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May, mayhem, madness

I’m sure every family has one You know it The month of doom The cash destroyer The month where it seems EVERYBODY has a birthday Well, ours is May But funny enough, it doesn’t include any of our kids Which I’m astounded at seeing as though we have so flipping…

Happy Birthday to me

Another year done Another year gone Another one bites the dust Yep, it was my birthday last Saturday And I know I don’t look it but yes, it was my 41st “41st” I hear you say? Yep it sure was And because Nanny Sue was away I know, “who would…

Who on earth is ‘H’?

OMG!!!!!!!! I cannot believe it! I thought my heart was literally going to pop out of my chest Every once in a while there’s an epic TV programme And this time around its Line of Duty It’s one of those series that YOU HAVE TO WATCH It’s also got a…

Do you want some hot chocolate with that cream?

I’m not one for shopping but needs must The two youngest were at nanny noodles’ house so off we went A family (well nearly a full family) off to Telford Now we wouldn’t normally venture out shopping Especially because I would rather stick pins in my eyes than do that,…

Epic Easter Extravaganza

Suns out, kids out That’s the way we roll on a bank holiday in the sunshiiiiine So what to do? Saturday = Chase Fest Yep, we literally live on Cannock Chases back door so why not spend a day frolicking in the woods Picnic packed Racket games bought We even…

It nearly bought us to tears

It’s been ONE of those weeks You know the ones, where everything, and I mean everything goes pear-shaped with a capital ‘P’ Sick kids everywhere It’s been a right old #germfest And then the silver lining But not just any silver lining A silver lining that epic, well, I’ll let…

Rain, rain, go away!!!!

You know what? Some memories will never disappear, whether they are good or bad Back in 2017 we went on our first family holiday camping I know what you are thinking Four kids, one tent, are you mad? Yep, we sure are Everything was planned to perfection by the planning…

You gotta looooove cheeeeeese!

Not sure if you know But I am one of those twigs and berries kind of guys Yep, vegetarian But something happened to me this week which made my heart melt It was last Saturday After another action packed (totally manic) Saturday Four kids and shopping in Sainsbury’s is not…

Buy cheap, buy twice

Last weekend we reached another milestone in the Nation household We said farewell to a pushchair we have had for over 10 years!! It was like one of the family It was the first and only pushchair we ever needed All 4 children have been rocked to sleep in it…

They may take away our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!

Now I’m not talking the English army I’m talking kids Long gone are the days of freedom The weekend trips to the local pub The gigs, the festivals, the weekends away How far is long gone? Well, 10 years Monday, that’s how long Isobelle, who also goes by the names…

The wait is finally over…

For months and months and months we have been waiting Seen adverts everywhere and faced endless questions from the kids “how long is left?” “When can we see it?” The anticipation has been building What am I talking about? How to train your dragon of course Our kids have watched…

I am the best husband (part deaux)

Now I know what you’re all thinking? How on earth can I top the epic weekend in Dublin? Especially after the most romantic visit EVER to the print museum Well I tell you how Booze! But if you know me It’s not just any booze It was truly epic So…

I know how to treat a lady….

It’s taken me nearly 17 years but I think I outdid myself Completely nailed it Absolutely smashed it It all happened last weekend on our romantic getaway to Dublin Kid free, yes I repeat, kid free I whisked my darling wife away to Dublin to celebrate her 40th birthday…

Turning 40 wasn’t that bad!

As you will know I turned 40 two weeks ago I had a great day launching the BNI network meeting me and Mat attend Had a fab party to celebrate with my friends I was a bit worse for wear the next day though I can tell you. I am…

I think we may be bigger than the Beatles?

Some folks say the biggest thing to come out of Liverpool is the Beatles? Well, from a music point of view, they’re probably correct. But that’s a discussion we need to have down the pub. This week we completed an amazing project. Which in my eyes, IS BIGGER than the

Party like it’s 1979

Not sure if you know this but us Nations like a party. Any excuse to celebrate really. This week we have a big reason to celebrate. No, it isn’t celebrating Mat doing the washing up. It is my 40th birthday (don’t all say it at once, you don’t look

I’m raving, I’m raving……

We finally made it. It’s been 12 months in the pipeline, but we finally got to go. It all started about a year ago. With me showing Ruby a video on Facebook. Music blaring, dads dancing, glow sticks everywhere. Ruby was all over it and wanted to go there and…

I’m fed up to here with it all!!!!

