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  1. East Devon Business Mum of the Month - Kes Reid

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    Hi, I’m Kes Reid. As a parent, science teacher, sports scientist and volunteer sports even organizer, we need to get our kids moving! 

    Our youngsters are less active than ever before and according to the Health Survey for England 2015, 28% of children aged 2 to 15 were either overweight (14%) or obese (14%). That’s over a quarter of the child population!

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    This is having worrying implications, not just on the next generation’s health and happiness, but is an increasing concern for schools and children’s ability to learn.

    Teachers are finding children are starting school less physically ready than ever before. This lack of motor skills can lead to them having difficulty reading or writing across a page, gripping a pen or pencil, sitting upright at a desk or having the endurance to last a whole day at school.

    I’m a Devon mother who has recently moved back home from working overseas as a school teacher in Australia and New Zealand.You think of New Zealand and Australia as outdoor playgrounds but surprisingly, these countries are facing the same challenges that we are here in the UK!  My business, Whizz Kids Toys, has been born from witnessing this worrying trend first hand in these countries and wanting to do something about it.

    The good news is that there are simple things we can do as parents at home or through the school system that can have a real positive impact on your child’s motor skills development and potentially boost their learning at school.

    The trick is to get in early. At birth your child’s brain is 25% the size of their adult brain. By 3 years it’s at 80%! Those early years are so vital for building a good foundation of brain connections.

    My business started in November 2017 and I sell a range of active toys such as balance bikes, bike accessories, rocking toys, standing balance toys and other ride-on vehicles throughout the UK  that promote motor skill development and physical activity. Just hop onto https://whizzkids-toys.co.uk to take a look.

    All these toys are great at developing a range of motor skills such as balance, strength, co-ordination, spatial awareness, grip and endurance that are essential for life and learning. I highlight the play benefits for your child in each product description.

    I also offer Ride a Bike Activity Sessions for local schools or child care centres where I set up bike circuits with rumble strips and ramps in the hall or playground. I bring my collection of 10 Strider and Wishbone Balance Bikes to create a fun active session. 

    Another goal of mine is to support parents and teachers. Monthly newsletters that showcase fun motor skill activities that can be tried at home, in the garden, in the local park or at school. Featured initiatives from organisations around the UK that boost physical movement. Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages to share a wealth of activities and ideas. Let me do the research for you!

    Thank you to Networking Mummies East Devon and Networking Mummies UK for this recognition. I hope that my little business can go from strength to strength and we can get our kids moving! 

    Kes Reid 

    Website:  https://whizzkids-toys.co.uk

    Facebook Page:  https://business.facebook.com/whizzkidstoys/?business_id=1710068082366307

    Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/whizzkidstoys/

    Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/whizzkidstoys/boards/

     

  2. West Surrey Mum of the Month - Lisa Pendry

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    Having a treat for myself these days is a rarity. I am currently in the throws of that newborn haze and am so sleep-deprived that sugar has become my go-to food source on an hourly basis! So, when Lisa from Petite Pops asked me to review her cake pops there was no way I could refuse. 

    Lisa began her new venture after baking cake pops for her daughter's 18th birthday in 2016. The cakes went down a treat– all 100 of them– and before she knew it, her baking skills were in big demand. She soon came to realise that a business could be born out of this and so just a few short months later Petite Pops was created. 

    All of her cakes are lovingly made in her own home and are a delicious treat of vanilla, lemon or chocolate sponge coated in melted chocolate. Her designs vary because she will happily take your own ideas and create a custom made cake pop just for you and your special event. She often caters for baby showers, parties, weddings and hen dos. They also make a great gift to say thank you and with prices varying from £1.80-£2.00 a pop they are an affordable, sweet gesture. 

    Upon ordering my cake pops, Lisa had them made and sent out very quickly. Her customer service was brilliant, she messaged me to ensure I had received my parcel and when I said it hadn't yet arrived, she double checked my address and asked me to message her as soon as they turned up. Sure enough, they arrived the next day (just Royal Mail being a bit slow) in a little white box which immediately had my son excited! I didn't choose my design, instead, I left this up to Lisa to decide upon which made it all that little more exciting. I wasn't disappointed... inside were 6 stunning white and red cake pops with a Valentine's Day theme.

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    They look far to good to eat!

    The detail that has gone into each pop is clearly very intricate work and looking through her website her other designs are no exception. I felt very special receiving these, it was a lovely pick me up after putting little people first and ignoring my own needs for the last few months. After staring lovingly at them for a while (it took a lot to bring myself to ruin them!) I decided to try one... as did my four-year-old who was never going to stop pestering me! The sponge cake itself was lovely and soft in texture with a delicious vanilla taste. The chocolate coating was really moreish and complemented the sponge well. I really liked the fact they were on a stick because my son found it easy to hold and eat without making a mess, as he usually does with a normal cake. I can see why these would be a big hit at a children's party rather than a full birthday cake – fewer crumbs, less mess and easy to pop into a party bag.

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    Sure enough, one wasn't enough for either of us and we enjoyed another each, saving some for my husband, of course! 

    It's not often I say a cake is beautiful but these truly are and would make such a special Valentine's gift for your loved one... hint, hint, hubby. 

    I will definitely be looking to use Petite Pops for any future parties or events. 

    Em xx 

    If you would like to find out more about Petite Pops and all that Lisa can offer you can do so over on her website or you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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    About the Author: 

    Emma Reed is a Parenting and Lifestyle Blogger who began her writing journey when she self-published her book 'Your Teething Baby, from one parent to another' in February 2016. As well as writing for herself, Emma also provides freelance writing services to those who need to provide articles on their own website but may not have the time to do this themselves.

    You can read Emma's blogs over on her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin. You can purchase her book either as a paperback or kindle edition over on Amazon.