60+ Miscellaneous Inktober Prompts

Inktober 2018 Prompts - Miscellaneous Prompts

Welcome to the fifth and final post in a series of posts featuring prompts for Inktober – This week the is a bundle of Miscellaneous themes that did not fit into previous weeks! If you’re not familiar with Inktober I’ll be going into more detail in just a moment but basically it is an art prompt that takes place every October using only ink. There is a set prompt list created by the original Inktober founder, however, it has become such a wonderful community project now that there are so many new prompts popping up each year. Every year Inktober is responsible for the creation of so much fantastic art and connecting people with new artists. It is also so inspiration for many people and with so many fantastic prompts to choose from there is something for everyone! So I wanted to share them all before October comes around so people can take part or start following hashtags to see the wonderful art that emerges from these prompts.

Disclaimer: I have done my best to only include prompts in which the creators have clearly stated they are happy for people to share and take part in. If I have accidentally included a personal one or you wish for your prompt to be removed from this list please let me know and I’ll be happy to oblige.

 

About Inktober

Inktober is an art prompt that was originally created in 2009 by Jake Parker who wanted a challenge to develop his inking skills. It has grown from there to become a worldwide event with thousands of artists of all skill levels taking part. The prompt consists of 31 words that act as a prompt, an idea for an ink drawing for each day. As explained in the FAQ section of the Inktober website participants are welcome to use whatever medium they want and interpret the prompts in their own way. That includes working with calligraphy and lettering if that is your field of interest. In general the rules are pretty much lax about everything; if you want to do one a day or several in one day then that’s fine too! The whole point is to get together, challenge yourself and most of all have some fun doing it 🙂

Below is the official Inktober 2018 prompt list:

 

Miscellaneous

I would have loved to have done a post for every single theme I found but it was just not possible, so this final post is a selection of prompts that either did not fit into the previous weeks (Magic & Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural, Nature, and Fandom & RPGs) or have no distinctive theme. Here you can find some great music based prompts, especially if you’re a kpop or jpop fan, historical and cultural prompts, food prompts and also some prompts that contain a bit of everything we’ve seen so far.

 


 

History & Culture

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Food

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Hey y’all! I don’t have school keeping me busy so I FINALLY have time to participate in Inktober this year! I want to use next month to work on my journey into becoming an illustrator with my favorite topic, FOOD. I’ll be doing line work or complete illustrations for 31 days and I hope to make some goodies out of them! I’m posting early for those of you prepping like I am. If you want to join me in illustrating some food, choose one of the photos and repost and tag me to let me know you’re joining my challenge, and don’t forget to use the hashtags #foodtober2018 #foodtober and/or #dwolfeinktober I’m excited to see what you all make! _____________________________________________ #inktoberchallenge #inktober2018 #inktoberprompts #inktoberprompts2018 #inktoberchallenge2018 #31daydrawingchallenge #foodillustration #foodpainting #fooddrawing #illustration #inktoberprep #dwolfeinktober #foodtober #foodtober2018

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Music

 

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I made myself a list for #Inktober this year and figured some of you might want to join me! It's #Kpop- themed and I picked the songs either for their MV concept or the lyrics so make sure to check the lyrics of the songs as well! 🙂 (And don't be mad if your fave group isn't here, I also like other groups than just the ones listed lol) If you hashtag your drawing with #KpopInktober2018 or #KpopTober2018 I'll make sure to check it out and leave comments or likes! 🙂 Also tell me your fandom and bias ㅋㅋㅋ . Swipe ➡️ to see the full Korean Version of the songs. You should be able to find all songs on YT 🙂 (if not send me a PM) . . #art #artchallenge #Inktober2018 #Promptlist #joinme #fangirlmode #잉크토버 #잉크토버2018 #가요 #그림스타그램 # #KpopInktober #MusicInspires #いんくとーばー #いんくとーばー2018 #けいぽっぷ

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Character Design

 

