Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Honor

I have had quite a few people ask me about my niece and I have realised that apart from announcing her birth I haven't really mentioned her.

I know I am biased but she is just the cutest bundle ever. Honor is now 3 months and it has just flown by! If there is one word to describe this little girl is...


DIVA!

Honor knows what she wants and wants it right away. I think compared to her older brother, who was such a smiley and cuddly baby, she is so the opposite! She is very observant and I don't think she will be at all cautious as she grows up. I reckon she'll be a fast learner and grasp things a lot more easily. There are some similarities to when Cohen was 3 months old between them, but they're also very different too.


When Honor smiles the whole world lights up. It totally changes her face when she grins! She is also really chatty and can be quite happy sitting on you and gurgle away. At first Cohen had no interest in her whatsoever! But over the last few weeks he does try and interact with her and he always likes to show me her room when I go round.


I am excited for her first Christmas. I am spending Christmas with them and I cannot wait. I absolutely ADORE being an auntie to these two beauties. I will never know how life existed without them. Life is so much more colourful and fun with them in it!

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Christmas Adverts!

I remember when I was kid the Coca-Cola advert was the one advert you would wait in anticipation for. Over the years other retailers have really stepped up their game and come out with the most AWESOME Christmas adverts. I think adverts vary all around the world but I especially love the UK ones (yes I am biased!) So I want to share my favourite adverts from this year and why I love them.

John Lewis - Monty the Penguin

This is big retailer in the UK and it's only in the last 3-4 years have people really begun to notice their adverts. In fact it's their adverts that have made other retailers quake in their boots and think 'crap we need a GOOD advert this year!' The response to their adverts is now just the same as when the cola advert comes on telly. People go crazy over it....and I don't blame them. I love the story of this advert...and now I really want a penguin!



Waitrose - The Gingerbread Stall

I think this advert is okay but I just LOVE the song and the interpretation of it. I would never associate this song at Christmas time but now I always will. Plus, I really want to bake a cookie after its been on. 



Boots - Special Because...

I love how they have thought about the people who won't be celebrating Christmas with their loved ones this year. It's a good reminder that whilst we eat, drink and be merry, there are people on shift in hospitals, police stations, fire departments etc. It is such a good reminder for us to be thankful for the 'strangers' that are out their giving up their Christmas to ensure we're safe and healthy. This advert isn't glitzy but it's so heartfelt and really hits home! 



Sainsbury's - Lest We Forget

When I first saw this advert I thought it was too long but boy do I ADORE the true story. The way they have recreated it is so touching! So many people have had people who have fought or are fighting in wars/conflicts. Therefore, people really connect with it! For me this advert represents the true meaning of Christmas and what the gospel wants to bring across.



I'd love to know what you're favourite Christmas adverts are and why they're so special? The countdown to Christmas is on!

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

One week left to join #AirmailChristmas!

There's just ONE WEEK LEFT to sign up to Airmail Christmas! This year it is in memory of Anna Basso. She sadly passed away from bone cancer in 2011 but the legacy she leaves is beyond incredible. The charity 1 million 4 Anna will share more about her personality and what they aim to achieve - you'd be mad not to check it out. If you could it be awesome if you could send a Christmas card to someone in honour of Anna this year!


If you are willing to take part and extend your Christmas spirit onto other people then all you have to do is this.

1) Email your address (it can be your home, work or anywhere else address that you would like a card to be posted to you at) to the designated email address: forrobin_christmas(at)hotmail.com. Please be rest assured your addresses will be held confidentially and will not be shared with anyone else apart from the person who will be sending you the card. Emails need to be sent by 1st December 2014.

2) I will then email you the address of someone else that you can send a card to this year.

3) Once you have posted your card all you need to do is wait for the card that you will receive from another generous person.

4) Then tweet/instagram/facebook a picture of your card using the hashtag AirmailChristmas (#airmailchristmas).

The only rule is that you need to be willing to post abroad if the person you are paired up with lives in another country.

I really hope you can take part in this years Christmas card exchange. When I asked Patrice if it could be in honour of her baby sister this year- she was so honoured! I wish I had the chance to meet Anna and I hope in a way this helps spread her legacy and spirit around the world a little bit more. 

So the more the merrier! Tell your friends, family and fellow social media families. Anna loved Christmas so lets start wishing everyone 'A Very Airmail Christmas' this year!!!


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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

AIRMAIL CHRISTMAS: 2014!

This is the third year I have ran Airmail Christmas and what fun it has been!!! I really hope you take part this year. One of the most important things for me about Airmail Christmas is that it is ran in honour of a special person. And this year is no exception...



When you send your Christmas card to someone in the world this year. I would love it to be sent in honour of Anna Basso. I think the only person who can sum Anna up is her big sister Patrice. When I started blogging back in 2009 Patrice's blog was one of the first blogs I followed. Patrice is so funny, witty and real! I remember so vividly Patrice documenting how her and Anna would get into their Christmas pyjamas on Christmas eve and open gifts. I was gutted when she announced her little sister had bone cancer. Patrice documented Anna's battle so beautifully and even though Anna is sadly not on this Earth...the legacy she has left behind and the sterling work her family carry out in her memory...is beyond incredible. Here Patrice, Anna's big sister, shares more about her and how sending a card in memory of her is so important!

