Do bloggers move house for freebies?

freebies

Very recently there has been a blog post that has got people bloggers all up in arms – all about whether bloggers have babies just to get freebies. I’m not going to link as we don’t want HIM to get the traffic do we? (Just search on twitter instead).

Anyyyyyway…. It got me to thinking, do bloggers move house just to get freebies?

I mean, I see LOTS of blogs reviewing homewares, some of them very expensive ones at that.

Before they even move (like about 64 times in the last 3 years like that Rachel over at Parenthood Highs and Lows) they must think, “Ooh I need to email this brand, and this brand, AND this one! Tell them I’m moving, give them my new address, and they might send me STUFF!”.

When we moved last year, the first brand I emailed was Wickes, hoping they might send me a paint tray and some brushes, and some paint, and some wallpaper… No such luck.

Next up was ALL of the carpet shops as we needed the whole of the upstairs doing, and the lounge, and maybe the garden too, and as it cost us the price of the van to move all our stuff, we couldn’t afford it. But no such luck.

We had to pay for them ourselves in the end. With real money. Couldn’t even get away with using the kids play money. That we bought with real money.

I’m such a failure at this blogging shizz, it seems. NO freebies when we moved. Zero. Zilch. Can you believe it?!

But then, is anything we review ever completely free? No, I don’t think it is.

 

Do bloggers move house for freebies?
This actually is not a freebie.

 

*Disclaimer
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might be tongue in cheek, so you know, pinch of salt. 😉 

Chatterbox Walls personalised print | Review

I have mentioned before how I love personalised items, especially those to brighten up my home, so when the guys at Chatterbox Walls offered me one of their prints to review I gladly accepted.

The selection and ordering process is so easy. The website is simple & well laid out so you can easily look through all of the available categories & prints, with the most popular displayed on the home page.

After looking through literally all of the prints as I just couldn’t decide, I finally settled on the ‘Our Song‘ print. It’s a simple print, with a record and your song name printed on it, with your names at the bottom. As we had our first dance at our wedding to Rule The World by Take That, I obviously chose this one as it holds special memories.

On this print there are four options for you to personalise with your details – artist, song, name 1, and name 2. You can also choose from 23 colours; I chose the red with white text as my hallway feature colour is red.

There are then 4 sizes to choose from – small, medium, large or extra large (and they also do a canvas version). I chose the small (A4) size as it would sit lovely alongside the other prints in my hallway of the same size. Once you have decided on all of your options, you can add your print to the basket and choose another, or continue to the checkout. On the next screen is the basket – before continuing to checkout you get a handy little pop-up which asks if you would like your print framed (this costs £16.99). The checkout process is easy – you need to input all of your usual details (name, address, email address) and then checkout via PayPal. You don’t even need to have a PayPal account as you can use a debit or credit card to pay through the service.

My print arrived very quickly and I was eager to see it in the flesh. It arrived in a hardback envelope to protect against being bent or damaged, which is something I always expect when receiving an item such as this. The first thing I noticed was how bright the colour was, and how glossy the card was. Added together, the print looks fantastic. The quality is so fine and it looks exactly as it did on my screen. It is also printed on thick card which is a bonus as you don’t really want thin card, though I suppose it wouldn’t matter so much if you were to frame it like I did myself.

I framed my print in a standard white wooden frame to match the others on my wall, and decided to put it on the wall between a couple of our wedding photos. I really love my new addition to my ‘hall gallery’.

All prints start at £14.99 for the small size. I’m not sure if I would pay this as the company where I have previously bought my prints from are a little cheaper; but only because of this reason. The quality, personalisation, ease of purchase, and delivery speed all make it worth the price if you see something you really like, especially as delivery is free too (though you can upgrade to premium delivery for £6.95).

My rating – 4/5


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I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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CanvasDesign.co.uk | Review

In our little family I absolutely love taking pictures, even though hubby is usually either pulling a silly face or I can’t get a decent one of little man as he’s always on the move! I have so many photos stored on my laptop but hardly any on display as I just never get around to getting them printed, so when I was given the opportunity to review a canvas from CanvasDesign.co.uk I was delighted as I also love canvas prints. It took me forever to choose a photo but in the end I chose this one of little man which I took on our first family holiday to Scotland when he was 6.5 months old:


I didn’t specify a size I wanted so I was shocked when this huge parcel arrived, very quickly too. It was very well packaged with a thick cardboard layer covered in ‘fragile’ tape, followed by another, and then wrapped in bubble wrap, meaning it also arrived in perfect condition. (The packaging has been partly removed here as I was too excited to get it open before taking photos!).


The size of canvas we received was 30×20 inches so as you can imagine we had to find a fairly big clear space to put it. We decided on pride of place above our dining table – also meaning little man can stare at himself whilst eating! 




For this size canvas in a landscape format, the cost is £29.99 which I would be quite happy to pay as the quality is also amazing – in this photo little man had a bit of a dry snotty nose and I can even see that from the other side of the room! 

My rating – 5/5

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Paper Themes Personalised Poster | Review

When I was offered the opportunity to review a personalised poster from Paper Themes, I jumped at the chance because I love personalised items, and am always looking for lovely things to add around the home. There are a choice of 50 prints on the website so it was hard to choose, but I eventually cut it down to 3 prints and finally decided on the Stork Blue poster for little man’s room. 

The poster came well packaged in a cardboard tube, and was wrapped in tissue paper with a lovely sticker on it:




Obviously the poster arrived rolled up, so it’s still a bit curly on the corners. I was expecting the paper to be a little thicker for the price of £25, and the whole thing a little bigger, but maybe that one was just me not taking proper notice of the size on the product description. The print quality is brilliant though, and I love the lettering style. 

You can have up to 14 lines of personalised text about the child. On my poster we have his name, his DOB, where he was born, his weight, time of birth, the price of a first class stamp, the prime minister, number one song, the Chinese symbolic year, his birth flower, his birth stone, Mondays child, his Grandparents names, and our own little quote at the bottom, so you can fit quite a lot on there! There is also a cute baby & stork image in the centre. It’s a lovely keepsake for years to come when they wish to know about the world at the time they were born. 




I think the poster is a little too flimsy to be put up on the wall on its own, so I will be putting it in a frame and hanging it proudly on little man’s wall in his bedroom. 



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I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.