Thursday, 11 July 2019

July - Under 200 entries - Competitions

I've been hunting the internet for some low entry competitions for you all to enter, giving you more of a chance to win! All competitions are open to UK residents and the number of entries listed are how many they had when I found them, numbers may have increased when you see them. Feel free to share your low entry competitions in the comments too and I can add them to the list.
List last updated on 11th July 2019. All competitions FREE to enter. In order of number of entries.

00 entries - Facebook - WhipperSnapper Kids - Win 2 Top Wing Books - ends 12th July 2019
01 entry - Instagram - Mint and Pink designs - Win a chevron knitted blanket - ends 19th July 2019
17 entries - Instagram - Raw Childhood - Win a custom print of your choice - ends 18th July 2019
30 entries - Facebook - Fab & Quirky - Win a lop eared bunny charm - ends 14th July 2019 12pm
54 entries - Rafflecopter - Tippy Tupps - Win Coconut Bowls and Spoons - ends 7th August 2019
57 entries - Gleam - The Mad House of Cats and Babies - Win an 8 pack of flex disks - 26th July 2019
77 entries - Rafflecopter - Music Magpie - Win a Nextbase 222 Dash Cam - ends 24th July 2019
81 entries - Instagram - Vlaze - Win a set of 4 VLAZE Rose & Brass drinks coasters - ends 24th July 2019
83 entries - Facebook - Russel Hobbs UK - Win a kettle and toaster - ends 14th July 2019
97 entries - Facebook - Lil and Eves - Win a bag of £20 worth of Bows - ends 27th July 2019 8pm
109 entries - Instagram - We Love Lashes - Win Esqido lashes and a £50 voucher to spend on - ends 16th July 2019 3pm
147 entries - Gleam - Clearly Bex - Win My Little World - ends 28th July 2019
156 entries - Facebook - CSM Web Design - Win a £50 Amazon Voucher - ends 31st July 2019
165 entries - Facebook - Cat mad gifts - Win a handmade cat ornament - ends 12th July 2019
193 entries - Facebook - Oracle Beauty Recruitment - Win a selection of ESPA beauty products - ends 31st July 2019

Current count 15 competitions.

117 entries - Facebook - Nuova Baby - Win a changing bag - ends 15th July 2019
141 entries - Facebook - Create and Craft - Win Dogs Poetry Book - ends 15th July 2019
153 entries - Gleam - Stressed Mum - Win Nads Wax Strips - ends 9th Aug 2019
162 entries - Instagram - Seasonal Spuds - Win Cornishware - ends 14th July 2019
180 entries - Facebook - The Little Book Corner Shop - Win That's not my llama book - ends 20th July 2019

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Cute & Cuddly topper pad creations

I recently bought this gorgeous topper pad which is by Hunkydory.
I absolutely adore the toppers, they are fantastic and just as it states 'cute & cuddly.'
Here are a few cards I created this morning using the toppers.

Papers used:
Fox card - gold mirror card and bright freshness design pad from The Works.
Hedge hog card - silver mirror card and First Edition paper pad New Bloom
Fairy card - gold mirror card, The craft place origami super stack yellow, K&Company BW Peppermint Twist Christmas glittered blue paper.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Light Therapy

Cold, dark, windy days like these can make anyone feel down and have no energy or enthusiasm. Especially with the mornings and evenings being really dark too.
I find light therapy can help improve my mood and energy levels, just an hour or so a day.

You'll need a special light box which come in variety of shapes and sizes, they can look like a box or you can even get those that blend in with the decor and have specialised lamps that do the same job. I have the LitePod energy for life box, I've had it for quite a few years now and it definitely helps wake me up and gives me a better start to the day, I believe it cost me around £100 but I got a travel case and extra bulbs with it too. Depending on the person you will need to use your light box around 30 minutes to an hour or so daily, you put it on in the morning and you have to sit close enough to it so that it reflects in your eyes, but not too close that it blinds you! You can have it on when you are having breakfast or even if you are working on your laptop, as long as it is in eye range and you can see it.
You can even buy alarm clocks now that simulates the sun coming up, we have a great one by Lumie, you set your alarm and half and hour before the alarm sounds, it starts getting brighter as if the sun is rising, then when it is time to get up, it is on its brightest and the alarm will begin to sound, helping you wake up more naturally.

There is no scientific evidence that this works, but for people suffering for SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) it is highly recommended, unless you have an eye condition or taking medications that make you more sensitive to light, it is worth talking to your doctor about using the light box, a lot of companies do a money back guarantee so you can return them if it isn't working for you. Make sure you get a light box that is specifically for people that are effected by seasonal affective disorder and it might be worth discussing with the sellers how long you might benefit from using the light for daily.

