Ben Shephard’s Shoe Scramble!

Did you know I’m so famous now, that I don’t even have to win my own prizes? Yup, I rope in celebrities like Ben Shephard to do it for me!

A couple of weeks ago my friend Janie kindly shared a competition on my Facebook page – Barclaycard and Mumsnet were working on a new online chat show, Shop Talk, and needed Mums to play an online ‘Shoe Scramble’ game via Google Hangouts with voucher prizes. I was intrigued – I’d done TV gameshows before but taking part in a show via webcam was a completely new experience.

To take part, I had to email a photo of my shoe collection, so I arranged them on my dining table for this snap (I should mention here that only one of these pairs was actually paid for – the others were all competition prizes or bought with prize vouchers – and that’s why I love my hobby!)

A few days later I was excited to be chosen for this week’s Shop Talk, presented by the charming Ben Shephard – I’d actually encountered Ben a few years ago whilst recording the 1 vs 100 Lottery gameshow. I was delighted to see that my Nottingham blogging friend Emily (A Mummy Too) is a regular guest on the Shop Talk sofa! We did a few soundchecks on Google Hangouts before the show was recorded on Monday, but unfortunately I had a second long delay on the connection so my responses to Ben were rather slow…

As for the Shoe Scramble game – it’s nice and silly, so just my scene! With ten pairs of shoes in a ball pool, Ben had a minute to scrabble around and pair them – each pair won me a £50 voucher from Barclaycard Rewards partner. I was speechless to see Ben actually get ALL TEN pairs – and even pinched a pair from one of the guests! A true comper at work.

My prizes were fabulous – as well as £50 vouchers for Halfords, Argos, Goldsmiths, BHS, Starbucks, Currys PC World, Wallis and Boots – I also won a family meal at Cafe Rouge, a family ticket to Peter Pan and a £50 donation to Marie Curie Cancer care. I was excited enough just to have a chance to do something a bit different, so the bundle of prizes was a huge bonus!

You can check out the full episode of Shop Talk here (featuring Shoe Scramble), and also watch previous shows on the Barclaycard YouTube channel.

And talking of fabulous prizes, if you already have a Barclaycard, you could be a winner this weekend (8th, 9th & 10th November 2013). Each time you use your Barclaycard you’ll be entered to win a daily prize of a million Freedom Rewards points, and if you redeem your points you can also win big prizes from M&S, Argos, BHS and Virgin Holidays. Check out the details at – good luck!

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