Mum’s The Word

By Laura Parker / Marketing , Social Media / 08th March 2018

Ready to witness the ultimate inspiration? Discover our round-up of Mumma businesswomen and organisations in Essex 

With Mother’s Day fast approaching we’ve scoured Essex to find our favourite Mumma businesswomen and organisations who are effortlessly balancing the work/mum life. We’ve also got an interview with Style Me Sunday – aka the ultimate blogger – which will be coming your way in our next blog post.

The Mother Hub

A collaborative space for entrepreneurs, writers, and creators to work together, who all just happen to be mums too – The Mother Hub is the clique everyone wants to be (and can be) a part of.

Blog updates include product reviews, fashion edits, and our favourite feature; The Mother Hub Meets… series. In their own words, The Mother Hub Meets series is “dedicated to showcasing incredible, inspirational women in Essex who have a story to tell and wisdom to share”.

What a line up they have! From local wedding invite designer Wonderland Invites, to an interview with bestselling author Amanda Prowse, this series is seriously worth a read.

The Mother Hub doesn’t stop at writing inspiring blog posts, they are also at the forefront of feminist campaigns, heading their own movement #IAmAnEssexGirl which strives to debunk the typical Essex Girl stereotype and remove the definition from the dictionary.

This team of inspirational women are worth a follow,  so check out their Instagram which was featured in our social round up last year!

Essex Mama

Statement Tee anyone? ????

We’ve fallen in love with Essex Mama’s graphic tees, clutches, and sweats. Headed up by Essex Mum Liz Cadman, this business is all about uniting women and growing the ‘Girl Gang’.

Born from a lack of ‘girl power’ in her wardrobe, Liz took an old white tee and emblazoned it with what is now her signature style; Girl Gang. An innocent selfie lead to enquiries from followers on where her top was from and before you know it Essex Mama has a whole clothing line of her own promoting ‘good vibes and togetherness’.

With a new range for children inspired by her son Henry – meaning everyone gets an invite to the girl gang – we can see Essex Mama going from strength to strength.

Club Forty 

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Club Forty celebrates the 40s – a key decade in women’s lives for many reasons, good & bad. So it seems fitting on #iwd2018 to reiterate why this is such a significant time in our lives and how Club Forty (hopefully!) goes some way to lift other women – offering solace, support and inspiration. The 40s are not easy for many of us. Loss of identity, lack of confidence and feeling direction-less are commonplace. Added to that; teenage kids, empty-nest syndrome, ageing parents and onset of the menopause can make this time of life incredibly challenging to navigate. On the other hand, there is a lot to celebrate. We have gained wisdom and developed confidence and better self-awareness; and some of us finally have a bit more time on our hands to focus on ourselves. Recognising who we are and what we want from life, especially the next chapter, makes it an exciting time too. Whilst the blog is expanding to cover more lifestyle topics & address many of the above challenges, it’s core topic is fashion. I am learning not to dismiss this as shallow or insignificant… but to recognise it as a key tool for providing confidence and empowerment. In the words of super-stylist Rachel Zoe, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak”, and what could be more powerful than that? Thank you for your continued love & support! ??#womensupportingwomen #inthistogether #internationalwomensday #clubforty

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"dedicated to showcasing incredible, inspirational women in Essex"

"Women over 40 are seriously under-represented in the blogosphere and wilder world alike"

The Mummy blogger space seems to be dominated by yummy mummies and their adorable toddlers and our third inspirational woman is here to change that.

Recognising a gap in the market by noticing women over 40 are seriously under-represented in the blogosphere and wilder world alike, Claire Hall set up Club Forty.

Triggered when contemplating whether she was too old to wear dungarees, Claire queried whether other women her age feel the same. Before you know it, Claire has 15,000 like-minded people visiting her site, and her social media following is ever-growing.

With regular blog updates and a dreamy Instagram feed (photography taken by her supportive daughter), Club Forty is all about “feeling positive, contemporary, energetic and vital”.

We adore Claire’s style – no one can quite pull off a leopard print coat like her proving that no trend is off limits, regardless of your age.

Tech Mums

Ever found yourself feeling slightly inadequate when your child has to show you how to print a screen on your new laptop? Feeling a bit out of your depth in this new age of technology? Tech Mums is out to change that!

Luckily my own mother is extremely tech-savvy these days (she’s all over Instagram, hashtagging left, right, and centre!), however I’ll never forget the day she called me into her office because she couldn’t find the little star button on her laptop (little star aka an asterisk *). With the world of tech moving so quickly Tech Mums noticed that some women are being excluded from this new exciting realm.

From basic IT skills to online safety, programming, and app design the course is designed to give a taste of what technology today can do for women.

We think this is such a great course, the world needs more women in tech!

Epilepsy, Pregnancy, Motherhood, & Me

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I have had the best afternoon ???? #SnowDay

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Faye has an extra special blog. Detailing your journey through pregnancy is pretty standard for family bloggers, but Epilepsy, Pregnancy, Motherhood & Me is something altogether different.

The clue being in the name, Faye suffers with epilepsy. As if pregnancy isn’t dangerous enough, epilepsy adds a whole new threat to both mother unborn child, something Faye experienced first-hand and openly documented in her blog.

We admire Faye and her husband Chris’ honesty and think this is such an important and meaningful blog, something that is sure to provide comfort and information for women suffering from epilepsy both before, during, and after their pregnancy.

Aside from being an inspiring blog, it’s also fun! We love hearing and seeing Faye’s updates about her son Noah, so make sure you check them out for yourself.

Style Me Sunday

We’ve been following Natalie’s progress for a while now and it’s no surprise she’s become so successful.

In what originated as a style blog, Style Me Sunday has now evolved to all things female empowerment. Natalie still keeps us up to date with her awesome style, but she also fits encouraging body positivity, promoting feminist values, and opening up about her battle with alopecia, all in one go!

Reading Natalie’s blog is liking chatting to a friend – and without sounding creepy, we feel like we’re her best pal. Ok that sounded creepy. If you’re after bold styling and honest chit-chat then Style Me Sunday is for you.

Natalie was kind enough to have a chat with us about her life as a blogger and a mother which you will find on our blog on Friday, ready in time for Mother’s Day!

Essex’s girl gang is seriously strong. We love celebrating the amazing talent we have in our area and we hope we’ve found you some fabulous new accounts to follow.

Think we’ve missed someone? Let us know!

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Laura Parker

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Laura Parker

Laura is our Marketing Manager at Focus. She is busy taking Focus' content strategy to the next level and spreading the word about our bustling agency. When she's not attached to Instagram, you'll find her following cute dogs around and playing rugby.