#Mumstheword: Best Style Advice

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Mums. Aren’t they just THE BEST? It seems you Shopcaders agree with us as well, as loads of you entered our fab Want & Win competition for the chance to win a satchel for you and your mum.

We also asked you, seeing as it was in the run up to Mother’s Day and all, to let us know the most stylish piece of advice your mum had ever given you, and wow did you respond!

The overall winner of our competition, whitleighdixon gave us this little gem passed on from her mum:

“#mumstheword my mum has always said you can never have too much glitter in your life. Glitter makes you shine even if you’re not feeling so great!’ #love”

Here’s our other favourite quotes you lovely lot sent us using the #mumstheword hashtag…

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Want & Win Satchels For Mother’s Day

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Mother's Day Giveaway
She’s the lady who’s put up with your tantrums, your numerous crazy messes, your never ending heartbreaks and you stealing her entire wardrobe (not to mention, make up drawer!). So we think it’s about time to say a HUGE thank you to Mum (a.k.a. Superwoman) this Mother’s Day.

We thought it’s only fair to get Mum on the fashion bandwagon too (And why shouldn’t she?!) That’s why we’re giving away not one, but TWO satchels for you and your Mum to rock out and about in style. Like mother like daughter after all, eh? <3 *work it girlfriends*

Competition rules:

To enter all you have to do is ‘Want’ two products in this list (one for you and one for mum) Simples.

Comp ends midnight Wednesday 26th March 2014.

Winner will be announced via email so be sure to check your inbox (and spam just in case we landed in there by mistake!)

And for you guys, don’t fret! You can also ‘want & win’ a satchel for mummy dearest and, for yourself, a gift card! 😉

Sneaky tip: Tell us the best fashion advice Mummy Dearest has given you with the hashtag #mumstheword for a chance to gain an extra entry! Post your comments on the products you ‘want’ or on the list itself 😉

Good luck all and happy Mother’s Day!

P.S. Check out our Fashionable Mother’s Day list for some extra gift inspo, she deserves it after all!






Amazing Amy Tells All

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Amazing Trendsetter, Amy Zwaan, was recently interviewed by Metro and now she’s telling us all about how she uses Shopcade to suit her lifestyle…

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So, Amy, what do you use Shopcade for?

For me it makes my shopping easier as so many brands that I love are already in one place, and I can add products from my favourite websites too if they aren’t already on Shopcade. It’s also great to search for something specific and compare the deals and other people’s comments against all the retailers.

I can see what I want clearly by creating lists of things of things I like so it’s easy to actually see how an outfit would look and what the best price would be for it.

What’s your favourite thing about Shopcade?

It really saves me money.

Shopcade allows me to add the things I want, and then shows me the best deal for them. It’s great that I can create lists of things I want for when payday rolls in so everything I want is in one place, not dotted all over the internet!

The biggest benefit I find from using Shopcade is it stops me from impulse buying! Instead I can easily compare deals across different retailers. Long gone are the days where I trail the high street and buy the first thing that looks about right, regardless of the cost.

What deals have you found on Shopcade?

Recently I found the most amazing deal on this gorgeous bunny lamp from notonthehighstreet.com. I paid full price for one over Christmas and fell in love with it so much I needed another one (got to have the matching set) so it was even better to find it on offer too!

Girl Meets Dress, Not On The High Street and Paul’s Boutique are some of my favourite brands that usually have brilliant deals on their products.

What’s the last thing you bought through Shopcade?

My mum’s birthday was just a few weeks ago, so I created a whole list of gift ideas and shared it with my family so we could co-ordinate presents she would love as well as saving ourselves some money (to reimburse into other gifts of course)!

Like what you see? Follow Amy on Shopcade here and check out her lovely lists and amazing adds.

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Mum’s The Word – Mother’s Day Q&A

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It’s March! This only means one thing: Mother’s Day.

Lost for what to buy for your fantastically, already-has-everything-she-needs mum? Rattled your brains for hours on end and realized that you’ve bought her everything under the sun already? Don’t worry, Shopcade is here to help!

We’ve interviewed two of our very own Mummy Bloggers to find out what they think of Mother’s Day, hopefully it’ll give you that much-needed boost of inspiration:


Mummy Muse No.1: Jo Gifford from Dexterous Diva

Mother's Day Picks - Dexterous DivaWhat ‘Mum’ are you?
Career mum, but a Freelance Mum so I work around the kids and have different weeks – it’s probably best to describe me as a Varied Mum! Loving, Messy, Excitable Mum probably does it most justice!

Describe yourself in three words…
Creative, busy, geek

What are you hoping for this Mother’s Day?
The best thing in the whole world for me is just a cuddle with my Mini Divas. So, I long for a sofa snuggle with a film, some popcorn and oh, maybe some L’Occitane Body Lotion if I have been a good girl!

