Brummie Mummies

Brummie Mummies

By Laudable

Welcome to the award winning Brummie Mummies podcast, the show that shares inspiring stories from Birmingham mums and dads and is brimming with useful advice and suggestions.

Brummie Mummies has been a much-loved hub for parents in Birmingham since 2015, known for bringing families together both online and at sell-out social events.

This podcast is packed full of tips from real Birmingham parents as show host and Brummie Mummies founder Zoe Chamberlain chats to mums and dads of all backgrounds about how to juggle family life and all that comes with it.

The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Birmingham Live and Brummie Mummies, and is produced and edited by Matt Millard.

Want to get in touch? Drop Zoe an email - zoe.chamberlain@reachplc.com or get in touch via the Brummie Mummies Facebook page - facebook.com/brummiemummiesmail

Episodes

How the pandemic has affected new mums and their children

Many of us can only imagine how difficult it was to have a baby during the global pandemic lockdowns. As parents, we’re still feeling the aftermath of that with all of our kids, but what was it like to be a new mum unable to get out and about with your baby? And what effect has that had on our little ones?Today Zoe is talking to Birmingham mum Priya Chauhan who had a baby and a toddler during lockdown and Davinder Jandu who is headteacher at Yarnfield Primary School in Tyseley, who talks about how she has seen the impact of the pandemic on children starting school.They both share their experiences and the positives that have come out of that and they offer a myriad of tips for mums and dads who can see that the pandemic has impacted on their children’s lives.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.Hosted by Zoe ChamberlainProduced and edited by Matt Millard
21/06/2244m 49s

How to be more playful in everyday life with Just So Festival's Sarah Bird

In this episode Zoe introduces a festival she’s been to nearly every year for 13 years with her kids.The Just So Festival is the brainchild of two mums - Sarah Bird and Rowan Cannon - who loved the idea of taking their kids to festivals but found the reality wasn’t quite so much fun. So they decided to do it on their own terms. We hear from Sarah Bird to find out more.You can discover more about the Just So Festival by visiting the website justsofestival.org.uk.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.Hosted by Zoe ChamberlainProduced and edited by Matt Millard
07/06/2240m 56s

Money saving tips to help families cope with the cost of living crisis

We’re all feeling stretched when it comes to paying the bills and putting food on the table at the moment as the cost of living continues to rise.Today Zoe is joined by Dawn Baker from Home Start Birmingham, a charity that helps families in crisis.Dawn has helped hundreds of families get on top of their finances over the years and has loads of innovative ideas on making your money go further - and how to get help if you need it.Find out more about Home Start by visiting the website www.homestartbirmingham.co.ukThe Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.Hosted by Zoe ChamberlainProduced and edited by Matt Millard
24/05/2237m 33s

Going car-free with mum-of-four Ruth Cumming

With rising fuel prices, many of us are thinking twice about using the car. But would you be brave enough to ditch your car completely, especially when you’ve got kids?This week’s guest Ruth Cumming did exactly that - and she has four young children!She says that instead of feeling restricted, the family now feel liberated and enjoy working out how they can get from A to B by bike, on foot and via public transport.Hear Ruth’s great tips for going car-free and saving cash!The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.Hosted by Zoe ChamberlainProduced and edited by Matt Millard
10/05/2232m 0s

Revision tips with assistant principal Nicola Lappage

How do you help your child to do their best in their exams without them getting too overwhelmed in the process? It’s a fine balance, says this week's guest Nicola Lappage. She’s an assistant principal and history teacher at Ninestiles Academy in Acocks Green and has helped hundreds of children through their GCSEs.Nicola shares advice on revision timetables, how much needs to be done each day, tools for revising, how to support your child and more.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.Hosted by Zoe ChamberlainProduced and edited by Matt Millard
26/04/2231m 39s

Jess Phillips MP on abortion and the importance of family and friends

Zoe talks to Birmingham MP Jess Phillips about motherhood and why family and friends are so important to her. Jess opens up about her childhood, being a young mum, having an abortion, the impact of losing her mother and what it’s like to be a working mum in Westminster.You can read our interview with Jess Phillips on our Brummie Mummies Facebook page and on the BirminghamLive website. Find out more about Jess’s book Mother at poundproject.co.uk.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.Hosted by Zoe ChamberlainProduced and edited by Matt Millard
12/04/2244m 59s