I think I’ve finally gone doolally. This was one step too far. I’m done. As if it wasn’t bad enough me and Jude being outnumbered 4 – 2 (5 – 2 if you included Nanny Noodles). It’s now 7 – 2, aaarrrggghhh!!! No, we’ve not adopted. And no, we’ve not

What is that long slimy thing?

There’s a new contender in the Nation household. I’m talking top 5, straight in, no problemo. And that’s not easily achieved I tell thee. I’m talking about my favourite books. But this Christmas Nanny Sue pulled an absolute blinder. She bought Jude and Layla a new book and it’s a

DIY and Crimbo surely do not mix?

As you may well know, it’s that time of year. This can mean only one thing. A visit to the big man. The dude in the red suit. The don, Mr Clause. So, off we went. Venga Bus packed full of kids. But where were we going I hear you

You can shove your sprouts, it’s carrots all the way!

Now it’s December, I feel comfortable with the word Christmas. It really is my favourite time of year. I just looooove Christmas films, Nice food and an excuse to drink more alcohol…… hiccup. But there is one thing that has annoyed me already this Christmas. Christmas is a time for

Aldi

Under Pressure! Dom dom dom, dom dom dom dom Now I’m not talking Vanilla Ice, I’m talking Queen and Bowie. Full throttle, no holds barred pressure. The fear of god. The mass panic. The sweaty palms. Now I like to class myself as quite a chilled out guy. And pressure

We came, We saw, We conquered

This week we have been at it again. You all know by now how we looooove a challenge don’t you? Well this has certainly been a challenge for us. But one, I have to say we have thoroughly enjoyed. I am talking about the epic project that was Busy Bees!!!!…

Whoop whoop it’s the sound of da police!

Police and branding do not usually come up in the same sentence. Especially here in Blighty. But when I was driving along the other day. On another journey to see a new client. I heard something quite remarkable on the radio. Now some police departments are more well known than…

He’s got terrible claws, knobbly knees, orange eyes and a poisonous wart aaarrrggghhh

It’s one of the things we’ve always done. It’s part of our ritual and always will be. And too be honest, I loooove it. I’m talking about story time. It happens every night and is possibly the calmest time in our house. Now I’ve got my own personal faves. One…

Prost – Zum Wohl

No I haven’t lost it honestly. Last weekend me and Mat went out! Not just out, I mean out, out. Anyone guess where we went? Here are some clues, it involved:

  • Alcohol (lots of)
  • Dancing (some)
  • Singing (very bad)
  • Laughing (plenty)
Got it yet? Oktoberfest!!!!!!!!!!!! No unfortunately not the big…

Don’t you swear at me!!!!!!

Now you know me by now I am not easily insulted. However a comment last week really pushed me over the edge. I am not a prude but I just can’t stand some words. And the C word is probably my most hated. Especially when mentioned in October!!!! Yes, you…

It wasn’t like this when I were a lad…

It’s been a testing few weeks. The choices are endless. It’s like a family day out, and when you’re finished your brain wants to explode. And I know for a FACT, “it wasn’t like this when I were a lad”. There were no choices, well not for us kids anyway.…

Life in Production

Life in Production

This past week has been a little hectic at Personalised Nation HQ. Saturday we had a lovely morning celebrating Ruby’s 8th birthday with her friends. We did this in style, we held a cinema party. 30 kids in a cinema who we (stupidly) fed sweets and sticky popcorn. =…

It’s technology gone mad!

It’s technology gone mad!

If there’s one thing I hate in life it’s shopping. Food, clothes, toys, anything. I can’t flipping stand it. There’s nothing worse than trapesing around shops, kids moaning, needing the toilet every two seconds. It’s not like back in the day. Before the tinternet. Before mobile phones. I used to…

Hamper

Last week I received an email saying I have posted a parcel out to you, I hope you have received it. My interest was piqued. I was intrigued. What could it possibly be? My mind was working overtime, new sample products maybe (I always get excited when we receive new…

FREE PIZZA FOR LIFE, Now you’re talking!

FREE PIZZA FOR LIFE, Now you’re talking!

I do love a good pizza. It’s probably my favourite takeaway. It’s always the go to snack when time is tight or I’ve had a few too many. But too be honest, it doesn’t happen that often Do you know why? Because it’s too flippin expensive. I mean, we can…

You know the score. Buy cheap buy twice. Doh!!

You know the score. Buy cheap buy twice. Doh!!

Last week me and the tribe spent a week in Barmouth. Mat had spent the bank holiday weekend with us and then went back to keep up with the workload. During that week we splashed in the swimming pool, played the oldest arcade games you have ever seen, rode on…

Can’t get this out of my head!!

