Vremi Espresso and Wine preserver review and Giveaway!

I love entertaining at home. Given the choice of going out for a meal or having people over. 9 times out of 10 I prefer to have people over. Not only does it take the stress of if I will get gutened when I’m out but also I much prefer the relaxed atmosphere you get feeding friends and family at home. Over the years our entertaining has improved, with a larger kitchen and a wider cooking repertoire. Now we also have the perfect kitchen accessories with the Vremi Espresso and wine preserver. To start and finish our meal with too.Vremi Espresso and Wine preserver review and Giveaway

Why do you need to preserve wine?

Not everyone in our family agrees on what is the best wine to drink with our meals. We had robust red drinkers, rose lovers and dry crisp white flavours. So having a wine preserver is a handy way of keeping that half bottle fresh for up to ten days. It has a vacuum pump which makes it quick and easy to seal the bottle. Plus it has a dial on it so you can turn it to the date it was sealed and then you never miss out on the cheeky extra glass.Vremi Espresso and Wine preserver review and Giveaway!

After dinner Vremi Espresso

Once dinner is over, hubby loves to finish his meal with a coffee. I must admit I’m not a fan of drinking coffee. Being much more of a tea drinker. But I do love the smell of fresh coffee being made. This Espresso maker looks so lovely in our black and white kitchen. Filling the downstairs with that great aroma. Easy to use and suitable for lots of different stove tops. It’s a great way to end a fab meal.Vremi Espresso and Wine preserver review and Giveaway!

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13 ways to promote your blog giveaway

Running a giveaway on your blog is undoubtedly a great way to get traffic. Some of my most popular posts have been giveaways. I try now to run at least two a month and it means I get regular returning visits of people checking out my latest giveaways. However it isn’t as easy as setting up your rafflecopter widget, plonking it on your blog and hoping people will organically find it. It takes a lot of promotion. I don’t like to unnecessarily spend money on my blog if it can be avoided. So I’ve complied my 13 ways to promote your blog giveaway for free here.13 ways to promote blog giveaway

Twitter

I use social oomph to promote my blog giveaway, I tend to use the hashtags #win #competition #prize and #giveaway. Scheduling the tweet once every eight hours for the duration of the giveaway. I also use #winitwednesday and #freebiefriday when I can remember!

Instagram

I don’t always use Instagram to promote my giveaways. However if it is something that with photograph really well then I will. I will only post it once. These are the most popular hashtags for giveaways I’ve found

  • #competition
  • #giveaway
  • #giveawaycontest
  • # giveaways
  • #win
  • #freebies
  • # freebiesfriday
  • #freebie
  • #instawin
  • #instagiveaway
  • #prize

Then I would also tag with relevant descriptions of the prize and the usual #lifestyleblogger tags I use.

Facebook

You can join some groups to promote your giveaways.

My favourites are

Blog Competitions and Giveaways where you add your giveaway to the relevant closing date post.

Mummy and Daddy bloggers. You just add your link to the pinned competitions and giveaways thread.

Linkies

LuckyLinky 

umeandthekids

superlucky

mudpiefridays

Life in a breakdown

Other sites to promote a blog giveaway

Bloggers required – in the giveaways section you can post one for free

Pick a blogger also lets you post your giveaway for free

The prize finder

Money saving expert – you can’t upload your own giveaways, but if you can get someone else to do it for you you. It sends lots of traffic. I often find this is the best referral site.13 ways to promote blog giveaway

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Creative corner – Anita Rose Designs

This week I’m delighted to have Anita from Anita Rose Designs in Creative corner. I absolutely adore her aprons which I first saw on twitter. She has a great eye for pattern and colour. So read on to discover more about her and her work.Anita Rose Designs

1. Introduce yourself.

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Hello there I’m Anita. I live in the pretty Ye Olde city of York, after many addresses and many towns I am now settled. Having found a passion for sewing but I have always enjoyed making things. I use sewing as a way to distract me from living with Multiple Sclerosis.

2. Tell us a bit about your Anita Rose Designs.

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I love using fun fabrics to make the mundane into something fun, an apron in the kitchen should reflect your personality as well as being functional.
People love to find something special and I love providing that service.

3. What made you start your own business?

I was encouraged by friends to start a business so I could work from home and with the help of a friend Anita Rose Designs was born. Its a big step from making things for friends and family to selling them to the public but my friends and family were supportive and it still amazes me to see my business grow and grow. My shop will 2 years old on the 8th October and goes from strength to strength.

4. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?

