Saturday 31 December 2011

MRB Advent Calendar - Day 15 (Sponsored by Domino's Pizza)

Welcome to the final day of our advent competition - Day 15 of the My Random Blurb advent calendar which is sponsored by...

Tasty pizza prizes up for grabs from Domino's

Looking for a pizza pick me up? We've teamed up with Domino's, the pizza delivery experts, to offer a very tasty prize for the last day of our advent calendar. We have 10 vouchers, each valid for a large Domino's Gourmet pizza up for grabs.

Domino's luxurious Gourmet range features a host of mouth-watering new toppings on a fresh thin crust base, hand-stretched using Domino's famous fresh dough, then covered in sundried tomato and garlic sauce and 100% mozzarella cheese. Choose from:
  • Rustica juicy chicken breast strips, smoked bacon rashers, baby spinach and SunBlush baby plum tomatoes
  • Firenze a firey combination of Ventricina salami, pepperoni and Peruvian roquito peppers
  • Florentine delicious Greek feta cheese, baby spinach and SunBlush baby plum tomatoes
  • Quattro Formaggio the newest addition to the Gourmet range, featuring a mouth-watering combination of Mozzarella, Greek feta cheese, Bavarian Blue and Gran Moravia cheeses

To be in with the chance of winning, simply enter using the form below. If you can't wait and want to order in the meantime, visit or download Domino's free iPad, iPhone and Android ordering apps.

Don't forget, Domino's is currently running a tasty deal with its 555 offer get any three or more 9.5” pizzas for just £5.55 each. Perfect if you're planning a night in with friends and family.

For the latest news, you can also follow Domino's on Twitter at @Dominos_UK or visit them on Facebook at

Terms & Conditions
  • Prize is one of 10 vouchers for any large Domino's Gourmet pizza, valid at any UK Domino's store.
  • Vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  • No cash alternative.
  • Pizzas must be chosen from the store's current menu at the time of ordering.
  • Excludes Create Your Own.
  • To claim the prize, winners must present the voucher to the order taker or delivery driver.
  • Valid for collection and delivery orders. Limited delivery areas apply.
  • If the winner is located outside of the delivery area, the pizza can be collected in person from the store.
  • This offer is not available via
  • Voucher cannot be used as part payment for any other product.
  • Photocopies will not be accepted.
  • Vouchers have no cash value.

Sunday 25 December 2011

MRB Advent Calendar - Day 14 "The Merry Christmas MRB Bundle"

By way of thank you to you, my loyal blog readers and to wish you a Merry Christmas (albeit a little later than originally planned!) and all the best for 2012, I have nice little prize bundle to give away to one of you.

The lucky winner will receive all of these:

  • Opi 750ml bottle red wine
  • Box Walkers Irish Cream truffle liqueurs
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Drinks flask with hidden compartment to take first aid supplies in (first aid supplies not included)
  • Carry-all/holdall
  • Set of The Who drumsticks
  • Me To You phone charm
  • Me To You lanyard
  • Ames natural fit Floral Snips
  • Gardeners motto humorous fridge magnet
  • Rolls Royce t-shirt
  • Set of pencils
You can enter this competition by using the Rafflecopter entry form below. You MUST complete the top 2 steps (leave a blog comment and follow the blog) to be entered. You can gain additional entries in the was listed below and you can tweet about and post on Facebook about the competition daily until it ends at 5am on 31/12 to get extra entries and give you a better chance of winning.

Saturday 24 December 2011

MRB Advent Calendar - Day 13 (Sponsored by Douwe Egberts)

Welcome to Day 13 of the My Random Blurb advent calendar which is sponsored by...

Up for grabs today is a selection of coffees thanks to Douwe Egberts.

Inspirations Kenyan Sunset
"Bring a sense of African adventure to your day whilst savouring the full-bodied and exotic taste of this rich and sensual coffee, perfect for sunrise or sunset. Our master roasters rated this a Strength 4."

Having personally tasted this, I can say this interesting new addition to the Douwe Egberts range is both rich and special in flavour. Easy to make and very aromatic. This one is perfect for those who prefer their coffee a bit stronger than average.

