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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Clic Sargent's Yummy Mummy Week

Today ten children in the UK will hear the news they have cancer.  Shocked?  I'm not!  Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt (and other fund-raising goodies...).  When my daughter was being treated for Neuroblastoma in 1992 we were supported by the Malcolm Sargent organisation (now CLIC Sargent) in many ways, including provision of a washer and dryer to help with the increased amount of laundry, travel expenses to and from the hospital and we used the parent's facilities at the hospital funded by monies raised through various activities around the country.

I've been looking for a way to give back for twenty years and it's just been handed to me on a plate thanks to this blog.

CLIC Sargent want parents and bloggers with powerful voices to get involved with their Yummy Mummy week which is being held from 10th to 18th March 2012 and here's how you can join in:

  • Read the Yummy Mummy week press release and use the information on your blog
  • Talk about it in real life - at the school gate, at nursery, with friends, at your parent and toddler group, at your book club, whilst waiting to pick up the kids from their after-school activities, chatting at the supermarket checkout... the opportunities are endless.  Find ways of getting your community together to raise awareness and money.
  • Sign up to the Yummy Mummy website and hold your own fund-raising event.
  • Use the CLIC Sargent/Yummy Mummy images (hosted here - right click each image and save to your computer) for any of your blog posts (please include the link  too)
  • Do the social media shout out on your Twitter account using the #dosomethingyummy hashtag or share blog posts about it on Facebook
  • Join in with some writing prompts that will be posted here each Monday in February and then you can link-up here on the Thursday of the same week.  Full details will be posted on the blog starting 30th January. (EDIT:  All writing prompts will be posted below too)  

All these activities are to raise awareness in the run up to Yummy Mummy Week and to help you think up great ways to raise money during Yummy Mummy Week.  If you need further information them please email me (also @nickie72) or Nicola from Mum Panel (also @mumpanel) who is working with CLIC Sargent to help promote this campaign.  

In the meantime, I'd also love to hear any unique fund raising ideas you have or what you have done in the past.  Me?  I have organised a number of fund raising events including fun days, evening socials and sponsored walks.  Twenty miles from Blackpool Tower to Preston Docks doesn't sound like a long way but it was a massive achievement for me - and yes, I was much thinner back in those days (that's me on the far right)...

So, what do you think?  Are you with me?
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Writing Prompts - Week 1
Link Up - Week 1

Writing Prompts - Week 2
Link Up - Week 2 

Writing Prompts - Week 3 
Link Up - Week 3

Writing Prompts - Week 4
Link Up - Week 4

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