4 reasons we should all keep a journal – so we’re giving a Color blind cards one away

Notting Hill Carnival’s Family Day

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Taking place on Sunday August 30th and August 31st, the Notting Hill Carnival has been a linchpin of Ladbroke Grove’s history since 1964. Sunday is family/ children’s day, and if following the floats which begin and end at Canal Way W14 next to Sainsbury’s Car Park is too much effort, head to Powis Square for the World Music Stage. Calypso, soca and up and coming artists from other genres make this a great place for families to drink in the Caribbean vibes. www.thenottinghillcarnival.com

 

 

Start writing – win a gorgeous Color blind cards journal

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The benefits of keeping a daily journal are recognised as better connection with our values, emotions and goals, better mental clarity and problem solving capacity. Keeping a nightly written update of our day creates improved insight and understanding, mental health benefits and personal growth.

So we are urging everyone to take a break from technology and join us in journaling.

Win a beautiful Color blind cards journal to kick-start your writing. Email us at info@colorblindcards.com with why you deserve this inspiring hard backed lined journal, the best answer wins.

 

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International Friendship Day  

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Today is the day earmarked to celebrate friendship, but we love the idea of extending friendship beyond those we know by doing something to put a smile on the face of a stranger who needs a lift.

On a rainy day, a Muslim man took off his shoes and socks and gave them to a barefoot bus passenger saying “you can take these. Don’t worry about me – I live close by and can walk.”

A passenger shared the pics on facebook causing the story to go viral.

Lets all pay it forward this week and celebrate friendship with our own acts of kindness.

 

Kids heading back to school? Earn extra cash as a Color blind trader

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With the start of the new school term looming, if you are a parent with extra time on their hands why not consider becoming a Color blind cards trader and selling our gorgeous range of cards?

With start-up costs as small as £25 and great profit margins, it’s a great way to earn extra funds.

For further information and to sign up click here

http://colorblindcards.com/become_trader

Or get in touch with any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The magic of completing 21 days without complaining (and bank holiday fun)

Rhythm Kitchen’s Caribbean dinner giveaway

Rhythm Kitchen DelroyDelroy Dixon or ‘The Jerkfather’ as he is better known, invested his life savings to launch Rhythm Kitchen in London’s Stratford Westfield shopping mall.

Having played host to everyone from hungry Olympians to Nicole Scherzinger and comedian Oliver Samuels, the Chef prides himself on supporting local suppliers and workers for community benefit.

We have a mouthwatering meal deal or ‘Chef special’ for two to give away to twitter followers who share their favourite Caribbean recipe with us via social media… Good Luck!

 

 

Bank Holiday fun  = Afro Hair & Beauty Show

Afro hair & beautyFor stage shows, pampering and some of the UK’s best Afro hair stylists going head to head in their annual WAHL Battle of the Barbers, it’s a great event to enjoy with family and friends.

With many of the industry’s leading brands exhibiting at the show, you’ll be able to check out the latest product innovations, services and take advantage of free samples and live demonstrations. Win a pair of tickets by tweeting and telling us what self love means to you. Our favourite answer wins. We’ll see you there!

Book your ticket here

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Once you go… you know 

Jeneil in Shelniel at CFWThe countdown is on for Caribbean Fashionweek 2015 in Kingston Jamaica. It’s not too late to book a flight and join us for ackee, salt-fish and a shopping break like no other.

Jeneil Williams who became Loreal’s first Caribbean ‘face’ with her campaign earlier this year, will return to the catwalk sporting some of the regions most impressive local design collections, and Billy Ocean will play a full set on CFW’s closing night.

What’s not to love…

 

 

Could you go 21 days without complaining? 

complaint free worldHave you heard of Will Bowen’s global hit ‘A complaint free world’?

Neither had we until a friend presented us with a copy and a wrist band to help us get started on the challenge of not complaining for 21 consecutive days.

Inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou’s ethos “Complaining, lets a bully know that a victim is in the neighbourhood” A Complaint Free World’s vision is to transform the attitudes of 1% of the world’s population – sixty million people.

The book was a global hit and the six millionth bracelet was presented to the iconic Angelou herself.

21 days without a complaint and watch the magic happen. We’re up for the challenge, are you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose beautiful – and what makes you proud of your culture?

Want to work at Channel 4? Don’t miss their nationwide Pop-ups

channel4talent-logo-192x192Following Channel 4’s public announcement last year of their commitment to ensuring 20% of staff will be from ethnically diverse backgrounds by 2020, the channel is launching a series of “C4 Pop-up” events to offer young people from diverse backgrounds, insight into how to get into the media industry

The first Pop-Up will be held in Bournemouth on 9 May, followed by events in Norwich, London, Wolverhampton and Preston.

Each event will also provide details of a “challenge” where attendees are given the opportunity to work with TV commissioners and production companies to produce a documentary or game and win access to training and technical equipment.

