Creative #Competitions I’m entering this month! Feb 2014

You will know if you read my previous Creative Competitions post that my plan this year is to spend some time on creative, or quality competitions.  The kind that take more time to enter, but generally have less entries.  Unfortunately I didn’t win any of the competitions I featured in last months post, but I was very happy to win my first Pinterest competition.  A fabulous laptop worth £799 from Currys PC World.  I’ve had a great start to the comping year, (over £1400 of prizes so far), and as always when you win you just want to enter more, more, more!!  So here are the effort promotions I’m getting involved in this month:

Without a doubt February is definitely the month of love, with Valentines promotions all over the web.  As I’m single its actually been a bit frustrating for me, I don’t feel I should enter the ‘how did you meet your partner’ competitions.  So this twitter giveaway from Thistle Cardiff really caught my eye, they suggest Valentines Day should be about sharing the love in general……  be that for a pet, country or food!  The prize is for a stay in the hotel with dinner, breakfast, and access to the spa.  You simply need to upload a photograph to twitter of something, or someone, that you love using the hashtag #lovethistle.  On the blog it states the closing date as 5pm on Saturday 15th Feb, but on the t&c’s page it states by 5pm on Friday 14th Feb.  I actually think the prize is for the Friday night so I’d suggest uploading as soon as possible!  As you know I love my doggie so I did a montage of love for Mr Wills.

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William – Greek rescue dog extraordinaire

Staying with the theme of uploading photos to twitter here is a competition from One4All giftcards.  The prize is to win a £50 card, and to enter you need to upload a #Couplie to either facebook or twitter.  (You guessed correctly, a couplie is like a selfie but with 2 people in the shot)!  Again I like this competition as it doesn’t have to be you and a partner.  Entries close at 10am on Valentines Day.  I uploaded a picture of me and my best friend via twitter.

I enjoy entering photo competitions on social media.  Its fun looking back at old photos, and making new ones.  But also you get less people bother to enter, thereby increasing your chances of winning.  Some RT giveaways I’ve seen have over 1000 entries, but with a photo requirement that can drop to just 50, or even 5 for a local competition!

Pinterest seems to be the place to be for competitions at the moment, and I can hardly keep up.  (It does require some time to get boards together when you are looking for certain images to create looks).  Boden are running a fabulous promotion to win £1000 account credit which closes on the 17th February.  It won’t be a low entry competition as its open to the UK and US.  But I’m giving it a go!  My entry is here.

Another £1000 giveaway on Pinterest, (or you can submit a blog post), this time from Links of London.  Closing at 5pm on Thursday 13th February my entry is here.

Links of London - £1000 giveaway!

Links of London – £1000 giveaway!

Never owned anything from Links so keeping fingers and toes crossed.  Would be great to tick off the comping wishlist, and diamonds are a girls best friend!

Cooking competitions I don’t normally venture into, but for this giveaway from Cottage Delights you simply need to state what products will feature on your Valentines menu, and how you will be using them.

I finish as I did last month with an animal themed competition.  Pets at Home are currently looking for stars for their next advert.  As if the incentive to see your beloved pet on TV wasn’t enough, you can also win free food for their lifetime.  Entries can be submitted through their facebook app.  The competition closes on the 3rd March.  I shall upload my entry of William to my facebook page & twitter feed so keep a look out!

https://www.facebook.com/petsathomeUK?v=app_486254294756872&rest=1

Would be great to see your entries to these competitions so feel free to share with me on facebook or twitter, and of course do let me know of any wins.  Happy Comping!

Valentines Gifts in Unusual Places

With Valentines Day just around the corner, and people searching for the perfect gift for their Valentine this year, SportsDirect.com are hosting a new competition in the form of a blogging challenge.  Well I’m always up for a challenge, and I certainly have one as I’m single.  So I thought rather than looking for gifts for the non-existent man in my life.  I would focus on searching for presents that would be suitable for a lady like myself!

I think Sports Direct is a place most people would assume would be suitable for mens gifts only.  Well I discovered after viewing the website this is very wrong.  There are pages and pages of goods just aimed at women!

