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Giveaway: Berndes 24cm Cast Iron Casserole Dish – Ends 30th December 2014

Tesco have given me one of these lovely casserole dishes to give away, as part of their in-store sticker promotion.

Berndes 24 cm Casserole Dish
Berndes 24 cm Casserole Dish

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The Rules

– Open to UK Mainland Entrants only.

– 1 Winner will win one 24 cm Berndes Cast Iron Casserole Dish from Tesco.

– The prize will be sent to you from Tesco and posted from within the UK.

– The Scottish Mum Blog is not responsible for your prize and cannot be held liable in any way for non delivery or non receipt at your end.

– Winners will be notified within 2 days of giveaway end. If the winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be drawn.

– The winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter random generator.

– Scottish Mum Blog and Tesco reserve the right to amend, add or withdraw this giveaway at any time.

– Each entry method entitles you to one entry into the draw.

– Closes 30th December at midnight.

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Giveaway: Every Day Card Kits from Stampin Up – Ends 10th November at Midnight


Welcome to the run up to Christmas.   Stampin Up have offered me three lovely card kits to run as a giveaway.   Three readers will receive one kit each as a prize.

These every day card kits are gorgeous.  You can use them to make up cards for lots of different occasions.  With Christmas coming up, they’d also make for great stocking fillers.


Entering is simple.  Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget and away you go.  Under the terms and conditions is a bonus tutorial from Stampin UP, to make your own Halloween Banner.


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The Rules – Terms and Conditions

  • Open to UK Mainland Entrants only.
  • 3 Winners will win one card kit each.
  • The prize will be sent to you from Stampin Up and posted from within Europe.
  • The Scottish Mum Blog is not responsible for your prize and cannot be held liable in any way for non delivery or non receipt at your end.
  • Winners will be notified within 3 days of giveaway end. If the winner does not respond within 7 days, a new winner will be drawn.
  • The winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter random generator.
  • Scottish Mum Blog or Stampin Up reserves the right to amend, add or withdraw this giveaway at any time.
  • Each entry method entitles you to one entry into the draw.
  • Closing date 10th November 2014 at midnight.


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How to create your own Halloween banner



Materials List:


  • Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper
  • Build a Banner Simply Created Kit
  • 2014-2016 In Colour Stampin’ Write Markers
  • Little Letters Thinlit Dies
  • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
  • Owl Builder Punch
  • Large Oval Punch
  • ¾“ Circle Punch
  • Basic Black A4 Cardstock
  • Whisper White A4 Cardstock
  • Silver Baker’s Twine
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch

Step one
Take a sheet of Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper and a banner shape of your choice from the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit.  Draw around the banner twice onto the Designer Series Paper and cut out.

Once the Designer Series paper pieces are cut, punch holes in the top corners to match the placement on the banner piece to hang the banner flags from. Set these two pieces to one side.

Step two
Take the “b” letter stencil from the Banner Kit.  Position the stencil centrally on the banner flag, with the top corners of the stencil level with the base of the metal eyelets, as per the picture.

Using the brush end of the Tangelo Twist Stampin’ Write marker, lightly colour through the stencil onto the banner, keeping the colour as even as possible across the letter. Repeat the stencilling for two “o” flags to spell “boo”.


Step three

Using the Little Letters Thinlits dies, cut the letters to spell “Happy Hallowe’en” from Basic Black cardstock. Make sure you save the central cut-out from one of the “A” cuts, as this will be used for the apostrophe in the sentiment.


Step four

To make bats, cut two owls from Basic Black cardstock, using the Owl Builder punch.

Using the Large Oval punch and the ¾“ Circle punch, create two “wings” for each bat as shown, four wings in total.  Stick to the back of the bats.


Step five

To make ghosts, cut three more owls from Whisper White cardstock using the Owl Builder punch. Cut the feet off the white owls and edge with a light line of black ink using a marker pen or an ink pad to define the edges.

