Bargain Hunters// Latest Deals

Way back when, when CheekiMummy was alive and kicking I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Tom from Latest Deals just as it was launching to the Great British Public (head here for a cheesy flashback of our Facebook Live).

Fast forward 2 years and Latest Deals is the go-to website for absolute bargains across the internet.

From mega price glitches to secret codes, Latest Deals is the place to head to if you love a bargain (I know I certainly do)

The 2 biggest deals I managed to snap up were super price glitches. The first one was a mega Burt's Bees bargain; I spent the grand total of £5 to receive over £55 of Burt’s Bees products along with an Amazon beauty box filled with samples of top named products. Now never the beauty blogger I will be, but you can’t turn your nose up at a deal like that. Plus, there were so many products not only was I able to treat myself, I was able to gift out the rest to friends and family (hooray for bonus birthday presents!)

My 2nd win was pretty impressive: an Oculus VR headset. Retailing at £100 and we got our hands on one for free. And all thanks for having the notifications turned on for Facebook. If we had been just 5 minutes later the glitch would have been repaired and we would have missed out.

The key to snapping up the deals is to follow the Facebook page. Mega glitches go quickly so you have to be on the ball, and it saves you trawling the web to find your own.

Tom and the team pride themselves that all the deals are found by people that use the site. There are no tie-ins to big brands, just the best deals out there so that we can save ourselves as much time and money as possible. Users of the site are actively encouraged to get involved and share their finds amongst the community. What is even better is that you are rewarded via their points system (points are earnt as people click through and purchase any offer that you post). And what do points make?

Amazon Vouchers! To go and spend on even more deals

From VR headsets to Beauty Subscription Boxes, Latest Deals is a personal favourite to mooch around and find some absolute steals.
What has been your best online find?

Oh, and if anyone has a mega price glitch for a new vacuum then send it my way. I’ve got Amazon vouchers waiting to be spent! 

AndSoWeWent// GERONIMOFEST 2018

When I first told the other half that we were going to spend a weekend at a children’s festival I thought he might leave us.
Who on earth would want to do such a thing?
Anyway he had a few months to come around to the idea and before you knew it, we were in the car and heading off to GeronimoFest set within the glorious Arley Hall in Cheshire
Over the years I have been to many a festival and was prepared for a 3-mile walk to the campsite from the car, muddy fields, terrible toilets and a diet of soggy chips for the next 3 days
Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong if I tried.

Over the 3 days, we did so much so I’m going to split things down to make it all a little more digestible.

The Camping
An executive decision was made early on that we were going to splash out for the Glamping. After looking at the number of options on offer we went with The Canvas Co*. Not only were we able to arrive and find our Bell Tent pitched; we had inflatable beds, clean sheets and as a bonus offer for booking with them we received 2 free passes to Bathing Under The Sky (more on that later).
After spending too many years in tents that were too small, we had plenty of space in the tent and also we were able to sneak in a phone charge or 2, so we could carry on taking all the pictures.
With a designated BBQ area, hot showers and the cleanest portaloos I ever have seen; the whole campsite had such a chilled vibe and seeing children of all ages running around and enjoying the space it really was a sight to see.
There was the option of paying to charge your phones if needed, a mini supermarket for those forgotten items (loo roll and biscuits!) along with the most lovely people from The Farmers Wife serving all the food you could need from breakfast till supper time: all locally sourced produce along with a kids menu so you weren’t wasting money on larger portions of food that wouldn’t be eaten.  
The biggest unexpected bonus of camping was the face that Dorset Cereals had set up a breakfast tent. And so for the 3 mornings, we were all treated to #BreakfastOnTheSlow with all the cereal, yoghurt, preserves and juice you would ever need. Along with Yoga for the kids and grown-ups, live acoustic sessions and the daily papers. It really was a most wonderful way to start off the day.


