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Start & End Your Family Getaway Without Breaking a Sweat

When planning a family holiday the main elements to consider are destination, accommodation and which flights or airline to choose.  However, how you start and end your trip are equally important.  Travelling with little ones can be very tiring and stressful not least because everything seems to take twice as long when you’re wrestling with luggage, pushchairs etc. as well as making sure the kids are happy and safe.  The team at Family Transfers will give you a recipe for a stress-free and happy start to your holiday.

How Can Family Transfers Help You?

Supply a family-friendly driver

All our drivers are chosen for their child-friendliness. Their main aim is to get families safely to their destination.  Some little ones don’t particularly relish even the most comfortable of car journeys and our drivers are totally understanding of this!

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Someone who can help with the bags

Our drivers understand that you only have two hands and those are best employed in keeping your children safe and happy, so they will help with the bags so you are free to tend to your excited little travellers.

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A spacious and comfortable vehicle
We only use large vehicles with plenty of space for the whole family and also the luggage…no need to feel crammed in!
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The correct car seats matched to your children’s age and size
Safety and comfort are key and never more so than with regards to the car seats we provide.
In our London fleet we only use Maxi Cosi car seats ranging in stages from 0-12 years.
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Reliable, on-time service
We will be there when we say we will and get you to your destination on time.  And we do all this so that you can enjoy your holiday from the moment you leave home!
Products Services

19 Small New Businesses To Check Out Now

It’s time to do another round up of all the new businesses that I have heard of and come across of late. 18 Small Businesses To Support in 2018 was my last post on this subject and my first one was the year before 17 New Businesses To Have on Your Radar in 2017. I can’t wait till 2019  for continuity’s sake – it would be sacrilegious not to hear about these start ups straight away, so it’s 19 now!

Fitz Fitness  (Barnes Common, Mortlake, Richmond Park)

Started by lovely mother of 2 little girls, Jenny’s aim is to make exercise fun, effective and sustainable. If you are looking to get back in shape or progress to the next level, I personally vouch for Jenny’s warmth and professionalism.  Why not get a group of mums together and work out altogether!

 

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Watson & White 

An online boutique I have found through the gram, this is on trend and amazing price point. Have a pursue. I bought a rainbow jumper and love it and also have my eye on this sweat for £27!

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Brown & Forrest Smokery 

A small family run smokery, started 37 years ago in Somerset, they produce the finest smoked eel and salmon as well as a whole range of delicious smoked foods including smoked chicken, duck, lamb and trout. It is posted to you in a cool box and is such a treat – but not at treat prices. Imagine Harrods food hall delivered to your door at a fraction of the cost!

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KookyTwo 

Set up two friends, this jewellery brand is a great go to for gifts and to update your jewellery without breaking the bank. Look at this hot pink Swarovski number. Perfect for layering!

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Penwizard 

From Peppa to Paw Patrol to Peter Pan, Penwizard are masters at personalised hard back books. We laugh every time we read our personalised Daddy Pig book as we even got to choose the size and hair colour of everyone in the family. Its genius!

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Holly Maclean

At Holly Maclean each product is lovingly hand made by Holly Maclean from her London based studio.

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The Meek Boutique 

Lovely Lynne of Styling Matters (she is a top notch personal stylist) has started her own online boutique. Think camo joggers, leopard coats, sequinT Shirts… Do check it out – she has thought about every item she sells and they are all an absolute steal!

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Fusion Mineral Paint

I don’t actually know where to start…from the quick no prep application to the finished product – I won’t buy any other paint for furniture or quick lick from now. Explore the website and just go for it.

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Tonder & Tonder 

I met this lovely lady recently who so deserves success (but is endearingly unpushy) so if you need bed linen – please have a look. I have just bought my husbands Christmas present (s) from her!

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Samuel Francis Portraits 

I am delighted to be working with this incredible portrait artist and am in the process of getting the kids done. He warrants as much exposure as possible as he is as nice as is he good!

