Friday, 28 November 2014

Barkbeats Christmas giveaway

I have a lovely giveaway to win the Xmas Edition of the Barkbeats subscription box. Forget those beauty ones, pamper your best friend!!

Each month their experts carefully select top-brand toys, treats and seasonal artisan snacks that both you and your doggie will love. 

Boxes are catered to your pooch's size and delivered to your home or office via Royal Mail.

You just tell them the size of your dog, they then tailor the box to your pooch
They create a monthly box with 5 to 6 premium products 
Top quality brands and full size products
The Xmas Box this year includes Kong Jels, a squeeky Raindeer toy from Kaygen, natural holistic treats and an exclusive hand-decorated "gingerbread-hooman" cookie. 

Details of the box, and past boxes can be found here

To enter the giveaway just use the Rafflecopter below

Freebie Friday 28th November

Hi everybody, its getting very near to Christmas and yet there is not many freebies being given away by brands. I feel it could be the Grinch who stole the samples too!!

I am hoping you are all starting to see the free Capital footballs, the Baileys minis, the Fajita spice mix, grabbed the free calendars from WH Smith with the O2 Priority app. Last day to get a free Halfords Screen Wash see below!

Good luck if you are joining in with all the advents around the internet! Don't forget to keep entering the blog giveaways, I personally like this time of year as they often are visited less, so more chances to scoop a prize!!


New nectar Savvy shopper, the first 5000 who sign up get 100 Nectar points and more for completing missions

Get 50% off at The Body Shop expires soon so hurry Free delivery on a £5 spend too Use  code - 38939

Free OK Magazine

 Free L'Occitane Shea Butter Moisturiser (First 6000)

Laura Mercia Primer

More Free Aveeno Samples

Free L'Morie Skincare samples see tweet for email

Free Malibu Hot Chocolate at las Iguanas

O2 Priority

Free Halfords Screen Wash (Last day)

Free Lego toy at Smyths
Free 4 pack of chocolate reindeers at Hotel Chocolat
 FREE chocolate coins from WH Smith

Worth A Go As So Many

100 Become a Pukka Pie-Oneer win a months supply of pies
1000 Free Nomadic Dairy trolley tokens

Win  101 Magic Kits and one Annual pass

200 Malibu prizes 
50 x Malibu hot chocolate kits 50 x white mugs in a white Christmas jumper

 25 x icing sets

100 Jack Daniels blends 500 Hip Flasks etc Cash prize!

Money Off Coupons and Clever Supermarket combining

50p off Shloer Currently 2 for £1 at Tesco or £1,25 at Asda

£10 off Frankie and Bennys 30th Nov

50p off Vivesoy drink

50p off Kelloggs Gluten Free Cornflakes

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

ScentSicles Review

Now I have a real Christmas tree each year, I love the look and more importantly the scent of the spruce we buy. Its  the fragrance I associate with Christmas. We collect new ornaments each year and as the scent of the pine lessens I tend to use scented room sprays and candles to keep the seasonal aroma going. 

This is why I agreed to try out ScentSicles this year. Theses are scented tree ornaments are 6 in each container, priced at £6 

For those who have a fake tree, this  is the chance to experience the aroma of a real tree and make your tree smell fresh cut as spruce and fir are two of the scents you can buy.

ScentSicles are the much-loved scented ornament from the US that has launched in the UK, which are the perfect stocking filler or gift for the home this festive season.

I had a nosy on the Us website and they seem to be very popular 500, 000 sold the day I looked and they are several hours behind. 

The ScentSicles can be ornaments on your tree, tucked into wreaths and garlands and added to gift wrapping to give that extra luxury touch. Despite being made of paper they are very solid, the top hook is sturdy and they look nice. I adore the Winter Spruce aroma and for those that love cinnamon, the scent is very exact. I love the idea of adding to gifts and already spared a couple, however I will be keeping most to add around the house.

The claim to give you 30 days of pure Christmas scent is good. I cannot wait for my tree to go up at the weekend as these will be hung to give a lovely fragrance!!

Made from all-natural, biodegradable paper, sourced from sustainably managed forests and infused to the core with a pure fragrance, ScentSicles offer a greener way to scent the home.

