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Festivals and children are a great mix! Even toddlers can appreciate the fun and festivities of such amazing events.  Plus with some careful planning, and strategic packing, they can also be a relatively stree-free way of spending time together as a family.

Aside from the normal packing lists needed for a spot of camping, these are my top 5 ‘must-packs’ for visiting a festival with my toddler. Read More →

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When Le Tour Came To Essex

Sometimes you just know you are watching history be made.  I always knew that when Le Tour came to Essex it would be a success, I just didn’t realise quite what a HUGE success it would be.

The race was passing right outside my daughters school, through a village I have come to love so dear, and the excitement in the build up was immense.  School projects, community games, sponsored bike rides, guest speakers in assembly…everyone really got behind the event.

As we walked down into the village on Monday I felt a feeling come over me that I hadn’t felt for a while.  I couldn’t put my finger on why everything felt so familiar.  The smiles, the strangers taking to each other, the communities coming together. Then it hit me Read More →

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I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your attention that my twitter feed has been somewhat swamped with football tweets over the past 4 weeks.  I make no attempts to hide my complete and utter love for sports (did I mention the Tour De France came to town this week? more about that here), so when I was asked if I fancied taking the family to see my beloved Essex Eagles play at home last Friday I couldn’t help but have a little squeal and then reply with a big fat YES PLEASE!

In case you haven’t heard of it before, T20 is a fast paced 20 over match that has literally revolutionised the game of cricket.  It’s such a great way to get people interested in the game as there is always something exciting going on, and then once you’ve got them hooked the rush of T20 you can introduce them to longer 40 over and county championship games too. It’s pretty much like stabilizers for sport. Read More →

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This weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to a preview screening the the fab new children film The House Of Magic.  Centered around the journey of Thunder, a feisty little kitten abandoned by his owners, this is a wonderful tale of adventure and friendship with just a little bit of magic along the way.

Out in cinemas on July 25th this is sure to be a summer holiday success. Read More →

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Summer At Pizza Express

Summer at Pizza Express is always exciting.  As a big fan of this high street staple I always look forward to seeing what new dishes, and spins on the classics, Pizza Express come up with each new season that arrives.

This summer at Pizza Express you will find a delicious new range of summery treats to bring some sunshine onto our plates.  Now only that, from 10 June until 31 August, a delicious, low-calorie salad, two summery desserts and a refreshing cocktail are joining the menu to really tickle our summer taste buds. New salads, sides and desserts have also been added, including a creamy white wine and salmon risotto, a traditional Panzanella, a refreshing Lemon Sorbet, Summer Pudding and Panna Cotta. Read More →

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Summer is all about fresh, exciting food at Essex HQ.  After finally convincing The Essex Husband that a salad can actually be a meal I have been on an ever-lasting quest to find new way to liven up the humble slad into an exciting family meal.

One such fab addition to our salads are these delicious Balsamic Glazed Roasted Chilli Tomatoes. These Balsamic Glazed Roasted Chilli Tomatoes are the perfect accomiant to a simple green salad, and taste all the more amazing when sprinkled with some feta cheese just before serving. Read More →

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Tour De France Essex Route

To say Essex HQ are looking forward to the arrival of the Tour De France in Essex is an understatement for sure. I have been checking for the official Tour De France Essex Route for months, waiting for the final details to be announced. It will not only be coming to my home county, but to my home town, and actually right past the school and pre-school my daughters attend.  This is a huge, once in a lifetime, event.  Le Tour came to the UK in 2007, and may return again in my lifetime, but I’m pretty sure this may be the only opportunity I may have to see it fly though the beautiful Essex countryside, and for me that is amazing. Read More →

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Working within the world of blogging and media I have had some weird and wonderful opportunities come my way.  Some fun, some bizarre and some that money honestly could not buy.

One of the most exciting has to be the day I got to meet tennis coach, and mum to two Wimbledon champions, Judy Murray.  As a sports mad mum of two myself I was sure that my day would be spent nodding in agreement with all Judy had to say.  I was NOT disappointed.  Judy was lovely, so natural and friendly, with a genuine love of sport and strong desire to get all children enjoying being active. It was very clear to see that she had played an instrumental part in the sporting success of both of her sons.  Her enthusiasm was infectious. The day has had a lasting impression on me. Read More →

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Deep Fried Egg with Pancetta and Endive Salad

Lisa Faulkner, winner of Celebrity MasterChef, has been getting her hands dirty in the kitchen again. She has created this great Deep Fried Egg with Pancetta and Endive Salad, made using Eggs for Soldiers – a Help for Heroes endorsed product that donates 15p from every pack sold to the charity, and i’m the lucky one who gets to share it with you all!

Deep Fried Egg with Pancetta and Endive Salad

Serves 4


  • 4 large eggs, plus 2 beaten eggs
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g Japanese panko breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying Read More →
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I’m often asked what are the best places to visit in Essex, and that really is the easiest and hardest question to answer all at once.

There are so many venues that I could add to my list of the best places to visit in Essex, it all just depends on what you are looking for. Coastline? Food? Family Fun? Whatever you want I promise there is something for you here.

Best Places To Visit In Essex

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