Posted: 5/23/2011 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Competitions

 

                        

                       

Mad Mums, a new service connecting bloggers with companies, is launching today with a fabulous competition for the first 100 parenting bloggers to sign up to our database. We’ve got some gorgeous prizes to give away courtesy of our sponsors Ragdale Hall Health Hydro, Green People and Speck. Up for grabs are a free spa day at Ragdale Hall worth £79, gorgeous set of kids’ sun care products and super slick cases for iPhone and iPads.

One lucky blogger will be enjoying free pampering day worth £79 at the Ragdale Hall Spa, including free access to all spa facilities and a light lunch at the Verandah bar.

Our second winner will get a pack of three lovely sun care products for children: Organic Children’s No Scent Sun Lotion SPF25, Organic Children’s Lavender Sun Lotion SPF25 and Organic Children's After Sun, worth over £40.

There are also 5 PixelSkin HD Wrap cases for the iPad 2 and 5 Candy Shell cards for ten lucky bloggers.

For a chance to win one of these great prizes, sign up to our database between 24rd May and 23rd June, 2011. The winners will be drawn at random and announced on the Mad Mums website.

Mad Mums is a social media advertising service connecting businesses and PRs with parenting bloggers. Signing up to the blogger service you’ll:

  • be first to find out about campaigns for our clients. These can be product reviews, giveaways, paid posts, paid tweets, banner ads and more;
  • be among the first to try innovative products for free;
  • get invited to exclusive blogging events and experiences;
  • get prizes for competitions on your blogs;

Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa - the health spa where you can really relax…
Award winning Ragdale Hall is located in the rolling Leicestershire countryside. It combines state-of-the-art facilities with the charm of traditional Victorian architecture to create one of the most luxurious and relaxing health spas in the country.

Green People Total Sun Care for Kids

Green People’s award-winning range of organic sun care for children offers high levels of sun protection without the need for synthetic chemicals. With children’s skin being far more sensitive than adults, extra care needs to be given when they are exposed to sunlight. To help keep the little ones safe in the sun, Green People have produced a range of gentle & organic products to keep them protected.

 Speck

Founded in 2001, Speck has grown to become a worldwide leader in cases and bags for iPhone, MacBook, BlackBerry, iPad and tons of other personal electronic devices.

PixelSkin HD Wrap for iPad 2

Inspired by our CandyShell Wrap for original iPad, our PixelSkin HD Wrap case for iPad 2 gives you a superbly slim fit to go along with a perfectly pixilated, high-contrast glossy-matte finish. When you close the cover, microsuction makes sure it stays firmly in place. Open it up and this cool iPad 2 cover folds back into a viewing and typing stand with multiple angles. 

CandyShell Card for iPhone 4

Leave your wallet at home with this convenient and ingenious iPhone 4 card case! The CandyShell Card is a protective, one-piece iPhone case that lets youstash up to three credit card-sized cards inside its built-in rubberised slot. Just slide your cards in to store them securely, and use the handy thumb release to access your cards when you need them!

Posted: 5/21/2011 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Parenting

The arrival of a new baby is an exciting time and if you are a budding interior designer or even a DIY novice you’ll want to create a chic yet affordable nursery for your baby. Baby’s first nursery is an important environment which should provide a calm and relaxing setting, but also reflect mum’s taste.

 With these quick and simple tips from Bosch Power Tools and celebrity interior designer Jo Hamilton, you can add your own creative touch to a designer nursery to give your little one a designer start in life.

STRETCH THE SPACE WITH STRIPES

 The nursery is often one of the smallest rooms in the house, so it’s good to build your design around a scheme that will make the area feel as large as possible.

 Horizontal stripes will visually broaden the room and can be used to great effect on a narrow end wall.  Keeping the colours pale will also help provide a feeling of openness, so pick out three or four pale shades that work really well together. For a neutral look go for a lemon yellow. Use the colours in a selection of different widths to create a beautiful and unique feature wall - the Bosch Quigo will ensure that all stripes are perfectly straight.

MAKE BABY THE STAR OF THE SHOW

 Studies have shown that being surrounded by pictures of themselves builds a baby’s self esteem, so make sure to place pictures of them around the home.  There are some really fun ways of doing this; one of the best is through wall art.  Wall art is wallpaper created from a single image printed onto a wallpaper material in any size you choose. 

