Saturday, 1 November 2014

November competition: Win a Kindle

Happy November - I honestly cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by and as we know how busy December can be, so we decided to celebrate the end of the year and Christmas with a big competition a little early! We wondered for a while what would be a good prize to giveaway and after some thought, we came up with a kindle fire - something which will hopefully be enjoyed by everyone and can help with everything from boredom to blogging.
  shutterstock_205510558A little treat for you - in lead up to the time where you will be buying for everyone else. After asking on Facebook you decided that we were best for going for memory size, rather than screen size and so up for grabs we have a Kindle Fire HD 6 Tablet in the winner's choice of colour! 

 Best of all entry to the competition is simple; all you need to do is let us know if you were the lucky winner: What is the first thing you would do on your new Kindle Fire? a Rafflecopter giveaway Good Luck. SGM / Shutterstock.com

Friday, 31 October 2014

Freebie Friday


Happy Freebie Friday and a happy Halloween to those of you who are celebrating.
Hope you have a spooktacular weekend, no nasty tricks and lots of treats.
Talking of treats, I have found a few to keep you going. Nectar card holders, note the free 100 points it ends today.

A huge Witch Blemish Stick campaign going on this month, I have won a £10 Asos voucher  I also received a Witch Blemish stick from Sugarscape, its the last week to enter so try to do that one.


As usual the giveaways are below too, they seem to be very popular. I am hoping if you have a giveaway, blog deal or discount or indeed any freebies, feel free to add each week they are running.

Any compers feel free to add any you find too. 




Spotlight

Two Free Sausage Sandwiches (London) 3rd November

With British Sausage Week coming up, debbie and andrew's are bringing A Real Taste of the Country to London with the first ‘tweet to eat’ sausage sandwich country kitchen!
We're serving up scrummy sausage sandwiches at Finsbury Avenue Square, Whitecross Place EC2M 2PG on Monday 3rd November but leave your wallet at home! Follow us at @d_a_sausages, and tweet us why you deserve a sausage sandwich with #ideserveasausage, show our chef for a free sausage butty! 
Don’t forget to Tweet-to-Eat
#ideserveasausage


Freebies

100 Free Nectar Points last day 31st Link your Nectar Card 

Free Pollo Arrabiata Pizza

Free SmashBox Pore Minimising Foundation Primer

Free Special K Cracker Barbecue crisps if you shop at Tesco online

Free Go Splash Juice

La Roche Skincare sample

Free Kenco Millicano Samples

Free Nintendo 3DS game when you register a console or certain games until 12/01/15
Register a Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL  Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and fill out the software registration survey
  • Free games
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Yoshi's New Island
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe
  • Mario Golf: World Tour
  • Mario Party: Island Tour
  • Pokémon Art Academy


O2 Priority

Free Loom bands at WH Smith
Free SIS energy gel at Holland and Barrett
Peppa Pig Halloween Activity book for £1
50% off entry to Thorpe Park


Worth A Go As So Many

 2,010 personalised Winter Jack mugs available to be won

10, 000 Baileys minis
Witch, Asos vouchers and more with Switch Now

100 Bliss Energising masks ends today 31/10

100 L'Occitane Hand Creams

100  Roger + Gallet Perfumes

 1,000 Witch Blemish sticks, (look out for tick boxes)

4,000 Witch Blemish Sticks

1,501 Prizes including 1,000 x £10 Paypal , 500 x £5 Paypal and 1 private gig
1 entry free, then more for Paypal transactions

250 The Grunts Children's book 9th November
Answer - Ginger Biscuit


Money Off Coupons and Clever Combining 

50p off Colgate Pro Relief plus at Tesco £3.80 Buy One Get one free

Mattessons Double Dippers on offer at Asda for £1 plus 25p off coupon

Del Monte Fruit Burst 2 for £1 at Sainsbury and Asda
Plus 30p off with coupon

75p off Amy's Kitchen soups and meals

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Win Fellowes AeraMax DX55 Air Purifiers



I am very pleased to to share with two of my readers the chance to win the Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifier. 

I have always been concerned about my children's health, can't say I know anybody who isn't and watching my child, struggling to breathe and suffering horrific nose bleeds and feeling helpless.
For Paige, hayfever has been the bane of her life, she was even being considered for a nasal op to straighten her septum. This was in the hope of alleviating the symptoms. She and I felt it was a very severe way to deal with it, when the pollens would still be around. We felt that it was wise to to remove or reduce the cause, far better than surgery to help deal with it. For her it does not end in summer, Autumn and spring are as bad, winter gives her a short break.
Paige is not alone. The UK has one of the highest levels of allergy diagnoses worldwide, and the number of adult and child sufferers is growing each year. 



