For Mother’s Day I want to help another Mum keep her child alive.

Inspired Gifts from UNICEF

What is the best gift for a Mum on Mother’s Day? I usually get treated to a lie in and a day of not lifting a finger with homemade cards and flowers. A lovely family day! Some people enjoy being wined and dined, a show or even jewellery and I don’t begrudge any of them, us Mothers work damn hard you know!

Some information I was sent make me rethink about what a Mother really wants for Mothers day and in many areas of the world it is to see her child have a meal, some clean and safe water, a life saving vaccination or a blanket to stave off the cold. This puts a whole new slant on Mother’s Day for me.

UNICEF run an amazing scheme called Inspired Gifts. You might have heard me mention something this before as I tried to help raise awareness of it at Christmas. Basically you can choose to buy a gift for your loved ones that helps someone else keep theirs. A nutritional UNICEF Inspired gift really can make that difference.

It is unbelievable to me that in this day and age Mums are having to bury their children because they are dying from malnutrition or illness that ordinarily wouldn’t kill a healthy child but which can’t be fought off by a baby or young child who is basically starving.

You can buy a gift such as some magic milk which is just £12 (the price of a decent bunch of flowers at a supermarket). This life saving milk is used in the treatment of children with severe malnutrition in refuge camps, hospitals and emergency feeding centres.

Buying an emergency gift which costs £18 (a bottle of wine and some flowers) will provide UNICEF with the funds to provide clean water, supplies including medications and other essential kit to areas who are in a dire emergency situation.

For those who really do feel they need to give something they can wrap up, why not choose a gift from the UNICEF shop? There are some gorgeous and useful items there which would make a fantastic Mothers Day gift and the funds raised still go towards helping those who need help the most.

I have asked Roy to help the boys choose me something from the Inspired Gift range (I have my eye on the nutritional biscuits). On Mothers Day I will be able to cuddle up in bed with my boys knowing that another Mum across the world can still hold her children.

Please visit the UNICEF website and choose a truly Inspired Gift this Mother’s Day.


Say thank you to Mum & win with P&G UK

Kieran, if you were me for a day what would you do?

I’d do the same as you Mummy. I’d play on the computer and play with Taylor and do the cooking then I’d play with my DS and Hot Wheels“.

(Only in my wildest dreams do I have a day like this).

What other things do you think I do in the daytime?“.

Well you go to Tesco and the washing and stuff when I’m at school. Do you watch TV too?“.

Bless his little beautifully washed and dried cotton socks.

Does anyone else have a day that includes any or all of these?

Working full time, taking care of one or more child, school runs, shopping, housework, household accounts / bill paying, helping out at school…..

My day includes this and more and my job title is Mum. And I wouldn’t change a thing. I know people who do all of this and more, and they amaze me. Being a Mum can be the best (and probably the worst paid job) that a person can do. Personally I get so much satisfaction from looking after my family and the home as well as working and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The lovelies and P&G recognise how much Mum (and Dad!) does and have launched a fantastic YouTube competition (click on the London Olympic Games tab)  in which you can say “Thank You” to your Mum by uploading a message in either text, photo or those who are more media savvy, video. All messages / entries will be entered into a competition to win tickets to the Olympics!

The prize is a family ticket (for four people) and could be for an event such as the 100m final or the opening ceremony!

I am one of six siblings and as a Mum of two myself I now know just how much my own Mum must have been doing unseen to keep everything going, let alone all of the other wonderful things she did (and continues to do!) for us all. I’ll have to think very carefully of how to work my Thank You message!

It’s so easy to enter, just click on the London Olympic Games tab and follow the on screen instructions.

Good luck all (and thanks again Mum!).