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Health & Wellbeing

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[ID: image to promote SASS’s prompts for inktober, with the following words: Inktober – disabled prompts 1. My world 2. Animals who help us 3. Mobility aids 4. Inside vs outside 5. Self love 6. Masks 7. Medicine 8. Safety 9. Social 10. Positivity 11. Future 12. Past 13. Water 14. Freedom 15. Earth 16. Magic 17. Self expression 18. Acceptance 19. Defiance 20. Fire 21. Inconvenient 22. Coping 23. Daytime 24. Nighttime 25. Endings 26. Technology 27. Complete 28. Teeth 29. Beginnings 30. Connection 31. Adventure —- End Of Description] As we all know, inktober is a very big artist challenge, with an entire month worth of daily artwork, but at the same time that it is a hard task, it is also a great way to interact with the online art community and get your work seen. To have a chance of beating inktober this year, we decided to start off our activities by joining it as a team!! We are going to be featuring the artwork of other Spoonie Artists as well as our own, and we encourage everyone to participate!! You have two months to join our Spoonie Inktober, starting today, until the last day of October (Halloween~)!!!! We will be accepting entries in the form of traditional art, digital art and writing, and will post them on their respective days according to our calendar!! Here are a few rules we would like you to follow: – We highly appreciate if you follow us on the platform you wish to submit your work to – We highly appreciate if you like/reblog this post – You must include an image description to your submission – For Instagram features, you must tag your artwork as both #sassinktober and the prompt you are submitting for – For Tumblr features you must submit your work to our blog and it must include in your description which prompt you are using Have fun and be creative!! We look forward to seeing your amazing artwork!! . . #artistsoninstagram #inktober #sassinktober #cripplepunk #spoonieartistssecretsociety #sass #spoonieartist #spoonieartists #inktober2018 #artfeature #artcollective #artistsoninstagram #disabledartists #disabledinktober

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Physical Body

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Miscellaneous Themes

 

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Mixed Themes

 

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IMPORTANT: The officials hashtag of my list is: #toxicinktober Finally!! My inktober prompts are here! You can use them if you want to but please be sure to tag me so I can see and share your creations ❤️ • • • • Finalmente!! Mi lista de inktober está lista! Pueden usarla si quieren. Solo etiquétenme para que pueda ver y compartir sus creaciones ❤️ • • • #ink #inktoberlist #inktober #inktober2018 #prompts #drawingprompts #drawing #drawingchallenge #cat #traditionalart #digitalart #art #myart #illustration #dibujodiario #dibujodigital #ilustracion #inktoberchallenge #challenge #cute #instaartist #artontumblr #cuteillustration #dibujostumblr #artoninstagram #clipstudiopaint

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. Swipe to see english version ⏩ . Ach, no i kolejny inktober przed nami! Kolejne wyzwanie, które będzie mnie nękać po nocach. Jednak tym razem postanowiłam sama wybrać sobie tematy. Czemu? . Z oryginalną listą tematów mam problem, bo PRIMO) nie wszystkie angielskie słowa można łatwo przetłumaczyć na polski SECUNDO) czasami tematy bardzo wykraczają poza moją 'granicę komfortu' – strasznie mi ciążą i zniechęcają do kontynowania wyzwania, które powinno być przede wszystkim dobrą zabawą ヽ(・∀・)ノ . Także, jeżeli macie ochotę, gorąco zachęcam Was do wzięcia udziału w tym (albo innym) inktoberze, bo instagram w październiku wypełnia się po brzegi wspaniałymi pracami ❤️ Powodzenia Króliczki! /(˃ᆺ˂)\ (PS: Jeśli chcecie, abym zobaczyła Wasze prace, używajcie hashtagu #inktoberek) (PS2: Cała idea inktobera należy do @jakeparker i konta @inktober) . EN: Another inktober on the way! I'm super excited about this one! And because I've already tried so many times and never actually made it, I really wanted to try make the prompts all by myself! So here they are ❤️ Good luck in your inktober journey! You can do it my beautiful bunnies! /(˃ᆺ˂)\ Tho don't put too much pressure on yourself because it should be primarily fun! (Inktober event made by @jakeparker and @inktober) . . . #illustration #drawing #artchallenge #wyzwanie #wyzwanierysunkowe #inktober #inktoberki #artfun #challenge #inkart #inktoberprompts

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+ So since inktober is getting closer and closer, I decided to make my own inktober list based on what inspires me, this list is free to use and I’d be glad to see people using this too if you’d like! Just make sure to tag me ✨ ••• I hope to try and post once everyday even though this school year is the busiest it’s ever been so if I miss a day I’m sorry but I’ll try hard! Also credit to @inktober for this beautiful everyday challenge. ••• { #inktober #inktober2018 #inktoberprompts #inktoberlist #drawingprompts #drawingprompt #whattodraw #drawinginspiration #harrypotter #fanart #inspiration #poetry #quotes #drawingchallenge #yinyang #flowers #instaartist #instaart #artist #art #artistsoninstagram #artwork #ink #inking #sketching }

