Saturday, 30 May 2015

Fathers Day on Snapfish

Fathers Day is nearly here, how fast did that come around! Every year Dads around the world get a pair of socks, T-shirt and a pint glass. This year Liam will not get any of these as we were so lucky to be asked to review some products from Snapfish, I also have a discount code for you lovely readers. 

I had a look on the Snapfish website which is really easy to use. You can create an account for free by either filling out the form or you can use your Facebook to login. I had a look around the website at the products, I had picked a few that I liked the most. I set these to one side and let my son have a look see what he would like to get Daddy. Now he is three years old so took a lot of explaining before he chose what he wanted to get Daddy. We chose a photo book, an acrylic photo print and a mug. 

 The photo book we chose was soft custom cover with twenty pages. The size is perfect for what we wanted, we created a word cloud for the front cover with a pattern of a daddy holding his sons hand. I then spent hours finding pictures I wanted to use, the best thing about logging in with facebook is you can access your facebook pictures through Snapfish making the uploading process so much quicker. I also created a few collages of pictures to put inside to use as many great pictures as I could. On each page I added some text either relating to a memory, a phrase my son says or just highlighting certain things. I love how you can literally customise every single page, including the back page. You can also choose a theme for your book so the pages aren't totally blank in the background, Jared chose a space theme. We are really happy with the book, some of the pictures I used were low resolution but they have came up great!! All pictures are a correct size no cut off parts that I know can sometimes happen when creating things online. 

We chose the acrylic photo print so that daddy could have a new photo on his desk at work. As this is for him to have on his desk at work we chose to have the smallest size 6x4". This was so simple to create we just chose the size chose the picture and then added it to our basket. I let Jared choose the picture and he chose one of him and daddy while we were on holiday, the one with rugby on in the background as he said "daddy like a rugby and Jared like a rugby." When this arrived again me and Jared were so pleased however I did kind of break the stand that the panel sits in so I have had to do a bit of DIY to keep that together. If you decide to get one of these please do not try and force the panel in at an angle. The quality of the acrylic print is great, I already have some acrylic photo blocks and the picture quality isn't that great and they also had bubbles on them. These are bubble free and look amazing it will look so good on his desk. 

The final product we picked was the mug, Snapfish offers a few different types of mugs, we picked the magic mug. We used are already uploaded pictures to create a collage of pictures, which will shuffle around for you if you click the shuffle button when creating. They aren't magic in the sense they can move but maybe snapfish would like to use that idea?!You can use a maximum of fifteen pictures and there are fourteen colours to choose from for a background. So we got our piccys where we liked them and gave a splash of colour to the background of where the pictures are. Added a title and Hey Presto, we had done our mug. When the mug arrived I boiled the kettle and watched as the plain black mug slowly revealed our collage of pictures. Jared was amazed and now thinks he is a wizard so all happy with that!!

My overall experience of shopping with Sanpfish has been great. I love how easy it is to upload pictures and create a personal product. The website is easy to use and navigate around, this helps with making the process of picking what you want a bit quicker. If once you have created your item and you change your mind, you can change parts to your order or if you order one and someone else says they want the exact same you can re order as it will be saved in your purchase history.

We will be wrapping these gifts up with home made wrapping paper, we will be finger printing on some large paper and making a hand print gift tag.

 I have a discount code for you to use to get 50% of all Fathers day best sellers this includes all photo books, mugs, cards, 6x4 acrylic ptints, acrylic blocks, photo panels, jigsaw puzzles, mousemats, keyrings and large prints. Just head over to Snapfish and enter the code: SFUK50FD this is valid until the 15th of June 2015. June 15th 2015 is also the last day to order your gifts for fathers day. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

nightmare in May

The past few weeks have been a nightmare for me. I have been at work a lot which is fine I love my job! During my time, you know the time you kick back and relax? Well I haven't relaxed and although I have been working on blog post I haven't fully finished them. This weekend I will have some lovely reviews for you all with a competition. 

