Thursday, November 27, 2014

Beados : Review and Giveaway

In the interests of full disclosure, I was not present when this review took place.  And that said, please allow me to tell you all about it....

I received a box of Beados to review just prior to the last school holidays.  Being the wise and desperate mother that I am, I immediately put the box in the laundry to flaunt as behavioural bribery during the holidays.

I am also easily distracted and forgetful....squirrel!

The kids kept whining about the box in the laundry and I was all "Shhhh....Mummy is watching TV" because I had forgotten what was in the box that had since become the supporting structure for Mount Washmore.

Last week I managed to conquer the mountain, so to speak, and re-discovered the Beados.

There was a degree of guilt, and much dismay over my poor domestic skillz distracted forgetfulness  meaning I survived the entire school holidays without using this much coveted weapon.

A heavy weekend of Beadoing was promptly scheduled.

Conveniently, right when I was already booked to get my sausage sizzle on for the kids' school.

So #1Hubby donned his crafting apron** and channeled his inner Art Teacher and enjoyed some quality time with the kids.

And therein finishes the review.

My house is adorned with beady Beados bling from top to bottom.

I have been advised the names of each beady pet more times than I care to admit.

I have used the remaining Beados as bribery for homework, vege consumption and room cleaning more times than I care to brag.

The kids love them.

The fact that #1Hubby is still standing is proof of the awesome power of Beados.

The kids' official review in one word (because we're all about the less is more):

Miss9 : Awesome
Miss5 : Cool
Mstr5 : Mooftastic

(Mstr5's supreme rating scale ranges from parp to mooftastic, so this is indeed the equivalent of a 10/10).

Amazingly, not one child attempted to consume or insert a single Beados.

I think.

I'll let you know if anything comes up to disprove that claim.

According to #1Hubby - the best part - all you need is water.  Which means that, apparently, you can set them up, show them what to do, then return to the comfort of the lounge and the sport channel while they Beado it up.  AKA - PASSIVE SUPERVISION.

Thanks to Moose Toys, I have a Beados pack to giveaway

Perfectly timed for Christmas present giftage and school holidays entertainment requiring nothing more than passive supervision!

Entries close Thursday 4 December

The fine print:
  • Entry is open to Australian and New Zealand residents only
  • Entries open Thursday 27 November
  • Entries close midnight (WST) Thursday 4 December
  • Only entries that have completed all sections of the entry form above will be deemed eligible
  • There is one (1) prize of a Beados pack
  • Winner will be announced on the Facebook Page
  • Winner has seven (7) days to respond, before I use the kids' Beados kit to create a few 'shed words' to demonstrate my disappointment, and then conduct a re-draw.

So all's well that ends well.  The kids spent a day crafting and not being entertained by the various electronic devices.  #1Hubby did not whine for Australia when I got home late that afternoon.  And I now have a number of affordable 'stocking filler' options, thanks to the various Themed Refill Packs.  Winning!

**#1Hubby's Crafting Apron is a design I am planning on patenting.  It involves a beer holder,  remote control pocket, and some pretty yet totally manly frilling around the edges.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bing Lee winning : The big reveal

EXPOSED : I went to bed with an electrical appliance......a Dyson DC59 vacuum.

That is what had #1Hubby more excited than [Insert any reasonable and normal object that you would expect to excite a 42 year old male....].

All courtesy of Bing Lee.

About them....

Personally, I am a shopper.  Some people are not.  I have no idea what those people do instead.  Drink?  Loom bands?

While I quite enjoy a trip around my local shopping centre, I don't enjoy touring the various whitegoods retailers of a weekend, getting all passive-aggressive with #1Hubby if he dare disagree with my choices.

And the kids just ADORE spending their school-free weekends sitting in the car, going in and out of boring shops, being threatened with all manner of nastiness (nothing but spinach for the rest of the weekend / no TV) if they don't STFU and refrain from touching all of the things.

Plus, isn't it always the way, that the cheapest price ends up being either the first or second store you tried.  And when you go back, they're out of stock.  So you have to return to the sixth store where it was $5 more and is in stock....

Forget that.

Don't even bother removing your elastic waisted garb in order to leave the house.

