One of the best parts of being a blogger is having the opportunity to spread a little love at Christmas time and offer some fabulous prizes to bring a little extra sparkle to someone’s festivities.
And that’s just what I’m doing today, for I have a John Lewis party hamper up for grabs worth nearly £250.
The bespoke luxury hamper contains everything to help your seasonal party go with a swing, including 2 bottles of Prosecco, Spiced Orange Gin, Cocktail mixer set, a Mulled Wine Kit, an assortment of food gifts including Jelly Beans, Divine Del Mini Dipping Sauces and Holdsworth Cham Choc Selection.
Hampers are a real treat at this time of year and you can see the whole John Lewis hamper range here.
HOW TO ENTER
All you have to do for a chance of getting your hands on one of this hamper is tell me what your favourite drink is at Christmas and why.
Personally mine would be a mojito cocktail. Or a cup of tea. I’m easily pleased!
There is no right or wrong answer, it’s just a bit of fun. The winner will be picked at random after the closing date – Monday, December 16.
For an extra entry you can tweet ‘I want to win a fabulous John Lewis party hamper with @tara_cain #StickyFingersJohnLewishampercomp
Rules and stuff: The competition is open to residents of the UK only (sorry rest of the world). No cash alternative offered. The prize is 1 bespoke John Lewis hamper. Entry is via comment on this blog post. An extra entry can be made via Tweet with the tag #StickyFingersJohnLewishampercomp Make sure your contact details are available. The competition closes at 10pm on Monday, December 16, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random from all the entries after the closing date. The winner will be asked to provide their full name and address for the prize to be sent to via courier. The winner’s details will be passed on to the PR company who will be sending out the prize. If a prizewinner does not respond within a week of being contacted, the prize will be re-drawn and a new winner will be contacted.
Every year there are those ‘difficult’ people to buy for. The ones you’ll end up wandering around the shops, tearing your hair out because you haven’t the foggiest idea what to buy them.
Well Auntie Tara is here to help you.
I have 3 vouchers for these gorgeous Albelli photo books to give away.
I made a similar one for the husband for Father’s Day this year and the quality is just superb.
The prize is for a 24-page photo book which costs £34.90 each (including postage and packaging) and you will be able to order one in time for Christmas.
BOOM. Difficult present problem solved. Hopefully!
This year I’ve gone for a personalised calendar which I am delighted with – the best way to showcase your kids to the grandparents I find!
Albelli’s pre-designed photo books have been created to suit a wide range of styles and occasions, with professionally designed backgrounds, text labels and clip art in coordinated styles. And the themes include everything from travel and children to weddings, vintage and modern. There really is something to suit everyone.
Loading your photos up is simplicity itself too – the most difficult job is deciding which photos you’re going to use.
All the books include a photo cover and are printed in Landscape L format (28x21cm).
Have a look at the Albelli online gallery to see which design you like.
You can also save £5 on all personalised calendars by entering the code XMFVCA at checkout.
The Christmas cut off is December 15 to receive your goodies by December 24.
HOW TO ENTER
All you have to do for a chance of getting your hands on one of these books is tell me what’s your favourite part of Christmas?
There is no right or wrong answer, it’s just a bit of fun. The winners will be picked at random after the closing date.
For an extra entry you can tweet ‘I’m entering the groovy @tara_cain #Sticky FingersAlbelligiveaway’
Rules and stuff: The competition is open to residents of the UK only (sorry rest of the world). No cash alternative offered. The prize is 3 x vouchers to buy a 24 page photo book valued at £34.90 including P&P. Additional pages can be added at extra cost. Entry is via comment on this blog post. An extra entry can be made via Tweet with the tag #StickyFingersAlbelligiveaway. Make sure your contact details are available. The competition closes at 10pm on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Three winners will be chosen at random from all the entries after the closing date. The winners will be asked to provide an email address for the prize to be sent to. The winner’s details will be passed on to PR company who will be sending out the prize. If a prizewinner does not respond within a week of being contacted, the prize will be re-drawn and a new winner will be contacted.
Hello and welcome to week 168 of The Photo Gallery.
As we head into the heart of December and our thoughts turn to tinsel and turkey it’s pretty obviously what the next couple of Gallery themes are going to be!
