I’m delighted to join forces with Carlton Books for this exciting review and giveaway. Carlton Books have very kindly gifted me copies of four new titles from their Paperscapes series of children’s books, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions within this review are therefore both honest and my own (or my son’s).
I also have a complete set of these lovely books to give away to one lucky reader. So stay with me whilst I explain why these books would be great for your kids!
What’s different about paperscapes books?
I must admit that I’m a bit of a fiend for novelties and things that are out of the ordinary. That’s why, when I saw these unique looking educational books, I just had to have them for my son. The Paperscapes series are beautifully illustrated hardback books for kids, with a twist! They can also, with a little craftiness, become a beautiful work of art.
These stunning books look like your average fact-based reference books. Until you open the first page to find this:
I have to admit that I was a little nervous about this concept at first. My generation was brought up to love and respect books. Scribbling edits into science text books at school (however funny they may have been) or tearing out pages, always ended in detention. There is also the fact that my son is a couple of years younger than the recommended age group for these titles, of 7+. At just turned 5, I wondered if this might end in disaster.
The conclusion being that younger kids, I would suggest 4+, could easily appreciate these books too, with just a bit more parental guidance. The result was beautiful and my son’s reaction was “Wow, it looks like the animals are in real life!” Another noteworthy point, which had concerned me prior to review, was the ‘post popping out’ integrity of the books. Well fear not, each page is constructed of more of a thin cardboard than thick paper. Even with an eager 5-year-old turning pages back and forth, the book’s integrity was, thankfully, not compromised by the loss of its edges.
Which titles are available in the series?
So, once you are past the amazement of books that are also a mini craft project, what do you get from these books? There are four new titles available from the Carlton Paperscapes range, which include:
They are all presented in a lovely simple format, which appeals to a wide age group. There are small concise paragraphs about each creature or topic, with bullet formatted facts picked out. They have chosen to highlight the type of facts that would be most appealing to primary aged kids. You know, the type usually accompanied with an “eeewww” or “woah!” reaction.
The illustrated maps and repeated familiar logo usage throughout, allows for easy fact comparison between pages. For example, each dinosaur has a little knife and fork next to the dietary information, so even pre-readers can recognise this and ask questions about what they see. At the same time, the language doesn’t pander to its youngest audience and I feel that this provides a great feeling of balance. The result being, a broadening of the age range these books would suit, which I would suggest as between 4 and 12 years.
I’m sold, how can I get some?
All four of these awesome titles were released in February 2019 and are available to purchase at a very reasonable £12.99 each from Carlton Books online, Amazon or your local book store. You can also visit their social media pages here to keep on top of new releases:
Or, if you’re feeling lucky, they have also very kindly given me a whole set, worth over £50, to give away to one of you lucky people. Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!
Enter to win today and You too could create this level of amazement in your child (edit: not guaranteed – he’s a bit over dramatic, bless him)
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Is anyone else excited about half term? I have to admit, I’m one of those Mom’s that’s struggling to cope with not having constant access to my son’s time. He recently started school (how dare he)! We did SO much as a family when he was a toddler! My husband is self-employed and I was on very long-term sick leave from a part-time job and am now self-employed too, so we’ve been really spoilt for time together – until September last year.
So, much like when I attended school as a pupil, I find myself living for the school holidays again. We love to travel and experience new things as a family, so for months before each school holiday, I’m desperately looking for things to fill the precious week(s) with.
Prize wins and school breaks
As you know, I’m a complete comping nut, so a large proportion of my holidays and day trips are luckily, at least partially, funded by my addiction. As yet, I haven’t been lucky for the February half term though. My Easter and May Half Term breaks are completely sorted, with holidays in Wales and Spain respectively from competition prizes. But, for the fast approaching February half term, I’m a little bit lost. I wouldn’t usually leave planning this late, but just hoping that my impending operation isn’t set for that week would probably be a bit frivolous.