I tend to only bring my SAD light out on days like these, where my energy is low and the sun is nowhere to be seen. It is up to you whether you use it on a daily basis during the winter months, but I'd highly recommend them for anyone who thinks they may have SAD or even those that just feel a little less themselves on the darker days, I wouldn't recommend using after 1pm though as it may disrupt your sleep later that night.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

House Mouse Birthday Cupcake card

Products used
Stamps - House Mouse Birthday Cupcake wooden stamp, 

Penny Black Salutations T is for Transparent stamp set.
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Card and paper - 6x6 White Card Black and envelope
Plain Black Card
Crafter's Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card
MME Dolled up Paper Pad
Embellishments - White Card Candi
Pens - Promarkers
Tools - Clever cut mini
Adhesives - Double sided sticky tape
PVA Glue

I haven't crafted for a while, but I saw my friend was selling some beautiful stamps, which included 3 house mouse stamps, I absolutely adore house mouse and they were so cheap I couldn't resist. So I created a card for my father-in-law to be for his upcoming birthday, he appreciates handmade items so much, so I hope he likes his card.

Promarkers used: Tulip Yellow, Buttercup, Caramel, Sandstone, Sunkissed Pink, Almond, Primrose, Soft Green and Pastel Green.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018


What is Gleam?
Gleam is a competition hosting platform where people can upload competitions with different tasks, you can set mandatory tasks or just regular tasks or even set daily tasks (which is usually optional to enter daily or not.) For example: Visit a Facebook Page = 1 entry, Follow on Twitter = 3 entries, Follow on Pinterest = 1 entry and so on. There are a couple of different accounts you can have, if you are hosting lots of competitions then you may need a paid account, if you are only hosting a couple you can use their free accounts and if you are entering competitions it is all free to enter.

You can view the number of entries you have in a giveaway at the top left of the widget.
The total number of entries, from everyone who has entered is often shown in the top middle (although sometimes are not, if the promoter has turned this option off) and the time left of the competition is usually the top right of the widget.


Once you've logged in and linked your accounts, you shouldn't have any problems entering competitions, just click and go.

Here are some of the regular blogs I visit and enter most of their Gleam competitions, don't hesitate to read their blogs and content as well though, some interesting stuff! (All UK based, unless stated)

Boo Roo and Tigger Too
The Frenchie Mummy
Melissa Jane Lee
Really Missing Sleep
Rachel Bustin
Serenity You
H is for Home Harbinger


Friday, 7 September 2018

All Things Wild

We were looking for a day out that was half way between my sister-in-law's partner's parents house and our place, so we searched the internet and came across All Things Wild online, which looked like a great place, especially for our nephew, who has just turned two.

We pulled up in the car park and waited for the other half of the party to turn up. There was plenty of parking spaces, although the disabled parking spaces weren't very big. Whilst we waited for them, we went on inside, used the facilities and pre paid ready for the others to arrive. There was a deal for five people being £50 and Oscar my nephew got to go in for free as he was under the age of 3.

There was five of us, My partner's dad, who was in a wheelchair, My partner, My partner's sister and her partner, our nephew, who was in a pushchair and myself.

There was plenty of wheelchair/pushchair access into the building, as you walk into the door, you walk straight into the toy shop, which is where you get your wristbands, map and stamp card. With the stamp card, there are stamps hidden around the park and you fill in the card and at the end can get a sticker - great for the kids!

You walk through into different areas with different animals, play areas and even a cafe to sit down and eat. There are plenty of toilets around the animal centre, although not all wheelchair friendly.

Oscar loved looking at the animals and playing at the park areas, he sat on a tractor and didn't want to get off! The cockateel was very talkative and is located by the go kart area which was also a great hit with the nephew. The food was very good, lovely portions and you could ask for half portions for a child, not badly priced either, plenty of places to sit inside and highchairs available.

After lunch we walked around the dinosaur section, they have dinosaur statues on a trail along with facts about them, a good walk with some interesting facts, before we headed home.

I would definitely recommend All Things Wild for a day out with the family, lots to do and fun for most ages.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Ladies United Facebook Group

Ladies United is a supportive Facebook group for females to post, created by a group of girls who met online, created 17th August 2018, we already have over 1000 members and would love the group to grow. It should be a safe place to post, we hold raffles, competitions, play games and chat in general, feel free to ask questions, admin and moderators are also there for support, you can private message any of us, we can either try and help or we can post in the group anonymously for you to get answers from the other ladies in the group.

The group also has some admins and moderators introducing themselves, so if you have a specific need or query then you can find the right admin or mod for you.

We hope you enjoy the group as much as we do and did creating it, we hope the group can grow and be a safe place for all you ladies to enjoy.

We currently have a free competition to win some Yankee candle votives, all you have to do is comment on the relevant competition Facebook post.