I am Erica and I live in Bournemouth with my husband Dave and 2 girls Rosie and Phoebe. Before having children I was an account manager for a large company based in London. After the birth of my eldest daughter I knew that returning to the culture of the big corporate and spending nights away in hotels was not an option and something had to change. I decided to spend the last 3.5 years being ‘mummy’ and also gave birth to my second daughter Phoebe.
I have treasured every moment with my girls but would not have got through the sleepless nights and toddler tantrums without the amazing people I have met along the way who were going through the same experiences. I have met so many local mothers who have now become life long friends at various antenatal classes, baby groups, toddler sessions and soft plays.
Having places like Lollipops has been so vital in our lives whilst having young children. They became places to meet up with friends and have much needed adult interaction and coffee whilst the children could play within a safe environment. It is from these experiences that myself and my husband decided that this is what we would like to do moving forward. We are 100% passionate about soft play areas and coffee shop culture and feel that Lollipops combines these 2 perfectly set with an absolutely stunning building. Our aim is to provide a meeting place for families where stress-free fun can be had by everyone.
I have met mothers who struggle to return to work after having children. As I am sure many of you are aware issues such as childcare costs and lack of part time positions can make it really hard. I feel very lucky that I have the opportunity to run my own business that I am passionate about but can remain available to my beautiful girls when they need their ‘mummy’. If you would like to follow my journey whilst I take this huge plunge please follow my blog …….. and I hope I can be of help to other mothers struggling with career choices.