One thing I know is that it’s really important for me to get out and about in London with the girls. Even more important to do this when I’m looking after the girls on my own. The other week I popped along to my first Mama Meet at the creative family store Olive Loves Alfie East. It was a day out for me and my two girls as we ventured over to Stratford with Big Munch on foot and Toddler Munch in the buggy. The Mama Meet is a chilled gathering organised by the store and Emma from Finlay and Fox. I heard about the Mama Meet through Instagram and spotted that Mary and Emma from Supercharged Club were doing a talk. I grabbed a ticket online.
Here’s seven things we loved about the Mama Meet…
- It’s a family affair…With the Mama Meet gatherings, it’s totally cool to bring the babes, toddlers and kids. Those running the store were fine about the kids running around their shop floor.
- A chance to learn something for you…Emma and Mary from Supercharged Club gave a fab talk reminding us to look after ourselves. Emma made us giggle with her funny-but-true poses of how we may be standing when we’re older if we don’t look after our core and backs now. They also reminded us how to sit up straight to help strengthen our core muscles. A few of us also practised some stretches. To finish up the talk, Mary asked us to write down our own Badass goal for the next six weeks (she’s sending us postcards to remind us about them soon…)
- Enjoy your hot cup of tea… As soon as I arrived, parked the buggy and sat down I was offered a cup of tea. Magic. Yes sometimes its the simple things that make an outing worthwhile. The crew also provided fresh croissants for the grown-ups and snacks for the kids which were a nice touch.
- Playtime…At the Olive Loves Alfie store, they have lots of toys and an amazing cardboard wendy house for the kids to play with. There was also a play mat ready for the babies in case they wanted to stretch their arms and legs. I was happy for three-year old Big Munch to play around the store whilst I listened to the talk. Luckily 18-month old Toddler Munch was happy to listen to the talk from her buggy. When the talk finished, she loved exploring the shop. As well as the cardboard wendy house, she loved pushing around the trolley full of gloves.
- Time to chat…The Mama Meet was fab as it was a nice way to catch up with pals and meet other parents. One of my school friends joined me for the morning so it was a nice outing. A few of us popped next door to the Italian deli cafe for lunch. More time for chat (luckily Toddler Munch fell asleep after all of the Olive Loves Alfie fun).
- More interesting talks and workshops…There’s a nice line up for the other Mama-Dada Meets. Last week blogger Greg Stanton from The London Dad did a talk and children’s authour Mark Lemon from Bristol’s Lemon Drop Books was also there to sign copies of his new book Thea Lemon and her Super Sweet Fair Grandmother. This week on Thursday 24 November, the lovely Nat from Style Me Sunday will be chatting all things who will be talking about motherhood, mum style and confidence. If you want to go along, there are a few tickets left.
- Closer to central London that you think…The Olive Loves Alfie store is based in East Village, right by Stratford International. We jumped on a speedy ten minute train from Kings Cross St Pancreas. There are lifts at both stations so it’s a buggy friendly journey. The store is a 5 minute stroll (you also pass a Sainsbury’s Local in case you need any kiddy snack supplies).
Oh and a gorgeous goody bag was included in the price of my £10 ticket. This included a box of Rude Health cereal (didn’t last long as me and Toddler Munch loved it), a box of Pukka herbal tea, a £5 voucher to spend in store as well as 20% off that day. You only need to buy tickets for the grown ups going along. Fab goody bags have also been included in the ticket price for other Mama Meets.
How to get there…Olive Loves Alfie East is easily accessible from central London – St Pancras Station to Stratford International in 8 minutes with a 5 minute walk over to the store. Or via Stratford station or underground and a 10/15 minute walk. Meter paid parking is available on Olympic Park Avenue and Scarlett Close.
Katrina Campbell was the official photographer at the Mama Meet. Thank you to Katrina for providing the gorgeous photos for this blogpost (I was too busy hanging out with the girls to take proper photos!) She’s also a family photographer so check out her amazing work over at… www.katrinacampbell.co.uk
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