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Hey guys!!!!!!!!!! Soooo i've created this Inktober challenge for anyone that wants to do it with me in stream! You can do them daily in the month of October for the #inktober challenges, or several at once so you have time to complete them depending on your schedule (like i'm going to do..) When you're done with your images here are some tags to use on your social media <3 #somethingprettieinks #twitchcreative #inktober2018 #winetober I am doing My entire prompt list in both ink AND red Wine!! And i'm theming them all as dragons!! What are you guys going to do? #prompt #ink #art #artchallenge #somethingnew #somethingprettie #halloween #drawloween #ichallengeyou #youcandoit #sketching #painting #dailydrawing #art_spotlight #artgallery #worldofartists ❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣

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Over to You

That’s the last of my Inktober prompt lists and I would love some feedback from you!

Did you enjoy it?

There are other community art prompts throughout the year, as well as writing and blogging events too. Would you like to see more content like this on my blog?

Have you chosen a prompt to follow or have you made one of your own?

If you’re not taking part, are there any prompts that you’re following?

Let me know in the comments!

I would have loved to have done a post for every single theme I found but it was just not possible, so this final post is a selection of prompts that either did not fit into the previous weeks (Magic & Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural, Nature, and Fandom & RPGs) or have no distinctive theme. Here you can find some great music based prompts, especially if you're a kpop or jpop fan, historical and cultural prompts, food prompts and also some prompts that contain a bit of everything we've seen so far.

My Dorset Holiday Photo Blog

Dorset Holiday Photo Blog

It’s been a quiet few weeks here at the blog, but don’t worry, nothing is wrong! If you were keeping up with me on social media you’ll already know I was on my holidays 🙂 I had planned to have a working holiday, especially as we had wifi at the cottage and then I ended up just having a completely restful and relaxing break away. It was much needed and to be honest, the only one pushing me to work was me. I wasn’t falling behind, I had no reviews that needed to be desperately finished and I thought it was best for myself to just let it go. So I did!

It means that the Cancer Zodiac post is going to be reaaallly late, but everything else is just taking a small break for a month! I wanted to show you guys exactly what I got up to while I was away, however, I didn’t want to do something too time consuming so I could get back to work before I fell even further behind. So for the first time ever I’m trying a photo blog! So here goes nothing 🙂 ((Camera image used in the banner is from DropsofHearts. All photos were taken and edited by myself.))

 

The Cottage

The Cottage

My parents had booked the cottage and handed us the details before we set out, so we knew the name of the place was ‘Mill Farm Cottage’. We didn’t quite expect it to be literally on a farm! This is the cottage; to the left is the farm itself and this photo was taken from the end of the garden. The garden was more like a field than a garden! It was huge!

 

Here’s the cottage from another angle and you can see just how big the garden is, as well as a view of the barn of the farm next door. The lady that owns the farm and the cottage was absolutely lovely, and had an abundance of chickens and a few turkeys so we had fresh eggs and an offer of various other products available too. Sadly she had recently lost her husband so the farm is much smaller than it used to be; she has had to let the horses go as she couldn’t keep up with them on her own, for example. The chickens were everywhere, and it was quite fascinating watching the two cockerels interacting. Despite the amount of them they weren’t that noisy, and even though they do announce the dawn it’s a sound you get used to. It was those blasted turkeys that I wanted to murder by the end of the week! They make a weird noise that is a cross between a squeak and a goose’s honk, and it is so so annoying.

 

There was a big house (and by big house I mean a manor house) that could be rented out for stag/hen weekends and such nearby, but otherwise our only neighbours were the animals and birds. Our closest neighbours were two donkeys in the field next to our garden and these two boys became firm friends as soon as the carrots came out! The first time we all went out for the day they heard us return and came out to greet us, which was super sweet 🙂

 

The elder of the two was more timid and much calmer. He didn’t like to be touched, but was friendly enough and liked to keep us company. He was a lovely calming presence one day when I got a horrible phone call and it upset me. He came over and kept me company, making sure I was ok. Both he and the younger one are from Champion lines, and are stabled at the farm but did not belong to it. Therefore we didn’t get any names and simply referred to them as the older and younger boys the whole time!

