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Monday, April 16, 2012

A giveaway while I'm away

As I head off to shop, sunbake and sock back cocktails in Bali at the end of this week, I thought it'd be the perfect time to run a giveaway.

When is it not a good time for a giveaway?

While in Melbourne recently, I was fortunate enough to attend a Kids Business Blogger BBQ.  I was like a kid in a candy shop.  Some great brands and products were not only on display, but also available for us to try, consume, sample and take home.  It was a great opportunity to get up close with both the products and their staff.

When celeb Hostess Livinia Nixon took to the stage and referred to all of us as mothers, I did audibly snort into my coffee while thinking ahuh, sure you are...you and your Nanny and your cleaner and your daily TV hair and make up... and then I met her and she had lunch at our table and she's actually quite awesome and normal.  She won me over when telling us how she's fallen asleep having her make up done, thanks to being a tired Mum; and also how she lives by her slow cooker, putting dinner on most days before she leaves the house.  Sigh.  Just like me.  Just like me but gorgeous and glamorous.  I so wanted to hate her.  Alas, instead, I can confirm she is indeed a Mum like the rest of us, even if she gets her hair and make up done for her.  And she is totally lovely and hilarious to boot.

Some of the other highlights....


The food...OMG, the food.  The only thing missing was an accompanying glass bottle of white wine.  My kids have dined on Lenard's chicken at least twice a week since I got home.  I love Lenard's, but hadn't bought it for a while.  So I was genuinely excited to sample some of their newer products.

Lenny Pops are my saviour.  I have frequented three different Lenard's stores near me, just so no one store cottons on to just how often my kids are eating them.

My personal favourite's the rolled roasts.  Camembert and Bacon is currently at the top of my list and I would quite happily eat one every other day of the week.

If you haven't tried their products, then you really should.  They're as tasty as what I imagine George Clooney would be.  They're quick and easy to cook, and all the pesky and time consuming preparation has already been done for you.

You don't have to take my word for it - Lenard's have kindly offered up a $20 gift voucher so someone else can get their share of Lenny Pops before I completely obliterate supplies.



When I'd finished stuffing my face, I became acquainted with the Ella's Kitchen people.  Largely because my name tag had been lost, and so I'd been given a replacement which bore the details of one of the Ella's Kitchen staff.  I kindly offered to take over, should he need a toilet break, with full intent of stuffing every empty pocket and loose piece of clothing with sachets of fruit and veg goodness.  He declined.

I'm a huge fan of anything that is packed with healthy veg, that my kids will actually willingly eat.  Especially as we travel quite a bit, and I'm often not in a position to prepare and covertly hide veg in their meals like I would at home.

Ella's Kitchen products are 100% organic and all natural, with absolutely no preservatives or added water (unlike most pre-packaged foods).  They provide maximum parental smugness, so go grab some and pat yourself on the back for your healthy parenting.

I've got half a suitcase filled with these, so The Feral Threesome can each have one a day while we're in Bali, totally cancelling out any parental guilt at the volume of french fries they'll otherwise be consuming.  They're also affordable, and didn't cost me a month's wine allowance in return for my guilt-free holiday.

Thanks to Ella's Kitchen, I have a sample pack to give away, including:
- A selection of 6 of their products
- Funky lunch bag made from the recycled product pouches
- Handy Mealtime guide including hints, tips, and a reward chard with stickers.

And finally, the brand that saved me from forking out for pricey gifts to take home to The Feral Threesome:

To say that they were generous is an understatement.  They kindly gave me a gift bag for each of the kids, which I promptly photographed and posted to Facebook for Miss6 to squeal over.

Crayola products are a fixture in most households.  They're the guilt-free entertainment option when you have things to do, but know you've maxed out your TV babysitting hours for the day.

I remember begging for a Crayola Caddy when I was young (oh so recently), and while they're still making the old favourites, keep your eyes peeled for some great new licensed products due to hit stores in the coming months - from Dora The Explorer to Cars to Disney Princesses - it's all covered.

I didn't get a chance to beg Crayola for a giveaway (and I didn't feel comfortable doing so, on account of how generous they were with the goodie bags for The Feral Threesome), so instead I've grabbed a couple of awesome Crayola products to give away:

Crayola Extreme Color & Create and a Glow Explosion Sand Art kit.
 