Being allergic to at least one indoor airborne allergen affects 43 per cent of the population, confining them to their house or flat and inhibiting them in partaking in everyday activities like going to work. These indoor allergens include pet hair, dust mite faeces, chemical fumes and mould spores.

Mike Booth, air purification specialist at Fellowes, said: “Parents with young children already struggle to get the sleep they need and when a child is disturbed habitually by allergies, the whole family’s health can be affected.
“Listening to a child coughing or wheezing all night can be heart-breaking for parents. The AeraMax range of air purifiers could offer significant relief – and some much-needed undisturbed sleep – for both the child and the parents.”


I recently reviewed the DX55 model and was very impressed and I can highly recommend it for Paige and curiously for my own sleep, Chris snores less, it is definitely down to the AeraMax. Just having the air purifier on in a bedroom at night really aids sleep, we have all tried it in our rooms now.


Read my full review here
http://www.giventodistractingothers.co.uk/2014/09/fellowes-aeramax-air-fiter.html


Air purification experts Fellowes are offering 2 lucky readers the chance to win a DX55 AeraMaxTM Air Purifier, worth £209.99 to help alleviate allergy sufferer’s symptoms when indoors.
With allergies like house dust mites and mould becoming more prevalent in the autumn months, research from the company has revealed that 36% of British adults suffer from some sort of airborne allergy and £384 million is spend by British suffers on treating allergies each year.
The company’s range of air purifiers has been scientifically proven to reduce exposure to allergens such as pollen, dust mites, and pet dander and has the Allergy UK Seal of Approval.  AeraMax™ also boasts a sensor which monitors air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to control the air quality in the room. Its Aera+™ Mode is designed for peak allergy conditions and can increase airflow by up to 50% depending on the size of model.
For more information, visit: http://www.fellowes.com/aeramaxuk
To win one of two DX55 AeraMax  air purifiers, you will need to fill in the Rafflecopter and answer the simple question.

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

My Sunday Photo


We went to see the  Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower Of London, we visited when it was just starting in August and it was a quiet time, chance to stand and remember those fallen in World War 1.  http://www.giventodistractingothers.co.uk/2014/08/blood-swept-lands-and-seas-of-red.html

I wanted to see it finished and found the crowds immense this time, so photos were trickier this time and time to contemplate the lives gone was also more difficult. If you do go I suggest going around to the Tower Bridge side to be able to see the poppies. This also gives you a chance to see Traitors Gate and we spotted a Yeoman Warder talking to the crowds.



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Friday, 24 October 2014

Asda Simply Roast In The Tray




Asda have a new Simply Roast In The Tray Beef and sent me some to find out if it was simple.

I did have a few doubts

I spent many Sundays feeling grumpy about the cost of a joint of beef, buying all the trimmings, spending ages in the kitchen to end up with tough string slices of beef, you could actually use for a boot sole. So I cook it a certain way, buying the right meat for the job and would never just put it straight into the oven. 

But last Sunday I did. In fact with this topside joint, you only remove the cardboard sleeve.

You can of course remove all the packaging and put it in a roasting dish, but if time is of the essence and you want a guaranteed nice piece of beef, then it really works. Plus no washing up or a greasy tin. 

The bag and tray do not burn. 



 It does indeed cook the perfect beef joint – no mess, no fuss, slices so well and plenty to go around for 4 and a few slices over for a sandwich the next day.


Oh and the taste is really really good, no gristle, no chewing for ages, no grumpiness, the texture, melt in the mouth. I will definitely be trying out the rest of the range. There are briskets, silverside, garlic and herb and many more in the range. I will be trying the Peppercorn beef joint this week.

I am happy that I can put together a roast dinner easily as with Granny, I cannot always guarantee the time for a Sunday dinner. For me the beef joints are brilliant.


Try it with the recipe for The Best Ever Yorkshire Puddings (Apparently)

I received the Simply Roast in the Tray joints from Asda in order to post this review, my opinions are my own.

Freebie Friday 24th October





Freebie Friday again!! Hope the postie has been bringing you lots of goodies, please let me know and also any blog giveaway wins you hopefully have to report.


If you like the Giraffe breakfast post and fancy another free brekkie, oh and live in London. 
Find out about two free fresh sausage sarnies in next weeks Freebie Friday.

I am still adding Worth a Go as so many, if you are reading this bit and not jumped straight to the goodies, can you tell me if you use it, like it or both?

A few nice coupon combining deals especially if you are stocking up for christmas 
Going to get me some Shloer definitely 62p a bottle


Bloggers don't forget to add those giveaways, discounts and any freebies and note the blogger freebie below too!!
Compers too feel free to add any you see and share the love!!