The Food
After being spoilt with options in the camping fields, it was refreshing to see a number of food options available in the main areas. Long gone are the terrible grey burgers and here to stay are freshly cooked pizzas, fresh fruit smoothies, gin cocktails and vegan nacho bowls.
Whilst there was enough to choose from, it would have been nice to see some children’s portions on offer in the main event space. I appreciate vendors have to make money, but perhaps parents would be more inclined to purchase food that wouldn’t be wasted.
I also think some serious money could have been made would perhaps have been a speciality coffee kiosk. At other events, I have seen the guy with the proper coffee machine have a far bigger queue than the beer tent, and as everyone knows I am always in need an of decent, well made fancy coffee.
Moving on…

The Entertainment
Included in the price of camping for 3 days, all campers were given unlimited access to the fun fair. And on Friday night the main festival site was open to just those few of us that had dared the earlier rain to set up for the next 2 days of mayhem.
For 2 hours we just wandered around, got our bearings and went on as many rides as possible. This was the first time the boy has really been to the fun fair and it was quickly apparent he is a bit of a thrill seeker, with the Big Wheel, Bumpy Cars (he has renamed them!) and the Helta Skelter a firm favourite.
Saturday and Sunday bring the main acts with Cook and Line, Justin Fletcher, Mr Bloom and Andy and the Odd Socks being the main draws over the weekend, with Ben Cajee as the compare for Saturday and Alex Winters on the Sunday. An absolute personal highlight was being called out by Ben when he was on stage for managing to tweet him when the field had very little 4G signal!
Our family favourite was Cook and Line……they had all the audience engaged, were genuinely funny and looked like they were having fun too. The biggest crowd (of course) was for Justin, but unlucky for us, there was a bit of aggravation between some of the grownups which dulled the mood a little for some; everyone is asked to sit down so that all the children can see no matter where you are, and some people took umbrage that their darlings were not deemed to be more important as every other child there.
Personally, not a fan of Justin, and after about 10 minutes, the kid decided he wasn’t interested either and so we headed off to find other things to try out.
One of our memory making moments for us was watching the live music around 8pm on Saturday evening and the boy just got lost in the sounds. He found his groove and was dancing and jiving and running around along with a few other kids who were all partying way past any usual bedtime routine.
Along with the funfair, camping and the artists were an array of activities for a wide range of ages. Including:
Archery
Rock Climbing
Military Assault Course
Tumble Tots
Pauline Quirk Stage Academy
Animal shows
Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave
Circus performances (there were 2 Big Tops to choose from)
Woodland Tribe (where children were actively encouraged to pick up a saw and hammer and help to build a variety of things in the forest)
Storytelling sessions
Medieval games

And so so much more


We were there for 3 days and still didn’t do everything there was on offer but the highlight for us as grown-ups was Bathing Under The Sky
Never did I think in the middle of a festival that myself and the other half would have the chance to drop the kid off at the children’s Creche tent and head off for 2 hours of bliss

Side note; the kid still hasn’t forgiven us for leaving him even though he had fun and made a friend!.

So off we went and sat in traditional wood-burning saunas at a toasty 36 degrees (I had a constant battle with the hosts to not make any hotter!), chatted with other parents about the joys of rabid children and kids clubs (there were 6 to a tub, and we all had one common ground of conversation), got to  jump/ wince into the ‘cool’ pool, melt even more in the sauna and all topped off with a refreshing cold shower.

It was perfection

We deliberately booked our slot for Sunday evening, knowing that we would probably all need a break (the child included) and it was the perfect way to start winding down.



This post is already long enough and I think you get the idea that we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We were beyond lucky with the weather (we were on thunder watch for 24 hours, but it never arrived) and the fella even said he’d consider doing it again. So for me, that counts as a success.

The question now is, where to next?




*The Canvas Co kindly offered us a 20% discount on our Bell Tent in exchange for an honest review

*Our weekend passes to GeronimoFest were gifted to us in exchange for a donation to their chosen charity which is Marie Curie; a charity close to our hearts as they looked after my mother when she was in Palliative Care 

AndSoWeSaw: The Owl and the PussyCat

One thing I never expected to happen when I became a parent was that as a family we would find a love for performance arts.

