Review – Chatterbox Walls personalised print

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

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

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Weight loss – week 3

So week 2 has been and gone and here I am into week 3. Like last week, I started the beginning of the week doing well then went downhill; and then again, I had a couple of emotional days and either continuously ate, or ate junk. I wish I was one of those people who went off food instead. The weekends are still going well with the Monday weigh in causing me not to pig out.

I didn’t even do as much walking last week as I was so tired for one reason or another and I just couldn’t be bothered to walk to any groups or to meet hubby from work – lazy I know…

So here are my week 3 stats:

  • start weight – 203.6 lbs  
  • target weight – 132 lbs 
  • previous weight – 183 lbs 
  • current weight – 183 lbs 
  • weight loss this week – Stay the same
  • weight loss to date – 20.6 lbs 
  • weight loss to go – 51 lbs

I stayed the same this week – at least it’s not a gain! To be honest I was expecting a gain when I got on the scales so I’m pretty pleased with that.

We go away on Friday so I won’t be weighing in next week. I won’t be pigging out though and I’m going to try to eat as normally as possible; hopefully I’ll be doing a bit of walking as well. 

See you in a couple of weeks!

Meal Planning Monday – 25th August

My meal plan from last week went to plan other than on Friday. We visited hubby’s Nan at lunchtime and Father-in-law bought us fish & chips for lunch so we just had sandwiches for dinner. On Saturday we had naan bread pizzas though as I didn’t have any pizza bases nor any yeast to make some – they were delicious though!

I only have half a meal plan this week because we go away on Friday, so there won’t be one for the whole of next week either.

Meal plan for w/c 25th August:
Monday – Minted lamb kofta kebabs, broad bean cous cous, and halloumi
Tuesday – Sausages, home made chips, and peas
Wednesday – We may be out tonight but if not then jacket potatoes and beans
Friday – HOLIDAY!
Saturday – HOLIDAY!
Sunday – HOLIDAY!
Linking up with At Home With Mrs M.

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Recipe – Sun-dried tomato & red onion topped focaccia (#GreatBloggersBakeOff2014)

I don’t often bake bread as I’m a much better baker of sweet items, but I needed wanted to join in with the #GreatBloggersBakeOff2014 again so I thought I’d attempt something which I’d made before – focaccia (though it was much better last time – this was a rush job in the end!). It is lovely & soft on both the inside & outside. Eat on its own or it’s also yummy dipped in balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 450 g strong white flour
  • 1 sachet fast action yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 250 ml warm water
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 100 g sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast and sea salt.
  • Using a dough hook or your hands (I cheated and used the dough hook on my stand mixer!) beat in the olive oil and warm water and combine to a soft dough (you may not need all of the water – I find adding it bit by bit helps).
  • Again, using a dough hook or your hands, knead the dough for 10 minutes.
  • Oil a clean large bowl (this prevents the dough from sticking), place the dough in and cover with oiled cling film. 
  • Leave in a warm place for an hour or until it has doubled in size. 
  • Punch the dough a couple of times to knock back the air and divide into four portions.
  • Roll out each piece of dough into rough oval shapes, place onto an oiled baking tray and cover with oiled cling film.
  • Leave to rise again for another 20 minutes and in the meantime preheat the oven to gas 7/425 F/220 C.
  • On top of each piece of risen dough, place the tomatoes and onions, and then finish off with the rosemary (just poke it in!).
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Leave to cool slightly, then enjoy!

This is my entry to week 3 of the #GreatBloggersBakeOff2014, theme of bread – linking up with Mummy Mishaps.
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Project 365 – Week 34 (days 229 – 235)

Day 229 / August 17th
I had a baking day today and made these cinnamon sugar stamped biscuits for the #GreatBloggersBakeOff2014.
Day 230 / August 18th
We have retrieved J’s old bouncer activity station from the father-in-laws and N is loving it.

Day 231 / August 19th
Selfie time for me & J!

Day 232 / August 20th
My new print arrived for review, watch out for it later this week.

Day 233 / August 21st
My foodie penpals parcel arrived today and this is a sneak peek of one of the items.

Day 234 / August 22nd
Bad photo day so this is another item from my foodie penpal! I’ve had other flavours of these raisins and they are yummy.

Day 235 / August 23rd
I’m no longer a loom band virgin and I made my first item – a bracelet for hubby!
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