I wanted a sewing machine for my 40th (4 years ago now eek) and taught myself. My Mum always sewed when I was younger making our clothes and costumes for Halloween and I wished I could be as good but never really took it up. As life got in the way (marriage, 3 kids,divorce, new partner,1 kid) I never found the time but turning 40 is often a turning point in life so I was determined to learn to sew as I had always wanted to.

5. Explain your creative process.

Organised Chaos perhaps! I have notebooks with sketches and designs of new things I want to try. I’m also inspired by fabrics, sometimes you just see a pattern and I just know what I want to do with it. Friends and family also provide inspiration and ideas so I channel them and see what I can do with these ideas. I even have a notebook by my bed as it is amazing how many ideas pop into your head while your trying to doze!

6. Describe your typical day.

No day is started without first putting the kettle on. While I have my 2 cups of tea I will catch up on emails, post on FB, Instagram and answer comments etc. Then once Spotify is booming in the background I get to the sewing table. Some days are spent cutting out and others then sewing. Custom orders are also done in the morning. While eating my lunch I will source fabrics and other items needed. Afternoons will be spent listing, photographing and admin tasks as well as the run to the post office. Evenings I try to relax and spend time with my children but a couple of nights I catch up with other creative peeps on Twitter and FB and join in creative and networking hours.

7. What’s your biggest seller?

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I would have to say aprons, I have found people love a fun, bright apron especially as a gift. I often get requests for a custom aprons as people love something special.

8. What have been the high and low points of running your own business?

Lowest is the first year when sales are slow and you feel like you are invisible, your working hard but thinking is it worth it? The highest is having people ask you to make something for them, they have faith in you that you will make them something special for a loved one and then to get a heartfelt thanks makes you feel on top of the world.

9. What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?

1. Please dont think it will happen overnight and keep going you are good enough.
2.Networking is vital, its an online business so you must have an online presence.
3.Use social media to meet other creative peeps, the support, inspiration as well as fun I find are invaluable.

10. What are your aspirations?

What started as a hobby really has turned into a real business so I want to keep growing. I have lots of new ideas and lines to add so I am excited about that. I want to see my business grow and hopefully inspire my children so they can see hard work pays off.

11. Where can we find you?

Giveaway!

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One Kitchen utensil Apron from Anita Rose Designs  –  no monetary exchange available

The contest will close Midnight Tuesday 14th November

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Vremi Kettle and Ice Trays review and giveaway

Anyone who has ever visited my blog will know that I love tea. I really do love tea! I will drink it all day long and it’s the first thing I think of when I get up in the morning. However I am also a lady of contrasts. Must be the Gemini in me. I adore my hot drinks, hot and my cold drinks, cold. So I could not be happier when I was asked to review the Vremi Kettle and Ice Trays.Vremi Kettle Ice Trays review giveaway

Vremi Kettle

Vremi Kettle Ice Trays review giveaway Our current kettle has been on it’s last legs for a while. Failing to turn off when boiling, dripping water all over the work surface. Being generally a pain in the bum. When we were on holiday this summer, we had a stove top kettle. I loved the whistle. This Vremi kettle has such a cute design aesthetic. I love the cherry red, the whistle when it’s ready and the speed at which it boils on our induction hob. I think it’s probably more economical than our old electric one, but I haven’t checked the smart meter yet to find out. Perfect for a brew any time of the day.Vremi Kettle Ice Trays review giveaway

Vremi Ice Trays

Vremi Kettle Ice Trays review giveaway Have you ever battled with the ice cube tray, running it under the tap to try and loosen the cubes? I thought these ice cube trays would be just the same, but the popping rubbery bottom of them really does work and I got all of the cubes out in no time.Vremi Kettle Ice Trays review giveaway

Perfect for baby food if your looking after tiny ones. Perfect for cocktails if your not!Vremi Kettle Ice Trays review giveaway

Giveaway!

For your chance to win a Vermi kettle and Ice trays. Just enter via Gleam widget.

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Vermi kettle and Ice trays –  no monetary exchange available

The contest will close Midnight 30th October

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Party bags and supplies giveaway

It’s seems that as soon as the kids are back at school the party invitations start flying out of the book bags. With each party I feel there is a ever growing sense of competitiveness between the mums on who can throw the best party. Bring with it, comes the daunting task of getting the best party bags.party bags craft with cartwright

I couldn’t believe what my boys have been bringing back from parties. All we used to come home with was a slice of cake. As of yet I haven’t given in and thrown a big class party for either of my boys but I know the pressure is building.

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So I know that winning £30 to spend on party bag and supplies would come in really handy for many parents. You could spend it on decorations, themed stuff or just great goodies to send the kids home with.

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For your chance to win £30 to spend at Party bags and supplies, enter the rafflecopter competition below.

