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MoneySupermarket and The Retail Royalty Challenge

MoneySupermarket and The Retail Royalty Challenge

Last year I took part in a blogging challenge set by MoneySupermarket, and although I had every good intention, I never got around to blogging the results.  Here they are!  Finally.  Yes I’m crap.

I was given £31.26 and the idea was to spend that as wisely as possible in a way that supported a local charity.  Over the last couple of years I’ve been involved with PostPals, so they seemed to be the obvious choice.  There’s a little girl called Poppy on the PostPals site, she has multiple health issues, almost too many to list – a few of which are pseudo obstruction, Pancreatis, and she’s waiting for a small bowel transplant.  She’s only 7 years old and, having two kids of my own, it makes me sad to think of her going through so much when she’s so young.  Here’s her page if you’d like to find out more about her on the Post Pals site: Poppy

Apparently she’s a huge Postman Pat fan, so I decided to cheer her up with a couple of playsets.  I found two from John Lewis that included a ‘Postman Pat Sorting Office’ and a ‘Postman Pat Office Playset.’

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*Sings* “Postman Pat, Postman Pat! Postman Pat ran over his…..” I’ll stop there shall I?

I’d spent a while trying to find a Postman Pat fancy dress outfit for her, but it proved near impossible.  Then Libby from The Dressing Up Chest came to my rescue, or should I say to Poppy’s rescue.  And because she’s an absolute love, she made her a beautiful quality, Postman Pat outfit and wouldn’t accept a penny for her trouble either.  How lovely is that!  All of these items were posted straight to Poppy’s home address with the aim of brightening her day a little.

Here it is:

All Poppy needs now is a black and white puss cat called Jess, but I think I'll leave that to her parents

All Poppy needs now is a black and white puss cat called Jess.

I’ve bought a Spiderman outfit for my son from The Dressing Up Chest and a few other bits and pieces too, so I can vouch for her excellent customer service and how sweet she is too.  Libby makes absolutely gorgeous clothes, with care and attention and a lot of talent.  Please do drop by her page and take a look.

If you want to find out more about the Retail Royalty, MoneySupermarket challenge you can click HERE .

Fundraising Success for Post Pals!

FundRaising Success for Post Pals!

Post Pals - Putting a Smile on Childrens Faces

Go on, you know you want to!

A while ago I posted a blog about Post Pals, and how they were trying to fund a day out at Chessington World of Adventures for some of the families.  Here’s the update!

It was the weekend of the Post Pals’ 10 year birthday celebration, ten years of making children smile!  Something they are rightly proud of.  In previous years they’d hosted an all expenses paid (well funded by the charity) weekend party, including a day of activities, fun and treats for any of the Post Pals kids that could attend – and they also arranged for the children to spend a day at Chessington, thanks to free tickets provided by a business.

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!  Happy Birthday dear Post Pals!  Happy Birthday to Yooooou!!!!!!  (Please clap wildly)

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Post Pals! Happy Birthday to Yooooou!!!!!! (Please clap wildly)

Unfortunately this year, although the party was due to go ahead with its usual gusto, the tickets weren’t forthcoming.  The business was unable to provide the free tickets and the cost of sending these children to Chessington was just too much for most families to afford. This was a huge shame as many of the children are very poorly and it might have been, quite literally, their last chance to go along for this amazing day out. So… I decided I’d try to help out.

In true Kay fashion, I blogged about it.  I mean, what use is a blog if you can’t ‘do’ something with it.  It was a Friday, the Post Pals celebration was on the Saturday and the day out at Chessington was supposed to be on the Sunday, so it was Urgent with a capital U.  I tweeted, offered to blog for people, Facebooked myself silly and was a complete pest for 24 hours in total.  Because my friends are amazing, or maybe because they were willing to hand over donations just to get me to shut up……..we raised enough for all 8 tickets, plus £10 extra for ice-creams.  Each ticket cost £30 so the grand total was £250.  Wow.

Finlay, Olivia and Jake enjoying the sunshine!

Finlay, Olivia and Jack enjoying the sunshine at Chessington World of Adventures!

I could not believe how generous people were.  So many people worked so hard to generate these funds so quickly.  People linked to the blog post, re-tweeted the appeal on Twitter, shared it on Facebook, emailed friends and businesses and most importantly, donated too.  All I can say is that you lot are the bees knees, the dogs dangly bits and a force to be reckoned with.  Thank you.

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All aboard for fun and frolics!

