Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Marvelous March

Well after a fantastic February, March had a lot to live up to. It promised the opportunity for lots of creative competitions with World Book Day, Mother's Day and the run up to Easter, however we had lots of snow and it threw everything into much disarray.

Anyway, I digress.

Here is a breakdown of the prizes I won in March:

I won some cute Teletubbies Pyjama's from on twitter. They run weekly giveaways and their pj's are fab!

My first World Book Day win was this awesome bundle of books! Jake loves the LEGO book.

I won another prize from Jennie Edspire's month long instagram competition I mentioned in last months prize post. Some gorgeous tights and pj's from Slugs and Snails.

On the 5th of March I won a facebook competition from Skipton Building Society and won 2 tickets to a show of my choice at West Yorkshire Playhouse so we are going this Friday to see Dancing Bear which I'm looking forward to. I'm always nervous of winning tickets to shows as I have a few accessibility issues not to mention major anxiety, but luckily all except one promoter have been accommodating, and it means I've seen some amazing shows and bands over time.

I won a prize from Max Factor which is what would usually be a GWP (Gift With Purchase) in Boots and was a full size mascara, lip product and eyeshadow.

I also won a runners up prize on instagram from Pacapod. There were 20 runner ups so I wasn't expecting much but I received a Colby Ember changing bag worth £65!

The lovely Cara over at The Jammy Jigsaw knows my plight when it comes to getting my boy to sleep and stay asleep and she tagged me in a competition on Instagram to win something called a Fidget Bum which goes on the child's bed and zips up over their covers to stop them kicking the covers off.

I received a WTC on the 7th - I hate WTC as I don't like talking on the phone. It was telling me I'd won a local pancake day competition with my Scooby Doo pancake and had won a crepe pan. Oddly enough despite being 3 weeks since Pancake Day this wasn't my only pancake win this month.

We won a £20 book token with our WBD Costume. Jake chose 3 books - Oi Dog! Oi Frog! and Cake. All three of them are fab reads.

I won 2 beautiful Kylie Minogue cushions on instagram which are currently stashed away till my new sofa gets delivered.

Another pancake day win which I wouldn't have known about had a lovely comper not messaged me to say they had spotted my name on Cookson Gold's winners list and I needed to email to claim my prize. My electric crepe maker has now arrived and leaves me plenty of time to practice ready for next years competitions.

I found a low entry gleam competition and won a Stargazer Lottie doll, I also won a years membership to the Azoomee app which is great for Jake.

I won a Flowers scented reed diffuser and room mist from Laura Thomas on Instagram, it smells great and I love all my home fragrance products like candles and reed diffusers so it's great to win new ones to try.

Anatomicals on Instagram did a face mask competition and I won 3 face masks, I seem to do quite well with them on Instagram and have had 3 or 4 prizes from them now.

Makerly Crafts on instagram are entirely to blame for my lack of comping for a few days as I won a mosaic coaster craft kit that I sat and spent ages doing instead of being on the laptop, it was very therapeutic I just need to get round to grouting them then I can take photo's.

Another book for Jake called Something Fishy was won from a newsletter competition.

Then I won a bundle of Easter themed books and a book bag from educating_tina and stitch_me_happy on instagram. The bag is gorgeous and too grown up for Jake so I'm using it to keep paperwork and my magazines in and the books were a great selection. Jake is especially impressed with the That's Not My Chick and a Lego City book called Follow That Easter Egg!

I had a fab win on Facebook which might seem a bit strange to some but it's a 2m RGB LED Tape Light Kit from Simple Lighting. Jake responds really well to lights, he doesn't have a proper bulb in his bedroom but has what is described as a party bulb as it makes colourful swirls on his walls and calms him so adding some more lights to his room is great for us and is helping us to slowly turn his room into a safe sensory space for him.

British Science Week hit and I was desperate to win some science goodies for Jake, we'd done lots of home experiments and I was hunting twitter, Instagram and Facebook for comps. The lovely people at Propeller sent us a Spintelligence kit about Space and then after talking to them about their kits sent us a Numbers one too.

By this point we are at the 17th of the month and Jake hadn't had a kids mag win which is pretty unusual for him. The fact I keep posting them for others and forgetting to enter doesn't help, but then he was blessed with two fab wins!!

A Spynet watch which he has taken great delight in using to photograph my ceiling a lot ha ha.

and a Nintendo Switch!!!! Buzzing as we really wanted one for him as I think they are a bit more child friendly than the Xbox One that his Dad has.

