Friday, 28 December 2012

Daxon - Calling All Fellow Lovers of Fashion

Daxon is a company you may not have heard of but they are part of the third largest home shopping organisation in the world, and they are looking for bloggers that love fashion!



They specialise in top quality clothing for all occasions and aim to find the perfect fit for you, the customer. As well as covering ladies and menswear they cover homeware too.


I love this stylish sheepskin coat now only £53

If you would like the chance to become a blogger for them and in the process get a £50 voucher for your trouble why don't you check out their website.


Stunning Red Shopper

And while you are browsing their website check out their sale with up to 70% off! 

buzzoole code
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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Competition and Review Delicious Food with Gousto cd 07/01/13

Recently I stumbled across a company called Gousto and was excited by what I saw. Gousto's tag line is "Save Time, Eat Well" and it does exactly what it says on the tin! Basically Gousto is a food delivery company where you choose the recipes you want to eat and they deliver all the ingredients to your door on a weekly basis, all in the right proportions and with local, seasonal and organic ingredients.




I was delighted when I was offered to try the service for free and chose two recipes from their service. 

Firstly you chose a bag - either for a couple or a family, then you chose the recipes on line you would like to cook from a range of meat, vegetarian and fish dishes and graded via difficulty, calories, time and origin. Then the bag is delivered to your door in an insulated cool bag ready for you to cook.




All the ingredients in the correct proportions

What I liked about this service is that the proportions are perfect, for example, the correct amount of ginger, soy sauce ,and five-spice powder was packed perfectly. How often have you thrown away ingredients that have gone off, well no worries with this?!


5 spice Chinese Chicken and vegetable Stir fry - yum!

The dishes we cooked we found very tasty. I cooked a chicken stir fry and my husband a pork dish. They were simple to cook and the recipe cards were laid out perfectly. 



Easy to Understand Recipe card

If you need more information on Gousto ,why don't you check out their website now? They deliver nationwide too. 


Pork Loin steaks with roasted peppers and Salsa Verde - very tasty!

The people at this fab company have given me a two meal two person pack to giveaway on my blog, so if you want to try this out for free be sure to enter now.


Check out my other competitions here.

*PR Sample

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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Christmas Elf Competition - SSE

                          


SSE - the energy company, is offering everyone the chance to win a brand new Kindle Fire HD tablet as a thank you to their customers and their social media followers! All you need to do to enter is like the SSE Facebook page and help the Christmas Elves charge their Kindle in the Competition App. SSE are a company that has at their core purpose to provide energy in a reliable and sustainable way and provide the best customer service and value for money.

The competition will end Tuesday 18 December at 4PM with the winner being informed the next day. WOW wouldn't that be fab - to win a Kindle Fire just before Christmas, the only question is, would you keep it for yourself or give it to a loved one? I know what I would do of course....






The game is a fun, festive and simple way to help SSE’s elves to charge their Kindle Fire HD using different forms of energy.


In the course of research (lol and to have a go winning) I have played the game. It is a simple easy to understand game you use the right and left arrow keys on the keyboard to create a momentum and make the elf run faster. 




The more the elf runs the higher the bar goes up to reach the target. So I had a go, the elf is on a running machine and I used the arrow keys to create momentum, then I had to use the up and down arrow keys to focus the light on the solar panel. After that you click the red lever to operate the winch. When the animated arrow moves you have to click on it when its in the green zone to make the elf jump and land on the other elf's stomach. Once you have completed that you enter your details for the draw and that is it. It is quick and fun and easy to enter so why don't you have a go now!




 SSE’s website: http://www.sse.co.uk 

This is a sponsored post but the opinions are entirely my own
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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

What My Son Is Saving For

My son is a great teenager. He loves his gadgets and technology although he is not into phones. What he really loves more than anything else in the world (Oh and his mum!) is his IPOD. He is always plugged into it. I shout at him on a regular basis "J! put your ipod on speakers! It will ruin your hearing" He never does it, probably because he is deaf already due to using his Ipod lol.




He loves using animation packages on his ipod, loves listening to music, playing with apps and watching films.

He has been saving money for his holidays next year with PKTMNY, this is a new site for children and teenagers that encourages and educates children about money and how to save.  I know what he would dearly love to spend the money he has saved on a new ipod, though.



This post is my entry the #pktmnyparents Linky on BritMums.

If you want to know more about PKTMNY check out my blog posts here and here
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Sunday, 9 December 2012

Win A Hot Diamonds Necklace - CD 31/12/12

Hot Diamonds is a brand we love in our shop. It is beautiful jewellery that is renowned for quality and style. What is special about Hot Diamonds is that in each piece of beautiful silver jewellery, there is a genuine diamond. With each piece of jewellery, the customer is given a certificate to say it contains a genuine diamond too.  





Twice Hot Diamonds has been Jewellery Brand of the year at The UK Jewellery awards. I feel that this award reflects the outstanding customer service and the  quality of the products.


One of my favourite pieces is this Snowflake pendant. Very pretty don't you think?
Whilst this Plumeria flower pendant is a popular seller.




I personally love the Star Pendant and earrings

Hot Diamonds have kindly given me a beautiful pendant to give away to my blog readers. To enter please follow the rafflecopter steps and I wish you every luck - I am even tempted to enter myself!

