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Win a Miffy bundle of toys to celebrate the UK Premiere of Miffy the Movie on Tiny Pop this Saturday #MiffyTheMovie

MiffyThe Kids channel TINY POP (Freeview 126, Sky 617, Virgin 737, and Freesat 605) is premiering a brand new movie this Saturday as part of their weekly film stunt – TINY POPCORN.

Join Miffy and her friends Melanie, Grunty and her dog Snuffy as they embark on another great adventure in the UK Premiere of MIFFY THE MOVIE. Make sure to join the fun as Miffy and her crew of loveable animal pals work together on a treasure hunt through the zoo, this Saturday at 4:00pm and Sunday at 9:00am.

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To celebrate the release we have a bundle of goodies from Miffy and TINY POP to give away to you all.

The winner will receive one of the below:

  • 1x Miffy tote bag
  • 1x Miffy’s birthday book
  • 1x Miffy and Melanie book
  • 1x Tiny Pop tote bag
  • 1x Tiny Pop felt tip colouring pen set
  • 1x Tiny Pop bookmark

For your chance to win a TINY POP goody bag simply complete the widget below – Please don’t forget to tune in with your little munchkins and enjoy the movie!

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This competition closes on 18th August, so don’t waste any time and get entering.

 

Mum’s the Word 4th Anniversary Giveaway!

prizesOn 4th October, I realised that it had been 4 years since I started Mum’s the Word (you can find my first ever post here) and it felt like something which should be celebrated. You see, I’m rather flighty when it comes to personal endeavours and I’ve never, EVER stuck at a hobby or pastime for as long as this, although seeing as blogging is now my job as well as my hobby, I guess you could say it’s evolved into being so much more than a way for me to get my ramblings out.

ANYWAY.

To celebrate, I thought I’d do a bit of a giveaway and I’ve got some lovely things to be won! Each prize has it’s own Rafflecopter widget below and you can enter as many of them as you like.

Firstly, my lovely friend Donna at Little Lily Pad Co. has given me a gorgeous pink baby sock bundle (seems appropriate seeing as 2014 was the year I gave birth to my second baby girl!) to give away, which you can win by filling in the Rafflecopter Widget below:

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Next up is a gorgeous handmade treat from a lady I love dearly and who is insanely talented, Mary from Keynko. She’s giving away a pair of handmade bookends and a handbag which has been upcycled from silk scarves. I’m seriously wishing I could enter myself to win these! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Our next prize is something that I’m so in love with; my friend Jenny, who blogs at Cheetahs in my Shoes, is one of my favourite photographers in the world – she was recently commended at an awards ceremony by the Zoological Society of London for her nature photography and is going to be published in one of their books! She’s given us a canvas print of a rose that she shot herself, my favourite flower.

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Next, we’ve got a truly beautiful prize for all you babywearers, a Rockin’ Baby pouch in their Peacock print, which fits newborns up to 18kg. BB and I have been testing one of these recently and will be giving you our review next weeek! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Last but definitely not least is a brand who BB and I absolutely adore, Sophie La girafe, who’ve given us an utterly adorable dress-up tabard which comes in sizes 3 months to 3 years.

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Please do enter as many of the giveaways as you like, and here’s to another 4 years of Mum’s the Word!
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Winners will be chosen at random on the closing date of 31st October 2014. All decisions are final. Winners will be contacted thereafter. No cash alternatives will be offered.

How Much Do You Value Your Dad?

ud_ultimate_supercar_half_day_ferrari_astonWith Fathers’ Day just around the corner, everyone’s thoughts are turning to Dads and how much they mean to us. It’s hard to measure the ‘worth’ of a person but someone below seems to think they’ve got the method sorted, so I thought I’d share thisvideo with you, which I thought was rather funny!

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The lovely people at The Car Buying Service are running a competition to win a supercar track day for your Dad, as they think it would be the perfect way for you to show your Dad how much you love him on Fathers’ Day. I’m lucky enough to have two Dads, both of whom mean the world to me, however one of them would be happier with a motorbike day and the other would would be in his element with some kind of surfing or skateboarding prize, so I may just keep the supercar experience for myself as it sounds like something I’d LOVE!

