On Essex Mums this month
Hello! Can it really be September already? This summer seems to have flown by. I hope you've all made the most of it and have managed to keep the kids entertained! Quite a few of our forum regular's kids will be going to school this year, and lots more are starting pre-school, so I would like to say good luck to them all and I hope they enjoy their first day! If you're looking for someone to talk to about these big changes, come and chat on the forum, you'll get lots of great advice if you want it, or just a friendly ear.

Stave House

Lost Password Issues
It's come to my attention that a number of people have had trouble resetting their password for the forum and are getting a 'user not found' message when they try to have it sent to them. I'm trying to find out what the problem is, but for now if you would like your password reset, just drop me an email and I'll change it for you.

Things to Do section
I’m currently working on revamping the Things to Do section so that it’s a little easier to read. There’s so much on there it can be hard to find what you want, so it’s having an overhaul which should hopefully be finished in a week or so, so make sure you check it out. Likewise, if your class, group or event isn’t currently listed, email me with the details or post them on the forum to make sure that it is!
Loads more local businesses have joined the Directory this month and it’s gradually starting to fill up. I’d like to offer everyone who receives this newsletter a 50% discount on spaces for the rest of this week – let me know if you would like more details.
Daily Thread
I’d like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to join the daily thread on the forum . It’s a really nice way of getting to know everyone quickly and feel welcome on the site. I know a few people have felt a little nervous about joining in, but please don’t! Just come and say hello. Here’s a link to today’s one, why not post right now?
Facebook Group
I’m still looking for admins to join the facebook group and create events across the county so that everyone can attend a meet up near them! Let me know if you would be interested in doing this.
I would really appreciate it if you could leave a review of the site by clicking here (please be honest but nice!) as it will hopefully encourage other parents to come and join us!

Tiny Talk

Lots of great competitions again this month - make sure you get your entry in!

New on the Shopping Guide
New this month on the Essex Mums Alternative Shopping Guide:

The Bow Company: Hand Tied Hair Bows and Accessories

My Funny Bunny: for yummy mummies and rockin' cool kids

Cherish & Cherubs: Vintage inspired gifts and interiors

Toys & Puzzles
Little Dolly Clothes Shop: Beautiful handmade doll's clothes

It now costs only £20 for the rest of the year to be on the shopping guide, including the Christmas special which will be unveiled over the next few months. Get in touch if you would like to be featured.

BuggyfitEverything else
As always, please send any events, feedback, ideas etc. to me at louise@essexmums.org. I want Essex Mums to be as useful and relevant to you as possible so appreciate all feedback given, be it good or bad!

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

Kind regards

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What's on

A small selection of what's on for families in Essex this month:

Throughout September: Life's a Beach, Central Museum, Southend
Thursday 2nd: Southend Hospitals Parents and Carers
Thursday 2nd: Drop-in Sing & Sign session at Jesters Kidsclub, Main Road, Bicknacre, Chelmsford, CM3 4EX
Saturday 4th:  Drop-in Sing & Sign session at Harold Hill Community Centre, Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill, Romford
Saturday 4th: BIG Garden Saturday Volunteering at High Woods Country Park
Monday 6th: Drop-in Sing & Sign sessions at Tumbletown Indoor Playcentre, Miles Gray Rd, Pipps Hill, Basildon
Tuesday 7th: Drop-in Sing & Sign session at The Priest House, Church Road, Doddinghurst (opp village hall)
Friday 10th: Drop-in Sing & Sign session at St Nicholas' Church Centre, Eyhurst Avenue, Elm Park, Hornchurch RM12 4FH
Tuesday 14th: Free TinyTalk taster class, Christ Church Stock
Thursday 16th: FREE baby rhyme time with Sing and Sign at Danbury Library, Main Road, Danbury, Chelmsford
Friday 17th: Free TinyTalk taster class, Emmanuel Church Hall, Brentwood
Saturday 18th: Art workshops for children with Autism
Sunday 19th: Using Environmental Crafts with Young People
Sunday 26th: Science Discovery Day, Sandford Mill

Take a look at the Things to Do section for full listings.

If you would like to have your event listed in the next newsletter, please get in touch.

Upcoming meet-ups

Thursday 2nd: Coffee Afternoon at Louise's
TBC: Night Out

If you would like to arrange something near you, have a look at the Meeting Up section of the forum.



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