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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Get your Feet Flip Flop Ready with Superdrug this Summer #Review

Get your Feet Flip Flop Ready 
with Superdrug this Summer.

Summer is finally on it's way and we all want to get Flip Flop Ready or at least I know I do. Superdrug has a huge range of products made to do just that and I've been lucky enough to receive a few of them in the post to try out this week. Superdrug has a fantastic range of foot care products from the Rapid Pedi to buff away that tough, dry Winter skin… to cracked heel repair creams which ensure your skin stays supple and smooth all year round! 

Summer's warm temperatures mean we tend to wear no shoes more often which can often end up picking up some unwanted bacteria in the form of Verruca's which can spread really easily. Superdrug has a remover, treatment plasters and a repair cream which would all come in very useful in the unfortunate events that you do pick one up around the pool.

My two favourite products from the box were the Soothing Foot Lotion and the Exfoliating Foot Scrub. Both of which I will be using lots over the next few weeks. The soothing foot lotion is lovely, t's non greasy and soaks into your skin really quickly leaving you free to get on with other things. It leaves your skin feeling nice and soft and all fresh and summery. I do love a good skin exfoliation and this foot one is no different, it's a great way to get rid of the rough patches without any pain or uncomfortable scrubbing. I really liked both of these products. There's also a Super Absorbent Foot Powder which is great for after the bath.

Last not least there was some useful Nail Files and some party shoe accessories. No one likes sore feet when they wear heels so these Sore Spot Invisible Gel patches and Ball of Foot Cushions were the perfect way to avoid that. I've used these cushions for many years now as I'm a bit of a light weight when it comes to wearing heels on a Girl's Night Out.

There's some really lovely products now at Superdrug to help get your feet Summer ready. 

With a little help, You'll be ready for those flip flops in no time!

Disclosure: I received my Superdrug samples in return for an honest review.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Close Encounters at the West Midlands Safari Park #Review

Close Encounters at the West Midlands Safari Park

This weekend has been pretty darn awesome., one that we won't forget for a long time.
We set off on Saturday on a rather cloudy day feeling quite gloomy but returned home several hours later full or happiness and warmth. It's been several years since our last visit to the West Midlands Safari Park. Over 3 years in fact as adorable baby Sutton wasn't born on our last visit and now he's 3 years old after celebrating his birthday last week.

As a huge animal loving family we were all so excited for our day out. Getting to see all the beautiful animals up close and personal, nothing quite beats that amazing feeling. Most of the animals are free to walk around, among the cars. Only the Lions and Tigers are behind fences but that's probably for the best as it's scary enough being that close to them even though they are incredible to watch. I wouldn't want to get too close to them though - eek.

The West Midlands Safari Park opened back in 1973 and is home to around 140 different species of animal. It's four mile long drive through safari is something quite spectacular. We drove around as soon as we arrived, buying 4 boxes of food on entry (£3.50 a box) to feed some of the more gentle animals, like the Zebra, Giraffes and the Deer (Ryan's favorite).

It's amazing seeing these beautiful creatures so close up, they literally pop their heads through your car window to say hello or eat dinner more likely but I like to think it was the previous. I had 2 super excited children and 1 rather nervous one who sat hid in the middle away from the windows. You can get as close or as far away as you like, you don't have to open your windows but we loved it. Feeding the animals was magical, just take a look.

The safari is split into African and Asian areas, full of sign boards with interesting facts and stunning animals running free in groups just going about their day. We stopped by to see baby Sutton who's not so much a baby any more but still an absolute joy to watch. We must have stopped there just watching for a good 10 minutes. Seeing him playing with fallen tree branches and bonding with the adult Elephants around him. He was such a sweetie.

 We loved seeing the animals so much that we actually drove around the whole safari twice. Once when we arrived at 10.30 am and again a bit later around 3 pm just before we left. The second time was much quieter but both times were just as enjoyable. Ryan wanted to go round again but sadly it was getting late by that time and we finally left around 5 pm. 

There's so many animals to see, I could show you my photographs all day long but there are just too many so I've picked out just a few to give you a taster of what we saw.

The drive through safari is amazing but it's just apart of what's to do at the West Midlands Safari Park. There's also an exciting theme park full of rides for all the family but we didn't go on these as they did cost a little extra, not too much but we were happy just spending our day with the animals this time. There's a Discovery Trail with animal exhibits and shows. A Penguin cove where the coolest Penguins hung out and a Sea Aquarium full of pretty fish.

The Twilight Cave is pretty awesome as you get to walk through a cave where bats fly freely around you, Lily was a little scared but the rest of it loved it. It's not for you if you're scared of bats. It's very dark, so be prepared to jump out of your skin like I did when they fly past.

