Pippa's blog

Fairy Tale Chocolate Competition

My fairy tale life would definitely include chocolate, so I'm very excited that we have appropriately-themed chocolate goodies from Fairy Tale Gourmet to giveaway this month!

Win chocolate eggs from Fairy Tale Gourmet with Story of Mum

You could win yourself one of two delicious artisan chocolate eggs from Fairytale Gourmet - and this Easter, you could crack open your very own Humpty Dumpty or steal a Golden Egg from the friendly giants in your house...!

These are eggs to hide from the kids... SO well that you get to eat them yourself ;)

This month is all about fairy tales - and we'll be sharing our stories in My Life, the Fairy Tale. We would love to hear yours - and one of the ways you can enter the competition is by sharing it with us!

Your own fairy tale might be life-changing or silly, small or huge - you choose. Head over here and complete seven sentences to tell us a fairy-tale from your not-so-fairy-tale life...

Our daily battles may not always feel epic, but the truth is, they are.  Most importantly, sharing those stories of how we overcame the scary stuff, (eventually!) reminds others that they can make it through - even if today's quest is simply to tackle the never-ending laundry pile...

You can also enter by tweeting and hanging out on facebook, as you do...

Fairy Tale Gourmet are an award-winning company producing hand-crafted and ethical high-end chocolates and desserts, inspired by the literature of fairy tales. Go and explore their website - it's imaginative, original and guaranteed to make you drool...

We look forward to hearing your real-life fairy-tales, and eating chocolate together...

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Start your year with joy at our January Mamas' Retreat

Join a Sunday Morning Mamas' Retreat with Story of MumWe'd love you to join us on Sunday 18 January 2015 for a very special Sunday Morning Mamas' Retreat in Penzance, Cornwall. Come start your year with joy! (scroll down to book your tickets below)

Three years old

We're officially three years old today!

To celebrate, we're sharing a couple of stories from Story of Mum mamas about what Story of Mum has meant to them.

Story of Mum is three years old! Hear how the project has helped mums grow.

We are so proud of reaching three years with you all. And of those brave mamas who are sharing their stories here with us today. Thank you.

We'll also be sharing fabulous old posts, and giving away a DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit on twitter (share this post and cc @storyofmum on twitter to enter), and another one on facebook, so look out for the tweets and posts for more info...!

You can also enter to win one by commenting below and sharing your thoughts on Story of Mum... 

That's 3 fabulous chances to win today!

Last but not least, we're celebrating by sharing the picture of us where we look most pretty, (thanks Pat Kelman!)

pippa and penny best, story of mum - credit: Pat Kelman

“I discovered Story of Mum at a time when I was very low and feeling totally isolated. I suffered badly with PND (post natal depression) and had no support other than my husband.

I felt worthless as a woman, a wife and a mother. Connecting with other Mums online through creative activities and discussion helped me realise that I wasn't the only one struggling and feeling like I was failing.

This was the turning point for me as I was no longer alone but part of a friendly, supportive, loving online community. These wonderful ladies are now amongst my closest friends, several of whom I have had the great pleasure to meet.

I highly recommend every aspect of Story of Mum to women everywhere, to help you feel whole again.”

Kat Pearce

Story of Mum Exhibition, The Exchange

““When, in September 2013, I attended my first Story of Mum event - the Mums’ Make Date at The Exchange, Penzance - I had only recently relocated to Cornwall from the West Midlands.  My daughter had started at her first school in Penzance the previous week, and I knew no-one!  I was feeling quite isolated, and having had severe Postnatal Depression after my daughter’s birth, I knew it was not good for me to feel this disconnection.  The Story of Mum flyer had come home in my daughter’s schoolbag, and I promised myself I would summon up the courage to go along.  My goodness how glad I am that I did!    

At the end of that evening the feedback form asked how I was feeling about motherhood… my answer was clear - “Much better than before I came out”. 

That evening, just a brief but eye-opening couple of hours - was the start of a revitalizing journey for me.  Story of Mum, its honest and open approach to motherhood, and all its various madcap, thought-provoking, soul-searching, celebratory activities, has made such a difference in my life as a mum. 

It has helped me to feel “normal” - like I’m not the only one struggling with (whatever this week’s “issue” is) being a parent!  The shared stories - at the exhibition, on the website, on the twitter “Make Dates” - have reassured me, uplifted me, comforted me, inspired me, helped me to laugh at myself, and allowed me to cry – in empathy, in joy, and yes in sadness. 

