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Big Christmas Stocking Filler Giveaway

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My final Christmas giveaway of 2018

Well, it’s been a great start to the blog this year! Having launched on 1st November 2018 and already built up a small, but lovely community of followers, I am ecstatic with the progress to date.

As a huge thank you to everyone that’s given me a chance by reading and/or following my little blog so far, I am making my last Christmas giveaway of the year a big one!  So I wish you all the best of luck if you’re entering and a very merry christmas and holiday season.

This competition ends on 16th December and I will be posting it out to the lucky winner on 17th December (providing the winner comes forward straight away), so it should reach you just in time for Christmas.

What’s in the bundle?

After struggling for a while with exactly how to put together a bundle of stocking fillers, I came up with the only solution I could think of. I’ve tried to include something that would be suitable for everyone. So, here we have a 12 piece prize bundle, see below for descriptions and to enter.

This should be ideal for anyone that has a couple of awkward people left to buy for or just need a few extras to complete their gifts. Either way, enjoy!

A picture of a number of giftable items intended as the prize for this giveaway.
A Christmas stocking bundle with something for everyone!

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For the little ones:

A Big and Small 35 piece jigsaw puzzle set

A snuggly fleece Gruffalo hat and scarf set

For the slightly bigger ones

2 x 3DIT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crafting sets

2 x Top Gear Stig Stuff putty tins

An Odd Dog Balloon cross stitch picture set

Super Heat skateboard trading card game

For the full sized ones

A set of 2 official Coca Cola ‘Holidays are coming’ Photo clip frames

A beautiful Tropical Paradise LED dome jar ornament

A 4 piece faux suede Rodier Make up bag set with mirror, key ring and document holder

A limited edition X-Files flash light by Loot Crate

How do I win?

So if you would like to win this entire bundle of gifts, just enter using the Rafflecopter below.
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You still have time to enter this other great giveaway I have on:

Win a Nightmare Before Christmas Wallet – E: 16/1

 

I list my free-to-enter competitions on Competition Database!

Competitions listed on Loquax!

I list my competitions on The Prizefinder!

SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky: the UK's biggest list of blog giveaways
Mudpie Fridays

Please note: There are Amazon affiliate links on this page, this means that I get a small fee from Amazon if you purchase via my link. This does not cost you anything and it allows me to continue to run my blog. Thanks for your understanding.

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Winning Together

4 young children in a group hug with smiling faces.Is winning something that we can successfully do together?

Inspired by the newly found knowledge that 1 in 5 jackpot wins are by syndicates, I’ve been looking at the concept of winning together. I’ve joined forces with Lotto Social, who have kindly allowed me to share an amazing offer with my readers. Before I go into the details, however, the concept of Lotto Social has inspired me to look at whether “winning together” is something that would translate into the comping world. After all, whether it’s lotteries or competitions, the goal is the same, we all just want to win!

sharing winnings with others

The idea of winning together is not a new one for me. My Nan has been an avid comper for many years, so comping is in my blood.  For as far back as I can remember, she’s bought the same magazines every single week, just for the competitions section. She spends hours completing the various puzzles and posting the little slips away each week, in the hope of bettering the lives of herself and her family.

As a child and even now, in my 30s, whenever I visit my Nan, she will always have a post-it note tucked away with a list of comping questions she needs help with. In reward, she promises to split the prizes with me. I love this idea of grouping together comping efforts and sharing prizes. I feel that it could potentially work well in the wider comping community, providing it’s easily shareable cash prizes on offer. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments, as it’s something I would seriously look at setting up for the Prize Warriors group, if I had enough interest.

How I discovered syndication

Perhaps the most common form of prize sharing is syndication. I’ve always thought the idea of lottery syndication is genius. It’s a simple but effective idea, more players equals more tickets purchased. More tickets purchased equals more chances to win. The jackpot is so ridiculously high for lotteries, that sharing winnings has never been a worry to me!

I first came to syndication in my late teens, whilst working in a factory painting police helmet plates. Each department where I worked ran a small syndicate, with 20-50 members, organised by an overly enthusiastic colleague.Being me, I joined up willingly and actually had a couple of wins too! It never amounted to much once divided into 50 of course, but any winnings were always a very welcome bonus to minimum wage. It was really exciting winning with a group of people, as the atmosphere was great and we’d often go out together and spend the winnings (usually in the pub!) The possibility of winning big together felt nice, it was a buzz and I certainly miss that.

Lotto Social Advetrt with sunny beach scene

How do Lotto Social help you to win together?

Lotto Social are a site that offer the opportunity for its members to join an online National Lottery syndicate. As someone who is always looking to up my chances of winning at everything, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to have a go, especially with their amazing sign up offer.

