Friday 23 February 2018

Brand new range of prints: with fast dispatch for last minute gift buying emergencies!

Everything you find on the PhotoFairytales website is personalised - but, every rule has to have an exception! I've just introduced my new range of non-personalised prints, and while they may not be personalised they are each printed to order and dispatched super fast.

Well Hello Gorgeous retro typewriter print wall art | PhotoFairytales
'Well, hello gorgeous' retro style typewrite print - available at PhotoFairytales
There are five designs to choose from, and they only cost £10 including UK delivery! I'll dispatch your order within 2 working days maximum (most orders will be dispatched within one working day) and they are sent by quick 1st class recorded delivery.
Always believe in Unicorns print nursery wall art | from PhotoFairytales
'Believe in Unicorns' print, perfect for the nursery or a child's bedroom - available at PhotoFairytales
As with all my prints, these are printed on lovely quality heavy-weight gloss paper, and arrive smartly presented in a clear presentation sleeve with a backing board and front mount. The 8x10" prints fit perfectly into any standard 8x10" picture frame, and you can find these really easily on the high street or online.
Life is Better with Friends print wall art | from PhotoFairytales
'Life is Better with Friends' print, a lovely gift for a child's bedroom or a friend - available at PhotoFairytales
I hope you like the new designs - click on any of the images above to view the whole range.

Sarah :)

Friday 16 February 2018

The angst of the weekly food shop - 4 hacks to make it less stressful and how to stick to the budget!

Like most families in recent times, we’ve discovered that (contrary to what the supermarkets will have us believe - shopping basket comparisons, blah blah) buying the weekly shop has definitely become more expensive. I’m a strict stick-to-the-budget-every-week kind of woman, but I’ve noticed its getting harder and harder to stick to the target each week.

So, Operation Clawback is in place…

1: Internet shopping is the way to go...
I do our food shopping online. I hate, HATE, doing those massive supermarket shops. Just looking at the image below makes me feel stressed! I used to shuffle around the enormous supermarket every Saturday with armfuls of toilet roll and bread and bleach, trying to find where the husband had wandered off to WITH THE TROLLEY AGAIN, and swearing under my breath because of PEOPLE! But I find its so much easier to stick to the budget when I shop online. I can find all the special offers in one place, I can compare prices much more easily - and, crucially, I can see how much its going to cost me before I pay.

The angst of the weekly food shop - 4 hacks to make it less stressful and how to stick to the budget!

2: I buy from more than one place…
Having said what I said in the last paragraph, I do still do a supermarket shop - but this time it’s in a much smaller supermarket that I know (because I’ve methodically, aka sadly, checked prices against my usual shop) is cheaper for specific items. Basically, we're talking Aldi time. It’s a quicker shopping experience because I know exactly what I’m going to buy and it’s a much smaller shop so I can be in and out in half an hour.

3: The supermarket checkout lottery
Now there's something that always has a kind of ‘game show’ feel about it when you shop in the actual, you know, shop - you never quite know how much its going to cost until you’re there with your purse in hand. Of course, you could fastidiously add it all up as you go round - but no, I don’t think my brain could cope with that. At least, not when it’s also trying to cope with working out Will We Like It/Is There A Cheaper Alternative/How Long Does It Take To Cook/Is Anyone Allergic To It/How Long Will It Last/What’s In It/Is It Healthy Or At Least Not Unhealthy, etc, etc, etc. Throw ‘adding up as I go along’ into the mix and I might crawl into a ball on the floor and start to rock… So, here’s a tip for you: a friend once told me that her mum advised her to basically round everything up or down to 50p or a £1 as it goes in the trolley. So, as you tip those 25p tinned tomatoes into the trolley mentally think “50p”. As you choose a that toilet roll for £2.00 think “£1”. It makes it easier to add up - and can actually be surprisingly accurate. Well, it used to be surprisingly accurate. Now I find you need to round up and down to £1 or £2. See, I said food prices were getting more expensive!

4:Impulse buying be gone!
But overall online food shopping for me is the way to go. Plus, I can do it by myself. No family chucking stuff into the trolley without my noticing (Fray Bentos Pies that sit so long in the cupboard they almost become part of the family), no complaints when I buy something they don’t like/want, being able to stick to my list. I know the apparent trend now is not to do a big weekly shop - we’re all supposed to be nipping into the local mini-supermarket on the way home to buy food for the next 24 hours and no more. Living for the moment. Fancy artichokes on toast and balsamic flavoured ice cream for tea tonight? Then that’s what we’ll be having. Not in the PhotoFairytales household though. I’m sticking to the retro-style weekly shop. Besides, it means we have that lovely cupboard glut sensation. You know, that feeling when you’ve just done ‘the big shop’ and the fridge is groaning with salad and freshness, and the cupboards are full of treats and there’s biscuits in the tin.

The downside of course is that by the end of the week we’re down to ‘freezer surprise’ for dinner and eyeing up the chocolate coins the Tooth Fairy entrusts me with…

Sarah :)

Friday 9 February 2018

Brand New: Engraved personalised oak photo cubes

Oh my goodness, is this really my first post of 2018? {blush} That's a bit shabby, sorry!

I haven't been idling my time away though, I've got some lovely new goodies to show you that have just arrived at PhotoFairytales... I'm going to start today by introducing these gorgeous new wooden photo cubes that are not only personalised to order but can also display four of your favourite photos (they even come with Belgian chocolates inside too!).

These adorable wooden keepsake boxes are a unique and romantic gift idea for Valentine's Day or an anniversary - or just to say 'I love you'!

Personalised wooden engraved photo cubes | romantic Valentine or anniversary gift from PhotoFairytales

There are eight designs available, some are personalised with your chosen name and on other designs you can add an entire message. All designs feature photo slots where you can slide in 4 of your chosen photos - and of course you can swap around your photos and replace them as often as you wish.
Personalised wooden engraved photo cubes | romantic Valentine or anniversary gift from PhotoFairytales

These handcrafted boxes are made from real oak, and are carefully engraved to order. You can either order a box empty and fill it with your own little treats, or you can order it filled to the brim with 30 delicious Belgian chocolate hearts.

Some of the wooden photo cube designs also feature gorgeous little rose gold embellishment, for an extra special little touch!

Personalised wooden engraved photo cubes | romantic Valentine or anniversary gift from PhotoFairytales

A gorgeous romantic gift, and perfect for a 5th wedding anniversary when the traditional gift for that year is wood

This beautiful new range of wooden storage cubes are a truly lasting keepsake for your loved one - do take a look at all the designs available by clicking on any of the images shown above.

Sarah :)

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