My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 8 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Shennanigans and Adventures with Dreamworks and Shrek!

Fun with Shrek for our Harts Memory Week!

The past few weeks have been pretty crazy here in the Munchkin Patch. On Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018, after 13 years together and the arrival of our three babies, The Man and I finally got married. Many say it's been a long time coming, but during the last couple of years, both Munch and Beastie have been questioning my different name and expressing their desire for us all to share the same surname.

So we planned it.
With two pretty little bridesmaids and one handsome little Page Boy, we made our little unit official and they made me a Hart!

Following the wedding, we decided that we wouldn't do any kind of holiday. Instead, we spoke about it as a family and said that we would rather do a 'Memory Week' in which we would spend the week after the wedding enjoying some really fun days out as a family, creating even more memories in an attempt to make this a week that none of us would ever forget.

On the final day of our special week, we went on a surprise trip to London. None of the kids knew where we were going, but were crazy excited anyway!

When we arrived in London, it was just a short walk from Waterloo Station. Situated on the Southbank, next to the famous London Eye, is the little treasure that was awaiting our arrival!

The moment you walk through the front door, it is obvious that this is an adventure aimed at the whole family. The experience has a guideline age of 6+ years, but younger visitors are welcome on the understanding that there may be one or two features during the tour that may make them feel uncomfortable. Our three little adventurers are by no means fearless, but they do love their animated movies and are aware that every hero has a villain not too far behind him.

From the point of walking through the door to actually joining the adventure can be quite long, especially if you visit on a busy day. However, there are things to look at and interact with all the way round as well as a lively, film based voiceover that can be heard throughout the wait. You slowly make your way further into the building with a growing sense that, with each step, the adventure is getting closer. Beastie is notoriously impatient, and hates to queue or wait for things to happen, so the possible wait honestly did fill me with dread. However, there was so much to keep her brain busy, she didn't once show signs of irritation and we were not subjected to moans of "I'm bored" once!

As soon as we reached the front of the queue, we were escorted into a lift which was about to whisk us away to a land of fairy tale mayhem!

The journey begins when you board the DreamWorks Tours magical flying 4D bus to Far Far Away. On this simulator journey, you will experience a captivating visual display with the odd spray of water and air thrown in for effect. Then, as you continue on your journey to locate Shrek, you will have a number of encounters including Cinderella in Shrek’s swamp, you'll bump into Puss in Boots, you'll attempt to rescue Pinocchio from the wheel of torture and cook up a magic spell with the Muffin Man. The whole time, you must collect the special ingredients that you will need in order to find Shrek and make it back home safely!

That's as much as I'm giving away! If you want to find out more about the characters included in the tour and the story that the adventure follows, you will have to visit for yourself! Trust me, it'll be worth it!

When the adventure comes to an end, visitors find themselves in a decorative corridor fit for a celebration ...

... Maybe even fit for an ...

Here, all visitors have the opportunity to meet Shrek, so have your cameras ready as this is the point at which you can use them again! You can either take a photo of members of your party yourself, or you can jump in the frame too and there is an assistant there ready to take the photos for you on your chosen device.

Once you've had the chance to meet the big man himself, you are then free to explore an area that is full of scenes with much loved characters from your favourite Dreamworks films. And the best thing about it is they are fully immersive! There certainly is a distinct absence of 'No Touching' signs in this part of the adventure!

And Munch is still amazed that she got to sit down with a real baby dragon!

The whole adventure lasts for around 75 minutes, which I think is just right for the amount of fun that is crammed in. Throughout the tour, visitors are moving from room to room, each time entering a completely new scene and coming face to face with a new character. Some characters are good and friendly whilst others have a more menacing side, but all are entertaining and work together brilliantly to create an experience suitable for Dreamworks fans everywhere. 

Plumlet is just 4 years old and was a little wary of the wicked witch, but as we were actually the last of our group to leave her room, she clearly couldn't resist leaving her role momentarily to show him some friendly attention and a much less wicked side of her character. I like to think that she could see he was a little nervous of her and acted accordingly, but whatever her reason may have been, it worked! Hopefully, this goes a little way to describing the attitudes of the staff throughout the tour. Every character was animated in their portrayal of their role, and all other duties, including escorting visitors from place to place, manning the ticket desks, working in the Gift Shop and general floating around to ensure all adventurers are happy, comfortable and safe at all times, were carried out by enthusiastic, friendly, polite individuals. We were never without a member of staff nearby, which meant that whilst The Man and I stayed near Plumlet, we were able to allow the girls to wander ahead freely, safely confident that they would be completely fine. There are not many busy tourist attractions in London that made me feel like this!

