Strive Festival for teens takes over South Bank

Strive Festival for teens takes over South BankStrive festival image

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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Easter egg hunts around the UK for familiesEaster Egg

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

I am not my hair!

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.

The Islington Super heroes who inspired Color blind Cards in 2014

One of our most wonderful mornings this year was spent at Paradise Park PRU school in Islington, with pupils aged 6-11.
We’d been invited in to the Pupil Referral Unit to talk about Color blind Cards, why and how the business was started and why its important, before we worked with the boys to create their own ‘I’m a superhero’ greeting cards based on a popular design in our range. Greeting card design by Laqui

Here we showcase the talented pupil’s brilliant work and depictions of their personal super powers.

Thanks to the artists Laqui, Dante, Romario, Danish, John and Asharn for sharing your unique talents with our followers. It was a magical morning for Color blind Cards and hopefully you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Wishing all of our supporters (and their little super-heroes and heroines) truly wonderful holidays.

Color blind Cards win National Diversity Award 2013 for Race, Religion & Faith!

Jessica Huie

Jessica Huie & Ivar Van Diepen

 We are delighted! On Friday 20th September Color blind Cards were awarded
a National Diversity Award for our efforts to bring diversity to the British Highstreet.
Our founder Jessica Huie attended the awards ceremony with her daughter Monet who had been the inspiration behind the launch 6 years ago,
and was thrilled when Color blind Cards won the entrepreneur of excellence
award for Race, Religion and Faith. The awards aim to recognise nominees who were community organisations, individuals, businesses and entrepreneurs, in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation. Brian Dowling and CBeebies Cerrie Burnell hosted the ceremony; they both did a fantastic job on the night!

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Snowflakes by Cerrie Brunell

Cerrie was particularly interested to learn about the ethos behind Color blind Cards, as her first children’s book Snowflakes has just been published. With the strapline ‘Every snowflake is different, every snowflake is perfect,’ the beautifully animated book tells the touching story of Mia who arrives in the country to stay with her Grandma from the city and finds everything to be
frighteningly different. But then the snow begins to fall and Mia discovers that every snowflake is different – just like every child, and yet they all have so much in common. Available on Amazon here

The roll out of Color blind Cards across Clinton Card stores in 2008 was a
personal triumph for Jessica as a mother and entrepreneur. Today Color blind
Cards are stocked in numerous independent stockists, online at
www.colorblindcards.com and will be available in Britain’s major supermarket
chains imminently. Outside of the UK, Color blind Cards can be found as far
afield as South Africa, Nigeria, Barbados and will debut in the US chain
Staples online super store this summer. The brand have also recently
broadened their offering with a new range of Color blind gifts, which include,
clocks, baby bags, key rings and mouse mats.
“Our greeting cards celebrate the diversity of Britain” Says Founder Jessica
Huie. “Society is changing, the mixed race ethnic group is the fastest growing group
in this country and if you look at London, it is one of the world’s most
multicultural cities and the high-street should reflect that.”

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                          Winners at the NDA’s 2013

As a mother I am passionate about ensuring that my children have access to
positive images which represent them on greeting cards, Color blind Cards is
the result of that motivation, not just for my kids but for all children.”
The National Diversity Awards will be televised on 8th November 2013 on the community channel.

 

 

Diversity is a beautiful word

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Without diversity think how boring the world would be. We would wear the same style of clothes, eat the same food, watch the same movies and stick to the same routine throughout our entire lives. Pure monotony. Diversity shows creativity and the innovation of the human mind to create. So many things we enjoy today have come from a desire to diversify and push boundaries. Steve Jobs revolutionised the way we listen to music and interact with the Iphone, Mark Zuckerberg has developed the way we communicate by creating an online social landscape, Run Dmc brought rap music into our lives, JK Rowling opened our imagination to a new world of fantasy and literature and so many others have changed our lives with their ideas and innovations.