At times Story of Mum has simply kept me sane!  It has given me more confidence in my abilities as a mum, and helped me to find a balance between being a mum - and being “me”.  I have even felt able (with lots of lovely guilt-free “permission” and encouragement from Story of Mum), to attend a Mamas’ Retreat… 6 months ago I couldn’t have imagined myself ever doing that.     

It has been wonderful to meet, spend precious time with, and share thoughts, ideas, angst, and laughter with such a diverse group of women, face-to-face, and online at the monthly “Mamas Make Dates”.  I have never before been amongst such a group of supportive, non-judgmental mums with not a clique in sight!  I have connected with lots of truly fabulous women, and made friends that I wouldn’t have done otherwise.  Not only has this benefitted me, but also my daughter because of the mums and children that she has connected with, and the happier person that I am.  Truly, Story of Mum is a warm, welcoming and nurturing community which I am immensely glad to feel part of."

Pippa Lilley

I'm a mum and a... 

And as for me? Well, Story of Mum has reconnected me to my creativity, and helped me to find a new identity when I felt lost. It has supported me to make sense of the challenging transition from career woman to mother, and to become passionate about giving invisible mothers a voice.

It has boosted my confidence, got me doing things that terrified me but which felt amazing, and reassured me with humour and honesty when I feel like I'm the only mum in the world who messes up. It has helped me to make time to look after myself, and to overcome bad mummy shame at my horrendously messy house.

Projects like Love Mum Body have helped me to dramatically change my relationship with my body. And I have loved the opportunity to spend time and grow a project with my own inspiring mother (especially when I got to do that in New York...!).

Most of all, Story of Mum has connected me to an amazing global tribe of mamas that support me in feeling like I can do anything I dream of.

I hope it does the same for you, and I am so grateful to all of YOU.

Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey these past three years.

 

Come join our next #somum Make Date on Wednesday 9 April from 8.30 - 10pm GMT (find world times here). We have some more fantastic prizes for you! Find out more here.

 

Thanks to Andra Alexander, Ian Kingsnorth Pat Kelman and Chris Webber for the photos above.

Special events at The Exchange

We've got some more great special events coming up for mums at The Exchange in Penzance this month as part of our travelling exhibition - find out more below.

To book to come along for some networking or retreating, contact miranda@digitalpeninsula.com. Places are limited and going fast, so jump in now!

PS everything is FREE because we love you. The forecast for cake is looking good too.

Find out more about our exhibition here.

flyer for events at the Exchange

Sharing our mama identities at BritMums Live

motherhood exhibitionI've just loaded up all the "I'm a mum and a..." photos I took at BritMums Live this weekend, and the gallery is looking amazing. Let the images scroll on by.

We are the same and we are different and we are all unique. 

It's powerful stuff - funny, thought-provoking, heart-breaking and inspiring, and I'm so grateful to all the mothers (and one brave widower) who have taken part so far.

The gallery will continue to grow day by day as "Story of Mum: Mums making an exhibition of ourselves" travels around England in real life, and the world online. Including a wonderful virtual tour - check out some of the posts so far here.

There are well over 200 contributions to "I'm a mum and a..." now and it's fascinating how some words are starting to come up more often than others...  

Us mums are often also dreamers, crafters, poets and artists, dancers, and there's a wonderful groundswell of writers.

There are nanas, daughters, friends, wives, and referees. 

There are some proud me's reclaiming their identities, and others on a journey to find themselves. 

We're addicted to chocolate, tired and crazy. And we're trying our best.

Visit the gallery here.

Read more about my experience of BritMums Live here.

You can add your own picture at any time by visiting the gallery and clicking on 'join in' (if it still says 'join us' you'll need to register with story of mum first - which doesn't take very long, and means you get to hang out with us some more which can only be a good thing...!)

mum and an ear wiggler   mum and a survivor    mum and bibs award winner    mum and education reformer

PS If you're visiting from BritMums Live! and want to find your own photo to see how absolutely beautiful you look (because, yes, you all did), you can scroll through the gallery or visit the BritMums page here that lists all of the pictures I took there.

PPS If you sign up for our newsletter you get a free book of mums' reward charts. You deserve them. Just saying...

