Competition – Win a CALAFANT Horse and Carriage Set with #AsobiAmbassadors

 

I am very excited to have been asked to join the #AsobiAmbassadors team as a guest blogger for August. This month the Ambassadors team are reviewing products from CALAFANT and we chose to review the Horse Drawn Carriage kit.IMG_3820CALAFANT is made from 100% recyclable cardboard and the pre-cut, pre-punched pieces slot together easily so that children can create their own masterpieces! They are easy to build, fun to decorate and strong to play with. The kit contained all the pieces to assemble the horse and carriage, and a set of 6 felt tip pens for decorating the finished item.

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As patience isn’t L’s strong point at the moment(!) I decided to assemble the pieces before I gave it to her. I’m glad I did as at just 3 the assembly would have been too fiddly for her. It was quite simple to understand and only took me 2 minutes to do and for an older child I’m sure it would be fine. I found that all the pieces fitted together perfectly and the finished model was strong and sturdy.IMG_3824

When L saw the horse and carriage she was thrilled with it and couldn’t wait to get started on the decoration. She enjoyed using the included colouring pens on it, and later went to get her own crayons and pencils so she could add more colours to it!

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I didn’t guide her at all with the decoration, and the end result is a bright colourful model which she has been enjoying using for imaginative play. Cinderella has made several trips to the ball in the carriage, and L’s favourite toy rabbit has enjoyed being the driver!

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There are a whole range of designs to choose from, from simple vehicles to whole palaces and castles which look like they would offer hours of fun for older kids. We were really impressed by how sturdy the pieces are and the finished product stands up to lots of playing.

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Having sampled what CALAFANT has to offer, I’d highly recommend these kits and plan to buy some as presents for Birthdays and Christmas. I know L would like to tackle one of the larger models too – the castle is next on her wish list!

Kind Toys are offering a 20% discount off all CALAFANT products throughout September using discount code CALAFANT at the checkout so please go and have a look at the other great products available.

COMPETITION

I’m very excited to be able to offer one lucky reader their very own CALAFANT Horse Drawn Carriage Kit. To enter, please complete the Rafflecopter below.

You MUST leave a comment and follow @Asobi_Toys on Twitter (compulsory entries), you can also gain extra entries as shown in the Rafflecopter below.
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T&C’s: This competition is open to over 18s and UK entrants only. The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter after the closing date 18th September 2014. I will contact the winner by email or Twitter and will allow 7 days for a reply. If I do not hear anything within this time period I reserve the right to redraw a winner. Hello From Jo’s decision is final.

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For more reviews of Asobi products and more chances to win why not check out posts from A Mummy TooSusan K Mann, Innocent Charms Chat, Red Rose Mummy, Real Housewife of Suffolk County and Lilinha Angel’s World.

Our Christmas Wishlist from Beebies Baby Store

Can you believe its only just over 2 weeks until Christmas? I certainly can’t! My Christmas shopping is going quite well. Just a couple of awkward people left to finish off (everyone has a couple of those don’t they?). I’ve been doing a lot of shopping with smaller shops this Christmas, whether locally, on Facebook or online. One store that I have recently found is Beebies Baby Store. Ami from Beebies has asked bloggers to put together their Christmas Wishlist from her website and one lucky winner will win the contents of their list. I was spoiled for choice, so here is what I chose…

Highchair

This gorgeous High Chair (£49.99) would be a huge hit with L this year. I love the styling and it would look gorgeous in our playroom. I can see hours of fun feeding dolly in this.

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We have some lovely play food, but this Icecream Sundae Set (£26.99) is something a bit different. Its also L’s favourite food so would definitely become a favourite!

rainy dayI’ve seen these Rainy Day Boxes (£13.48) before and they seem like a great idea. I’d hide this away and pull it out when we needed some entertainment on a wet day.

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These Chunky Paint Pens (£3.99) are great for helping little hands to be creative. These would make a fun winter activity with a little less mess than paint and brushes.

As you can see, we found lots of ideas on the Beebies website :) Why not pop over and have a look?

Disclosure: This post in my entry into the Beebies Baby Store Win Your Wishlist Competition

 

Aunt Bessie’s Competition

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. The winners selected by Random.org are Jane Morfett and Maureen Moss. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Can you believe how close to Christmas we are?

In just over a week we will be sitting down to the biggest and best Roast Dinner of the year, and when we think Roast, we think Yorkshire Puddings! (Yes even with Turkey :) )

When the lovely people at Aunt Bessie’s got in touch with me to ask if I would like to run a competition with them I thought that was a fab idea! So here is the competition. 2 winners will each receive £15 Ant Bessie’s Vouchers plus an Aunt Bessie’s Oven Glove. Did you know that Aunt Bessie makes a variety of products for great family meals? They are not just about Yorkshire Puddings (although they are yummy!) but there are also casserole mixes, accompaniments, desserts and even gravy!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favourite part of a roast dinner.