Inspirations Brazilian Samba
"Put a spring in your step with this smooth yet exciting coffee, bursting with Latin flavour and passion. Our master roasters rated this a strength 3."

I found this one to be the perfect morning coffee, not to strong, but not too mild either - just perfect for kick starting your day. Again, it is a very aromatic coffee with a very special taste and flavour - something you can really enjoy.

Inspirations Eastern Escape
"Retreat to a tranquil and peaceful place, where you can relax and unwind. The delicate aroma and  balanced blend will help you feel calm and mellow, easing you through the day. Our master roasters rated this a strength 3."

This one was my personal favourite of three. Very easy to make and drink, very aromatic and flavoursome and perfect for anytime of the day. The coffee you can just sit down and unwind with.

You can find out more about the Douwe Egberts range on their website You can also keep up with their latest news on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Friday 23 December 2011

MRB Advent Calendar - Day 12 (Sponsored by Panda Liquorice)

Welcome to Day 12 of the My Random Blurb advent calendar which is sponsored by...

Up for grabs today is 1 months supply Panda Liquorice Blueberry Bars thanks to Panda Liquorice.
Earlier this year, Panda Liquorice brought you new Blueberry flavour liquorice pieces and
such was the overwhelming response that now new Blueberry bars are to be launched.
Blueberry liquorice was an entirely new invention this year - created by the clever Finnish
liquorice experts at Panda HQ in Jyvaskyla - the Scandinavian home of all things liquorice.

Panda Blueberry bars combine the pure and natural ingredients of Panda Liquorice -
molasses syrup, wheat flour, liquorice extract and aniseed oil - with real blueberry puree,
delivering a soft and chewy bar of liquorice. Panda bars make it easier to snack on
liquorice when youʼre out and about - so whether its a post gym boost, 3pm office treat or a healthier sweet for the kids lunchbox - Panda Blueberry bar is the perfect tasty, guilt-free snack.

Made with real, juicy fruit puree, Panda Blueberry harnesses the king of super-fruits and
contains no nasties - so you can snack away happily.

Did you know that blueberries....?
  • Contain more anti-oxidants than any other fruit
  • Can help reduce belly fat
  • Help to keep you free from urinary-tract infections
  • They help to fight heart disease
  • They boost brain power!
  • Lastly they can neutralize potentially harmful free radicals

Not only that, liquorice has some pretty amazing properties too:
  • Liquorice is naturally 50 times sweeter than sugar!
  • Liquorice is one of the most popular herbs in the world - it has been used for thousands of years by the ancient Greeks, Chinese, Egyptians and Hindus for its medicinal qualities.
  • Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar are both on record endorsing the benefits of liquorice, as is Napoleon in more recent times
  • Liquorice has been used to treat stomach and mouth ulcers, adrenal problems, even cancers. It is thought that it can slow the effects of aging on the brain. Most commonly it is used to treat respiratory problems

Liquorice has a few glamourous claims to fame too!
  • It featured in Moonraker as the cable-car cable which was bitten by Bond villain ʻJawsʼ
  • It made the shoe that Charlie Chaplin famously ate in a silent film The Tramp
  • It was used to colour the Orkʼs mouths black in Lords of the Rings
  • Celebrity fans include Madonna, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks and Anne Hathaway

As with all the products in the Panda Liquorice All Natural range, new Blueberry contains
no artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners or preservatives - so you can feed to the kids
without worry. Panda Blueberry Bars are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

For more information on Panda Liquorice products, visit their website You can also get all the latest news from them on their Facebook and/or Twitter pages.

Thursday 22 December 2011

MRB Advent Calendar - Day 11 (Sponsored by Grand Baby)

Welcome to Day 11 of the My Random Blurb advent calendar which is sponsored by...

Up for grabs today is a Orange Tree Toys - Wooden Christmas Music Box for 1 lucky winner thanks to Grand Baby.
Grand Baby is a site that sells unique and special items that are ethically produced/sourced, traditional, high quality, innovative and original.

They sell a range of toys, gifts for baby, gifts for Mum, personalised gifts, books, clothing & accessories and much more.

One of my favourite products on the site is the Wooden Jungle Baby/Nursery Mobile from Orange Tree Toys. It is a gorgeous, colourful mobile with little zebras, lions, giraffes and elephants hanging from it. At £12.99, this would make a beautiful addition to your baby's nursery.

