Win a gorgeous Babymel Ruby Rucksack worth £69.95

How do you fancy getting your hands on this gorgeous designer handbag, designed for parents who need to be hands free?

This trendy backpack is lightweight, functional, versatile and we have one to give away!

Made from a soft, leather feel fabric with contrast, faux leather detailing and silver Babymel studs, it features five internal compartments, an insulated bottle holder, padded changing mat and wipe clean linings throughout. Perhaps the most useful of this style’s features is its additional, adjustable top strap, which converts the Ruby into a casual shoulder bag. Its built in strollerstraps enable the bag to be easily attached to a stroller when needed.

The Ruby’s magnetic flap top and easy access front pockets keep essential items secure and accessible at all times.

How to enter

If you want to be in with a chance of winning, you must:

  • Tweet about this competition: “Win a gorgeous @Babymel_UK Ruby Rucksack worth £69.95 http://bit.ly/XWeVx1 via @mumsontheblog”
  • AND leave a comment below telling me that you’ve done it.

You are entitled to up to six bonus entries, if you:

  • Like Mums on the Blog on Facebook
  • Like Babymel UK on Facebook
  • Follow @MumsontheBlog on Twitter
  • Follow @Babymel_UK on Twitter
  • Subscribe to Mums on the Blog (use the form on at the very bottom of this post)

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

The giveaway will close at 11.59pm UK time on 31st December 2012 and a winner will be selected at random.

See the prize draw T&Cs - Disclosure: Babymel is providing this prize for the purposes of the giveaway. No payment was received by Mums on the Blog. Listed on ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions, Loquax Competitions and Competition Hunter.

 

Is your child a budding artist? Hallmark launches Sketch Santa contest

Sketch Santa

Daybreak, ASDA and Hallmark are calling on the nation’s 6-16 year olds to create a special Christmas artwork that will feature in a charity greetings card pack alongside the work of celebrities including Tulisa, The Saturdays, Matthew Wolfenden and Daybreak presenters Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones.

Sold as the official product for ITV’s ‘Text Santa’ appeal 2012, the pack will be available nationwide from Hallmark and ASDA stores, with a portion of the proceeds going to six chosen charities: Age UK, Anthony Nolan, Carers UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Together for Short Lives and Whizz-Kidz.

Entries must be made before 6pm on Tuesday the 9th October and each entry must include:

  • a Santa-inspired artwork on the face of the card
  • a seasonal verse to go inside and an entry form

Entries should capture “what Christmas means to me” and the lucky winner will be announced on ITV1’s Daybreak in November.

For full details of the competition, entry forms and guidelines, visit www.itv.com/daybreak. And keep your eye on www.facebook.com/hallmarkuk for further updates and behind the scenes news.

Win a copy of Are We Nearly There Yet?

Are We Nearly There Yet? cover

Are We Nearly There Yet? by Ben Hatch is described as a family’s 8000 misguided mile car journey around Britain as they attempt to write a guide book. We asked Rosie C to give us her verdict, then snaffled a second copy to giveaway…

Rosie’s verdict

If I’m completely honest the thought of reading about a family road trip did little to excite me. The idea of doing it myself with our rather large blended family fills me with dread so much so that I’m pretty sure it made me reach for a cupcake (I needed it!!). So what did this book have to offer me, I wondered.

Ben and Dinah, along with their two children, Phoebe and Charlie set out on their tour of Britain in the hope of making some money from writing a guide book. What is most incredible is that the itinery that they had put in place hadn’t been looked over by either of them, meaning that at any given time they were oblivious as to where they would be the following week. Sometimes they would stay put for a couple of days although all too often they would move on somewhere new each day.

Within fifty pages you could almost smell the exhaustion and there were many occasions that I didn’t think they would finish their journey, instead abandoning their mission when Dinah couldn’t handle the uncertainty of not knowing when she would next encounter a washing machine! Yet in true British stiff upper lip style – not to mention not having a home to go back to as they had rented it out for the duration of the trip – they soldiered on.

Whilst it is certain before reading that the book will offer more than a geographical account of the family’s adventure, it’s upon reading that you are let into what is an incredibly sad and private time for the Hatch family. During the Hatch’s road trip Ben’s father is dying. Ben allows the reader to share some truly intimate moments as he prepares for his father’s death. Ben is with his father when he passes and describes the atmosphere in the room so well and with such emotion that you cannot help but cry – perhaps with relief as well as sadness – when the final moment arrives.

Reading how Ben rejoins his wife and children afterwards reminds us of how life really does just carry on. They finally finish their mammoth journey and return to their home town of Brighton just in time for Phoebe to start school and Charlie to start nursery.

I’ve come away with lots of nuggets of information to do with all the landmarks, area and attractions they visited. Yet the most valuable lessons that I’ve learnt through tears, laughter and often cringing will stay with me much longer. I cannot recall which safari park they visited or much about the pencil place (yes there really is a pencil place!), but I can tell you that trying to cut toddler’s fingernails in public will result in physical harm, Vauxhall Astras are deceptively roomy and that a toothbrush is no remedy for constipation – I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.

I owe Ben Hatch an apology. I approached Are We Nearly There Yet? with disdain. Being someone that’s not at all into staycations or family happy campers, I was sure that this book wouldn’t be for me. I soon learned that the journey was the side story, with the Hatch family being the true main attraction. Whilst their journey around Britain has come to an end, I am in no doubt that it won’t be long before the Hatch family are unable to resist the calling for their next adventure.