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Bridge In The Box 

Stylish & Bridge in the same sentence? I know I was delighted to find beautiful Bridge accessories and items on Amanda’s elegant stall at a recent fair. If you are a bridge lover or know someone who is – you have found the perfect website.

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Rock & Soul Essential 

If you are into or intrigued by essential oils, Emily is onto  great thing that you will love. She sells beautifully packaged diffusing jewellery that you can add a couple of drops of your chosen essential oil too – voila.. it lasts all day and you receive the benefits of it whilst also looking pretty stylish with her brilliantly designed pieces.

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Reading Eggs

Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities.

Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.

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Taylor Made Calligraphy

Lindsay based in Somerset is a great girl to have up your sleeve if you need some beautifully written signs, place names, gifts, cards or poems in her stylish calligraphy handwriting.

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Ashoka Designs

Indian printed fabric, interiors and lampshades are what Ashoka is all about. Every design and fabric is stunning and well worth a look if you are wanting to update a room.

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Jolly Good Brownies

This is one of the gifts that I send new mothers – a box of Oli’s Salted Caramel brownies. I am almost tempted to sign up to her lucky dip subscription boxes – 3 months (1 per month) is only £40!

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Margins Walk & Glamp – Norfolk

Forget the walking (bot advisable with children!) just stay in one of these fantastic safari tents that are put up in advance of your arrival with ALL the gear.

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Butterflies and Bees

For beautiful appliqué towels and bathrobes with Liberty fabric letters or shapes, head to Butterflies and Bees. We have the bath sheets with each childs initial on on them and they are such a treat to use after the bath – and there is no arguing whose is who!

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Bidivine

Bidvine has been around for three years now and the reason they are a great choice for both freelancers and customers is that they cap the number of bids a customer receives at five and don’t charge commission on the job, only a small, one-off fee to submit a bid. They have been growing steadily and now have over 50k professionals across 800 services.

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Fearless Flamingo

Using illustration and imagery to encourage easy, everyday, positive expression for the way we feel and behave is the idea behind Fearless Flamingo. Charlie began by creating an alternative A to Z that went a step beyond the obvious, using a whole family of animal characters to represent an alphabet of positive words and attributes in a fun and engaging way, designed to appeal to both kids and adults alike.

I love the mindfulness flash cards!

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Suzanna Walters Art

I was delighted to find out who is the maker of these bin as have been admiring them from afar. I especially love the flamingo and it’s a good price at £37.50. Suzanna also sells gorgeous other homewares and beautiful prints.

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Thank you so much for reading to the end and please remember to try to think about the smaller brands who don’t have as much exposure as the big brands.

 

Behind all these wonderful brands is a person like you who leaps with joy at a sale!

 

Lots of love

Lucinda xx

Family Life Services

How To Choose Your Next Family Car

With the kids back at school, a sense of normalcy has returned, but the to-do list just never seems to get any shorter and for most of us, buying a new car is still one big hassle. Who has the time and energy to schlep around all the car dealers on the weekend? Not only that, buying a new or second-hand car can be a really intimidating experience, particularly when you don’t know your carburetor from your car bonnet; and researching all the options before opening the pages of AutoTrader can be a real challenge.

This is where Car Sleuth comes in handy – it does all this for you!

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I have interviewed Scott, the founder of Car Sleuth – to answer all the questions you might have…

How did it all begin?

After hearing too many examples of friends or colleagues who didn’t have the time to research the market and then felt pressured when finally making a purchase, I knew that I could help. Thanks to my lifelong passion for all cars and having undertaken auto mechanic courses, I have the expertise to help you find the perfect family load-lugger, the ideal city car or your dream weekend sports car!

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Who have you helped?

Recently I helped a family replace their old diesel Audi with a new hybrid. They were becoming increasingly concerned about the rising costs of driving a diesel in central London but didn’t know where to begin. Thanks to my enthusiasm, they actually found the whole process to be quite fun! The hassle had been completely removed, and they were thrilled. Whoever thought that buying a car could be… fun?!?

