Lollibop 2013: Win 4 Tickets To The Festival For Children (UK Only)

Though the weather could fool you, it is actually summer time, and with the supposed sunshine, British summer brings you festivals, festivals and more festivals. Every August, Lollibop Festival is the pinnacle of childhood festivals, and I am so excited to be able to attend again this year.

This year, Lollibop Festival will still be a 3-day affair, but rather than Regents Park, it’ll be over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which I can only imagine will be amazing, having spent two fantastic days there last year.

Rather than just raving about how much fun we had last year, or going on about how we’re looking forward to it this year, I’m thrilled to be able to once again offer you the chance to win a family ticket to attend Lollibop on the 16th, 17th or 18th of August.

Lollibop offers a wonderful day out for the family, especially if you’ve ever watched any children’s TV.

The incredible line-up – aimed at children under the age of 10 – combines some of the hottest names in kids entertainment, as well as hundreds of activities, workshops and interactive areas.  The 2013 programme is still being finalised, but head over to their website to see what’s already in store. 

Last year’s Lollibop Festival we definitely arrived too late in the day and didn’t have the chance to do everything available, so this year we’ll be making the journey a lot earlier, and getting there when the doors open.

Ameli loved doing yoga with the Pipplings, and screamed like a groupie when Mr Maker came out on stage. I thought the village street with it’s ‘rooms’ for music, art, shopping, dress up and kids-tech was amazing – I still want to set one up in my garden – and my husband thought the Science Museum bit was fantastic. Aviya was just five months, and even she spent most of the day in wide eyed wonder. We’re very excited about going again.


If you don’t want to wait and see what happens with the competition, you can buy your tickets from Ticketmaster now.

Early bird tickets are:

  • Single – £20
  • Family – £78 (four over 12 months)
  • Groups of 10+ – £18 per person
Advance tickets:
  • Single – £28
  • Family – £110  (four over 12 months)
  • Groups of 10+ – £23 per person
The enter to win the competition, head over to the Lollibop Line Up page, and have a browse around. Come back here and leave a comment below, telling me what you’d love to see or most look forward to. Remember to click on the +1 on Rafflecopter to register your entry!

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·      The competition closes 1 July 2013
·      We have one family pass to giveaway. The pass admits 4 people, one person in the group must be aged over 18 (NB children under the age of 12 months do not require a ticket)
·      The winning family can attend on the day of their choice, either August 16, or August 17 or August 18. The date must be specified at time of confirming the prize
·      Travel and accommodation are not included
·      The prize is non-refundable and NO cash alternative will be offered
–     The prize is non transferable and ID will be required at time of collecting the tickets
–    The prize includes all events and activities at LolliBop but not food and drink from any stalls or bar

Competition: Win Family Tickets To Nozstock Festival

Remember last year when my family and I went to Nozstock Festival? Well, it’s that time again, and we can’t wait!

Nozstock is  a festival in Bromyard, Herefordshire that caters to all ages with activities that little ones can enjoy as well as entertainment for teens, students, seasoned festivalites and grandparents.  It has 8 stages of entertainment with surprising sights and intimate, secluded areas of theatre and discovery to be unearthed.

Here are a few of the comments from my review last year:

“Nozstock was so incredibly child friendly that it was easy to forget you were at an adult festival. But at the same time, there were so many options for everyone that I am doubtful anyone walked away feeling uncatered for.”

“There was a specific area dedicated to children – The Enchanted Glade – that offered Marble painting, face painting, hair braiding, puppet making, story telling, kids yoga, arts and crafts, a bubbleologist, a magician, hula hooping, craft hedgehogs, gaffer tape roses, a UV Disco and so on. And those were just the things listed in the program.

“Something that really ‘made’ the festival for me was all the attention to small, attention grabbing details: a large mermaid in the dried up creek, a huge carved cat at the entrance, crafted octopuses hanging from the trees, witches on brooms flying over the crowd at the Garden stage, wind chimes dotting the area, ‘street names’ in the camping grounds.”

“My (2yo) daughter loved the stilt walkers and was amused that her daddy wasn’t the tallest person in the room anymore! At one stage we walked through a dark area and she looked around concernedly before turning to me and saying “Mama, where’s all the fun stuff gone?””

As you can tell we loved it, and we’re very excited to be going again this year. Feel free to read the rest of the review of Nozstock Festival.

So, if you join us, what can you expect to find?

For a start, after feedback last year, they’ve changed the family sleeping arrangements, so families are better catered for in a quiet field. Just because you’re at a festival does not mean you don’t want to sleep!

