Saturday, 11 May 2013

Happy 2nd Blogoversary Mama Owl!

Happy birthday to meeeeee!
Well sort of, it's my blog's two year 'blogoversary' today. Two years ago I shared my very first post. It took about six more months or so for me to start blogging beyond meal plans and recipes, but here we are and we're still going strong.

Thank you so much to my lovely readers, fellow bloggers and lovely Twitter friends who have supported me by reading, retweeting & sharing my posts. It's an honour to have been welcomed so warmly into the blogging community and I am thoroughly enjoying sharing in your lives through your blogs & tweets. Whether you're reducing me to tears of sadness or simply making me cry with laughter, I am enjoying every minute of this experience and can't wait to meet lots of you next month at Britmums.

Now, let's celebrate!

I have lots of amazing prizes to give away courtesy of some fabulous companies so enter them all and cross those fingers and you could be a lucky winner!

You do not need to have a blog to enter or leave a comment on this blog, simply use the name/URL or 'anonymous' option from the drop-down list, and please make sure that your name is in each comment if you use these options.

Please take note of the terms & conditions that apply to all competitions -
  • Competitions are open to UK residents only.
  • The giveaways end at midnight on June 1st 2013.
  • A separate comment must be left for each competition entry.
  • All entries will be verified before the winners are announced.
  • If a prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be drawn.
  • The winners will be contacted directly by the companies sponsoring the prizes.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.


First up we have a fantastic prize of a gorgeous Lena Sheep Pillow Friend, generously sponsored by Zulily UK. Super soft and fluffy, this cute character will soon be your little one's favourite bedtime buddy.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Next - another fabulous prize from Zulily UK of a £20 voucher to spend on their website!

Zulily UK is a new online store offering daily sales events on top-quality apparel, gear and other goodies for mums, babies and kids. They carry the best brands at the lowest prices, members enjoy savings of up to 90% off retail prices so sign up today and bag yourself a bargain!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

The wonderful people from FreePhotoPrinting.co.uk have sponsored the fabulous prize of a personalised iPad case, so you can wrap your tablet in your own cherished family photos.
The lightweight and hard wearing cases not only look fantastic, but also help to protect your tablet from bumps, scratches and any little sticky fingers!

FreePhotoPrinting.co.uk finds the best free print deals on the web, checks them, lists all the best places to get free prints and even negotiates the occasional exclusive photo printing offer!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

There’s truly something for everyone at The Blackpool Tower, and here's your chance to win a family ticket (up to 2 adults and 2 children or 4 people) to The Blackpool Tower which gives you access to four fantastic attractions - The Blackpool Tower Eye, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, The Blackpool Tower Circus and Jungle Jim’s Children’s Indoor Play.




Enjoy a little piece of the Mediterranean in your own home with a stunning Bougainvillea plant (13cm pot, worth £18.50) generously sponsored by RHS Gold medal winners Westdale Nurseries.

Widely believed to be the world's most versatile and colourful plant, Bougainvillea can be trained in many ways including as a hanging basket, standard or even a bonsai. Available in a vast array of stunning colours, Bougainvillea will brighten your home & be admired by all!




Good luck everyone!

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beautyqueenuk said...

Happy Blogoversary xx

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Anonymous said...

Julie happy 2nd blog anniversary! I entered the bougainvillea competition but it entered me 5 times without commenting so I wanted to comment anyway! Wishing you many more happy years of blogging! Love Jacz xx

Cj Amummysview said...

Happy 2nd Blogoversary! I would love to win the Zulily voucher. I would buy lovely outfits for my little girls as usual no doubt! lol! x

Sarah said...

Happy Blogoversary.
Lovely prizes, Julie. xx

(my fave was my rainbow bright doll :))

Sarah said...

I would buy something for my daughter if I won the £20 vochure. Hehe. Thanks for the chance to win Julie! xx

greatbritishfamily said...

Happy blogoversary.

My favorite soft toy as a child was a small bear that I remember winning at Blackpool pier.

greatbritishfamily said...