I also love this gorgeous Powell Craft Hand Knitted Farmyard Jumper which is available on Grand Baby. It is lovely and so unique - beats what you buy on the high street any day. You can buy this jumper in a variety of sizes - from newborn up to 2 years old. I just love the little tractor design. At just £19.99, this is excellent value for money.

Some of their most popular items are their nursery prints and the rag dolls for older children.

You can view the full range of products at You can also get the latest new from them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Wednesday 21 December 2011

MRB Advent Calendar - Day 10 (Sponsored by Dapper Dude)

Welcome to Day 10 of the My Random Blurb advent calendar which is sponsored by...

Up for grabs today is a mens Tommy Hilfiger polo shirt, size L for 1 lucky winner thanks to Dapper Dude.

Dapper Dude has one simple aim……to help you save money on mens designer clothing!

They deal with some of the leading designer websites in the UK and regularly update the site with all the latest designer discount codes, deals, offers and sales info meaning you could save BIG on the brands you love.

If you want to make fantastic savings on your designer clothing, then Dapper Dude is for you. They really do go all out to find you the best offers available.

Dapper Dude has website directory listings to help you find all of the best designer stores on the web. They also have store guides for the some of the most popular stores.

You can find out more information about Dapper Dude and what they do by visiting one or more of the sites listed below: - Mens designer fashion blog - Designer
clothing website directory - Dapper Dude on Facebook!/DapperDudeUK - Dapper Dude on Twitter

Tuesday 20 December 2011

MRB Advent Calendar - Day 9 (Sponsored by Acolyte Home And Gifts)

Welcome to Day 9 of the My Random Blurb advent calendar which is sponsored by...

Acolyte Home & Gifts
Reflecting the style of your choice
Up for grabs today is a pack of Ginger Thins which are a part of the new Sciolti Botanical Chocolates range for 1 lucky winner thanks to Acolyte Home & Gifts.

Acolyte Home & Gifts are a family run business - selling only online and they are based in Whitehaven, Cumbria. Their aim is to make Acolyte Home & Gifts an online version of the old fashioned Emporiums that used to be everywhere at one time - in essence a `one-stop shop` for accessing quality products which vary in theme and style - the one thing they all have in common is the quality. They aim to provide a first class customer service and send all new customers a small gift alongside their first order - it`s their way of welcoming them to Acolyte Home and Gifts and to thank them for their custom.

They currently have 6 sellers on Acolyte Home & Gifts who work alongside them. Here re the links to their `shops` on Acolyte:
At the bottom of each `shop` you`ll find details of each seller according to the category and their details. There will have new sellers joining in 2012 and Acolyte Home & Gifts want to attract more designers and artisans by making Acolyte Home & Gifts not only a profitable place to sell, but also an enjoyable website to join.

Acolyte Home & Gifts have been nominated as a "Great of Great Britain" - if like me, you agree that they most definitely are a "Great of Great Britain", please consider voting for them at the Great Exhibition 2012 website - If you would like to add your vote then please click here to go to their section on the Great Exhibition 2012 website.

You can take a look at all of their amazing range over on their website - You can also get all the latest news about the company and their products and sellers on their Facebook page and also on Twitter.

Monday 19 December 2011

MRB Advent Calendar - Day 8 (Sponsored by Mavala)

Welcome to Day 8 of the My Random Blurb advent calendar which is sponsored by...

Up for grabs today is a Trio Colour Kit for 1 lucky winner thanks to Mavala.

Mavala is the world leader in nail care with a heritage spanning over 50 years. Created in 1958 by MAdelaine VALAndeghem and with the introduction of Scientifique Nail Hardener which remains one of their best selling products to date, Mavala is available globally in over 100 countries, with stockist ranging from small independent salons to large department stores.

