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Sport Relief: Helping as a blogger through Team Honk

I love the idea behind Sport Relief and I know the impact the money is raised every single year has on human lives, both home and abroad. I have known of Team Honk, an amazing group of bloggers who stop at nothing in their attempt to raise as much money as possible for charity, for a few years. They have done some amazing things since they started, from climbing Snowdon in 2014 to relaying the length of England in 2015 and dance marathoning at Wembley last year. So, what’s a blogger to do when she lives in Northern Ireland and cannot join the team this year in their dash around the London subway, trying to establish a new world record? She is to do her bit from home, of course, and raise awareness about this year’s Sport Relief efforts by putting together this post! In return,  Wayfair who has challenged me to come up with ways to raise money for Team Honk for Sport Relief from home, will donate £100 into Team Honk’s page. This …

Jumping Dog – A Children’s Clothing Collection Like No Other

Back in 2013 I came across this amazing project by photographer Joost Vandebrug. He was trying to raise money through his CINCILEI photography project for a bunch of homeless boys living in the sewers of Bucharest. I wrote all about it here, you can have a look before you read on. The project has meanwhile evolved from the initial book to creating an entire centre in Bucharest where street children can feel at home and reintegrate into society. The name of new Jumping Dog children’s clothing collection was inspired by the stray dogs street children develop strong bonds with during their years of living rough. The collection is beautiful and emanates strength. The strength these street children have proven over the years, surviving the unimaginable, transcends into a collection that invites children to play and exploration. I love their reversible t-shirts and I am planning to get Emma the adventure one for Easter. Not because my child needs another top but because ALL the money raised from the sale goes towards making the centre in …

From A Mother To Another – A Campaign by JoJo Maman Bébé

Once in a while, I get to do the awesomest of things on the blog. Yesterday, JoJo Maman Bebe approached me and asked me if I would be interested in becoming a blogger ambassador for their amazing campaign, From A Mother To Another and help spread the word about helping children in need. I nearly wept at the privilege of being able to lend my blogging voice and raise awareness of two worthwhile causes. Syrian children, for whom the campaign is trying to raise clothing, have been weighing on my heart heavily for the past year. Emma and I spread the word about #ShareTheMeal app at Christmas and shared our pennies in December with Syrian refugee children. Local children who live in poverty are also a genuine cause of concern for me and we always donate Emma’s small clothing to local charities who try to make their lives a bit better. JoJo Maman Bebe are currently encouraging mums out there to spare a thought and an outgrown outfit and spread some love to other mothers …

#ShareTheMeal

I have written a lot about Syria and the heartbreaking crisis we have all witnessed this year in the media and lately, my mind has been doing rounds, trying to find a way we can help again as a family. So when I was invited yesterday by the amazing team behind #ShareTheMeal  to write about their amazing new life-saving app, I knew instantly I had found my answer! Instead of me explaining the idea of the new app to you, I will let Sebastian Stricker do it himself. After all, the app is his brainchild and he does a much better job at passionately presenting it, more than I would ever dream of doing: What we can all do, on the other hand, and from today is download the app and each time we have a few spare pennies in our bank accounts, click and donate to ensure not only our children get fed this winter, but also the Syrian ones still on the road to safety and a normal life. Our (to us!) meager …

September was…Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

But I could not bring myself to write Georgie’s story down until tonight. I got pregnant with Georgie in late spring 2013. I had been longing for another child, to complete our family unit, for years but hadn’t had the courage until then as I had been plagued with severe antenatal and postnatal depression with my first pregnancy with Emma. From the very beginning, my body knew something was amiss with the pregnancy. I had very strong pains in my belly, ended up in the A&E but was dismissed home with pain killers and the advice to return if the pain didn’t subside. It did. I also started waking up at night, shortly after that. If only I had known that this was my “borrowed time”, I would have used it to pour all my love and affection on my unborn baby, much more than I did… There were also other signs no-one could interpret then but in my heart, I know that they were all related to my baby being sick, even from the …