 

The young one was a little ruffian and we got a bit of background about him; as he was from a Champion line his owner tried to breed him but was unable to find a suitable arrangement. He also got to the age where he started to realise he was a boy and started to get very rowdy 😀 so She chose to have him gelded and he moved in with his current companion at the arm. He appears to be quite a bit younger and is a cheeky little fellow, always pushing his companion out of the way when it was time for carrots. The last day he tried to trip the other donkey over by hooking his legs around his back legs. The elder donkey seemed to have had enough by that point! He turned around and went to kick him with the full force of his hind legs! Thankfully he didn’t as he was facing the fence and thus me too! I don’t blame him; the cheeky monkey deserved it.

 

We were surrounded by fields and nature. There was a guide  and a map inside the cottage to a mile long walk which took you through the fields and by a river, boasting of nature, wildlife and views. Unfortunately it was one of several things we didn’t get a chance to do.

 

Dorchester

Our first day we decided to head into the closest big town; Dorchester. Unfortunatly as it was a Sunday a lot of things were closed but we were mainly going for the indoor market and car boot fair. We picked up some cheap DVDs, and there was also a stall sanding some random Celtic history books. They were interesting, but nothing caught my eye until I saw this cover. It had nothing on the front or the spine to indicate what it might be. So I opened it up…..

 

 

Jackpot! As an Art History grad, and all around Renaissance art lover this was an amazing find and for £3 I couldn’t pass it up. I later found out that it’s actually from the 1950s or something silly; this book should been in a library somewhere, not sitting at a car boot sale!

 

There are so many amazing drawings in it including his studies of cloth, people, anatomy and his inventions. There’s also a couple of chapters at the start full of information. I can’t wait to dig into it!

 

After our wanderings it was time for some much needed rest, hydration and nom noms, and boy, did we get all of them at the Hendover Cafe in Dorchester! The owner was an absolutely lovely lady who treated everyone as her own family, and was really attentive. My mum has to be super careful of what she eats so eating out always makes her nervous so it was a relief to have someone who listened and took note of what she needed.

 

I knew I was ordering an iced coffee; I needed to cool down and I needed caffeine, but I was surprised to see an iced mocha on the menu! That is something you don’t usually see. Chris got a refreshing strawberry and banana smoothie.

 

While me and mum went for sandwiches, the boys were enticed by the roasts on the menu and they were really happy when they arrived. They were huge! Chris got the roast beef pictured here and dad got roast pork with crackling. Then the veg arrived….

 

Oh yes! The massive meals came with a just as big portion of vegetables as a side. They were just as delicious as the main meal and they both devoured the lot! Highly recommend the Hendover Cafe in Dorchester if you’re ever over that way.

Exploring the Local Area

 

The next day Chris and I went off to explore the local area. Our first stop was somewhere for lunch, and we looked about on the interest first because being in the middle of no where meant we couldn’t just hop in the car and drive about, we’d be driving about the fields for an hour finding somewhere that was open. The night before we’d tried to find somewhere to eat out only to find that apparently down in that part of Dorset no one serves food after 5pm on a Sunday. It didn’t help that most of the local pubs recommended in the cottage guestbook had recently closed. So we weren’t taking any chances, and we came across this cute looking cafe called Time after Thyme.

So we popped in and I’m really glad we did! The food was AMAZING. Yes, capitals are needed for this one! Chris got this monster of a scone. It was blueberry and almond which was unique, and it tasted amazing. I’m not a fan of fruit, otherwise I’d have quite happily waffled one down too!

 

 

I went for one of our usual favourites; carrot cake and I wasn’t disappointed. It was the type that just melted in your mouth. It was so good that Chris went back and got a bit to take home! The cafe itself was decorated with all sorts of bits and pieces, most of which you could buy. They had loads of art, stationery and of course, food! All of it home made and locally sourced. What was also super interesting was the place where the cafe was located. It was a farm where other businesses were also located, so it was almost like a mini-shopping area. Sadly the other shops we wanted to check out were closed, but I did use their facilities and I have to say, it was the cutest darn toilet I have ever been in. Yes, I’m telling you about a ladies toilet. But seriously, someone had put a lot of time and effort into decorating this little bathroom and it was wonderful to see.

 

Later that evening we went for dinner in Sherborne, a near by town and afterwards we took the long root back to the car.

 

In doing so we took in the beautiful Sherborne Abbey and I got to take some photos from various angles before the weight of good food became too much and we headed home.

 

Monkey World

 

One of the last days of our holiday we headed off to Monkey World! Monkey World is not a zoo, it’s an ape rescue center and I’ve been once before. It’s a great day out, as well as a fantastic education trip too.

