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Monday, 3 June 2013

Hello Goodbye

Hi everyone, sorry I haven't been back here in a while.  I kind of failed to announce that I have successfully moved my blog over to wordpress.  You can now find all my old content and new posts available at

I really hope you'll follow me over at my new home as I am hoping to really develop this blog more and more over the coming year.  As you will also see once you take a peek at the new site, I have tried to make the new layout a little more simple and user friendly.  Thank you all so much for dropping by today, I look forward to chatting with you soon!

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Stylish Sunday - DIY Fashion Roundup

Here are some of my favourite fashion DIY's that will leave you with a new wardrobe without having to spend a fortune.  To see how to make any of them simply click on the links above.  And if you've been inspired to get DIY'ing then there are even more ideas on my Fashion and Fabric DIY, Pinterest Board.

Sorry for my absence last week but I thought I would come back with a slightly different style post for you to enjoy this week. Normal service should resume this week as I shall be moving over to Wordpress and have a new design and layout to show you.

Do you have any DIY fashion ideas to share? Please do feel free to link below as I'd love to see them.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Tots100 BlogSummit Birmingham 2013

This weekend was a refreshing change from our usual family activities as I spent all Saturday at the Tots100 BlogSummit even in Birmingham.  I met lots of lovely Bloggers and now have a to do list the length of my arm.  Let's be honest, my to do list is normally pretty long but it is usually swamped by things like hoover living room floor, not, move blog over to wordpress...

Yesterday I decided to find some energy from somewhere at 5am and sit down and read through some recent blog posts I have seen on moving from Blogger to Wordpress.  This was tip from the first session I went to about Search Engine Optomisation (SEO) presented by David Sottimano. He gave lots and lots of useful advice which I have scribbled down in my notebook, but also linked to the excellent write up of SEO written by Stickers Stars and Smiles.  I've bookmarked it so I can refer back to it when I get a bit stuck with that to do next.  The main guide I've been reading has been Rosalilium which really breaks things down as simply as is possible. Thank God!

So with that in mind, I will, hopefully over the next few weeks be moving over from Blogger to Wordpress.  I very optimistically thought I might be able to do this yesterday morning when I had some time to myself (wishful thinking)!!  As it stands I'm currently deciding which host to use and spending the rest of my time browsing pages and pages of wordpress themes to try and find a layout and design I like. *sigh*  Any recommendations would be gratefully received.  I have already been browsing the bottom of blogs I respect to see if I can get any ideas on what other people are using.  The idea of moving over to Wordpress is that I will be able to have more flexibility in layout, design and overall functionality. So, wish me luck! (So far these from mammasaurus are my favourites.)

P.S On a blog related tangent I also wanted to share the fantastic Business Bites that Kat from Rock and Roll Bride shares on a regular basis.  These are always things I haven't noticed out in the sea of the internet and really challenge and inspire me.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

10 Things I love about my 15 month old.

I haven't been doing regular Nye updates but I wanted to remember the silly everyday things that always make me smile.

  1. You give 100 kisses a day and even more if you want something.
  2. You throw yourself with wild abandon into any pile of soft looking objects.  
  3. The way you gently feed the dog your food.
  4. Your angry screwed up face and huffy strops - I always have to try to hold a straight face.
  5. Your amazing tripod pen grip & the way you go off to find yourself a notebook and pen.
  6. Your love of being outside and your ability to imitate me digging up the weeds.
  7. The way you pick up shingle and put it in your watering can. 
  8. You have the best dace moves, you bop the instant a catchy tune reaches your ears.
  9. Your cheeky head tilt grin.
  10. The way you point with both index fingers if you REALLY want something.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Stylish Sunday & My Favourite Links

Hello to you all on this lovely Sunday evening.  We have been out shopping today and although I feel guilty spending lots of money, I am also feeling very pleased with my purchases which have been long overdue.  I have had so many of my clothes for such a long time.  Particularly staple items like strap tops which I wear under most thing.  After a year of being tugged at by a little boy and the several years they were worn before that it's time for a clear out.

Style from Uniqlo

-  Sources 

I also realised I hadn't shared any love for some of my favourite blogs recently, so I thought I would share some of the posts I've enjoyed recently.

