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Free Halloween Pumpkin Patterns

Halloween is coming up - we've got a great seasonal freebie for you...

Check out these Free Orange & Black Pumpkin Patterns! There are loads of different patterns to choose from.

Do any of these take your fancy?

All you have to do is grab a pumpkin, stick your chosen pattern on it and start carving.

Enjoy your Halloween freebie!

Colleen x

 P.S. Want to know what to wear this October 31st? Check out these Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas.


5 ways to teach your children about money

It's never to early to teach your children about money - in doing so, you can help prepare them for adult money-management.

Why not try the following...

1. Go food shopping
We all love a good bargain, so why not show your child how to bag a bargain? As long as he or she can understand basic counting, take them shopping - give them two boxes of cereal at two different prices and ask them which they would choose.

2. Odd jobs
Why not give your child some money for a chore they don't usually do? This will allow them to learn about financial rewards and teach them about adult working life.

3. Save, Spend, Give
Give your child three piggy banks, labled Save, Spend and Give. Set some rules - for every £5 your child earns, £1 needs to go into 'Save' and the rest they can choose. But remember...

4.Teach them about giving
Explain to your child that lots of children around the world are less fortunate, and it would be a lovely idea to start saving money to give to a charity, of which they could choose. He or she will be more thankful about the things they have and will be more likely give when they are older.

5.  Know your limits
If you're out on a day trip, give your child some money and tell them they can pick anything they want, as long as it fits the budget.

If you have any more tips, I'd love to hear them!

Colleen x

P.S. Want more tips on how to save money? Check out our Baby Saving page, full of great ideas on how to save when you have a new baby in the family.


Win a free £50 Amazon Voucher for Christmas!

Freebie Finders - have your entered to win a free £50 Amazon Voucher yet?

Over on Twitter we've teamed up with the Christmas loving folks Christmas Count to give away a free £50 Amazon Voucher.

Freebies come in extremely hand for gifts and stocking fillers at Christmas so why not enter this fantastic competition. You could give it to a loved one or spend it on gifts - either way you'll save a ton of money.

You can get anything and everything from Amazon - it's the must-have prize.

So make sure you enter to win a free £50 Amazon Voucher now - the competition ends at 5pm on Friday 4th October 2013.

Good luck!

Anushka x 


Free Stuff from Caffè Nero - hurry!

Calling all London Free Stuff Fans...

Caffè Nero are celebrating the arrival of their brand new panini range and are giving away a free hot drink!

You can choose between:

  • Regular Caffè Latte
  • Espresso
  • Cappuccino
  • Americano
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Tea

Get your  free hot drink now! Hurry - you must order your drink before midnight on Sunday October 6th.

Colleen x

P.S. Are you hungry? For more great deals on food and drink, please check out our Restaurant Vouchers page.


Today's Freebie - Free Jo Malone Perfume 

This morning postie brough us this free Jo Malone Perfume sample...

Last month we featured this fabulous freebie from Jo Malone. The fragrance house were gifting a free sample of their brand new Peony and Blush Suede fragrance to every person who designed an online Peony Pin. 

I was very pleased when this freebie arrived as not only am I fan of Jo Malone (the candles are amazing!) but I absolutely love the smell of fresh peonies. 

With a beautiful blend of jasmine and rose, this floral fragrance didn't disappoint. Deep and luxurious - signature Jo Malone - yet fresh and fruity, too.

The promotion is now over but Like the Jo Malone Facebook page to keep up to date with any future offers and if you love free perfume then make sure you check out my blog post I Love Free Perfume Samples.

Anushka x

P.S. For more beauty freebies, don't forget to check out our Health & Beauty Freebies


Freebie Spotlight: Free Baileys Chocolat Luxe

Free stuff from Baileys - is there anything better?

Baileys Chocolat Luxe is a fusion of luxurious Belgian chocolate and Baileys Irish Cream - any chocolate and Baileys fan will be weak in the knees after hearing this description!

Great news - they are giving away a whopping 93,585 free samples of Baileys Chocolat Luxe, but make sure you hurry, before they all get snapped up.

If you're a Baileys fan, make sure you check out the Baileys Facebook page for recipes and updates.

We can't wait to try Baileys Chocolat Luxe (after work) but remember, this is for over 18s only. Why don't you grab your free sample now!

Colleen x

P.S. Are you hungry? For more great deals on food and drink, please check out our Restaurant Vouchers page.


Do you love Amazon? 

Are you a fan of shopping at Amazon?

At the moment in our weekly competition you can win a £50 Amazon voucher - that's right, £50 to spend on whatever you want.

There are all kinds of things to buy at Amazon - books, music, home and garden essentials, food - you name it, it's there!