Join our next Mamas' Retreat in March

Join us on Sunday 22 March 2015 for another delicious Sunday Morning Mamas' Retreat in Penzance, Cornwall. With Mothers' Day coming up soon, you could maybe even persuade someone to treat you to a gift voucher...

Let's come together to get ready for Spring with a spring in our step and a smile on our faces... (scroll down to book your tickets below)

Join a Mamas' Retreat with Story of Mum and Leif Olsen Yoga

You'll finally take that time out you really need, and spend some creative time thinking about you for a change. 

 We'll treat our bodies well with some energising nurturing yoga, and eat delicious healthy soup as well as some treats...

It's soul nurturing for mamas...

It's time for us.

It's time out. To breathe. To stretch. To make. To be heard.  

You'll leave feeling supported, inspired, and ready to face whatever comes your way when you venture back into the big bold exhausting world of motherhood...!

But don't just take our word for it, here's some feedback from our recent Sunday Morning Mamas' Retreat attendees:

Join a Mamas' Retreat with Story of Mum and Leif Olsen Yoga

"I loved how genuinely happy everyone was to be there, the quiet, yoga without a baby crawling on or underneath me, the food, being listened to and heard for 5 minutes was amazing!"

"It is rare, very rare, as a mum to find time for oneself, to give yourself the time and space, and permission, to open up, be honest and allow some magic to happen. The mama's retreats led by Pippa and Leif provide a nurturing, safe, fun and creative environment for real magic and healing to happen and for you to reconnect with you."

"The Mamas Retreat was an escape from motherhood for a couple of hours - a chance to reflect on the joy it brings, and a chance to give myself the space I needed to be myself. To acknowledge that when times are tough as a mum you are not alone."

"I left feeling rewarded with a relaxed state of mind and joyful, with the pleasurable experience of new friendships."

Join a Mamas' Retreat with Story of Mum and Leif Olsen Yoga

"It's so easy to say we don't have time to do relaxing things but it's more about prioritising some time for yourself without feeling guilty, and you will most definitely feel the benefits from a morning at the retreat."

"The mamas' retreat gave me a chance to connect with other mums, share hopes and fears and feel much more positive about taking care of myself and my family. I have found it hard to meet people since moving to the area and the mamas' retreat was one of the most welcoming and supportive groups I've been to."

"A friendly, creative space to have a good stretch, relax and share thoughts and ideas with other like-minded women."

"Loved sharing stories, and having time and respected space to say whatever is on your mind. I love that it is a place for creativity - encourages blooming!"

"The relaxation of the yoga enabled me to relax into the whole experience and to engage with my inner thoughts and feelings more readily."

Join a Mamas' Retreat with Story of Mum and Leif Olsen Yoga

"A chance to relax, reflect and breathe away from the stress of juggling a busy job with a long commute and my family (and the guilt that as a consequence I'm a bit rubbish at both!)"

"It's very easy to feel you belong at a mamas retreat. They're very reflective experiences, sometimes emotional but always with humour and thoughtfulness."

"I found the experience very profound actually, it exceeded my expectations. I think any mum needs to do this to re energise her mind, her body and her soul. We deserve it!"

"Very chilled out, safe and welcoming atmosphere. Perfectly planned, so ran very smoothly. Great mix of TLC for mind, body and soul. Also awesome food!!

"It made me realise that I'm doing ok considering all that had actually occurred during the year. Also pure, uninterrupted yoga - such a joy and a real treat. I felt a million dollars afterwards!"

Join a Mamas' Retreat with Story of Mum and Leif Olsen Yoga

We'd love to see you there!

Tell me more!

No special skills or equipment required. You don’t need to be ‘creative’, or to have done yoga before. We'll provide the yoga mats, creative stimulation and the relaxation. You just need to bring yourself. 

We have a different theme and focus each retreat, and you're welcome to join us as often as you like. 

How many mamas will be there? Places are limited, so it won’t be a scarily big group – just a lovely comminity of mamas coming together to nurture ourselves and support each other. 

We have some mums who come to almost every retreat, and others who come just once. Either is fine with us - it's always a warm and welcoming crowd, so don't be frightened of your first time.

Join a Mamas' Retreat with Story of Mum and Leif Olsen Yoga

Where? At Leif’s studio, Garbo House, Bread Street, Penzance

What about food? We’ll provide tea, treats, and lunch (including a delicious soup from the brilliant Kate Binnie)! Let us know as soon as possible if you have any special dietary requirements when you book your ticket, and we’ll do our best to meet your needs!