  1. Really useful gardening tips from Moral Fibres - What To Sow Now
  2. Amazing Carboot finds from What Peggy Said, I am in love with that table - Car Boot Sale 2013 : 1
  3. I thought this simple card DIY idea from The Making Home was super cute - DIY Quick fabric Feature Card
  4. I am a sucker for beautiful books, and this review by the Start Up Wife had me drooling - Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft
  5. It feels like everyone on twitter has been talking about Ottolenghi and boy does this recipe sound amazing! - Asparagus and Chive Bread Pudding

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Home Ground Coffee - Review

I was recently sent some lovely coffee beans to review from Home Ground Coffee.  We were sent two different bags of beans.  You can have the beans ground to suit whatever coffee making device you have but as a coffee aficionado, Neil has a coffee grinder.

The coffee comes packaged up safely in packs of 250g or 500g.  We really loved the packaging which is very rustic but feels authentic and protects the beans well.  I also like the fact that there are a range of different delivery options which means you can tailor the cost to how urgently you require the coffee!

Another great way to enjoy coffee as a special treat for yourself or friends and family is through a coffee subscription.  I actually bought Neil one of these for his Birthday and he was really sad when it came to an end!  I think this is probably one of the best gifts I've found for him as it was a special treat that he could enjoy month after month.

Neil was a big fan of both coffees, but has written up his notes on Ethiopian blend which was his favourite.  

Out of the pack 

  • The beans smell sweet with a slight hint of acidity and fruit.
  • The roast is medium dark with a good shine.
Once Brewed
  • The fruity notes really become apparent.
  • The coffee is strong without being overbearing.
  • It is a tasty coffee lovers coffee with lots of subtle complexities.
Overall we loved these coffees, they were clearly incredibly good quality, really special and full of flavour.  Now we just have to decide what beans to order next.

DISCLOSURE:  We were sent two bags of coffee beans free of charge for the purpose of this review.  All words and opinions are our own.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Lets Get Growing

Over the last few years I have tried to improve our front and back garden by growing flowers, fruit and vegetables by seed.  So far we have had mixed results but still love the challenge and achievement of being able to look at the things you've grown and know you've nurtured them from seed.  I took great pride in planting sun flower seeds last year with Nye and hoped to be able to show him the plant as it grew.  Unfortunately the gang of slugs and snails that live in our garden scuppered by plans but this year I am determined to win the battle.

Baby Nye's 1st Sunflower Seeds
This month Center Parcs sent all the family bloggers a pack of sunflower seeds to plant to get into the spring vibe.  As the end of the month nears, I have finally got round to planting up my seeds and I am hoping they will have sprouted by the end of the week.  I do love how the seeds discard their outer shell and twist up from the soil.  Sunflowers are actually one of my favourite flowers.  I even had them in my wedding bouquet.

Photography by Danielle Benbow

As I mentioned above I have had mixed results but here is a list of my top 5 plants to grow.  I can assure you  that if I have managed to keep these alive, you can too!  I buy most of my bulbs and seeds at £1 land and have found that they grow well but for more specific varieties (like purple sprouting broccolli) the garden center is probably your best bet.

Seeds starting to grow
  1. Sweet Peas (Sow Seeds March - April)
  2. Purple Sprouting Broccoli (Sow Seeds March - June)
  3. Daffodils (Plant Bulbs October - December)
  4. Gladioli (Plant Bulbs March - April)
  5. Tomatoes (Sow Seeds March - April)

DISCLOSURE - I am writing this post as part of my role as Center Parcs Family Blogger. To be in with the chance to become one yourself and win a short break to a Center Parcs Village of your choice,  share your gardening experiences on your blog and tweet us a link to it.  You can take a series of pictures of your family sowing seeds or making plant pots or, simply write about the experience and share your gardening tips with other families. Be sure to include the Center Parcs and Tots 100 handles in your tweet, as well as the #CPFamilyBreaks hashtag.

Please find the full terms and conditions for the challenge here, and do make sure to be careful when handling certain plants if you are prone to allergies.

Good Luck!

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Stylish Sunday - Toddler Bedroom

Inspired by the fact we are currently selling our house I have put together a few items that I would love to use to create a wonderful new bedroom for Nye.  I started the design with the wallpaper I spotted at Ferm Living  a few weeks ago, and worked from there on a scheme that included grey with orange pops.  Enjoy!