They have kindly allowed me to share this offer with my readers, just click on this link to take advantage. This gives you 10 lines in your first draw for just £1. They also currently have an additional bonus offer, I’m not sure how long for, but it worked for me. Just click the green pop up bubble on registration and for the same £1 you get:

  • 10 EuroMillions lines
  • 10 UK Millionaire Maker entries
  • 5 FREE Instant win games – win up to £7k! (I actually got 10 free instant wins!)
  • 90 Days No Win, Money Back Guarantee

Following this offer, you can choose to continue your membership for £5 per week, which will give you 10 lines in the draw on both Tuesdays and Fridays, or you can cancel any time you like. Another nice option they have is that they offer winnings as bonus funds. Bonus funds are offered at 4 times the value of the win and can be used to purchase more lottery tickets. I think this is a very attractive offer for small wins of a few pounds.

For me it was a no brainer to at least give the first week a try! For less than the price of a 1st class stamp, that’s a really good amount of chances to win. I’ll update you on how I got on once the draws are made! Please remember that you must be 16+ to become a member.

A screen shot from Lotto Social demonstrating the syndicate
Here’s my first syndicate allocation. Wish me luck!!

Free Instant Win Games

I was also lucky enough to get 10 free turns on some of the instant win games they have available. The instant win games offer further opportunities to win cash, however, unlike some simple win or lose games, these also give you the opportunity to collect points. If you win points instead of cash, these can then be redeemed against other instant win games. My 10 free turns actually turned into 2800 points, which is quite a few free games, all of which give you the chance to win real cash. At the moment I’m popping into my account every day for 5 minutes or so to play through some points. I haven’t won any cash yet, but I do win back a lot of points, so it seems that you will have plenty of opportunity to win for free!

An example of one of the instant win games available on Lotto Social
Here is one of the free games I was awarded with my sign up offer. Following my 8 free spins, I ended up with 2800 additional points to redeem against other games!

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Giving back whilst you win

This was another attractive benefit of Lotto Social for me. I am not by any means a wealthy woman, but I do love to find any way that I can to give to those less fortunate than myself. Lotto Social actually gives back a percentage of their profits to community based charities. November’s proceeds went to youth homelessness and anti-bullying charities, both very worthy causes. What’s more, as a member, you get a chance to help decide where this money is directed each month. This is a great way to help improve the lives of other, whilst trying to improve your own. So, I guess it’s also a form of ‘winning together’.

A picture of people jumping up together on a beach in the sunset
Good luck!

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How to Win 2018’s Top Christmas Toys

 

Every year at this time, there are a huge amount of new toys introduced to the market, that every kid ‘desperately needs’. As parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles etc, we often feel under great pressure to fulfil these ‘needs’. I, for one, am going to find it a real struggle to provide the thousands of toys on my son’s list! And, he’s an only child!

Which toys will be most popular for Christmas 2018?

So, with the above in mind, I want to try to help reduce that burden on you to buy EVERYTHING. Recently I’ve paid a lot of attention to articles created by the main toy shops and online retailers listing what they consider to be the top toys for Christmas 2018. Below, I’ve compiled a list of what I consider to be the top eight desired toys/categories of toys this Christmas, as a result of that research. For each toy on the list, I’ve provided as many links as I can find to competitions where you can win them.

Make sure to check back regularly for more opportunities to win the toys that your kids are asking for, because I’ll keep updating this post between now and Christmas.

 

1.LEGO

At my top spot this year is LEGO. It’s surprising to me that a toy that has been around for so long remains as popular as Lego does. I do, however, really love that, at the number one spot, is a toy that encourages dexterity, design and concentration skills. This year, with lots of new sets available just in time for Christmas, including the sought after Harry Potter range, I’ve seen LEGO pop up on every single toy shop list I’ve read. In addition to a wide range of Harry Potter sets, new sets from the LEGO Friends range, Duplo range, Creator range and Ninjago range, all appeared in top 2018 Christmas toy lists.

Here are some links to LEGO competitions that are running throughout November and December. Please note the end dates at the beginning of each link. I will try to keep the list as current as possible, but some of them may close before I get the chance to update it.

  1. E: 04/12 £150 to sped on LEGO
  2. E: 05/12 Harry Potter LEGO bundle
  3. E: 07/12 Fantastic Beasts LEGO set
  4. E: ??? Harry Potter LEGO bundle
  5. E: 03/01 LEGO Winter Train Set

2. Barbie

Another toy that seems to have been around forever and manages to keep its popularity is the Barbie doll. A number of items from the Barbie range appeared on the many top 10, top 50, top (#random number) lists that I’ve read. Sought after dolls and sets this year include; Barbie Baby Doctor, Baby Care Clinic Ambulance and Barbie Dolphin adventure range.

Here are the links to the Barbie related competitions that I’ve found:

Currently all closed: Will update in new ones found…

I appreciate that this is a wide category of toys, but as STEM seems to be a real buzz word for parents and teachers at the moment, I felt it deserved its place on my list. STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, in case you were wondering. They are toys designed to make learning fun for kids and as someone who is currently arranging a science themed birthday party for a 5-year-old, I can confirm that they succeed. On the top toys lists, I came across many different types of toys, catering to a wide age range, that fell under the banner of STEM. Some of the most sought after ranges this year are Learning Resources including Botley the coding robot, the Nickelodeon Experimake range, such as Experimake Sludge and Slime and Gravitax sets from Ravensburger.