We would highly recommend Dreamworks Shrek's Adventure to any family looking for something fun to do in London. As I mentioned, Plumlet is 4, Beastie 5 and Munch is 8 years old, and all 3 of them have been asking to go back already. They thoroughly enjoyed the feeling of being thrown into the middle of a fairytale and loved everything about their journey through the make believe worlds full of fun and crazy characters!

Thank you, you loveable Ogre, for being a big part of our Family Memory Week! We'll be back, for sure.

To check ticket availability and to book your own adventure, take a look at the official website.

We were given an entry ticket for the purpose of this review, but all accounts and opinions are 100% our own. No other payment was offered.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Shopkins Happy Places comes to IOS

Shopkins help create a Happy Place for Beastie!

Collectibles and kids - a winning combination ... Unless you're a parent! There are so many out there these days, many of which tend to be a love affair that lasts around 5 minutes before they are forgotten about and lost at the bottom of a toy box. Same in our house, same in most houses. However, Shopkins seem to be different. From the very start, my girls have adored them, eagerly collecting their favourites and carefully storing them in dedicated boxes. The there were books, a film, play sets ... and then the dolls! I have to admit to loving the dolls myself. They are cute to look at and the attention to the detail that goes into everything that makes up their styles is so appealing. With their quirky names, funky outfits and individual personalities, children far and wide have fallen in love with the brand ... mine included!

So now, they go and create an IOS app. Moose Enterprises and Kuato Studios have developed something great in their colourful, cute and all round attractive app for kids aged 5+ to satisfy their obsession for everything Shopkins! And to make it even more irresistible, it's completely free* to download! 

This is the official licensed game of the characters that have become popular names in so many households. From the sassy Shoppies to the lovable Petkins, the much loved characters from Moose Toys come together in this fun game, designed for 5-8 year olds. Young children can engage in creative, habitat building and collection play whilst developing early storytelling skills. The game has a great objective that is presented in a perfect way for its young audience.

After a big day out in Shopville, the Lil’ Shoppies are heading home to Happyville to make their own Happy Places! Now you too can decorate your own Happy Place with stylish wallpapers, super cute Petkins friends and more! Invite your favourite Lil’ Shoppies including Jessicake, Poppette, Coco Cookie and Bubbleisha to visit your Happy Home. There’s so many ways to decorate and display!”

Shopkins Happy Places centres around a fun fictional place called Happyville and is a hugely successful spin off of Shopkins, one the most popular children’s entertainment franchises of recent years. The Happy Places toy line launched in 2016 and is now available in 65 countries across the globe. 

The Shopkins Happy Places game opens up a new world for Shopkins fans where they can collect cute Petkins and decorate their own Happy Places, all while completing House Goals with the help of their favourite Lil’ Shoppies. Whether it’s decorating an Oh-So-Cozy bedroom that’s a dream to sleep in for Jessicake, or helping Popette follow the latest trends to suit her laidback lifestyle, the game will allow kids to immerse themselves into Shopkins Happy Places like never before. 

In true Kuato Studios style, Shopkins Happy Places gives fans a fun learning experience based around storytelling and narrative play. Kuato’s patent pending TalesMaker engine allows fans to create visual diaries from their Lil’ Shoppies’ adventures throughout the day, and then share these with family and friends. 

Shopkins Happy Places begins on moving day, as Lil' Shoppie Jessicake arrives in HappyVille! After her Happy Home is set up, children can explore decorating the with the many cute Petkins available. As they decorate and create, each Lil' Shoppie will play with the Petkins and prompt the child with decoration ideas based on the Lil' Shoppies individual personalities. The child can also take part in the #HouseGoal challenges which encourage more complex patterns based around simple story settings, such as birthday parties, or cooking contests. 

As the child plays, the unique TalesMaker technology records key moments from the play session and then presents these to the child as a record of their day. Young storyteller's can explore sequencing images and applying text to create simple narrative structures, before saving their story creations to share with family and friends. 

Take a look at the video for an idea of what's in store within the app!