ScentSicles are available from John Lewis and leading Garden Centres across the UK at £6 per pack of 6 and come in four different scents: White Winter FirChristmas Time SpruceSnow Berry Wreath and Two Dashes of Cinnamon. 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

albumcards for Christmas Giveaway

I must say first why has this gift idea been such a long time coming? 

I have teens and music downloads and giftcards always seem pretty dull. Not much to look at on Christmas morning. Garry Campbell CEO of albumcards  having a brother serving in the forces abroad made a more personal music gift come into being!

Garry explained “I first came up with the idea of albumcards when sending my brother, who served in the forces abroad, a birthday card and a music gift card, but as a gift this seem to lack any thought or personal touch. I thought the perfect solution would be a greetings card and an album in one … and that’s how albumcards was born.”

albumcards is unique, online, and brand new to the market for this Christmas and I can see this being ideal for a birthday, Valentine' s day gifting and just 'I am thinking about you.'   It’s a personalised greetings card plus music gift, all in one!

You get the code sent in a card in the post, it comes the day after if you order by 2 pm, so great for last minute presents.

The 'Do NoT Bend' helps as mine came in immaculate condition. Good old postie!

The inside can be personalised with your greeting and the download code is added.

Its such a great gift to give at Christmas and to be able to send to those far away and I have the sam Smith and Ed Sheeran albums to give away as Christmas presents now, such a cool idea.

Everyone wants to buy a music lover a great Christmas present,  gone are the days of an album for a lot of people who prefer to download, 

This creates an opportunity to relive memories or create new ones by sending your mum or dad, favourite auntie, best mate or even your office secret Santa a personalised card with an album you know they’ll love.

albumcards makes choosing and sending this gift so easy, in 3 simple steps. 1. Pick (the album you want to send), 2. Personalise (your greetings card) and 3. Post (to arrive on the exact day you choose). Even better, order your albumcard before 2pm and it can be delivered the next day.

ED Sheeran £9.99

It couldn't be simpler to redeem and listen to the album you have gifted. By entering a unique code at the album can be downloaded on any device they choose – perfect for those (Dads!) who are venturing into the world of smartphones for the first time, or (lucky teens!) unwrapping that much anticipated iPhone 6 this Christmas. What's more the sound quality is a stunning MP3 320kbps.

With an ever expanding list of titles available, within a few clicks you’ve made your Mum’s Christmas with Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour, and the Christmas dinner tidy-up so much more enjoyable for Dad with Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, on full blast!

So if you’re looking for the winning gift this Christmas, head to and send someone special a personalised card today. 

Ready to say it with albumcards?

Here is your chance to win  ED Sheeran X and Sam Smith In The Lonely Hour albumcards right here.

Rafflecopter is having a Christmas makeover, please if it won't play nicely come back later and try. The people at RC are working hard to fix it!!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Beanies Coffee Review. Stash Box Giveaway

Merry Coffeemas, I have a small review from Beanies Coffee and a big giveaway for all you coffee lovers.
If like me you love flavoured coffees, Beanies The Flavour Co are so worth a go. 

They sent me two jars, one Chocolate flavour and one Cinder Toffee and all I can say is scrummy!!

As a reviewer I have to expand, flavouring coffee can be hit and miss, the flavour sometimes takes away from the coffee taste. But Beanies do actually not take from the good coffee taste, I can still taste a good coffee.

Coffee and chocolate go together well as separate products, together as a drink, its warming, just sweet enough to satisfy and thoroughly indulgent. 

Not so indulgent that if you are watching your weight, its under 2 calories a teaspoon. I have to tempt my Slimming World readers here as Beanies Coffee flavours are syn free! 

So when you do get that sweet craving, you can indulge and still keep to plan. 

Ever fancied a Crunchie flavour coffee, try the Cinder toffee, this is perfect for this time of year, reminds me of bonfire night. 

I love them both, I think I need to investigate more, they sell online at in Sainsbury's and Tesco, the jars of instant are £2.50 and the same for the ground roast.

However this time of year, if  you need some coffee for Christmas presents treat somebody with the Stash Box.  The name even sounds good!! MY STASH of coffee!!

It  all 9 of the regular range of 50g flavour instant coffee.   All the flavours are 100% SUGAR FREE and Suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans!

It costs £22.50 and I have one  to give away for one of my lovely readers!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Freebie Friday 21st November 2014

Freebie Friday is here again, the pickings are slim, I have found a few freebies, mainly seems to be the toddlers and the health fans this week.