Here is a list of the awesome STEM toys that are available to win online right now:

  1. E: 4/12 Detective DOT Megapack (Coding Toy)
  2. E: 9/12 Beaker Creatures Super Lab and Magnifying Chamber in £450 bundle!!
  3. E: 18/12 Geomag Gravity Up and Down Circuit
  4. E: 23/12 2 Single Ready2Robot Packs

4. The Grinch Movie and associated merchandise

As a huge Dr Seuss fan, we are very excited, in our house, that they have decided to revive this absolute classic. We were lucky enough to see the live performance of The Grinch last Christmas at Universal Studios in Florida. It was amazing! And yes, I did shed a tear lol. My son, who is almost 5, has the gorgeous young Grinch toy from Build a Bear factory on his Christmas wish list (aka hidden in my bedroom). I’ve also seen a plethora of related merchandise and clothing available for the Grinch movie. Unfortunately, the actual Blu-ray release is not until February 2019, which is a shame.

A picture of Kellie's son, a 4 year old blonde boy, meeting some characters from the Grinch production they watched in Florida in 2017
My son meeting some of the Whos from the live production of The Grinch last year at Universal Studios, Florida

Here are some links to competitions where you can win Grinch related prizes:

  1. E: 15/12 The Grinch Collection Edition Book bundle
  2. E: ?? Grinch Plush Toy

5. LOL Surprise Toys

LOL Surprise Eggs were huge last year, with parents being forced to pay way over the odds for items that had been bought up in bulk and sold on eBay at ridiculous mark ups. Well, they haven’t really lost much popularity in the mean time and this Christmas will see the launch of their LOL Biggie Pet Figure, LOL Bigger Surprise and LOL Surprise House ranges. These 3 items appear on a lot of the top toy lists, as well as the original range still having notable popularity, given the collectible nature of the toy.

Here are the links for LOL Surprise related competitions that I have found

  1. E: 15/12 LOL Bigger Surprise (2 winners)
  2. E: 1/12 LOL Surprise Doll House
  3. E: 18/12 LOL Bigger Surprise
  4. E: 20/12 LOL Surprise! Doll House

6. NERF Guns and associated toys

Anyone with a child that watches YouTube will appreciate (or not) the popularity of NERF guns. In the US they’ve been popular for decades, but they’ve also become increasingly popular here in recent years. They also seem to interest kids from a very wide age range! Although intended for ages 8 and up, my son has been interested since his 4th birthday and I also know teens that still love NERF. This year, the new and sought after additions to their range are NERF Laser Alpha, NERF Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K Blaster and of course, the Hauck NERF Battle Racer is still popular, particularly with younger kids.

Here are some links to where you can win NERF toys in time for this Christmas:

  1. E: 15/12 Translucent LED NERF Dog Tennis Ball Blaster

7. My Little Pony

My Little Pony have been around since I was a little girl (I’m showing my age now!) and it was really nice to see that they have brought out a retro range this year that look just like the originals. These toys have had a real resurgence in popularity in recent years and this year is no different. Both the Ultimate Equestria Collection and Mega Collections appear in the top anticipated toy lists for 2018.

Here are some links that I have found to win My Little Pony toys:

  1. E: 7/12 Set of 3 My Little Pony plush toy zip purses (this is my giveaway)
  2. E: Ongoing? My Little Pony Bundle of Figures

8. Board Games

Another very broad category here, I know. It makes me very happy though, that in these days of technology overload, the number of board games on kids’ Christmas lists continue to increase. Ironically, I’m pretty sure that YouTube is the culprit for the rise in popularity, due to the millions of unboxing videos, however as long as they’re still being appreciated, where’s the harm! There are a lot of board games from different manufacturers appearing on this years top toys lists. Here are a handful of the most frequently mentioned titles that I came across during my research; Pie Face Canon, Don’t Step in it, Fortnite Monopoly, What’s in Ned’s Head and Soggy Doggy.

Here are some links where you can win a whole host of different board games. They are actually one of the most abundant giveaway items this year, so if there are any on you kids’ lists then I would recommend starting here:

  1. E: 04/12 Wally The Washer
  2. E: 05/12 Super Ski Jump 
  3. E: 6/12 Jumanji Orginal Board Game
  4. E: 06/12 Wally The Washer
  5. E: 10/12 £110 worth of Drummond Park Games
  6. E: 10/12 Wally the Washer
  7. E: 10/12 Rapidough
  8. E: 12/12 Word Bandit

Where else can I find toy competitions?

