'from you to me' Blog

  • 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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  • Christmas from a child's eyes

    As the excitement of Christmas bubbles under the surface, we chatted with Evie 12, Megan 11, and Charlie and Jimmy 6, about what makes the festive season such fun. • What’s the best thing about Christmas? "The feeling of waking in the morning – that Christmas spirit. Seeing my family so happy when they open their presents – you feel like you’ve done a good job and got them something lovely." "Preparing the mince pies for...

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  • The key to knowing Mum and Dad better this Christmas

    Ruth is a 38 year old primary school teacher and mother of two young girls from Oxfordshire. This year Ruth got in touch with us to share her experience of how a from you to me journal touched her family’s life. “I gave Mum and Dad a from you to me journal for Christmas 2012. A year later they gave it back to me filled with amazing family stories. "I created my own Personalised Journal online to give to...

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  • It's tough on the high street ... or is it?

    We sadly received news today that one of our trade customers - a small gift shop - had called in the receivers. After 15 years of trading they were finding times too tough to continue. There was a list of reasons why life was tough for them including internet shopping / low foot fall / high car-parking charges - the list went on.   I understand these reasons - and we hear them often - however...

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  • Bookshops hope ‘super Thursday’ will help start a new chapter for publishing …

    Thursday 9th October has been dubbed ‘super Thursday’ by bookshops as the big titles go on sale in the race for the Christmas bestseller … and bookshops are hoping to cash in as they try to fight back against the ever decreasing business most are seeing. At from you to me I also think it is a ‘super Thursday’ as it is my birthday … and another year older sees me another year wiser when it...

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  • September 11th . . . a day of hope, a day of hugs

    Whilst September 11th is a poignant day for many people, for my family it is a day of love and hope for today we celebrated the arrival of the latest member of our family baby Jack. What makes this more special is that Jack arrived in our world on his Daddy's birthday and this time my nephew was able to attend the birth.  My nephew serves in the Royal Air Force, has been on many tours...

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  • Writing your own story

    National Writing Project Back at school this week, children are not only being asked to read lots of books, but to write their own too. Many teachers are asking children to write their own novel and – get this – to write it in one month! This is part of the USA’s National Writing Project and we could learn from this. This carefree approach encourages writers to take imaginative risks and truly enjoy the experience of writing. In other words, you...

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  • A cruel summer

    For every joyous family moment there’s a pang of pain. This summer sees two big moments in our family. A house move from the home where my son was born, and the preparations for my daughter starting big school.   As with most house moves there have been several trips to the local recycling centre. Families with younger children have had the pleasure of several toy donations, and friends with babies have received gifts of high chairs and baby strollers. Gorgeous and...

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  • Need a little 'Me' time this summer

    If you need a little 'Me' time this summer we thought we would offer all our friends, and friends of friends, a little incentive to give yourself an hour or so of peace whilst your kids are fully occupied with 'Rant & Rave about My Holiday'. See image for full offer to 'school's out for summer' - available until 23rd August or while stocks last!This fun journal / activity book is designed to stimulate all children, from the reluctant...

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