You can enter multiple times using the entry options shown.

Please note if you have previously won a competition for party bags and supplies you are not eligible for the prize.

The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter. The Winner will be contacted by Party bags and supplies to send them the prize. Full terms and conditions can be found in the widget.
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Inspired wallpaper giveaway

Post in collaboration with Inspired wallpaper.

I love a spot of DIY and love to redecorate my house. We have moved three times whilst we’ve been married and I have always loved putting our own stamp on our new homes. After a while the bug to freshen things up hits me again and I’m soon flicking through paint charts and looking at Inspired wallpaper samples.inspired wallpaper

If you could redecorate, what would you do?

Inspired wallpaper have got a great article on How to create a Pinterest Perfect home. I know I am like many that have a whole host of DIY pins that I may or may never get round to recreating. It’s such a common addiction it’s spawned so many memes.

If I had the chance to redecorate my bedroom right now, I’d be opting for serious luxury. I’d love to recreate the mood of a bijou chic hotel but on a more reasonable price range.

This is how I’d do it.

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I’d go to town on the cushions. In reality I know they are a pain  and all you really do is move them from the bed to the floor every night. But for me they give a great sense of luxury.

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Finally, I’d stick to soft tones for the furnishing and decoration. Teaming little splashes of colour with natural materials and soft textures. If only I had a room big enough to fit in this amazing bed!

Inspired wallpaper giveaway.

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£75 voucher for Inspired Wallpaper site  –  no monetary exchange available

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Creative corner Interview – Eweniverse

I love a good pun. The cheesier the better in my case, which is why I was so pleased to have Craig from Eweniverse kindly take part in my Creative corner interview series.creative corner interview

1. Introduce yourself.creative corner interview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, I’m Craig and I’m the guy behind the sheep (that sounds wrong) of Eweniverse. Originally from Wales, I now live in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire with my amazing wife and 2 boys and a very strange cat called Bert.

2. Tell us a bit about your business.creative corner interview

I create funny, punny illustrations and funny/cute gifts and have a lot of fun doing so. I create and sell prints, coasters, badges. Jigsaw puzzles & more!

3. What made you start your own business?

Working a boring finance/IT day job can be hard work – I needed to make something of what I love doing. So why not challenge myself and set up my own brand!

4. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?

I studied at Art College in Wales as a mature student but always had a love of art and in particular cartoons and illustration. The old Beano and Dandy comics are a huge inspiration!

5. Explain your creative process.

My work usually starts as either an image or a pun/play on words. I will then develop it as a pencil & ink sketch then scan into a digital file to draw & colour digitally. Although a few are painted with watercolours or acrylics.

6. Describe your typical day.

Sort and pack orders from the previous night. Open the sketchbook, put some good music on, some coffee and then get creating. This usually happens when the kids are out of the way! A lot of the time, the evening is my most productive time!

7. What’s your biggest seller?

The Ewenicorn is possibly my most recent big seller – a cross between a sheep & a unicorn! The enamel pin badges went down really well!creative corner interview

10% off code “EWE2017” at checkout!

8. What have been the high and low points of running your own business?

Highs – seeing people enjoy something of completely your creation – when people “get” your stuff it’s a brilliant feeling!

Lows – The amount of time in a day – someone needs to do something about this!

9. What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?

Don’t get hung up on competing with other creatives. Never compare yourself. Always do your own thing – it’s unique and is yours alone. Also challenge yourself and take that leap of faith!

10. What are your aspirations?

To turn Eweniverse into a household brand and my full-time job.

11. Where can we find you?

My shop

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Twitter

Instagram

Creative corner interview giveaway!

Craig has kindly offered the chance to win one of his Chocolate Baaa! Ltd edition pin badges

You can enter multiple times using the entry options shown.  The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter. The Winner will be contacted by Eweniverse to send them the prize. Full terms and conditions can be found in the widget.

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Creative corner – No Frills Cosmetics

Something a bit different this week in creative corner. The first cosmetic crafter to take part in my interview series. Ann from No Frills Cosmetics has an inspiring story and amazingly scented products. I love the Rose Geranium Moisturiser! no frills cosmetics

1. Introduce yourself.

No frills cosmetics Hello everyone. I’m Ann and I make natural moisturiser. I live in Liskeard, Cornwall. I am happily married with 2 dogs with which we enjoy an outdoor lifestyle.

2. Tell us a bit about No Frills Cosmetics.

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I started making natural moisturiser a year ago so my business is in its infancy. I have 4 fragrances and I sell through my website and also locally through a health shop in Liskeard ‘The Natural Way’ and ‘Trevallick’s Farm Shop’ in Pensilva.