Easy decluttering tips for families with expert Victoria Trevor

Brummie Mummies has called on the help of expert declutterer Victoria Trevor who is bursting with ideas on how you can get rid of your clutter and, more importantly, stay on top of it afterwards - even if you have little ones running around messing it all up!Victoria shares her great tips for encouraging tidying habits amongst every family member, including using constellation charts, labels, reverse gifting and storage, to help you to love your home again.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
29/03/2234m 54s

Empowering through trauma with Sinead Soffe - Pride Of Birmingham Special

In this episode we’re talking to an amazing mum about her family’s healing journey from devastating trauma. Sinead Soffe’s life changed forever the moment a house fire engulfed her baby Elizabeth as she slept in her cot. Elizabeth suffered third degree burns over 60 percent of her body.Since then Elizabeth has undergone more than 70 operations at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, but she and her family face the world with smiles of their faces, determined to make the most out of every day.Elizabeth was recently named a Child of Courage at The Pride Of Birmingham Awards. She is a confident, enthusiastic and amazing little girl who has raised more than £200,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital by running a mile a day for 26 days.Zoe finds out more about this incredible family, their enormous journey into recovery and how they find their strength and solace.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
15/03/2229m 1s

Hitting the reset button and how to be more kid with Ed James

Have you fallen into the trap of being a grown up? That’s what Heart FM radio presenter and dad-of-three Ed James discovered the moment he hit the reset button on his life.Ed talks candidly with Zoe about the highs and lows of the last few years, how he went through a bankruptcy, driving ban and relationship breakup all at the same time and how he discovered that the best approach in life is simply to ‘Be More Kid’.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.Hosted by Zoe ChamberlainProduced and edited by Matt Millard
01/03/2243m 1s

How White Dee is helping young people eight years on from Benefits Street

You’ll probably remember Dee Kelly as White Dee from the Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street and on Celebrity Big Brother.Dee talks about the impact the programme had on her and her children’s lives and why she felt she wanted to help others by co-launching Birmingham Says No, a group dedicated to empowering young people in the city.In this episode you'll discover everything that’s happened since Benefits Street and why Dee is doing so much to help young people in Birmingham.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
15/02/2245m 49s

Homework Special - Headteacher Jamie Barton on why it's important and how parents can help

How does homework play out in your house? Is it a battle of wits or is your child keen to get pen to paper? Do you think they get too much extra school work or not enough?In this episode we’re talking all things homework with Jamie Barton who is head of school for the Jewellery Quarter Academy.He tells us that doing homework can actually improve a child’s progress by as much as five months - oh, and he said that teachers can tell when parents have done their child’s homework for them!The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
01/02/2239m 13s

Best days out in the Midlands with Amazing Adventures of Me blogger Lavania Oluban

This episode is packed full of ideas on all the best family days out around the Midlands.There are so many great places to go and things to see, how do you choose, especially when some can be so expensive?Zoe welcomes back Birmingham mum Lavania Oluban who runs a blog called The Amazing Adventures of Me, which is all about getting out and about with her son Arlo.Zoe and Lavania discuss their own experiences, offer tips on how to save money and suggest some places you might never have heard of before.You can read our full guide on our Brummie Mummies Facebook page and on the BirminghamLive website. Also head over to Lavania’s blog Arloriverrex.com to see more of her adventures with her son Arlo.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
18/01/2248m 46s

Preschool activities you and your kids will love - from former deputy head Ruth Lue-Quee

Zoe talks to Ruth Lue Quee, a new mum whose live lockdown streams led her to quit her job as a deputy headteacher and set up her own business bursting with activities for preschoolers.Ruth, from Wolverhampton, had her son just before the pandemic broke and suddenly found herself home alone wishing she could take him to baby groups.So, she started live-streaming their home play sessions on Instagram, much to the delight of mums across the Midlands.You can read more of Ruth’s tips on our Brummie Mummies Facebook page, on the BirminghamLive website and on Ruth’s website mymummyteacher.comThe Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
04/01/2243m 30s

'Love and more love' - Ryan Mahon's inspirational story of loss, strength and life as a single parent

Today’s guest is Ryan Mahon, a father of two who has had to learn how to become both dad and mum to his little girls, following the tragic death of his beloved wife to breast cancer.Nadia sadly died on June 9, 2020, aged just 38, right in the middle of the Covid lockdowns. Ryan describes her as a beautiful wife and mum who had an aura of positivity.Zoe chats with Ryan as he bravely talks about their experiences in the hope it brings comfort to other families separated through grief or divorce.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
21/12/2122m 59s

