Thursday, 30 September 2010

It's a late one!

A rather late post from me today, but I think I've just about managed to post on Thursday!
I've found the Oasis drinks competition today! I'd kind of noticed the adverts for it on TV, but to be honest hadn't paid much attention.  Today however as I've been stuck at work all day, I've been in need of a drink or two, thus Oasis was the beverage of choice and that was when I noticed the competition! It was a text one, so has probably cost me a £1 or so to enter, the winner (s) (per day apparently) get to do something funky for lunch, like go tightrope walking, or tank driving! apparently today was the last day to enter this part of the prize, if I'm reading the small print correctly, however there's a bonus draw get £100 to spend on lunch for the winner and a friend which is drawn way later in the year, looks like there may even be a further additional prize too, but to be honest the small print is hurting my eyes (it's that small) so hey, I've entered and if nothing else I may win a bottle of juice.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Post office competition

Found another quick competition, to enter when I went into the Post Office yesterday!
They do a gift card there, which is a one card for a million stores card, (OK possibly slight exageration there) but you get the idea, anyway, for a mere text (at the normal price of about a £1.00 for these things) you needed to text GIFT, your name and email to 51500 and be in with the chance of winning a £1000.00 spending spree, well how could a girl pass up that possibility :-)

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Just a quick one

This is the worlds quickest post, as I'm shovelling the last of husbands birthday cake down my mouth! (I have to, I need the cake tray to put the next batch onto!) and before I run into work. are responsible for this one, there's an anti-bullying survey on their site, in conjunction with kidscape, simply pop on and answer the questions and you too could win tickets to Disney on Ice in Brum (for a family of four) plus an overnight hotel stay!  

Monday, 27 September 2010

Busy weekend but here I am!

Totally mad busy weekend with work galore in the stores, too much on in fact, so HUGE thanks to Richard H, Richard S, Amy and the rest of the Crew for running /sorting out the LARP for us up at Murton Park this weekend.  Thus I didn't blog for two days :-( but at least I'm here briefly today!

Todays competition is also courtesy of Sainsburys, this time it's their in store Magazine though, with a mega give away on the back page, which includes Wine, Kettles, Toasters, Hotel Stays,  Smelly Stuff, Jewllery etc.  All profits go to Charity, so worth entering for the good cause and a bonus if I win anything :-)
To enter call 0901 292 5268 (tis a £1 from BT landlines) or text SB10 followed by a space, your name, address and tel to 85055, or you can postcard them on Sainsburys Magazine, Winner Takes it All Prize Draw, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD.

This week will be a total challenge for me to keep up this blog, as we have staff on holiday, so I'm working double shifts, but try I will! the week will tell you all how I get on :-z

Friday, 24 September 2010

Friday 24th September, Lots of Entries!

So Sainsburys Finance Magazine arrived this morning (I guess they send it to all credit card holders?)
anyway, it had 4 competitions in it, yes, a whopping 4.
So I've just attempted to win the following:

A Luxury Break in the Cotswolds (now that would be nice, although no idea when we'd be able to take it, what with two stores to run and our current minimal staffing)

A Pack of Bulbs (gift packs apparenlty)  Xmas prezzie for someone?

A Home Baking Kit, The kids would love us to get that, we'd have hours of cooking fun.

A 'stylish' Espresso Maker, really fancy this one, DeLonghi Icona Pump Espresso Maker, oooooh just think of the coffee I could get!

Anyway if you want to join me in entering any of these you need to email to the following email addresses the following info.

Your Name and Address, Telephone and Nectar Card Number.

Send your entries to:

Here's hoping for some good luck!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

23rd September Competition Entry is - Walkers Crisps Win £10 Every day it rains!

This seems an appropriate competition for me to enter today, as it's just belted it down outside along with a good bit of thunder and lightening too is great if you fancy yourself as a bit of a storm chaser! but back to the competition.

To enter this one, simply buy a Walkers Crisps Multipack (on offer in Sainsburys at the moment! so that's double win) go to sign yourself up and then you get to choose a grid reference somewhere in the UK, X days in the future and if it rains on that exact spot, then Walkers gift you £10.00.  What could be simpler?  after all this is the UK, so it should rain, lets face it most of the time! or do Walkers know something we don't for this Autumn?  I'll let you know how I get on!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

The First Win - Ford Galaxy Trial

This prize was the inspiration for me to start this blog, let's hope my luck continues!  I hope you enjoy reading my trials and tribulations.