This small family-run event is now in its 15th year and has a limit of 5000 people. The property is large though, so the festival feels like an intimate gathering. It’s lovely.

There is a warm, inclusive welcome, synonymous with the small festival experience, an ethos of fun and participation, and an incredible array of entertainments. With over six stages and many nooks, crannies and secret wooded glades to discover Nozstockers are invited on a journey of discovery through the dingles and the dells of this magical site.

The Hidden Valley is landscaped around a ramshackle Tudor farmhouse. It sits behind the main ORCHARD STAGE and
is set at the foot of a natural arena on the side of the gently sloping valley. Alongside the farmhouse is the GARDEN STAGE, which provides a more eclectic line up, turning electronic by sundown whilst converted cowshed the CUBICLES pushes out sub-thumping bass, this year hosted on Saturday by the legendary drum ‘n bass label RAM Records. With further music (including a new electro-swing stage), theatre, comedy stages and tents dotted around the site Nozstock offers a cornucopia of wonders to explore.

This year’s theme is ‘Wild Wild West,’ so dust off your cowboy hats, fringed moccasins, saloon skirts and ropey John Wayne impressions for what promises to be the best Nozstock yet.

While this is totally an adults festival, what we’re looking forward to again this year is the Enchanted Glade Kids’ Area. There’s a plethora of events for children, and for adults, comfy sofas offer a cosy retreat while the youngsters enjoy themselves and it’s near enough to the café to treat yourself to a quick caramel slice before storytime….

Some of the line up for kids are:

  • sock wrestling
  • story-telling
  • water pistol dueling
  • mini tipi-making
  • giant sandpits
  • treasure hunts
  • puppet workshops
  • pasta jewelry-making
  • hula-hooping fun and much much more…

At the end of the weekend, you’ll be able to leave all your usable but no longer wanted items – from tents to tinned food – in special boxes to be donated to charity. Nozstock is also big on recycling and there are stations all around the site.

If you’re feeling adventurous, The Nozstock Cycle challenge may be right up your street. Leave the car at home! A team of 8 people cycling to Nozstock from over 15 miles away can get 2 free tickets and a hamper of drinks and Nozstock goodies. Pack all the tents in one car with a designated driver, and the rest of you? Cycle! Awesome!

A percentage of the car park charges will also go to planting Celebritree Avenue – A percentage of money generated from the car parking charges will be spent on tree planting trees on the festival site. There will be a tree planting workshop on Sunday in the craft area, including a planting by one of the headlining bands. The Proclaimers planted the first tree in Nozstock’s star studded Celebritree Avenue at Noz 2012.

And if camping’s not your thing? You can even hire a yurt!


I am really excited to be able to offer 2 adult and 2 child tickets to Nozstock Festival. To enter to win you need to click over to Nozstock’ s website and check out the lineup for the ADULT events (no copying from above! 😉 ). Tell me in the comments below what you would love to see, and remember to click the +1 on the Rafflecopter to log your entry. You can earn additional entries by becoming a liker on Facebook and tweeting too!

The competition ends Sunday 23 @ 12AM.  Please read the T&C’s

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Competition: Win a £30 Voucher At Casabu

We know we all want to save the pennies, but still have good quality goodies, right? Well, Casabu is exactly the type of online shop you should take a look at if that’s you.

Casabu is a members only business that runs daily sales on great brands. Sign up is free and pretty quick. Casabu launched in April 2012, and were nominated for Start-up of the Year in 2012 in the category Online Business of the Year.

They sell clothing, toys, nursery equipment, maternity gear, and treats especially for mums. All sales at Casabu take 40 – 90% off RRPs.

Some of the brands you’ll see if you sign up for Casabu’s daily email are K’s Kids, Free Time 4 Kidz, Little Helper, Clarins, Lego and Galt and hundreds of local UK and European brands.

The way it works is pretty simple: They add new products to their site every day. When the offer is finished, everything the public has bought is shipped to Casabu’s warehouse, from where it is combined into our orders, and then shipped on to the buyers. By doing this it takes a little longer than if you bought it directly from the supplier, but you’re getting it at a reduced price, which should make it worth the wait.

Some of the items available on Casabu while writing this post that I absolutely love and would love to buy are:

Jelly The Pug Magical Sail Ruffle Dress RRP 34.50 selling for £14.50 – can’t find it elsewhere in the UK right now
Blue Maple 4-in-1 Art Station RRP £80, on sale for £55 currently on sale at Amazon for £69.97
Pop Up Cool Camp RRP£15.99, on sale for £13 – currently £14 on Amazon
Animal Magic Puzzle Mat RRP £85, on sale for £45 – can’t find it elsewhere in the UK right now

And this is just a sampling of what’s available. As the days change, the offers end, so don’t lose out if there’s something you really like!