 

Terms and Conditions:

  1. This competition is open from 17/12/12 and will close at midnight on Monday 31st December 2012.
  2. One entry per person
  3. Entrants must be over 18. UK entries only
  4. Winners will be drawn at random from all entries received.
  5. Winners will be notified by email, and names will be published on this post.
  6. 2 prizes each worth £20 are available (£15 Aunt Bessie’s Vouchers and Oven Gloved worth £5)
  7. Prizes will be dispatched by Good Relations, and they are responsible for providing prizes.

Win a Day Out at Pennywell Farm with Britains

This competition is now closed and the winner has been notified
I’ve got a really exciting competition to share with you today in association with Britains and Pennywell Farm. Britains has teamed up with Pennywell Farm to offer 1 lucky family a free ticket to the farm plus a fantastic crop of Britains Farm Toys!

Experience the fun of farming at Pennywell Farm. This multi award winning farm has lots to offer to both children and adults. There’s a lot to see and do; along with the traditional farm animals, there are displays, activities as well as a play area. Why not take a trip on the Tractor Ride around the farm or ride the new Red Rocket? Or perhaps you might want to trot along to a pony ride? There’s lots to do whatever your age and whatever the weather at Pennywell – and it’s Devon’s Friendliest Day Out!

Pennywell Farm offers a great day out for all of the family, but the farming fun doesn’t end there! Each winner will also receive a selection of Britains Farm Toys worth over £50. The Large Livestock Building (£24.99) comes complete with Yorkshire boarded sides and added height for extra machine manoeuvrability – very useful come feed time in the barn! The Massey Ferguson 6480 Tractor with Front Loader (£21.99) is a great addition to any farm, and the front loader is just the job when it comes to moving hay bales around. Winners will also receive a set of Friesian Cows and the all-important essential feeding Troughs (£4.49) and Big Square Bales (£4.49). It’s the perfect package for young farm hands to get their Britains Farm collection started and put into practice what they’ve learned on their day out at the farm park.

Britains Farm Toys are suitable for ages 3+ and will be available now in all good toy stores. Visit www.tomy.co.uk for further information.

For more information on Pennywell Farm visit www.pennywellfarm.co.uk or call 01364 642023.

How to Enter: To enter just leave a comment telling me your favourite farm animal! The competition will close at midnight on Monday 3rd September.

Terms & Conditions

  • Only one entry per person. Multiple, automated or bulk entries will be disqualified.
  • The winner will be contacted by email and must reply with name and address within 48 hours or the prize will be re-drawn.
  • Winners details will be passed onto the PR company who will be responsible for issuing the prize.
  • The winner will be selected at random from all valid comments received by midnight on Monday 3rd September.
  • Tickets are valid until 4th November 2012.
  • A family ticket includes two adults and two children.
  • Prizes will be delivered within 28 days.

WIN tickets to The Baby Show Manchester

This competition is now closed and the winners have been notified.

The UK’s leading baby and parenting show is coming to Manchester this August and to celebrate, The Baby Show is teaming up with Devon Mummy to offer you the chance to win tickets to this essential event on 31st August – 2nd September at EventCity, Manchester.

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The Baby Show in association with Made for Mums and sponsored by Fisher-Price is the perfect place to visit for all parents and parents-to-be who want to find the latest maternity and nursery products on the market – all from the very best UK and international brands! The show will feature 200 must-have brands including Fisher-Price, Babies R Us, Mamas & Papas, and Mothercare, as well as niche and designer products. Visitors will be able to enjoy special offers, great entertainment and hear from baby care experts all in one place. What’s more, EventCity, Manchester offers first class first facilities and has over 3000 FREE car parking spaces.

The Baby Show also boasts expert speakers on hand to give support, guidance and advice to all visitors, including midwives from Channel 4’s award-winning show ‘One Born Every Minute’ and baby food and nutrition expert Annabel Karmel. The Baby Show has become an essential event in all parents’ calendars and has also attracted a celebrity following with stars including Una Healy, Stacey Solomon and Chantelle Houghton spotted searching for the best products at earlier shows this year!

With everything in one place and with the added bonus of exclusive offers and expert advice, you’ll find everything you need without the stress of the high street! For more information, visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk

For the chance to get your hands on FREE tickets for The Baby Show in Manchester, simply enter by following these simple instructions.