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Another couple had deliberated over what kind of car to buy for nearly a year. They were definitely not car people! Just one week after contacting me they were driving into the sunset in a shiny new car – a model they had never previously considered – that also included getting them a great price for their 15 year old estate!

Overjoyed, they’ve been telling everyone about Car Sleuth

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How does the service work?

The service works very simply.  After asking you specific questions, I’ll spend a couple of days shortlisting suitable cars by order of preference and present this list to you with my reasoning behind the choices.

In the case of a used car purchase, the shortlisted car dealerships will be vetted and the cars personally inspected by me once confirmed by you; whilst any new car dealerships will be based at a showroom conveniently located near your home or office.

I’ll organise test drives at times that are convenient for you and they’ll be undertaken with me alongside. Once a decision has been made to purchase the car, I’ll negotiate the final price for you!  I can also run through the pros and cons of the various financing options that are available, too. I actively encourage people to ask me as many questions as possible – I love cars so am always happy to talk about them!

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How much do you charge for your service?

Unlike other car buying services across the UK, I don’t get paid by the car dealer. This more common payment method could lead to favoritism towards one brand or dealer rather than ensuring you get the right vehicle for your needs. With this difference in mind and appreciating that it’s better for you to know our fees up front, Car Sleuth’s car buying services start from £500 depending on the price of the car, paid in two installments: a £100 deposit and the balance paid upon completion of the car purchase.  My fee will be recouped in the car price negotiation, so I’d say that this is money well spent!

What a great idea! For more information, contact Scott on tel: 07880 646 098

scott@carsleuth.co.uk

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If your family car isn’t safe you should certainly consider upgrading to something new. If the car isn’t safe you might want to use a business to sell it.

Reviews Services

Dropless : The Eco Car Wash That Comes To You

Do you judge people by the state of their car? I was driving a friends child the other day and they actually said ‘your car is really dirty.’ I almost swerved! Where on earth did he get that from?  Having a clean car comes 3rd after house and then children (in no particular order) but when do you get yours cleaned?

  • At the supermarket? My car was actually declined last time I tried this as it was too muddy!
  • A ‘Mega Car wash’ in the back of a car park? What do you do whilst they are washing it?
  • An old school travelator car wash? Hmmm, it seems so indulgent using all that water and what are they actually using on your car.
  • Or a good old hand wash at home with a hose and a bucket? Nahhh.

This is when Dropless takes all the benefits of each of the above and brings a convenient, eco friendly car wash service to your door.

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It was as easy as –

  • book online at a time to convenient to you
  • meeting your Dropless guy outside your house
  • getting on with your day
  • wait for him to return the keys when he is finished!!

My car looked and smelt wonderful.

I was thrilled.

At a time when we want everything on demand, Dropless has arrived at an excellent time for busy people.

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So, What Is Dropless? 

Dropless is a car washing service that uses 300 liters less water than a normal car wash by using special Advanced Nano Solutions which are completely eco-friendly and non hazardous.

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How Did It Begin?

Back in the summer of 2017, Mike, co-founder of Dropless, kindly lent his beloved Porsche to his wife, Bella, to head to a local music festival in style. After returning to her busy life, with a rather filthy car, Bella turned to tech to find a suitable on-demand car wash to quickly get Mikes car back to its usual showroom shine.

To no avail.

So, Dropless was born.

The pair knew immediately that due to the heightened need for convenient time-saving services and the worlds growing concern for being eco-friendly, Dropless was going to be a hit.

With that, Christian and Mike got to work and quite quickly the company was up and running!

Who Uses Dropless? 

Since week one, the company has been on a wild growth ride, supporting Mums all over London and Surrey, and now supporting the likes of Chelsea Football, Harlequins Rugby, P&G and Sony.

How Does it Work? 

Everything they need for a full days work fits inside one of their duffle bags!  This means no heavy van full of water causing extra pollution, their guys travel by car, bike, scooter, even public transport!

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The guys are soon to launch their premium valet option that includes a seat shampoo, leather clean and protection, and a second nano wax coating!

