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Giveaway!

July 6, 2013

Today, I am giving stuff away.

For no other reason than I have it, I don’t need it, and someone else might like it.

I thought about doing it for the 400th blog follower, or the 2500th Twitter follower etc, but I when I thought about it, I didn’t feel that comfortable with it-I want people to read and follow the blog because they like it, and they enjoy it, not because they think they might get a bag full of goodies.
So it’s for no special reason. Or Just Because (a phrase I promised myself I would never say to my children, but now find myself saying about 400 times a day, in answer to just some of the “Whys”)

The rules are as follows:

  • Leave a comment it you want it
  • If there is more than one person clamouring for this wonderful prize, then I will put the names in a hat and ask an impartial observer one of the Smalls to pick a name
  • Then I will contact you for your address and post it
  • PS. A very kind person pointed out that perhaps I might like to limit this Giveaway to mainland UK residents only, as they lived in Oz and thought that the postage might bankrupt me. Very wise. UK mainland it is folks, sorry.
  • Simples!

And now the bit you are waiting for….

The prize!

I blogged a little while ago about my trip up to London for the Observer Ethical Awards, and mentioned the fact that there were great big Goody Bags, and that I agonised for about 3 seconds regarding the ethics of accepting Goody Bags when Buying Nothing New. Well, I got home, and had a good rummage around, and there were some bits that may have found their way into daily use (one of these Ohyo collapsible water bottles for example-sorry! Oh,and I ate the Jelly Beans on the train on the way home. Sorry again.), there remains a lot of ‘stuff’ that I really don’t need, including:

PMGiveaway1I am aware that this is not the most amazing Giveaway in the world, but it might mean that the stuff goes to someone who really wants it.

So you are more than welcome to it if you want it!

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  • Reply sierralimanovember August 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Yes please! Your blog is such an inspiration.

    • Reply Jen August 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Hi
      So sorry, but the Giveaway has closed now!

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  • Reply sarahn July 9, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Wow I was surprised how many people are vying for it – certainly positive! I’m in AU, so I’m out anyhow, but that’s ok!

  • Reply smallholderwannabe July 8, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Hi

    Please can you add me in too. I’m a school librarian so that book would probably find its way into my “business” section if I were picked. And my son would nab the chocolate because he is a fan of all things chilli. And chocolate too. Thank you!

    • Reply Jen July 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Your the last one in!
      Will draw tomorrow and announce the winner!

  • Reply claire July 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Hello – a newcomer to to your blog, so feel a bit naughty jumping straight in.. but there is Divine chocolate involved thus all moral dilemmas are officially null and void.

    • Reply Jen July 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Indeed they are. It’s dog eat dog when there’s chocolate involved..!
      Name is in.
      And thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  • Reply Emma July 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Love your blog. Trying to follow your example. Very inspirational. Em

    • Reply Jen July 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Thankyou πŸ™‚
      You do all know you don’t have to say nice things for me to put your names in the hat..?!

  • Reply Chrissy July 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Did I miss it?? Darn it if I did!! If th giveaway is still on I wouldn’t mind ‘the Anything else you can think of that I might like’!!!
    Fantastic blog and love reading about your year, well done!

    • Reply Jen July 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Thankyou so much, very kind.
      No, you haven’t missed it. Will add your name!

  • Reply magpiejojo July 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I can actually think of other people I could share these with! My MIL would love the tea, hubby would love the chocolate. Smellies, me and my daughter. Sharing is good (hint hint) πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Jen July 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Sharing is indeed good! Will pop your name in!

  • Reply Naomi July 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I’d love this giveaway, right up my street! I’d love to get into the ethical fashion world one day, but at the moment I’m a in-house sewer (in my bungalow)! Love upcycling and make do and mending! Your more generous than me, I would have eaten and drank most of it by now!

    • Reply Jen July 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      I like the phrase “in-house sewer”-conjures up images of sewing for a boutique fashion label, rather than just in the spare room!
      Will add your name πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo July 7, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Ooh ooh ooh I so looooove tea with licorice in it! This looks like a fabulous giveaway (how generous are you!), please put my name in the hat. :o)

    • Reply Jen July 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      It’s in Jo πŸ™‚

  • Reply β™‘eM July 7, 2013 at 2:13 am

    You’re so kind to giveaway the giveaway you received. Smiles!

    • Reply Jen July 7, 2013 at 7:11 am

      No problem πŸ™‚

  • Reply Carrie July 7, 2013 at 2:05 am

    What a nice idea! I would love to win the toiletries. I never buy fancy ones… too much risk involved, since Small#5 loves to dump them in her bubble bath. But I bet I could use these up before she gets to them!

    • Reply Jen July 7, 2013 at 7:10 am

      If you’re super quick Carrie. Or hide them..!

  • Reply manchesterflickchick July 7, 2013 at 12:02 am

    It’s a lovely giveaway :0) RichardBisa bit of an idol of mine, I love the toiletries as anything mini is instantly cute and chilli chocolate combines my two favourite things!

