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  • Blue Eyed Sun launch Deluxe Bamboo Lunchboxes by chic.mic

    Deluxe Bamboo Lunch Boxes - Blue Eyed Sun

    Deluxe Bamboo Lunchboxes by chic.mic are beautifully made from sustainable bamboo fibre feature a wooden bamboo lid and an airtight silicone seal to keep food fresh. They are sized 200mm x 150mm and include a removable inner divider and a small container for little lunch extras. There are eight on trend designs available in the collection.

    With the growing trend to fight single use plastics. more and more people are buying reusable lunchboxes rather than takeaway foods with single use plastic packaging.

    Take advantage of this growing trend with these lovely deluxe bamboo lunchboxes. Available to order now.

    See our regular BambooCups

    Discover our Deluxe Bamboo SlideCups

    Learn about our Bamboo children's tableware

  • Glee Birmingham 2018 - Essential Information

    Glee Birmingham 2018 - Essential Info

    Everything you need to know about the Glee Birmingham 2018 trade show at the NEC:

    About Glee Birmingham 2018

    Autumn Fair 2018 runs for three days from Sunday 10th September to Tuesday 12th September from 09:00 - 18:00 at the NEC in Birmingham. It brings toether an inspirational showcase of over 1,000 British and International Exhibitors and attracts buyers from all over the world. It's a great opportunity to stock up on goods for that all important Christmas season and to see what's new for Spring seasons next year.

    Get your free ticket for the show please click here

    Where to Stay at Glee Birmingham 2018

    There are now several hotels on the NEC site, including Holiday Inn ExpressThe Hilton MetropoleThe Arden, and a Premier Inn.

    Click here for more accommodation options at the show

    Where to Eat at Glee Birmingham 2018

    Check out our 5 Great Restaurants near the NEC Birmingham blog post.

    How to get to Glee Birmingham 2018

    Travel to the show is easy with excellent rail and motorway links. The NEC post code is B40 1NT (if you use a sat nav). You can park for free in several car parks on site, all of which have free shuttle buses to take you around the complex. Birmingham International Rail Station is a 5 minute walk from the show as is Birmingham International Airport. It is an 80 minute train ride from London Euston Rail Station. You can also click on the map below to plan your journey.

    See Blue Eyed Sun at Glee Birmingham 2018

    See all of our top selling BambooCups, the reusable coffee cups tackling the 2.5 billion wasted single use, plastic lined coffee cups going to landfill each year. We also have our beautiful deluxe bamboo lunch boxes, SlideCup and our baby BambooFriends tableware.

    Blue Eyed Sun also have a gorgeous new everyday greeting card range called Biscuit at Glee Birmingham 2018 on stand Stand 19M20. You can also order any last minute Christmas and see our new Spring Season designs for 2019.

    Can't make the show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

    We're at also Top Drawer Autumn on the same weekend

    Glee Birmingham 2018 Show Map

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  • Four Amazing Benefits of Thinking of You Week

    Thinking Of You WeekHow would you like to improve your mental and physical health, become more attractive and have more sex? Believe it or not these are some of the potential benefits of taking part in Thinking of You week this September.

    That’s because sending thinking of you cards is an act of altruism that is often rooted in empathy and/or compassion. Specifically, altruism is an action that benefits someone else. It’s different to empathy (our emotional experience of other’s feelings) and compassion (our emotional response to suffering and authentic desire to alleviate it). 

    If you have all three it can be good for you, good for others and even good for your business.

    It’s Good for You

    When we act generously towards others, we benefit as much as those to whom we are giving. The Dalai Lama playfully calls this “selfish altruism.” For example, a Harvard Study has shown that those who give contributions of time or money “are 42% more likely to be happy” than those who didn’t give  (Ask those who have contributed so far to my Mongolian fundraising and those that haven’t - the latter are definitely more miserable).

    For those that donate their time, psychologists have identified something called “helpers high”. Giving produces endorphins in the brain that produce a mild morphine type hit. Neuroscientists have even shown that the same part of our brain that lights up when we have sex is triggered by giving money to charity.

    It’s not just our minds that benefit, our bodies do too. Compassion can also protect us from stress, through a lower heart rate and lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone) amongst other health benefits. Spending money on others may also lower blood pressure and those that volunteer have been shown to experience fewer aches and pains, better overall health and less depression. According to one study, older volunteers even have a significantly lower chance of dying.

    Taking part in thinking of you week might also improve your love life. One survey of 10,000 people across 37 cultures found that kindness is the single universal requirement and the most important criterion for choosing a mate. Altruists are considered more attractive than non-altruists and they also have more sex.