Despite trying to put off planning completely until I have a definitive surgery date, I couldn’t wait any longer for FOMO on the deals! I thought it might be helpful to share my findings with those parents that don’t have the luxury of ‘planning’ their half term week. I’m also running a giveaway alongside my suggestions for those of you that are either currently unable to fund trips out or unable to take time off work. I’ve put together a little at home fun pack for you guys, so read on for entry requirements!
February Half Term on a Budget
February is actually a weird time for a school break. It’s still really cold and dull and theme parks/attractions are not open properly yet. I certainly haven’t saved enough to go abroad yet and England is currently a bit cold for the glamping option within my budget. Having said all that, the low season nature of February means that there are some fantastic deals to be had!
Last year I was lucky enough to win a Merlin annual pass from the ongoing Kellogg’s prize draw. To say that we have put this to good use would be a bit of an understatement. I’d highly recommend investing in one of these if you have kids aged 4-15!! Even without an annual pass, Merlin have some pretty attractive deals available this half term and I will be adding a couple to our wish list.
Legoland Windsor – Junior builder week
We have a 5-year-old boy, so Lego has been in our lives for a couple of years now. We’ve visited Legoland resorts in Orlando, Windsor, Manchester and our very welcome new home town Discovery Centre in Birmingham. Despite being a bit pricey, there is such a lot to do at all of the Legoland sites we’ve visited. This half term, Legoland Windsor, like most theme parks, are not fully open. The hotel, however, has gone all out to ensure that little ones can still have a fun lego-filled break away. Junior builder week offers a wide range of hotel based activities such as building a rollercoaster, discos, family speed build challenges and treasure hunts. An overnight stay can be booked for half term week for as little as £38 per person.
Chessington World of Adventures – Animal Adventures
Chessington have gone a similar route as a lot of theme parks for half term, in that they’re partially opening and putting more effort into the few attractions they open. Chessington’s offering “Animal Adventures” looks to be a lot of fun. They have a live interactive “How to be a zookeeper” show which sounds amazing. Also, some of the little kids’ rides, like The Gruffalo River Adventure are open. Their overnight package for half term starts at £141 for a family of 4 and I can highly recommend the hotel. I love a good themed hotel (cal me tacky) and they really pull out the stops Chessington.
I’ve been entering competitions on the LittleBird website for some time now and in the past week, noticed their family club membership. They currently have a trial period, which I have taken up, of just £1 for 30 days. This will last through the half term break if you sign up now and gives you a great opportunity to check out the benefits, before you decide whether to commit. Please note that you will need to cancel if you do not want the trial to auto-renew!
Here are a few of littlebird’s great money-saving half term offers (no membership required):
Horrid Henry: Here’s something a little bit different! There is a Horrid Henry event at BFI with preview screening, Q & A session and an animation workshop. Ideal for fans of the popular tv show and books – use this link for 20% off, from just £3.25 each!
Kidzania: is another very popular London-based attraction for kids aged 4-14 years. It’s described as a city run by kids, so make of that what you will! There is a ton of interactive fun to be had though. You can save a whopping 50% off through this link!!
Deals included with Family Pass for £1 trial, which I will definitely be taking up are:
50% off Drayton Manor Tickets – it’s worth the £1 literally just for this deal – especially if you have little Thomas the Tank fans!
50% Off Chessington World of Adventures day ticket – great if you’re local
40% off at most Vue Cinemas – Hello Lego Movie 2!!!
Kids eat free at La Tasca, Las Iguana, Bella Italia and much more….
stay Local to save even more
We often tend to stay quite local when we haven’t had any wins, to keep costs down. We’re lucky enough to live in a big city with lots of attractions for kids, so it’s pretty easy to find cheap or even free things to do. If you’re based in or around the Birmingham area, I would highly recommend Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for a free day out. They always put so much effort into planning for kids events throughout the school holidays too. This February there is junk modelling (£1), weird and wonderful object handling (free) and mask making (£1).