Turn the owl shapes upside down to create the ghosts. Add the mid-sized circles from the black owl cut-outs to the white owls for the ghosts’ eyes, and use the same circles from the white cut-outs for the bats eyes.  Add ‘pupils’ to the bats’ eyes. Stick the bats and ghosts together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.


Step six

Put the letters across the white banner flags to spell “Happy Hallowe’en”, and stick into place using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add the bats and ghosts to each banner piece, again using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Thread a piece of Silver Bakers Twine or similar through each of the banner pieces, and hang in place.


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Giveaway – 5 Sets of More Big Machines DVD & Activity Book – ends 15th December 2012

Perfect for Christmas presents, and up for a lovely giveaway is 5 sets of More Big Machines (the DVD) and an activity book from Tractor Ted?  Follow the rafflecopter instructions on this post to submit your entries and be in with a chance of winning.

This Christmas Tractor Ted has lots of new products and ideas to delight and inspire two to six year old tractor fans.   No self-respecting toddler will want to get out of their Tractor Ted bed (£370) which even has its own steering wheel, especially if it comes with the new Tractor Ted duvet set (£35) comprising a pillow case and duvet cover. And the Tractor Ted pencil tin (£8.99) makes an ideal stocking filler.

With lots of gift ideas to consider, the site is really worth a look.  Along with breakfast sets, lunch boxes, jigsaws and wellies, any child can really feel at home in the countryside with Tractor Ted goodies.

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The new range complements the much-loved existing Tractor Ted DVDs, books, clothes, toys and gifts.   There are now more than 15 DVDs featuring big machines, how our food is made, the seasons and looking after animals.   The latest is Tractor Ted, and the one up for giveaway on Scottish Mum Blog is More Big Machines.  Each copy retails for £9.99, so it would make a perfect stocking filler.

For all tractor fans, there is also a fan club that children can join, they can play games on the website.

So what do you have to do to enter?

Check off your answers on the rafflecopter widget and check back on the 16th December to see if you have won.  Remember to leave a comment so that I can get in touch with you if you win.

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Win 2 Kids Films as Xmas Stocking Fillers Courtesy of Scotty Brand – Ends 30th November 2012

Update: The winner is Rhiannon Alwen @HouseholdHorror

Scotty Brand sent me two films to giveaway on my blog.  All you have to do is follow the steps below to enter, and on the 30th November, I’ll pull a winner out with the random generator in the programme.  The films up for grabs are The Incredibles and Ratatouille.  Scotty Brand teamed up with Disney for the Brave Premier in Glasgow earlier this year, and the films are part of an ongoing relationship.

If you are already following me on any of the two methods, just leave a comment to say so, you still get the entry, even if you’ve been following this blog for years.

How to Enter

  • Like Scottish Mum on Facebook if you haven’t already and Leave a comment on this post to say you have done so.  Scottish Mum Facebook or on the sidebar at the right.
  • Tweet the following and leave a comment here to say you have done so.  “Enter to win a Ratatouille & The Incredibles DVD with @scottish_mum at”
  • For an additional entry, follow my blog by RSS, and leave a comment here to say you have done so.  Scottish Mum RSS

Each comment equals one entry.  Each person can earn 3 entries.  Simple.


  • The winner must be contactable within 7 days of the end of the giveaway closing date, or the prize will be reallocated to the next randomly generated winner.
  • Terms and conditions are subject to change at any time.

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Good luck to all.

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Just Dance Kids on the Wii & Giveaway

Just Dance Kids by Ubisoft came to us recently through a lovely contact who wanted us to try it out and review the Just Dance for Kids game.

The disc has lots of kids favourites – including :

  • Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • Hokey Cokey
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  • Jingle Bells
  • Crocodile Rock
  • Shake Your Groove Thing
  • The Shimmie Shake
  • Intuition
  • Despicable Me
  • Positivity
  • Follow The Leader
And lots lots more.  All the songs are at Just Dance Kids on the website.