When?  9.30 – 1.30, Sunday 22 March 2015

How much does it cost? £25 plus £4.50 for lunch (total: £29.50)

NOTE: If you'd really like to come, but can't afford it, please do get in touch - we want as many mums as possible to have this experience and will do our best to make it happen at a price you can afford.

For terms and conditions, head over here.

Join a Mamas' Retreat with Story of Mum and Leif Olsen YogaVisit the Half Day Retreats page to find out more and hear from some MORE lovely mamas. They share a little bit more about what we do on a half day retreat, and why they love to come. 

We offer special early bird deals for Story of Mum members when we can, so make sure you've joined us over here and signed up for 'selected blogs' to be the first to find out!

When was the last time you did something to nurture YOU?

Don't miss out on this time for you - choose and buy your ticket by clicking on 'add to cart' below.

If you're strapped for cash right now, we have a limited number of special offer tickets available:

Get your ticket now! (£29.50 including £4.50 lunch): 

Take a moment to sign up here to be the first to hear about special offers and retreat plans...

 

Our next Sunday Morning Mamas' Retreats will take place on 7 June and 13 September.

Mamas helping mamas to make me-time

What happens when mums come together to remind each other that taking time for ourselves really matters? We actually take time out!

Make a Mama Me-Time Token with Story of Mum

This month, we've been making ourselves Mama Me-Time Tokens.

What would you do with a five minute mama me-time token?

How about a half hour token - thirty minutes of time just for you?

And dreaming even bigger, what about a whole day's mama me-time token?

Even just thinking about what you like to do is a simple way of making some breathing space for you amongst your busy day...

For me, the making of the tokens was as much fun as actually doing the things they said - I loved doodling each token, and taking that making time out for myself too.

What makes you feel more like you again, and what first step could you take to bringing a little bit more of that into your life?

Below you can read a storify of our last Make Date where we answered the questions above and shared our own Mama Me-Time Tokens. And afterwards, we encouraged each other to follow through - with early morning me-time cuppas, and proper lunch breaks.

How can we help you to take more time for you? Tweet us @storyofmum with #somum and we'll do our best to encourage you along too!

Because we want to inspire you to make more time for you, our competition this month is all about me-time too! You've just a few hours left to enter to win a Mama Me-Time Treat Kit - find out more over here.

Win yourself some me-time!

We're trying really really hard this month to encourage you to take some time out for you. Because you deserve a treat, and you need a break.

Win a Mama Me-Time Treat Kit with Story of Mum

So... not only are we encouraging you to make yourself some Mama Me-Time Tokens over HERE this month, we have the most amazing and inspiring competition for you!

SORRY - this competition is now closed - but you could still make yourself a Mama Me-Time Token and cash it in, to create your very own prize...!

There are LOADS of different ways to enter so that hopefully everyone has a chance to join in. You can join in any or all of the ways you like.

So what could you win...?

You could win one of THREE amazing Mama Me-Time Treat Kits...

Each one is stuffed with goodies made by people that we love and admire, and each provides a different way for you to take that precious time for yourself.

 

Because you deserve it mama. Don't put it off any longer.

Each Mama Me-Time selection of treats includes the following delights:

- an organic hand and foot pampering set from the brilliant Bloom RemediesTreat your body with some me-time massage.

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- a gorgeous artisan journal from the very clever Camel Winter. Start a journal, doodle, draw - capture your creativity in a gorgeous handmade book.

- a pack of joyful Permission Tickets from the adorable Artsyville (which inspired this month's activity!). Give yourself permission to have all manner of joyful colourful me-time adventures.

- a selection of very special hard-crafted LOVE cookies from the fabulous Nila Holden (because who needs Valentines Day when we can love ourselves up with some mama me-time...!). Turn a tea-break into an extra special mama-love-filled me-time-treat-break!

- our DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit packed with printables, treats, how-to-guides, videos, and absolutely everything you need to spread the me-time mama love with your friends.... Host your very own retreat for you and your mama friends.

WOW!!

Yep, you can enter to win one of THREE of these amazing kits simply by having a cup of tea, tweeting, visiting some facebook pages, following some really talented mama-businesses on twitter, coming to a #somum Make Date, and joining our lovely supportive Story of Mum community (you get free entries if you're already one of us of course!)... Plus, if you keep making yourself Mama Me-Time Tokens and sharing them with us here, you can get yourself extra entries every single day!

