Christmas at Costa Coffee 2017

I popped into Costa on Wednesday (November 1st) and I suppose I was a little surprised to be greeted by the sound of “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” as I walked through the door.  They really need to keep the Christmas music on pause until after bonfire night. Putting that aside, for now, it was good to get my latte served in this years Christmas cup design.

Costa Coffee Christmas 2017

Costa Coffee Christmas 2017 cup design

Costa Coffee Christmas 2017 cup design

Costa Coffee Christmas 2017 cup design

 

I take a photo of my first Christmas Latte each year as it’s interesting to track how the marketing and branding change over the years; you don’t notice if you can’t put current trends into context with what has been done previous years.

My personal favourite was the Father Christmas design from 2014:

Costa Coffee Christmas 2014 Branding

See previous years here:

Costa Christmas 2016

Costa Christmas 2015

Costa Christmas 2014

 

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WIN a stunning Christmas Lampshade in our giveaway competition

Amongst all the yummy chocolate, Christmas puddings and other delicious Christmas delights I receive there is sometimes something that makes you stop and think ‘Ooooh, that’s different – fabulous different’! Rosalind Freeborn has had the brilliant idea of taking the lampshade shade and turning it into a work of art, creating her own papershades.  Her original pretty designs create a simple inexpensive way of adding a bit of colour to our often too beige lives.  These paper shades are cleverly designed in 5 pieces which you fit together yourself.  Luckily for us, she has a range of 6 Christmas shades and has kindly offered the Christmas Tree paper shade as a prize worth £25.  All you have to do to take part in our giveaway competition is subscribe to our newsletter and/or follow and like us on Facebook.

Christmas Tree Paper Shade

 

To win all you need to do is subscribe to my free weekly Christmas Planning Newsletter and follow us on Facebook – we will pick a winner at random from our combined list of Facebook followers and Newsletter subscribers – so if you do both you stand twice the chance of winning!

 

 

 

For more information about Papershades
Competition Rules:
  1. By entering you grant us the right to publish your name in print and online, making minor corrections and edits as required.
  2. The names of the winners will be published in a follow-up blog and in our newsletter in mid-October.
  3. The closing date for entries is midnight on October 9th, 2017 – only people subscribed to our email newsletter or who follow us on Facebook as of October 9th will be eligible.
  4. The editor’s decision is final and we will not enter into further correspondence.
  5. No alternative prizes or cash alternatives are available.
  6. The winner will be notified by e-mail or Facebook week commencing October 9th. – you will have 7 days to make contact with us and claim the prize. Prizes not claimed by October 16th will be placed into a second draw and offered to the runner-up.
  7. Sorry, but we can only deliver the prize to locations within the UK via Royal Mail.
  8. The name and address of the winner(s) will be passed to the sponsors who will make arrangements for getting the prize to you.
  9. This competition is being run in good-faith and on a best endeavours basis, we cannot be held responsible for failure to receive prize claims or failure for the prize to be delivered by the sponsor.
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The best-selling Toys and Games in the UK for weekending Saturday 9th September 2017

These are the unofficial top 10 best-selling Toys and Games in the UK for the week ending Saturday 9th September 2017.

Picture Name Price*
1 Cards Against Humanity: UK edition
Only suitable for 17 years and over.
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£25.00
2 Dobble Card Game
Only suitable for 6 years and over.
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£10.99
3 My Fairy Garden Fairy Garden
Only suitable for 4 years and over.
Click here for more details
£12.99
4 LEGO 31058 Mighty Dinosaurs Building Toy
Only suitable for 7 years and over.
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£11.99
5 Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy (Multi-Coloured)
Only suitable for 18 months
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£5.39
6 WowWee Fingerlings Pink Pet Baby Monkey
Only suitable for 5 years and over.
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£14.99
7 UNO Cards
Only suitable for 7 years and over.
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£5.15
8 Tomy Play to Learn Hide n Squeak Eggs
Only suitable for 0 years and over.
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£6.99
9 100 Pack Premium Glowhouse Glow Stick Bracelets (Mixed)
Only suitable for 5 years and over.
Click here for more details
£19.99
10 S&Li Cosmetics Cutie Cupcake 8 Piece Lipgloss Set
Only suitable for 5 years and over.
Click here for more details
£12.99

* Price as of publication, click through for live pricing. This is an unofficial top ten best-selling Toys and Games in the UK This is created by our team who are constantly monitoring Amazon and other websites to see what is selling. If you have any questions about how this works or if you would like to find out more please leave a comment below.

