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Meet the inspirational mum behind the Sunshine Box

This month we have an interview with inspirational mum, Deborah. She has allowed the difficulties she has gone through do help her develop a unique way of helping others.

Could you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a mum of

four children aged between 5 and 28 years old. We are based in a second-hand bookshop in North Wales, where we moved thirteen years ago to escape the stress of our lives in middle England. It is beautiful here by the mountains and the sea, and offers a much calmer way of life.

What encouraged you to develop your product?
We have created the Sunshine Box to bring smiles, lift spirits and encourage self-care. The items are not age specific so they are ideal for anyone affected by health issues, as we have been. They would be very therapeutic for anyone with anxiety or depression but, equally, would be loved by an elderly relative who you don’t see as often as you’d like, to remind them that you are thinking of them.

There are other subscription boxes on the market but often with a higher price tag, so many people can’t afford it.
It made me so frustrated! We decided to create our own, at a lower price, offering better value for money because, for us, it is about spreading the sunshine where it is needed, not about profit.
You can buy a one-off box or take out a monthly subscription for only £15.

I hear you offer another subscription?
We also offer a subscription called Wise Reads, where we have customers fill out a form telling us about their book preferences and then we send them a second-hand book every month, chosen especially for them. It’s fantastic fun for any booklover! Prices are £5 for 1 book or £7 for two books.

Taking time for self-care, or encouraging this in others, is so important. If this interview has inspired you to sign up to one of the brilliant subscription services, please get in touch via the links below.
https://www.pebblewise.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/Pebblewise-295311664133531/

Percy the Pigeon – Katie’s first book

family-katieI love to celebrate the achievements of other mums in business. This month we have an inspirational interview with full time mum Katie who has just fulfilled her dream of writing a children’s book.

Hi Katie, could you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Katie Budge, I’m 25 years old and I live in the town of Stevenage in Hertfordshire. I live with my two young sons and my boyfriend of five years. My sons – Gerrard-Anthony (2 and a half) and James (7 months) are my whole world and my full time job is getting to spend every day with them being their mum.

I’ve previously worked in schools but stopped working when my first son was born. That’s where most of my inspiration came from when writing children’s stories. I started writing children stories years before, when I was in college studying a ‘diploma in child care and education’ course, we were asked to write a story that helped to teach children valuable life lessons or had some sort of moral to it. I got wonderful feedback both from my tutors and peers and I thoroughly enjoyed writing them.

What was your biggest challenge in writing you first book?
My biggest obstacle was getting published by a publishing company, unfortunately I didn’t manage to find anyone and had to self -publish my book. Although that was my biggest obstacle it meant I got to choose my illustrator, who drew in a way that I liked, which I wouldn’t have got the chance to do, had I been published by a company. I also got to take my time, keep editing my book along the way and at the end of it, I could say, I did it myself. Which is a fantastic achievement and one I’m very proud of.

What would you say is the most important thing when working from home?
Balance is a very important thing when writing stories and having my two boys. Whenever they are taking a little nap or fast asleep in bed by half past seven each night (they’re very good boys) I use that time to write and re write my stories. I’m very lucky that I have so much inspiration around me everyday from my two beautiful boys, but I haven’t yet bought myself round to writing a book about eating snot, which is a daily occurrence with a two year old!

percy the pigeon

Could you tell us a little about your book?

Percy the Pigeon was written after I spotted a very aggressive and greedy pigeon scoffing all the bird food put out in the garden while I was washing up. The story about a very greedy pigeon who doesn’t like to share food with his friends which eventually gets him into trouble. The story follows Percy and his over indulging ways and we find out whether he eventually changes his ways, or if he always puts his belly first.

I really hope people enjoy reading it, especially all the boys and girls out there, and I would love to hear feedback from anyone who purchases it. My book can be found and bought at:
http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/7500674-percy-the-pigeon

It’s been a pleasure to chat to you Katie, thanks so much.

This beautiful book would make a love Christmas present. It’s lovely rhyming book about the value of sharing and friendships. I’m sure you’ll enjoy snuggling up to your little one to share this story. Let me know what you think.

Black Friday deal on a brilliant language learning resource

As you may know Santa is THE most multilingual person on the planet as he reads letters from children all over the world.
As a fellow polyglot he also was the first to get his hands on our brand new Mostly German CD and I’m sure he’d like to put one in your stocking.

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Three years this month we held our first ever class. We’ve been celebrating by running a giveaway of our CD.

We’ve sold a few copies so far and had some brilliant feedback.

This has been our school run sound track for the past two weeks. It’s packed with catchy tunes in “mostly” German but there’s a bit of French, Spanish and even some Chinese too. We’re getting quite good! – Kate Eccles

I loved recording the CD and it really comes through in the recording.

Singing is a really powerful tool in language learning, research is now showing. In singing you pick up the sounds of a language and quickly join in yourself. By bypassing the analytical part of the brain, you quickly acquire a good accent. This works for grown ups as well as children. When singing, you are no longer limited by grammar tables and vocab lists, free to enjoy the language and learn along the way.

For little ones, it’s an amazing foundation in language learning and the start of a bright future. We’ve seen this time and time again in our classes and now you can enjoy it at home too, with the most popular songs from our German classes. Most of these songs have not been translated into English before. We’ve also included verses in French, Spanish, Mandarin and Esperanto. Contrary to popular belief this does not confuse language learners (big and small) but actually helps language acquisition. Though these songs may be children’s songs, adults will enjoy singing along too.

Santa has his copy and I’m sure he’d like to put one in your stocking. If you want to help Santa along we have a great deal for you! 50% off when you order your copy for the first 20 customers so, get in quick as this offer closes at midnight on Monday 28th November.

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Get yours at www.Lingotastic.co.uk/shopLingo_web_CD

Are socks the perfect gift?

So I’ll admit it, I’ve a thing about silly socks. As I work with small children, I often work without shoes so silly socks are very necessary. As I love socks, I think they are a great gift too. Who does not need a good pair of socks?

normal_sock-subscription Great for birthdays and Christmas gifts. These Henryjsocks are pretty special. They are fun, funky, fabulous and colourful. Need to wear a boring suit for work? These funky socks allow you to still express your inner creativity!; HenryJSocksoffer a subscription service to send one, two or three pairs a month. Simply choose your subscription and these lovelysocks are sent monthly through their door. Minimal fuss to you and a lovely gift for them. We’ve family and friends both in UK and abroad and this is an ideal way to send them a fun, useful gift with minimal fuss to us.

They drop through the letterbox in a funky box and when it’s opened they can still unwrap the tissue paper. Who does not LOVE opening presents?

Henry J Socks

Henry J Socks

Subscriptions are for three, six and twelve months so each month they can be reminded how you care for them. Prices start at £17.49 worldwide shipping is £3.50 extra.

Check out the website

We were sent these socks to review but all opinions are my own.