Kindest of Stranger Vlog #thankyoustranger

Yesterday I blogged about the Anthony Nolan charity and the fantastic online campaign they are running. You can read that post here, but let me re-cap for you.

The ‘Kindest of Stranger’ campaign is being run by the Anthony Nolan charity, they are looking for people to share act of kindness stories. It can be an occasion you showed a stranger an act of kindness or an occasion a stranger showed you an act of kindness, whether it be big or small.

Today I have vlogged about an act of kindness a stranger did for me, they stopped my holiday getting off to a bad start and I can’t thank them enough! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Watch the video below to find out what happened.

If you have an act of kindness story then do get involved in the campaign, it’s really easy! Head over to Twitter, share your act of kindness story and include the hashtag #thankyoustranger. You can also leave me a comment below if you want to share your story here, I would love to hear them!

As well as looking for people to share their stories Anthony Nolan are always looking for people to join their bone marrow register, if you would like to find out more about the charity or to sign up to the register head over to anthonynolan.org.

By |October 23rd, 2014|Categories: Charity|Tags: |0 Comments

Kindest of Stranger #thankyoustranger

Have you done something kind for a stranger? Or has a stranger done something kind for you?

Anthony Nolan, the UK’s blood cancer charity and bone marrow register have recently launched an online campaign with the theme ‘Kindest of Stranger’. The campaign was launched on the 16th of October and has seen people sharing stories of random acts of kindness.

In the video above you can see people talking about times they have experienced a random act of kindness or times when they have shown someone an act of kindness. I love the idea behind the campaign, it highlights how a small act of kindness from a stranger can have a long and lasting impact.

Watching the video got me thinking about occasions I have experienced an act of kindness from a stranger and also occasions when I have shown an act of kindness.

The most recent occasion was when I gave away concert tickets to 3 strangers. I bought tickets to the British Summer Time concert in London and was really looking forward to going to London for the day to see the concert. Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan and the day before the concert it was clear I wouldn’t be able to go. I was really disappointed that I couldn’t go and also that the tickets were going to go to waste. On the morning of the concert I was on Twitter and there were a few people tweeting about the concert and asking if anyone was selling tickets. The concert was in the early afternoon so I decided to put out a tweet offering the tickets to people who wanted to go to the concert. The three tickets went very quickly to three really happy and grateful people, I didn’t ask for any money for the tickets as I was just happy they weren’t going to waste and people would be able to enjoy the concert. Being able to make other people smile is a great feeling and I will continue to show random acts of kindness to strangers wherever I can.

Tomorrow I will be blogging about an occasion when a stranger helped me, so be sure to stop by and find out how they helped and stopped my holiday from almost being a disaster!

If you would like to get involved in the campaign it’s really easy, leave a comment below letting me know about a time a stranger has helped you or you have helped a stranger or tweet using the hash tag #thankyoustranger.

You can find out more about the campaign by following Anthony Nolan on Twitter and using the hash tag #thankyoustranger or by visiting the Anthony Nolan website.

By |October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Charity|Tags: |0 Comments

Baby’s First Christmas Gift Ideas

This year has been really exciting, we welcomed two new additions to the family, a gorgeous little niece Eden and a handsome little nephew George! Having babies in the family again is lovely and everyone is over the moon. I now have three little people to buy for this Christmas, Maxx who is 5 and wants – everything he sees on TV, Eden who will be 11 months old and George who will be 4 months old. It has been a long time since I had to think about buying a Christmas gift for a baby and when I started thinking about it I realised I had no idea what to get and what item was suitable for each age!

Maxx is easy to buy for as he will tell us what he would like, at the moment that is literally everything he sees on TV but I have a few ideas as to what I can buy him for Christmas. It’s a little more difficult buying for Eden and George due to their ages. I have spent a few hours over the last couple of weeks looking for presents that would be suitable and have found a couple of little bits. I thought it would be helpful to put together some gift guides for Christmas presents for baby’s first Christmas. One for newborn and one for 12 months +.

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The first mood board shows gift ideas for Newborn’s, George will be 4 months old at Christmas so he isn’t old enough for many of the toys and is a couple of months off the 6 months and over age range so I selected items that are suitable from birth onward. As you can see there’s a bit of a grey and white theme going on which I love as it’s suitable for both boys and girls. I have included a few keepsake items in the newborn guide such as the Baby Hand and Foot Print Kit and the My First Passport which is another lovely keepsake, perfect for those well travelled little ones.

The other items I chose were items for George to enjoy rather than his mummy and daddy, I chose the lovely Baby’s Only Playmat which looks fantastic – perfect for tummy time, the Baby’s Only Elephant which is absolutely adorable, the Duck Mood Light which is a battery operated night light which gives off a soft glow, perfect for helping babies fall asleep and reassuring them if they wake up. Last but by no means least is Sophie the Giraffe, perfect for little ones to chew on when they start teething. I have only ever heard good things about this product so it’s definitely a top buy for little ones. George’s mum also loves giraffes so this would definitely be a good buy for baby George.

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Eden will be 11 months old at Christmas so I didn’t see the point in choosing items for the 12 months and under range as she wouldn’t get much use out of them. Instead I chose items suitable from 12 months onward which means they will be suitable for a while to come. Eden is 8 months old now and is able to walk a few steps on her own so I thought the dolls pram would be great for encouraging her to walk, I couldn’t resist adding the lovely Wheelybug Ride On Ladybird toy to the gift guide.

