Elizabeth Shaw: Thoughtfulness campaign & competition

I am taking part in a campaign by Elizabeth Shaw (yes the chocolate company!) which is focused on thoughtfulness and consideration.

The campaign coincides with the twice yearly clock change next week (October 30th) when the clocks go back an hour and we gain an extra hour. Unfortunately the clock change and changing seasons means dark nights and less sunlight. Many people feel down and a little depressed when the cold dark nights creep in. I for one know all about this as o suffer from S.A.D which brings with it depression and low mood at this time of year.

The dark nights also indicate that Christmas is not far off. Whilst many families look forward to this, there are many that don’t and find this time of year very sad and lonely.

I therefore want to encourage all my readers to spend the extra hour we get next weekend thinking of others and perhaps think of thoughtful gestures to help that person. For example – , calling an old friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, taking your neighbour’s dog for a walk, giving a stranger spare change if they are short of a few pence at the shop. Sometimes just a small act of kindness goes a long way and especially at this stressful time of year.

Next week I will post my thoughtful gestures. 


Elizabeth Shaw have an extremely kind gesture of their own, and that is this huge hamper full of chocolate goodies. 

Yes all this can be yours, and before Christmas too. Inside the hamper is all this.

Β· Dark Chocolate Cappuccino flutes

Β· Dark Chocolate Lemon flutes

Β· Dark Chocolate Mint Flutes

Β· Dark Chocolate Orange Flutes

Β· Milk Chocolate Amaretto Flutes

Β· Dark Chocolate Mint Crisps

Β· Milk Chocolate Mint Crisps

Β· Milk Chocolate Orange Crisps

Β· Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Crisps

Β· Milk Chocolate Almond Bites

Β· Milk Chocolate Cappuccino Bites

Β· Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bites

Β· Dark and Milk Chocolate Mint Collection

Β· Orange Merry Christmas Mini Gift – includes orange flutes and bites

Β· Mint Merry Christmas Mini Gift – includes mint flutes and bites

I would advise the winner not to eat all of this at once as I cannot be held responsible if you do! 

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, simply click the link below to be taken to the entry page.

This giveaway will close on November 11th 2016. One winner chosen at random. 

For more information on the luxury chocolates visit Elizabeth Shaw,


  1. Alica
    October 21, 2016 / 13:47

    I like to leave little notes in my daughters packed lunch when I know she is feeling a little down πŸ™‚

  2. Alison Johnson
    October 21, 2016 / 13:48

    My Husband says I’m thoughtful & do things for others all the time but I don’t see it. I let people pull out of busy junctions when driving, I email/text friends & family if I see something I think they’ll like & I make things for friends & family. These things just see like normal behaviour to me though.

  3. Liam Bishop
    October 21, 2016 / 13:54

    I’d like to spend the extra time with my kids and making sure my wife gets an extra long lie-in! She is always up with them and does so much so anything I can do to give her an extra rest is good πŸ™‚

    Also make more of an effort to say Good Morning to strangers with a smile. That goes a long way when it’s early, cold and grey!

  4. Andrew Petrie
    October 21, 2016 / 13:56

    I befriended a family from Ukraine and helped them learn to speak English.

  5. October 21, 2016 / 14:13

    A few of our neighbours struggle outside so we bring their bins in because sometimes the collectors leave them have way down the street or the recycling bins have been pushed far away by the wind.

  6. lapsapchung
    October 21, 2016 / 14:37

    I love to make cards, and I give batches of them to people who are fundraising for charity. I also help at the local Food Bank

  7. laura stewart
    October 21, 2016 / 14:39

    lovely prize fingers crossed x

  8. Lauren Tourle
    October 21, 2016 / 14:45

    I make special photo albums for my nan and grandad throughout the year of my kids as they dont have the chance to see them very often πŸ™‚

  9. Jayne hall
    October 21, 2016 / 15:54

    wowee yes please

  10. October 21, 2016 / 16:14

    Lovely prize to share with famly – smiles all around! Thank you x

  11. emma walters
    October 21, 2016 / 17:15

    my son and I enjoyed filling a shoebox of goodies for another little boy who is not as fortunate as us for the shoebox appeal

