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Something has changed, and while I’m not quite sure what caused it, I’m embracing this new era and rolling with it.

I made no secret of the fact I lost my confidence after O was born, and then last summer, just as it was returning, I took at job at a local magazine only to have the stuffing knocked out of me again by a rather cruel (think Devil wears Prada meets Cruellla De’vil) boss who Read More →

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Theme park season has officially begun, and Thorpe Park is set to make 2015 a year to remember. Launching yesterday (March 26th) Thorpe Park’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Maze is an experience not to be missed.

Thorpe Park 2015: I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Maze 

THORPE PARK Resort has created, in partnership with ITV Studios, the world’s first I’m A CelebrityGet Me Out Of Here Maze. Home to ‘critters’ and jungle trials and set in rainforest temperature mist, camp mates who enter the Maze are greeted by Ant and Dec before navigating through tunnels, crawly corridors and dark caves while keeping their eyes peeled for Bush Tucker Trials to unearth the prized gold stars.

 

 

If you had asked me a week ago would I go into a dark, jungle themed maze, then my answer would have been, quite simply, NO! In fact, if you asked me the same question yesterday morning then not much would have changed. But once I got to Thorpe Park and was shown over to the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Maze peer pressure began to take over!

 

It not that I scare easy (well actually I do but that wasn’t my issue), I have a huge phobia of snakes. Not just live ones; toy ones, photos and even drawings of them have been know to send me into a frantic, breathless panic….so being in a dark, jungle themed, maze, designed with the sole purpose of getting thrill seekers to scream, wasn’t really a very enticing prospect for me to say the least.

 

My only saving grace was that the I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Maze designer was on hand to oversee our tour so after a quick chat with him about the issue, and a strong assurance that Read More →

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Mothers Day brings about some funny old emotions doesn’t it?

This year was a hard one but it got me thinking, as I sat there torn between sadness that my husband was spending his first Mothers Day without his own mother and a thankful happiness at my own lovely children telling  me how much they love me, what is motherhood really all about?

Becoming a mother, unplanned, at 24 changed my life overnight. I was scared, petrified in fact, about what would happen to me. I went back to work too soon after her birth just to prove I could cope (turned out I couldn’t) and tried to be as ‘un-mumsy’ as I could in all aspects of life. By trying to ensure motherhood didn’t define me I think I sadly missed out on a lot the first time round.

However life is about learning, and both times I became a mother taught me more than any other experience life has thrown my way.

So now, almost seven years since I first uttered those two words that changed my life forever, I am ready to look back on all that becoming a mum has taught me. Read More →

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Its been a big month at Essex HQ with S turning SIX! We’ve been having lots of fun celebrations and adventures and very munch enjoying the return of some much milder weather.

There has also been an extremely exciting and, dare I say it, life changing decision made at Essex HQ this month. It’s something we are not quite ready to share with the world just yet, but as soon as we can then I’m pretty sure it’s all I will ever talk about!

The girls have been at the centre of this decision process (they have a lot to say for Read More →

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The most important thing in my life is my family. Without them nothing would make sense. My husband and I have been together only 7 years, but, while I can remember life before he came along, I can never remember being as happy as I am right now.

Do you ever sit and wonder what you did with your time before children came along? Yes ok, I know we have fantastic nights out and lots of lovely long lie ins, but what else? I never smiled like I do now before the girls came along. I never enjoyed every single moment of life asI do now.

Now, thanks to the absence of those lovely long lie ins, I spend my weekends doing ‘stuff’. We eat, we laugh, we climb trees, we watch films, we have adventures (this year we plan to have 52 of them), we see old friends and we even make some new ones.

Thanks to my wonderful, crazy family I am squeezing every last drop of life out each day.

I have also gained some rather lovely extra family since meeting The Essex Husband. Growing up I always wished I had a big sister to look after me and scare away the bullies – now I do. She means the world to me, and a day spent in her company is never a day wasted.  If my girls ever need role model for adventure, this is their girl.

So, with this mind, and spring in the air, it was clear that the river was calling us. Read More →

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Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life.
The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives
Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t

                                 Baz Luhrmann – Sunscreen

 

Sometime I fear I may never know what I want to do with my life, well my work life anyhow.  After a successful six-year career as a teacher I took some time out to be a mother and never went back. Then this blog came along and with it a whole new world of possibilities. I have built up a fairly decent client base working freelance as a social media manager and am now branching out into the world of consulting and training.

I still dream of writing that book, becoming a travel blogger and having my own radio show, but I’m pretty happy with where I am right now.

However, anyone who knows me in real life me will know that I’m not very good at standing still for long. With this in mind when I saw an open call for a ‘branding  workshop’ with Essex Innovation (that had £1500 of funding attached for start-ups) I signed up without hesitation.

The Workshop itself was very informative, full of great ideas Read More →

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Would you and the family like to visit the Roald Dahl Museum this weekend and listen to WWE superstar Jack Swagger read his favourite passage from The Twits?

Everyone gets emails like this right?

Sometimes I think blogging has taken me into some kind of Parallel universe – one where WWE superstars are reading champions and everyone owns GoPro – and I have to pinch myself to make sure it’s not all a dream!

Anyway, I digress, back to Jack Swagger and The Roald Dahl Museum. Situated in Gt Missenden the Roald Dahl museum is a total treat for any book loving child (or grown-up) full of lots of hands on inspiration and interesting facts about the man himself. We headed down there on Saturday along with lots of other lovely bloggers (I’m talking about you Annie, T, Alice and Caroline) to meet with the WWE UK team and listen to Jack share his love of reading with the children.

S has been a wrestling fan since Read More →

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How can I sum up Febuary in 3 words? I think Fun, Food and Frosty would just about cover it!

It’s been a cold month in Essex (not that we’ve let it get in the way of us having fun) and an upside down few weeks at Essex HQ while we have had building work taking place, however Feb has been a month that has put many smiles on many faces and one I certainly don’t want to forget.

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There are not many gifts (unless you are extremely talented in the crafting department, which I am not) better than a photo.

Unwrapping your present to see the face a loved one looking back at you, who doesn’t want that?

There are many great photo gift ideas from Truprint that would make your Mother’s Day on March 15th to go with her card, but my personal favourite idea (are you listening Essex Husband?) is a personalised breakfast in bed. Read More →

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