So take a couple of me-time minutes right now and enter below.  To start, just log in via facebook or enter an email address. Then click on the option you fancy trying, and it will tell you what to do. A couple of clicks and you've entered!

And yes, you can do all of them if you want, the more entries the better...

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Did we mention that you could win ALL of these...??

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Terms and conditions

- You can enter in any of the ways described in the Rafflecopter form above.

- We've tried to illustrate the prizes above, but what you get might not look EXACTLY like the pictures (especially with the notebook as we have no idea which ones we will get from clever Mr Camel Winter...!

- Winners will be chosen at random from all the entries received.

- The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

- The competition will run from 00.01 GMT on 6 Feb 2015 and 23.59 GMT on 17 Feb 2015 in Great Britain.

- Story of Mum is compliant with the data protection act. While we will share the twitter names of winners (and their tweets) with great excitement, we will not pass on any other details to any third party without your prior consent.

Join our #somum Make Date on twitter on Weds 11 Feb

Extra chances to enter this month's amazing Mama Me-Time Kit competition at this month's #somum Make Date from 8.30pm to 10pm UK time on Wednesday 11 February! (You can work out what time that is in your time zone with this handy page).

Join Story of Mum's next #somum Make Date on twitter on Weds 11 Feb

All are welcome to join us, oldies and newbies alike! 

We want to persuade as many mums to slow down and take a little time out for ourselves... 

How do we do that?

- We get together on twitter and encourage each other to make time for ourselves

- We make ourselves some Mama Me-Time Tokens as we chat - and then we USE THEM

- We have a go at entering our amazing competition to win lots of incentives to make that time for ourselves...

Annoyingly, I can't actually enter it of course, but I might just treat myself to everything in the kit anyway, just to set a really good example ;)

Mama Me-Time Tokens

The Mama Me-Time Goodies competition:

By joining in and adding #somum to your tweet, you'll be able to get yourself some extra entries into our fabulous competition. You can find out more about how to use your tweets to enter (and terms and conditions, pretty straightforward...) over here and below. Scroll on down for the entry form...

Handmade Valentines cookies from Nila Holden

It's well worth a minute of your precious time, as we have our best goodies ever to give away, all made by wonderful inspiring people I admire... read on!

You could win one of three Mama Me-Time Kits, and each kit contains the following treats to inspire you to make time for you.

Delicious artisan LOVE cookies, hand-stamped and crafted with mama me-time kindness by the lovely Nila Holden.

Nila's very special cookies (perfect for Valentines Day...!) sell at Fortnums and Masons, no less - and I've been admiring them from afar for a long long time - I'm so excited to share these with you.

They're the perfect excuse to finally have a cup of tea while it's still warm, and pause to enjoy the moment instead of rushing in to the next thing on your very long list. (And you'll even have enough to share with friends if you host your own Mamas' Retreat...!)

Handmade notebooks from Camel WinterLast year, I attended a wonderful book-binding workshop at Outlaw Craft Fair with Tim of Camel Winter.

He taught us how to make two very simple books that afternoon, and it was an absolute pleasure.

His gorgeous books are much more complicated than anything I could ever attempt, and you could also win one of his stunning hand-sewn journals.

Just what you need to remind you to take time out to capture how you're feeling instead of just worrying about everyone else.

Permission Tickets from Artsyville

I've been hugely inspired by lovely Aimee at Artsyville over the years, and I even got to meet her in person when we took our exhibition to New York in 2013.

She makes the most beautiful fun and insightful prints, washi tape (now all sold out for ever!), fridge magnets, books and all sorts of other wonderful things.

You could win yourself a pack of her heart-warming permission-giving Permission Tickets, which inspired our Mama Me-Time Tokens, and which are guaranteed to add more colour to your life...

Hand and Foot treats from Bloom Remedies

I am pretty much obsessed with the 'mature' *cough* organic skin cream from Bloom Remedies - apart from water, it is the only product that I use every day, and I am convinced it makes me look years less 'mature'.

Even more, I love that the cream is made by Marie, who also just happens to be an absolutely lovely mum whose children go to the same school as mine!

Marie makes the most delicious products, and you will win some gorgeous taster treats for your feet and hand. With delicious smelling organic ingredients including cardamon, rosemary, geranium and lemongrass, these are balms made with loving care and all-natural goodness. Soothe your tired body and spread some love to your wriggly bits ;)

DIY Mamas Retreat Kit from Story of Mum - host your own retreat for your friendsLast but not least, you can win yourself your very own DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit made by us!