To Enter:

There are three pairs of tickets to give away. The competition closes at 6pm on Thursday 9th August. You may enter in one or all of the following ways. PLEASE leave a separate comment for each entry.

1) Answer the following question in the comments. How many must-have brands will be on show at The Baby Show Manchester?

2) Tweet the following ‘I’ve entered to win tickets to @TheBabyShow with @devon_mummy http://wp.me/p2i9i5-6X’

3) Like Devon Mummy on Facebook here and share my post about this competition on your wall

Yeo Valley Farm Tours and Garden Tours Competition

This summer Yeo Valley (they who make the yummy yogurt!) is opening its doors to the public with a series of Farm Tours and Garden Tours and I’m lucky enough to have a pair of tickets to give away!

Starting on 29th June, both of these full day tours will provide visitors with an insight into the organic world of the Yeo Valley family farm in Blagdon. While the farm tours will be led by local expert Les Davies MBE, the garden tours will include a special chef food demo on how to create the best-tasting dishes with organic produce. Whether you’re a fan of the products, are interested in gardening and sustainable methods, or would just like to get involved in a fun day out, Yeo Valley’s farm tours and garden tours have lots to offer.

Yeo Valley’s Farm Tours will be led by local expert Les Davies MBE. You will get the chance to learn about organic farming and why it is so important to our planet and the future of British farming, as well as meet Yeo Valley’s prize-winning, British Friesian cows! You’ll also see the fruits of some of our environment and conservation work, like dry-stone walls, hedges and woodland. Yeo Valley’s Farm Tours are a full day and include lunch at Wills Barn and afternoon tea.

The dates for the Farm Tours are:

  • 29th June
  • 6th July
  • 20th July
  • 28th September

For keen gardeners and green enthusiasts alike, Yeo Valley’s Garden Tours will give you the opportunity to meet like-minded people and learn some top tips from the horticultural experts at Yeo Valley. Taking place at the Organic Gardens’ Tea Room at Holt Farm in Blagdon, Yeo Valley’s Garden Tours will include a comprehensive garden tour – one of only a handful of organic gardens in the UK, a talk on organic ways to make wonderfully rich compost and keep weeds and pests under control organically, plus a special chef food demo on how to create the best dishes with organic produce from the vegetable plot.

The dates for the Garden Tours are:

  • 10th July
  • 24th July
  • 4th September
  • 18th September

Last year Yeo Valley’s Farm Tours were described as: “a fantastic day. The farm tour was brilliant and the staff were very helpful and obliging. Les Davies’ knowledge was second to none.’

The Garden Tours were described as having: “splendid plants and layout in an idyllic setting…all of those concerned with the organisation, planning and presentation of the tour were so knowledgeable and committed to their work.”

Yeo Valley’s Farm Tours and Garden Tours are both all-day events priced at £30 per person. For more information and to book visit www.yeovalley.co.uk.

Competition

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED

I have one pair of tickets worth £60 to give away. The winner can choose either the Garden Tour or the Kitchen Tour, and can choose from the available dates. The closing date is Wednesday 4th July and the winner, chosen at random from all valid entries will be contacted by email.

To enter…

Either subscribe to Devon Mummy by email (using the handy box to the right of this post) or add to your Google Reader or similar and leave me a comment to tell me you have done it :)

For an extra entry, like Devon Mummy on Facebook (there is a handy link to the right for that too!) and leave a separate comment on this post.

Good luck!

ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions

iStylista Review and Giveaway

I’ve never been any good at knowing what clothes suit me. I hate clothes shopping (for me!) with a passion and finding an outfit for a special occasion fills me with dread! Since Pumpkin was born, I’ve reverted to a daily uniform of jeans and t-shirts, with just a few favourites being worn over and over again!

So when I was given the chance to review the Style Goddess style guide from iStylista I jumped at the chance!

iStylista gives you all the benefits of a Personal Shopper delivered straight to your computer! It was really simple, I just filled in a questionnaire about my body shape, lifestyle and colouring and my Style Goddess guide was ready in minutes.

I was really impressed with the 31 page style guide that was prepared for me. It covers all my questions about what shapes and styles suit me. It also offers tips for dealing with problem areas and takes into account my lifestyle as a mummy. The suggestions are practical and the section detailing the content of my capsule wardrobe will be a real help when I’m shopping.

Its not just designed for skinny minnies either! I am far from that and my style guide offered advice on dressing with a large bust and thighs.

I’m looking forward to taking this information shopping with me as I look for my new summer wardrobe (no strappy tops for me, I need to make my shoulders look wider to balance my hips!). But I will be investing in some skirts, A-line are particularly good for my shape.

