The Soup Kitchen



Did my second shift at The Soup Kitchen today with a friend from work. I really enjoy doing it. It’s nice to meet the people who go there and to dispel any preconceived ideas you may have about them. Granted there are the people who perhaps may not have made the best choices in life; but there are also the people who are trying to find work but can’t, a guy who used to be in the army, people who do work but don’t earn enough to feed themselves sometimes and I think maybe a couple of people are just lonely and want some company.
Everyone that comes in is very polite and appreciative of the work that goes in to keeping The Soup Kitchen running. They are all friendly. They are all easy to chat with too. 
I’m glad I’ve started doing it and have gotten to see a side of these people that not necessarily everyone else gets to see. 
Some of them are pretty damn funny too and have us laughing a lot. I’ve also noticed how positive and upbeat they all are. I’m sure if I found myself in a similar situation, I wouldn’t have the same attitude as a lot of them. 
I’m looking forward to my next shift. Yes it’s an eye opener into how some people have to live, it also puts your own life into perspective and makes you more appreciative of the things you may take for granted.
If anyone fancies volunteering, you can follow the Facebook page here and keep a look out for the next volunteer induction meeting.

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Grace’s First Book Review

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A few weeks ago, Grace signed up to be a book reviewer for The Guardian’s Children’s Book Site.

You can read her first review here.

It’s a great way to get children to read and it’s exciting for them to see it on the website.

Find out how to join here.

The Lonely Bouquet

On Sunday (11th), Grace and I (with a couple of secret helpers) took out some Lonely Bouquets and left them in different places for people to find.

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I first saw it on Instagram and tracked it back to the Fleuropean blog. I loved the idea of it and thought it was a nice little thing to do. Grace also thought it sounded fun too.

So we made up some little bouquets:

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And went on our travels leaving them around:

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Grace thought it was great fun having to sneak around, leaving them. We’ll definitely be doing it again.

Happy Christmas Eve

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Happy Christmas Eve everyone. 

I’m super excited about Christmas this year. I think last year was such a hectic year that I don’t really remember much about Christmas. This year though, we will all be together and having a big dinner at my mum and dad’s.

All the presents are wrapped and under the tree. The Holiday is on whilst I type this, with my mug of hot chocolate next to me. Mum is making some fancy food and Sophie is making her DELICIOUS Greek lamb for dinner tomorrow.

Christmas is my favourite time of year. I love the big coats, wooly hats, gloves, eating loads of comfort food, letters to Father Christmas, the child’s opening the gifts, their little Christmas outfits, big pyjamas, dressing gowns, books, films. It’s all so exciting.

Tonight I will be reading The Night Before a Christmas and watching It’s A Wonderful Life. All a bit cliche I know, but I love it. 

After Christmas it’s a time to reflect and decide what I want to do differently next year. Some of my things I have already thought of are writing more letters, discovering more places with the children, fixing our garden, redecorating the children’s rooms to make them somewhere magical and fun to play in, taking more photographs, keeping a diary, appreciating people more. What things do you want to do next year?

I hope you all have a magical Christmas Eve. Enjoy your Christmas Day tomorrow.

It’s Pyjama Time!!!

With only one more sleep left before our pyjama walk tomorrow for The National Brain Appeal, I am sat in my pyjamas writing this – getting mentally prepared 🙂

When I first started organising it, I thought there’d be about 10 people doing it and we’d raise about £4/500. We’ve now got approx 40 people taking part and have nearly got to the £2,000 mark. The amount of support received has been overwhelming.

J, the sis, the ma and I went pyjama shopping today. There were a few fetching onesies bought and I’m excited to see everyone in their get up tomorrow.

Seabass has his outfit ready. He will of course be coming along – he is the star of the show. I hope when he looks at the pictures in years to come that he’s not mortified and doesn’t think his mum is a bit of a pleb.

There’s still time for you to join in tomorrow if you want to, just let me know so I can add you to the list. Never mind about the “embarrassment” of walking around Liverpool in your pyjamas, at least you’ve not had to have brain surgery!!! It’ll be fun and you get food at the end. Plus, more importantly, you will be helping a lot of people.

There’s also still time to donate here and help us get to the £2,000 mark.

There’s also a Liverpool One voucher for the person who goes to town the most on their outfit.

Can’t wait to see you all tomorrow.

Lots of love xx