Tell us what makes you proud of your culture to win Obi and Titi books! 

If you and your children haven’t already fallen in love with Obi and Titi, this trailer for their first adventure – The Hidden Temple of Ogiso will delight you. Created by Oyehmi Begho, the characters and tales provide a delightfully refreshing representation of African history and culture, as the animated pair’s game of Hide & seek unlocks a magical journey.

We know the power that positive, representative images hold for children, Oyahmi we salute you and your brilliant response to the continued call for more diverse children’s books.

To be in with a chance to win a book from the series be sure to follow us at @Colorblindcards and tell us what makes you proud of your culture!

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10% off our greeting card selection packs

Child's birthday greting card selection packSave the last minute dash to buy a birthday card with our birthday card variety pack – a must for organised mums.

Complete with twelve of our award winning greeting cards designs and envelopes for boy’s and girl’s birthday occasions, put the pleasure back into giving.

Enjoy 10% off with code 10CBC

 

 

Will you choose beautiful?

Dove have done it again with their latest #ChooseBeautiful campaign which launched on April 7. Setting up signs above side-by-side doors in 5 cities around the world. In each city, one door read “Beautiful” and the other “Average.” A camera crew then monitored the way women reacted to the doors – and which one they chose to walk through. The results provide powerful commentary on how many women around the world perceive their own beauty.

Which door would you have chosen? And is your perception of beauty based on your personal definition or others? Thought provoking stuff from the Dove brand which is commanding the female empowerment space in the beauty sector right now. We love!

Color blind cards founder in Red Magazine and rearing kids with selflessness

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Returning for a seventh year, nominations for the National Young Writer of the Year Awards are now open. With the coveted prize of a trip to Disneyland Paris for their whole family – and £500 worth of books for their school up for grabs, dust of your biro and get writing. The closing date for nominations is the 5th June, so don’t delay, make sure you visit to enter

Click here

 

IMG_4296_HI_RESOur Founder Jessica graces Red Magazine for Lancome…

This week Color blind card’s Founder Jessica Huie was featured in Red Magazine’s brilliant Anti-Apathy issue and online, alongside three other entrepreneurs discussing what confidence, means to them.

Check out the video here!

 

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Save the Children have devised a great way to get children fundraising while having fun. Den Day, which is being held in homes across the country between 29th May – 6th June, is a great way for our kids to get creative with the money they raise through being sponsored to stay in their dens overnight, helping to save lives. Sign up now and you’ll get a super Den Day kit, with advice on how to make a super cool den in your own home.

Click here for info

 

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“The Reward of our work is not what we get, but what we become.”

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Strive Festival for teens takes over South Bank

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We are in awe of whoever is putting together the eclectic events schedule over at the Royal Festival Hall.
STRIVE takes place 10th-12th April and invites teens & twenty-somethings to take part in a beatbox workshop, listen to a ‘Make it in the music industry’ seminar, Hula-hoop for an hour or just hold out for the Friday night gig.
Did we mention most of the events are free?
They book up quickly, get online!

Introducing our new party invitations!

www.RichardPascoe.co.ukWe’ve extended our range of adorable party invitations. Ensuring that your invites are just as much of a talking point as the party itself, say no to the generic mass-produced invitations that have saturated the market – ours are sooo much more special. Priced at £3.99 for a set of 12 with envelopes, the range comes in eight sweet designs.

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This year the National Trust has teamed up with Cadbury’s for 2015 Easter Egg Trails! Families across the UK are invited to unleash their inner explorer, with adventurous trails taking place across the country throughout the Easter holidays. All Eggsplorers will receive a delicious chocolate Cadbury Egghead at the end of each completed trail, and every single Cadbury Easter Egg Trail is going to support National Trust projects. So pull on those boots and let’s get trekking!
Click here to find a hunt near you

Kiddidrop.com’s top tips to maximising your time as a parent

Kiddidrop LogoLet’s face it we’d all love to drop and collect our kids from school each day, taking time to meander in the playground and wave them off patiently.
But the demands of today’s society mean that many of us are juggling careers with families.
With this in mind Kiddidrop have devised a way to make the morning runs less stressful and as guilt-free as possible for us millennial mothers.
Enabling you to connect with other parents in your area so that you can share the weekday journey to and from your child’s school to fit in with your busy schedule!
Visit www.kiddidrop.com to register for FREE and to search for nearby matches to share journeys to school. Genius.

Many cultures, One story

Many cultures, One story

International childrens book dayThe 2nd April sees children across the world take part in International Children’s Book Day with this year’s theme Many cultures, One story. Each year the Day is sponsored by a different country which decides on a theme and invites an author from that country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. There are wonderful children’s books being published around the world and International Children’s Book Day is a good reminder to make a point of sharing books originally published in other countries with our children. Check out your local library for info on events taking place in your area.

