'from you to me' Blog

  • 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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  • Celebrate Your School Year

    As the end of the school year rushes towards us we thought we would offer all our friends, and friends of friends, a little incentive to become part of the national campaign to 'Get Kids Writing'. See image for full offer to 'celebrate your school year' - available until 23rd July or while stocks last!This fun journal / activity book is designed to stimulate all children, from the reluctant writer to the creative writer, to draw, write, colour...

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  • Too right, us Dads deserve recognition!

    Tom Briggs, award-winning UK blogger Diary of the Dad, tells us how he deserves to be loved and pampered this Father's Day. My name’s Tom and I’m the proud dad of two little boys. I’ve been blogging about my adventures in parenting since shortly after my older son was born and haven’t looked back. Almost four years later, one thing I’ve learned is that, if you’re a blogger who also happens to be a dad, this...

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  • Delivering your Company Brand ... Gift Focus Magazine Q&A Article

    Neil writes a regular feature in the UK's Gift Focus Trade Magazine answering people related questions. Here is the latest article and if you want to see the actual Gift Focus Magazine ... here is the link. GIFT FOCUS MAGAZINE Q.  Many people are talking about building their own Company brand these days … but how do I get my own people to actually deliver my brand? A.  A great question, and one that is indeed...

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  • Beginnings with no end...

    To celebrate Get Kids Writing during National Stationery Week, children's author Alex Campbell tells us how, to her, writing is as much about exciting beginnings and ideas as 'finished' masterpieces. Oh how I do I love beginnings…..the beginnings of holidays, daydreams, of films and books, of a romance, of a tasty-looking meal, the first hints of Spring. As a writer, there’s nothing I cherish more than the beginnings of an idea. The first nuggets of a novel, the initial...

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