Tips on Entering Advent Competitions

Well it’s that time of year that is the most exciting time for a comper! Advent competitions are run daily by an enormous amount of companies giving away fantastic prizes. They can range from electrical goods and gadgets at the top end, down to discounts off their sites for a limited time. 

Some companies start on the 1st December with their 12 days or 24 days of Christmas, whereas others may start on the 12th December with their 12 days of Christmas. I have spent the first week of this month gathering up all the daily advent competitions that I want to enter everyday and sorting them into a folder on my laptop so I can quickly enter them each day. 

The key to entering advent competitions is to be organised and only enter the ones you really want to win, as there are thousands out there and if your time is limited you will find it hard to enter all of them. 
There are many competition sites that have the lists of advents in sections. These are some of the types of advent competitions out there:
  • Instant
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Web based

The sites that I use to find the advent competitions are: The Prize Finder, Competition Database and MSE (Money Saving Expert). I also search for them myself on Twitter using just the search bar.

Today is my first day of maternity leave, so while I wait for baby girl to arrive I will be keeping myslef busy with the advent competitions!
I wish everyone the best of luck and hopefully we will all win some lovely prizes.
Rachel xx

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My Word of the Week 09/10/2015

This is my Word of the Week: Preparing

Prepare, a verb – make ready or able to do or deal with something.
It has been a few months since I have written a Word of The Week post, but the reason being is that I have have had really bad morning sickness and feeling exhausted. I am nearly 25 weeks pregnant with our little girl! So with working full time and feeling tired I have had little time for blogging. But now I am feeling much better!

Now I feel it’s time to start getting little bits and bobs together and preparing for our little arrival in January. It does seem a bit of a headache in sorting out what bits we need to buy, so I have been making little lists and ticking bits off one by one. 

Thanks to thereadingresidence for hosting this great linky. 

Rachel xx

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Granola, Stretch Cream and a Picture….

As all compers know, there can be times when you go through a very quiet spell with no wins at all. This has happened to me through most of July. August started off better though with a couple of Twitter wins, a facebook win and a WEM (winning email – these are very rare and when you receive one you will be jumping up in the air!).
The picture below shows some lovely packs of granola that I won on Twitter with @lizisgranola The pink apple and cinnamon one is amazing! It’s very crunchy, with soft apple pieces and just enough cinnamon without it being overbearing. I have been taking it to work to have for breakfast with a pot of yogurt drizzled over the top. Perfect for that slow release energy needed during my pregnancy.

I won the Pregnacare vitamins and stretch cream with OK Magazine and they sent me a WEM to let me know I’d won. WEM’s are very exciting and this win has just come at the right time for me. The stretch cream is very useful at the moment as I feel myself growing!
I won the lovely book Snowflake Bay by Donna Kauffman on Facebook from the author herself. It was an international giveaway and arrived with some lovely cards from Virginia. I love looking at international stamps from packages abroad so was chuffed to bits to see this one arrive all the way from Virginia, USA. When I get through my back log of book wins I am sure you will see a review up of this on my blog and Goodreads. 
           
This beautiful framed artwork I won with @StudioCanalUK on Twitter is one of my most treasured competition wins. Every now and again I love to win things for my house and this is one of those special ones that will take pride of place on my wall.
           
I love to her about other people’s competition wins so feel free to share your stories. I think it gives everyone determination to keep on entering.
Rachel xx

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A Very Exciting Time!

Well it has been a few weeks since I last blogged, and this is the reason why! My husband and I are expecting our first baby. It has been a long two years for us and we are so excited we are finally at this point. 
I have had the most terrible morning sickness and the usual tiredness that goes with being pregnant. So whilst working full time I haven’t had the energy in the evenings to blog or comp. I have been getting home from work and falling asleep on the sofa, so my poor little blog and readers have been neglected.
Now I am past the first trimester the sickness has worn off and I am feeling must better. My energy levels are coming back up so I am ready to get back on the blogging and comping train!
             
While starting back up my regular comping routine, I am very lucky to have won these wonderful and very useful books. The Baby Keepsake book and planner is absolutely adorable. It contains lots of little useful notes and pockets to add your own bits, while charting your progress. It’s perfect and I can’t wait to start filling it in. 
My pregnancy 2015 has a week by week guide and is very useful in what is about to begin happening to your body. I love the baby name section, choosing the correct name for your baby is such an important part, as they will be stuck with it for the rest of their life!
My mission over the next few months is to enter as many baby competitions that I can find, so hopefully I can win a few bits to help us on our way.
Rachel xx