How did it get to be December already? Where has the time gone? We are now officially in the countdown to Christmas (or whatever winter festival you celebrate). It’s the time of year people try to be a little kinder and more charitable, and perhaps they start thinking of ways they can help others.
I watched a video yesterday that got me thinking. It wasn’t about the festive season, it was about menstruating. I know – that can be a bit of an icky subject, despite it being something that 50% of the world’s population do at some point in their lives – for a very large part of their lives, to be honest.
This is the video – please do watch it, because it’s quite interesting.
It really got me thinking, because although I donate to a local food bank on a semi-regular basis, and although it’s not always food products I donate, there is something I never thought about donating at all, and it’s something I have used every month of my life since before being a teenager. Why did it never occur to me? Well, probably for the same reason it doesn’t occur to other people too – it’s something we’re so used to, that we don’t consider it – it gets pushed to the background.
So, although we’re now half way through December, here’s a thought. How w0ould it be, if everyone who has the means to do so, made up a package to give to their local food bank this Xmas? You can backdate it and made a sort of reverse advent calendar, putting in 24 items to donate, or you can do it from today, whatever is easiest and within your means – just pop stuff in a bag or a box to hand over.
Here are some things you might like to include:
Dried goods such as pasta, rice, and lentils are good, as they keep for ages without going off. Also tinned and jarred food of any kind – beans, vegetables, fruit, canned fish and meat, are all staples to consider, along with jams, chutneys and pickles. And don’t forget condiments – salt, pepper, sauces, herbs and spices, and stock cubes – they can zing up a meal and make it much taster and less boring.
- Feminine hygiene products:
Next time you’re picking up your tampons or pads for your own use, pop an extra pack in your trolley to donate.
- Other hygiene products:
Soap, shower gel, deoderant, toothbrushes and toothpaste – take advantage of three for two offers and pop the third “free” item in your giving box. Or if you get loads of smellies at Xmas, consider donating some of those. You might also consider popping a packet of condoms in there too
- Cleaning products:
Cleaning wipes, antibacterial spray, toilet cleaner and bleach, rim blocks and cistern blocks, washing up liquid, washing powder, and fabric conditioner. All essentials that might go by the wayside when people can barely afford to put food on the table.
- Baby products:
Nappies, wipes, nappy sacks – again, take advantage of multi-buy offers and pop the extra items in the box.
None of these need to be expensive brand name items – you can donate supermarket own brands, or even the bargain range items if that’s what your budget will stretch to. Even if you can’t donate an item for every day of the month, perhaps it could be a new year’s resolution to save one item every week of the year – imagine what you could accumulate in 52 weeks, at just the cost of a few pennies extra on your weekly shopping bill? Even if you donated like this quarterly with a dozen or so items each time, that can make a huge difference to someone who needs it.
Maybe this way we can ALL have a brighter festive season. And you never know, you might get bumped higher up on Santa’s “Nice” list!
Today, I did something I’ve never done before – I shaved my head down to a #1 all over!
Why did I do this? For charity, of course! My hair is being sent off to Little Princess Trust to make wigs for kids who have lost their hair through chemo, and all the sponsorship money is going to Macmillan Cancer Support.
You can still sponsor me, if you like – every little helps! You can find my Brave the Shave page HERE.
It’s my 13th wedding anniversary tomorrow, and I’m going out for a meal and theatre trip in the evening, but in the morning, I’ll be getting my hair put into plaits, cut off, bagged up to send off to Little Princess Trust, and then my head will be shaved all over to a #1!
If you’d like to sponsor me, you can do so via my Brave the Shave page, and if you’d like to spread the word too, I’d be very grateful – the more people who know about it, the more money is raised for Macmillan Cancer Support, which is a very worthy cause.
Every little helps! Thanks in advance.
Kell’s Brave the Shave page HERE
Well, it’s been a while! Things have been busy, busy, busy here at Kincavel Korner!
The school year is now well and truly over, and Tadpole is now finished with Key Stage 1 – how did he get so big so fast? He did so well at his school sports day, coming first in not one, not two, but three races, and also gaining a second and a third place in two other events. He also got a glowing school report which told us he’s ahead of where he’s expected to be in almost every area, and he came home with both academic and sporting achievement awards at the end of the year. We are so proud we could burst!
Choochie has finally taken to potty training like a duck to water. He took some persuading, but we finally got him to agree to saying goodbye to nappies, and jumped in at the deep end, tackling both day time and night time at the same time. It’s been a week now, with only a couple of little “accidents” that were barely accidents at all – and that includes at night! Again, we’re so proud we would dance about with glee if we weren’t so tired!
