Christmas Gifts from Snapfish for Everyone

As you know I have worked with Snapfish before and was really pleased with the photo gifts I received, so when they got in touch to see if we’d like to create some Christmas-themed items I wasn’t going to say no. There are endless ideas for Christmas gifts from Snapfish and it was going to be a hard choice.Christmas gifts from Snapfish

Creating Christmas gifts from Snapfish is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Upload your photos to your account.
  2. Get creative in your ‘project’ arranging them until you are happy.
  3. Order your final project creation and wait for them to come through the door.

First on the agenda of my Christmas gifts from Snapfish was some personalised Christmas cards. I have never thought of personalised Christmas cards until this year and the timing of this opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time as we were off to see Father Christmas at Bluestone and I knew it would be a great opportunity to get some Christmassy photos to use for this project.

Once we got back from our trip to Bluestone, I got to work creating two different types of personalised Christmas cards. I also created a Christmas tree decoration and a phone cover.Christmas gifts from Snapfish

Firstly, I upload some of our pictures from Bluestone and took my time deciding from the huge range of designs. Many come with a range of background colours and layouts to choose from and you can personalise many of them too.Christmas gifts from Snapfish Christmas gifts from Snapfish

The first design I chose was the Rustic Pine Snapshots design. This uses 3 photos and has 3 backgrounds and can be personalised. I really like this design but only ordered 3 of these as I was about to order a set of 20. These cards are individually priced at £1.99 each. The outside is glossy and the inside matt and they come with a white envelope.

Our card features 3 of our Bluestone photos and I chose the white background as it is quite classic and showcases our pictures really well. I’m really pleased with these and will be sending these home to family. These alone will make me think about personalised Christmas cards for everyone next year!

The second design I chose was the Christmas Foliage design. This card has 3 layouts to choose from as well as 3 background colours and can be personalised. You also have a choice of glossy or matt finishes on your cards. These cards come as a set of 20 and cost as little as 40p each, which is great value for money. Our card features the same 3 photos as used in the Rustic Pine snapshots design and this time I chose a red background.Christmas gifts from Snapfish Christmas gifts from Snapfish

Although they do say “Flat” on the Snapfish website I was still surprised to find they are indeed flat. They don’t fold and are more like a postcard than a traditional card. However, that said the design on the back was lovely and these would be ideal for friends and relations but maybe not quite close family. The only thing I didn’t like about these was the matt finish I chose as the photos seemed a bit faded. In hindsight I should have gone for a glossy finish but I know for next year. All in all they are a lovely Christmas cards, particularly for friends and not-so-close family. These cards also come with a white envelope and both types of cards I ordered come as 7 x 5” in size.

The next of my Christmas gifts from Snapfish I wanted to order was the Round Acrylic Ornament as a Christmas decoration. I wanted this to include in BattleKid’s Christmas Eve Box as I always get him a new Christmas decoration for his box. This was so easy to make and you can chose from a whole range of embellishments for it too. I went for a Seasonal Winter one saying “Let it Snow” although I was dubious about how obvious it would be on the real thing as it appeared quite faint on the project picture online.Christmas gifts from Snapfish

You can have different backgrounds, different designs and can use a photo or not. I used one of BattleKid from after our visit to the Kingdom of the Elves as it was the perfect photo to use for a Christmas decoration. Your ornament comes ‘glossy’ on the right side and matt on the reverse and measures 2.95” x 2.95” and includes a cord for hanging. These would make a perfect gift for grandparents.

Overall I am very pleased with the ornament and the picture turned out well on it, although as I suspected the “Let it Snow” looks quite faint in the picture. This may simply be due to the background colours in the picture I chose but I would have liked the option to change the writing colour or to at least bold it. So bear this in mind if you are adding writing to your acrylic ornament. The round acrylic ornament costs just £8.99, great value for money as a small gift or stocking filler.

Last but not least I made a phone cover for my Galaxy S6. I’d been thinking about making a personalised one for a while and decided to bite the bullet. The options for personalised phone covers are endless on Snapfish. You can create your own from a huge range of background colours and embellishments or you can simply use your own photos as I did. I uploaded a recent picture of BattleKid and left it at that. Simple but effective.Christmas gifts from Snapfish

The cover itself is made from hard plastic and feels quite sturdy. Not flimsy at all. The quality of the picture on the back is excellent and I am over the moon with my new phone cover. The cover goes on without any hassle, fits my phone perfectly and is lightweight too. I am very happy to know I’ve got a lovely picture of BattleKid to perk me up at any time of the day by simply turning over my phone. And with the cover only costing £12.99 you can afford to update your phone case with a new photo every few months if you want to!

