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All posts in Christmas

I would say it seems odd to think about Christmas while sipping on cocktails and topping up our tans, but let’s face it, summer’s a washout. It’s been raining for weeks… but, nevertheless it is sort of nearly Christmas, at least in mag land. In August, we start thinking about our Christmas ideas. By Christmas, we’re over at Mother’s Day.

Christmas stories…We are looking for any stories¬†around the Christmas theme. Perhaps this will be your first Christmas with a long lost family member or your first Christmas since someone you love passed away. It might be your first Christmas alone, or maybe you love spending Christmas alone, or abroad, or both! Maybe you’ve lost weight since last Christmas or stuck to your new year resolutions in 2017. ANYTHING festive, get in touch today!

nyresbest-largeA new year, a new beginning, a new you, right? We’ve all been there, making resolutions to be better versions of ourselves. Most of us fail after about 17 hours. (Just me?) But these three beauties took their resolutions right through the year and kept going!

Kell made a pact to try something new every week, Sarah ditched shopping and learned to sew her own clothes and Nikki vowed to give to the food bank every time she shopped – and all succeeded in seeing their resolutions turn into habits. Well done team!

If you’ve kept up your resolutions, let’s hear it! Get in touch today. This story is out in Best this week.

willcockwendybest-largeThis gorgeous open letter comes from mum Wendy to her beautiful daughter Abbie, who has autism and sees the world in a unique way. Worried that she is ‘different’ and longing to be ‘normal’, Abbie often confides in her mum that she wishes she didn’t have autism. But Wendy sees her daughter’s super-power. She sees Abbie’s view of the world as a beautiful rarity that the rest of us are missing out on and in this letter, you can really see the protective and adorable bond between mother and daughter.

Out in this week’s Best.

If you’d like to share a story about autism, please do get in touch. Thank you!

brookjaninetab-jpeg-largeI adore this family. Janine radiates positivity, humour, confidence and charm – all things that would disappear from my personality if I was facing what she is – a terminal cancer diagnosis. But her personality shines through her daughters too, who have grown up in the shadow of cancer and who are adorable, brave young girls. The letter Sophia wrote to her mum brings a tear to my eye and was the inspiration for us to do Janine’s story in the form of a letter to her daughters. It certainly packs an emotional punch.

Janine has a message for us all – remember to check your boobs. She runs a facebook page called Boobie Date and hopes her story will remind us all how important it is to check for unusual lumps regularly.

Please visit breastcancercare.org.uk for support.

wrightheloisebest-largeHere’s my beautiful friend Heloise (story on the bottom right) and her angelic children in a story that celebrates the true spirit of Christmas. Heloise and I went to school together and I’m proud to know her and watch her bring up her children so wonderfully. When I wrote my own story about my darling sister Pip, it was Heloise’s boys who got a mention in the part about seeing Pip as a superhero… That’s because Heloise’s children are just like Heloise – kind, generous beings who are fun, hilarious and lovely to be around.

Christmas is well underway now, the mags are full of Christmas cheer! If you have a festive story get in touch today.

It’s me! Sometimes I do like to tell chapters of my own life too… and here I am in Bella sharing the not at all embarrassing story of the office Christmas party snog that led to a marriage… Nine years later and I can report that our office Christmas party kiss that turned into a relationship that turned into a marriage is going very well indeed. Hurrah for booze and Dutch courage!

We’re in full on Christmas mode at Phoenix Towers at the mo, so if you have a Christmassy story we’d love to hear it! Message me today and we’ll see what we can do.

Notebook on a wooden tableSomehow, Christmas happened. Then somehow stole January and now, it’s February 2016 and we’ve hardly had time to write and thank Santa! The new year brings some incredible new stories. We’ve been writing about parenting with the story of Kelly, the amazing mum of triplets who were all diagnosed shortly after birth with varying degrees of cerebral palsy.

We’re shared stories of women thanking those who saved their lives and those who gave them the greatest gift of all time. We tackled tough subject matter in miscarriage and looked at how important blood donations are in saving lives across the country. (seriously: give blood)

It’s been a wonderful start to a wonderful year. Expect lots of herbal tea, notebooks and flowers to continue to inspire Phoenix Towers!

I’ve been working with the NHS on some incredibly humbling stories about organ and blood donations. Here is Tor, born with cystic fibrosis, in desperate need of a new pair of lungs. Tor was incredibly articulate and wise about the complex nature of needing new lungs. You desperately want them, but you know in order for you to receive new lungs, someone else has to give them away… and we know what that means. Tor is forever grateful to her donor and their family and takes comfort in knowing that her donor lives on inside her, with every healthy breathe she is now lucky enough to take.

Organ donation is a wonderful thing – our final gift back to the world before we rejoin the stars. Three people die each day while waiting for a transplant because there are not enough people signed up to give their organs away. It’s hard to think about for sure, but a wonderful thing to do. Sign up online at organdonation.nhs.uk

Tor’s story is in this week’s New! Magazine. Happy Christmas Tor!

If you’ve been given an incredible gift, please get in touch today to share your story.

GreatestGiftEssentialsIn this month’s Essentials Magazine, we have the absolutely gorgeous trio Jo, Louise and Paula. Jo thanks her canine partner, Derby, for giving her back independence after an accident left Jo needing a wheelchair. Derby has brought confidence and joy to Jo and her family.

Louise thanks her parents for helping to fund the IVF that led Louise to become a proud mum of three – a wonderful story of family uniting to create family. And blooming gorgeous Louise’s children are too.

Paula thanks her husband for helping her overcome chronic anxiety, leading her to now live the most adventurous , wonderful life I’ve ever known. From being too anxious to leave the house, to learning how to be an astronaut – this lady knows how to make up for lost time.¬†Three inspiring stories for the feel-good Christmas issue of Essentials – out now.

If you have an inspiring story about a special someone in your life who has helped you through a difficult time, we’d love to hear from you.

MUNDAYsallyBella (Medium)Jingle Bells! We’ve been working on our Christmas stories since the final days of the summer, so it’s great to see them come to fruition now the nights are drawing in. Here we have the lovely Sally and her twins, Monty and Barnaby. Note, Monty and Barnaby own Christmas jumpers with their names stitched on to them. Want!

The twins gave their mum a scare when they arrived early on Christmas Day last year. Due in February, Sally and husband Sam are now making Christmas Day morning all about the boys birthday, and Christmas Day afternoon all about Christmas. Phew! A lovely story that celebrates the twins arrival while praising the incredible work of hospital staff who see in their Christmasses looking after newborns.

If you have a Christmas story, get in touch today, we only have a few Christmas pages left!