Silent Sunday 23/10/2016
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Bath Time Fun with Colours Of The Sea Ariel Doll
The Little Mermaid is one of our favourite Disney Movies here in our house so when we were offered a Colours Of The Sea Ariel Doll to review, we just couldn't say no. The Colours Of Ariel Doll is a gorgeous, free standing, hard bodied doll just perfect for bath times. Hear her say 14 magical phrases and sing "Part of Your World" from the iconic tale, the Little Mermaid. The box includes: Includes Ariel Doll, removable Tiara, and best friend Flounder.
Colours Of The Sea Ariel from Jakks.Com is a pretty doll with the most beautiful long red hair I've ever seen. She's perfect for playing with both in and out of the water. She speaks or sings every time you press the purple shell button on magical her pearl necklace. At bath times you can watch her sparkle and shine as her magical tail creates a beautiful light show.
Lily who's 9 fell in love with her from the moment that they met. There's not many bath toys for Lily's age so when she saw that Ariel could join her in the bath she was so excited. Not only does Ariel light up the bath water but Flounder squirts water too so there's lots of fun to be had. Ariel talks and sings as well as making the water light up, she's pretty magical.
Ariel's tail does fill up with water when she's submerges in the bath but it does drain out when you stand her up afterwards. She floats on her back like she's swimming which Lily loved and her tail lights up nice and bright making all the bath water light up too.
Ariel's beautiful hair is just as pretty when it's wet and doesn't clump up or tangle which is great new. After bath time we left her standing up on the side of the bath to dry which doesn't take too long. She stands really easy as her tail makes her stand upright when needed. Her hair dried quite quickly and didn't get knotty and brushed easily afterwards.
Colours Of The Sea Ariel does require batteries but you'll be happy to know that they do come included. Ariel is recommended for children aged 3 and over, Lily is 9 and loves her.
We've really loved having Ariel around at bath times as she really does light up the room, both in and out of the water. She's a delightful doll, perfect for any Disney Princess lover.
Disclosure: We received our Colours Of The Sea Ariel Doll for free for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed within this review are 100% honest and our own.
Saturday, 22 October 2016
We're on the Chad Valley Play Panel & You could #Win a £75 Argos Gift Card Prize to Celebrate! #ChadValleyPlayPanel
We're on the Chad Valley Play Panel & You could #Win a £75 Argos Gift Card Prize to Celebrate!
I'm so excited to announce that Mummy Of 3 Diaries are now on the Chad Valley Play Panel. Growing up playing with Chad Valley toys myself, this means a great deal to me. We often visited our local Argos store at Birthday's and Christmas Time to pick a toy or two. The Chad Valley toys were always affordable and good value for money when I was growing up and still are today. There's over 400 toys to inspire and delight your children and mine. They're sure to spark imaginations, fuel their creativity and enchant their play times.
Chad Valley toys are only available at Argos and come in a range of styles, choices and styles. Chad Valley toys are not just for babies and young children as we're going to show you as my youngest child is 6 years old and my eldest is 13, it's going to be a really fun.
To celebrate our new role we've added a new badge to the blog and have a whopping £75 Argos Gift Card to give away to you, one of my very lucky readers. I'm so excited for you!
If you'd like to win, it's really easy to enter. Simply enter using the Rafflecopter Form below. There are no 'must do' entries for this competition so please do feel free to just do the ones you want or if you're feeling lucky, you can do them all. It's completely to you - Good Luck x
Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to the UK only. One winner will be drawn at random on November 13th. The winner will be contacted using the email they enter with. This prize is being supplied by Argos as we are now part of their Chad Valley Play Panel.
Friday, 7 October 2016
It's Beginning to look a bit like ... Halloween
with HARIBO's Halloween Range.
Halloween is slowly creeping up on us and will soon be here. We don't do too much to celebrate Halloween in our house but we do enjoy dressing up at home and tucking into some scary treats whilst watching a family friendly scary movie like Hocus Pocus.
We are huge fans of HARIBO here in our house and enjoy their sweets all year round but their spooky Halloween range this year is pretty scary and yummy. We were sent some to try out and have to say, they were delicious and won't let you down. You get all the great expected taste that you'd expect from HARIBO but in new spooky shapes and designs.
