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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Ultimate Bouncy Castle Experience has Come to Birmingham! Can You tame The Beast? #Review

The Ultimate Bouncy Castle Experience has Come to Birmingham! Can You tame The Beast? 

272 meters of pure adulterated bouncy fun! The Beast is the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course and it's here in Birmingham from Friday 8th to Sunday 17th of December. 

You'll find it in Birmingham's iconic NEC building along with a giant Ball Pit, Street Food stalls and a live DJ with dance floor. It's the perfect day or night out with friends. Tickets cost £20 and can be booked online or on the door subject to availability. Parking costs £5 with your Beast ticket which is £7 cheaper than the usual cost. Everyone loves a saving!

I went along today with my friend Toni to try and tame the Beast. I won't lie and say it was easy as it wasn't but I managed to finish the course and complete every obstacle along the way, so Yes, I did it! I tamed the Beast and loved every minute of it. It took us 22 minutes to complete which was pretty good going as we did struggle to get over the obstacle walls. 

You can only go round once but believe me, once was enough. It was really fun but very tiring. I could have used a nice lie down once I'd finished but instead I opted for a sit down in their Giant Ball Pit. The balls were nice and cold and a great way to cool down afterwards.

There's several Street Food stalls where you can grab something nice to eat and a fantastic Cocktail Van too which serves up some great cocktails, I went for the Woo Woo which was yum! There's hot dogs, burgers and fries from the American stall. Ice Creams, sweets and other Desserts from another and Crepes from the next. I had some yummy Skin On Fries which cost £3 but were a really great sized portion. Way too many for me to eat them all.

I had a fantastic afternoon today at The Beast and would definatley go again. The atmosphere was electric and the music is playing loudly throughout the room. People were dancing and having fun every where I looked. It was so much fun, it was like taking part in the Pat Sharpe's 80's Fun House Show that I used to watch when I was growing up. It was every child's dream bouncy castle, only for adults and not children. It was so great to have something aimed at the adults for a change, I mean, why should the kids have all the fun. 

The Beast is here in Birmingham until Sunday December 17th so if you're around, you should so go and have a try. It's tough but not too tough that you won't be able to do it.

It's all about having fun and that's what I had today - so much fun!

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

Monday, 11 December 2017

Making Bath Times Fun with Baby Born and her Interactive Bathtub with Foam #Review

Making Bath Times Fun with Baby Born and 
her Interactive Bathtub with Foam.

Bath times aren't always fun times for little ones. We have those times when they don't want to  get in and then we have those times when they don't want to get out. It's all fun and games in our house. My youngest two aren't too bad now that they're a bit older but my teen, well she's another story. Lily, my 10 year old likes baths but always wants to be doing something else instead so when I heard about Baby Born and her new interactive Bath Time range, I though they were worth a shot to make bath times more fun for Lily and her dolls.

Baby Born is one of Lily's favourite dolls and often shares her bath times as she's got a hard body but now she doesn't have to as she's got her very own bath tub and Wash Basin.

 The BABY Born Interactive Bathtub with Foam Play set is so lovely. There's lots of little features with this tub including a new foam feature which is the button on the right that you press or pump which makes bubbles. The hand held shower head really works too when you press the button on the right. There's also another button on the side of the bath that starts the LED lights and sounds. Baby Born's bath time has never been so much fun.

 Baby Born also gets her own rubber duckie which is cute. She looks like she's having the best bath time ever! I kinda wish I had a bath like this one for myself, it's that cool.

The BABY Born Water Fun Wash Basin is another great little toy. Not quite as fun as the bath but still lovely. It's a fully working vanity basin with a real water pump, it has cute lights and sounds too. The mirror lights up and the Baby Born tune plays out loud. There's a tumbler holder which holds her tooth brush and makes gargle and teeth cleaning sounds. The set includes a towel, towel holder, tumbler, toothbrush and duck plug. I think Baby Born really loves her ducks just like my Lily does which is a nice thing to have in common.

Lily loves her new Baby Born bath and often takes it into her baths now so they can both bath together. Bath times has got a whole lot more fun and we have Baby Born to thank.