    Taking the time to focus on others rather than ourselves is undoubtedly good for us. What’s more important is that generous acts like sending a card are good for others too. 

    Good for Others

    None of us ever really know what’s going on inside other people’s minds. So often, those who appear to have everything we might might want in life, decide to end it all. These deaths are a tragic and important reminder for us to take care of one another and let each other know that we are loved. Even those who don’t go to suicidal extremes may still be suffering in silence behind masks of happiness, success, etc. If you love someone, care about them or think they’re great in any way then let them know. A few kind words in card can really brighten someone’s day.

    Royal Mail’s scientific study several years ago showed that mothers have a more positive emotional response towards greeting cards compared to electronic messages on social networks, via sms or email. They also felt twice the amount of happiness receiving a card or handwritten note to digital alternatives. Furthermore, a nationwide survey showed that a handwritten note is the main thing mothers want on Mothering Sunday.

    We all know how special it is to receive a handwritten card from someone who has taken the time to buy, write and post it to us. The 54 videos I made last year on the Greeting Card Project provides further anecdotal evidence of this. Card sending and acts of altruism in general have positive effects on the neuro-chemicals in our brains.

    Leaders that are generous, by giving time and energy for example, can alter the biochemistry of their team. Generous behaviour releases a chemical called oxytocin which creates intense feelings of comfort and security. What’s interesting is that oxytocin is released in the recipient, the giver and anyone who witnesses the sacrifice the leader makes.

    By this rational, the sender of a card the recipient and those that see cards on their loved ones mantlepieces might also all receive the same hit of oxytocin themselves. A great example of this is Stephen Kelly, the CEO of Sage Plc, who regularly sends cards to his team to thank them for projects they’ve worked on or contributions they’ve made. Many of them keep the cards on their desks for months afterwards. The knock on effects can be greater than first perceived.

    Sending cards is a powerful way to spread good feelings around the world and within businesses.

    Good for Business

    More and more consumers now want businesses to spread the love too. They want them to treat their employees and suppliers fairly, to be socially responsible in how they source their goods, sustainable with their impact on the environment, ethical in their behaviour and to contribute charitably to communities and causes they value. Essentially, companies that are kind are the more attractive and can generate more sales when this kindness is built into their brand dna.

    A study  published in the Journal of Business Ethics showed that charity might make corporations more valuable. What’s important in both business and personal altruism is that the gestures are not perceived as self serving. In other words, the altruism has to be authentic.

    Companies are using stories more and more to connect with their customers through their brands. People want these stories to reflect their values and the needs they relate to most. It’s important for businesses to recognise this shift and to embody values like contribution, community and the environment at the heart of their organisations. These are vales that resonate with all of us right now as we see more and more footage online and in the media on the effects of climate change, single use plastics and over consumption of resources. 

    Thinking of you week is a great opportunity for businesses to get involved and send cards to their employees, suppliers and customers to let them know they are special and appreciated. It’s a nice alternative to Christmas as it’s secular and not tied to a religious holiday. It’s simply a time to be grateful and kind to others.

    It’s Contagious

    Many studies have shown that altruism inspires more altruism. Even when the cascading ripple effects diminish over time the total result can be three times greater than the initial act of generosity. 

    In fact, I saw this first hand in my fundraising for the Christina Noble Foundation recently. One of my first donations was for £1,000. Soon after I had a second £1,000 donated by someone who was inspired by the first donation. This inspired others to donate higher amounts than I usually receive on fundraising endeavours. In line with one study on giving, the total raised was over three times greater than the initial large donation.

    Conversely, selfish behaviour can spread just as easily. When we behave selfishly this can have a negative effect on the behaviour of others that ripples outwards.

    So, we have a choice to make about how we live our lives and the impacts our actions have on others. 

    We can choose to be kind, generous and loving on a regular basis and have a positive ripple effect on those around us. We can do nothing. Or we can spread negativity.

    So, why not choose to spread a little love, send some cards during thinking of you week and create a ripple effect of love and kindness in the world. Who knows what might happen!

    5 Great Card Sending Initiatives

    Why Thinking of You Week Matters

    Free Downloads on the GCA Site

     

  • Blue Eyed Sun launch new Fathers Day Cards for 2019

    SuperNova Fathers Day cardsNext Father's Day falls on the Sunday 16th June 2019 and Blue Eyed Sun have some gorgeous new Fathers Day cards available to choose from, so it's time for retailers to start thinking about putting their Spring orders together including Mothers Day cards, and Valentines cards.

    Here's what's new for Father's Day 2019...

    Pictured above is our new SuperNova range. Hand finished with decoupage elements, these beautiful Fathers Day cards are 160mm x 160mm.

