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Sir Dancealot: Timothy Knapman Win 1 of 3 copies

September 25, 2016
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With two dancers in the family and three sisters our four year old Floyd doesn’t have much choice when it comes to play time around here. The girls dress him up, teach him routines and then put on performances. He absolutely loves it, and is not a bad little mover!

Sir Dancealot by Timothy Knapman is a much loved recent addition to the kids bookshelf. A knight with all the right moves, Sir Dancealot boogies away bogglesnots, bops off beasties and jives away trolls, defeating anyone who comes his way with his spectacular dance moves. By far the bravest knight there is, his waltzing, rumba and conga moves see him win every dance off he is met with.

Then a fire-breathing dragon arrives at the castle gates, challenging Sir Dancealot to a dancing duel. Not an ordinary competition – this one is on ice, and Sir Dancealot is met with some fancy moves from the scary dragon. Who will win remains to be read….

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A hilarious story of sequinned clothes, dragon foes and twinkly toes, Sir Dancealot is available now RRP $15.99 (paperback)

Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Australia I have three copies of Sir Dancealot to give away. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.
To enter: Comment once on the post.. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Visit Bloomsbury Publishing Australia on Facebook Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 9pm 25.9.16 and close 19pm 30.9.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person.
3 winners will receive a prize as listed above with postage included. Winners will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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The Dinner Ladies Fill Your Fridge and Freezer: Sophie Gillatt & Katherine Westwood Win 1 of 2 copies

September 20, 2016
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With 5 children I have been given many “new mum” gifts over the years, all received very gratefully. Without a doubt the best present I have ever received (to celebrate a birth or otherwise) was from a very dear friend of mine who gifted me a Dinner Ladies gift voucher. The Dinner Ladies aka Katherine and Sophie created their business in 2007. Preparing home made meals for time poor friends and family members. For nearly 10 years the Dinner Ladies have made meal times easier by delivering fresh and frozen meals to dinner tables across Sydney. I can personally say the meals I had delivered were delicious.

The Dinner Ladies Fill Your Fridge and Freezer is a cookbook full of family-friendly favourite recipes. Spiced slow-cooked lamb shanks. Pastas and sauces. Warming curries, veggie focused “Thinner Dinners” and easy desserts such as seasonal crumbles and chocolate mint pots.

Every recipe can be prepared ahead of time, in the morning, evening or on a weekend. There are over 170 recipes divided into 6 categories: Thinner Dinners, Crowd Pleasers, Cosy Kitchen Suppers, Spice and Fire, Rib Stickers and Sweet and Easy. The introduction includes information on storage, food safety, defrosting and reheating and much more. Each recipe gives you serving sizes, plus preparation and cooking times. There is tips throughout the book, stunning photos and “make ahead” tips on each recipe advising how far ahead the meals can be prepared before consumption, and how long they can be frozen for.

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Whether it is to fill your own freezer or to make someone else’s meal time easy and nutritious this cookbook is one you want to own.

The Dinner Ladies website is www.dinnerladies.com.au  and you can order The Dinner Ladies Fill Your Fridge and Freezer online now RRP $39.99 here.

Thanks to Murdoch Books I have two copies to give away. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page. To enter: Comment once. Like the Facebook post. Visit Murdoch Books on Facebook Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 8pm 20.9.16 and close 8pm 25.9.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person. 2 winners will each receive a prize each as listed above RRP $39.99 with delivery included. Winners will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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Luna Park Sydney: Shopkins and Grossery Gang these school holidays!

September 19, 2016
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Shopkins and the Grossery Gang are taking over Luna Park Sydney these school holidays!

Visit THE VILLAGE – the biggest Shopkins and Grossery Gang attraction ever. See every Shopkins and Grossery Gang character ever created at the Village Museum.

Join the Swapkins Station, meet Kooky Cookie Live in park every day of the holidays, take home the best Shopkins show bags. And for the first time at Luna Park, the Avenger holiday ride will guarantee extreme adrenaline and fun for those brave enough to strap themselves in!

Entry to the Shopkins & Grossery Gang Village is included with your unlimited rides pass – only at Luna Park Sydney these school holidays.

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Thanks to Luna Park Sydney I am giving away two Family Unlimited Ride Passes (Valued at up to $208 per prize) Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.

To enter: Comment once. Like the Facebook post. Visit Luna Park Sydney on Facebook Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 11am 19.9.16 and close 11am 30.9.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person. 2 winners will each receive a Luna Park Sydney Unlimited Rides Family Pass valued at up to $208 per prize. An Unlimited Rides Pass to Luna Park Sydney is valid for use on any one day Luna Park Sydney is open to the general public, before the expiry date indicated on the voucher. Luna Park Sydney reserves the right to cancel the Unlimited Rides Pass if any attempts are made to misuse it. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. If any prize (or part of any prize) is unavailable, it will be substitute with a prize to the equal value and/or specification. Winners will be notified on the Facebook Post within 24 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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The Scandinavian Belly Fat Program: Berit Nordstrand Win 1 of 2 copies

September 18, 2016
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Since becoming a mother the one area that has changed the most on my body is my stomach. I still have skinny legs and no backside but the muffin top is the bane of my existence, and I know from speaking to friends that I am not alone.

