Meet the Business: Mumaroo

So today I wanted to introduce local business owner Korrin from Mumaroo. Mumaroo. Based in Grimsby but working across Lincolnshire and North East Lincs Korrin and her team of volunteers help parents navigate the world of slings and babywear. 

Tell me a little bit about you and your business?

We are a Sling Library and babywearing consultancy service. I am a fully trained babywearing consultant and I teach parents how to use slings and baby carriers which are suitable from birth right through to fully grown children. I offer private home visits and cover the whole of Lincolnshire. I turn up in my unmissable van with a huge range of sling and carrier options for parents to try!

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I also offer training for nurseries and childminders, foster carers and health care professionals. I have a fabulous team of volunteers and we host free drop in sessions at venues where people can come and receive advice, try on and hire slings. We also have a website for purchasing new slings and carriers.

2. What made you decide to start your business?

When I had my eldest daughter 8 years ago I always wanted to be able to use a carrier but I didn’t know much about them. When she was born I didn’t feel well at all emotionally or physically for quite a long time. My sister bought me a stretchy wrap and I tried to use it but I got very confused which just upset me, I asked midwives and health visitors for help but no one was able to give much guidance and there wasn’t really much online either at that time.

So, I spent a small fortune buying different carriers from supermarkets but basically I always felt uncomfortable and I was always questioning myself on whether I was doing It right so I gave up!

Two years later my son arrived and I felt much better after birth. I tried again and I stumbled upon some tutorials on you tube. I was still certainly “winging it!” and so I searched online and still found nothing locally in terms of support.

Whilst I was on maternity leave I was offered to take voluntary redundancy from my job in banking and as I really didn’t want to go back to working away from my children I decided to take the very scary jump and leave!

I found The School of Babywearing and took myself off to become a fully qualified babywearing consultant! Even at this point though I didn’t really do my training to start a business. I did it for myself and my own confidence, but upon my return I listed an advert locally stating I could help parents with slings (I only owned about 5 slings at this point! ) and I was just inundated immediately! So it all grew from there and very quickly 5 slings and one meeting grew into 250 (approx) slings for hire, a van, a website, drop in sessions in Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Louth, Scunthorpe and Barton plus home visits three days a week!

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3. What do you love most about owning your own business?

I now have three children and my youngest is just about to start reception (😭). I am so proud that I’ve been able to still work but be there for them in their early years. I’ve been able to drop them off and collect them from school daily, be at home for tea times, be there for school plays and sports days and even take them along to sling libraries and work alongside them if needed.

I also love the amazing people I get to meet daily. I am constantly learning from every single parent I meet and everyone inspires me to carry on. We regularly get parents telling us how much we’ve helped them bond with their babies and this is just priceless 😍

4. What do you least like about owning your own business?

You never switch off! Mumaroo is my life and I am constantly answering messages, updating social media, thinking of our next event etc. I absolutely love it and I wouldn’t change it for the world but it’s taken me a long time to learn that switching off sometime is not only okay it’s vital to being able to effectively run a business.

What do you have planned for your business in the future?

There are some really really exciting plans at the moment! I always said when my youngest settled into full time school then I’d be able to push forward and that’s exactly what I plan on doing. Sorry it’s all still top secret at the moment though!

What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own business but not knowing where to start?

Be prepared to make mistakes. Mistakes are good, what’s important is that you learn from them and adapt for the choices you make in future. Don’t look at other similar businesses with envy – remember it takes hard work and dedication and if you’re passionate and dedicated you will succeed.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your business?

The community we’ve built. We have a huge community of parents across Lincolnshire and despite what the media like to portray we’ve broken down the stereotype that parenting is something to be debated and judged. We’ve created a wonderful supportive community and I’m so very proud of everyone who makes that happen from our fabulous volunteer team who turn up every week despite having children themselves and other “proper” jobs to our parents who continue to spread the word and invite new mums into our community. Each and everyone of them make Mumaroo what it is today and I’m so proud of them all.

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Do you think local businesses are well supported in NEL?

Yes I do! I think there’s lots of options online for businesses to connect with each other and offline too from E-Factor to Totally Locally and there’s also a great group called “Lincolnshire Business Ladies”.

I must admit I don’t have much involvement with any of them but I like the fact that I know where to go for support and networking should I feel I need it and I think as a whole we should be really proud of all of our local small businesses and how they work together.

