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Coffee Morning with Kensington Mums
Tuesday 10 March 2015

We’ve always admired the work Kensington Mums do for fellow mums and the support and friendship they give to everyone who knocks on their door. Founded by Dina Maktabi and later joined by Nathalie Bernadotte, it is an organisation whose ethos is to bring mothers together to share the joys, the tears, the tantrums but above all a good company of other mums and their bubs. Kensington Mums organise regular meet-ups and an array of events from pampering to coffee mornings and everything in between.

Dina is very open about her motivation to set up the Kensington Mums network. After suffering with depression after the birth of her first child, she wanted to create a community which strives to prevent any mother from going through motherhood alone and experiencing the loneliness and hardship she once felt.

Last week, at the stunning New Angel restaurant in Notting Hill, we were lucky enough to go along to one of their coffee mornings and really did feel that sense of community shine through, meeting loyal members from all walks of life. We were greeted and welcomed in the warmest way possible and soon were deep in conversation with several other mums.

Among the friendly faces was none other than the baby weaning guru and mumpreneur Annabel Karmel, special guest at the coffee morning. Annabel gave a lively presentation about the highs and the lows of her career, handy cooking tips and ideas about how to deal with fussy eaters. First and foremost a mother herself, easily relating to the group, she answered each and every one of our questions with care and concern.

Annabel talked about her latest book Mumpreneur too and the importance of embracing failure, be it in your professional or personal life. Take advantage of failure you are faced with and drive it forward into an opportunity to do something else, something bigger or better!

Finishing off the morning with more cups of tea, we also couldn’t resist the absolutely gorgeous treats masterfully prepared by Michelin-starred chef and author John Burton-Race…who came out to say hello and was not averse to taking some photos with the fans among us.

A lovely morning all together, great company, an insightful Q&A, fantastic food and finally a bit of ‘me-time’! We are already looking forward to joining in with more of Kensington Mums events, excited to find out what other surprise guests they might have in store for us next time.

Curious Mum