With Half Term in full swing again, we headed off to the wonderful Old Rep Theatre to catch Full House and their interpretation of the Children’s Classic, The Owl and the PussyCat.
As we headed into our seats we were met with Owly-Cat having a wander around the theatre and settling into her basket.

Then the show began

With the first 5 minutes watching Jumblie and Quangle Wangle Quee packing their suitcase with not a word spoken (a personal highlight of the show, I just love being drawn into the sounds and actions) it is apparent that this is not the Owl and the Pussycat you remember as a child.

We are taken along as they journey to the land where the bong trees grow as Owly-Cat learns her family history, and her friends worry if their family of Three will remain.

With music and antics, the show moves swiftly, and whilst a different take on the classic, you totally follow the story as you remember the words of Edward Lear, and the message around family stands front and centre throughout.

Of course, I asked the kid what his favourite part was:

‘The Pea Green Boat Mummy. They looked so happy’



The show continues to tour until late June so head over to their website and see if they are hitting your local theatre.


*The Old Rep invited us along to see the show, and as with everything we put out here, our views are entirely our own.

Maternal Mental Health

This week is all about Maternal Mental Health with people sharing their stories and places of support.

My story as a new mum is my own, and I thought I would share how I supported my mental health over the past few years.

We never planned on having children, and when I found out I was pregnant (and then got over the shock of this discovery;) I was very pragmatic in my approach to the impending arrival.

I was going to take 6 months off, the other half would take the last 3 months and baby would just fit into our lives.

(Oh how wrong could I be)

I never nested (my best friend did that for me!)

Once our boy finally arrived (on valentines no less) I fundamentally changed as a human being.

The first few weeks were a blur and if I had my time again, I would say ‘no’ a lot more often. 

I felt like I had to please everyone around me when I just wanted to sit on the sofa and have another cuddle (and biscuit).

I had never been in hospital as a patient: ended up with an emergency C-section.

During my labour, I lost myself. I didn’t question what was going on and I trusted every person around me.

I was treated with respect the entire time.

But

Because I was so consumed by what was happening I never spoke up

I never got to see my boy as a freshly arrived wrinkly naked baby

I never had skin to skin

It remains one of my biggest regrets

Then we took him home

I had never changed a nappy

I didn’t even have bottles in the house (the midwife went ape at me upon that discovery at our first home visit!)

I was completely and utterly consumed by motherhood for all 10 months of my maternity leave.

Yup, I took 10 months

When I went back to work I took on a new managerial role thinking I was ready for a change.

Small went into full-time nursery

We were stuck in a hard place between not eligible for any government support and not earning enough to cover all our costs.

We just kept going

10 months into being back at work.

I quit

A toxic combination of not having the scope to perform my role along with the crushing realisation of missing my child’s formative years was too much for me.

I struck lucky.

My employer offered me a part-time role, where I was only responsible for myself

And from there everything fell into place for our family

Once I dropped to part-time, I suddenly noticed that I hadn’t stopped and taken anytime for myself for nearly 2 years!

Through meeting some wonderful humans at a networking event, I was encouraged to jot down my thoughts

And from this?

I found time to be me.

I found a community of loveliness both online and in real life.

Not all are parents.

In fact. Most are not.

Doesn’t matter

Being a new mum in the digital world is a whole new experience.

Just being a good human in a digital world can be tough some days

I have been fortunate enough to not suffer from PND or any other mental health diagnoses, but I did stop looking after (and acknowledging) my own sense of self.

We cannot solely function for others. It is not good for our physical or mental wellbeing.

For me, blogging (albeit infrequently) has given me something which is all mine. It got me out of the family bubble and made me realise how important it is to be ‘me’ again.

I am back to dressing like it’s 1999 (and I have no shame in being a 38 year old in dungarees)

Both myself and the other half make time to do things for ourselves (and occasionally spend time together!)

And as we hit the 4-year mark of parenthood, I have realised how important it is to take a moment and acknowledge those times where it all feels like I’m getting lost.


If you ever need to seek advice please do contact Maternal Health Awareness Alliance where you can find information on groups within your area. 