Brushing your teeth and hair?  Why bother.

In fact, I highly recommend browsing their wares with a glass of wine, in your pyjamas, while ignoring your children.

From the time I selected the item on the Bing Lee site to receiving it here in WA - which may as well be the end of the earth compared to the rest of Australia, where deliveries are concerned - was just on a week.

Which is really handy, because I am crap at keeping a secret, and had managed to tell the kids in even that short period of time.  So I then had to threaten them all with a ban on electronic devices if any of them dared even hint about the giftage to their father.

So, on to the list of wins I can chalk up to Bing Lee's Dyson gift this past week :

    #1Hubby  :   It's your turn to take the kids to karate
    Me            :   (From bed on Saturday morning)
    #1Hubby  :   Yes it is
    Me            :   DYSON
    #1Hubby  :   (Sigh)...yeah okay, fair enough.  Come on kids, time to get ready

    #1Hubby  :   What's for dinner?
    Me            :   OMG I just fed you like 6 hours ago?!
    #1Hubby  :   That was lunch.
    Me            :   I can't be bothered cooking.  I feel like takeaway
    #1Hubby  :   (Look of shock because I almost never suggest takeaway)
    Me            :   Yep.  But I'm not going to get it.
    #1Hubby  :   It's your turn.  I got it last time.
    Me            :   Yeah but I want another glass of wine.
                         And I don't feel like putting 'outside' clothes on
    #1Hubby  :   I want to have another beer.  It's. Your. Turn.
    Me            :   DYSON
    #1Hubby  :   (Sigh)...fine.  But this is getting old...

    Me            :   I'm going to bed to watch TV
    #1Hubby  :   It's 7pm?
    Me            :   Yes indeed it is.
    #1Hubby  :   The kids are still up.  They need a bath.
    Me            :   Ohhh, yeah.  Forgot about them.  Anyway, god speed.
   #1Hubby  :   No no no.  Come back here.
    Me           :   DYSON
   #1Hubby  :   (Sigh)...FFS.  This is the last time.  THE LAST TIME!

Heh, sure it is.

Anyway, enough about me and my awesome week of winning (it's the little things), on to the winner of the Bing Lee $100 gift card....


Winner winner, chicken dinner!

Because Kathryn had the foresight to suggest next year's gift - a garment steamer.  Watch this space (said the wife who doesn't iron).

For those of you bummed that you didn't win, fear not - Bing Lee is offering a discount to anyone interested in purchasing anything from this range of vacuum's.

Just enter the code BLOG5OFF at the checkout.

You know you want to - think of all the sleep-ins, getting out of kids sports duty on weekends, being able to have that extra wine instead of driving to get the takeaway because you can't be bothered cooking - basically all of the leverage you can hold over your significant other.  For the foreseeable future.  Possibly until the end of time, should your partner be as totally enamoured with vacuum's as mine is.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bing Lee for the win - A giveaway

I recently wrote about my grand plans to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary in style.

The first clue that things weren't going to be quite so romantic should have come when I had suggested to #1Hubby that the 15th anniversary was big blinging diamonds - and he laughed his ass off and said he was pretty sure it was whitegoods.


He is a keeper.

I didn't have long to wallow in a pit of loathing and concoct some form of epic punishment in return for his audacity and cheek, as Bing Lee came to my rescue the following week.

Here begins the tale of how Bing Lee entered my marriage and forever changed it, for the better...

I was gifted a sizable whitegoods item, which I, in turn, gave to #1Hubby wishing him a belated Happy 15th Whitegoods Wedding Anniversary.

Now, many would assume that it's at this point that things got ugly.

Instead, #1Hubby commenced girly-man squealing.

There was much hugging and many declarations of love emanating from his person between the girly-man squeals.

All for the appliance, not me.

Before you start feeling sorry for me - I also came out of this experience a winner.