To win a £30 voucher to spend at Casabu, you will have to sign up to Casabu*, browse what is currently on offer, select at least one item you would spend your voucher on, return here, leave a comment WITHOUT A LINK telling me what you would purchase. Please use the same email to sign up as you do in your comment. This will ONLY be used to verify that you have signed up. Diary of a First Child does not keep your email and will not use it for anything else.

You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter for additional, optional entries. Competition closes at 12am on 23 June 2013.

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*Should you buy anything from Casabu, I will receive £10 referral fee as payment for running this competition.


Baby Massage Week 2013 – Organic Monkey Massage Oil Giveaway

There does seem to be an awareness day, week or month for the most obscure things these days, doesn’t there? One that I am particularly happy to support, however, is Baby Massage Week. I started practicing baby massage on Ameli when she was just six weeks old, and loved it so much I trained as a Baby Massage Instructor. I was giving classes while pregnant with Aviya, and had my first post baby class when she was just six days old, and used her as my massage doll for two or three classes a week for almost four months.

I’ve always wondered if that is why she’s such a chilled out baby!

An essential ingredient in massage is oil, and while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using any organic oil – if you’d use it on your salad, you can use it on your baby, and we recommend sunflower oil in our classes – there’s value to a beautiful oil that mama can inhale deeply while she’s massaging too.

A few years back now, I reviewed the  Hello Mellow Massage Oil from Organic Monkey, an oil I absolutely loved. You can read the full review, of course, but here are a few highlights about this lovely baby massage oil.

“I cannot find fault with this product. It contains all natural ingredients, with sunflower oil being the carrier oil, it seems. There’s apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil and vitamin E oil too, and then the essential oils are sweet orange, lavender and roman chamomile, all of which are calming and soothing aromas.

While I’m a huge lover of lavender, I must say that I adore the predominantly sweet orange aroma of this. It’s a nice break from the usual lavender for babies.

The next thing I love about it is how moisturising it is. I’ve even used it on myself as an after bath moisturiser a number of times and it leaves myskin feeling soft, smooth and beautifully moist. Ameli has quite a dry skin too especially as we head into winter and there’s been a marked improvement in her skin since we’ve been using this oil.”

There’s more to the review, so just follow the link if you want to know more.

So today, Organic Monkey are offering 5 readers a bottle of their lovely oil each.

The competition runs until Friday 23:59, and winners will be chosen and notified over the weekend.

Leave a comment on the blog, then click the +1 on Rafflecopter and submit your entry!
(The question is: What benefit of baby/toddler massage do you find most valuable/do you hope will make the greatest difference to your little one?)

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Win: £40 Amazon Vouchers From Directline Holidays

Directline Holidays are an online travel agent, set up in 1993. On their website you can browse traditional holiday packages from all the leading tour operators, as well as ‘hand crafted holidays’ made to your specifications. Their services are designed to provide ‘great experiences at outstanding value’.

Directline Holidays offer holidays on the beach, city breaks, UK breaks, flights and hotels only. You can also book car hire and travel insurance through them.

Their website uses unique technology to compare a database of holidays wider than any other online travel agent in the UK. “This includes holiday offers from all the leading UK tour operators you know, as well as from many excellent specialists you might not expect.”

“We promise extra value through our online discount offered to every customer on top of deals available from tour operators on our site.”

I’ve been having a browse of the website, and it’s absolutely put me in the holiday mood!

Directline Holidays are offering one reader a £40 Amazon voucher to spend on whatever you need for your next holiday. Reading by the pool? New swimming costume? Money towards a camera? Or snow boots?  It’s yours to spend on whatever you like!

To enter the draw to win, head over to Directline Holidays and have a look at their offers. Come back here and tell me which holiday would best appeal to you* by leaving a comment below. Then click on the +1 on Rafflecopter to confirm your entry.

Competition closes on 24 December. Winner is randomly drawn by Rafflecopter.

*There is no obligation to purchase.


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** I have been compensated for running this competition, but have not personally trialled the website or holidays.

Vertbaudet £50 Competition

Vertbaudet is an online shop for babies and children’s clothes and accessories. They have some absolutely gorgeous things, (and happen to have 50% off on a select range at the moment too.) We have quite a few Vertbaudet items – a sleeping bag, and various bits and pieces of clothing, and they are really very nicely made, and of excellent quality.

