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Win a Samsung Smart Camera with Birds Eye

The lovely people at Birds Eye have given me a Samsung Smart Camera to give away to one lucky reader.


A few months ago, Birds Eye hosted a competition called A Birds Eye View – where families were asked to take fun and creative images during their dinner time.

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The winning images were displayed in  ‘A Birds Eye View’ exhibition  which opened on 30th September at The Pic Gallery in central London  It was an exclusive photography exhibition presented by the world famous photographer Martin Parr.

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Birds Eye have also put the best of these photos into a virtual gallery at  and they are inviting you to take a link.

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For one entry to win a Samsung Smart camera – all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below:

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Win a Made to Measure Blind from Blinds UK

Blinds UK has been online for over 5 years and has furnished over 1 million windows.

They are by far the largest retailer in the UK with over 4,000 made to measure window blinds and curtains for sale on their website.

The extensive prduct range includes

You can choose your new blind or curtains by type and style of blind, or by colour.  Each blind is individually made to measure.

Now are giving away a fabulous City blind, worth up to a value of £300.  This prize is made-to-measure, meaning you won’t have to worry about fitting your window (providing that it’s rectangular of course!).  This is a  fuss free, modern and stylish addition to any room!

City blind from Blinds UK

If you would like to win this stylish blind, please enter the Rafflecopter below.  Please note, this can only be supplied and fitted at a UK address, so please do not enter if you cannot use this prize – there is no cash alternative.

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Win a Wood Watch from JORD Wood Watches

I was recently given the opportunity to review a beautiful wood watch from JORD wood watches

They have an amazing range of watches for men and women, all beautifully crafted in natural woods.JORD_Delmar_Series_Red JORD_94A_Series_Natural_Green_&_Maple JORD_Sully_Series_Cherry_&_Maple       JORD_Ely_Series_Cherry (1)I love the design of these watches and so I selected the Ely watch in Green maple for my review. Although shipped from the USA, it came very promptly. First of all I love the beautiful packagingIMG_4054 I think the J logo with the tree is very clever, both on the box and etched into the back of the watches JORD_Wood_Watches_Backplate   Inside the box, the watch is sumptuously presented on a black pillow with silver printing on it. IMG_4055 IMG_4588[1]   And here it is on my wrist – doesn’t it look lovely x IMG_4056 I love how the colour seems to change in different lights – onmy wrist it looks green, in the box it looks brown.  I’m also amazed at how lovely and light it is.  it has a very easy to operate catch and several links that can be removed in order to adjust the fit. If you would like to win a JORD watch of your very own then please enter the Rafflecopter widget below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Win a Tempur Pillow with Motivating Mum and Booths Furniture

The very lovely people at Booth’s Furniture have let me have a Tempur memory foam pillow (worth £75) to give away to one lucky reader. 2014-06-12 11.32.44 I say very lucky, because as a reward for me telling you about the lovely pillows, they have let me have a new Tempur pillow too!  I am so excited! I have to say I am a bit biased here.  When I bought my first house with my then fiancé   (now hubby) we splashed out in all areas.  We bought a new bed and invested in lovely bed linen and a Tempur pillow each. Back then the pillows were smaller than normal pillows and wedge shaped, but they were just so amazingly comfortable.  it was a bit of a pain not being able to get the pillowcases I wanted for them (although I did find some nice small pillowcases at the White Company)  but I just ignored the fact that the bed looked a bit odd, because the extreme comfort more than made up for it. Fast forward thirteen years!!!!!!   and my dear hubby is still using his original Tempur pillow, and has no interest in changing back to a foam or feather one. It looks a bit moth eaten but he still thinks it is the most comfortable thing he has ever slept on.

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I only stopped using mine about six months ago as it is just starting to get a bit saggy, but i think that after 13 years of heavy use it has a right to retirement. But now I can go back to memory foam again – and even better it is proper pillow sized, so I can have a pretty case too!

Maybe I will have to splash out on a second new Tempur pillow for my hubby – would make a good Fathers Day present.  And then we can have a normal looking bed with lovely pillowcases and both get a good nights sleep.

