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Rescue Your Videotapes – A Giveaway

Anyone who has precious memories saved on video tape will know that as the years go by, those tapes become even more delicate. It would be a tragedy if the tapes were to break, leaving you without your mementos of births, birthdays, graduations and all of those other wonderful occasions that we like to watch over and over.

Here at Mum’s the Word, we have 5 copies of ‘Rescue Your Videotapes v4.0’ to give away, each worth almost £50, which gives you everything you need to convert your VHS to watch on your PC, DVD or Blu-ray disc. Just fill in the entries below to give you up to 4 chances to win!

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Huggalugs Giveaway

To celebrate the relaunch of Mum’s the Word, the lovely folks at Baby Allsorts have offered us five pairs of Huggalugs to give away to Mum’s the Word readers.

We’re huge fans of Huggalugs in the Mum’s the Word house, Sausage owns no less than five different pairs and loves accessorising her outfit with these colourful legwarmers. There are som gorgeous prints to choose from too. Take a look at the Baby Allsorts website to see the full range.

To enter the competition, see the Rafflecopter panel below. Good luck!

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A Christmas Extravaganza – The Winners

You know when something seems like a good idea, but then turns out to be a massive pain in the bum? Well, offering people the options to have extra entries seemed fantastic at first, until the actual logistics of it all sunk in. I couldn’t think of any better way to do it than to write all of the names onto little pieces of paper and draw them out of a hat, so with the help of Sausage, my beautiful assistant, we chose two winners:

The winner of the toy bundle is Polly and the winner of the Cake Pop maker is Carol! I’ve emailed you both and await your addresses so that I can get the parcels sent out to you. Well done both of you and thanks to everyone who entered.

A Christmas Extravaganza – Two Competitions!

Every so often, I get asked to review something or do a giveaway on my blog and just recently I was offered the chance to give away a whole bundle of things, which should make Christmas a whole lot easier for one lucky Mum’s the Word reader.

Courtesy of UKMums.tv, I’ve been given 12, yes TWELVE toys to give away to one reader and the haul of goodies is as follows:

1. A Zhu Zhu Pet – These little critters are super popular at the moment and make a brilliant stocking filler for a little Zhu Zhu fan!

2. Mould and Paint Christmas – Perfect for your budding crafters, this set comes with everything you need to make and paint your own Christmas decorations.

3. Klutzy the Crab from Disney’s Club Penguin

A six-inch plush of Klutzy, from Disney’s ever-popular Club Penguin.

4. Childrens World Map Puzzleball

This one’s brilliant, not only is it a 3D puzzle, at the end of it, you end up with a fully functional rotating globe, so it’s fun, educational and stimulating all at once. (I quite want one of these for myself…!)

5. Rastamouse Talking Plush

If you’ve read this, you’ll know that we reviewed one of these a month or so ago, and Sausage loves hers! Full of songs and sayings from the show, this plush is a brilliant addition to the toy box.

6. Sylvanian Families Squirrel Family

We’ve bought Sausage a whole bunch of Sylvanian Families stuff this year because we just love it all, but the Squirrel Family is especially cute, even by Sylvanian standards!

7. Mission Earth

Not only is this family board game a great way to teach your kids how to be eco-friendly, it’s all made from recycled cardboard, contains no plastic and was invented by a group of school girls for the Young Enterprise Scheme.

8. Wild Science Face Mask Laboratory

I absolutely love this one, it’s essentially a good ol’ fashioned chemistry set, but it’s aimed at young girls and the end result of your experiments is that you’ve made some lush face masks. A brilliant way to get girls into science.

9. A Selection of Animals

We discovered Schleich toys a while back as Sausage is mad about animals I wanted her to have something like the ELC animals that my little sister used to collect. Brilliant quality and beautiful toys for girls or boys.

10. Fireman Sam Ambulance

Fireman Sam is one of the programmes that I remember from when I was a kid, it started in 1987 and it’s still going strong! This ambulance comes with a Nurse Flood figure and first aid box.

11. A 50th Anniversary Etch-a-Sketch

Speaking of things that’ve been around for a while, Etch-a-Sketch is celebrating its golden anniversary with a, well, GOLDEN Etch-a-Sketch! Create something amazing with this classic toy.

