Friday, 16 November 2018

Foodbank Awareness in Northampton

I wanted to raise some awareness of food banks.  Unfortunately they are still needed and at Christmas time a lot of food bank charities ask for extra donations.  Your donations will help families & individuals in need.

For the last 3 years I have given a small donation to the Trussell Trust using the text service.  You can text FBUK14 plus the amount E.G. FBUK14 £5

You can make donations in several ways and there's loads of information on their website.  Links below.

In 2017 I found out about a local charity called Restore Northampton. 

Unfortunately hunger is not just a third world problem, right now in Northampton there are many people living on the edge of poverty and The Food Bank has been able to help 1000's households and families who have experienced a crisis of some type.  The Food Bank provides emergency packages for local families and individuals.

So I decided to make a food donation instead.  I took this to the centre on Sheep Street, Northampton (I had a slight problem with entry!!! If you go use the back door.) Donations can be taken Tuesday & Thursday 1-3pm. (Do check as this information was for 2017)

They have a suggested food list on their website which I have included for information.  It is mostly tins, dried food items and toiletries.  They are also running an advent calendar campaign.  They suggest a food item each day for you to collect and the full box is then donated on the 24th December. Suggested items so far are biscuits, nappies, coffee, toothpaste, tinned meat, shower gel and deodorant.

There are 14 locations for food donations.  The website has all the details.

Another local charity is the Hope Centre tacking homeslessness and poverty in Northampton.  In Northampton there are 60 rough sleepers every night. You can donate money or food/clothes but they do have specific requirements so please check first.
. If you are able or interested in donating you can click on the links for more info.

Thanks for reading

Emma xxx

Merry Christmas

Easy Christmas Crafts

Here's some easy Christmas crafts to entertain the kids throughout December.

I'm not a crafty mum at all but honestly these are painless and the kids will have fun.

Easy Christmas Paper Bag Stars.  All you need is paper bags, glue stick and scissors.  Easy Peasy. Click on the red link below for full details.

Paper Bag Stars

Paper Bag Stars - Easy Christmas Craft

Easy Christmas Paper Bag Stars

White Clay Dough Christmas Decorations.  All you need is cornflour, Bicarbonate of soda water and ribbon. Click on the red link below for full details.

White Clay Dough

White Clay Dough Christmas Decorations

Merry Christmas

Emma xxx

Thursday, 11 October 2018

ACE for Colours and ACE Stain Remover Spray

My son LOVES playing football which is fine at the weekend in his scruffs BUT not so much when he's in his school uniform.

Grass stains are a big problem but ACE stain remover spray really helps.

ACE for Colours and ACE Stain Remover Spray gently remove stains whilst keeping colours bright.  I have used many brands and ACE really is the best I've used.  My laundry pile is much easier to tackle and my son's white school polo tops are staying white.

Ace for School Challege
Pop some ACE in your shopping trolley next time you are in the supermarket and test it on your children's school uniforms.

Get help for all kinds of stains with the ACE Stain Helper. or to buy head to your local Tesco’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose or Sainsbury’s.

Ace Stain remover 

This post is an entry for the BritMums #ACEforSchool Challenge, sponsored by ACE. 

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Fireworks in Northamptonshire 2018

It's fast approaching and I LOVE fireworks.  Here's my Fireworks in Northamptonshire 2018 guide.

Parklands Community Centre
Saturday 10th November
Fair opens at 5.00pm. Bar opens at 5pm. Fireworks at 7pm. Hog roast and fish and chip van on site. FREE event.

Billing Aquadrome
Saturday 3rd November 5pm to 10pm
£10 per car (4 people) anymore tickets are £5 per person.

Daventry Fireworks Display, Northamptonshire
Saturday 3rd November Gates open 6.30pm display approximately 7.30pm
This is a FREE event at The Parker E-Act Academy

Rushden Firework Display, Northamptonshire NN10 9NG

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM
Annual event run by Nene Valley Scouts

Roade FC Fireworks Display NN7 2LX
Friday 2nd November 6 to 11pm
Fireworks and funfair from 6pm
£3 adult £1 child 

Fireworks 2018 in Northamptonshire
Fireworks in Northamptonshire

Flore Fireworks
Friday 2nd November 6 to 10pm
Brodie Lodge playing fields more details to follow.

Wicksteed Park Bonfire Night, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Saturday 3rd November from 5pm.

17th annual Fireworks Display, bonfire being lit at 7.15pm and Fireworks Display at approx 8pm. Tickets are £4 until 29th October and £5 on the night. All proceeds go to developing the park for the community. There will be a free disco in the Pavilion after the Fireworks display. Car parking is free on the night.

Northampton Racecourse
Sunday 4th November

Free event. Starts at 2pm - music, rides and food, LED glow and fire show at 5.45pm, Fireworks from 6.30pm for 1 hour. Heart FM will be there and music from cover band Pure Genius.

Delapre Abbey Guy Fawkes Night
Sunday 4th November 5 to 9pm

(non firework event)
Get cosy with a hot chocolate or hot dog and learn all about the history and traditions of Guy Fawkes and 'Bonfire' Night.

Boughton Pocket Park Fireworks
Saturday 3rd November 4.30pm and fireworks at 5.30pm
Food, drinks and glowsticks sold in aid of the Boughton Pocket Park are only on sale INSIDE the Park. Any vendors outside are not associated with the charity.  Tickets will be available from 6th October.£3.50 in advance  £5.00 on the gate.
Available from Smiths Farm Shop, or a Pocket Park committee member, or e-mail 

SantaPod Flame & Thunder
Saturday 27th October 8am to 8pm
Action packed day for all the family featuring motorsport stunts and Drag Racing.  Watch stunt displays including Monster Trucks, Drifting and Stunt Riders. The climax of the day will be a firework display and bonfire. Family tickets from £50.

Movie Themed Bonfire Night at Duston Mill Sixfields
Saturday 3rd November from 4pm
Music this year is from "Dee-Ja Vu' Back again is Scarrot & Son's FunFair. A huge Beer Tent and Bonfire. Also this year there will be stilt walkers and fire eaters. £5 Entry under 4years old go free. Tickets can be bought here

Wellingborough RFC NN29 7TZ
Friday 2nd November from 6pm
Fully licenced bar, hog roast, sweet stall, bbq and soup.  Admission £10 per car or £3 per person walk ins.  Gates open 6pm and display to start approx. 7.45pm.

Corby Fireworks NN17 2UN
Monday 5th November from 6.30pm

6.30pm Torchlight Procession assembles at the Swimming Pool Car Park.
6.45pm Torchlight Procession moves off, led by the piper.

7.00pm The 2018 Corby Borough Council bonfire is lit.
7.30pm Firework Display starts.
Drivers should only use Town Centre Car Parks. Please DO NOT park by the roadside or on the verges near the Boating Lake.   If possible bring a torch.For further information Tel: 01536 464042  This is a FREE event.

Tony's Fireworks Desborough Leisure Centre
Saturday 3rd November from 6pm
Gates open 6pm and fireworks display begins at 6.45pm.  Limited parking at the centre.

**A few of the events have not released full details yet.  I will add more when possible.  Always check the details before travelling**
I've added as many as possible to my Facebook page you can then see more details and click if interested to be reminded nearer the time.