Unearth Jamaica’s Hidden histories

jamaica hidden historiesWhether you are of Jamaican heritage or not, this brilliant educational project by Full Spectrum Productions aims to unearth and communicate information to diverse communities to understand the history of Jamaica, its distinctive cultural identity and links with Britain. Given the fact that Jamaican culture has become a global brand, it makes for a fascinating day out. “It would be hard to find a better expression not just of Jamaica’s contribution to modern London but of the tragedy, joy and potential of this very special island story” says the Evening Standard. We couldn’t agree more. Click here to find out more
www.RichNSkinny.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommend a local stockist!

cbc gift selectionWe are on a mission to increase our presence in local stockists, the life blood of the high-street. To help us on this mission we are launching our recommend a stockist competition. Do you know of a local independent gift or card shop where you think Color blind cards should be stocked? Simply tweet us @Colorblindcards the name of your recommended retailer and any other useful details, and we’ll randomly select a winning ‘tweeter’ to bag a Color blind cards goodie bag worth over £40.

 

 

Things We Adore 

keep-calm-spring-is-here-Missed the eclipse? Never mind spring has sprung!  As the perfect season to clear out, regroup and create space for growth and reflection, we’ve selected our top 5 places to revel in spring-time beauty during Easter days out around the UK.

  • Hyde Park for a boat ride on the Serpentine
  • London’s Holland Park for peacock spotting
  • Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park for its walking trails
  • Wimpole Estate in Shropshire for farm animal play

Hodnet Hall in Shropshire for instagram worthy blooms

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BBC to give children mini-computers in Make it Digital scheme
kid pcThe BBC is set to give away mini-computers to 11-year-olds across the country as part of its push to make the UK more digital. One million Micro-Bits will be handed out to children starting secondary school in the autumn term, as part of an initiative to increase digital skills among young people and help fill the digital skills gap.  By equipping school kids with computer skills as early as eleven, the hope is that we’ll develop the nation of tech savvy individuals required to fill the estimated 1.4 million “digital professional shortage” expected over the next five years.

 

Natural hairstyles make headline news
Simone PowderlyWhile the news that Simone Powderly was asked to change her hairstyle during a job interview highlights just how much work we as a society have to do in terms of making our perceptions and attitudes suitable for present day multicultural Britain, the fact the story made the BBC news is a positive thing – as the more bad PR that outdated stereotypes and prejudice secure, the quicker we can make them a thing of the past! Well done to Simone for sharing her story with the British media and helping to put prejudice on the news agenda. Read more about the story here

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ACLT launches campaign video
ACLT LogoLast week saw the launch of the ACLT’s first YouTube campaign video which aims to spread awareness about the lack of BME (Black Minority Ethnic) donors registered to the UK stem cell register. Created in memory of leukaemia patient Kevin Kararwa, the video received over 1500 hits within the first 24 hours of it going live and has caused a buzz across broadcast media. So if you haven’t seen the video yet, make sure you go and support the cause!
View the #CouldYouBeAMatch video here

 

Things We Adore!

logo-lg-chutney-babyChutney Baby clothes range
Founded by sisters Nisha and Hina, Chutney Baby is a celebration of Indian culture and adorable baby gifts, with the unusual edge of being presented in a chutney gift jar! Creating designs that illustrate Indian family heritage through illustrations on a range of baby clothes, Chutney Baby  depicts the close relationships each member of a close knit Indian family has with its new arrival. We absolutely love.

It’s official – multicultural experience is good for business

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Columbia Business School finds people with multicultural experiences are more creative
It’s official, embracing alternative cultures is not just good for society – it’s good for business! Research from Columbia Business School has found that one way to enhance creativity is to immerse yourself in a multicultural experience.

Experts admitted what most of us could have guessed – that people who have experienced other cultures have the openness and cognitive flexibility to make an organisation more creative. Experiencing other cultures increases our overall openness to new perspectives and brings a new dynamic and outlook to business.

Last minute Mother’s Day card shopping!

We’ve got it covered…Order today to receive your card in time for Mothering Sunday!

Click here to see our Mother’s Day rang

Happy Mothers Day

Week against racismHand in Hand For Diversity!

Diversity is integral to our culture, it enriches our societies and economies and drives us to think more broadly and to respect our differences. Saturday 21st  March is the International Day for the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination.
Every year the UN urge NGOs, community organisations, schools and local councils to take a stand against racism by organising activities, supporting others, or spreading the message to encourage others to stand hand in hand for diversity.  
Find out how you can get involved here

Things we adore…
Uber vows to create a million jobs for female drivers by 2020 
UN-Women-logoTaxi app Uber has teamed up with UN in a pledge to employ a million female drivers within the next five years. Done in an effort to advance gender equality, the move begs the question as to why this is still an issue in the year 2015.The company’s first step will be to sit down with UN Women to discuss a plan of action for attracting women drivers in order to meet their goal.