My Christmas cards were first to arrive and did so 3 days after placing the order which was really fast. Next to arrive was the phone case and acrylic ornament which arrived a day before the estimated arrival date. At each stage of ordering and dispatch Snapfish send you email updates which are great. No wondering when your order will arrive. And should there be any hassle with your order, their online help team are quick to answer. Great communication lines.

What I love about Christmas gifts from Snapfish:

  • Easy to create.
  • Great value-for-money.
  • Endless ideas for all the family.
  • Cards and gifts of high quality.
  • Many options for personalising your cards and gifts.
  • Christmas cards arrived within 3 days.
  • Great communication from Snapfish regarding dispatch of orders.

What I don’t like about Christmas gifts from Snapfish:

  • Nothing!

So if you are stuck for ideas why not consider creating some Christmas gifts from Snapfish. From personalised Christmas cards to acrylic ornaments to 2017 photo calendars, they have something for everyone.

If you are worried about getting a good picture for those all-important Christmas gifts from Snapfish, they have a great list of hints and tips for shooting the perfect Christmas Family Photo which are included below.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We received a voucher towards our gifts from Snapfish for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

8 Creative Tips to Shoot the Perfect Christmas Family Photo

1) Get an extra pair of hands. Rounding up the troops for a family shoot is tricky enough without the added stress of positioning the camera, setting the timer and then sprinting back into position. Grab a friend or neighbour to play director, you can always return the favour to spread some Christmas cheer!

2) Lighting, crucial to any photoshoot, it’s the trickiest of elements to get right. Natural light is your best friend, so if you’re indoor, set up near a window to take full advantage of the winter sunshine.

3) Look the part! Matching accessories will add a touch of festive fun and help take your shots to the next level; think Santa hats, woolly reindeer jumpers, or even matching Christmas mugs! Product: Colourful Mugs, only £8.99, Snapfish.co.uk

4) Prop it up. Christmas is all about fun, so why not jazz things up with a few Christmassy props? Your family photoshoot doesn’t need to rely on the house being transformed into Santa’s Grotto or a Winter Wonderland – a few tinsel touches or the odd sprig of mistletoe will do the trick.

5) Pets complete your family! So whilst your puppy may be hell bent on getting his teeth around the fairy lights, including them in will be well worth the hassle when you see the finished result. (See Tip 6 for how to do this!)

6) Rewards (also known as bribery!) are the easiest way to keep pets and children interested! Guarantee their full attention throughout the photo shoot by keeping a suitable stash of treats to hand. (But keep them in separate bags… Health and Safety!) Product: Photo Cushions, from £19.99, Snapfish.co.uk

7) Tell a Story. Snapping people when they least expect it often results in the best photographs. So tell a funny joke or encourage them to, and be ready to capture candid, relaxed moments instead of saying ‘cheese’ and hoping for a few stiff grins.

8) Keep it fun! Your family shoot doesn’t have to be a solemn occasion. Get everyone involved in the planning process and encourage them to contribute their ideas to make for a happy, relaxed atmosphere and a truly memorable shot.

Busy B To Do Diary Stripe 2017 – Review

Busy B To Do DiaryI was recently given the opportunity to review one of the new 2017 diaries from Busy B. As you all know I am a big fan of Busy B stationery and accessories so when I was offered the chance to review the Busy B To Do Diary in the Stripe design, I jumped at it.

As I’ve mentioned before I stumbled across Busy B by accident. I read a review by another blogger and went to investigate myself, flicking through their website and gorgeous Instagram account. I immediately fell in love and promptly ordered myself a diary to check out.

Since that fateful day I have ordered other diaries from Busy B for work to help me keep track of projects and deadlines, and for home to keep track of weekends away and days out with friends. They have become invaluable for me, and if you’re a pen and paper kinda gal like me, you’ll appreciate why I prefer physical diaries over the electronic type.