One thing you must see is the beautiful Rainbow Parakeet's in the Lorikeet Landing. It's not open all the time but does open several times a day so do try and time it right. You get to see the Rainbow Parakeets up close as you get to walk through their home. You can purchase little pots of food for them (we bought 4) as feeding them was so much fun. I'd never had a bird on my hand before let alone on my head, my back and my arm. Again if you don't like Birds, it's not for you but for us, this was the highlight of our entire visit.

There's so much to see and do at the West Midlands Safari Park. We had an amazing day and can't wait to go back real soon. The animals are incredible, they're all so beautiful and special in their own way. Some may be bigger and scarier than others but we loved them all.

There's loads more to do but we simply ran out of time to do it all. One thing Ryan wanted to do was visit the Land of The Living Dinosaurs which lets you step back in time to come face to face with some of the largest, most unusual and fearsome animals to ever have roamed the Earth. There's over 40 life sized, animatronic Dinosaurs. The roars and movements are very realistic so be prepared to jump once or twice, it was fun and enjoyable to walk around.

There's some nice little photo opportunity points along the way too.

 Admission prices include a free return which is lovely as you get to do it all over again.

If you've never been before, you really should, especially if you're animal lovers like us.

Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review.

Aquabeads - Finding Dory #Review

 Aquabeads - Finding Dory 

This week we've been creating our very own little Dory's and Nemo's with our newest Aquabeads set: Finding Dory. We loved the film and the fishes and loved creating our own.

Aquabeads are these cool little beads that stick together when you cover them in water to create amazing little shapes and characters. We've reviewed several of their sets over the past few years but this Finding Dory set has to be one of our favorites, it's just so cute.

You get lots of beads in this set, enough to make at least two of the characters, depending on which one's that you choose. We made a Dory and a Nemo and still had a few left over. 

Inside the box you get a great little bead holder which keeps all your beads neatly packed away for when they're not in use and also organised by coloured beads when they are. It's a great compact case which makes the set easy to carry with you when ever you're on the go.

The set comes with three cards giving you the choice of three characters from the movie to create. The hardest part is deciding which one you're going to create first. Once you've decided, you pop the template into the holder and start adding your beads. The templates are all colour coded you just pop the right coloured bead onto the matching spot. Once you've added all the beads, you then just spray them with water using the little water sprayer which is included. You then leave them to dry for an hour and that's it! All done.

Aquabeads are great and so easy to use, Ryan loves playing with them. I must admit I quite like having a go myself too. I mean, who doesn't like Finding Dory? She's just so cute.

The Aqusbeads are quite small but they're perfectly safe. I love the way they help Ryan with his Hand, Eye Co-ordination skills. Placing those little beads in the right places takes a whole lot of concentration, it's a great way to get them to sit still. Just look at our finished Dory, she's so cool. Ryan can't wait to take it into school next week to show all his friends. 

We love Aquabeads here, each set brings a whole new wold of possibilities and fun.

I wonder what set we will play with next?

Disclosure: We received our Aquabeads sample for free in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Disney Crossy Road - You'll Wanna Collect them All #Review

Disney Crossy Road - You'll Wanna Collect them All 

Based on characters from the hugely popular game Crossy Road, Character Options now bring you cute plush toys and over 40 pixelated mini figures to collect, swap and play with. 

 Each character comes with its own rarity status ranging from rare, epic, secret, legendary and limited edition! The are 40+ characters to collect including Mickey and all his friends, Toy Story, Big Hero 6 and Lion King, meaning your child will have great fun hunting for their next character. These Classic characters are at the centre of both parents and children’s hearts making them a great toy to collect and great fun for all the family. I really love them!

We were lucky enough to receive this amazing Crossy Road package yesterday, the kids were very excited. I'd never heard of Crossy Road before but once they'd seen them, they were telling me all about it and how great it is and how they love anything pixelated really.

Inside our box was a rather cute Woody Plush Figure (£9.99) a Mini Figure 4 Pack (£9.99) and 2 exciting Mystery figures boxes (2.99 each). Out of all the toys it was the mystery boxes that the kids were most excited about. I think it's the whole surprise element that makes them so much fun. The enjoyment they get from opening them up is incredible.

Inside our two mystery boxes we found a Secret Jessie figure and a Classic Goofy. We also got a Buzz Light Year, Woody, Donald Duck and Simba too. They're very bright and cute and all come with their own little stands to stand them up making them the perfect collectable. Both Lily and Ryan have enjoyed playing with them. I'm sure I saw them playing Musical Bumps with them last night which was lovely to watch. I think the figures are very enjoyable to collect and play with as they're all characters that they already know and love.

