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We love introducing mums to local businesses and services that we think really add to the local community...

Introducing... Sports Generation

areas:Chiswick

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Why should children learn to swim? Directors and founders of Sports Generation, Christian Kenny and Christopher Whitworth, tell us... 'We believe that swimming is one of the most important life skills and that children should acquire it as soon as possible. Swimming has multiple benefits. It boosts the health and fitness of the participant, enhances the immune system and improves quality of sleep. It is fun and sociable. And the greatest benefit of all: it saves lives. READ ON...

Introducing... Arbonne

areas:Chiswick Fulham Ealing

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Our blogger Caroline has been investigating Arbonne products. Here is her review... 'I consider myself to be a fiercely loyal person on most fronts, but when it comes to skin care, I freely admit, I am a bit of a cream-junkie! I get sucked into promises and deals, so-called “scientific” evidence from anyone who is a Doctor. I am always searching for a product will transform me into a version of Winnona Ryder, fresh-faced, porcelain skin – I’m talking the pre-Johnny Depp era! READ ON...

The Road to Donetsk by Diane Chandler

areas:Chiswick Fulham Ealing

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We're thrilled to be introducing you to local mum and author, Diane Chandler. Diane's recently published first novel, The Road to Donetsk, is set in the Ukraine, a place she knows well from her career in international aid. The book is a love story set in a community of Donetsk mining wives just after the fall of Communism. We met up with Diane to find out more about the book, life in Chiswick and what's next for her. READ MORE...

Introducing... Cherish Childhood

areas:Chiswick Fulham Ealing

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Emily from Gymboree Chiswick has been telling us all about Gymboree's new national fundraising partnership with the NSPCC... 'We are cherishing childhood this year with the NSPCC, as every childhood is worth fighting for. Gymboree will be inviting little ones and their carers to have ‘Tea with the Fairies’, ‘Tame a Dragon’, get messy with Art Activities and hang out with their Daddy at special ‘Cherish Daddy Events’. Events are open to all and there will be donation buckets for you to contribute towards the NSPCC's crucial work. Find out more HERE...

Introducing... Yoga West

areas:Chiswick Fulham Ealing

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Start the year as you mean to go on... with some FREE yoga and meditation guidance videos from James and the team at Yoga West. James tells us 'For many of us January feels like a test of our resolve. The darkness when we wake, the cold and rain when we open our front door and the paucity of our bank balances after the excesses of Christmas and New Year can make even us yogis feel a little glum, so we’ve got just the thing to put the spring back in your step. READ ON to find out more...

Introducing... Mindfulness with Christiane Kerr

areas:Chiswick Fulham Ealing

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Do you want to be more in control of your life, happier and healthier? To kick off the New Year, Christiane Kerr is Introducing... us to Mindfulness and in particular, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Christiane told us, 'Mindfulness is a type of meditation and awareness training that can help us manage our thoughts and feelings, giving us more control over our responses to different events and situations. READ ON to find out more...

Introducing... The Blooming Bunch with Beverley Turner

areas:Chiswick Fulham Ealing

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Beverley Turner tells us all about The Blooming Bunch and why she set it up... 'Discovering that you are pregnant can be the start of a lonely, confusing and frightening experience for many women. It can often feel as though everyone else is relaxed and informed while you run around wondering why you have barely seen a midwife and thinking that Braxton Hicks is an American author'. READ MORE...

Introducing... Klyworld

areas:Chiswick Ealing

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As part of our focus on Back To School, we very pleased to be introducing you to Klyworld Early Year's Centre; a wonderful new nursery with some very unique features! Klyworld Manager Lorna tells us... 'Klyworld Early Year’s Centre is a welcoming, friendly, private nursery school. Our nursery promises parents that every Klyworld nursery child will enjoy a one of a kind exciting and stimulating learning experience that will give them the skills and confidence they need ready to start school.

Introducing... Kings Tutors

areas:Chiswick Fulham Ealing

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Two hot topics of conversation at many school gates are tutors and the 11+ examinations. What is the best way to approach these exams? What preparation is needed? Should children have a tutor? We asked Emily Jack from Kings Tutors to offer some advice for parents of children in year 4, 5 and 6. Emily told us: 'The 11+ examinations are designed to test students’ skills and their abilities. This process, ironically, can be just as unnerving for parents as it is for children. READ ON...

Introducing... Chiswick Beauty Lounge

areas:Chiswick

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We recently caught up with Lais Polessi Patel, owner of Chiswick Beauty Lounge. If you haven’t visited before, then you must do so! It’s a gorgeous haven off the bustle of Turnham Green Terrace. Don’t think that this is impossible if you have a little one in tow – every Wednesday is Mother’s Day at The Chiswick Beauty Lounge. A qualified nanny is on hand to look after babies and toddlers, while mums have their treatments! Find out more...