And so, for your chance to win one of the three prizes:


For one entry per prize:
1.  Follow this blog (Facebook, Twitter, Subscribe - I'm not fussy, I'm just needy)
2.  Comment below with which prize you would like.
To enter more than one / all of the three prizes, simply comment separately for each prize

For extra entries:
Share this competition on Facebook (1 extra entry in total)
Share this competition on  Twitter (1 extra entry in total)
Make sure you tag me so I know that you've shared the giveaway loving


Entries close Friday 4 May


The fine print....
  • Entry is open to Australian and New Zealand residents only
  • Maximum of two extra entries per person
  • Entries close midnight (WST) Friday 4 May
  • Winners published here Monday 7 May 
  • Winners have seven (7) days to respond before I turn Emo and carry out a re-draw while consoling myself with my Duty Free Vodka



90 comments:

  1. I'll jump onto the Lenard's prize!  I love there filo pastries!  

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  2. I'd love Crayola Extreme Color & Create and a Glow Explosion Sand Art kit please

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  3. Snotface Stinkbum's MumApril 16, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    oooh pick me for Lenard's!!!

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  4. I'm in it for the Lenard's prize ;)

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  5. I'll go in for the crayola pack! But you probably already knew that lol

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  6. Lenard's $20 gift voucher

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  7. I would love to win any of the prizes- would love to try products from Ella's Kitchen.

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  8. We love Lenards in our house as you can get simple gluten free products. Yummo! (We'd love to win the voucher).

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  9. And how can you go wrong with Crayola???  Superb prize.

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  10. I would love to win the Ella's Kitchen products. I'm looking for a simple healthy option for my 2 year old and I have a 3 month old who will start solids in the coming months so would love to find out what they are like. :)

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  11. I would love the ellas kitchen products! 

    I am following along on twitter :) 

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  12. I've never heard of the Ella's Kitchen products but they are amazing! I'd love to win them!
    I'm a facebook 'liker'

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  13. I'd love the Crayola one too actually, since i'm askin for stuff :D 

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  14. I would love to win the Lenards Voucher 

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  15. Sadly I have never tried Lenards yet, although that rolled roast with camembert you just described sounds divine! I would love to try it.

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  16. My kids would go nuts over the Crayola pack. We got through so much paper, pencils and texts in this house it is unbelievable.

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  17. Crayola prize for my princess please, I've run out again!

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  18. I would love to win the Lenard's giveaway, haven't bought any for a while.

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  19. I would also love to win the Crayola prize, a bit of Crayola never goes astray!

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  20. Ellas kitchen please ,,, my little guys loves them

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  21. I am a facebook follower who would love to win the fantastic Crayola pack. Perfect for my budding artist

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  22. tweeted  https://twitter.com/#!/jasmine_07/status/192025639195385857

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  23. I remember begging for a Crayola Caddy too.  I never got one :( 

    I still love to colour in, and since I work as a Librarian, I now get to colour in, make craft projects, AND get paid for it. Brilliant!

    I'm subscribed to your blog, and I've just shared this competition on FaceBook.

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  24. I so would Love Lenards to see if they have anything that our boys are allowed to eat! I follow you on Facebook (already) and now on twitter :)

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  25. My boys would love the Crayola - especially the sand kit :)

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  26. Crayola - for a colourful afternoon

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  27. I would love to win the Leonard's prize!

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  28. I would also love to win the Ella's Kitchen prize for my daughter :)

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  29. And I know the Crayloa prize would go down a treat with my older kids so put me down for that one as well please :)

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  30. I tweeted as well!

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  31. I already have you on fb and twitter-would love the crayola for my girls:-)

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  32. I'd love the LENARD'S prize thank you. We do love their chicken.

    FB: Mary Preston

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  33. I'm new to ELLA'S KITCHEN, but would love to win this thank you.

    FB: Mary Preston

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  34. I would love the Lenards voucher as I love their range

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  35. My daughter is a huge fan of Ella's kitchen so that would be perfect for her

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  36. The Crayola pack would keep the kids occupied and I could hopefully drink a hot cup of tea!

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  37. Have shared on FB

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  38. I'd love to win the Lenard's voucher, please.

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  39. Shared on facebook.

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  40. Oh!!! Too hard to make decisions!!! 

    Lenards prize please!!! We love Lenards *and go to 2 different ones aswell!*

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  41. Crayola Prize is AWESOME.. so entering here too!! Perfect for school holidays!!

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  42. Ella's Kitchen sounds wonderful! Getting ready for kindygarten!

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  43. Shared on Facebook - Tagged you!

