Essex Mums Newsletter August 2016
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Summer Holidays  *  Summer Holidays Planner  *  Save Money this Summer  *  Classes and Groups for September  *  We want to pay you for your ideas!
  *   Essex Mums Awards  *   Product Reviews   *   New on the Shopping Guide   *   Pregnancy & Parenting Articles   *   Recipes   *   Craft Ideas   *   Educational Activities   *   Special Offers   *   Blog   *   Events   *   New Groups & Classes   *   Ad Rates   *    Competitions
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Well, although we got off to a gloomy start we've had some lovely weather so far this summer holiday. I hope you have all been out and about enjoying the sunshine with your kids, and that you've found some fun things to do from our Summer Fun pages. If you're short of ideas, this newsletter should give you a few, as well as some fun crafts, recipes etc. you could get your children involved in too.

If you have something you'd like to add to the site, please use one of these buttons to get you there quickly!

Do you have an energetic active 2 - 7 year old who would enjoy playing games, meeting new friends and developing key skills?
Our fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.
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Summer Holidays
Hopefully you have been using the site to help keep your kids amused this summer but just in case you need some pointers, we have everything you could possibly need to know here at Essex Mums. From days out in the woods to bouncy castle craziness; from a hour's entertainment to a full week's worth of summer camp. Check out our Summer Fun section for full listings!
Summer Holidays Planner
Keep track of all the fun things you have planned with our handy Summer Holidays Planner. Make time for days out, meeting friends, family time, games and play, rest times, meals in and out as well as all those boring chores that unfortunately still need to be done. If you want some ideas for places to eat out, try the Family-Friendly Eats section, and be sure to review places you've been yourself!
Save Money this Summer
Did you know that Essex Mums is in partnership with The Essex Pass: a fantastic way to enjoy 2for1 deals at some of the best attractions in Essex? 

The Essex Pass is much more than just a discount card; for less than a tenner you get access to hundreds of discounts across Essex for a whole year & typically make your money back in just one day out!

Enjoy 2 for 1 deals and more at: Marsh Farm, Hadleigh Farm, Secret Nuclear Bunker, Brentwood Karting, Lakeside Karting, Laser Warfare, Epping Ongar Railway, Hylands House, Delta Force Paintball, Monkey Madness, Creepy Crawlies, Old Macdonald's Farm, Barleylands Farm Park, Audley End Miniature Railway, Enchanted Fairy Walk,  Hedingham Castle, Original Great Maze,  Essex Police Museum, East Anglian Railway Museum, Saffron Walden Museum, Tumble Downs and many other great savings across other attractions, restaurants & businesses in Essex!

Click here to buy your card and start saving this summer! Use the code summer2 to get two passes for £10!

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Classes and Groups for September
Please feel free to send over your class listings for September if you would like them to be updated on the site. Just email them over to me or submit your listings here. This might also be a great time to make the most of our Featured Class listings for just a pound a week to really stand out! 
We want to pay you for your ideas!
Can you come up with good recipes, craft ideas and fun educational activities? Send them over to us and get paid!
We always need new ideas for the website and can pay £5 for every one we use. Just email over instructions and a photograph to and I'll let you know if we can use your idea!

Southend Carnival Children's Day sponsored by Rossi Ice Cream is on Wednesday 17 August in Priory Park 10am-3pm. The day includes activities for under 8s, a Teddy Bear's Picnic and Fancy Dress competition. To book a place at the picnic and to find out more visit
Southend SummerCare Procession will travel Southend seafront on Saturday 20 August, leaving Southchurch Park East at 6.45pm, arriving at Shorefield Road, Westcliff by around 9pm. Join thousands of others to see over 70 floats from local charities, businesses and community groups.
For live updates follow us on Twitter, @sendcarnival and

Essex Mums Awards
The nominations have been counted and the voting has started! Come and vote for the people, places and things that make your life as a parent in Essex that bit easier!

Voting will close on September 6th so there's plenty of time to vote, share with your friends or customers (or both!) and generally say thanks to all those wonderful people who bring so much joy and fun to our families. Last year it was so amazing to be able to show how much we appreciate them and I am looking forward to doing the same again this year. 

Thank you to everyone who has already voted; we have already received more than 35,000 votes, which is just amazing and already outstrips the number received last year by miles!

The 2016 Essex Mums Awards are sponsored by:

Looking for something to occupy your child which is fun as well as being both mentally and physically stimulating?  We currently have spaces available in our dance and musical theatre classes for most age groups and would love for your youngster to join us.  To claim your free trial lesson why not pop along to our website - - or visit us at our Open Day on Sunday 4th September at Chelmsford County High School for Girls.  