Beastie loves moving all of her furniture around and fulfilling the wishes of her character. It took her a short while to get to grips with what she had to do, but I sat back and left her to it. I wanted to see how long it would take her to understand the objectives of the game, and it didn't take her long at all. Once she was clear, there was no stopping her. All I hear when she is playing it is how "that will look good there" and how "she would love a bed like that!" Just listening to her talk herself through the game and its features is lovely. She is making decisions as well as allowing her creative side to show. And the little squeals of excitement each time she 'opens' a new Petkin are a clear indication of how much she is enjoying it. In fact, she is loving it so much that Munch (8 years) hasn't had a chance to try it out yet!

And now that she knows there is a daily Reward feature too, I can guarantee she'll be asking for some time on it every day!

Children can earn more Petkins, Happy Places and Lil' Shoppies through play, allowing them to build out a whole HappyVille. The game also offers in-app purchases, accessible only via a PIN-code.

Players can earn reward coins whilst playing the game which can be used to purchase Surprise Delivery Boxes. These can also be bought for real money (£1.99 each) and contain a guaranteed 5 Petkins and other items that can be used to decorate Jessicake's new home. 

First impressions have been great. Beastie says that she loves the game and would score it a 

"10/10 for how it looks, 10/10 for fun and 10/10 because it has Jessicake!"

This is just one of many games by award winning Kuato Studios all of which can be found on the App Store. https://itunes.apple.com/.../deve.../kuato-games/id547649940

We were provided with credit to purchase in app additions, but all opinions are completely our own and are not influenced in any way.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Tips for choosing your Bathroom Furniture

Our quest for a new bathroom!
One thing we have promised ourselves this year as a family is that we will make some big changes to our bathroom. When we moved in here, one of the things we knew we would want to change in the near future would be this room, as instead of a traditional bathroom, we have a wet room. With three young children, this has its pros and cons. The kids love the fact that they can play around in the shower with the added space due to no cubicle and that they don't have to worry about the distance they allow the water to spread! However, even with the addition of non-slip mats, it can get dangerous and kind of like trying to retrieve a goldfish from its tank with your bare hands.
All this aside, I miss the luxury of relaxing in a bath at the end of a long day. This is something I definitely took for granted before we moved in here, and I want it back!
So some changes will definitely be made, and we are starting to consider the other factors we will need to think about when planning our little transformation!
5 Tips To Selecting Bathroom Furniture
It goes without saying that the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. A bathroom must be relaxing and also serve as a wonderful place for you to quiet your mind and let go of your stress. Therefore, it is imperative that the bathroom is updated to suit your needs and preferences. When updating your bathroom, you will have to focus on choosing bathroom furniture such as vanities, mirrors, and cabinets. If you want to make your bathroom a functional retreat, you should follow the tips we have mentioned below; 

Tip 1: Deciding on the bathroom furniture

So, what bathroom furniture are you in dire need of? Are you looking to upgrade your vanities and mirrors? Or, do you want to install new cabinets for extra storage space? When deciding on the bathroom furniture, you will need to note the dimensions of your bathroom. It wouldn't make sense for you to purchase a bathroom furniture that doesn't fit in your bathroom, would it? 

Tip 2: Know your budget

Before you begin your search for bathroom furniture, you need to first work out a realistic budget for the furniture. Doing so will prevent you from overspending. Of course, there may come times when the furniture you prefer are priced exorbitantly and are thus, over budget. During such times, you can either wait for clearance sales or opt for cheaper, similar-looking alternatives. 

Tip 3: Design and style

When focusing on bathroom furniture, you should particularly focus on two important factors; style and practicality. And, when choosing the furniture, it is necessary to identify what atmosphere and look you want in your bathroom. Do you want your bathroom to look luxurious? Or, do you want custom-made furniture to better suit the needs and requirements of your family? Do you like traditional furniture pieces or would you rather place chic and contemporary furniture in your bathroom? 

Tip 4: Choosing your vanity

Before choosing your vanity, you need to first know what you want in a vanity. You will need to identify what your vanity unit will be used most often for. Will it be used by your kids? If so, you should get a vanity that is durable beyond belief and easy to clean. You should also pay attention to the height of the vanity and ensure that it isn't too low or too high for you. The vanity you end up choosing must also be able to accentuate the other accessories and furniture in the bathroom. 

Tip 5: Know your storage needs

Before shopping for a new cabinet, you need to first take an inventory of all the products in the current bathroom. Then, you should pick a cabinet or a vanity that can not only accommodate the current products, but also have extra storage space available for future needs. You will be able to shop better after knowing your storage needs.

