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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.

Beanies Yogart Maker

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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and put it in a pot in the machine and switched it on:2014-01-17 16.00.52 (300x225)

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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Please note: if you do not visit Beanies website and/or you do not leave a comment below then the remainder of your entries will be invalid. Only tweets which have been registered on the Rafflecopter widget will be counted


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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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Win a 12 month membership to Menus4Mums, the Family Mealtime Organiser

Want to get more organised in the kitchen now that the children are back at school? Seeking inspiration for tasty family meals? Or just want to keep your food bill under control?

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Menus4Mums can help you!

Menus4Mums is a weekly mealtime organiser that scours supermarkets for the best quality offers and transforms them into a fresh family meal plan each week for less than a cup of coffee. The plan comes with recipe cards and a super-handy shopping list broken down into supermarket aisles. What’s more, the shopping lists are connected to online supermarkets via mySupermarket enabling you to save even more time and money.

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In a 2012 survey, 100% found their meal plans easy to follow, and 90% thought they were saving time and money. As one member says:

“The meals are delicious and have taught me so much with regards to value for money… I would recommend Menus4Mums to anybody. It’s been a real weight off my shoulders.”

Different membership options are available, plus a great Batch Cook Plan – visit for details. Why not sign up to their Monthly Food Tips newsletter and get a free one week sample plan?

Basic CMYKOr you can enter below to win a 12 month subscription to Menus 4 Mums:

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Win a Slimpod Pack of your choice up to the value of £45

As part of our ongoing  Mummy Mentoring Month celebration, we have teamed up again with the people at Thinking Slimmer, with two offers to help you get your weight loss efforts off to a good start.


Whatever you are trying to achieve at the moment, whether you are starting a business,  growing one or just juggling work and family, it does wonders for your confidence if you know that you are looking the best you can be.

Many of us have a few pounds here or there to lose after the summer (and some of us have a few more than that), but it can often be difficult for stressed out  mums in business to find the time and willpower to follow a diet.  Particularly at this time of year when the weather is getting colder and the evenings darker, we all just want to hide under a duvet and eat junk food (or is that just me?).


If you are at the stage of thinking you would like to lose some weight, or if you have already started a programme and just want some help sticking with it, then why not give the Slimpod system a go.

The recordings have been created by Harley Street behavioural experts and they will help to retrain your mind to combat cravings, adjust portion sizes, make healthier choices and even become more active which has to be good.  They work on their own or can also work with a weight loss programme.

There are different Slimpods for whatever you are trying to achieve:  Drop a dress size or a jeans size or more, slim for a wedding or event, quit chocolate and additional help for bad sweet cravings or boosting exercise.

Most women find that they can lose weight just by listening to the Slimpod and without making any conscious effort apart from setting SMART goals – just look at some of the Success stories.

There are also pods to help you in areas other than weight loss – menopause symptoms, confidence, sports performance and fulfilment – all of these can be improved with regular listening.

So to help you get started on your weight loss or other goals – Motivating Mum and Thinking Slimmer have two special offers to make today.

  • Firstly – you can save 15% off across the whole of the Thinking Slimmer store  by using code MOTIVATE15 at the checkout.
  • Secondly , we are running a giveaway below where we will give one lucky reader a £45 voucher to buy a Slimpod pack of their choice or a combination of Slimpods.  (NB. If the winner has already bought Slimpods using  the MOTIVATE15 code in the past 30 days, she can have that purchase refunded instead of buying more Slimpods)

If that is not an incentive to purchase a Slimpod, get started losing weight and enter our fab giveaway I don’t know what is. You have nothing to lose but your waistline…

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If you do purchase a Slimpod, I would love to hear how you get on with it. Please come back and leave your comments below. We will also be running a Slimpod Challenge in November – if you are interested in joining in please leave a comment below or email me on [email protected]

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Win an Alphabet Print with Little Crab Designs

Anna Seager runs Little Crab designs.  She has shared some of her social media tips for Mummy Mentoring Month over on Mum’s the Boss.

Little Crab Designs produces beautiful wall art for children’s nurseries and playrooms – head over to the website to see some samples.

Anna has also allowed us to give away one of her beautiful framed alphabet prints. You can choose from either

Alphabet print

Alphabet Print  or….

fridge magnet alphabet print

Fridge Magnet Alphabet print

You can win the alphabet print by entering the Rafflecopter below

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Giveaway: Win one of 10 Copies of the Birthday Times

The Birthday Times is a personalised newspaper front page with real events
and news of your birthday. The perfect gift for yourself, your friends and family!

Take a look at The Birthday Times here

For just £2.90 you can receive a high quality pdf file highlighing the news of day you were born.  You can preview the file before you buy it – take a look at what happened on the day you were born – it’s fascinating and doesn’t cost you anything to look.

Here is a sample page:

Birthday Times

Now 10 lucky readers can receive a free Birthday Times for the date of their choice.  Simply enter the Rafflecopter below:


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