Now that I’m older and married with kids, Husband is also a Dad who’s super important to me; Sausage and BB are lucky to have a Dad who is devoted, kind and loving and everything I could hope for in the father to my children. He might be a pain in the bum who never remembers to take his towel into the shower with him (causing an inevitable cry of ‘Jaaaaayne….I’ve forgotten my towel…” every single time!) but he’s genuinely an awesome Dad and Sausage and I are planning a few surprises for this Fathers’ Day so that we can all tell him how much he means to us.

I asked Husband a few weeks ago if there was anything he needed or wanted the girls to get him for Fathers’ Day and he said that all he wanted was a picture drawn for him by Sausage, which will be no problem at all as the girl seems to have a pen or pencil in her hand for most of her waking hours. She loves nothing more that drawing pictures for people to show how much she loves them, so we’ll be doing something extra special for Daddy this year.

How about you? Are you planning anything special for your Husband or Dad? Do you think they’d love a day of messing around with supercars? Are you lucky enough to have two wonderful Dads? Do leave me a comment below and let me know.

I Love My Tassimo! #loveyourappliance

My Tassimo machine was one of those gifts that I didn’t even realise I wanted until I got it, but now, I don’t think I could live without it. Husband bought it for me for Christmas 2008, and he was nervous about his choice – being a thoroughly enlightened chap, he was worried that buying a kitchen gadget made him seem like a chauvinist, but he couldn’t have been more wrong. That machine has given me more hours of pleasure than any other. I love the fact that all I need to do it stick a cup on the front, pop in a pod and press a button, and I have coffee-shop quality drinks for a fraction of the price. I love my Tassimo

The whole family benefits now too, we often treat Sausage to some of the delicious brands of hot chocolate that Tassimo have to offer and Husband will occasionally indulge in a decaf from time to time – I don’t mind sharing my machine though! I’ve had to revive her a few times – last year, she decided to refuse to squirt the full amount of hot water out that was needed to make a drink, but after removing a few parts, cleaning them and putting her back together again, she works like new. I’ve had her for 5 years now and I’m hoping we’ll get to celebrate many more Christmases together yet.

So enamoured am I with my Tassimo machine that whilst thinking about writing this post poetry spewed forth from my fingers and heart, and I thought I’d share my poetic musings with you:

An Ode to My Tassimo

Oh Tassimo machine,
You’re always there for me
When I’m in desperate need
Or just plain greed,
Be it coffee, hot chocolate or tea.

You sit there on my counter
Looking shiny and eager and ready
At the flick of a switch
You become my bitch
Flowing forth your hotness, so steady.

I’ve been neglecting you recently,
Pregnancy and caffeine don’t mix
But as soon as I pop
I’ll be revving you up
Asking you to perform your hot, sweet tricks.

Tassimo, don’t ever leave me,
I’ll clean you more often, I swear.
Keep making your coffee,
So gorgeous and frothy
Together, we’re an unstoppable pair.

This appliance gets my seal of approval!

Have Your Chance to #WinJim with Fat Face

Fat Face, the lovely people who sent me an outfit for BritMums Live, started as a humble t-shirt business, started by two friends.

“It all began in 1988, two friends desperately trying to avoid working for a living and enjoying all that the French Alps had to offer. The life was way too good to end too soon… but money was running short. A plan was needed… design some sweatshirts, sell ‘em at night, ski during the day, stick around till Spring then head for the beach. Fat Face had been born.

We’ve grown a bit since then, we sell more than just a few sweatshirts these days and we’ve got a few more stores. But one thing will never change; we design kit for those who love to get out there, stuff that’s built to withstand the demands of an active lifestyle. So, whether you’re into extreme sports or just enjoy getting out amongst it…Life is out there, make the most of it.

They’ve asked me to let my readers know about a brilliant competition they’re running at the moment, giving you the chance to Win Jim.

“Who’s Jim?”, I hear you ask. BEHOLD!:

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Win Jim!

