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Playing Bingo To Raise Money For The NAS

2 Oct

Playing bingo is not something I do often especially online. I used to go to our local bingo hall with my mum and as a result won some impressive amounts of money.

I was contacted by the guys at 888 Ladies (an online ladies only bingo site) They asked me if I wanted to play some bingo and win some money for my chosen charity.

How could I pass up the opportunity to raise some funds for the National Autistic Society (NAS). The guys at 888 Ladies loaded my account with £50 funds, (the account was easily set up and this didn’t take long at all). Then I had a month to win my charity some cash.

How it would work: I could play with the £50 funds and had the period of a month to do so. Anything I won could be reused to play more bingo. However every time I won the amount was logged and when the month was over all my prizes would be adding up and the full amount donated to the NAS.

Given I’m not really able to play during the day when I’m guessing its much busier I had no choice but to play quite late at night. I was either able to play the party bingo or the more traditional form of bingo.

I tried both forms of play but defiantly enjoyed the party bingo more. You can purchase anything from 1-90 cards and with each game you had to make a certain pattern to win. Obviously the more players the greater the prize. This also goes for the cost of each card.The greater the cost the greater the prize (dependent on the number of cards in play of course). I played everything from 5p to £1 per game play.

You may wonder how a person can possibly keep up when purchasing more than one card (90 especially). This is because the game is automatic so once you have purchased your cards the system knows when you are left with one number and if its called the game stops and your declared the game winner. The prize money is then automatically added to your account.

Of course there is the chance more than one person needs the same number and therefore you have a case of more than one winner. In such cases prize money is equally spilt between all winners.

For me online bingo isn’t really the same as the real life game. The excitement of it all is somewhat different. I love marking of my numbers with a dabber and even the danger of possibly missing your prize adds to the overall excitement. I quite missed this element of the game but still had fun all the same.

As I could only play at night I found there to be much less activity so I was therefore playing for smaller sums of money. However I did have quite a few wins and just knowing that each one was adding to my overall total for the NAS was really exciting.

The total I won was around £54 in total plus the initial £50 is donated so that’s £104. Yay… I’m glad the NAS will be able to make use of my donation.

Why I chose the NAS: A charity very close to my heart. My son has Aspergers and through some of our hardest battles from diagnosis to education they have been supportive. I’ve also volunteered for their TSS (tribunal support service) to help other parents get their children the special education they deserve. When it comes to advocating and advice the NAS do it best. They also run special schools and other services. Click here to visit their informative website

The Dream Idols

17 Jul

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Warning this post is a little out the ordinary… Well for me anyway!

I feel that I work hard at being a mum, sometimes you just have to let go! That’s why I decided to have a night on the tiles last weekend.

A few days prior my email pinged and to be honest, at first I was a tad shocked when opening it.

A request from a PR, an invitation to an event!

The Dream Idols live tour sponsored by Boylebingo. I had to laugh, why these Dream Idols sounded like some strippers group… Oh… Hang on, they are!

Dream Idols would be appearing at Liquid a night club located in Windsor. My VIP invite was for myself + one and after a little consideration, myself and a friend decided to check it out… After all this mum had started to forget what the inside of a night club looked like.

The show wasn’t planed to kick off till 11 pm, so, at around 9 pm myself and friend set off for the hours drive from London to Windsor. Once there we were shown straight through and given a cocktail. Before we knew it we were in the ladies room, surrounded by pink balloons and several screaming women.

Up on the stage were five guys doing their thing. Now before you go on about exploitation, let me tell you, these guys seemed to be loving every second of the attention they were lapping up from their many fans.

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Boylebingo are the official sponsor of the Dream Idols live tour. This meant that we even got to play at bit of bingo too! The prize, well use your imagination.

Apart from the quick game of bingo the majority of the show was made up off cheeky dance routines and even a little bit of singing from one of the lads.

There was uniforms and audience participation. Us ladies were encouraged to engage with the boys on twitter and Facebook and there was even one or two competitions to take part in.

The show lasts for a decent amount of time, maybe just under an hour or so, then following their performance the Dream Idols pose with audience members for photos (note, there is a fee of a fiver for your printed picture).

If you fancy organising a bit of a ladies night and want to check out the Dream Idols in action, it’s worth doing so now as who knows how soon the boys next live tour will be. From what I’ve heard, the Dream Idols are set to be very busy what with them having been chosen over all other UK troops to perform at a special screening of the new motion picture “Magic Mike.” Plus the lads have also been asked to do the rounds with Channing Tatum when he does his press tour in the UK. Busy boys!