Don't forget to come back every day for an extra entry via twitter.

Check out my competitions here and my jewellery posts here


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Friday, 7 December 2012

Website Review PKTMNY - A Bank Account for Children, Using and Learning

I have been given the task to review a new website for children called PKTMNY. PKTMNY is a new way for children 8 to 16 to learn how to earn, save, and spend wisely. 




PKTMNY is supported by a new type of VISA card and has an easy to use secure website that offers a range of savings tools. The website is designed for parents by parents and the interface is engaging and colourful to appeal to children. 

The parent and the child have their own login that they can use to monitor pocket money sent and pocket money received and any transactions, and is easy to use and control. The child can set their own pin and upload a picture to personalise their account.

What I like as a parent about this website is that you can set limits on how much the child spends on the card. It gives you control over their spending but still gives the child the illusion of control as they can spend within the guidelines you set.

As a parent, I feel it can incentivise the child to do certain extra tasks for pocket money which you can pay on top of their regular amount, for example for washing the car or doing well in school.

What did my son think of the site? My son is a 15-year-old teenager, at the top end of the age range they aim at. He liked the colourful nature of the site, however, we both felt it was geared to younger children. A more 'adult' interface or customisable interface was his idea for future improvements, and they are taking this into consideration.


My son used his card on Amazon to buy a gift voucher. He thought it was easy to use and had no problems placing the order on my Amazon account with his PKTMNY card. 

We are using the bank account to save for holiday spending money and we both felt it was nice to see a visual representation of the money as a saving goal on the website.  

As a parent, I think the website can help focus your conversations with your children about money, finances and also importantly the value of saving for a goal. 

PKTMNY charges a one-off joining fee of £5 per family and a monthly fee of £1 per child to use their services. This is deducted from the parent's outstanding balance, not the child's. The PKTMNY team are working on minimising any fees and keeping the costs low to run the account. There are no fees for using the Visa card online to buy products in the UK and no fees for funding the account via standing order. 

In conclusion, a colourful engaging bank account for pre-teens and teenagers that can help them manage and appreciate the value of money. 

Update PKYMNY is now called GoHenry http://www.gohenry.co.uk/why-gohenry/

This post is part of a project with BritMums, sponsored by PKTMNY, highlighting it's launch (http://www.pktmny.com). The new tool allows parents to easily pay and monitor their children's pocket money online, whilst allowing their children to earn, save, spend and manage their money in a totally safe and fun way. 

* We have been trialling the service and all thoughts and opinions are our own.


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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The King of Bags - Website Review

As many of you know, I enter lots of competitions and one day a gorgeous bag caught my eye. I entered to win and held my baited breath...unfortunately, I didn't but it was too late! I was addicted to The King of Bags website. 



What is special about The King Of Bags is that they provide affordable quality bags in a range of styles and colours. 

The King Of Bags sell a range of bags from only £9.99 and have lots of different styles including clutch bags perfect for the party season, satchels, messenger bags, floral bags, plain bags, patterned bags and everything in between. 




This red patent bag they have kindly sent me to review and as you can see its a beautiful colour. The bag can be used with a short handle or there is a shoulder strap as well. The quality of the bag is very good for the price and it's a super winter colour.


What I also like is that for every bag sold they donate 50 pence to The Pink Ribbon Foundation to help fight Breast Cancer so you are supporting a good cause too.



Which bags are my favourites you may ask? This black bag is a great bag for everyday use and its it is very versatile being a decent size and of course black goes with everything.

 
Gorgeous don't you think?



 Another favourite is this bag with a black heart charm. It has soft fur like material trimming the bag, very swish!


They also have a range of accessories such as scarves, and snoods, and children's gifts such as lunch bags and backpacks decorated with their favourite characters such as Peppa Pig, Tinkerbell, Spiderman and Ben 10.

So if you want an affordable bag as a gift or for yourself why don't you check out their website for yourself, what have you got to lose?

Delivery is free and takes 3- 5 days, however next day delivery is available at an extra charge if ordered before 11am. 


As a special offer for reader of my blog, here is a FAB discount of

15% off

when you enter code

PFLR2WMz 

Into the checkout
Valid for one month from the 6/12/2012
Why don't you have a browse now?

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Magic of Christmas

What is Christmas all about? Peace and good will to all men? Charity that starts at home? The time to put everything behind you and come together to celebrate with loved ones?

Christmas makes me think of how lucky I am to have people I love in my life and how grateful I should be as there are others less fortunate than myself. Most of us could do with appreciating the small things in life, so we then appreciate the big things such as health and happiness.

Now that I  work every day in December up until Christmas day, I realise how lucky I am in having any time off. One Christmas a few years ago I spent it at a lovely hotel. It was so nice to have a break, food all cooked for us and time with my son and husband , it is a Christmas I will always remember.




My family spending Christmas together at The Vale Hotel

So this is what the Magic of Christmas is all about for me, being with my family. What is Christmas all about for you?







“This is my entry for the #O2GuruMagicofXmas Linky, sponsored by O2 GuruTV – the home of tech help and inspiration”.  http://www.o2.co.uk/guru 



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