With the Zulily voucher I would buy clothes or toys for my new baby daughter.

Joanna Henley said...

Happy Blogoversary!
RJ would love that sleep pillow x

Joanna Henley said...

I love Bougainvilleas, beautiful x

jo said...

My favourite toy was a brown bear just called bear.

jo said...

With the Zulily voucher I'd get something for summer for my little girl.

jo said...

I would get a family picture for my cover I think it's a brilliant idea.

Sarah said...

I'd love to visit the blackpool tower :) x

Kim Carberry said...

Happy blogoversary!!

My favorite soft toy as a child was a little pink teddy my godmother made for me...My dad still has it packed away in his attic somewhere...

Kim Carberry said...

My favourite thing about the Summer is fun in the garden with the kids...Getting the paddling pool out and splashing about :)

anna said...

my favourite soft toy was a popple, i still have it

anna said...

from zulily its always so hard to pick as everything is so tempting! i like the home haven range they have on there at the moment

anna said...

for the ipad cover i would get my fave pic of my 3 boys together in the garden

anna said...

at the blackpool tower i think they have a soft play area which looks good, also i would want to go to the nickolodean land in blackpool while we are there?

anna said...

what i love about summer is able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine

Sarah Dawnay said...

Is it really only your second anniversary? Wow, you have built up your blog amazingly in such a short period. Congratulations, and looking forward to the new two.
Xx

Stuart Edwards said...

mine was my old teddy bear which used to make a noise when tilted

LynneH said...

My favourite thing about summer is being able to it in the garden, surrounded by birds and butterflies feeding on flowers I have planted

Ann Chapman said...

annchappie@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favourtie soft toy was a rabbit with one ear! I still have it.

Tracy K Nixon said...

Happy Blogoversary.
A lovely selection of prizes Julie!

I loved my furry ET when I was little!

Tracy K Nixon said...

Happy Blogoversary.
A lovely selection of prizes Julie!

I loved my furry ET when I was little!

mishel02 said...

Happy Blogoversary.
Lovely prizes

Tracy K Nixon said...

I would buy a pretty dress for my youngest daughter on her birthday in July!

Tracy K Nixon said...

I would have a picture of my new puppy on my iPad case!

angie mummy said...

A Lena Sheep Pillow Friend from Zulily UK:

My fave toy was a soft teddy called Henry

lesleyjane said...

My favourite toy when I was a child was a very strange creature called Dan - no-one knew exactly what he was - a kind of cross between a bear and a rabbit - but I loved him!

lesleyjane said...

My favourite toy when I was a child was a very strange creature called Dan - no-one knew exactly what he was - a kind of cross between a bear and a rabbit - but I loved him!

lesleyjane said...

If i won the Zulily voucher I would buy a lovely summer dress for my foster daughter

lesleyjane said...

My favourite thing about the summer is being able to get out in the garden.... the garden comes alive at this time of year - and it's great to be able to see children running around the garden and enjoying themselves in the fresh air!

Nicci Cowdell-murray said...

HAPPY 2ND BLOGOVERSARY XX

i had a a humpty dumpty that my mum had knitted , and i absolutely loved it!

Nicci Cowdell-murray said...

if i won the zulily voucher id buy something for my daughter who is due in a few mnths ...this is gorgeous http://www.zulily.co.uk/p/pink-birdie-flower-dress-headband-bloomers-infant-1002998-222195.html?pos=2& @chanson2010

liz denial said...

My favourite soft toy was my teddy. I still have him though he's completely bald 53 years later

liz denial said...

My favourite thing about summer is sitting in my beautiful garden watching the wildlife

allansmithuk83 said...

A teddy with its nose ripped off and one eye.

allansmithuk83 said...

I would purchase something worth £20 :D

allansmithuk83 said...

I would love to visit the ball room!

feefeegabor said...

My favourite thing about summer is the lovely light mornings and long, warm evenings.

Iona Cornish said...

Sailing

Soosieboo said...

my favourite soft toy was a nightie case teddy. When you tipped him over he growled.