While #1Hubby was fawning over his much coveted appliance, I seized the moment to run a few things past his distracted and loved up self :

      Me             :    So I'm thinking of going to Cambodia again next year.
     #1Hubby   :    Yep, great, do it.
     Me             :    And going on to Vietnam for a couple of nights afterwards....
     #1Hubby   :    Awesome, go for it.  OMG, listen to that motor?
     Me             :    It's 5 nights, actually...
     #1Hubby   :    What? Didn't hear you over the motor?
     Me             :    It's 5 nights in Vietnam, not a couple....
     #1Hubby   :    Great, have fun
     Me             :    So I'll be away for 2 weeks...
     #1Hubby   :   (insert sound of #1Hubby kissing appliance) Ahuh, yep
     Me             :   One of those weeks is school holidays. So you would be at home.
                           Alone with the kids.
                           Survivor style....
     #1Hubby   :   Wa-heyyy, look at that bad boy go!
     Me             :   ???
     #1Hubby   :   Oh, yep, awesome. Enjoy it.

That night when I went to bed, this is what greeted me :

I call this one In bed with Bing Lee

#1Hubby had lovingly placed the appliance in bed.

Yes, really.

And I was slightly disturbed but otherwise okay with that, since everybody knows appliances don't snore.

The following day, I decided to go for gold, as if 2 weeks overseas without him and the kids wasn't gold enough....

      Me             :    I might have forgotten to tell you something yesterday...
                             when I gave you the great new love of your life...
      #1Hubby   :    What?  Don't tell me we don't get to keep it?!?!?!
      Me             :    No no, it's all yours love
      #1Hubby   :    Because you know I wouldn't be able to part with Binger
                             Not now that we've bonded
      Me             :    Who is Binger?
      #1Hubby   :    (insert eye roll and duh motioning to the appliance)
                             I named him after Bing Lee
                             They get me.  They knew exactly what I really wanted.
                             They blew all of your gifts, clean out of the water. Heh.
      Me             :    Seriously?
      #1Hubby   :    Totally.
      Me             :    What about the three kids?
      #1Hubby   :    (looks over at the kids currently trashing the toy room)
                             (and throwing their afternoon tea at each other)
                   's a close call....
      Me             :    Fair enough

I walked off pretending to be hurt by the appliance taking a slightly higher place in #1Hubby's affections than our three  feral  adorable children, and certainly a much higher place than yours truly.

Decided not to tell him about the long weekend away with the girls that I've booked myself.  Will let it be a surprise.  Like his new love.  Only better.

And so I have spent the past fortnight almost giving myself a hernia trying to squeeze out ideas of what I want to do, where I want to go, what I want to buy - because #1Hubby is so  distracted  agreeable while in the honeymoon phase.

Win a $100 Bing Lee voucher to use online

For your chance to allow Bing Lee into your  marriage  home, check out their site here and then complete the following entry form, answering both questions.

The Fine Print
  • There is one (1) prize of a one hundred dollar ($100) AUD gift card to be redeemed via the Bing Lee online store.
  • Prize is not redeemable for cash
  • Entry is open to Australian residents only
  • Entries open 0500hrs WST Tuesday 11 November 2014
  • Entries close midnight WST Tuesday 18 November 2014
  • Only entrants who complete all sections of the entry form will be eligible
  • The winner will be announced on the blog Thursday 20 November 2014
  • Winner has seven (7) days to respond before I contemplate creating a pseudonym and claiming the voucher for myself, before thinking better of it since I've now aired that thought on the interwebs and already incriminated myself, and instead conduct a re-draw.

And once again, I would like to thank Bing Lee for providing the most sage advice for any marriage - Everything's negotiable.  Yes, yes it is.

Especially when trying to get one over your husband by taking his words as literally as humanly possible, then having that backfire on you when his delight and rapture sees your juvenile point fly straight over his head.  But you win anyway for scoring holidays and stuff via negotiations while he's compromised by his joy.

All from the comfort of my living room, without having to do a thing.

I shall think of you while downing cocktails in Cambodia and Vietnam next year while #1Hubby whines to his new beloved about managing the kids on his own.

Entries close Tuesday 18th November

The lucky winner will be announced here on the blog Thursday 20th November, when I out the mystery appliance and detail exactly what else I've scored in the meantime, thanks to its arrival.

There will also be a discount code for readers interested in the same highly coveted, loved up appliance.

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