    • Reply Jen July 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

      I’ll add your name!
      Going to need to find a bigger hat…!

  • Reply Marina Lambrakis July 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    This is such a lovely prize – would make my summer to win it! Love the blog, been doing my best to make do & mend, which is pretty necessary as a student! You’ve been an inspiration fingers crossed!

    • Reply Jen July 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

      Thankyou Marina, that’s really kind. Glad to hear that students are Making Do and Mending too!

  • Reply Sue July 6, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    What a wonderful idea to share your goody bag! Anything would be appreciated…a bit of a treat is always welcome! It’s so nice to hear you being so unselfish, you are setting your small people a wonderful example. Enjoy the final part of your make do and mend year.

    • Reply Jen July 7, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Thanks Sue!

  • Reply Katrina Shaw July 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Jen
    I’d love to be considered. I wouldn’t normally dream of asking but, due to circumstances beyond my control (disability, unable to work and my benefit being dropped to Β£71 per week for the last year) I’d be really grateful to be included in the draw. I’ve been following for quite some time now as (no surprise here when you consider how far my Β£71 has to go…rent, gas, electric etc) I have to make do and mend on a daily basis. Thanks for the offer…very kind. Good luck to everyone x

    • Reply Jen July 7, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Sorry to hear you are having a tough time Katrina πŸ™

  • Reply Julie Williams July 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Hi jen
    I’d love to put myself forward for tea, Chocs and mini toiletries. Sound like ideal pick me ups for a busy mum. …….. I’ve been following on Twitter since boot-gate months ago. Hopefully you’ve got some lovely sandals for this great weather. Best wishes
    Julie

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Julie
      Thanks for following!
      I am Making Do with some summer shoes that are about 8 years old, and the sole is just starting to come away now! Hoping they will last out the Summer..!

  • Reply lindasgarden July 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    AWESOME JEN NECKLACE WOULD BE NICE

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Noted!

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  • Reply fashionforlunch July 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Oh wow! All those lovely items! I would love to win!
    I’m fashionforlunch@hotmail.com

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Name is in the hat!

  • Reply helen marshall July 6, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    im just so impressed you find time to write this blog-i have a 3 month old and feel like ill never have time for anything ever again!love reading it though x

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks Helen.
      Newborns are HUGELY time consuming. It gets easier, promise…!

  • Reply frugalhappylife July 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I was very envious when I read that you had got your hands on one of those celebrity type “goody bags” and now your sharing, you are too kind!
    I would like to put my hand up for the prize draw please. It was our wedding anniversary 2/7 and my birthday 7/7. Do I sound desperate enough?! There are some lovely treats in there we could both enjoy! πŸ˜€ P.S keep up the good work. Sorry is that too suck up? I mean it though even if I don’t win the prize. πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Thankyou!
      Your name is in the hat πŸ™‚

  • Reply Hilary July 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Jen, how kind of you to give it all away! Especially chocolate! I don’t want to be included in the give away but wanted to let you know us regulars as still here and following. Have a great weekend all of you, look forward to the next instalment.

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Hilary. We had the most lovely week away, and the sun is shining πŸ™‚
      Hope all is good with you!

    • Reply Penny L July 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Have just started a pre-holiday diet so chocs out, but I would love a new necklace, or toiletries, or the book…….You are very kind and noble to even think of sharing. I have your posts delivered to my inbox, and I do find you to be inspiring and thought provoking. Thanks for making a difference by living life on your own terms and sharing it!

      • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm

        Thankyou so much for your very kind words! Name is in the hat πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sarah G July 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Throwing my hat into the ring, as it were. Coffee and chocolate don’t last long in this house, and I’m always keen to try out new herbal teas in my classes (I teach pregnancy yoga). The necklace is a mystery, but I have a fair few clothes from People Tree already.

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Will add your name Sarah!

  • Reply Cheryl Anderson July 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Ooo, I would like this please! Happy to pay for the postage if I win and/or share the goody bag. Am just starting my thrifty plan for the rest of the year so the toiletries and the necklace would be very useful indeed! X

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      I’ll put your name in the hat Cheryl!
      What is your thrifty plan? Sounds great!

  • Reply Ann-maria July 6, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Jen,I think it is great what you are doing and I read your blog every night. It is especially good as having met you at toddlers last year with your smalls.

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Hello! *waves*
      Which toddlers Ann-maria? We go to quite a few!

  • Reply Katrine Boyten July 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    What a lovely goody bag! I’d love to have this if you’re not going to be using it. I’m partial to tea, chocolate and anything that comes in mini size, so yes please! Thank you and keeping my fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Your name is on the list Katrine!

  • Reply Rose @ The Cosy Dragon July 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Just thinking – you may want to limit the countries that people enter from. I’m from AU, and the postage cost would be horrific! Me, I’d love the book, I love all books!

    • Reply Jen July 6, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Good point, hadn’t thought of that! Will add a note to the bottom of the post-thankyou!

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