    Sold in sixes to trade buyers only, all of our Fathers Day cards are blank inside, barcoded and cello-wrapped with an envelope. All are printed on lovely thick board from sustainable sources. Retailers can order online from the trade only section of our site.

    To stock these ranges in your shop click here. If you'd like to see them in your local shop please tell them and point them in the direction of  www.blueeyedsun.co.uk or you can recommend a shop to us by clicking here. You can also visit our stockists page to find a store near you that may be selling them.

    Click here to see our 2019 Valentine designs

    See our Mothers Day 2019 designs

  • Autumn Fair 2018 - Essential Information

    Autumn Fair 2018 - Essential Info

    Everything you need to know about Autumn Fair 2018 trade show at the NEC:

    About Autumn Fair 2018

    Autumn Fair 2018 runs for four days from Sunday 3rd September to Wednesday 6th September from 09:00 - 18:00 at the NEC in Birmingham. It brings toether an inspirational showcase of over 1,000 British and International Exhibitors and attracts buyers from all over the world. It's a great opportunity to stock up on goods for that all important Christmas season and to see what's new for Spring seasons next year.

    To register for the show please click here

    Seminars not to miss

    Examining the rise in eco and socially conscious trends with Jeremy Corner

    Sunday 2nd September - 11:15 - 11:45 Master the High Street Theatre

    Where to Stay at Autumn fair 2018

    Accommodation is a lot easier to find at Autumn Fair than Spring Fair and prices tend to be cheaper too. There are now several hotels on the NEC site, including Holiday Inn ExpressThe Hilton MetropoleThe Arden, and a Premier InnClick here for more accommodation options at Autumn Fair.

    Where to Eat at Autumn Fair 2018

    Check out our 5 Great Restaurants near the NEC Birmingham blog post.

    How to get to Autumn Fair 2018

    Travel to the show is easy with excellent rail and motorway links. The NEC post code is B40 1NT (if you use a sat nav). You can park for free in several car parks on site, all of which have free shuttle buses to take you around the complex. Birmingham International Rail Station is a 5 minute walk from the show as is Birmingham International Airport. It is an 80 minute train ride from London Euston Rail Station. You can also click on the map below to plan your journey.

    See Blue Eyed Sun at Autumn Fair

    See our new line of BambooCups, baby tableware and deluxe lunch boxes made from bamboo. These products are absolutely flying off our retailers' shelves with the drive for environmental change.

    Blue Eyed Sun will be officially launching our beautiful new 2019 Spring Seasons designs along with our gorgeous new Everyday range Biscuit  and best selling card ranges.

    We'd love to see you there, so be sure to stop by and see us on Stand 4A35.

    Can't make the show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

    Autumn Fair 2018 Hall 4 Floor Plan

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  • Blue Eyed Sun launch BambooFriends Baby Tableware

    BambooFriends - Blue Eyed Sun

    BambooFriends baby tableware by chic.mic are beautifully made from sustainable bamboo fibre. They are available to buy as a gift set which includes a cup, small bowl (200mm wide) and a larger bowl (100 mm wide). The bowls include seal onto most smooth surfaces to keep the plates steady whilst eating.

    There are six cute character designs available in the collection.

    With the growing trend to fight single use plastics, more and more parents wanting to do the right thing for their kids, sustainable bamboo products are an important step away from plastics and the toxic chemicals involved in their production.

    Take advantage of this growing trend with these lovely BambooFriends products. Available to order now.

    See our BambooCups

    Discover our Deluxe Bamboo Lunchboxes

    Learn about Bamboo SlideCup

  • Birthday Milestones added to Biscuit Card Range

    Blue Eyed Sun - Birthday Ages - Biscuit

    Blue Eyed Sun have added birthday milestones to their successful new range of smaller everyday cards called Biscuit.

    Biscuit are based on beautiful original artworks by Jo Corner. Each card is handmade with acetate and hand finished with jewels, the range includes 65 gorgeous Everyday captions. They are 120mm square and come cello-wrapped with a coloured envelope.

    Biscuit cards all come cello wrapped with a coloured envelope that is 125mm x 125mm square. Sold in sixes the designs are available for trade customers to order through our sales agents, at shows or logging into Blue Eyed Sun's trade only website.

    Biscuit are also available in Christmas, Valentines Day and Mother's Day.

    You can see them all first in person at the events below:

    Autumn Fair at the NEC in Birmingham 2-5 September 2018 - Stand 4A35

    Glee at the NEC in Birmingham 10-12 September 2018 - Stand 19M20

    To stock these cards in your shop click here. If you'd like to see them in your local shop please tell them and point them in the direction of www.blueeyedsun.co.uk or recommend a shop to us by clicking here. You can also visit our stockists page to find a store near you that may be selling them. To see an overview of Blue Eyed Sun ranges click here.