And of course, in addition to those links I have mentioned above, I must recommend the following pages’ toy categories. These sites have been very good to me in the past when sourcing presents, so I wish you the best of luck with winning some for yourselves. I would love to read your comments about what you are/were trying to win this year and whether or not you succeeded.

Competitions Database Children and Toys Competitions

Loquax Toys and Games Competitions

The Prizefinder Kids and Toys Competitions

Please note: There are Amazon affiliate links on this page, this means that I get a small fee from Amazon if you purchase via my link. This does not cost you anything and it allows me to continue to run my blog. Thanks for your understanding.

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Full Spectrum CBD Oil Giveaway

Win Full Spectrum CBD oil from Bristol CBD

This week, I have joined forces with the amazing Bristol CBD  to bring you a great giveaway. Simply complete the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a 300mg bottle of full spectrum CBD oil.

You may have read my recent review of the very same oil, which I tried myself with huge success (and continue to use daily). If you suffer from any type of ailment, whether it be physical or mental, then I would strongly recommend a read.

2 bottles of Briston CBD oil, one dropper top and one spray

The Giveaway

If you would love to try Bristol CBD Oil then I have a couple of options for you. You can either enter the giveaway below or I also have a discount code available if you can’t wait to find out if you have won or not. Bristol CBD have very kindly given my readers a 20% discount code plus free delivery for any orders made using my special code: PRIZE20. Just add this in the ‘Apply discount’ box on the checkout page.

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I list my free-to-enter competitions on Competition Database!

Competitions listed on Loquax!

I list my competitions on The Prizefinder!

SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky: the UK's biggest list of blog giveaways
Mudpie Fridays

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Bristol CBD Oil Review and Giveaway

As a person who lives with many painful health conditions, I’m always on the lookout for new pain relief options. I feel very lucky, therefore, to be collaborating with Bristol CBD for this amazing giveaway. Before we get into that however, I’d love to share my experience of using Bristol CBD’s full spectrum CBD oil with you.

Who are Bristol CBD?

Bristol CBD are a specialist CBD oil supplier that deal exclusively in full spectrum CBD oils. They offer a range of 6 different strengths of oil, from 300mg right through to 2000mg. Each strength is available in a oil dropper or spray bottle. There is also a paste available if that’s your preference.

2 bottles of Briston CBD oil, one dropper top and one spray

The company was created by two natural healthcare practitioners, inspired by the many stories they had heard about the amazing health benefits of CBD.  They produce their own high quality CBD products, all of which are extracted from handpicked organic hemp sativa, using CO2 extraction. Each extract contains CBD (cannabidiol), and the full spectrum of healthy cannabinoids as well as terpenes and omega 3 fatty acids. The THC content is safely below the EU legal threshold of 0.2%. Lab reports for this CBD oil are available on their website, so you can be sure that you’re getting a legal, safe and high quality product. The product is also 100% vegan, which is something that is very important to me.

Bristol CBD are a small, independent company that are genuinely passionate about what they do. Their reviews on Trustpilot are glowing and they have a rating of excellent, which is no mean feat with the honesty laden online review culture. I was honoured that they chose me to write a review of their fantastic product.

What are the health benefits of CBD

CBD is a buzz word nowadays, but in the event that you’re still in the dark about it, please be assured, it’s not marijuana! CBD (cannabidiol), whilst derived from the cannabis plant, has such a minute percentage of THC (the psychoactive aspect of cannabis) that it cannot make you “high”. It is also perfectly legal in the UK and has been for some time. There is a very helpful blog section on the Bristol CBD website which has plenty more information on the subject.

The health benefits of CBD are many and varied. As someone with health conditions that remain unresolved by conventional medicine, I am a huge advocate for the use of CBD health products and cannabis based medicines in general, for the treatment of chronic and terminal illnesses.

CBD has been successfully used in the treatment of chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and M.E, as well as epilepsy, anxiety and depression. It has also been very successfully used alongside cancer treatments. I won’t provide links to lots of case studies here, as a quick Google search will provide you with all you need to know.

I’ve tried and tested a quite a number of CBD products myself in the quest to find comfort from a life of continuous pain. This is why I feel that my knowledge and experience will provide you with a fair and useful review of this product. I would like to clarify that I am not being compensated for this review, however, I did receive a bottle of Bristol CBD oil for free in exchange for my honest review.

My experience using Bristol CBD Oil

As someone who understands the desperation of needing solace from pain, sleeplessness and anxiety, I feel ethically bound to provide an honest review to my fellow sufferers. I have no intention of providing false hope or miracle cure suggestions here. What I will give you, is a thorough report of my experience using Bristol CBD oil, which I really hope will help you to decide if this could be a good option for you.

Please remember that all medicines and health supplements, whether prescribed or complimentary, react differently in different individuals. My review is specific to my experience and you may not necessarily have the same one.