Toddler Bedroom - Grey and Orange

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Stylish Sunday - Dresses to make your day

It has been a  busy week and I am exhausted (in a good way!) So as I relax on the sofa with a cup of tea, browsing the People Tree website has been some wonderful light relief.  Honestly there are so many gorgeous dresses in really classic cuts with beautiful patterns.  I can guarantee there will be something you like.  p.s don't forget to check out the sale section!
Hello Beautiful Dress
Hello Beautiful Dress Sources 

p.s I wasn't paid or perked for this post.  I'm just sharing some love.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Guest Post - Outdoor Lighting with John Lewis

As the weather has finally perked up and we all want to be outside as much as possible, now seems to be a great time to get thinking about the garden.  When the nights are longer and warmer outdoor space is often under utilised as a place for relaxing and unwinding.  Even with a small patio garden like us it really is fantastic to use the garden as an extra room for entertaining.

This week I wanted to share with you some of my favourite pieces from the John lewis collection of outdoor lighting. Here are some items that I love and how I would arrange them for our home.
Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor Lighting Sources.
Key Pieces
I have been wanting a string of pretty outside lights for ages and these butterfly's add a perfect touch of light to the garden.

Having an outdoor light can be really useful and great for security.  This solar powered light is a great as it means you can install it yourself and run it for free!

Disclosure -
This is a guest post, all words and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Brighton - Family Day Out

As I mentioned in my Stylish Sunday post, we headed to Brighton last weekend to lap up the sunshine.

Brighton is one of our favourite places to visit.  I remember the first time we went there back when Neil and I were both still students and we took the train from New Cross.  We took a picnic and explored the lanes together, discovering Choccy Woccy Doo Dah for the first time, falling in love with the cute arcades and wonderful shops.

As it is the seaside then obviously ice cream and fish and chips simply MUST be eaten.  I particularly like Scoop and Crumb which we have been two on the last two visits.  Personally I like to grab chips on the sea front even though they obviously aren't the cheapest place, it's the sense of living in the moment that I love.

Since that first time we have been back several times a year.  I do so love the sea and it's normally a spontaneous thing we do when the sun is shining and we fancy a London escape.  I kind of miss the fact that it's better for us to drive these days as there really is something joyful about taking the train to the sea side.

We took Nye for the first time when he was just a few months old and he slept through most of it whilst cuddled up in his baby carrier.  This time he broke out his shorts for their first wear of 2013 and enjoyed chilling in his pushchair and exploring the beach.  The light shone down on his round ankles as he kicked his feet merrily, despite us arriving amidst the crowds and road closures of the Brighton Marathon.

It was fun to see Nye cautiously mastering the cobbles bit by bit and once he was balanced we took him down to the sea to get his feet wet.  He loved picking up the sand and small stones as the tide tickled his toes.  I did find myself unusually cautious about him going too close to the water.  The waves were very big and came crashing towards us with force.  I constantly had the urge to run away for fear of something terrible happening even though by the time the water got to us it was more of a trickle.  Neil was laughing at me, so I left them there playing together, whilst I snapped pictures of them enjoying themselves keeping my protectiveness at bay.  

When Neil did eventually come back exhausted from holding Nye back from wading into the sea, he swiftly reverse crawled back to the sea.  Then came my turn to play in the sea, so I took off my sandals and let the freezing water cover my toes.  Nye was fascinated by the little streams that are left once the tide fades away and kept trying to pick the water up.  I was astonished by how brave he was, loving the sea despite the unfamiliar loud noises and smells.  I get the feeling sometimes that he would be quite happy exploring the world without us, knowing that he can come and find us when he gets bored.

As it was Sunday and we didn't head over until after Lunch, it wasn't long before the shops shut and the streets cleared out.  For us this was a nice opportunity to have some food, and Nye enjoyed sampling my cannelloni and Neil's meatballs.  Nye is quite the socialite and has developed a new trait of waving enthusiastically at everyone in the vicinity, kind of like he is the king and his 'people' are here to see him.  He also loves to copy adults so when he saw us with our menus he promptly picked up the wine list to have a browse.

It really was a wonderful day and I'm so glad I took my camera so I can remember what we got up to.  What a lovely way to spend the last day of the Easter holiday.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Happy Anniversary

2 years ago today we did this...

Images by Danielle Benbow
Being married really isn't something I think about on a daily basis.  It is something that sits in the back of my mind making me have an inner sense of security and stability .  Since we have been married we have made our way through pregnancy, birth, baby and toddler days and now the crazy days of selling our first house.  This year has much more to come, there are already some big developments on the horizon but I sense there will be some surprises mixed in.

Last year we had a fantastic lunch at The Hand and Flowers in Marlow.  It was a long drive but so worth it as we sped down the motorway, a sleeping baby in the back and the sun beaming down on us.  The food was extraordinary.  Unexpected combinations, delicious flavour and comfortable relaxed surroundings.