Here's our current Crossy Road collection. What will you collect first?

 Crossy Road are available to purchase at: Tesco, Asda, Toys R Us, Smyths and Argos.

Disclosure: We received our Crossy Road toys in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The Big Family Festival is coming to Sutton Coldfield this July & we're going!

The Big Family Festival is coming to 
Sutton Coldfield this July & we're going! 

Now that the kids are getting older, we're starting to try different things and this year I'm pleased to say, we're going to be attending our first family festival, the Big Family Festival. 

The Big Family Festival is coming to the West Midlands for the second year running to Dunton Hall in Sutton Coldfield. I for one am very excited about this is it's just down the road from us. I can't believe I hadn't heard about it before now, where have I been?

The West Midlands’ summer bonanza, Big Family Festival, is set to return from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July. It's going to be set up across multiple areas including an outdoor Main Stage and a workshops’ Den. There's going to be a whole host of exciting entertainment for all the family and lots of cool activities to take part in. The fun's going to include, the kids’ favourites Dick & Dom (they're kinda my favourites too but let's not tell the kids that). 

Another favourite of ours that will be there is The Sooty Show and Basil Brush, how cool are they?? With dozens of sports activities such as rounders, a Move With Peppa Fitness class and flag football too, there's going to be lots for the kids to do. There's also an exciting line up of the finest tribute acts out there, starring Rhapsody Queen, Black Magic Little Mix, Foo5ighters and Only One Direction. There are several ticket options available to fit varying budgets and timescales, from one-day tickets (adults £10 / children £5) to a three-day family-of-four camping ticket (£148) so you can go for as long or as little as you like.

The Big Family Festival is going to be our very first family festival that we've been too and we can't wait. Festivals like this are made to bring out the 'big kid' in all of us - hooray!

Disclosure: We will be attending The Big Family Festival to review our experience.

Monday, 8 May 2017

The Spice Tailor - For when You want a Great tasting Curry in a Hurry #Review

The Spice Tailor - For when You want a
 Great tasting Curry in a Hurry.

Last night when I'd finished work and arrived home feeling really tired but also really hungry. I was tempted to grab my phone and order myself a nice easy curry from my favourite local restaurant but then I paused (literally with my phone in my hand) and remembered the Spice Tailor kit I had sitting on the kitchen side and decided to give it a try instead. 

The Spice Tailor is an amazing selection of ready to cook sauces, Chutnis and Naans to make the perfect curry yourself in the comfort of your own home. Created by Anjum Anand, the range is completely natural with no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. 

I love an authentic curry but could never get that taste cooking one myself. My Mum is great at cooking curry but not me, sadly I didn't quite inherit that skill in the kitchen. My Mum used to stand over a hot stove for hours producing some of the most amazing food growing up.

Me, on the other hand. I'm a more cheap, cheerful and quick kinda cook. If it doesn't cook in half an hour then it isn't for me. I hold my hands up and admit, I'm way too lazy for that. 

With my Spice Tailor 'Delicate Korma Curry' kit, bag of frozen chicken (yes I buy that stuff) and garlic naan I set out to create my delicious curry in the shortest time possible. It was so simple and easy. You follow the step by step instructions on the inside of the wrapper:

First: Add a drop of oil into a pan and throw in the chicken. Proper chicken breast is recommended but if you're lazy like me then the pre-cooked frozen stuff works well too.

Next, stir in the base sauce and cook for a few minutes. Whilst this is cooking, throw the naan bread into the oven to cook at the same time so it will all be ready to eat together.

Next: Add the spice mix into the pan and stir. Last but not least: Add the curry sauce and cook for around 6 minutes until all the chicken is cooked or in my case, warmed through.
Once cooked, cut a nice chunk of naan bread and pour curry on top and serve. 

The results: The curry was amazing, I couldn't believe I'd cooked it all by myself in just 15 minutes.Yes, I know I had a little help by using the kt but I did do all the cooking part myself. For a quick and easy after work meal, I was pretty impressed. OK, really impressed. So impressed in fact that I must get some more of these for my next after work hunger emergency. Any curry that can be thrown together and cooked so quickly yet taste so good is worth doing more often. Maybe next time I might even use some fresh chicken breasts too. Either way though, I don't think it really matters what meat you add to it, it still turns out great. I'm now very excited for my next Spice Tailor meal, maybe the Original Tikka Masala.

If you love a good curry like me then I'd happily recommend trying The Spice Tailor sauces. 

They're really tasty, so easy and well worth the cooking time.

Disclosure: I received my Tailor Spice samples in return for an honest review.