It just goes to show that sometimes, kids are never too old to enjoy something that they’ve been given.    Here they are with the Gummy Bear Song.

My boys had a lovely afternoon playing all the songs on the disc, and we had an afternoon with friends, and their cousins over who were all younger and were tickled pink to be able to dance about to the tunes.  I wish I could have videoed them all when they were doing it, but my boys happily went on before bedtime and I managed to sneak up behind them and get the videos.

They really enjoyed going back to some of childrens songs and singing along to the older ones they knew as well as some of the more recent ones. Littlest said it was good fun being a “kid” for the day.   When you dance to the tunes, you build up a score that means you can challenge your friends and family to see who gets the blue score and is the winner with the highest score.

The screen has a cool icon that means children can skip the song themselves if they want to change the routine, and don’t have to go back into complicated menus to find the next songs.  It’s a little touch that pre-school children who don’t yet read will enjoy as they can shuffle through the songs to please themselves and choose from singers like Michael Buble, the Wiggles, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

The children here mostly played three at at time – all lined up in a row, and all having an individual score.  The game also lets them play against each other in teams to see who comes out on top.   It’s a neat feature.

My boys are getting older and we have some more games on the way to review, so we have decided that someone else should get the benefit of this disc to have fun with over Christmas.  We certainly enjoyed it.


If you’d like us to send you our review copy, just leave a comment with a way to contact you – and tell me which song you like best from the playlist and why.    The full playlist is on the website – and remember this is a copy that has been opened and used for a whole day.

Disclaimer:  We were provided a copy of the Just Dance Kids Game for  the Wii to write this review.


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Littlewoods Christmas Giveaway….. Ends 15th November 2011 – Goodie Basket

It’s that time again, and Christmas is just around the corner.

I know, I know, I can hear you all sigh, groan, stamp your feet and run for the hills at the mention of Christmas in October and Early November.  The reality is that we either get moving and organise our Christmas presents, or we run around at the last-minute like headless chickens.

I watched this video a few times to write this post, and it made me smile.   Littlewoods seem to have captured a Christmas family favourite to showcase their Christmas gift ideas.

Littlewoods also have some fabulous 3 for 2 offers on jewellery & beauty, and some toys with as much as half price reductions.


To launch their christmas ideas advert, Littlewoods are offering a fabulous christmas giveaway for one of my readers.

The prize is going to be a goodie basket with the gifts in the picture for a mum and her child.

To enter.

  • Watch the video at the top of this post.
  • Leave a comment here saying which gift in the video would be your favourite surprise gift on Christmas day and why.  Any funny stories will be greatly welcomed to help spread Christmas Cheer around.
  • Make sure you leave your twitter id, or email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win.
  • If you would like to tweet the competition, I would be very grateful if you would click the retweet me icon on the page.

We will end the competition on the 15th November, and the Littlewoods representative and I will choose a lucky winner to receive the basket.

The winner will have 3 days to claim their prize and send their address details to me, or we will re-draw by random generator.

Good Luck and Happy Video Watching
Scottish Mum


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Winner Princes Breakfast Box Giveaway

Hi everyone, thanks for the huge response to this competition.

The winner of one of these fab boxes is :


I have followed you on twitter, could you follow me back and DM me your name and address so that we can get your details out and deliver your box of goodies to you.


Scottish Mum

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Have You Heard About Software 4 Students ? A Competition Giveaway

I am really excited about this competition.  I am going to make this an easy one though, as its so fabulous.

Any student can use the Company, which is endorsed by Microsoft as an outlet to sell educational versions of their products.  These are NOT the shortened versions that people used to buy for students and small businesses.  They are the full software packages, that can be bought by the families of children at school, or adults who are students themselves.  I have bought twice, and I absolutely love that the software is the full version when you get it.

