Thursday, 22 December 2016

Snapfish Review

 If  I'm looking for an extra special gift or a unique gift for a family member, friend or a new canvas I always look at Snapfish to see what they have available.  They are always bringing out new ideas and they are really reasonably priced and are really quick at getting them posted out to you.

We were asked to see what we thought of their Christmas card range, I got straight onto my laptop to have a look.  The range of Christmas cards they had were astonishing; I hadn't realised they did that many, there was so much to choose from.  I knew which picture I wanted to use, I picked my design but the photo didn't fit in it without chopping someones head off, so had another look and found another I liked, I choose a flat postcard design with a family picture of all of us, the whole process took me minutes.  This was our Christmas Card this year and for 12 of these cost me £6.99 I would of spent double that in a shop.

Our Christmas Card
Our Christmas Card 
Well while I was on Snapfish I had to look at the other Christmas items they had brought out, one of the items that took my fancy was a photo bauble which I knew exactly who it was going to be for.  It is tradition in our family to get a new Christmas tree decoration each year so this was the perfect for that tradition. The photo doesn't do it justice.

A Christmas Tree decoration
A Christmas tree decoration 
After looking at what Snapfish do for Christmas Cards I certainly will be looking at them again to get a more personal Christmas Card before going to a shop.

*We were given a voucher to spend on Snapfish for our views and opinions*

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Speke Hall and Father Christmas

I have been to Speke Hall a handful of times, once with the younger two and once on my own with a friend and her two children, she told me that she really recommends the Father Christmas; I tend to go to Grottoes that friends have recommended.  When I got home I had a look at it and the price because that is always a factor in it, figured out when the best date would be for us and booked it for us.

We got to Speke Hall just after 12 to go and look around the house for the Victorian tour first before we went to see Father Christmas, there was a small queue but it moved really quickly, Kacy stood next to us saying "You can't have a Victorian house tour in a Tudor house" (don't you hate know it alls?) The house was stunning, it was the first time any of us had been in this house, the girls got a map to find reindeers along the way, Kacy being her stroppy preteen didn't want to do it at first but it didn't take her long before she joined in, literally the first one we found she joined in (kids! especially preteens).

The place we visited on the tour was the courtyard, which was the perfect place to get my new place Selfie

Selfie
Selfie
 In most of the rooms the girls found the Reindeers which meant it kept their attention all the way around the house. The reason behind it being a Victorian Tour in a Tudor house is because the Victorian's used the house so that they didn't have to build their own. The people who brought it never actually lived in the house they just rented it out until one day it was left to go to ruins, they think they might have died.

Victorian house tour
Victorian house tour
At the end of the house, the girls got the opportunity to make sugar mice and all they asked was for a 50p donation, it took 5 minutes to make, the women who ran it made it fun and easy for the children.

The girls sugar mice
The girl's sugar mice
We had about half an hour to spare before seeing Father Christmas so it was time for a hot chocolate which was so nice, the house wasn't that warm. The girls got a five minute play in the park before it was time to queue up, at the front of the grotto was Mrs Claus who talked to the girls about what they wanted for Christmas and gave each of the children reindeer food and told them what to do with it.  Father Christmas was fantastic with the girls, interacted with them, he convinced Summer to stand next to him (she was scared of the magic fire) and that he would keep her safe.  Because she was being so brave she got to help hand out the presents, you can see the excitement and joy in the girls faces even Kacy who doesn't believe about seeing Father Christmas.

Girls seeing father christmas
Girls seeing Father Christmas

I would highly recommend Speke Hall Grotto, I don't know if all the National Trust Grottoes are the same but the girls loved it and that's the main thing.

Christmas World Of Glass

If you follow me on Instagram or have read my latest blog with what we have got planned this month, you will know that we have been to World of Glass a fair few times and the girls love it.  As soon as I found out they were doing a Christmas one I eagerly waited for the email to say we could book tickets, I was telling a couple of the Mums from school about it and they loved the idea and booked on too.

We arrived and managed to get around one table with the adults on small chairs (work that one out), Lynne who does the craft sessions went through what we could do, the younger three got a plaque and a little angel, the older 3 got one glass bauble each and Kira got to decide whether she wanted to be younger one or an older one, she decided she wanted a plaque and a angel like the younger ones.

There was several options of what we could copy onto our baubles/plaques, Kacy and Summer choose Christmas trees but slightly different designs, Kira chose a Reindeer.  Everyone had a fantastic time drawing the outline onto their baubles or plaques, then it was time to decide what colours you wanted to paint, you do two coats on to them - the first one is a really thin layer.

World of glass
Having loads of fun
After we have done the first layer, Lynne came over and gave us our next craft to do which was do a card, where again you could draw the picture first, then paint it with a very thin layer.  Kacy picked a snowman, Kira a penguin, Summer a Christmas pudding and so that we didn't end up with all the same pictures I had to do a bell - you got less choice with the card, because you had to make sure they fitted in your window.

While we waited for the paint to dry we could do other crafts from, colouring in, reindeer making, wreath making, Christmas tree sticking and all sorts of crafts, the children never got bored. The time flew and it was soon time to do the second coat of paint and stick the glass to the cards.

More fun
Having more fun
I didn't take as many pictures as I would've liked due to joining in with the fun, which is more important.  Everyone had a fantastic afternoon, this is our third visit to the World of Glass and we will definitely be doing the craft session again in February.