3. What made you start your own business?

This venture started when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. During treatment I was advised to be careful what I used on my skin as it would be very sensitive. There are a lot of natural products on the market but they are often very expensive. Having been involved in manufacturing for over 30 years, I had a light bulb moment and thought ‘I can make this myself’. I am passionate about making affordable
natural products.

4. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?

I am a registered Pharmacy Technician and have worked in product manufacturing for over 30 years. Having manufactured external products including creams, ointments, lotions and potions. I have transferred these skills to natural moisturiser, but of course it is all a learning experience
with different ingredients and different regulations to work with.

5. Explain your creative process.

Has included reading the European Cosmetic Regulations (no
mean feat!) which includes information about good manufacturing practice, what ingredients can and can’t be used and in what percentage, labelling, safety assessments. I have produced a technical file with all the necessary information including worksheets and labels.

My moisturiser has a safety assessment and preservative challenge test and is registered on the European Cosmetics Portal. That may not sound creative but is necessary for user safety. The best and most creative bit is making the product and the lovely aroma of essential oils.

6. Describe your typical day.

This is at my day job as Deputy Production Manager in Pharmacy
in the NHS, but you don’t really want to know about that! I don’t work on Wednesdays so I devote this time to No Frills Cosmetics. I get up early because I am a morning person. Try to get as much as possible done before lunch so I can take my dogs out in the afternoon. Then I continue until I am happy with what I have achieved.

I may be manufacturing a batch of moisturiser or I may work on marketing which I find the most difficult – getting my product known about. A local regional magazine is currently interested in writing an article about No Frills Cosmetics which is fantastic. I may visit my suppliers hoping to top them up with stock. I may have orders to pack up and send off, so a trip to the Post Office is necessary.

7. What’s your biggest seller?

No frills cosmeticsRose Geranium Moisturiser (RG) closely followed by Neroli (Ne). www.nofrillscosmetics.co.uk

8. What have been the high and low points of running your own business?

High points are when a customer gives me some positive feedback. It gives me a boost. I approached my local health shop in January and they agreed to stock my product. They excitedly rang me on the first day to say one had already been sold! I give a donation to my local Breast Cancer Support Group to say thank you for supporting me during a difficult time. It’s nice to put
some money into their account. Low point, My first foray into at a charity fun day. No sales and hardly anyone came to look at my wares! It was a good learning experience though.

9. What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?

Never give up. Believe in yourself and your product. Take what others say with a pinch of salt. Advice may be useful but not always.

10. What are your aspirations?

To have a range of natural cosmetic products which may have to wait until I retire. Currently I am dipping my toes into the water.

11. Where can we find you?

www.nofrillscosmetics.co.uk
www.facebook.com/NoFrillsCosmetics Twitter @AnnNoFrills

Giveaway.

Ann has kindly offered a chance to win one of her Moisturisers.

You can enter multiple times using the entry options shown.  The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter. The Winner will be contacted by No Frills Cosmetics  to send them the prize. Full terms and conditions can be found in the widget.

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One Moisturiser in the scent of your choice  –  no monetary exchange available

The contest will close Midnight Wednesday 27th September

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MUA lipstick review

Post in collaboration with WOW FreeStuff

Often Lipstick appears in many women’s must have lists for makeup. However, until recently it didn’t come high in my makeup priorities. Mascara would be my go to item of choice, then followed by lip balm. It wasn’t until I hit my thirties and suddenly I felt the need for a little more make up. Then I got to love the power of a good lipstick. Which is why I was happy to do this MUA lipstick review. MUA lipstick review

Power of a good lipstick

I love how lipstick can change the look and mood of your whole being. I love a great red for nights out and a bit of drama. Mocha colours for the winter months to warm up my skin tone and Nudes for the summer.

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MUA lipstick review.

My thoughts on this MUA lipstick shade 14 bare. It goes on really well and gives great coverage. It didn’t dry out my lips which I find some lipsticks do, it also didn’t have a strong smell which I can find off putting on lipsticks. The only downside was the shade, which at the moment doesn’t go with my tan. I will definitely be rocking this lipstick by the time Autumn rolls around and my tan has faded.

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Interview in Creative corner plus giveaway!

This is the fifth creative corner interview. The series continues to be well received and its great to be able to showcase so many different talents.

This week let me introduce you to Aeyshea Jones from the Boutique of the Kitsch and Strange. She has kindly answered my interview questions and she has showcased her work. Which is so creative and continues my aim to show a wide variety of skills and styles.

1.Introduce yourself.