The first section I headed for on the Sports Direct website was accessories, and jumping out at me was ‘ ladies bags’.  A girl can definitely never have too many shoes or bags.  I was really pleasantly surprised at the quality of designers, and quantity of styles which were available.  I absolutely love tassels so my first choice, (if there really was someone buying me a gift), would be this fabulous tote bag from Firetrap.

Firetrap Tote Bag

Firetrap Tote Bag

Firetrap is a brand I know and trust.  This is why I am absolutely amazed that this bag is only £15 – that’s less than half the original price.  So you can even pick up a designer bargain for Valentines Day!

My friend and I were looking at holidays recently, (dreaming of escaping this cold weather), so I next headed over to look at sunglasses.  Which I have to say I could have done with this morning, it was so bright and sunny as I walked William I was squinting.  There was again a wide selection that were all very reasonably priced.  I’m a fan of classic looks so these aviator shades by Karrimor stood out and would be my choice at £19.99.  With 100% UV Protection they are sensible as well as stylish.

Karrimor Rica Sunglasses

Karrimor Rica Sunglasses

You might be guessing by now I’m a bit of a label queen so I headed over to the brands section to see what else I could find.  Exciting stuff there are so many big names.  I really like a label called Voodoo Dolls as I’ve found it suits my style, there was so much to choose from it was heaven.  This button-up sherpa hoodie is my top pick because it is so wearable.  Just the thing to keep warm and cosy in this weather, it would look great with jeans and is priced at just £16.

Voodoo Dolls Button-up Sherpa Hoodie

Voodoo Dolls Button-up Sherpa Hoodie

Jewellery is a gift ladies always love to receive on Valentines Day.  Well it was certainly a shock to me that Sports Direct even cater for this, so no excuse now boyfriends and husbands!  I like this Miss Fiori Dive Bracelet Watch as I’m a huge fan of animal print.  The black dial is a bit different, and the diamante bezel means its dressy for evening wear.  Another amazing bargain as you save £38.99 on this watch, its only £11!!

Miss Fiori Dive Bracelet Watch

Miss Fiori Dive Bracelet Watch

Sticking with the animal print theme my final valentines gift, (to myself), is this snuggly onesie by Golddigga at £11.99.  Perfect for a cosy night in on the sofa when I do find the love of my life…….. until then it’ll be me and Mr Wills!

Golddigga Verl Onesie

Golddigga Vel Onesie

I hope this piece gave you some Valentines gift inspiration even if only for yourself, (aren’t they always the best presents)!  But if you do HAVE to buy something for the fella, there is absolutely loads of stuff for him too at Sports Direct.  I had lots of fun writing this post, if you would like to enter the competition too you can here.  Be lucky!

Competition Entry: Moments that Mattered in 2013

Mummy’s little monkey have a fabulous competition sponsored by Lloyds Bank to win an iPad mini.  Its all about taking a moment to stop and think every now and again, what are the moments that mattered?

When I discovered this competition the first thing I did was to look back on the photos on my phone, even that just made me smile!  What a fabulous year I had fulled with fun, here are some of my highlights:

2013 started off a little badly for me.  But as usual I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and started again.  It was really nice when William arrived though, my rescue dog who travelled all the way from Greece just to give me a cuddle!

William my wonder dog!

William my wonder dog!

I love to travel and was keen to visit a new destination this year to explore a different culture.  I was lucky to participate in a Grundvtig photography workshop in Romania.  Fabulous people and delicious food!

Photography Course in Romania

Photography Course in Romania

As always this year I was reminded what fabulous friends I have.  We hired a cottage and had a ‘Halloween’ themed weekend away, complete with pumpkin carving competition.  Although we got lots of strange looks in the local pub when we rocked up in our fancy dress!

Halloween Weekend with the girls.

Halloween Weekend with the girls.

My best friend is my rock year after year, and we have so many ‘moments’ I feel priviledged.  A highlight of last year was a cookery weekend we attended in the beautiful Cotswolds, look at the concentration……  this was probably as we’d had a few glasses of wine at lunch!

