Monday, 5 March 2012

Who is Nick Vujicic?

A true inspiration. The only way to describe this man is incredible. Never heard of him? Let me fill you in!

Nick Vujicic pronounced ‘Vooy-cheech’. Born in 1982 in Brisbane, Australia, without any medical explanation or warning, Nicholas Vujicic came into the world with neither arms nor legs. Like many of us, he was born different to everyone else, unique in a very special way. Nick dealt not only with the typical challenges of school and adolescence such as bullying and self-esteem issues; but also struggled with depression and loneliness.  He constantly questioned why he was different than all the other kids surrounding him; why he was the one born without arms and legs. He wondered what the purpose behind his life was, or if he even had a purpose. He found comfort in God whilst in this dark place. 


Nick is now the CEO and president of the charitable organisation 'Life without limbs' and travels the world sharing his story with millions of people. Watching his videos I noticed that his voice is so powerful, he brings tears to his audiences eyes, his message is so strong it's life changing. Every living thing on this planet is equal no matter what, and we all deserve to live happily. 


Every time I feel sad I watch this, Nick is such an inspiration. Please watch this.





LOOK Summer Concert

So, it's been a while since the wonderful LOOK charity have done an event- but this one is going to be big! LOOK is hosting a magical night of musical talent on the 20th of April 2012 at the Robert Ludlam Theatre, Derbyshire.


It's going to be fantastic, with the award winning folk artist Lucy Ward performing, plus LOOK's finest young musicians: Annie Mooney, Shannon Walker and Andrew Coleman. It will be a night to remember! 


Every penny raised will be used to fund LOOK’s vital work in improving the life chances and creating opportunities for blind and partially sighted children and their families. Tickets are £20, and £17 for LOOK friends. 


For more information and to book your seat at this fantastic event click to:

http://www.robertludlamtheatre.com/


I hope to see you there! 



Sunday, 4 March 2012

Caffeine Awareness!

So this month - march- is dedicated to caffeine. If you are anything like me then you will find it is impossible to move in the mornings without a cup of tea: so its really not that surprising that us brits drinks 165,000,000 cups everyday! Another staggering figure is that 27% of people surveyed drink more than 6 cups of tea a day!

Of course there is a lot more to caffeine than just tea, we mustn't forget coffee, cola and energy drinks. Now I- as a worthy information blog- am at liberty to tell you that caffeine can cause addiction, palpitations and is dangerous if too much is consumed. The guidelines for consumption say healthy adults should stay below 300-500 milligrams a day. So be careful (especially with caffeine in tablet form).


There's a lot I could say but you wouldn't read it (lets be honest here) so I was directed to this video a while ago by a friend. At the time I was joking that I was so tired I was going to resort to inhaling teabags!










Sources-
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTVE5iPMKLg 
Facts: http://www.tea.co.uk/nutrition
http://www.green-tea-health-news.com/too-much-caffeine.html

Thursday, 1 March 2012

March- What's Happening this month?

  • Caffeine Awareness Month, Natl  
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month, Natl
  • Clean Up Your IRS Act Month, Natl
  • Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Natl  
  • Craft Month, Natl
  • Credit Education Month
  • Ethics Awareness Month, Natl
  • Employee Spirit Month
  • Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science and Engineering Month
  • Eye Donor Month, Natl
  • Frozen Food Month, Natl  
  • Honor Society Awareness Month  
  • Humorists Are Artists Month
  • Ideas Month, Intl  
  • Irish-American Heritage Month  
  • Kidney Month, Natl  
  • Listening Awareness Month, Intl   
  • March into Literacy Month, Natl
  • Mirth Month, Intl  
  • Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month, Natl  
  • Music in our Schools Month
  • Nutrition Month, Natl  
  • On-Hold Month, Natl  
  • Optimism Month
  • Peanut Month, Natl
  • Play-the-Recorder Month
  • Poison Prevention Awareness Month
  • Red Cross Month  
  • Save Your Vision Month
  • Sing with Your Child Month
  • Small Press Month
  • Social Work Month, Natl
  • Spiritual Wellness Month
  • Umbrella Month, Natl  
  • Women's History Month, Natl
  • Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month  
  • Youth art month

Plenty to look forward to! (And plenty of article prompts for me!) Bet you didn't know all of that was going on this month! 



Beat Bullying Big March 2012!

Today I took part in a campaign with a difference, we matched with our keyboards through the virtual world by taking part in the beatbullying big march 2012! It's simple: everyone created an account and their own avatar and followed the route! The march ran from 8am to 8pm and was an amazing thing to see. The websites that took part allowed beatbullying to put a virtual path along the bottom of their websites, here you could see all the people marching. Not once was it quiet on any of the sites! Beatbullying have provided many resources for bloggers, tweeters, facebookers ect. So here is what they say:

Beatbullying's Big March 2012 is the world's first virtual, global march for children's right to be safe. Tens of thousands of virtual marchers will cross the websites of the world's biggest brands. They will speak with one voice, and call on the UN to enshrine explicitly in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, "The right of every child to be safe from bullying, violence and the fear of violence by their peers as well as from abuse by adults." Register now at www.beatbullying.org/bigmarch
So that's what it's all about: A brand new human right against bullying. Wouldn't that be great?! I also got a groovy badge for my blog to say I took part :)
I am planning on raising money for beatbullying in the near future to help with this campaign, because I think it's about time something was done about bullying. 974,175 online supporters took part- an incredible result. Together we can beat bullying!



February- Eating Disorders Awareness Month

So, I'm a day out but I think that this is news worth telling. Eating Disorder Awareness Month's aim is to do exactly that: raise awareness for eating disorders. There are many kinds of eating disorders: Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia nervosa are the best known, then there are orthorexia, binge eating, anorexia purge-binge subtype and night time eating disorder. It's a wide spectrum and for those who don't fit into any of those categories there is EDNOS - Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. Over the past few years eating disorders have been in the news: celebrities are always being accused of having them, but the media contradicts its own actions when it scrutinises celebrities tummies for any fat at all.

Eating disorders are becoming more and more common in the under sixteens. 2,100 young people were treated for eating disorders by the NHS last year. There are many causes for eating disorders- not just the media as many like to think. Not everyone with an eating disorder worries about their body image or wants to be like the celebrities: It can be a way of gaining control, overcoming past insults, attempting to improve confidence and can be caused by fear of food. Every case is different.

On the 28th of February the Empire State Building was lit up in blue and green in recognition of the awareness week.

If you think you have an eating disorder or know someone who you think has talk to a trusted adult or your doctor.



Hello! I'm back!

Hello my lovelies! :)
I am sorry for being away for so long- I know it's shameful- but I come bearing news! SO much has happened in the last months and I have so much to blog to you about, PLUS all the stuff in the news at the moment! I've given the old page a revamp too, as always let me know any access issues and i'll get them straightened out for you. I've grabbed the new email subscribe gadget too to make it even easier to follow what's going on over here >>>
I have all sorts up my sleeves: guest bloggers, film reviews, gadget trials- you name it!

Thanks for your on-going support my dears!
Imi
:) xx