The nano solution is sprayed directly onto the car, this lubricates and lifts dirt from the vehicle surface that is then removed from the car using microfibre towels.  The product also contains carnauba wax, also know as the Queen of Waxes, which gives the car a high gloss finish and layer of protection against further dirt and grime.

Helping Others at The Same Time

Partnering with WATERisLIFE to help save water and save lives.

In today’s world, over 780 million people still don’t have access to clean water and millions of litres are wasted each day at traditional car washes! Dropless donates 10% of all profits to WATERisLIFE to help build sustainable drinking wells and provide drinkable filter straws to deprived areas. Each Dropless customer is helping to make a huge difference, and we will keep you updated on all the progress you’re helping to make.

Dropless are offering you all a 25% discount if you use MUMS25 when booking online.

I highly recommend it!!

Pricing (before 25% discount) 

Outside Wash & Wax = £15
In and Out Valet = £25

Areas covered:

All SW & W1, W2, W8 and Surrey postcodes KT10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17

Services Spotlight

Buengo : Sell It For Good

This week, I discovered a fantastic new app, Buengo!  If you’ve ever felt like you’re drowning in stuff but you never quite get round to clearing it out, this is the app for you. Buengo lets you sell the things you no longer need, and donate the proceeds to good causes! Decluttering while doing good at the same time – win-win!

I immediately downloaded the app (it’s available on the App Store and Google Play Store) and saw the list of great causes to choose from. It was good to see some big charities in there along with smaller causes who have a new way to raise their profiles.

 

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SELLING FOR GOOD 

It didn’t take long for me to find some things at home that I was prepared to sell for a good cause. Once I’d decided what to sell, I took a few photos of my items, wrote a description and chose the cause I wanted to donate to – the whole process took less than five minutes and couldn’t have been easier.

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I wanted to donate to a charity close to my heart – CW+, the official charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, as my friend Katie’s daughter has been looked after wonderfully by them since birth.

If you’re one of those people who doesn’t have clutter (please, share your secrets!), no need to worry because you can also donate money on Buengo. So, even if you don’t have anything to sell right now, you can still support the causes close to your heart. I think this would be a lovely way to vary which charities you donate to and find out more about good things happening in your local area and beyond.

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THE BUENGO STORY

The idea for Buengo came about when friends Alex and Fela were helping Fela move flat. They took one look at the huge pile of stuff (most of which Fela knew he was never going to use again) and set about doing the big declutter.  They had been dividing their time between Barcelona and the Uk and had seen the success of marketplace apps for second-hand goods in both places.

They felt there should be a way to sell things for good – donating the proceeds to good causes and giving back, rather than keeping the money for yourself. The idea of Buengo was born at that moment.

WHY IS IT CALLED ‘BUENGO’?

The name takes inspiration from their Spanish influences – combining the word “Bueno” meaning “good”, and “go” for the sense of action. Today Buengo has come to signify exactly that – do something good by taking action.

RAISING MONEY FOR YOUR OWN CAUSE

Another thing I really love about Buengo is that you can also use it to fundraise for your own cause. Perhaps you’re looking for new ideas to raise money at your children’s school, or a friend is fundraising for someone close to them – Buengo doubles up as a crowdfunding platform. Just like the items, setting up a campaign takes less than five minutes, then, all you have to do is encourage friends and family to donate. I’ll be sharing my items on Facebook to let everyone know!

EASY TO USE

It’s really simple to use.

  1. Download the app
  2. Photograph your item
  3. Upload your item with a description and price
  4. Choose your cause or charity
  5. Share your item on Facebook to let everyone know you’re fundraising!

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They are proud to have launched this platform where people can declutter their lives, reach out and share with their local communities, and forward the money from something old to help support causes do something new.

So, why not have a quick declutter in time for the summer holidays?

Download Buengo now and support a cause close to your heart!