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The nice surprise is that the show cost peanuts to see… Just a fiver when booking online.The fact you can stay and do some dancing in the club till closing time makes this an added bonus (check prices for each individual show online as I’m unsure if these vary from venue to venue).

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In my opinion the show was reasonably priced and would make an awesome but cheap girls night out, especially if planing a hen night.

The provisional tour dates are as follows (there will be lots more added):
FRIDAY 29 JUNE 2012
OCEANA. Cardiff
FRIDAY 6 JULY 2012
LAVA & IGNITE, Preston
SATURDAY 14 JULY 2012
LIQUID. Windsor
FRIDAY 20th JULY 2012
LIQUID, Oldham
SATURDAY 21 JULY. 2012
KOCO, Liverpool
SATURDAY 28 JULY 2012
LAVA & IGNITE, Oxford
FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 2012
OCEANA, Leeds
SUNDAY 26 AUGUST 2012
Ballare, Cambridge

Check out the video I made of the night… Go on you know you want to!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, I was not paid to write this review. All words are honest and that of my own.

A family game of Bingo

4 Jan

 I thought it would be great to share with you all this fantastic family game!

 I had planed to introduce you to this fun game in the run up to Christmas, but it would seem my auto-publisher had ideas of its own, so I’ve had to adapt the odd word, though if you do find the word Christmas in amongst this post, you have my up-most apology.

 So… What is this fun family game? Its Bingo of course!

 Honestly Bingo isn’t just for grannies as some may sadly presume, I myself was once a self confused bingo head who used to enjoy a night at the local bingo hall! Yes you may laugh, but I’ve won a number of times, the most being £1000.00

 Well, this is a family game of bingo that is shop brought, designed to be played at home and isn’t going to make you a grand, that is unless you have some rich uncle who’s willing to donate the cash… Yes I thought not!

 However it’s not all about the wonker is it! This is a game that brings with it great family fun, and the more the merrier.

 We were sent a great black bingo set from Tots‘n’Toys, and we’ve all had some great family playing time. I’ve found it a great way to improve the children’s concentration levels and listening skills, its pretty easy when both older children are always competing against one another.

 However there has been one or two issues arise when playing a game of bingo with the children. If Little man enjoys something, like most children he wants it in excessive amounts, with his autism traits impacting on this its just that little bit more extreme and he really doesn’t get it when enough is enough, we therefore get a few tears when everybody refuses to go on playing ( to be fair by this point we’ve played a minimum 10 games).

 Little man also insists that his the Bingo caller 70% of the time, the only time he doesn’t is when we’re playing for prizes… Clever, clever lad!

 A big advantage is, Little man can easily change his tone, his had plenty of practice what with pretending his doing the announcements for Transport for London since he was two, he does this perfect Monotone voice when calling, which is better than his father who does all that legs eleven banter.

 The Bingo set we were sent is extremely well made, you select the numbers to be called by dropping all balls into the black durable plastic tumbler wheel that spins by turning a handle to ensure the numbers are mixed & selected at random. The balls are drawn one at a time and placed onto the number board once called. Each player has a bingo card and some counters to cover each number called on their card, it’s that simple but so much fun.

Set comes complete with: Tumbler, 75 white numbered balls, Number board, Counters, 18 game cards

 You can play a line, 2 lines and a full house, its up to you!

 Below are some fun ways you can get the most out of the game!

  Kids and adults alike can play, use the game to teach  fun competition & number recognition, you could even put in small prizes such as bags of treats or party bag fillers, to make it that bit more exciting! Use as a party game at children’s birthday parties (remember eyes down & silence) what a fantastic way to save yourself that headache, keep them little darlings quite and an awesome alternative to pass the parcel!

 How about getting some of the adults around, all chipping in with each game, the winner takes all (seriously, I sound like an out of control gambler! Shame on me).

This is a game we are sure to pull out and play time and time again. What I really love about it is you can play  together as a family regardless of age, everyone will love a game of bingo.

 There are a host of fun and exciting toys to be found on the Tots ‘n’ Toys site.

There is everything from games, bath toys, arts and crafts, educational toys, role play, fancy dress and a whole lot more

 You can get this fantastic black bingo game for a very reasonable £14.99 from Tots ‘n’ Toys

Click HERE for the direct link

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