You will usually find that museums, galleries and lots of heritage attractions are free entry and provide a fun, educational way to spend time with the family. Money Saving Expert are a great site to find free activities. Here are a list of over 170 free museums throughout the country, why not see if there is one local to you!?
As promised, for those of you unable to book breaks or day trips this half term for whatever reason, I’ve put together a fun little busy pack of activities for one lucky winner and their kids. This has a range of items to keep the kids entertained if they’re staying at home, with grandparent’s throughout half term. I will aim to post this out on Saturday 16th February, but please keep an eye on your inbox, as I will need address details quickly to allow for this!
The prize consists of:
Power Rangers Interactive Figure for use with mobile App/Game
The Secret Life of Pets Moving Characters Craft Kit
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Do you need some extra cash? I’m currently desperately saving for spending money for the holiday I won earlier this month. We’ll hopefully be taking it in April, which doesn’t give me a lot of time. I’ve also promised my 5-year-old that I will redecorate his room, new bed, matching Minecraft theme, the lot. I can’t afford that!! It’s a good job we have internet access for comping and side hustles, right!?
What I’ve found this week
So yesterday, I came across these interesting new sites, in my attempt to make extra cash for the above goals. They are both free cash lottery/prize draw sites, 1 of which is destined to pay us to look at adverts. Yes, really! The other has a daily £1k cash draw. I’ve explained these in brief below for you. Although probably an obvious point, with new lottery type sites, signing up in the early days is highly recommended. You will have far more chance of winning the fewer members there are!
Gener8 is an excellent new concept of using advertising revenue to reward members. It’s currently still in beta testing stages, but they are giving out £100 per day to one lucky member regardless. You can sign up here or read on for more information.
The idea of Gener8 is simple and not entirely revolutionary. It has, however, been done very well and I think it will work. The basic concept is that you add their browser extension and choose your interest preferences in your profile. It then monitors how many adverts you see in a day and awards you tokens for each one. It’s important to know that Gener8 isn’t generating extra adverts. It’s just manipulating ones that you would see anyway to suit your interests.
It estimates a standard user could earn £20 to £40 per month, which is a great pay out for doing nothing. Also, as compers, you have to assume we are at the higher end of that estimate, given the amount of ads we see! The really interesting part is that in 2020, Gener8 have vowed to share their profits with the top users in the scheme.
The token value is not yet defined, so please don’t think they are cash value. For example, on the first day, I earnt 52.08 tokens – which clearly won’t be £52. They will announce the tokens’ monetary value when the reach 50,000 users. Tokens cannot be converted to cash until then. They encourage you to donate the earnings to charity, which is lovely. I would certainly do this for a percentage of mine.
All members of Gener8 are automatically entered into a daily draw for £100. You don’t need to do anything other than check your dashboard daily (this will be accessible from your toolbar). Extra entries to the daily draw are available though, through referring friends. Winning more than once is also possible!
Sounds great right, why wouldn’t you give this ago, nothing to lose as far as I can see!
My second valuable find of the day yesterday was Raffall. This is an app only free lottery and raffle provider, but can be used on both Android and Apple.
The raffle section is not of too much interest to me and honestly, I haven’t looked into it yet. The lottery however, is set at £1000 per day, as well as some smaller cash prizes! To get a token, just download the app, sign up and watch one short video per day. I’ve done this yesterday and today and both videos were shorter than 30 seconds.
Again, extra entries are available if you share the link on social media etc. Please note that the referral code resets daily though, so you have to do it each day to benefit. To be honest, I’m happy with one free chance to win £1k for a 30 second effort anyway.
My Money Saving Page
I think that both of the above could be very helpful in my quest for extra cash and hope you will find them useful too. Those of you who are regular readers will know that I live for holidays and family trips. I always research deals for these as it enables us to do way more. I’ve created a special page to share travel and fun deals and offers with you. It’s a bit sparse at the moment, but my intention is to update it as I find deals. So it’s worth keeping an eye on if you’re interested in saving money.
