Mother’s Day with Truprint #millionmumssmile

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to spend time with family and of course spoil your mum.  But what do you buy?  There’s always the traditional flowers and chocolates but I think it’s nice to find something a bit different and possibly personalised.  This is where Truprint could be the place you are looking for.  Nowadays they do so much more than produce photographic prints, in fact there is quite an array of personalised gifts available that would be perfect for Mother’s Day this year.

For my mum, I will probably buy her some flowers but I like to give her a present too.  It’s always hard to buy for her as she seems to have everything but then I spotted this personalised jigsaw which can be made from a photograph.  I know she enjoys doing a jigsaw, so I decided to get a puzzle made up using a family photograph taken earlier this year.  I think it is something that she will enjoy doing with the grandchildren and they will be fascinated that their images have been immortalised onto a jigsaw!

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For myself I want something useful for Mother’s Day, a nice gift that doesn’t just sit there (I have enough clutter in my house!) so when I spotted this 13oz Photo Travel Mug I knew it’s something I’d like to receive as I need a new lidded mug for work and how lovely to be able to look at pictures of my children all day!  I think receiving something practical is so much more acceptable these days especially when it’s personalised.

 

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For children I think it’s appropriate to give just a small gift to their mummies, and something they can help design themselves and thats when I spotted these 3D Animated Bookmarks.  With a vast choice of backgrounds to choose from and the ability to add two photos to each one that magically change when you tilt it, these are the perfect choice for children to give as gifts.  My two designed one each with their own photos in and I can’t wait to receive them on Mother’s Day to use in my books.

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Another simple idea is a keyring where you can simply choose an image to go inside.  These are ideal to use as a small gift on their own, or to add to other gifts.

 

Why not take a look at the Truprint website yourself and see what you can find to give your mum this Mother’s Day?

Truprint also offer photo cards, so what a perfect opportunity to have one made up for your mum this Mother’s Day.  This year Truprint are running a Mum in a Million campaign where they want to make a million mums smile by giving away 1 million personalised Mother’s Day cards.

To claim one of these cards just go to Truprint and enter MUMINAMILLION at the checkout.

T&C’s

  • Awards one free 7×5 folded card
  • Standard P&P charges apply (99p)
  • Ship to recipient not available
  • Complete with envelope
  • Code is One time use only
  • Strictly one code use per household.

I was provided with Truprint credit to write this post, all opinions are my own.

Disney Planes 2 Puzzles from Ravensburger – Review

Disney Planes 2 is the perfect theme for some new puzzles from Ravensburger with the new film being released this summer.  Young fans of Disney Planes will love creating puzzles out of their favourite plane characters and Mister B is no exception.  Being 3yrs old (nearer 4), these puzzles are just the right size for him without him losing too much concentration.

disney planes puzzles 3We received a 4 in a box puzzle set with four puzzles of varying sizes.  A 12, 16, 20 and 24 piece puzzle was included, each with a picture of a different character.  Mister B started on the smallest 12 piece puzzle.  This was the most excited I’ve seen him at attempting puzzles and it was really nice to see a smile on his face whilst doing them.  I don’t know if it was the pictures that attracted him or the fact that he is a little bit older than when we’ve tried puzzles in the past.

He was really determined to complete each puzzle and with a few pointers from me to find the corners, then the straight edges, he managed to get to the end.  I think this is a great little set that we really enjoyed and as his confidence grew completing the smaller puzzles, he happily moved onto the larger ones.  My one criticism of this set is that all four puzzles come in one bag, and all the backs of them are the same.  It takes a while to sort the pieces out to separate the puzzles which was frustrating for Mister B to wait for me to do.  We do have some other Ravensburger puzzles with different designs on the back, spots, stripes etc and I would have liked to see that in this box to aid little ones in finding the right pieces for each puzzle.

disney planes puzzlesOnce Mister B had completed the 4 in a box puzzles we moved onto the 35 piece puzzle.  Mister B was keen for the challenge but he did need a little help from me.  This is great practise for him though and it was fun to sit and guide him through how to put a puzzle together.  We finally completed it and he was so proud at putting the last few pieces in all by himself, hopefully he’ll be doing it all on his own before long!

disney planes puzzles 2We really enjoyed these puzzles and they’ve been great for Mister B to build on his jigsaw building skills.  He loved the Disney Planes 2 theme of the puzzles too and I think he’ll have a lot of fun doing them over and over throughout the next year.  We think any little Disney Planes 2 fan would enjoy them too so why not check them out?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and the puzzles were sent to us in order to write the review.

 

The Muppets Puzzle by Ravensburger – Review

The Muppets puzzle by Ravensburger is designed for children of the age 6+, perfect for Miss M to try as she was 6 in January.  The pieces are fairly large making this a good sized finished puzzle at 49×36 cm.  The puzzle contains 100 pieces making the biggest puzzle Miss M has attempted to date, but also allows her to be a little challenged and make her think a bit more.Muppets 1

The theme of the puzzle, The Muppets, coincides with the release of the new Muppets film and is an image of all the Muppets together.  The Muppets are something I grew up watching and always was a fan of Miss Piggy.  Miss M was quite unfamiliar with the characters but it was a great opportunity to teach her their names.  She found most of them quite funny as she pointed out their quirky features and bright colours.

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We tipped the puzzle out and I guided Miss M to separate the edge pieces from the middle ones and then we began to create the border of the puzzle.

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I thought she did really well, although I did give her a little assistance on the outside of the puzzle to get her going.

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I was really pleased to see Miss M getting totally engrossed in completing the inner part of the puzzle her self.  When she got a bit stuck, I prompted her by pointing out an obvious feature on the box to look out for which got us talking about The Muppets.  She kept herself motivated and eventually finished the whole puzzle which she was so happy about!

I think this is the perfect size of puzzle for a 6 year old as they can just about complete it with minimal assistance and a little guidance, which gives them the satisfaction of doing it themselves but also have a little bit of a challenge.  I like the way Ravensburger grade their puzzles by age and size of the puzzle pieces.  Miss M loved completing The Muppets puzzle and it has given her some knowledge of the characters.  I think this is a great activity for children to do, that can be done again and again.

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write the review.