Personalized Gifts for Kids from TinyMe

 Win a £40 Voucher to Spend at TinyMe

Personalized Blocks

I do love the personalized gifts for kids on  They have everything from bags to stationery to clothing to name labels.  We got one of their duffle bags a couple of years ago and it’s still going strong, my daughter uses it for her PE kit, the amount of stuff they need in primary school is nuts; including indoor and outdoor kit plus two pairs of shoes. Goodness knows how we remember everything each week. We also often use it for weekends away, squashes nicely in the boot of the car

Personalised Gifts for Kids.

The lovely folks at Tinyme are offering my readers a chance to win a £40 voucher to spend on some of their goodies.

Sandwich Bags

Whilst I was writing this post, instead of doing my work, I had a really good look through their site and am loving the reusable sandwich bags, no more fighting with plastic bags or the roll of clingfilm in the morning.  I guess you just turn them inside out and give them a good wipe.

Personalised Journal


My daughter is a bit of a magpie when it comes to Stationery, which I think is true about a lot of girls here age.  Apparently, you can never have enough diaries/journals.  One of her favourite things to do when her friends come around is to do a bit of diary writing, goodness knows what they write in them, but I do here a lot of giggling going on.  Tempted to get her a personalised journal for Christmas.

Free Christmas Printables

I also noticed that they have an entire section of FREE printables including some for Christmas, the activities are rather swish unlike a lot of the naff printables you get on line.  I love FREE!  I’m definitely going to do a few of them with my daughter in the build up to Christmas.  However, I have a sneaking suspicion mine won’t look like theirs.

Enter to Win!

To enter the competition simply use the rafflecopter form below.  Competition Ends on the 1st of Dec, UK residents 18+ only.  The full Terms and Conditions can be found on the bottom of the form.

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I should probably get back to work!  Good luck and thanks for joining in.

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Win a £50 Voucher from Voucher Express for Mother’s Day

What is your perfect Mother’s Day Gift?

If someone asked me what my perfect Mother’s Day would be, it would be going to the local pub for a Sunday Roast with my family and a bottle of wine, which I hope to do this year.

I love the cards and gifts that my daughter makes and brings home from school.  Currently, she’s been sneakily creating something at home and keeps shouting at me to close my eyes or leave the room.  I can’t wait to see what it is.

It’s not just Mother’s Day Gifts, but birthdays, Christmas and Valentine’s as well, I’d much prefer to receive an experience, preferably something my daughter and I could do together (e.g. Theatre, Cinema, Dining out or a book we can read together)  .  A lot of the tat will slowly make its way through the house eventually ending up in a keep sake box in the loft or in the recycle bin.  However, the memories of a day out with my daughter will last forever.

Enter to Win a £50 Voucher from Voucher Express

giftvouchersformothersdayThis Mother’s Day why not make sure your mum gets what she really wants with handy gift vouchers from Voucher Express. All you have to do is tell us in the comments below which voucher you think she’d like best and why. One lucky winner will get a £50 voucher delivered to them before* Mother’s Day – so you’ve plenty of time to pop it in a card for your mum.

*We will endeavour to get the voucher to you by Mother’s Day but this will be dependent on the response time from the winner and Royal Mail.

Terms and Conditions

UK Residents Only 18 Years of age and older Blog Owner not responsible for non-delivery of prize.  Incomplete, incorrect or duplicate entries will be removed. This prize is non-transferable or redeemable for cash. Prizes cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer / discounts. Winner will be chosen by random.  Competition Closes 26th March 2014

Tell us which voucher would suit your mum best!

Good luck and Happy Mothers Day

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And the Winner is……

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Congratulations Jon!  Thanks to everyone for joining in.






Win a Hand-made Candle from The Heartwood Candle Company #giveaway

100% Natural Scented Candles from the Heartwood Candle Company

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the morning with Laura and Domique from Heartwood Candle Company, based in St Albans, Herts, learning how they make their hand-made natural candles with essential oils.  Apparently, I’m whisker extraordinaire!  I was truly impressed with the amount of love, care and detail that goes into each candle.