Not sure if you have heard about the new craze on the block? Frankly, I am not sure how you would miss it. If you have kids in your life (in any capacity) you have heard this song! Do you know what it is? ‘Baby shark’ doo doo doo doo…

Uncle Ben’s a fraud!

I do love it when a plan comes together. I know it’s a tad naughty but I just can’t help myself. So on Saturday we were all sat at the dinner table. Yes, that’s right all six of us. I’d like to say it was civilised, but where Jude is…

Holy Cannoli – part deaux

They’ve only gone and done it again. And I fell for it hook, line and sinker. Let me set the scene………. We wake up nice and early Saturday and plan the day ahead. We only had 50% of the tribe, so as you can image, the planning was slightly easier.…

It’s just another manic SUNDAY!

Well we had a rather manic weekend (as usual). No. 3 AKA Layla had a birthday party on Saturday with 5 (I repeat 5) of her friends at our house. Add on our 4 tiddlywinks, plus a couple of struggs and let the chaos ensue! Then Sunday, No. 2 Ruby…

Rain, chocolate, games and even more rain

It’s a sure sign I’ve got a long weekend coming up. Do you know why? Because it’s absolutely chucking it down. You could basically plan your holidays around mine. And whenever I’m off work, don’t bother, cus it ALWAYS rains. So, what do you do with four kids in tow…

Cadbury chaos – part 2

Cake, biscuits, chocolate. Which one’s your favourite? Mine? Ooooh, I’d be torn to make a choice. I honestly LOOOOVE all three, you can even throw a bit of ice cream and cream on top if you want? So, when we FINALLY decided to go to Cadbury World. It took a…

Cadbury chaos – part 1

One down, three to go. What am I talking about? Kiddiewinkles birthdays, that’s what I’m talking about. Last Sunday it was Isobelle’s birthday. I know, it was Mother’s Day too, BONUS! So, two weeks prior to this we had a strategic meeting in the Nation household. Me, Mat and Isobelle…

Move over Captain Underpants…

Oooooh I do love a good joke. And with our kids being so sweet and innocent. It’s SOOOOOO easy. I just couldn’t resist. So when the two big un’s barged into the bedroom the other day. OBVIOUSLY whilst I was getting changed. Because that’s the ONLY time the kids ever…

Holy meatballs!

I’m quite a simple man. And what spare time I have I like to spend it with the tribe. I am trying to learn the guitar too, but that’s a (very slow) work in progress. And I’m a big believer in having quality spare time. So, when I hear these…

Aaarrrggghhh I’ve run out of paper!

I’m only jesting. Like that would ever happen had PN HQ. But then again, we are super organised. We have systems in place so we always have stock. And notifications going off left, right and centre to let us know if we need to get something done. Plus the fact…

Why oh why did I do it?!?!

Every year is the same. I promise myself I won’t let it happen. Today however… Just like years gone by… I had forgotten! You may have already guessed it. Yep, I forgot to get supplies for pancake day. “IT’S AN ABSOLUTE DISASTER MOMMY, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?” said…

Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, goose!

Oh I do love a bit of irony. So when I heard about this, I had to check twice. Oh, and it made me laugh. In fact, I actually laughed out loud. When I saw the news story that a hunter had been hit by a goose! But not just…

Oopsy daisy!

I’m not sure if you’re the same as me. But when it comes to locking up, whether it be at home or at work, the brain goes into meltdown. I’m sure it’s got something to do with short term memory loss. Which in-turn, is not my fault, I blame the…

Meat Pie, Sausage Roll!

We all love a quick snack now and again don’t we? Well there’s definitely plenty of choice out there when you do. Wether you’re out for a few beers with your mates (chance would be a fine thing), or off out with the breadknife (wife) and the kids. The choices…

The Venga Bus is coming, do do do do do do do!

Come on, don’t tell me you don’t know it. It’s the cheesiest song ever written and Mat absolutely LOATHES it! Still doesn’t stop him from car dancing to it though! But it does strike a chord with our family. And anyone who has seen me driving around will know why.…

Pumpkins, Fireworks and the Big ‘C’!

It’s getting to that time of year. It’s cold, dark, wet and miserable. But to top it off it’s an expensive time of year too. And there’s way too much stuff going on for my liking. Parties, get togethers, lunches, brunchies yada, yada, yada! Do you fancy going here, do…

Pen, pen where are all the pens

We’ve all had this happen haven’t we. I have a pen pot, which is a pretty good place to keep pens in my book. But when you need one, you cant find one. It usually happens when someone is on the other end of a call. And your frantically scratting…

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