  12. October 21, 2016 / 17:17

    I help my parents find products/information online because they don’t have internet you would be surprised how much it’s helped them over the last few years

  13. laura banks
    October 21, 2016 / 17:18

    helped the mother in law out

  14. Joanne Beale
    October 21, 2016 / 17:42

    Great prize – would love to win

  15. Phil Oneill
    October 21, 2016 / 17:45

    Great prize my wife & daughter would love this πŸ™‚

  16. October 21, 2016 / 20:04

    I buy food for homeless people, just a sandwich or whatever, and I’m private tutoring my friend’s daughter

  17. Amanda
    October 21, 2016 / 20:35

    I help and advise other parents of special needs child because I know how hard it is navigating through services and the educational system

  18. Samantha O'D
    October 21, 2016 / 20:41

    We have donated a lot of clothing and baby items to others

  19. October 21, 2016 / 20:57

    I spend a lot of time helping my daughter & daughter in law with my grandchildren, taking them out, even if its just for half an hour, to give them time to at least have a peaceful cuppa once in a while

  20. Simon C
    October 21, 2016 / 21:12

    We held a party for our neighbours. Invited everyone on the street, as a way of helping everyone get to know each other and break the ice.

  21. October 21, 2016 / 22:51

    I always like to be thoughtful an always ready to a neighbour.

    • October 21, 2016 / 22:53

      ^^^that should read – “and always ready to give help to a neighbour”

  22. Aaron Broad
    October 22, 2016 / 08:51

    I always like to give homeless people food if I can, especially round this time of year must be hard

  23. Jennifer Toal
    October 22, 2016 / 09:12

    I call around to my friends house with goodies and a movie

  24. October 22, 2016 / 09:41

    Buying hubby parcel tape. Donating money to charity.

  25. Val Pownall
    October 22, 2016 / 09:53

    I bake cakes with my little granddaughters for charity cake stalls which helps them to learn not only to bake, but to think of others who need our help, love and support.

  26. Ruth Harwood
    October 22, 2016 / 10:04

    I buy little presents for my kids and leave them on their beds πŸ™‚

  27. Ray Dodds
    October 22, 2016 / 10:42

    Look out for our older neighbours

  28. lucy higgins
    October 22, 2016 / 13:33

    i sponser a child every month

  29. October 22, 2016 / 14:08

    i do my daughter’s ironing i have the time she doesn’t plus i quite like ironing!

  30. Caroline Hunter
    October 22, 2016 / 16:07

    I let my friends try any new face creams I buy to see if they like them.

  31. Margaret Gallagher
    October 22, 2016 / 16:51

    I always support my local hospice (monetary and voluntary) they do such a good job

  32. Shelley Jessup
    October 22, 2016 / 21:07

    I’m always helping with local community actives & charities. We also sponsor a Guide dog.

  33. October 23, 2016 / 12:13

    I would bake a cake for our elderly neighbours to cheer them up

  34. Lorraine Stone
    October 23, 2016 / 14:28

    Take life at a slower pace when visiting elderly relatives or friends. Listen to them, don’t be so keen to “do something else”.

  35. Sophie Ade
    October 23, 2016 / 17:01

    As a Mental Health team leader I will stay an hour after work to do something nice for the residents. Something that I don’t usually get time to do in my working hours. Maybe a bit of karaoke for fun.

  36. October 23, 2016 / 22:22

    I help friends by looking after their children when they need me x

  37. October 24, 2016 / 08:19

    I volunteer at my daughters gymnastics tuck shop to help with fundraisin

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

  38. sarah kirby
    October 25, 2016 / 11:20

    I get my parents shopping for them.

  39. amy bondoc
    October 26, 2016 / 19:19

    i look after an older gentleman at my local coffee shop, i help him with his shopping, sorting out his bills and make sure he eats proper home cooked food not ready meals!

  40. Michelle Hollingsbee
    October 26, 2016 / 22:08

    Our street is quite small with a few elderly residents so I put their bins out every week for them. They really appreciate it, especially in the Winter when it’s quite icy underfoot.