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Services Spotlight

10 Tips To Take Great Family Photographs This Summer

Helen Bartlett is award-winning family photographer and a brand ambassador for Canon. She has been working as a professional photographer since 2003 and specialises in natural, black and white photographs of children and families. She is based in London but regularly travel throughout Europe photographing families having fun together and capturing memories for the children to look back on in the future.

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Thank you Helen, for sharing your top tips…

The suitcases are packed, the kids are excited and the summer holiday draws near. This is the time of year that many of us reach for our cameras or our phones to record the fun times spent together as a family, to take photographs that the kids can look back on and remember the seemingly endless summers of their childhood, and the fun we have together.

In this article I want to share with you some of the tricks I have learnt over fourteen years as a family photographer. Tips that will, I hope, inspire you to make this year the best year for your family photographs.

1. Carry your camera with you

This might seem obvious but I’m as guilty as the next person of taking my camera away on holiday and then leaving it in my hotel room. If your camera is too heavy, then perhaps now’s the time to get a smaller one that you can carry with you and there are so many brilliant compacts out there that offer you a lot of creative control while still fitting in a pocket.

The benefit of a separate camera is also that you can be phone-free and concentrate on your time together as a family without the temptation to check in on email.

The main thing is to remember that the best camera is the one you have with you so work out what suits you best and carry it with you everywhere.

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2.Pick your moments

There are two parts to this tip – good times for the children and good times for the light and they are both equally important for a great results.

The best light is in the golden hour just before sunset and just after dawn but equally, trying to photograph a toddler past their bedtime is a recipe for disaster.

Work around the children’s schedules and never miss a nap for a photo opportunity, tired children are not easy subjects for the camera.

I find that first thing in the morning works best for both the light and the children’s moods as everyone is full of energy, has fully tummies from breakfast, and kids are usually really happy to cooperate for some family pictures before the day gets started.

Of course, equally don’t let a great moment pass you by just because the light isn’t great, if everyone is happy and having fun then that is the most important thing.

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3. Look for the light

Light can make or break a picture and the more you look for it the better your pictures will be. Open shade, such as under a tree, is perfect for family groups as nobody will be squinting and the light is soft and flattering.

If you are indoors then find a window and have your children sit nearby and look towards the light for the best pictures. Bright sunlight on the beach at the middle of the day can be very difficult for photography due to the wide contrast and harsh shadows so try to take beach shots early in the morning or towards the end of the day when the sun is lower in the sky.

At sunset consider taking silhouette images –expose your images for the sky and get the children to jump in the air or hold hands for a beautiful picture.

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4. Photograph everyone having fun and engaging in activities

It’s tempting on family holidays to come back with a selection of pictures of the family posed in front of different landmarks. These pictures have their place, of course, but it’s also nice to mix in more candid shots of everyone having fun.

Instead of posing statically before a beautiful view perhaps get the kids to play a game and use the environment as an element of the picture rather than the main focus. If there are games or activities that will sum up your holiday, then make sure to photograph those.

 

5. Photograph the details too

These can be delightful to look back on, the teddy your child refused to leave at the hotel the entire trip, the crabs you caught by the sea.

Take pictures that will spark conversations with your children when you get home or when you look back on the pictures in a few years’time.

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6. Tell a story

Engaging in activities and photographing details are all part of a bigger picture, that of telling the story of your holiday. Try to take pictures that remind you of what was happening and with whom.

If your kids are constantly winding each other up, do photograph that too, some of my favourite shots of my brother and I from my childhood we are bickering and laughing at the same time.

7.Take pictures of all the important people

Summer holidays are often the time we catch up with grandparents and it’s wonderful to photograph the children with the older generation.

Look for the activities people do together as this takes the pressure off posing for a picture and also makes the resulting images so much more meaningful.

8. Make sure to get in the pictures yourself!

In every family there is always someone who is the main photographer. In my family it was my dad and there are less pictures of him from my childhood than of the rest of us.

With smartphones and selfie sticks, self-timers on compact, mirrorless or DSLR cameras it’s easier than ever to make sure everyone is in the frame. Your children will love seeing pictures with you in and if you struggle with selfies, I always seem to have my hand over the lens, ask someone else to take your picture, or even think about hiring a professional.