If you’d love to feel connected to your core again, free of Bad Mummy guilt and self-criticism, and you wish you could help those mama friends of yours who really need a break - who don’t value the amazing things they do every day - this kit is what you need. 

 You don't have to dream of attending a Mamas’ Retreat, you can host your own!

So head on over here right now for more info and to enter - or just enter below!

And come and join us on Wednesday 11 February at our next #somum Make Date on twitter!

 

What is a #somum Make Date?

If you haven't ever joined us before, all you have to do is jump on twitter from 8.30 to 10pm UK time on Wednesday and add #somum to your tweets to find us and allow us to find you...

 It's a chance for mums to get together on twitter and tweet while we attempt to do something creative - like doodlingtaking a photowriting poetrymaking stuff or even squidging plasticine.

We give ourselves some creative me-time and connect with other lovely mums. We do it every second Wednesday of the month and we would love you to join us. New friends are always very welcome.

You don't have to be a clever crafter, an artist or wordsmith. We're all about having a go regardless of talent or experience. Most of all, it's about getting together and having fun.

If you just want to chat, that's completely fine. If you just want to make something and lurk and never tell us you're there, that's fine too. We're just happy you're making time for you. 

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Would you let your child choose what you wear… for charity?

Inspired by this brilliant post from Summer Bellessa last week (I Let My Toddler Dress Me For Week – Here’s What Happened) , on Friday I let my 4 year old daughter choose what I wore on the school run… and it became a campaign for Comic Relief!

#mykidsdressedme for Comic Relief and #honkfromhome

You can join in too! Just text "FUNNY" to 70011 to donate £1 and share your photo!

Hot off the press: scroll down to the bottom of this page to download an A4 poster, an A3 poster and a facebook post to help publicise your own attempts and get more people involved below! Many thanks to Jo at Driven By Design for these!

Here's what happened when I had a go...

My four year old dressed me in pretty much everything pink she could find, including a tight pink jumper over a dress, her pink princess bag (accented with a teddy, naturally), some bright pinky-purple tights and red patent heels...

And (thankfully) a long velvet coat that hid much of my spectacular ensemble. 

As a tool for getting everyone up and out the house on time and happy, it was a winner. As a tool for encouraging wardrobe and bedroom tidiness, not so much…

#mykidsdressedme for Comic Relief #honkfromhome

Nonetheless, my daughter proudly led the way as I sashayed through the school gates looking utterly ridiculous. She didn’t care that some of the parents were clearly wondering whether I’d actually made it home to bed yet.

She only had eyes for those already shrieking with delight at my ‘refreshing’ new look. (One lone lovely friend didn’t bat an eyelid. She told me later she’d just assumed it must be what everyone was wearing in Paris, because I’d been there the day before…).

Cue much laughter and smiling at the school gates. I posted evidence of my outfit over on Facebook, encouraging other folks to have a go, and it went crazy with comments from friends trying to psyche themselves up to have a go too… 

So along with lovely Tracy from The Bear and Miss Rabbit, Amy Beeson-Uddin of The New Arrival, and many more lovely brave people, we quickly agreed that Comic Relief would be the perfect incentive (as unlike me, some people apparently need an incentive to make a fool of themselves …)

As I’m already gearing up for the Team Honk 6 hour danceathon, I checked in with the fabulous team over there, who thought it would be an ideal #honkfromhome activity. Lots more parents said YES they’re in. And even some of the teachers at my son’s school said they’d let the kids dress them.

#mykidsdressedme for Comic Relief with #honkfromhome

then got extremely over-excited when Comic Relief’s very own Emma Freud tweeted her love of the idea… LOOK!!

So it looks like #mykidsdressedme is officially ON.

I’ll be letting my kids dress me again. And I hope you will be too.

What’s the plan?

On Red Nose Day, Friday 13 March, (and in fact on any other day you fancy in between!) let’s try to get as many parents as possible to get dressed by their kids; and ask them and their friends to donate to Comic Relief for the pleasure of joining in (or seeing someone they know make a fool of themselves…).

The Bear and the Rabbit does #mykidsdressedme #honkfromhome

If you want to do it earlier, or for longer, feel free. To join in, just text "FUNNY" to 70011 to donate £1! 

