Manicure Monday ~ Charity begins at home

manicure mondayHappy 1st December, Can you believe that it’s exactly 25 days until Christmas? I can honestly say I am so nervous because well, I have not yet done any shopping or even picked presents for my family. I was telling myself last month how I should write a list of people I will be giving cards to and also think of presents for my family but since I am a procrastinator I lived up to my name and thought of it but never actually did anything. I am thinking of writing up today once I finish this post but no one knows what I will be doing at the end of this post. Anyway enough of that, to kick start-off the month of December I wanted to share with you my new red nail polish. I have a confession to make, I went to the salon to do my nails. I had them clean and painted, I know I have always said I am not willing to spend £25+ on nails but its been over a year since I last went and I wanted to treat myself somehow so got my nails done professionally and unfortunately can not remember the name of the nail polish but its OPI and I love how it turned out.

manicure 2Now that we have covered the manicure monday part of this post I also wanted to talk about a charity close to my heart that I am happy to talk about especially now that we in December (though it should not really be limited to December but throughout the year). The charity is called send a cow and it specialises in helping poverty stricken families in seven African countries, being an African obviously this speaks to me on a personal level. The charity has been around for a long time and this year is the 13th time they are producing a Christmas catalogue and this year they want to sell 20,000 gifts which then help support different families in Africa.


Replacing the traditional jumper pattern of snowmen or crackers, this udderly stylish Christmas jumper has been created to showcase the charity’s latest altruistic Christmas gifts catalogue, and was custom-knit with maximum comfort and fit in mind for the fashion-conscious cow.

Send a Cow’s Christmas catalogue contains gifts that make a difference to poverty-stricken families in seven African countries. Gifts range from ‘Local Cow’ (£205), which provides a farming family with milk and manure; ‘Little Donkey’ (£9) which helps families take good care of their four-legged friends who transport farm produce to market; and ‘Tip Tap’ (£10), a bestseller which improves hygiene levels in areas where soap and water are luxuries.

About Send a Cow

Send a Cow was started by West Country farmers 25 years ago and in that time has transformed the lives of over one million people. Send a Cow works hand-in-hand with families in Africa, teaching them the skills they need to build lives free from poverty and hunger. By providing training, livestock, seeds and support, the charity helps create stronger communities for the future.
Send a Cow works with poor families in seven African countries, providing practical farming assistance that will last for generations to come and supporting families through every step of their journey out of poverty.


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  1. December 16, 2014 / 3:57 am

    What a cool concept! That color is perfect for the holidays!

    • December 16, 2014 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you Jessica

    • December 6, 2014 / 9:16 am

      Thank you and yes send a cow is an amazing concept that caters to those in need by giving them a life line

  2. Anita
    December 4, 2014 / 7:01 am

    I really like this charity – and the cow photo is hilarious!

    • December 4, 2014 / 12:29 pm

      Cracks me up everytime

  3. December 3, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    What a great charity! Love this idea, and your nail polish is very pretty!

    • December 4, 2014 / 12:29 pm

      Thanks and thanks Jenn

  4. ahealthier fitterme
    December 3, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    What a cool concept is Send A cow.. very cool thanks for sharing ;o)

    • December 4, 2014 / 12:28 pm

      Thanks for stopping by

  5. Iris Gonzalez
    December 3, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    What an awesome post! I really want to do this for a family. What greater way to bless someone than by giving a gift that will help them live better?! And I agree this type of giving should continue all year long! God bless.