Checkout the win 500 Britax Car seats below. 

However with some clever coupon finds you can still grab a free 1 litre carton of Yazoo, grab a bag of Popchips and some New Covent Garden soup.

Thats lunch sorted all for just 30p. 

As always a big thank you to those who add giveaways each week be you blogger or comper and the people clicking through to enter  is growing, so thanks for popping by.

Oh and a nice free cam for your children and if you are like me a child at heart. Father Christmas reindeer cam, watch them being fed  each day at 4pm and then the sleigh will be filled on Christmas Eve. A nice bit of excitement for the children and me!!


This Saturday Tesco Extra stores may appeal to the Frozen fans, nope sadly it is not a free turkey!!

For two days they are giving away a magical Disney Frozen sticker folder while stocks last. There will be more stickers to collect in the run up to Christmas. Plus a chance to decorate your own snowman and decorate snowflakes at the Frozen Creation Station. Plus a chance to win a Nintendo Wii Mini red, XBox One or Hudl.

So in the words of Queen Elsa, 'Don't let It Go' this weekend Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd November.


Free Kiddylicious Fruit Wiggles

Free Innocent goodies (Mystery gift and limited)

Free socks from Sophos

Free Robertsons Marmalade if you buy the Telegraph (Sat 22nd November)

Free Popchips Movember at Boots (print)

Travel the country for free.
 Free Megabus tickets (50p Booking fee)

Free Energen Vitamin C drink

Free Mens Eau De Toilette Lacoste Live

Free Sporting Balms samples 2 to choose (Uk Only)
Hand, Foot, Muscle or Saddle Sore Balm

LA Muscle Gold Whey protein sample

Free Go Splash Drink

Organix stage one strawberry and banana porridge or our stage two mini puffs

Worth A Go As So Many

100 TGI meals for four each week!
Must take a pic of your Christmas jumper in a TGI

Photos must be taken in a TGI Friday's restaurant and uploaded to TGI Friday's UK Facebook between 27th November and 24th December to qualify. 100 winners will be selected each week and winners will be notified via Facebook. For full terms and conditions visit our website.

First 1000 entries receive a Princes Calendar. Win 5 hampers

Win 2010 Jack Daniel Winter Jack  mugs

Win 1000 L'Oreal Dual Stylers (Hairdressing salons only)

Win 100 prizes  50 Samsung Galaxy Tabs and 50 crates of wine

100 Free Mr Men and Little Miss magazines

Win 450 Thorntons Special Fudge and Toffee bars pairs

Win 100,000 All Inn meals and dish giveaway
(Tip refresh and shuffle until you get the one you want)

Win 500 Britax Car seats

Money Off Coupons and Clever Combining

New Covent Garden Soup for 30p (Asda)
70p off coupon here

Free Yazoo Yogurt smoothie still on offer at Tesco for £1

£1 off here

50p off Mr Kipling Mince Pies (Key Store)

An InLinkz Link-up

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

PlantaBox for Christmas Giveaway

 Plantabox has to be one of the nicest feature and reviews I have carried out this year.

I am happy to be working with them again this Christmas. I am afraid its going to be a bit of a photo fest as Plantabox asked me to pick out the gifts I liked and settle on one to review.

To reward you for ploughing through my review Plantabox are also giving readers a discount, exclusive to Given To Distracting Others and for one lucky reader the chance to own a personalised large crate, they even will add a liner and wheels if the winner wants!

 In summer I reviewed a small herb crate which actually is quite large, the above is a recipe later on in the year and as you can see the herbs have flourished, it has been really pleasurable to pick herbs, but really special to have my name on the crate. ideal for outdoors and on the windowsill for winter cooking, its much loved and used.

 Its been admired by friends and as a result I have purchased a small crate, complete with a liner, cyclamen bulbs and soil to enjoy for a dear friend celebrating her 60th birthday. She has plans to make it a feature in each season, its truly a gift that keeps on giving pleasure.  I feel the ability to personalise these just is that extra bit special.

The crates can be used for all manner of uses, not just outdoors. Indoor for any manner of use, storage for children's toys, craft storage and then for those special occasions.