Spotlight

Free Christmas Turkey with the Daily Mail and Iceland

How to Claim: All you have to do is visit mymail.co.uk, fill in your details and start entering the Unique Numbers printed on the back of the paper every day. To claim your FREE Christmas turkey, you need to enter at least 16 out of 30 Unique Numbers between Saturday, October 18 and November 16, 2014 and redeem your turkey with 2,000 Mail Points. Once you’ve redeemed, you’ll receive a coupon to take to your nearest participating Iceland store to pick up your turkey from November 21, 2014. Excludes Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

Free Breakfast In Giraffe Restaurants

Keep your dressing gown on for a free breakfast!

To help you adjust after the clocks change we’re bringing back our Dressing Gown Day on Monday 27th October.

Until 11am anybody wearing a dressing gown can tuck into our Good Morning Brekkie deal absolutely free!




Freebies



Origins Plantscription Serum 2 week supply (see Oct 17th post on the FB page)

https://www.facebook.com/OriginsUK

Free explorer pack for children 
http://www.mumsnet.com/competitions/2014/oct-2014/get-a-free-explorer-pack

Zingology Free samples

Calling all Bloggers, Journalists, Foodies, Bakers and Parents of Fussy Eaters


Free Coat Hook (weird but oh well!)
http://www.lockersandbenches.co.uk/page/durahook-sample

Free Vitamin D Chewable for children
http://your.asda.com/news-and-blogs/free-vitamin-d-tablets-for-kids-at-your-local-asda-pharmacy

Atkins Free Chocolate bar
http://uk.atkins.com/sign-up-form-campaign.html

Free Natures Path Porridge
https://www.facebook.com/naturespathuk/photos/a.582620551793347.1073741827.581867221868680/717505968304804/?type=1&theater

Free Holiday Sessions Football Skills classes for kids 
http://faskills.thefa.com/About/HolidaySessions

Free Nicoccino smoking replacement sample
http://www.nicoccino.co.uk/lp-fb

Protect and Store Travel roll bag
Code PKFX
http://www.protectandstore.co.uk/product-registration/

Free Roasters Coffee Scoop
https://www.facebook.com/roastersuk/app_190322544333196

Room On A Broom Halloween Activities downloadable
http://www.gruffalo.com/gruffalo/media/site/newsletter/Room-on-the-Broom-Activities.pdf

Free Halloween Printables
http://pumpkinmasters.com/free-patterns.html

Nuby UK Free Soother or other gift
https://www.facebook.com/nubyuk/app_630274353716702

Bodyform Ultra 3 samples
https://www.facebook.com/Bodyform/app_276757335859722

Hugo Boss sample
http://www.fragrances.hugoboss.com/en/men/boss/bottled/


O2 Priority

Free hotel chocolate caramel skull with O2 priority moments (2/11)
Free Slap Wrap from halfords
50% off Fright Nights at Alton Towers




Worth A Go As So Many


1000 boxes of After Eights, top prize of £1000, 10 X £100
Win After Eights

100 Philip Kingsley  Elasticisers
http://promo.emeraldstreet.com/october-beauty-month/philip-kingsley-elasticizer/

5,000 Dorset Teas for you and a friend
http://woobox.com/4ek2cg/ba34l5

Free entry Monkey World if you are in Halloween dress 31st Oct
http://www.monkeyworld.org/Halloween-2014

130 Pizzas, dvds, satellite boxes etc
http://www.chicagotown.com/slicesabrepro/landing/

50 copies of the brand new Room on the Broom BIG Activity Book.
http://www.gruffalo.com/join-in/competitions/

100 Advanced Copies the Life i left behind, Colette Mcbeth 20th Nov

http://caboodle.nationalbooktokens.com/100-exclusive-copies-of-Colette-McBeths-new-book-up-for-grabs#.VEegPs7AuSo


1000 Fireball Freebies
https://www.facebook.com/fireballofficialuk/app_121677374624060

100 Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascaras (Daily Nov 6th)
http://www.supersavvyme.co.uk/beauty-recommended/make-up/entry-screen/max-factor-masterpiece-transform-mascara


Money off Coupons and Clever Combining

Shloer White Grape Juice for 62p at Tesco on offer at £1.12
50p off coupon here
https://www.enjoysundaylunch.co.uk/display_offer/1/

Neutrogena Deep Moisurizer Body Lotion 400ml at Tesco, usually  £4.99 only £2.32
£1 Coupon here http://www.caringeveryday.co.uk/offers-coupons
On offer for £3.32

Anchor Squirty cream (Need to login or register)
https://rewardsclub.anchordairy.co.uk/squirty-voucher/

50p off John West No Drain tuna only £1 in Iceland
http://www.john-west.co.uk/trawler-fun/voucher/

Special K 50p off
https://kelloggs-specialk.couponmicrosite.net/index.php/form/index/uk


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Thursday, 23 October 2014

#RealJuice with Philips Viva



 'Juicing for health' week has been a great discovery.

