Friday, 26 March 2010 & My Grandma (doris Duckitt)

Last year for her birthday Alyssa Milano gave up presents and donated money to instead, and asked her fans if they could do the same. Well they did and she raised approx $75000 USD. I donated a little too. I was so inspired that I created a campaign too. It is free and very easy. You have 90 days to try to raise $5000 USD. $5000 USD will help supply water for an entire village. I have 5 days of my campaign left and I have only raised $10. $5.00 of that from myself and $5 from my mum. $20 is the minimum that will help someone; $20 gives one person clean water for 20 years.

I created my campaign to honour my grandma's memory. I had hoped some of my family would donate a little something (at least enough to make the $20) but as I said only my Mum did. I loved my Grandma a lot. She was born and died in the month of February and so February is often sad for me. I say often because February is also the month that my daughter was born in. My Grandma died the day before my daughter's 1st birthday.

My Grandma was a wonderful woman and I miss her tremendously. She was the one person in this world that never judged me, and while she didn't know all of my secrets she knew a lot about me. She had 10 children and with 9 of them she travelled from England to Australia along with my Granddad.

I never tool Grandma for granted and I always tried to visit her when I could or at least ring her. She watched with pride when I graduated from Uni (along with my parents). I was pregnant and single and she never cast judgement (though she gave me advice). She was very proud of my for graduating Uni and up until recently, when my Mum graduated, I was the first one in my family to do so. Before that she was at my theatre debut and tried to see me in as many plays as possible even when I only had a walk on roll.

I am not christian but my Grandma was (she was a Baptist). I was there when she was baptised. I wasn't going to have my son christened as I don't believe in it; I was going to have a naming ceremony instead. She asked if for her I would have him dedicated in her church. I didn't have to join, neither did Brandon, He wasn't baptised ... he was introduced to god I guess. As I didn't have to do anything that I didn't believe in I was happy to do this. And when my daughter came along I also had her dedicated. My younger two sons have had anything similar as she passed away and I lost the connection with her church.

My Grandma was there for a lot of important events and for many regular events. I miss her all the time. We would talk and we would just sit and be silent. And I thought she would be around forever as she was so healthy. We talked about me recording her stories (and she had a lot) but we both thought we would have plenty of time. But we didn't.

I gave her Eulogy. I only asked to have the time to say a couple of words and in the end i was asked to give the Eulogy. I wasn't sure I wanted to do that as she had a big family (at one stage we counted over 50 grandkids & greatgrandkids both blood and non-blood; she didn't like the term "step"). I'm glad I did.

I had no real regrets though when she died; I could have spent a tiny little more time with her perhaps but I'm happy to say that she knew how much I loved her.

So with all of this in mind I thought I would create the water campaign in her honour. My timing was bad though as I was launching a new business and also because I began to help out a couple of other people with their causes. I also didn't want to spam anyone. Now I just would like to raise enough money to give one person clean water for 20 years. I could add that other $10 myself  and I will if I have too, but I'd like it if a few people could spare $1.00 usd. People can trace their donation the entire way. I can start a new campaign later but this was for my Grandma. I know she would have loved the idea and she would have been the second person to donate if she was alive.

I am lucky to have 4 children and I know that many people consider that greedy. I try to limit our carbon footprint, and watch our consumption of resources. We sponsor a little girl too. But making sure other children in the world had clean drinking water was a perfect way to say thank you for my beautiful children. My kids all adore water (I have a love/hate relationship with drinking water especially now where we live) but my kids all adore it. A lot of people have been helping to rebuild Haiti; some of the money from this charity will go to Haiti. One in 8 people in the world do not have clean drinking water, and many women and children have to walk miles to get drinking water every day which is limiting their freedom.

thank you and I miss you Grandma.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Blog maintenance

I have neglected the blog of late as I have been trying to get my home/work life sorted out. I'm making changes to the blog and website over the next couple of days.