  • The Autumn Gift and Home Fair 2018 - Essential Info

    The Autumn Gift And Home Fair 2018

    Blue Eyed Sun will soon be exhibiting at the Autumn Gift and Home Fair 2018 in Dublin, Ireland on stand B6A.

    Officially debuting at this leading Irish trade show is our top selling range of market leading reusable BambooCups made from bamboo fibre. See our new bamboo giftware products too.

    Quote Voucher code AGHF18 when ordering during the show for FREE CARRIAGE.

    About the Autumn Gift and Home Fair 2018

    This annual trade show is Ireland's leading gift fair. It runs for four days from Sunday 19th August to Wednesday 22nd August from 10:00 - 18:00 at the Citywest International Events Centre.

    To register for the show please click here.

    Where to Stay at the Autumn Gift and Home Fair 2018

    The closest hotel to the show is the CityWest Hotel a short walk away with prices from €80 - €125. Remember to quote "Autumn Home & Gift Fair" when booking.

    How to get to the Autumn Gift and Home Fair 2018

    Situated off junction 3a of the N7 dual carriageway the GPS settings are N 53° 17' 12.5" - W 6° 27' 01.4".

    The Luas (Tram/light rail) runs from Dublin centre to the Saggart stop which is 350m away from the fair. You can fly to Dublin International Airport airport (a 20 minute drive from the show).

    For more information on travel for the show click here.

    When you get to the show do remember to come and see us in B6A.

    Can't make the show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

    Autumn Gift and Home Fair 2018 FloorPlan

  • Blue Eyed Sun launch new Mothers Day Cards for 2019

    Blue Eyed Sun - Biscuit Mothers Day Cards

    With Mothering Sunday on Sunday 31st March 2019, it's time for retailers to start thinking about getting their Mothers Day cards and Valentines cards ordered before Christmas. We have two gorgeous new ranges for Mothers Day 2019...

    Pictured above is our Biscuit Mother's Day selection, based on artworks by Jo Corner. These gorgeous cards are 120mm square and hand finished with decoupage elements and jewels.

    Pictured below is our Crochet Garden range, based on original stitched artworks by Jo Corner. These delightful cards are 160mm square and hand finished with jewels.

    Sold in sixes to trade buyers only, all of our Mothers Day cards are blank inside, barcoded and cello-wrapped with a matching envelope. All Blue Eyed Sun Mothers Day cards are printed on beautiful thick boards from sustainable managed sources. Retailers can order online from our  large selection of designs in the trade only section of our site.

    To stock these ranges in your shop click here. If you'd like to see them in your local shop please tell them and point them in the direction of  www.blueeyedsun.co.uk or you can recommend a shop to us by clicking here. You can also visit our stockists page to find a store near you that may be selling them.

    Click here to see our 2019 Valentine designs

    See our 2019 Father's Day designs

    Scientists prove that cards are good for your Mother

    Crochet Garden card range by Blue Eyed Sun

  • Why facing your fears is so important for your growth

    Facing Your FearsLast month I wrote about the importance of taking on new challenges to help us to grow. Life always feels more exciting when we are doing things that scare us a little and that stretch our comfort zone. We can blossom inside and thrive externally as a result of facing our fears. 

    Now that’s all great and can be true, but what if facing your fears just feels too big? How do you even begin to start? How do you deal with negative self talk? How do you manage to take that first step? This month I want to deal with the ‘F’ word in more detail because, for some of us, it can feel more complicated than the adage that we just “feel the fear and do it anyway.”

    Emotion Rules

    We like to think that our decisions are ruled by considered judgement, but in truth our entire lives are ruled by emotions. Emotions are lower level responses in our brains that create biochemical reactions that affect our physical state. The amygdala, part of our reptilian brain, plays a key part in our emotional arousal, most famously being the centre of our fight or flight responses. Emotions are physical and can be objectively measured. They also precede our feelings.

    Feelings are the interpretations of our emotional states. They are influenced by our beliefs, experiences and memories. They are the result of your brain perceiving and assigning meaning to the emotion. Not only can feelings be triggered by emotional reactions to things around us, we can trigger them by just thinking about something threatening which in turn can trigger an emotional response.

    Triggers

    We’ve all experienced situations where the thought of something sets off an emotional reaction and affects our physiology. For instance, the thought of speaking before a group of people might make our palms sweaty and clammy. The idea of riding a motorbike might make our heart beat race with fear and anxiety. Imagining our business failing can also lead to sleepless nights.