I’d just like to mention Gringa Dairies, even though they said I didn’t have to.  There were so many people who donated, I’d love to mention them all, but I suspect they’d be a little embarrassed.  Gringa Dairies are a business and so I feel a little more comfortable about naming and proclaiming their wonderfulness.  Apparently they make lurvely mexican cheese in South East London made from organic milk from a farm in Kent.  It sounds lush and all their queso fresco cheese is made by hand with the help of ethical and sustainable methods.  They’re obviously a business with a heart.  Go buy some cheese from them!

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Say Cheese! Or go one better, and buy cheeeeese!

Your generosity helped people like Connor have a fabulous day out.

Your generosity helped people like Connor have a fabulous day out.

Life is not all hearts and flowers, it’s tough for many of us.  It’s especially tough for these kids who suffer so much at such a young age.  This is why I was so touched at the response to this, even though people and businesses struggle so much to make ends meet sometimes, you still put your hands in your pockets and gave whatever you could afford and YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!  You made the memories for these kids and you’re the kind of people that make this world a better place.

Connor and Peppa Pig say thank you!  (and oink, probably)

Connor and Peppa Pig say thank you! (and oink, probably)

Where Did All The Penguins Go?

Where Did All The Penguins Go?

Post Pals - Putting a Smile on Childrens Faces

You may have wondered about how the Penguin Amnesty and how it all worked out.  When all’s said and done, I posted out approximately 6o donations of penguins and penguin merchandise to poorly kids and with the help of Parcels For Delivery and their wonderful Round Up Your Pound campaign, we raised £852.19…..£100 of which was donated by them as part of their annual Christmas donation.

You'll just have to imagine muffled penguin squarking that was going on at that point. They were so excited about going to their new homes!

You’ll just have to imagine muffled penguin squarking that was going on at that point. They were so excited about going to their new homes!

Here is a link to their page which outlines how Parcels for Delivery supported the Penguin Amnesty.  They are simply amazing and if you’re ever going to post a parcel, they’re the company to post it with!  Love ’em!

And…if you’d like a nosey at the penguins people kindly donated, and the mischief they got up to, have a look HERE! 

This penguin would like to say thank you for all your donations, unfortunately he's drunk so he can't string a sentence together so I'm saying thank you on his behalf..

This penguin would like to say thank you for all your donations, unfortunately he’s drunk so he can’t string a sentence together so I’m saying thank you on his behalf.

It was one of the strangest, most successful charity blogging projects I’ve ever been involved with and it seriously restored my faith in people and their capacity for selfless giving.  Thank you so much.  I still have some penguin prizes to send out, and although they are terribly, awfully late (in typical me stylee) they will be posted at some point.  I have not forgotten.

To say thank you, I’d like to run a competition, my good friend Jo (@humanb3an) donated a penguin costume which you can see here:

Does my bum look big in this?

Does my bum look big in this?

It is a grown up size penguin costume so I couldn’t send it to any of the children so the plan was to use it for publicity purposes only.  With that in mind, if you would like to own your very fabulous penguin outfit, please simply comment on the blog to say that you will visit the Post Pals page and at the very least think about sending something to a PostPals kid.  That’s all you have to do.    I’ve decided to post out a brand new penguin outfit directly from Amazon to the winner who will be chosen on the 1st June.  Here’s a link to the prize!  Don’t you think this would be fabulous for Halloween (you could be a zombie penguin or something) or for a kid’s party?

Please do enter the competition and show your support for the fabulous work that PostPals do.  Thanks a million, billion, trillion to the myriad of businesses that donated to this project.  You should all be very proud of what you helped to achieve.  Thank you.  Hugs, squeezes and penguin kisses, Kay :O) xxxxx

A Silent Monday Post

A Silent Monday Post.

If you listen carefully you can hear the sound of muffled nook-nooks....

If you listen carefully you can hear the sound of muffled nook-nooks….

Penguin Amnesty Gallery Part 4!

Penguin Amnesty Gallery Part 4!

Post Pals - Putting a Smile on Childrens Faces

If you’re a newcomer to the blog, you may be wondering why I’m having an Penguin Amnesty of all things.  It’s a bit of a long story, but if you read this post HERE, it explains things a little.  I’m collecting them for the Post Pals charity and this is all sponsored by the fabuloso (I watch too much Dora The Exlorer…) Parcels For Delivery!  Here’s a link to Parcels For Delivery’s official sponsorship page.  They’re supporting Post Pals and the Penguin Amnesty.  I love ’em!

Couldn’t resist including this link.  You HAVE to watch it to the end!  I never knew penguins made this noise!