Soosieboo said...

(Not sure if comment went through...)
My favourite soft toy was a teddy nightie case. When you tipped him over he growled!

Megan said...

I WOULD USE IT TOWARDS SOME CUTE BABY CLOTHES

Anonymous said...

My favourite soft toy was a musical teddy that used to be my Mums

Shaz V.

Anonymous said...

My favourite thing about summer is eating outside @flowerpowerlife

anthony harrington said...

my fav soft toy was an elephant, I carted him everywhere!

Kathy Cakebread said...

i would purchase a cute toy

laura banks said...

my fav thing about the summer is being able to chill in the garden

laura banks said...

has to be jungle jims as i had all my parties then when i was a kid

laura banks said...

i would have a family pic on the i pad case

laura banks said...

i'f get some holiday clothes from Zulily UK prob for my son

laura banks said...

my fav soft toy was my big bear which i still have

Liquorice said...

My 4 year old daughter would love Jungle Jims at Blackpool Tower

ian barker said...

My favourite toy was a taddy called tinkerbell!

CALLUM DAVIES said...

I had a lovely little teddy I carried around everywhere (frances hopkins) Happy Blogoversary!!

Anonymous said...

My favourite thing about Summer is pottering around the greenhouse and planting up all the lovely things I have grown from seed

Kathy D

bloomers said...

My fave soft toy was an owl

bloomers said...

If I won the voucher I would choose http://www.zulily.co.uk/p/check-pyjama-bottoms-boys-1003013-166496.html?pos=16&

bloomers said...

My favourite thing about summer is the wonderful colours in my garden

Rebecca Phillips said...

I used to have a Barney the dinosaur soft toy that I took everywhere with me!

Rebecca Phillips said...

i'd get a family photo on the ipad case x

Rebecca Phillips said...

i'd get a family photo on the ipad case x

suzzee langton said...

i loved my raggedy ann doll

ali thorpe said...

I had and still have a knitted bear called Poo!

ali thorpe said...

I think I would put the Zulily credit towards an outfit like the Fuchsia Spot Top & Skirt - Infant, Toddler & Girls.

ali thorpe said...

I think I would use a retro photo of my family, or my cat, for the ipad case!

ali thorpe said...

I love the warm, light evenings of summer!

Helen Moulden said...

My favourite was my toy owl (Ollie), who I still sleep with!

Helen Moulden said...

I think I'd get the Two Piece Pure Love Bunny Gift Set from Zulily for my cousin who has just had her first child!

Julie Baxter said...

i would have a picture of my 2 kids :)

iv also entered the bougainvillea comp. my favorite thing about the summer is being able to have more outdoor tris with my kids

Solange said...

Care Bear, summer dress

REBECCA TOWNSEND said...

My favourite soft toy was a giant orange rabbit that I took everywhere.

Kelly Wiffin said...

My favourite toy was a giraffe, which my daughter now has!

Fiona Matters said...

My favorite soft toy was a tiger called tommy.

Louise Fairweather said...

Peter rabbit

Mama G said...

Happy Blogoversary!

My favourite thing about the Summer is socialising at home, barbecues, glass of wine on the patio, 'summery' music, the smell of flowers and cut grass

Tammy Tudor said...

my favourite soft toy was a little duck that I named Ducky as a little girl!

Tammy Tudor said...

I would buy a cute little summer dress from Zulily UK - they have so much choice

Tammy Tudor said...

for the ipad case I'd use our family Disneyland holiday picture with mickey mouse

Tammy Tudor said...

I'd love to visit the tower circus!

Tammy Tudor said...

my favourite thing about summer is the sun

Gabrielle Svensson said...

My favourite soft toy when i was little was a polar bear

belinda porter said...

mine was a bear called freddy

belinda porter said...

I would have my 3 beautiful grandchildren on my personalised cover @bella97p

My Two Mums said...

Happy Blog Birthday, I would love to use a pic of our little man.

Anonymous said...