My Illness

I don’t go into the details of my health conditions too much in my blog, however, for the purpose of helping others suffering with similar issues… Firstly there’s hypermobility syndrome. This caused sacroilliac joint dysfunction in my pregnancy and left me with frequently subluxating hips, which will eventually develop into arthritis, if it hasn’t already. I also have arthritis of the knees and my patella subluxate regularly too. As a result of these conditions, I live with severe hip, groin, leg and spinal pain daily and haven’t walked without the support of crutches for over 5 years.

Recently, I’ve also been diagnosed with endemetriosis and large polyps in the uterus, for which I’m due to undergo surgery. On top of this, I suffer from undiagnosed nerve issues including pain, regular foot drop in one or both feet and severe arm spasms. Samples of my nerves have been sent to the rare diseases lab at Oxford University to investigate this, but I am currently still in the dark.

A picture of Kellie on her crutches with her son in a field.

Bristol CBD Oil Usage Diary

Day 1

I received the oil today and was very excited to try it. I’ve read all of the literature and great reviews about Bristol CBD. Honestly, I am going into this with somewhat high hopes, so will try to remain level headed.

I realise that I’ve been supplied the 300mg CBD oil, which it suggests is for sensitive people and beginners. This causes some concern that I won’t feel any effects, as I am neither a beginner, nor sensitive to CBD.

At 11am I take the first dose. The information leaflet suggests that you take it 2 hours after prescribed medication (I take a lot of painkillers). I’m incredibly pleasantly surprised by the sheer strength of this oil. I have had CBD oils claiming to be 1000mg that haven’t had anywhere near the impact that this 300mg does. My main feeling is an overall sense of relaxation. Whilst it doesn’t kill the pain for me, it certainly helps me to deal with it.

At 3pm, I’m not quite as desperate for my next opiate intake as I usually am. This is really significant for me. This is definitely the best CBD product that I’ve tried to date.

Day 2

I ended up taking 3 doses yesterday and definitely felt more relaxed and able to cope with my pain. The doses of my prescribed medication all wound up being spread further apart than usual, which was very satisfying.

I have no doubts whatsoever about the quality of Bristol CBD oil at this point and am really keen to adjust the dosage to my needs. It is lovely to be more relaxed and not itching for the next opiates, 3 hours after the last dose.  But I do feel that this has the potential to go so much further for me, at the correct dosage.

I plan to up the intake to 4 times today, leaving the last dose until bed time. I’ve heard amazing things about the restful sleep CBD can bring, i’ve just not experienced it. With the level of relaxation I’ve experienced so far with this oil, however, it makes sense that this would be the case.

Day 3

Ok, wow! Last night something very odd happened. I slept! I slept a normal human amount and went to bed incredibly early (for me). As someone who goes to bed between 2.30 and 3.00am every night (morning), I’m endlessly tired. Last night I fell asleep on the sofa at 10pm. My husband nearly died of shock, as he’s always in bed hours before I am, and I had to take myself off to bed at 10.30.

I got up this morning at 6, (I have a 4-year-old!) but this time, after having 7 HOURS SLEEP!! This is the most amount of continuous sleep I’ve had for about 6 years. I feel wonderful. Actually, I genuinely don’t remember this feeling of not being completely exhausted. I think we can say that the extra dose was a win. Just a remarkable transformation.

Day 4

So, I’ve given Bristol CBD a thorough testing for 3 days and have to say that I’m stunned with the success. If such a small dose has this level of impact on my mood and ability to sleep, I’m genuinely excited to try a higher dosage and see where it takes me.

Obviously I have a lot of health conditions, most of which are here to stay. If you live with chronic pain though, you will understand that even a 25% reduction in suffering would be absolutely life changing. I highly recommend giving Bristol CBD oil a try if you have any symptoms or conditions that are similar to mine.

You can contact them in any of the following ways:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Discount Code!!

To make it even easier for you, Bristol CBD has also very kindly given me a code for 20% off and free delivery for my lovely readers! Simply Enter PRIZE20  in the ‘Apply discount’ box at checkout. I hope they let me use it myself. I read my own blog, so that counts, right?

a cu p of herbal tea and a bottle of Bristol CBD oil in the sun

Giveaway

So now for the important stuff! I have a bottle of Bristol CBD 300mg full spectrum CBD oil to give away to one lucky reader! Please click here to go to the giveaway page.

Thank you for reading and please feel free to ask any questions about my symptoms or the effects of the oil. If I can help anyone that is suffering to feel just a little better, it would make my day, as I know how much it means!

Please note: If you make a purchase using my affiliate discount code on this page, I get a small fee from the supplier. This does not cost you anything and it allows me to continue to run my blog. Thanks for your understanding.

Jack Skellington Wallet

Win a Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Wallet

Win a Disney Jack Skellington Nightmare Before Christmas Wallet

For my penultimate Christmas giveaway, this week I have a fabulous Disney Jack Skellington wallet to give away to one lucky reader. The competition ends on 16th December, please see the bottom of the page for terms and conditions.