These are all tips that we will most definitely be keeping in mind when we start to change our wet room into a proper bathroom. It will absolutely happen this year. A promise is a promise!

This is a collaborative post

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Hacking our burgers with Rustlers

A Dinnertime Challenge!

I'm a mum of three. Munch is 8, Beastie is 5 and Plumlet is 4. The girls go to school 5 days per week, whilst Plumlet spends two days of his week at nursery and the rest with me. There are after school clubs and other extra-curricular activities that are scheduled during the week. The Man works long hours, and I am trying my hardest to make good preparations for a life for myself, ready for when Plumlet starts school in September. 

Therefore, naturally, I cook each and every meal from scratch, using only the finest organic ingredients whilst guaranteeing that every bite contains the correct balance of every nutrient known to man ... and some that are not. Oh, and I forgot to mention that we all sit down, harmoniously, as a family of 5, seven days a week and all enjoy the one single meal that has been lovingly and flawlessly prepared ...

Ok, so as parents, we all want what is best for our children, and in an ideal world there would be enough hours in the day to allow for several hours of meal preparation. However, this is not an ideal world. This is reality, and real life is just not like this. Not for us, anyway. 

Regardless of how imperfect our world may be, we do love to sit down as a family to enjoy a meal together. Admittedly, it is not always possible, but we make the effort to do so a few times per week. Sometimes, in order to make this happen, we will opt for a 'quick and easy' meal option. Less time preparing and cooking means more time sitting together.

So when we were invited by Britmums to take part in their Burger Hacking Challenge with Rustlers, I thought this would be great for us.

Rustlers burgers are a perfect quick fix when time is short and tummies are empty. They can be eaten as a quick snack or added to a main meal. Either way, they are really fast and simple to prepare and very tasty!

So we were set the challenge to take the Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burger Twin Pack, select our preferred ingredients to compliment our meal and to have fun with the family, hacking our burgers to make them just right for us. 

We stocked up on the ingredients that the kids requested. 

The great thing about Rustlers burgers are they can be cooked in the microwave, and will be ready in aroundR 2 minutes. You have the option to either place the whole burger into the microwave, or you can, like us, place the patty on its own into the microwave whilst the bread bun goes into the toaster or under the grill for a short time.

Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burgers are made using quality chicken marinated with a southern fried breadcrumb and are delicious when eaten as they come, but including some of your favourite additions can make all the difference and allows you to personalise your meal in the best way!

This is how Munch asked for her burger to be served to her. Munch is our fussiest eater. She likes her food to be basic and has some serious issues with textures of different foods. However, she loved the sound of the challenge and tried her hardest to embrace the opportunity to show that she could be more adventurous with her food. She likes her bun to be toasted, and toasted well.

All 3 kids had their salad requests ...

With the addition of various salad items, onion rings, homestyle chips and a selection of condiments, we managed to create a meal that was enjoyed by everyone, and I can honestly say, plates were very empty by the end of dinner time!

Every Rustlers burger also comes with its own little sachet of sauce. The Southern Fried Chicken Burgers come with a peppered mayo, which went down a treat with Beastie, who is demanding to know where she can get her hands on it in a big bottle! Once she had filled her burger with salad, onion rings, cheese and completed it with sauce, she declared herself to be in a very good place. 

This challenge has been so much fun. The bottom line is, Rustlers claim to provide a quick, convenient and affordable meal for when parents need it most, and I think we have managed to prove this to be true. One thing is for sure, and that is that it took a lot less time to prepare this dinner than it did for everyone to finish eating it! They weren't missing a crumb and they declared that their bellies were satisfyingly full by the end!

Thank you Rustlers!
Your burgers will now appear on our shopping list much more frequently!

Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Twin Pack and other varieties in the Rustlers range are available from the chilled section in Tesco, so why not add them to your shopping list too, and get hacking! We'd love to see what you can do with yours.

This post is an entry for BritMums Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge, sponsored by Rustlers http://rustlersonline.com/ 

Sunday, 14 January 2018

It's NOT ok! Just #BeKind

What do you do when you feel as though you are compromising the safety of your child every day?

