Mr Nutcase Review and Discount Code

I’m always on the lookout for different phonecases; I can have one that I really like for a while, and then I get bored and want to try something new! Back in the old days, after I’d had my first phone for a while, I was desperate for one that had changeable covers. It was absolutely the most important thing to me. It didn’t matter whether the phone was any better than I one I had, I just wanted to be able to accessorise!

Nowadays phones are phones, but everybody wants to protect their phone as best they can, considering how expensive they are to buy, so why not get a case that is pretty as well as functional? Mr Nutcase offer custom phone cases, and when they offered to let me have one for review, I was pretty eager!

As you can see, I chose to personalise my case with photos of… myself. It was only after I’d had it for a while that I really thought about the fact that I have made a case with nine photos of my own face on it. But of course, it was all about having photos of all the beautiful children in my life, nieces, nephews and one of my best friend’s baby. I absolutely love it, though I’m a bit annoyed at myself for not dragging the bottom left photo over properly. You can just spot the sliver of white that isn’t supposed to be there!

Making the case was easy: it’s just a case of dropping the photos you want into a premade collage. It really couldn’t be simpler. When it arrived, I was pleased with the quality of the photos; they are all perfect and I think it looks really good. I like the way it feels in my hand too; it feels like it is just part of the phone. I’ve already had lots of compliments on the case when I thrust into people’s faces saying “Do you like my phone case?”

I’m not sure that if I dropped my phone this case would do a sterling job of protecting it, but I find that is true of most cases, unless you have a really sturdy silicon case. Round the edge of the case is a plastic surround, which I find myself playing with a lot, there’s one particular bit on the top left hand side that I flick up and down all the time; I can see it breaking off at some point in the future, which will be entirely my fault!

This phone case, an Ultra Light Weigh Slimline for an iPhone 4, would have set me back £14.95. Mr Nutcase also offer other options for slightly more, but this one is perfect for me, and a really reasonable price. Shipping is completely free, worldwide.

Mr Nutcase have offered a 10% discount for readers of Is That You Darling; just use the code ‘Thanku10

I received this item free of charge for review purposes from Mr Nutcase. All reviews on Is That You Darling are honest and unbiased.

BEDN ~ Something You Made

Today’s BEDN prompt is Something You Made. I am not a stranger to creating; I love crafts and I love to make things, but I am cheating a bit here and sharing with you some of things that my nieces made recently!

When Hobbycraft got in contact and asked if I wanted to review a couple of items from their craft supplies range, it came at just the right time, because I was babysitting for my three nieces on a Saturday afternoon/evening, and I love to sit down and do things with them. I chose an animal foam mask kit, which handily had three masks to make! Having worked with children in the past, I know how important it is to let them express themselves through art, and not to try and make their creations perfect. I had to help Hattie get the brown bit of her monkey’s face in the right place, but after that, the eyebrows and ears went where she wanted them to! Florence’s cheetah’s spots were placed exactly where she felt they needed to go, and Lyla’s zebra’s stripes (as she is a little bit older), were just about where they were in the photo.

We had some trouble with the elastic, and as such, I couldn’t get a photo of them wearing them, but I think you’ll agree that they look quite good, and the kit kept them occupied for about half an hour.

The other item that I was sent was the Ravensburger Mini Mandala Designer. I thought it was going to be something a bit different, more like a spirograph, but it didn’t disappoint, and Lyla and Florence (Hattie had gone to bed by this point) loved it. Hannah had joined us by this point too, and you can see that she (and I) had lots of fun with it too!

My creation wasn’t very inventive, but I do love colouring in, so I had fun!

* These items were provided free for review purposes

Mondaying

Right now, I am mostly…

Reading : I am on a bit of a Young Adult kick at the moment. Summer just seems the right sort of time to read books about teenage girls falling in love. Especially if they are set at the beach (I got a lot of inspiration from this post by Kerri-Ann at Hello Giggles).

Watching : I am never able to let too long elapse without reverting back to what I know and love the best. So right now, as I write this, I’m watching Season 2 of The West Wing.

Laughing : At my dad. Today I got a phone call from him to say that he was stuck in a tree in the front garden, and could I come and move the ladder back into position so he could get down. I put it on Facebook (naturally), and my siblings were all a) jealous they missed it and b) hoping that I had taken a photo (I hadn’t).

Baking : Today I baked a belated birthday cake for my friend John, with Anna and Jen’s help. John is Jen’s other half, but she’s not much of a baker, so Anna and I provided moral support. As I said on Instagram, it wasn’t the most sophisticated cake ever, but it was tasty, and John (quite the cake aficionado, and a professional chef) ate three slices. Also, for some reason, I promised cake to my book group to celebrate a few birthdays since we last met. I’ve now got to come up with something to make!

  

Playing : With my nieces. They came to see my dad for Father’s Day and I haven’t seen them for ages, so I took the opportunity to snap some photos. The best way to get them to pose with me is to say “Let’s pull funny faces.” Otherwise they protest.

Project 366 – Week 9

Hello all

Apologies again for the lateness of this post, and also that it has been a week since I last blogged. Project 366 and the ABC Photo Challenge I am taking part in on Twitter are still running concurrently, but this week I have omitted a couple of the ABC photos from my Project 366 roundup. This is mainly because of the quality of the camera on my mobile phone, and also because sometimes the photos that I take lack inspiration to the point where I just have to take a photo of something beginning with the letter to make sure it gets done! I’m still very much enjoying the challenge, and I’m sad that it’s going to be coming to an end soon, but I wanted to separate it out a little bit from this Project. So there are some non-alphabetical photographs in this week’s roundup!