12. Morbs Ultimate Triple Pack

According to Amazon, these are “sensational ‘Ping Pong’ looking balls that instantly MORPH into fun looking fantasy characters, simply throw, roll, blast, bounce your ball… as they land they transform from small little balls into big-headed small bodied warriors and monsters”. Apparently!

So, here’s the awesome part…I have another thing to give away too!

About a month ago, I was sent one of these sensational and truly pretty Cake Pop Makers, which bakes six cake balls in four minutes. The cakes come out perfectly spherical and perfectly moist, ready for you to decorate as you wish. Sausage and I made about ten batches of these for her nursery’s Christmas fair and we decorated them with white chocolate and edible glitter, to make magical snowball cakes!

My next plan is to make chocolate balls, covered in milk chocolate and topped with a drizzle of white chocolate and fondant holly made with this to make perfect bite-sized Christmas pudding pops!

All in all, the toy bundle is worth almost £200 and the Cake Pop Maker is worth £20, so you could win yourself a seriously good haul to make the festive season that much easier.

If you want to enter, leave me a comment below telling me whether you want to win the toys, the cake pop maker or both, along with a way to contact you (email address, Twitter ID etc.).

Also, if you’d like to pop over to the Mum’s the Word Facebook page and give me a like, follow me on Twitter or subscribe by email (in the right sidebar of this page—–>), each of these will earn you a super-dooper-extra-free entry into the competition, just let me know in the comment you leave which you’ve done, if any.

Good luck, the winner or winners will be drawn next Saturday 17th December 2011 at 8pm so that I have time to post the goodies out before Christmas.

Mum’s the Word’s First Vlog and GOSH Nail Glitters Giveaway

I’ve done some vlogging for other sites recently, but when I was asked to test out the new Nail Glitters from GOSH, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do a video, right here on Mum’s the Word!

(For some inexplicable reason, I’ve decided not to film my forehead…it’s a perfectly normal forehead, I just didn’t angle the camera very well. Better luck next time!)


So, now for the good bit! I’ve got FIVE FULL SETS of the GOSH Nail Glitters to give away to five lucky readers, all you need to do is comment below, letting me know why you’d like to win. Obviously I can’t tell you to go and like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter, but if you feel like going over there, go for it and don’t forget to tell them who sent you.

Winners will be chosen at random at midday on 29th September 2011 and will be notified via email, so don’t forget to leave me a way of contacting you in your comment.

All of the usual disclaimers, opinions are my own, didn’t receive any money just some free sparklies, yada yada yada.


Don’t forget to enter this totally fab competition over at A Thrifty Mrs, where she’s giving away a tin of paint.

Okay, maybe I didn’t make that sound as awesome as it really is. Just go over there and have a look, you won’t be disappointed.

Go on.


AirWick Review and Giveaway

Being dog owners, we’re often aware of how our house smells. We vacuum regularly and have a Dyson with  HEPA filter, which really helps, especially as I have allergies, but with a combination of dog beds and blankets, and actually having animals in the house, there’s always a chance that the house smells a bit musty. Having the windows open 24 hours a day would help, but in our not-so-clement English weather, it’s not the most practical option.

Because of all of this, I’m a bit of an air freshener addict. I love a good spritz about with a spray room freshener, have scented candles on the go and have even used the good old-fashioned gel air fresheners too. Whilst these are all great, I’m not keen on using spray fresheners around Sausage too often, and having a candle burning for long periods of time when you’re as scatty as me is just a no-no!

When AirWick asked if I’d like to test out their Luxury Collection, I jumped at the chance to feed my addiction! We received a sample of the plug-in in ‘Exotic Bamboo & Lotus Flower’ and a ‘Freshmatic i-motion Compact’ in ‘Precious Silk and Oriental Orchids’. The latter was extremely welcome in our gadget-obsessed house as is has a built-in motion detector which tells the device to give a little squirt when someone walks past! Extremely nifty, and we found it really handy to have in the bathroom.