    • December 4, 2014 / 12:28 pm

      It’s amazing thing helping someone better there lives

  6. December 3, 2014 / 3:51 am

    Haha aww that cow in a sweater! 🙂

    • December 3, 2014 / 2:46 pm

      I know Lindsay, its hilarious

  7. December 2, 2014 / 8:55 pm

    I have heard of these programs but not Send a Cow just yet. LOL the sweater is hilarious 🙂

    • December 2, 2014 / 10:30 pm

      hahahaha the sweater cracks me up everytime

  8. December 2, 2014 / 8:20 pm

    I’ve never heard of Send a Cow, but I love the idea! And the sweater is too funny 🙂

    • December 2, 2014 / 10:30 pm

      hahahaha I know right, they are a good charity

  9. December 2, 2014 / 7:13 pm

    What an amazing idea for a family to focus on! Love it.

  10. Kristine Foley
    December 2, 2014 / 5:21 pm

    What an amazing charity! Thanks for sharing!

    • December 2, 2014 / 10:30 pm

      Anytime, thanks for stopping by

  11. Brenda
    December 2, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    That sounds like an awesome charity! You did a great job with your nails too!

    • December 2, 2014 / 10:29 pm

      Thank you hun, they are

  12. December 2, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    Your nails look fabulous – it’s good to treat yourself occasionally 😀 Send a cow sounds like a fantastic charity!

    • December 2, 2014 / 10:29 pm

      Thank you, definitely treating myself

  13. December 2, 2014 / 12:25 pm

    ‘Udderly stylish’ LOL!! Sounds like a fab charity. Although I can’t get over the picture of the cow looking highly unamused in his jumper. Love the nails. Such a beautiful colour!

    Katie <3

    • December 2, 2014 / 2:13 pm

      Hahaha it’s a fab charity and Gloria the cow though not amused is very warm lol

  14. Heather
    December 2, 2014 / 6:56 am

    I love send a cow! It’s such a fun, unique and important charity! Love your nail color too…good choice! 😉

    • December 2, 2014 / 7:20 am

      Thank you Heather

  15. Becky
    December 2, 2014 / 5:39 am

    I love how you say send the cow, not eat the cow!

    • December 2, 2014 / 7:20 am

      hahahaha so true but they use the cow for so many things but eventually it will be eat a cow

  16. Karissa Ancell
    December 2, 2014 / 4:11 am

    What a lovely color.

  17. Ruthy T.
    December 2, 2014 / 4:10 am

    love learning about the send a cow catalogue!

    • December 2, 2014 / 7:19 am

      glad to hear that

  18. December 2, 2014 / 3:22 am

    Perfect Mani to kick off the holiday season. You still have time to do the rest, just breathe! I love the charity you mentioned. I may have to use it in my #GivebackTuesday post tomorrow. Have a great week!

    • December 2, 2014 / 7:19 am

      Thanks Angie and sounds great. I definitely need to breath

  19. December 2, 2014 / 2:47 am

    Such a pretty color! I need my nails done!

    • December 2, 2014 / 7:18 am

      Thanks Candace

  20. Popofstyle
    December 2, 2014 / 1:34 am

    i’m dying about the cow in the sweater! lol that color looks beautiful on your skin! 🙂

    • December 2, 2014 / 7:18 am

      hahahaha Gloria is a funny cow in a sweater lol and thanks

  21. December 2, 2014 / 1:23 am

    What a fantastic charity and I love the personality they show with the adorable sweater for the cow (I love cows). That nail polish looks fabulous on you!

    • December 2, 2014 / 7:18 am

      It’s a great charity and thanks

  22. December 2, 2014 / 12:42 am

    I looove that color! I love OPI!

  23. Bianca
    December 1, 2014 / 10:45 pm

    Okay that nail color is ON POINT! Perfect for the holidays. And that cow!!! LOL seriously hilarious!

    • December 1, 2014 / 11:38 pm

      hahaha I know Gloria is hilarious, the charity has such a sense of humour. Thanks I love the colour too x

  24. December 1, 2014 / 8:42 pm

    I love charities that gift livestock, and the cow sweater is hysterical!

    • December 1, 2014 / 10:29 pm

      hahaha I know right, gat to love Gloria the cow

  25. December 1, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    Love the nail colour. Perfect for this time of year!

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