If you want to get a style guide for yourself you can use this code R4E6-3YD4-VR to get 40% off. Or enter the giveaway below.

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED BY EMAIL

I have 10 prizes of a free Style Goddess guide to give away. To enter (Please leave a separate comment for each entry):

1) Leave a comment telling me your best feature (come on ladies, lets be positive!)

2) Like Devon Mummy on Facebook and share a post about this competition.

3) Follow Devon_Mummy on Twitter and tweet ‘I want to win a style guide with @devon_mummy http://wp.me/p2i9i5-4o’

4) Do one of the following; Add www.devonmummy to your Google Reader (or similar reader) or subscribe to my blog via email (see box top right of blog). Please leave me a comment to let me know that you have.

Please make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you. This giveaway will end at midnight on 31st March. Good luck! 

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream Competition

Sudocrem is one of my favourite brands – I remember my mum using it on my sister and I when we were little and I use it on Pumpkin (and sometimes myself!) today. I was excited to see they have a fab new product – Sudocrem Skin Care Cream.

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream is an innovative beauty related sister product to the iconic Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream and is the perfect handbag accessory, especially in this weather!

To celebrate, Sudocrem are running a fab competition on their Facebook page. You can win a Diane Von Furstenberg handbag, iPhone 4S and a year’s supply of Sudocrem Skin Care Cream!

 

How To Enter

Step 1– Go to www.facebook.com/SudocremTube and ‘Like’ the page

Step 2– Click on the Diane Von Furstenberg & iPhone 4S Competition page

Step 3- Follow the competition page instructions: Enter your email and answer the three product related questions correctly

Step 4- Keep your fingers crossed that your name is drawn from the hat of correct entries on 25th February 2012!

The competition ends on 25th Feb 2012 and winners will be announced on 29th Feb.

Good Luck!

Cartoonito Competition – Win Fireman Sam DVDs

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The 2 lucky winners are Sarah Anguish and Tracy K Nixon.

Pumpkin’s first birthday is just around the corner and as it approaches so does the date that I will return to work. She has already started her settling in sessions at nursery (she is coping a lot better than I am!) and in a couple of weeks she will start her 2 days per week there.

I’m very aware of the high costs of childcare, especially for young children. Its a big hit on my part time salary. Thats why I am so excited to let you know about a fab competition being run by Cartoonito!

Cartoonito is offering parents who join their Facebook community the chance to win an entire year’s worth of FREE childcare! All you need to do is ‘like’ the Facebook page and answer one question to stand the chance of winning. Hurry as the competition closes on 31st October.

Visit www.facebook.com/cartoonitoparents to share parenting tips and funny stories, pictures and ideas to help keep the little ones entertained, as well as enter the competition.

Cartoonito is broadcast on Sky 619 and Virgin 760 between 6am and 7pm everyday. Its mix of live action and animated content encourages little ones to learn about the world around them in a fun and interactive way. Fireman Sam, Care Bears and Bananas in Pyjamas are just a handful of the popular shows offering big fun for little ones at Cartoonito

To celebrate the launch of the Cartoonito Parents Facebook page, Cartoonito has given me two classic Fireman Sam DVDS – Helicopter Heroes and Ready for Action to giveaway.

To enter complete one or more of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

  1. Leave a comment on this page letting me know your childs favourite TV programme.
  2. Follow @spendlessmummy on Twitter
  3. Like the Spend Less Mummy Blog Facebook page
  4. Tweet the following message ‘I’ve entered to win Fireman Sam DVD on @spendlessmummy blog http://ow.ly/1zccIi’
  5. Like the Cartoonito Facebook page
The competition closes on 31st October at midnight.

 

Win an Annabel Karmel Best Ever Cookbook

Pumpkin is 8 months old and we have been on our weaning journey for a few months now. I have had loads of questions at every turn and have found the whole thing quite tricky! Through it all my number one source of information has been Annabel Karmel.

The Annabel Karmel Best Ever Cookbook is one of my favourites. it contains recipes for all stages

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This book covers feeding children from weaning to age 3 and answers lots of the questions which many mums ask.

There are over 100 recipes from first purees to toddler meals that all the family can enjoy.

To win a copy of this book you can do one or all of the following (please leave a separate comment for each entry)…

1) Leave a comment on this post telling me why you would like to win

2) Follow me on Twitter (@spendlessmummy)

3) Tweet the following “Pop over to @spendlessmummy blog for a chance to win an Annabel Karmel cookbook http://bit.ly/qIyR9d”

4) Like the Spend Less Mummy Facebook page

The winner will be selected at random from the comments left on this post. The competition closes at midnight on 31st July.

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