Dont forget I have a couple of competitions running on social media if you have not yet entered them:
So it’s January, and after the insanity of the December advent giveaways, comping really seems to die a death! As a compulsive comper, I often find myself scratching around for new competitions to enter at this time of year. Does anyone else ever end up half way through entering a comp and then second guessing their motives. I know it’s an addiction when I find myself asking if I would ever really use a hoverboard!? (I walk badly, with crutches)
As usual, I digress. The point is, I’ve noticed quite a lot of people commenting that they are similarly struggling to fulfil their personal comping quota this past week or so. I thought it would therefore be useful, to dig deep and provide you with some additional places to find competitions when the comping cup runs dry.
These 5 lesser known sites all have a great collection of competitions to enter and I highly recommended them. I usually tend to dip in and out of these whenever I have extra comping time anyway, but this month, I’ve been a daily visitor to them all. They have done a great job keeping me busy in the bleak January drought.
Twitaculous is actually a really cool little app (can be used on laptops etc, not just for phones) and the only reason I don’t use it more often is due to lack of time. I’m an incredibly methodical person and as I discuss in my top 5 competition sites post, I rarely get beyond those five. Nevertheless, January has found me wanting for more competitions and Twitaculous has been a great little source. It’s not a pretty format, but it’s easy to use and the service is free. As it’s clear a lot of time and hard work has gone into creating this platform, there is a small voluntary contribution that you can pay if you intend to use the service often. This seems only fair and it does offer VIP access (advert free).
To use Twitaculous, you simply create an account, connect it directly to your Twitter account and it lists available Twitter competitions, complete with a nice easy entry system. Each competition post has its own Retweet, Like or Tweet button, allowing you to enter right there, without following a link to Twitter. It has nice sort functions, including sort by category or the option I prefer, show only those you haven’t entered yet. This is very handy! I would definitely recommend this to those who like to enter Twitter competitions.
PrizeDeck is a nice neat little site that provides their own giveaways with a simple one click entry format. Once signed up and logged in, you literally just click enter on the prizes that you fancy. There are no links to follow and no additional information to input.
I spoke to Lon at PrizeDeck about their ethos. PrizeDeck was born of the desire to stand in opposition to the increasing number of prize draw promoters running unfair giveaways (especially on Facebook), with elusive or non-existent prizes, difficult entry methods and dodgy terms and conditions. In stark contrast, PrizeDeck only run their own exclusive giveaways in a fair, honest and compliant way. They always list winners, announcing them both on the website and across social media. The prizes are widely varied and they make great efforts to work with local British brands, particularly start-ups. I have to say that I really appreciate the sentiment of this website and their good nature makes me want to comp with them that little bit more!
PrizeDeck is a relatively new site and I have seen them grow quite significantly over the past year. The prizes are not added daily, but there are at least a few new ones each week and you can set up email notifications for these. The new comps are very obvious, as those you have entered will automatically show you with a big green tick. It couldn’t be simpler!
They also have a blog page, which generally focusses on points of interest in the comping community and their own giveaway sponsors. It’s certainly worth a look if this topic is of interest. Highly recommended.
Prize Ticker is a very new competition listing site, which went live in late 2018. It is a nice simple, but very bold and colourful format, with some basic sort functions such as prize category and one I don’t think I’ve seen before, Age group. This refers to the age group that the prize is intended for. Obviously some of this might be a bit objective, unless it’s very obviously baby related items, so I would tend to steer clear of this function for fear of missing things.
I spoke to Anthony, who administers the new site. His main goal is to provide a place for competition listings and promotions but without any of the adverts or spam. The website, although live, is still undergoing some development and he intends to add a directory page that links to other listing sites, which sounds very useful.
For bloggers and prize promoters, they offer a nice simple upload page where you can share your own competitions at the cost of £1 for 90 days. Whilst other listing sites don’t charge for this service, Prize Ticker guarantee no adverts around your listing and a direct link to your competition.
