Review: Chuckle Monster

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In case you hadn’t realised, it’s Mother’s Day this coming Sunday. And as father of two under-fives, it’s my responsibility to organise a special day for Mummy. Now, this isn’t an area in which I have an excellent track record, but that’s not entirely my fault, as this summary of Mother’s Days past shows:

  • 2009: Gem’s first ever Mother’s Day was spent travelling back from Dubai, where we’d been visiting her folks who were living in Abu Dhabi at the time (this all sounds much more glamorous than it actually was!). My plan had been to pick up some fabulous gifts at Duty Free prices, but it didn’t quite work as travelling with a baby in tow limits the opportunities for surreptitious gift buying. Thankfully Auntie Ali came to the rescue, and made sure there were gifts waiting when we got back home – thanks sis!
  • 2010: Another year, another road trip, this time down to Gem’s mum’s in Lincolnshire. And so, again, Mother’s Day was spent travelling homeward, this time involving 6 hours in the car with a toddler
  • 2011: We were at home for this one, but with Gem recovering from giving birth to Megan just a couple of weeks earlier, I suspect  we didn’t venture far from home. If indeed we did any venturing
  • 2012: Last year’s Mother’s Day was so special that neither me nor Gemma can remember anything about it! I am awesome :)

As you can see, I’m a bit rubbish at this, so it’s lucky that Chuckle Monster offered to give me a hand this year. They were looking for bloggers to review their personalised greetings card service, and asked if wanted to get involved. I jumped at the chance – after all, it’s one less thing for me to forget worry about!

If you’ve used any personalised greetings card service in the past, you’ll know what to expect. There are tons of designs to choose from, which can then be personalised to suit the intended recipient. Heather was “helping” me, and chose a beautiful card with a heart on it. She typed her and Megan’s names onto the front cover, and even made up a joke to go on the inside (it’s up to her usual standard, ie it makes no sense, but you can’t help smiling).

Because Heather had picked a card that didn’t involve a photo, I created a second one to test this feature out, as it’s something I’ve had problems with on other sites in the past. No problems with Chuckle Monster though – the file uploaded and was added to the card without fuss. Once added, it was easy to resize, position and otherwise tweak my picture.

There was even an option (which I didn’t use) to use a Facebook picture rather than one on my hard drive. I can see this being very handy, for example if I was designing a card at work rather than at home.

The fact that I was able to do all this with an excited four year old by my side, and a two year old elsewhere in the room, and all without waking Mummy (who was sleeping upstairs) shows just what a straightforward process it was. And the site itself looks great,

The cards arrived within 2 working days, and I’m very pleased with them. So that’s one less thing to worry about. The only thing that could be better is if Chuckle Monster could organise everything else I need for Mother’s Day – flowers, gifts, lunch and so on. But I suppose it wouldn’t be the same if me and the girls didn’t do something for ourselves, right?

Chuckle Monster provided me with voucher codes to order cards for this review. All words and opinions are my own, and links have been included out of courtesy.

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6 thoughts on “Review: Chuckle Monster

  1. Awww, and if you’re anything like most men, when you forget to write out the cards, you can show them to Gemma two weeks later and say ‘see, i did get you one – maybe you’ll get it next year’

    Or maybe that’s just my wee bro. And Andy to an extent…

    • Can’t say I’ve ever done that, but I am really bad at forgetting to pick up an envelope when I buy a card. Fortunately Chuckle Monster supplied those for me :)

    • All in hand, more or less :)

      Heather approves of my suggested gift, and I’m pretty sure you would too. I’m being cryptic just in case Gem crumbles and reads this post before her personal embargo is lifted on Sunday. I’m sure she won’t, but, y’know, better safe than sorry.

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