Thursday, 2 February 2012


I came across PiggyBankKids quite by accident on twitter a while back. Their name intrigued me as I'd never heard of them before, and when I learnt more I had to share.

PiggyBankKids was set up in 2002 by Sarah Brown after the death of her daughter Jennifer aged just 10 days, who had been born 7 weeks early. After the tragedy of losing her own daughter she made a decision to set up a charity to fund research to try to prevent other families suffering such terrible losses.

PiggyBankKids helps to fund the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory which undertakes research into why labour is triggered early in some pregnancies and the causes and consequences of low birth weight. This video explains the research and introduces you to one of the many people who are benefiting from the work of PiggyBankKids:

So what can you do to help? First of all follow Piggy Bank kids on twitter, and help raise awareness that they are out there! If you are on Facebook 'Like' this photo and give PiggyBankKids the opportunity to have their charity mascot run in the special charity mascot race at the Olympic Stadium!

As it is 2012 and the year we in the UK are hosting the Olympics why not challenge yourself (and friends!) to take part in a Gold Challenge for Piggy Bank Kids? You don't need to be an Olympic Athlete to get out there and challenge yourself to take part in any of the 5, 10,  20 or all 30 Olympic sports and get your family and friends sponsoring you! Who knows you might even discover a new hobby in the process? Too energetic? Why not treat yourself to something from the PiggyBankKids Shop I love the disco piggy bank

PiggyBankKids also support a range of other projects with several other fantastic children charities offering them small grants which provide them with invaluable extra support.

Remember every donation really is vital to the amazing work that this charity is supporting. To think that some babies are born weighing less than a bag of sweets and stand a better chance of survival thanks to this research is really quite special.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Win Tickets to Crufts 2012!

The Kennel Club have kindly sent me two pairs of tickets to Crufts 2012 to give away! Crufts takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on 8th - 11th March. The tickets will enable you and a friend to visit the show on your chosen day,  and remember that accompanied under 8's go free!

To enter to win a pair of tickets please tell me in a comment below which class at Crufts you'd most like to see and why?

Please remember to leave either your twitter name and/or email address so I can contact you if you win! 

Competition Closes at 9am 22nd February 2012

Terms and Conditions:

I reserve the right to re-draw the winner, in the event that winners do not reply within 72hours 
Winners will be selected using 

There will be two winners, each will win one pair of tickets to attend Crufts on their chosen day. N.B tickets are NOT valid for Best in Show.
Only one entry per person. 

Only entrants who complete all required entry steps will be eligible to win.

Only one prize per household. 

Winners will be required to provide their postal address in order to be sent their prize.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Cotton Sheets by Huggies!

I remember laughing when I was handed a leaflet telling me that I needed to pack cotton wool and a tub to hold water in my hospital bag, were they so out of date that they'd not heard of wet wipes? It was only when I pointed this out to my midwife that she explained the benefits of cotton wool and water! Anyone who has had a newborn baby will know that handling them is often a struggle (particularly if it is your first!) without struggling to hold cotton wool and a tub of water! Huggies have come up with an ingenious product, which combines the ease of a wet wipe with the delicacy of cotton wool Huggies Cotton Sheets!

Well, both my boys are passed the newborn stage, but Elvis suffers from quite sensitive skin, so I was quite keen to see how we got on! The sheets come in a handy roll, they are easy to handle and you can pull one sheet from the roll even one handed! The sheets are embossed with little bears and paw prints - very cute! As soon as you touch a sheet you become aware how incredibly soft they are, the size of a wet wipe but er..dry! With a little water they effectively cleaned up after a dirty nappy incident, no fear of the sheet breaking and in fact I was impressed with how effectively it absorbed.

Today I found myself using them dry to clean Elvis' face up after lunch, he was quite happy to let his face be wiped so it obviously felt very soft against his face! Shh, don't tell anyone but I also used a sheet to take my make up off last night! Would I recommend them? Yes! Most definitely! I think we'll be using them in conjunction with wet wipes, and if we decide to add another Goriami to the family at some point I'd definitely use the cotton sheets for the newborn days! 

Thanks to Huggies for sending us some Cotton Sheets to sample!

Monday, 30 January 2012

Crufts 2012 - The Goriami's are going..are you?!

I'm rather excited..we're going to be joining thousands of dog lovers this March attending the UK's largest and most exciting dog show of the year..Crufts! Held at the NEC in Birmingham, Crufts has something for dog lovers of every age and children under 8 go free, making it a great value day out for the family! If you buy your tickets in advance there are great savings to be made so don't delay grab your tickets to Crufts today!

Follow my blog posts as I tell you more about what's on at Crufts 2012 and even offer 2 pairs of tickets to attend the show to two lucky winners..