I included the Smackaroo Hammer Bench, Windmill Stackeroo, Nesting Tree Puzzle and Busy Bead Tree  because they are all fun toys that are likely to be played with for a long time to come, they will also help develop hand eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. I love the wooden toys featured on the guide above, wooden toys often last longer than plastic toys and are great value for money.

I hope the gift guides have given you some inspiration if you’re stuck for ideas on what to buy the little one’s in your life. Putting them together has certainly helped me feel a little more prepared for Christmas, I feel like I can look forward Christmas instead of worrying about what I’m going to buy. I now have plenty of gift ideas to work with. If you have seen something in the gift guide you want to buy head over to Babydino where you can buy the items featured in the gift guides and much more.

By |October 21st, 2014|Categories: Gift Guide|Tags: |2 Comments

Gift Ideas for a Loved One who is Retiring

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If you’re after a gift for a loved one who is retiring, below are some ideas to help get you started. There’s something for all budgets and tastes that they are bound to absolutely love, and that will make them feel special and appreciated after a long life of working.

A photo album
Photo albums always make a lovely gift, especially if you put a lot of thought into them and fill them with lovely photos of happy memories. You could do a timeline of their life in it, and leave space at the back for all their photos of their happy retirement.

A special bottle of bubbly
Treat them to something luxurious like a really special bottle of their favourite bubbly. Go for something really frivolous that they’re unlikely to treat themselves too, like a vintage bottle of whiskey from a significant year; like the year they graduated or started at their favourite job, for example.

An illustration of a significant building from their life
We found this print online and thought it was a really lovely idea – a print of their university to hang on their wall. You could get one done of any significant building from their life though, such as things like their first bought home or their first or last job.

An experience day gift voucher
Give them the chance to try something new and really exciting by getting them a voucher for an experience day. You could go for something totally random and exciting like a fun sport or the chance to try out a race car, or you could get them something to spark the start of a new hobby, such as a voucher for a cooking class, for example.

Something nice for the garden
Even if they’re going into retirement living, with reputable companies there will be garden space that they can do with as they please, so something lovely for the garden would be really nice. It could be something they plant themselves from seeds or a beautiful plant to maintain. Bird boxes make a lovely gift too, and are the ideal gift if you’re after something a little different from the norm.

Something nice for the home
Likewise, something for their home is always a nice idea. Whether it’s something for the kitchen; like new special mugs or glasses or something for the living room; such as personalised cushions or photo frames, choose something that’s really personal to them for maximum impact to make them smile.

Night/mini break away
If you’re budget is a little larger or if you’re getting them something as a group and have more money to spend, you could wow them with a mini break somewhere lovely to kick start their retirement off with a lovely bang. You could opt for a city break somewhere nice in Europe or even in the UK where you could go for something really luxurious. There are some great deals here.

By |October 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment

Make the Most of Movember

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If you are on the fence as to whether to take part in this year’s Movember – maybe you feel it’s sexist, a little bit 2010, have little confidence in your facial hair or are worried about looking like Poirot – you should remember that the original and current aim behind the initiative is very commendable. Movember want to change the face of men’s health and have so far raised an incredible £346 million pounds from the worldwide campaign. All the proceeds go to worthy causes fighting prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

To further encourage you to participate in the event or to get you excited about this November (as it used to be called) here’s a few ideas to enable you to make the most of Movember.

Photoshoot
Capture your Mo for posterity by getting a professional photoshoot. Agencies such as Venture are well-versed in bringing the best out of any scene, whether that’s a newborn, family reunion or a really good moustache.

Mo-themed Party 
Movember is the perfect excuse for a theme party. Get your friends to dress up as famous moustache-sporting stars such as Magnum PI, Saddam Hussain or Hulk Hogan. Get all your best Mo-sic loaded onto Spotify: Queen, Karl Denver, Motorhead and party down.

Moustache Movie Night 
Put on the popcorn, get comfortable and celebrate the moustachioed stars of the silver screen with a night of the best Mo-vies through history: From Chaplin’s classics, through Tom Selleck’s hits, to latter day Mo Heroes like Ron Burgundy, Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York and that guy who was in The Artist. You have plenty of options.

Multi-style it 
If you’re lucky enough to grow a substantial Mo you may want to spend the month experimenting with different styles. You could go from the drop handlebar to the Salvador Dali twisty style to the minimalist Zorro or Charlie Chaplin (although you may run into some trouble with this one…).

Have your own Mo-lympic Games 
As much as moustache-growing is a test of manliness why not go one better (and get both sexes involved) by organising your own moustache-themed games event. Ideas for Mo-lympics games include:

  • The Moustache Celebrity Name Game – the first person unable to name a moustachioed celeb is out and the last one standing the winner.
  • Identify the Mo – show pictures of famous moustaches and have competitors guess who they belong to.
  • Moustache Judging – get an impartial adjudicator to honour the best Mo grown.
  • Best Food Collecting – get moustachioed competitors to eat a meal and whoever has the most food in their Mo at the end of the meal wins.

Get Mo’ Money 
Remember the original reasons for the month and go out and raise as much money as you can. As well as doing the facial work, run a marathon, get people to sponsor you multi-styling it, or simply record and share your Mo’s growth on social media to attract more sponsors.

By |October 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments