Thursday 15 July 2010

Prizes for Parents

This week's guest post is from my elder daughter Emma, who has grown up with my comping and learned from me - and in exchange is patiently teaching me about blogging!

Emma Button is a first time mum to toddler Lara. She blogs at Mellow Mummy about trying to remain cool, calm and collected as a working mum. Here she tells us about some of the different types of competitions that you can find that are targeted at parents.

Internet competitions were my lifestay during the late stages of pregnancy and shortly after the birth. Housebound, I sat quietly with my laptop and entered every competition I could find to win new and exciting goodies for me and the new baby. All of the big parenting sites have easy-to-enter competitions which have prooved very fruitful over the past 12 months:- Baby Expert , The Baby Website , Bounty , Ask A Mum etc. There is currently a wonderful competition at the Made For Mums website to win a holiday to Portugal worth £3000 and some Trunki goodies too!

Easy-to-enter competitions don't provide me with enough of a challenge to satisfy my comping needs! Since becoming a proud mummy, I have become very keen on photography competitions – usually ones that require you to show off your child rather than your photography skills! You can find a great photo competition running at the Kidstart facebook page right now.

And if you are looking for the type of competition which is challenging to enter but which offers great rewards if you win, then Victorinox (the people behind the Original Swiss Army Knife brand) have an awesome competition running this summer where one UK family could win 10,000 Euros to fund a project of your own design.

Victorinox are looking for 'A Family With An Edge' to propose a useful and innovative project that would benefit their local community. It could be a community garden, a summer child-care scheme, a home-crafted information booklet for parents or anything else that you and your family can dream up to benefit those around you.

The competition is being launched with the help of the 'House of Fairy Tales' Travelling Art Circus over the coming weeks at the following family-friendly festivals:-

Latitude Festival - 15th – 18th July (Henham Park, Suffolk)

Port Eliot – 23-25th July (Cornwall)

Bestival – 9th-12th September (Isle of Wight)

But don't worry if you can't attend - you can also enter online where you can find out a bit more about the types of family they are looking for.

Before I go, let me say that there are a number of great parenting competitions coming up on Mellow Mummy over the coming days and weeks! Stay tuned.
Images of Emma and Lara: thank you to Emma Button. Family group image: thank you to Image: healingdream /


  1. Thanks for the Victorinox information - it sounds like a great opportunity and with 6 months before the closing date I've got lots of time to formulate my plan!

    I've voted for Lara (so cute!) on the Kidstart facebook page - I must admit, I've not entered my little boy in too many photo competitions yet as I'm too competitive and would hate to lose!

    I've also noticed that there are heaps of competitions on mummy blogs, it's a good scene to get involved in if you're a comper.

  2. I'm vaguely thinking of starting a regular parenting comp roundup on Mellow Mummy. Any thoughts?

  3. I can help with lots of links to sites that have regular comps. I'm sure they would appreciate being linked to from your blog.


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