Because they are full versions, the winner of this competition will have to adhere to the terms and conditions set by eg Microsoft, and I think that is a fair deal to get the full software at such fabulous prices.  The software is much cheaper than we could buy it for, but it will be restricted to the amount of computers it can be used on, and it is limited to non-commercial use.   You can choose to download it, or the software can be sent to you on a disk.

To buy Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus  from Software4Students, I would be  £37.89.  To buy the package from PC World today it would be £349.95.  That is a huge saving, and it includes the whole suite of software, including the full versions or Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Outlook, Publisher, Communicator and Infopath.

That is a lot of software.

The easiest way to let you know what it is exactly that they do, is to give you a short summary from them.   I have a giveaway at the end, so stick with reading.

Software4Students offers students of all ages, their parents and teachers the opportunity to make huge savings of up to 90% in software costs.

Software4Students started as a pilot program in 2005 helping disadvantaged schools to minimise the digital divide and boost social mobility, providing students with low cost opportunities to enhance their digital skillsets. Due to the success of the program it was extended it to all students and their families in the UK and Ireland, to help students prepare for their future and compete in the demanding technology–led world.

The Software4Students portfolio of products includes software from popular manufacturers like Microsoft, Adobe Creative Suite CS5.5, Kaspersky antivirus software and more. The offering has proved to be hugely successful in the past few years, being endorsed by many positive mentions on different media like The Guardian UK and a massive following of over thirteen thousand people on Facebook.

In addition to their existing offers, Software4Students has recently launched bundled packages of software that lead to even bigger savings when buying software together. And as if all of this was not enough good news for the education and parenting community, Software4Students are also giving customers the chance to win one of the hottest tablets in the market each week for the month of September when they purchase any Adobe product through their site.


Software4Students has authorised the winners choice of any 1 of the software from Microsoft below.   The winner must be able to meet the  Terms and Conditions for students, parents and teachers.   The closing date is 29th October 2011.

> Office 2010
> Windows 7 Upgrade
> Microsoft Maths
> Microsoft Expression Studio
> Microsoft Project Pro

I know the one I would be picking if it was me, but it’s not me – so what do you have to do to win one of these fab pieces of software?  I told you it would be easy, so all I am going to ask you to do is the following.

  • Follow me on @scottish_mum on Twitter
  • Follow @studentsoftware on Twitter
  • Leave a comment saying which product you would choose and why.  (Software4Students will help choose a winner)
  • Leave your contact details, eg twitter user name, so that if you win I can contact you.
  • Tweet this
    “I entered to win Microsoft Software from @studentsoftware with @scottish_mum at “
Thats it – it is easy as pie.  After the 29th October, we will pick a winner.  The winner will be notified via the contact details in the comment.    If I can’t contact you within 3 days of the competition finishing, I will redraw an alternative winner.    Find out more about Software4Students on their Website, or talk to them on Facebook or Twitter.

Good Luck
Scottish Mum

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Competition – £20 of Book Tokens from Little Monkey – Book Shop 4 Kids – Closing Date 31st May 2011

Joanna from Little Monkey – Bookshop 4 Kids asked me to take a look at her website and the books that she has for sale.   As I am such an avid book reader, I couldn’t resist taking a peek at what her shop has to offer.

Little Monkey – Book Shop 4 Kids

The bookshop has a small, but comprehensive collection of books, small toys and games, and is certain to grow with time.

I found a product that one of my children would be particularly interested in.   A puzzle that would fit in with his favourite toys, and certainly a puzzle that I have not come across anywhere else.

48 large pieces to create their very own brightly illustrated floor puzzle.    A lovely product.  I could imagine one of my boys spending hours and hours on this puzzle, as he is an avid digger fan, and it is certainly on my shopping list.

Little Monkey has also offered my blog readers the chance to win £20 of books from her bookshop.   This is a lovely prize to get, and there is sure to be something on her website to suit everyone.