Imagine my happy surprise/delight when I found out I'd won, (courtesy of  not only outdoor cinema tickets to see Toy Story at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire (we didn't go it rained torrentially) but also a nibbly food hamper and then to top it all a 3 day trial of a Ford Galaxy!! WOOT (says the owner of a rather old and cronky Citroen, which to give it a big up, has done over 100,000 miles now and is still working!)

The lovely Ford Galaxy
The car was delivered on Thursday, with a full tank of gas (as our American friends say, but actually it was Diesel)  the lovely people at Ford, said we only needed to leave a quarter of a tank in when we handed it back! so the fuel came free too, WIN. 

The tec spec says it's a Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCI (IV) Zetec 6SP 140PS.  Alas in my excitement I've not written down all the spec type stuff, as I didn't really think about blogging my luck until after the event.  I can say that it did 41mpg whilst we had it, and was only £155 to tax (as opposed to my 1.8 petrol Citroen, which is £180 per year) .   The colour was a kind of greeny brown, it seemed to depend on the light as to which colour?! My husband and I were both insured to drive it, so naturally I got first go on the delivery day, when I took it for a trip to my friend Meridians, where we loaded it up with her family and mine and went for a whizz!  7 seats are GREAT!

This was prior to loosing sight of it for two days, as my dearly beloved decided it was best to test the car going to and from work.  You'll be pleased to know he reported it fine in traffic around town and great on nippy country lanes on the way there too.  I found out it had gadgets, when I got it back to test myself on the Sunday, Husband had been making full use of the voice controls whilst he had it, and thus he merrily kept leaning over, pressing the button and asking for temperature and radio channel changes (which as the driver I quickly grew wary of, but I can see their use, when you don't have an over excited male in the car.)

The driving seat
As you can see from the photos, the piloting seat is much the same as most other cars.  For me it was odd not having a digital speed reading, as I've gotten used to that in the Citroen.  The handbrake reminded me of something from an aircraft, but was easy enough to use and wooo 6 speeds on the gears, I only managed to go fast enough to get into 6th twice!  The car handled brilliantly, the power steering was lovely and light (Please take note Citroen) and boy did the car accelerate nice and quickly (no, I didn't thrash it! I'm saving that for my next hoped for win from Ford! a day at Donnington, you know you want me to have that guys!).  I quite liked the amount of compartments on the central divide, (once I'd gotten used to having no where to put my handbag!) in face the storage was well thought out on the whole car, with further compartments on the central dash, and lots of places to put drinks through out the whole car.  Also included are interior lights everywhere you need them, mirrors (lipstick girls) and the obligatory sunglasses holder.

The kids loved the space in the rear, taking up residence on the back two seats for the duration of the Galaxys stay.  The grandparents were impressed by the car too, having a C-Max themselves, they could compare and contrast the models and were impressed with what they saw.  The car was great for our larger numbers and saved us £3.00 in parking charges on the Sunday trip out, as we were all in the one vehicle!

The 2nd row back

Alas you can't see a picture of the final row of seats, as blogger is for reasons only known to itself, not happy with my photo? but you get the gist of the space available in the car from what you can see.
There is space behind the final two seats for two large suitcases and they're all really easy to collapse, should you wish to use the vehicle for moving larger items than the kids. (Ikea furniture anyone).

All in all a fantastic car, I've recently driven (in the last two years) comparable cars, the Renault Espace, my Citroen Xsara Picasso and the Toyota Corolla Verso.  If I was looking to buy a reasonably priced 5/7 seat car, it'd be between the Galaxy and the Toyota, although the Galaxy could just take it, on the minimum spec gadgets.  I have to say, when Ford came to collect it on the Monday, it was hard to give it back......

Thanks to Ford and Mumsnet for providing this fantastic competition and prize.

Here we go!

This blog is dedicated to my little bid to change my own corner of the world, it's my little spot of positivity, or one could also call it stupidity in the face of adversity? depends if your glass is half full or half empty I guess?  So am I going to bother you all with my attempts at positive thinking? well I may, but I've decided the best and cheapest way to cheer myself up is by trying to win things! because let's face it, we all like to recieve goodies and surprise ones at that!
I've decided that I'm going to attempt to enter a competition a day for the rest of the year! and who knows I may just WIN something!  if I don't at least I can say I tried and who knows, I may just provide some of you out there with the impetus to enter a few competitions for the win as well. 
My aim is to list the competitions I've entered on here, so you can all join in if you wish.  If anyone out there sees a good one for me to enter I'd appreciate it if you'd leave me some comments.  If I win, of course I'll be letting you guys know all about the goodies.
I'm going to post about my first bit of good luck, after this post, I hope you enjoy reading about it.