If you’d like to see previous galleries featuring the often mischievous penguins marauding around my home, please follow the links below.  You’ll be glad you did!

Penguin Amnesty Gallery Part 1 – Click HERE!

Penguin Amnesty Gallery Part 2 – Click HERE!

Penguin Amnesty Gallery Part 3 – Click HERE!

We have some newcomers to the Brink of Bedlam household, penguins with unusual skills and habits.  We’ve had to lock the booze cupboard put it that way….

I went out shopping for the afternoon and came home to this?!! Do they do an Alcoholics Anonymous for Penguins? G’iz the phone number will you? Please?

This little alcofrolic (ie, alcohol makes them frolic shamelessly) penguin was donated by Inky Prints.  I’d have preferred them to have admitted him to rehab for a fortnight before he got to our house, but hey ho!

‘Buttons’ These penguin themed buttons are used to help keep the tube from a stoma in place on a child’s tummy. The penguins have been playing frizbee with them, I keep telling them not to, but they ignore me now. *sobs pitifully*

There’s an absolutely wonderful group on Facebook called ‘Team Tubey’ who make free medical accessories for children and adults who use medical tubes.  They very kindly offered to help out the Penguin Amnesty project and a lady called Nadda Jabbour made and sent the buttons shown above and the bags shown below.  These will all be sent to Post Pals kids who use tubes and can make use of them.

If anyone would like to have a go at making penguin themed buttons there is a pattern HERE you can follow.  It looks fairly straightforward as far as I can see, and any help is much appreciated!

Medical accessory bags for children with stomas. Cute as….well… penguins!

Priscilla the Penguin likes horticulture, unfortunately horticulture doesn’t like Priscilla the Penguin. He has brown flippers rather than green flippers. :O( Dead pepper plants. Oops.

Misi Handmade sent me Priscilla thanks to SuperCute Crochet Dolls and they also sent this absolutely beautifully made Emperor Penguin drawstring bag from MinXtures.  Thanks so much to them for their lovely donations!  By the way Misi, please could you tell me the best way to tell a penguin that she’s actually crap at gardening?  Priscilla keeps trying, but she’s murdering my plants! Help!

The penguins have no excuse for losing their PE kit now!

The penguins now have ‘Penguin Pin Ups!’ I saw Priscilla staring at these posters the other day and she actually said ‘Pwoaar!’ I’m presuming these are the Kate Moss’s and the Brad Pitt’s of the penguin world?

Kim Lawrence sent 10 Penguin posters to donate to the Post Pals kids, thank you very much!  (they aren’t creased by the way, it’s the ice-bergs doing their rippling sort of thing).

This is not a ginger penguin, this is a cat in a wetsuit wearing blue glasses. It’s just Kim Lawrence included this postcard and it amused me so much I had to post a pic even though it’s not a penguin.  Just couldn’t help myself!

These are stunt penguins. One of them told me they used to perform in the circus. Please note the careful balancing act they perform and they way the top one is teetering just a little…. Daring little birdies!

Pabobo sent the Penguin Amnesty five Lumilove Penguins, they glow in the dark and erm…do circus tricks.  It doesn’t say that on the packaging you know! *nods knowingly* I should imagine they’re very comforting penguins on long dark nights.  You can find more about them HERE. 

So there you have it!  An updated Penguin Amnesty gallery!  As Parcels For Delivery is officially now supporting PostPals, they are also accepting penguin donations, so if you’d rather send donations to them rather than me, feel free.  The postal address is on their sponsorship page which is at the top of this post.  Alternatively you can contact me on kay@rubbermonkeys.co.uk and I’ll be happy to supply my details re. posting penguins.

Please do consider supporting the penguin amnesty, whatever you have that is penguin themed and suitable for a child, please do send it our way!  We’re accepting penguin toys, penguin clothing, penguin pictures, penguin books, anything penguiney or arctic themed!  The only line I draw is that we don’t want ‘real’ penguins.  The zoos are rather possessive over their penguins and frankly I don’t have room in the bath.

Thanks so much for reading and keep your eyes on the gallery as more and more penguins are collected for Post Pals!  Thank you!

Penguins and Parcels For Delivery!

Penguins and Parcels For Delivery!

Just to get you into the swing of things all Penguiney, this is a visual illustration of how I’ve been over the summer hols.  I’m so thankful for the British Education system and for all the wrong reasons!  Freedom!

Anyway, now to explain why I’m bombarding you with black and white flippery birds again. It’s because I have more news about the Penguins….big news….big, big, BIG news!  Big, massive, Emperor Penguin sized news! (and let me tell you, they’re BIG birds you wouldn’t want to mess with!)