Our Beastie acquired her nickname at less than 24 hours old. 4 years on, and this nickname becomes more appropriate every day. She is a Beast! But ... she is a sweet little monster who forever wears her heart on her sleeve. She loves to please and loves to be loved. This is why it breaks my heart when someone takes advantage of her gentle side. • So, I have a plea to all parents out there. If you find that your child is unkind to another, be it physically or emotionally (or both!), whether this be one time or regularly, PLEASE don't ignore it. Please let go of the 'kids will be kids' attitude and gently educate your child as to why their actions aren't the best. Don't force your child to apologise to their 'target', especially in front of others ... this apology is not genuine. Don't laugh it off thinking it's just a phase ... this 'phase' could be causing another child to go home sad and unsure as to what they're doing wrong, this 'phase' could become more serious than you think. #ukparentbloggers #bullyingisnotok #bullyingisnotaphase #raisekindchildren #educate
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I get you out of your bed every morning and smile as you jump up with excitement for the day that lies ahead.

We stick to a routine to ensure everything gets done and nothing gets missed before we walk up the road, hand in hand, as you tell me about the things you're excited to achieve during your day.

As we reach the top of the road, you break free from my hold and run happily towards D, the Lollipop Man, who is smiling as you approach. You bounce around in front of him whilst he makes you giggle.

We cross the road as you give D a high five in the middle of the road (this makes his morning!) and we enter the school gates. 

You greet everyone you pass with a smile, a chirpy "good morning", prompting your passers by to smile at me and often comment about your seemingly unshakable happy mood (if only they knew!)

The four of us walk to your classroom and enter the cloakroom where you cannot get your coat off quickly enough. Kisses and cuddles for your sister and brother whom you leave standing patiently in the cloakroom whilst I assist you into the class.

This is my moment to snatch a kiss and a hug from you as you wriggle your way through the mingling children calling out "Love you, mummy!" 

Then you reach your goal. That thing that makes you bubble with joy every morning. You grab your two little best friends, hug them tight, and just like that, you're ready to start your day. 

This is the moment part of my world has been falling apart a little recently. I catch the eye of your teacher. She understands. She knows what I'm going through right now. Catching her eye is essential for me at the moment. It's the one thing that holds me together as I walk away and leave you. Like I'm passing the baton to her and urging her to please keep it safe and not drop it. Drop that baton, and it's all over.

We make our way around the school and walk your sister to her classroom door. 

This all seems like a pretty normal school morning routine. So why is it, I've been feeling far from 'normal' every day when leaving you? Why am I fighting back the tears as I'm leaving the school gates each day? Why am I crippled with the feeling of incredible guilt?

Maybe it's because I question how safe you really are within those 4 secure walls of the classroom?

Maybe it's because the realisation of what has been happening to you since the very first day you started school has suddenly become a harsh reality?

Maybe it's because I know that magical smile of yours may have already faded before I've even left the school grounds?

Maybe it's not any one of the above ... Because it's actually ALL of the above.

One day you'll read this, Beastie, and it's important to us that you understand. You're such a sweet soul. You want to be friends with everyone and we're told at every parent's evening that you're popular amongst your peers and have no problem attracting new people with the help of your comical sense of humour and your magnetic personality. 

However, sadly, not everyone will see the best in these qualities of yours.

You're no angel, I know that. You've been nicknamed 'Beastie' since you were less than 24 hours old, and every single day, you equip us with brand new reasons that confirm we chose the perfect nickname for you. You're a Beast, but you're the most loveable Beast I know, and one that wears her heart on her sleeve. 

Sadly, at the young age of just five years old, you've had to encounter individuals that will take advantage of your fun, adorable side. They will seem almost threatened by your ability to befriend others and will take a dislike to the close relationships that you form.

This happens in life everyday. And that's fine. That feeling of envy is not yours and should certainly not be your problem.

What is not fine is that you're being harmed.

Harmed by another child. A child that pretended to be your friend. A child that joined the school knowing no one and whom you took by the hand on your first day in Reception and promised she wouldn't need to be on her own.

How part of me wishes that encounter had never taken place. If only I had known that this child would, within a matter of weeks, be causing physical harm to you on a regular basis. 

I tackled it, along with the help of your teachers, and was assured it was all over and these malicious actions had stopped. And yes, every single part of it has been malicious. 

But it hasn't stopped. It never stopped. Your kind heart just chose to ignore it for a while.