  41. deborah smith
    October 27, 2016 / 09:49

    i send my mum flowers to make her smile when i think she needs a pick me up x

  42. October 27, 2016 / 17:56

    Always say hello to elderly people it really enlightens there day

  43. Tricia Cowell
    October 27, 2016 / 19:33

    I send flowers if friends of mine need cheering up

  44. Abigail Cullen
    October 27, 2016 / 20:45

    I help various family and friends, with their shopping.

  45. Helen Stratton
    October 29, 2016 / 21:14

    Smile at everybody – you’ll be surprised how many people beam back.

  46. October 31, 2016 / 13:04

    I always got my neighbours bins in and out and got shopping out of the car after his operation.

  47. Stevie
    November 1, 2016 / 11:44

    I like the sound of the Milk Chocolate Orange Crisps.

  48. Tracy Gibson
    November 1, 2016 / 18:17

    The chocolate orange Crisps sound amazing

  49. November 2, 2016 / 00:11

    Dark chocolate with the raspberry, yumm yumm

  50. Cupcake R
    November 2, 2016 / 12:50

    Thoughtful gesture- making a new Mum a meal

  51. sallyann johnston
    November 3, 2016 / 17:43

    I do shopping and cut grass for my elderly Aunty so she can stay in her own home x

  52. Charmian Filewood
    November 4, 2016 / 02:29

    I shaved off my almost waist length hair for charity to help a friend out and I like giving blankets and hot food to homeless

  53. Ann Skamarauskas
    November 4, 2016 / 20:52

    go and buy a homeless person a hot drink and sandwich

  54. Christine Lockley
    November 5, 2016 / 14:16

    I like to send friends little gifts or cards through the post when they least expect it. I seem to have accumulated lots of trolley coins so I’ve taken to giving them away or leaving them in the trolley for the next person to come along

  55. Susan Peart
    November 5, 2016 / 21:56

    Shopping for my Aunt, help friends with school run x

  56. Deborah Mackenzie
    November 6, 2016 / 09:27

    Sending gifts to South Africa to my family who are struggling financially.

  57. Claire Jones
    November 6, 2016 / 12:31

    Checking on elderly neighbours to see if they need any shopping

  58. Lauren Old
    November 6, 2016 / 13:36

    Cleaning the house before Mum and Dad get back from holiday

  59. Robert Price
    November 7, 2016 / 12:03

    Shopping for friends and neighbours

  60. jane
    November 7, 2016 / 13:29

    I do as much as I can for others.

  61. Jayne Townson
    November 7, 2016 / 13:42

    I try to do one random act of kindness each day, such as helping someone with shopping, holding open a door, giving way to a car, baby sitting or gardening.

  62. Anthea Holloway
    November 7, 2016 / 19:32

    Looking after neighbours’ dogs when they go out for the day or away for a holiday.

  63. Liam Stephens
    November 7, 2016 / 21:12

    I always try to be thoughtful in my day to day life. I would always help those who need it.

  64. Ruth Davies
    November 8, 2016 / 13:52

    Checking in on elderly neighbours

  65. A S,Edinburgh
    November 8, 2016 / 17:16

    Simply spending time with someone, listening to them and showing them affection; it’s so easy to let that slide and yet it’s one of the most valuable things.

  66. samdy ralph
    November 8, 2016 / 21:00

    simply making a cup of tea or coffee can be a simply thoughtful gesture for people. looking after the neighbors who are elderly by getting their shopping in is another kind thing too/Just thinking of others especially when thy dont expect it

  67. November 8, 2016 / 22:56

    Helping out anyway you can. We’re looking after my neighbors cat as she’s moving and can’t take him with her.

  68. Harneet Farmahan
    November 8, 2016 / 23:13

    Shopping for friends

  69. November 9, 2016 / 11:17

    Look after my baby nephew for my sister so she can work and doesn’t have to pay for childcare

  70. Ian Campbell
    November 9, 2016 / 13:22

    I’ll sweep up all the leaves that have fallen in my Dads garden, and generally have a tidy up. It’s a bit cold outside for him, and the garden’s looking a bit autumnal and messy, so good to get it back in tip top condition again!