AndSoWeSaw// Paulos Circus

What do you do after you have all consumed your body weight in Easter chocolate?

Of course, you get out of the house for a couple of hours and head to the circus. Paulos Circus has been in Coleshill for a couple of weeks and we grabbed one of their last shows before they move up to York.

We headed over to Melbicks (which lucky for us was a mere 10mins away) and upon arrival couldn't help but spot the Big Top; from that second the Small kept asking us when the show would be starting.

Once we had collected our tickets, found some seats and settled in we were ready for the off. 

And what a way to start the show with the Wheel of Death! I don't think anyone blinked for the entire act in case we missed something. Whilst the Small was already wanting to jump on in and have a go, I must admit it made me feel a bit wobbly! Also extra bonus points from me for their Día de Muertos Makeup along with the flannel shirts and ripped jeans (for I will always be a grunge girl!)    




In between each act, we had Mr.N to entertain us, and with some traditional comedy and a little audience participation, it kept everyone engaged for the duration.

From knife throwing, laser wizardry and a stunning ariel performance; the show runs for 1 hour and 10mins and it flew by, with the finale having everyone gripped to the edge of their seats (literally in some cases!)

I really enjoyed the intimate size of the Big Top, it created a fab atmosphere as every seat was full of ages young and old. 

Paulos is only in our nect of the woods until tomorrow (April 2nd) and then they move onwards to York (check their Facebook for all the dates). With all tickets £7, it is most certainly value for money all around. 

We were super lucky to have been invited along by Paulos Circus to check out the show in exchange for this review. Which is, as always. entirely our own opinions (and the Small's who now wants to be a TightRope walker!) 



AndSoWeWent// Independent Birmingham Festival

What do you do on the first warm day of the year?

You head down to my favourite part of the city, to eat and drink yourself silly with the city's finest independent business and then finish off the day buying lovely new shiny things for yourself.

This is the 3rd Independent Birmingham Festival, and for this one, we are back at The Bond in the heart of Digbeth.

We made a decision to arrive fairly early, as we are experts at eating, and also know that you run the risk of having to queue if you arrive any later than an hour after doors open. Queuing is fine at the best of times, but today we had Small with us, and no one wants a Hangry 4 year old on their hands.

First up Food and Drink:

Low n Slow was first up with the Belly Pork, bone marrow potatoes and lemon slaw. Thinking the Small wouldn't be interested in this, both me and the BestieFerLyfe lost half of our meat! The rub was delicious, the potatoes soft and the slaw the perfect crunch.

Bake: It is no secret I have a love of all things cake, and Bake is my happy place! These purchases were for later in the evening. This time around I opted for the Raspberry Layer cake and a Creme Egg Brownie (for the fella). If you take anything from this blog post, it is that you have to try something from these guys at least once in your life! 

Jam Vs. Custard: doughnuts had to be purchased to appease the Small and fill the gap between savoury dishes. I went for the maple glazed ring doughnut, with a sneaky Custard filled for my partner in crime. As ever a good set of winners, with an oat sourdough being purchased for super sarnies at home.

Peel & Stone: As we edged later into the afternoon, it was time for Small to make his choice. Being 4 years old he zoned in on pizza goodness. Not only did he get to pick his toppings, he also got his first taste of work experience when he hopped over to see the pizza oven and give a helping hand turning the pizzas! 

ABOVE Presents: Knowing who is involved with Above Presents (both Smultronstalle and Tilt), we were excited to grab a couple of their fine beverages. Both were most excellent. One being the Rhubarb Season and the second contained Gooseberry (and I cannot remember the name: never a food blogger I shall be!)




Moving on...Shopping:

Inside the Market Hall was a feast of some of the city's finest sellers. I was excited to chat to the guys behind MiniMini for our love of all things childrenswear and boys in leggings, and Small was very excited to see Windy and Wild as she made the tiniest most delicate origami birds and boats (we still have his bird and he is still obsessed!)