And when you have a go, you could also nominate 3 others to have a go at #mykidsdressedme for charity next!

 If you do it earlier - like even TODAY or TOMORROW - you might even get your photo featured in Comic Relief's posters and on the set... BE WARNED!

As long as you donate, we don’t mind when you do it or what you wear. Because underneath all the long velvet coats, teddy-bears and red patent heels, what really matters is how the funds we raise can make a difference to those in need.

OK I’m in – eek - what should I do first? 

Pledge to join us using the hashtags #mykidsdressedme and #honkfromhome on social media.

See if your school and/or your bravest mates fancy joining in – it will be much less embarrassing if there’s a whole gang of you looking ridiculous in the playground.

Failing that, go it alone - and nominate 3 others when you're done!

Before you chicken out, ask your friends to donate RIGHT NOW to make sure you really do follow through.

TigerLilly Quinn #mykidsdressedmeHow can we donate?

Just text "FUNNY" to 70011 to donate £1, and share your selfie! You'll get sent a link to send your photo, and it could get used in the Red Nose Day campaign too.... in the background on TV, on posters, the sky's the limit!

And if you want to donate more than £1, feel free to use this #mykidsdressedme Red Nose Day Giving page we made earlier with Team Honk...!

Do I have to be a mum? 

NO definitely not! We want mums, dads, grandparents, teachers, in fact just about anyone who is up for being dressed by the kids in their lives. 

How do I share my photo?

Post it on facebook, twitter, instagram wherever you like! Just add the #mykidsdressedme and #honkfromhome hashtags so we can find it. And of course, donate!

Mokuska #mykidsdressedme

We're also making a little My Kids Dressed Me gallery on Story of Mum, and we'd love to share your photos there too to inspire others to join in - so share it here too if you can! (just click on 'join in' there and find your photo to upload... )

How can I promote what we’re doing?

Please share this post, use the hashtags #mykidsdressedme and #honkfromhome to talk about what we’re doing, and share the text donation number!

Download the posters and facebook image from below, and share them far and wide - with your community, playgroups, schools, and random people you meet in the street...

And naturally, we’ll all be encouraging more people to donate by sharing photographic evidence of us all looking ridiculous on facebook, twitter, instagram and anywhere else you care to hang out, using the #mykidsdressedme and #honkfromhome hashtags.

If you want to follow what we’re up to, find us on twitter at @storyofmum @theBearRabbit and @amyibeeson – as well as following the main @team_honk account.

If you’re happier in the real world than on social media, we’ll be sharing a printable poster very soon that you can use to persuade others to join in or donate. 

Bambino Art Photography does #mykidsdressedme

Still not sure? Here’s a final recap:

10 reasons to let your kids dress you on Red Nose Day (or indeed any other day...!)

1. It will make your morning A LOT more fun (because it’s hard to shout “Shoes! Teeth! Now!!!” and laugh at your reflection in the mirror at the same time)

2. You might actually get to school/work/out the house on time and smiling (we got to school on time for the first time in ages because the kids couldn’t wait to show the world how fabulous I looked…)

3. Even if you don’t get to school on time, everyone will be laughing so much they probably won’t notice. Plus, if you nominate 3 other people to join you, you get to laugh at them too...

4. Your kids will think it is brilliant (either because they genuinely want to make you look ‘good’ or because they genuinely want to make you look like an idiot).

Bambino Art Photography does #mykidsdressedme

5. It’s a great confidence booster. The kids felt like visionary stylists, and I felt pretty amazing (afterwards…!) that I was actually brave enough to prance around the playground looking like that.

6. You’ll be raising invaluable funds for Comic Relief

7. Those funds will help amazing projects like these.

8. You might just discover a great new colour/clothes/hair combination that you’d never considered before. I shall be wearing pink tights and red shoes again, genuinely…

9. One silly colourful morning might just change our big grey world for the better. Because...

10.  Did I mention you’ll be raising invaluable funds for Comic Relief…?

Many thanks for the photos from (top to bottom):

Me, The Bear and The Rabbit, Tigerlilly QuinnAlexandra Goldstein, and Bambino Art Photography.

In other heart-warming news, we have an amazing competition to win yourself some me-time if you fancy that; and we're encouraging you to make yourself Mama Me-Time Tokens. As you do ;)

 

Woop woop! Download your posters and facebook pic as PDFs below - or you can download the image below directly for facebook

#mykidsdressedme facebook image

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