Over the years Mavala has become synonymous with quality thanks to its specific and effective professional standard products. With categories including, nail, hand, feet, face and make-up, all created from rigorous research and manufactured in our Geneva factories to impeccable quality demands.
About Mavala
Mavala specialise in the maintenance of beautiful looking nails and offers a complete range of products to alleviate all nail concerns, from uneven nail surfaces, splitting and flaking due to lack of hydration or nail discolouration, there is sure to be a Mavala nail care solution to suit you. Mavala also offers a vast array of over 150 nail colours in shades ranging from chic yet understated nudes to the bold and vibrant.
The Mavala Eye-Lite range was introduced in 1967 with Double-Lash; a unique eyelash enhancer formulated to lengthen, cover and protect the lashes allowing them to become healthy, long and resistant. Today, the Eye-Lite range consists of an assortment of products from eye make-up removers, nourishing moisturizers specifically formulated for the delicate eye area to a selection of high quality make-up products.
In natural line with nail care and beauty, MAVALA offers a range of products specifically formulated to care for the hands all which are based on active ingredients revolutionary in their use in hand treatments.
After many years of research and development, Mavala introduced its line of face care and beauty: Mavalia - the Blending of Science (Mavala) and Nature (Mallow) - a natural key ingredient that is present in all products within the Mavalia skincare range. You can also choose from a selection of impeccable make-up products from the Mavalia range; including long-lasting wear foundation, complexion enhancing blush and easy-glide lipsticks in a variety of shades.
Because we feel it's important to give your feet the same attention given to hands, Mavala also offers a range of effective complimentary foot care products to keep your feet feeling and looking their best.
You can get all the latest news on Mavala products by following them on Facebook and/or Twitter. You can see full details of all of their products on their website -

Sunday 18 December 2011

MRB Advent Calendar - Day 7 (Sponsored by Blue Friesian)

Welcome to Day 7 of the My Random Blurb advent calendar which is sponsored by...

Up for grabs today is a personalised magazine cover for 4 winners thanks to Blue Friesian.

Create your own celebrity-style personalised magazine cover or magazine featuring their stunning designs and your own photos, names and text.

It’s really easy to bring smiles to the faces of your friends and family as they've done all the hard work for you. You just need to add your personalised information to make a unique and totally original keepsake.

Blue Friesian magazines are perfect gifts for celebrating and capturing special memories from birthdays, weddings, christenings, baby arrivals, graduations, hen and stag parties, anniversaries, Mother's day and even work events!

Blue Friesian offer a truly unique range of items - a personalised gift that can be cherished by the recipient for many years. They make fantastic gifts for family & friends for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries and such like.

Having spoken to the lovely lady in charge of Blue Friesian, I've heard of an interesting range of customers with a wide variety of subjects. A few examples being these:
  • A husband created a magazine for his first wedding anniversary (the 'paper' anniversary - very apt!)
  • A group of girls have recently organised a bespoke 32 page hen magazine (20 different girls creating individual pages)
  • A daughter living in Spain created a magazine to update her elderly mother (who was in hospital in the UK) on all her news
So, as you can see, these fantastic covers are brilliant for any occasion. A truly special gift that won't be easily forgotten. It's a gift whereby your recipient can see just how much time, thought and effort you've put into it for them, making it all the more special.

There are lots of templates to choose from including sport (football, rugby, running, golf, tennis, rowing), girls, babies, dogs and of course celebrity. Their customer service is second to none. Run by a very busy working mum who works tirelessly to ensure they have happy customers.

I'm sure you're now thinking to yourself "where do I buy one?" - well visit You can also become a fan of Blue Friesian on Facebook and Twitter for discounts, competitions and news of new products.

Saturday 17 December 2011

MRB Advent Calendar - Day 6 (Sponsored by Shloer)

Welcome to Day 6 of the My Random Blurb advent calendar which is sponsored by...

Up for grabs today is a bottle of the new Berry Punch drink for 2 winners thank to Shloer.

Bright blue skies and crisp winter air brings hues of reds and oranges to our cheeks; winter is all about sharing those warm moments with our friends and family.

Now you can make your Sunday get-together even better by sharing it with Shloer’s brand new Berry Punch. The limited edition gives a nod to traditional English flavours; it’s packed with Blackberries and a warming hint of spice - making it the newest and tastiest winter drink.

It’s all in the serve
Whether it’s enjoyed after returning from a beautiful woodland walk or sitting around the fireplace on a crisp winter evening, Shloer’s Berry Punch is best served over ice and quintessentially English fruits. For the taste of the English countryside, pour over slices of pear and blackberries for a sparkling and fruity autumnal drink, perfect for sharing.

