Hello January….. where exactly did you come from? Yes, it’s a new year and I’m truly only just getting used to it being 2012. Oh well, luckily for me I love January almost as much as I love Christmas. All that planning, reflecting and preparing for newness is good for the soul. So to celebrate I’m holding a January 2013 review and giveaway party – and you’re invited! (Well if you’re reading this you’re actually here already ) So read on my friends and check out the best of what I’ve been sent to review recently. Feel free to check out the promoters sites and then pop back and head down to the bottom of the post to enter and hopefully win yourself a little something special to start the of the New Year.
In 2013 I’ll be sending off to school a big old grade three girl, a middle-sized grade one and beautiful little four-year old kinder girl. (And to think when I started writing this blog non of them had started school. Yikes where does the time go?) One thing all of this experience on the school front has shown me is that when you mix little people with long stretches of time away from home things inexplicably get lost. Jumpers, lunch boxes, drink bottles, toys – you just have to get used to the fact that if it goes with them out the door in the morning there is a good chance it won’t come home in the afternoon. Being able to easily and effectively label school stuff has become a way of life around here. Thanks to Stuck on you I have a Value Pack for each little person. I keep the clothing labels in the laundry near the ironing board and the sticky labels in my desk draw. At a moments notice I can have a label on anything!
Little pink also got an extra surprise under the Christmas Tree this year. An adorable Stuck on You Lunch Pack and a Personalised Backpack. These are the total height of cuteness as well as being beautifully made. Right now she carries it around everywhere she goes stuffed full with her special toys – but in a few short weeks it’s going to make the trip to kinder with her three days a week. Do you need to do some labelling? Stuck on you have come up with the goods by way of a Value Labelling Pack of your choice valued at $49.95 to giveaway. (By the way Stuck on You is on facebook.)
Oh I do love a clever idea - especially when it helps bring a sparkle to life with kids in a healthy way. Have you heard of Sipahh straws? They turn plain milk into flavoured milk as it’s sipped through a specially designed recyclable straws filled with flavoured beads. What I REALLY love about them is that each straw contains less than half a teaspoon of sugar. The level of sugar kids consume these days, without even trying, has been on my mind over the past few months and I’ve been brainstorming ways to reduce levels at our house. (Hope to bombard you with some of my ideas soon.) I’m not anti-sugar by any means , but I am very pro-balance and I’m beginning to realise just how much out of whack the sugar balance really is!
The big test though is always in how the kids react – because what’s the point if they turn up their noses – right? I’m happy to report that these babies have been a huge hit with all three of my girls. They come in a great range of flavours including chocolate, banana, strawberry, vanilla, cookies & cream, honeycomb and choc-mint and are available at major supermarkets for $3.49 for a 10 pack. They are also an Australian Invention that is now sold all over the world – I even read that in some countries McDonald’s offer them for sale a healthy alternative – now that’s a brilliant idea! Would you like to try them out at your place? Sipahh have provided two prizes of five multi-packs to giveaway. That a total value of $86.00 and will give you a chance to test out all of the flavours.
If you were hanging around here towards the end of last year you’ll know I was all geared up and excited to review SureSlim . But alas, you know what they say about the best made plans of mince and men? I will however be eternally grateful to SureSlim as their pre-program blood test picked up that I have hypothyroidism – the reason why the review didn’t go ahead. But in their kindness SureSlim have asked if I’d like to go ahead with a stand alone giveaway of a six-week QuickLoss Express Program valued at $497.
Generally speaking I fall into the camp of the non-dieters. I don’t believe they work and I do believe they play nasty little tricks on people, particularly women’s, minds. For that reason I did a lot of research before I agreed to undertake the program – and I was fairy impressed with what I found. I’m hoping this might be the kick-start someone on the path to finding a healthy and more energetic life needs If you think that could be you let me know when you answer the question to enter the giveaway. (Please remember to check with your medical professional before starting any diet to make sure they’re happy with how it will effect your health.)
Oh stationery. One of my very favourite things in the whole wide world! Budons is a funky range of stationery especially designed for kids. It’s clever, cute and right up there with my equally stationery obsessed eight year old daughter. Budons design their stationery with click on characters so kids can individualise it themselves. Notebooks, backpacks, drink bottles and heaps more. The characters click onto the specially designed surface of the stationery and can be swapped, collected or just changed to suit your mood. Basically it’s just stationery – but even more fun! One thing that really brought back some memories for me was the Scratch and Sniff notepad – having lived through the scratch and sniff sticker epidemic of the late eighties.
You can view the entire Budons range at Target or on the Budons website. Very cool for the back to school shopping list! But if you’d prefer to simple win yourself a $40 pack of Budon goodies – head on down to the bottom of the post for the giveaway.
Pistachios – what can I say but yum. The ugliest nut in the family but truly the tastiest too. Wonderful Pistachios have only recently been released in Australian. Grown in California they come in three Wonderful Pistachios flavours: Roasted & Salted, Salt & Pepper and Sweet Chilli.
If you enjoy getting a bit nutty from time to time then you’ll be glad to hear I have two gift bags of Wonderful Pistachios to giveaway. Each bag contains one of each of the three flavours. Or if you prefer you can tootle of to Coles or Woolies to buy a pack for $7.49 for 250 grams. They really are delicious! Check out the Wonderful Pistachios Facebook page.
The final entrant into the January giveaway Party is especially designed for those of you who have working from home on your list of things you’d like to achieve this year. Brought to you by Angel Foods is the e:book Cupcake Business in a Box. It’s a compete and very well thought out guide to starting your own work from home Cupcake Business. It retails for $97 and is available from here. This is how the creator Rebekah Allen describes her guide:
The Cupcake Business in a Box is a step-by-step guide on how to have a successful cupcake business. It covers everything for Food Licensing, Registering a Business Name, Insurance, Decorating tips and Video Tutorial Library. It comes with a Bonus Pricing Guide and Recipe Book. This is a fantastic business opportunity for woman and mothers alike, as they can work part-time, choosing their own hours and still be a mum.
As a bit of a try hard cake decorator myself I find this idea really inspirational. As woman, I’m convinced we stop ourselves from achieving our dreams because we simple think we don’t have what it takes. And yet – the older I get the more I realise how wrong these thoughts are. If you are willing to work at it, and have some persistence up your sleeve, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING! It’s all in the believing. Cupcake Business in A box looks to me like it would provide a great helping hand to anyone considering giving this a go. They also have a facebook page you can find here.
Would you like to win one of these fabulous prizes? To sum up we have a Stuck On You value label pack ($49.95), two Packs of Sipahh Straws ( $86.00 ), A 6 week SureSlim Membership ($ 495), a Budons Stationery Pack ($40), two Wonderful Pistachios Packs ($49.00 ) and the Cup Cake in A Box e:book ($97) to giveaway. That makes seven prizes for seven separate winners!! Follow the steps below to enter:
- In the comments tell me your best tip or advice for successfully starting the new school year. Feel free to also let me know which prize you’d prefer. (You may not win your choice – but I will do my best.)
- If you are nice enough to share this giveaway on facebook or twitter please feel free to leave a second entry comment.
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- Please leave an email address that you check regularly – as giveaways are redrawn if you don’t respond within 5 days.
- Giveaway is open until Midnight on 31st of January 2013 and has a total value of approx $817.00
- (Check the T&C tab for full T&C).
- Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I received trial products to complete reviews for this giveaway – no financial incentive was offered or accepted.