How do you feel the business culture has changed in North East Lincs?

I think small Independent businesses have shone through a tough time locally. Where big businesses have closed down and restructured to cut costs these small businesses have filled a gap. Rate reliefs and more affordable easy in and out terms are making it easier for people to have a go rather than sit back and think what I could of done.


Where can people find you both online and offline?

Online:
http://www.mumaroo.co.uk
http://www.fb.com/mumarooconsultancy

Offline:
1st Friday monthly – Louth Salvation Army 11-1
2nd Thursday monthly – scunthorpe cafe indie 11-1
2nd Friday monthly Scartho st Giles small hall 10-12
3rd Friday monthly – Barton st Marys 10.30-12.30
4th Friday monthly 10-12 Cleethorpes moon on the water

Thank you Korrin for giving us an insight into your business. You can also find Korrin on Instagram @mumaroo_sling.G x

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Seasonal Goal Setting

A friend of mine (@claudiamangeac) has recently started her own Success Coaching business and one of the things she discussed was setting goals.

Life has a way of running away with you, the days go by so fast. As quickly as we’ve written down our goals the time has come to review them and we’re still no further on with them so we’re left dissapointed with ourselves. I know I’ve been guilty of this.

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It got me to thinking how can we set intentional goals that we can acomplish and not have that dissapointment at the end when we realise we’re no closer to the finish line.

So, I grabbed my trusty notebook and wrote down my big life goals, look after myself more, pay off debt, get some savings behind me, buy a house, run my blog etc.

Then the mind mapping started, I love a good mind map, my notebook is FULL of them. I wrote down my main goal in the middle and then around it wrote down all the small steps that will help me achieve this.

I am hoping that by having these smaller, more acheivable goals I’ll be more likely to complete them. So when I review my progress each month I’ll feel that sense of achievement in making steps towards my main life goals.

My goals for September are:

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All of these work towards some of my life goals!

What are you looking to achieve in September and how do you work towards and acomplish the goals you set yourself? I’d love to hear!

G x

P.S. If anyone can help me find a dentist for my “book dentist” goal that’d be great. I don’t know the good ones in Cleethorpes so any recommendations greatly appreciated 🙂

Meet the Local: Charli Parkin

Charli and I had spoken quite a bit over social media and I have come to know here as a real advocate for North East Lincs. Her instagram page is open and honest, a real representation of our beautiful area. 

I finally met Charli in “real life” and she is very much the lovely and friendly person you get to see online. Hopefully we’ll have many more coffees to come! 

Tell me a little bit about yourself?
Oooh, I feel like it’s a dating profile. Where to start? Hello there, I’m Charli. I’m a twenty something living in Cleethorpes. I like to think I try to be a positive Polly, and find the silver lining. I like to talk a lot. My Mum always says I have “talk to me on the bus eyes” because I’ll find myself deep in conversations anywhere and everywhere. I like days full of fun adventures but I equally like home comforts, a nice home cooked meal and a Netflix binge.

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Have you always lived in North East Lincolnshire?
Pretty much. I spent my Uni years in Liverpool and a few months working in London. It’s been joked before that I’m a stick of rock, if you broke me in half it’d say North East Lincs in the middle of me. I love it here!

What is your favourite thing to do in the area?
Walking. Just getting out there and seeing all the amazing natural sights we have. Beach, parks, the wolds….

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Where are your favourite places to shop? 
I love Arttopia. I get so many of my Christmas and birthday gifts from there. Loads of creative, independent shops under one roof.

CleeGlass is beaut for jewellery, and they’re also sustainable and look after the environment. Mega important.

Clothes from Forw4rd are always good.

Home bits from Abode, always really helpful and some fab homely pieces.

Where is your favourite place to eat?
Pizza – Tredici
Indian – Agrah
Burger – The Goodburger – (doing pop ups around NEL)
Greek – The Greek Shack
Bruch – Riverhead Coffee
Fish & chips – Wybers Chippy

Tell me what a perfect North East Lincs day would look like to you?
It would be waking up, having a cuppa in the garden, taking a walk down the seafront, maybe a paddle (paddleboard with Ebb & Flo), having some sort of avocado breakfast at one of the many brilliant places in Cleethorpes, doing a little shopping, going for a coffee at The Globe coffee shop, seeing family and friends and then heading for some beers at Message in a Bottle.