I’m now deep in rehearsals for a production of Sister Act, which will be performed in October. It’s only a very small non-speaking part, but as it’s my first show in fifteen years, it’s serving as a nice reintroduction to theatre I’ll be auditioning for a part in Annie later in the year (I’m hoping to get a slightly larger role in that!), and I have applied to possibly audition for a professional Christmas show – we’ll see if I even get an audition at all, but it will be nice to try!
The best bunch of strong, independent women you have ever seen all went out to have a meal together to celebrate my Mum’s freedom (the divorce isn’t quite final yet, but it will be very soon!), and had a fantastic meal at Pronto, a local Greek/Italian restaurant. A fantastic night was had by all, and I got chatted up by a gorgeous younger man when we went out for drinks afterwards, which was a major ego boost!
I went out for afternoon tea with my Mum and step sister, at The Running Fox at Felton, and it was such a delicious feast! Honestly, I could barely manage everything, but I forced myself (oh, so reluctantly – not!) to finish every delicious morsel. Seriously, if you’re into the idea of High Tea, and you’re in Northumberland, go along to The Running Fox, and they’ll treat you like royalty!
We also went for a family day out at Woodhorn Museum during Invasion 7, when all manner of sci-fi characters came out to play. It was a total blast! We took a little ride on the narrow guage railway, had a picnic, and played spot the character. I was so pleased to see a the Firefly crew represented by Kaylee and Wash (no Captain Tight Pants though, much to my sorrow!), as well as a plethora of characters from the Star Wars franchise, and various other sci fi favourites.
And finally, this will be the last weekend I have hair! I will be doing Brave the Shave in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Monday 1st August. I will be sending my hair off to Little Princess Trust to make wigs for children who have lost their hair during chemotherapy, and then shaving down to a #1 all over! I’m actually rather looking forward to it. To top it off, 1st August is also my 13th wedding anniversary, and I’ll be going out for dinner and a trip to the theatre (to see Chicago) that evening too.
If you’d like to sponsor me, you can do so via my Brave the Shave page HERE. Every little helps – thanks in advance!
And now we’re into the summer holidays, and although we have no plans to go away anywhere this year, we are planning several nice day trips and also attending several local events, which will no doubt be a lot of fun. So, on that note, I’ll disappear again, although I’m sure I’ll get back to check in every now and then!
Have a fantastic summer!
A little while back, I entered a Pocket Letter competition. The remit was that everything used had to be recycled, as the idea was to prove that you don’t need to buy loads of fancy schmancy expensive stuff to do pocket letters and similar crafts.
The winners were announced today, and I got first place! I’m absolutely chuffed to ribbons!
I had such fun putting this pocket letter together, and everything used was recycled in some manner – I didn’t spend a single penny on any of it. I re-used greetings and post cards, packaging from various items, magazine pages, leftover string, thread and craft shapes, buttons, old raffle tickets, a word search puzzle, toothpicks, gems I prized off old cards, and some washi tape from samples I’d been sent. It just goes to show, even when you only use things you have to hand, you can come up with something pretty cool!
1. Backing taken from front page of an old diary. Feathers made with washi tape (received in swaps) and toothpicks. I would have used real feathers, but I didn’t find any, so i made my own!
2. Backing card from an old greetings card and covered in tissue paper I got in a package recently. Strips of bicycle washi tape (from a swap), a hand-made “Be Green” square (on more card from the greetings card), and gems reclaimed from a greetings card.
3. Floral backing taken from inside an organizer. White card rectangle (which has braille on it) from medicine box, washi tape flower (made from string and swapped washi), with reclaimed gem, and strips of card “ribbon” cut from a greetings card.
4. A word search with a park theme, and flowers cut from a decorative page in an organiser, edged with swapped washi tape.
5. Backing card from a notebook cover, topped with a section from an old diary. Globe made from spiraled blue thread and a piece of sparkly green foam cut into shapes. A few star stickers pinched from my kids’ craft box.
6. Backing card from a box of tea, some raffle tickets and some arrows cut from card to make the recycling sign.
7. Backing card and butterfly from an old greetings card, and a couple of floral buttons I’ve collected.
8. Backing card from a notebook cover, tree leaves cut from magazines, owls cut from a postcard, stamped words on paper from a magazine.
9. Backing card from a greetings card, black rectangle cut from an old diary, buttons all cut from old garments which were dumped in my button box.
A page from a colouring book, with just hints of colour throughout.