Best friends on the Caldesi Cookery Weekend

Best friends on the Caldesi Cookery Weekend

Christmas is always a special time of year, and it was great fun spoiling William with his first Christmas dinner, I hope we will enjoy many more together in the years to come.  (Note: He ate everything except the sprouts, then snored loudly on the settee afterwards. It seems dogs are like their owners)!

Williams first Christmas dinner

Williams first Christmas dinner

 

You need a blog to be able to enter this competition.  But I have to say this was a very enjoyable task!  Its worthwhile to stop for a moment and reflect on the good times, as we so often focus on the bad.  If you do enter this competition please let me know in the comments below.  I’d love to see your moments from last year, and here’s to lots of magical ones in 2014 for us all.  Be lucky!

Competition: Win a Beauty Bundle worth over £80: Ends Midnight Sunday 16/02/2014

Incase you missed it on Facebook or Twitter the lucky winner of the Ted Baker iPhone 5 case, was Anita Jude.  The Pinterest competition, run in conjunction with ShoPING, for the £20 Voucher was won by Angie Hoggett.

So we are starting a new competition to win a fabulous Beauty Bundle worth over £80!

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The contents of the prize package are;

  • CHRISTIAN BRETON – Day & Night Treatment Eyelash Builder – rrp. £22
  • CHRISTIAN BRETON – Gentle Eye Make-up Remover – rrp. £4
  • OCCO – Dalmacija No. 1 Skin Repair Serum – rrp. £39
  • LUSH – Scented Soap Bar – rrp. £5.95
  • LUSH – Vanila Dee-Lite Body Lotion – rrp. £4.50
  • SOAP & GLORY – Travel Size Hand Food – rrp. £2.50
  • MARKS & SPENCER  – Fruity Beauty Cupcake Bath Fizzers – rrp. £3

The competition is hosted on facebook using rafflecopter;  https://www.facebook.com/How2bBornLucky?sk=app_228910107186452

This competition is unsponsored and will close at Midnight on Sunday 16th February 2014.  The winner will be announced within 48 hours of this date.  Good luck!

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Winspiration: Topshop & #London Experiences; First #Pinterest & #Instagram #Competition #Wins

January has been a busy month for me trying to fit in a number of wins from the festive season.  Last week I had an amazing time at Topshop.  I won a like and share competition on Facebook from a Leeds pub, The Botanist, to attend a personal shopper experience in the new shopping centre there, Trinity Leeds.

I was greeted by fedora wearing Lauren in the chicly styled white leather suite reserved for these appointments.  Champagne in hand I was led to a room which had outfit after outfit specially selected for me, (as I had communicated with Lauren previously my fashion inspirations).  I felt like a celebrity and Lauren was just amazing, she exactly had my style, gave me some useful tips, and picked out key looks for the season to keep me up-to-date in the fashion stakes!  This is why I love my hobby as I don’t think I would have booked in for something like this, but it was really worthwhile and I recommend Lauren without a doubt.

Next I had a completely free night in London, (except for the trainfare to get me there).  Both wins on twitter advent giveaways.  The first being £50 to spend in Gourmet Burger Kitchen, from the N1 centre in Islington.  I love there burgers but sadly as we had to eat later as well, (the hardship), we spent the prize on chips and prosecco.  Must be the northerner in me!  Their sweet potato fries are especially delicious I have to say.

Then for a mad dash on the tube as we headed for Piccadilly Circus.  We walked towards Leicester Square and the venue Cafe de Paris.  I’ve previously enjoyed some fun-filled nights in this establishment, dancing away ’til the early hours.  A well-known nightclub it now opens its doors earlier for cabaret shows throughout the week.  You can watch the show for a very reasonable price, but lucky us had the VIP dining package.  We ate a splendid 3 course meal, shared a bottle of champagne, and had front row seats for the entertaining performance from the London Cabaret Society.  Singers, comedians, burlesque dancers, fire-eaters, magicians and more, if you enjoy something a little risqué this show is definitely for you.  I loved it and what a fabulous night out in London!