I shout about Message in a Bottle a lot. It just reminds me of the places my Mum and Dad told me about when I was younger, where everyone chats to everyone. You’re always welcome, and the only way I can describe it, is having drinks at a mates, but with bloody great beers that you might not get elsewhere.

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If someone was new to the area what would be the first thing you’d tell them to do / check out?
Take out your headphones. Put your phone in your bag and just go breathe in the seaside. From there you’ll find so much you’ll wanna try that I won’t need to recommend anything…..

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If you could change one thing about North East Lincs what would it be?
The media’s representation. I’m just so bored of things like the dreadful Sacha Baron Cohen film…it’s poverty porn. He couldn’t even film it here because it didn’t look as run down as he wanted it to.

The more you tell people negative things, the more they’ll believe it. I’m not saying this area is perfect – what area is? But putting out those little bits of love and compliments into the world, could mean someone makes a small change…or a big change!

Do you have a “go to” place to chill out, relax and unwind?
The beach. All day. Every day. Mindful minutes watching the water and seeing the sun reflect off the waves. I couldn’t feel luckier.

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What is the best thing about living in North East Lincs?
The people. There’s such a strong neighbourhood feel. All coming together and saying…..you know what, there might be some space for us to grow and improve but we’re working hard and bringing new things to the area.

Thank you so much for that Charli, it was lovely to get a glimpse into your life in North East Lincs.

To find out more about Charli you can check out her Instagram @charli_parks 

G x

Links to Instagram Accounts for the companies mentioned:

Tredici (@trediciuk)
Agrah (@the.agrah)
The Goodburger – doing pop ups around NEL (@the.goodburger)
The Greek Shack (@thegreekshack)
Riverhead Coffee (@riverheadcoffee)
Arttopia (@arttopia_cleethorpes)
Abode (@abodecleethorpes)
Forw4rd (@forw4rd)
CleeGlass (@cleeglass)
Ebb & Flo (@ebbandfloliving)
The Globe (@theglobecleethorpes)
Message in a Bottle (@miabcleethorpes)

My Month: August 2019

Wow what a month August has been for amazing weather in North East Lincs and I was fortunate to have two weeks off to enjoy it. We have managed to pack quite a lot into August and have had lots of North East Lincs fun!

We’re All Going on a Summer Holiday!
Johns children have been off for the summer holidays so it’s of fun has been had, we try to do as many outdoor activities as we can. This month we went swimming at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre (don’t forget if you’re local get yourself a card to ensure you get the discount to avoid peak time charges).


BBQ’s and trampoline sessions at friends houses, strawberry picking, a lovely picnic at the park in Caistor (fantastic park I’d really recommend it for kids), walks on the seafront, movie nights and spending time with family.

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We also had my parents’s dog Puddin for ten days whilst they swanned off to Mauritius so many a walk was had with him. He’s a bit of an old boy now so doesn’t go far but we managed to walk him (or should I say carry him) around Hemswell Market. John picked up some absolute bargain blu-rays to add to the collection including one which cost £5 but is selling on eBay for over £200). Love a good car boot! 🙂

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One year on! 
John and I celebrated our one year anniversary, we got each other a little treat (set ourselves a £5 budget for fun and we both successfully came up with the goods). Mine was so cute from Arttopia (one of my favourite shops in Cleethorpes).

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Highlight of my month (except for our one year anniversary of course) was being invited by the lovely Patrick and Toni from Aldred Enderby to the launch of their mobile street food boat RoRo.

I had to hide my inner fan girl when Patrick introduced me to his good friend Marco Pierre-White. I’ve visited his restaurant when I lived in London and I am a big fan! He was a really nice chap and was really interested in hearing about the work I do at HCUK Training so watch this space.

Shop local
Through my work with HCUK Training and through my blog I get to meet lots of local businesses and this month wasn’t any different.

I met with Sam from Nooks & Niches, Sarah from Dolly’s, Isabel from Hats & Tiara’s and Megan from The Fishermans Arms/The Royal Oak. All local business owners with amazing businesses. I’ll add their Instagram accounts below, check them out.