Thank you for your patience :)

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Amy Prior "Creative Memories" Consultant NSW


Are you passionate about scrapbooking? So is Amy Prior :)
Are you a novice scrapbooker and don't know where to start? Amy can help you there.
Are you advanced and looking for a challenge? Amy will be running workshops and challenges.
Do you want to become a Creative Memories Consultant? Join Amy's Creative Memories team for only $99 and enjoy 30% discount PLUS opportunity to purchase addon kits at $89 each with added value of over $600!!! Added bonus gift power palette collection to all who purchase entire business add ons in March.

Amy is running several promotions at the moment :)

$5 voucher to all who joins mailing list via website contact me tab.

10% discount to all facebook fans.

Power Palette additions usually $15 but for the month of March $12 or digitial additions are only $4.80

All parties booked either catalogue or traditional in home parties (central coast NSW only) will include a free gift for all who place an order PLUS if you join the mailing list and facebook fan page you can benefit from the $5 voucher and 10% discount also!

I love scrapbooking and have done since i was in high school. It wasn't very big in Australia then. Some years ago I met other scrapbookers online (all based in the United States); it was eye opening seeing what an art form it was. I regret passing on the chance to get involved in the early days of scrapbooking in Australia.

I haven't made time for scrapbooking in the past few months and that is a shame. I have a lot of photos that will be lost if I don't take care to store and record them correctly. Needless to say I will be consulting with Amy in the near future. I am particularly interested in digital scrapbooking especially as I have so many photos stored on disks etc, and because it is great for the environment. I'll be taking advantage of Amy's special offer to my TEEs Me, Please! facebook fans; Purchase Storybook Creator 3.0 along with Memory Manager 3.0 and receive 2 free digital kits of your choice valued at $15 each! Must be purchased in the same transaction.

I will also be talking to Amy about photo storage options. There has to be a better way of storing my pics than in envelopes. Most will go into albums but where should I store them in the meantime?


Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Family Capers, Linda Evener & The World's Greatest Shave

Wow; I haven't updated the blog in a long time. Today I am featuring Family Capers and Linda Evener.  I am trying to help Linda Enever (GM of Family Capers) to raise funds for the Leukeamia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave. Linda is a part of the Family Capers Team and will have her head shaved on Saturday March 13th. Their goal is $2000; they have raised $665.

Any TEEs Me, Please! fans that donate to the Family Capers Team will be added to a special page on the TEEs Me, Please! website with your name and a link to your website. If you donate over $20 I will make a small promo video for your business (or event eg birthday, anniversary, fundraiser etc… the only limit is your imagination and good taste etc). Click here to sponsor Linda and the team.

Clive Enever has kindly donated his time to also raise funds for this great cause. It’s a competition - meaning a lucky 12 individuals who RSVP and sponsor $15 to the cause will receive information on how to effectively run a business; tickets for a meeting like this are normally $90 per person. In addition to a fantastic offer, getting your friends/family to sponsor Clive in the Worlds Greatest Shave and telling Family Capers why you referred them, one lucky person has the chance to win a 3 hour session of one on one business coaching from Clive himself. Also, Clive has been set the challenge of shaving his head if the $2000 mark has been reached.

Family Capers was founde3d in November 2009 by Linda and Clive Enever. Family Capers is a suuportive online community with a strong emphasis on family life and community. Family Capers is involved in many fundraising events to help support the community. Not only is Family Capers taking part in the World's Greatest Shave, but they recently donated $2.00 from every V.I.P membership to Backpacks 4 Aussie Kids. BP4AK has been featured by TEEs Me, Please! before; their aim is to provide
1000 backpacks filled with essential items for children in care. Family Capers was able to contribute to this worthy organisation.

The Family Capers website has a wealth of information and resources for family members of all ages (from children to grandparents). Some of these resources include:

• The Business Directory
• The Department Store

• The FC Mag

• The Forum

• KidsZone

and more :)