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Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Cross Point, Brewers Fayre Coventry has a Refurb

Last weekend we were invited along to the newly refurbished The Cross Point, Brewers Fayre restaurant over in Coventry. We rarely go out for meals anymore, but Brewers Fayre is a reasonably priced family friendly restaurant. 

As just mentioned, the restaurant at Coventry has recently undergone a refurbishment and honestly looks amazing. Its got a modern feel, which is really homely and comforting throughout,with traditional styling thrown into the mix too. 

We had a table booked for 7.30pm, the location of the restaurant is near to a cinema, so an ideal location for those visiting the cinema too. The restaurant has an instant warming feeling upon entry, with a welcoming front of house area too. There is plenty of seating area around. Also situated within the restaurant is a play area, this is located separately to the restaurant but still accessible. Upon our arrival, there were plenty of tables already taken, but still room for more. 

Within the menu there is a wide choice of food, along with the daily deals which are on too, including the buffet option. Each of us had a different meal, I had a lamb shank, Ashley had a steak and the children each had a portion from the children's menu. Each meal was a decent portion size and was filling. But of course, we had to sample the puddings so Ashley and I shared the fondue, and Jack had a funny face ice-cream from the children's menu.  

We enjoyed our meals and the dining experience we had too. The service we received was good too, any problems we have they were happy to assist. The refillable drinks machine was empty so they refilled it. 

Please Note: We received a £50 voucher towards the cost of our meal to sample the menu. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Project 365 | 2017 - Week Two and Three

January 7th - Cheeky madam sitting on the arm of the chair...

January 8th - No photos today :(
January 9th - Show and Tell at school today and Jack decides to take all the bears for Goldilocks.

January 10th - How gorgeous are my earrings?

January 11th - I think some little puppy left behind some evidence...

January 12th - Trying on your big brothers swimming goggles, such a fun activity.

January 13th - Snow prints view, finally a small dusting of snow, was attempting to get the dog from the bedroom window but she kept hiding.

January 14th - We went to do a review this evening and I loved this quote.

January 15th - Finally finished painting our downstairs bathroom, brought the paint a while ago but decided to do this weekend, selfie time.

January 16th- Another no photo day. 
January 17th - The girls at work recommended these as a Protein boost, yep I didn't even manage this one serving...

January 18th - Poorly boy off school today with high temperature.

January 19th - Bedtime Pouts...

January 20th - The mini one caught the high temperature so sporting being poorly today

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Birthday Parties and my poor boy...

Since I returned to work following my maternity leave with Jack, he has been in nursery or school, that's just over 4 years now. In all of that time he's been invited to one birthday party - ONE!

Now this is not me moaning but Jack has started to notice, he's starting to realise now his friends are going and he's not. Don't get me wrong children are free to choose who they wish to attend their parties, and parents are free to pick whoever too. But sometimes I can't help but weep for my little boy, my little boy who is feeling left out. 

I can't help but relate to this, at school I found it difficult to make friends therefore never went to parties neither when younger or house parties as I was older. I was bullied and I don't want my boy experiencing similar.

Jack is brilliant at making friends, brilliant!
Yes he may be a pain in the bottom sometimes, but aren't all children?

We've talked together about these parties, talked about how it doesn't matter they didn't invite him, when deep down I can feel his pain.

I realise I'm sounding pretty jealous or something similar, but simply I'm just wishing for you to consider your invites. Consider the ones noticing these things, especially when they consider you a good friend.

Now I'm off to consider Jacks party for his upcoming birthday, hoping no-one will be feeling the same.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

#WeightLossWednesday - New Year New Goals

Hello everyone! I cannot believe Christmas and New Year just came and flew past. I'm pretty sure many of you possibly made the new years resolution of 'Loose some weight', we always seem to. Of course I made it mine considering I'm still attempting from last year. 
So last year started off well, then went all wrong. I'm still not completely with it but attempting again anyway as I'm having meals at a better time I just need to focus on everything else. 

So I had my weight watchers subscription last year, but I decided to cancel it. I wasn't using it correctly and certainly wasn't following the plan. It wasn't something that was completely working for me, but I think that is just because I couldn't get my head around it. Who knows. 

So this time, I'm going completely alone, just doing the drink more, move more, eat less and eat healthy. 

I weighed in end of last week so we will go from there. I'm not sure what I ended up finishing on last year when I was weighing in, but I know I weigh more now. I've almost 5 stone to loose for my ideal weight. 

Looking forward to sharing this journey along the way with you.

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Project 365 | 2017 - Week One

January 1st - Sometimes you just gotta' dress as Buzz and play Scaletrix.