Here’s to you North Lincs Tyres
I’ve been putting off and putting off having my exhaust looked at, it’s sounded like a boy racer car for about three week. Low and behold I’d just been shopping, pulled up outside the house and CLUNK it was hanging off. Quick call to North Lincs Tyres and within an hour (and an embarrassing drive down Grimsby Road with my exhaust trailing from under my car) it was all sorted and back on the road. Massive THANK YOU to the chaps a North Lincs Tyres for sorting me out.

What a wonderful summer month we’ve had. The sun is still shining but we’re creeping into Autumn. We have a super busy September with birthdays, back to school and more adventures.

Have a lovely September!

G x

 

 

 

 

Meet the Business: Fusion Hair Co.

Founded in 2007 the team at Fusion Hair Co are passionate about providing a high quality hairdressing experience to their clients.

Based in Laceby they offer a number of services including mens, womens and childrens hair. As well as extensions, colouring, wedding & afro hair services.

Today we meet Chris Grimley owner of Fusion Hair Co. to find out a little bit more about the business and why she loves being a local business owner! 

Tell me a little bit about you and your business?

My business is Fusion Hair Co in Laceby it’s a small friendly salon that produces fabulous work because we do regular training and I also do session work which takes me all over the world!


What made you decide to start your business?

I started my business because I’m so passionate about hair and love making people look and feel great I love sharing my knowledge too 😊

What do you love most about owning your own business?

I love the fact that I can drive my business in the direction I want it to go. I’m always looking to improve and so take business advice and coaching which helps a lot after all I’m a hairdresser first!

What do you least like about owning your own business?

You never really get a proper day off but I wouldn’t change it I love the challenge.

What do you have planned for your business in the future?

In the future I just want my salon to get better all the time and give our clients a great experience when they come to us and to get us on the local map a bit more through social media etc.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to star their own business but not knowing where to start?

Get a plan! Know what you want to achieve but be realistic.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your business?

I absolutely love when our clients leave feeling fab you just know that by sorting out someone’s crowning glory they are going to feel fabulous! We’ve had tears, hugs, cuddles it makes it all worth it. 👍🏾 Also my team who really get it and always strive to do better, to improve themselves and work really hard 😘


Do you think local businesses are well supported in NEL?

Not really I personally haven’t received any support?

How do you feel the business culture has changed in NEL?

I hope the public are realising if you don’t use your small businesses you will lose them! Which is a shame people work really hard to set things up but if no one comes they will fail! It’s about supporting a family not a corporate empire 👍🏾

Where can people find you both online and in “real life”?

You can find us on Instagram @fusionhairco or Facebook fusionhairlaceby or Twitter @fusionhaircolac.

We are based across the road from the church in Laceby, 1 High Street, DN37 7HU.

Thank you for the introduction to Fusion Hair Co. Chris, was great to find out more about you and your company! Check out Fusion Hair Co. on their social media sites, if you have any questions I am sure Chris and the team would be happy to help! 

Have a fab week! 

G x

 

The only cure for litter is you……..

This blog post isn’t meant to be a rant (well maybe a little) but I recently had two weeks off work and during that time had my parents lovely little pooch Puddin. He’s a pretty old fellow and so doesn’t like to walk too far and won’t go to the toilet on concrete in our garden (he’s the fussiest dog I know) so we took him most mornings and evenings for a walk around Sidney Park.


We’re really lucky to have such a nice, green space near our home that we can go to with the pooch or with John’s children. It’s a really nice park, with the little duck pond, goals to play football, tennis courts and a little play area for the kids. It might need a little TLC but as parks go it’s a pretty good one!

BUT, one thing that really upsets me is the amount of litter that people leave after their day out. Littering is one of my BIGGEST pet hates, I despise it. I just can’t understand why someone would just throw their rubbish on the floor and not take it with them, especially when there are so many bins around to put things in. On our last walk around the park John picked up around six plastic bottles.

There’s so much regeneration going on at the moment to revitalise Grimsby and Cleethorpes to continue the growth in making it a great pleace to live but I feel like us as residents need to take responsibility for our surroundings and how we treat our hometowns!

It’s not just parks either, with the lovely weather we’re having more and more people visit our beach and some (not all) leave their litter when they leave. John has been witness to this and not being one to sit by and watch proceeded to pack it up for them and give them it back!

It’s fantastic that companies such as Ebb & Flo (@ebbandfloliving) organise beach cleans for the community to get involved in keeping our beaches clean, it’s definitely on my “to do” list to attend one. If we all do our own little bit to help it goes a long way.

