Pieces for Places and their Christmas advert

Pieces for PlacesThere has been lots of conversation recently surrounding the #ManOnTheMoon John Lewis Christmas advert, and we have seen a fair few parody videos of it. Today, we have watched our favourite take on John Lewis’ video by Pieces for Places. They have teamed up with Age UK to help to raise awareness and money.

Pieces for Places is an independent furniture and homeware store in the town of Barmouth in South Snowdonia in Wales. The shop is based in a refurbished chapel and they opened in September 2014. Since they opened a year ago, they have won both a High Street Heroes award and a Fresh Business Thinking award.

You can buy the scarves you see in the advert here and every penny of their profits from the sale of these scarves will go to Age UK. A gorgeous scarf and supporting a worthy charity!

We’ve always wanted to visit Snowdonia, and now we have a great reason to go!

We’re loving fantasy football!

Dream Draft FootballHere at Merryn Magazine, we have to admit that we’re not really that knowledgeable when it comes to football. Besides knowing that there are 11 men on the pitch per team, that’s about as far as it goes. We’ve heard about fantasy football before, so we were interested to hear about a new kind of fantasy football: Dream Draft Football.

Dream Draft Football say on their website,

“Are you tired of the same old fantasy football format where you and your friends end up having all the same players?

Well Dream Draft Football is here to change all that!

At Dream Draft Football you can compete with your friends and you each have your own unique teams in the form of the all-important draft at the beginning of the season!

You and your friends take it in turns to choose your desired players and we can organise this all for you with our online draft system (or if you prefer you can organise your own draft day with your friends and then input your teams to the website!)

Here at Dream Draft Football we play a head-to-head format between users*, the season is a constant battle to reach those all so important play-offs!

Whoever is in the top 4 in gameweek 36 then play semi-final and final matches in the last 2 gameweeks of the season! (There is also a losers match…but you’re not going to be interested in that!)

*If you prefer you can still play a regular head-to-head league without play-offs involved.”

You can click on a player’s stats and this will give you information on things like, how many minutes they’ve played or goals scored in a specific past game.

If you’re into football, it’s definitely worth signing up. We definitely need a Team Merryn! 🙂

You can find out more below:

You can help to get the NHS to number one at Christmas this year

We at Merryn Magazine know just how important the NHS is to so many people in the UK. We have all needed it at some point, some of us are using it right now and I guarantee that we will all access it at some point in the future. The fact that the NHS is under threat from disappearing is scary, especially as it is clear that a lot of people will be unable to access services at all in the future, due to their financial situations.

Dr Harriet Nerva, Dr Katie Rogerson and Joe Blunden have organised a campaign to get the NHS to be our Christmas number one this year (sorry, Simon Cowell!) and we think it’s a fantastic idea. As they say on their Facebook event page,

“The NHS faces a cruel winter ahead. Budget cuts, low staff morale, junior doctors balloting for industrial action, and hospitals up and down the country being classed as ‘inadequate’. We are closer than ever to that cliff edge, but we WILL NOT let the NHS fall. This song is a celebration of the NHS.”

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir have recorded “A Bridge Over You”, which is both “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel and “Fix You” by Coldplay. You can watch it below:

You cannot download the song yet, it will be released closer to Christmas. 100% of the proceeds will go to healthcare charities (they will confirm exactly who these are shortly as no decision has been made yet), but whichever charities are chosen, they will be worthy causes.

If you would like to show your support for the campaign, you can by:

  • joining the Facebook event page by clicking on “Going” (you can then invite your friends along to the virtual event on Facebook)
  • following the NHS 4 Xmas No 1! account on Twitter
  • sharing, sharing, sharing! Harriet, Katie and Joe ask on the Facebook event page “Please share lots of our pictures, videos and posts with your friends and followers – the more people who know about the campaign, the more chance we have of success.”

This is such a fantastic campaign and we at Merryn Magazine are proud to support the NHS.

It’s 50 days until Christmas Eve! Fab Christmas gift ideas

It’s only 50 days until Christmas Eve and this means that we are very excited at Merryn Magazine! When we were young, you’d find us trawling through our mum’s mail order catalogue around the start of November, with an A4 notepad and pen, writing every page number, item, catalogue number and price down, just to be sure that we’d been clear on what we were buying for who. Nowadays it’s even easier to find the perfect gift without ever leaving the house. Below are some of our favourite gift ideas. Click on the image to be taken to the relevant website 🙂

‘Apple Cinnamon Clove Christmas Candle’ from Perfectly Perfect Presents

‘Grey Cat Print Scarf’ from Lylia Rose

‘Birdcage Tea Light Holder Lantern’ from Live Like The Boy

‘Superman Cufflinks / Recycled Comic Cufflinks’ from Geekcycled

‘Cat Necklace Christmas Sugar Skull Style Black’ from DollyCool

‘You & Me Hanging Wall Sign’ from The Other Duckling

‘Superhero’s Saviour Gift Pack’ from Bomb Cosmetics

‘Hair of the Dog – Hip Flask 5oz’ from The Spotted Zebra Company

‘Make Your Own Kitten Toy Craft Kit – Sewing Kit’ from Clara and Macy

‘Christmas gift for Dad Daddy Father’s Day- from little monsters personalised love list’ from The Arty Apples