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~ Day 51 ~

This is one such example of a non-alphabetical photograph! Monday was H, and I took a photograph of my handwriting, but I had also been snapping things around the house, looking for inspiration for later letters in the alphabet. This is a moon that hangs from the ceiling in our living room, and every niece and nephew that has seen it has loved it, because it swings and rotates!

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~ Day 52 ~

Sadly not a great quality photograph, but it was the only photograph I took on Tuesday, so I had to use it. As you may have guessed, I was the letter of the day, and I was going to take a look through the dictionary for inspiration, and then I realised that I could just take a photograph of an I page in the dictionary!

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~ Day 53 ~

This one was taken in my brother’s car on the way home from a Chinese buffet! I went out for lunch with him, my sister-in-law, my dad and my baby niece, and she managed to get in quite a mess with a yummy chocolate eclair! I would have taken a photograph of her, but I didn’t have my camera and my phone would not suffice in the low light. J was the letter of the day, and I knew that I would probably end up taking a photograph of myself, but I wasn’t exactly looking my best, so I resorted to this. I quite like it though!

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~ Day 54 ~

Keys, because K was the letter for Thursday! I tried to arrange them so all of my keyrings were in shot, but it just wasn’t possible, so I got my favourite one in!

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~ Day 55 ~

Friday was a lovely sunny day, and we have the first of our daffodils popping up in the garden, so I decided that they would make the perfect subject for a Friday photograph!

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~ Day 56 ~

I have been promising my niece that she could come for a sleepover for ages, and Saturday was finally the day! I think she had a good time, we went to Burnham and played in the park, then walked along the Quay, and then we went home where she painted a mug and bowl set that my sister gave her. Having watched Grease and done some colouring in, we went to bed and watched Tangled and ate sweets. Aside from the fact that she takes up nearly all the room in the bed, it was a perfect afternoon and evening, and I had as good a time as she did!

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~ Day 57 ~

On Sunday, Anna and I decided to start on our Decopatch that we saw at a craft fair that we went to last weekend. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to quite work out properly; Anna wasn’t very confident that it was going to even before we started, but I thought it couldn’t be that hard! As it is, it isn’t that hard, but it just didn’t seem to work as well as it should have done. I think I’ll stick to knitting!

Until next time

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Project 366 – Week 4

Hello all

I can’t believe it’s Week 4  of Project 366 already! The year is going to fly by again, isn’t it? I am hoping to be back this week with some other blog posts; sorry for the radio silence but I have had various different things that were determined to stop me in my pursuit of blogging this week! As for this week’s photos, I have to say, that I lacked inspiration on most of the days this week! So most of the photos are quite uninteresting, but I intend to head a bit further afield than my house to take some this coming week!

~ Day 16 ~

Anyone that follows me on Twitter will be aware that I’ve spent a lot of time in the past couple of weeks watching Dawson’s Creek. The great rewatch is very much underway, and I’ve reached halfway! Season three is just about my favourite, and I’ve just finished it. I’m also still getting through ER (up to season ten of fifteen), and I’ve just started another great rewatch: The West Wing.

~ Day 17 ~

I told you I’ve been uninspired this week, didn’t I? This was one of those “Oh crap, it’s almost bedtime and I haven’t taken a photo” moments, so I snapped my cup of tea. I don’t want my Project 366 to become a chore like that, so I’ve got to up my game!

~ Day 18 ~

I had fully intended to take a photo at the cinema, of either my friends or the cinema itself, or of something that indicated that I had been to see a film. But I forgot, so I had to settle for a photograph of the ticket! Warhorse was very good, by the way, I’d definitely recommend it.

~Day 19 ~

I got this notebook for my birthday, and I love it, but I have a real problem with notebooks. It’s not just that I have an addiction, it’s that once I have all these new notebooks, I don’t want to start writing in them until I know exactly what I want to use them for. And when it’s a really nice notebook, like this one (it’s a Moleskin), I am so reluctant to start it! But I know that I want to use this to start trying to write my novel. I have a good basic idea, I just need to sit and start writing!

~ Day 20 ~

I spent Friday night sorting out my bedroom, because it’s been such a mess lately. I got to going through some of the books on one of my bookshelves (not a priority, but more fun than hoovering), and I counted up all the novels that I have on there that I haven’t read. It came to 58; possibly not that many compared to others, but still quite a lot. Anyway, so I thought I would take a photo of some of the books that are on there.

~ Day 21 ~

This is how un-vain I am. This is a horrible photograph of me, and  I’m putting it on here regardless. To be fair to me, I don’t usually look this awful. It was taken at 3.45am, after Anna and I had been babysitting for my nieces. We got home at about midnight, and proceeded to spend the next four and a half hours chatting. Quite ridiculous. Anyway, that’s that. A horrible photo of me!

~ Day 22 ~

This is one of the nieces that I babysat for last night (and the only one who actually required any attention, as the other two were asleep before I got there and remained that way). My brother and sister-in-law brought their children for lunch today, and we had a lovely day in which I tried to teach my eight-year-old nephew to knit, and got to play with my nieces. I also got lots of cuddles with this little lady. What a delight.

I hope you’re enjoying my Project 366, if you’re joining in too, don’t forget to let me know! Until next time