We’re huge fans of Tim Burton’s A nightmare before Christmas in this house. We watch it as both a Halloween and a Christmas movie as it can easily get you in the mood for both. It’s a film that transcends age ranges and I know plenty of adults, as well as children that love it. The prize is a bi-fold canvas wallet with all over print and plenty of space inside for money and cards, as well as the all important photograph window.

Jack Skellington Wallet

For your chance to win this awesome prize, just complete as many or as few options as you like in the rafflecopter below. Obviously the more methods of entry you complete, the higher your chances. Plus I have put a few daily entries in there, so you can go nuts if you choose to!

Win here!

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Terms and Conditions:

This giveaway is provided by Prizewarriors.com.
Entries must be received by 16th December 2018.
The prize is one Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Wallet.
Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only.
Entry is via the Rafflecopter form and amount of entries awarded will depend on the number of actions performed by user.
The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date. 
Please respond within 7 days of your winner notification email or the prize will be redrawn.
I will try to get the prizes posted out to arrive in time for Christmas, however please bear in mind Christmas post times and that you will need to respond quickly to enable me to do this. Therefore please allow 14 days from claim for delivery of the prize.

More chances to win!!

I have a couple of competitions closing today (30/11) at midnight. There are also these awesome Doctor Who figures and a  My Little Pony giveaway finishing in the run up to Christmas. Also, remember to check back next week for my final giveaway of the year, which will be a bundle giveaway. My final giveaway will close on 16th December, so that I can get the prizes posted out to you in time for the big day!

I have also recently written a blog post about how to win the biggest Christmas toys of 2018. This contains plenty of links to toy giveaways elsewhere, so if you’re still trying to fill those stockings, I would recommend having a look.

A fireplace with christmas stockings surrounding and a lit candle.
Lotto Social OFfer link button

I list my free-to-enter competitions on Competition Database!

Competitions listed on Loquax!

I list my competitions on The Prizefinder!

SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky: the UK's biggest list of blog giveaways
Mudpie Fridays

Please note: There are affiliate links on this page, this means that I get a small fee if you purchase via my links. This does not cost you anything and it allows me to continue to run my blog. Thanks for your understanding.

A picture of 2 boxed Doctor Who figures

Win Doctor Who Wave 4 Figures

Doctor Who Figure Giveaway

This weeks addition to my Christmas competitions series is going to be a great present for kids and adults alike. If they are Doctor Who fans, that is!

I have two very cool boxed figures from the BBC Wave 4 set of figures, Skovox Blitzer and The Foretold (Mummy Creature). These are 3.75 inch articulated figures and the ideal gift for any collector or fan of the franchise.

How do I win them?

I’m going with Rafflecopter again this week, as the Gleam problem doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Simply fill in the form below for your chance to win this pair of prizes.

Don’t forget, I have a whole host of other competitions running throughout November and December. Check out the links below if you haven’t entered those yet:

 

Win a Christmas themed photo shoot for your kids or pets + a 7×5 print – Ends 24th November

Win a Barbie Colour Change Glam Bag – Ends 30th November

Win a Night at the Awards Board Game – Ends 30th November

Win a bundle of My Little Pony Plush Coin Purses – Ends 30th November

 

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This giveaway is provided by Prizewarriors.com.
Entries must be received by 7 December 2018.
The prize is two Doctor Who Figures.
Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only.
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Advent Competitions

How to make Advent Competitions work for you

December is fast approaching folks, and for us compers, that means that advent competitions are just around the corner! This can be an exciting time for compers as there are way more prizes on offer than in any other month of the year. It can also be very stressful trying to keep up with it all. Whether you love or hate them, entering advent competitions can be fun and lucrative, providing that you make them work for you.

What are Advent Competitions?

In recent years, advent competitions have become a very popular and novel way for businesses to promote their range, whilst spreading a bit of Christmas cheer at the optimum time of the year for retail sales.

Most competitions are set up as an actual advent calendar, with prizes available behind every door. Each day you will have access to the prize behind the coresponding door. The most common entry method is usually name and email address, so they are nice and quick to enter. Most start on December 1st and run for either 12 or 24 days. The prizes can vary greatly in size and value depending on the organisation providing them. You will also find that some companies like to add in special offers behind some of the doors, rather than prizes, so unless it’s somewhere you were already planning to shop, I would avoid these.

My Advent Competition method

A great way that you can make advent comps work for you is to be selective. There are a couple of things that will happen if you try to enter all of the advent comps you find. Number one, you will become stressed and overwhelmed. Number two, you won’t have the time to enter the usual non-advent comps that are still available in abundance. And don’t forget, as many people focus on the advent comps, those regular comps will be receiving way less entries than usual, increasing your chances of winning!

I’m going to hold up my hands now and admit that I am a bit of a comping geek. Well, you would hope so considering I write this blog! But, even in my life outside of comping, I’m a planner. I plan and I research and I organise. This year I have decided to share my geeky method with you lucky people! Some of this might seem obvious, however, simply by being married to an incredibly non-organised person, I understand that won’t be the case for everyone.