That’s right, the peeps at Fat Face love you so much that they want to GIVE you this beautiful, classic VW camper van. All you have to do to enter is click on the photo of Jim above and it’ll take you through to Fat Face’s competition page. You’ll need to answer a question (the answer to which can be found somewhere in this blog post…!) and fill in your details.

(ENTRANTS MUST BE AGED 18 OR OVER BY THE 31ST JULY 2013. TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. FOR FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS, PLEASE CLICK HERE)

Fat Face Launch Kids Competition to Celebrate 25 Years!

We’re big fans of Fat Face in the Mum’s the Word household, their clothes are funky and really high quality and are just a little bit different to what you’d find in your average high street store. This year is their 25th birthday and to celebrate, they’re inviting kids to design their own t-shirt. The winner will see their t-shirt design made for them and win a £100 Fat Face gift card.

Sausage is massively into art and design at the moment, so we’ll definitely be getting involved and sending our entry in. If you’re entering too, be sure to get it in by 14th April!

To enter, go to the Fat Face website or click on the poster above.

(Disclosure: We were compensated with vouchers to write this post, however we love Fat Face regardless of payment and will definitely be entering the competition!)

Is That a Sword in my Washing Machine?!

Ahhhh, housework. My favourite thing to complain about. Let’s face it: it’s boooooring. And largely thankless too because no sooner have you emptied the washing basket than it’s full to bursting again. There are a few things that make my life a little bit tougher in this area too. Firstly, Sausage. It’s not that I mind washing her clothes. It’s that, if she had her way, she’d change outifts about once an hour. Sometimes, I think she deliberately gets herself mucky just because she knows it means she’ll get a costume change. The kid is worse than Elton on a World Tour. She needs her own wardrobe lady, or at the very least a dedicated washing machine, just for her stuff. It’s got worse since she started school too as now I have a constant stream of paint-spattered polos, gravy-smeared skirts and cardigans with those tell-tale white streaks up the sleeves which tell you that, despite the packet of Kleenex in their pocket, your kid has been cuffing their snot making the washing pile twice it’s usual size.

Then there’s the dog. I know it may seem odd that the dog creates a lot of washing, but to this I say; you’ve never met my dog. Apart from the pile of dirty old towels that regularly build up from all the foot wiping we have to do when he goes out to the garden because he insists on using the soles of his feet to scent mark the whole garden, he also likes to lay on stuff. Anything that’s vaguely soft and left within paws-reach gets laid all over, leaving it smelling of dog (and sometimes fox, given his obsession with rolling around in that in the garden) which means I have a constant stream of dog-besmirched items, such as Sausage’s Hugglebuddy, which has spent more time in the washer than is natural for a purple unicorn.

The problem is, all of this usage means that my washing machine has seen better days. It’s supposed to be one of those silent machines that only hums gently even when on the most vigorous spin, but it sounds like an epileptic Dalek even when it’s on Gentle. I suspect that’s not entirely aided by the array of things that I find in with the wash, even after the most rigourous screening of pockets before a load goes in. Stones, marbles, Barbies, a spoon and a small plastic lion have all been items found nestling within the freshly laundered contents of the drum. How the door has never smashed is a mystery. Then, yesterday, I saw this:

Look it it, just sitting there, right at the front, TAUNTING me, the audacious little scrap of plastic that I had to watch, going round and round and round. It’s the final straw. The final insult. (Dramatic? Moi?!)

I’ve decided a need a new washing machine.  In fact, my current machine is like the mechanical embodiment of me – overworked, smells a bit odd, full of rubbish. No, wait, that analogy didn’t quite go to plan, but the point is, I NEEEEED a new washing machine, specifically a Hotpoint one and I think John Lewis should give it to me because I totally deserve it!

Don’t do it for me. Do it for The Kids!

Right, readers, listen here. I need a favour. Well, actually a friend of mine needs a favour and I’m calling on YOU to help me! Before I tell you what I want, I want to remind you for a few things:

  • I regularly put up AMAZING competitions to win high end prizes like window cleaners and fanny tighteners, just for your delight.
  • I SELFLESSLY provide you with hilarious commentary on my lack of mothering/housewifery skills, how fat and unfit I am and the aforementioned fanny that needs tightening. 
  • I NEVER canvas for votes in the MADs/BiBs/A. N. Other blogging awards

So bear all of this in mind.

