The A.D.A.M Appeal – and how you can help!

A.D.A.M – After Death Appears Miracles!

The miracle is to fundraise as much money as possible to get every young person in the UK to have screening tests to check for heart conditions. 600 fit and healthy young people (aged 35 and under) die suddenly each year from previously undiagnosed heart conditions, when there is evidence to show screening can save lives. Since the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) was founded in 1995 there have been more than 10,000 young sudden cardiac deaths in the UK. 

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The A.D.A.M Appeal was set up by Louise Ayres, a girl local to me who this Sudden Death Syndrome has hit hard…

Those that are not familiar with my story and what I am trying to achieve, here goes. On the 2nd September 2012, my fiance, Adam and I were driving to taste food for our wedding day on the 27th October 2012, at three minutes past 12 noon Adam had a heart attack, later that afternoon he died. This is where this all starts…

 

So what can we do?

Well, to start with awareness needs to be spread and a really good start is to take a look at Louise’s story on the C-R-Y website. She also has a Facebook page which is in need of a lot of support and sharing! 

Finally there is one small but MASSIVE thing you can do… and that is sign the e-petition which is asking the government to immediately and comprehensively review their policy on cardiac screening in young people, as this policy currently says “Screening should not be offered”. 

With high profile cases such as that of Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba, aged 23 and to me now locally the story of Adam, there is never a better time to get shouting about it! 

And if you feel like sharing the word further… then PLEASE share this or even take the inspiration to write something yourself… 1 blog post can start a ripple, more than 1 may make a tidal wave xXx

Raising money for Minstrel – a Precious Memories Auction!

As many of you are aware, my cat Minstrel had an accident last week and was hit by a car.

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He was very badly injured but is expected to make a full recovery (minus an eye). Minstrel is a very big part of our family but with the bill now topping £1400 we just don’t have the money to pay for his care. 

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I am so amazed by people’s generosity on our gofundme page – and was thrilled when I was offered a fantastic opportunity to be able to run a quick auction to raise even more funds for my little man. 

What is on offer?

Glenda from Precious Memories has offered me a personal keepsake to auction to my followers and friends to raise some all important pennies. 

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The winner with the highest bid will be able to choose a personal keepsake of either a child’s handprint, fingerprint or footprint or, if they have a pet, can choose a pet print as an alternative. Precious Memories jewellery is particularly popular and due to increasing prices for silver they are not cheap although they do try to keep their prices competitive.

What you need to do to win…

To win, leave a comment on this post with your bid amount. I will be taking bids until 9PM (GMT) Saturday 24th March and the winner will be the highest bidder at the close of the auction. All funds will be donated to our Pirate Kitty fund and used to pay the vet for Minstrel’s care and to bring him home.

 

Thank you for looking and good luck!
www.gofundme.com/minstrel

 

Notes: Payment will need to be made via PayPal.The wineer must live in the UK and must be over the age of 18 years. The winner will be announced on this blog post and notified via e-mail or via twitter/facebook so please leave a way in which you can be contacted if you win! 

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Glenda is also running a fantastic auction to raise money for John Bishop’s Sport Relief challenge. To make a bid just look here !

 

Arena Flowers – for a blooming good Mother’s Day! Review and competition…

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, there will always be the last minute rush for cards and gifts ready to surprise Mum with on the big day… and once again Arena Flowers are here to help you out of a fix!

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Arena Flowers is ‘one of the leading online florist in the UK, offering the highest quality flowers from around the world at excellent prices.  All of Arena Flowers bouquets and flowers arrangements are not only beautiful and fresh, but also affordable and great value – as flowers should be.’

From bright and vibrant , to classic and subtle, Arena Flowers really do have something for everyone this Mother’s Day…

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For me it would have to be theSpring Rainbow bouquet – a beautiful and vibrant mix of yellow roses, orange and red tulips and blue iris. I got engaged in Amsterdam (obvious tulip link!)… and then married in April so we had tulips in my bouquet and as a theme for the wedding flowers. If ever I am lucky enough to be bought flowers, you can usually bet there is a tulip there somewhere!