To enter:

  • You must be following me on twitter at @scottish_mum
  • You must leave a comment which will count as your entry, and also state your twitter id, or a way to contact you.
  • Tweet the following  “I entered @scottish_mum competition to win £20 of books from Little Monkey “

For a second entry, make sure you are following me on Google Friend Connect

Good luck everyone.  This will be a fantastic surprise for someone.    The closing date is 31st May 2011.

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Competition Blue Hauck Disney Pooh Melon Pushchair – Ends 30th April

Competition time again. 

This is not a sponsored competition.  I asked on twitter if I should put this on for a giveaway and the resounding answer was yes.  I’d rather it went to someone who will appreciate it, rather than someone who wants it for nothing on ebay.   It is still boxed, and sealed.   It is exactly like the one in the picture. 

  • It is worth £60 + postage.   It comes with a play tray and a raincover and a little winnie the pooh clips onto the hood.
  • Useable from 3 months +
  • Small compact design and lightweight with lockable swivel from wheels
  • 5 point safety harness.
  • Height adjustable handles
  • Hood and bumper can be taken off
  • Big shopping basket

To qualify for the competition / giveaway, you will be required to do the following:

1 – Leave a comment below, telling me that you want to enter,  follow me on twitter @scottish_mum and Tweet this. 

“I entered to win a pushchair with @scottish_mum.  Enter at ”

2 – For an extra entry.  Friend me on Google connect (on the blog front page), and like my page on facebook.   If you have already done these things, then it is an easy entry.  !/pages/Scottish-Mum/165660773455038 

I allocate each qualifying entrant a number, based on how many entries they have, and then draw at the random number website to make it fair.  Good luck to everyone who enters.

If you are new to my blog, your first comment will need to be approved before it shows up. 

This competition comes to you from Scottish Mum and has no connection with the product manufacturers.   By entering, you are agreeing that Scottish Mum Blog, or anyone connected with it, are not responsible in any way for the use of the product, and you use it at your own risk.

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Mothers Day Giveaway from Interflora – Ends Sunday 27th March

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I arrived home to find a lovely surprise on my doorstep.  There were the flowers and box of chocolates that Interflora had sent me to review.    When they asked me to review one of their Mothers Day Gifts, I jumped at the chance.  We are all mothers, who have mothers, so it is a fantastic product to have.

I was given some links on their website to browse, and I had a good old root through all the products they have on offer for Mothers day.   There was a huge choice on offer, from hampers in the Mothers day gifts section, through to gorgeous Mothers day flowers, and the  absolutely fabulous Spring flowers.

As a mother myself, and with special needs children, a bunch of flowers appearing in our house is a rare occurence.   The only flowers that I usually see are the ones that I buy for other people.  I decided that, for me, a gift with some chocolates would be appreciated in our house, with the flowers for me, and the chocolates for my children.  It gave me the best of both worlds.  As tempting as the Spring Gift with a bottle of wine was, I think my children appreciated the chocolates a lot more.

I chose the Scented Spring Perfect Gift with Chocolates, which was priced at £31.95.

I picked up the vase, with their box of chocolates and eagerly took it into my kitchen.  I tried to take a nice shot of the flowers, but I’m not a professional photographer, so please forgive the shots if they look slightly amateurish.

Here are my flowers in all their glory on my mantlepiece, and they certainly brighten up my room.

The smells were absolutely fantastic as I walked along my corridor.   Even my husband who is usually florally challenged said that they had a lovely smell.   I was surprised to see the flowers were in the vase, with water already in it.  I am guessing it is to preserve the life of the flowers, and for me it worked.  I loved them just for the smell.    The vase is quite a sturdy, heavy glass, definately a substantial vase.

The chocolates, well, they were lovely, as my boys could tell you.  The box is rather nice, and with the little chiffon ribbon, looks very swish.  Inside the box, the Maison Fougere chocolates for Interflora looked lovely.  With 12 gorgeous chocolates, in a mix of dark and milk chocolate, there was something for all of us.   There was even a competition here for who would get the red heart….You can hardly make out the red heart in this picture, but it really was a vibrant, lovely shade of red.