I particularly love about Vertbaudet the fact that their things aren’t to be found in everyone’s houses. For example, the very first play gym I bought for Ameli when she was a baby, my best friend and another friend of hers both had the exact same. With these you can rest assured that they’re different to the ‘run of the mill’ brands.

Activity mat

For example, this gorgeous activity mat (£50 in the sale) is made from velvet and has a crunching butterfly, vibrating ball, flower rattle, mirror with cover and comes beautifully presented in a gift case. It’s just beautiful. And so different to anything else I’ve seen.

Mobile storage chest  Earlier in this year we were trying to find a solution to the seemingly overwhelming number of toys in Ameli’s play room, and I was looking specifically at the Mobile storage chest (£39 in the sale) – I can just imagine the hours of fun with this!

As I mentioned, we also own a sleeping bag from Vertbaudet and I absolutely love it. Honestly, if they did these in adult sizes, I’d be buying! It’s not goose down, but it’s pretty much the baby equivalent of it. They’re the nicest of all the baby sleeping bags we’ve ever had, and with two blanket kicker-off-ers, we’ve had a few of them!

These are some of my favourite items from Vertbaudet, and today I’m really excited to be able to offer one UK based reader the chance to win £50 to spend on your favourites too.

In order to enter the competition, head over to Vertbaudet and browse through their pages. Then come back here and leave a comment below (NO LINK PLEASE – YOUR ENTRY MAY APPEAR BUT WILL NOT BE COUNTED) to let me know your favourite item. You need to then click on the +1 on Rafflecopter to ‘submit’ your entry. 

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Disclosure: This  I do not endorse the company, although I would not enter an agreement with a company I knew to be unethical or to have unsavoury business practices. I have been compensated for running the competition, but my views are my own and are not affected by this compensation. Winners are randomly selected.

Zulily UK £25 Voucher Competition

Zulily UK is a website aimed at parents and children with a huge variety of ever changing special offers on clothes and toys for little ones and clothes for mums and even housewares. I am a huge fan, and since I went to their launch last year, I’ve introduced many of my friends to them and have bought so many things, my postman now knows me by name!

Zulily have up to 90% off on brands we all know and recognise and I’ve been really impressed not just with everything I’ve bought from them, but also with their customer service.

When an item has taken longer than expected, they get in touch. When there’s been a delay or a cancelled order, they’ve always given me free credit to spend on something else, and when items ship, you now receive an email to let you know it’s on its way too.

The only thing I’ve heard people complain about with Zulily is that sometimes orders take a really long time to arrive. I must admit I’ve never been bothered by the 10 – 14 day delivery myself as I order something and ‘forget’ about it till it arrives and then I get all excited 😉

One of the best things about Zulily for me is that I see great offers, buy them and keep them in the cupboard till an appropriate birthday present is required.

In fact, Ameli’st best friend loves Dr Seuss, and in June Zulily sold a Cat in the Hat paint smock for around £3, which I bought and kept and will now give her for Christmas – no stress, no fuss, a saving for me, and a gift she’ll really love.

I did laugh one day. I was carrying Aviya in my Zulily exclusive Rose and Rebellion carrier, making cakes in the cake pans I got from Zulily, while Ameli was playing in her play kitchen from Zulily, when the postman delivered another Zulily parcel! It would sound like a bad advertorial if it wasn’t true!

Due to delivery sometimes being a bit long cut off for Christmas orders is 7 December so if you’re not registered yet, sign up and try it out! Also, look out on Facebook and Twitter for their 12 Days of Cutemas campaign.

In order to enter the competition to win £25 credit to spend at, leave a comment below telling us what your favourite item on Zulily UK is today, then click on Rafflecopter to enter the competition.

Competition ends 23:59 on 3 December 2012. We will check to confirm that the winner has in fact registered.

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Coconut Oil For Your Skin – Review And Competition

This is a joint giveaway between Natural Parents Network and many other natural parenting sites. You may enter for all of the giveaways at one site only. Please find the section marked “Win it!” for the mandatory entry and optional bonus entries.

Welcome to the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide!

This giveaway is part of the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide. Natural Parents Network, Diary of a First Child, and more than 20 other natural parenting bloggers are giving away 70+ items perfect for gifting for the holidays.

Have you finished your holiday shopping? The NPN Holiday Gift Guide is a great opportunity to complete your gift-giving purchases for family and friends, while supporting many naturally-minded small businesses. The companies who have provided items for giveaway are almost exclusively made up of small and/or work at home families.

