Spring Scissor Skills – Free Printable

Little Miss is currently enjoying practising her scissor skills. She happily spends up to an hour snipping bits of scrap paper. I have printed lots of scissor skills sheets for her to practise with over the last few weeks and I have noticed her skills really improving. Little Miss has helped me to design some Spring Scissor Skills Printables. She had great fun choosing which pictures she wanted to use. Scroll down and click the links to download. The first link is for the shapes printable. The second link is for the straight lines.

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Spring Scissor Skills Free Printable
Spring Scissor Skills Free Printable
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How to Earn Money Back on Your Shopping

With everyday items getting more and more expensive, many of us are looking for ways to make the most of our money. An excellent way to do that is to use cashback sites when shopping online or shopping for groceries. Cashback websites give you back a percentage of the money you spent on your purchase. Cashback sites receive a commission from the retailer for directing you to their site which they then pass on to you. There are also various shopping apps that give you money back when you buy certain items.
How to Earn Money Back on Your Shopping

Top Cashback
Top Cashback is my favourite cashback site and the one I have been using the longest. Before I place an order online, I always check to see if Top Cashback offers cashback on the retailer I am shopping with. Retailers that I shop with regularly through Top Cashback are Ebay, Tesco, George and Very. If you are thinking of changing your energy supplier then always check out Top Cashback to see if they offer cashback for switching. I recently changed my gas and electricity supplier and got £70.00 cashback! Also check for cashback if you are renewing insurance or taking out a financial product as there are good sized rewards in these categories.
They also run regular cash back giveaways where you have to follow a clue to find a treat. They usually run around holiday times like Christmas and Easter. It is possible to win between 10p and £100 instantly or £1000 in their prize draw.
Top Cashback pays out via Paypal or directly in to your bank account. They offer up to a 10% bonus if you choose to have your cashback rewards paid in vouchers such as Amazon, Debenhams, M&S and Love2Shop.
Quidco  

Quidco is another cashback site similar to Top Cashback. I mostly use Top Cashback but for big purchases I will compare both sites to see which is offering the best deal. Quidco also offer instore cashback at a variety of retailers including Vodafone, Jojo Maman Bebe and JD Sports. There is a shopping app called ClickSnap by Quidco that gives you cashback on certain groceries, just upload your receipt to receive the cashback.
Swagbucks
Swagbucks is a Get Paid To site where you earn Swagbucks for doing various tasks.  One way to earn is by clicking through to a retailer from Swagbucks and shopping with them. For example click through to Argos and earn up to 2 Swagbucks for every pound you spend. Swagbucks can be exchanged for vouchers such as Amazon, M&S, Sainsbury’s and also as Paypal cash.  As well as earning Swagbucks for shopping through the site you can also earn them for answering the daily poll, watching videos, playing games and doing surveys. By doing some of these tasks each day it’s fairly easy to earn £20-£30 a month from Swagbucks.
Receipt Hog
Receipt Hog is a phone app that rewards you for uploading pictures of your receipts. Each receipt is worth between 5-20 coins depending on how much you have spent. Coins can then be exchanged for gift cards or cash. 1000 coins can be exchanged for a £3 Amazon Gift Card. 1500 coins can be redeemed for £5 cash sent via Paypal.
There are also challenges to complete such as upload a receipt each each for 4 weeks. If you complete the challenge you are rewarded with free slot spins. You can then spin the slot machine and if you win you are rewarded with coins. This app won’t make you rich but as it only takes 5 minutes a week to upload receipts it’s worth the effort.
Shoppix
Shoppix is another app that rewards you for uploading receipts. You will get 25 tokens for uploading a receipt and a bonus 5 tokens if you upload on the day of purchase. You can only upload one receipt per shop per day. Remember to upload within a week of your purchase as after that they won’t be valid. Tokens can also be earned by answering the weekly survey and through scratch cards. When you have earned 3200 tokens you can cash out £5 to Paypal. I cash out £5 most months. It doesn’t sound like much but it is worth it as it takes less than a minute to upload a receipt. If you sign up with my referral code DPGIQA7H we will both get 200 tokens.
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20 of the Best No Bake Energy Bites Recipes

Energy bites are one of my favourite healthy snacks, there are so many variations that I never get bored. They are packed full of nutrients and provide a much needed energy boost in the afternoon. I make a batch a couple of times a week and keep them in the fridge to snack on whenever I get hungry. They are quick and easy to make and you can use almost any combination of oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. I compiled a list of 20 of the best no bake energy bites recipes. There are lots of different flavours so I am sure there will be something to suit everyone.