I didn't win any Easter Eggs this year *cries* but I did win 2 bars of Ocelot chocolate on Instagram which my OH ate.

Then I hit a bit of a lull (probably too much time playing on the Switch and less time comping) but a Toppsta win and hand mask from Instagram kicked my butt back into gear a little.

Nick Jr announced me as a winner of a fab Paw Patrol bundle which came super quick!

Then I won a coffee scrub on Instagram which will be fab for getting my skin summer ready.

A gorgeous soft Bobo Buddies Rabbit comfort blanket on Instagram  which is lovely!

I won 2 copies of Big Bones books on Instagram, one was for my bestie but she won too!

My final win of the month was from a twitter party with BrainBoxGames about #InclusivePlay which is very important to me as Jake can often be seen as an outsider. The prize is a Recycle Me set about making models from recyclable items which Jake will
love as we love our crafting.

Summary of the month:
Total Prizes: 30
Total RRP of Prizes won: £1202
Breakdown of prize type:

Here is hoping for an awesome April for everyone 
Danielle x 

ps I also won some Dorito's on the purchase comp but I haven't included those in any total as at the time everyone was winning, plus I gave the coupons to some compers to use x

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Easter - how do you do yours?

So we are now on the 3rd of April and hopefully most people have recovered from their chocolate hangovers.

Easter is an interesting one for me, we are aren't religious, we aren't traditional, we aren't the kind to go OTT I don't think. There were a mixture of posts on Social Media about how people do Easter, which leads me to the question - 'How do you do yours?' Are you the kind of person to roll an egg down a hill? Only buy your child one egg? Buy your child 20? Or go full out and buy them presents and eggs and have Easter as a second Christmas?

In previous years I have been lucky enough to win our Easter eggs but that didn't happen this year! I was going to have to put my hands in my pockets and buy the boy an egg.

Jake is very much a fan of Nerf guns and having battles with his Dad but the ones we own are a bit cumbersome and hard for him to use alone so when I spotted Nerf Eggs at £4 in Tesco I decided one of those would be perfect for him as the toy would be fab and it wasn't too much chocolate.

Whilst in Tesco I also spotted the new Orchard Games mini games. These were £4 each or 2 for £7 and look great. The price of some Easter Eggs can easily be £7 so I decided to get him Build a Beetle and Little Bug Bingo. I love Orchard Toys games anyway, they are perfect for working on turn taking, learning to follow instructions, speech and understanding.

On the Saturday morning we visited our local Smyths toy store and they were running an egg hunt. Jake was given a little rabbit ears headband to wear and we walked around following clues. Luckily they were mapped out in the order of the store and it was more me solving them whilst Jake asked for everything but at the end of the hunt he received 2 Easter Eggs and a small bag of Lego.

My Dad dropped off some Easter treats for Jake and I have to say he chose the two things from M&S I would have chosen too. I love this little dinosaur egg cup. It's cute, practical and will hopefully encourage Jake to try boiled eggs - if not I think his Dad has plans to use it for his breakfast haha. The Thomas egg is brilliant for Thomas fans, it's a perfect replica of the childhood hero, all made from delicious milk and white chocolate.

All the Easter fun had hyped Jake up and he hadn't even eaten any chocolate yet! It meant he was up at 2:15am though asking if the Easter Bunny had been? He hadn't. Due to him not going back to sleep I didn't get chance to hide the little plastic eggs around the house so I told Jake that the EB couldn't hide the eggs as he had been awake and he couldn't risk being seen so there would be no egg hunt. Around 10am I got the chance to sneak into the garden and hide our brightly coloured plastic eggs and then I went back inside and pretended to received a call from the Easter Bunny who told me that as he couldn't hide the eggs in the house he had hidden them in the garden instead. Jake donned his bunny ears and basket - both £1 from Asda and headed off to find his rewards. Once he'd found them all he spent ages hiding them again and recollecting them. Over. and. Over. and Over.

In the afternoon we did some crafts painting some eggs and making these super cute finger puppets. The kit was £1 from Asda and simple enough for Jake to do with a little help from Mama.

So that's how we did our Easter.

Dani x

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Zimpli Kids make Sensory Play Simple!

Sensory play is becoming more and more popular with parents and Early Years settings because of the huge benefits it has on children. You only have to look on Pinterest or do a quick google search to be overwhelmed with ideas and as fantastic as they all are, some of them can be very daunting and can put you off. Sensory play doesn't need to be difficult, or take days to set up, especially when you have companies such as Zimpli Kids who put together simple to use products such as their Slime Play and Gelli Baff which are easy to use, fun, hassle free and affordable too.

