Who is your local hero?

Take a minute to think about it, because there always IS one. It might be that mum at school who is forever organising fundraising activities for the local playgroup at the same time as being a foster parent, or that guy a couple of streets away who you know spends his weekends collecting donations for refugees.

Perhaps it’s someone who came to the rescue in your hour of need. It might even be a whole group of heroes – a local community group who use their spare time to make a difference in the lives of others. Or maybe you work for a local charity and you have one volunteer who always goes above and beyond.

Whoever they are, they could be in for a treat. Pork Farms wants to throw them a party! Hoorah! 

To give you a flavour of things, here’s what happened at some of last year’s pop up parties:

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This is a post about salted caramel.

I hadn’t given a lot of thought, past vague annoyance, to salted caramel as a concept until I did a poll on Twitter about scones. (It’s afternoon tea week.) Someone replied to my poll saying that they had actually just come onto Twitter to complain about the fact that they had seen a salted caramel scone which, we agreed, is all kinds of wrong.

Firstly, scones should be plain. The jam and the cream are the stars there. But that’s not the point. The point is that SALTED CARAMEL HAS TAKEN OVER THE WORLD.

too much salted caramel

(Not literally obviously, that would be impractical.)

Salted caramel needs to get back in its box.

Salted caramel was fun and exciting for a little while back in 20XX*, but JUST STOP NOW. Yes, yes, it was very clever, putting something so sweet with something so salty, (salt), but enough already. We’re over it.

I had a quick look at all of the different salted caramel things you can get now and it’s just stupid.

Salted caramel rice pudding, salted caramel coffee, salted caramel tequila, salted caramel lip balm, SALTED CARAMEL GREEN TEA?! Nope. If you’re looking to build a bit of muscle you can even get salted caramel flavour ‘impact whey protein’, whatever that is.

That’s enough salted caramel. We tasted your salty sweet goodness and we liked it, but hush now.

*I was going to do some research and pin it down but I didn’t want salted caramel to WIN.

Image – by MaraZe/shutterstock

 

‘Are you busy?’

I swear I’ve been asked this at least half a dozen times this week by different people. And not in an ‘are you busy because I need a quick word’ sort of way, but in an ‘is work generally busy’ way.

‘No,’ I answer.

That throws people. They look confused, as though I’ve just admitted out loud to being a FAILURE AT LIFE.

I’ve had to start explaining to people that the reason I wanted to work for myself in the first place was for the flexibility to take time off whenever I liked, or to have quieter periods during the school holidays. For me, that’s the whole point of self-employment. Why on earth would you give up a stable, reliable income and then continue to work like someone was watching you all the time?

I’m not busy at the moment because I choose not to be. SHOCK HORROR.

It’s the middle of the summer holidays and next year Belle goes into year eleven, so I want to be at home while she’s still vaguely interested in hanging out with me. We also moved into a new house at the end of June, and it’s nice to be able to potter about arranging books into pretty colours and generally settling in.

Just because I’m not busy, does that mean I’m not successful or hard working? Does it mean I’m lazy, or that no one wants to work with me? View Post

Because we’ve already been. Sorry.

I mean you can still go obviously, but we won’t be there. Which might be preferable.

I didn’t really expect that I would get to my 23rd year (GAH!) of parenting, and have my oldest child ask if we can go on a trip to the zoo in the summer holidays, but that’s kind of why I wanted to write this, because I think more people should do things that are FUN, like going to the zoo and buying tiny lion fridge magnets in the gift shop and making them ride around the revolving doors at Pizza Express.

Just as an example.

*coughs*

Or you know, climb into a giant penguin egg, or whatever.

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Another day of the summer holidays, another competition! (The first one was for all that chocolate remember? Go and enter that now if you haven’t already.)

This one isn’t edible. (Unless you like to chow down on a scooter, which I’m hoping you don’t.)

The prize for this giveaway has been given to me by Poppets – a really lovely independent kids’ clothes, toys and gifts shop based down in Hove. They just got in touch and were all like ‘hey there, wanna give away a scooter?’

And I was like ‘hell yeah I do!’

(I’m paraphrasing but that’s basically what happened.)

So here I am, with a scooter to give away. The winner gets to choose either a Mini Deluxe Micro Scooter, which is suitable for 2-5 year olds, or a Maxi Deluxe Micro Scooter, for 6-12 year olds.

win a Microscooter scooter competition

 

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