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katie skeoch said...

my favourite soft toy was my scottie dog called hamish

katie skeoch said...

i would buy a satchel with my zulily voucher xx

Jackisback12321 said...

My favourite soft toy was my 'dog-bear'. It wasn't clear which species it was, so its name stuck.

Jackisback12321 said...

My favourite soft toy was my 'dog-bear'. It wasn't clear which species it was, so its name stuck.

Kristy Brown said...

My favourite soft toy was a teddy bear called Buddy - who I still have

Kristy Brown said...

My fav thing about summer is going to the beach with the kids!

Kristy Brown said...

I think I would buy an outfit with a Zulily voucher for my new niece/nephew!

Esther James said...

my fav soft toy was my humpty dumpty

Esther James said...

I love this dress http://www.zulily.co.uk/p/pink-purple-floral-ruffle-dress-infant-toddler-1003034-162536.html?pos=1&

tracy said...

My favourite soft toy was a teddy bear sent by post from my grandma, who lived in the Orkney Isles. I rarely saw her and I loved that bear.

tracy said...

My favourite thing about Summer is the sun coming up really early in the morning. Long warm sunny days, fantastic!

HelenA71 said...

I'd really love to visit The Tower Eye. I'm sure it would be amazing. Our daughter would also love that, though no doubt she'd also love Jungle Jims.

Happy 2nd Blogoversary!

carowood said...

I love the warmth of the sunshine

The Organised Penguin said...

Love the Zulilly voucher - I look at that site every day!

LauraF said...

My favourite was a bear that growled when you turned him upside down.

LauraF said...

My favourite was a bear that growled when you turned him upside down.

LauraF said...

My favourite thing about summer is maxi dresses and flip flops.

tamalyn said...

Lena Sheep Pillow Friend competition

i had 3 teddies that used to go to bed with me every night, all different and i still have them now, safely stored away x

Teressa Oliver said...

I have never been to the Blackpool Tower so have no idea what my fav is, but would love to go

Sian said...

I have no idea what my favourite soft toy was :( xx

Sian said...

I would buy more clothes for my baby with the zulily voucher as he is growing out of everything so blimming quickly! xx

Anonymous said...

I love having afternoon teas outside the cafe alongside the canal near my house :D

Emma Lowe said...

my mum gave me her brown bear which had one of his eyes missing

Emma Lowe said...

I would put the £20 voucher towards a new dress for each of my daughters

Emma Lowe said...

sitting in the garden with a nice cool drink, watching the children play

jessica agyin said...

i would buy JJ Cole accessories for travelling tots & mums with the zulily voucher

jessica agyin said...

i would use a pic of my 15 month daughter for the iphone case

jessica agyin said...

i will go on the new wallace and gromit ride at blackpool

jessica agyin said...

my fav thing about summer is the smell of flowers and freshly cut grass

jessica agyin said...

my fav soft toy when i was little was a purple elephant with wings.

Jo said...

I would love to visit Blackpool Tower Circus and of course the tower.

Jo said...

The picture I would personalise would be a rare photo of all of us together on a beach

Jo said...

I love the sun in the garden, the birds singing,having a rare afternoon in the warmth with nothing to do but laze and enjoy the flowers. My garden is just being done for my Granny to enjoy,I am caring for her and she told me about Bougainvillea plants in Cyprus and how stunning they are.

7hippopotamus said...

Happy 2nd Blogoversary! My favourite soft toy was a big panda bear.

7hippopotamus said...

I would buy some new crocs for my daughter

7hippopotamus said...

I love the light nights in summer best.

Hayley said...

My faovurite soft toy was my teddy called brownie, I still have him!

Shay said...

Happy 2nd Blogoversary!
Entering the competition to win the gorgeous Bougainvillea plant - my favourite thing about Summer is being able to play outside in the garden all day with the kids and have pictures at the park x

Kelly said...

My favourite soft toy when I was a child was an octopus that I called Olly

Mary Fuller said...

My favourite toy when I was little was an orange teddy that for some reason I named Susan. I took her to bed with me every night. She became almost totally bald on her belly and her arms and legs were sewn back on so many times with different colours. I hate to say that I dont know what happened to her :(

Mary Fuller said...