So if you would like to get yourself a Tempur Pillow, please fill in the Rafflecopter below.  Please note we are only able to despatch this to a UK address, so if you cannot receive the prize in the UK then please do not enter – there is no cash alternative. Also please pay attention to the mandatory entry – all of your other entries will be disqualified if that has not been completed correctly.

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Motivating Mum Slimpod Challenge 2014

Yes ladies, it’s that time of the year again.  The first sunny days have arrived and some of us are looking to peel off our winter clothing and reveal    –   OK let’s not go there yet


For many of us the first warm days of spring bring thoughts of summer clothes, shorts and dare we say swimsuits and bikinis?  No wonder so many of us go scurrying off to our nearest weight loss solution provider and get back on our diet of choice. Continue reading

Win 1 month of Social Media management from Social Exposure



Today on Motivating Mum, I am giving away one month’s free social media management from Social Exposure, the social media experts.

Here is what they have to say about themselves:

Here at Social Exposure, we have a fabulous team of qualified social media professionals who will create, manage and develop your social presence to give your business a constant return on investment.

Our ambition was always to redefine the way companies promote themselves online. With so many agencies out there talking about brand awareness and search engine optimisation, we wanted to create something that was much more focused on that all important return on investment and not just creating a big hola!

It wasn’t easy, though it did work, we started the service with 5 test clients and within the first 12 months we were helping over 50 businesses to make a return from social media.

This number has continued to increase every month since the launch yet our founding principles of not tying clients into contracts, not charging setup fees and never setting minimum terms have remained exactly the same.

We are an ever growing business that prides itself on delivering value for money, continually pushing ourselves through training and internal investment, along with a clear understanding that if our clients are successful then so too will we be.

If you would like to see what Social Exposure could do for your business in a month, then please enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Win a Yogart Starter Kit with Beanies

The lovely people from Beanies Flavour Co. have given me a Yogart yogurt making starter kit to test out and another starter kit to give away to one lucky reader.

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If you have never made yogurt at home before – it’s very easy – you just mix the sachet with water and leave the mixture in the machine for 8-12 hours.

We love home made yogurt in our house.  I used to work in the dairy industry and I know how long it takes to get fresh yogurt from the place it is made to the supermarkets and then home to you – it’s quite a few days.  The idea of eating it within 24 hours of making it – it just has to be healthier – and it tastes just yummy.

The main problem we had when we got our kit was deciding which flavour to make first.  the children were arguing between strawberry and lemon, so in order to solve the problem (and also in the name of research) I got my trusty hot water yogurt maker out and made them both side by side.

If you do get this yogurt making kit from Yogart, please do not read the instructions that come with the yogurt maker – they are one of those that have clearly been translated somebody who learned English somewhere very strange indeed.  Everything you need to know is on the outside of the sample pack.

So we mixed our lemon yogurt with water:

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Yogurt is made by allowing milk and yogurt cultures to ferment at a certain temperature for 8-12 hours so the yogurt cultures reproduce and the milk becomes thick.  The Yogart machine does this by running at a low electrical current and gently heating the yogurt.  The one thing that was missing was a timer to switch it off after 8-12 hours.  That would have been the middle of the night for us so we let it run for 16 hours.

The other yogurt maker that I have does the same thing, but you start by dipping the yogurt mixture in boiling water and you leave it in an insulated bucket to cool down – also over 8-12 hours (but we left that one for 16 hours too).

The results were exactly the same – rich, creamy, gloopy yogurt with a sharp tangy taste and no fruity bits or lumps in – just the way my children like it.  We spooned it on cereal, we had it with fresh fruit, we added it to smoothies and both flavours vanished in less than a day.  All in all we are very happy and I’m looking forward to making the other flavours.

