for the networking toddler. This is apparently an American trend which is slowly catching up in London. Read full article in the London Evening Standard here.

8 inspirational playgrounds in the world, one of my favourites is Japan. We should really have similar ones in London. Read full article here.


Sheryl Sandberg Presents: Deeply Troubling Stats About Women. In case the name is not familiar, she is Facebook COO. she states Sharing financial and childcare responsibilities with a husband makes for less guilty moms, more involved dads, and “thriving” children. Read full article here in Business Insider and if you have a bit of tie during nap time, watch the video at the end for some great tips on how she takes care of her work-life balance around her family.

 

Here is something we know already. Parents in UK face some of the highest childcare costs. What is astonishing is the statistics, Families in the UK pay a third (33%) of their net income on childcare compared to 5% of net income on childcare in countries like Sweden, Greece, Portugal and Poland. Read full article in ITV News, by clicking here.

 

Hope you all enjoyed your Mother’s Day!

 

Wishing you all a mummyliscious week.