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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 backgroun ...
 
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Want to know how to budget for school trips, save on school uniform, make days out affordable, have a great Christmas without spending a fortune and even how to chip away at your mortgage? Well, this week’s guest has the savvy know-how to do just that. Zoe chats with Gemma Bird, who is best known to hundreds of thousands of parents on Insta and Tik…
 
In this special episode of Brummie Mummies, Zoe visits Oasis Academy in Short Heath Birmingham to talk to mums about the struggles they are facing due to the cost of living crisis. The school has an amazing community hub, helping parents with everything from food and finances to a warm place to talk with fellow mums and dads. In this episode you’ll…
 
In this episode we chat to Raj Mann, headteacher at Arena Academy in Great Barr. He has loads of practical suggestions on what families can do to prepare for parents' evening. The Brummie Mummies podcast is a Laudable production brought to you by Brummie Mummies and Birmingham Live. Hosted by Zoe Chamberlain Produced and edited by Matt Millard…
 
It’s the 2022 Brummie Mummies Christmas guide! In this episode you can hear all about the amazing things happening in Birmingham and the Midlands during this year’s festive season. Zoe and producer Matt talk about all things Christmas, sharing top tips and what they’re most looking forward to this year. We’ve put together a guide to all the events …
 
On this issue, The team talk about the shut down of Google's Stadia and meander into the topic of digital rights and what you really own... Ryan and Leigh have been to see Don't Worry Darling the latest film from Director / Actor Olivia Wilde, surrounded by controversy and starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, Chris Pine, Kiki Layne and…
 
Made By Dyslexia founder Kate Griggs is calling for all teachers to be trained in dyslexic thinking. She believes dyslexia is a superpower, stemming from an innate source of creativity and big picture thinking - and that our future workforces need these strengths far more than the rote learning that takes place in schools. In this episode Kate shar…
 
At just 22, Sophie Rodgers was diagnosed with cervical cancer and her treatment, whilst thankfully helping her to go into remission, plunged her into early menopause. Sophie discovered the benefits of yoga, meditation and crystals and found them so healing she wanted to share them with others. She now runs yoga classes and offers advice on meditati…
 
What are the three things you love to do every day? That’s a question we ask all of our guests. In this episode we look back at some of the incredible suggestions from our guests, find out what gives them a great routine, a perfect start and end to each day and what helps them to tackle all the things that being a parent brings. The Brummie Mummies…
 
Moving from primary to high school is a big step for any child. But there are steps we can take as parents to help make the transition as smooth and easy as possible. Zoe talks to Rebecca Bakewell, headteacher at City Academy near Birmingham city centre, who has loads of practical suggestions on what families can do to prepare. Find out how to insp…
 
Have you ever had the feeling you want more but you’re not sure what it is you’re looking for? Laura Best tells us her story and shares all on the Passion Collective, a place where women from across the world can come together for virtual social events to empower and support each other. For Laura, it’s all about a sense of belonging. The Brummie Mu…
 
In this episode Zoe is joined by family blogger Lavania Oluban and they’re talking all things summer. School holidays are expensive so we talk about some free and cheap places to go, how we save money on days out, plus some hidden places you might not have heard about before. You can read our full guide on our Brummie Mummies Facebook page and on t…
 
We all love holidays but, let’s face it, when you have kids, it becomes a whole load more complicated. If the thought of a long drive, train journey or flight is putting you off the idea of travelling with your kids, then give this episode a listen - We encourage you to rethink how you plan your break. Zoe chats to our producer Matt Millard about a…
 
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 Pri…
 
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 …
 
On this issue, we discuss the death of the iPod after over 2 decades of service, the works of Sam Raimi, and discuss some of the best (and worst) Love Death and Robots episodes ahead of Season 3. Timestamps: 00:00:00 Intro 00:00:30 Mat watches Attack on Titan 00:02:45 Leigh watches Sonic 2 00:06:24 Leigh watches The Unbearable Weight of Massive Tal…
 
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 in…
 
On this issue, the Geeky Brummie return to watch some trailers in trailer talk, we pick some cinema releases, streaming and games and judge them purely based on the trailer! Timestamps: 00:00:00 Intro 00:07:51 The Pull List with Keith Bloomfield (Twig / Once & Future / One Star Squadron / 8 Billion Genies / X-Men #11) 00:10:25 Trailer Talk Part 1 0…
 
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 h…
 
On this issue, the Geeky Brummie team unbox and play the Thumby micro console, successfully kickstarted last year, plus the return of weird food with pizza crisps and popping candy! Timestamps: 00:00:00 Intro: Leigh empties his cupboards, and plays Ghostwire Tokyo, Keith watches Peacemaker and plays Lost in Random, Ryan builds a Shed and plays Burn…
 
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 t…
 
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 p…
 
On this issue, the Geeky Brummie team look at what's coming up in the Birmingham Festival 2022, pick some of our fave Foo Fighters tracks on the sad news of the passing of Taylor Hawkins, plus lots more. Timestamps: 00:00:00 Intro: Leigh plays Tunic, Mat visits Redbrick Market, Keith plays A Memoir Blue & finds comics, Ryan watches Moon Knight 00:1…
 
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,…
 
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 …
 
On this issue, the Geeky Brummie team explain where we've been and exciting plans for Year 6 of Geeky Brummie Timestamps: 00:00:00 Intro Leigh plays Horizon: Forbidden West Mat watches All Of Us Are Dead & Supernatural Keith hunts old issues of The Jack of Hearts Ryan watches Uncharted & Jackass 4 00:38:30 What's next for Geeky Brummie 00:49:22 Out…
 
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…
 
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 epi…
 
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 …
 
On this issue, the Geeky Brummie team pick their highlights of 2021 for films, tv & streaming, videogames comics, books, and music! Plus with the oldest working cinema in the UK, The Electric re-opening it's doors, we reminisce about our past experiences. ------ Timestamps: 00:00:00 Intro 00:17:45 Stuff Wot We Liked in 2021 Part One - Film, TV & St…
 
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 w…
 
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…
 
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 positivit…
 
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 o…
 
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 an…
 
*Apologies for Ryan's audio, hopefully it's not too off putting, and will be fixed for next issue* On this extra special issue Geeky Brummie is joined by Amy and Viv from besea.n, a grassroots movement ,created to shine a light on Britain’s East and South East Asians. We talk about the impact of East Asian and South East Asian under-representation …
 
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 ha…
 
On this issue of the Geeky Brummie podcast Leigh goes to EGX. Ryan goes to MCM ComicCon London and gets to see David Hayter. Keith & Ryan review Dune and Leigh tells us why he's not a fan of the Uncharted Trailer. Plus regular feature The Geeky Brummie Pull List, and a whole lot more! ------ Timestamps: 00:00:00 Intro pt 1 00:09:35 Dune Review 00:2…
 
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 restri…
 
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 p…
 
On this issue of the Geeky Brummie podcast we look at some Autumn TV trailers, all based on adaptations of other works, be they manga, comics or books. We look at the Mario movie casting and discuss 'stunt' casting. Plus regular features, The Geeky Brummie Pull List with special guest Matthew Rosenberg, Game(s) of the Week(s), and a whole lot more!…
 
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 fessin…
 
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 g…
 
On this issue of the Geeky Brummie we're joined by the polymath, presenter, artist, and retro gaming legend Larry Bundy Jr aka Guru Larry. Leigh has invented a game for us all to play. Plus regular features, The Geeky Brummie Pull List, Game(s) of the Week(s), and a whole lot more! ------ Timestamps: 00:00:00 Intro - Leigh plays a sequel, Mat goes …
 
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 …
 
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