The Scandinavian Belly Fat Program by Berit Nordstrand is a twelve week plan and 70 recipes to help you reduce unhealthy belly fat and live a healthier life.

It’s best-selling author Berit Nordstrand’s fall-in-love-with-life approach to food that makes her belly fat program unique. We now know that it’s the fact around your belly, rather than anywhere else on your body, that’s the most dangerous to health. Belly fat causes problems for the liver, kidneys and heart and contributes to cardiovascular disease, asthma, migraine, rheumatism, cancer, depression and of course diabetes. For men, a healthy waist size measures less than 94 cm and for women, a waist less than 80 cm. In this book, Berit sets clear, short-term goals to help you to reduce your belly fat over 12 weeks. Her program is packed with food and body facts, and simple food tips, tricks and more than 65 recipes that speed up the rate at which your body burns fat, increase your muscle mass and help you reach your ideal, healthy waist size. Below Berit answers some questions about her book:

Why is the “12 week” time frame important to achieving optimum results in your program? It is important because your brain automatically dislikes change in your routines, and it takes 12 weeks to incorporate a new habit in a way that the brain adopts. As a specialist in Adddiction Medicine, I know that 12 step-programs can work. It takes some weeks for the more nutritious ingredients to develop an effect that you can feel too, an effect that motivates you to continue the program. Small steps in 12 weeks is easier to stick to than a huge change overnight.

How long does it take to break addictions to certain types of foods? It varies from person to person, but when you swap the refined white carbohydrates for ingredients that will stablilise your blood sugar, keep your insulin-waves low and are more nutritious , your sugar cravings cease to exist from days to weeks.

If you slip up right after completing your program (and have a week long binge for example) would you suggest doing another 12 weeks of the program to get back on track? Ie) start from scratch again? No, you just start back on the track where you left.

Could you suggest any other feel good things (alternative therapies, spa treatments ect) that complement your program? Yes, de-stressing, relaxing and enjoying life MORE not LESS is part of my program. It’s important that you change your diet and relax first, so that you gradually gain more energy before you start exercising. You need good food, nutritious food, to fuel your engine.

The program has great success because: I do not focus on calories. Counting calories does might make you slimmer, but not necesserily healthy. Counting calories might have a bad impact on your health. You will learn how to enjoy food that:

    • Enriches your gut flora (your mikrobioma)
    • Keeps your blood sugar and insulin levels down – eradicating sugar cravings
    • Strengthen and stabalise your immune system. Decreasing inflammation, preventing autoimmune diseases, depression, dementia and even cancer
    • Turn on the burning of belly fat and prevent lifestyle diseases
    • Stabilise your hormones and decrease menopause symptoms like hot flushes and disturbed sleep
    • Buids up muscle mass
    • Makes you happier, more focused and energized
    • Makes you sleep better

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Your health is not determined by your genes. You choose your lifestyle to program your body. Every little step counts and it doesnt need to be complicated. My Belly Fat Program will teach you SIMPLE SWAP TRICKS- that will ensure you a healthy body weight, STRENGTHEN your HEALTH and INCREASE quality of Life. Small steps, changing your lifestyle can even reduce premature aging and turn your biological clock back. Thats the focus in my next book lanched in Norway these days – 12 YEARS YOUNGER in 12 weeks program… THIS IS NOT A COMLICATED DIET – it is a path for the REST OF YOUR LIFE – It makes you ENJOY MORE not LESS. IT IS NEVER TO LATE – IF YOU HAVE NOT SUCCEEDED BEFORE – THIS IS THE PROGRAM FOR YOU that will:

    • Help you reach your weight goals, decrease your waistline
    • Strengthen and stabilize your immune system, decreasing inflammation, and preventing cancer.
    • Strengthen your mental & emotional health
    • Prevent Menopause symptoms
    • Decreasing inflammation and Chronic pain
    • Making you sleep better

The Scandinavian Belly Fat Program is available at all good book retailers, RRP $35.

Thanks to Murdoch Books I have two copies to give away. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page. To enter: Comment once. Like the Facebook post. Visit Murdoch Books on Facebook Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 8pm 18.9.16 and close 8pm 23.9.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person. 2 winners will each receive a prize each as listed above RRP $35.00 with delivery included. Winner will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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First Day at Bug School: Sam Lloyd Win 1 of 3 copies

September 17, 2016
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Master 4 has started asking questions about school. Even though we are not there for over another year he drops his sisters each day and is eager for his own school journey to begin. The questions don’t stop at school ones, he asks them non stop from the minute he wakes up. Some of them are completely random as kids do – like where do spiders go during the day?