When you buy from a market like this you get to chat to the people behind the product and that is one of the reasons I fell in love with my new purse. Deborette Clarke of b18 leather not only makes the most lovely leather items but runs workshops for us non-crafty humans too. After having the same purse for nearly 12 years, I finally invested in a beautiful soft leather pouch. Family and friends can expect lots of gifts from B18 over the coming year! 

The guys at Spectacle Emporium had some of the finest frames I have seen in a long time, and if anyone wants to splash out on a gift for me, this is the place to go.

My personal highlight of the day. 

GorillaBots. 

Never did I think when we headed over to the Hare and Hounds stage to find somewhere to scoff out pizza would we be exported into the magical crazy world of Intergalactic Robots.

With cardboard heads, party popper mishaps and flying balls we didn't stop giggling for 20mins. Whilst I'm pretty sure my 4-year-old isn't their demographic, he hasn't stopped going on about it since and if you ever want some fun with your funk, then these are the guys for you.

We could have easily eaten, drunk and purchased so much more, and I reckon with the next event at Aston Hall we will make a day of it and leave the cars at home.

This day is everything I love about my city.

Finally; don't forget to grab the latest Independent Birmingham card for 100's of discounts from our cities finest.

Support Local. It does good things for your soul.


*Every penny spent at this event was my own (and the BestieFerLyfe!)



Parenting Life// Today I Didn’t

As a parent, there are lots of things I don't get to do anymore. Some of those things are fun and others are just daily tasks that (let's be honest) I just don't want to do. I mean, who really wants to clean the loo! 



So I put a call out to some fellow parents (who happen to blog too) to see what else other people 'Don't do in a day'


Let me hand over to my fellow bloggers


'Today I didn't...'


'Vacuum the house because I'm tired and I need some me time. I'll do it tomorrow' 

Kiddoadventures 

'Get a wee in peace'. 

Mumsymidwife

'Wash my hair and I don’t even care' 

Thesmallestofthings  

'Get to sleep past 6 because of the kids. Grrrr!' 

Householdmoneysaving

'Do anything but sleep as my newborn likes to party at night'  

Myfamilyofroses  

And then we have some wins! 


'Burn the dinner' 🙌🏻

'   Twinderelmo

'Today I did what I wanted to do when the kids were in nursery which was nothing!' 

Anklebitersadventures

A double win for both SchoolRunShop  and ReadaraptorHatchling who didn't ...


'Have to shout at the kids' #winning  


I guess we win some and we lose some. As the Small is now 4, I am hoping the day I get to pee alone arrives soon! 

Mothers Day: Dealing with loss

Here we are people.
The day of the mum
Mothering Sunday

This is my 4th as a mum and my 9th without a mum
It’s still all a bit weird

Recently we were talking to Small about family and he popped up and said ‘your my mummy, but you don’t have one do you, because she died’

Small wanted to know why he didn’t have a second nanny. We’ve spoken to Small many times about death as I think it’s important for him to understand life isn’t all roses; and as a family who has zero interest in religion we wanted to be the people that spoke to him, so he didn’t start questioning what is heaven and everything that comes with that conversation.

BE HONEST:

The thing that never ceases to amaze me with kids is their ability to listen and digest information that we see as a topic usually reserved for grown ups. He listened and asked questions and we told him information that was appropriate for him to understand. When we asked if he had any other questions he just wanted to know if it was time for a biscuit.

When you use phrases like ‘we lost grandma’ or ‘they fell asleep’ it gives young children the impression they are coming back. Kids are so literal in their thinking, and the last thing anyone wants to do is confuse them or even worse, make them worried about sleeping.

Of course, if you follow a path of religion, then you would naturally tell them the next steps around death (be it heaven, reincarnation or anything else in between).

Kids are not afraid of words. Dying and Death are only scary if you don’t know what they mean.

My mum passed away when I was in my late 20’s and I am forever grateful that she got to see us grow up.
I am forever resentful that she never got to meet Small or my partner.

Death is cruel and no amount of talking will stop the pain, tears and greaving. But, to have those conversations instills an understanding in children, so they know that whatever happens in life, they are always loved by those around them.


