Twitter wins, books and the arrival of free samples!

                         
This is one weeks worth of wins and free samples. The door handles and letter box were from a Twitter competition with Yale on #FreebieFriday, the best day of the week for Twitter competitions! which I will say more about later on in the week! The Tefal frying pan was also from a Twitter competition and it arrived with a pack of sausages and some celery! this was from @love_thecrunch. I honestly didn’t expect the sausages and celery I thought the competition was for the frying pan, so it was an unexpected lovely surprise!
The mini bottle of baileys and the tiny tube of splash concentrated drink were free samples. I love to sign up for free samples as its a great way of trying new products without the cost. A great tip is to save them up for little stocking fillers and pop them all in a little gift bag for Christmas for the family. The past few days I have had a green tea teabag through the post box from PG Tips, which made a lovely cuppa after all that painting and decorating fiasco! A couple of Lacoste aftershave samples have arrived as well, and I know I only entered for one sample so that’s twice the luck! 
I find the free sample websites online through various links, through postings on Facebook and Twitter. I might occasionally have an email sent by company sent asking if I would like to try one of their free samples and sometimes they ask for a review in return. 
The three books in the photo were more of my Goodreads wins. Entering the competitions to win free books from Goodreads are my favourite ones. I love to help out debut authors with their new books in posting reviews on Goodreads. There are also chances to read proof copies of new books before they are even published! For a booklover like me this is so much fun! If you are lucky the books are often signed by the authors and can include bookmarks, postcards and I have even had a pen!
Rachel xx

Gingers, Redheads and Freckles

In January I won a Twitter competition with Border Biscuits (@BorderBiscuits). They were doing a campaign called #GingerJanuary  on Twitter where many people were posting various pictures of all things ginger! I was one of their lucky winners of biscuits and this gorgeous bag. Being a fellow ginger/redhead myself I was over the moon and I’m so proud to be a ginger! This bag means a lot to me and I’ll be proud to carry it. Thanks very much Border Biscuits!

                                     Gingers

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Foam Finger!

 

Foam Finger
I won this foam finger on the 17th February from a Dettol competition and it arrived this week in the post! There were various prizes up for grabs including headphones, iPod s and inflatable guitars and I was lucky enough to win a foam finger! I love it! Cannot wait until the next series of The X factor so I can sit on my sofa with my foam finger cheering along!
It’s not even 10am yet and I have just had a WEM (winning email to non compers!) from my favorite website Goodreads!  Great start to the day! The book I won is called A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall. It looks to be an action, fantasy type of book about a retired warrior looking for revenge. This is one of the genres I am least familiar with so I am really looking forward to it arriving and giving it a go.
So as it’s #WorldBookDay I would like to share with you the types of books I like to read, they vary from horror (Stephen King and James Herbert) to history, romance, non-fiction, crime, autobiographies and science fiction. My favorite book is The Stand by Stephen King. I borrowed a copy off my older sister many years ago and I couldn’t put it down. I have never owned my own copy so for Christmas my husband bought it for me. I was so chuffed! Its now on my to-read list (alongside many other books!)
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Tyrrells Crisps win!

I won  a box of Tyrrells Crisps back in January and these turned up this week! There is an assortment of crisps, popcorn, vegetable crisps and a packet of fried beans which I am eager to try! Thanks Tyrrells!
My win today was of a book from Goodreads (which is one of my favourite websites ever!) called The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly. When I saw this competition I really really wanted to win a copy of this book, as I have read many of his other books. Which include Scarecrow, Iceman, Seven Ancient Wonders, Contest and Area 7. Matthew Reilly is a fantastic action, thriller writer. His books are well thought out with great lead characters. So I am well excited to add this book to my collection!
Rachel x

How to Find Instant Win Competitions

I tried out a couple of instant win competitions today and I won! There is nothing like the feeling of seeing ‘Congratulations’ on the screen right in front of you! They may be only little wins, consisting of 30p off  a bottle of Ace laundry cleaner and  packet of Heinz tomato seeds, but a win is a win! Its really nice to have these little wins arriving through the post while waiting for ‘The Big One’.
Competition Wins and free samples

 

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Giving Blogging a go!

I have been thinking about setting up a blog for ages! I am not very good with computers (except for entering my address for competitions!)  but will see how it goes!
I have had a few competition wins this year, but still waiting for that big win! my list this year so far consists of a few different books, my favorite being The Crooked House by Christobel  Kent. This book kept me absorbed for hours and had many twists and turns. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a psychological thriller with a dark disturbing feel.
On Friday i won a watch! I am not a watch wearing person but this one is very pretty!
   http://www.breo.com/item/2890/TwilightClassic/Twilight-Classic-BlackGold.html
I am not sure if this is the exact one but they are all very lovely!
Today I won a book from goodreads and a small razor from supersavvyme.
I am looking forward to a week off work next week to catch up on some decorating in the hallway, as i have had paint tester patches by the front door for a few weeks! If the weather turns warmer I have got to get out into the garden and start to plan what I want to do with the slope I have for a back garden!