Apologies for this photo, as the chocolates have now been eaten, and I have no chance to take a better one.

The best part of all this, is that Interflora are allowing me to give away the same gift set that I received as a gift for Mothers Day.     You, or your choice of recipient will receive the same bunch of flowers, with chocolates and the vase, and you can choose your own message to put on it.    You can see the gift set on the website here.

Scented Spring Perfect Gift with Chocolates

All you have to do to enter is:

1.  Make sure you either follow me on twitter, or google friend connect my blog if you haven’t already.  If you want to do both, thats fab by me.

2. Hop on over to Interflora using the links on this post, and tell me in a comment how many gift sets Interflora are selling in their mothers day categories.   These two things entitle you to one entry.

3.  For an additional entry, tweet the following:

Win a Mothers Day gift from Interflora with @scottish_mum Enter at   Pls RT

The competition closes on Sunday 27th March 2011 to allow the winners entry to go through for Mothers Day, which is on Sunday 3rd April.  The winner will have to claim their prize before midnight on Monday 28th March.  If it is not claimed by then, it will be given to the runner up, via selection through random numbers, of the entrants. 

Good luck everyone.   It’s going to be a lovely arrival on someone’s doorstep.


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Competition Giveaway – Crystal Deodorant Worth £5 + Ends 23 Jan 2011

Win a crystal deodorant.

Over the years, I have spent lots of money, and spent much time in looking for, and trying out new deodorants and anti-perspirants.  Last year I found a natural deodorant that worked for me.  It is a salt deodorant which has many fantastic properties, and the main one is the lack of things bad for you.   

I used to stay away from things like garlic and onions as they seemed to come out through my pores.  No matter which deodorant or anti-perspirant, I used I could not find one that kept my underarms smelling sweetly from morning to night without being self-conscious.

My expectations when I tried a salt crystal deodorant, were much the same as the approach I had taken to the many other concoctions I have tried, and fully expected it not to work. 

I have been using them for a few years now, and have found the brand that I like the best.    Lafe’s deodorant salt crystal deodorants have no additives, no parabens and are easy to use.  You just wet them, then rub it on your skin.  No chemicals, nothing nasty and it works for me.

It’s giveaway time, and I have one of these to give to a lucky reader.  It is a large deodorant stone, which is likely to last anywhere from 9 months to a year and more before it needs to be replaced.  It comes with it own dish to sit in your bathroom or in a cupboard and has a little velvet pouch in case it is needed for travelling.

I will put all the entries into a hat and draw a lucky winner on the 24th January.

These stones retail at approximately £5 – 7 with postage on top.  

TO ENTER – restricted to UK & Ireland entrants only.

  1. Leave a comment on this post to say what you have done, AND subscribe to the blog via email or rss feed to have your details entered into the hat once.
  2. For a second entry,
    Follow me on twitter if you are not already  , and tweet the sentence below.
    “I entered to win a Salt Crystal Deodorant worth £5 + with Scottish Mum.  Enter to win before 23 Jan.
  3. For a third entry
    Follow me on facebook as scottishmum and post the sentence below.
    “I entered to win a Salt Crystal Deodorant worth £5 + with Scottish Mum.  Enter to win before 23 Jan.

Results will be posted on scottishmum blog on 24th January 2011.  Make sure you check to see if you have won.   If it is unclaimed for 24 hours, I will pull another winner out of the hat.

Each person has the potential to have their name entered three times to win.   If you are new to my blog, your first comment will need to be approved before it shows up. 

This competition comes to you from Scottish Mum and has no connection with Lafe.   By entering, you are agreeing that Scottish Mum Blog, or anyone connected with it, are not responsible in any way for the use of the product, and you use it at your own risk.