This year we have booked a table at Chez Bruce one of our favourite London restaurants.  We're also very lucky to have the baby sitting expertise of my parents in law, so we shall be having our second evening out without Nye.  I secretly can't wait to be having a meal without worrying about the patience of a certain little boy.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Stylish Sunday - Keeping it simple

We have been in Brighton all day today so this post comes to you from a very happy, but exhausted from the sea air, me.  We spent a good while on the beach enjoying the warm sunshine and the glorious sound of the waves crashing on the pebbles.  Nye was allured by the noise and movement and once he'd mastered walking on uneven cobbles he was away.  Apparently the quickest way to the sea from the beach is reverse crawling.

The lure of the lovely shops also left their impression on me, as I find myself reminiscing back to the Hobbs window display.  Now back at home the website will have to suffice 

Here are a few of my favourite pieces.
Hobbs - Summer Dress Ideas
- Sources 

I hope you've had a lovely evening and a brilliant weekend! 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The Great British Florist - Review

A few weeks ago I was contacted by The Great British Florist about reviewing some of their lovely flowers. Let's just say they didn't need to ask twice and I was excited to be told that some would be sent to me the next week.

I absolutely adore flowers.  I arranged the bouquets and button holes for our wedding and always have flowers in the house.  I am a big fan of British flowers but know that most of the flowers available at the market are usually imported.

The flowers arrived beautifully wrapped in a large box, with care instructions and plant food included.  

The Great British Florist do a lovely range of options that I've not seen available when I've ordered flowers online for friends and family.  Although of course they do the traditional posies and bouquets, they also offer a great flower box service as well as fantastic wedding flowers.

I asked for a flower box as the chance to pass some time putting together an arrangement was just too tempting.  I don't often get the time to do something just for the fun of it, so this was a great excuse to unwind and be creative.  I was so happy with the results and so impressed by the quantity and range of flowers I was provided with.  The cut flowers I received included tulips, lilies, miniature daffodils, double daffodils, alstroemeria, eucalyptus, iris, and ruscus.

One of their wedding options is a DIY Wedding Flower Box.  This is a great middle option for people trying to save money on wedding flowers as although you are saving money by doing the arrangement yourself you have the convenience of them arriving on your doormat rather than spending hours at 6am traipsing round the flower market  (Yes, I did this the day before our wedding!)  On top of this you have the surprise of not knowing exactly what you will get, but the peace of mind that all the flowers will be beautiful British flowers that are in season.

Disclosure - I was sent a cut flower box for the purpose of this review.  All opinions and photos are 100% honest and written and taken by me.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Stlish Sunday - Swim Wear

Firstly I must apologise for my blogging absence these last few weeks.  I think house rennovations have got on top of me somewhat  and time has sped by like a whirlwind.  I've been rushing around every nap time to clear up every last piece of clutter and dust and have barely had time to notice that my phone has been broken after its swift dip in a cup of tea.  Today we remedied the lack of phone with a quick trip to the shopping centre.

As the sun has been shining almost non stop this weekend it's time for me to start thinking about spending more time outside, and then about swimming costumes.   Here are my favourite picks of the moment including some bikinis I love (but wouldn't dare to wear) and even some maternity options.   I hope it gives you all some ideas.

Do you have any favourite swimming picks at the moment?

Swim Wear

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Stylish Sunday - Leafy Living Room

Happy Easter Sunday everyone.  

We have awoken today to some more beautiful sunshine.  Of course it is still rather chilly but it has still signalled that we can head out to to the Garden Centre and buy a few things.  I think yesterday must have been my cheapest ever trip there as there were lots of reduced plants and 15% off everything on top. Hurrah.

Following on from last weeks Stylish Sunday post, I thought I would tackle another room in my house.  This week I must admit I havent been quite so budget friendly.  However, in an ideal world I think this collection would look rather quaint. It's inspired by our current living room colour scheme. So this is how I'd update our current look if I had a few pounds to invest.

Leafy Living Room

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Chocolate Orange Fudge Sauce

This months Center Parcs Challenge was inspired by Easter and encouraged us to make some sweet treats.  I often make cakes but haven't made confectionery for ages so this was just the excuse I needed to head out, to get the ingredients, to make some yummy fudge. Or so I thought..!

However, I must admit that it went down hill from there as I couldn't decided on a recipe.  I did eventually pick one but even as I was reading it, it didn't sound quite right.  And my prediction was confirmed the next morning when I found the unset fudge mixture sitting in the fridge.