There's two main Halloween treats this year which are: HARIBO Scaremix and HARIBO TangfasTricks. You can buy each one desperately in large bags or treat size bags or try both at once with the new HARIBO Scaremix and TangfasTricks Duo Tub which is great.
Limited edition HARIBO Scaremix features the same iconic shapes found in Starmix, but in a terrifyingly good mix of new colours and flavours. They're great for Halloween parties, you’ll find Toffee Apple Monster’s Eyeball, Boo Bears and Dracula rings, alongside blackcurrant, bubblegum and blood orange flavours in this cauldron of treats. Spook-Tastic!
HARIBO TangfasTricks look like a treat but could be a trick with this naughty and nice bag that not only contains standard tangy pieces – perfect for you to sink your fangs into - but also hot and super-sour ones! Beware, approximately one in three pieces is a trick!
My little monsters absolutely love the new Halloween sweets from HARIBO. I was trying to save some for any Trick Or Treater's that may call but they've pretty much eaten them all so I may have to go and buy some more and hide them out of reach until Halloween arrives. The Scaremix was their favourite as the there's no nasty surprises in those. The TangfasTricks were nice but only if you got a sour sweet, the Hot ones were not the nicest but for sour sweet lovers, the Super Sour ones went down a treat, they loved those.
Whatever you're up to this Halloween, why not add some HARIBO fun to it.
Disclosure: We recieved our samples for free in return for an honest review.
Thursday, 29 September 2016
Halloween Treat Ideas from Yumbles
Halloween is almsot upon us, so we're on the look for out for some unusual treats to enjoy. Yumbles are an online marketplace for all-natural food for health conscious eaters who won't compromise on flavour. They go around the UK looking for artisan, small-batch foods that you won't find in your nearby store. They sounded like the perfect place for my unusual treats so when I was offered some of their treats to try, I was so excited.
Yumbles sell a whole host of wonderful treats but we were trying out their PopKakery Cake Pop Party Pack and their Helly's Kitchen Honeycomb S'mores - Both looked amazing!
I've never had S'mores before so I was really interested to see what they would be like. I had imagined the kind of messy marshmallow things we used to hold over the Girl Guiding camp fire but these Helly's Kitchen Honeycomb S'mores were so much nicer and tastier.
They arrived beautifully gift wrapped and ready to eat. Everything you need is inside the box with a nice little set of instructions. Each honeycomb square was individually wrapped for freshness and the perfect portion size. The box of honeycomb chocolate s'mores included: four soft marshmallows, oozing with caramel and honeycomb, sandwiched between two cinnamon biscuits. All beautifully hand-crafted at Helly's Kitchen HQ in Dalston, using fresh, top quality ingredients. I've never tasted anything quite like them before. The marshmallow was so lovely, not too sweet but yummy enough to want more of. I cut them up into halves so the kids could all give them a try. Ryan just wanted the biscuits as he's not a marshmallow fan but Lily and Chloe both loved the whole thing. I'd toasted them lightly so they'd melted onto the biscuits which gave them a great texture. We did get a little messy but that was all part of the fun. S'mores would make a great treat for Halloween as you get to hold them over a flame to toast. They'd be a great idea for a Halloween party.
Cake Pops are very popular with my kids so they were really excited about the PopKakery Cake Pops. We were sent a beautiful box with four different varieties to try, each one looked amazing! Our box contained an assortment of: PopNoir, Krumbles "n" Kream, Bling Bling and Dazzle Popkakes. The kids were in total pop cake heaven!
All Popkakery cake pops are made in small batches using the finest ingredients and have a shelf life of 21 days. Popkakery's cake pops have been enjoyed by enthralled party-goers and celebrities around the UK- Peter Andre and Mylene Class are among the PopKake fans. After trying them ourselves, we're more than happy to add ourselves to their fan base.
Each PopKake was covered in chocolate and covered in something exciting like sugar or sprinkles. The chocolate wasn't too sweet so they were very enjoyable. The cakes themselves were lovely too, nice moist cakes that again were not too sweet but just right.
