Thursday, 28 October 2010

Gadget Show Comp/Lazy day

I've just done a quick entry today, to the gadget show competition, as I've been busy battling with work and tired children and some days, it's just too much hassle to do anything else you know, so yes I've been lazy, from lazy tea for us all (oven chips, frankfurters and frozen broccoli, you know Jamie Oliver would freak!) to lazy quick competition! £21,000 worth of gadgets though, and seeing as we have virtually none, they'd all be of great use :-)

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

I Phone 4

Well the lovely people at Philidelphia (the cream cheese people - Kraft foods, the peeps who took over Cadburys recently, much to the disgust of the UK Media) are offering to give away an I Phone 4, so of course I've entered, just in case I can relieve them of it, after all what better way for me to update my blog, than via a new I Phone 4? surely? :-) if you fancy joining my endevours?  I skipped the holiday to Chile they're also offering, as should we win any holidays for two, I seriously doubt we'd be able to afford the time off to go :-( but that's not stopping my Vegas efforts!)

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Viva Las Vegas!

Well it will be should I win my next competition! yes, you've guessed it, todays comp is win a holiday to Las Vegas for 2 people (hope Gran can have the kids!) it's for people who are on Orange contract phones only! so that cuts the competition to a mere oh I dunno 30 million I guess......hmmmmm better odds than the national lottery then! is the destination you need if you happen to be with Orange Mobiles too, there's also 10 Xboxes up for grabs, no idea if it's the latest models or not as the Comp doesn't say?

Monday, 25 October 2010

Omg! no post since last Wed!!

Total fail on the blog every day thing well, what can I say....the facts here I'm afraid speak for themselves.....we lost our lovely black cat with the question mark tail, Loki to car last week, we found out on Thursday morning, so you could say my mind was elsewhere for the remainder of the week :-(  We've buried the poor mite, under a bush in the back garden and popped a few bulbs in around him, he's sorely missed.
I also had Harvest Festival to contend with, which involved quite a bit of cake baking and icing, as Apryl was away, so I felt I had to do my bit!
Thus the competitions have been a bit lax for the two days at the end of last week, I hope you can forgive my mind being elsewhere.
I've kicked off this week, with a silly one and two really, I stand no chance what so ever and to be honest, I shouldn't  have even have bothered with either of them!  I did the National Lottery for the 1st time in at least a year on Saturday night, with the spectacular fail of not one single number coming up!!! so I pushed the boat out last night (Sunday) and did the X-Factory competition as well (why did I just throw money at ITV/Cowell, like he's not got enough cash?) so I hope that covers the two competitions I missed at the end of last week and so onto today.....I've entered a comp to win £500 in Co-Op Vouchers, all for telling Co-Op what I think of and what I do and don't know about some of their services.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Wednesdays Competiton

Todays competition entry is courtesy of Channel 4

I'm attempting to win a nights stay at Celtic Manor in Wales, with a visit to Made by Hand Wales, which is a rather large craft fair, thrown in and apparently a swanky necklace too! fingers x'd eh!

In other news our cat has gone missing :-( not good....he went out after breakfast yesterday and we've not seen him since.......we're missing him very much.......hope he turns up soon..........and is just shut in someones shed somewhere.......

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Daybreak Competitions

Today I've been busy with boring old work, followed by my friends son's 7th Birthday Party, which was a yummy feast of pizza and (coffee for the adults) and red cake! so it's been a quick fix for the competition entry tonight, using the old Daybreak competitions page, today for a Sony 32" TV, well you never know?! and we could do with a new one!  and whilst I was at it, I also entered the win £350 vouchers of arcadia shopping vouchers, I need a new wardrobe I think, after all which girl doesn't :-)

Monday, 18 October 2010

Ecover Competition

Todays entry won't be drawn until way into next year, but hey, I'll have forgotten all about it by then, so a win would be a lovely surprise!
I foudn a lovely set of vouchers for money off attached to the Ecover washing up liquid, and as I'm particulary fond of their Multi Surface Cleaner, this seemed like a bargin to buy the washing up liquid, enter the comp and get 3 x vouchers to use against product at the same time.  I particularly like Ecover as a brand, as their factory is totally green too :-)
The competition, in case your wondering is win a years supply of all of their cleaning products! if you fancy it go to and give them your details, what could be more simple?