Introducing... Streetbank

areas:Chiswick Fulham Ealing

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'Less waste, less clutter and access to £1,000s worth of things and skills locally' - who wouldn't be interested in that? Tess from Streetbank told us more about this amazing organisation... 'Parents are tapping into a new kind of wealth – a community-focused, greener kind that goes by the name of Streetbank. Endorsed by everyone from David Cameron to Miranda Hart, Streetbank – the largest neighbourhood sharing website of its kind in the UK ... (Read more)

Introducing... Dora and Diego at The Little Gym

areas:Chiswick Ealing

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Are you ready for the Fiesta? Parents seeking a unique birthday party adventure for their children should grab their backpacks and head on over to The Little Gym of Chiswick... Nickelodeon and The Little Gym International have partnered to bring Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go – themed Birthday parties to selected The Little Gym locations, including Chiswick! Find out more...

Introducing... Absolute Studios

areas:Fulham

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A one-minute walk from Parsons Green tube, in a secret little mews, is the fabulously famous Absolute Studios. Visited by some infamous sports stars and the occasional rock star this gem of a studio is the place to see. Whether you are looking to get into shape, loose a few excess kilos or tone up that bootie, we can guarantee some amazing results in no time.

Introducing... Wilson Picks

areas:Chiswick Fulham Ealing

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Sitting over a cup of coffee, Lesley Faux and Jeannie Shapiro decided to go into business together selling beautifully crafted and ‘preloved’ homeware, furniture, textiles and accessories. Lesley and Jeannie love nothing better than trawling markets for hidden treasures. So recognising that West London offered the perfect patch for such a venture, in spring this year Wilson Picks Eclectic Collection was born. (Read more...)

Introducing Barking Mad

areas:Chiswick Fulham Ealing

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During my childhood, we had two wonderful dogs and I would love my own daughter to experience the joy of a family dog, but full time ownership is just not practical for our London life. I remember that Rex and Daisy were part of the family and we hated the thought of leaving them in kennels, so our holidays were spent at the British seaside where we could take them with us. We were interested to meet Paul Mercer of Barking Mad, who has a solution to both of these problems - matching 'host families', who would love to look after a dog for a short time, with dog owners who want their dog to have a fab holiday too. Read more...

Toddletown Pre-School Nursery

areas:Chiswick

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We're very excited to bring you news of a brand new nursery coming to Chiswick later this year. Urvashi O’Connor and Anna Murray who are behind the new nursery told us all about it... 'We are delighted to be introducing Toddletown Pre-school Nursery to Chiswick. Opening in September 2013, we will offer a caring, secure and inspirational environment where every child is valued as an individual, encouraged to thrive, develop and achieve their full potential. Read more...

FunFashionistas

areas:Chiswick

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We were thrilled to hear that Funfashionistas is coming to Chiswick! A chance for children aged 8+ to start their own fashion projects. Tammi Walker, founder of Funfashionistas, told us more... 'FunFashionistas are fabulous fashion workshops that let your child discover and express their own sense of style. The idea came to me when I inherited a sewing machine from my great aunt. She knew I had always wanted one and so she left me a brand new machine when she died.

Introducing... Active Learning Chiswick

areas:Chiswick

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We're thrilled to be introducing Chiswick mums to the amazing Active Learning Nursery in Chiswick. Director Amanda Johnson asks 'Do you want your child to be inspired? Active Learning Nurseries are something completely different. Each building offers the most beautiful facilities, specially designed layouts for kids, a science lab, music room with live music, art studio, chill out sensory zones, baby rooms, massive outdoor areas – they really are WOW! ... (Read more...)

Introducing... Active Learning Fulham

areas:Fulham

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We're thrilled to be introducing Fulham mums to the amazing Active Learning Nursery in Fulham. Director Amanda Johnson asks 'Do you want your child to be inspired? Active Learning Nurseries are something completely different. Each building offers the most beautiful facilities, specially designed layouts for kids, a science lab, music room with live music, art studio, chill out sensory zones, baby rooms, massive outdoor areas – they really are WOW! ... (Read more...)

Maggie & Rose

areas:Chiswick

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Maggie & Rose is coming to Chiswick! This month we're excited to be introducing this fab family space, due to open in Chiswick very soon! Maggie & Rose told us all about it... 'Original family members club Maggie & Rose is a hub of creativity set in a home from home environment. The Maggie & Rose mission is to cultivate creativity amongst children at the youngest stage possible whilst creating a community for like-minded parents in stylish, yet warm and nurturing surroundings...

