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 Amazon priced at £5.99.

The Arctic Animals Puzzle is suitable from age 5+ and is available from Yes Bebe priced at £12.99.

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.

Stationery Geek – Mummy Reward Chart Review

As a Home Educating mum of 4 children my days are super busy. Between helping the boys with their schoolwork, doing the housework, and keeping the toddler out of mischief there is barely a minute to spare. I love the full and hectic weekdays but I do look forward to the weekend when I can have an hour or two to myself. Recently I have been using the Mummy Reward Chart from Stationery Geek to choose a treat to look forward to at the weekend.

The Mummy Reward Chart is such a fun idea. Each day I choose an acheivement sticker and then at the end of the week I choose a reward such as a bubble bath, chocolate, wine or a takeaway. Examples of the acheivement stickers include, We weren’t late! I didn’t shout! I did it! and my favourite, I had a hot cup of tea!

There are five pages of the chart each with space for 12 weeks so it will last all year. There are also 3 sheets of stickers. It is spiral bound and has holes punched so that it can be hung on the wall. The chart is great quality and is priced at £5.50. It would make a great gift for any mum and is sure to put a smile on their face. If you would like a chance to win a Chart then enter via the Gleam widget below.

Stationery Geek sell a wide range of products including Knitting and Crochet notebooks, Diet and Fitness planners and Teachers notepads and stickers. The team have a passion for printing bespoke products that can be purchased “off the shelf”. They also print on demand so if you have an idea for a design you like, drop them an email and see what they can do.

Mummy Reward Chart Open to UK residents aged 18 and over.
The giveaway closes at 11.59pm (GMT) on 09/02/2017.
There will be 1 winner.
The prize is a Mummy Reward Chart. There is no cash alternative.
To enter complete at least one task in the Gleam widget.
The winner will be chosen at random and contacted within 7 days of the giveaway ending.
The winner has 28 days to respond.

Disclosure: I received a Mummy Reward Calendar for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Family Fever

Arty Apple – Personalised Aprons Review

Little Miss loves to help me bake. It’s one of our favourite things to do at the weekend. I always wear an apron when baking but hadn’t got around to getting one for Little Miss. When Arty Apple got in touch a few weeks ago to offer us an item to review the Personalised Aprons caught my eye straight away.

The Apron arrived beautifully packaged in a cardboard box with the Arty Apple logo on the front. The box is sturdy and will be useful for storage. Inside the apron was wrapped in tissue paper and sealed with an Arty Apple sticker.

The apron is made from denim with bright pink neck and waist ties and has a cute cupcake embroidered on the front along with Little Miss’ name. The apron is high quality and both Little Miss and I are delighted with it. The denim is hardwearing and washes well which is great as we do a lot of baking! Arty Apple also do the apron with blue ties and a gingerbread man motif.

 

Arty Apple is run by Amy who says she is a multi-tasking mummy with a passion for gorgeous fabrics and hand made crafts. She aims to give her customers a personal service to find perfect gifts with the assurance that they are made by hand with love.

There is a beautiful range of personalised gifts to choose from including bunting, taggie blankets, hooded towels and teddy bears. If you are looking for a good quality gift with a personal touch that will be treasured by the recipient be sure to check out what Arty Apple has to offer.

The aprons are available in two sizes, 2-6 years priced £13.00 and 7-13 years priced £15.00.

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

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers is one of our favourite recipes, it is delicious and super healthy too. The fajita seasoning is mild enough for children to enjoy. It is quick and easy to prepare making it a perfect midweek family meal. The recipe serves two but is easily doubled.

Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers Recipe


Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts
2 peppers
1 onion
2-3 mushrooms (optional)
Grated cheese

Fajita seasoning:

2 tsp mild chilli powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne

Method:

Chop the chicken and onion and fry until onion is soft and chicken is cooked through.
Meanwhile half and deseed the peppers in place in a preheated oven at 180C.
When the onion and chicken is ready stir in the fajita seasoning and fry for a few more minutes.
Then put the chicken mixture into the peppers and top with grated cheese.
Place in the oven for another 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and serve with salad or vegatables.

Enjoy!

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