Blogoversary Giveaway!

I am celebrating one year of the Dreaming Aloud blog! 
Oh what a journey it has been! And oh how wonderful it has been to share it with you all. I couldn’t have guessed how much brighter and fuller my would become as a blogger. I have so appreciated your support, your insight and enthusiasm over the past year. Dreaming Aloud would not be what it is without you all. Over the next few days I shall be reflecting on the year… and looking forwards to what my new writing year holds… But for now, to say thank you, I have the most super-dee-dooper giveaway… 

My very favourite purveyors of herbal delights (in the most bee-you-ti-ful packaging around). Pukka is my tea of choice here at the Pink House, as all my friends know! Which is why I wanted to share them with you – it is the closest I can get to having you round for a cuppa and a chat at the Pink House.

So the wonderful people at Pukka, when they heard about Dreaming Aloud’s celebration, wanted to get on board and offer one very lucky reader, a very, special prize
Read on to find out more…

Firstly, a jar of the truly magical “she who has a hundred husbands” Shatavari – the supreme ayurvedic women’s herb (see here for my post on it). I was blown away by the response to this post, so I really wanted a way to share it with you. I only wish I could give you all a jar.

But that’s not all! This very lucky reader will also be receiving a YEAR’s supply of their glorious teas – 12 boxes of divine Pukka teas – which are organic and fairly traded and blended by expert herbalists – full of yummy goodness and nothing artificial. They are, quite literally, pukka! The prize includes all of my favourites: 

Revitalise: (cinnamon, cardamon and ginger) which warms you in every way and sets you up for another few hours of mama-ing.

Harmonise: with exotic rose, vanilla and shatavari to help to to feel the love inside! 
Cleanse: with nettle, fennel and peppermint to clear your skin – I also used it to support     breastmilk production when I was ill.
Love With romantic rose and lavender warm the heart, elderflower and chamomile to soothe. Three mint: Great to for the digestion after a big meal.
 Lemongrass and ginger: to refresh and revive you.

 Green chai : green tea with sweet cinnamon and star anise.
 Original chai : black tea with cinnamon and cardamom, lovely served sweet and milky!
 Vanilla chai:  black tea with cinnamon and sweet vanilla.
 Relax: with organic chamomile, fennel & marshmallow root tea – great at bedtime!
 Refresh: organic peppermint, fennel & rose tea: to uplift & balance.
 Detox: organic aniseed, fennel & cardamom tea: to cleanse & revive.

Can I enter myself??? Unfortunately not! But you can, and this is how…

You can do any, or all of the beloweach counts as one entry… but only if you let me know that you have entered (and how!) in the comments box below! (Be sure to check terms and conditions below!)

*”Like” Dreaming Aloud on Facebook if you haven’t already
* “Like” my new Facebook page, if you haven’t already
* Visit  and sign up as a follower, so you’re right there as this wonderful new resource for women comes to life…
* Tell me your three top Dreaming Aloud posts of the year in the comments box below

* Tell me what you love about Dreaming Aloud and what keeps you coming back for more
* Share this giveaway on your Facebook page 
* Share this giveaway on your blog
And as an extra goodie for another lucky reader…
My favourite comment gets a special little Dreaming Aloud selection of Pukka teas in a handcrafted pouch direct from the Pink House!
GOOD LUCK to you all!

Let’s all celebrate over a cup of Love, Revitalise or Harmonise! Vist to check out their wonderful selection of herbal teas and supplements to support you in vibrant health this winter. And if you’re interested in ayurveda they have a great online quiz to find your dosha type and get you started in ayurvedic healing.

A little more about Pukka Herbs… 

Translated from Hindi to mean ‘authentic’, ‘genuine’ or, more colloquially, ‘top-quality’, ‘Pukka’ epitomises all that we represent – our ethos, ambition and everything we create. 

Founders –  Sebastian Pole and Tim Westwell – who were brought together by a mutual interest in promoting wellbeing. Sebastian was a qualified practitioner in ayurveda and Chinese and Western herbal medicine and an avid herb grower. Started with little finance, but plenty of passion, we’ve grown Pukka on our beliefs in ayurveda – the ancient Indian art of living wisely – and the incredible health benefits of organic herbs. 

