charity · Children · Christmas · December · family time · Parenting · Uncategorized

Our trip to Father Christmas and our gift back.

You might think it’s a little early to visit a grotto yet but unfortunately with my husband’s work we don’t get a lot of free time together in December so we have to make the most of the time we do get as a family. 
We have been to the same Winter Wonderland every year since T was tiny and it’s perfect. There are moving and talking displays, singing reindeer, a ride, a wishing Well, flying reindeer aswell as real reindeer and the all important REAL Father Christmas 😊

So it’s easy to see why T was counting down the days until we could go and ran home from school to get changed, grab her letter to Santa and the carrots for the reindeer and off we went! It was fantastic as always. Father Christmas had a real laugh and joke with T this year and as usual took the Christmas list and read it with interest, I can safely say the magic is still alive for another year! 


So something we are have decided to do this year is the Gift Tree in our local shopping centre. This tree is full of gift tags each with a child’s name and age on. These children will not receive Christmas presents as their family cannot afford to buy them so the idea is you take a tag and buy a present for them to open on Christmas day.

We picked a girl called Hayley aged 8 and T is really excited to buy her a present and drop it off back at the shopping centre soon. I think it’s a great idea to show T that not everyone is as lucky as her and how giving to others who aren’t as fortunate can make you feel just as good as if you were to receive a present yourself.

Today has finished off with the school Christmas fair which is always chaos but really fun at the same time! T had a friend round for tea so I herded them both round the packed school corridors until they had spent all their money and won lots of prizes to take home. Even though it was busier than a London tube station at rush hour we weren’t there too long and all enjoyed ourselves, I even won a bottle of wine so I can’t complain! The girls have been playing and giggling ever since we got home which is really great to hear. Not long until they both get picked up which just leaves me to pop on some Buble, pour a glass of wine and put the Christmas tree up! 🎅🎄🎁
Happy 1st of December everyone!

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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bake it better · charity · happy · perseverance · Uncategorized

Charity bake sale for Great Ormond Street -Bake it Better!

The day before:
 So a few weeks ago at work I spoke to my manager about the idea of getting involved in more charity events at work. She was all up for it and so was the director of our company. I applied for a fundraising pack for a charity bake week and once it arrived set about sending emails and speaking to staff at work to try and raise the profile and gain interest. As is standard with these things there was a tonne of interest at first and it gradually wained. This is normal, I expected this but blimey the amount of interest I have today, The day before the bake sale, just makes me sad. I didn’t think there were that many excuses for not baking something but it seems there are. Obviously there are people with genuine reasons why they aren’t going to be able to do something which again is fine I totally get that.
I’m making 2 things to sell tomorrow as I’ve organised it and will also buy lots aswell and I was initially really excited to support a great charity by all having a go at baking something and if it doesn’t turn out right that’s fine it’s all part of the fun. Now I’m just hoping there are more than 3 or 4 plates of food tomorrow.

The day of the sale:

Wow wow wow. I walked into work this morning and could have cried. There was so much food baked, priced and placed lovingly by my banners! It seemed everyone at work really came through for me after all! The amount of effort people went to was amazing and if people didn’t have time to bake they bought things to sell instead!
As the day went on there was a real buzz around the food with people choosing what they wanted and even going back for seconds!
The cookies T made with me got a great reception and sold out so I was so happy about that. All in all it was a great day.
So the end of the day comes and it’s time to total up the donations.

Firstly my target was £44 so I could pay for a family to stay overnight at Great Ormond Street hospital, we smashed that.

The next aim was £81 so I could pay for a playworker for a day, we beat that too.

There wasn’t a target after this so I was just thrilled to bits to have raised over £200!!

It was tough going at times but once the day came round I couldn’t believe how much everyone got into the spirit and enjoyed themselves.

I can’t wait to send this off to Great Ormond Street hospital next week and know what good this money will do.