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  44. Shared on Twitter - Tagged you!

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  45. FB liker. I'd love the Ella's kitchen prize, thanks

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  46. FB liker. I'd also LOVE the Crayola prize thanks

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  47. Shared on FB as Chon Ky

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  48. I would have to score the Leonards prize. Miss 4 has taken to drawing on the beige walls with brightly coloured textas. The Chux magic sponges are definately getting a workout and their shares have recently gone up from the packs of sponges that I have had to buy in recent weeks. Hence, all textas have been banned from the beige house.

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  49. I LOVE Lenards, winning that voucher would give us a couple of very tasty meals :)  I'm a fan on FAcebook (Kate Ryan).

    kate1485 at hotmail dot com

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  50. I shared this giveaway here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kate1485/posts/225902957510764

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  51. I would love to win the Lenard's gift voucher please

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  52. Ooh, and the Ella's Kitchen prize sounds great!  Please enter me into that one too.

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  53. And the kids would never forgive me if I didn't ask to be entered into the Crayola comp too please

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  54. I've also shared on Facebook (Laura lauralai Carey)

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  55. I am a blog follower and would love love love to win the Lenards prize please :)

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  56. I am your newest facebook liker.
     -I'd love the Crayola prize. my little one (2 years) has just started getting into colouring in

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  57. The Lenard's prize would be great as I always have trouble thinking of new things to have for dinner

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  58. I'd love to try Ella's kitchen. Never heard of it before but it sounds great

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  59. I'd love the Ella's Kitchen pack.  It's be wonderful considering my Daughter has just started Preschool.

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  60. Ella's Kitchen sounds like a dream... Healthy tasting... No more Screams!.... FB liker ;)

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  61. I would love to win the Lenard's voucher and try something different for dinner! :)

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  62. With a houseful of kids, the Ella's kitchen products would definitely come in handy so please put me down for them as well.

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  63. I'm sure they would love the Crayola sand art kit as well so I'd like to enter for that as well please :)

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  64. I have tweeted as well

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  65. Love the sound of the Ella Kitchen Products :-) 

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  66. would love to try the Lenny Pops yum!! 

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  67. My daughter would love the Crayola pack sounds like lots of fun 

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  68. I would love the  Ella's Kitchen Sample Pack. How fun to offer a selection of healthy food when we have visitors or the little munchkin can devour it all first.

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  69. The Ellas Kitchen Sample Pack; purely for the reward chart....... they can have the crayons and the reward chart is mine.... 1 glass of wine for each 'banana' I DONT throw due to sudocream being smooshed into carpet yet AGAIN, murals drawn on walls with contents of nappy/ jocks or after hubby plays 'poo game' by sending stinky pants to me and then making himself scarce! I'm ready to get my 'rewards' right now!

    Like, subscribed, tweeted and follow......

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  70. Lynne lilllingtonMay 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Would love some Crayola, planning to some scrapbooking with miss 6 .

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  71. crayola, we need need good quality colouring things in our house the kids have been given so much cheap stuff that just breaks all teh ime this would be great
    Lisa

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  72. daniela barbaroMay 3, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Crayola Extreme Color & Create and a Glow Explosion Sand Art kit.

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  73. CarlaatmaroubraMay 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Lenards chicken sounds great, lenny pops have me intrigued....

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  74. Crayola, its heaven sent

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  75. Ella kitchen prize, a reward chart is my best friend

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  76. Crayola... at last an 'explosion' of the creative kind, not the messy kind (I hope!).

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  77. Crayola, my kids will love it

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  78. Lenard's, yummo!!

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  79. crayola for my little budding artists :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/mzmumma81/status/198219968754630659 
    http://www.facebook.com/rannison81 

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  80. Ella kitchen prize - for my little cooks.

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  81. Crayola - for the peace I get when my kids are occupied by drawing!

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  82. Lenards Chicken - my friday night saviour.

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  83. crayola, for some peace and quiet from my 3 ferals :-)

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  84. Crayola so I can give my nephwes something creative to do when they visit next school holidays

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  85. Shared and tweeted!  My kids would love the Crayola crayons to scribble on every open space they see (but that's okay - they're quiet then!). 

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  86. Would love tin anything as I am not fussy.I love surprises.I have liked and shared.

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  87. Meant to say happy to win anything as I love surprises

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  88. I'd love the Lenard's prize. As I'm creatively challenged in the cooking department this would be great. They create better items than I ever could. I've also followed, tweeted, commented and liked.

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