To give you a little background on me, I was the fussiest child on the planet. If you have toddlers who are hard to feed veggies to, then do not despair, there is hope they will become a lover as they grow. Just keep trying and try not to battle too much.

I point blank refused to eat vegetables,  so far as if any food had onion in, I refused it. Somebody told me potatoes were a vegetable and for a while I refused those too. Baked beans were also shunned, fussy was my middle name.

My poor Mum probably tore her hair out trying to cater to me, we had so many food battles, I won most and even the school who back in my day, made you sit all afternoon in the hall with cold congealed stew with the warning, I could not leave until I ate lost against my stubbornness. I won that battle too.

I now eat everything, bar kidneys, not a veg I know and I am not keen on sweet and sour. But I still am not what you would call a lover of vegetables. 

I eat them, I love them in a casserole and curried but mainly I do eat them for the obvious health benefits.

So when Philips asked me to try the juicing, I did hesitate. Lots 5 a day veg juiced is not my cup of tea, sorry to mix metaphors.


However I have drank every single one and surprisingly raw and juiced I actually loved. I think I can say love. 

The Philips Juicer has been brilliant, easy to set up, super easy to clean, nice and compact,  for the full review see here.

The only problem I had was forgetting to put a glass under the Melon cooler. Do not do this, it was possibly the worst fruit to do it with, it splashed everywhere mainly on me.

Day One


I wanted to hold my nose for the first Classic Cleanse juice, beetroot I really never go near. Added to carrot, celery and apple I actually while not relishing it, was surprised it was drinkable. In hindsight i would add an extra apple to make it not so much sweet, but tastier for my liking. Conor who said he would try liked this one.

Day Two 


Glowing Greens Juice. Including cucumber which contains silica to help keep the skin elastic and pear to fight free radical damage to your skin. Pear, spinach, lemon celery and parsley. This was the one that I loved, Conor who has done the juice program with me did not like the lemon, but as most of you know it made the drink for me. I added two apples. I actually got a comment from asking had I changed my foundation, I had none on, so I think this one worked.

Day Three



The 4pm Pick Me Up. Wow this one was  super green. Added cinnamon as this regulates blood sugar levels. Not my fave so far,  I am not a lover of cinnamon but downed it fast as I know its super healthy. My slump time hits at this time as for most people, I steadily get worse, Granny needs seeing to a bit at this time of day, then the family descend, dinner, tidying up. I found I was bubbly. A friend online asked me if I had been drinking as I was so bubbly. Haha.

Day Four


 The Fat Buster, Melon and mint cooler. Yummy despite me not being overly keen on mint. I loved this , I will definitely be drinking, despite not needed a fat buster until holiday times.

Day Five


Stir and Purr juice. This was the bedtime drink, maybe the light and mix of fruit, makes it the strangest looking juice, however a lovely flavour. Pineapple have melatonin, the hormone that regulates the sleep cycle. This is the drink that is staying as I need it, getting up with Granny in the night, I do not get off easily after, with this I did and as a bonus, Chris switched my alarm off and I had a lay in until 9am.The cucumber as mentioned above are great for the skin as before so this is a winner for me. Cherries and Tomatoes are also good sleep aids. Oh and it is really really tasty.

Day Six


Beat the bloat. Pineapple, lime, apples and mint. The inclusion of mint aids digestion and stops the bloat. Gorgeous drink, this one is brilliant for those meals which leave you having to loosen the buttons on your clothes. I did have way more than this but I forgot and slurped some, not a nice look for a photo.

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Day Seven
Super Skin Juice I picked this out of the list as I felt the Glowing Greens juice already helped my skin, with the addition of lime which makes the skin glow.Lime is a bit of a magical fruit as it rejuvenates skin, protects skin from infection and is an anti oxidant.

Conclusion

For one week, I have been amazed how easy it is to juice and start to like vegetables more. In the raw state and mixed with a natural sweetener like apple or pear, it is so easy to incorporate them into my diet.

I had a headache for the first three days, I think it was the juice and  feel maybe it was my body getting rid of other toxins, I did get incredibly hungry for the first three days too. 

I can say my bowel is way better, this very evident without going into detail.

Skin is certainly looking good and I am most impressed with this, at my age, my skin needs help!! 

I did feel a bit tired at the beginning of juicing , energised after the drinks but tired all round, however I have had a lot more home life stress so not sure it was the juice. This has changed and with a real lot of stress on the last few days I actually felt the juice has finally helped.


Sleep is way better and I wake more easily. I feel better all round at the end of 7 days.

I will be continuing and looking at which, fruits, vegetables and herbs do what for my body more and combining to keep me going. As a carer I need this and I also am going to juice for Granny after looking up advice for elderly people.


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