Step 1: Research

Probably a bit of a bold term, research, but for want of another, it does the job. So, this year, I have discovered that the advent competitions have been announced even earlier than last year. I’m guessing we’re going to have a ‘Christmas music in shops’ type situation here and eventually they will be announced the same week as Halloween! Still, in this instance I won’t complain as I think it’s great. Both The Prizefinder and Loquax have their advent lists available and as of checking yesterday (19th November) the links on Loquax are already ‘active’. By active, I mean that links to the various advent websites are live, you just can’t enter the competitions yet. Update: As of 1st December Competition Database also have live advent links!

Have a real good look at what’s available outside of the normal comping sites too. I would recommend going to the websites of brands that you love to see if they will be doing one, as it may not be listed elsewhere yet.

Step 2: Selection

Be picky with these comps! As I mentioned above, there are a LOT of them. Bear in mind that a lot of them will run right up to Christmas eve, or day and therefore if you are looking to use the prizes purely for Christmas presents, you’re probably better disregarding them after a certain date (I suggest around 16th December). More than ever, with advents, I only focus on the prizes that I really, really want.

With the advent links available so early, you can save so much time. Most advent comps will start on December 1st, so if you can have already picked the ones you want to enter before then, you’re at a distinct time advantage!

Step 3: Build your collection

What I do from here is to build my own link collection. I have a folder on my toolbar which contains links to the advent comps that I am interested in entering on a daily basis. As they run for different periods of time, I rename the link to reflect the closing date. I don’t care what the prizes are at this point, as I’ve already decided it’s something that I want in the selection stage, so renaming it as just the closing date lets me know when to delete the link and focus my attention on the rest. Below is an example of what I have set up so far for this year.

An example of using toolbar folders to store advent competitions links
As you can see, I’ve been very selective and there are only a few for now, but you get the idea!

Step 4: Enter and Update

This is the order I choose to do my competitions in, you may prefer a different order, but the main point is, have an order! I enter the regular comps closing that day first, then go through the links in my advent folder, followed by any new competitions if I have time. I would suggest keeping the links in each advent folder to a maximum of 15 and then selecting open all. This saves confusion and has a nice methodical feel to it. If you have more than 15 links, I would suggest numbering folders along your toolbar i.e Advents 1, Advents 2. Throughout December, I will follow this routine. It’s also worth noting that some advent competitions are not announced until the day that they open, so it’s certainly worth checking back through the advent competition lists available on the bigger listing sites to update your collection.

Top Tips

  • Don’t forget about the regular competitions. These will have way fewer entries due to the advents, thus making them easier to win.
  • Focus on locally based advent competitions, such as your local shopping centres and indepedent shops, as these will have far fewer entries than the bigger brands!
  • Use form filling software such as Dashlane to complete your entries quicker
  • Read Facebook notifications last! It’s an overwhelming part of social media comping on any day of the year, trying to read through every single tag notification. At advent time, it can be hellish! Don’t let notifications distract and confuse you, enter those in your collection first, read notifications later.
  • Have some sort of Christmas themed photo ready for competitions asking for one, and they will. If it has your kids dressed as Elves etc, that would be a bonus but the broader the appeal, the better as it can be used in different categories.

My Top Picks this year!

So here’s a little updae for you (3rd December). I’m really enjoying the advents this year, how about you? I thought I would to a round up of my top 10 advent competitions this year, let ,e know if you have entered any of them.

  1. AMC – A Walter White Christmas – amazing idea, I love this one, really unique and quirky
  2. Grindstore – Nice to see an alternative brand joining in, they have some interesting prizes
  3. Magic Radio with Sky Cinema – This one is awesome. So much effort gone into it, love the design. Excellent for movie fans
  4. Travel Up – I love the look of this one and it has some amazing prizes, if you know me, you will know I love the travel and day trip based prizes the most!
  5. Family Travel Association – Whilst the pay off vs. effort for this advent/game is meager, you have to love the idea! The puppetry video scenes of classic movies are hilarious.
  6. Radio City’s Signature Living – The prizes are insanely luxurious hotel stay and I’m not sure if anyone has noticed, but all 25 days are available now. I’ve already entered for the month!
  7.  My Mail – You do need to register for an account for this one, but the prizes are HUGE. We’re talking holidays and £10k diamond rings!!
  8. Vegan Life Magazine – I realise this is a slightly more niche appeal. However, after years of endless Christmas gift basket competitions that I can’t enter because they don’t cater to me, this is a welcome treat!
  9. Scenic Tours – Another attractive calendar with great travel related prizes and mostly high value.
  10. Keel Toys – Lovely toy based prizes daily, with the opportunity to win a huge hamper of toys on top of that on 19th December.

Dont forget, I still have a couple of my competitions open for this year, with one more to follow this coming Thursday (6/12). See Links below:

Dr Who Figures Giveaway

My Little Pony Plush Coin Purses Giveaway

Disney A Nightmare Before Christmas Wallet

What did you win?

