Friday, 4 March 2011

Will you be there?

We all like to think of ourselves as understanding, caring and giving people, but are we really?
What do you do to do your bit for those less fortunate?

The saying goes "Charity begins at home" and while I agree with that, especially as I come from a very large family, and I have 4 children myself, I always think that with a little amount of effort everyone could help others, no matter what your situation.

Charity donation bags are always being put through my door, so even if I only have 1 item that I no longer need/want I know that that could go on to help someone else.

I raise money for a few charities each year, and although its never an earth shattering amount (usually between £100 and £400) I know that every little helps. I don't do this to make myself feel better, although I am proud of my achievements, I do this because I genuinely want to try and help others.

Today, I am talking about Race for Life. 

Set up in aid of Cancer Research UK, the Race for Life is a  sponsored 5 or 10 kilometer track event aimed at females (there are many other sponsored events that take place for both genders, see website for details)

I shall be taking part in the Norwich event on May 15, 2011.

This will be my 8th year with Race for Life and I'm hoping I can get a bit of speed up now that I'm not pregnant!

Me (and Che bump!) with my best mate Andie at Race for Life, Norwich

The atmosphere is always amazing, and the money raised at each event is a huge help to the cause.

Most people know or have known someone who has been affected by Cancer, and if you are attending the event for the first time, remember to take some tissues with you, as those tribute back signs really do bring you to tears.

If you would like to sign up for Race for life, you can find your local event here.

If you can't make it, but would like do donate, you can sponsor me online for my event, via my fundraising page by clicking here.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

The Dodo is back!

With the two most popular proposal days (New Years Eve, and Valentines Day) behind us, I thought that I'd share with you my secret weapon in getting organised and staying on top of things for my upcoming wedding.

Upon hearing about my forthcoming nuptials, the lovely people at Dodo Towers sent me a copy of their beautiful wedding organiser, aptly named "The Dodo book of the Big Day"

9½" x 8" (240 x 200mm), laminated ring binder with 100 pages, 12 pockets/dividers, clear zip lock pouch and a strong elastic bandeau to hold everything neatly inside.
"If the sound of wedding bells is driving you batty, then this gilt-edged wedding organizer is the indispensable journal to bring together anything and everything to do with keeping your wedding plans in order"

I have to say that I'd honestly not even given a wedding organiser a thought! Just jotting things down on a bits of paper, but then I realised how useful this binder really is.. My four children trashed my living room one day, along with it, all of my notes and many hours of research!

With it's handy tabbed dividers giving you a separate space for everything you need to arrange and book, it's easy to keep on top of things and keep yourself organised.

Each section has its own little pocket for storing any extra bits and bobs or business cards that you collect along the way and with 100 sheets of it's own unique graphed Dodo emblazoned paper, you can't really go wrong.

Cute little sayings and quotations accompanied by gorgeous illustrations are also printed throughout the organiser, and the strong plastic zip lock pouch at the back keeps everything together.

If you are in the midst of organising your wedding, or you know someone who is (this really would be the perfect Engagement gift) then pop on over to Lord Dodo's website and get your very own wedding organiser.

If you are not in the market for such a book but are looking to make 2011 your year to be super organised, then Dodo Pad is still the place for you. With a great range of organisers, diaries and gifts, there's sure to be something for everyone.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Lifes little luxuries

What is your idea of luxury?

A candle lit bath? Shopping without the kids?

This is a tricky one for me.

At the moment, my idea of luxury would be just to have a couple of hours in a peaceful darkened room, not doing anything, just relaxing.

If I were to be more elaborate, then it would be.. Well actually, it would be the same, but with vodka, candles, some gorgeous Italian food.. Oh, and maybe a tall, dark and handsome to share it with ;)

Monday, 28 February 2011

15 Things

There is a list of 15 things that I want to do in my life:

  1. Take the kids to Disney, Florida
  2. Visit Australia
  3. Get married
  4. Visit Canada
  5. Retrain my feet to love sexy high heels again
  6. Go on more cultured mini trips
  7. Visit more places around the UK with the kids
  8. Go back to college and complete teacher training
  9. Visit Hawaii
  10. Attend  more music concerts
  11. Attend a Cybermummy Conference
  12. Visit Rome
  13. Meet my children's children
  14. Visit the Tate Modern Gallery in London
  15. Go on a girlie holiday with my friends
What's yours?

Sunday, 27 February 2011