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

If you would like to order your own canvas, I can offer a discount of 15% to my readers by using the following code at checkout – BLOG15. Or, you can enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below! The prize is a canvas with any photo and of any size you desire, from 6×6 inches to 40×40 inches.

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The winner has 7 days to respond to the email or a new winner will be drawn.



The winner will be required to send their photo choice, address, mobile number and choice of canvas size to Nobody Said It Was Easy who will then pass it on to CanvasDesign.co.uk who will take it from there.


Chasewater Railway | Review

On Saturday we had a family day out, travelling to Chasewater Railway for a friends 40th birthday party. I was really looking forward to it as a few other mutual friends who I don’t see very often were also attending, and of course we were all looking forward to the train ride! 

The train wasn’t due to leave until 1.30 pm but we decided we would set off a little earlier than the time it would take us to get there, as the station is set in a country park so we would have a little walk beforehand – to make room for cake of course…


Cake
“Mummy, me want cake!”

Chasewater was easy to find, being well signposted. Even the GPS didn’t get us lost! There was plenty of parking, though by the time we left we wished we had carried on up the road a little to the station parking as it was a good 10 minute walk, and when you have a tired toddler and a pregnant tired lady, it felt like much longer. 
 
When we arrived, the first thing we had to do was find the toilets, I had gone two hours without going so I was desperate! We then decided we’d take little man to play in the park, but we were a little disappointed that there were no baby/toddler swings, as he just wouldn’t have stayed on a normal one as he wouldn’t have held on. 

After deciding the park was a no-go we decided to go for a walk next to the lake and find where we needed to be later on. We had taken little man’s backpack and rein so he could have a run around, so the walk took longer than we were expecting! We still didn’t find where we needed to be so we headed back to the car park to put his pushchair in the car, at which point we met one of our mutual friends arriving, so we decided we’d find it together. 


Once we got to the station we saw lots of familiar faces and hugs and hello’s galore were had! We were given our tickets then it was time to board the train. I thought little man would be okay as the last time we went on a train he loved it. The journey was great, we stopped at each station before stopping a little longer at the last one so that the birthday girl (lady) could go in the engine, and it was taken to the other end of the train for the return journey. Little man had fun running up & down the carriage and smacking all the seats for the whole journey! Though he did  manage to sit still for a few minutes to look out the window with Daddy. 


Looking out of the window on the train
Disclosure
This was paid for by a friend but I wasn’t asked to write this review, I just wanted to share our experience! All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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. 



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

Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser | Review

The Milton Mini portable soother steriliser is a brand new product from Milton for cleaning & sterilising on the go. Anyone who takes a dummy out & about will know how frustrating it is when the dummy is spat or pulled out, but you can’t give it back because it’s been on the floor, so you end up having more than one with you. Now there is no need to take more than one dummy. 

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