Wednesday, 1 October 2014

4th blogversary giveaway (c/d 16 October 2014)

I have never imagined in a million years that my blog would be visited and read by people from all over the world, when I started it four years ago, with only my family and close friends in mind. I wanted to share some milestones of my then newborn son Eddie. As my little man has grown considerably since those days, my blog has expanded as well, and in a way acquired a life of its own.



It never ceases to amaze me when I see the traffic widget on the side and the visitors from the most faraway places who read this post or that. Some old posts get resurfaced, and you never know how on earth did these people come across my blog. Yet I am thrilled and delighted.

To celebrate my 4th blogversary this month, I am running a giveaway and offering as a giveaway those products which I enjoy myself. I have bought all the gifts myself, this is not a sponsored giveaway.

For four days I will reveal a new addition to the total prize.
Day 1:
Today's offering is what I talk about on my blog the most - tea and chocolate.
The winner will receive 3 Lindt Excellence chocolate bars in 90% cacao/dark supreme; dark/a touch of sea salt and dark/Mint Intense + a selection of miniature Green & Black's chocolate bars + a box of Duchy Originals Earl Grey tea (see the selection below).



Day 2:
Adding a selection of beauty products to the prize haul: two nail polishes - Maybelline Color Show in Show Me The Green & Nailberry in Groseille (very Christmasy); James Read Sleep Mask Tan (25ml); Lancome Absolue Precious Cells advanced regenerating and replesnihsing cream SPF 15 (5ml) and a miniature edition of Lancome La Vie est Belle eau de parfum.

Question for day 2 is now in Rafflecopter.



Day 3:
as my boys are forever present in my blog posts, it is only natural that some of the goodies added to the prize will be kids-related. The winner will receive The Very Hungry Caterpillar pull-up pop-up book and wall stickers; My Nick Jr crayon set; Spongebob Squarepants character toy (I think it is Patrick); Dora the explorer backpack tag and a couple of cards.



Day 4:
Books are my sanity-saver, and when I'm not blogging in my spare time, I read. I'm adding 3 books to the prize total: Noah's Ark by Barbara Trapido; You by Joanna Briscoe and The Purveyor of Enchantment by Marika Cobbold. They all were well reviewed and have good endorsements.



T&Cs:
The giveaway will commence today at midnight.
To be in with a chance of winning please use a Rafflecopter widget. I know many compers don't like it, but personally I think it's the most fair way of choosing a winner.
I will offer a choice of options to enter, to suit all tastes: if you like Twitter, tweet to your heart's content; if you enjoy commenting on blog posts, please do that. Don't feel like you have to do all of them.
You will need to answer at least one question to be entered in the draw. There will be 4 different questions (a new one appearing each day).If you don't fancy one of the prizes, just answer the question for those days you want the prize for.
The giveaway will run for two weeks, so if you missed the first day, you can enter later, as long as you do a separate comment, and not all four answers together.
Once the winner is chosen, I will check if they answered one of four questions. If the first winner has answered all four questions, they will receive all four prizes. If they answered, let's say two, they will receive two prizes, and then the next winner will be selected, and like that, until all prizes are gone.
The giveaway is open to the UK residents only.
I will contact the winner soon after the giveaway is closed, you will have 28 days to reply, if you don't reply within 28 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

352 comments:

  1. I love cadburys twirls!

    Ashleigh

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  2. Happy blog birthday, I have no idea how old my blog is, will have to look. Favourite chocolate, do I have to have one? Possibly wispa but all chocolate is good

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  3. Unfortunately for my waistline there's not much chocolate I DON'T like but I think my fav would have to be Topic, or Toblerone, or...

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  4. Any i am a total chocoholic!

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  5. Crunchie bars, i'm a friday girl xx

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  6. I love kit kat chunky peanut butter.....

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  7. Green and blacks dark chocolate!

