WIN! A Box Of 9Nine Super Seeds Snacks

The end of summer, like many others in this parenting journey, is one of those where I constantly find myself reaching for sugary, sweet, quick energy foods that normally involve being covered in chocolate and pretty much both terrible for me, and not really providing long term solutions, any nutrition, or really helping with the energy problems.

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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.

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:

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Competitions (UK Only)

Competitions for this week over on The Comping Corner are:

  • 2x £50 Vouchers from Big Green Smile, a company who – as the name predicts – takes pride in selling environmentally friend cleaning products, cosmetics and a range of really fun and funky things.
  • Nordic Berries Multivitamin And Nordic Omega-3 Gummies For Children, yummy citrus flavoured chewable jelly sweets full of good stuff. Ameli thinks they are sweets!
  • Win one of four Single Quilts with Waterproof Mattress Cover and Pillow from The Bedding Company


HP, The Lorax And The Eden Project Competition

A totally different set of competitions for you today, more focussed on green living than parenting, but a bit of family fun in the mix! We all know that printing uses paper and ink and that neither is ‘carbon neutral’. They do and probably always will have an environmental impact, but there are things we can do to reduce our impact.

HP has partnered with a new film opening nationwide on 27th July 2012 – “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” –  an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ environmentally themed book.

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According to the blurb, “This is an extension of HP’s longstanding commitment to sustainability, environmentally friendly products and worldwide environmental leadership. In support of the movie sponsorship, HP encourages consumers to recognise that “Every Inkling Makes a Difference” and promotes making eco-conscious choices when printing. Each time you make a conscious effort to help the environment, that’s an inkling. And when you print like the Lorax by choosing HP printing products – designed with the environment in mind – you’ll take a step towards making our planet a cleaner and greener place. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!”

HP present three ways to make your printing more environmentally friendly:

  1. Recycle your print cartridges – Used HP print cartridges can be recycled into new Original HP Ink and Toner cartridges through the Planet Partners Programme
  2. Use sustainable paper – Working with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), HP supports advancing responsible forestry.
  3. Choose your printer wisely – HP printers are designed with the environment in mind, look for models that are ENERGY STAR® qualified and made from post-consumer materials

And, of course,

  • Print Smartly – Print in draft when you can, and use both sides of pages. If you have wasted pages, use them as drawing paper or craft paper for children.
  • Save Energy – turn your printer off when not in use

Over the past 7 years, HP has produced
over 1 billion Original HP Inkjet cartridges made with recycled content through
the “closed-loop” recycling process and the HP Planet Partners Program. Learn how
you can help create the next billion by visiting

Win tickets to the Eden Project
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Win an HP Photosmart 7510 e-All-in-One printer complete with Original HP Supplies
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This competition is being tun alongside The Coming Corner

Breastfeeding Week Competitions

It’s National Breastfeeding Awareness week this week, and you know I couldn’t let it pass by silently.

I have three breastfeeding related competitions for you today, all from companies I’ve featured here before.

First up there’s BoobieMilk, who sells beautiful, functional and practical maternity and breastfeeding underwear. The reason I love BoobieMilk is because Karen, who owns the business, will come to your house (selected regions) to do a proper brafitting for you. With my first I never thought that was an essential part of having a baby. It was really only after my first ever decently fitted bra that I realised the difference it could make to your appearance, your self-image and most of all your comfort!

You can read the full BoobieMilk review here, and enter to win a £20 voucher below.

Second, we have BabyBeadsUK, who make lovely breastfeeding necklaces and reminder bracelets, and sell breast pads, feeding pillows and booby boosters as well as a range of other baby products. Jo has worked with me every NBAW since I started Diary of a First Child, and I’m happy to support her again as her business grows. Breastfeeding necklaces are a god-send when you have grabby babies with razor like nails, and again later when they start tweaking your nipples and again still later, when baby is a playful toddler with hands that need occupying so as not to pinch you! (Oh, and I’ve also found a breastfeeding necklace to be a great tool for distracting a young baby – sort of like a mobile!) BabyBeadsUK necklaces have been safety tested and conform to BS EN71 (1995) + A1 +AC1 Part 3, EN71 (2005) A9 Part 1 & EN71 (2005) Part 1 standards. They are intended for adult wear, and babies can play with them under supervision.

Read more about BabyBeadsUK and you can enter to win a breastfeeding necklace from BabyBeadsUK below.

Mama Jewels nursing safe jewelry logo

The third competition for you this National Breastfeeding Awareness Week is from Mama Jewels, who focus solely on breastfeeding jewellery. Breastfeeding bracelets are especially helpful for first time mums, or mums nursing again after a break, who need help remembering which side to feed from in the early weeks. Thereafter it’s just nice to have something to play with, something to entertain with and something pretty on your arm. Most importantly, Mama Jewels are toddler proof, so you can still wear jewellery despite motherhood.

You can read the full Mama Jewels review here, and enter to win a breastfeeding reminder bracelet below.


To enter the competition to win one of these fantastic items, you need to leave a comment below with your favourite thing about breastfeeding / most looking forward to about breastfeeding. Then click on the +1 Do It on Rafflecopter.

This will be you entered into the competition.

For additional entries, click on the new options that come up.

Let me know if you have any trouble with Rafflecopter!

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Winners will be announced here and on the Diary of a First Child Facebook Page. Please check these to find out who won.

