'from you to me' Blog

  • The insider's guide to an imperfect Christmas

    Given that the average Mum spends 51 hours preparing all the loveliness for Christmas Day, major building work in the lead up to Christmas was always going to end in heartache. But nothing prepared me for the challenge ahead… I started off with a positive attitude. A romantic image of the family huddling up together with colourful scarves, red noses and hearty laughs. How could I be so naïve? The main challenges of rebuilding a house...

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  • Let your kids go wild this half-term!

    Rant & Rave - My Wild Life Halloween is creeping round the corner, but at from you to me there are no nasty tricks, just a lovely treat for you and your children. Read on to find out more... Just as we say a proper goodbye to summer and get used to the slightly shorter autumn days, it's a shock to discover that half term has appeared on the calendar already. The weather this year certainly feels milder...

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  • Journals of a Lifetime travel to Spain

    We are thrilled to announce our first foreign language rights partnership with Cuentame Tu Vida, a Barcelona-based publishing company. Cuentame Tu Vida have signed a licence agreement to translate, print and market our Journals of a Lifetime within Spain in both Spanish and Catalan languages.

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  • An emoji can’t replace a hug

    We got quite excited when we were asked to be a National Unplugging Day partner. We were keen to help parents encourage their children to switch off their gadgets and see the benefits of spending more time engaging with their families, friends and nature, in the way ourJournals of a Lifetime do. Little did we realise that it’s us parents that are in need of the mostencouragement to unplug. MyFamilyClub.co.uk, a leading parenting website, found on...

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  • Our Lives Are Better When They’re A Little Bit Wild

    We are very excited at From You To Me because we have just sent a new journal off to be printed, ready to be launched at the end of August 2015. However, what makes this very different is that we have created this journal in collaboration with the lovely people at Dorset Wildlife Trust who are an independent charity under the umbrella of the ‘The Wildlife Trusts’. About 12 months ago I had a very interesting...

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  • Inspiring Dads

    We are approaching Father's Day on June 21st, a date that is also celebrated in many countries around the world, and as a father myself, it started me wondering about my role as a Dad for my daughter, Mila. Am I a good father? Do I act as a role model for her? Do I provide inspiration? As a school governor I have been thinking a lot about our education systems. Do our schools, colleges and universities...

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  • How to make someone else's life better

    What is a business? According to Richard Branson, the answer is simple. It’s “an idea that makes someone else’s life better”. Every week we receive emails and social media posts from customers who say from you to me journals have made their life better. Over the next week, in the lead up to the #pitchtorich voting deadline, we will be sharing some lovely touching stories. Here’s Sally’s story. Sally and her partner are a same-sex couple...

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  • Where have all those Stories & Photos gone?

    Joan Coxon 19th June 1926 - 14th December 2014 It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that I recently lost my Mum who passed away just before Christmas. She was 88 - not a bad age and not a bad life she had lead, but still too soon for her and the family who remain. Sorting her belongings afterwards was a difficult job. Things that were such a integral part of her life...

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  • Read all about it - gifts in bookshops

    More increasingly gift and stationery products are playing a leading part in the success of the book industry. Kerri Littlefield at from you to me investigates. Traditionally for bookshops, gifts and stationery are seen as add-on products, but is this changing? While some bookshops insist that books are still their core business, many have come to realise that to succeed in the competitive bookshop world they need to consider ‘non-book’ items. Book wholesaler, Bertrams report that sales...

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  • Gift Focus Magazine - Using 'story telling' to influence others ...

      Every month I write an article for Gift Focus Magazine around a question they have been asked by their readers. You can see their full magazine by clicking on this image.         This month's question was: Q.   I sometimes struggle to get my message across and to influence others … how can I improve? You can read my answer below ... do you agree? Happy New Year! Neil   A.   I...

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