Snizl is an unusual format for a competition listings website. They are another relatively new site and offer prizes from predominantly small businesses in the East Midlands area, although most prizes are available nationally. I have been entering competitions with them for about a year now and won one of the first that I entered last year for a cute Easter bunny plush toy.
The entry method is simple, as all giveaways are hosted directly on the site. Once signed in, you can just click on the picture of the prize you want, which will go to the main comp page. Click on ‘confirm entry’ and there is the option to share each prize on social media for additional entries. New prizes are not by any means added daily and tend to come in peaks and troughs. They are also very long dated comps, usually with about 3 month entry periods. Still, it’s easy enough not to take up too much time and you might get a nice surprise when you had completely forgotten about it, 3 months later!
rosemary and pork belly (blog)
Rosemary and Pork Belly is a great blog with really varied content, but largely focusses around travel. If you’ve read my “About me” page, or actually any of my blog posts, you have probably got the gist that I enjoy travel. They also have an excellent discounts and deals section, again largely centred around travel. So right of the bat, this is a blog for me. You might be thinking, that’s great, but your post and blog are about comping!?
The format is beautifully simple, with a “new since …” section each time the feed is updated. The descriptions often go above and beyond any other comp listing sites, due to the blog format, so closing dates and terms and conditions are clearly laid out for you. There are not hundreds of competitions on here by any means, but they are great ones, often that I haven’t come across on the big 5.
I love this blog and highly recommend keeping it on your watch list if you are a fan of free holidays!!
Still not enough? Enter My Competition
So there are some of the great additional sites that I have been using to get me through the comping dry spell this January. Are there any new ones there for you? I’d be keen to hear your recommendations for comping sites that I haven’t mentioned yet. There are some that I don’t use because I either don’t trust them or don’t like the format (I’m a bit fussy like that). Please check out my post for comping site to avoid for further details.
If you still haven’t found enough, you can pop over to Twitter to enter my new giveaway, which you will find pinned to the top of my page. I’ve decided to change it up from the Gleam and Rafflecopter entry systems this time around, just to keep things fresh.
Terms and Conditions:
This giveaway is provided by Prizewarriors.com. Entries must be received by 31 Jan 2019 The prize is one Transformers shaped wall puzzle. Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. Entry is via instructions on Twitter, with an additional entry for those that have commented on this post. The winner will be informed on Twitter within 48 hours of the closing date and have 7 days to claim. Please allow 14 days from claim for delivery of the prize.
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As my old prize wins post was getting a little long, I’ve decided to start a fresh one for 2019. I’ll be using the same format as previous years, as I think bulleted lists are more easily digestible. I will however be linking to reviews etc of these prizes as the year goes on and hopefully, the prizes roll in. As I mentioned in my top wins of 2018 post, the start of 2019 is already looking pretty killer!
A T2 goodie bag full of tea and associated products
A madness special edition album and board game set
A box of 10 of 2018s best children’s books from Egmont publishing
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse – The Art Of The Movie
A Lightbox display with changeable letters
An Exit ladies watch worth £139
A 7 day all-inclusive 4 star family holiday to Port Aventura World resort!!!! I’ll be taking this in May 2019. Comping goal for the year achieved on 9th January – and yes I did have to go live on the radio (Heart FM) for this one!!! Post coming soon about stepping out of your comfort zone.
A Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Smart Phone worth £500
A one of a kind illustration from How to Train your Dragon 3 signed by the director
A Transformers Bumblebee movie rubix cube style key chain
As with most of us, for me the end/beginning of the year has led to a bit of reflection. I had a decent year for comping, but I don’t feel that it was my strongest. I have much higher hopes for 2019. Join me as I explore how to get the prizes I want and share my ideas and tips along the way. As my year is already off to a good start, I have decided to begin a new “My wins” post for 2019.