My friend would like you to vote for his employers in the Music Industry Association Awards. The company is called Professional Music Technology (locally known as PMT – if that isn’t a reason to vote for them, I don’t know what is!) and they want to win MIA Multiple Retailer of the Year award. The employee who manages to get the most votes for the company will win a £50 prize and given the fact that Alex has 3 kids to provide for and as parents, we ALL know how expensive that can be, especially as one of his kids is a mini-giant and needs new shoes about every ten minutes, and you really want to help him out, RIGHT?!

Look, if none of this moves you just know that Alex is one of the nicest people I know and really deserves to win, especially as he let me blog about his wedding. In case you missed it above, HERE is the link. We want PMT to win MIA Multiple Retailer of the Year award. Geddit? Oh, and proceeds from the awards go to Music for All, which is a super charity.

GO!

Kärcher Window Vac – Review and Giveaway

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Sometimes I get sent products to review that I’m genuinely excited about trying out and the Kärcher Window Vac is one of them. If you’ve not seen the adverts you’re not watching telly right, the vac is basically like the squeegee thing that you see a professional window cleaner using, except it actually sucks the water up as the blade moves over the glass.

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“Why Do You Cross Your Legs When You Cough?” – Kegel8 Ultra Review and Prize Draw

The Kegel8 Ultra

The question above was posed to me by my darling Husband a while back and up until that point, I don’t think I’d realised that I did it. I had a caesarean with Sausage and I think I thought that pelvic floor exercises were something for those who’d managed to squeeze a human out of their fanny. But there’s no denying it, since childbirth, be it through the chuff or out of the sunroof, my pelvic floor has definitely weakened.

A couple of months ago, I had a stinking cough (not stinking because I stink of wee, honest) and on more than one occasion, I went into a coughing fit and came out of the other end with more than just a clear throat. There’s…leakage, shall we say? I’m not talking full-on piss-your-pants, just…oh shut up, you know what I mean, right? RIGHT?! Don’t leave me hanging here!

This isn’t easy to talk about for anyone, this post will probably be read by lots of people who know me in real life who I’ll probably now notice sniffing me to see if they can detect L’Eau de Urine next time we meet. But the fact is, it happens. Unless you’re a yoga bunny or have a tuppence that’s more toned than Jody Marsh’s new physique, the chances are you’ll have wee’d when you sneeze (Mammywoo, I’m looking at you love 😉 )

Anyway. The point to all of this public humiliation is that I’ve been sent something to review. It’s called a Kegel8 Ultra (RRP £117.99) and it’s an electronic muscle stimulator to help with stress incontinence. You know those Slendertone things you strap to your belly to give you abs without doing a million sit-ups? Imagine that, but distinctly more…probey. 

I started using it last night, and despite Husband’s insistence that it’s was probably just an elaborate vibrator and that he could probably rig it up to the mains for me if the supplied 9V battery wasn’t doing it for me, there’s noting pleasurable about it. It feels very weird. You can feel the whole area tensing up and for the first five minutes I had to sit and look at the display so that I could tell when it was about to go off, so that it didn’t take me by surprise, but you get used to it after a while and I even increased the intensity of the contractions a couple of times.

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It’s easy to set up and use (although there wasn’t any lube in the box, as per the contents) and there are unlimited amounts of programs and options for you to choose from depending on the severity and cause of the problem, so it can be used by just about anybody (apparently there’s also an, erm, well, an anal attachment available separately, although I don’t even want to think about that!).

I’ll update you on my progress as I go along, I’m supposed to use it every day for 20 minutes and I’m not sure how long it’ll be before I see an improvement, but I may give it a month and then go and sit in the doctors surgery so that I can get another horrid cough and really test my new noonie muscles out. Jokes. 

So yeah. I wee when I cough. But I bet you do too, so that’s okay.

I’ve also, very kindly, been given 10 Kegel8 Day Toners (RRP £29.99) to give away to my lovely readers, just do the usual business with the widget below to be in with a chance of winning. Please read the Terms and Conditions of entry on the widget before entering.

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