Saturday, 1 December 2012

A Very Merry December Reviews and Giveaways Post

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*** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED ***

I have been seriously busting to share this month's giveaways with you as it is chocka block full of gorgeousness. There is something to suit everyone in this months selection of products, and lots of ideas for Christmas gifts.

Normally I run the giveaways for two weeks, but this time I am only going to run it for a week as I want to select the winners quickly so you can hopefully, get your goodies in time for Christmas.

You can enter to win all of these great prizes, but you have to comment separately for each prize you want to win. Don't forget to follow all the specific steps related to the prize to make sure your entry is valid.

So what am I faffing on for - let's get started!

GLASSHOUSE FRAGRANCES


Anyone who knows me knows I am a serious Glasshouse Candles fan. I have a candle or a diffuser literally in every room of my house. Its not just the gorgeous fragrances I am so in love with, nope its the beautiful jars I love to reuse when the candle has done it's duty. I even wrote a whole post here about how I reuse them if you missed it.

The awesome Charlie from Glasshouse sent me the Christmas Party special edition Candle as a thank you for talking about them in my post and Holy Moses, candle is incredible. It is triple scented of Sweet Orange and Nutmeg and smells totally like Christmas in a Jar.

I thought it would be hard to beat the limited edition Coney Island Candle, but geez, its a close one!



Now not only was Charlie kind enough to send me one of these, he wants one of you guys to win one too. Thanks Charlie :) So I get to select one lucky person to receive the gorgeous Christmas Party Candle.

TO ENTER: LIKE Glasshouse Fragrances on Facebook and please say hello whilst you are there. Then leave me a comment here on this post to tell me you would like to win this. Don't forget to include your email if you are not a registered commenter - I need to be able to contact you to tell you if you win!


ARTISSE ORGANIC



Summer at our house is all about the BBQ and outdoor dinners. The weather is warm so you kind of get that fabulous holiday vibe, especially when the kids are playing in the pool, I am sipping a cocktail and the aromas from the BBQ the hubby is cooking is wafting about. Love Love Love.

Artisse Organic (creators of Aribars and Little Bellies) recently sent me a range of their incredible seasonings and can I tell you - they are awesome!

The rubs are the perfect seasoning for your choice of protein. We are particularly fond of the Fish Market Rub on a bit of seared salmon.... mmmmm. The Herbal Sea Salt was also a fave especially ground over some crispy potato wedges. Am I making you hungry? Heck Now I'm even feeling a little peckish myself.

You can buy the Artisse range of Seasonings at Coles, Woolworths, IGA and Thomas Dux - or you could win the entire range here.



Yep the gang at Artisse Organic are giving you guys the chance to win the pack above (including the black Artisse Chefs Apron).

TO ENTER: LIKE Artisse Organic on Facebook and please say hello whilst you are there. Then leave me a comment here on this post to tell me you would like to win this. Don't forget to include your email if you are not a registered commenter - I need to be able to contact you to tell you if you win!


WORD ART STUDIO



See that gorgeous framed print above? It is from Word Art Studio and those beautiful seaside pictures spell out my name. It makes me very happy!

I have it up in my home office and when I am feeling a little stressed out whilst I am working away, I throw a quick glance at this beautiful artwork and suddenly I am on a beach somewhere with the sounds of the oceans and smell of the salt air ...... well at least I like to imagine I am.

Word Art Studio is the baby of architectural photographer Alexandra Eleftheriou. When Alexandra began to see how letters of the alphabet are re-created in the unique shapes of buildings, architectural structures and through nature she was intrigued and inspired. She took to the streets to capture the images she was seeing with her own eyes through the eyes of the camera.

After more than twelve months of walking through back streets and hidden alleyways of Sydney, Alexandra had captured a gallery of 500 stunningly presented photographs, each uniquely representing a letter of the alphabet that can be made into a special word.  And so Word Art Studio was born.

This is the perfect gift idea for someone, whether it be a new baby, a wedding gift or even a valentine gift. Maybe you just want one for yourself cause they are so precious and that is totally OK too.

Alexandra would very generously like to give one of you guys the chance to own your own personal Word Art so she has very kindly given me a Gift Voucher to offer up as a prize.

The gift Voucher is for the value of $214 which whilst you may laugh at the odd number, it is enough for you to order a 6 letter word with a standard mat and frame and includes delivery. Extra letters can be purchased for $20. Ornate frames can also be purchased for an additional charge.

*These opinions are my own and I was not paid to promote Word Art Studios. I did however receive my own personalised Word Art as a gift.