Whilst not my favourite year of wins, I did still have some great ones in 2018, so I’ve picked out my favourites below. (You can check out the full list here) I thought I would use this opportunity to thank the kind prize givers and pay it forward, as let’s face it, without them, what are we all doing here?!? (In the comping community, not on earth – I’m not feeling that reflective)
A 7 night stay at Hafoty Farm Cottages in Snowdonia – Hafoty
So, whilst there were a few larger wins for me last year that came from big brand names, I would have to say that the majority of my wins were from small businesses. In fact, half of my favourite chosen prizes of the year came from small businesses and therefore I feel it’s only right to thank them properly.
I would like to thank Hafoty Farm Cottages for their super generous prize of a 7 night stay in one of their luxury accommodations in Snowdonia. I will be reviewing my stay in April, so please look out for that, but for now, here’s a bit about them.
Hafoty are a family run business, who own six picturesque barn conversions in Snowdonia, North Wales, nearby Anglesey, the Llyn Peninsula and Caernarfon. Their 4 star self catering cottages range from characterful, traditional cottages to stylish, modern conversions.
You can check them out on Facebook for some stunning shots of their properties and grounds. The local area is filled with stunning views and plenty of attractions suitable for all ages. It would make a great base for any family holiday, but especially for those with a penchant for action and adventure! On a personal note, I should mention just how helpful I have found them throughout the booking process. You can certainly see how they won “Best Holiday Cottage Accommodation – North West Wales” at the Welsh Enterprise Awards 2018.
Heating Style are a small specialist business, retailing high-end designer radiators and accessories. They work with industry leading manufacturers to bring you a large range of Vertical Designer Radiators, Designer Bathroom Radiators and Designer Towel Rails available in energy-efficient aluminium, luxury stainless steel or even glass!
Fancy radiators or towel warmers are not something I’d ever considered for my home, given their somewhat luxury status. With that in mind, I was really surprised to find that actually, some of their pieces are way more affordable than I’d imagined. If, like me, you have a passion for interiors and home styling, I would highly recommend you take a look. The designs are show stoppers and so varied that they could be the perfect finishing touch to any room.
In terms of customer service, the team are super friendly and helpful. They couldn’t do enough to advise me when it came to the specifications and fitting advice. My prize also arrived really quickly.
Another of my favourite wins was an adult sized Superman hoodie from Universal Textiles. My 5 year old son is a big fan of superheroes and when I saw the competition prize was a hoodie that was exactly the same as one he owns, the desire overwhelmed me to twin with him whilst he’s still young enough not to mind!
The hoodie arrive quickly, was well packaged and the quality is excellent. It’s actually quite a lightweight fabric, rather than the heavy sweater material I expected. For a women’s hoodie though, I felt that this made it hang much better. It’s also thin enough that I can wear it underneath a coat without looking like the Michelin man, which is a huge bonus!
Universal Textiles are based in Leicester, but supply a wide range of clothing, home textiles and work wear both nationally and internationally. They stock quality branded products at very reasonable prices and offer low delivery fees. If you pop over to their website now and sign up for their newsletter, you will be given a code for 10% off your first order! They also run regular competitions on their Facebook and Twitter pages, so maybe you will be lucky too…
So with 2018’s prizes reflected on, I’m looking forward to 2019. I’ve already got a feeling that I am going to have a MUCH better year of comping. Less than two weeks into the year, I have already met my comping goal, so I’m going to have to come up with some more! Check out my list of wins for 2019 to date to see why I’m such a happy bunny. I’d love to hear your comping goals for the year.
Win Full Spectrum CBD oil from Bristol CBD (Closed)
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.
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.
Please note: There are affiliate links on this page, this means that I get a small fee if you purchase via any links or codes that I supply. This does not cost you anything and it allows me to continue to run my blog. Thanks for your understanding.
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!
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. a Rafflecopter giveaway
You still have time to enter this other great giveaway I have on:
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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 (edit – Now closed) 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.
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.
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.
Bristol CBD Oil Usage Diary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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