So it was farewell to chocolate orange fudge but HELLO to hot chocolate orange fudge sauce which I can tell you was truly delicious over ice cream.  To be exceptionally decadent I actually decided to have mine in the bath.

Here's the recipe which is really simple.

You will need:
  • 250g chocolate (I used dark but you could use milk if you prefer)
  • 397g tin of condensed milk
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • Pour the tin of condensed milk into a microwavable  bowl.
  • Break up the chocolate and add to condensed milk.
  • Microwave gently until everything has melted (be careful not to burn).
  • Mix util chocolate and condensed milk has combined.
  • Add orange zest and stir.
  • Reheat as required.

I am writing this post as part of my role as Center Parcs Family Blogger. To be in with the chance to become one yourself and win a short break to a Center Parcs Village of your choice, share your chocolate innovations! Show us your pictures and recipes, and tweet us including the hashtag #CPFamilyBreaks and your blog link to @tots100 and @CenterParcsUK. The challenge ends at 4pm on the 29th March.  

Good Luck!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Stylish Sunday

Oh Spring where are you? I can't see you for all the snow!  I'm sitting at my desk staring out across our garden and all I can see is the brown branches of winter with a sprinkling of snow which is slowly melting into the ground.  Hopefully before we know it the sun will arrive and my daffodils won't look quite so droopy.

As ever our house renovations continue. The brief is, try to make things looks fresh and neat for as little as possible.  We painted our bedroom is a lovely Duck Egg Blue the night we moved in (nearly 3 years ago) and I do still love the colour.  It's bright but also relaxing, an unusual choice for me because I wouldn't normally go for blue.  I think it could do with a few finishing touches to make it look inviting and this is what I'd get if I didn't have an entire house to neaten up.
In The Bedroom
My absolute favourite's here is the bedding which is £20 (Ikea) the Lamp £9.09 (Dunelm Mill) and the side table £20 (Ikea). I think everything else works really well together.  We don't have any wallpaper in our house but this would look awesome in an alcove. 

Friday, 22 March 2013

DIY Lego Cufflinks - SuperScrimper Fashion Tips

You will need:
  • Lego bricks, figures or anything that takes your fancy
  • Cuff link backs, (Ebay is a good place to find them)
  • Glue that bonds Metal to plastic (This glue is good)
The possibilities are endless with these lego cufflinks. Simply find some blank cuff link backs, raid the lego stash and glue them on. You'll need to leave them overnight to dry but they will be ready the next morning.

You can make something personalised by making your own lego figure at one of the lego shops/online, or for something a little more subtle choose lego bricks instead.  That's not to say that lego is your only option, using old scrabble tiles would be fantastic as a gift, and much cheaper than the ones available.  For inspiration try raiding a car boot sale for scrabble, Cluedo or Monopoly sets!

Thanks for dropping by, do let me know how you get on.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Stylish Sunday - Fever London

This week has flown by like a whirlwind and so I pleased to get vaguely back on track with this lovely stylish Sunday post for you today.  I designed the style around the gorgeous Fever London Shift dress that I saw in the sale today.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope you managed to catch my first tip on SuperScrimpers this week which was DIY Lego Cuff Links   I'll post up a proper tutorial this week for those that missed it or want to make it but aren't quite sure what materials to use.

Fever London Dress Outfit

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Stylish Sunday

Happy Mothers Day Everyone!  This is my second mothers day and I think it is becoming one of my favourite days of the year.  Especially as it comes just as Spring is breaking and all the gorgeous daffodils are in bloom.  Today I had a lovely card scribbled on in orange marker pen by my wonderful boy and raspberry pancakes for breakfast.

I've even been given a little time to myself and I have been thinking of giving myself a little treat. Things this week have been so busy for us and are set to get busier as house renovations near completion.  The To Do list I showed you all those weeks ago.

Here's a selection of the utterly wonderful work of Frinn. Enjoy!

p.s don't forget SuperScrimpers will be on again tomorrow.  None of my tips were included last week, but I'm hoping for better luck this week!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Beautiful Clothing from Zulily - Review

The increasingly mobile stages of toddlerhood have been taking their toll on Nye's wardrobe. I have noticed that he will be in need of some sturdy items that will outlast his constant moving around.  He scoots around and around and around and every day I become more and more bored of a little boys wardrobe full of blue stripy things!  I know that it is worth investing in clothing that lasts especially as Nye hates to be changed so anything he wears has to be durable for a full days wear.

