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1 December 2010

 

TIPS e-newsletter is 21!

As we celebrate our 21st Birthday issue we are marking this magic milestone with our winter themed design. Looking at the icy weather we are experiencing in the UK this would seem to be highly topical!

We have another bumper issue for you to enjoy, so snuggle up in the warm and check out the many features we have on offer including our eagerly awaited ‘My Story’ (written by one of our parents) and part four of our ‘Diary of a Student Midwife’.

We recommend our favourite websites, books, articles, podcasts, event, appeal, Top TIPS, product reviews and not forgetting our gallery of photos sent in by you, our readers.

We have dozens of TIPS® Award winning baby products up for grabs, including, among others, a personalised piece of art kindly donated by The Little Picture Company, the iconic Cozy Coupe from Little Tikes, a family ticket to see the famous Tutankhamun His Tomb and his Treasures Exhibition in Manchester and many more...

Remember if you are not ‘in’ you can’t win!

 

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16 October 2010

We have five DVDs of the brand new BAFTA award-winning pre-school series to give away!


Brought to you by the creators of Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom is the perfect blend of magic, adventure and humour that is sure to delight and engage young fans. The DVD contains 10 episodes plus special bonus episode ‘The King’s Busy Day’.

First broadcast on Nick Jr. in 2009, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom is shown daily in the UK on both Channel Five’s Milkshake and on Nick Jr. where it is the No. 3 highest rating show.  It follows the amusing adventures of Princess Holly and her best friend Ben Elf. Holly is a young fairy whose magic doesn’t always go to plan.  Ben Elf doesn’t have wings and he doesn’t do magic.  But elves are very good at making things – especially toys.  They live in the Little Kingdom, a tiny but enchanted magical land where flowers and grass rise above the tallest towers. The unforgettable characters, charming animation and hilarious plot lines make this an unmissable DVD that families will enjoy watching together time and again. Available in all good retailers from 27 September 2010.

You can find out more on the official website www.littlekingdom.co.uk

DVD RRP: £12.99, Cert: U

For your chance to win one of five DVDs email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 29 November. We will contact the winners after 30 November 2010.

 


October 2010

10:10:10 – date for your diary... How will you celebrate?

 

Please send us your pictures featuring your 10:10:10 celebrations. We will publish the winning shot online and the sender will receive a signed copy of Sharon’s book Breastfeeding: the essential guide. Email your photos to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

10:10 has joined forces with international campaign group 350.org to co-ordinate 10:10:10 (the biggest-ever day of positive action on climate change) on Sunday 10 October 2010.

There are many ways you can join in from the simplest ideas like cooking a meal from locally produced foods and making a special night of it at home to more innovative events like one in the Netherlands to produce a one hour carbon-cutting telethon on mainstream telly.

You can find out how to get involved here...

 

There are six ‘Ten steps to..’ change your energy habits including one from the Mumsnet Forum featuring ten ways you can become a low carbon family. You can download a copy here....

So come on, what are you waiting for GET DOING!!!


September 2010

Meet our 700th TIPS Tester!

 

We are thrilled to announce that we recently welcomed our 700th Parent Tester - another magical milestone at TIPS Ltd.



When she signed up to take part in forthcoming trials, Francoise (pictured right) had no idea she was about to become a TIPS VIP. A parcel of goodies was soon on its way to surprise and delight Mummy and Daddy-to-be! Francoise is now busy testing carefully selected products for TIPS. Results of this  trial will be published later in the year – for more details watch this space....



We will be featuring our very first 4D scan in newsletter 21 (expected date of arrival December 2010). Francoise has very kindly shared this with us. And to bring you right up to date we will add a picture of the new baby!

 


 

August 2010

TIPS Award winning Best of the best Jackson Reece baby wipes up for grabs!

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TIPS Award winning Best of the best Jackson Reece Baby Wipes are now available to buy from Mothercare and Sainsbury’s. They are available in packs of 72 plus a handy pack of ten flushable wipes.

  • For a chance to win a box of ten packs, all you need to do is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before 17 September.

We will contact the winner on 18 September.

 

You can get more information about the Jackson Reece baby wipes and to read their full TIPS review here.

 


July 2010

Hot summer giveaway!

 

 




We are delighted to be able to offer you the chance to win this Reglisse maternity tankini (pictured right) in Fuchsia (worth £58).

  • For a chance to win, all you need to do is email us with your size (S, M, L or XL) before 31 July.

We will contact the winner on 1 August.


You can see Amoralia's full range of maternity underwear, swimwear and nightwear on their website: www.amoralia.com

 


June 2010

Our summer e-newsletter is now online

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We have just published our e-newsletter issue 19. This includes 8 new competitions and a bumper selection of features including our eagerly awaited ‘My Story’ (written by one of our parents testers) and part 2 of our ‘Diary of a Student Midwife’.
We recommend our favourite websites, books, articles, podcasts, event, advice line, magazine, and give you our usual selection of product reviews. Don't forget to check out our gallery of photos sent in by you, our readers.
In the competitions, dozens of TIPS Award- winning baby products are up for grabs, as well as a £100 hamper kindly donated by The Food Stork, 3 copies of ‘must-have’ book Hold it Sister (reviewed in the e-newsletter) and a free consultation with a paediatric occupational therapist.
Remember if you are not ‘in’ you can’t win!