My favourite toy when I was young was an orange teddy that I called Susan for some unknown reason. I took her to bed with me every night and she became totally bald on her belly. She also had her arms and legs sewn back on numerous times with lots of different coloured cotton. Unfortunately I don't know what happened to her when I grew up :(

Mary Fuller said...

My favourite toy when I was little was an orange teddy that for some reason I named Susan. I took her to bed with me every night. She became almost totally bald on her belly and her arms and legs were sewn back on so many times with different colours. I hate to say that I dont know what happened to her :(

Mary Fuller said...

My favourite toy when I was little was an orange teddy that for some reason I named Susan. I took her to bed with me every night. She became almost totally bald on her belly and her arms and legs were sewn back on so many times with different colours. I hate to say that I dont know what happened to her :(

Mary Fuller said...

Hiya

I would desperately love your lovely Bougainvillea plant. I used to have lots of flowers and plants in my home and garden but unfortunately my dog destroyed them all when he was a puppy and I am only just now daring to get some more.

kasza said...

I had a yellow teddy, he's now very old and bare as my children played with him too.

kasza said...

I'd buy a lovely new dress for Ellie.

kasza said...

Id personalise with a photograph of my Grand-Daughter.

kasza said...

We'd like to go up Blackpool Tower

kasza said...

Favourite thing about Summer -I love sitting out in my garden in the evening

Emma Walters said...

a huge unicorn bigger than me

Emma Walters said...

love buying new clothes for my boys

rugmaker said...

A threadbare teddy bear

rugmaker said...

Growing vegetables

elff73 said...

my favorite toy was my teddy, which i have still got 40 years and counting

elff73 said...

so many great things to choose from i really cant decide

elff73 said...

i would choose a family photo that has all my grand parents on that has now sadley passed away x x x x

elff73 said...

i would have to go up the tower itself as i went up it 30 years ago and i have to take a photo to see what has changed x x x x

elff73 said...

my favorite thing use to be the sun but that has become a rare sighting in the past years

tinysidsmum said...

My favourite thing about summer is going on holiday x

tinysidsmum said...

My favourite toy was my teddy 'Jones' x

Amanda Williams said...

My favorite this about summer. Not having to wear socks, wash socks or sort out socks.

Lucy Mayer said...

My favourite toy was 'Misty', a little grey and white cat. :)

Lucy Mayer said...

I'd buy some smocked dresses for my twin girls

http://www.zulily.co.uk/p/green-white-smocked-flower-dress-toddler-girls-1002680-223538.html?pos=7&

Lucy Mayer said...

My favourite thing about the summer - being able to let the kids run wild in the garden!

hails84 said...

my favourite thing was a label on a blanket initially, then a label on a top!

hails84 said...

my favourite thing was a label on a blanket initially, then a label on a top!

hails84 said...

my favourite thing was a label on a blanket initially, then a label on a top!

Mickie Bull said...

I had a small teddy bear which I took everywhere, I remember making my mother late for work when she was buggying me to the babysitter by throwing it into a field!

Mickie Bull said...

I would buy some clothes for my girlfriend's daughter, Grace

Mickie Bull said...

My favourite thing about the summer is having a beach barbecue when the sun goes down and everyone has gone, so beautiful and peaceful.

WeeWillieWilkie said...

I had a little orange rabbit called Babbit. In fact I still have it stored away somewhere. There is no way I would ever get rid of him!

WeeWillieWilkie said...

If I won a £20 voucher I would buy an outfit for my new baby which I'm having on Monday!!

Something like this: http://www.zulily.co.uk/p/pearl-knit-long-sleeve-top-footed-bottoms-newborn-infant-1003181-302582.html?pos=17&

WeeWillieWilkie said...

I would put a photo of my baby on the phone case :)

WeeWillieWilkie said...

My favourite thing about summer is being able to eat al fresco!!

Emma Clement said...