With this in mind, last week Zulily got in touch to ask if I would be interested in doing a clothing review and this is what they sent me:

As soon as the items arrived I was so excited for Nye to try them on because I could feel from the material that they were much higher quality and design than most of the items available for baby's and toddlers. Each piece is made by a different brand and the designs are so interesting and fun.  I am slightly in love with jumper, it's perfectly warm for these cool spring days we're having.  When we took him out last week in his he had people pointing and smiling from across the street as it really is so striking but most importantly cute!  The trousers were also fantastic because they elasticated waste band means that he can easily go from walking to crawling without being uncomfortable.

Browsing the website I have found that the ranges on Zulily are all really unusual and unique and by having all the different designers together it means you can browse a variety of styles without moving from one website.  This means that instead of being a slave to one particular brand you can pick and choose from the best boutiques as well as bigger stores, all in one basket. And as anyone who has seen my other posts on shopping, I am obsessed with sales. Most importantly, the prices on Zulily are usually offering 30%-90% off usual retail prices.  You have to sign in to the website to see the stuff their offering, but this is a minor inconvenience for a well laid out and easy to navigate website.

Here's a few of my favourite picks on Zulily at the moment.

Zulily Style March 2013

The buyer does have to beware on one thing though, the best offers don't stick around for long!  The stock is constantly changing and updating with branded events running on a daily basis.  It's well worth keeping an eye because I have spied that there will be some Melissa and Doug stuff appearing, my absolute favourite brand of quality Children's Wooden Toys.  I already can't wait to see what items they will have.  And I should probably mention that if someone you refer makes an order you receive £10 credit, an added bonus.


I received the clothing above for the purpose of reviewing Zulily.  All pictures and words are my own and 100% honest.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

SuperScrimpers Stylish Sunday

I am so excited to confirm that from tomorrow (Monday 4th March) I will be providing thrifty fashion tips on the new series of SuperScrimpers.  The first episode airs at 8.30pm on Channel 4 and  I have filmed 9 tips and they will be dotted throughout each week.

I am slightly terrified how all the filming will turn out, but also excited to see what other tips the other scrimpers have come up with.  My tips range from updating old t-shirts with stuff you have lying around to keeping up to date with recent fashion trends.  I really hope you enjoy watching and have a go at some of the tips I've come up with.  As the tips are aired (I have no idea what order they will appear) I will post up some tutorials for you to refer back to.

So, with updating and thrifting in mind I thought I would put together some of the things I have which I use to update items I already have.  These should also give you a peek into a few things that are coming up on Superscrimpers!

SuperScrimpers Store Cupboard Fashion Essentials

Thursday, 28 February 2013

i-pic personalised picture frame - review & giveaway

I am slightly addicted to giving photos as gifts.  I've been giving framed photos for years as I don't think there's anything better to receive than a picture to relive a happy memory as you pass it in your home.  I love to take photos like every other person out there but I am so bad at actually printing them off that pictures are always a perfect present for me.

I was asked by i-pic to review their personalised picture frames and I jumped at that chance as this is exactly the king of thing I love.  i-pic offers a massive variety of frames to choose from and you can even add your own text on the front and back.  If this isn't enough you can even draw your own design which will be printed and then choose the photo to pit inside the frame.  This would be perfect for a child to design their own picture to give to a grandparent, aunt, mum or dad as a gift.  I started off thinking I would do my own design but decided the i-pic creations far surpassed by meagre attempts as my inspiration was waning on Saturday afternoon.

Here are a few of my favourite frames:

The process of ordering was really easy as I simply chose the design, added my text to the frame and selected the photo for inside the frame.  The frames and fonts you have to choose from are really varied but there aren't so many that it's impossible to choose!  You can also select whether you would like the frame to be metallic which also changes up the look for something a bit more luxurious for a few more pounds.

To my surprise after ordering on Saturday afternoon I was absolutely astounded when the frame arrived on Monday, in a smart looking cardboard envelope that fits snugly around the frame.  The frame itself is made of a hard wearing plastic that can either stand alone using the stand provided or be put on any magnetic surface.  I've been proudly displaying ours this week on the fridge before I took it down to take some lovely photos.

If you like the sound of i-pic then you can win a voucher to create your very own frame.  Simply enter using the rafflecopter below and I will select a winner at random on Tuesday 5th March.

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

DISCLOSURE: i-pic provided me with a voucher codes for the purpose of providing a review of their product.  The content of this post is my own and you can be certain that all reviews are 100% honest.  I have also been provided with a voucher code for the lucky winner of the giveaway.


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