Nothing Beats A Bike Competition #NothingBeatsABike

Halfords are running a Nothing Beats A Bike competition where the winner can win a bike for your child, just in time for Christmas.  There’s also a competition below where you can win a lovely 16″ Carrera Star worth £199 too.Carrera Star Kids' Bike - 16"

In order to participate in this campaign we were given a bike for Ameli for Christmas, so obviously we haven’t tried it out yet – it’s still poorly hidden in the boot of the car!

I must say I was really impressed with my experience at Halfords. I arrived with my order confirmation, and the bike mechanic I had to speak to was busy bleeding the breaks on someone else’s something but they didn’t keep me waiting long at all. Kevin arrived with the Carrera Star 16″ bike and I was thrilled. It just looks like a serious bike, but diddy. I loved it immediately.

Since I also now need a bike for Aviya, Kevin walked round with me showing me the other bikes available at Halfords and talking through the pros and cons of the specific styles and designs. He was so incredibly knowledgeable I was very impressed. There wasn’t a question I had that he couldn’t answer.

Before I could take ownership of our Carrera bicycle, we went through a checklist of bike safety. Kevin made sure I knew where to twist and what to tighten (we had to leave the handlebars skew so that it would fit into the boot of the car) and he talked me through Halford’s service plans, where for £10 a year I could bring them any punctures and flat tyres, among other things.

The whole experience was lovely and I felt really confident in our choice of bicycle and in any needs we might have for after sales service. Halfords have a standard 6 week check-up service where you can bring the bike in six weeks later to make sure everything is still as it should be (the break cables specifically), but since that would be a week after Christmas, Halfords have allowed a six month grace period for people buying bicycles for Christmas.

Carrera Star Kids' Bike - 16"Oh, and another service Halfords are offering that I think is fantastically insightful is their Christmas storage offer – reserve the bike for £10 and pay it off immediately or in instalments,  and they’ll keep it for you till a few days before Christmas, build it for free, and you can collect it and only need to hide it for a day or two. I love that and wish I’d thought of doing it that way earlier!

I would highly recommend Halford’s bicycle service, and think their Nothing Beats A Bike Campaign is well worth supporting.

Doesn’t this advert just take you back to the freedom of our childhood days?

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To win a Carerra Star 16″ bike for your own child, leave a comment below with your favourite style from the Halfords website.

T&Cs: The competition runs for one week, ending 23:59 4 December 2015. The winner will be selected by Diary of a First Child using, based on the position in the comments. Winner will be notified by email, so please make sure you add your email in the required space. Winners will have one week to respond before a new winner will be selected.  The prize cannot be exchanged for money. The Prize will be sent out directly by Halfords.


Win £100 Amazon Voucher With Batman Unlimited DC Comics

Its time for another DC Comics competition! And with Christmas around the corner, I’m sure £100 Amazon voucher won’t go amiss!

When super heros come to mind, there is no doubt that our kids (and let’s face it, ourselves) can never get too much of Batman.

DC Kids has released the animated Batman Unlimited series where Batman and his crime fighting squad battle it out against the cyber robotic animals to keep Gotham City safe.

The DC Kids YouTube channel makes it easy for kids to watch their favorite DC characters, on-demand, and from any device.

For even more fun, there is an extended online experience on the website where kids can play games, download free printable activities, read comic books, and more.

DC Kids is giving away £100 for Amazon, which makes it a great time to check it all out.

Watch the video below and enter for your chance to win today!

Enter here:

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{Competition} Win A Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Play Set

One of the perks of blogging sometimes, is when the post arrives with goodies for the kids. I don’t spend a lot of money on new toys for them, so when they get something brand new out of the box, it’s always a nice treat. This week my youngest was the happy recipient of a Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Bag Play Set. She is such a Doc McStuffins fan that she already has a little outfit she received for her birthday this year. When we opened the box she ran off to fetch her outfit from the fancy dress box, and soon Doc McStuffins was running around the house giving us all check ups!

Doc McStuffins Vet Set

The kit is really lovely. It’s all glittery and girly and pretty without being nauseatingly pink, but rather purples and greens. It has soft colours and is quite lovely.

The kit contains a vet bag, a brush, a comb, scissors, otoscope, magnifying glass, tongue depressor, stickers and a light up pet tag, which we thought was a light up plaster – I don’t know why you would need that though ;)

I kind of wish they’d put the light in the otoscope, rather than the tag, as that would have been a bit more authentic, and it’s unfortunate that neither the otoscope or the magnifying glass actually magnify – it’s just clear plastic. It would have been great if those things were more realistic. Doc McStuffins

I was quite surprised how Aviya was able to pick up the various bits and just ‘know’ what to do with them. I guess watching the show has made some of it sink in. Doc McStuffins Vet Kit

You can win a Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Play Set by naming your favourite character from this video.

