Chicken charity gift card

I’ve started my Xmas gift buying (you know, the stuff that strikes me as awesome on Etsy and I manage to buy ahead of time), and also just general browsing of the charity sites for ideas that are also awesome and ethical…. and I’ve stumbled across a few things this morning that I need to bookmark for future use!

UNICEF charity gifts

First up, I was REALLY excited to see that UNICEF have VACCINATIONS as a charity gift. You can pay for 200 polio vaccines for $40, or 200 measles vaccines for $71.

polioA girl receives a polio vaccine during the Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign at the Kandapara brothel in Tangail on 1 February 2014.  Dhaka, Saturday, 25 January 2014: For the first time Bangladesh today launched its largest ever Measles-Rubella (MR) campaign aiming to reach 52 million children aged nine months to under 15 years to protect them against these infectious diseases. Organized by the Government of Bangladesh, this campaign is one of the biggest public health mobilization efforts in the country, engaging thousands of vaccinators and volunteers. The campaign will cover more than 170,000 schools and 150,000 immunization centers over a three week period (ending 13 February 2014) with a special attention on children living on the streets and other high-risk populations.Plans are underway to vaccinate children living on the streets and other high-risk populations in urban areas who may not attend school or go to community vaccination sites. In the urban areas, teams have been assigned to cover railway stations, bus stations, river and sea terminals, parks and even footpaths. Special teams have also been mobilized to cover hard-to-reach areas such as haor (surrounded by water) and char (small islands) areas, large market places, rice mills, brick fields, brothels and places where working mothers live with their children. Routine measles vaccination coverage has reached 86 per cent  of children aged under one year in Bangladesh. This means that around one million children under one year remain susceptible to measles each year as they are left out or unable to develop immunity. Although in 2012, Bangladesh introduced measles second dose vaccine for children aged 15 months, older children still remained susceptible to the disease. These children need a second chance for survival. If a woman is infected with rubella, particularly before conception and during the first three months of pregnancy, there is 90 per cent chance of her passing the infection on to he

They also have Therapeutic food, clean water and educational gifts.

Care Australia Charity goftsCARE Australia is also in on the charity gifts, with bee hives and musical instruments for classrooms as well as Condoms and sex education! CARE Australia is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring about lasting change to their communities. They are a non-religious charity (as are UNICEF, Oxfam and Amnesty), which is a plus in my books!

Charity gift card - emergency toilet

Oxfam Unwrapped is one of the older “virtual goat” options, which I’ve happily bought from in the past. With ecards and “IRL” gift cards to give and send your friends. Some cool gifts are emergency toilets, wells and clean water, and manure. Sweet!

And lastly this one isn’t virtual, but I know people who need powerbanks, so why not an Amnesty one?

Amnesty Internation Mobile power bank
Amnesty International Portable phone charger, $29.95.

Of course, gifts aren’t just for Christmas…. I mean who wouldn’t want to receive 360 tablets of anti-malarial drugs as a “Thank you for being awesome” gift?


Christmas is Coming!

October 21, 2014 · 6 comments

I know! It’s starting to creep all around me!

From checking out Aldi’s Chrissy Range in the catelogue, with my niece exclaiming “MINE!!!!” every few items….

Blue christmas lights from aldiball lights
Ez wands the “du!” (blue) and the “gall” (ball) lights.

To being dragged out to the shed and being nagged to get the Xmas tree up!

christmas tree

To emails about elves on shelves, and participating in online gift exchanges, to thinking about buying cards, and having PR pitches about shopping for Xmas.

To just liking Xmas and wanting to get the pretties out myself!!!

64 days to go :p


Easy peasy reindeer bikkies

December 10, 2012 · 1 comment

Arrowroot bikkies
Icing from a tin
Tiny teddies
and Choc Chips.


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Yay! FSMas/Xmas/Christmas wishlist time!!!!

Below I’m listing a bunch of things that I’d actually like for Xmas. Yes, you aren’t on there. That’s okay though?


Animatronic, or not, I need more Nekomimi in my life. Purple, or two toned would be cool.

Hello Kitty Things

Yeah, anything Hello Kitty will do :) It will maketh me smile.

Amazon Gift Card / Kindle Books

So, I have a Kindle, but am yet to buy any books for it. Care to help a girl out with a Gift Card or something from my wishlist?

Subscription to Women’s Fitness Mag

I’m needing all the motivation I can get right now to eat healthy and keep moving. And flicking through these glossy magazines has always helped me remember to stay on track! I know there are better deals than you can get online including a two subscriptions for the price of one in the current issue! (might have to get that for me and my sister?)

ANYTHING from Smiggle

Seriously, people, anything. Preferably in Purple or pink. Have you seen their bon bon kits? I WANT THE ADVENT CALENDAR. *breathe*

Notebooks from Typo


I go through a lot of notebooks from Typo. Scribbling away at my thoughts. Ideas. Moods. Insanity. Everything. They’re cheap and cheerful, and one can never have too many! A5 is always better.

A necklace a month from ShanaLogic.com

I would love to resubscribe to the Shana Logic necklace a month club where, each month, a new cute necklace arrives. Or a gift certificate because, since I cancelled my credit card, I’ve missed getting my shanalogic packages :(

Gift Vouchers (or Cash)

So I can buy clothes! And shoes! Generic ones that can be used anywhere are always best :p


I’m sure that’s not ALL I want for Xmas, but it’s a start!

How is your wishlist coming?

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Who can you spot in the tree this year? :)


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Bring on the Silly Season!

December 1, 2011

Happy December! Instead of a new header for Xmas, you shall instead get a resposted pic of one of my ninja xmas decorations. With candycane.

Stealthy Xmas Ninja

Buy Them!

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Got a free sample of the Custom Xmas Cards from moo.com come in the post today. But of course, I chose the nerdiest front, and turned them into fsmas cards. MWahahaaaaaaaaaa.

(back of my design)

I went for the Venn that tune designs. Love them. Great design, solid cardboard.

If you want to receive one with a love note from yours truly, be one of the first 15 to comment here. Don’t leave an address, I’ll reply via email for that.

Yes I’ll post anywhere!


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Xmas 2000.

A lovely weekend with Rish down to visit. Walks through the Botanic gardens, yum cha this morning, a 14 hour sleep, and loads of C Coconut Water. I think Rish got through half of these in two days :)

Coconut water

And Week 456 of Mutterings:

  1. Inhibitions :: loss of
  2. Sprint :: race
  3. You :: me
  4. Shop :: right
  5. Priority :: mail
  6. Testify :: guilty
  7. Guys :: girls
  8. Phone call :: answer
  9. Removed :: taken
  10. Produce :: eggs

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Xmas 2010

January 5, 2011 · 4 comments

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Gingerbread men

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Packet mixes challenge enough!

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I give the best gifts :p

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B-I-L goes custard and cream

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Can we keep him?

I got given a model railway to start my collection. So looking forward to getting it going over the next week! :D

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December 25, 2010 · 6 comments


May you eat much food and have many hugs!

(oh and try not to lie to the kids too much)



(and a webcam flashback from 2004)

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