What ‘golden rule’ have you learned from your own Mum?
I think to embrace culture and learning as children is a huge thing Mum taught me. We loved reading from an early age as my girls do too, and just being able to soak up everything around you is something I learned as being really important as a child.  I have also learned some of mum’s best phrases for telling off children and I hear it in my own voice sometimes, scarily!

What do you love most about being a Mother?
Just enjoying play with my girls and being part of their world. Oh, and baking cakes is a bit good too.

Check out Jo Gifford’s full Mother’s Day List here.

 

Mummy Muse No.2: Helena Wilson-Beevers from Mummy Mode, Style Nest

Mother's Day Picks Style NestWhat ‘Mum’ are you?
Fashion Fanatic Mum

Describe yourself in three words…
Never without mascara.

What are you hoping for this Mother’s Day?
This Mother’s Day I would like anything at all from my Mother’s Day Hints Shopcade list, and in particular this fabulous Mulberry Tamara Scarf – perfect for jazzing up the school run!

What ‘golden rule’ have you learned from your own Mum?
To always “be kind to yourself”, as being a Mum is the toughest and most challenging job there is.

What do you love most about being a Mother?
I love watching my children grow and develop their own, very different, personalities. Whether we are baking, reading, dancing or laughing, I learn something from them both every single day.

Check out Helena Wilson-Beevers’ full Mother’s Day List here.

Still stuck on what to buy Mum? Why not Invite your Mum to Shopcade here to create her ‘Most Wanted List’ to share with you? (Better than droopy daffodils from the petrol station!)

You can also find Shopcade’s own Mother’s Day gift ideas here.

 

Add and Win in our Mother’s Day contest!

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Want to spoil your mom with a nice gift? Check out our Add and Win contest on our Facebook Page!

 

It’s running from May 8th through to May 11th on Facebook. You can choose which prize you’d like to win (for you or your mother) every day!

 

How to enter? It’s so simple!

 

  • Like our Facebook Page
  • Check out our new ‘Mother of the Day’ gift selection and choose your favorite product (we’ll feature a new one every day)
  • Tell us on the image which product you’ve chosen
  • Add the product to your Shopcade.
  • We’ll pick a winner a day (who will get to win their favorite product!)

Winners will be announced every day on Facebook – they will win the product they added to their Shopcade, delivered to them or to their mom!

What are you waiting for? Show your mom how much she means to you by getting involved in our new competition!

 

T&Cs

 

From 8 to 11 May 2012, Shopcade will post 4 (four) images on Shopcade’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/Shopcade). Each image will correspond to a specific mom profile and feature 6 Mother’s Day gift suggestions. For each image, there will be a specific contest (“contest”) on the day the image is posted. To enter each contest, Like Shopcade’s Facebook page, tell us which product you like, and add your favourite gift suggestion to your Shopcade. From 8 to 11 May 2012, each contest will start at 9am EST (2pm BST) and last until 9am EST (2pm BST) on the following day. For each contest excepting the Bluefly contest, the winner will receive the gift he/she added to his/her Shopcade. For the Bluefly contest, the winner will receive a $100 Bluefly gift card. For each contest, the winner will be randomly selected among all participants who have entered the contest. The odds of winning each contest will be dependent on the total number of eligible entries received. You can enter as many contests as you like. Entry is free. No purchase is necessary. You need to be a registered user and have at least 3 (three) friends on Shopcade to be eligible. The competition is open only to persons aged 18 years or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Winners will be featured in Shopcade’s newsletter and blog. For each contest, we will notify the winners by email on the day the contest finishes. The winners will be required to provide their contact details for the delivery of the prize. Failure to respond to this email within 7 days will result in forfeiture of the prize. The payment and reporting of any applicable federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. We may, for any reason, suspend, amend, or cancel the Competition at any time and we will inform users by putting a notice on the Site. We may disqualify a user from the Competition in the event of any unlawful or unfair conduct or any breach of our Official Rules. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook. Any personal information that users provide is only to Shopvolution Ltd. and not to Facebook. In the event of fraud, abuse, and / or a material error affecting the proper operation of the Competition, we may end or suspend the Competition, amend these Official Rules and declare void the notification of winners. We will not be responsible for entries that are late, lost, illegible, incomplete, damaged or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules. Acceptance of these Official Rules is a condition of entry for the Competition.  Sponsor: (Shopvolution Limited, 87 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JZ, United Kingdom).


Q&A with author Veronica Henry

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What does being a mother mean to you?

Everything! I had my first son relatively young by today’s standards, because I had a strong urge to ‘get on with it’. There was quite a big gap before my next one, and I thought I was going to stop at two. Then when I was 39 I decided another baby would be the perfect fortieth birthday present. So I’ve had a baby in three decades – twenties, thirties and forties. Now there’s nothing I love more than being out with my boys – my entourage, I call them. There’s quite an age difference between each of them but they all bounce off each other. I’m proud of each of them, not just for their achievements, but because of who they are.

What tasks do you think mothers do which children overlook?

