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….


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.


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!

Working Mums Live 2012 – London, 27th March 2012

Workingmums Live London

Next Tuesday sees the Working Mum’s Live 2012 Event take place at The Business Design Centre in Islington.  It’s a free event to attend, and will be packed full of job opportunities, advice and fantastic speakers – all aimed at us working mums!

I cannot wait to attend and am very excited about the seminars, especially the ones on Social Media (who’d have guessed?) and how to make flexible working work for you and your family.

I think events like this are so important. They help to encourage mums back into the workplace by showing them, family friendly, non threatening job opportunities alongside giving them CV and work related tips in order to help them achieve their goals and get back into work.  Without sites like Working Mums, and events such as Working Mums Live I would never have known where to look to find companies that sign up to the ‘flexible working’ and ‘family friendly’ ethos for working parents.

I hope to meet lots of interesting people at this event, so if you are going then please do let me know so I can say hi. Well….I don’t want to be Billy-no-mates all day now do I?

Working Mums Live 2012 completely free event to attend, all you have to do is fill in the Working Mums Live Registration Form.