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So, you can imagine how thriilled I was when a familiar box landed on my doorstep…

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…containing the most beautiful bunch of flowers (with tulips!). Made up from 8 Blue Iris’, 5 Orange and 5 Red tulips and 2 sprays of Yellow Roses, the Spring Rainbow bouquet is hand tied and comes in vibrant purple film:

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Including delivery, the bouquet is priced at £29.99. It doesn’t come with the vase as standard, but it can be added as an extra for just £4.99. As usual, the flowers arrived exactly when expected and in perfect condition… the cleverly designed box means that the flowers arrive upright and held in place, with a special pack wrapped around the stems offering them moisture on their journey and ensuring they arrive in tip top shape!

The flowers also come with a sachet of flower food… so they were put straight in a vase with the food and onto my fireplace. On arrival the tulips and iris were still unopened while the delicate yellow roses were beginning to spread…

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Day 2: 

On the second day the flowers had settled beautifully in the vase and were beginning to spread their petals and open. One or two of the red tulips were beginning to reveal their dark black centres (the filament and anthers if I am being technical!) and the iris were sharing their vibrant blue colour. The roses were also relaxing and filling out. I was pleased that the tulips had kept their heads up too… as sometimes tulips can droop! Not these though… they were as proud as ever!

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Day 4: 

The flowers in the Spring Rainbow bouquet are now almost fully open and in FULL glory… they are absolutely stunning and still as vibrant as the day they arrived. Most of the red tulips have revealed their black centres whilst the orange tulips are still a little tigher and haven’t quite revealed what is inside. The iris have spread and filled out and the roses are starting to grow too, relaxing their petals. The scent is delicate… but fresh!

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Day 6: 

The red tulips are just beginning to turn and droop just a little, whilst the orange tulips are still not fully open… they are still being shy and not showing their centres! The iris are now fully spread and in full bloom, whilst the roses are in different stages, some more developed than others. For me this is a huge plus as, while the red tulips may be past their best in a few more days, the other flowers will last on… so the bouquet will just change! I think the flowers will last at least 10 days… probably even longer!

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So, enough of me telling you about these WONDERFUL flowers… would YOU like to win the Spring Rainbow bouquet for your Mum, in time for Mother’s Day? 

Did I hear you say ‘Yes’?

Well, here is what you need to do: 

To win this very bouquet delivered to your Mum in time for Mother’s Day simply visit the Arena Flowers website and browse their beautiful Mother’s Day bouquets, then come back here and tell me which flower is your favourite and why! Remember to leave an e-mail address or twitter ID so I can contact you if you win!

Bonus entries??? Go on then! For doing the following you will earn 1 extra entry each into the competition:

* Like Arena Flowers on facebook – then leave a separate comment here telling me you have done it! (If you do already just let me know!)

* Follow Arena Flowers on Twitter and tweet the following message: ‘I want to let @arenaflowers and @yummymumto2 make my Mother’s Day blooming good! http://bit.ly/yAnadA ‘

*  Like Whatmeandtheboyssay on facebook – then leave a separate comment here telling me you have done it! (If you do already just let me know!)

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But that’s not your only chance to win because yet again, just like for Valentine’s Day, Arena Flowers are giving you the chance to drop a little hint (because lets face it, sometimes a good hint is needed!) to let your little ones know exactly what Mum would like on her day! And by dropping your hint, you have the chance to win the bouquet too! To let your loved ones know exactly which bouquet you like all you have to do is visit this page on the Arena Flowers website, and click the “Mum wants this one!” button under the bouquet you love… and this will then appear on your facebook page, giving a little hint to those who may need it! By doing this you also get entered into a competition to win the bouquetyou have chosen, which ends on March 15th just in time for delivery for Mother’s Day!

So with 2 chances to win, Arena Flowers are once again making Mother’s Day easy… and easy to drop a BIG hint for too!!! 

Good Luck – and to all you Mums out there… HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! 

 

 

Terms and conditions
To enter you must leave the required comment on this post, along with a contact email address or Twitter name, which will be used to contact you if you win. This is compulsary.
A bonus entry will be given for following Arena Flowers on Facebook and leaving a separate comment. A second bonus entry will be given for following Arena Flowers on Twitter and tweeting the stated message. A third bomus entry will be given for following What me and the boys say on Facebook.
The prize is a Spring Rainbow bouquet from www.arenaflowers.com
The competition closes on Thursday 14th March 2012 at 10pm.
The winner will be drawn at random from all valid entries.
The winner will be contacted on Friday 15th March and asked to provide a postal address by 5pm that day so delivery for Mother’s Day can be arranged.
If a postal address is not given promptly, delivery may not be possible for Mother’s Day.
Facebook have no affiliation or responsibility for this competition.
UK entrants only.
There is no cash alternative.