TO ENTER: LIKE Word Art Studio on Facebook and please say hello whilst you are there. Then leave me a comment here on this post to tell me you would like to win this. Don't forget to include your email if you are not a registered commenter - I need to be able to contact you to tell you if you win!


RISE OF THE GUARDIANS



One of the things I adore about the lead up to Christmas is the Kids Christmas movies. There I said it! Clearly I am just an overgrown child myself. But I really do love taking the boys to see the latest movies as they come out, as they just seem to evoke the magic that is Christmas with kids.

DreamWorks new Animated movie Rise Of The Guardians, is due for release on the 13th December and it is the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

You can watch a preview of the film here, just to get you in the spirit of things, but it is definitely one to add to your list of must sees over the Christmas Holidays.


Now I have a Special Rise Of The Guardians pack to giveaway courtesy of Way to Blue and Dreamworks.
It includes an official movie poster (Kids LOVE these) and 2 x Rise of The Guardians books.

TO ENTER: LIKE the Rise of The Guardians Page on Facebook and please say hello whilst you are there. Then leave me a comment here on this post to tell me you would like to win this. Don't forget to include your email if you are not a registered commenter - I need to be able to contact you to tell you if you win!


DURACELL DURALOCK



Duracell has discovered that some 20 battery-operated devices reside in the typical household,  from remote controls and toys to clocks and garage door openers, as well as essential life-saving devices like smoke alarms.

Now there is nothing worse opening a new pack of batteries in your drawer to load up a torch in the middle of a blackout only to find the batteries are flat. Doesn't that just make you go ARGGHHHH!

Or how about Christmas morning, when you load up the kid's new toys with some batteries that you purchased, to find they are dead flat. Yep been there and done that!

Well my friends, Duracell is giving you guys the peace of mind with the launch of Duralock with Power Preserve Technology. Available now, Duracell batteries with Duralock Power Preserve Technology are guaranteed to stay powered for up to 10 years in storage.

These new Duracell batteries with Duralock will be packaged with a “good until” date and feature the new Duralock ‘ring’ providing consumers with the comfort of knowing that Duracell batteries left sitting in a drawer will still work when they are needed most.

The entire portfolio of Duracell batteries including Ultra (AA/AAA), CopperTop (AA/AAA/C/D/9V), Hearing Aid and Coin Button cells will carry a Duralock Power Preserve guarantee.
They are available at retailers such as Coles, Target, Bunnings, Toys R Us and independent groceries, pharmacies, convenience, electronic and hardware stores nationwide.

Also Duracell and one of the largest toy makers in the world, Hasbro, have joined forces to create a strategic partnership. The partnership aims to power smiles through the fun of Hasbro toys and the trusted reliability of Duracell batteries. A selection of Hasbro’s world-class portfolio of brands, as well as its licensed properties will have “power up with Duracell” messaging throughout its battery-operated toys.


Now this is a little exciting. Duracell and Hasbro would like to give you guys the chance to win a Play date for your child and 9 of their friends. The prize is for an entertainer and catering for 10 children up to the value of $1000.


TO ENTER: This is one you want to get your kids involved in. Your kids need to to describe what their ideal toy would look like in 10 years time. Think back to the Future or The Jetsons :) You can email me a picture if the kids would like to do one or post it to my Facebook Page, but most importantly you need to leave a comment right here on his post describing the toy. I am going to let my kids pick the winner of this one!


MICADOR / COLLECTED & CO


I am such a total Stationery Junkie! I love the stuff, can't get enough of it and would be quite happy rolling around in a big bath of paper and pen cuteness.

OK Yes I am getting a little carried away again, but I really do love the stuff.

Can you picture how nuts I went when a big box full of the most DIVINE goodies from Micador and C&Co arrived on my doorstep? Picture Demi Moore rolling around her bed with all the money she won in the movie An Indecent Proposal and well I was nothing like that, BUT I still was squealing like a 5 year old.

The Micador Group have the most gorgeous range of Art & Craft and Stationery supplies. I challenge you to visit their website to see their entire range and come away empty handed.

You so need to follow these guys on Facebook to keep up to date on all the competitions and specials they are frequently running... *ahem* like this Christmas Specials here.

There is also a Christmas Hamper Special for Collected & Co – they come in 3 styles (Natural, Grey & White) that were $200 but are now $150.  Check that Hot Deal out here

You can get the entire range available exclusively at Big W - You can find your nearest Big W Here.

These guys have it all, cute stationery and office supplies, Stamp Sets to Arts and Crafts supplies and activities and even Globes and Maps.

