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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

My Fairy Garden Magic Beans | A Review

Last year we created a little fairy garden with Jack and he absolutely loved it, each day he would take a look to see if the fairies had visited that evening. Recently Jack has taken a great interest into the story of Jack and the Beanstalk so when we were sent the My Fairy Garden Magic Bean Pot I knew he would love it, and I wasn't wrong.




There are two fairies available within the Magic Bean Pot range, Hope and Joy, we received Hope Fairy. Both sets are aimed at children aged 4 years and over and come complete with a plant pot, fairy, bird, spade and 2 magic beans.






Everything you need is included within the pack apart from the compost, so we headed out to the garden and put some within the small pot. Jack then used the little spade which comes with the set to dig a small hole before then placing one of the beans inside. He then covered the bean back up before giving it a little watering. As we don't have the best weather at the moment and we were planting before the recommended time (May-September), we left ours within the kitchen as its the warmest place for germination to begin. 

It took around a week for the beanstalk to have a noticeable sprout, and another 2 days for the bean to begin fully opening. Our magic bean had worked with the help of a little fairy. Our bean is now a fair height, with the pod in which the seed was within beginning to loose colour and shape, which I think will fall off soon. We are looking forward to watching the bean continue to grow and maybe planting the other one too. 



You can see the My Fairy Garden range below.



Please Note: We received this item in exchange for an honest review, all words and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Win a Family Ticket to Mr Bloom at Wolves Grand | Competition

In a couple of weeks time the kids and I will be off to Wolverhampton Grand to watch Mr Bloom Live, totally for the kids of course. Jack has loved Mr Bloom's Nursery for as long as I can remember, and I must admit to being a bit of a fan too. When I saw the show was coming to the theatre again I knew Jack would love it and after seeing Ben Faulks in the pantomime at Christmas he decided he wanted to come back to watch it.

However, we have teamed up with Wolverhampton Grand for one lucky winner to win a family ticket for four to one of the shows at Wolverhampton Grand. This entitles four people a minimum of 1 adult and 1 child to visit the performance. Simply enter below.


Mr Bloom, as seen on CBeebies, is about to embark on his first ever live UK theatre tour in February 2017. ‘Tiddlers’ of all ages are invited to come and see their favourite gardener and his veggie friends in their brand new stage version of Mr Bloom’s Nursery. As well as featuring Mr Bloom himself (Ben Faulks) the show will also star Colin the Runner Bean, Margaret the Cabbage, Joan the Fennel, Raymond the Butternut Squash, Sebastian the Aubergine and the Wee McGregors, not forgetting Mr Bloom’s trusty Compostarium too. Mr Bloom and his Veggies are getting ready for a very special occasion - a member of the Royal family is paying them visit. Can you lend a hand and help them get the Allotment ready in time? They certainly hope so! Come and sing along to all your favourite songs: ‘This Is My Allotment’, ‘Meet The Veggies, ‘The Compo Song’ and’ Night Night Veggies’.

Using song, play and interaction Mr Bloom’s Nursery is a fun and inspiring show with strong educational values which will entertain parents and Tiddlers alike. Performances at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre are on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 March, tickets can be bought in person at the Box Office, by calling 01902 42 92 12 or online at grandtheatre.co.uk

Ben Faulks says:- ‘I know all of the Tiddlers out there like watching Mr Bloom on the television, but this is the first time they will be able to come and see me and the Veggies in their local theatre in our very own live show! I am so excited, so are The Veggies, Colin is packing his suitcase already! It’s going to be a great show so make sure you all come along and say ‘Ello.’

Mr Bloom needs no introduction to children under the age of seven. Since 2011 he has appeared regularly on BBC’s pre-school TV channel CBeebies. The character evolved from an original concept created by Ben Faulks called the Vegetable Nannies, an innovative piece of street theatre consisting of real fresh vegetables being dressed in nappies and looked after by their friendly gardener! The BBC picked up the idea, and the first episode of Mr Bloom’s Nursery was transmitted in 2011 – the show was an instant success. Since then there have been five further series, establishing Mr Bloom as a popular CBeebies character. This live version of Mr Bloom’s Nursery is being produced by Munchkin Entertainment, a brand new theatrical production company.

Mr Bloom Live

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Brainbox Peppa Pig | A Review and #Win

Jack and Isla are still big Peppa Pig fans, who isn't these days? We've watched so many episodes over the years I hate to think how much time I've lost on that pig. But still, she gives some sanity. So when we heard about a new game from Brainbox based on one of their favourite characters, we were delighted to be able to give it a try. 



Brainbox isn't a game brand I had previously heard of so wasn't really sure what to expect on arrival, but when it arrived Jack and I were surprised. The box was eye catching for him, whilst storing everything we would need for the game neatly inside. 