 

 

12 Days of Christmas – Something different for the boys: Alternative ideas for the BIG day!

I am always looking for different things to fill the spaces under my tree… yes, the boys have a list which Santa always checks twice, but it is nice to put a few surprises in there too… and something that little bit different always goes down well! 

So here are my top 5 alternative ideas, to add a little surprise to your Christmas this year…

Idea 1:  Morbs by Flair

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Morbs are little balls that transform into fun little characters. All you need to do is throw, roll, bounce or bump it, and the ball morphs from small ball into a little warrior or monster with a small body and a BIG head. 

They cost around £6 for a pack of 3 so would make perfect stocking fillers! 

 

Idea 2: Ravensburger Children’s Globe Puzzle Ball

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Priced at around £19.99, the Ravensburger Children’s Globe Puzzle Ball is a fun challenge for children aged 8+.

A fun way to introduce children to Geography. Each curved, numbered piece fits together to form a fully rotational globe with its own display stand. 

We LOVE puzzles in our house and, even though the boys are a bit young, this will make a great family-time activity! 

 

Idea 3: Gibson’s Mission Earth

Invented by a group of school girls as part of the Young Enterprise scheme, Mission Earth is an environmentally friendly board game made in the UK from 100% recycled board. Suitable for up to 6 players the game retails at around £18. 

The aim of the game is to become an earth hero and save the planet!  With cards of different levels of difficulty, this game is fun for all the family (as even the adults are challenged!)  and the board is bright and entertaining. I really love the fact that the box becomes the board – meaning no unnecessary packaging! 

 

Idea 4: Disney Club Penguin Plushes!

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My 2 boys have become big fans of Club Penguin, ever since we tested the online membership a few months ago! These plush toys are the icing on the cake… they come with a coin which you can use to unlock or buy more items online… and at around £6-£7 they make perfect stocking fillers! 

 

Idea 5: Etch-a-Sketch 50th Anniversary Edition by Flair

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But not just any ordinary Etch-a-Sketch… this is the 50th Anniversary Signature Edition in a festive red with an almost gold effect screen to draw on! It may be an oldie… but it is a classic and will keep the boys entertained for hours! 

 

I hope you enjoy your Christmas surprises as much as we will… 

 

12 Days of Christmas: Sylvanian Family Giveaway!

I was never into Sylvanian Families… but my friend was! She had a house, caravan, camper van and so many different figures I could never quite remember!

With having 2 boys, Sylvanian Families is something we have never explored… but I know it is still as popular as ever!

I am therefore really pleased to be able to give away this fantastic Sylvanian Family to one of my lucky blog readers!

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The ‘Honey Bear Family’ contains Bertie (father), Tamsie (mother), Diggory (little boy bear) and Katy (little girl bear) and I must admit they are rather sweet! 

To win the set here is what you need to do: 

Simply leave a comment below telling me what your favourite toy was when you were little… with a way to contact you in case you are my lucky winner!  

For an extra entry you can also tweet the following (then leave me another comment telling me you have tweeted): ‘I want to win @yummymumto2 ‘s Sylvanian Family… post.ly/4M053  ‘  

The competition ends on Tuesday 20th December and, provided the winner supplies their details asap, the prize should be shipped and delivered before the big day! 

 

Good Luck x 

 

And just so you know, my favourite toys were my Jem dolls… I had Jem and the Misfits, lots of costumes and instruments, Jem story tapes and a music tape, and even the Jem car which had a working radio in the boot!!! Classic x x 

 

Terms and conditions
To enter you must leave the required comment on this post, along with a contact email address or Twitter name, which will be used to contact you if you win. 
A bonus entry will be given for tweeting the message leaving a separate comment.
The prize is a Sylvanian Families Honey Bear Family set. 
The competition closes on Tuesday 20th December at 8pm. 
The winner will be drawn at random from all valid entries. 
The winner will be contacted on Tuesday 20th December and asked to provide a postal address. 
UK entrants only.
There is no cash alternative.