SnapFish Review

I was given the opportunity to try some snapfish products for Father’s day.

They provided a voucher and left me to choose the items I wanted, so I decided to go for a varied range.

The boys had great fun designing artwork to be used on the magnets (apologies Grandad and Poppa, Tim’s pictures of you aren’t very flattering and Sam thinks one of you stands by the tennis game in the garden while the other spends all day on the ‘go-e’ round stairs.

The magnets we received were lovely, but you do need to be good with a scanner if you are using childrens artwork and some colours show up better than others.


I also chose a mousemat, set of 2 placemats and a 7*5 jigsaw puzzle.

All the items are good quality, my one comment would be pick your photo carefully as they come back very high quality, it wasn’t until the products arrived I realised the picture I had chosen showed the tail end of Tim’s chicken pox.

The website is generally user friendly and fairly self explanatory, although it would have been nice to have a feature on the site to add text to things like the magnets which I had to do in another programme, save and then add to site, for most people this isn’t difficult, but I know there are a few who would prefer to have everything made as easy as possible for them and this feature could do that.

I was very impressed with the speed of delivery and the secure packaging and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for some unique gifts.


This post is a review of Snapfish, I was provided a free a voucher to purchase the products I have reviewed. All opinions are my own or those of my family.



Over the last few months we have had a lot of trips to the doctors, out of hours service or accident and emergency.

These visits have included suspected broken wrist, chicken pox, fingers shut in car doors, tonsillitis, blood in poo

Unfortunately this has meant that as well as Tim taking his regular medication, Sam has had to have antibiotics and other medication for his stomach. Trying to get Sam to take medication anyone within earshot may have suspected we were torturing him, luckily as time went on he did improve.
People advised various ways of getting him to take it willingly, and I’m sorry, but although I don’t generally agree with bribing children, when it comes to medication it was top of my list, so anyone who did suggest that one it really didn’t work, you just can’t bribe a child who has run out of the room before you have even got the stuff out of the fridge, is now cowering in a corner of a different room with their hands super-glued over their face.

But finally I have found the way to get him to take it.
At Tim’s last hospital appointment we were told to record all his bowel movements for a couple of weeks, then put him on the same medication that Sam has for his stomach.

Today was the first day that Tim had his, and with the risk of Tim winning the ‘race’ to finish the medicine first, Sam was a lot quicker to drink it, don’t tell anyone, but Tim did win, however if allowing Sam to think he did will make him take it again tomorrow he can think whatever he likes

taking medicineIt looks a great picture, both of them drinking their medicines with syringes lined up, I hate sorting medicines in this house at breakfast time at the moment.

Technology free


How many of you have said that you are not addicted to technology and could easily go without it, but find yourself checking your phone, tablet, laptop every 5minutes?

Do you think you could actually do it?

Well I can and I did,

Ok it was because my mobile died and then the mouse on my laptop finally gave up so I had no choice

But it was lovely, I couldn’t contact anyone and no one could contact me, I had no way to get on a computer or the internet, so there was no point turning my computer or phone (oh yes, what phone!) on.

I will admit that the world we live in now a days does make it hard to live without a mobile,
for example – some girls from the Guide unit I run were camping while I was without phone and one of the parents was trying to get hold of me, so I had to get an old mobile up and running, but all I could do was calls and texts, no options to get online.

And by Sunday we were at A&E (family not Guides) so again it is useful to be able to make a quick call home to tell someone what is going on.

But it has made me reassess how much time we all spend ignoring each other staring at some form of technology.

So a challenge for all of you,
Try and spend sometime without checking your e-mails, Facebook etc,

I am not asking you to go completely without, if someone needs to speak to you they can still phone you, but we all need to start spending some time without always checking if someone has sent us an email to tell us there is an amazing deal on life insurance (could just be the latest one I’m getting several times a day at the moment) or to see what annoying pictures someone has shared


I am not asking for an entire day, just try and spend time while you are with your children not looking at any technology, this could go both ways, maybe you are starting to feel that they are on their devices too much, not a problem in our house as our boys don’t own any!

Would love to know how anyone who tries this gets on

Blogging silence

I am here to apologise that I have not written anything in a while.

Things occasionally just take over and that is the way it has been, what with work, hospital appointments, Brownies and Guides and I have been having to support a few different friends in various ways the blog has had to take a back seat. But personally I think that is the way it should be, I have always felt that friends and family should come first, it is just ashame that not everyone feels the same

I had planned to start writing a bit more about a week ago, but was getting really fed-up with my mouse that seemed to only work if I talked nicely to it and after a couple more days decided that it didn’t want to work at all, so I had to wait for the birthday bunny (or whatever it is called) to arrive. I am now up and running, so you may get fed-up with me soon, as I have been quiet for a while I have a lot to say!

So for anyone who follows my posts and has been worrying that something must have happened, we are generally all fine, ok so you noticed the word generally used there rather than just ‘we are all fine’ Sam has decided it is his turn, he has had tonsillitis now for over a week, wasn’t given antibiotics initially, but has now been on them for 4days, still complaining of pain, which for him is not a good sign as he doesn’t moan, but we keep plodding on and hopefully he will be feeling better soon.