This month, Essex Mums turns two! I’m so pleased the site has made it this far, and changed so much – for the better I hope! We will be celebrating the birthday with a party at the Totz Parent & Toddler Group at St Stephen’s Church Hall in Prittlewell on March 25th, from 10am to 1pm, with lots of fun things, including music from Tara at Jo Jingles and messy play from Sharon at the Buttercup Club. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you all! It should be a really fun morning, and I hope I’ll get to meet a few new faces, as well as catch up with some familiar ones. Check out the Meeting up section of the forum for more details and mention if you’re planning on coming along.
Competitions & Offers
An exciting new addition to the site is a page for competitions and special offers for Essex Mums users: www.essexmums.org/competitions.html I thought it would be fun to launch this page as a tie-in with the second birthday, so all winners will be announced at the end of March. If you would like to run a competition on the site, please let me know! The special offers are all great deals for Essex Mums from some of the fantastic companies advertising on the Alternative Shopping Guide: www.essexmums.org/shoppingguide.html. What better excuse do you need to get spending on some of the wonderful goodies listed?
I have finally got round to starting work on the Family-Friendly Eats section: www.essexmums.org/rating It’s still very much in the early days, but more venues will be added over time. The idea is that people can rate places according to how family-friendly they are, as well as writing reviews, and maybe in the future we can use this information to both praise the places that have done well, and get those that haven’t to buck up their ideas! Take a look, and if there’s somewhere you think deserves a mention, please let me know.
Business Opportunities for parents
There’s now a brand new section of the forum with lots of great ideas for Mums (and Dads) who are interested in starting their own business, including everything from party organisers to franchises. If you’d like to be listed, please get in touch: http://www.essexmums.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=51
The Dulwich Mums & Dads site is now up and running, though very much in it’s early days: www.dulwichmumsanddads.co.uk. It’s exciting to think of sister sites across the UK one day! If it’s something you, or someone you know might be interested in, please let me know.
As always, we have loads of great ideas for days out, classes, groups etc. in the Things to Do section: http://www.essexmums.org/thingstodo.html, in-depth information about these places, in the Places to Go section: http://www.essexmums.org/places.html, helpful links for parents: http://www.essexmums.org/websites.html and have had some really interesting blog posts this month: http://essexmums.org/blog/. The forum now has nearly 1400 members, and once again I would like to encourage all of you to come and say hello! If there’s anything you would like added to the site, please let me know, or feel free to post it yourself to the forum.
Hope to see you at the birthday party!