 

I was thrilled to be able to see the Orang-utans, a species that I have always been interested in but have never be able to see before. They are such beautiful creatures, with such soulful presences and what has happened to them and is still happening to them is absolutely heartbreaking. This beautiful male orang-utan gifted us with the chance to take some fabulous photos and a chance to see him up close by coming and sitting directly in front of us for a good 10-15 minutes. It was a moment I will treasure.

 

The ring-tailed lemur forest at Monkey World is my favourite part of the centre and is my favourite experience of any rescue center, animal center, or zoo I have ever visited. It is a massive section of forest which the lemurs can run around in and there is no walls between you and them. You are not allowed to touch them, obviously, as they are still wild animals, and there is a keeper present at all times to protect them and watch visitors. The whole forest is enclosed with netting high above and around, so they are enclosed for their own safety but I doubt they are even aware of it. It is especially magical a few months earlier in the year when the babies are around! Last time we went there were babies 😀 I don’t think I will ever get tired of visiting Monkey World and the lemur forest, it is a unique experience that everyone should see at least once in their lifetimes.

 

Quick Blog Update

So that is the end of my photo blog! It actually took even longer than a normal entry because I ended up getting technical and editing some of the photos. I also found that bouncing from one holiday and onto another (I’m off tomorrow for a long weekend trip to visit family) is a little too much for me. So sadly I’ve not been able to catch up with any other blog work. I will be back next week and everything will be returning to normal; including the extremely delayed Zodiac series for Cancer! I also have a review coming up as well for a set of aromatherapy products that I’ve been tested over the last month.

 

Over to You

How did I do? Did you like the photo blog or do you prefer me rambling on in text?

Have you been to Monkey World?

What is your favourite experience at an animal rescue centre/park?

If you have any questions about anything let me know in the comments 🙂

5 Tried & Tested Pinterest Recipes

Sharing Saturday - tried and tested recipes

One of the things I love about Pinterest is the wide array of yummy recipes people pin. I have had a recipe board for yonks, and recently have started adding Atkins/Keto diet recipes to a diet recipe board too. The problem with pinterest is that you never quite know what you’re going to get from a recipe or a DIY idea. So this week I’m sharing with you some of the recipes found on pinterest that I’ve personally tried and tested. There’s some personal pictures mixed in, however, I don’t have photos of all my attempts sadly.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

 

Usually my go to comfort food is something chocolate, but since making these for the first time they are always top of my list if I have the ingredients in. You can make them with or without the chocolate chips, and they are sooo gooey and yummy! ((Image credit – Julie’s Eats and Treats))

 

 

Honey Sesame Chicken

Honey Sesame Chicken

I try to make something for Chris’ birthday each year, and one year I decided on a meal instead of a dessert. Chris loves Chinese so I decided to give OMG Chocolate Desserts Honey Sesame Chicken a go and it was really yummy and easy to make! ((Image Credit – OMG Chocolate Desserts))

 

 

Healthy Oatmeal and Carrot Muffins

healthy oatmeal and carrot muffins

 

So before I approached the Atkins/Keto diet, I was trying healthy snacks that I could eat. I can’t eat fruit and salad, so I went on the hunt for baked goods with low fat ingredients that incorporated fruit and veg. I found these Oatmeal and Carrot Muffins by Vikalina and they were fantastic. Easy to make, lasted for several days and kept fresh.

 

 

 

Easy treacle sponge

easy treacle sponge

 

Being a Spoonie I don’t always have the spoons (energy) to make complex desserts. The only way I’m surviving on the Atkins diet is making things in advance that last several days. So one time we wanted to yummy but easy dessert and we found this Easy Treacle Sponge from BBC Good Food. ((Image Credit – BBC Good Food))

 

 

Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cake

Salted caramel chocolate fudge cake

 

I saved the best for last. I made this Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cake by Domestic Gothess for Christmas and Boxing Day last year. It is by far the most intense, insane and oh my goodness the best cake I have ever tasted. It was a difficult recipe, but the recipe itself is written with loads of details which explains each step and includes helpful notes. For example, if your batter isn’t looking like it should, Domestic Goddess, explains why and how to fix it. It takes a long time to make, and it is totally worth it. Just check out the close up of a slice below!

Salted caramel chocolate fudge slice

 

While I might not make the whole cake again, I’m definitely looking to use the basic cake recipe and change the toppings/cream filling. The cake itself was so moist and delicious,.