This isn't 'kids being kids'. This is one child picking her moments carefully, knowing when she's being watched and when she's not, finding you at vulnerable moments and hurting you. This is manipulation to the point that she'll hurt you one minute and hand you a carefully penned letter or card the next, telling you she loves your friendship whilst she watches you accept her 'token' gracefully and eagerly, thinking this person is a friend after all and that everything is right with the world again.

That's your kind heart that thinks that, all the while your head knows the truth.

Friends are meant to leave marks in your heart, not footprints on your back when they decide to deliberately kick you as you're sitting on the carpet, listening to the teacher.

Friends don't corner you in the bathroom and give physical digs when no one is watching.

Friends don't push you off your chair or push your seat in so far that it squashes your chest against the wooden table, and then laugh when you ask to be released. They don't pull your hair, hit you, push you over on the playground or trample on your belongings. Friends don't tell you who you are 'allowed' to be friends with or try to dictate that you and your best friend from nursery have been friends for too long and are no longer allowed to play together. Friends don't force your favourite playmates to leave you at playtime by using threats of a morbid and extremely worrying nature, whilst instructing you to go sit on a bench and spend your playtime alone with no company. Above all, friends do not cause you to feel frightened at the thought of confiding in the very people who have a job to keep you safe, because you're promised that if you tell, you'll get into trouble. 

Friends don't do all of these things and then think a piece of paper with a feeble, less than genuine "sorry" scribbled in pretty colours takes away what they have just done.

This is why my world falls apart every time I leave you at school. Your two best friends are amazing. The sweetest girls in the world. And their soft little souls are affected in ways that make you sad too. None of you should go through this. You're five! Your teacher is incredible. Almost too incredible sometimes! She's sad too. She's sad that this has been happening under her nose and has gone completely undetected. She's sad that you've been made to feel scared in her care and have felt unable to speak to her for fear of getting into trouble. She's sad that this child has changed something in you recently - she's taken away a certain sparkle that you had - and your teacher has mistaken this for something else. She had thought that you had simply returned to school this term with an extra focus and determination to learn ... which you have. But that's not all she's been seeing. She's been witnessing something much more disturbing, but she had no idea. 


Because this child made sure of it. 

Another upset, another letter thrust into your hands last week. Only this time was different. This time, I was there when she passed you the envelope covered in "I love you" and friendship stickers. And do you know what? You'll never see that letter. Not this time. A "Sorry for hitting you" (yes, that was the entirety of this letter) simply comes nowhere close to cutting through the damage she's done. You deserve better than that, beautiful girl, and I'm not letting you see another letter like that, which makes your kind, adorable heart think that it's all ok again.

It's not ok. It's never ok. It's bullying.

Bullying is NOT ok!

If you suspect your child is being victimised or bullied in any way, please check out the #BeKind campaign initiated by the team at ITV's This Morning and pledge to watch their appeal video with your children. Speak up, and stop the bullies!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Give your January earnings a Boost

Swago is Back!

I've written a number of times about Swagbucks, and a good few of these posts have been telling you all about Swago.

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their January "Swago" promotion starting Monday, January 8th at 5pm GMT and running until Monday, January 15th! 

Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Swago is a brilliant way to get started, bagging yourself a nice little SB bonus to begin your earnings! Here are a few tips: 

Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores! 

Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change colour signifying the action item is complete. 

You have until 8pm GMT on Monday, January 15th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely. 

Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely. 

Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!
The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 7.59am GMT on Tuesday, January 16th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 300 SB bonus, which is a really great start towards a gift card from the retailer of your choice. 

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of January, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

That's a nice few bonuses for January!
Happy Earning.

This post has been written in collaboration with Swagbucks. My story is real and I have been compensated in SB for this promotional post. No other payment has been received.

Starting the New Year with some Swag!

Put that cash back into your wallet

January is here, which usually means wallets seem a little empty. Christmas and New Year festivities can often give the bank balance a bit of a battering, making this first month of the year feel as though it goes on forever!

My aim is to not feel this way in January, and Swagbucks is the way forward.

By using Swagbucks throughout the year, I can earn enough SB (the redeemable currency used by Swagbucks) to pay for Christmas ... again! 

Sound too good to be true?
Well, the proof is right here, as I am now starting to save for my THIRD Swagbucks Christmas!

All throughout January you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how: 

2. Earn 300 SB total before 1st February, 2018, and you'll get a 300 SB bonus!

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and it has lifted the stress for us for the past 2 Christmas times. 

I can't wait to see how much I can earn for Christmas 2018. Watch this space for updates!

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