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It’s the start of September and time to get started with your Christmas planning.

September-2nd-2017-114-Days-Until-ChristmasIt’s the start of September 2017, and the last weekend before the children return to school next week.  As of September 2nd, there are 113 days left until Christmas.  Believe it or not, there are things you can do or at least start thinking about in September to help with your Christmas planning.

I have a month-by-month Christmas planning guide but for now, I highly recommend reading the September Christmas Planning Checklist. This is a printable checklist that you can keep handy in the kitchen and tick jobs off as you do them.

Some of these tips can save you a lot of money. For example being really clear about the cut-off dates for sending gifts and cards overseas at standard rates.

If I’ve missed anything on this list I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

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Giveaway Competition: Win a pair of tickets for The Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia London

Spirt of Christmas Fair 2017 Olympia London

 

Christmas Fair 2017 LondonWe have 3 pairs of tickets, each worth £31 to giveaway for this year’s Spirit of Christmas Fair which is held at London Olympia between October 30th and November 5th, 2017.

 

There’s something for everyone at this ultimate home of Christmas shopping: gifts, home, fashion, baby & child, decorations, health & beauty to jewellery and men’s. Discerning shoppers will be spoilt for choice with never-seen-before items across seven straight days.
Visitors will also be treated to exclusive tips and tricks from the best in the business with the free interactive workshops on offer. From creating floral arrangements with one of London’s top florists, to tasting some of the world’s most decadent Champagnes with a Master of Wine, there’s something for everyone.

 

Food Festival London 2017
Foodies will rejoice in the gourmet heaven that is the Great Taste Food Market. A showcase like no other of the finest culinary delights from handmade Cornish cheeses, organic oils and preserves and the finest oak-smoked Scottish salmon, to luxury Christmas puddings, truffles and caviar. Not to mention the irresistible array of fine wines, teas, spirits and Champagne on offer.

 

To win all you need to do is subscribe to my free weekly Christmas Planning Newsletter and follow us on Facebook – we will pick 3 winners at random from our combined list of Facebook followers and Newsletter subscribers – so if you do both you stand twice the chance of winning!

 

 

 

For more information about the Spirit of Christmas Fair visit www.spiritofchristmasfair.co.uk

 

Competition Rules:
  1. By entering you grant us the right to publish your name in print and online, making minor corrections and edits as required.
  2. The names of the winners will be published in a follow-up blog and in our newsletter in mid-October.
  3. The closing date for entries is midnight on October 1st, 2017 – only people subscribed to our email newsletter or who follow us on Facebook as of October 1st will be eligible.
  4. The editor’s decision is final and we will not enter into further correspondence.
  5. No alternative prizes or cash alternatives are available.
  6. The winner will be notified by e-mail or Facebook week commencing October 2nd. – you will have 7 days to make contact with us and claim the prize. Prizes not claimed by October 9th will be placed into a second draw and offered to runners up.
  7. Sorry but we can only deliver the prize to locations within the UK via Royal Mail.
  8. The name and address of the winners will be passed to the event sponsors who will make arrangements for getting the tickets to you before the event.
  9. This competition is being run in good-faith and on a best endeavours basis, we cannot be held responsible for failure to receive prize claims or failure for tickets to be delivered by the sponsor.

Update: October 5th 2017, Winners Announced 

The three pairs of tickets have been won by

S. Gahan – London
K. Townsend – Essex
N. Robinson – Hertfordshire

We hope they enjoy this year’s Spirit of Christmas Fair. If you haven’t been lucky this time you can still get tickets for the event from the event website in the details above.

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