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Freebie Friday: My Top Picks Of The Week!

Freebies from Uber, English Heritage, Card Market, Yogaia as well as Bespoke Offers

It’s the season of year when we retreat into our homes and put our social life on hold while we recover from a lavish summer. However, it doesn’t have to be necessarily that way. You can appreciate the Indian Summer with a handful bunch of extraordinary freebies that will assist get out and about for nothing.

familydayoutFree days out

This weekend is Heritage Open Days Weekend. You can get free access to several iconic structures around the UK, and some special occasions as well. You can get stuck into archeological excavations at Oxford, a quiet disco on Hastings Pier, and/ or take a visit anyplace from The National Theater in London to Amberley Castle. The details are provided on the many free stuff sites.

Free greetings card

If you are on O2, there’s a Priority Moments arrangement running until 13 September, enabling you to get a free card (up to an estimation of £1.99) from Card Market. It’s an extraordinary reason to contact another associated loner, and arrange to go out.

Free taxi ride

Uber is putting forth a £15 taxi ride for free. With free stuff destinations. We have realized that in the event that you fill in your details (which will incorporate your credit card) and enter the code LFSUBER you’ll get the free credit. They warn that it is worth doing this sooner rather and later, before the deal runs out.

Free M&S voucher

m-and-s-vouchersIf your closet needs a boost before you go out, you can get your hands on an M&S voucher for free. Bespoke Offers, a shopping service from Barclaycard, is urging individuals to try it, a £10 M&S voucher. In case you need to purchase something on the web, you simply copy the website page link of the item you need, paste it into the search bar on the Bespoke Offers Beat My Price page, and give them 48 hours to locate a better price. If you purchase through the website, they will credit you with the M&S voucher. It is not an awful approach to get something for less – with a freebie on the side.

Free Yoga

If that it is your body that could do with a touch of work before you gain confidence to face the outdoors, many Free Stuff websites have tracked down free live online yoga classes. When you sign up you’ll get seven days of online classes of yoga, pilates, core and barre classes for absolutely nothing at all. You can see the teacher, and if you need to utilize your webcam they can see you and correct your posture – but you don’t need to pick this option. The classes normally cost £9.99 a month, so they’re trusting you’ll continue going when the freebie runs out, however there’s no commitment.

Cosatto me-MO

BIG SQUEEEEEEEE – my new pram has arrived! And yes I am beyond excited, think five year old with new dolls pram, and yes I have pushed it around the living room… just to get a ‘feel’ for it and squeeeeee again!

This pram is everything I wanted it oozes features…

  • suitable from birth
  • lie flat bed
  • 3 position recline pushchair seat with adjustable calf support – suitable from 3 months
  • pushchair seat can be positioned front or rear facing
  • comes with cosy toes with kangaroo pouch to keep little hands warm
  • comes with changing bag, raincover and tyre pump
  • it’s light weight and so easy to push
  • it’s easy to fold/unfold
  • lovely design in a gorgeous liquorice black with zingy lime and white embroidery

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The car seat is sold separately but just fits onto the chassis with ease so that baby can be transported easily from car to pram with no disturbance.
And like all Cosatto products it’s covered by a free 4 year guarantee.

And it *must* have been simple to put together as the lovely husband managed it so very quickly! …. So what’s not to like??!

And that is why “squuuueeeee” (yes again) I just cannot wait until I can pop my lovely new baby into it and be a Cosatto mummy!

Jamie at Home

I’ve spent the last couple of days tucked up on the sofa recovering nicely from having Elliot and watching the entire series of Jamie at Home.  Now as you probably already know I am a HUGE Jamie Oliver fan and he makes several appearances a week at our table. I’ve been given the Jamie at Home DVD’s to review as part of a promotion with the Sun newspaper.

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This is a truly lovely series to watch and I have to say it’s my favourite one so far. The recipes are homely and rustic including dishes such as lamb kofta kebabs, egg ribbons with bresaola served with a fennel and spring leaf salad and of course my personal favourite pies! Beautiful apple and blackberry and a fabulous steak and guinness….

This series has obviously left me drooling and hastily listing the alterations I need to make to the garden in order to cram in even more vegetables and fruit than last year, I obviously need to add one of those outdoorsy type ovens/kitchens which I so covet (and really cannot squeeze in… *ponders if BBQ will do the same job…*)

The series consists of 6 DVDs which you can get hold of from 5th – 11th February by collecting the vouchers from the Sun newspaper, the vouchers are instantly redeemable on the day of print in Tesco. The series starts in the Sun Buzz magazine on the 5th and continues for the remainder of the week in the Sun newspaper.

The DVDs cover – furred game, pastry, leeks, winter veg, eggs, lamb, asparagus, peas and beans, strawberries, summer brassicas, summer salad and rhubarb.

I have one complete set of DVDs to give away courtesy of The Sun Buzz magazine – to be in with a chance of winning, just leave a comment below. I will choose a winner at random on 12th February 2011. Offer open to UK residents only.

And with thanks to The Sun Buzz I’m off now to write lists and make plans on how to have my own little Jamie Oliver ‘good life’ at home.

*these DVDs were provided free by The Sun Buzz*

Using random number generator – Jaydubblah was selected as the winner of the DVDs :)

Orchard Toys – Magic Cauldron Game

imagesWe’ve been reviewing the Magic Cauldron Game from Orchard Toys.  Following my post about girly and her maths troubles Orchard Toys suggested we play their educational maths game as a way of getting her interested in maths in a fun and relaxed way.

Initially girly did not want to play as it was maths…. but after watching a few games that I played with boyo, she decided to join in.  The game itself is very simple to play…

Each player has a cauldron board which needs filling with ingredients in order to win the game.  In order to win an ingredient for your cauldron you must find a sum card which totals the number written on the back of the ingredient card.  If you choose a correct sum, you win the ingredient card.  The player who fills up his cauldron the quickest is the winner.

The part my children just loved about this game is the magic way in which the sum cards can be rubbed to reveal the answer and I feel it was this aspect of the game which really captured their interest and made them want to play it.

The children have happily played this game both with me and alone as its easy for them to understand and follow the instructions. It has made her more confident in her own ability to do some simple maths sums and she has used the sum cards separately from the game, just so that she could work out the answers and of course rub the magic ghost to reveal the answers.

The Magic Cauldron Game is available from Orchard Toys priced £11.50