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.


Win Tickets To Girls Weekend Event in Essex

An Essex Wife has 2 pairs of tickets for the wonderful Girls Weekend Event, at Charter Hall, Colchester for all you lucky followers.

We Essex Girls know how to party, there is no denying that.

The 24th and 25th of September 2011 sees ‘A Girls Weekend’ arrive at Charter Hall in Colchester.  Sure to be a fun packed show for girls of all ages, this 2 day event will be filled with the very best of fashion, beauty, food and relaxation.

An appearance will be made by heartthrob Mark Wright from The Only Way is Essex, TV master chef Mark Baumann, of Baumanns Brasserie in Coggeshall, will be on hand to wow with his tasty dishes and all new girl band FE-NIX will bring dance music to the catwalk.

Don’t miss out on this great chance to come and see the best of what Essex has to offer.

We have 2 pairs of tickets for the show, one pair for Saturday 24th and one pair for Sunday 25th. To enter this fantastic competition all you need to do is leave a comment on this post letting us know if you would like your tickets for Saturday, Sunday or either day. Click here to open our home page to subscribe

Competition closes Friday 16th Sept 2011 at 4pm – Winner will be picked at random and annouced at 6pm that day.

Good luck!!

For more information on the event visit http://girlsweekend.me.uk/

Jimmy’s Farm – Sausage and Beer Festival 2011

I don’t know about you other lovely wives and girlfriends out there, but I find there is nothing more frustrating than the lead up to my darling husband’s birthday and the eternal dilemma of what to get for a man who has everything he needs.  It wasn’t so bad in the early days; I only had to worry about what I was to get him.  Now I have to get him a treat from me, something from the children and answer the untold amount of enquires from other family members as to what they could buy for him as well.

When I saw Jimmy’s Farm www.jimmysfarm.com advertising a Sausage and Beer festival for the weekend of his birthday I knew fate had intervened and given me a great present for him. 

I love Jimmy’s Farm, every time I visit I leave planning when I can go back next. It’s such a wonderful place to spend the day, leaves me wanting to put my house on the market and look for a small holding to buy within 15mins of being there.

The sausage and beer festival was great fun, lots of food to eat, musical entertainment, children’s activities and even sausage making demonstrations that I managed to get the hubby up on stage to help with as it was his birthday!  All of this for a £6 entrance price (£5 in advance) and free entry to the farm trail was really such a great offer.  There was also an OktoberFest style night on the Saturday that sounded like it was great fun – and something we will defiantly be booking tickets for next year.

The farm itself is open 7 days week. With its offerings of rare breed animals, nature trail, woodland walk, farm shop, butchery, field kitchen, Joules shop, butterfly house, gardens, garden shop and newly opened restaurant there is so much to see and do you really can spend the whole day at the farm without getting bored.

Alongside the main farm, there are plenty of special events planned at Jimmy’s this year.  A farmers market is held on the 1st Saturday of every month which is well worth a visit and also a monthly comedy night which I’m yet to try but is high up on my to-do-list. 

September sees the return of the annual ‘Harvest at Jimmy’s’ Festival www.harvestatjimmys.com, which is now an established food and music festival that has sold out for the past two years. The line up looks great again this year and for £97.50 for a 3 day camping ticket it’s easy to see why its being billed at ‘the next big thing’ for the wonderful British festival calendar.


For more information on the farm and all it has to offer visit www.jimmysfarm.com or call 0844 493 8088

Saturday 6th August 2011 –J’s Hospice Girls Night Out Charity Walk, Chelmsford

Come and support J’s Hospice and take part in a ladies 6km circular walk around Chelmsford.  With the promise of treats and surprises along the way it sounds like a great way to spend your Saturday night while doing something great for the local community and a fantastic charity.

The aim of The J’s Hospice is to build the first age-appropriate hospice for 18 to 40 year olds with life limiting conditions in the East of England. We want young adults to have the best possible quality of life, as independently as they can.

The walk will be started by Michelle Collins. Formally of Eastenders fame, Michelle is now starring in Coronation Street as Stella Price, landlady of the Rovers Return, and also starred in Sunburn and Two Thousand Acres of Sky.

Michelle is a great supporter of many charities and gives her time freely as much as she can while being a full time actress and mother. Michelle will take part in the Girls Night Out Walk with her family.

Event Details

Start/Finish: Backnang Square, Chelmsford

Time: Please arrive between 7.00 and 8.00pm. The Walk starts at 8.30pm.

Cost: £15

Hurry! Registration for the Girls Night Out Walk closes at midnight on 4th August. For more information or to register online visit www.thejshospice.org.uk/girlsnightout

Alternatively please call 01245 351514 for a registration form.

The Walk is open to women aged 14 years and over (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult who will take responsibility for them). Once registered, you will receive your Girls Night Out Walk t shirt and event pack containing all the information you need.

Please raise as much money as you can for The J’s Hospice and help improve the lives of young adults with life limiting conditions. We can help you with fundraising ideas and there will be prizes too.