The Rafflecopter entry system will be live on this post (and at every post/site taking part in the Gift Guide) on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Until then, please visit some of the other review posts and read about the fabulous companies offering giveaways in the Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide. Scroll to the bottom to see a full list of reviews and when they will be published.

Please continue reading to learn more about Hybrid Rasta Mama’s Jennifer Saleem, which is offering our readers a giveaway of one of three copies of the eBook: Coconut Oil for the Skin, a value of $6.95 each.

Hybrid Rasta Mama is a blogger, a semi-crunchy parent and a Natural Parents Network Volunteer. She blogs about real food, concious parenting and is our in-house coconut oil go-to girl.

What started as a blog post about 80 uses for coconut oil, hit the health and wellness scene like a wave, and the post was copied, reprinted, shared and referred to all over the web-o-sphere. After it’s immense success, Jennifer listened to reader comments and researched and tested far and wide, until she eventually posted 160 uses for coconut oil. This was once again so well received that she set about working on another post – her most recent in the series – 333 uses for coconut oil.

In addition to this, she also self-published an eBook: Coconut Oil for your Skin, which I have been reviewing.

Have you ever bought a recipe book because the food looked so good, you just had to try it? Then you got it home and started looking through it to see what you should have for dinner, when you realised that you didn’t recognise half the ingredients in it? Or that it required the best of the best of everything, and you’ll probably never afford most of the ingredients, even if you knew what they were or where to get them?  Well, this recipe book isn’t like that.

Jennifer uses simple ingredients, as few of them as possible, in fact, largely affordable (coconut oil in itself isn’t cheap, but essential oils, for example, generally are) and easy to find in most health food shops, or online. The recipes are simply constructed and really easy to follow. You don’t need any specialist cookware, and most of us will be able to whip these up in our kitchens.

My favourite things about these recipes are that they are practical and you can make them in amounts that are easy to use, try out, and get on with.

For  people who are trying to move away from chemical cleaners, chemical make-up and toothpaste and so on, this is a perfect book to start you on the road to healthy living, where living implies more than just eating. For those who have been walking that road for a while, this book will provide you with plenty more ideas… and if you’re looking for recipes for home made Christmas gifts, with suggestions for body, face, hair, skin, teeth and more, all you’ll need to add is ribbon and a card.

Personally, I’m loving including coconut oil into my beauty routines, and look forward to sharing some of my prize finds with you in the months to come.


You can purchase your own eBook at Hybrid Rasta Mama for $6.95, and it will be delivered to your inbox.

Jennifer’s next book, Cooking With Coconut, is due out soon, and I can’t wait for it!


For your own chance to win Coconut Oil for your Skin from Hybrid Rasta Mama, enter by leaving a comment and using our Rafflecopter system below. (Rafflecopter will be live November 1-25), so don’t forget to come back then. 

Three winners will receive one eBook each and the contest is open WORLDWIDE.

Our Rafflecopter entry system will be live at 12:01a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2012. To enter, please stop back here – or at any of the review/giveaway posts participating in the NPN Holiday Gift Guide – and enter your information into the Rafflecopter entry system between November 1 and 25.

Here are the participating sites and companies, along with the tentative dates their reviews will publish:

Our Rafflecopter entry system opens November 1.

MANDATORY ENTRY: In the box provided in the first Rafflecopter entry, tell us where you would have your prize shipped if you are one of the winners. You must enter your name and email address while leaving a comment in the Rafflecopter system for your entry to count.

Leave a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. Email addresses in Rafflecopter are not made publicly visible. Please leave the same valid email address in your mandatory comment so we can verify entries.

This is part of a larger giveaway hosted by Natural Parents Network. You may enter the whole giveaway at one site only, and we’ll be recording IP addresses to ensure that there are no duplicate entries. That said, please do visit and enjoy all of the participating sites!

Please note that each entrant can win only one prize, and NPN will be randomly assigning prizes to the winners. One of the giveaway questions asks which are your top five prizes so we can try to match winners to their preferences.

See the Rafflecopter entry system for bonus entries to increase your chance of winning after completing the mandatory entry. All bonus entries are entered directly into Rafflecopter. Give it a try, and email  sponsorship {at} or leave a comment if you have any questions!
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Competitions (UK Only)

As you’ve noticed by now, I’m now longer running competitions here – I may still, from time to time, but that’s not what this blog was meant to be about. Instead I launched The Comping Corner last month, and have been awed by how quickly it’s grown a following. If you like entering competitions, please do head over there now!

There are three new competitions from the last week:

Happy Comping!