This competition won't be around for long, so I'd make sure you have entered to win a £50 Amazon voucher!

Good luck,

Colleen x

 P.S. Are you hungry? For more great deals on food and drink, please check out our Restaurant Vouchers page.



Recipe: Clarks Honey & Thyme Roasted Chicken

Are you thinking about roast dinners yet?

If you are, I've got a mighty fine Clarks Honey & Thyme Roasted Chicken recipe for you:

Ingredients:
1 (3 - 4 pound) chicken with giblets removed
1 tbsp Clarks Honey
lemon
sea salt
black pepper
bunch of fresh thyme
4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Optional:
2 carrots (chopped roughly)
2 white onions (chopped roughly)

How to do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Season the chicken cavity with salt and freshly ground pepper. Next grab a lemon, prick it all over with a fork (this will allow the juices to run through) and place inside the cavity.
  2. Keep some of thyme back for using as a basting brush, use the rest and place inside the cavity.
  3. In a small jug, whisk together your honey, extra-virgin olive oil and salt and pepper.
  4. In a foil-lined baking tray, scatter your chopped vegetables to make a bed for your chicken. This will keep your meat raised and you can use the vegetables for a gravy afterwards.
  5. Place your chicken atop the vegetables, breast side up. Baste the chicken with your honey mixture with your thyme sprigs.
  6. Roast until the back is golden and brown (about 35 - 40 minutes) and then turn the chicken breast side up.
  7. Baste the chicken again with the thyme sprigs and use the juices collected in the bottom the pan.
  8. After 25 minutes, check that your meat is cooked (either use a meat thermometer or see if the juices run clear) and place it on a carving board to rest with foil around it.
  9. If you are making gravy, I tend to follow Jamie Oliver's Consistently Good Gravy recipe which uses the roasted vegetables in this recipe.

Hope you like it! Don't forget to check out the Clarks Honey website and Clarks Honey Facebook page.

Colleen x

 P.S. Are you hungry? For more great deals on food and drink, please check out our Restaurant Vouchers page.


Free John Frieda Umbrella!

'I love what the rain has done to my hair ' - Said no-one ever.

When a rather long rectangular parcel arrived at MFHQ the other morning we were all excited to see what freebie was hiding inside. Behold our amazement when we opened it up to reveal a shiny new umbrella!

As we spend most of the day searching and applying for freebies I had almost forgotten where this beauty came from but as I opened up the brolly (outside of course) and saw the words 'I love what the rain has done to my hair - said no-one ever' and the Frizz-Ease logo it dawned on me I had won a freebie from the John Frieda Smoother Hair Days promotion - hurrah!

We featured this promotion on the site a few weeks ago and there were free umbrellas, hair brushes, styling products and tote bags up for grabs.

I've passed this freebie to Rachel - our web developer - as she absolutely loves these (and who doesn't really) see-through domed brollies and I hear it's keeping her locks shielded from the rain as promised...

"Very pleased, very cute look and keeps my hair frizz free" Rachel.

What a fabulous freebie from John Frieda. They have regular competitions and giveaways on their Facebook page so why not give them a friendly like.

Anushka x

P.S. For more beauty freebies, don't forget to check out our Health & Beauty Freebies


Do you LOVE chocolate?

Greetings Freebie Finders, if you're a chocolate fan I hope you've entered into our competition where you can Win a Cadbury Sharing Hamper.

I'd like to share with you my top favourite chocolate recipes:

Chocolate, hazelnut & salted caramel tart - a weakness of mine, anything that promises salted caramel, I must eat it.

Mars Bar mousse - quick and easy to make, this mousse would make a lovely after-dinner treat.

Organic Matcha & white chocolate cookies - if you're a regular, you might remember these bright green cookies!

Nigella's chocolate pudding - 'pure, all-encompassing bliss' - you can't argue with that!

and finally, my recipe for the perfect Hot Chocolate...

Here's how to do it:

  1. Heat milk up in a saucepan - don't forget to watch it!
  2. Pour a small amount out and mix it with your cocoa or hot chocolate powder (or even some real chocolate if you have some) and make into a paste. This means it will be easier to stir.
  3. Mix the hot milk into your cup and stir well.
  4. Grab some squirty cream and swirl on top of your drink.
  5. Crumble Cadbury Flake on top.
  6. Dot with marshmallows, if you fancy it.

Hey presto - a delicious hot chocolate - I really hope you enjoy it.

If you haven't already, don't forget to enter to Win a Cadbury Sharing Hamper now!

Colleen x

 P.S. Are you hungry? For more great deals on food and drink, please check out our Restaurant Vouchers page.

 

 


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