The new in thing with kids seems to be tubs of slime, and I will be honest with you, I hate the stuff and think it's a bit of an abomination. I don't like the texture - cold and claggy, and I don't like the fact Jake dropped some on his school shirt and I couldn't get it out! I tried all the tips mentioned on google and nothing worked so it went in the bin and I've been anti-slime ever since. Until now.

During British Science Week I was looking for things to do with Jacob and if you follow me on social media you will have seen that we did lots of experiments including Lemon Volcanoes and Lava Lamps with oil and alkaseltzers. Jacob really wanted to do slime but all the recipes we looked at involved about 17 ingredients and things like borax and having heard horror stories about children getting chemical burns I just wasn't willing to risk it. I popped into our local Entertainer toy store to see what children's Science kits they had in and was drawn to a shelf of Zimpli products and they were all half price!! Bonus!

I chose two products Gunky Green Slime Play and Colour Change Gelli Baff.

Jake was super excited that Mama was finally letting him play with slime!

We set up in the spare room where I do most of my work with Jacob and instead of needing 17 ingredients we needed 2 things a bowl full of warm water and the packet of Slime Play. Simple! The packet of slime play just looks like coloured sand but as you sprinkle it in the water and begin to stir it with your hands the powder dissolves and it starts to thicken up.

Whilst it was still quite thin Jake dunked his hands and then decided that green slime needed something submerging! Scooby figures! and so he began pretending the thickening slime was ghost goo. What great imaginative play. Once we'd finished playing with it we washed our hands and put a lid on the bowl as we wanted to come back to it later.

When we came back to play the slime had thickened up even more and so as it was supposed to be a Science experiment I decided we would look at viscosity. Jake has a speech disorder so it can be a little bit confusing to gage his understanding of things so asking lots of questions and getting him to give a running commentary is a great way of working on this. I asked him to tell me what it felt like and do simple tasks like see how high you can stretch the slime? Can you hold it in your hand? Will it pass through a sieve or a colander?

When it came to clearing up it was so easy I was shocked! You just need to keep adding water to dilute the slime and then it pours away! Magic! And mess free!

A couple of nights later I remembered the Gelli Baff. We had chosen the yellow colour change. Inside the packet were 2 sachets of powder marked step 1 and step 2. Step 1 was yellow, and step 2 was blue. Similarly to the slime they looked like coloured sand. The instructions said to add a couple of cm's of warm water to the bath and then sprinkle step 1 in and stir with your hands till it thickens, keeping step 2 for clearing up later, then you can add a little bit more water up to approx 8cm. Unlike the Slime Play the gelli bath wasn't smooth but like little lumps of jelly. Jake loved it and was soon laid in the bath and 'swimming' in it then pouring it over himself. He told me it looked like yellow snow and you should never eat yellow snow and you shouldn't eat this kind of jelly either. As he had laid down in the bath full of Gelli Baff he had some of the crystals in his hair and I did worry how hard they would be to get out especially as Jake doesn't like his head touching. I didn't need to worry though. Once Jake had had enough of playing and wanted to get out we took the step 2 sachet and sprinkled it over the bath tub and turned the shower on, Jake helped mix the step 2 powder in and the yellow Gelli Baff started to turn to green water, we pulled the plug and Jake rinsed off under the shower as it all drained away and then a final rinse of the bath and all signs of the fun he'd had were gone!

I was really impressed with both the Zimpli products we tried and would definitely recommend them. They are so easy to use and clean up and Jake really seemed to enjoy playing with them. I love that they had different colours available so you could use them in themed activities and we are looking forward to seeing what else the brand has to offer.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

A Fantastic February.

Today marks the end of the second month of the year. February has been rather fantastic for me when it comes to comping and the prizes I have won.

Here is a recap of my month.

I started the month off with a delivery of WWE Survivor Series on Bluray. I love wrestling and had entered quite a lot of competitions to win a copy of this, the bluray didn't come with a compliments slip so I've been unable to thank the promoter.

Another surprise delivery only for Jacob this time was from a kids mag and was some DinoTrux books.

I Love Snacks on instagram do regular comps for their pouches and I won some pineapple and mango ones which were rather yummy.