There is even a Pinterest Page where you can learn How To Bespoke Your Space, I am getting all excited and fidgety just talking about them. Just go and check them out for yourselves if you haven't already - you can totally thank me later!

Please note: C&Co or Micador orders need to be placed by the 14th Dec in order to arrive in time for Christmas. 



See all of that gorgeousness above? Well 4 of you can win all that. Yep FOUR of you! Now I am like REALLY fidgeting! Do you love those fabulous people at Micador as much as I do now???

TO ENTER: LIKE The Micador Group on Facebook and please say hello whilst you are there. Then leave me a comment here on this post to tell me you would like to win this. Don't forget to include your email if you are not a registered commenter - I need to be able to contact you to tell you if you win!


PURELY 4 KIDS



Purely 4 Kids is one of the Fabulous and generous Sponsors and Supporters of this Blog.


Purely 4 Kids is the brain child of 2 fabulous mums who with 6 kids between them, know how painful it can be to take kids shopping for clothes.

They are a boutique online store that are dedicated to finding local designers with a heart and talent for creating fashion for kids. They carry a gorgeous range of clothes, shoes, swimmers, toys and accessories for boys and girls from babies to teens and everything in between.


I love their range of clothes and thankfully so do my kids. So no arguing over outfits when it comes to the clothes from their range.

You can visit Purely 4 Kids gorgeous website here to check out the range for yourself.


Kids are always growing out of their clothes right and coming into Summer you are probably needing to add a few things to their wardrobe. Well Purely 4 Kids have very generously offered up a $100 Gift voucher for a lucky person to win so you can pick some great kids clothes from their awesome range.

TO ENTER: LIKE Purely 4 Kids on Facebook and please say hello whilst you are there. Then leave me a comment here on this post to tell me you would like to win this. Don't forget to include your email if you are not a registered commenter - I need to be able to contact you to tell you if you win!





PATCH BUDDIES & WAFF NOTEBOOKS


My kids always love receiving special parcels in the post from Eureka Concepts and their toys are always a huge hit with them. There was quite a bit of excitement from Flynn when these things arrived with our lovely postie.

Patch Buddies are the sweet new plush toys that are always ready to travel in style - in their very own backpack.

Each plush toy comes in a special pocket at the front of these very cute backpacks. It means your little ones not only have a handy carry all with them, but their special Patch Buddy friend can be shown off to everyone at the same time! Each of the toys have a fluffy comfort blanket, designed to soothe young children with ease.

The backpack is very roomy, with plenty of space for everything a little one will need for a day out – a change of clothes, a snack and a sunhat will fit with ease.

You don't need to go hunting around in the bag for that special comforting toy as it is sitting securely on the outside of the bag ready for those awful toddler meltdown moments!

There are three different funky backpack colour combinations to choose from, and seven loveable character options including Loyal Mouse, Playful Pig and Happy Penguin. 

Patch Buddies are suitable for children aged 3 to 8 years and retail for around $50. I'm thinking these would be great Christmas gifts for some little friends of mine. To purchase online or to view a list of stockists, go to www.eurekaconcepts.com.au.


Also from Eureka Concepts are these funky little WAFF Notebooks which are made from a fun rubbery surface and come with 2 movable clips. 

WAFF Notebooks recently won the Best New Product of the Year award at the 2012 New York Stationery Show.


These notebooks contain 200 lined pages and can be used to take notes in class, draw in on long drives or even use as a diary.

Even adults love these retro notebooks. Buy one as a Christmas gift for a fun adult in your life and help unleash their inner child!


WAFF Notebooks come in five cool colours and retail for around $20. Additional clips retail for roughly $4 for a set of 4. To purchase online or check out a list of stockists, go to www.eurekaconcepts.com.au.


I have one of these very cute Patch Buddies and a WAFF Notebook to giveaway to someone just in time for Christmas. Earn yourself some brownie points with your kids and make sure you put your entry in for this one.


TO ENTER: LIKE Eureka Concepts on Facebook and please say hello whilst you are there. Then leave me a comment here on this post to tell me you would like to win this. Don't forget to include your email if you are not a registered commenter - I need to be able to contact you to tell you if you win!


THE JELLY BEAN FACTORY



Ahhh yet another new addiction of mine and one that I have very graciously shared with my family in the little Treat Boxes I have made them for Christmas (You can read that post and tutorial here).

These beans will punch you in the mouth with flavour, but in a totally nice way of course. None of those bland bleugh flavours or colours running. There is no other Jelly Bean for me anymore, I am a total Gourmet Bean convert.


These beans are perfect for every family as every single one of the 12 million jelly beans The Jelly Bean Factory produce each year are free from artificial colours and flavours.

