Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Monday, 29 November 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Halloween Cookies : Spooky Recipe Courtesy of Silver Spoon Cakecraft
Saturday, 27 November 2010
Each kit contains a variety of figures and accessories that all go together to create the scene shown on the box so for the whole run up to Christmas, your little ones will be all excited to see which part they will receive today to add it to the rapidly expanding scene. Each advent calendar comes with a sturdy cardboard playscene that makes it even more fun but do make sure you set aside in advance a flat space that you won't need for the whole of December ! If you set it out on the dining room table, you'll end up losing some of the tiny (and oh so precious !) little accessories when you have to move it.
MumPanel, the specialist mum marketing consultancy, is looking for honest and real views and opinions from mums up and down the country. In return, those who become ‘mumpanelists’ can receive rewards such as high street vouchers, product samples and the opportunity to work with some great brands.
The consultancy is run by a dedicated team of marketing mums and has thousands of mumpanelists already joined up. It provides brands across the UK with mum insight, opinion and marketing solutions, helping them to develop and deliver better products, services and marketing strategies.
Lynne Barcoe said: “As a mum, how many times have you purchased a certain product or service only to find it’s not quite up to scratch? For example, a product could be too sweet, have too much packaging or be too difficult to assemble. Mums are the gatekeepers of the family finances and the main decision makers on family purchases so it’s in the interest of brands to listen to their opinions and involve mums in development and communications. Mumpanelists have already helped to shape products from Organix, Soreen and Woolworths.co.uk.”
She went on to say: “Mums who sign up to MumPanel will be invited to participate in activities like surveys, consumer panels, community activities, and product testing. In return for their time and efforts we provide some great rewards so it’s an all round win win situation.”
MumPanelist and mum of two Kirsty Hunt, from Wilmslow in Cheshire, said: “It’s great to know that I can influence the products and services that directly affect my family. The incentives are attractive too. Last week I held a product review for eight friends at home and in return we all had a great night and received high street vouchers for our views and time. It was good fun, empowering and rewarding.”
Those interested in becoming Mumpanelists can sign up at: http://www.mumpanel.co.uk/
MumPanel is a specialist-marketing consultancy, connecting mums with the nation’s brands. By working with thousands of mums across the UK, MumPanel provides valuable mum insights and marketing strategy and solutions that help brands shape their products, services and consumer engagement strategy.
The consultancy was set up in 2009 by mum of one and professional marketing consultant Lynne Barcoe. Lynne has over ten years’ marketing experience in FMCG, retail, healthcare and the utility sectors.
The Cheshire-based agency counts brands such as Organix, McCann Erickson, Dialogue 141, Woolworths.co.uk and Vifor Pharma as customers.
Friday, 26 November 2010
But that's not the only festive cheer that Ferrero are spreading. Yesterday they also held a stunt in Covent Garden where they had an 11ft edible Christmas tree ! The picture below shows that it was as beautiful as it was delicious !
Woohoo ! Pudsey's gone and done it again ! Children In Need have once again raised a huge amount of cash for those who could do with a little help and has highlighted innumerable projects that have been undertaken and good causes that have benefited from the donated cash. It's great to see communities coming together to raise money but also taking advantage of the projects that make things better for everyone who lives in them.
Well, if all those good deeds and projects have given you some ideas of your own, you might like to know about The Cooperative Membership Fund, which has already helped thousands of clubs, community groups and local charities to make Britain a better place. This year The Co-operative Members have donated £1.2 million of their share of profits to local community groups across the country. It's run in a really interesting way, on a truly local level, with projects allocated by postcode so the money that members have donated in their area goes back into their local region.
To qualify for a grant, there are a few criteria that need to be met. The group applying for the grant must carry out positive work in the community, although it does not have to have charitable status to qualify. The project must address a community issue, provide long term benefit to the community, support co-operative values and principles and, ideally, be innovative in its approach.
Grants vary from a minimum of £100 to a maximum of £2,000. You could do a lot of good with that amount of money but even a small grant could make a big difference in the community. A project that I would absolutely love to see in my own local community would be a kids' allotment, getting young people into the garden to see how they can grow their own fruit and vegetables, as well as learning about the environment, organic gardening and composting. It would be great to then have a kids cookery club where they could learn to cook (and taste !) everything they've grown, showing them about healthy eating, home cookery and how much cheaper it is to cook up a tasty homegrown supper than grabbing a takeaway. It would also keep them off the streets and out of trouble, as well as enable them to pass their new found skills on to their families. Maybe I'll have to apply for a grant and try to put it into action when I finally hit retirement !!
Other projects that have been funded include swimming lessons and other sports clubs, but also beekeeping and exhibitions. Have a think about your local community and see what ideas you can come up with to make it a better place for everyone. Let me know if you come up with any great schemes !
For more information and to apply for funding, please go to http://www.co-operative.coop/membership/local-communities/community-fund/onlineapplicationprocess/
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