Anna Basso was a fun loving, free spirited, beautiful girl. She loved to have fun, to make people laugh and she had a huge heart. She cared deeply about other people; in the words of one of her best friends, “Cancer is supposed to crush your spirits and bring you down. Anna never let it get to her like that, she only showed her strength and if she was worried about anything it was her friends and family. “ Anna was diagnosed in the middle of her junior year of high school with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive bone cancer that primarily affects adolescents ages 10-20. She endured a year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and then was given the all-clear report. Sadly, 5 months later, it was discovered cancer cells remained in her bone marrow. She had relapsed and had to fight for her life. 18 months after her diagnosis, and less than a month after her high school graduation, Anna passed away.


During her battle with cancer, over 1 million prayers were pledged on her behalf. It seemed right, but also just natural, that Anna’s legacy should carry on through the people she connected. Anna, too, had a dream for what her legacy could be. Rather than pass along burned CDs of music she found significant, or fill journals with her wit and wisdom, Anna wanted to be remembered through a foundation bent on finding ways to defeat this disease and helping those affected by it. With that in mind, we created the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation in January of 2012.

Christmas was always a special time in our family. It is the holiday that I have the most special memories of growing up, and all of these include my sister, Anna.

Every year on Christmas Eve, we got to open our first present, which was always Christmas pajamas.  These were often matching, too. Then, although we had separate bedrooms, my sister and I always spent the night together. Anna would wake me up early in the morning so we could go downstairs and see what “Santa” brought us. Christmas day was always spent in the laziest, but best possible way; usually in our pajamas all day and enjoying our new presents. Our Dad is one of the best cooks, so we always had a delicious Christmas night dinner.

Our family cherishes the Christmas memories we have with Anna, and we feel strongly about honoring her giving and loving spirit, especially around Christmas time. That’s why AirMail Christmas is the perfect fit! More ways to spread the love that Anna had for each and every person she met. 
As you can see Anna's story has left a mark on so many people. The charity - One Million for Anna - started off with excelling a million prayers for Anna's healing. I would love to be able to send a million Christmas cards off for her too. I know that's asking a little too much...okay a lot...but it would be great to get it started would it not?

If you are willing to take part and extend your Christmas spirit onto other people then all you have to do is this.

1) Email your address (it can be your home, work or anywhere else address that you would like a card to be posted to you at) to the designated email address: forrobin_christmas(at)hotmail.com. Please be rest assured your addresses will be held confidentially and will not be shared with anyone else apart from the person who will be sending you the card. Emails need to be sent by 1st December 2014.

2) I will then email you the address of someone else that you can send a card to this year.

3) Once you have posted your card all you need to do is wait for the card that you will receive from another generous person.

4) Then tweet/instagram/facebook a picture of your card using the hashtag AirmailChristmas (#airmailchristmas).

The only rule is that you need to be willing to post abroad if the person you are paired up with lives in another country.

I really hope you can take part in this years Christmas card exchange. When I asked Patrice if it could be in honour of her baby sister this year- she was so honoured! I wish I had the chance to meet Anna and I hope in a way this helps spread her legacy and spirit around the world a little bit more. 

So the more the merrier! Tell your friends, family and fellow social media families. Anna loved Christmas so lets start wishing everyone 'A Very Airmail Christmas' this year!!!

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Service before self.











This morning I woke up at 10:50 and my immediate thought was the 2 minute silence coming up around the world. I turned on my phone and watched the proceedings at the Cenotaph taking place in London. Each year we remember the two great world wars that have taken place over the last 100 years. We remember the sacrifices made and the lives taken for our country during this and the subsequent wars I have witnessed since. We think of the bereaved families who haven't or won't ever see their loved ones return home. 

I think of how much I would just love to see peace. Just for once there be no fighting, no deaths, no military action and no terrorism. I know that the chance of seeing this in my lifetime are slim but I still hope.

But there was one thing that has been on my mind this Remembrance Sunday. Would the soldiers and people who died fighting for our freedom be proud of the way the world is today? If I am totally honest I am on the fence. I can only hope we are worthy of their sacrifice.

Last week I went and saw the poppies at the Tower of London. I got to witness the 888, 246 poppies that represent the great world war and the people who fought in it. I'd love to hug my great grandfather who fought in the first world war. I'd love to shake hands with my great uncle who died on the Bismark after it was bombed by a torpedo. I cannot even comprehend how thankful I am to them because I am so lucky to feel safe in this country. Despite every bad thing we see or read there are people out there who want to protect us. And for that I will be eternally thankful and forever indebted to their courage.

Thank you. It will never be enough.

I just hope hope remembering them will be.

Lest we forget.


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