To Enter – watch the video below and in the comments leave the name of your favourite character

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The winner is:

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T&Cs:  Diary of a First Child is the sole promoter of this competition. The competition runs for one week ending Sunday 4 October at 23:59. The winner will be selected using, based on the position in the comments. Winner will be notified by email, so please make sure you add your email in the required space. Winners will have one week to respond before a new winner will be selected.  The prize cannot be exchanged for money. Promoter’s decision is final.

To pick up a set for Christmas, you can find it at Amazon*

Scooby-Doo Stop Motion Videos & Win £150 From Smythstoys

Check out these fab Scooby-Doo stop motion videos created using the brand new LEGO Scooby-Doo sets!  New videos will be uploaded weekly – so be sure to visit and subscribe to the WB Kids YouTube channel. Complete an action on the Warner Brothers competition, and you can also win a £150 gift card from – perfect for Christmas gifts!

You can visit Scoobydoo’s website here and the Youtube channel to subscribe to here.

View the stop motion videos here

And enter the competition here:
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Create Your Own Superhero & Enter To Win Toys

DC Super heroes have created a fun gadget that lets you create your own superhero. It’s pretty self explanatory, really, and anyone who has ever created an avatar will be able to manage it. This is mine… I’m going to pretend the white cloud doesn’t look like a giant fart, which is what my five year old concluded, but rather a cloud of zen. It’s zen, damnit. Zen!superhero (2)Create your ultimate super hero with a fun name, look, powers and more HERE.

There are also some new videos from Warner Bros, including favorites such as Scooby Doo & Batman Unlimited . There will be many more updates over the next year, so don’t forget to subscribe to their channels!

DCKids Channel here and WBKids Channel here

And while you’re at it, why not enter this competition to win an amazing gift set from Warner Bros., including Teen Titans Go Action Figures & T-Tower Set, A Batman Unlimited Actions Figure, DC Super Friends Gift Set and Batmobile. *

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Here’s an example of one of the new videos added this month:

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*I have been compensated for sharing this competition. Views are my own. Competition is only shared by Diary of a First Child. This competition, selecting winners and sending out prizes is not managed by Diary of a First Child

New DCKids & Warner Bros Youtube Channels & Competition

Summer’s coming, or has now come, depending on where you are, and one of the best ways to escape the heat is by going to the movies! I normally end up having to take something warm to wear at the cinema, so it’s the perfect escape.

But you can’t go to the movies every day, right? So here are some fun new videos from DCKids & Warner Bros‘ new Youtube channels – included are favorites such as Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo! There will be many more updates over the next year, so subscribe to their channel and be first to know when the new stuff comes out.

Make a floor bed, bring out the popcorn, and settle in for a quiet day at home.

Have a look at this for a preview!


If you’d like to a win a box of goodies to go with your movie night, you can enter a giveaway hosted by your comic heroes here. The baskets are worth a minimum of £40 (UK Pounds), and winners will be picked by the staff of Warner Bros and DCKids.

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Disney Magical Bedtime Competition

I know it’s just too early to think about Christmas, really, but if you’d like to save yourself a packet, enter this competition to win a range of Disney goodies and stand a chance to put 4 presents and a Disney Magical Bedtime under the tree without spending a penny.

Bedtimes can sometimes be fraught for families, so to help encourage kids into bed with a little bit of magic, parents can now text the new Disney Magical Bedtime service to arrange for their children to receive a special goodnight call from four much-loved Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Cinderella and Jake (the Never Land Pirate). To receive a Disney Magical Bedtime call text your chosen character name to 78000 or visit Hurry, the service is only live until the end of september!

To celebrate the launch of the new ‘time for bed’ service,  I am giving  one lucky winner the chance to get their hands on the ultimate bedtime bundle, valued at £100.

The prize includes everything you need to give your little one a good night’s sleep including a Disney night light, duvet cover, soothing lullaby music CD, and Mickey Mouse soft toy.


  • Mickey Mouse soft toy (£20)
  • Philips SoftPal Mickey Night Light (£24.99)
  • Oral-B Stages Power Toothbrush (£25.75)
  • Mickey Mouse Single Duvet (£24.99)
  • Disney Magical Bedtime Collection Of Soothing Instrumental Lullabies – not available for purchase

To enter to win this competition, leave a comment below sharing your best bed time tip.