  71. Christine Hobbs
    November 9, 2016 / 16:33

    Work Xmas day so that my colleagues can have the day off

  72. November 9, 2016 / 21:59

    I helped a diabetic man and his distraught partner get home safely the other day after he had fallen ill.

    November 9, 2016 / 22:04

    Always clear the road & paths around my home & neighbours when it snows.

  74. karen T
    November 9, 2016 / 22:59

    I rescue injured or sick wildlife and help ensure it receives the right medical treatment and that they are returned to the wild

  75. sian jameson
    November 9, 2016 / 23:26

    i take my nan shopping every week, i go to the shops for her most days inbetween. i take my nan to all of her appointments.

  76. November 10, 2016 / 08:59

    I look after my neighbours pets and plants when they go away

  77. jo liddement
    November 10, 2016 / 09:06

    I have a 90 your old neighbour and a group of us who live up the street take it in turns to call round a couple times a day for a chat with her and to do shopping,errands and make sure she is safe and happy and not lonely

  78. Victoria Prince
    November 10, 2016 / 10:00

    I go shopping for my parents πŸ™‚ and I think just general consideration for others – there are probably loads of things we all do every day that we don’t even think about

  79. Irene Murdoch
    November 10, 2016 / 12:23

    Keeping in touch with elderly friends and neighbours to see they are Ok or need anything.

  80. Victoria Dixon
    November 10, 2016 / 12:23

    I sort out mums christmas gift list so she doesn’t have to go out in the cold and struggle as she’s just had a knee replacement operation, plus doing daily chores for her

  81. Rebecca Roberts
    November 10, 2016 / 13:19

    I go to my great grand and help her wrapp all the familys gifts with a glass of sherry of course

  82. November 10, 2016 / 14:03

    spending time with people, listening

  83. nicola ithell
    November 10, 2016 / 17:18

    we go and visit my children’s great nanna in her home and spend time with the other residents too playing games if they have no visitors.

  84. sharon martin
    November 10, 2016 / 17:40

    making the time to talk too and listen to people even if its an elder stranger you’ve got chatting to in the supermarket

  85. Allan Fullarton
    November 10, 2016 / 18:29

    I look after my neighbours pets and home when on they are on holiday.

  86. sarah rowland
    November 10, 2016 / 19:10

    Always treating others how you want to be treated goes a long way, im always happy to help friends and family alike what ever they may need,

  87. karen watt
    November 10, 2016 / 19:50

    Being available to help when friends are unwell running errands

  88. Rebecca Powell
    November 10, 2016 / 19:51

    I love doing nice things for people as often as I can

  89. Sue Price
    November 10, 2016 / 20:12

    I look out for my elderly neighbours & pop round every day to make sure my one neighbour who is on his own, is ok. We have lovely chats, my kids fetch shopping for him & I even get called round to give him his ear drops at times!

  90. fionajk42
    November 10, 2016 / 20:31

    We’ve been spending a weekend every month at our daughter’s house, where we sleep in the same room as our little granddaughter. Our daughter & SIL get to go out for the evening without a toddler in tow, and get to lie in for a change as we either bring our granddaughter into bed with us, or get up and entertain her. Not sure who is doing who a favour: our daughter & SIL get some adult time and a proper rest, but we get the benefit of extra snuggles with our little granddaughter.

  91. allison sullivan
    November 10, 2016 / 21:41

    i have to say i try and be as helpful to others as much as i can.if its keeping a door open to an elderly person or giving a homeless young lad a cup of coffee and a sausage roll

  92. Hazel Rea
    November 10, 2016 / 22:27

    I try to treat everyone as I would like to be treated whether it is spending time chatting to a lonely neighbour, supporting a friend who is having a crisis or just listening to someone who needs to offload a problem.

  93. Natalie Crossan
    November 10, 2016 / 22:39

    Making everyone a cuppa πŸ™‚

  94. Adrian Bold
    November 10, 2016 / 22:51

    Being available to help when friends are unwell or in need.

  95. Oksana Fitzgerald
    November 10, 2016 / 23:06

    I help my 87 years old grandmother every week

  96. Natasha R-M
    November 11, 2016 / 06:59

    I show courtesy when driving and appreciate it when other drivers display the same courtesy.

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