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Posted on January 29, 2015

Stop a Baby from Choking #TheChokeables


Watching your baby or child start to choke is a very scary thing, I’ve been there a couple of times and thankfully I have been able to stop them, I did have First Aid training back in my college days so I knew what to do. Many parents don’t know and too many babies are choking so that is why I am happy to help St John’s Ambulance spread the word with their new #TheChokeables video. Anything that might save a babies life is worth sharing. Please help spread the message far and wide!

The campaign was developed after new research for the nation’s leading first aid charity revealed today that four fifths of parents (79%) wouldn’t know how to save their baby from choking to death despite it being a major fear (58%) and 40% having witnessed it.

The research also showed that:

  • 53% of parents said knowing first aid would help them feel better prepared and less scared
  •  Of those who said they knew how to save a choking baby, only 29% knew the correct, recommended technique. Nearly three quarters of parents (71%) selected the wrong answer when given multiple choice options
  • 39% of parents think choking is the most important first aid skill to learn as a parent
  • Of the parents who’d witnessed their baby choke, 77% said their baby choked on food, 14% on vomit, and 9% on toys. Other causes included coins, mucus/phlegm, marbles, and pen lids.

St John Ambulance CEO, Sue Killen, said:

‘Knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between life and death, especially with something like choking. We all know how time pressed parents are so this film makes it as easy as possible to learn first aid – in less than 40 seconds we can all know a skill that could save a life. We hope people watch and share the video with their friends and family so more people have the confidence to act in an emergency.’

In addition to the advert, St John Ambulance has released new resources on its website to inspire everyone to learn life saving first aid skills.

Posted on February 13, 2014

A Million Hearts A Million Wishes #shareukbabwwishes

Adventures/ Charity/ Review

This afternoon the kids and I got to visit Build-A-Bear Workshop to check out their Valentines range and see what their A Million Hearts A Million Wishes Campaign is all about. Boo and Bugs had great fun making their ‘bears’ as you can see from the photos below! They were both allowed to chose a bear, a sound, an outfit and shoes from the Valentine’s range.
Photo 13-02-2014 19 25 27This was Bugs first experience of Build-A-Bear Workshop and he absolutely loved it. A very friendly lady helped him choose his bear, pick a sound, stuff him and then place his heart inside, after he was stitched up Bugs then went to groom him before getting to chose his outfit and shoes. I know Lero the Lion is going to be very well loved… he hasn’t left Bugs’ side since we got home :)
Photo 13-02-2014 19 26 22As soon as I saw the pink elephant I just knew that would be the one that Boo would chose, she was in her element picking out from the gorgeous frilly skirts and glittery shoes! The sound Boo added to Ellie was A One Direction song, I actually encouraged her to get this one in the shop but already I am starting to regret that LOL Boo took making her wish very seriously before placing the heart inside Ellie… she asked on the way home when would her wish come true?!?

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Back at home in love with their new ‘bears’

Anyway let me tell you all about the A Million Wishes A Million Hearts campaign… Until Valentine’s Day, guests in store will be invited to share photos and videos of their “heart ceremony” on Twitter Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. For each post featuring the hashtag #shareukbabwwishes, Build-A-Bear Workshop will donate £1 to Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Up until the 31st March you can also purchase a purple satin heart for a £1 donation to support Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Please help where you can; Starlight is an amazing charity that does a lot of fantastic work, if you are visiting Build-A-Bear Workshop don’t forget to tag your photos with #shareukbabwwishes

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Ellie the Elephant

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Lero the Lion

We loved our visit to Build-A-Bear Workshop, the Valentine’s range is adorable and I know there are going to be lots of very lucky people out there tomorrow receiving them! Personally I’d go for Bearemy… he is just too cute!

* We were given both of the children’s bears free of charge in exchange for visiting Build-A-Bear Workshop and sharing their campaign with you.

Posted on September 6, 2013

Name a Day at Eden Hall in support of Breast Cancer Care


Eden Hall Day Spa is supporting Breast Cancer Care this year by inviting the public to name an exclusive day package, as a tribute to someone’s who’s inspired them. The spa is asking for a minimum donation of £2 to submit a name, with all of the funds raised going to Breast Cancer Care.

9-largeThe new package, ‘A Day For…’ will be available at Eden Hall throughout October for £115, with £5 from each booking being donated to the charity.For a cause that resonates with so many of us, Eden Hall wants people to have an opportunity to honour someone who’s bravery has inspired them or in memory of someone they’ve loved and lost.The winner will be invited to a celebratory evening at Eden Hall to announce the name of the new package and present a cheque to a Breast Cancer Care representative.  For every entry received, Eden Hall will add a personalised pink balloon to a balloon sculpture for all the women’s names put forward.11-largeThe ‘A Day For…’ includes unlimited use of the saltwater vitality swimming pool, access to all water therapies and their sauna, saunarium, rose infused steam room, herbal caldarium and aroma steam room. Enjoy exquisite cuisine in the Seventh Heaven Restaurant with an inclusive three course lunch complimented by an array of salads and side dishes. For more active relaxation our gymnasium is open to all guests and  professional instructors deliver regular exercise and relaxation classes. Eden Hall also provides a bathrobe and towels for use on the day.


The Eden Inner Strength Scrub & Wrap Treatment.

Harnessing the true power of essential oils of Geranium, Clary Sage and Cardamom to help you through challenging times; this intensely hydrating treatment includes the layering of a rich rose gel and Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil; and finishes beautifully with an application of rose cream. This therapy will leave your body radiant, soft and smooth, as well as giving you strength, courage and a positive frame of mind.

