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February Half Term on a Budget + Half Term Busy Pack Giveaway

what are you Planning For Half Term?

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 BudgetA coin being placed into a piggy bank

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!

Merlin attractions

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.

My son meeting the Gruffalo

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.

Littlebird deals

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!!

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N: The hugely popular interactive exhibition for your little Marvel superheros is now available from just £10 – Save up to 42%!!

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!?

Giveaway

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!

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February Half Term Busy Pack

The prize consists of:

  • Power Rangers Interactive Figure for use with mobile App/Game
  • The Secret Life of Pets Moving Characters Craft Kit
  • Grafix Craft your own Lady Bird Stepping Stone
  • Disney Frozen Ink Stamping Set
  • Disney Cars Glitter Art Picture Set
  • Marvel Ultimate Spider Man Glow Wand
  • Star Wars Wild Space Pencil

 

Kids’ Half Term Busy Pack

Please keep your eyes open for my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram competitions too, as all will be kid friendly giveaways this month!

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Full Spectrum CBD Oil Giveaway

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.

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.

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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

 

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Competitions listed on Loquax!

I list my competitions on The Prizefinder!

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Bristol CBD Oil Review

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.

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

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Twitter

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

Giveaway (Now Closed)

Please note: This giveaway has now closed

Please look out for future giveaways with this brand from March 2019 onwards.

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!




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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

 

Also don’t forget to check back regularly until 16th December, as I will be posting a new competition each week until then. You can keep up to date with all of my new competitions and posts by entering your email address in the sign up box at the bottom of this page!

Enter Here:

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Terms and Conditions:

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.
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 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
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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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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.



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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

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