Each of the 36 flavours have no generically modified ingredients, are gelatine free and gluten free. They're halal compliant; and perfect for coeliacs and veggies too. The beans are produced and packed in a totally nut-free environment, so they can be enjoyed by nut allergen sufferers too. There is even real fruit juice in the fruit favours. Sweet treats with a sweet conscience – Bless their cotton picking socks!



Bwaha hahaha. I have 2 of these Prize packs above to offer up for Grabs courtesy of The Jelly Bean Factory, just so you can become as addicted as I am. See Sharing IS Caring :)

TO ENTER: LIKE The Jelly Bean Factory on Facebook and please say hello whilst you are there. Then leave me a comment here on this post to tell me you would like to win this. Don't forget to include your email if you are not a registered commenter - I need to be able to contact you to tell you if you win!


NORDIC NATURALS


I am terrible at knowing what Vitamins are for what. There are so many to choose from and well if I am honest I just get a little bit confused with it all.

I do however know that omega-3s are important for a healthy heart, brain, eyes, joints, pregnancy, healthy skin and hair, and a good strong immune system. It is the all rounder!

Nordic Naturals Children’s DHA is made from Gold Standard Arctic Cod Liver Oil. These products are rich in the omega-3 DHA, which is essential for brain function.  Hey anything that helps to keep my kids concentratin at school and prevent their brain farts at home is AOK by me. 

They can be easily swallowed or chewed by children three years and up, Children’s DHA also contains healthy levels of 100% natural vitamins A and D. 

Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil is made from 100% wild Arctic cod. No fish body oils or synthetic vitamins or additives are ever used.



To help you guys survive the silly Season in the healthiest shape possible, I have a gift pack from Nordic Naturals up for grabs.

In this pack you will receive;

1 x Nordic Naturals Arctic-D Cod Liver Oil

237ml - lemon flavoured and made from 100% wild Arctic Cod
1 x Nordic Naturals Children’s DHA

90 chewable soft gels - strawberry flavoured and made from Arctic cod liver oil
Small Nordic Naturals canvas bag

Nordic Naturals organic lip balm
      Nordic Naturals pen

TO ENTER: LIKE Nordic Naturals on Facebook and please say hello whilst you are there. Then leave me a comment here on this post to tell me you would like to win this. Don't forget to include your email if you are not a registered commenter - I need to be able to contact you to tell you if you win

Wowzers, I told you there were some goodies this month and there is still some more to come before Christmas, so keep a look out!

Terms and Conditions
  • Competitions are open to Australian residents only
  • This is a Game of Skill and the winners will be chosen for their most creative answers.
  • Prizes will be sent to you direct from the Companies or PR Representatives.
  • All opinions are my own.
  • Please make sure you enter a comment for each prize you wish to win AND follow all the steps.
  • All the best attempts will be made to get your prizes to you in time for Christmas, however at this time of the year delays do sometimes occur.
  • The winners will be announced on this post right here on my blog and contacted by email. They will have 5 days to contact me to claim their prize. If the winner does not make contact me the prize will be redrawn and a new winner notified by email.
  • The Competition is open now and closes at 7pm Saturday 08/12/12. 

Thank you to all the fabulous companies involved in this months Reviews and Giveaways post. The products I choose to submit in these review posts are products that have been sent to my family and I to try, or we have loved and are happy to endorse


If you are interested in having your product reviewed and possibly included in next month's Reviews Discounts and Giveaways post, please just send me an email to lifelovehiccups@optusnet.com.au.




CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING WINNERS



GLASSHOUSE
Jen Fiddy Clark

MICADOR PRIZE PACK 1
Here I am Lou Lou
MICADOR PRIZE PACK 2
Virginia Mason
MICADOR PRIZE PACK 3
Rachel K
MICADOR PRIZE PACK 4 
Larabelle

PURELY 4 KIDS
Kelly Arndt
WORD ART STUDIO
Jess My Heart Is Your Home 
PATCH BUDDY & WAFF NOTEBOOK
Heather Munro Sansom
NORDIC NATURALS
Kirsty Ross Bell
ARTISSE ORGANICS
Tahlia - The parenting Files

DURACELL / HASBRO PLAYDATE
Kath3333

THE JELLY BEAN FACTORY PRIZE PACK 1
Deborah Alter- Rasche
THE JELLY BEAN FACTORY PRIZE PACK 2
Erica Mealy

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS BOOK & POSTER PACK
Claire Mott
Can you all please email me at lifelovehiccups@optusnet.com.au within the next 5 days to claim your prizes and enjoy!