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  1. Dementia is a terrible thing to watch a loved one go through.  My father has vascular dementia and I’ve never known anything like it.

    So it’s helpful during times when you or a friend are trying to deal with a family member who has dementia to know that there are sources to help you get through to them and to give them comfort.

    We found that Dad was often good at remembering things from long ago, and actually reminiscing about old times was a great way to get through to him and have a conversation.

    They often say that when pets come to visit people in a home, residents start to talk about pets and animals they had who are now long gone, because they remember them and a great deal about them.

    Give someone a companion pet who doesn't need feeding

    Unfogettable.org has a range of companion puppies which can be very soothing to people with dementia. 

    Unforgettable.org has a range of companion puppies for people with dementia.  There's a range of breeds to choose from, such as the pug, labrador, beagle, Yorkie, Westie, Golden Retriever and Shih Tzu.  Your loved one can cuddle these - they battery-operated mechanism so their stomach rises and falls as if they are an actually puppy having a nap.  

    So Unforgettable.org has some Memorabilia Packs to help people reminisce and look back over the years.

    These cover different themes – such as the Moon Landing, Garden, Golden Age of Motoring, Women’s War, 1960s Childhood, Beatlemania, Christmas, Seaside and the Many Happy Returns.  Some packs cover a particular decade e.g. the 1950s or 1960s.

    Reminiscing with the Household Memorabilia Pack

    These can provide very good openings for discussion with other residents or family members, care staff and visitors generally as looking through the various items can help bring back memories and start a chat or discussion.

    The Household Memorabilia Pack has for instance…

    • Ration Book
    • Radio Rentals brochure
    • Hygena Kitchen pamphlet
    • Food booklet
    • Ponting's fashion catalogue
    • Miscellaneous ephemera
    • 1950's household names cards

    Discover more about the Memorabilia gifts to help people reminisce here.

    One of the good things about Unforgettable is that they give you an idea for the stage of the journey with dementia a product might be helpful for e.g. Mid/Late.

    Do take a look at their products which range from helping in the journey with dementia whether it’s early or late.

    There’s a 10% off all purchases for the whole of September 2018 (valid until 30 Setember 2018.  Use the code SEPTEMBER10

    Check out the gifts you can get from Unforgettable.org


  2. Having a general browse through its bestselling this morning, I discovered that Deliciously Ella The Plant-Based Cookbook: 100 simple vegan recipes to make every day delicious from Amazon .   

    What's more, it's on offer, so if you're thinking of eating more vegetarian and vegan food, this could be a great time to get started.  

    The book gets very good reviews indeed. It features the most popular tried and tested recipes from her supper clubs, pop-ups and deli, and the vegan recipies cover all sorts of things from salads to veggi burgers and falafel, one pot curries and stews (handy for the winter), fast breakfast, and all the treats you want to indulge in as well - cakes and brownies. 

    Deliciously Ella The Plant-Based Cookbook: 100 simple vegan recipes to make every day delicious from Amazon

    Each recipe comes with a photo to give you an idea of what the finished version should look like - I'm sure mine won't look anything like them as not even my aunt's retriever, Tammy, would eat anything I cooked and brought home from school (and things haven't improved much on the cooking front for me). 

    One of the nice things about this book is that there's insight into Ella's journey and how she grew her blog.  She started to write this as a way to get herself well while she was ill which makes for interesting reading.

    There are over 100 recipes for every day with simple, nouring ingredients, and it's great for anyone looking to give vegan cooking a go for the first time.

    This book would make a great present for anyone who wants to eat less meat and give vegetarian and vegan cooking a go. 

    Browse more Vegetarian and Vegan Books from Amazon



  3. Adoption gifts make for great gifts, especially for the person who has everything and would rather your hard-earned cash went to something meaningful.

    The range of animals you can adopt is ever increasing - but here's a new idea for anyone looking for a gift for someone who loves and cares about nature and wildlife

    Sponsor a Wildlife Guardian

    You can do this from a number of wildlife charities.  The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation has such a scheme and you can sponsor a wildlife guardian for just £32 for the year.

    Wildlife rangers or guardians put their lives on the line every time they go to work.   They are working to protect endangered animals and their habitat, watching for signs of illegal activities such as poaching or illegal logging.  In the last 10 years, it is estimated that over 1,000 wildlife rangers have been killed in the line of duty. 

    Wildlife rangers and guardians may also keep a record of wildlife sightings, help injured wildlife and contribute towards the picture of wildlife in the area.   It depends from one charity or community to another what their role is. 

    The job of wildlife ranger or guardian also gives people work caring for wildlife and their habitats in their region, which also in turn encourages eco-tourism - there are wildlife there for visitors to enjoy! 

    So on World Ranger Day, I wanted to raise awareness of the option to make a donation or adopt/sponsor a wildlife ranger or guardian.

    Sponsor a wildlife guardian with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

    Sponsor a wildlife guardian with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
    Photo copyright Ann-Marie Weeden.

    Click here for information on other charities you can help to help rangers help wildlife! 




  4. Calling all Paddington Bear lovers - or anyone looking to treat a little one (or an adult for that matter), you may want to trot off to Hive.co.uk

    They've got some great offers on that wonderful bear, Paddington.   Did you see the movies?  I loved them both - it takes a lot to get me to the cinema but I adored both Paddington movies. 

    I love Paddington Bear!  He's a legend!


    Go to Hive.co.uk to see the Paddington Bears they have


  5. There are some lovely collections at the National Trust Online Shop and my mother particularly enjoyed the scarf I gave her.

    It's called the National Trust Sussex Downs Sunrise Scarf 2018 and Mum loved it :-)   She adores coming to stay in Sussex and I thought it would be a lovely momento of her stay here...

    National Trust Sussex Downs Sunrise Scarf, 2018

    There's a bag you can also buy to go with it - or you could just get the National Trust Sussex Downs Tote Bag for £25... 

    National Trust Sussex Downs Tote Bag

     National Trust Sussex Downs Tote Bag

    They've also got a rather fun National Trust Mug, Sussex, for £9.00 - click here to take a peek.