It’s becoming increasingly common for families to hire a photographer for half a day while on holiday to accompany the family and take pictures of everyone having fun. This is a fantastic option, as it means you can be present in the action and leave the professional to take care of the pictures.

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9. Edit your pictures

Back them up.

Make a book.

It’s easy to take pictures and then forget to edit them and once you are back home then normal day to day pressures take over and often the images get forgotten.

Try editing your pictures of an evening, apps like Adobe Lightroom are now available for your phone or iPad and are perfect for holidays.

I also love Snapseed and use it to process all the pictures I take on my phone.

Do keep a copy of the unprocessed version of your favourite images in case you want to go back to reprocess in the future. Do remember to back up all your images as phones and hard drives do fail.

There are a lot of cloud-based storage options available now and these are amazing. Then print your pictures, pop favourites in frames or tape them to the fridge. Perhaps make a book of thesummer of 2018 that you can all look back through together. Make sure the pictures are looked at as this is what it is all about.

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10. Have fun

Most of all enjoy it, have fun. Taking photographs of our loved ones is one of the most wonderful and rewarding things we can do. Images that everyone will look back on in the future and remember the good times they had together, it’s a great gift for the children and it’s such fun to do.

This is so useful. I especially liked 7 and 8 – get yourself and the Grandparents in photo! Thank you Helen!

Helen is available to take your family photos, so get in touch info@helenbartlett.co.uk or helenbartlett.co.uk
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Services Spotlight

London Home Tutors : Finding a Niche

Balham based Mary Lonsdale bought London Home Tutors 4 years ago from a family in North London where her friend, who was also a teacher, had run it for over thirty years. She trained Mary up for 6 months and then sold her the business. It’s now Mary’s family business which she runs with the help of two local mums.

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So Mary, what is London Home Tutors?

London Home Tutors is a family-based business, over thirty years old and has helped more than 90,000 London school children since 1982. We specialise in one to one tuition for the main academic subjects taught in UK schools and London schools’ entrance exams, particularly the 11+ and increasingly the 7+. We also provide Academic Assessments for primary aged children.

What sets you apart from other tutoring companies?

We believe the quality of our tutors sets us apart. 80% of our tutors are qualified teachers with many senior teachers, Heads of Departments and Examiners amongst our tutors. We don’t employ under graduates or graduates and all our tutors have significant teaching experience.

We think this makes a real difference to the experience your children will have, because the tutor we send you will have a toolbox full of techniques and bags of experience to help your child whatever their situation and learning style. Whether they need a confidence boost or have a block on a particular topic, are feeling unhappy at school or have additional needs and need to learn in a particular way…our experienced teachers will know where to start.

We also have lots of tutors that specialise in school entry for specific schools. So if you call us and want to prepare your child for the Highgate School exam we can send you a tutor with a track record of success for that particular school.

What is your speciality?

Our particular speciality is providing Academic Assessments to help London parents understand their child’s suitability for competitive London day schools. We know from experience how stressful planning a school entrance campaign can be, especially when both independent and state primary schools don’t always tell parents clearly where their child is relative to their peers’ attainment wise.

It is also difficult to know what their potential might be and hence choose a school where they will really thrive and be happy.

Our assessment tells parents both where their child is now and what they are capable of, two crucial pieces of information that enable parents to plan properly and reduce their stress levels enormously!

This means school visits can be tailored and any tuition minimised. The assessment includes a full 11+ practice test and a tailored assessment report with age-related, standardised scores; comparing your child with British school children of the same age.

What is your niche?

Our niche is to help families in a holistic way. Of course, parents are pleased when grades go up and exams are passed, but what parents often value more than anything else is seeing their child’s confidence return and watching them enjoy learning again. Parents often mention that one to one tuition improves their child’s focus and concentration and as a result they become much calmer about stressful situations such as exams. With the right teacher helping them, it’s amazing how many parents tell us their child’s behaviour at home and at school has been really positively affected.