    Understanding the difference between emotions and feelings and becoming aware of them in our lives can help us to cope with our fears. It means that we can acknowledge the physiological response and identify the root cause before adding in our own conscious thought to alter how we feel about the state we are in.

    Exciting times

    Did you know that fear and excitement have the exact same set of emotional signifiers (faster heart rate, rapid and shallow breathing, sweating)? The primary difference is the meaning we assign to the emotion. With fear we start to feel anxious, worried and dread what is about to come. With excitement we feel nervous, energised and look forward to what is going to happen.

    We all have instinctual emotional responses to things we experience or conceive of in our minds. The trick is to learn to adapt the feelings that we associate with them over time. 

    Making Change

    At first your body will still have the instinctual emotional responses. When you start to add new thoughts to replace the old ones, your feelings will start to change. 

    Before going on stage you can acknowledge your state and tell yourself you feel excited about speaking to a crowd. You can focus on the value that you are about to share with them instead of your own fears. Instead of fearing for the future of your business, you can consider the opportunities that your business might have ahead and feel the excitement of trying them out.

    We all need to take a second to keep our minds on track when we sense our emotional responses. When I was learning to ride a dirt bike this year for my Gobi Desert Enduro there were countless moments when the bike shifted unexpectedly beneath me as the tires tried to find traction in different terrain. Often, my heart would jump and I would gasp for breath. At first this felt terrifying. I was afraid of falling and hurting myself, or worse. Over time I learned to tell myself that this was the nature of riding this vehicle and to get used to it. Just as a ship bobbing up and down in the sea is part of sailing, so it is with dirt biking on land. 

    Over time I stopped feeling fearful as I reminded myself how thrilling it was to ride a motorbike and to feel free out in the open air.

    Living from Fear

    So many of us often react to life from a place of fear. We do it in our businesses when we are scared of losing ground commercially or are afraid of what others might think. We do it in our relationships when we don’t let go and trust one another. We do it with our kids when we don’t give them the space they need to make mistakes and grow.

    Our fears hold us back from really connecting with one another, from growing our businesses to new heights and from developing personally. Perhaps it’s because we are afraid of what we might become if we confront our fears. 

    It certainly feels safer staying put, even when it’s bad. Because it’s something you know, you think your risks are lower. You think you know who you are and where you are, but in truth these are just ideas in your mind.

    Our Thoughts

    We think that our thoughts are ourselves and that we cannot control them, but this just isn’t true. We can choose which thoughts to pay attention to and we can feed our minds with thoughts that help us rather than hinder us.

    Who we are right now is as much of an idea in our heads as who we want to be. So why not overcome your fears and be who you are meant to be? You can stop holding yourself back in your business, your relationships and your own life.

    Pushing Through 

    How do you get started? First, rate yourself out of 10; 1 being very afraid and 10 being super confident. Then figure out how to move yourself up the scale.

    I was afraid of getting back on a motorbike after crashing a moped that I’d never ridden before as a teenager in Greece. As a 1 out of 10, I booked a one day Certificate of Basic Training (CBT) course and got some proper motorcycle training. This got me to a 3. Passing my motorbike license got me to a 5 and more practice got me to a 7. You get the idea.

    If you are afraid for your business buy a business book or enrol in a course. Afraid of public speaking? Then practice in front of a mirror and join a local speaking group for support.

    Eye the Prize

    When learning to turn corners on a motorbike my instructor taught me to focus on where I wanted to go rather than looking at something I was afraid of crashing into. The bike would always respond accordingly as my body naturally adjusted towards the direction I was looking.

    This is a great lesson for life in general and for overcoming your fears. Keep your eye on the prize rather than your fears. You are far more likely to reach your goals this way.

    Setbacks

    What happens if you can’t handle something you try? It was a personal goal to complete the trip injury free and I managed to dislocate my shoulder on my actual trip. It was a tough set back to swallow. 

    What do you do if you have a set back? You dust yourself off and try again. Get a new instructor, learn more, practice. Don’t let it stop you.

    On the other side of my fear I’ve found something I love to do. My heart sings with joy on a motorbike and I feel so blessed to be alive. There is no feeling quite like blasting across the Gobi desert on dirt bikes at 60mph with friends.

    Facing your fears and pushing past them is actually less frightening than staying where you are. Life is not a dress rehearsal. Facing your fears is the only way to slay your dragons and grow into everything you are capable of being. Take a breath and go for it.

    Contribute to Jeremy’s fundraising at www.justgiving.com/gobidesertenduro 

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