Fruity Flapjack Energy Bites from Eats Amazing

Chia Energy Bites from My Fussy Eater

Apple and Cinnamon Energy Bites from Hungry Healthy Happy.

No-Bake Energy Bites from Rosalilium

Chocolate Orange Energy Bites from Paleo Diet and Fitness

Coconut, Pistachio and Matcha Energy Bites from Jan’s Family Notebook


Cacao Nibs Energy Balls from Lylia Rose

Vegan, Raw Mini Energy Bars from Captain Bobcat Blog

Lemon Blueberry Energy Bites from My Whole Food Life

Cacao and Roasted Hazelnut Energy Balls from Nutritiously Naughty

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Energy Bites from Homemade Health


Lemon Coconut Energy Balls from Nourished Naturally

Lemon Drizzle Energy Balls from Made by Luci

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites from A Cedar Spoon

Lime Coconut Energy Bites from Running on Real Food

Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls from Natalie’s Food and Health

Almond Butter Energy Bites from Joy Food Sunshine

Raspberry Coconut Breakfast Balls from Healthy Little Foodies

Pineapple Coconut Energy Balls from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Cranberry Vanilla Energy Bites from Recipe Runner

What is your favourite energy bites recipe?

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Hape George Luck Wooden Puzzles – Review

We were recently sent two wooden puzzles from the Hape George Luck range to try. Little Man and Little Miss were eager to try them when they arrived as they love doing puzzles. Little Miss’ favourite animal is a rabbit so she was particularly pleased with the Rainbow Rabbit puzzle. I am a huge fan of the Hape range of toys and have been impressed with the products we have purchased in the past. I was interested to see what these puzzles would be like and am happy to say they lived up to the expectation I had of Hape.

The Rainbow Rabbit puzzle has 6 colourful pieces that fit together to form two rabbits, a large one and a smaller one. There is a hole at the back to help with the removal of the puzzle pieces. I am very pleased it is there as otherwise the children would tip the puzzle upside down sending pieces flying everywhere!

Little Miss (3) found the puzzle quite tricky at first but after I helped her a few times she became more confident and was happy to attempt it on her own. She still needed a little help but there is always an older brother around to lend a hand. This has quickly become one of Little Miss’ favourite puzzles and she asks to do it most days.

We were also sent the Arctic Animals puzzle which Little Man (5) has had lots of fun with. The Arctic scene shows two polar bears, a walrus and a killer whale along with the ice and sea. There is a hidden puzzle underneath which Little Man was delighted with. This shows another arctic scene of dolphins swimming in the sea. Little Man found the puzzle a little difficult but with lots of concentration and by using the picture on the box as a guide he managed to complete it without any help. My older two boys aged 7 and 9 also enjoyed completing the puzzle.

 
The puzzles are excellent for helping to develop problem solving skills, hand-eye coordination and concentration. They also spark imagination, Little Miss loves to talk about the mama rabbit and baby rabbit. The Arctic puzzle is a perfect introduction to discussing animals that live in the Arctic.

The Rainbow Rabbit puzzle is suitable from age 3+ and is available from Debenhams priced at £6.00.

The Arctic Animals Puzzle is suitable from age 5+ and is also available from Debenhams priced at £13.00.