Email enquiries to

Product Reviews
Want to find out what's worth buying and what's worth missing out on? Where is good to go and where to avoid? Then consult our crack team of Essex Mums product reviewers before making your purchase! Click on each reviewer on the Product Reviews page to see all of their reviews, or click here to browse the reviews or search by categories such as age range and type of product.

Here are the product reviews added this month! 
Carddies are little card people who live in a box. They are one of those simple ideas that work really well and and my children love them. Actually, I think I might love them as much as my children! Basically, Carddies are little sets of  people for your child to colour and play with. 
Click here to read Louise's full review
Kids Kingdom Laser Tag Party
A word of warning: if you want to keep your sanity, do not invite 32 of your son’s nearest and dearest to celebrate his birthday by shooting each other with lasers on a friday afternoon, a week before the end of term, at a soft play centre. If you, like us, are a glutton for punishment, Kids Kingdom is a great place to do it.
Click here to read Melissa's full review

Mama Do! 2016 - Essex Pregnancy Information Event
11 September at 13:00–17:00
Highwood Village Hall, CM1 3QG Chelmsford, Essex

A local maternity support and services information event open to all pregnant, planning or new parents. 

Mama Do! has been carefully curated to bring you the low down on the most useful support services available to you locally around the birth of your baby. It's a chance to meet and chat with over 30 support services including midwives, health visitors, infant feeding support, nutritionists and doulas. There is an excellent line up of talks to help get you informed and feeling confident and connected to your local support network. 

Tickets are £6. Limited number of Early Bird tickets just £4.50 are on sale now.
Getting Active
Find out how other Essex Mums and their families are getting fit and fabulous in our Getting Active section! Get some ideas for things to try, read their wonderful reviews and follow in their footsteps on your own healthy journey. 
Get in shape with your own, Online Personal Trainer!
Fitness Angels (, an innovative new service that lets mums exercise with a personal trainer live via webcam! We understand how difficult it is for mums to stay fit while looking after their kids and that’s why we created this service specifically for you Mums.

Click here to see the workout
New on the Shopping Guide
Looking for great gifts, fairtrade or handmade toys, clothes that are a bit different to what's on the High Street, or just something to treat yourself? You'll find it all and more on the Essex Mums Alternative Shopping Guide! Browse shops on the guide by category, or search the product guide for that perfect buy! 

New this month: If you have a shop you would like to advertise on the Shopping Guide, please get in touch on

Natural Foundations!

We are based in the grounds of Sandford Mill Museum,Chelmsford, CM2 6NY

Our opening times are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-12.30 during term time. We are open every day during the holidays from 10 – 2pm. 

We have a mud kitchen, sandpit, a yurt with wooden toys and a dome with a kitchen and dressing up. We also have a dolly’s hospital and lots of water play!! 

We also offer :
  • Outdoor Birthday parties based on a theme of your choice.
  • Forest School activities
  • Outdoor Play therapy for children who may be experiencing emotional difficulties.

Pregnancy & Parenting Articles
The Pregnancy and Parenting section features fantastic information about different aspects of pregnancy and parenting written by our very own Essex Mums: everything from trying for a baby to raising teenagers. This section is a work in progress so check back regularly for new topics.
Febrile Convulsions: A Parent's View
A febrile convulsion is a fit or a seizure caused by a fever. They are caused a sudden change in body temperature, and usually associated with fevers over 38C.

From a young age, convulsions, or fits as I knew them, have been in my life due to my elder sister having epilepsy, but I was still thrown when I first witnessed my own child having a febrile convulsion.
Read more
A Mum's Experience: Books for Toddlers
My son, Small B has had books thrust upon him from birth. Being a child named after a literary character my husband and I hoped he would take to books with the same ferocious hunger that we did. Of course as much as we would have loved him to start with Harry Potter we soon discovered around one year old that it would take practice to get there. 
Read more
Take a look at our recipes section for some tried-and-tested family-friendly feeds! Do you have something you would like to add to this section? If so, please share it here. If anyone is interested in becoming a regular contributor please get in touch
Fun Flatbread Pizzas
A fun and simple take on the classic pizza. Easy to make with your kids and can be customised with their favourite toppings!

Read the full recipe here
Tasty Prawn Rice
Easy cheesy rice with prawns for kids.

Read the full recipe here
The Stables Nursery has been established since 1993, providing a warm, safe environment in a Country setting in Galleywood near Chelmsford and the A.12.
Our staff includes a Teacher and EYT . Children range from 3 months to 5 years. We have a thriving Holiday club for children 5-11 and a Government funded Pre-school.

We have our own chef on the premises.

We open 51 weeks per year 8 am to 6 pm Mon - Friday, full or part time.

Our Garden is wonderful and children enjoy all aspects of outside play , whatever the weather.

Come along and visit to see for yourself, it's great!