Diversity is a part of all of us, and when harnessed the resut is growth and an enhanced experience for us all. Color blind cards fully embrace diversity and are charting a new path in how we greet and express our gratitude to each other by ensuring that the cards and gifts we send depict imagery which is representative of just how diverse our world is. We weren’t prepared to settle for the limitations of the cards we saw on high-street shelves, and that discontent has brought us on this journey. Perfect time to mention that out mission and success so far has resulted in color blind cards having been shortlisted for the 2013 National Diversity Awards! Up against 4,500 other entries its great to have our efforts recognised – do cross your fingers for us! We’ll update you after awards night on September 20th. We are playing our role and we encourage you to join the movement and play your part. If you want to be part of our team you can become a cards trader and get more information by clicking on this link: http://personalise.colorblindcards.com/become_trade

Personalised Cards & gifts from £2.99

The best Fathers Day gift I ever had

A father should be his sons first hero

With fathers day fast approaching (16th June) some of us might be still thinking about what to get Dad for his special day this year. Thinking outside of the box a little, what would he really value this year, putting yourself in his shoes what would make him think wow! That’s the best fathers day gift I ever had.

First of all maybe have a think about the importance of Fathers Day, although we should celebrate our fathers throughout the year it’s nice to dedicate this one day just for him, to show our love and gratitude for our Dad or father figure.
This will help us to acknowledge the role they play in the family and allows us as their children to express our love and respect and continue to develop the bond between father and son or father and daughter.

Here are a few thoughts of alternative gifts and gestures for father’s day this year:

Take that trip with him that he has always wanted to go on, but you’ve never really fancied. This will not only give you a chance to spend some quality time together, but will show just how much you love him and that you would do that something just for him. Even if it’s the last thing you would want to do normally ☺

Think of a thoughtful present that you know will mean a lot to him, something which reflects his personality, or revolves around a hobby of his.

Why not write a loving message to your father, research a selection of quotes that will inspire you to pen your thoughts, see below for a few ideas:

  • A dad is someone who want’s to catch you before you fall but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again. -Author: Unknown
  • A father is his daughter’s first love and his sons first hero. -Unknown
  • The colors of the world may constantly change, but dad’s love remains the same. -Shelly Bauzon
  • The imprint of the Father remains forever on the life of the child. -Roy Lessin

And finally think about what type of father he is? Is he a traditional father or a modern man? This will help you decide what type of gift he will value the most.

So, good look with finding the perfect gift for your Dad,
Wishing you and your family a happy Fathers Day!
Lots of love

Color blind Cards x

Color blind Cards hit New York

Just back from New York and we are still high from the make it happen energy which permeates every block. Whether it’s the CEOs and execs on the penthouse floors of Manhattan’s swanky office blocks, or the street corner traders flogging everything from miniature empire state buildings to your photo alongside a clothed rat (I kid you not), everyone is on their hustle!

I was 21 when I fell in love with New York City. A young mum gazing up at a P Diddy plastered across Times Square’s biggest billboard its as if my mind expanded and the possibilities just opened up in that moment. I’m not alone. New York inspires a spirit of enterprise in the idlest of souls.

In town this May for the New York Stationary Show, I was on a three-day stint to secure partners for our ColorblindCards.com US offering. As a working mum with a toddler & teen at home, its always tough leaving the babies behind. I know all working mums will relate to the testing moments.

So when it was torrentially raining and I found myself lost on fifth avenue without an umbrella, late for an appointment, missing the kids and wondering what on earth I was doing in New York, the doubts kicked in and I had a sob. Thankfully a cheeseburger and pep talk restored my equilibrium and I finally managed to flag down a taxi and proceed to the Javitts centre for the Stationary show.

Want to know whether the trip paid off? Here’s what happened next…

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Buyer for Staples, one of America’s biggest retail chains

Don’t forget Father’s Day!

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Fathers day strength & responsibility

 

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We have a gorgeous selection of father’s day cards which can be personalized with your dad’s name on the front of the card priced £2.99. Order before 3pm on weekdays for delivery within 24 hours!

Become a Color blind Cards trader by emailing us at info@colorblindcards.com put TRADER in the subject line to receive an info pack