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Pro-Tips for buying a Thank You Teacher gift...

School's (nearly) out for summer and now comes the inevitable searching for gifts for your child's teacher... but STOP! I used to be a teaching assistant in a wonderful primary school, and I've got some insider knowledge from the staffroom for you: your child's teacher does not want another 'best teacher' mug...true fact! They are likely to get around 30 of these each year...with the best will in the world, there is just not enough space! So save your money and the planet's resources by following this pro-tip: All a teacher or teaching assistant really wants is a Thank You card that's been hand-written by your child. That's it! I've still got a drawer-full of all the cards I've been...

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Help people when you pre-order this print before 25th June 2021

When you pre-order your ‘It Takes All Sorts’ print, you are making the world a better place: When I set up this pre-order I did so with the intention of supporting a charity. ASSIST Sheffield are a charity that works with the most vulnerable members of our communities and helps to keep them off the street and from slipping into destitution. £5 from each pre-order of the ‘It Takes All Sorts’ print will be donated to ASSIST Sheffield to support their awesome work helping asylum seekers from falling through the cracks. Asylum seekers flee their country of origin for many different reasons including religious persecution, war, threats to life because of sexual orientation and hunger. These are people who need...

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I've deleted my Amazon account and here are some reasons why.

For a long time I haven't been using Amazon and last week I finally deleted my account fully and requested a deletion of my details. And here are some of my reasons why: Amazon's treatment of their workers: Amazon are continually coming under attack regarding their treatment of their workers. The fact that Amazon oppose trade-unions should ring alarm bells as a consumer or an employee. Why would a company fear a trade-union (which is a collection or group that aims to protect worker's rights) unless they do not have their worker's interests at heart? Right?! The BBC did an undercover report at Amazon's delivery depot in Avonmouth U.K. in November 2016 and found that after deductions, including van hire...

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What is a pre-order?

You've probably heard people advertising pre-orders, especially amongst the indie-biz community. But what exactly is a pre-order? Basically, with a pre-order you agree to buy a product before it has been created or officially released, and often your money will go towards the production of the thing you'll be buying. Pre-orders are brilliant ways for small businesses to find out how popular their product idea is before investing a lot of money in it. So if you support a small business pre-order, you'll be helping a business that likely doesn't have the money to waste. And that's a great feeling, right?! But that might not be the only reason! Pre-orders are also a great way to build hype and momentum...

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Tips for buying a winning Father's Day gift

Dads! Argh, what a pain to buy for! And with Father's Day fast approaching on the 20th June 2021, you don't have much time to grab him a gift. Well, don't dispair, I've got some Father's Day gift ideas for you:   Start with a card A card for Father's Day is fundamental. With a card you can write a hand-written message inside and it is often more meaningful than a gift. I know that my dad was never bothered about getting a gift: just another thing to pretend to like! So get a good card. And while your there make it planet-friendly. Did you know that glossy cards and glittery cards can't be recycled and actually contribute to micro-plastic...

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