Granny daycare - Why nanas need support too - Tess Allen

Zoe Chamberlain chats with ‘Nana Made Me’ founder, Tess Allen.After realising there was very little available for grandparents who provide childcare for their grandchildren, Tess and her friend Linda set up their very own group called ‘Nana Made Me’ in Birmingham.Tess explains all about the traditional activities they do and discusses how ideas on parenting have changed over the years!Tess has worked in education for many years, so she knows all about the importance of developing language and social skills in babies and toddlers. But more than just being great for kids - Tess’ group is helping nans and grandads to make new friends too.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
07/12/2124m 51s

How to make school life great for your child with headteacher Davinder Jandu

Every parent wants their child’s school life to be great. In this week’s episode we’re talking to Davinder Jandu, headteacher at Yarnfield Primary in Tyseley, who has bags of experience in helping families make the right decisions and easing those school day blues.Davinder has suggestions on how to choose the right school, what questions to ask and clues to look out for, and what to do if your chosen school is oversubscribed.She offers advice to families who may be struggling - we all know that tantrums in the morning and clinginess in the playground is no fun for anyone - and she talks about what’s being done to help kids catch up post lockdown and how to make the transition to high school easier.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
23/11/2144m 34s

Clubbing with the kids and how to go 'out out' once you're a parent - Sophie Parekh

Do you still go out and socialise now that you’re a parent?This is something that today’s guest Sophie Parekh and her husband battled over after they had their first baby.In this episode Zoe Chamberlain chats with Sophie and finds out all about Big Fish Little Fish raves for parents to take their kids too, and the importance of going out after having kids.Learn Sophie’s strategies for making going ‘out out’ simple, fun and guilt-free!.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
09/11/2133m 51s

Clubbing with the kids and how to go 'out out' once you're a parent - Sophie Parekh

Do you still go out and socialise now that you’re a parent?This is something that today’s guest Sophie Parekh and her husband battled over after they had their first baby.In this episode Zoe Chamberlain chats with Sophie and finds out all about Big Fish Little Fish raves for parents to take their kids too, and the importance of going out after having kids.Learn Sophie’s strategies for making going ‘out out’ simple, fun and guilt-free!.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
09/11/2135m 8s

Tips and tricks for dealing with allergies from expert mum Nathalie Newman

In this week’s episode Zoe speaks with Nathalie Newman, a mum of two whose son Callum has 28 severe allergies. She says it’s like living with a ticking time bomb, almost like Russian roulette on a daily basis.But Nathalie and Callum have made it their mission to make life, and particularly eating, a joyful experience rather than one full of restrictions.Find out all about their free-from journey and what you can do if your child, or a child you are entertaining, has allergies.Find out more about Natalie’s tips on her website intolerantgourmand.com. Natalie and Callum are also appearing at The Allergy & Free From Show coming to Birmingham in November. Tickets are free and you can find out more on the website www.allergyshow.co.ukThe Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
26/10/2124m 32s

Big Christmas Guide

In this special episode we’ll be sharing all the brilliant things to do in the Midlands in the run up to Christmas.We’re getting particularly excited as so many events are happening that we didn’t get a chance to do last year due to Covid restrictions. We’ve put together this guide to help you plan your festivities.Join Zoe Chamberlain and show producer Matt Millard as they talk about all things Christmas, you'll also hear from some of Birmingham’s best Christmas event organisers. Visit the BirminghamLive website to see our full guide to Christmas events in the Midlands - it has all the dates, details and ticket booking information you need. The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
12/10/2132m 47s

You did what? Mum confessions with Tova Leigh

In this episode Zoe Chamberlain chats with the hugely popular writer and performer Tova Leigh about how she got thousands of mums and dads across the world to share their parenting confessions with her.Tova started hosting Pyjama Party Confessions evenings on Facebook as a way of hanging out with friends and like-minded mums.She found that fessing up to the white lies and extravagant claims we’ve made to our kids actually helped lots of parents get rid of the mum guilt they carry around with them.And so she turned their stories into a book and a one-woman show called You Did What? Which she is bringing to Birmingham.So let’s open up the confessional with Tova and find out the funny, moving and sometimes outrageous secrets of mums and why we all need to share a bit more than we do.Tova is bringing her show ‘You Did What?’ to the Glee Club in Birmingham on October 5 2021. You can order tickets via seetickets.com and find out more about Tova via her website tovaleigh.comThe Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
28/09/2125m 58s

