Celebrate Lasting Change for IWD 2014

Gatsby Trust Tanzania

This lady with a big, sweet smile is Eliafura. She lives and works in Tanzania, making beautiful batiks and tie-dyed materials. With the support of The Gatsby Trust – an organisation funded by Sport Relief – Eliafura has registered her business and learned important health and safety rules around the chemicals she uses. She also now trains other women in her village – they bring her material and she teaches them how to make the colourful patterns. Eliafura’s fabrics sell well, both locally (especially in nearby schools, where teachers like to buy them) and overseas. Continue reading

10 Things I Loved About BritMums Live

Howdy-doodle! It has been very quiet on here the last week or two, hasn’t it? That’s because we’ve been up in Scotland on holiday – blog post and photos to follow later in the week – but it’s also because I’ve been recovering from the fun that was BritMums Live 2013.

One central London venue, 550 bloggers, a smattering of celebs and several conference sessions that provided free wine on the tables… talk about a surefire recipe for success.

This was my second year at BritMums Live. Last year, as a bit of a blogging newbie, I found it all completely overwhelming but this year I paced myself a bit better and had a brilliant time. Rather than doing a minute-by-minute rundown, I thought I’d share my ten highlights. Continue reading

A Postcard from Ghana

Comic Relief 2013 Red Nose Day

Comic Relief hasn’t really been on my radar for the last few years.

I loved it when I was a kid – the anticipation every two years of finding out what the red nose was going to look like (my favourite remains the fluffy one), the daft fundraising events that people would do at school, the evening of television with all sorts of celebs being silly, all my favourite boybands doing novelty songs – but I have to admit that more recently Red Nose Day has passed by without me really noticing.

Not so this year. This year marks 25 years of Red Nose Day, and a great celebration of all the good work that has taken place since 1988. Continue reading