My next instagram win was a Dreami and some Snuggi blankets. This was won from Jennie Edspire as she ran a sleep awareness month full of competitions in memory of her daughter Matilda Mae who passed away from SIDS. You can read more about Jennie's journey over on her blog here.

I mentioned last month how I had tried my luck at some purchase comps on products which we would usually buy. Oreo biscuits are giving away lots of pairs of in ear headphones and speakers, as they are usually on offer for 50p a packet in one of the major supermarkets we usually have a few packets in and I managed to win a set of headphones from them on the 8th and a speaker on the 14th and then a last pair of headphones on the 15th.

My biggest win of the month came on the 8th when I was notified that I had won 2 Krug Baumen watches. They were won on a simple comment and tag competition on instagram and are absolutely stunning. They are a his and hers set with diamonds in the watch face and RRP at £775 and £790 respectively!

I also received a Jeremy Corbyn annual from a competition run by the Mirror and I thought it was hilarious as did a few of my facebook friends when I posted a picture of it on facebook. I don't often get involved in political debate online but I have friends with very strong views that aren't afraid to let them be heard.

I also won £100 worth of wedding stationery on instagram. Although I refer to Ant as my hubby we haven't actually tied the knot but plan to do so on the 2nd February 2020, which is the date the Math geek in me opted for because it's palindromic (02022020)

Jake also won a fab bundle of LEGO Ninjago books from a magazine which have been a huge hit!

At the start of the year I created a wishlist of items I wanted to win. One of my listed items were anything Crime/Murder related and I struck lucky this month and won two consecutive newsletter competitions with True Crime Library and won a book about Brittany Murphy's death and a book about modern day hangings in Scotland.

Pancake day arrived and I entered as many competitions as I could find (which wasn't too many) and you can see my Pancake entry on this post here.

From the pancake comps we won the following:
Adidas Football boots
STK Life 8 Mobile Phone
A Candy Slab
£10 Amazon Voucher
Salter Cook Bundle - Bluetooth Kitchen Scale and Thermometer

I finally won a doormat from Turtle_Mat on instagram they run comps every week and I'm always entering and I finally won one yay!!

MyVoucherCodes ran a comp for pizza and I won one, I was looking forward to it but it turned out to be one the new Prezzo Black Pizza's and I have a phobia of funny coloured foods - brightly coloured icing on cakes, anything that looks burnt, when beetroot bleeds onto other foods etc. So I gifted it to a friend to enjoy.

I was scrolling through twitter one evening when I saw Navabi mention a new book they were promoting called the Plus Book. They asked for people to do 1 of 3 things - buy the book and send them proof, leave them a review of the book on amazon or tweet them an inspiring photo. I purchased the book on amazon and sent them a DM of my receipt and was announced as one of their winners! I won a £100 voucher to spend on their site so I bought myself a lovely dress and a couple of tops.

Bandai ran a competition for a Tamagotchi bundle on Facebook and I won one. I haven't set the Tamagotchi up yet (I wonder if my skills of keeping them alive will have improved now I'm a mum?) but the T-shirt that came with it is pretty cool!

As a non-comper people probably just think there are 365 days of the year with a few big event's like Easter and Christmas but as a comper you learn that their are so many more from National Puzzle Day to World Emoji Day and with special days come specific hash tags and comps! February saw National Random Acts of Kindness Day and there were lots of comps about. I found it a bit of a weird one to be honest. Doing a RAOK should be random not done then boasted about to try and win a prize. I did a few that asked you to nominate a friend who had done something kind and then I saw Learning Resources were running one and I commented about Jacob using his 20p to buy his grandma's flowers (the flowers cost more but I paid the difference and let him think he'd bought them himself - he's 5 and was super proud) and they chose him as a winner and he received two toys from them.

I had a wee flurry of instagram wins - a First Aid Freddie book from minifirstaid, a Unicorn jar from PinacoladaCrafts, A Mothers Day teddy in a tin from PrezzyBox and a Transformula's eye mask which might work it's magic on my under eye suitcases.

Ant decided he'd had enough of Oreo's so he bought some KitKats for work instead. We one our third Joe Mug. I think I chose the geeky one but I can't remember.

I came home on Saturday to some chocolate, I don't know where from but it was yummy haha!

Jacob's National Geographic Kids magazine came and he was listed as a winner in one of their Subscribers Only competitions and won a Lexicon Go game.

Morrisons had some competitions running in the run up to World Book Day and I won a copy of David Walliams The Boy in The Dress book.

I finished the month in a similar way to last month with my final win being Love To Shop vouchers. This was a low entry competition on facebook that I found and I won £100!