 Simply send off a high-resolution image to a printing company (there are many available on the internet) and they will send it back to you as a square of wallpaper. Make sure you select an image or collection of images of your baby laughing, playing with a ball, or just having fun, it will work best on a white background.  Once the material has been created, you can simply paste it onto the wall using the Quigo to line up each image with ease.

REINVENT A DESIGNER DRESSER 

An open doored dresser can make a stunning focal point for a nursery.  The key is to find a piece with a romantic feel, so carved wooden, decorative details are a must. Look for a piece of furniture with the right shape and with plenty of character. 

 

You don’t need to spend a fortune to get a stylish, designer look - there’s nothing more satisfying than hunting out an old furniture piece and turning it into something really special! There are plenty of places to find a bargain such as car boot sales and antique fairs and don’t forget the internet.  

 Once the piece has been fully prepped, add as many shelves as you think you’ll need – you can use your Quigo to line them up.  Apply a couple of coats of white, water-based eggshell paint to the exterior - water-based paints are safe for your baby and eggshell is relatively hard wearing.  Finally, the interior can be painted with a colour to tie in with your nursery – baby pink, apple green or powder blue all work perfectly.

CREATE A CALMING COLOUR PALETTE

 Different colours trigger different emotional responses and evoke particular feelings within us.  Never is this a more important consideration than in a nursery.  Think about the feel you want your baby’s room to have – cool tones, blues and greens, will give a restful, calm feel and warmer tones, pinks, oranges and yellows will provide a more vibrant, lively atmosphere. 

 When you’ve settled on the right colour for your baby, get the paint brushes out.  To create a simple yet effective feature wall, mix varying shades from the original colour, using white paint in different quantities.  Hunt out a variety of unusual typefaces on the web, being careful to choose fonts with plenty of character.  Paint the letters of your child’s name in random typefaces, sizes and shades – use the Quigo to make sure they are straight.  You could just paint the name once, or you could cover the wall completely, using verticals and horizontals.

STICKER YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS 

Oversized wall stickers are a great way to transform a room in a matter of minutes.  They are ideal for use in a nursery because they are as easy to take down as they are to put up, allowing the room to evolve as the child grows, without the need to redecorate. 

 There are some great companies offering really beautiful designs and it’s worth hunting around for something special!  Choose a supplier who provides good quality, matt vinyl stickers as glossy finishes can look tacky.  I recently used a series of four, five and six foot flowers in a baby girl’s room and it looked absolutely glorious!  The Quigo is ideal for lining them up.

 

We've got a Quigo to give away to one lucky reader. If you're interested, please comment on this blog and share your best tip for furnishing the kids' nursery.

The Bosch Quigo automatically levels itself to provide easy to follow horizontal and vertical red lasers so you never have to worry about wonky lines. It could not be easier to use! Whether you are hanging your pictures in a row or getting to grips with wall stencils, effortlessly line up your project using the Bosch Quigo to guarantee professional results.

The Bosch Quigo is available from www.amazon.co.uk  with a recommended retail price of £49.99. It comes complete with a fixing clamp and two batteries. The Quigo is supplied in a stylish metal gift tin making it the perfect present for any aspiring interior designer.

Posted: 5/16/2011 - 7 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Competitions

We've teamed up with Nelsons Teetha®*to give away Day Out vouchers for you and your family  in our latest competition. Two lucky winners will get a £50 voucher each to enjoy at various attractions including Drayton Manor Theme Park, Paradise Wildlife Park, Belvoir Castle, Birdworld, and many more. For a full list of where the vouchers can be used, visit www.daysoutvoucher.co.uk.

 To win a Days Out voucher simply answer: 'What do you enjoy most about being a mother?'

 

You can post your reply in the form of a blog, pictures or a vlog on this website between 16th-30th May 2011 and write 'Teetha Competition' somewhere in the text.

 

To gain an additional entry to the competition post a message on Twitter with a link to this page and #Teethacompetition 

 

Help ease the symptoms of teething and don’t let this spoil a family day out by using Nelsons Teetha®, which comes in a convenient ready-dosed granule format, easy to administer and simply dissolves in a baby’s mouth.

Nelsons Teetha* is a homeopathic remedy specially designed for the soothing and calming relief of the symptoms of teething, containing a 6c homeopathic potency of natural Chamomilla. Its ease of use method, ready-dosed in a convenient granule format that simply dissolves in a baby’s mouth to ease the pain of teething.

 Nelsons Teetha® costs £5.10 for 24 sachets and is available from Boots, Holland and Barrett and all good independent healthfood and pharmacy stores.

*Always read the label

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