Monday 18 March 2013


When I heard of a new business starting up in South Cheshire called 'Kool 2 Play'  I had to know more about it and wanted to share with my listeners on' Toddler Talk' too.

It's always tricky to decide what to do for your child's birthday parties, whether to hire a play barn and get them to do the hard work ie/ catering, entertaining the children and providing party bags, or hire a hall, do your own food and arrange some entertainment yourself. Obviously, budget comes into it too and limit on numbers, there are many many things to consider when arranging your child's party. I know! I'm a party entertainer but my fussy child doesn't like facepainting or dancing!

Debra Sloan from Kool to Play came on Toddler Talk last week to tell us about her fabulous mobile soft play hire business. It's suitable for children from 0-4 and caters for all occasions:- weddings, birthday parties, christenings, toddler groups and garden parties. The equipments consists of soft play cubes, slides, shapes and ball pool. Themed packages are available for your little Thomas The Tank engine fans and Pink Princesses too.

'Listen again' will be added later this week so please return to the page to hear Debra on Redshift Radio.

Friday 15 March 2013


At the end of February, I completed an instructors course for Zumba for children called 'ZumbAtomic', I thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was great to meet other Zumba Instructors. They all loved the idea that I was running a daytime Zumba class with creche class too! Good to throw some ideas around too.

ZumbAtomic is a high energy class with specially choreographed routines. It's aimed for 2 age groups 4-7 years (Little Starz) and 8-11 years (Big Starz)

Classes are now running at Shavington Leisure Centre on Tuesdays 6.30pm and 7.30pm.
Also, on Saturday 13th April, I will be starting a new class in Nantwich at Stapeley Community Centre at 10am.

Please get in touch if you would like to come and join a class!

Wednesday 6 March 2013


Its not painful.....honest!!

I'm a week behind writing my blog posts but better late than ever, I say!

It was Acupuncture Awareness Week last week, so on Toddler Talk we raised awareness by having Katy Hollinshead, an acupuncturist on the show to talk about how it works as a complimentary therapy, and the other treatments she uses. Katy is based at the Navitas Centre, Shavington and also has her own practise in Sandbach.

Alongside Katy, I also invited Rebecca Sutton from Rebecca Sutton Hypnotherapy to share her knowledge of hypnotherapy and the benefits.

I am a big believer in complimentary therapies, and last year I completed Reiki Level 1 with Simon and Katie Bailey from the Navitas centre, this enables me to treat friends and family so if you're on my 'friends' list you may be eligible for a treatment!

To listen again to the interview please click on the link below which is sponsored by Cheshire Stair Design.
Acupunture Toddler talk 

Next week, I have Debra Sloan as my guest sharing news of her new business 'Kool 2 Play' mobile soft play provider. Be sure to tune in!

Saturday 2 March 2013


(Thanks to model Marcus Wright - as above)

As a mummy, one of the hardest things is to give your child the best upbringing, teaching them right from wrong and having a healthy lifestyle plus much much more.

In my opinion, I gave Luke the best start in life by breastfeeding him until he was 15 months, he was introduced to solid food at 6 months and we made everything for him, I used organic products even though we never bought them for ourselves. I can honestly say hand on heart Luke only ever had 2 or 3 jars. I am not condemning jars, they are convenient if you're out and about but for me, personally, I wanted to puree my own food and know every ingredient going into his food.

By the time he was a toddler, he had an amazing appetite and ate everything in sight, he was a pleasure to take to restaurants as he enjoyed his food so much. He even eats olives, I know many adults don't even eat them!

However, it all changed when he started school last year, obviously I'm not blaming school and I know his tastes will have changed and peer pressure from his school friends, but he came home the first week saying he didn't like peas and other vegetables that he had always eaten. He had never said he disliked a food so it took us by surprise.

One day while I was surfing the net, I came across a post by Jo Dodsley mentioning her company 'The Birth of Taste'. She offers tips and advice and recipe ideas to give children a balanced and healthy diet, she also offers techniques and strategies to help with food challenges. I knew I had to get in touch with Jo to invite her onto Toddler Talk, I had to find out how to overcome these challenges with Luke and share with listeners who are also going through the same.

She gave lots of advice about how to win the food fight and we had a great rapport on air. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below. I'm sure all parents will find her tips and pointers useful.