30 December 2009
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The photograph doesn't do it justice, it is amazing and beautifully made. Zebra print doesn't exactly match the rest of our furnishings, but it certainly does stand out!
The boys love it and so do we.
Thanks Uncle P!
18 December 2009
- First of all, for every card you send, Tesco donate 5p to the Woodland Trust with the aim of raising £5,000 which will plant around 300 trees
- In these frugal times, using this site can save you money as you don’t have to buy cards and stamps (although you may well have already done your Christmas card list).
- As a parent, I know that spare time is a luxury so with the eCards, you can save time as you can do it from your desk (I find typing so much quicker than writing, plus my writing is a mess).
- Importantly, you don’t need to rely on Royal Mail and with there being ten days before Christmas, time is of the essence.
- The only cost to you is a few clicks of the mouse and taps on the keyboard – nothing else – even your email address isn’t used or more importantly stored.
- Finally, you are able to do that little bit extra for the environment as you won’t be using card and envelopes so not wasting paper.
17 December 2009
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14 December 2009
You will need an internet connection to personalise My Pal Scout. So there is a bit of setting up to do. I would recommend doing this while your child is asleep, otherwise they may become impatient and possibly a little upset at seeing their new toy wired up to Mummy's laptop!
13 December 2009
- We will provide and install FREE 10-year smoke alarms where necessary.
- Give life saving advice in the event of a fire in your home.
- How to make a fire escape plan for you and your family.
- Practical advice on identifying fire hazards in the home.
- Check your smoke alarm weekly.
- Don't leave washing machines or tumble dryer running when you go out, they are the cause of a great many house fires.
- Keep internal doors closed at night and when you are out.
- Keep lighters and matches hidden/locked away.
- Be careful where you place candles and make sure they are extinguished before you leave the room or go to bed.
- Only tackle a fire if you are certain you know what you are doing. It's better to phone 999 than risk hurting yourself or making the fire worse.
- Know your exit routes.
- Keep exit routes clear.
- Keep keys by doors and windows so that you can find them in the dark/in smoke.
- When heading for the door keep low.
- A damp towel will provide some relief from smoke inhalation.
- Do not take a detour to save things - things can be replaced - get you and your children out and stay out.
11 December 2009
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6 December 2009
I had the absolute honour of being invited by Sarah Brown (yes, that Sarah Brown, the Prime Minister's wife) to the Downing Tweet Christmas Party in aid of the Million Mums campaign.
When Gigi later asked me what we talked about I couldn't remember - much to her amusement. I think a combination of the excitement and too much fizzy wine turned the whole experience into a bit of a blur. Sam and Helen reminded me that in our brief conversation he asked where we had travelled from and whether we were enjoying ourselves! Edit: I've also been reminded that we told him we'd arranged to stay in the same hotel via Twitter.
We then met the lady herself, Sarah Brown. She knew who I was! Thank you again for the invite @Sarahbrown10.
3 December 2009
- Thank the blogger who gave you the award
- List 10 things about you that your readers may not know
- Pass the award on
- My left eye has been twitching since I was ill last week. That's seven days now. I'm bored of it.
- I could live on carrots and red pepper humous.
- I have gone off chocolate.
- I'm a bit scared of horses. I think Jerry Seinfeld was spot on when he described them as 'glassy-eyed, jittery beasts'.
- I think I'm a rubbish mum most of the time.
- I collect Russian dolls.
- I can recite the alphabet as fast backwards as I can forwards.
- I once went out with a man old enough to be my father.
- I never eat the biscuit base on a cheesecake.
- I love the smell of fireworks.
2 December 2009
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25 November 2009
Women’s Aid release charity single Take My Hand
On Wednesday 25th November 2009, national charity Women’s Aid is celebrating 35 years of working to end violence against women and children by releasing their first charity single, ‘Take My Hand’. The song has been written especially for the charity to help them raise vital funds to support abused women and children. The single, which is being released to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, is sung by 13 year old classical singer Olivia Aaron, with Natasha Benjamin, a real-life survivor of domestic violence. The song is based on the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8, ‘Sonata Pathétique’ and its lyrics are an expression of the emotions experienced by children and young people affected by domestic abuse.
Women’s Aid Chief Executive, Nicola Harwin CBE, said:
“Take My Hand has been written especially for Women’s Aid and reflects the words of families that have survived abuse. The song reflects hope for a future free from violence and we hope it will reach out to those affected by domestic violence as well as the wider public. We want to raise awareness of the support available and raise vital funds so that we can continue to provide these services.”
Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women at some point in their lifetime and recent statistics from the Women’s Aid Annual Survey show that last year an estimated 18,000 women and 20,000 children lived in refuge accommodation in Women’s Aid’s national network of services.
The launch of Take My Hand on the 25th November marks the beginning of Women’s Aid’s activities to mark the ’16 days of Action’, where the charity will ask the public to help them take action against violence against women and children.
For more information on the ‘16 Days of Action’, go to www.womensaid.org.uk.
‘I was only with my boyfriend for three weeks when he started to become verbally aggressive. The first time he got aggressive I thought I must have said something that upset him and he went mad. He started throwing things at the walls, even a wine glass that had red wine in it. As I left the room he continued to throw things after me and a glass plate just missed my face. The first time I did try to get help I was told to leave him, but it was not that easy. When it happened again I told no one, firstly from sheer embarrassment, and later from fear.
One night I woke up with his foot on my face and my boyfriend saying he was going to stamp on me. I had to sleep in contact lenses as it was a common occurrence for him to wake me up with demands or threats. I was so afraid of not being able to see when the assaults took place as I might not be able to get away.
I experienced a severe form of domestic violence that also included a range of abuse, from controlling where I was and what I did, to pulling my hair, to eventually strangulation. My daughter witnessed the abuse and we were both very frightened of what would happen. I was only with him for six months where he nearly killed me.
I stayed in a Women's Aid refuge which provided us with safety and which gave us the support we needed to rebuild our lives. I am singing on 'Take My Hand' to not only raise vital funds for Women's Aid but also to provide a message of hope to women and children currently living with violence in the home - thanks to support services provided by Women's Aid there is hope for a safe future free from fear.’
Thank you for reading.