So now you have the chance to win a Yogart starter set of your own.  Simply visit the Yogart site, and tell me which of the yogurt flavours do you like best and what flavour would you like to see added to the range?  Then fill in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Make it Happen in 2014 – and Win an iPad Air

Following on from my monthly topic of Goals and Resolutions comes this great opportunity from Lloyds Bank.  They would like you to visit their facebook page and make a pledge  of your goals for 2014.  One lucky Motivating Mum reader who pledges on the site and fills in the Rafflecopter below, will win an iPad air, and you also stand a chance of featuring in the Lloyds Bank advertising (and of course of achieving your goal!) Continue reading

Win £2,000 to spend on Business Technology with Axa

Small change … BIG difference: AXA Business proves size doesn’t matter

At home, I’m well aware that it’s often the small things that count. The first hug you get from your toddler gets your day off to a good start while the couple of degrees you lower your thermostat by work wonders on quarterly energy bills. From penny pinching to purse tightening, us homemakers know that small changes can amount to a lot in a domestic setting but what about out in the world of business?


Career mums, whether working for large corporations or setting up shop on their own, can also benefit from small changes – as I recently learned when viewing the AXA Business Facebook page.

You see, AXA Business are running a new competition to help businesses get what they need. There’s £2,000 up for grabs for you to spend on all the business tech you could ever need – from laptops right through to smartphones – and the theme is all about little things that make a big difference in business. Given that there are 4.6 million micro SME business owners in the UK, accounting for 90% of all businesses, this advice would do well to be heeded!

How much are you wasting?

According to research, micro SMEs could be throwing away as much as £2 billion but this is all money which could be saved if appropriate measures are taken. Businesses who switch energy suppliers may be able to save £399 from doing so but when almost one third (29%) rarely or never check their tariffs that means as much as £0.5 billion is being wasted.

It’s not just areas such as energy where we’re generating waste though. Technology is one of the biggest driving factors behind businesses but that doesn’t mean it isn’t without its faults. Services such as broadband are seen as vital to a company’s success but did you know that their costs have as much as halved over the past two years?

If you were one of the businesses who kept ahead of the curve by moving to business broadband early on then your existing contract may fail to offer the best value for money.

In fact, you could be wasting £249 a year. Combine that with the £242 you might be wasting with the wrong business phone tariff and you begin to see how small changes can have a big difference.

Sharing tips

To view more great tips on how to make little changes that have a big impact on your business, check out the AXA Business Facebook page. You could even contribute a few tips of your own to let others benefit from your wisdom.

Of course, you’ll want to enter the competition too. After all, who can say no to the chance to win £2,000 to spend on vital business tech? Just follow the link to enter the competition on their Facebook page and keep those fingers crossed!

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Win a Personal Planner

I first saw the Personal Planners at Brit Mums Live earlier this year.  I love the concept of personalising a diary to suit your own needs.


It’s very simple – you go online at and design our planner from the bottom up.  You can specify the size, the colour, the month that it starts, the format of the dates, and all sorts of tother cool things besides.  You can even specify a list of your notable dates (birthdays etc.) to be pre-printed into the planner.

Here are some of the features of the planner that I chose:

Cute front cover (it’s definitely mine )

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To do list and goals at the bottom of my pages

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I like the Christmas tree in December and it also has my brother in law’s birthday so I don’t forget

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For extra pages I chose an overview of 2014 (also with birthdays pre-printed) plus lots of lined and squared paper for notes.

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Now you can get a Personal planner for yourself (or as a gift for someone else for Christmas). The winner will receive a gift voucher which can be exchanged for a Persoanl planner, so you can either do it yourself or give it to your recipient so they can do their own.

Just enter the Rafflecopter below:

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1. The prize is a voucher which can be exchanged for one Personal planner. There is no cash alternative.

2. The prize draw is open to anyone over 18 years old. the voucher can be delivered by email but the planner that the voucher is used for can only be delivered within the UK

3. Entries must be received by midnight on 5th December

4. Any entrant who has not done the mandatory entry (blog comment) will be disqualified

5. The winner will be drawn after the finish date and will be notified by email within 7 days. If the winner does not claim the prize within 7 days of the email it will be reallocated

6: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email!

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