The diary I was kindly sent for review was the Busy B To Do Diary, in Stripe, for 2017. It is a great little diary which is approximately A6 size. It has a cool and funky stripe design and is the perfect size for popping into my handbag.Busy B To Do Diary

There is a full yearly calendar at the front, followed by monthly calendars, before your weekly planner commences. Every three months there is a handy pocket for storing bits and bobs like receipts or appointment cards and at the back are some very useful perforated lists, a great idea for jotting down your shopping list or, if you are like me, all important holiday packing lists!

As always, and as I’ve come to expect from Busy B, the Busy B To Do Diary is well made and full of pages with gorgeous designs. There is a handy pen loop to ensure both stay together, for what is a diary without a pen. The diary is kept closed by an elastic closure and it is the perfect compliment to my blogging notebook too!Busy B To Do Diary

The monthly calendars at the front are useful for jotting down important birthdays and holidays while each weekly view is well thought out with your weekly planner on one page with the other side left for notes. I’ve already started filling in important dates for next year!Busy B To Do Diary Busy B To Do Diary

What I love about the Busy B To Do Diary – Stripe 2017:

  • A really cool, funky little diary.
  • Great size at approximately A6, for popping into your handbag.
  • Useful yearly and monthly calendars alongside your weekly planner pages.
  • Weekly planner pages are complimented by a notes page.
  • Handy pocket every three months for storing bits and bobs in.
  • Helpful perforated lists at the back for shopping lists, holiday packing lists etc.
  • Well priced at £8.99.
  • Lovely design and great colour combination.
  • Pen loop for keeping pen and diary together.
  • Held closed by an elastic closure.
  • Well designed and put together.

What I don’t like about the Busy B To Do diary – Stripe 2017:

  • Absolutely nothing!

I love the whole design of the Busy B To Do Diary for 2017. I love the cool, funky Stripe design and am thrilled to have my 2017 diary sorted with thanks to Busy B.

Busy B have a great new range of diaries and calendars for 2017 on their website and I cannot recommend their products enough! So if you are looking for your diary for next year, be it for work or personal life, then look no further than Busy B.

Cath x

*I was kindly sent the Busy B To Do Diary – Stripe 2017 for the purpose of this review. All opinions of the product expressed here are honest and wholly my own.

 

Boxcitement – A subscription box with a difference

I am a sucker for a subscription box and I was intrigued when I was followed on Instagram by Boxcitement. I’d never heard of them before and clicked their website link in their bio to find out more. What I came across was a subscription box with a difference.

Boxcitement is a monthly subscription box which is letterbox-friendly, handy so you never miss a box, even if you are out. The reason it differs from other subscription boxes I’ve had is it is a monthly treat of stationery, gifts, crafts and jewellery. It is something a little different, which is what made it stand out for me. At the time of signing up I had been thinking about possibly doing some flat-lay photography for Instagram, so I thought the contents of the Boxcitement boxes could come in handy as background items. However, that never came about but I’m still loving my monthly treats through the letterbox.boxcitement

Each month there is a specific theme from Wanderlust to Midsummer Nights to May Fayre. The contents are carefully tailored to each theme and are often things you wouldn’t normally see on the high street or might not ever think to pick up. No month disappoints me and I get excited each time I arrive home to that thin brown box.

Previous Boxcitement boxes are often still available to buy, the contents of which you can view online, and as I had missed the first two boxes I back-ordered them. Occasionally there are also one-off boxes to purchase at a slightly discounted price to normal monthly boxes.

To give you an example of contents, the July box which was themed Wanderlust contained the following:

  • A handy clear cosmetic pouch.
  • A useful keyring mirror.
  • Two greetings cards.
  • Handcrafted earrings.
  • Tin of travel mints.
  • Double sided craft paper.
  • A ‘Make Your Memories Last’ kit – including stickers, pages and charms to make your own personal adventure journal.
  • Laser engraved luggage tag.
  • Surprise: lavender soap.

As you can see the contents of the July box were all based around travel.

Wanderlust – the love of adventure whether it’s around the corner or around the world.

