Showing posts with label Competition. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Competition. Show all posts

Monday, 7 October 2013

My Kids have Captured the Colour

My boys have always loved taking photos so they were really excited when I told them they were going to get a new camera to take part in a competition.  It did have to be a joint effort between Zac (7) and Ethan (6) as I would have had tears and tantrums if I'd had to choose between them.

So here are their photos:

Green - we live on the edge of the Brecon Beacons so on a day out it seemed very appropriate to stop at the top for Zac to take a photo.  I just love this one with all the different shades of green.  I was also very impressed - I don't think I could have taken a better photo.

Yellow - we went to a food festival last weekend and Ethan headed straight for the cheeses to take photos. The smell was a bit too strong for me so I stood back while he went for the perfect shot.  The stall holder did wonder what we were doing, but Ethan won her over with his smile.

Red: this is Ethan again, this time with the red chillies and salsa.  The boy really does love his food and I love how the colour of those chillies.

White - on another drive over the mountain Zac saw the clouds and thought this would represent white really well.  There was nowhere to stop so he had to take the photo from the car.  I love that the sky is lit up beneath the clouds.

Blue: on a day trip to Legoland we visited Star Wars Miniland where Zac took this very blue photo for the competition.  I have absolutely no idea what it is, though I'm guessing I probably should as I live in a house full of boys!

Both boys took some amazing photos of every colour of the rainbow and they had great fun in the process. I've also got lots of photos of random people and close ups of me (not good and will be deleted).

This is our competition entry for Travel Supermarket Kids Capture the Colour Competition.  Zac and Ethan received a camera in order to take part.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Beach fun with National Trust #50Things and giveaway

As the weather has been so lovely lately we decided to take a trip to the coast, and what better place to go that the beautiful Rhosilli Bay which in on the South Gower coast.  If you've ever been there you'll know what I mean.  If you haven't here's some pictures of this fabulous place.

The coastline is owned by the National Trust so it was also the perfect place to go to catch up on a few of our 50 Things activities.

There were lots of caves and the boys even manged to explore a few.  My five year old was straight in there but my seven year old made me laugh as he was afraid of everything.  There was a really strange noise coming out of this cave though so we didn't stay too long.  I still don't know what it was.

Outside the cave there was an actual bonafide shipwreck.  It's called Helvetia; a ship wrecked in 1887.  The boys didn't believe me at first but I showed them the netting and part of the ship that is visible when the tide is out.  Isn't that amazing?  It's not often you get to see a shipwreck.

Then we had a very long walk down to the sea to jump over some waves.  We all had great fun splashing around in the sea, and even though my 2 year old was a bit wary to start with, he soon joined in with the fun. After getting soaked we decided it was time to collect some water for the moat around the sandcastle that we were planning to build, so we got that and headed off back up the beach.

We spent the next few hours climbing up the rocks, building sandcastles and some cool sand cars.  The boys had one each (you can see those in the first photo at the top.

We didn't manage to catch any crabs today, so that'll be something to do on our next trip to Rhosilli.  I'm sure we'll be back there before long.

Would you like to win a family pass to a National Trust property in Wales just in time for the summer holidays?   Just tell me where your favourite beach is in the comments section below, and don't forgot to say that you've entered in Rafflecopter.  Good luck.

You can find out more about National Trust Wales properties on Twitter and Facebook
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Win My First Play World Farm from HABA

The lovely Haba Toys UK have given me one of these amazing My First Play World Farm play sets worth £35.99 to give away to one of my readers.

Children who enjoy imaginary play will also love HABA’s My First Play World Farm - a fully contained farmyard, with animals, farmer, tractor and trees. All of the pieces are contained within a box with carry handle, which converts to become a barn with a fold down scene depicting a farm yard for added play value. It’s an absolute must have this Christmas!

For more information about toys from HABA visit

For a chance of winning this fantastic prize please complete the Rafflecopter entries below.

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Friday, 3 August 2012

Win a bundle of goodies from Cadbury

Win this fantastic bundle of goodies from Cadbury

The summer holidays are here, and whilst your little ones may be super excited about being off school especially during London 2012, this long break poses a problem for parents - so, how can you keep your whole family entertained? To help you we've come up with our top five things to do during the Summer Holidays - with the Olympic Games in mind....

1)    Explore the great outdoors? Even if it is just the local park!
Taking your kids to a park is one of the easiest things you can do and not only is it free, there are plenty of things to do there to keep your kids entertained. You can rent bikes, go on a horse ride, play sport and even have a picnic!

2)    Get their creative juices flowing with some culture!
Again, lots of museums are free entry and are fun and educational for the whole family. There are many fun activities you can do with your children when you are there, for example if you are at an art gallery why not get the kids to have a go at a masterpiece themselves!