First Day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd is a gorgeous book about what happens on the first day of school, only it’s not a school for humans, it’s a school where all your children’s favourite creepy, crawly bug friends go….

“At the bottom of the garden
where no one really sees,
a secret school is hidden
amongst the grass and weeds….”

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Read in rhyme about where the secret Bug School is located, meet Miss Bumblebee the school teacher and watch the little school bugs wave mummy and daddy goodbye. Learn about spider class, Chloe the Cricket, Lucy the Ladybird and school lunch, playtime and making new friends on your first school day.

A beautiful storybook perfect for children learning about starting school, and those who love their little crawly friends.

First Day at Bug School is available online now here, RRP $14.99 in paperback.

Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Australia I have three copies of First Day at Bug School to give away. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.
To enter: Comment once on the post.. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Visit Bloomsbury Publishing Australia on Facebook Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 12pm 17.9.16 and close 12pm 22.9.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person.
3 winners will receive a prize as listed above with postage included. Winners will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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Bravecto: Win 1 of 20 Prizes

September 16, 2016
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Earlier this year we adopted our first fur baby. He is 6 months old now, and the most beautiful addition to our family. Having never owned or had much to do with a dog before there is so much we had to and are still learning. What to feed him, how to toilet train him, how to keep him amused and not chewing every thing in sight. And the number one most important thing about owning a dog: how to keep him healthy and safe.

With Australia’s peak paralysis tick season officially starting this month, media veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren is issuing a strong warning to Aussie dog owners – protect your dog against paralysis ticks or be prepared for the consequences, including death. Paralysis tick cases are already being reported by veterinary clinics, around Australia. With veterinary experts predicting a bad season ahead, pet owners must proactively protect their dog.

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Dr Katrina has seen the devastating effects of paralysis ticks first hand and is urging pet owners to be vigilant, appealing to all dog owners to proactively talk to a local vet about paralysis ticks now, to avoid heartache later.

Australia’s paralysis tick season runs from about September to March – the time when adult female ticks are most abundant but can vary region to region.

Bravecto is the first and only oral chew tablet that will protect your fur babies for three months against fleas, and four months against paralysis ticks – all in one dose. Bravecto is suitable for all dogs from 8 weeks of age (minimum 2kg weight). Pregnant dogs, lactating dogs, breeding dogs. Big, small, short or long coat – Bravecto covers all breeds and all types.

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Bravecto is best administered at or around meal times to aid in absorption and starts working to provide effective control of fleas within 8 hours and effective control of pre-existing paralysis tick infestations within 24 hours. Bravecto fits into gastrointestinal worming programs, where treatment occurs every three months.

Bravecto is available at leading vet clinics, pet stores and online across Australia. Dog owners can register for the free Bravecto reminder email service at www.bravecto.com.au to ensure they don’t miss a dose. The free Bravecto reminder app is available for iOS and Android.

Our puppy has his Bravecto that our vet recommended from his first visit every three months, leaving us knowing he is protected and safe!

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Thanks to Bravecto you can enter to win 1 of 20 prizes which include 1 x Bravecto Oral Chew Tablet that will protect your fur child for three months against fleas, and four months against paralysis ticks. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.

To enter: Comment once on the Bravecto post. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Visit Bravecto on Facebook Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 16.9.16 1pm  and close 21.9.16 1pm AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person. 20 winners will receive a prize as listed above with postage included. Winners will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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Tree Fu Tom: Spring into Nature these School Holidays (Sydney)

September 15, 2016
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Tree Fu Tom is an action adventure animation series that airs on ABC and Disney Junior, set in the enchanted world of Treetopolis where movement creates magic. Tom appears to be a normal boy but putting on his magic belt and performing a special sequence of magic action-movements (known as Tree Fu) transforms him into a tiny but mighty magical super-hero!

Tree Fu Tom is coming to Eden Park these school holidays for a special VIP Event: in an action packed live show set amongst the award winning Eden Gardens these Spring school holidays, VIP fans will meet Tree Fu Tom, be taken on a fun tour that explores the fascinating world of Australian Native plants with qualified horticulturists, enjoy morning tea, refreshments and take home a special Tree Fu Tom goody bag.

When: Friday 7th October 2016 (school holidays)
What: VIP event – 9.30am -11.45am
Where: Eden Gardens, 307 Lane Cove Rd, Macquarie Park, Ryde (just off M2 ramp) www.edengardens.com.au

Each winner of this special giveaway will receive a VIP Family Pass for four people. There will be two Tree Fu Tom goody bags for each family and all the family can enjoy the live show, refreshments, tour and meeting Tree Fu Tom. Each VIP family pass is valued at $110 each.

