End of an Era – An Essex Wife is going self-hosted

With Easter being the time of new beginnings and all that I couldn’t see a more fitting time to say goodbye to An Essex Wife as we know it and introduce you all to….

www.anessexwife.com

I have taken the massive leap of going self-hosted…..hopefully this will open doors to many more opportunities for me while still allowing me to share with you all my wonderful (even if I do say so myself) blog.

Unfortunatly my subscribers did not move to my new site as I would have hoped – so please please do pop over and sign up to the new look An Essex Wife so you can keep up with all the latest going on.

All you need to do is click here and enter your email address.

Hope to see you over there – wish me luck!

Alice xxx

My Week In Tweets – Week 2

Summing up each day last week in 140 characters or less…

Monday – Today I drove a transit van and delivered a sofa #callmebob

Tuesday – Working in London today * searches for work clothes that aren’t PJs* #WAHMProblems

Wednesday – Spent the afternoon watching cricket at The Ford County Ground – In March – In a dress #heatwave

Thursday – Night out with Emma at The Make Lounge in Islington – Mixed sewing and Champagne #ouch

Friday – Beautiful friend had a beautiful baby #welcometotheworldbabyGreen

Saturday – Didn’t make it too football today – oh well we lost anyway #uptheo’s

Sunday – Sitting on the beach having a picnic in our fleeces #soBritish

I will be linking this post up with Slummy Single Mummy and her A Week In Tweets posts as, quite simply, I think it is a fabulous idea!

Boys&Girls Shop – Discount Code

The sun has been shining and all thoughts have turned to what should be in our summer wardrobes. Well thanks to the wonderful Boys&Girls my little lady’s spring and summer wardrobe is well on its way to being organised.

Their clothes, not only fashionable but durable too, are perfect for active children like mine and I love how I don’t have to forgo quality and practicality for style, adorability and all round fabulousness. It’s not just their clothes I love so much, their whole ethos of being super ethical and super friendly really makes them a pleasure to shop with.

Navy Strappy Jumpsuit (Image 2)

I’m loving the playsuit that my little lady has been sent. It’s perfect for playing outside in this spring sunshine and then teamed with a cute cardigan or jacket makes a lovely smart outfit for a late afternoon BBQ or family dinner in the fading sunlight. I do like a versatile piece of clothing.

And the best bit of it all? They are so affordable! !

Discount Code

The full collection can be found on their website here – and if you see anything you like the wonderful people at Boys&Girls are offering my lovely readers a 20% discount for 48 hours from 8am Monday April 2nd if you use the code ‘Essex’ at the checkout.

http://www.boysandgirlsshop.com/

Family Friendly Festivals

I love a festival. For me they, alongside picnics and lazy afternoons watching cricket, are the epitome of British summertime. For more summers than I care to remember I have donned my latest maxi dress, put plaits in my hair and let the bohemian in me shine through while dancing the day (and night) away with my friends in a field somewhere.

Now I’m a mother I also like to make sure I include the children in at least one of my festival plans over the summer.  I normally take them along to the Ben and Jerrys festival with us, what child wouldn’t appreciate being taken to a music festival where is there is free ice-cream all day? but this year I am thinking of taking them to a festival all of their own, one designed just for children.

The Lollipop Festival – Regents Park 17th-19th August

Back again for huge amounts of summer fun, this child focused 3 day  festival is just too good to miss.  With Halfords sponsoring the event and bringing along their new range of Balance and Apollo bikes for the little LolliBoppers to have an exclusive ‘first ride’ on, the Since Museum returning alongside old favourites, including ‘LolliSports‘, ‘Imagination Stations‘, ‘Itsy Bitsy StrictlyandThe Enchanted Forest and excititng new editions  such as The ‘LolliBop Kitchen‘, ‘The Disco Shed‘, and the The Village Green (with its own live music, craft stalls, and street theatre) it really is looking like another amazing event!

Super early bird tickets are already on sale for the price of £19.50pp (children and adult tickets are priced the same – babies under 12 months enter free of charge) from http://www.lollibopfestival.co.uk

Time To Get Serious – Working Mums Live 2012

After starting this blog on a whim one Sunday morning last summer I have seen both my passion for writing and my audience grow into something I could only have dreamed of that lazy weekend last August.  I have now reached a point where I am now getting offers of paid work in relation to my blog and writing and am considering making freelance blogging/writing more than a hobby; it is turning into my ‘job’.  I hadn’t planned to be a work at home mum, I was quite happy being a housewife and mother, but as this is now the way my life is taking me I thought ‘what the hell, I’ll go for it!’

With this in mind I was very excited to be invited along to attend Working Mums Live as one of their gust bloggers.  This free event, held at the Business Design Centre Islington, was aimed at empowering and advising mums on all things work related.  On arrival I was met by the lovely Annika Williams from Working Mums who showed me around the different zones of the venue.  I was  particularly impressed by the Advice and Support area.  It has a CV clinic offering guidance, employment law specialists such as Gelbergs Solicitors offering free advice, education centres like Hillcroft College showcasing their courses and childcare providers advising working mums on how to get the best from their childcare options.  This area offered really practical advice that could make the difference between a mothers return to work being a happy and successful one or not.  I think it was the real gem of the event.

I would highly recommend taking a look at www.workingmums.co.uk there are some great resources for working mums are those thinking of returning to work, plus many job opportunities listed, all from family friendly employers.

My Week In Tweets

Summing up each day last week in 140 characters or less…

Monday – Working in the sunshine #allworknoplay

Tuesday – The children played while the mums planned to take over the world – just our average Tuesday really #productiveday

Wednesday – Dinner with my Dad, have been introduced to the wonder that is an Eton Mess #thisiswhyimnotasize8

Thursday – Was told to expect Gerard to deliver my Waitrose shop today. Turned out it wasn’t Gerard Butler #disappointedtweet

Friday – Impromptu dinner with friends AND had my first ever G&T #growingup

Saturday – Football Day – Shame we lost #uptheo’s

Sunday – Pain of 5am start for bootsale eased by £100 profit and beers and fajitas in the sunshine with friends #mexicanmagic

I will be linking this post up with Slummy Single Mummy and her A Week In Tweets posts as, quite simply, I think it is a fabulous idea!