ScumRun Champions

I am delighted to announce that we were the top fundraisers for the 2014 ScumRun which was raising money for Tommy’s the Baby Charity.

Anyone who is a regular reader of my blog will know the reasons for us taking up the challenge, if not it is because our son who we lost 20 weeks into pregnancy would have been 10 on 3rd June this year.

I personally didn’t take part in the trip but I encouraged my husband to. He has long wanted to do a cross country car rally and seeing this year that Tommy’s were the beneficiary and with it being the year Casey should have turned 10 he just had to do it.

We set our initial target at £2004 – 2004 being the year he was born. In the early days of fundraising there were times when I felt this figure would never be achieved let alone smashed… THREE TIMES OVER!

With much support from local business, friends and family we raised a grand total of…

£6236.99

Delighted is an understatement!

Combining the amounts raised by the 100 teams, the ScumRun raised a whopping £100,858 – enough for them to open their fourth research centre which will focus on identifying why so many women suffer from an early miscarriage – something I experienced in the pregnancy after Casey before going on to have our daughters.

Whilst undertaking the race we were ranked in 3rd place for fundraising which meant the team took away an F1 Replica Car signed by Sir Stirling Moss and Lewis Hamilton. By the end of the fundraising we ranked 1st which meant we also took away a 1:2 scale F1 Helmet signed by Jenson Button.

We plan to auction the Helmet at some stage so if anyone is an F1 fan and interested then get in touch!

Cake for a cause

On Sunday, Sugar, Spice n All Stuff Iced at Sowerby Bridge hosted a fabulous afternoon tea on behalf of Casey’s Crew.

We managed to raise (so far) over £100 for Tommy’s the baby charity. but as the raffle is still open there is still much more to come!

It was a fabulous afternoon – the afternoon tea was completely amazing – so much choice! Plus the kids also got to decorate their own little cupcakes which kept them happy.

Additionally from Thursday (if you happen to be passing Sowerby Bridge) there will be Casey’s Crew & Tommy’s branded cupcakes on sale! Pop down and treat yourself!

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A roundup of 2013 & what to expect in 2014!

So 2014 is here… honestly 2013 I blinked and practically missed it! What a hectic but incredible year!

Firstly I completed my CAM Diploma in Marketing Communications – whilst thinking I may go slightly mad! We had a wonderful family holiday in Egypt, I got to travel to some amazing places for work (Chicago and Bangkok) and topped it off by creating an amazing new extension on the house that included a brand new kitchen (can you believe my husband almost made me keep the old one)! There’s a few pictures at the bottom of the post so you can have a nosey!

The downside to the latter half of 2013 is that my healthy eating and regular exercise took a massive hit – we had no kitchen for the best part of two months and my husband was also doing a lot of work himself on the house which meant I couldn’t get to my regular gym classes or do exercise at home as I had the kids to take care of and when we had free time it was to plan for the renovations or sleep. This was topped off with my husband getting made redundant at the beginning of December and us just thinking sod it let’s enjoy Christmas before we embark on the chaos of 2014!

We certainly enjoyed it – although my waistline certainly hasn’t and the last quarter of 2013 really ripped apart all my hard work that I had done with my diet (healthy eating) and ‘regular’ exercise.

As of now I weigh 64.8kg – at my lightest in 2013 (back in June) I was 60kg! I honestly cannot believe I have put almost 5kg (11lbs) on in that time!

Getting back into the swing of things has already started – I’ve already been to the gym 4 times this year and I start personal training tomorrow! Be sure to follow my blog to get some hints and tips if you are planning on beginning a fitness regime! The diet since the 2nd January is already much better (check MyFitnessPal), the amount of protein being consumed has increased whilst the fat and carbs has decreased (along with the alcohol)! So I am sure in no time at all things will be back to the way they were and more! I’m actually struggling with eating enough right now and trying to keep my macros and micros in check – if anyone has any input they can give on this it would be much appreciated!

Generally with a New Year come resolutions – I don’t tend to make them, I guess mine is the same each year… ‘try and be a better me’ that way I can focus on what I have achieved rather than what I haven’t. I feel that it is a much more positive way to think as it keeps you away from focusing on the negatives. If you have to set goals set smaller, more realistic ones that can be achieved slowly over time and gradually increase them.

My overall goal will be achieved through getting back into the swing of it eating and exercise wise and additionally I have signed up to complete a further CAM diploma – this time in Digital Marketing with a focus on Metrics and Analysis. I just love putting myself under pressure! BUT I’ve done it before and I can do it again and interestingly I came across a book called Spark that highlights the benefits of exercising whilst studying in order to retain information – it might explain why I got an A on my last and final assignment of my previous diploma!

The husband will also have a new job (yet to be confirmed where) but it is likely that he will need to undertake commuting which will be a big change for all of us – I expect we’ll get cranky with each other whilst we adjust, but we’ve been through much worse so this will be nothing in comparison!

2014 is also a significant year for us as it marks our son’s 10th birthday. I honestly can’t believe 10 years have passed since we lost him part way through my pregnancy so this year I want to do all I can to raise awareness as to babyloss along with raising funds for my chosen charity, Tommy’s! My husband will also be taking part in a ‘ScumRun‘ in May across Europe of which the beneficiary for the whole event is Tommy’s! So if you are a brand aimed at men who fancy providing some products to pop in some goodie bags or are interested in sponsoring the car please get in touch. Otherwise, if you are a reader of my blog and fancy sponsoring my husbands team it would be very much appreciated!! You can find the link here!

So here’s to 2014, I’m looking forward to taking you on!

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Guilt free shopping… for a cause

Last night myself and my eldest daughter Stevie took part in a fashion show to raise funds for the local school she attends and for Joseph Salmon Trust, a small charity who offer financial assistance to people living in the Huddersfield, Halifax and Mirfield areas, whose child has died.

The evening offered the opportunity to buy ex-chainstore clothing at reduced prices and there was an array of brands including Next, Dorothy Perkins, Per Una, Whistles, Jane Norman, Boden and many others.

I have to say the school, the parent committee and the charity did an amazing job! Wine on arrival, plus one of the school cooks had made up some delicacies to sample during the evening from mini cupcakes and scones to artisan breadsticks and open sandwiches – I wish lunch was like that when I was at school!  The raffle prizes were also pretty amazing from a box of cupcakes to handbags, it really was a lovely evening.

So after modelling a number of items I was keen to make a few purchases of my own, you had to be quick though as the audience were keen to grab a bargain from Complete Clothing, the company who runs events like these to help raise money for charitable organisations. Complete Clothing is based in the North of England so if you want to hold a fun evening raising money for your organisation, these people are worth looking into.

So my items, well of course I went for black which for anyone who knows me is my signature colour and managed to grab a whole outfit for just £31!

  • Black Skull Scarf – £7
  • Jane Norman Black Jeans with Ankle Zips – £18 (would most likely RRP around £30+)
  • Black Dipped Back Top – £6 (can’t see brand as label is cut out

Can’t wait to wear it all – ironed of course!

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