Appointment time: 55 mins


A pink wellbeing smoothie on arrival
A glass of pink champagne at the end of the day
20% discount voucher for Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil from Eden’s Shop.

This is all sounds wonderful doesn’t it?! Why not head over and submit the name of someone special today to get this wonderful package named after them xx

Posted on April 15, 2013

Race for Life 2013


Back in 2011 I ran the Race for Life on my own… This year I’m back and Boo (6) is joining me too after begging me so much! I’m really excited to be doing this with Boo and she is really looking forward to it and I think it’s great for her to experience things like this and for her to understand there are people/causes out there that need our help!

5k is an awful long way for a 6 year old and I know that she won’t be able to run it all; she will want to as she is such a determined little madam and very competitive too! As it has ‘race’ in the title she obviously wants to win! We are trying to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research so we would love it if you could sponsor us! Every penny really does count! Our goal this year is £500 and thanks to Brioche Pasquier we are already over half way there!

Please please please if you can afford anything at all sponsor us today… Boo & myself will be so very thankful for your support :O)

If you sponsor me and you are a business/blogger then please feel free to send me ( your logo/badge and I will add it to my sponsors page for 6 months to say thank you for your support :)

Brioche Pasquier UK, French Family Bakers since 1936, this week launched its first ever UK fundraising campaign to support Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. The new champion sponsor of Race for Life hopes to raise £15,000 to help fund vital research to beat over 200 types of cancer, as well as offering up to £10,000 worth of free child entry vouchers in the lead-up to race days throughout the UK.

The first of the promotions, ‘Run with Your Mum’ packs, hit shelves recently in leading supermarkets and will be included on PITCH, the filled brioche range. The initiative is to encourage up to 1,000 mums to run with their children by covering the £10 entry fee for the child.


The second promotion, ‘Raise Some Dough’, which runs throughout June and July across both the PITCH and Traditional products (pain au lait and pain au chocolat), gives customers the opportunity to win donations of up to £100 to send to friends or family taking part in a Race for Life event through their JustGiving page – or alternatively they can simply donate to the Brioche Pasquier Race for Life team.

At over 200 Race for Life events this summer, Brioche Pasquier UK will also be rewarding every participant crossing the finish line with a sample from PITCH, its filled brioche range. In addition, Brioche Pasquier will be hosting a variety of exciting experiential activities across 10 events, enhancing the overall race day experience for participants and their families.

For more information on ‘Run with your Mum’ and ‘Raise Some Dough’ Please visit

Posted on November 6, 2012

Micro Scooter’s – Scooter Aid


I have just this minute found out about Micro Scooter’s – Scooter Aid and had to blog about it instantly!

Micro Scooter’s are asking anyone who has an old, unused or broken Micro Scooter that is no longer wanted to return it to Micro Scooter’s free of charge so that they can mend and safety check it and then send it on to Tumaini Children’s Home in Kenya, which is an orphanage for children whose parents have died of aids. Many of the children have the disease themselves; they have few if any toys and stay in the same location with the same routine for 365 days a year!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if each child could have their own?

The plan is to send 60 scooters to the orphanage. This would allow each child at the orphanage to have their own scooter which Micro Scooter’s would present to them at a Christmas party in December 2012.

If you are willing to donate a scooter all you need to do is;

– box and/or wrap the scooter (they can only accept their own Micro scooters)

– print out a free returns label here and stick to your package

– take the scooter down to the post office (there is no cost to you for returning the scooter to them)

– pat yourself on the back for doing a really, truly wonderful thing.

If you have any questions, problems or queries please do give Micro Scooter’s a call on 0333 320 1030 or email  at

My heart melts at this photo :)

These photo’s have made my heart melt and it makes me wish That I had a Micro Scooter to send; I haven’t unfortunately so I am hoping that in writing this post that it will enable one of my lovely readers to perhaps donate one or even just share this post – the more people that know about it the more scooters Micro Scooter’s can take with them to the orphanage xxxx

Posted on October 24, 2011

Nottingham Hospice – Santa Stroll 2011

Be part of something special this Christmas and sign up for Nottinghamshire Hospice sponsored Santa Stroll on Sunday 11th December.

The Santa Stroll is a short sponsored walk (approx. 1 mile) that takes place through Nottingham City Centre and commences at 11:30am from Nottingham Council House with everyone following Santa’s sleigh dressed as Santa! The event will be fun for all the family with no age restrictions and at the same time, will raise money in aid of Nottinghamshire Hospice.

Pre registration is required and entry is £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for children (under 13 yrs) which includes a bacon roll (vegetarian option) and hot drink, and also finishing certificate & Santa Suit* (under 5’s free, Santa Suit not provided).

*subject to availability

One adult can accompany up to 5 children (under the age of 13)

They are offering a discounted price for groups of 10 adults to take part in this event at £100 per team (discounted from £125) and also a discounted amount of £50 for a group of 10 children (discounted from £75).

You will need to register your presence on the day. Registration starts from 10am.

For more information please visit or

Please follow Nottinghshire Hospice on Facebook & Twitter and support them in anyway you can :O)

We need to raise almost £5,000 every day to continue to provide our services to patients and their carers for free.

It costs £2.5 million to run the hospice a year. Of this, approximately 30% comes from NHS Nottinghamshire and the remaining £1.8 million has to be raised from donations, fundraising activities and events, our Hospice Lottery and through our Hospice shops.

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