Top tips from guru at heart of Birmingham's black hair and beauty revolution - Kadian Pow (Bourn Beautiful Naturals)

Today’s guest is Kadian Pow, who came up with an amazing hair and beauty range in her kitchen in Birmingham!Frustrated that washing and detangling her hair took a good two hours, she started to explore ways to speed up the process.After two years of experimenting, she was so pleased with her finished product, she made additional pots to give as gifts to her friends, and soon after she start selling it!Since then, she has gone on to invent products to help with everything from stretch marks to kids' eczema.Discover incredible hair-care and beauty tips and why as an American woman, Kadian loves living in Birmingham.You can find out more about Kadian’s amazing products on her website bournbeautifulnaturals.ukThe Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
21/09/2142m 5s

Home and garden makeover ideas and tips - Claire Wainwright

This episode is all about homes and gardens and how you can transform yours!Zoe talks to busy mum, interior design guru and blogger Claire Wainwright, who has renovated her Moseley home with her husband Will over the past few years and has even created a hidden oasis in her back garden.Claire shares all her tips and advice on interior design and how to make the best choices when renovating or decorating your home and garden. You can find out more about Claire on her website www.thegreeneyedgirl.co.uk The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
31/08/2129m 13s

The importance of 'me-time' for mums and dads - Lavania Oluban

In this episode we hear from single working mum and blogger Lavania Oluban - She tells us all about why she set up her and her son’s blog 'The Amazing Adventures of Me' and why 'me-time' is so important for mums and dads. Find out how Lavania makes sure to factor in time for herself everyday and why no parent should feel guilty for taking the time to look after themselves as well as their little one.You can visit Lavania’s blog here - https://arloriverrex.com/The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
17/08/2124m 2s

How to inspire entrepreneurship in your children - Jodie Cook

Zoe Chamberlain chats with guest Jodie Cook, who believes entrepreneurship stems from childhood.From around the age of six, Jodie’s mum encouraged her to book her own doctors and dentists appointments and to pack her own suitcase when she went on holiday.She grew up thinking this was the norm but, only upon reaching adulthood realised that actually her mum had given her the skills needed for independent thinking, something that would prove essential when she decided to launch her own business, aged just 22.Discover how many other entrepreneurs have been inspired by their upbringing and what they do now they are parents themselves to encourage entrepreneurship in their own children.Find out more about Jodie and how she is inspiring families in her book How to Raise Entrepreneurial Kids which is available on Amazon and her website www.clevertykes.com. The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
03/08/2140m 49s

Busy mum's guide to getting a clean house and active kids - Sophia Kapcia

Do you wish you could all get fitter as a family, but struggle to find the time?In this episode Zoe chats with busy mum-of-five Sophia Kapcia who shares how she manages to balance a full-time job, studying for a PhD and dedicating time to exercise.We all know that keeping fit both physically and mentally is really important, but it can often be overlooked. Sophia sheds light on her smart ways to integrate exercise into daily life and how you can make fitness part of your every day, without having to go to the gym! The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
20/07/2125m 46s

The best things to do this summer around Birmingham

In this special episode of the Brummie Mummies podcast we’ll be sharing all the brilliant things to do in and around Birmingham this summer.This summer will hopefully offer a first chance to do lots of things that many of us haven’t been able to do for a long time.Unlike previous summers where we’ve been able to get up in the morning, see what the weather’s doing and where our mood’s might take us, we do need to do a little more forward planning this time, as most places require pre-booking. So we’ve put together this guide to help you plan your holidays!Join host Zoe Chamberlain and show producer Matt Millard as they run through all the best family friendly things to do this summer around the Midlands.We’ll also be finding out about a massive free activity programme happening across Birmingham, as we chat to programme director Jenny Carter all about how to get involved.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.Head to https://linktr.ee/Brummiemummies to find out more about Brummie Mummies!
06/07/2126m 37s