As a child, my favourite soft toy was a Snoopy!
Emma xx (@beachpebble)

MrChiblet said...

My favourite soft toy was (and is) a teddy called Snowy...who isn't very white anymore!

MrChiblet said...

My favourite thing about summer is getting outside with the family.....and I would love to take them to Blackpool and visit the tower!

kelly hooper said...

My favourite soft toy as a child was my doll Alice, she had a soft body but plastic head, arms and legs. She go lost when I was about 14 and I was heartbroken, 10 years later my nw husband went to help my sister move house and while she was unpacking some boxes she'd had in storage, found Alice in the bottom! Im now 34 and she has been passed on to my daughter :)

kelly hooper said...

If I won the gift voucher i'd buy my daughter some trousers, shes a real tomboy and needs some decent trousers to keep up with her!

kelly hooper said...

If I won the Ipad cover I would personalise it with the picture I have of my husband getting a big cuddle off our daughter, shes a real mummys girl so he rarely gets one without a bit of bribing, hes hinting about buying an ipad (as ive got one lol!) so I would get him one and put this on it as a present :)

rachael jones mann said...

my fav cuddly toy was my bear called hunny bear , named after an old book frommy childhood called hunny bear goes everywhere , and everywhere my bear went ! henow lives under my bed lol !

Barry Ranns said...

My favourite thing about the summer is sitting outside watching our grandchildren play.

Barry Ranns said...

My favourite thing about the summer is sitting outside watching our grandchildren play.

emsmiff said...

My favourite soft toy was a small teddy that my nan gave me when I was born. I still have it 38 years later

corinne wright said...

to be honest they werent really soft toys but i loved trolls, i used to collect them and take them everywhere with me, i look back now and wonder what i was thinking lol.

Anonymous said...

Hi I would like to enter the Pillow Friend competition please and the Blackpool competition, too.

My favourite toy when I was little was a tatty little penguin called pingy who had googly eyes and I loved him very much.

I would love to go on the Big One rollercoaster in Blackpool as I'm certain it would make me scream!!

Thank you and Happy Blogging Birthday xxx

Annamarie Riddiford

EJ Dunn said...

My favourite toy as a child was a rabbit called Robbie.

zeenie said...

my fav toy was a little monchichi

Manda Louise said...

The thing I most love about the summer is the sunshine,it not only makes thingds look brighter,people are happier too :)

Leanne Newsome said...

Mine was a little pink soft pig

diva1977 said...

Happy "nd anniversary my fav was Lotsa Heart Elephant

diva1977 said...

Happy 2nd anniversary. Mine was Lotsa Heart Elephant

diva1977 said...

Id choose something nice for my son

snarepuss said...

I had a yellow teddy bear :)

snarepuss said...

yellow teddy bear :)

snarepuss said...

I would buy an outfit for my little boy :)

snarepuss said...

I would put a picture of my 3 kids on the ipad case :)

snarepuss said...

cut grass in summer

diva1977 said...

id personalize it with my gorgeous son's picture

diva1977 said...

fun family bbq's

Janice said...

Happy blogoversary!
I would buy my sons some clothes if I won the Zulily voucher.

Joanne Benham said...

Happy Blogiversary, I would have to have a pic of my two kiddies on the ipad case....they use it more than me anyway!! x

sheridarby said...

The thing I most love about summer is going for long hot walks

KirstyL said...

I had a doll when I was younger called sally in fact ive still got her! and I will pass her down to my children

KirstyL said...

my favourite toy was a doll called sally in fact ive still got it and I intend to pass it onto my daughter.

KirstyL said...

I would purchase something for my godson with the Zulily voucher because his christening is soon so it would be perfect.

KirstyL said...

I love being able to take my dog for nice long walks without having to get wet like in winter.

Ian said...

Happy Blogoversary.

nice prizes

Julia Plant said...

For the pillow friend comp, my favourite soft toy was my wrinkly pup :)

Deborah Bird said...

My fave teddy was my andrex puppy, until I left it at the ferry port on the isle of wight! I cried for weeks apparently lol!

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