Summary of the month:
Total Prizes: 33
Total RRP of Prizes: £2649
Prize breakdown:

Hoping everyone has a Marvellous March, the 1st is World Book Day and whilst School may be shut due to the snow, we've given it a go and have our fingers crossed for some lovely literary prizes x

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Pancake Day

Pancake Day is the one day of the year when it pays to be a tosser.

Unfortunately I suck at flipping pancakes so I tend to go for a more decorative way of doing pancakes. Which as a Comper usually works out well as there is usually a lot of competitions to show off your creative wares (unless like this year Valentines Day is the next day and all the companies are promoting the day of love instead!!)

Still we did pancakes. Every year I rack my brains to come up with something that will not only hopefully look great but that will be enjoyable for Jake, so we quite often theme our pancakes around his favourite things/characters. In previous years we have had Gruffalo pancakes, Peppa pig and Olaf from Frozen. I was expecting to see lots of Owls, Unicorns and Squirrels this year thanks to the supermarket selling 'pancake art' kits so I wanted to avoid those themes, although I think I like Unicorns more than Jake ever will.

Most people will know Jake has a slightly obsessive personality and one of his obsessions is Scooby Doo. So there we had a theme for our pancake!

I made a basic crepe, allowed it to cool slightly and then cut it to a Scooby Doo shape. I then using a picture on my phone as a reference point, used milk and white chocolate to decorate it and add detail before adding some sliced banana with the word Scooby! written on as a healthy addition!

Jake certainly enjoyed it.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Jumping into January

We are now into a brand new year, 2018, although I still keep writing 2017 on lots of things.

And with a new year comes a new notebook and spreadsheet for tracking wins.

January was much quieter for comping for me compared to previous months. I really struggle to keep my positive outlook during the month and it showed in lots of aspects of my life, however, I still managed some lovely wins.

My very first win of the year was on the 1st January - what a great way to kick things off! It was a Compers News Year Planner and was won via their facebook page in which I'd commented on my favourite win of 2017.

My next prize was a 'surprise' from Crafter's World. I wasn't sure what I would get and as a comper I can tell you 'surprise' prizes can be a bit iffy (Worlds Smallest beach towel aka a flannel from Trainline I'm talking about you!) although I have had some really good ones too. It turned out to be some crafting dies which will come in handy as I really am determined to do some more crafting this year.

My first Instagram win was a gorgeous Italian Florals Candle by Spode. Its a beautiful glass jar candle and RRP is £36 and it smells amazing!

A very small although useful win was some Star Wars themed Elastoplast plasters in a collectors tin, won on Instagram from a simple comment.

Most of my comping pals, and none comping pals will know that I'm a bit of a Harry Potter fan. I have all the books and a few other items displayed in my room so when I saw LoveBooksGroup offering a copy of the Scottish version I decided I really wanted to win it to add to my shelf. It was a simple retweet comp but I sent them a picture of my collection and also a bit of effort in to my reply saying how I had read an article about the Scots version and 'ah wid loue tae read Harry tak' oan ye ken wha' in Scottish (apologies to any Scots reading this) and they announced me as the winner - yay! I have flicked through the book and its bloody awesome I've learnt some new words like skinnymalinky.

Carrying on with the book theme I won a copy of Sunflowers in February.

Then my first purchase competition win of the year was with KitKat who are giving away some awesome Joe Mugs. I chose the Glam version.

Colourful Bites on instagram ran a comp for a box of Macarons which I won and oh my goodness they were delicious!!!

Another candle win which should have been Pink Grapefruit and Vanilla but they sent a different scent, which although may smell amazing lit I'm not keen on in the jar so it's gone in the gift cupboard.

Another purchase comp win was from Cheerios and we won a Star Wars Cereal Tub.

By this point it is the 12th of January Christmas was almost 3 weeks ago and I thought I'd had my full share of advent wins but I was wrong.

My first ever snapchat win was from the Cineworld advent. You had to send them answers to questions and I went a bit out there with my accompanying pic. The prize I won was for a CoCo goody bag so i painted a sugar skull on my face and sent it to them with my answer.

Our first Kids mag win of the year was Transformers The Lost Knight on Blu-ray. We love the Transformers movies and this was the only one we hadn't seen.

I received an email to let me know I'd won a rafflecopter competition from Lulamercer. The prize was a Hotel Chocolat goody bag which I've gifted to my nan. I don't do daily entries on blogs or the tweets so I'm a good example that it's still possible to win from them.