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Boxcitement boxes are packed really nicely inside with branded paper encasing the contents, all held together with a branded sticker. The guys behind Boxcitement have their branding down to a tee. And I love it! And you’ll often find themed confetti inside your box as a clue to what the theme is for that month. We’ve had sequins, large colourful confetti circles and map pieces as the clue confetti, to name but a few.boxcitement

There is always a great variety of things inside each box and I’ve found the stationery cards to be of good quality and have really come in handy when I’ve forgotten to buy a card in the shops. I’ll be honest and say I haven’t to date made any of the craft items included in the boxes but they look easy to put together and finished product pictures on Instagram look great.boxcitement

What I love about Boxcitement boxes:

  • Letterbox friendly, never miss a box due to not being in.
  • Variety of contents is great.
  • Not your usual type of subscription box.
  • Different from the regular beauty boxes I’ve subscribed to.
  • Easy subscription plans (details below).
  • Free postage to the UK, although they do ship worldwide.
  • Packaging and branding inside is great.
  • Previous or one-off special boxes available to buy on the website.
  • Would make a great gift for a friend.
  • Something for everyone inside each box.

What I don’t like about Boxcitement boxes:

  • Nothing!

Boxcitement boxes are a lovely little treat all for me every month. I’ve love seeing that slim box waiting for me when I get home and cannot wait to dive in and see what’s inside. If you are after a subscription box with a differences, then I’d highly recommend Boxcitement boxes for you.

Are you a sucker for a subscription box like me? If so, let me know your favourite one!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

Subscription details:
  • 1 Monthly plan is £18/month.
  • 3 monthly is £17/month.
  • 6 monthly plan is £16/month.
  • 12 monthly plan is £15/month.

If you wish to purchase one as a gift you can buy at the same price as above without subscribing. You can cancel a monthly plan at any time. However, fixed term subscriptions cannot be cancelled mid-term.

And here’s a little vlog revealing the July “Wanderlust” box.

Eles Clothing: Review

Are you into fashion as a hobby and are wondering how to make some money from that hobby? Well Eles Clothing might be right up your street.

Eles Clothing are one of the UK’s leading wholesale suppliers in fashion and could be your starting point if you are thinking of starting up your own little business, perhaps selling fashion clothing on eBay. They have over 25 years of supplying independent retailers and can keep their prices low by taking advantage of clearance and end-of-line prices.

I recently got a chance to review a dress from their website (which has sold out already). My first and second choice dresses were gone before they could reserve them for me so this will tell you how quickly things sell out from the website. It also suggests to me that you wouldn’t have stock lying around for long if their own stock goes so quickly. At the time of writing this review my 3 top choices of dresses were no longer available on the website. A scan of the dress selection also indicated a change in stock within a matter of a few weeks, although some dresses remained the same.

Clothing comes in a range of styles and sizes for ladies, men and children and are usually sold in packs of 10 or more. Note that dresses are not available to purchase as individual pieces. This company and their website is very much geared towards businesses looking to stock high-end, high street fashion.

Eles Clothing also do what is called an eBay Starter Kit, which could start you on your way. It contains 20 items and costs £50.

The dress I received for review was a Black Floral High Neck Tie Dress which I got in a size 10. eles clothing

eles clothingIt was priced at £7.50 for an individual dress and was originally available at Topshop. Dresses are supplied hanging too and shipping is free within the UK on orders over £600 (£12.00 on orders below this).

My dress was a generous fit, was as described on the website and looks great over a pair of jeans leggings with sandals, handy for a summers day if we ever get one of those again, or paired with a pair of black heels for a night out. I quite like this dress and will definitely be bringing it with me on our next holiday for a nice evening meal!eles clothing

So, if you are thinking of starting up your own little clothing business and are looking for a wholesale supplier why not get in touch with Eles Clothing who might be just the starting point you need.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received a dress of my choice in return for an honest review of the website and of the item I chose. All opinions expressed in this review, as always, are my own.

Little Bump Shop Gifts: Review

In January I entered my first ever Instagram competition. I didn’t think I’d win and thought nothing of it until I was tagged in a picture saying I was the winner. To say I was both surprised and delighted would be an understatement. My prize was £30 credit to be used online at the Little Bump Shop website and was valid for 6 months to purchase any Little Bump Shop gifts.

I finally got around to choosing what I wanted from the online store and placed an order for two items (paying the difference myself) a few weeks ago. I chose the ‘It’s a Baby Posy’ and a pink ‘Kiss From a Rose’ and waited for them to arrive.

