Monday, 24 November 2014 personalised invitations review

Here at we like to describe ourselves as an easy-to-use online print destination that puts the power back in your hands. You can mix ‘n’ match your size, papers and finishes to suit your designs — because print shouldn’t be one size fits all. have kindly offered to review one of their products and I knew straight away that I want to review 1st birthday invitations. I know it is a little bit too early for the 1st birthday preparations but I like to be organised and to plan ahead. 
To be honest with you I have never heard of this website prior to this review and was hoping that it would be an easy process of simply scrolling through few designs and ordering. It took me a little bit longer than I expected as I had to work out how to use Photoshop (that is something I have never used in my life), but first things first. is an online printing company where you can personalise products ranging from leaflets and flyers to wedding stationery and posters.

If you don't know where to start "How it works" section is here to help. You can also find video tutorials if you don't know how to submit your artwork and much more to help you out along the way.
All the products are listed on the left hand side in the Products section or you can follow the link from "How it works". 
Choose your size (it varies depending on a product), select printed sides (one side or both sides, paper and finishes (each option has a picture sample), paper weight options, envelope options (from white to gold), quantity, upload your artwork and order! 

"Choose a design"option from "How it works" is a little bit misleading as I spent ages trying to find designs. With the help from representative I found out that they don't stock any designs and I would need to provide my own artwork. Big bonus is that you can find artwork templates.  I was struggling with this one as I have never used Photoshop before but if you know your way around it will be easy!

File (-s) itself you can upload either from your computer or from Dropbox and preview the file once uploaded. If you stuck and don't know what and how to do "Upload files" section has some valuable advice at the bottom of the page.
I have opted for 25 folded invitations on a Gesso 250 gsm paper with white envelopes, with an estimate price £25 without delivery costs. For delivery you can choose from the following options:

I have opted for the cheapest option- Royal Mail first class which was delivered the next day, pretty quick, right?!

And here is invitations I have ordered:

I am slightly disappointed with the way it looks on a Gesso paper, but taking into consideration that I had no clue how an invitation on a certain paper type will look like and didn't know what to expect it's not too bad.

What do you think?

Disclaimer: I was sent the above items for the purpose of this review. All thought and opinions are my own.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Secret Santa for UK Bloggers 2014

This year, My Little L Blog decided to run a Secret Santa for UK bloggers.

UK bloggers will be randomly assigned to Secret Santa blogger. Ideal budget for the challenge would be £5-£10, the present can be something that represents you and your personality or it could be something that you feel your Secret Santa partner would love.
I will be using Elfster to send invitations and to pair bloggers.

Elfster is a website that makes it easy to organize your gift exchange and doesn't cost a cent! For starters, the site randomly pairs up gifters and giftees. Then it allows you to set constraints, like the spending limit, time period for signing up, and where the exchange will take place. You can also search on the website for gifts that you can place on a wish list or suggest to someone.

To join Secret Santa for UK bloggers please provide me with your email address in the comments below so that I can invite you to join Secret Santa UK bloggers 2014 facebook group and to Elfster.

P.S. the deadline for joining is 30 November.

Hope YOU can join me!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

What we can do after pregnancy


Here is a lighthearted post from me!

Are you over the moon that you are no longer pregnant?!

 I came up with the list of things we- women can do again or feel like after giving birth:
  • Can see my toes
  • Lie on my back comfortably
  • Can sit at table on something other than an inflatable ball
  • Bladder holds loads now
  • Can walk straight without pain in pelvis
  • Not in a state of waiting
  • Can sneeze without a potential accident
  • Feel light
  • Can go up and down the stairs
  • Can breath
  • No longer have heartburn
  • Ankles have returned!
  • No more thrice weekly hospital visits
  • Can squeeze through small gaps
  • Can eat pâté 
  • Can eat mouldy goats cheese
  • Can drink wine
  • Can lay on my front
  • Can hug other half properly or other children
  • Miss being pregnant
  • Miss the bump and kicks
  • Miss the anticipation
  • Body feels better
  • Can ride a bike again
  • Love being able to stand up for a longer period of time
  • Can climb the ladder
  • Can walk at a normal speed
  • Being able to bend down
  • Being able to do a coat/jacket up
Feel free to add what YOU can and feel like doing after giving birth!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Lapland Mailroom Letter from Santa review

This Christmas is a little bit more special for us as it's L's first Christmas. 
I was delighted when Lapland Mailroom contacted me as it meant that I can order a special 1st Christmas Letter from Santa.

There's nothing like the magic of a letter from Santa to light up every child's face this Christmas. A personal greeting from Santa as they open their presents will add even more joy and laughter to the happy day.

It is quite easy to find your way around the website. Pretty much regardless of what button you press you will be directed to the letter section.

Click "Order a Letter" from Home page and pick suitable package.

From this page you can click "Back" (under each package) it will send you to the Home page, click "View Letters" or click "Next" which sends you to "View Letters" page.

If you click onto "Mail package 1" or "Mail package 2" it directs to the "View Letters" and if you click onto "Mail package 3" it directs to the personalisation page, where you can choose and personalise any package.

Each Lapland Mailroom Pack includes a very special personalised Letter From Santa / Father Christmas Letter, each traditionally designed letter from Santa is printed on high quality bespoke Christmas paper and has many personal references that enhances the excitement of Christmas for your child. There is a choice of 4 different letters which are all written slightly differently so siblings do not receive exactly the same letter!

When on "View letters" page you can click and see what parts of the letter can be personalised, personalise your own letter:

No matter where you click there is always an option to go back if you scroll down the page or choose different page (at the top of each page).

To make sure your order is delivered in time for Christmas you can find "Postal dates" here. Please note, Lapland Mailroom delivers worldwide.

And here is our own 1st Letter from Santa to L( dispatched within 3 days of the order):

I like the idea of Santa letter's, and it's great that L will have her own personalised letter. I wish I had one!

I like the style of the website, it's design, my only recommendation would to delete "Next", "Back" buttons and maybe join those sections "Order Letters" and "View Letters" together.

P.S. For all my lovely readers Lapland Mailroom offering 20% discount, type in xmaspromo14 at a checkout to receive 20% off.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above items for the purpose of this review. All thought and opinions are my own.