Four lovely nail polishes were won on instagram from ORLY

Then it was J's turn for an advent prize - a Money in the Bank/Extreme Rules WWE DVD from Epic Mag on twitter.

A quick comment on an insta post won me a tote bag which always come in handy!

Blue Monday came and boy did I feel blue! There were lots of competitions about though to cheer people up and I won one! A selection of 7 sauces from Gordon Rhodes on twitter.

Another twitter win from Sony Home Pictures of a Teletubbies DVD which will be fab for my nephew.

My next two wins were from purchase comps of a KitKat Joe mug and this time on the Cheerio's comp a BB-8 breakfast set which is super cool and quirky but slightly impractical. These both have a lot of prizes to give away and are products we would normally buy anyway so it's always worth looking out for comps on your favourite products and similar brands.

I received an email from Layered Online to say I'd won one of their Advent prizes and received a his and hers TIGI hair set.

Due to the way J is in school at the moment we are doing quite a lot of home educating alongside so I've been on the look out for things we can use and I won two small but lovely prizes on instagram of some imagistones and a personalised name crayon set.

J also won a Paw Patrol rucksack from a children's magazine.

This Is Powder on instagram do a lot of giveaways and gave a 100 winners a StarSkin sheet face mask and a Benefit Porefessional Sample. I've not had a chance to try the mask yet though as i fear I might end up looking a bit like Jason from the Friday 13th films with it on haha.

My next win really cheered my month up. MyReclaim on Facebook were running a live competition giving away 60 different prizes. I don't normally bother much with live competitions as I feel a lot like I am invisible or don't have much of a chance however after seeing a few friends win decided to join in and I think I was in time for the last 5 prizes, and I won one! £200 Love to Shop vouchers! Which are going to come in very very useful.

I won a lovely book bundle for J on facebook from Picture Book Post. Lots of lovely new bedtime stories plus great as I'm trying to find inspiration for World Book Day.

Two more books for me from the adult book club I'm part of, and then, my first Toppsta in almost 2 years!!! Turns out I had an overdue review, eek. So moral of the story guys is always check you have left a review on Toppsta to be eligible to win again.

My final win of the month was an instagram win from Alison Young and is an amazing NUFACE Trinity facial toning machine RRP £300 which I am hoping will leave me looking younger and help me banish my extra chins. There will be some before and after pictures in a future post.

Summary of the month:
Total Prizes won 31
Total RRP of Prizes £909

Prize breakdown:

Thursday, 1 February 2018

That time I had my own make up for sale in Superdrug....

At the end of 2013 we were living in my grandparents spare bedroom whilst we waited for things to complete on our home. The majority of our belongings were in a storage unit but being an avid comper and having a new home to deck out I had my laptop with me.

Sometimes when you enter comps you win some weird and wonderful prizes, some things are money can't buy and some things are just simply unique and this certainly ticks all those boxes.

I was fairly new to entering comps on Instagram and didn't post as avidly as I do now but spotted that Superdrug were running a competition alongside GOSH to find a new lip and nail colour. They wanted people to photograph colours and then they would shortlist their favourites and put it to vote with the winner getting their shade made into a real life product!

I had a look around at what few worldly possessions we had to think of something to enter and came across Jacobs Duffy bear. Duffy is Disney's version of Build a Bear and although they don't sell them in the stores anymore you used to be able to get dress up costumes for them and Jacob's was wearing a Sully costume from Monsters Inc at the time. I took a close up of the fur of Sully and applied a filter and entered, not expecting to even get shortlisted let alone win. I thought the turquoise colour would make a great nail colour!

I entered and forgot about it, as I usually do with competition entries, and then I got a message to say they loved my colour and it had been put to the public vote. I'm not one for voting comps, I like people to win on merit rather than popularity which in my case is a good thing as I have no friends! I put a status up twice asking if anybody liked my colour would they mind voting, and people did like it, and they did vote.

I won!

My picture was sent off to the lab and they created a nail polish based on my picture and the nail polish was sold in Superdrug stores with my name on the label. I received a couple of bottles as part of the prize and a hamper of other GOSH products. The polish is no longer on sale under my name but I'm told it is still on sale under the shade name Sea Me.

So there you have it, that time I won a really unique prize and had my own make up for sale in Superdrug.

Marvelous March

Well after a fantastic February, March had a lot to live up to. It promised the opportunity for lots of creative competitions with World Boo...