The game is designed to help with observation and memory skills, whilst improving them along the way. The game is easy to understand, players simply take it in turns to study a card with a Peppa Pig scene on it before the sand goes through the timer, once the time is up the player rolls the dice. Another player then reads out the question corresponding with the number from the back of the card they were studying. If the player answers correctly they get to keep the card, otherwise it is returned to the bottom of the pile. You can play for as long as you wish although 10 minutes is recommended, at the end of the time, the player with the most cards is the winner. 



However, we did find you can easily find ways to adapt this game, to single player, to lasting longer too. Jack had great fun studying the card then getting me to read all of the questions on the back for him to answer. He enjoyed doing it this way and I found it really helped him with his observation skills too. 




I've been really impressed with this Brainbox game, and the overall quality of it. I think we will definitely be looking into getting some more of them. 

I now have a great giveaway for you to win your own copy of Peppa Pig Brainbox game. 

Peppa Pig Brainbox

Please Note: We received this game in exchange for an honest review. 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Schleich Farm World Starter Set | A Review

This is not the first time I'm reviewing Schleich toys, last year we reviewed some other animal sets and they were a big hit with both children. So when I was given another opportunity to review some more of their animal figures I knew they would be the perfect addition. 



This time we were sent the Farm World Starter Set, which is priced at £14.99 and includes a sheep, a cow, a rooster and a baby donkey. As we expected the quality and detailing of each animal is amazing which is reflected within the price. I've previously wrote about how they are made and the extensive detailing and processes to create this is incredible. However, what I loved about this set was the detailing going into creating the baby donkey, giving it the cheeky baby look. 



Majority of children love animals, and mine love visits to the farm, seeing the animals and how they change. Jack especially loved how these reminded him of his farm visits and recreating some farm scenes. 

The Schleich toys are recommended for ages 3+, however with some careful supervision Isla has been having a play too. She's almost 2 now (sob!) so quite aware of not putting things in her mouth, but we always look on the safe side. 



For Schleich everything is about imaginative play and children's imaginations are great. Isla tends to play with these alone as she doesn't really understand yet, but Jack puts his imagination to key and takes them rides in the toy cars, and builds them some homes. But Jack loves showing each animal to Isla, telling her what they are and the noises they make.

As I previously mentioned this set has an RRP of £14.99, which I think is great value for money. You can view the whole range of Schleich and plan your extensive collection on from Smyths Toy Store. 

Please Note: We received these figures in exchange for an honest review, all words and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Jack | Now you are five!



Five years ago I became a mother, to you the most amazing little boy I know! 
Jack, I am so incredibly proud of you and everything you have become, even more so now your a big boy as you keep letting me know. 
You've caused me a fair few grey hairs this past year, but I wouldn't be the same without you. You've become an incredibly motivated young boy at school and enjoying your learning now you're settled. 
Your knowledge on somethings astounds me each and every day. 

Even the days you guilt trip me into more time playing on the computer, or getting to watch a film in bed. I'm proud to be your mama.

You are an amazing big brother to your sister and she admires you and looks up to you every day for inspiration.

I love you more and more each day, and I'm proud to call you my little boy, for which you will always be my baby.

Monday, 13 February 2017

The Elisabeth Arms, Bilston has a makeover

Recently The Elisabeth Arms in Bilston had an extensive refurbishment giving a whole new look along with a new menu. We were invited along for a try of the menu as well as have a look at the changes. 
The Elisabeth Arms, Bilston

The Elisabeth Arms, isn't a restaurant I had visited before, I remember once we went to go there, pulled up on the car park which was busy (good sign) but it just didn't look inviting from the exterior so we never went in. This time however, on arriving at the car park, I was pleased with how warming and inviting it looked compared to the first visit I made there. 
The Elisabeth Arms, Bilston

We went on a Saturday evening, so a reasonably busy time which I think is the perfect timing as you get a real feel for how they can cope when busy, also as we always go out for meals as a family, I always want to find somewhere who are good at accommodating families, especially those with younger children. 

The Elisabeth Arms, Bilston

As I hadn't been to the restaurant before or a Sizzling before I was unsure how the seating was but from observing, I believe you go in and find your own table. Ours was a reserved table so after asking a member of staff we were shown to our table however again, watching others they just headed along to their reservation tables also. 

The Elisabeth Arms, Bilston

We sat at our table and made our meal choices before going up to the bar to order. The menu had a wide choice of food available, and on our visit everything was available. As it was a bit busy in the restaurant it did take a short while for our meals to come out, but nothing longer than I would have expected. Whilst we were waiting one of the waitresses came over and offered Jack some colouring sheets which he enjoyed whilst awaiting his food. 