Telephone 01245 348159

Craft Ideas
Our Craft Ideas section features arts and crafts for children of all ages. Just click on the image to find out how to make it! If you have any ideas, or would like to write a regular feature for this section, please get in touch!
Homemade Blackboard Frames
Another great idea from Clair Thienel: beautiful homemade blackboards!

Read more
Upcycled Crayons
I love this! Thanks to Clair for another fantastic idea!

Fed up of finding bits and pieces of broken crayon about the place that end up getting thrown out?
Read more 
Educational Activities
Our Educational Activities section features ideas to get your kids learning and help them with their homework. We really need some contributors for this section who can come up with some simple ideas, so if you would like to become a contributor or just have a few suggestions, please post them - anything is welcome, no matter how simple
Bug Hotel
A bug hotel in the garden provides a haven for creepy crawlies, this can attract other wildlife to the garden, and give children the opportunity to explore the bugs!

Read more
Reading Bookworm
This idea from was originally aimed at getting kids to read throughout the summer holidays, but I think it could be a great idea all year round for rewarding unenthusiastic readers. Of course we all know that eventually reading is its own reward but even for a good reader it can be a bit of a slow-starter, so a little incentive doesn’t hurt. 

Read more

See the Sugarcraft Classes Facebook page for more info.
Special Offers
Special offers for Essex Mums added this month!
£10 off summer Pokemon Promotion at Clue HQ Brentwood
£10 off the summer Pokemon Promotion at Clue HQ Brentwood saving up to £41.
Read more
10% off at Sticker Holic
We are based in Chelmsford selling personalised stick-on name labels, iron-on name labels and name tags for children.

Read more
3 Band A tickets to IMPOSSIBLE for £90
IMPOSSIBLE, the breath-taking magic spectacular thrilling audiences worldwide, is back by popular demand, returning to its home in the West End for a strictly limited season.
Read more

The blog features posts from me as well as from guest bloggers, so if you have something you would like to write, please get in touch!
Times Change, But Some Things Remain Much The Same
Times change, sometimes very quickly and sometimes over a longer spell. For us as adults, it’s easy to see this happening. There are things that we see, particularly if we are parents, that are so different from when we were kids. 
Read more

Every day this Summer Holidays

Be sure to bring your little ones down to Marsh Farm during the 6 week holidays for our Summer Spectacular, taking place every day. Prepare yourself for Magic Shows, Animal Displays and Milking Demonstrations. Play in our extensive indoor and outdoor play areas and run wild in our enormous inflatable village – all included with your entrance ticket!

Why not head into Chicken Coop Crafts and get messy & creative with our arty fun? There are hours of fun to be had at Marsh Farm, with bouncy pillows, sand-pit, tractor town, tractor and trailer rides, den building, pony grooming and much more!

NEW attractions!

The whole family will love getting lost inside our massive Maize Maze! Spanning across 4 acres, this labyrinth crop field will leave even the most expert puzzle professionals scratching their heads! Can you find the middle? Those lucky enough to crack the maze will discover a tasty treasure in the center – then you just need to find your way out…

If your kiddies love to explore then get ready for the enormous NEW Outdoor Adventure! Boasting 3 towers, rope bridges, tunnels, climbing nets and slides, this giant jaw-dropping play frame is hours of fun for children of all ages (come rain or shine)!

Tickets are just £11.50 on the day or £9.99 online, under 2s go free and no dogs allowed.

Lots going on this month! You can find full listings on the Things to Do section or search by area using the links below. Make sure you take a look to find fun things to do for your family, and let us know when you try something good. Oh, and remember to say you saw it on Essex Mums!

New Classes and Groups

A selection of new information about classes and groups added this month.  Some are brand new to the site, some just have updates about new venues, details etc. Take a look at the Things to Do section for complete listings.

Parent and Toddler Groups
Children's Centres
Groups for Older Children

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Ad Rates
If you'd like to consider advertising on the site, take a look at the Ad Rates page. There is a range of ads to suit all budgets, and if you want to hear how advertising on Essex Mums has worked for others, take a look at the Testimonials page. I am always happy to put together packages that suit you and are normally discounted so get in touch if you have a few ideas about where you'd like to be on the site and we can work together to find something that suits you. If you would like help putting an ad together, we can provide this service free of charge.

If you are interested in being informed of special ad offers, let me know. 
Everything else
As always, please send any events, feedback, ideas etc. to me at I love hearing how people use the site and ways I can improve it. The normal newsletter will be back next month - I hope you've enjoyed this overview of the website!

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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Fantastic things to win! Enter one of our great competitions or get in touch if you would like to run something yourself. New competitions are always being added so make sure you check the competitions page for new giveaways, and get in touch if you'd like to run a giveaway yourself.

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