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I for one will be taking a plastic bag out with me on walks and pick up any litter I see lying around to do my bit.

G x

Here’s to you North East Lincs!

I recently saw an article about Grimsby and Cleethorpes that I felt was a little negative to our wonderful town (except for the views of the lovely locals of course). So, I wanted to reach out to my fellow locals, the people who live here to tell you why they love living here so much:

“I love North East Lincs because where else can you say we’ve got a beach with beautiful sunrises and sunsets, close to green fields, a home to so many creative and independent shops, a 10km and a half marathon that ends at the Pier and a tenacious community who support each other dearly, there’s no place else I’d rather be.” – Charli Parks, ABP

“I love how lucky we are to be able to feel the sand between our toes or listen to the sea every day if we wish too” – Helen Watson, The Soap Shack

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“We may not have the bright lights of the big cities but I wouldn’t want to bring my kids up anywhere else.” Kelly Hardy

I just love Cleethorpes beach! I have the pleasure of walking along the promenade every day on my way to my hat and tiara boutique on Sea View Street, which really sets me up for the day! It is an award winning Blue Flag beach, and I think the people of North East Lincolnshire are lucky to have this beautiful feature on their doorstep 💕

I am originally from Greenock in Scotland, and that West Coast has rocky pebble beaches, so when my family moved to Holton Le Clay in the 70’s, I remember visiting Cleethorpes and thinking it was like being abroad! Just love it.” – Isabel Wallis, Hats & Tiaras

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If you say you’re from Grimsby when you are chatting abroad on holiday then the old chestnut ‘Phwoar, thought I could smell fish!’ comes back at ya!! Well as one of Grimsby’s last remaining fish merchants, yup, I actually do!! We are famous around the world for our fish here in Gy. Obviously I think it’s something to be proud of as it’s a very difficult trade to get right. Take the supermarkets: they’ve drove a lot of independent shops off the high street but they cannot do a decent fish display to save their lives.
So yes I may smell a little like a kipper when the sun beats down on me on my Spanish holiday but I say it loud and proud: I am a fish merchant from the largest fish processing town in the UK: GREAT GRIMSBY🐟🐟🐟 👍🏻 – Nathan Godley, Premier Seafood

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“I love the creative community in Grimsby & Cleethorpes it’s like a little family. The beach is our happy place. Seth & Noah absolutely love our beach days.” – Emma Pannell, Seth & Noah 

“I’m a local florist in Cleethorpes & Grimsby from Flourish Floristry and I love North East Lincs because I get to work with such fab, creative brides around the area! Each wedding is always different which makes my job simply fab!” – Flourish Floristry

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“My favourite things about North East Lincolnshire is the pride people take in calling it their home. I also love all the locally sourced food, especially the seafood and cheeses.” – Paula Holliday

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“Why I love North East Lincs? The people, there is so much support around the area with people especially small businesses! There is so much to do, lots to see. If I want to go somewhere for the day I do try and stay local. I love walking, wether it’s Cleethorpes beach or just out into the Lincolnshire Wolds where it’s beautiful. I’ve lived in and around Grimsby all my life and I wouldn’t move anywhere else!” – Natalie George, The Makeover Fairy

“Driving to work everyday with the beautiful views of Cleethorpes seafront. It really lifts my mood.” – Joy Walker, Joy Walker Estate Agents

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“One of the best things about living and working in the area is having the seaside and beach so close by, we’re really lucky to have so many events going on throughout the year for everyone to enjoy and it goes to show how much the community support one another when you see how many people get involved.” – Andrew Sims, Andrew Sims Bespoke Kitchensimg_4877

“I love how we have the best of all worlds, countryside, the beach and the towns. You can be in a trendy bar one day and building sandcastles or running around a farm the next. Beautiful place.” – Rachel, The Paint Box Ceramic Cafe

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“Seeing the Dock Tower driving over Irby Top, you know you’re home.” – Claire McAulay, Taylor & Abel

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“The quote I would use to sum up what I love about North East Lincs is a hardworking community spirit with a passion for supporting small, local businesses” – Chapmans Seafood
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“I love that Cleethorpes is always growing and changing! As well as having all the traditional seaside town traits, some of the gems I love about the town are unique, independent shops and cafes, bars selling craft gin and beer brewed here in NEL, incredible Moroccan food, family friendly water sports and live music from local artists. There’s always something new to try.” – Emily, Home and Harbour

