On Essex Mums this month
Hooray! December is here, which means it's time for Christmas! If you're not a fan of the holiday season you may want to stop reading now because festive fun will be the main focus of this newsletter! 

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What's On this Christmas
We've been searching high and low for months now to bring you the widest range of Christmas events available on the internet, and I think I can safely say we're pretty much there! There is absolutely loads to do this December, whether you're looking for a place to meet Father Christmas (for the kids, obviously, I'm sure you don't make a habit of sitting on strange men's knees. Ahem.), some wintery outdoor fun or somewhere to shop, you can find it all here. We've made it even easier to find out what's on by listing all the events by type and by area in the following pages. On the off chance you know of an event that isn't here, please email me with details on louise@essexmums.org. Thank you! 

Carols
Fun Days
Light Ups
Markets
Pantos
Santa
Wildlife
Everything else

Christmas Winter Wonderland
One event not to miss is the Christmas Winter Wonderland organised by Bumps, Babes and Kids. It's on 3 & 4 December 2011 at Southend Leisure & Tennis Complex, Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend SS2 4FA and should be a great festive day out. The days will feature a Santa's Grotto, a family of live reindeer, write a letter to Santa and lots more Christmas attractions as well as an Essex Mums stall! There will also be bouncy castles, entertainers, dance shows, Jo Jingles, Tumble Tots, messy play with Messy Madness plus over 100 shopping and information stands. Make sure you come and say hello and share a mince pie with us!

Christmas Gift Guide
Whether you still have all your pressies to buy or are just loking for a few last minute stocking fillers, take a look at the Christmas Gift Guide. As always it features a fantastic range of shops selling interesting, original and somewhat different ideas and saves you a trip to the High Street! You can search by category or look through a full list of all our lovely shops here. If you want some product ideas then take a look at the Product Guide which has a range of gorgeous goodies for you to browse or search by category. Click the catgeories below to get started:

Something for Babies
Something for Toddlers
Something for Little Kids
Something for Big Kids
Something for Tweens
Something for Teens
Something for Adults

If you're interested in a listing for your shop or product, get in touch at louise@essexmums.org - listings start at just a pound!



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New Forum Ads
As the forum is the most popular section of the site I've often been asked about ads that are available in that area, so I've finally got round to introducing some! They're currently on a special offer of just £15 per spot, and the fun thing is that you can put a few together to make a bigger ad if you would like to as they are sold by the block! You can see them down the side of the forum index page: snap one up while they're cheap!.

I'm still offering free Directory listings on the site so please send over your details if you are a local business wanting to be listed, or pass it on to anyone you know who should have a place on here. I'm also offering discounts on ads for Autum and Winter, including 10% off anything if you quote 'newsletter' when you email me. Contact louise@essexmums.org for a rate card or just to discuss your options.


Product Reviews
Here's a list of what's been added this month! 
You can see a bit about each of our reviewers here, or can go straight to the reviews here.

Babies
Baby Scents All Purpose Nursery Cleaner

Toddlers
Toddlebike

Children
Party Creations – Paint your own clock

Tweens
Party Creations – Paint your own clock

Shops
Big Blue Cuddle



New on the Shopping Guide
The Shopping Guide features both a shop listing and a product listing to help you find that perfect gift, whether it's for someone else, or for yourself! The guide features lots of lovely products that are a bit different to what you'll find on the High Street, and new products are being added all the time. Take a look! If you are interested in being featured, please let me know. Next month I'll be starting to think about the Christmas guide so if you would like to be a part of that (starting at just £5 for an ad) get in touch for more details.

New additions this month:

·         Babatude: Clothing ~ Gifts ~ Gorgeousness
·         BakerLou: The home of delicious cakes!
·         Funky Things for Little People from Butterflies and Dinosaurs
·         Chic Princess - Handmade items made with nothing less than Love
·         Handmade wooden clocks from Clock This
·         Beautiful bespoke gifts from Kenzo Crafts
·         Printed cards, invitations and giclee prints from Kelly Martin's original watercolour and textile designs from Little Patch
·         Original Fine Art for Children's Rooms from Lustig Art
·         Masiel Bebe: Dedicated to offering the finest Spanish clothing for babies and children
·         Organza Gift Bags: Solely dedicated to Organza Gift Bags along with the filler items that are used in them
·         PhotoFairytales: Designed from the heart for those you love
·         Gifts for special occasions and celebrations from Vivi
·         Warren Crafts: Handmade Quality cushions, bedding, bags & home accessories, childrens & nursery bedding & accessories
·         Bespoke handmade greetings cards & wedding stationery from Yours Occasionally


Everything else
As always, please send any events, feedback, ideas etc. to me at louise@essexmums.org. I love hearing how people use the site and ways I can improve it. Oh, and make sure you enter some of our lovely competitions!

I hope you have a lovely month and that I'll get to see you at a meet-up soon.

Kind regards
Louise

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