Our food arrived with the children's meals coming first followed by ours. Jack had opted for chicken nuggets and chips with beans, whilst Isla enjoyed a pizza which was served with some salad sticks. Ashley had the Rack of BBQ Glazed Ribs whilst I was a pig and had the All American Platter,we both had ours with sweet potato fries rather than standard chips. Overall the meals were delicious, served hot and full of flavour. They were a lot bigger plates than I was expecting for the price too but very much enjoyed. 





As Jacks meal came with a desert within the price, we had a desert too. Jack had the build your own sundae, Ashley had the Rocky Road Sundae and I had the Kit Kat Sundae. We didn't do Isla's meal on the deal as she doesn't tend to eat much however we did get her a desert of a cookie, but she didn't eat this.



Overall we really enjoyed our meal and the service in which we received at the restaurant. It will definitely be somewhere in which we will return too within the future. 

Please Note: I received a £50 voucher towards the cost of our meal in exchange for an honest review however this does not influence my decision in any way. 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill | A Review

One meal we generally always agree on as a family is pizza. Jack especially likes pizza we get delivered compared to those we cook ourselves – and I have to agree with him. But how would he rate going out to eat pizza in a restaurant?

Well, when I told him we would be heading to Pizza HutRestaurants he did seem super excited. The following morning he was still equally excited greeting me with ‘Morning Mommy, don’t forget we are going to pizza tonight’.

Now I haven’t been to a Pizza Hut Restaurants in a while, in fact mum and I were trying to work it out and still haven’t. We have had collections from our local one but not sat in for a while. I have to admit though the pizza we collected just wasn’t overly nice. But when I head they had now started doing pasta too I was keen to try them out.

Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill

Recently we headed to Pizza Hut Restaurants located within intu Merry Hill, where we were given a £50 voucher to spend. I went along with my mum, Jack and Isla; my mum can find pizzas a bit hit and miss so probably wasn’t the best companion but thankfully it was a hit in fact we all found it a hit.

Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill

So onto our food and visit, so we visited the Pizza Hut Restaurants located in the lower mall of intu Merry Hill. It was a nice and quiet location of the shopping centre with access from outside or within the centre. We sat on a large round table which both of the kids really loved. Upon arrival our menus were already on the table as we had pre-booked so we set to choosing what to eat.

Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill

Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill
  

Jack knew instantly what he wanted – ‘pizza with macaroonee and pineapple please’ -  that is pepperoni and pineapple to you and me. Jack had his off the bigger kids menu so he could have the two toppings which meant it also came with a side for which he chose mozzarella sticks. We got Isla cheesy pasta shapes from the smaller menu. Then it was onto mum and I, mum opted for a meat feast with a BBQ base, deep pan. Whilst I had a BBQ American deep pan, we then had an additional side of cheesy fries and onion rings.

Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill

After placing our order we were told to help ourselves to the salad bar, I’m not sure where I’d been hiding but I was unaware of the salad bar before this point. However up we headed and I was surprised to see a wide selection including fruit and savoury too – Jack loved the apples.
Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill

Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill

Shortly after our food arrived, Jack and Islas initially followed by mums and mine. All of the food was piping hot so you could tell it was made to order. Our individual pizzas were perfectly sized and not too stodgy – yum! Jack never managed to eat all of his so we were given a box to take the remainder home.

Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill

Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill

Following this was desserts, mum and I didn’t order any as the children’s both come with dessert and Isla wasn’t going to ear one. Jack therefore had Islas ice-cream and mum and I shared Jack’s waffle, although we did end up with an adults rather than child’s portion. The waffle was delicious, very soft and fluffy with a little crunch on the edges. As Jack’s was ice cream he got to go to the ice cream factory, doing his own ice-cream was one of his highlights he then topped with some sauce and toppings – child heaven.

Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill

Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill

I almost forgot our drinks – we had them right at the beginning. Normally I wouldn’t mention drinks as we always just have soft drinks nothing spectacular. However it was a highlight for Jack again, we had unlimited soft drinks and Jack opted for an orange squash with his meal – which was free on the kids menu. At Pizza Hut Restaurants you do your own squash, Jack loved putting his desired cordial in and topping with water.

Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill

The staff within the restaurant were lovely too, very friendly and courteous to all, not just us but the other customer within the restaurant too which was nice to hear around us. Ensuring we all had an enjoyable experience.

Pizza Hut Restaurants at intu Merry Hill

Our experience within the restaurant has certainly encouraged me to want to pay another visit. The food quality and taste was exceptional too, better than I remember from the last pizza we had from there.

Please Note: I received a £50 voucher towards the cost of my meal, however all views and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

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