I have two VIP Family Passes to give away, entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.

To enter: Comment once on the post. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Make sure you follow Mum To Five on Facebook for more giveaways Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 6am 15.9.16 and close 6am 22.9.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person.
2 winners will receive a prize as listed above. Winners will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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Living Fundraisers: Win a Kid’s Spring Garden Starter Pack

September 12, 2016
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Having three children that have been or are currently attending school I have seen many fund-raising missions over the years. If you are looking for something unique here it is!

Living Fundraisers is an eco-friendly, activity-based fundraising initiative that was founded with a simple mission: to contribute to a better world by helping schools, groups and organisations raise funds through ethical, healthy, family-friendly fundraising. It provides a unique range of healthy, sustainable and educational products and services to fundraising groups throughout Australia including growing kits, seed-embedded cards, greeting cards, snacks and recycling programs.

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Follow Living Fundraisers for resources and advice on gardening, cooking, recycling, kid’s activities and more. For more information visit the Living Fundraisers website at www.livingfundraisers.com.au 

Thanks to Living Fundraisers I am giving away a Spring Garden Starter Pack from their range of Herb, Veggie, Fruit and Flower growing kits that will promote healthy eating and engagement with nature. Valued at $60 delivery is included Australia wide.  Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook page.

To enter: Comment once on the post.. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Visit Living Fundraisers on Facebook Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 1pm 12.9.16 and close 1pm 17.9.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person.
1 winner will receive a prize as listed above with postage included. Winner will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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Little Boxes: Win a Little Box of Nuturing

September 9, 2016
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In my grandparents and parents day popping in for a cup of coffee with a baked cake was the way they would let someone know they were thinking of them, or celebrate an occasion. Phone calls were made for those that lived far away, or a hand written card posted. In the fast paced world of today these little acts of thoughtfulness seem to have all but disappeared.

Little Boxes was created to help bring the thoughtfulness of the past back, with the ease our busy lives now require. Whether it’s a new baby, a sick loved one, a just thinking of you or a congratulations you want to celebrate with someone special, Little Boxes can help do just that. Each Little Box contains simple, quality gifts that are lovingly packed and delivered to the ones you love.

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The Little Box of New Beginnings for the new parents, The Little Box of Timeout for someone who needs a lift and the Little Box of The Happy Gardener for the green thumb are just a few of the exquisite Little Boxes in the range. Each Little Box comes with a personalised gift card and is delivered anywhere within Australia for a flat rate of $10. The best part about Little Boxes? The prices – starting at just $29 there is a gift that is affordable for all budgets.

You can browse and order your next gift online at Little Boxes on their website at www.littleboxes.com.au 

Thanks to Little Boxes I am giving away one of my favourites from the range: The Little Box of Nurturing. (pictured above) Valued at $56 it includes: a Tonic make up bag (20cm x 11cm x 6cm) The Aromatherapy Co hand cream (75 ml), The Aromatherapy Co Therapy Feet Natural Soap Bar and Brush (150 gram soap) plus English Tea Shop Tea (8 sachets) Ingredients: 100% organic white tea. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.

To enter: Comment once on the post.. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Visit Little Boxes on Facebook Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 8pm 9.9.16 and close 8pm 14.9.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person.
1 winner will receive a prize as listed above with postage included. Winner will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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Original Soy Co: Win two “58 Degrees” Candles

September 9, 2016
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The Original Soy Co proudly offers an extensive range of luxuriously scented hand poured soy candles in various scents and candle sizes. Tea light candles, melts, reed diffusers and gift hampers make up the gorgeous range on offer.

Original Soy Co prides itself in unique design and original aroma blends. Original Soy Co candles are luxurious and surprisingly affordable. From the exquisite everyday Original Soy Co candle range or the luxury 58 Degrees candle range, Original Soy Co candles are all Australian made and contain 100% natural soy wax, cotton wicks and high grade natural fragrance oils. These candles are perfect for gifting or a little self indulgence.

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You can shop and browse the full range available at www.theoriginalsoycompany.com.au

I have a prize to give away which includes two “58 Degrees” Candles. Entry is on the Mum To Five Facebook Page.

To enter: Comment once on the post.. Like the Facebook post (Sharing is appreciated) Visit The Original Soy Co on Facebook Terms and Conditions: Entry is open to Australian residents only. Entries open 7am 9.9.16 and close 7am 14.9.16 AEST. This competition is a game of chance – winners are drawn using random.org. One entry is permitted per person.
1 winner will receive a prize as listed above with postage included. Winner will be notified on the Facebook Post within 48 hours of competition close and will have 48 hours to make contact to claim or a new winner will be drawn. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook.

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