 

Have you had any pinterest recipe successes or have some epic fails to tell? Let me know in the comments!

 

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A Guide to Online Advent Calendar Competitions

Sharing Saturday: Online advent calendars

 

Yep, another advent calendar sharing saturday. The last one I promise and probably the most exciting one because I’m introducing you into the world of online advent calendar competitions – which are free to enter! I enter them every year and for the past couple of years have won several prizes. They’re great fun, a tad bit addictive and easy to take part in. There’s so many that I’m not going to list them, I’m just going to explain the types of competitions and then give you some sites where fabulous people have listed all the advent competitions they find.

 

Type of Advent Competitions

 

Instant Wins

Instant wins are basically competitions which involve clicking an advent window, bauble or bingo ticket and instantly winning a prize. Expect a lot of ‘sorry you have not won this time….’ messages, but wins do happen! Last year I won my Star Wars BB-8 Sphero droid from one of these 😀 I highly recommend Tombola’s advent calendar as you always win something on it.

 

Fill out a Form

Like instant wins, you have to click on the advent number for the day and instead of getting an instant notification you have to fill in your details. Sometimes you’ll need to answer a question, or count how many santa hats are on a page. A winner is the selected and notified at a later date. If you don’t want your email spammed I suggest making a new one just for competitions.

 

Treasure Hunts

Treasure Hunts require you to hunt around for an item, usually something christmassy like a santa hat, gift or candy cane. Sometimes these will be static, i.e. on a certain page/product, while others will be random. One that has a random chance is Top Cash Back which has a daily clue for a guaranteed humming bird (the treasure you need to find) and can randomly pop up on other pages as you browse the site.

 

Social Media

Social media has made it so much easier to join in competitions, especially at advent time. These take place on facebook, twitter and instagram, and I’ve seen a few using snapchat as well this year. You have to like/follow the account/page and then follow the instructions. These usually involve sharing/retweeting, answering a question or tagging friends. It’s good because you can see how many people are entering, but don’t be put off by this! I’ve had some success with social media competitions and last year also had a company send me a wee little gift in response to something I said. There are real people running these competitions so every so often surprises can happen.

 

Bloggers

Several bloggers are posting advent calendar competitions as well, and they tend to use rafflecopter or gleam which is a little widget that asks you to do things. These include commenting, following social media accounts, sharing/retweeting etc. Some of my favourite ones to watch are Tanned Beauty Addict and Thou Shall Not Covet who have amazing prizes up for grabs!

 

Pass the Parcel

One of the most popular competitions is Marks and Spencers Pass the Parcel competition, in which you use the application on Facebook and pass parcels to friends and family – they then pass them back to you. The last few years the M&S one has become insanely popular and closes within days. It is worth it if you can play it though! Another one we’ve won on in the past few years 🙂 Other companies, such as Joules, have started doing their own pass the parcel and I’m sure some others will pop up too.

 

Lists of Competitions

So, now you’ve read about them… are you ready to see what’s out there?!  Here are my favourite sites for finding advent competitions. You’re also welcome to follow me on twitter as I will be retweeting any I enter too!

Keep in mind – Some competitions have started already, while others that last for 12 days before christmas will open at a later date. So it’s worth while checking back at these sites for new competitions!

 

Loquax

The Prize Finder

Advent Competitions

Money Saving Expert

Save the Student

 

Tips & Tricks

If you’re new to comping check out Super Lucky.me’s Tips and Tricks to handle advent competitions!

Let me know if you take part in any and especially if you win something! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

 

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6 Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendars

Sharing Saturday: luxury chocolate advent calendars

 

Rounded up the advent calendar Sharing Saturdays this month is luxury chocolate calendars! We’ve all had an advent calendar which promised chocolately goodness and failed miserably (I distinctly remember a pink chocolate Barbie one as a kid… urgh). So if none of the alternative advent calendars tickled your fancy indulge in some gorgeous chocolate in these calendars!

 

1 – The Advent for Two from Hotel Chocolat, £26.00.

2 – The Advent Calendar – Caramel from Hotel Chocolat, £12.50.

3 – Continental Advent Calendar from Thorntons, £12.50.

4 – Lindt Bear Advent Calendar from Sainsburys, £12.00.

5 – The Rocking Horse Advent Calendar from Prestat, £22.50.

6 – Godiva Advent Calendar from Harrods, £24.00.

 

 

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