Turning your kitchen table business idea into reality - Maxine Laceby

Zoe Chamberlain chats with mum-of-two and beauty business owner Maxine Laceby, who began by brewing up bone broth on her stove, which she sold to her friends as a collagen beauty product to improve hair, skin and nails.Enlisting the help of her two daughters, Maxine and her girls have now enjoyed massive success, with an astonishing £10million turnover in just three years. Not bad for someone who calls herself a ‘council house kid’ from Wolverhampton.Maxine shares all about why she thinks the skills we pick up in motherhood make mums brilliant in business, how to have an identity outside of being a mum and why making mistakes is actually a good thing. Plus she revealed some great tips on how to turn your dream into a reality.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
22/06/2118m 38s

Why creativity is so important to everyday family life - Susie Pearl

Creativity is key to 21st century family living. It offers us comfort in difficult times, it allows us freedom of expression and it’s an essential skill that’s becoming increasingly in demand in modern day workplaces. In this episode, Zoe chats with mum, wellbeing coach and author Susie Pearl, to find out how we can nurture creativity in ourselves and our children, especially when we are all just so busy! Susie has done everything from art therapy with mental health patients to running a successful PR agency, working with celebrities like Madonna, Michael Jackson and George Michael, she shares the creative habits she’s picked up from watching successful people, how she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and was given just six weeks to live and made an incredible recovery, the power of positive thinking - and how every single person has creativity inside them.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
08/06/2134m 55s

The secret to getting your kids to love reading - Jenny McCann (Bear Bookshop)

Zoe Chamberlain chats with bookshop owner and mum of three Jenny McCann about how parents can instil a love of reading in their children, what to do to help reluctant readers, why reading is so important in all aspects of learning and in later life and about how she juggles being a busy mum with running a new business.Jenny McCann felt like every moment of her life was accounted for with a busy job and two children, with another on the way. So just before the first lockdown, she bravely handed in her notice at work and set about opening her very own children’s bookshop - The Bear Bookshop on Bearwood High Street, with the help of her three children, who ‘test’ her book selections and talk to customers about their favourite reads.Jenny’s story really shows there’s always a way to pursue your dreams and get a better life balance, sometimes it’s just about taking that leap of faith.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
25/05/2143m 11s

Resilience, courage and turning dreams into reality - Emily Wright

How far would you go in pursuit of your dreams? In this episode you will hear the inspirational story of Emily Wright - who despite facing adversity, never gave up on turning her dreams into reality. Emily had to return to work when her baby was just three weeks old due to financial pressures, she was evicted from her home and lost all her hair due to stress-induced alopecia. Despite this, in the space of two years she has gone on to create a six-figure turnover for her new business, and has taken the brave step to move away from friends and family to Brighton, so her children can grow up near the seaside…Single mum Emily really believes in a positive mindset, and simply refuses to crumble.Zoe talks to Emily about the pressures of motherhood, why running an online business is a real lifesaver for single parents and why she wants to show her daughters that a woman’s worth is a lot more than just her hair.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
11/05/2132m 56s

All about Brummie Mummies

Welcome to the very first episode of the Brummie Mummies podcast. Originally launched back in 2015, Brummie Mummies is a well known community for families in Birmingham and beyond, helping parents to connect both online and in person.Join show host and Brummie Mummies founder Zoe Chamberlain as she takes a trip down memory lane and tells you all about Brummie Mummies! Find out how things started, how things have grown over the years and what it means to be a Brummie Mummy.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
27/04/2113m 48s

Getting fit, happy and healthy after having a baby - Sophia Cooper

Do you feel pressured to get back to your pre-baby weight? In this episode, our guest Sophia Cooper is calling for us to celebrate our wobbly bits instead of feeling embarrassed by them!Zoe Chamberlain chats with Sophia about everything from postnatal depression and body image, to how she set up a church hall group where mums could exercise with their babies and what transformed it into the hugely successful OneFitMama fitness franchise that now offers free classes to help mums struggling with postnatal depression.The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live.
27/04/2145m 1s

Brummie Mummies - Trailer

Welcome to the Brummie Mummies podcast, the show that shares inspiring stories from Birmingham mums and dads and is brimming with useful advice and suggestions.This podcast is packed full of tips from real Birmingham parents as host and Brummie Mummies founder Zoe Chamberlain chats to mums and dads of all backgrounds about how to juggle family life and all that comes with it.Here's a glimpse of what to expect from the first series of the show! The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Birmingham Live and Brummie Mummies, and is produced and edited by Matt Millard. Want to get in touch? Drop Zoe an email - zoe.chamberlain@reachplc.com or get in touch via the Brummie Mummies Facebook page - facebook.com/brummiemummiesmail
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