Ford Donnington Day

So Friday morning my dad and I went off to Donnington for a day out with Ford, getting to trial and test their latest range of cars.

We arrived to a lovely bacon sarnie and coffee, what better way to start the day, the people in the room were divided up into four groups and off we went.

First up we got to test drive two of the new range, as I'd already had the Galaxy previously, we went for the S-Max and then the Kuga (4x4 Chelsea Tractor wannabe).  The S-Max was a lovely drive, both cars were automatic (why no stick shift I have no idea) but we got to whizz upto the local services and back without any bother, it picked up nicely, had lots of space inside (7 seats) and boot space, which always helps if you have a ton of family in tow.  Alas the radio, sat nav etc weren't loaded, so we couldn't test any of these, but for a good size family car, this would do the job nicely.  Next up was the Kuga, which had funky adjustable electric seating (it's the small things that amuse me) and the double hatch boot, just in case you couldn't be bothered to open the whole thing to put your shopping in.  I did feel this car was aimed at the Chelsea Tractor market, I somehow can't see it doing much off roading (particularly as we tried out the automatic...) but it drove well and as we later found out, has Fords new EPS technology on it  these guys go into it in more detail if your interested, but basically it stops the car skidding or spinning, by anticipating and reacting to what the driver is doing.  More on that in a bit.

After the car test, we did the boring bit of the day, which involved safety talks and the sales guys trying to get us to buy their new range of cars.  So that's the New S-Max, Galaxy and C-Max Grande, of which the latter impressed me the most, having sliding back doors, an additional two pop up seats in the boot (5 seats or 7 madam) and a nifty trick middle seat, which could be whipped out of the way in a jiffy so you can get between the two back seat rows from the inside (but you still have to get out of the front and into the back door, as the middle console is in the way at the front) I'd like a test drive in one of those when they become available though, as it could be a serious contender for our next family car.  (I love the way I'm writing this like we're going to have a none family car as well! hahahaha)

After lunch (sarnies, cold chips or luke warm soup, coffee and biscuits, I think they got out of sync with the caterers somewhat)  it was off to the 4 x 4 track for some serious fun in a Ford Ranger (twincab van for those of you who don't know) :-).  Dad drove 1st and didn't do too bad a job, so I had no excuses when it was my turn, we did the same 1st part of the 4 x 4 course, muddy water, ramps, steps and then stopped to get the engine jet washed, then it was off onto the dryer part of the course, where I managed to get us to 30 degrees twice! on either side of the van, we did some serious hillage too, all lots of fun and I didn't get stuck once (unlike some of our fellow drivers) so hurrah for me! :-) 

Onto the final bit of our day and I made the mistake of warming up with a hot chocolate, with hindsight I'd have left this until last, but hey, I was getting cold and thirsty and it seemed like a good idea at the time, whilst I was queing to test drive the Kuga round the course that had been set up for us.  This is where we got to test the EPS technology, by trying to roll the Kuga basically, we were asked to drive at a set of cones, (to start with at 30, but this quickly descended into as fast as each person in each car could or wanted to!) swerve to the right, then immediate left again, the idea being to demonstrate how the technology compensates on the opposite side of the car to prevent it falling over, so of course this became a competition to see who in the group could get which wheels of the car off the ground :-)  I didn't do as well as the two boys in our group (who got two wheels off briefly), but I gave it a damn good go!  So basically the course went, swerve, down the hill, racing line through the cones, next set of cones weave, hard right and feel the car compensate for your oversteering and not spin out, then back up the hill, racing line through cones, next set swerve the other way.  I managed it all fairly fast, to the point Sarah our instructor was hanging onto the door handle yelling 'don't forget to weave', which I wasn't, I'd just left it till the last minute to break :-) they wanted the car testing after all!   Dad however fluffed it on all 4 occasions he tried it, I'm guessing at his age, being in the back whilst I threw him around was enough for him! he said he needed arrows on the ground to tell him where he was going, but I think he just didn't want to swerve at speed just in case he crashed??

