Welcome to Katez Blog (Kate's Blog). I'm Kate, I'm forty and live in Cornwall. I own and run Love Kates and Handy Ideas.
Read about some of the great products we sell, take a look at our best special offers or join in my discussions about matters that effect my businesses. Read as well about my life outside of work with links to pages I like and discussions about causes I'm passionate about.
Did you know Father’s Day in the UK always falls on the third Sunday of the June?
This year in 2014 that’s on Sunday 15th. Around the world this special celebration of fatherhood and the role fathers play in parenting children is marked in many countries by a day dedicated to Dad’s. Many will celebrate on the third Sunday of June from Albania to Zimbabwe...
I'm still looking for the right person to come and join us at Love Kate's and Handy Ideas. So, if you live locally, are maybe leaving school soon and are interested in an Apprenticeship in retail then get in touch today.
The role dad's play in parenting was first celebrated surprisingly long ago - early in the twentieth century - only a couple of years after Mother's Day was first established in America.
Mother's Day is celebrated worldwide on various dates in the calendar, and mums can expect beautiful cards, generous gifts, bouquets of flowers, lunch with all the family and a day of general pampering and appreciation. Father's Day here in the UK and in the USA falls on the third Sunday of June; but what can Dad expect? A similar smattering of cards and gifts and a day off to play golf with the lads or will it just pass him by like any other Sunday?
Everyone loves a bargain. Our shopping habits have changed so much though in recent years how do we ensure we shop savvy?
As well as great products and service customers today expect a deal or a discount to win their business and this is especially true online. The traditional mark-down sale can still be found on the high-street but our virtual shoppers are out to hunt down much more than just a straight forward end-of-season sale.
It's common place now to even find them browsing in a bricks-and-mortar shop, using a price-checking App on their phone and then ordering online; perhaps whilst sipping their Caramel Frappuccino just a few doors up the street.
After finding the best price they can even buy at an online marketplace like Ebay and have their order delivered to their local Argos store for them to collect when they next fancy a whipped-cream-topped-caramel-drink in a cardboard cup with their name scribbled on the side.
Do we care how our meat is farmed? Sorry, I mean our animals...
We've again seen in the news the latest scandal concerning our supermarket meat and the revelation that much of our meat is slaughtered according to Halal, albeit they tell us most is stunned. Though the labelling isn't required to state either.
I passionately care about this matter and the wider issue of farming and animal welfare in general. Not because I am against the slaughter of animals but because I believe that every living being deserves compassion. A farm ANIMAL should live a healthy, clean and free-ranging life before it is processed into meat. That process too should be quick, sensitive and humane and free of any degree of preventable suffering.
So as our news screens are splattered with these stories; you remember the horse-meat scandal not that long ago and now halal and animal slaughtering methods. Should we care about any of this?
I found an interesting discussion topic in Progressive Greetings this month questioning just that. It was following a complaint from a student at Leeds University, and an article that appeared in the Telegraph. A student was offended by the card and found it sexist. Granted, it is one of the ruder greeting cards available (actually we are told it is no longer available), but are we really in danger of going too far?
At Love Kate's we stock a popular and growing range of humorous cards and even offer a 'FUNNY CARD OF THE DAY' for our customers. Here is an example of one of our more risqué offerings appearing on our Twitter feed:
Hello and welcome. I finally decided the time had come to create my own blog. So here it is! I promise I'll do my best to keep it interesting in the hope I may just tempt you to pop back again soon. Bye for now. Love from Kate.