5 May 2010

International Day of the Midwife

 

MIDIRS marks this day with a competition for Health Care Professionals to win one of five subscriptions to the new monthly journalfind out more about the new publication here...

 

On Wednesday 5 May, UK maternity charity, MIDIRS, will join with midwives around the world in celebrating the International Day of the Midwife, an annual event which aims to highlight the knowledge and skills of this unique profession.

Andy Fisher, MIDIRS Business Manager, said ‘MIDIRS is firmly behind the aims of International Day of the Midwife. Not only is it a celebration of midwifery, but an opportunity to draw attention to the crucial work of midwives’.

‘Our own mission is to assist in the improvement of maternity care worldwide by providing access to evidence-based information, thereby supporting maternity health care professionals and student midwives in providing not only best practice, but compassionate and high quality care. This will hopefully go some way in helping to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, two key UN Millennium Development Goals’.

  • To mark International Day of the Midwife, MIDIRS will be offering five health care professionals the chance to win a free, one year subscription to Essentially MIDIRS, the charity’s new monthly journal, due to be launched on 1 June 2010, which aims to provide a vital education and practice development resource to maternity health care professionals and student midwives.

     

  • The competition offers customers the opportunity to submit midwifery related questions of their choice to MIDIRS team of experts for potential publication within the regular ‘Ask Away’ section of the journal.

     

  • Those customers submitting the five best questions will be notified within a week of the closing date. Their questions and the answers will be published in future issues of the journal.

 

Questions should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than Wednesday 26 May 2010. All entries will be considered.


20 April 2010

TIPS Baby Skincare Product Awards 2010 -
Results just published!!

 

We have tested the very best baby baths, nappy creams, baby oils, baby washes, baby lotions, children’s shampoos and children’s toothpastes. Read all about it in the TIPS awards section of this website...

 


23 - 25 April 2010
SECC Glasgow 10am - 5pm

WIN TICKETS for the Glasgow Baby Show!

 


Jackson Reece has kindly donated six pairs of tickets (worth £8 each) for the Glasgow Baby Show (valid from 23 to 25 April).
For a chance to win please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Tuesday 20 April 2010. We will email the winners on Wednesday 21 April.



I am delighted to be joining the team at Jackson Reece Baby Wipes stand (410F) where they will be selling their award winning bio-degradable, eco-friendly, carbon conscious baby wipes. This excellent product has won four TIPS awards (Best of the best award in 2007, Editors Choice award in 2008 and two in 2009 - Best of the best and Best eco-friendly). I will be on hand to give new parents the most up-to-date advice regarding baby skincare issues and will be handing out copies of the latest version of the Babycare - back to basics™ leaflet, so please come along and say hello. You can find out more about Jackson Reece on their website www.jacksonreece.com


March - April 2010

 

Enter your own story for the chance to be published – in association with Halos N Horns and Bounty websites…

 

Here's your chance to enter a favourite bath time rhyme, tale or poem for inclusion into our competition. We'll put your short stories and rhymes on our storytelling pages at Halos N Horns and Bounty.com. Then you, your friends and relatives, and loads of other people too, can vote for their favourite submission.

 

The 10 most popular entries voted for by you - and our judges at Bounty and Halos N Horns - will be published in an exclusive, limited edition book of winning stories, poems and rhymes. This is a fantastic opportunity to see your name in print!

 

Plus, all winning stories will be illustrated by top children's illustrator Margaret Chamberlain, she'll also help judge your stories and design the special edition book of winning tales.

 

Remember, you can submit a story, poem or even a song into our competition. As long as it's your own work and totally original. Please try to keep all entries under 150 words and don't forget to put your contact details into the form!

You can enter the competition here...

 

Closing date 4 April 2010

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Find out more about the brand new DVD at www.littlekingdom.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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700th Tester

Here is Francoise, our 700th TIPS Tester wrapped up cosy in her luxury TIPS VIP Tester towel

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March 2010


Welcome to our NEW LOOK TIPS website!!

We are FINALLY ready to launch our brand new design website. Everything you have come to expect from our TIPS online community is here but with a fresher look for the new decade.

To coincide with the website launch we are delighted to publish our TIPS e-newsletter 18 which is packed full of features including 8 new competitions for you to enter.

The results of our trial of belly balms have just been published. This is the first time we have tested baby balms and we are sure you will enjoy trying the winning products. You can read all about the TIPS-tested belly balms here.
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January 2010

Happy New Year!
Wishing you all the very best for 2010!

We are delighted to announce we have just reached another milestone with over 650 TIPS Testers now signed up. If you wish to join our dedicated team of Testers then all you have to do is follow the instructions on our registration page here....

You will be informed of all new trials and if you fulfil the entry requirements you will be added to the next trial. Just click on one of the links below to check out the results of all the TIPS trials:

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