This week the theme is: Feeling Festive.
We’re off ice skating next week which always gets me feeling Christmasy as we enjoy the lights and the frost – and a mug of hot chocolate in our mittened hands.
But how are you preparing for Christmas? Are you drowning in an avalanche of wrapping paper and cards? Are you crafting? Endless shopping? Making outfits for the school Christmas show?
And just to let you know, next week’s theme will be ‘Christmas Tree’ so save your trees for then! NEW HERE? NOT SURE HOW TO ENTER?
If you’re new here and want to find out what The Gallery is all about and how to enter visit here.
And if you want to make sure you don’t miss any prompts or entries in future, make sure you subscribe to Sticky Fingers and get all prompts delivered directly to your in box.
Go on, clicky click away, you know you want to …
If you want to join in with The Gallery and showcase your photos, come back on Wednesday and when my Gallery post goes live, add a link to your post on the Linky below mine.
The link stays open until the following Tuesday, so you have plenty of time to join in.
Remember, The Gallery is about rediscovering photos; both old and new.
It’s about sparking your imagination, being inspiring – and inspiring others.
And absolutely ANYONE can join in.
Also, if you’re linking up to The Gallery then try to visit as many of the other entries as you can to see what they’ve come up with. Say hi, discover new people, welcome them in when they discover you.
You will get out of this what you put into it so be generous with your comments.
It is surprisingly beautiful in my garden at the moment.
Sure everything is dead and shedding it’s summer coat and there is a sea of leaves covering pretty much everything (it’s fabulous to have trees in the garden but oh the leaves the leaves come autumn!). But there is beauty to be had.
I spent a whole day clearing leaves, removing dead branches and giving the lawn a final mow before the cold REALLY sets in.
And I remembered just how much I love my ‘outside room’.
The mower hated how wet the grass is and misbehaved a few times, spewing out grass cuttings in great fat belches. But we got there, together, in the end.
Also meet the ONLY snail allowed in my garden and possibly the prettiest compost heap ever! She’ll be a rotting mass of lovely mulch next year, but right now just look at those colours.
This is what 11 looks like.
Sorry I pointed a camera at you the moment you got out of bed yesterday Dan, but I wanted to capture the moment; the moment you woke up after weeks of quiet excitement and finally FINALLY you were 11.
You got out of bed and had that smile on your face pretty much the whole day.
11 suits you.
Happy birthday Dan. As your dad wrote in your birthday card, we are so very proud of you son.
This post is for week 167 of The Photo Gallery: Morning.
If you’re new and want to know what The Gallery is, go and read here, and then come right back and join in!
You can also pick up The Gallery code if you want too, though it’s not a requirement.
And you could also subscribe to this blog to make sure you never miss a theme; they are posted here every Friday.
Now go forth and show some big blog love. Visit other bloggers, comment on their post if you feel moved to do so, and be inspired.
This virtual gallery of photographs is about enjoying each other’s work, so go make someone’s day. You will get out of this whatever you put in.
The link stays open until Tuesday so you have plenty of time to join in.
And absolutely ANYONE can join in.
When you’re 11, apparently having a birthday cake is no longer cool.
But obviously we wanted to light some candles and sing Happy Birthday to celebrate Dan’s big day this week, so I came up with this alternative – Doctor Who cupcakes.
Dan LOVES the Doctor so I was delighted when I spotted this TARDIS shaped Doctor Who chocolate mould in Lakeland.
These aren’t those fancy pants cupcakes where someone recreates the sonic screwdriver in icing. Or fashions the Doctor Who logo out of marzipan. Or makes TARDIS blue sponge – bleurgh!
These are really simple, fun and easy peasy to make.
I’ve basically used this Hummingbird Bakery cupcake recipe (which is one of the best I’ve come across) and made my own Doctor Who chocolate toppers.
Melt a 100g bar of Cadbury Dairy Milk in a heatproof bowl, sat ontop of a gently simmering pan of water.
When the chocolate has melted spoon it into the moulds and leave in the fridge for half an hour.
Eh voila. Perfectly formed chocolate toppers for your cupcakes. The detail is excellent.
Devour while humming the theme tune . . .