- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp of cocoa powder
- 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 of white sugar
|Meeting Santa with some of the lovely ladies I met|
The best part was just mingling and meeting everyone though. Everyone was so friendly and what I really enjoy about events like this is whether you’re a blogger or you work on PR, you always have something in common. I suppose it’s kind of just the whole online networking thing – a lot of us had already spoken via Twitter and it was no surprise that when you come from this industry that you no doubt all have similar interests. It was great that it wasn’t just bloggers too so I got to meet a variety of different people and may I say that the staff at ASOS are also really, really friendly. They didn’t just greet us and ask if everything was okay, they repeatedly came up to us to have a chat or asked us what we thought of the collection, whether we blogged or not and if so what we blogged about etc.
I had a really lovely time so thanks for the invite #AccessAllAsos!
I think this is especially important with the recent allegations regarding donations to Comic Relief apparently being spent on tobacco, alcohol and arms firms. Too many people are wary about where their money will go when they donate so they do not donate at all, when little do they know there are other ways to get involved.
Operation Christmas Child is something I was introduced to in college and still take part in now and again. Although their drop off points are now closed for this year, if you’d still like to take part you can give them a ring and see if there’s any other way they can collect your shoe boxes. And you can now create a shoebox online for as little as £15! It’s all very easy – you take an empty shoebox and fill it with little gifts aimed for either a boy or a girl and pick an age range too. Then you pack it with things like hygiene items, education items, toys, sweets etc. You then make a donation of at least £3, which will cover the shipping cost, then you can decorate your shoebox and drop it off at a drop off point. The shoe boxes all get sent to various different countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, Serbia and Bosnia so you can rest assure that your shoebox will definitely reach someone who appreciates it. You can even print out a unique bar code for your shoebox and at a later date find out where exactly yours has been delivered to!
It’s a lovely idea and doesn’t take much time up at all. If you’re eager to get involved further, you can even apply to set up your own drop off point and get all the community involved. It’s a great way to create it into a social event and many schools, colleges and churches often hold events to get everyone involved.
Must have gifts is another way to get involved but with minimal effort. Although you do spend money, rather then donating, you instead buy a gift which means you know exactly what your money is being spent on. You can purchase the gift yourself or on someone else’s behalf which can also double up as a Christmas present for someone else. Gifts under £20 range from a TB screening for just £6, vital vitamins for £10 and a kid goat for £19 (how cute!). It’s a great way to get involved with a charity directly and if you’re not quite sure what you want for Christmas yourself this year, why not set up a wish list so family and friends can purchase a gift on your behalf?
Finally, another way to get really hands on is to create a care pack for a homeless person this winter. This can be done directly at anytime and you don’t need the help of a charity. You can be as experimental as you like as well. If you’ve ever been worried about giving a homeless person money because you’ve heard it just gets spent on drugs or anything like that, then this is a great way to make sure that isn’t the case. You can fill these care packs with anything from an old blanket, food, wipes, socks/clothes, mouthwash, gift cards to places like Starbucks so they can get a hot drink and even an address book of local services. It takes no time at all, especially if you’ve got lots of things hanging around your house anyway, like old gloves you don’t wear anymore.
These are just three small ideas that can help you give back this Christmas and the second idea takes minimal effort on your part. I’d love to see and hear about some of you doing something similar this Christmas because trust me, even though it’s not the reason for taking part, you will feel good about yourself afterwards.
I didn’t even have time to put the songs in a decent order, oh forgive me, I know, it’s terrible, but I literally did not just have enough time! So the playlists may be a little shaky and random but I promise you there’s still a great selection.