3)    Turn your little swimmers into champions!
Get your children into the spirit of the Olympics by challenging them to a swimming competition. Not only is this great exercise for the kids but splashing around is also fun for parents too!

4)    Award gold medals with your own Olympic bakeoff!
Why not bake cakes for any Olympic parties you might be having? Turn the baking into a competition and award gold medals to the most outstanding effort!

5)    Take your children to Cadbury House
It's all about Cadbury House at Hyde Park, which will be running 27th July to 12th August where children will be able to take part in the ultimate chocolate experience from experiencing the 'Chocolatrium' to participating in the Great Games Hall in loads of fun Olympic themed games. It's the perfect place to keep children busy during the summer holidays and Olympics.

Running from the 27th July to 12th August, Cadbury House at Hyde Park is part of the BT London Live experience throughout the London 2012 Olympic Games. Your children will enter through a walkway into a tasting zone to experience Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, before continuing into the ?Chocolatrium? to take part in Cadbury experiences for Twirl, Creme Egg, Wispa, Freddo and Cadbury Dairy Milk, before moving into the Great Games Hall to try out a series of Olympic themed games and stand on a podium to be awarded a Cadbury chocolate medal. It is the perfect place to take your kids during the Olympics, and a place for you to enjoy some chocolate yourselves! Check out our video to see it being made:

To get your hands on a hamper all you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below.

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Styling with Next

When I walk into most children's clothing store I get really frustrated with the limited choice of boys clothes, and this is usually emphasised by the pure abundance of clothes for girls.  I don't really get it.  I want to dress my boys well and make them look good but some clothes shops seem to think that all boys want are jeans and blue t-shirts.

Thankfully, this isn't the case everywhere.  I love that I can walk into a clothes shop such as Next and see a huge array of boys clothes in all colours and designs spread out before me.  So when I discovered that All Baby Advice were running a competition to win £500 to spend at Next I had to give it a go.

I have loved searching through all the gorgeous clothes on the Next website to find the perfect outfits to suit my boys personalities.

First up is Zac:

Zac is 6 years old and has just started to become interested in fashion.  He is quite small and clothes always seem to look great on him.  His favourite hobby is playing computer games and he loves anything red.  I have chosen a pair of Belted Indigo Skinny Jeans as the skinny fit works best with his shape, and he also really need a belt to hold his jeans up!  I have paired these with the fantastic Grey Stone Roses T-shirt.  As soon as I saw this I knew I had to get it for him.  Firstly, the song title named on the t-shirt "I wanna be adored" is so apt for Zac.  As my first born he has got a bit of a superiority complex (I refuse to take any responsibility for this!)  The song could have been written for him.  Also, my other half is currently reliving his youth and is off to see The Stone Roses on the weekend so I know he would absolutely love to see Zac in this (plus I must admit I think it's really cool).  I have added a Navy Angry Birds Hoody to satisfy his need for anything gaming related and to add a bit of fun.  This outfit is then finished off with the Lace-Up Shoes in red and the Red Nylon Jacket simply because red is his favourite colour.  Altogether a cool outfit for my cool dude and all for just £80.

Next up is Ethan:

Ethan is 4 years old is very different to Zac even though he looks up to him in lots of ways.  He is a stockier build, loves anything green and is obsessed with dinosaurs.  He's not very interested in clothes and all he wants is to feel comfortable.  For him I have chosen these Grey Rib Waist Roll Leg Trousers.  He isn't keen on denim as he says it irritates him so would much prefer these soft trousers.  Also, he would feel much more confident being out and about in them as he can pull them up and down himself (he's not very good with buttons yet).  I have added the Dinosaur Badge Polo Shirt in green because, as I've already said, green is his favourite colour and he will love the dinosaur motif.  I'm continuing the dinosaur theme with the Navy Dino Hoody and I've finished Ethan's outfit off with Grey Retro Trainers and a Hooded Nylon Jacket in green.  I think this is a lovely outfit for a dinosaur mad boy and the whole thing costs only £68 in his size.

Lastly we have Oliver:

My last outfit is for 20 month old Oliver.  He couldn't care less about what he's wearing but I love this as, unlike with the other two, it means there's no arguments about what I've picked out for him to wear.  He is busy and noisy and adores his big brothers.  He loves Mickey Mouse and kicking balls around.  He is a happy, smiley little boy and I love to see him in bright colours as they suit his personality.  I have chosen a pair of Mid Badge Jogger Jeans for him as they've got a ribbed waist which will make it easy to get them off for those many nappy changes, and also ribbed leg cuffs which I think is vital at this stage as it avoids the 'tripping over the trouser leg' problem when he's toddling around.  I've added this Little But Loud T-Shirt as this is exactly what he is!  This Blue Stripe Zip Hoody will keep him warm while still looking cute and then I've added Grey Character Shoes and this Yellow Transport Print Cagoule which will add a fantastic splash of colour on grey, rainy days.  This outfit will suit his cheeky personality and I know will be very hard wearing, as all Next clothes are.  It is great value for money at £60.