The final bit of the day and the 'piece de resistance' was the Hot Lap in the RS Turbo, we got our helmets on and this is where I wished I'd have left the hot chocolate a bit, as I ended up in the back (one lap only and I figured at his age (68) my dad might not be doing a hot lap again, so he got the front (they only just let him do this one...) so off we went, very blooming fast! it was all over in about 2 minutes, we followed the initial Kuga course, then headed off on a track to the left, right, straight on, right, right, down to 60/40 through a chicane and back to the start, it was sooooo fast, very good fun :-) and I so wanted to do it again, but bah, it was a one time lap.....and to be honest after I got out I started to feel rather quesy (which I reckon I wouldn't have in the front?).  I'm waiting to see the video of this bit for the rest of the speeds, as I can't remember, but the driver was shouting them out all the time!

So a cracking day was had, Dad has been happily making his mates jealous with his RS Turbo ride by all accounts and we got a great goodie bag at the end too, with an MP3 player in it, which daughter no1 has her eye on, pens, paper, mousemats and a Tomy MegaSketcher!! (that's the mumsnet bit, where the competition was located)  I want to go again, maybe BMW or Audi next time, whaddya reckon my chances are?

Friday, 15 October 2010

Too Tired - Fabulous Day!

I'm going to post properly on this on Sunday as I've just got back from work via Donnington Park from the fabulous day out with Ford, that I won in the Mumsnet Competition and as it's 9:44 pm and I've not yet had my tea, I'm really not functioning well.  It's been great though, and I'll tell you all about it on Sunday, when I'm resting up after a hard weeks graft, colds and eventually having lots of fun today :-)
So please excuse me for no competition entry today, as I have been rather busy reaping the rewards! (and I'm blagging a day off tomorrow too, as I'll be at work all day)

Thursday, 14 October 2010

A Helping Hand

I've had a helping hand with Today's competition, a lovely young lady who I work with, insisted that as I'm snotty and busy, I should have the wordsearch competition that she'd done whilst having her lunch! so yes, I've cheated really, but a competition has been completed and sent off in my name! It's for a £25 voucher for Scented Willow, who are on Oxford Street, Ripley, Derbyshire.  They do lots of lovely smelly things, candles, soaps, jewllery etc, in face I was just in there the other day eyeing things up for Xmas! as this comp was is the local free magazine 'All Things Local' I doubt I have much of a chance of winning, as their will be a lot of entrants, but you never know eh!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Snot and everything after

So now I'm upto my eyeballs in snot, or so it seems, when I really should be getting on with some quality competition entering! however dear blog followers I have failed.
Illness got the better of one of our managers yesterday, so I had to go and cover her shift, which kinda worked and kinda didn't as I couldn't get childcare for the whole night, so I ended up cancelling some of the work related events and closing the store earlier that we would have liked, so I could go and get the kids - the perils of self no blogging or competitions for me yesterday.

Today however I did manage a comp! an easy one really, the new sainsburys mag is out, so I've entered their SB11 one, to win all the groovy stuff on the back page, whilst also giving to their nominated charity of the month :-)  Who this month are Phab, a social inclusion and tolerance group for young adults with mixed abilities over in Birmingham .  As usual if you fancy entering text SB11 followed by a space, your name, address and tel no to 85088.

Monday, 11 October 2010

More comps, shame about the illness

Well I did enter a few comps on Friday, but I forgot to enter them on here! 'fail' but now that I'm poorly and stuck on the sofa feeling very sorry for myself, I can at least let you lot know what I've been upto.