As much as I’m a lover of room fragrances, I’m actually really fussy about the smell because I’m quite prone to migraines, and find that strong smells can set one off. This hasn’t been a problem with the plug-in, which I must admit, I have going pretty much all day! The whole house smells fresher, more homely, and overall, more welcoming.

I’ve got two sets to give away, each consisting of a Freshmatic i-motion Compact’ in ‘Precious Silk and Oriental Orchids’ and an ‘Exotic Bamboo & Lotus Flower’ plug in. To win, just leave me a comment below telling me you’d like to be entered, and I’ll draw the winner in one week. Good luck!

The Organic Baby Company Giveaway!

Sometimes a giveaway is just too good to miss, and this is one of those occasions. The Organic Baby Company, recent winners of Tommy’s and EBP Green Award for the most environmentally friendly family brand, are giving away a £50 voucher to spend on their site (which is full of gorgeous organic products for your baby and toddler). All you have to do to enter is go to their Facebook page by 1st April and click ‘Like’. What could be simpler than that?! Hop over there now and you could be in with a chance of winning.

And The Winner Is…

I won’t pretend I’m not a little disappointed that I didn’t receive more entries for this one, but I’ve chosen a winner using a random number generator, and the winner is…the lovely octarinefire!

Congratulations! Send me a message with your address, and I’ll get them sent out to you as soon as possible.

I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Baby Allsorts for donating this fab prize. Take a look at their website for some really great products.

Huggalugs – Review and Giveaway!

Anyone who has a toddler knows that one of the biggest obstacles to overcome when potty training is teaching them how to pull their bottoms down properly before they sit on the potty or toilet, which can result in a real unholy mess! So when the lovely folk at Baby Allsorts, the fantastic retailer that brought Tummy Tub to the UK market, asked us to test out one of their most popular products, Huggalugs, we jumped at the chance.

The idea behind the multifunctional Huggalugs is that they can be worn with clothes, as a leg warmer, but can also be used in lieu of trousers, to make potty training easier, as you toddler can keep their legs warm, without having to worry about pulling their bottoms down when they need to use the potty.

'So Pink' Legruffles, 'Retro Rainbow' Leghuggers and 'Ice Cream Cake' Leghuggers

We were sent two designs to try, the ‘Ice Cream Cake’ Leghuggers and the  ‘So Pink’ Legruffles. As soon as I got them out of the packaging, Sausage started getting excited, as the designs are really vibrant and pretty, and she wanted to try them out right away! They’re made of super-soft 80% cotton, one size fits age 2-10, and really do look lovely on.

One thing that has always been really important to Husband and I is that everything that Sausage wears is comfortable and functional, and we’ve often chosen to forego modern, trendy styles, as they just don’t seen to be appropriate for a child. I mean, why would you put someone who spends all day climbing, running, jumping and dancing in restrictive skinny jeans, or ill-fitting shoes? This was something we were keen to monitor with the Huggalugs, but I’m pleased to report that Sausage suffered no restriction of movement in them, quite the opposite in fact, and although they’re well elasticated enough to not turn her into Nora Batty, they don’t dig in, or leave red marks or welts on her legs either.

They also look fab worn as part of an outfit, and Sausage is really into clothes and choosing her own outfits (not sure where she gets that from, I spend most days looking like I’ve been covered in Pritt Stick and chucked in a fabric recycling bin!), so the absolutely HUGE range of colours and styles mean that you could have a pair to match every outfit, if you’re so inclined!

All in all, Huggalugs have been a massive hit in this house. We’ll definitely be purchasing more, and it’s really great to know that they’ll last Sausage for so long, as they’re such a versatile item.

Now, here’s the exciting part: we have a pair of Huggalugs to give to one lucky reader! To celebrate the re-launch of the Baby Allsorts website, we’re giving away a pair of Huggalugs in ‘Retro Rainbow’ (pictured above), worth £6.99, which are perfect for a boy or a girl.

Just comment below telling me you’d like to enter!

Good luck everyone, the winner will be drawn at random at 12 noon next Friday, 25th February 2011.

(I have not been paid to write this post, however, we were sent two pairs of Huggalugs for free, and a further pair for the competition. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced by any monetary gain)