If you ever want some guidance around talking to young children about this then please head to Banardos or alternately you can call them on 028 9064 5899


Am I A Feminist?

As today is International Women’s Day and with the theme of #PressForProgress, I thought it was time I put my thoughts on a digital page.

I have spent a few days looking through hashtags, getting lost in the World Wide Interwebs and have been inspired by so many captions and posts, whilst also being equally horrified at some of the comments.

We all know that the internet has created a breed of people who think it is entirely acceptable to say terrible, horrible and hurtful things to people; and all this does is show us how much more work there still is to do.

Over the past few years, I have become increasingly aware of what my privilege has given me.

Over the past months and some InstaStorms I am even more so aware. 

Moreso aware of the vast under-representation of all. 

But do I consider myself a feminist?

Actually, I don't know.

For me, it is about my moral compass

Do I believe we should all be given the same opportunity?
HELL YES
This can be for any area of life you so wish. If someone has a passion/ talent/ experience for something; then let them have a go. Believe it or not, we have equality laws in the UK to protect us, but time and time again we see/ hear stories of people being denied opportunities based on their gender (and of course there are many other reasons people can be discriminated against, but for today let’s just focus on womanhood)

Do I feel that all women are represented when we talk about inequality/ representation and diversity?
NO
Something that I have become increasingly aware of is that whilst we continue to stand tall and fight for our (and our children's) futures, not every woman is represented. I’ve spoken about my feelings on this before and I am striving to ensure that when we talk about progressing and moving forward, this includes ALL women (not just the perfect faces we see on the TV and the beautiful Instagram Feeds)

Am I active in changing opinions?
NOT ENOUGH
It all starts at home right? When my son was still at nursery I already saw the preconceptions slipping in. ‘that’s for girls’ the Small would say, ‘but I’m a boy’. It is so hard when you see people who hold influence with your children not being so active in helping them to understand why we shouldn’t say such things. 

We talk about how anyone can do whatever they like. I am trying my best to talk about ‘they’ rather than ‘he’ or ‘she’. It’s tough, but every day he understands a little more. And every day the language that I use is getting better.

I speak up more now. As recently as last weekend I was taking part in a scavenger hunt; when I was reading the map a teammate came over and said ‘let me take that off you’ when I asked them why he said (i kid you not) ‘well, I can read it better’.
‘i’m sorry are my boobs getting in the way of the directions?’
Now before you jump to conclusions and say maybe I was overreacting, this was the 4th time in an hour he had made a comment about the women of the group. 
Interestingly enough when I was chatting with someone about the comments later in the day their response was ‘well it’s just the way that men behave isn’t it?’



Arrghhhhhhhhhhh (was my internal response!)

I am a woman, mother, daughter, sister and all round good human and I guess if I want to see change then yes. Yes, I am a feminist.

And no. That doesn’t mean that all men are terrible humans.

It truly feels like a tide is turning as people are standing up and saying Enough. Let’s hope this change continues and we will begin to see the effect this has on our children.

I want to live in a kinder and fairer world.

Do you?

Feral at Four

Instagram Doesn't Hate You


Whether you use Instagram for personal or professional needs, you can’t have helped but notice the way you see things has radically changed over the past few months.

Average engagement levels across the platform are just 1% as people spend more and more time scrolling and not interacting (sound familiar Facebook?)

There is a common idea that to be successful on the platform you need to have the magic 10k followers; and whilst the elusive ‘swipe up’ function (allowing you to directly link your product through the Stories) is certainly a fabulous addition, it does’t guarantee you engagement or business sales.

The joy of this platform is that there are many accounts finding success (be it financial or otherwise) whilst having what would be considered a small following.

The key?

Get Involved.

In a world of hashtags, it is easy to get buried amongst everyone else. And long gone are the days of ‘post it and they will come’.

Those running successful accounts spend time engaging with others, searching hashtags along with posting good quality content.

Would you like to learn more about a hashtag strategy? 