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“We have this amazing coastal line on our doorstep with some amazing local businesses who I have been able to collaborate with. When we have days out as a family we always try to use Totally Locally businesses such as the Paint Box Ceramic Cafe, Riverhead Coffee Shop, Mad Hatters Tea Room, we are practically always in Arttopia buying locally made items. We have a great, strong team of local businesses all working together. What a great community to live in.” – Kim, Kimmies Cakes

“We love to be part of all the amazing events that take place across North East Lincs throughout the year.” – On Yer Bike Icecream

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Thank you to all the people who contributed to this post, it was amazing to find out what people love about our amazing towns! You can check out links to the people in this blog below.

G x

Links:

Charli Parks:
Instagram @charli_parks

The Soap Shack:
Instagram @thesoapshack
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesoapshack169/

Kelly Hardy:
Instagram @kellygrayq

Hats & Tiaras:
Website: www.hatsandtiaras.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook/com/hatsandtiaras
Instagram: @hatsandtiarasuk

Premier Seafoods:
Website: http://www.kingcrab.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/king-crab-premier-seafoods-ltd
Instagram: @premierseafoods

Seth & Noah:
Instagram: @sethandnoah

Flourish Floristry:
Instagram: @flourishfloristryuk

Paula Holliday:
Instagram: @shithouseadventures

Joy Walker Estate Agents
Instagram: @joywalkerestateagents

Andrew Sims Bespoke Kitchens:
Instagram: @andrewsims_bespoke_kitchens
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrewsimsbespoke/

The Paint Box Ceramic Cafe:
Instagram: @_thepaintbox

Taylor and Abel:
Instagram: @taylorandabel

Chapmans Seafood:
Instagram: @chapmansseafood

Home and Harbour:
Instagram: @homeandharbour

Kimmies Cakes:
Instagram: @kimmiescakes2016

On Yer Bike Icecream
Instagram: @onyerbikeicecream

The Makeover Fairy
Instagram: @nataliegeorgethemakeoverfairy

To PiYo or not to PiYo that is the question……..

It’s been a while since I was last in the gym, last year when I lived in Manchester I had a fabulous PT (thanks Callum Baker @_callumbaker if you live in Manchester) who put me through my paces! Since moving back I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been a little lazy when it comes to working out.

I ran the Cleethorpes 5k for Race for Life and did a little training with my Dad, but after breaking my toe (oops) I’ve not been able to keep up with the running.

Over the years I’ve gone to the odd Yoga and Pilates class but it’s never stuck. Not only was it ridiculously expensive in the cities I just found I got left behind in class as there was always such a mix of levels. So I took to Facebook to see if anyone could recommend any classes in Cleethorpes, this is where I discovered PiYo.

PiYo is a blend of Pilates and Yoga, a low-impact workout that strengthens and sculpts the body, and enhances flexibility.

So on Tuesday night, yoga mat in hand I headed down to my first ever class with with Samantha Jensen-Martin (Facebook: Fitsteps with Sam), held at The Pavilion on Sussex Rec.

I wasn’t sure what to expect but from the moment I stepped through the door Sam made me feel at ease. She explained how the class would run, the type of exercise the PiYo is and that they’re all totally bonkers (in a kind way).

The class was AMAZING. I really enjoyed myself, it was definitely not what I expected. If you expect chanting and relaxation it’s not that, think more yoga & pilates moves to Imagine Dragons and Game of Thrones with lots of laughs and giggles thrown in.

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Such an enjoyable experience and I am definitely introducing PiYo to my weekly workout routine (including getting back to running once my broken toe allows) so thank you Sam, I’ll see you tomorrow!

What are you exercise routines? I’d love to hear about other fun classes in the area!

G x

Meet The Local: John Steel

Let’s meeting John Steel…

#1 Tell me a little bit about yourself? 

My name is John, I am a 37 year old father of three. I was born in Grimsby back in ’82, so yay! I’m an 80’s kid! I am a huge geek and soak up all stuff movies, games and pop culture.

Also collect action figures, sci-fi and horror mostly. I am an adult I promise, but i believe in doing what makes you happy and I honestly believe that if you truly have to be an adult you can still be a childish one as long as your priorities are first and foremost family.

