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


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

Penwizard personalised Peppa Pig Birthday Party | Book review

In our home we love books, though little man sometimes doesn’t have the attention span to sit and read a full one. I try to a have a mixture of both educational, traditional, modern & fun books. J is slightly obsessed with a certain cartoon pig, so when we were given the chance to review a personalised Peppa Pig book from Penwizard I was very eager – for him, not me, I might add! I was able to choose a softback book so as it was coming up to little man’s 2nd birthday, I went for the “Peppa goes to Your Childs Party!” one. 

It is a very easy process to personalise your book, in just a few steps. The personalisation options include your childs gender, name, skin tone, eye colour, hair style & colour, and whether they wear glasses or not. Also with the party book you can include their age on the balloon. You can even leave a personal message at the front of the book.


Once I had ordered the book it arrived very quickly. I was surprised at the size, though it does say it on the website (but if you read the blog regularly, you will know I rarely pay attention to size, oops!). It arrived in a hardback envelope which is of course a good thing so it doesn’t get bent or damaged in the mail. 


The book itself is of very good quality; very glossy with lovely bright pictures with all of the Peppa Pig characters from the familiar story. J’s character does bear a bit of a resemblance to him in cartoon form! I love the fact there is a print of the letter in there too. 


 
The book is very easy to read, but as J is 2 and just at the beginning of learning to read, I read it for him. He loves sitting and looking at the pictures and telling me who the characters are though. The only thing with it being softback is that if you have a little destroyer like mine, it can be bent easily. For this reason I think I would pay the extra £5 and get the hardback version. 
 
Overall, this is a book that a Peppa Pig fan will never tire of – little man is always bringing it to read! At £14.99 I think it makes a fabulous gift and as it’s personalised it is great to be put in a memory box, as there are many other versions too.
 
Our rating – 4/5
 
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We were sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & our own.

Review: Baker Days letterbox cake

Baker Days are a company situated on the edge of Sherwood Forest, and as you can probably tell by the name, they bake! They produce party cakes, personalised cakes, photo cakes, cupcakes, and now through innovation, they can even deliver you a cake through your letterbox! That’s right, nobody has to be in to receive it, and it can be waiting for the recipient when they get home. 

I have seen lots of talk about these cakes on social media and have been lusting after one myself, so I was thrilled when I was asked if I would like to try one. Letterbox cakes are just the right size to fit through your letterbox at 5 inches wide, and they are just big enough for one or two people to enjoy. 


It took me a while to decide which design of Christmas themed cake I wanted to try as there are so many lovely ones. In the end I went for the Christmas Time one and had our family selfie from last Christmas put on it. 


The cake arrived through the letterbox in a standard packaging box, which you can also put a message on such as ‘Do not open until…’ which would mean you could get it delivered before the day and it would be an even better surprise (especially as the cakes last for a couple of weeks). Inside this was the cake in a lovely little metal tin, which I think I will keep as it is nice to put sweets or something in, even to pass on to someone else in the future. It also made me smile to see a little cracker beside the tin, it gave it that extra Christmassy feel! The actual cake was then inside this, then inside the special packaging which keeps it fresh, with instructions on how to remove it. 




On first glance I thought it was a little small, but I don’t know how big I was expecting when it does state 5 inches on the website – I think I just expect big when I think of cake! I loved seeing our family photo on there, though the quality wasn’t as good as I was expecting, but the image I provided was a little blurry in itself anyway. I think if I had sent this to, for example, a long distance relative it would have been a lovely surprise for them. 



As you can see I decided to cut through hubby’s face (which I’m sure he very much appreciated!). Each piece was plenty big enough to share between two people, in fact I would say that it would stretch to 3 as I couldn’t finish my piece, so that was saved for little man. The cake was stuck to the board with jam (which was lovely by the way) and the cake itself was a soft vanilla sponge. Both hubby & I thought it was delicious; I thought it was a little sickly eventually, but that’s not a bad thing! Some of the best cakes I have eaten, I haven’t managed a full piece; I do tend to feel sick quite quickly with sweet things. 

With prices starting at £14.99, I think this is a lovely little gift to send to a relative or friend on a special birthday, to say thank you, or even a birth announcement! In fact if you look at the categories on the website, the possibilities are endless! 


My rating – 3/5



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

Portable North Pole – Make Christmas Magic

Any parent knows that the magic of Christmas lies in Santa – be that visiting him, or even better, receiving a personalised video message from him to treasure! 

Many of my Mummy friends last year posted videos their little ones had received from Santa at the PNP – Portable North Pole. I was considering one for little man last year but he really had no idea what was going on – this year he is recognising Santa so I thought it’d be the start of a great tradition. 


When making your own premium video message from Santa you have a variety of options to choose from. These are just a few:


  • naughty or nice list, or a bit of both
  • where Santa relays his message from
  • what’s on your child’s wish list
  • photos of your child (including events through the year, favourite toys etc. that Santa can mention) 

I was astonished at the amount of information you can input, and was getting rather excited myself. You really can personalise it so much so that it is completely unique to the individual child. 

Of course I had to have a preview before little man watched it, and I could not stop smiling all the way through! Little man loved it too, he kept pointing & smiling at Santa. I will definitely be continuing this for years to come. 

A premium 6 minute long video message from Santa costs just £2.99, and a bonus is that 5% of each purchase goes to children’s hospitals. 

I am happy to say that I am able to offer my readers 20% off digital products in the store with code BLG20BKP until 1st January 2014, in order to Make Christmas Magic. 


Disclosure
I was given this product for free for the purposes of this post. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.