So there's my three gorgeous boys styled in outfits that would be perfect for them and I have only spent £208 so I would still be able to buy lots more.  I have started adding more items that I love onto my Pinterest board which you can see here.  It's my virtual shopping list for my boys.

If you would like to enter this fantastic competition why not pop over to All Baby Advice to find out what you need to do.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

BuggyTug Giveaway

And the winner is...... Pippa Ainsworth. Congratulations Pippa! I have sent you a message on twitter.

BuggyTug have given me one of their award winning Buggy Wrist Strap's to give away. It's the UK's first branded wrist strap for your pram, and it offers reassurance to parents that they don't need to worry about their pram rolling away!  You can read some fantastic reviews on their website here.

Entry is simple:

1) Follow @joanneblunt and @BuggyTug on twitter and retweet the following message:

Follow @BuggyTug and @joanneblunt and RT to win an award winning Buggy Wrist Strap. For extra entry click here:


2) Join both BuggyTug and The Blunt Truth on Facebook.   Please leave me a comment below to let me know you've done so this or your entry won't be counted!

Enter via twitter and Facebook and you'll get 2 entries

The competition closes at 10am on Wednesday 30th November and I will announce the lucky winner on my blog and on twitter.  Please note this competition is open to UK residents only.

Good luck!

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Win a lovely Teething Bling pendant - Closed

And the winner is........Nikki Moore - Congratulations!!

Some of you may know of my love of Teething Bling. It all started a few months back when I received my first pendant and realised that I could wear jewellery again! As a mum to three young boys I'd really given up all hope of wearing any sort of jewellery. I had tried but have had earrings pulled (ouch) and necklaces broken. What was the point?! But then I discovered Teething Bling by Smart Mum UK. Amazing pendants and bangles that can be chewed (preferably by the baby though I must admit, I have had a go myself!), and if pulled, the fab breakaway clasp stops it breaking (or throttling you). I've now got three pendants as I needed different colours to be able to accessorise.

Ollie loves it too.  You can read my full review here, but here's a more recent photo of him with the lovely zebra print pendant.

You can buy Teething Bling from, but if you would like the chance to win a pendant of your choice then please read on.....

The fab peeps at Smart Mum UK have kindly offered a pendant for me to give away on my blog.

To enter this fantastic competition please complete the following actions:

Join Teething Bling UK on Facebook here and/or follow them on twitter here.  Please leave me a comment below to say you have done so, and make sure you leave a way of contacting you, either email address or twitter name.

For extra entries you can complete one or more of the following, leaving a separate comment for each action, and a method of contact.

1. Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect
2. Follow me on twitter here
3. Join my Facebook page here
4. Tweet the following: "I'd love to win a @teethingblinguk pendant from @joanneblunt in the blog giveaway at"

UK entries only please.  The competition will close on 14th October 2011 and the winner will be drawn by

Good luck!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

My very first giveaway

As some of you may know, I used to be a consultant for Virgin Vie Cosmetics (or VIE at home as they're now called).  I recently decided to end my 6 year career with them as I've just got too much on my plate at the moment.  Over my time with them I have accumulated quite a lot of goodies, so I have decided to use some of these to do some competitions, so expect quite a few cosmetic/skincare/jewellery related giveaways to come! (Sorry boys, I'll try to find something for you too :)

I'm going to keep this first one simple as I'm still trying to get to grips with the whole blogging thing.  If I've got anything wrong I would be very grateful for your comments and help.

So, I've got a fab VIE Capsule Colour Collection to give to one of my lovely followers.  It's a gorgeous little collection of summer colours for you to mix and match.  There's both shimmer and matte eyeshadows, blush and lip gloss.

All I want to to do to win this is to follow my blog over on the right side of the page, and comment below that you have done so with a way for me to contact you (Twitter name preferably).  If you're not on twitter then I should be able to contact you through Google (though I haven't tried this yet).  I will also announce the winner on this page.

As the whole purpose of this competition is to get more followers I would love it if you would share this post.  I'm not going to do give extra entries (as I said I'm trying to keep it simple) but I would be very grateful if you could tweet the following:

"I want to win a Capsule Colour Collection from @joanneblunt at"

Entries close at 3pm on Tuesday 21st June and I will draw a winner at random.

AND THE WINNER IS: niclon 26 (@n76seary). Congratulations!
I would love to be able to give everyone a prize, but the best I can do is get another competition started soon!