    @Jakeysmummy2006

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  8. I love cadburys whole nut

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  9. Green and Blacks Milk Chocolate

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  10. star bar

    KATHY D

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  11. My must have beauty product is Benefit Gimme Brow. My own eyebrows are pretty sparse and this product gives me colour and volume.

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  12. Anything without "bits" since im gluten free. Lindt individually wrapped chocolate balls just melt in the mouth. Lovely

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  13. my fave chocolate is chocolate orange

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  14. my fave beauty product is mineral foundation

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  15. My favourite chocolate is anything Cadbury yum!!!
    L Williams

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  16. Can never go wrong with a Kitkat and my fav beauty product - Mascara!

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  17. Reeces peanut butter bars x yummy

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  18. Bourjois foundation is my top beauty must have

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  19. My favourite chocolate is Cadbury whole nut

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  20. I can't eat chocolate now but my favourite used to be Double Decker.

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  21. My must-have beauty product is OPI's Avoplex nail treatment

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  22. Must have beauty product is Elemis pro collagen marine cream

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  23. Must have beauty product is good old E45 cream

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  24. My must have beauty product is lip balm!

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  25. my favourite choc bar is galaxy choc but my partner loves the dark lindt choc :)

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  26. my must have beauty product is moisturiser, I use it everyday :)

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  27. I couldn't live without my E45 cream for moisturising

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  28. q1 wholenut.
    q2. carmex lip balm

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  29. I love Terry's Orange bars & Twix!

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  30. Must have beauty product is lip gloss.

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  31. cadburys dairy milk fruit and nut

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  32. Love kit kat chunky peanut butter

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  33. Green and Blacks 85% Dark Chocolate - delicious!

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  34. Favourite beauty product is E45 - can be used anywhere on the body to moisturize beautifully.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  35. Happy blogversary Galina - I love how your (not so) little man and your blog have both blossomed :)

    My all time fave choc bar is the humble Crunchie - yummm ! lol

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  36. My must have beauty product is a deep conditioning hair mask, but any brand will do :)

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  37. I loved my My Little Pony Show Stable!

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  38. Palmers Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

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  39. Sindy dolls

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  40. I had a Fisher Price playground set, I loved it, could play with it for hours and it was a favourite for years.

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  41. My favourite toy was my teddy, and I still have him!

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  42. My favourite chocolate bar is Snickers

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  43. My must-have beauty product is moisturiser. Just as well because there's rarely time for much else!!

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  44. My favourite toys were my dolls, which the girls now have ☺

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  45. my favourite toy was my shoekeeper x

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  46. Favourite toy was my dolls house.

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  47. The new Cadbury creations are yummy, especially the popping candy one and the new banana flavoured one

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  48. Must have beauty product is lipstick, cannot go out without it, doesn't matter what colour

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  49. Favourite toy as a child was Speak and Spell. I loved it, anything to do with words and reading really

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  50. i used to lovemy sindy wall of sound

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  51. My favourite toy was my Etchasketch

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  52. My must have beauty product is lipsalve

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  53. My must have beauty product is Soap and Glory Sugar face scrub. It moisturises and removes dead skin. It works wonders!

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  54. My favourite toy when I was a kid was Pick up sticks and Tiddly Winks. Could play them for ages x

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  55. Any chocolate and peanut butter combination, eg, Reese's or the kitkat version (haven't seen it in ages though).

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  56. My must-have beauty product is my Benefit mascara!

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  57. My favourite toy was definitely my Furby!

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  58. My favourite chocolate bar is a Cadbury Crunchie!

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  59. My must have beauty product is face moisturiser.

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  60. My favourite toy was a Tiny Tears Doll.

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  61. The Time Traveler's Wife book.

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  62. My must have beauty product is my moisturiser

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  63. My favourite toy was my Sindy doll

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  64. My best book I've read this year is David Jason's autobiography, brilliant!

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  65. The Return by Victoria Hislop was fab!