As we grow, our reliance on nature increases. With this in mind, we respect our relationship with the land by using herbs from organic and sustainable sources, enjoying long-term and fair-trade bonds with our suppliers. We are proud to say that all our herbs and products are certified organic by the Soil Association and the USDA* and can all be traced back to the field in which they were grown.  We make regular visits to the farmers we work with to learn from as well as educate them. Like all relationships, it’s a two-way thing.


Terms and conditions:
*Giveaway closes 8pm (GMT), Sunday 6th November. 
*The Pukka winner will be drawn at random form eligible entries and announced on the blog on Monday 7th November.
*Entrants must be over 18 years old. 
* The Pukka giveaway excludes residents of US, Canada and Japan (so sorry, that is the limit of Pukka’s delivery policy!). The Pink House goodie bag is open to all!

* The exact contents of the prize may differ due to stock availability at time of dispatch. Pukka will endeavor to ensure it is as similar as possible to the advertised prize.
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  1. Andra

    Shared the giveaway, Lucy – thanks for a lovely offer!! I keep coming back because there is just so much original stuff to read, and there’s always something new. Incredibly creative, productive, inspiring and insightful…I am in awe of your energy. Keep it up and enjoy the next chapter xxx

  2. demie

    i have just found you through Monica… i am not on facebook ( seriously) so the only thing i can do is follow your blog, keep visiting, `couse it looks realy cool, and hope for the best ; )

  3. Man of Many Contradictions
    Man of Many Contradictions10-31-2011

    Okay, Okay, I’ll post a comment.
    Because I’m a cheap hoor and have run out of tea, I have:
    Liked the Dreaming Aloud on Facebook.
    Liked the Happy Womb on Facebook.
    Shared the Giveaway on Facebook.
    My three favourite posts were:
    The one where hubby and baby shared at the teat of milky goodness.
    The one where you were planning to murder your entire family.
    The one where you said my blog was brilliant.
    I don’t really come back for more because, well, I’m not a woman and, let’s face it, this is a very female place. Very, very female.
    And I should win the prize because then you don’t have to post it to me saving yourself a couple of quid.
    Ta dah!
    Right, me and what’s left of my dignity are off to the pub.

  4. Dreamingaloudnet

    Thank you ALL for the love, the shares, and the entries…so exciting!! Just a reminder that entries are open till next weekend, so do tell your friends!

  5. Ciara

    Happy blogoversary!! I just came across your blog through a magazine you were writing for, it’s such a lovely blog and this is an AMAZING giveaway!!! eh em…can you tell I drink a LOT of pukka tea 😛

    I have:

    liked the happy womb on facebook
    like dreaming aloud on facebook
    signed up to follw happy womb

    My faveourite posts have to be Poo doula, why home births rock and the post with the photo of the dandelions!

    I will be back because I love listening/reading to women who offer an alternative way of thinking instead of just going with the blah flow. (The blah flow= the normal and at times mindless way of doing things).

    Thanks for a lovely read x

  6. Ciara

    ps Just read your Living Philosophy. That’s what I meant when I referred to not going with the ‘blah flow’! Clearly you have a much more eloquent way of expressing yourself haha

  7. Tanja @ Crystal Clarity
    Tanja @ Crystal Clarity11-06-2011

    Thanks for this competitino, Lucy – I’ve liked you on Facebook, and shared about the competition there too, plus signed up for posts at the Happy Womb… so that should be three entries if I haven’t left it too late!

    Blessings – TANJA

  8. Anna

    Pukka make some of my favourite tea and Dreaming Aloud is one of my favourite blogs – the perfect partnership here Lucy…

    So, I:

    > Already like D.A on FB
    > Liked The Happy Womb on FB
    > Now follow Happy Womb
    > Shared on FB
    > My top 3 posts have been: Rainbow Mothers and Earth Mothers, Radical Homemakers Series and the post about falling in love with your daughter over time
    > I love your blog because you’re so passionate about so many things I’m also passionate about (writing, mothering, women’s souls, sustainability, food and more!) and you express yourself passionately with so much feeling and in way that really resonates with me. I always loved your Juno column and your writing style so I searched for your blog before it even existed. I was thrilled to find it a year ago and it inspired me to launch my own this year.

    Thank you and love – Anna