Again, everything! Children generally take things for granted, and it’s part of the deal. I know I probably do far too much for my boys, but its hardwired into mothers to … well, mother! Although they might not show their appreciation on a daily basis, I know they feel secure and loved.

How does the theme of motherhood feature in your novels?

My novels tend to have a wide range of age groups in them, so a mother usually features somewhere. But The Birthday Party very specifically focuses on the difficulties of a celebrity wife and mother, Delilah Rafferty, who is constantly torn between the demands of her career, her marriage and her children. I wanted to show that, no matter how glamorous your lifestyle, the dilemmas and pressures of motherhood dominate your decisions, and it’s very hard to put yourself first.

What would be a dream mother’s day gift to make you feel appreciated?

With three boys my house is very testosterone fuelled, so something very pink that only I can use would be wonderful. Or I’d love them to cook me Sunday lunch while I went for a pedicure. I know the kitchen would look like a bomb has hit it when I got back, but it would be worth it.

How would you spoil your own mother this mother’s day?

My mother loves gardening, so I would love to buy her some seeds or bulbs, or perhaps a rose bush – a present that lasts and will give her pleasure for years to come. She loves art too, so to spoil her I’d take her to an exhibition – maybe the Picasso at the Tate, followed by lunch.

What tips would you give to new mothers?

Treasure your children while you can – they are only on loan to us. One minute you are potty training and the next they are out of the door with your car keys – honestly, it goes in a flash. Also, there is no such thing as too many cuddles.

 

 

VERONICA HENRY began her career as a secretary on The Archers then went on to write scripts for some of our best-loved dramas such as Heartbeat and Holby City. She turned her hand to fiction in 2000 and has written eleven novels, including the Honeycote trilogy and The Beach Hut. Her latest novel, Marriage and Other Games, features a girl-about-town who flees to the wilds of Exmoor to hide her murky past, only to find she is not the only person with a dark secret.

Veronica lives by the sea in North Devon with her husband and three sons.

 

(photographs: Paul Groom)

Tag & Win in our Mother’s Day competition!

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Want to spoil your mother with a nice gift? Check out our Tag & Win Mother’s Day competition!

 

It’s running from March 8th through to March 17th on Facebook. You can choose which prize you’d like to win (for your mother or you!) every day!

 

How to enter? It’s oh so simple!

 

  • Like our Facebook Page
  • Check out our new ‘Mother of the Day’ gift selection and tag yourself on your favourite product (we’ll feature a new one every day, and it will look like the example below)
  • We’ll pick a winner a day (who will get to win their favourite product)

Winners will be announced every day on Facebook – they will win the product they tagged themselves on, delivered to them or to their mum!

And if that wasn’t enough we’re also going to unlock bonus prizes for every new 50 users tagged – so don’t forget to bring your friends on board!

What are you waiting for? Show your mother how much you love her by getting involved in our new competition!

 

T&Cs

From 8to 16 March 2012, Shopcade will post 8 (eight) images on Shopcade’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/Shopcade). Each image will correspond to a specific mum profile and feature 6 Mother’s Day gift suggestions. For each image, there will be a specific contest (“contest”). To enter each contest, Like Shopcade’s Facebook page and tag yourself onto one of the gift suggestions. On 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 March, the contest will start at 12pm GMT and last until 11.59am GMT on the following day. The contest starting on Saturday 10 March will start at 12pm GMT on 10 March and finish at 11.59am on 12 March. Similarly. For each contest, the number of winners will depend on the number of tags onto the image: between 1 and 49 tags, 1 prize will be awarded; between 50 and 99 tags, 2 prizes will be awarded; between 100 and 149 tags, 3 prizes will be awarded; above 150 tags a maximum of 4 prizes will be awarded. Winners will receive the gift they tagged themselves on. For each contest, the winner(s) will be randomly selected among all participants who have entered the contest. The odds of winning each contest will be dependent on the total number of eligible entries received. You can enter as many contests as you like. Entry is free. No purchase is necessary. You need to be a registered user on Shopcade to be eligible. The competition is open only to persons aged 18 years or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. They will also be featured in Shopcade’s newsletter and blog. For each contest, we will notify the winners by email on the day the contest finishes. The winners will be required to provide their contact details for the delivery of the present. Failure to respond to this email within 7 days will result in forfeiture of the prize. The payment and reporting of any applicable federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. We may, for any reason, suspend, amend, or cancel the Competition at any time and we will inform users by putting a notice on the Site. We may disqualify a user from the Competition in the event of any unlawful or unfair conduct or any breach of our Official Rules. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook. Any personal information that users provide is only to Shopvolution Ltd. and not to Facebook. In the event of fraud, abuse, and / or a material error affecting the proper operation of the Competition, we may end or suspend the Competition, amend these Official Rules and declare void the notification of winners. We will not be responsible for entries that are late, lost, illegible, incomplete, damaged or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules. Acceptance of these Official Rules is a condition of entry for the Competition.  Sponsor: (Shopvolution Limited, 87 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JZ, United Kingdom).