January 2nd - Starting well, only image from today is this attempt at Isla when she stole the decorations.

January 3rd - Catching up on blogging and eating cake. 

January 4th - Late evening play with Dottie.

January 5th - Bit short on images again today, Princess Grump.

January 6th - Sleepy girl, shes so peaceful when sleeping. 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Finding local services with Bidvine

Since moving last Summer, I often find it hard to find reliable people when needing something doing. I've tried looking on local pages on facebook but often get inundated with responses which don't even match or even let down when I do choose to book. It's made me loose all faith in that. Theres also the matter of knowing I won't be ripped off too. 

Recently I discovered Bidvine, which I've found so useful and so far, much better then those pesky sites. Its so simple to use, in fact a little way to easy! 
Bidvine takes all of the hassle out of the searching process simply visit the website or download the app, fill in your details and await the quotes coming back to you. Of course I'm looking at this from a new to the area kind of aspect but even so, when we lived near family asking for recommendations and getting multiple 'perfect' choices from each was hard. 

I opted to look for photographers in Birmingham, seen as its a large area there is a large choice too. I opted for portrait family photography seen as I want to update and have some images of all of use. When using Bidvine to search I was able to narrow down the type of photography portrait for me and then answer a few simple questions. By answering these it enables the quotes to be tailored to me, meaning I'm not having to talk to several different companies to then find out they aren't actually suitable or a match. I was even able to put in my budget and whether or not I wanted to travel to them. 

However, its not just for looking for photographers, there are many different professions included such as personal trainers, furniture assembly, catering and cleaners to name a few. There is also then lots of further choice within the categories such as photography, you can choose wedding, baby, family, portrait or pet to name some of the choices. 

I would highly recommend giving Bidvine a go to help you find a perfect match for your local services in which you may be looking for. I certainly found it very helpful. 

In collaboration with Bidvine.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Winter Play Time with ChuckIt! Dog Toys

Dottie is such a playful pup, after having just having Abbie for such a long time now, I forgot that some dogs, well majority, do actually really like to play. Since the clocks have gone back I'm finding it hard to play with the dogs of an evening outdoors but also when we go on walks. However, back in November the lovely people from ChuckIt! got in touch asking if we would like to try out some of their toys, how exciting?

Obviously, with the darker mornings and nights, the dogs are having a lot of walks within the dark, along with playtime. Keeping on top of their energy can be hard, normally we loose the balls we take with us, because we cannot see to pick them back up. This is where ChuckIt! come in.

We have had lots of use from the amazing products we were sent since that time, and feel we can give them a real good review by now. We were sent a lovely Winter Pack from the team including lots of goodies. 

Within the pack was a Max Glow Erratic Ball, Max Glow Launcher Pro 18, Max Glow Zipflight, Max Glow Ball, Orbiloc Dog Safety Light and Fluff & Spruce Shampoo. 
Everything apart from the light and shampoo were from ChuckIt!, and they all glow in the dark, amazing huh? 

First to get a use was the safety light, simply because this was put on before we went for our walkies. Recently we've been taking the dogs a lot when its dark, attempting to walk them and control two children is difficult so I await childcare just so I can walk them. The Orbiloc keeps your pooch visible at all time up to 5km. 

Then we have the toys, the Erratic Ball has been a firm favourite, bouncing in every which direction, this is the one getting the most play as it works well when out on walks but also within the garden space. The geometric shape ensures the ball never bounces straight, except in goes in every direction. 

Next the Launcher with the glow ball has had a lot of use. Dottie is full of slobber, and picking up a ball to throw again for her, is simply yuck! so, the launcher comes in perfect for picking up the ball. Using with the glow balls, ensures we can always see where the ball is going within the dark. ChuckIt! claim just 5 minutes of light will give you 30 minutes of bright play. 

The Zipflight didn't have too much play from us, Dottie wasn't overly keen on the shape of this, much preferring a ball but we still do have some play with it, mainly within the garden space. However, its perfect for use as it floats on the water too. Their are plenty of glow pieces around the outside ensuring visibility at all times. 

Anyway, Dottie is a puppy, she is chewing through everything and I mean everything, have you heard about my kitchen walls and flooring? However, up to yet, these items are still remaining in tack. In all honesty I've no idea what they have made them from but they are certainly standing the test of time. Not only that, they are still really bright in regards to glowing too. 

Of course, after every walk, especially in the wet cold weather you need to freshen up your mucky pup, and this shampoo comes in perfectly. Leaving your pooch looking and smelling beautiful too. 

We have loved all of these products, and I'm amazed they are still going strong after all of this time. 

Please Note: I received these products in exchange for an honest review, all words and opinions are my own and not influenced by this.