You do not have to tweet or share this competition to enter, and doing so does not give you additional entries unless otherwise stated, but doing so helps ensure that I can keep bringing you competitions! You can subscribe to Diary of a First Child by RSS  or to our competitions only RSS feed or email. You can also follow us on Facebook or on Twitter. We hope to see you back again soon!


CEWE Photobooks Review And Competition

You may not have noticed (in which case, where have you been!!) but I love taking photos and am what you could call trigger happy when it comes to taking pictures. Back in the days before children I used to create photo albums, collecting confetti, beach sand and anything else ‘sensory’ that went with the pictures and added it to the photo albums. Since having Ameli, I haven’t managed to put one album together. Life sure has changed.

Another thing that has changed is photo books. I don’t remember them being around as much, even three years ago.

CEWE Photobooks does photo books – no surprises there – from £5.99 and they really do have a lot of variety. Everything you could want from small 26 page booklets, right up to XXL (42x30cm) 130 page landscape photobooks. They offer hard covers, soft cover, faux leather, linen and premium linen covers, and normal or photo paper.

As with all these things, you have to download the CEWE software in order to make your photobook, and I’ll be honest and say that I found the software really complicated at first. As with all new software, it does take time! I probably spent about four hours one night trying to sort out pictures and then arrange them in the book. The next morning I had a different idea for how I wanted to do the book, and deleted it, starting from scratch. Having then ‘figured out’ how it all works, it took a lot less time, and I actually really like the way it came out (on screen, anyway.)

I’ve used similar software for other books but more specifically for calendars and I am really impressed by the software behind this system. It gives you so many options, it’s really quite something.  You have so many font, layout and design options, you can easily spend hours just playing about!

I think my favourite thing about this software is the fact that as you add pages, and different materials and so on for the cover, there’s a little box in the corner that tells you how much your book is going to cost. I have on more than one occasion spend days working on a photo book, just to get to the ‘checkout’ stage and find the books is three times more than I could afford and I had to abandon it! So I really love that you can keep a check on it as you go.

The options are limitless. You can have up to 25 photos to a page, writing, no writing, back ground picture, pretty much anything you could possibly want.

Another brilliant thing about these photobooks – or at least putting them together – is that you can save your project as you’re going along. So if you were participating in Mamatography or another 365 (366) day project, you could upload you pictures regularly, so that at the end of the year your album is there, ready and waiting.

Once you’ve made and uploaded your photobook it will take between 4 and 12 days to arrive, depending on the product you choose – that being the case, I haven’t received mine yet, so I’ll update this post with info on quality once I do.

Update: 21/06
Our  photobook arrived a few days ago and it is really beautiful. Even my husband took the time to sit down and look through it. It’s so lovely, I am considering doing one for my parents too. It is really gorgeous!


One reader can win a £30 voucher to create a photobook, calendar, photo prints, posters and canvases, greeting cards or photo gifts of your choice (thinking ahead for a birthday or Christmas? PERFECT!)

I am trialling Rafflecopter for a while as it should make the process of picking winners a lot easier and quicker for me! It may look imposing at first, but its actually really, really easy. More and more bloggers are using Rafflecopter, so it’s certainly worth giving it a shot.

To start,  answer the question below by leaving a blog comment. You then click on Rafflecopter where it says +1 and you are entered in the competition!  That will then open a new ‘page’ inside Raffecopter which will give you different ways of entering the competition.

Still not making sense? Watch this. And please let me know what you think? It makes my life easier, but I want to know that you’re happy too!
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Winners will be announced here and on the Diary of a First Child Facebook Page. Please check these to find out who won.

Please read the competition rules.

You do not have to tweet or share this competition to enter, and doing so does not give you additional entries unless otherwise stated, but doing so helps ensure that I can keep bringing you competitions! You can subscribe to Diary of a First Child by RSS  or to our competitions only RSS feed or email. You can also follow us on Facebook or on Twitter. We hope to see you back again soon!


What’s In Store For National Breastfeeding Awareness Week

The week ahead is National Breastfeeding Awareness Week.
If breastfeeding isn’t something that interests you, you might find the week a little overwhelming. I apologise for that in advance. Don’t worry, next week will be here before you know it.

Here are links to a few articles I’ve written about breastfeeding in the past:

Giveaways relating to breastfeeding this week, are:

  • Monday: Mamascarf Breastfeeding Cover – for those mothers who choose to cover up
  • Tuesday: BabyBeads Breastfeeding Necklace And Bracelet Giveaway – a reminder bracelet for the early days of breastfeeding and a necklace to keep baby’s hands free later.
  • Wednesday: 2x Theraline Nursing and Maternity Pillows – for physical support during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Thursday: T-shirt and Shopping Bag – wear your breastfeeding colours with pride
  • Friday:  Bras4Mums £30 Voucher – to spend in their online store on any of the beautiful lingerie
  • Saturday: Nursing Bra from Emma-Jane – a bra that stretches as your cupsize grows.

Other great NBAW bloggers and carnivals to check out:

  • Lactivist.Net – plenty of giveaways and breastfeeding information
  • If you have something you’d like me to add here, please leave a comment below, or email me.
  • Whatever you do, please sign the petition to reunite Habiba and Alma.

Competitions, Competitions, Competitions

While competitions aren’t normally my thing, I do tend to have a strange compulsion to help people, so when I received three emails in one week asking me to enter or help promote a few competitions, I thought I’d extend the invitations to the crafty, the talented, and the happy snappers among you.
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