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.

Fancy a grand? Then look no further!


As we head into the second week of April (already!) how is your month shaping up? I had my first win for April turn up on Saturday, which was a bundle of wool from Simply Knitting.  I'm not the craftiest of people though so I gifted this to my Aunt - one of the pleasures of this wonderful hobby! I'm not expecting the best of months as my comp entries have taken a bit of a dive due to the Easter hols; however we've been blessed with some gorgeous weather here in Kent so me and the kiddies are making the most of it and enjoying time outdoors. We also saw a show at a local theatre too with some tickets I won previously. I'm hoping to concentrate on some more comps that will hopefully give us some prizes for the summer holidays. School holidays are a rather expensive time so anything that we can get for free is always a bonus!
Now talking of winning things, have you been over to our website yet? A lovely new batch of comps was added yesterday and there are a whole host of brilliant prizes just waiting to be won. My two favourites at the moment are a bumper £1,000 to be won through Classic FM and Optegra where all you have to do is answer the simple question (answer provide in the listings!) and you could be a grand richer and own an all singing all dancing dishwasher worth a whopping £1,200! I rather fancy this super-duper gadget; it's an innovative double drawer one where it can be used separately or together depending on the amount of washing you have. Plus you don't have to get down on your hands and knees to top up the salt either! It all looks rather nifty!
And talking of all things nifty, take a look at this special prize I've found this week to share with you all; a limited edition bike with hyped Swedish bicycle manufacturer BikeID from Gant - perfect for commuting. And they have three up for grabs. All you need to do is enter your details here before 4th May and cross your fingers!
Until this Friday you can eat for free in an Ikea restaurant. You need to make sure you purchase your food after 4.30pm then keep hold of your receipt. Go off and do your shopping and then once you pay for that hand over your restaurant receipt along with your Ikea family card and the whole cost of your food bill will be deducted. There is no minimum or maximum spend for either the store or the restaurant, but to get the whole amount back you will need to spend more in the store than the restaurant.
Cadburys have Easter egg hunts on this coming bank holiday weekend across National Trust properties (around 300 different ones). All kids that participate will get a Trail Journal with clues and challenges and then at the end a Cadbury treat to enjoy. You can find your nearest hunt here .
Most of the major cinema chains offer cheaper tickets for the school holidays; check out Vue , Cineworld and Odeon .
The Woodland Trust is looking for wild kids to become nature detectives. For just £1.50 per month (£1 per month for an extra child) you get a welcome pack bursting with awesome activities, a passport, stickers, bookmark and folder, seasonal activity packs for outdoor adventures all year round, regular updates full of fun facts and fresh ideas and news of family-friendly events. There are also lots of free activities listed on their website too.
As always keep an eye on my blog for more competition news and chat.

Good luck and happy comping!

Sammy x

Week six – summer holiday kid’s comps! The end!

That’s it; the end is in sight - the kids are back to school next week! I actually can’t believe how quickly it has gone and it seems odd as we are still on our summer holiday. Back home Saturday though to a mountain of washing and getting the kids prepped for school. Although I was ultra-organised this year and all school uniform was bought, washed and ironed in the first week of the holidays; which is a nice feeling knowing it’s already done!


And to keep them occupied for the last few days, here are a couple more comps for the kids to get stuck into.


Win some Emoji merchandise by helping the kids to upload a fun selfie. Under 16’s must be entered by a parent. You can enter up to three times every day until 30th November although a maximum of one prize per week can be won by one person. More details and info on how to enter can be found here .


Draw your dream dinosaur and have the chance to get it printed on a giant bean bag and a family ticket to the Dinosaurs of China exhibition. Open to entrants aged 11 and under you have until midnight on 30th September to enter. Full details and entry info can be found here .


Have fun with these ones and remember normality is nearly here! Keep an eye on the website tomorrow for your update of social media comps too. I may not be around tomorrow evening as will be getting ready to leave the lodge early Saturday morning but I’ll catch up with you all via our Facebook page when I’m back.


Have a great weekend.


Sammy x