Mary’s Favourites

Shop : I love our local toy shop QT Toys on Northcote Road in Battersea. I’ve spent hours in there with my kids comparing boxes of Lego and train sets…such fun! I think it’s really important to support our local shops on high streets in London as we’ve had so many lovely shops close down.

Website : When I have some free time I like to watch videos on www.TED.com because the subjects are so varied and fascinating and it reminds me that there are so many big unsolved problems in our world, it gives me perspective on whatever I am worrying about that day.

Restaurant : My local Italian in Clapham, Numero Uno. It always reminds me of good times with my family and lots of much needed date nights with my husband when my children were tiny. The food is scrumptious and the staff so welcoming.

Hotel: Limewood in Hampshire. It’s not too far from home in South London and is grown up heaven when you get there. Having a glass of champagne in their outdoor jacuzzi is my idea of bliss.

Holiday destination : I love the quiet north of Ibiza and particularly the area around Benirras beach where the sea is crystal clear and the bay is nestled amongst fragrant pine cliffs. I love the sunsets and the sea food!

Parenting tip : Daily reading is the most important habit you can instil in your child that will set them up for life long enjoyment, intellectual curiosity and exam success!

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Family Life Services Spotlight

Bump & Baby Club : Modern Antenatal Classes in London

In my excitement of finding out I was pregnant with my first child, I eagerly booked into my local NCT class, the free hospital course and a private Antenatal class. Yes, I did 3 as I didn’t want to miss out on any potential friendships (wasn’t too worried about the information!)

Anyway, if Bump & Baby Club had been around in 2010, I would have certainly just signed up with them. They are the largest independent provider of antenatal classes in London and the number one alternative to the NCT and would have ticked all the boxes in one.

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Currently operating in 29 locations across the capital – about 4,000 people pass through their doors each year!

In addition to antenatal classes, they run hypnobirthing courses and fun pregnancy events.

Let’s find out more from Alex Kohansky, who founded Bump & Baby Club.

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Why did you start Bump & Baby Club?

Becoming a parent is one of the most extraordinary and emotional times of your life, and sharing the transition with a group of people who are going through the same thing as you, at the same time, is incredibly special. I experienced it myself when my husband and I took antenatal classes during my first pregnancy.

It inspired me to set up the company and I noticed that there was a real need for unbiased, evidence-based antenatal education, that was high in quality.

There’s so much information out there and I was keen to find a way to deliver it in a way that would appeal to modern parents-to-be.

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Who is it Bump & Baby Club for?

Our antenatal and hypnobirthing courses are for anyone looking for a relaxed, straightforward and unbiased preparation for parenthood.

We attract a very sociable crowd and most of our groups go on to become great friends, which we love!

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What’s next for Bump & Baby Club?

We’re working on increasing the number of classes we run each year and expanding to new London locations too. One day we might expand outside of the capital, but our priority is to maintain the highest level of teaching – excellent instructors take time to find, and the search for them sets the pace of our growth. Offering ancillary services might be something we consider as well.

Where are your courses?

We’re currently in 29 fantastic areas of London – and each one has lots of character.

North of the River we’re in Fulham, Notting Hill, Queen’s Park, Hampstead / West Hampstead, Belsize Park / Primrose Hill, Kentish Town / Tufnell Park, Mill Hill, Finchley, Muswell Hill, Crouch End, Islington, Stoke Newington, Walthamstow, Hackney.

And South of the River you’ll find us in Greenwich, Blackheath, Brockley, East Dulwich, West Dulwich, Crystal Palace, Clapham, Balham, Tooting, Battersea, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Putney, Richmond and Twickenham.

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Find a venue near you…

Alex’s Favourites

Website : Babycentre

Shop : JoJo Maman Bebe

Restaurant : Dishoom (especially the calamari)

Hotel : The Pig, Brockenhurst (New Forest)

Holiday Destination : California

Parenting Tip : Trust your instincts but don’t hesitate to seek support if you feel you need it

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