T&Cs:  Diary of a First Child is the sole promoter of this competition. The competition runs for one week, ending Tuesday 30th September at 23:59. The winner will be selected using, based on the position in the comments. Winner will be notified by email, so please make sure you add your email in the required space. Winners will have one week to respond before a new winner will be selected.  The prize cannot be exchanged for money. Promoter’s decision is final.



Oliver Jeffers How To Catch A Star 10th Anniversary Edition Competition

Once there was a boy and the boy loved stars very much. Every night he watched the stars from his window and wished he had one of his very own…

How To Catch A Star

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of world-renowned illustrator Oliver Jeffers’ debut picture book, the much-loved How to Catch a Star.  The publication of How to Catch a Star in 2004 heralded the arrival of a captivating new talent on the picture book scene. Now beloved by children all over the world, the book has achieved huge critical and commercial success. Oliver and HarperCollins are proud to mark the anniversary in style with this exquisite gift edition, including a letter from the author and previously unpublished drawings.

How to Catch a Star was first published 10 years ago. It was adored immediately, launching the now celebrated author and illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, who has gone on to win a number of awards.

Ten years on, How to Catch a Star’s beautiful illustrations and enchanting story have won the hearts of children all over the world. Perfect for children aged 2-7, it is a warm, poignant and humorous celebration of joyful ingenuity and the belief that anything is possible.

Out on the 27 March, How to Catch a Star is available from Amazon for £12.99 on pre-order (and at the time of writing it’s listed at £10.27)

Get involved in the celebrations

We have a copy of the How to Catch a Star 10th Anniversary Edition to give away. To enter simply answer the following question:

Which Oliver Jeffers book is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year?

a)      The Day the Crayons Quit

b)      The Incredible Book Eating Boy

c)       How to Catch a Star

To enter this competition, leave a comment below with your answer.

For an additional entry, follow me on Pinterest and leave a SECOND comment with the Pinterest name you followed with.

T&Cs: The competition runs for one week, ending Sunday 23rd March. The winner will be selected using, based on the position in the comments. Winner will be notified by email, so please make sure you add your email in the required space. Winners will have one week to respond before a new winner will be selected.  The prize cannot be exchanged for money.

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Mega Competitions For National Breastfeeding Week UK

This year, for National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, we’re again joining Keep Britain Breastfeeding in the Breastfeeding Week Scavenger Hunt.

As part of the scavenger hunt, I have these two competitions running:

Breast Milk Keepsake Valued at £30

A Breast Milk Keepsake is a memento of your breastfeeding journey, it’s a badge of honour and something tangible to have after your child has weaned from the breast. These are 100% Breastmilk, cased in resin.





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BoobieMilk gift voucher Valued at £15

BoobieMilk is a Mummy run business providing in-home nursing bra fittings in and around Sevenoaks, Kent. Nursing bras and accessories are also available for purchase at to be delivered to the whole of the UK.

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Along with the two competitions we’re doing as part of KBB, we’re also offering readers loads of other breastfeeding related goodies, so join in, sign up, support breastfeeding friendly companies and bloggers and win great prizes valued at over £400! YOU ONLY NEED TO LEAVE ONE BLOG COMMENT HERE TO ENTER ALL THE FOLLOWING COMPETITIONS: 

2 x Theraline Dodo baby feeding pillows  (valued at £26 each)
DoDo Pillow, nursing pillow and cover!  The nursing pillow that is affordable. Cover washable at 40 degrees, odour free, no chemicals. The low-noise pillow is filled with anti-allergic EPS standard beads (1.5 – 3 mm in diameter, holds approx. 32 litres). It is a simple, slightly smaller (outer dimensions 170 x 34 cm) and practical nursing pillow that convinces with its low price.
2 x Theraline Mamma Pads (Valued at £15 each)
Thanks to a very thin, medical adhesive coating, the breathable silicone nursing pads stay in place without any further help. The adhesive coating on a soft high-tech silicone pad can adapt to practically every shape of breast. Due to surface tension, it applies gentle pressure which slightly but reliably presses the nipples inwards. The use of breathable silicone as straps and adhesive material creates an unexpectedly high wearing comfort. Silicone enables a gas and oxygen exchange very similar to skin. A principle which is used, for example, with long-term contact lenses based on silicone. As soon as the pads are applied, everything feels completely natural and they are practically not noticeable anymore
2 x Cantaloop Adjustable Drop Cup Feeding Bras  (valued at £25 each)