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#2 Have you always lived in North East Lincolnshire?

Yeah apart from a stint away in the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglians. I was medically discharged when I sustained an injury to my left knee. I love Cleethorpes, been in love with the place since I was a kid. Loads to do and see and those that say their isn’t need to step outside.

I’m passing on my love for the place to my kids, I want them to know how lucky they are to live here. I couldn’t imagine being landlocked. Despise cities, great places to visit and shop but even better to escape!

#3 What is your favourite thing to do in the area?

Without a doubt it’s going down the promenade and strolling along the seafront be it with you (can I say that) or with my three kids.

#4 Where are your favourite places to shop?

My mate Gaz has an awesome shop right in the heart of Cleethorpes caled Forw4rd, great place to pick up cool gear that can’t be got elsewhere in town really, also just a really cool place to just stop by and say hi!

#5 Where is your favourite place to eat?

Browns!!! Located on the prom it’s a great little cafe that to quote Cheers TV theme song “everybody knows your name” such a friendly atmosphere and the absolute best full English I’ve eaten.

 

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#6 Tell me what a perfect North East Lincolnshire day would look like to you?

Erm…tough one…

Start the day early, Browns full English, hopefully followed by a high tide so I can go paddle boarding, followed by an ice cream and lazy afternoon chilling in the sun on the promenade or lazing on the beach.

#7 If someone was new to the area what would be the first thing you’d tell them to do / check out?

The beach! It’s just won the coveted Blue Flag award…again! It’s a gorgeous beach, really clean, great views and scenery.

#8 If you could change one thing aout North East Lincolnshire what would it be? 

Peoples perception of it.

#9 Do you have a “go to” place to chill out, relax and unwind? 

Boating lake with my kids in the Spring / Summer, Winter walks with a hot coffee are great too. Plenty of independent coffee shops to hang out in and just watch the world go by, shout out to Riverhead Coffee, awesome hazlenut lattes!

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#10 What is the best thing about living in North East Lincolnshire? 

Not being landlocked. Seriously, their is nothing better than looking out across the water and saying to yourself….”I live here”.

Thanks for that John, you can check out his Instagram here @john82steel.

Have a great week everyone.

G x

Snakes, broken toes and yummy cupcakes!

It’s been a crazy few weeks the last few weeks, lots going on with work and life in general, now John and I are preparing for a lovely few days off and a trip to Madrid for my lovely friends wedding.

Very strange title to the blog I know, but it will all make sense! Starting with Friday night and “toe-gate”. I am now walking like I’ve aged about sixty years due to stubbing and breaking my toe on the sofa. Very bruised and in pain but I am hoping some lovely Spanish sun will help!

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This weekend we went to a lovely little craft fair at the Memorial Hall in Cleethorpes, it was free to attend but there was a collection box for their charities (The Pink Rose Suite, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund and the Sick Children’s Trust at Sheffield Children’s Hospital). The Lion Learners were there and John’s kids (and me) loved holding some of their fluffy and not so fluffy creatures, including a snake, tortoise, guinea pig, rabbits and lizard, I passed on holding the giant Millipede! Was lovely to see all the different stalls and also pick up some cupcakes from Chocadoodledo (@chocadoodledo.grimsby) who are based on Freeman Street Market, they were delicious!


I love events like this and I’ll continue to try and attend them but will certainly post any I come across on my Facebook page.

This week has also been Humber Business Week so as part of my day-job I attended a number of events, during one of these Joanne Smedley spoke and mentioned there are over 12,000 SME’s in the Humber. Which is quite fitting with this week being FiverFest.


FiverFest is an event run by Totally Locally (our branch being @TotallyLocallyNEL). The idea is to encourange people to spend at least £5 a week in their local stores and businesses.

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I love local and will always try my best to spend locally where possible. In Grimsby and Cleethorpes you can get access to lots of local businesses via places like Arttopia, Original Emporium, Freeman Street Market etc. and if you search the hashtags #Cleethorpes and #Grimsby you will also find out about lots of other local businesses, I know I have.

I love the passion and comradery that is going on with FiverFest and in general for small businesses at the moment. Everyone pulling together and helping each other to succeed! I hope this vibe keeps going, the more we support our local businesses the more it brings into our town.

I’m going to go and get ready for my hols, hope you all have a lovely week!

G x