The Little Bump Shop is the brain child of Kat, based in London, and was inspired by her love of flower arrangements, the constant need for newborn essentials and the generosity of others from the moment she learned she was expecting. The gifts available from the Little Bump Shop are unique, handmade and absolutely beautiful. I’ve never come across anything like them before and yet they make perfect sense, combining newborn essentials with flowers. Why have one when you can have both?

As mentioned I ordered one ‘Kiss From a Rose’ which is a single long-stemmed rose with one pair of socks (size 0-3 months) and is available in white, pink or blue.Little Bump Shop gifts

Little Bump Shop gifts It’s a lovely way of saying congratulations to a newly expectant mum, to one who has just found out the baby’s gender, or if she just needs a pick me up, especially in those final weeks of waiting for her due date to arrive. It costs £5.99 and is delivered free of charge within the UK via Royal Mail First Class. And it’s simply gorgeous. I was blown away by how beautiful it looked and am sure the recipient will be just as thrilled with it as I was! You can tell it is lovingly handmade and with quite a lot of skill. It’s just beautiful. A perfect little gift for a friend or family member expecting a baby.

The second item I ordered was the ‘It’s a Baby Posy’ which is designed to be gender neutral for those keeping it a surprise.Little Bump Shop gifts It is also available in pink and blue for ‘It’s a Girl’ or ‘It’s a Boy’. This gift is a beautifully presented bouquet with artificial roses and baby breath flowers intermixed with the newborn essentials items (white, pink or blue), all wrapped with a touch of glitter tulle and finished off with a diamanté pin. The newborn items included in this gift are three pairs of socks (0-6 months), a bib, a hat (0-3 months) and a muslin (70 x 70cm). It costs £27.99 and is sent by Royal Mail First Class Recorded Delivery at a cost of £4.99.Little Bump Shop gifts

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And this one was even more beautiful than the ‘Kiss From a Rose’. I have never come across a more unique and beautiful baby gift than this. Combining flowers with newborn essentials, it was simply gorgeous and I was really stunned at how beautifully made it was and how special it looked. It took my breath away. I would have loved to have received this as a new mum and I’m sure I would have cried opening it. This bouquet is going across the Irish Sea as currently delivery is only within the UK.

I’ll definitely be gifting one of these bouquets to anyone else I know who is expecting in the future! I certainly don’t think you could find any baby gift that could trump this one! As mentioned it is available in white (gender neutral for surprises), in pink or blue and in my opinion is worth every penny. You also have the option of sending the gift directly to the recipient with a lovely hand written card which would make it an ever better surprise.Little Bump Shop gifts

The Little Bump Shop have a range of other unique flower gifts which include:

  • First Blooms Range, £19.99
  • Welcome Bouquet Range, £35.99
  • Bright Before Your Eyes Range, £24.99
  • Sweet Stuff, £15.99.

Each of them is just as beautiful and well made as the Posy. It’s very hard to choose just one from all of them to gift to someone as each is as equally stunning as the next. Apart from the ‘Bright Before Your Eyes” each range is available in either white, blue or pink, with the flowers in each bouquet appropriately matched for the gender: blue and white for a boy, pink and white for a girl, and purple, beige and white for those people patient enough to be waiting for the surprise! All the ranges have a flat delivery rate of £4.99 for Royal Mail First Class recorded delivery.

What I love about the gifts from the Little Bump Shop:

  • Completely unique gift idea.
  • Beautifully handmade and presented.
  • Fabulous way of combining newborn essentials with flowers.
  • Artificial flowers mean it’s ideal as a gift in hospital.
  • All the clothes and muslins are 100% cotton meaning they’re safe for a newborn.
  • Absolutely worth the money.
  • Great range of gifts to choose from.
  • Gender neutral option or blue or pink for a boy or girl respectively.
  • Will make the perfect gift for friends or family members.

What I don’t like about the Little Bump Shop:

  • Nothing!

As I’ve said I absolutely love these gifts. I had a hard time choosing which one to pick from the entire range, as I’m sure you will too! They really are stunning and need to be seen in the flesh to be appreciated, which is why I even took out my dslr to try to get pictures that do the bouquet and stem justice. I’ll definitely be gifting something from the Little Bump Shop to anyone I know who is expecting a baby in the future. So if you’re after a “unique and special gift idea to welcome that special bundle of joy into this world” then look no further than the Little Bump Shop! I cannot recommend it enough.

Thanks for reading!

Cath x