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

Ho Ho Ho! Grab yourself a festive spa break with SP Xtra!
With the kids now back to school I'm on a countdown to my winning holiday in Sri Lanka. My tickets arrived at the weekend, so it all feels real now! I've got so much to organise as not only do I need to make sure the hubby and I are sorted, but I need to make lists for the babysitters and jot down the kid's schedules (as they have far busier socials lives than us!). I think by the time I arrive at the resort I'll be ready to chill for the whole week!
 
Now talking of chilling, I think you should head on over to Simply Prizes where you will find some lovely competitions; settle yourself down with a cuppa and get comping. Most take a few seconds to enter and there are hundreds of competitions currently listed featuring tickets for days out, short breaks, holidays, toys, things for the home and garden plus lots more!
 
And I've also found a corker of a comp for you too; how do you fancy a Christmas spa break to Bath? It includes a stay at The Queensberry boutique hotel in a deluxe room, including breakfast, tickets to the real outdoor ice rink Bath on Ice, two Twilight Spa Packages at Thermae Bath Spa, Britain's only natural thermal day spa, a hamper of Bath Christmas Market goodies and to top it off a free pass to many of Bath's top attractions and museums. A nice chance to relax before the onset of the festive madness. Simply enter your details here before 17th November to get your name in the draw.
 
I was hoping to be a bit more organised for Christmas before I jetted off to the sun but then I realised that Black Friday was going to fall while I was away - so I plan on shopping via Wi-Fi with a cocktail in one hand and my iPad in the other! However, I do realise that sometimes the deals can be hyped up so it's best to compare price, especially as a lot of promoters will release their deals before the day itself. But for your reference this year Black Friday is 24th November and Cyber Monday is 27th November. Last year a lot of retailers ran their deals for the entire weekend so if there is a shop or item you're hoping to get discounts in/on then just keep an eye on their website for sale news soon!
 
Also, pop on over to our Facebook page where you will find a selection of competitions; it's also a wonderful comping community where you can chat to other compers and share your own comping news and advice.
 
Plus don't forget that tomorrow The Postcard Store are putting their prices up, so if you want to grab a pack of your favourites and beat the price increase, click here to visit their online shop now. 

 

Good luck and happy comping!

 

Sammy x