'from you to me' Blog

  • 'Who here likes writing?'

    To celebrate National Stationery Week we have asked some top children's authors to tell us what writing means to them. First up we have Fleur Hitchcock, whose titles include the very popular Shrunk!  I’m in a school in South London, it’s hot. The sun’sstreaming through the windows. The children are restless. ‘Who here likes writing?’ I ask the class of 9 year olds. Some of them put their hands up. ‘Is there anyone here who doesn’t...

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  • 'Remembering Ordinary, Extraordinary Women' this Mother's Day

    Dr Sam Collins is one of the 'Top 200 Women to Impact Business & Industry' by Her Majesty the Queen. CEO and founder of AspireWomen.co.uk, Sam tells us about her work to celebrate 'Ordinary, Extraordinary Women'.I’ve always found Mother's Day to be a tough day. I lost my mum to suicide when I was 21 and in my final year of university. Now, 21 years later, I still dread the celebrations and happy mother and daughter dinners, cards and...

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  • Today is the International Day of Happiness

    As it's the International Day of Happiness, on the way to school today I asked my 5 year old daughter what makes her happy.  Her reply was quite simply "cuddles from you and Daddy". In case you didn't know the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution of 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness recognising the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human...

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  • A bitter sweet Mother's Day

    Our guest blogger Morgana, the face behind the very popular family life and style blog, ButWhyMummyWhy.com, explains why her wonderful Mother's Day celebrations can be tinged with sadness... Mother’s Day can be a bitter sweet time for me. After losing my mum when my eldest daughter was just a few months old I’ve found it can be a difficult day to process. I want to celebrate being a mummy to my two gorgeous girls but, at...

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  • WORLD BOOK DAY - 13 Reasons Why I Will Always Buy Books

    Last week was half term and my daughter and I spent a very enjoyable day in a local bookshop doing activities whilst browsing and buying a load of new books from her current two favourite authors Chris Riddell and Fleur Hitchcock.  Today is World Book Day and it got me thinking about why I love books and would never want an electronic reader.  So in no particular order: 1. I love the smell of books –...

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  • Tips for a fun and safe family Pancake Day!

    Preparing for a Pancake Day kitchen session always makes me nervous. Little hands want to get involved and that’s all very lovely but someone has to scrape the pancakes from the kitchen ceiling and, funnily enough, that’s usually me. I have two children who love to get involved in cooking. In particular a 6 year old boy who wants to splash whatever he can get his hands on into the mixing bowl. Combinations of Marmite, sugar...

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  • Dear Dad: Worth the two year wait

    It’s taken two years for my Dad to complete the Dear Dad journal I gave to him for Christmas 2011. It seems like a long time but he is nearly 80 and there’s a lot to remember. He was flattered and delighted to receive the journal two years ago, but equally rather daunted and overwhelmed. I know he felt a weighty pressure to deliver some meaningful content. And there’s always the worry that, as the youngest...

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  • Happy New Year, Happy New You

    As we drip in to a very wet and windy 2014 I thought I would share my favourite poem which I hope you like as much as I do. So if there is anything you want to do in 2014 then just take off your coat and go to it . . . It couldn't be done by Edgar Guest  Somebody said that it couldn't be done,   But he with a chuckle replied That "maybe...

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  • Pick of the best Christmas gifts

    Our guest blogger and valued customer, Gemma Edwards of Gifts4Gifts.com, shares her Christmas excitement with us, and picks her top three Christmas gifts... It's that time of year when we see signs of Christmas around us: shop windows aglow, advert jingles, and glistening lights against the night sky. It’s enough to get us excited about the winter festivities.   I want to share the little excitements we have at Gifts4Gifts - the most wanted gifts this Christmas. I've been...

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  • Dear Little Sister

    I don’t see you very often, we have such busy lives and we live so far apart, so I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed spending an evening with you. It was really lovely to talk about ‘the old days’ and recall fun stories from our times together. I also wanted to tell you that I think you are amazing.  As I listened to you talk about the work that you are doing now...

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