#raisesomedough For Comic Relief with HomeSense

Comic Relief

#raisesomedough for Comic Relief

Comic Relief

Red Nose Day is on Friday 24th March 2017

HomeSense has partnered with renowned fashion and portrait photographer Rankin to create exclusive aprons for Red Nose Day 2017. The apron features a selection of unique, quirky and quintessentially British animal portraits including Rankin’s own dog.

Red Nose Day and HomeSense are official partners for the third time. Iconic photographer, Rankin, has photographed a host of celebrities wearing the apron. The Hairy Bikers, Si King, and Dave Myers are fronting the campaign. The bikers will be supported by a whole host of celebrities including, Nadine Coyle, Pearl Lowe, Nadiya Hussain, Jodie Kidd, Susanna Reid, Kimberley Wyatt, Lesley Joseph & Linda Robson, Una Healy, The Hemsley Sisters, Ella Mills (Deliciously Ella), Fay Ripley, Vogue Williams and Tim Lovejoy.


The adult apron, priced at £12.99, will be available to buy in HomeSense and TK Maxx stores from 13th February and online at tkmaxx.com and rednoseday.com. With at least £5 from every adult apron sale going to Comic Relief, the money will help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across Africa.

The HomeSense Red Nose Day range, created by Rankin, also features a new children’s apron encouraging the whole family to join in the bake sale action by getting creative in the kitchen. Further products in the collection include a tea towel, also designed by Rankin, as well as a leather journal and a colouring-in notebook.

A spokesperson for HomeSense said: “Rankin has really risen to the challenge with this year’s apron design, encouraging adults and children to get in the kitchen and make their bakes matter.

The quirky and unique design featuring an image of man’s best friend (Rankin’s own dog) and a range of other animals, will encourage people to grab an apron, get messy in the kitchen and support the good work that Comic Relief does to help transform people’s lives here in the UK where we have customers and stores and across Africa.”


“When I was asked to create this year’s Red Nose Day exclusive collection for
HomeSense I agreed without hesitation. It is a fantastic cause and I knew it would be a lot of
fun. What you’re seeing is some of the best talent in the animal business and, although I’m
never one for nepotism, my own dog got on the team sheet. I wanted to make these images
as cute and fun as possible and I hope I have included something for everyone which
encourages both adults and children to get in the kitchen and raise some dough for Comic

Michele Settle, Director, UK Campaigns & Brands at Comic Relief

“Baking is one of the most popular Red Nose Day fundraising activities across the UK and this exclusive apron by
Rankin enables you to look stylish in the kitchen and raise money too. So make your bake
matter for Red Nose Day 2017.”

Details and Prices:
All profits from the sale of the aprons and the tea towel will be donated to Comic Relief to
help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK
and around the world. The apron is available to buy from Red Nose Day official partners
HomeSense and TK Maxx stores throughout the UK from 13th February and online at
tkmaxx.com and rednoseday.com.

HomeSense and Comic Relief

Increasing Traffic By Optimizing Your Site For SEO

Increasing Traffic

It’s no secret that I’ve been working on my site SEO (search engine optimisation for those who don’t know) for months now. When I first started blogging, I’d never even heard of SEO, let alone knew how important it was. I’ve since found out having good SEO practices can help increase traffic to your site.
I went through a stage where I checked my stats all the time. The last couple of years, though, I’ve not really bothered about them. I just blogged when I wanted and enjoyed the process.
My blog was written so my kids to look back on their childhood when they’re older. That was more important than stats 🙂

I’m still not that worried about my stats but It is nice when I get my weekly stats email and see a few more people have visited my site 🙂
I decided it couldn’t hurt to try and increase my SEO so I started working on it.

When I moved over to WordPress, I installed a plugin to help me with SEO and I’m now working my way back through over a thousand posts, getting the SEO in order.

There’s help out there for those who don’t have a clue where to start. Google will bring up hundreds of firms who can help.

As for me, I’ve got to get back to sorting my own SEO out. I’ve just checked and I have 3 posts with a bad SEO score. 19 posts have an OK score. 138 have a good score (yay!!) and 1587 posts with no score because no keyword has been specified!
I reckon it’s going to take me all of next year to get those 1587 posts updated with a good SEO score!

increasing traffic using SEO



4 Things – Fun questions to answer :)

4 things

4 things

I saw this on Kim’s blog, Northumberland Mam, yesterday and thought I’d join in the fun 🙂

4 Things questions

Four names that people call me other than Michelle:

1) Mum
2) Shell
3) Shelly
4) The husband calls me his precious little swamp duck!

Four jobs that I have had:

1) Mother’s help (like a Nanny but less money and more work!)
2) Factory supervisor in a packaging factory
3) A very short stint as a care worker in an old people’s home
4) Laundrette manager

Four movies I have watched more than once:

1) It’s a wonderful life
2) One magic Christmas
3) Mary Poppins
4) The wizard of Oz

Four books I’d recommend:

1) The October list by Jeffrey Deaver
2) The Harry Potter books.
3) The Agatha Raisin books
4) The Wideacre trilogy by Phillipa Gregory

Four places I’ve lived:

1) Kilburn (Derbyshire, not London)
2) Denby
3) Belper
4) Lincoln

Four places I’ve been:

1) Scotland.
2) Holland
3) New York state
4) Vermont

Four places I’d rather be right now:

1) Italy
2) Anywhere away, just me and the husband
3) Disney World.
4) On the beach, eating fish and chips!

Four things I don’t eat:

1) Tripe
2) Liver
3) Olives
4) Cockles

Four of my favourite foods:
(I’ve kept the first three of Kim’s choices here!)

1) Chinese.
2) Pizza.
3) Chocolate.
4) Ice cream

Four TV shows I watch:

1) Call the midwife
2) Big Brother.
3) Criminal Minds
4) Finding Carter

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

1) Our caravan holiday at Mablethorpe in October
2) Doing the things on our Summer Bucket List
3) My mum coming to dye my hair. The amount of grey is now horrendous!
4) My absolute favourite time of the year…..CHRISTMAS!

Four things I am always saying:
(Also sticking with Kim’s first and fourth choices here!)

1) Stop fighting with your sister!
2) For goodness sake!
3) Girls, enough!
4) Go and ask your dad!I tag…anyone who fancies sharing their own four things!