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  66. The best book that I have read this is would have to be A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Galley Beggar).

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  67. Favourite choc bar is Green & Black's - Orange

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  68. Must-have beauty product is mascara

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  69. Favourite toy was Playmobil - by a million miles!

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  70. Best book I've read this year was Dave Gorman's new one

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  71. I love a Double decker straight from the fridge.

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  72. I tend to read more short stories, ie magazines like Take A Break and Glamour.

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  73. My must have product is Blue Mascara

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  74. the great gatsby by f scott fitzgerald

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  75. my must-have beauty product is BB cream :)

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  76. My trilke was my favourite childhood toy.

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  77. My favourite book this year is Eeny Meeny.

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  78. The Emperor Waltz by Philip Hensher

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  79. Read so many books it's too hard to choose so I'll say the one I just finished - No Way Out by David Kessler

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  80. Favourite choc bar is cadburys Galaxy.

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  81. I've loved loads this year so I'll go for George RR Martins A Song of Ice and Fire, I can't pick a favourite out the series, every one is brilliant and I re read them every 18 months or so.

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  82. lip balm, I hate i when my lips get dry and crack ;-)

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  83. Topic are my fav chocolate bars

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  84. Must have beauty product for me is eyeliner

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  85. I just love Galaxy milk chocolate!!

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  86. I cant live without my mascara!!

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  87. My favourite toy was cabbage patch dolls

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  88. My favourite chocolate bar is a crunchie

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  89. Best book I've read this year is The Fault In Our Stars

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  90. My favourite toy as a child was KerPlunk!

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  91. The best book I read this year was If You Could See Me Now - Cecilia Aherne

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  92. My favourite chocolate bar is Cadbury's Whole Nut.

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  93. My must-have beauty product is moisturiser.

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  94. My best book I read this year was The Innocent by Harlen Coben.

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  95. Congrats to your 4th blog birthday. Oh, some chocolate and a nice book would be something, but ... you have to know when to keep quiet, that is ... now.

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  96. I have enjoyed reading the Hunger Games Trilogy

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  97. against all odds by paul connoly

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  98. My must-have beauty product is body butter as I get very dry skin :) I love those from The Body Shop!

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  99. My favourite toy as a child was a doll called Byedolly :)

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  100. The best book I read this year was Gone Girl - I can't wait to go and see the film! :)

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  101. Favorite book = Fool's Assassin from Robin Hobb

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  102. Must have beauty product is hand cream

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  103. My favourite toy as a kid was battery powered boat.

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  104. The best book that I have read this year is 48 Hours: A City of London Thriller by
    J Jackson Bentle

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  105. I love a Curly Wurly

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  106. Must have beauty product is Bio Oil

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  107. My favourite toy was my Sylvanian Families

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  108. Best book this year was The reason Why I Jump

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  109. have enjoyed reading miranda harts autobiograohy this year

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  110. Wholenut is my fave chocolate bar

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  111. My must have beauty product is vaseline!

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  112. My Favourite toy as a child was my Keyper Diamond Horse, I adored it so much I had 2!

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  113. Flake - crumbly chocolate - mmmm!

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  114. Lip balm - makes my lips feel good

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  115. Victoria Plum doll - I lost it on the bus!

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  116. Stephen King Dark tower series (not 1 book I know but it felt like it!)

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  117. My favourite toy from childhood was a teddy called ......Teddy !

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  118. What is your favourite chocolate bar?Cadbury Rwirl

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  119. What is your must-have beauty product?
    lippy

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  120. What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?
    Lego

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  121. What was the best book you read this year?
    Alter Ego of Marjorie Primm

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  122. Fave choc bar ? Got to be a kit kat everytime!
    Helen booth

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  123. Favourite toy? My Little Ponies!
    Helen booth

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  124. favourite toy my knight rider car

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  125. Fave choccy bar - Original Toblerone

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  126. Must have beauty product - my hair gel

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