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The Great Manchester Run

A tribute to Manchester terror attack victims

I have taken part in the Great Manchester Run every year since 2008 with only two exceptions. In 2010 I was training for a marathon just a few weeks later, and last year I was heavily pregnant with Tall Boy. On both those occasions I have been out to support the runners and cheer them across the finish line. It’s the largest 10K in Europe and the atmosphere in Manchester on race day is electric. The city buzzes with the excitement of a beehive, you can actually feel it.

Q&A with Nikkita from Hartbeeps

Hartbeeps star light and teddy bear

This week I’ve been speaking to Nikkita, who runs Hartbeeps baby and toddler classes in Manchester.

We talked about the juggling act required to run your own business whilst looking after a little person, being a parent in Manchester, and of course, all things Hartbeeps.

Keep reading to find out more about Nikkita and the baby group that rocks to it’s very own tunes.

Occupy a teenager at Stonerig Raceway

Scalextric track scene at Stonerig Raceway

Whatever the age of your own children, there are times when you need to entertain a kid from a completely different age group. Your go-to activities are unsuitable and you find yourself having to think of something a little bit different. This happens to me fairly frequently when my nieces and nephews come to stay. They don’t live in Manchester so I can’t help but want to show them what fun there is to be had in and around the city.

5 things to do with your little one to rediscover your pre-baby self

Jonathan Mayor at Mum's The Word Comedy Club, Chorlton

One of the things I’ve found hardest to get used to since Tall Boy came along is not being able to do things for me without having to plan ahead or arrange childcare. Most of the time it’s easier if he comes with me, which inevitably limits the options.

Luckily, Manchester parents are well taken care of. If you know where to look, there are lots of things you can do to remind yourself of life BC (before child), where your baby is made to feel welcome too. 

Retail therapy for Mother’s Day

Altrincham Retail Park and gift cards

Having a baby makes finding time for yourself difficult but, if you are lucky, you can manage a walk round the shops while they sleep in the pushchair.

Of course things don’t always go to plan. When it comes to babies; screaming wake-ups, nappy changes, and demands for food are part and parcel of any trip out, so when they stay asleep until you are in a convenient place to solve their problems you can’t help but feel like you’re winning.

Would you take your baby to a rave?

Big Fish Little Fish: Around the World

Having a baby is a sure fire way to close the door on your youth. The days of partying in to the small hours become a distant memory as you learn to cherish the sacred time when baby is sleeping by sleeping yourself. Of course you can always risk a 4 am finish and deal with the ensuing hangover but, if the idea of parenting after the night before gives you a sore head before you’ve so much as ordered a cocktail I might just have a solution.