The natural alcohol alternative
Shloer uses only the best ingredients to create a delicious non-alcoholic sparkling juice drink. All varieties make a tasty-grape based alternative to alcohol, suitable for the family – including those who want to enjoy the winter months without drinking alcohol. Shloer contains no preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings and is available from all supermarkets.

Best-served shared
Shloer’s new Berry Punch will add a little sparkle to any social gathering, planned or impromptu. Whether it’s huddled around a bonfire, or enjoyed with a long lazy Sunday lunch, Shloer is here to provide a new taste of winter.

Entertaining inspiration
As the weather turns cold we’re looking forward to nights in together with a good movie and having the family around for long lazy Sunday lunches. If, like us, you enjoy entertaining but sometimes need a little extra inspiration for your menus then check out the Shloer Sunday Cookbook by simply visiting the official Shloer Facebook page at

The recipes you’ll find here are created by devoted Shloer fans themselves, around a ‘simple and sharing’ principle – no one wants to slave over a hot stove for hours on a well-deserved weekend.

Share recipes and win
It’s easy to contribute your own tasty dishes, or vote for your favourites on our Shloer Sunday Cookbook, either way you have the chance to win some fabulous prizes.

A flavour for everyone
Shloer is available in White Grape, Red Grape, Rosé, Apple & White Grape, White Grape, Raspberry & Cranberry, White Grape & Elderflower and new Berry Punch- RRP £2.29

Friday 16 December 2011

MRB Advent Calendar - Day 5 (Sponsored by BrainBox Games)

Welcome to Day 5 of the My Random Blurb advent calendar which is sponsored by...

Up for grabs today is Food Snap game, My First Colour and Shape Snap game & a sample pack thanks to BrainBox Games.

BrainBox (The Green Board Game Company) have been around since 1991. They are called 'Green' because of their strong ethical environmental awareness. They use a high content of recycled/recyclable material in their products and are members of Sedex.

BrainBox sell a large variety of games that are educational, informative and fun - the perfect combination. As a parent, I love for my son to have fun, but if he can have fun while learning, then it's a million times better in my opinion, and that is something BrainBox games can be proud to say they provide.

BrainBox games have just released a couple of brand new games within their BrainBox range, so we shall take a look at them here. The first is Horrible Histories BrainBox (Vile Villains). This game is for those aged 8+. "Find out how truly vile these villains were. Players will have 10 seconds to study a fact packed card before being asked a question from the reverse, chosen by the roll of the die. Answer correctly and the card is yours, if not return it to the box and continue play. The player with the most cards after 10 minutes wins the game!"
The second is Reminisce: 1990-2010. This game is for children aged 8+. "Beautifully-illustrated and well researched this delightful game looks back over the last 20 years. Players will have 10 seconds to study a fact packed card before being asked a question from the reverse, chosen by the roll of the die. Answer correctly and the card is yours, if not return it to the box and continue play. The player with the most cards after 10 minutes wins the game!"
You can find out more about the fantastic range of games available by visiting their website You can also follow their news in one of these ways:

Thursday 15 December 2011

MRB Advent Calendar - Day 4 (Sponsored by MoreTvicar)

Welcome to Day 4 of the My Random Blurb advent calendar which is sponsored by...

Up for grabs today is a Too Late To Dye Young - Juicy Lucy Peas & Love women's t-shirt thanks to MoreTvicar.

MoreTvicar have been around since 2003 and sell a massive range of unique and creative "not on the high street"  t-shirts as well t-shirts carrying retro character such as Bagpuss, Batfink, Noddy, Roland Rat, Star Trek, Thunderbirds, Basil Brush and many more.

Many famous celebrities have been known to wear these fantastic t-shirts such as David Beckham, Fearne Cotton, Paris Hilton, Katie Price, Simon Pegg, Robert Downey Jr and many more.

There are currently over 700 designs for men, women and children available over on their site.

Some of my favourite women's tops on the site are these:

These are some mens t-shirts that I think are fab:

And here's a selection of my favourite kids t-shirts on the site:

You can buy all of these or choose from many more over at You can also become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.