Let me just outline where I’m up to just in case you’re new to the Penguin Amnesty campaign: 

I asked people to donate penguins in all shapes sizes and forms so they could be featured in a vlog  in my lovely kitchen which features a gorgeous american fridge freezer amidst a lot of fake snow, sent to me for review by Appliances Online.  You can see the vlog review  of the freezer HERE if you like.  I say ‘Here’s a shelf’ rather a lot.  (This is the straight review, I’m still working on the one with penguins in by the way)

I did this because I adore my new fridge freezer and I couldn’t believe my luck when it I was chosen to review it. I decided I’d pass on some of my good fortune by running the Penguin Amnesty campaign.

Every single penguin or donation is being sent onto Post Pals after the Penguin Amnesty vlog – coming soon to a puter near you!  Basically the tenuous link between the freezer and the penguins is that penguins like cold things, like erm…freezers… so they show it off quite nicely…and it’s great being able to find lovely new homes for penguins with kids who will love them.  That’s the train of thought anyway.  It makes sense in my head anyway!

Post Pals - Putting a Smile on Childrens Faces

After the vlog they’ll be posted off to Post Pals which is a fabulous charity that aims to cheer up very poorly kids by sending them post to brighten their days. . (also a work in progress)

The Penguin Amnesty galleries can be seen below, the idea is to show the penguins in their unnatural environment (ie, my home) and credit everyone for their generosity.  This is still being updated as penguins are still arriving!  There’s three Penguin Amnesty galleries because the campaign has been so much of a success that I ran out of room on one blog and had to extend it.  Happy days!

Penguin Amnesty Gallery Part 1 – Click HERE!

Penguin Amnesty Gallery Part 2 – Click HERE!

Penguin Amnesty Gallery Part 3 – Click HERE!

‘Twit-Twoooooo Whooo are yoooouu!’ One of my favourite photographs from the Penguin Amnesty gallery donated by the lovely Rhoda from the ‘Ramblings of a Foggy Mind blog.’ Thank you Rhoda!

Please do remember that anyone who has donated a penguin for the vlog or who has sent me a donation is being put in a prize draw for some penguin prizes – this is being drawn after the vlog has been completed.

The absolutely hilarious penguin outfit that was sent to me by my Twitter mate Jo Bean will also be auctioned in aid of PostPals, it’s adult sized so can’t be posted onto PostPals kids, unless I can find a 5ft 7 child.

Does my bum look big in this?

That is just the beginning of it all though! And now for the BIG NEWS I’ve been babbling on about…………

This is the mega, mega MEGA exciting bit.  *Kay jumps about in a room filled with over-excited penguins shouting Noo-Nook!*

P4D, otherwise known as Parcels for Delivery have chosen Post Pals and the Penguin Amnesty project as their nominated charity for the months of November and December.  They’re supporting BBC Children In Need at the moment, but we’re next in line! I’m so excited!  If you want to have a beaky at their current charity sponsorship and how it all works please click HERE!  

So if you have a passion for penguins and Post Pals  you can send penguins to me and I will feature them on yet more Penguin Amnesty GalleriesPost Pals will also receive penguins from P4D customers and in early January, P4D will ship these penguins squawking en masse to me. I’ll post them off individually to Post Pals kids with the names of the people who donated them.  By that time Parcels for Delivery have all the donations in and the penguins will have their postage plus a bit extra hopefully, all accounted for.  Neat!

Sorry if I’ve over-explained things, I just think it’s important that you know what I’m doing considering how generous so many of you have been.

Post Pals, Parcels for Delivery and I will make sure your penguin donations reach the homes and hearts of Post Pals children, many of whom deal with painful and crippling diseases and conditions on a daily basis.   The plan is to bring some smiles to their faces, raise awareness of Post Pals and to pass on some good old Christmas cheer.  The campaign will end in January once the penguins have been posted,  brightening the start of the new year.

Although real penguins are cute, I really don’t expect to find a live one in a box. Please refrain from stealing from zoos, thank you!

Well, what do you think? And more importantly, what will you do? Can I suggest that you send me a penguin?  Please?  Pretty please with fish on the top?

P.P.P.P…. Post a Penguin!!!

P.P.P.P…..Post a Penguin!!!

(and there’s even P.P.P.P……Prizes at the bottom of the P.P.P.P…Page)

One of the unwritten rules of blogging, tweeting and emailing is apparently not to use too many exclamation marks.  Can you believe it!!!????!!!!!