Hi my name is Aeyshea Jones, and I am a Welsh vegan crafty lady who loves roller derby I skate with Reaper Roller Derby. I graduated in Carmathenshire’s West Wales School of the Arts. Where I specialised in fine art and painting whilst also undertaking a large deal of sculpture working with molten metal materials such as Bronze and Cast iron. In recent years I have applied my skills and material based knowledge to the realms of a much smaller body of work. Including crafts such as jewellery making, sewing, polymer clay sculpting and even up cycling old mannequin and doll parts.

2. Tell us a bit about your business.

Aeyshea Jones – Boutique of the Kitsch and Strange, well what more is there to say! It’s right
here in the title haha……. I am an eclectic eccentric individual and my Boutique of the Kitsch and Strange is essentially a real reflection of my personality. This in turn means I find myself making a lot of miniature crafts, art , jewellery and more with a kitschy, weird, wacky, nerdy, fan-arty, alternative fashion and even roller derby accessories.

3. What made you start your own business?

My idea to start it all was totally born from my passion to live and breathe all things creative and to maximise my time spent in an artistic and craft based environment. I just have to make things! No really I do! But it’s a real joy for me so it just came naturally and made total sense to work towards turning my love for the artistic realm into a dream career working with like minded creative individuals who share my passion.

4. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?

The creative areas that I am formally trained in would be Fine art, Painting and sculpture. The jewellery making has been all self taught, as with the polymer clay sculpting. I have worked with much larger scale sculpting with traditional clays during my college and university training but nothing so small as the polymer clay jewellery I work with now.

5. Explain your creative process.

Well in the beginning I was fresh out of uni and just making stuff for myself, I enjoyed making it but I had no market as such to sell it to. I was making a lot of big expensive things that were time consuming and never sold. I started making smaller things, jewellery, cards, ect and I saw lots of people making really cool things with polymer clay and wanted to give it a go, a friend asked me to make a sandworm gauged earring and even though it was extremely ambitious as a project I found I loved the challenge.

From then on I realised I could make much more complex things than I ever thought possible and started selling them alongside my other crafty things, and now I love being challenged with commissions to make something new. But the actual creative process I guess, is to have a thought, sketch a visual plan out and then get hands on with my materials making whether I am sculpting clay, painting or making jewellery.

6. Describe your typical day.

My typical day starts as any good day should with a nice healthy brew of tea. I have recently embarked on the most extraordinary journey of motherhood spawning my greatest creative make yet! My beautiful 8 month old daughter. This means my typical day is no longer organised as it would once have been. So I work around the clock as an when I can, normally nap times and evenings. So I have become a bit of a crafty night owl that avoids night time sewing to avoid stirring the little beastie. My Fiance helps out a great deal looking after her so I can work and also helping to paint and sculpt some of the pieces we work collaberatively on.

7. What is your biggest seller?
My biggest seller has to be my fan arty polymer clay Beetlejuice Sandworm Gauged Earrings

8. What have been the high and low points of running your own business?

Highs have got to be when I can see that my customers are genuinely thrilled with what I have made for them. It really gives me a sense of achievement when somebody gives me that sort of feedback. I have received a few emails where a customer has told me how thrilled their child has been with a necklace for instance and having a sense of something I crafted made somebody else smile and brought a bit of joy to there day is what I take home at the end of the day.
Lows would be there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything I would like done, but I am told that I can be extremely hard on myself so maybe being my own boss
sometimes makes me my own worst enemy?!

9. What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?

Top tips would be,
1, Network, surround yourself with other creative people. Don’t lock yourself away it’s very important to bounce ideas with other creative thinkers
2, Social media presence. Its such a powerful tool to reach your audience and it is totally free and a great visual way to reach out and find those people looking for all the beautiful art and craft that you have to offer
3, And of course always make sure that you dip your paintbrush in the water vessel and not the precious cup of tea!

10. What are your aspirations?

My aspirations are to keep crafting and making for as long as humanly possible. Whilst also helping to inspire others to find self expression trough arts and craft. I always quite fancied the idea of becoming an art teacher or art therapist. So who knows what the future may hold

11. Where can we find you?

You can find me at my Etsy store and on Facebook: Twitter:  Instagram: Tumblr:  Website:  WordPress

Thanks to Aeyshea for taking part in my interview.  She has kindly offered a prize for a giveaway for my lucky readers.
You could win this Moana style Heart of Te Fiti Pendant

You can enter multiple times using the entry options shown.  The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter. The Winner will be contacted by Aeyshea Jones to send them the prize. Full terms and conditions can be found in the widget.

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One Moana style Heart of Te Fiti Pendant  –  no monetary exchange available

The contest will close Midnight Wednesday 13th September

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