Competition wise, I entered a pile of stuff on Friday, I've gone for Win a Spa weekend for two (meals included) somewhere in Surry.   Win a set of paints, brushes and rollers! (well you never know when you need to decorate right?)  Win a swimming week in cornwall for 2 adults and 2 kids, to be taken between Dec and March (freezing right?) but it would give the kids a week of quality swimming lessons, with us parents getting a blessed week away from it all, so surely worth a go (even if we can't actually go due to work committments, maybe we could beg someone to look after work?)  So I reckon that covered the 3 days Fri-Sun that I've not blogged for, at least I managed to do the comps eh!

Todays comp will be another walkers crisps £10 if it rains, as I have that sat in the kitchen, ready to rock, fingers x'd that I feel better soon, so I can get on with stuff, cause I hate being ill!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Win a Honda Civic Mugen - Concept Car

Oppse missed a day yesterday, I'm blaming the fact I had to stay at work yesterday evening, so by the time I got home and got the girls into bed at 9pm on a school night (ahem) it was virtually time for me to go to bed myself, which I duely did after I'd made tea.

I should really do two competitions today to make up for missing one yesterday, but instead I'm just going for this one! it closes on the 15th, one entry per person, so if you fancy your chances, get in fast! Good Luck.

I'm actually wondering with it being a concept car up for grabs, if when it breaks, you'll ever be able to get parts for it......on the other hand, someone out there might pay a lot of money to get their hands on it/not expect to see it used for the school run (note to self, you should keep embarrasing thoughts like that in your head) well it's either that or it'll turn into the car A and I flog to work and back in! oooh go on, everyone knows we need a new car, come on Karma deliver me one for the win eh!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

IPOD Touch anyone?

Todays attempted for the win is an IPOD Touch! gotta be in it to win it right?
to be honest, there's enough competitions on here to keep me going for a few days, though I think I'll skip attempting to win the flight with the scientologist......

Monday, 4 October 2010

Weekend off/Todays competition

As weekends are a cross between work and family time (when we can grab it) I've decided not to blog on them! (also it gives me two days off trying to win things! I'm coping out already eh?) as it is we worked all day Saturday, then retrieved the kids from Grans and spent Sunday chilling out, recovering from a bonkers week, only for it all to start again today! (of course it bucketed it down with rain all day Sunday, so imagine my surprise when Walkers Crisps informed me that I'd not won £10, as it hadn't rained on my square in Wales - travesty!)
Todays competition is a local one courtesy of our county council! I have taken my used batteries into our local library and filled out a voucher (and had to borrow an item, which involved me registering to use the library too!) but it's meant that I'm now entered into the competition to win some AA Batteries and a Charger for them, which surely will be useful :-)

Friday, 1 October 2010

It's a WIN!! Ford Test Drive Day

I'm having my fair share of good luck at the moment, as I've won my 2nd competition with Ford this year! courtesy of mumsnet competitions again! so I can highly recommend that site for a good win ratio! (so that's one win in Sept and one win in Oct, not a bad average for me eh?)

I get to play at Donnington Race Track for a day :-)  yeeeeee haaaaaaa!
There's a list of what's included in the day below:

~ Ford Ranger off road - an instructor will teach you the skills to handle off road driving, with the chance to drive a Ford Ranger 4x4
~ Safety and technology update - you'll be shown all about Ford cars, including how to safely fit car seats, details on driving technology and using convenience features
~ Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) demonstration - you can test the effectiveness of our braking systems whilst tackling different road trials
~ Hot laps - a professional instructor will take you on a high speed lap in a Focus RS (Europe's fastest production car) - helmets are provided!!
~ Road test - see what you think about the new S-MAX, new Galaxy and latest Mondeo by putting them through their paces on the roads surrounding Donington Park

I think the highlight will be the lap in the Focus RS to be honest, I can't wait to get my hands on that! in a STIG stylie! (what's the betting I'm crap!) Apparently it's all being filmed for Ford use too 'gwer' could be interesting!

I do get to take a partner on this one, but sadly my other half and I both work together, and only one of us can afford to be off work at a time at the moment, so I may be taking my dad instead (who is very excited at the idea, I'm just waiting to find out if he's young enough to be allowed to go, at 68....) TBA, I'll have a very happy dad if he can come!