A drop cup bra with adjustable straps and back closure. Two side panels strategically placed for growth when breast start making milk. Crimping between the breast increases the ´V´ effect in the front for wear with a t-shirt/low top. The tight knit under the bras substitutes under wire resulting in extra support & “lifting” of the breasts.
Mama Jewels are the first and currently the only safety tested brand of jewellery in the UK market. Do you struggle with keeping your babies attention whilst feeding? MAMA JEWELS have been made with a baby’s need to ‘TWIDDLE’ in mind. they know that instead of pinching and pulling ‘YOU’ they will twiddle with your Mama Jewels necklace.

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Swing electric breastpump and accessories (valued at £130)
While Medela hospital grade pumps can be hired, you can also express milk quietly and discreetly wherever you go.  The Swing electric Breastpump combines a multi-award-winning design with the latest technology. The electric breastpump is very quiet and therefore represents the ideal solution for regular and discreet breast pumping. (Why are we offering a Medela competition? Please read our MedelaUK Statement here)

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This fabulous and functional feeding top ensures quick, easy and discreet access for breastfeeding on the go. The wrap around detail ensures a comfortable, flattering fit whilst the super soft internal layer has slits that can be quickly parted when you need to nurse.The stretch cotton used to create this top has all the natural benefits of pure cotton, the added stretch simply means that the fabric will move with your body and keep its shape wash after wash.

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You can also win other fantastic products which are included in the Breast Essentials List on the following blogs:

White Lily Green is giving away a Bravado bra
Chubs and Love is giving away a Thrupenny Bits pillow
Three Years and Home is giving away a babasling
Ruby Plus Lottie is giving away a breastvest

Lollibop 2013: Win 4 Tickets To The Festival For Children (UK Only)

Though the weather could fool you, it is actually summer time, and with the supposed sunshine, British summer brings you festivals, festivals and more festivals. Every August, Lollibop Festival is the pinnacle of childhood festivals, and I am so excited to be able to attend again this year.

This year, Lollibop Festival will still be a 3-day affair, but rather than Regents Park, it’ll be over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which I can only imagine will be amazing, having spent two fantastic days there last year.

Rather than just raving about how much fun we had last year, or going on about how we’re looking forward to it this year, I’m thrilled to be able to once again offer you the chance to win a family ticket to attend Lollibop on the 16th, 17th or 18th of August.

Lollibop offers a wonderful day out for the family, especially if you’ve ever watched any children’s TV.

The incredible line-up – aimed at children under the age of 10 – combines some of the hottest names in kids entertainment, as well as hundreds of activities, workshops and interactive areas.  The 2013 programme is still being finalised, but head over to their website to see what’s already in store. 

Last year’s Lollibop Festival we definitely arrived too late in the day and didn’t have the chance to do everything available, so this year we’ll be making the journey a lot earlier, and getting there when the doors open.

Ameli loved doing yoga with the Pipplings, and screamed like a groupie when Mr Maker came out on stage. I thought the village street with it’s ‘rooms’ for music, art, shopping, dress up and kids-tech was amazing – I still want to set one up in my garden – and my husband thought the Science Museum bit was fantastic. Aviya was just five months, and even she spent most of the day in wide eyed wonder. We’re very excited about going again.


If you don’t want to wait and see what happens with the competition, you can buy your tickets from Ticketmaster now.

Early bird tickets are:

  • Single – £20
  • Family – £78 (four over 12 months)
  • Groups of 10+ – £18 per person
Advance tickets:
  • Single – £28
  • Family – £110  (four over 12 months)
  • Groups of 10+ – £23 per person
The enter to win the competition, head over to the Lollibop Line Up page, and have a browse around. Come back here and leave a comment below, telling me what you’d love to see or most look forward to. Remember to click on the +1 on Rafflecopter to register your entry!

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·      The competition closes 1 July 2013
·      We have one family pass to giveaway. The pass admits 4 people, one person in the group must be aged over 18 (NB children under the age of 12 months do not require a ticket)
·      The winning family can attend on the day of their choice, either August 16, or August 17 or August 18. The date must be specified at time of confirming the prize
·      Travel and accommodation are not included
·      The prize is non-refundable and NO cash alternative will be offered
–     The prize is non transferable and ID will be required at time of collecting the tickets
–    The prize includes all events and activities at LolliBop but not food and drink from any stalls or bar