More Cake Please!

First of all I would like to say Happy Easter to you all! I hope you all got lots of wonderful chocolate Easter eggs and are scoffing lots of cakes!
During the Easter period I have been entering lots of competitions (especially for Easter eggs!) I have yet to win an Easter egg yet but my fingers and toes are still crossed! However I did win a twitter competition with Mr Kipling Cakes and what a cakealicious surprise I had through the post! Thanks Mr Kipling!
The brightly coloured orange box contained Lemon Whirls, St Clements Slices, Lemon Fancies and Lemon Bakewells. 
As you can tell from the picture above I love the Lemon Bakewells best! They are crumbly, sweet and just scrumptious! 

Mr Kipling’s current promotion on Twitter is #BetterWithCake and I have to agree with them! Life is better with Cake! 

So why does cake make you feel better? 

Baking all sorts of cakes, brownies and scones is very therapeutic and can help stimulate the mind. It gives you a sense of achievement when you look back at what you have created. 
I love this quote from Mary Berry the ultimate Queen of Cakes: “If you’re feeling a little bit down, a bit of kneading helps,”
I would like to hear what you love to bake, and does it make you feel better?
Rachel xx

Monthly Wins: March

As we are now into April I would like to share with you my complete list of competition wins for March. It has been a very successful month on the win side for books, 13 in fact! That is a record number of books in one month for me! I am very grateful for each and every single win that I receive. 
Every comper has a list of what they would like to win and I’ll share mine with you in a future post, but for now here is the complete list of March wins.
  1. Gillette Venus Snap razor
  2. Book – The Traitors Mark 
  3. Heinz Tomato Seeds
  4. 30p Ace voucher
  5. Book – The Great Zoo of China
  6. Book – A Crown for Cold Silver
  7. Book – Natchez Burning
  8. Book – The Lament of Sky
  9. Wagg Dog Food Treats
  10. Book – Black Star Black Sun
  11. Book – After the Crash
  12. FRijj Friday Vouchers
  13. National Trust Family Pass
  14. Atomicatron Toy Figure
  15. Hedrin Protect and Go Conditioning Spray
  16. Cookbook – Raw
  17. Box of Praline Chocolates
  18. Budweiser Mini Football
  19. Books – Wolf Wolf and A Life in Writing
  20. Book – The Serpent of Venice
  21. Book – Urban Legends
  22. Book – The Writings on the Wall
  23. Mr Kipling’s Easter Hoppy Pack
  24. Book – Patalosh: The Time Travellers    

24 wins in a month is amazing and I’m very thankful! I have lots of books to read and review now! Here is to a just as successful April!
I would love to know what are your most favourite competition wins, or if you are not a comper would you ever consider start entering competitions?
Rachel xx

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This Weeks Collection of Wins!

As you all know all my ‘wins’ get sent to my parents house for delivery due to me never being at home. This is what my mum has collected for me this week!
My #FreebieFriday win was with FRijj on Twitter and they sent me 5 vouchers for free bottles of their milkshake which I absolutely love, especially the Fudge Brownie one! The Hedrin Protect & Go conditioning spray I won through the lovely whatkatysaid blog competition, and this will go to my sister for my nephew. I think it will be perfect for when he starts school in September!
I received the lovely cookbook through a Twitter win with Gill & Macmillan Books, it is also signed by the author which I always think makes it such a lovely touch. Cookbooks in my house always come in handy, so another perfect win.
The book in the photo Natchez Burning is from a Goodreads first read competition that i won on the 6th March. It’s nearly 900 pages long so is gonna take me awhile to read, but looks to be a fantastic thriller by the exciting cover, recommendation by my favourite author Stephen King and the exciting description on the back.
In my very first post, I mentioned that I won a watch from Breo, well it finally arrived after me having to chase them after I never received it when they said it was sent! It is a very gorgeous watch with a silicone strap and Swarovski Elements in the dial. Well worth the wait! I don’t normally wear watches during the day as my job does not permit watches to be worn, so I am going to save it for a going out watch.
Rachel xx

 

What’s in a Hashtag?