I received the puzzles for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Where to Promote Your Blog Giveaway

Hosting a giveaway on your blog is a fantastic way of bringing traffic and gaining new followers. If you are hosting the giveaway on behalf of a brand it is an invaluable way of increasing awareness of the brand and their product. The success of a giveaway is determined by how well it is promoted. Below I have listed several places to promote your blog giveaway. If you don’t have time to list on every site listed here then just promote your giveaway on the first four. I find these to be the highest referrers. However, if you want maximum exposure for your blog giveaway and have 30-40 minutes to spare I highly recommend listing on all the websites I have listed.

Promote Your Blog Giveaway

Giveaway Sites

These are websites dedicated to sharing competitions.

ThePrizeFinder is the UK’s largest free competition site with over 2000 giveaways listed. To add your competition just fill in a simple form then wait for it to be approved. This shouldn’t take long. I find ThePrizeFinder to be one of my highest referrers when running a giveaway.

Competition Database 
You will need to register to post on Competition Database but it only takes a minute. Then fill in a form and wait for it to be approved, this should only take an hour or so.

Loquax is a forum for posting competitions. You will need to register and submit an initial post to say hello. This is just to avoid spam and only takes a few minutes. You will then be free to post your giveaway.

Money Saving Expert has a section of their forum dedicated to competitions and is an excellent source of traffic. However, you cannot post your own giveaway there as they have rules against self promotion. If your giveaway is widely publicised elsewhere then it is likely that someone will post it on MSE.

Blog Link-ups

SuperLucky has two giveaway linkys live at a time. At the beginning of each month she opens a linky for blog giveaways ending the following month. Therefore, there is a list for comps ending this month and a separate list for giveaways ending next month.

SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky

Mudpie Fridays has a linky at the bottom of her Blog Giveaways page. This linky is permanently open so you only have to add your giveaway once. It will be removed when the giveaway has ended. You can also tag Mudpie Fridays in a tweet with the hashtag and she will retweet you. Details are at the bottom of the linky.

Mudpie Fridays

Life in a Breakdown also has a linky on her competitions page.

A Cornish Mum has a linky on her Giveaways page too.

Rachel Bustin and Mummy in a Tutu run the weekly #LuckyLinky. It opens each Monday and runs until Sunday.

Tots100 post a monthly competition linky.

Facebook Competition Groups

Blog Competitions & Giveaways is a Facebook group for competitions hosted on blogs and their respective social media pages. There are threads organised by end date to post your giveaway in. Be sure to read the pinned post to understand how the group works.

Woobox, Gleam and Voting Competitions This group isn’t specifically for bloggers but as it is open to Gleam and Rafflecopter competitions it is perfect for posting blog giveaways.

Competitions and Giveaways is group for sharing UK giveaways with over 8000 members.

Thriftymum Extreme Compers is another group for sharing giveaways.

This is just a small selection of the Facebook groups dedicated to competitions. If you search Facebook with the word competition or giveaway you will find many more.

Social Media

Promoting the giveaway across your social media accounts is another excellent way of getting the word out.

As Twitter is a fast-moving platform I would recommend tweeting about your giveaway several times a day for the duration. Use hashtags like #win #giveaway #competition #compers.

Facebook is also a good place to promote your blog giveaway. However, as this is a slower moving platform it is best to avoid too much duplicate content. I usually post about the giveaway once at the beginning and then once towards the end.

Put the link to the giveaway in your Instagram bio and then post a picture of the prize stating that the link is in your bio. Again, I would do this once when the giveaway is launched and once when it is close to finishing.

Create a pinnable image for your giveaway and pin to Pinterest. Join some group boards and pin to those to reach a wider audience.

Other

Blogging Facebook Groups often have a thread to post your latest giveaways to.

Bloggers Required has a section to list blog giveaways.

Local Facebook Competition Groups are a good place to promote giveaways that are local to a certain area like event tickets or restaurant meals. There is a list of groups on SuperLucky.

Let me know how you get on with promoting your blog giveaway and if you have any questions just ask!

For more advice on how to run a blog giveaway I recommend ‘Blog Giveaways: How to run successful competitions, contests and prize draws on your blog’ by Di Coke.