SP Xtra: Editor's Blog

Hi, my name's Sammy and I'm the Editor of Simply Prizes magazine. Every week I'll be bringing you an update or two about any interesting competitions I find or any comping news. Plus I'll bring you any competitions or offers I find.

Impress your mates with some VIP treatment in Rome!

 

Yesterday was the start of the Easter holidays for us here in Kent so I’m sure by the end of it I will be one very frazzled Mummy! My comp entries will take a bit of a dip too as for the most part I am referee and all round entertainer for two very energetic children; leaving not much time for anything else. I will try and get the kids involved in some comping though (as they are quickly developing their Mum’s passion for winning) and we will make sure to take lots of pictures on our travels to store up ready for any creative photo competitions. So I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I don’t think April will be as good a month as March for me; but you never know! Don’t forget too to tot up your winning entries for the previous month and let me know how you did – any that are published as winning letters on our website will bag themselves a tenner! You can either email in to info@oxonpress.co.uk or let me know via our Facebook page  .
 
If you’re in the mood for winning (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?) then head on over to our website where you’ll find a whole host of competitions to keep you busy. My two favourites at the moment are a four-night stay in San Francisco with £500 spending money chucked in and I rather fancy the ultimate penthouse weekend in Rome where you get to enjoy a little star treatment. Included are not only flights and transfers, but an overnight stay in a two-bedroom suite at one of Rome’s top luxury hotels, hire of in-suite massage and manicure or pedicure treatments for all four winners, three-course room service dinner and drinks, five hand-picked movies on Blu-ray delivered to the suite with a hamper of movie snack favourites, including popcorn, tortilla chips, pick ‘n’ mix sweets and chocolates, breakfast/brunch at the hotel restaurant the following morning and €400 spending money! You can always take me if you win!!
 
Now I’ve also found a rather special prize this week to share with you all. Who fancies cruising across the Norwegian Fjords for seven-nights? Yes thought you might! To be in with a chance of getting your place on that boat just answer the following question here before 23.59 on 23rd April; which of these is a Holland America Line home port? Suggested answer – Amsterdam.
 
With the majority of kids now on their Easter break and parents pulling their hair out, check out these great foodie deals from Hungry Horse where you can treat the whole family for £15 (T&C’s apply) and Strada where kids can eat for a quid (T&C’s apply)! Not only that, but Hungry Horse are also giving you the chance to win a grand (plus other prizes too)! Just purchase a main meal with them anytime between now and 23rd April, visit HungryHorseHoppyEaster , enter the code from your receipt and find out what you’ve won!
 
For free things to do with the children make sure you check out your local Lego store , they offer a free build for kids on the first Thursday of every month, Pets at Home run free workshops, Hobbycraft run free crafting sessions and Hamleys has lots of free Easter fun on throughout the holidays.

 

Good luck and happy comping!

Sammy x

Tuesday Talk! (And a little prize draw!)

 

There are always hundreds of EOM (end of month) comps doing the rounds and I just wondered how many of you managed to be organised enough to do them? Every month I tell myself to start entering them in the middle of the month by doing a few each day so I’m not so inundated on the last day, but I never do! So tonight I’ll be settling down as early as I can and ploughing my way through as many as I can. (Vowing to myself that things will be different next month, ha ha!)

 

I tend to be quite organised with my comping routine but the EOM stuff just beats me every time. My main comping time is in the evenings but I do try and sneak some dailies in through the day if I can. I concentrate on staying a few days ahead of the closing dates so I can have an evening off every weekend and I keep a spreadsheet of wins to track prizes.

 

So, how do you organise your comping? I’d love to hear from you and I’d like to post the best tips on our Facebook page to help other compers get their game into gear! So you can either post on our wall  or email me at: info@oxonpress.co.uk. And at the end of the month I’ll choose my favourite to win a little something.

 

Chat soon!

 

Sammy x