Today is Friday!, in my opinion it’s the best competition entering day of the week! and of course the weekend is practically here! woohoo! Anyway back to today, Fridays on twitter is crazy, companies love to give away stuff! hence the main hash tag #FreebieFriday! I have been religiously entering Twitter competitions on Fridays for quite a few years now and have won all sorts! from milkshake vouchers, cakes, and freeze pops, to books, a door handle and letter box, cleaning equipment and a torch pen! Its a mad world!
I find entering twitter competitions are quick and easy to enter if you are time limited. To find competitions on Twitter, type any of the hash tags in the picture above into your search bar on Twitter. I am sure there are more competition hash tags out there, but these were all I could think of while writing this! Remember to follow the competition host as well, as that is normally a requirement before you re tweet and it makes it easier for them to contact you if you win. 
Recently I have noticed that the hash tag #WinItWednesday is getting very popular as well on Wednesday’s, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for them as well. The more you start entering and following on twitter, the more competitions will show up in your time line. 
From my personal experience of winning Twitter competitions don’t just re tweet the original company’s tweet, engage with them with using their own competition hash tags. A little comment here and there with those hash tags will get you noticed! Another tip is to always find the company’s original tweet to re tweet otherwise the poor person that has re tweeted it will have zillions of Twitter notifications after you have re tweeted their re tweet! 
I hope this all makes sense to you! If not please leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to help. 
Good luck with entering Twitter competitions!
Rachel xx

Raving about I Let You Go!

Every so often I would like to share with you my current reading book and what my thoughts are on it. I have discovered through Twitter that a lot of people out there are raving about this new book, called I Let You Go and I was lucky enough to be given it to read by the Little Brown publishing group (@LittleBrownUK).  I had previously wrote a review for The Crooked House which I won in a twitter competition with them and @TheCrimeVault. I will write a review of the fantastic book The Crooked House in a future post.
I Let you Go is written by Clare Mackintosh who is a former detective, so gives this crime thriller an authenticity into real procedures in a case like this. On the back cover it does say that this book is inspired by a real life case that was never solved. This to me is a bit of a giveaway. Does this mean that you never find out what really happens in the book? I am looking forward to finding out!
I’m currently about half way through so far and its an incredible read. I don’t want to spoil it for those of you that haven’t read it yet, but I found myself welling up with tears at the beginning, as this situation could have happened to anyone. Its a very moving book full of emotions and makes you think what is going through the mind of the main character Jenna. I’m looking forward to following her on her struggle of a journey through the rest of the book.
It seems to be one of those books that any reader will love and it will stay with them for a long time.
The copy I received is a proof copy, and I was informed by the accompanying note that the cover is set to change and will look more like the bookmark by the side. 
Rachel xx

Where to Find Free Samples

I love to find and receive free samples. It’s a great new way of trying new products that are coming out. I also save them to make little gift bags up at christmas for my sisters.

                      Lots of free samples I have collected - Rachel Bustin
Over the past few months I have recieved many free samples and small wins through the post, so today I thought I would take a piccy of the ones I have left that haven’t been eaten, drank, given away, planted or used in some other way!
The Coco Pops porridge sample only arrived a few days ago so I am looking forward to that one, as I’m a major chocoholic! I found this sample giveaway on Facebook. I normally find it very hard to win anything on there, I believe it’s because the volume of traffic on there entering competitions nowadays has grown tenfold. A few years back the chances of winning a competiton was relatively good! It just gives me more determination to try harder! My only other win from Facebook this year was back in January when I was a runner up in a Roots crisps competition, they were yummy!
Finding Free Samples
  •  Visiting your local department stores for health, beauty and makeup samples. If like me you don’t always wear makeup they are practically throwing them at you!
  • There are lots of freebie websites out there, so if you sign up, they send you emails each day with links to sample giveaways.
  • Some magazines giveaway new trial size products so keep an eye out when you go shopping!
  • With the increase of social media users nowadays lots of companies are giving away 100’s of samples to advertise their products. Facebook and Twitter are the best ones for this!

Most of the other samples are plant seeds, which for a huge gardening enthusiast like me are the best post arrivals ever! All the little white packets are herb seeds so I thought I would grow a little herb garden in some pots on my patio.

I would love to hear your thoughts on which are the best freebies you have ever recieved?
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