Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Hotel Chocolat Father’s Day Competition Giveaway

THIS COMPETITION GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

It’s fair to say that I’ve been neglecting you all recently and for that I apologise. It has been a mad few months for me with my lovely little online boutique, Sophia’s Choice and it has taken up rather a lot of my time. As you know I also write my Green Lifestyle Blog of the same name and I’ve been catching up on posts there for the past couple of months. But I’ve not run away never to be seen again and I intend to be back here very soon with new posts to bore inspire you with !

So, in way of an apology I’m back with a lovely competition giveaway for you. And this one’s for all those lovely Dads out there. In just over two weeks time, we in the UK & the US will be celebrating Father’s Day on 15th June. It also happens to be my hubby’s birthday that day too, so he’s in for lots of goodies and pressies, lucky chap.

Back in December you may remember that I reviewed a fabulous box of chocolates from Hotel Chocolat. You can read my review here. Hotel Chocolat make the most divine chocolates and in the end we bought some of those “Mingles & Jingles” for the girls and a Christmas Wreath for family members to indulge in after our review. The company is fair trade having their own ‘engaged ethics’ programme, they have a chocolate tasting club and are constantly bringing out new products to keep the chocolate connoisseur happy.  

Hotel Chocolat Father's Day Collection Prize

They have kindly offered my readers the chance to win one of their Father’s Day Gift Collections:

“An irresistible collection of our finest chocolates paired with our Special Reserve Tawny Port – perfect for sipping lightly chilled on a summer’s evening.

Contents: Mini Hazelnut BĂ»che, High Cocoa White Nano Slab, 70% Dark & Nibs Nano Slab, 50% Milk Fruit & Nut Nano Slab , Smooth Praline Trio, 5cl Special Reserve Tawny Port”

To be in with a chance of winning this lovely Father’s Day Gift Collection, all you need to do is pop across to Hotel Chocolat’s website, have a browse at their “Gifts for Him” section and tell me which one you’d buy for your Dad for Father’s Day.

If you’d like to add to your chances of winning then you can also tweet about the giveaway, Like on Facebook and Follow on Twitter but these extra entries are not compulsory. Please use the Rafflecopter box below to enter. All entries will be checked and a winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter from all valid entries. The winner will then be announced on the blog within 24 hours of the competition ending.

This competition is open to UK & US residents only. If you win you will need to give me your name and address for the gift collection to be sent out to you by Hotel Chocolat. The competition will run from the eve of Wednesday 28th May until midnight on Saturday 7th June.

The winner will be notified by email, announced here on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter. Good Luck everyone x



MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO DEBBIE DODGE WHO IS THE WINNER OF OUR HOTEL CHOCOLAT FATHER'S DAY GIFT COLLECTION !

A HUGE "THANK YOU" TO ALL WHO ENTERED THIS GIVEAWAY. I WAS OVERWHELMED BY THE FABULOUS NUMBER OF ENTRIES XX



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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Looking Briefly Back Over 2013 and Forward to Endless Possibilities

First of all, Happy New Year to you all ! I’m hoping you had a fabulous time with those you love and you’re ready for all the wonderful possibilities 2014 is sure to offer.

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You may or may not know that I write 2 blogs. There’s The Mad Mummy Musings, but there’s also my very first blogging baby, Sophia’s Choice, my Green Lifestyle Blog, which I gave life to a few months prior to this one. They’re both quite different and allow me to write and share in slightly different ways. They have over the past 15 months given me an outlet, a place to call my own where I can indulge my passion to write.

This year has been an eventful one in many different ways. We have now finally settled into the second home we moved into within a 11 week period last November and slowly but surely the scars left from losing my Mum just over 2 years ago to lung cancer are finally healing. I feel her presence with me daily particularly when I write. It’s as if she is guiding me and helping me follow my passion, pointing me in the right direction.

The more I write, the more I need to. The latter 3-4 months of this year took me away from my blogging and I missed it terribly (It’s funny but once you give yourself an outlet to write, the need grows stronger rather than diminishing). My focus had to be on launching my new business venture, an online shop, which now runs alongside Sophia’s Choice blog. It’s all been very exciting if not a touch daunting. If you are interested in reading about my blogging year with Sophia’s Choice then you can pop across and have a read here.


Now that little Tink is at nursery my world is once again opening up and new possibilities are presenting themselves. My online shop is one of my new passions and I’m really looking forward to seeing how she grows and what opportunities I can create for her over the coming year.

I’m keen to develop this blog further too. I have clearer ideas of what I’d like to share with you and write about here on The Mad Mummy Musings. I love writing about important issues that affect us all, I love being outdoors and sharing our experiences as a family in that respect. Linking up to Country Kids with Fiona from Coombe Mill has been great fun over the past year, sharing our adventures in the open air. It will be good to get back to doing more of that in the coming months. We’d also like to involve ourselves more in the monthly link ups with the TOTS100 Center Parcs challenges too this year.

I love to cook and create healthy food. I’m currently studying for a Nutrition Diploma to take my passion for health, food and nutrition further, so look out for some “foodie” posts coming your way this year. I met my husband when we were doing an HND in Hotel & Catering Management so I’d love to take my passion and experience in this area further through this blog. There were a few blogging opportunities which I never had time to pursue last year which I’m hoping may still be possible in 2014.

I’d love to do more freelance writing too. This was an area I’d hoped to develop in 2013 but having Tink still so small meant that I had to prioritise what I could and couldn't do. I’m hopeful that opportunities will present themselves when the time is right and I can perhaps earn an income from my passion to write. There’s always been a book locked up inside me so who knows, maybe 2014 is my year to revisit that ambition.

And last of all, I intend to get organised ! 2013 was a year of disorganisation to some degree for me and I didn’t like it one bit. I am by nature an organised and tidy person. Clutter and mess affect my ability to think clearly. Having small children challenges that trait in me daily ! So 2014 will be the year I get that clear, tidy house I can always see in my head. I will bring my vision into reality. I will !

So my lovely readers, I’m excited about growing and taking this little blog to bigger and loftier heights. I’m hopeful you’ll join me and still enjoy my new musings over the coming year. I feel privileged to have you on board for the ride and hope 2014 is everything you want it to be.

Until next time xx





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