Anyway, fekkit.  This week my colitis has been utterly pants, and although I’m on vast doses of Asacol, Azathioprine, Citalopram (cos this goddam illness makes me miserable), iron tablets and Predisnolone – my condition is again flaring.  So I’ve felt rather downbeat for the last week, and in consequence I’ve felt rather unenthusiastic about  most things, apart from sleeping.  I’m VERY enthusiastic about sleeping.

This has meant I’ve felt unable to write, tweet or generally be ‘Wahey!’ about anything.  Today though, I decided enough was enough, and vowed to get back on the horse (penguin if you prefer) and blog.  So here I am, and I’m going to use a load of !!!!!!!!!’s to make myself sound my usual self.  They always say (whoever ‘they’ are), if you make an effort to ‘be’ a certain way, it can actually make you feel that way.  So I’m !!!!!’ing my way back into positivity!!!!!! *boing*

(I know you can’t ride penguins before you look blankly at me, it just seemed a fitting turn of phrase considering, and beside I’d like to try and ride one of those really big emperor penguins, I reckon they might be big and beefy enough to cope with a sort of piggy back)

I put off the Penguin Amnesty vlog this weekend, because I have at least five penguins belly flopping their way over here, and I didn’t want them to miss out – but this does have to be done, so P-Day is this Saturday, come what may!

I’m well aware that I have committed myself to this, and as I’ve said all along, I’ve got a fabulous fridge freezer from Appliances Online so if it costs me a fair whack to post these penguins on then so be it, I’ve still had a fabulous stroke of luck and feel it is my personal duty via karma to pass that on.  It seems almost wrong to ask for more support considering how massively generous you lovely people have already been, but if you’ve enjoyed the gallery, if you’ve enjoyed reading the terrible jokes on Twitter, if you’ve wanted to donate a penguin but couldn’t find one – please would you consider donating a couple of squid/quid (either will do, the penguins eat squid too) towards posting these delightful, penguins on to some lovely, very poorly kids at PostPals.

Anyone who donates will have their names added to the cards that will be included with the penguins that are posted to these children.  In a nutshell, (penguin egg), I’ll be posting packages that all include the names of the people who donated the penguins and the names of the people who donate towards postage too. And you’ll get a mention on this gorgeous blog of mine too.

Soooo……deep breath.  If you are interested, or if you’ve expressed an interest you can donate HERE: this is PostPal’s charity giving account and it will go towards ridding me of these adorable, but sometimes slightly domineering penguins. (they still won’t get out of the bath!!!!!!!!)

The minimum donation on that site is £5 which I think is maybe a little bit much for some people so if you’d like to donate less than that you can donate via my own PayPal address.  I am not about to go on an exotic holiday to the Antarctic with my newfound Penguin friends, so you can trust me. It’s more than my life’s worth to rip anyone off so you have no need to worry about such things. I intend to blog and hang around for many years to come, so I’m not going to commit penguin fraud with your donations.  ‘Flipper on heart’ that is the truth.

My email address and PayPal address is kay@rubbermonkeys.co.uk.  Go on, spam me to the moon and back you spammers you! (including an email address on a public website is akin to a spammers dream come true apparently)

Anyone who has donated a penguin or a squid or a quid will be put into a draw to win one of these too by the way.

Here’s Josephine the ultra-stylish, hip and trendy penguin modelling the prizes that you could win if you donate to the Penguin Amnesty!

A set of Penguin wine charms!

A Penguin bracelet! This would look beautiful on any flipper!

A hand painted, signed Penguin keyring from the very talented child artist, Dylan Ward (featured by Noel Edmonds)

Many thanks to Dylan Ward and his mum for donating these to the Penguin Amnesty.  Aren’t they gorgeous!

Just make sure you comment on this blog or email me to say when you have donated so that I can keep track of how much you’ve given and who you are, so I can make sure you’re credited for your generosity on here.

I don’t mind if you donate 10p, anything at all is so much appreciated. Nobody is exactly flush these days with business, life, being as it is.  But I do know that everyone has a heart….. and that, if everyone who reads this can who thinks ‘I wish I could help’  could make even a teeny tiny donation, it would make such a difference.  It’s not hard to make a donation online and me and the Post Pals kids would appreciate it so much.  So many of them have a terrible time, if we can help to brighten their dark days, I think that’s something worth doing.

So, what are you waiting for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???!!!!

(see, excessive punctuation yet again, do I sound ‘boingy’ enough for you yet?  Funnily enough, even just writing this post and using lots of !!!!!’s  has actually made me feel less upset about the state of my health/arse/stomach already)