Win a copy of Are We Nearly There Yet?

We’ve got a copy of Are We Nearly There Yet? give away. To enter the prize draw:

  • Tweet: I want to win a copy of Are We Nearly There Yet http://su.pr/2PINTx
  • AND leave a comment below with your Twitter ID.

For a bonus entry, you can also follow @mumsontheblog on Twitter

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

The giveaway will close at 8pm UK time on 21st March 2012 and a winner will be selected at random. UK entries only.One set of entries per person.

Disclosure: the book was given without charge to Mums on the Blog for the purpose of this review. Another is being provided for the purpose of the giveaway. No other payment was received. MOTB bloggers write with honesty and integrity at all times.

Win the Ava multi-functional handbag from Mia Tui

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to our winner: @mummylion

This month we have a lovely multi-functional handbag from Mia Tui to give away. We think you’re going to like it…

If you looked in my handbag on an average day, you’d probably be horrified. Peering into the depths today I can see:

The Ava handbag

  • notepad (full of a combination of work notes and my son’s scribblings)
  • pens (where’s my pen? I’m sure I had some pens?!)
  • iPad (in a protective case – I’m not mad)
  • nappies (some in a bag, some strewn about)
  • babywipes (threatening to leak)
  • Halloween party bags (yes, I know it’s December)
  • my keys (somewhere at the bottom – I locate them by sound)
  • tissues (clean ones – I’m not that bad)
  • a scattering of receipts (why don’t I just bin them?!)
  • my makeup (never where I can see it when I need it)

This is where the Ava bag proves handy. On the outside, the Ava bag is a stylish, understated tote bag, but on the inside you get:

Inside the Ava bag

  • Two clear internal bags with hand strap
  • One matching clutchbag with hand strap
  • Water bottle holder
  • Key clip
  • Sunglass holder
  • Safety clips so you can secure your insert bags for added security
  • Phone pocket
  • Pen holder
It’s not designed specifically with mums in mind, but it certainly works well for me, a working mum who needs to carry a combination of baby supplies and work bits and bobs, all wrapped up in a professional looking bag I can take into meetings and grab things from without rummaging.
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Win the Mia Tui Ava bag

The Ava bag retails at £49.99 but we’ve got our mitts on one to give away. To enter the prize draw to win the Ava handbag:

The Ava - strap detail

  • Tweet: “Win a stylish multi-functional @MiaTuiBags designer handbag from @MumsOnTheBlog http://bit.ly/uPutdQ”
  • AND leave a comment below with your Twitter ID.

For up to four bonus entries, you can also:

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

The giveaway will close at 8pm UK time on 26th December 2011 and a winner will be selected at random.

Prize draw T&Cs - Disclosure: the Ava bag was given without charge to Mums on the Blog for the purpose of this review. Another is being provided for the purpose of the giveaway. No other payment was received. MOTB bloggers write with honesty and integrity at all times.

Win Trunkisaurus Travel Chum goodies!

This week, we’ve been testing out the new Trunkisaurus suitcase for children. We’ve also got some lovely Trunki goodies to give away.

The Trunkisaurus

The Trunkisaurus is the latest addition to the ever-growing Trunki range. In case you’re not familiar with Trunkis, they’re ride-on suitcases for 3-6 year olds.

Here’s what Emily (editor) and her chief tester, Joel (3), made of it:

Trunkisaurus

Joel on the Trunkisaurus

  • The look: Green with a marbly effect, the Trunkisaurus has painted on teeth and plastic horns so that it looks like a little monster. Joel loved it from the moment it came out the box and can’t wait to take it on holiday.
  • The ride: Joel gave it some rigorous testing by riding it enthusiastically around the house with me close behind in case it tipped – it didn’t. It’s really well balanced and seems about as safe as any other ride along toy, but with the added benefit of being a suitcase too.
  • The storage: It’s really quite spacious in there. I can’t imagine many little ones would need to bring more on holiday than it can hold. With straps on one side to keep clothes in place, and a little pouch for smalls, it’s a fully functional suitcase in miniature. It’s also designed to fit in hand luggage – so your little ones can keep it with them.
  • The closing mechanism: Attractive clips adorn either side but they did attract the interest of little hands. Joel kept playing with them, and I’m concerned he wouldn’t break them if allowed to test them to their limits. On the plus side, it’s possible to lock them using an attachment on the handle, which should stop that happening.
  • The verdict: If you travel a lot with restless little ones, the Trunkisauraus is a good value purchase at £37.99. Thumbs up!

Win a Trunkisaurus Travel Chum

We have three sets of Trunkisaurus Travel Chums to give away.

The Trunk Travel Chum set

The Trunkisaurus Travel Chum set

The chums set includes a wash bag, pencil case and purse. Each has felt teeth and print detail so it looks like a little trail of dinosaurs – lots of fun.

To enter:

1) Leave a comment with your Twitter ID telling us why you’d like to win a Travel Chum.

2) Tweet the following message: “I want to win a Trunkisaurus Travel Chum from @MumsOnTheBlog. Leave a comment here http://bit.ly/ntb41R & RT to enter.”

We’ll close the competition at 23.59 on 16th October 2011 (one entry per person) and select three winners at random from all those who have done the above.

Good luck!

(Disclosure: The Trunkisaurus and Trunkisaurus Travel Chums have been given to us free of charge by Trunki for the purposes of this review and giveaway. Mums On The Blog reviews are written with total honesty and integrity at all times.)