Its not just crates, Plantabox have made trays, pet beds, memory boxes, wheeled log stores, personalised wall plaques, shelves, coffee tables and much more. Personalisation is included in the price, so no hidden charges.

Christmas at Plantabox is well and truly covered too.

They have some gorgeous gift ideas this season and with the festive holly and red colours for some crates they are perfect for presents under the tree. Again personalised with any name or message you choose.

The trays are gorgeous, I would be happy to receive this on Christmas morning and also can be personalised for Father Christmas and Rudolph.

How about a Tree crate with your name on, the crates have liners so they are protected.

Or Dad's named hamper filled with his favourite things.

Finally there is even a Christmas tree

Obviously there are lots of gift ideas for all year round, I decided to pick a crate for all year round and then it can be used at Christmas I plan to put it under the tree with tinsel and add more presents.

The personalisation is up to 24 characters per line on the large crates, you can add hearts, butterflies, wine goblets for a wedding gift.

I chose our name and the date Chris and I first went out, and to represent the whole family name. The shade is Rustic Oak, far better looking than in my  picture above.

Afterward Christmas it will be used for all manner of storage.  I have decided it may be handy for keepsakes, just as a decorative piece for the living room, handy for indoor shoes and I can even plant it all up. Chris is trying to commandeer ours for a beer crate! It is not happening!

The crate is really sturdy, very strong, yet light as well, if the winner is considering it for heavy items the wheels would be useful and also if used in the garden filled with plants and soil I would have considered wheels too.

To get 15% off any order just use the code  TWEETMAS15

This product was provided to me free of charge from the company in order to review it. However the opinions expressed in this review are independent and my own.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Brabantia’s Perfume Your Bin Review

Now many of you may thinks me a little strange, but when Brabantia asked if I would like to review the new 'Perfume Your Bin' range, I was a bit excited.

The reason being, I reviewed a Retro  Union Jack  Brabantia here bin back in 2012. Before this I believed a bin was a bin, was a bin. Some looked pretty, serve a purpose, pain in the butt to empty, but a necessary household receptacle. 

Then I received a Brabantia. Over two and a half years it has been a sometime talking piece. Friends have often commented on how cool it looks. Its as good as new two and a half years on, easy opening, not too bad to empty, however being a large bin, with large bags it has still needed emptying as rubbish does smell, more often in summer, as obviously they get a bit whiffy! 

Now Brabantia have a new  smart solution to hide unpleasant smells in kitchen and bathroom bins.  I was sent the latest  Mineral FlatBack+ Bin to trial the new bin perfume system.  Bin deodorising powders do not really work so I was looking forward to trialling this.

Firstly with the previous bin, I could see no real room for improvement, but Brabantia could.

After I drooled over the  bang up to  date Mint colour, I noticed the flat back, enabling space saving, before it arrived I imagined it would hold less, but the space is exactly the same. 

The bin has a soft handle on the back, great to be able to carry it or move it easily. The bin liner has a handle each side, this is such a joy, as its easy to remove the bin easily and great for my back if Chris or Conor are not about to do it. The liners fit perfectly, neatly tucking in to the case and no grotty overhang of unsightly plastic. The bin liners for those who already use, just never tear, so you can fill the bin to the maximum.

The silent close is a a boon for us having an open plan downstairs, no clanging bin lid. The lid stops short of any wall clanging too. Pedal to open when hands are full, but you can still manually open it into position for emptying. 

All this and its fingerprint resistant! Oh and a 'No Nonsense' 10 year guarantee.

On to the ‘Perfume Your Bin’ it is a clever holder that the discs easily fit into. The holder is attached to the lid of the bin and needs to be clean, dry and a good 24 hours to ensure a good contact, I found this easy to do. It fits to any of the bins and costs £4.25 for the starter set, so you do not need to upgrade your bin.

These have a clever membrane technology delivering  four to six weeks of freshness in two scents Flower and Pine. These both are light fragrances.

The refill capsules are quick and easy to fit,  as you can see from my pictures, I just popped the disc in and closed the rim. 
Now using it, the nice thing is not an overpowering fragrance for the room, but the bin is fresher and it certainly masks odours. 
I will definitely use £3.45 and lasting up to six weeks makes them a little over 60p a time. 
Yes I definitely have bin love.  Thank you Brabantia, you clever people!

Find out more at

I received the bin and perfume starter packs in order to carry out the review.