How about understanding what a good feed looks like?
Would you be interested on more posts around the quirks of Insta? Or shall I stick to blabbing on about the Small and I?






AndSoWeDrink // Best of Brum Coffee

I have lived in coffee shops for most of my adult life.
When I first moved back to Birmingham over 12 years ago I was dismayed at the lack of places to grab a decent coffee. Whilst I will use a chain (usually reserved for motorway caffeine emergencies) it is never my first choice when out and about in any town or city.


It may have taken us a while but over the past 5 years our coffee scene has exploded and this was most certainly highlighted earlier in the year with the Birmingham Coffee Festival.


I’ve put together my top places for coffee and also added a little extra about kid-friendliness and accessibility.

Boston Tea Party: This is my favourite chain. Most excellent for families and their kid's menu covers both the big and small, so you don't waste money on large plates of uneaten food.
Brunch is served all day and they have something on the menu for everyone (eggy bread and avocado is the win for me) Babyccinos are free and if you need to size up it’s just 75p for a glass of milk.
With branches in Harborne, Edgbaston and Corporation street and soon opening in Solihull.


Quarter Horse Coffee: On the edge of town this fine establishment always has excellent coffee and a variety of dairy-free options. Plenty of space of buggys and with baby changing facilities, Quarter Horse has a chilled atmosphere and plenty of cake. Babyccinos are a £1 for a decent sized cup. And for me, I love the ever-changing filter coffee options (which are all roasted on site).


CanEat: This is my favourite hidey hole to get work done, have an epic lunch and even better coffee. At the weekends you’ll be pushed to find a space to squeeze as the entire population of
Stirchley descends. Always a kids pasta dish available and breakfast is an all day affair. The menu changes daily and you will never be disappointed. Whilst busy, there is space to park the buggy, a small kitchen to play with along with an awesome selection of books from How Brave Is Wren and of course the very important baby changing


Waterstones: Head up to the second floor and discover the little gem of a coffee shop. Their green tea is the best I have had the pleasure to drink. Items are locally sourced and the prices are reasonable too. Changing facilities are on alternate floors and there is also a small cafe up on the children's floor, if you want them to grab a book or two while you drink a hot beverage.


Now we move into ‘not quite set out for kids’ territory
None of these places are anti kids, they just don’t quite tick all the boxes if you are looking for something more than a quick drink


Yorks Stephenson Street: My son loves this place as he can sit in the window and watch the trams go by. I love this place as they have a mean filter coffee and an ever changing cake selection. Breakfast, Brunch and Later is served and there are lots of options to choose from. Babychinos are free, and if you need to size up a warm milk is £1.50. Space wise it really isn’t practical for pushchairs; as space between tables is limited.
Something to note: there is no baby changing on site (there is an accessible toilet, but no changing table available)


Faculty: Situated in Piccadilly Arcade (surrounded by all the chains) the smallest of spaces, serves some of the finest coffee in the city. Food comes from the fabulous Sixteen next door and you can purchase from either and sit and enjoy. I wouldn’t even attempt to get in the door if you have a pushchair, and due to the size there are no toilet facilities (you’ll have to nip into Grand Central if the need appears!). They are more than happy to whip up a warm milk, but I must admit I tend to go here without the Small as I really don't want to share my cake!


Tilt: Never would you think to pop into a pinball bar for coffee and cake. But you really should. Cakes are supplied by the awesome guys at Bake (there is no excuse to not know who these guys are) and coffee and tea is always flowing. Kids are welcome during the day and there is space for buggys and spreading out. Small has become quite obsessed with the lights of the Pinball machines, so I fear we will be spending all of his savings here!


Late Entry..

Caffiened: Opening just before Christmas and on the edge of Harborne's high street (just a few minutes walk) these guys have coffee nailed. They have created a space which is warm and welcoming and with the coffee cups designed just for them, no detail has been left out. Happy to whip up a warm milk, and plenty of room for buggies (do mind the step on the way in though!)


So, those were just a few of my favourite places for a good coffee. Where have I missed in the city? Tell me your favourite spots to hang out