Fire Eating at Cafe de Paris, London.

Fire Eating at Cafe de Paris, London.

Next week I have to try to squeeze in taking my car to a local garage for a full valet, it’s the premium service and costs £45 normally so I’m looking forward to having my car just like new!  So with these experiences out-of-the-way I can get on with winning some more to enjoy later in the year.  As you can probably tell eating out, and attending events and experiences, are prizes that especially appeal to me.

If you follow me on Facebook you will know I’ve had my first BIG win of the year.  A Surface Pro 2 from Currys PC World, worth £799.  I’m especially pleased with this win as it is my first ever on Pinterest,  an easy repin to win.  It’s inspired me to keep entering competitions on that platform.  Something about firsts this month as I also had my first ever Instagram win, a Calvin Klein iPad case from Superdrug  – for which I simply had to like their status.  From Virgin Experiences I won a meal for 2 with wine at Brasserie Blanc by leaving a comment on a Facebook post.  Very pleased with my wins so far this year totally over £1200.

Don’t agree with voting competitions as a rule – but this one from Expedia has an exceedingly good prize to win a pair of first class plane tickets! Would be much appreciated if you could give me a vote, (and if you enter please comment below and I’ll return the favour). Thanks in advance; http://goo.gl/mnsqQF

A nice big win is always inspiring, thanks Currys!

A nice big win is always inspiring, thanks Currys!

Please do share with me your wins on facebook, twitter or even instagram…..  its great to hear your winning ways too!

Feeling Lucky, Feeling Positive? Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?

As you’ll remember from my New Year’s resolutions post, this year I resolve to be happy and lucky!  I’m enjoying being positive and I’ve really enjoyed reading your inspiring comments on the blog.

Flying around on social media at the moment you might see the hashtag; #100happydays

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I love social media and how it can connect and reach people so very quickly, so I thought I’d check out what all this was about.  Well its about being happy!  The challenge is to post a photo of something that made you happy on each day, everyday for 100 days.  We live in a fast paced busy world.  This project is about taking just a moment of time to sit back and reflect what makes us smile, to recognise and appreciate how lucky we really are.

You can find more information and sign up here:  http://100happydays.com/

Needing more practice on instagram I decided to share my happiness there, I’m on day 12 and its already very interesting to look back and see what made me smile;  http://instagram.com/mesueyouwho

I hope you will join me in this inspiring challenge.  If you do please let me know in the comments section below, lets be happy & lucky together in 2014!

#Bucharest, #Romania: Inspiring #Travel.

It came as a surprise to me to be facing the world’s second-largest building.  As you can imagine it is grand and imposing.  Neo-classically styled it has 12 storeys with 3100 rooms, and it isn’t even finished yet!

I’m not visiting Dubai or the Far East; I’m in Europe.  Built in 1984 the Palace of Parliament is Ceausescu’s most infamous creation.  I’m in awe as I visit Bucharest, the capital of Romania.

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The imposing Ceaușescu built Palace of the Parliament, or People’s Palace in Bucharest.

A stroll around the city provides an endearing mismatch of eras that leaves me wondering what century I’m in.  Modern office buildings sit next to remains of medieval churches, by their side French palaces with baroque facades.  A centre for artisan culture alongside fast living.  It’s no wonder Bucharest earned the nickname, ‘Little Paris’.

I take in the towering ‘Arch Of Triumph’ and the 19th century Roman Athenaeum, this is a city packed with sights.  Some may not appeal to tourists; Stray dogs, beggars, loud traffic, and a tangible element of the underworld.  Put this aside and exercise caution as you would in any city.

With so many sights where to visit next is the question!

With so many sights where to visit next is the question!

From districts haunted by communism to the lively open-air bar scene in the historic centre.  Bucharest is, both architecturally and culturally, an inspiration.

This is my entry into the National Geographic Travel Writing competition.  The brief is to write 200 words on your most inspirational travel experience.  The closing date is January 24th 2014 and there is a fantastic prize up for grabs of an unforgettable trip to Vietnam.  Be lucky!