I've been up before 5am for the third day running, and I am tired. Much as I love being a Mum, the prolonged lack of sleep is hard. I had one night's unbroken sleep in the whole of 2017 and it doesn't look like 2018 is going to be much better! My youngest is only… Continue reading Parenting Induced Sleep Deprivation – what effect are your kids having on your health?
I've had a great start to 2018 with 12 wins already under my belt! I don't feel like I've had that much time for comping, with running round after the smalls. I haven't kept count this month but I've certainly entered less than in December, so I've had a good return bearing that in mind.… Continue reading The Joys Of Comping: January Wins
A few months ago I wrote a post about a few of the “year’s supply” prizes I have been lucky enough to win over the years. If you missed it, you can catch up and pick up some tips on how to win a year's supply. These are the prizes that keep on giving, the kind… Continue reading Would You Like To Start 2018 by Winning a Year’s Supply of Something?
I use these to prompt my kids with play ideas. They get stuck in a rut, picking the same toys to play with but if I set something up for them, I can entice them into playing with different things which they wouldn't think of or choose of their own accord. Once the tray is… Continue reading Keeping The Kids Busy: Invitation To Play Trays
These are the things I want to win most this year. Some of them are things that I am saving up for and will have to buy anyway so if I can win them that will be a bonus. Others are things that I can't really afford to buy just now, or can't justify treating… Continue reading My 2018 Wishlist
Are you looking for a new hobby to kick off the New Year? Maybe you've seen a friend do well as a Comper and wonder how to go about it. There are a few things to consider before you begin. Practicalities - An internet connection and either a smartphone, tablet or laptop is pretty all… Continue reading So You Want To Be A Comper: Where Do You Start?
A few days ago I reviewed how 2017 went for me but now it's time to look forward to 2018. Every year I make a regular New Year's Resolution (which I never stick to). This year my New Year's Resolution is to take better care of my skin; I've pretty much lost interest already and it's only… Continue reading 2018 New Year’s Comping Resolutions
I can't believe how fast 2017 has whizzed by– it is already time to review how the year has gone, and review my comping strategy. Firstly, to the trusty prize spreadsheet for a check of the stats: Prizes won: 108 Total prize value: £2135 + mystery prize Average value per prize: £20.33 Most valuable prize: £250… Continue reading Comping Review of the Year 2017
It's been a reasonably good month for little bits of a stocking filler/ slash food persuasion, and anything food based is always popular in this house! I haven't gone overboard with advents, only doing a few each day that I bookmarked and with Christmas activities for three children, I probably entered less than in a… Continue reading The Joys Of Comping: December Wins
Christmas is a lovely time of year but it can all get a bit much for some people, especially kids on the spectrum. Changes to normal routine can be unsettling, visitors present a social challenge and all the lights, colours and the constant Christmas music can leave them constantly one step from sensory overload. New… Continue reading How To Avoid Christmas Meltdowns: Coping Strategies For The Festive Season