Heartwood Hand-made Candles, Herts

They weigh out the 100% natural soy wax, which is then gently melted, whilst melting the wax the glass jars, which are sourced locally, are heated to decrease the amount of temperature difference between the two or the wax may crack.

Essential Oil Candles Heartwood

Each candle contains 10% essential oils, which you will not find in cheaper alternatives.  The skill is in the aromatic blends, they spent months working out combinations that worked and as they said ‘they kissed a lot of frogs on the way’.  However, this has resulted in a range of candles that smell wonderful.

Each of the different scents comes with its own poem which was written collaboratively by Laura and Dominique.

The candles are beautifully wrapped in environmentally friendly packaging, with a hand-written card.  A perfect gift idea for Mother’s Day.

Heartwood Candle Company - Natural Candles

10% of all of their proceeds are donated to the Woodland Trust.

Win a Lavender and Geranium Candle from Heartwood

Win a Heartwood Candle

To celebrate Mother’s Day they are offering one of my readers a chance to win one of their Lavender and Geranium Candles which is sure to help you chill and relax.

To enter simply use the rafflecopter form below.  Full Terms and Conditions are on the bottom of the form but in short, it’s open to UK residents aged 18+ and closes on Thursday the 27th March 2014.

They will endeavor to get the Candle to you in time for Mother’s Day but this is dependent on response time of the winner and royal mail.

Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day

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To Celebrate World Book Day #giveaway

Where to buy books in St Albans, Herts

I think it’s absolutely shocking that 3 in 10 kids in the UK do not own books.  I’ve never counted them but I’d hazard a guess that there are between 75-100 books upstairs in my daughters room.  She has everything from picture books to non-fiction.

I appreciate for some that this is down to financial circumstances but there are cheaper alternatives.  We often have book fairs in town,  local charity shops have shelves of them and there are a few book swap schemes around.

Libraries are eventually going to fade away. (via Forbes)

If I’m completely honest I tend to buy her books.  I should make more use out of our public library but I’m dreadful at remembering to return them on time and end up paying a reasonable amount in fines.

As a busy mum, I don’t really have time to be searching through all the books online, catalogues or in the bookstore so I tend to get my books from Lisa Nichols from Usborne.  She is passionate about books/literacy, very knowledgeable and full of personality.  You have not lived if you haven’t had the chance to have a cuppa with Lisa.  I simply tell her what topics she is currently doing at school and what reading level she is at.  I haven’t once been disappointed with her choices.

One of our best investments was the Box Set of Usborne Very First Reading Books, which is a collection of 15 books.  They start with parents and child alternating reading pages and you progressively move towards your child reading independently.  There are enough books in the set to cover at least a term, possibly more.

Usborne First Reading Books, St Albans

To celebrate World Book Day on the 6th March 2014, Lisa has kindly offered one of my readers a chance to win a Beginner’s Animal Pack New from Usborne this Spring which consists of 20 titles.

Beginners Animal Pack Usborne, St Albans

Simply enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  Full terms and Conditions can be found at the bottom of the form but in short, it’s open to residents of the UK 18+ and closes on the 6th of March.

Good luck and happy reading!

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Win 4 Tickets to Legoland Windsor Courtesy of Cuthberts Toys

Win 4 Tickets to Legoland Windsor

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Cuthberts Toys  in St Albans and I have written about their excellent customer service on a couple of occasions.  I’ve known Kirit, the owner, for a few years now and he’s just a genuinely nice guy with a great sense of humour.

(A recent tweet from @cuthberts_toys)

Cuthberts Toys St Albans Herts

He runs a great local business, which was much needed in our city centre, selling all the top ranges of children’s toys including Lego, Playmobil, Orchard Toys and Micro-Scooters.  He’s now taking this local business approach online.

To celebrate the launch of his new e-commerce site Cuthberts Toys is offering one of my readers a chance to win 4 tickets to Legoland Windsor.

Win 4 Tickets to Legoland Windsor

To enter simply use the Rafflecopter form below.  Full Terms and Conditions can be found at the bottom of the form but in short it’s open to UK residents aged 18+ and closes on Fri 28th Feb 2014.

Good luck!

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This competition is listed on Loquax, Prize Finder and Competition Hunter.