Sports Generation

areas:Chiswick

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We’re thrilled to be introducing Sports Generation to Chiswick mums. New to Chiswick, they provide swimming lessons in the fab pool at Roko Health Club, without the need to be a member – a brilliant idea! - and unique to Chiswick. Christopher Whitworth and Christian Kenny, who set up Sports Generation, told us more. 'A key reason behind the success of Sports Generation is the ability to enjoy swimming lessons within a private health club, without being a full member... READ MORE

Pregnancy Massage with TenPhysio

areas:Chiswick

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Many Chiswick mums will already be fans of TenPilates, but like me, you may not know much about TenPhysio and the benefits of massage during pregnancy. In this month's Introducing... Evelyn Kummer, Sports Massage Therapist at TenPhysio, is here to tell us all about it. Evelyn says 'The body undergoes some fairly fundamental transformations during pregnancy, including postural changes, an enormous influx of hormones, weight gain... READ MORE

West London Kitchens

areas:Chiswick Fulham Ealing

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"We are delighted with the quality and design of our new kitchen which has transformed our house. We couldn't recommend West London Kitchens highly enough for their approachability and attention to detail throughout the process." MF, Chiswick. This month we’ve been talking to Keith and Elizabeth Patterson who run West London Kitchens, a company they founded just over three years ago. Find out more about their unique approach...

Pitter Patter – The Hub for Bubs

areas:Chiswick

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This month, we have been talking to Erin Thomas-Wong, founder of Pitter Patter – The Hub for Bubs. Following it's huge success in Ealing and Northfields, Erin has launched Pitter Patter in Chiswick. Based at The Old Station House in Grove Park, Pitter Patter offers baby and toddler classes and an opportunity for local mums to meet each other. This fantastic venue has lots of space inside for buggies and free parking in the surrounding roads. Find out more...

Having a party? Try MiniMe Events

areas:Chiswick

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Throwing a party can be stressful and extremely time-consuming, so this month, we are pleased to be introducing MiniMe Events, founded by local mum Lena Winder... 'If your child has a party looming and this fills you with dread, MiniMe can help. You can opt for a party package, which can include finding the venue, deciding on a theme, and providing catering and entertainment, or simply ask MiniMe to organise the things you don’t have time for...

Yoga West

areas:Chiswick

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West London’s first dedicated yoga and Pilates studio… For years Chiswick has been the poor relation when it comes to practicing yoga and Pilates. YogaAt is hoping to rectify this. YogaAt is London’s leading provider of personalised yoga and Pilates programs. In January YogaAt branched out and opened West London’s first dedicated yoga and Pilates studio (Yoga West). It features a 1,000-foot studio space, wonderful 12-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and beautiful light....

The Lyric Hammersmith

areas:Chiswick

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An amazing space, right on our doorstep, is the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith. You may have been there to watch a show or two, but do you know it’s history or it’s ambitious plans for the largest cultural capital development to take place in West London for many years? Do you know that the roof garden has been named as one of the Ten World’s Most Unusual and Enchanting Public Gardens by Elle Décor? We’ve been investigating all that goes on at the Lyric. Read on to find out more…

The Park Club

areas:Chiswick

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Introducing West London’s ultimate family health club. With the range of sports, activities and expertise available at The Park Club, as a member here you really are on track towards achieving your fitness goals. What’s so special about the Park Club, is that not only do the parents get fit and healthy, so too do the younger members who are given a myriad of opportunities to have fun whilst burning off excess energy!

Juliet Lyons - Integrative Child Psychotherapist

areas:Chiswick

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'My name is Juliet Lyons and I am a Child Psychotherapist, Family Counsellor and Baby Massage Instructor. I work privately in Chiswick as well as in schools and would like to tell you something about myself and what I offer to families. I trained as a Child Psychotherapist because I am passionate about supporting families’ emotional wellbeing and I know how difficult parenting can be......'

Lou Roberts: Modern Child and Family Portraits

areas:Chiswick

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‘I have always documented my own children’s lives and when other parents saw my portraits they asked me to capture the spirit in their children. I aim to provide families with beautiful photographs that capture who they are, not just what they look like. Children’s moods change from moment to moment showing every detail of their character, beauty and spirit’ says Lou. Find out more about her work….

Gymboree Play & Music

areas:Chiswick

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Brand new guidelines were released in July that highlight the importance of physical activity in young children’s early development - strongly outlining the vital role that PLAY and MOVEMENT should have in every child’s life! Physical activity is recommended from birth, ‘particularly through floor-based play…in safe environments’. For children that are up on their feet, at least 3 hours of activity a day are advised. Emily Wright, director of Gymboree Chiswick explains more....

Early Days Postnatal Courses

areas:Chiswick

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The postnatal period is an important time of physical recovery, role changes and emotional adjustment. Recent national surveys have found that mothers are less satisfied with postnatal care than other aspects of maternity care, with too little emphasis on their emotional needs, as well as inadequate and inconsistent care and information. Early Days Postnatal Courses, run by the nct, are designed to address these issues and to promote maternal and infant well-being.

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