The kids LOVED the PopKakes. They were a lovely after dinner treat for us but I can see how they'd make great Halloween treats too. Either for your Trick or Treaters if you're feeling generous or for your party favours. Which ever way you use them, they're sure to be enjoyed and loved by all. The range of flavours was great, some had vanilla cakes inside and some had chocolate cakes inside so there was a choice of flavours for everyone.
We really enjoyed our Yumbles delivery and would happily recommend both of the treats that we tried to our friends and family. If I had to choose which one I liked best, I'd go for the Honeycomb S'mores whereas I know all of the kids would go for the KakePops.
There are lots of lovely Yumbles Halloween treats to choose from, why not pop on over and take a look. I have my eye on their Purgatory Chilli Chocolate Bar.
What would you choose?
Disclosure: We received our Yumbles samples in return for an honest review. All the opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are 100% honest and my own.
Saturday, 24 September 2016
Mat Hatters Tea, Light Bulb Moments & Mojito with a Twist - The Alchemist has come to Birmingham!
I am so excited to say that the Alchemist is here in Birmingham and officially opens on Monday September 26 but I was invited for an amazing sneak peak last week. If you don't know who the Alchemist are then you're in for a real treat. The Alchemist are a cocktail bar & restaurant that celebrates molecular mixology, alchemy and craftsmanship. Drinks are served in all manner of vessels with theatre and panache served morning, noon and night. Changing colours, changing flavours, dry ice, hot and cold sensations and elements of nostalgia can all be found within the four walls of the menu. I have to say, it's one pretty impressive menu! There's loads of new cocktails as well as some old favourites too but even they aren't served like you're used too. Everything comes with a unique twist so whatever you order, be prepared for a show. I have never seen anything quite like this place but am so glad that's it here. It's quirky yet classy and so so much more. It's definitely my kind of place and i can't wait to go back with all my friends. It's a real show stopper.
For me the biggest show was served up with their Mad Hatters Tea. Oh my gosh, this was amazing, the sights, the smells and the tastes were all out of this world. I've never tried anything quite like this but would 100% do it again. It has the highest price tag on the menu at £20.50 but that price included Tea for Two so really it's only £10.25 a cup. You get to watch them boil it, infuse it and then pour it yourself. The smell of mint is so good, it sweeps across the bar with the smoke in such a dramatic way. I could have ordered it several times just to watch them make it all over again. The bar staff here are pretty impressive.
Seeing as I was there to check out the cocktails, that's just what I did and wow did I have fun. I tried everything from their Pornstar Martini to their chocolate topped Solero. There's really strong cocktails and lighter fruity cocktails. Cocktails topped with chocolate foam and cocktails over filled with bubbles. Some had huge balls of ice in the middle whereas some were made using dry ice. Every single cocktail was different and unusual in some way. I loved the whole element of surprise, each time I went to the bar, I just never knew what I was going to be served with. I've never enjoyed ordering a cocktail so much before.
One of my favourites was their 3.5 Oz of Happiness which comes ready made in a chilled Hip Flask which you get to keep. This is such a lovely idea as it means you then get a cool memento to take home and keep forever. Mine is now sat on my bedroom side where it will always remind me of that night and all the enjoyment that came with it which is lovely. I am so excited about this place, it has such a funky vibe with a relaxing atmosphere.
The Alchemist Birmingham is located on the ground floor of the newly refurbished Grand Hotel on Colmore Row. The location is perfect as it's just a few minutes walk from New Street station and also on Snow Hill Stations doorstep. From your first drink to your last, you won't be disappointed. The bar staff are so talented and so friendly too. They'll do everything possible to make sure you love every cocktail and have a fantastic night or day.
I had an amazing time on my visit and will so be going back with my girls when it opens.
Disclosure: I was invited to the Alchemist Birmingham's Media Event. This review is written through choice and all the opinions expressed within it are 100% honest and my own.
Jamie’s Italian Birmingham & Their Super Lunch Menu.