As much as it might seem a little bit neurotic or time-consuming to follow my above suggestion, I really do recommend it, as it will save you a lot of time and stress in the longer term.

I’m interested to know if you use any other methods to enter advent competitions and how it works for you. Also, let me know what you win! As much as I am a bit of a ‘bah humbug’ when it comes to Christmas, there’s something really fun about advent calendars. I used to love them as a kid and have desperately been trying to win myself a beauty advent calendar for this year! I love the thrill of seeing what’s behind each door. And who wouldn’t want a new surprise every day!?

Good luck everyone, enjoy yourselves and I hope you win big!

Win a Bundle of 3 My Little Pony Plush Coin Purses

My Little Pony Plush Coin Purse Giveaway

A picture of 3 plush My Little Pony Plush toys
You could win this awesome bundle in time for Christmas!!

How to win

As I discussed here, My Little Pony is as popular as ever this Christmas, so I thought that it would be great to give away this set of 3 super cute My Little Pony plush toys. They actually double up as coin purses and bag clips, so they have a nice multi functional appeal to them. The prize consists of 3 very popular characters from the range; Apple Jack, Rainbow Dash and Lemon Drop.

This giveaway is open until Midnight on 30 November 2018 and the prize will be posted well in time for you to receive and give as a Christmas gift, if you are the lucky winner.

I recently wrote a post about the top toys for Christmas 2018 and how you can win them. I also have a number of my own giveaways running throughout November and December, as well as a Featured Christmas Competition.

To enter this giveaway, please click on the following Rafflecopter link.

Win 3 My Little Pony Plush Coin Purses

Terms and Conditions:

This giveaway is provided by Prizewarriors.com.
Entries must be received by 30 November 2018.
The prize is 3 plush My Little Pony Coin Purses.
Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only.
Entry is via the Rafflecopter form and amount of entries awarded will depend on the number of actions performed.
The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date.
Please respond within 14 days of your winner notification email or the prize will be redrawn.
Please allow 14 days from claim for delivery of the prize.

I list my free-to-enter competitions on Competition Database!

Competitions listed on Loquax!

I list my competitions on The Prizefinder!

SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky: the UK's biggest list of blog giveaways
Mudpie Fridays

Please note: There are Amazon affiliate links on this page, this means that I get a small fee from Amazon if you purchase via my link. This does not cost you anything and it allows me to continue to run my blog. Thanks for your understanding.

Featured Christmas Competition

Win a magical Christmas themed photo shoot for your children or pets

I have teamed up with Shadow Studio to offer you an awesome Christmas themed giveaway. Check out the gleam form below for your opportunity to win. The prize includes a free 30 minute photo shoot at Shadow Studio and a choice of 7 x 5 print from your shoot.

All about Shadow Studio

Shadow Studio is a professional photo studio near to Gloucester Quays, in the heart of Gloucestershire. They have two resident photographers, one of whom, Mark, has been a good friend of mine for over 20 years. They specialise in family, child, baby and pet portraits.

Mark is an excellent photographer who started as a hobbyist many years ago. I’ve followed his progress from the very beginning through to his current successful studio. He has taken photographs of my son, Zeke on numerous occasions and I’m always thrilled with the results. As a father himself, Mark is excellent with children. He makes friends with them and really puts them at ease for a shoot. Zeke doesn’t leave his side when we go out for the day, which gives me a nice break. Also, if you’re planning on having a photo of your pet, you should know that in our friend circle, Mark has always been known as Dr Doolittle!

A very cute Labrador puppy with a red bow around his neck.
An example of the adorable pet photography that Shadow Studio offers.

Shadow Studio aim to cater to all tastes and budgets, offering a wide range of photograph styles and set options. They also hire out the studio for photographer camera club events, model photo shoots, projects with their makeup artists, student projects and some commercial photography. You can contact them via their Facebook or Instagram page for further details and prices.

A picture of a photographers equipment such as lighting and reflectors
Shadow Photo Studio, Gloucester

Enter for your chance to win a themed photo shoot and print in time for Christmas

Shadow Studio have generously given me a prize package to offer to a lucky reader. The prize consists of a 30 minute photo shoot for either your child(ren) or pet(s) with a choice of magical Christmas themed backgrounds. You will also receive a 7×5 print of your choice from the photo shoot, to take home as a treasured memory of your day. It would make an excellent Christmas gift for relatives or even a nice holiday card image.

Simply enter via the gleam form below. Please note: Although this is a promotional piece, I am not accepting any payment or benefits in return, therefore it does not qualify as an ad post.

One picture shows a fireplace, christmas bunting and a sack of gifts. The other picture shows a white themed photo set with gnomes and a christmas tree
An example of the types of Christmas themed backgrounds on offer for our lucky prize winner.

Win a magical Christmas themed photo shoot for kids or pets

Check out my other giveaways here!