So my nightmare week began by mountains of housework, after my long 24 hour shifts I really don't want to be cleaning my house and doing washing, but I left it for a day too long and ended up with back to back wash cycles and a carpet in need of a good Hoover. I have left the cooking to the boyfriend which I feel bad about but truth is I'm just too exhausted to even prep and cook something. I fully appreciate that he has been a slave to the cooker as he also works. I was so looking forward to a weekend off and enjoying my son's birthday I had it all planned, Friday shopping for picnic food and balloons making his cake, Saturday family day out to Yorkshire wildlife park, and Sunday a family BBQ to celebrate my boys 3rd birthday. So my plans were ruined! On Thursday my car broke, wouldn't keep hold of water but can't find a leak. We had no choice but to buy a new car, so my Friday was spent on autotrader and Saturday was going here there and everywhere to buy a car. We took Jared to Yorkshire wildlife park on the Sunday, he was in a bad mood! 

If you haven't been to Yorkshire wildlife, I wouldn't bother. The food is way over priced but I will write about that in another post. So Jared was hrumpy, I was tired Liam was just kind of keeping out the way. I got in a mood and was upset and felt like I let Jared down and cried. Liam came over and he cheered me up a bit and we made what we could out of what was left of Jareds birthday.

My question is how do you blogging working mummies and daddies keep on top of it all? I need more hours in a day.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Learning German Part 1

The lovely people over at EuroTalk are kindly helping me to learn a new language. As I used to live in Germany and still speak to my German friends it seemed only right to start with German. When I lived in Germany (for three years) I picked up a few bits but often found my self lost when trying to ask for certain groceries at the supermarket, like flour for baking with. Of course I had my priorities I knew how to ask for a beer and food with the odd swear word!! 

The product I received comes as a USB with also a code to download an app, this is really useful as I can literally learn German wherever I am. I have only been using this for about a week now and I'm finding it so much easier then classroom style learning, because I can do learn at my own pace and without another twenty something people in the room. I have started by just playing a few of the games where a few words are spoken to you then they single out one word and you select from a choice of pictures which you think is the correct answer. This is such a fun way to learn!! As you all know if you read my blog I have a toddler, he is also sitting next to me sometimes and is learning. There is a part where you can record yourself speaking then you play it back to see if you have said it correctly. 

I would urge anyone wanting to learn a new language to have a look on the website, they have so many languages some of which I never knew existed. I will update you all on my progress in the coming weeks and even try to write a paragraph in German all criticism will be welcome on that part. 

Auf Wiedersehen

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Memoirs of a balloon

When I was a little girl I had a Barbie arm, you know how Barbie's armpit sticks out rather then dents in. Yeah! Well I had that. I can't remember it ever causing me pain I was about 7. Anyway for some reason or another the decision had been made that I would have this ball removed. My first operation, I have had another two since and ways always a regular in A&E. 

On operation day I remember being so hungry and my mum and nan promised me a McDonald's afterwards. I was wearing a fancy hospital gown laid on a bed that made me feel tiny. If my memory serves me right I wasn't scared, just excited that I would get a McDonald's. The one bit I was scared of was a needle that went into my hand, a nurse put a blob of numbing cream on my hand stuck a clear plaster over the top and drew a smiley face. I was wheeled down with mum by my side and had that magic sleeping juic,  I think I got to number 6 before I was zonked. When I opened my eyes there was this big smiley clown face floating next to me. This is my very first memory of getting a balloon, I loved that balloon. He stayed a float for a good two weeks, I can't describe the clown but I know it was a clown and I loved it. My mum is surprised that I still remember it but I do have a good memory. 

Getting my clown balloon was great as I always wanted one of those big special balloons. On my birthday only ever got the small breath filled ones which where good for playing games like, don't let it touch the ground and slow motion tennis. After getting my clown I found a soft spot for balloons (which my mum is scared of) I even went to hot air balloon shows I'm sure I have pictures of me running away from a giant dragon.  currently have a awesome competition going and this is my entry. I'm also having a scout on their website to find some balloons for my son's 3rd birthday. Good luck all who enter and thanks for reading my first balloon memory.