Last week I had the pleasure of trying out the brand new Super Lunch Menu at the rather lovely Jamie's Italian Birmingham. Jamie's Italian is one of those places that I've always wanted to eat at but just never actually been. I'd pictured it as a really posh place where I'd feel a little uncomfortable or out of place but boy was I wrong. It's not like that at all!
I went along with my lovely friend Emma for a good old chat as it had been ages since we'd met up. Upon arrival I loved the fact that the restaurant was really open and spacious, a real open plan kind of layout with the kitchen area all on show. The staff were really friendly and ever so helpful to us. I observed member of staff at one point carrying bags for some ladies which was lovely. From the moment we entered, we were well looked after even though the restaurant was fully packed out with an over flow of diners at the bar awaiting tables.
The Super Lunch Menu looked fab, there was plenty of choice and the price was really good. You could choose 2 courses for £10.95 or 3 courses for £12.95 but what I loved was that you didn't have to state which one you wanted at the start, the choice was left open to see whether you fancied adding the desert option after you'd enjoyed your starter and main.
There's a nice choice of drinks, they have everything from wine to cocktails to champagne or jugs of water. We went for some lovely cocktails seeing as it was a one off lunch date but we did get a jug of water too to accompany our meal later on.
For Starters, we both choose the Silky Pate Bruschetta which was amazing! Emma and I agreed that we both love pate and always tend to go for the pate option when we eat out. I loved the fact that it came all in one piece, the bruschetta came ready with the pate on. There's no messing or fiddling about trying to spread your pate on top as it's already done for you which was fab. The Italian chicken-liver pâté, pancetta, vin santo & Parmesan was so good! The pate was so light and fluffy yet had so much flavour, I really enjoyed every bite. Not only did it look amazing on the plate but it tasted just as good as it looked.
For Mains, Emma chose the Penne Alla Norma which is a freshly made pasta dish with a spicy Sicilian tomato, aubergine & leccino olive sauce, finished with Bella Lodi & baby basil. She loved the pasta and commented on how well cooked it was. She loved the flavours and said that the bowl size was really good too as it wasn't too small or too big either. Emma really enjoyed her dish and felt happy eating it knowing she'd gone for a 'healthier' option filled with fresh vegetables which was packed with goodness and flavours.
I, on the other hand went for the Italian Steak & Fries which consisted of a beautifully marinated skirt steak which had been flash-grilled & then served with garlic butter, aged Parmesan, slaw & fries. This one does come with a £3 supplement fee on top but it is so worth it. The portion size was really big, my steak was delicious and that bucket of fries was plentiful and great too. I didn't manage to finish all of my main as there was plenty of it but I really enjoyed what I did eat. The steak was cooked Medium Rare which was a little pink for me but I still enjoyed a good two thirds of it which is amazing as normally I wouldn't eat my steak like that. The steak was cooked as it should have been, it was juicy yet firm. I did add a side of mayonnaise as I like a bit of sauce with my steak but that's just me. Overall it was delicious, the fries were really tasty with a bit of sea salt added to the top of them.
Last but not least came Desert. Emma was feeling a little too full but I soldiered on and went for the Epic Brownie. It was a tough job but somebody had to do it and take one for the team. The Epic Brownie looked so good, I could see lots of them around the room so I guessed that it was one of their more popular dessert choices. It came out looking all gorgeous with it's grand tower design on a plate. Served with proper chocolate sauce, salted caramel ice cream & caramelised popcorn - Eek! I was in dessert heaven, it had everything that I loved all on one plate and I really enjoyed every spoon full.
Emma and I had a wonderful afternoon at Jamie's Italian Birmingham and would definatley go back again. The Super Lunch really is super! You get a great meal and great service for the price so yes, I would happily recommend it to all my friends and family. If you've ever wanted to visit your local Jamie's Italian, the now's the time to do it. The Super Lunch Menu has lots of choice with a really low price. It is very popular so restaurants may get busy so maybe think about booking in ahead like we did to ensure you get a table at the time you want. Emma and I loved our food, our drinks and the whole atmosphere really.
Disclosure: I was invited to dine at Jamie's Italian Birmingham to try out their Super Lunch Menu for free but all the opinions expressed within this review are 100% honest and mine.