Disclosure: We received our Baby Born Bath time range samples for free for the purpose of this review. All pictures and opinions expressed and used are 100% honest and our own.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Alice in Wonderland at The Old Rep Birmingham #Review

Alice in Wonderland at The Old Rep Birmingham 

This afternoon I took my children to Wonderland to meet Alice and her charming friends at The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham. The show takes the classic Lewis Carroll tale and makes it very modern and fun. The costumes are lovely and the story is just magical. Both my children and my Mum had a great time. We did enjoy the second half slightly more as the audience had more audience interaction. There was lots of singing and clapping along and dancing too. As the show went on, the audience seemed to get lost in the magic and cheered and booed out loud at some points. It was very enjoyable, like a Christmas Panto.

The famous Tea party scene was lots of fun and had my children singing along and tapping their feet. The Old Rep Theatre is quite small but the staging was all very well thought out and the set was lovely. It's only a small cast but everyone played their parts wonderfully.

Alice In Wonderland is running right up until December 30th and we would definatley recommend going along to see it. Tickets cost just £16.50 for Adults and £13.80 for children but Family Tickets and Group offers are also available. For the price, it's a great show.

After the show we were lucky enough to meet some of the cast and boy were my children happy about that. The Mad Hatter lifted my boy up in the air and laughed together, it was lovely. I think Alice was quite taken with my Ryan too, as she stopped to speak with him.

It was really nice to see a new story based on an old classic. There were some parts from the book but there was also lots of new parts that made it lots of fun to watch. We loved the energy levels and excitement which ran throughout the show. The Queen of Hearts played a great Baddy and Alice an even better Goody. No theatre sow would be complete with them.

We've had such a wonderful afternoon in Wonderland today. We only wish we could have taken you all with us. If you're in Birmingham this month, go see it - it's fantastic!

Disclosure: We were invited to attend the show for the purpose of the review.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Jet2holidays launches the “Ultimate School Trip” Nationwide Competition.

Jet2holidays launches the “Ultimate School Trip” 
Nationwide Competition.

Jet2holidays have launched a nationwide competition where schools can win places on the Ultimate School Trip and there's some good news for you, it launches today! The inspiration behind it comes from research which showed schoolchildren wanted 10 holidays a year and all of their school friends to go with them. They wanted it, so Jet2holidays have granted it!

From today, schools across the UK are in with the chance of winning a place for an entire class of 9-13 year olds on the Ultimate School Trip with Jet2holidays. In total a whopping 9 classes and their teachers will spend a long weekend on Friday April 20th - Sunday April 22nd 2017 at the Sol Katmandu Park & Resort with celebrity hosts, Dick and Dom. 

The trip will include a VIP send off at the airport, a welcome dinner with celebrity guests and the ultimate school disco and show. It's an amazing prize! 

Dick and Dom will be on the road with Jet2holidays helping to promote the competition over the next fortnight as they travel across the UK on their UK roadshow. There will be 9 stops:

  1. Wednesday 15th November Manchester (Warrington and Preston)
  2. Thursday 16th November Leeds Bradford (Knaresborough and Leeds
  3. Monday 20th November         London (Dagenham)
  4. Tuesday 21st November         Birmingham 
  5. Wednesday 22nd November Glasgow (Paisley)
  6. Thursday 23rd November Edinburgh (Kirkcaldy)
  7. Friday 24th November         Newcastle and Boldon
  8. Monday 27th November         East Midlands (Derby and Leicester)
  9. Wednesday 29th November Belfast

More details can be found at

To enter, pupils are challenged to use their imaginations to produce their own promotional piece for the Sol Katamandu Park & Resort. It can be anything from a poster, a poem, a video or a song. What they come up with, is entirely up to them. It's a nice chance to have some fun with their friends and maybe even win the trip of a lifetime. It's very exciting.

The judges, who include Dick and Dom, will shortlist five schools in each of Jet2holidays’ nine airport regions which will then go to a public vote. The final nine class winners will then be announced on Tuesday 13th March but all of the 45 shortlisted schools will receive £1,000 worth of school equipment vouchers which is an amazing runners up prize. 

My 10 year old daughter is very excited to get involved with her class. Will your child be entering? It's a lovely chance for your children to win the Ultimate School Trip.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Christmas Competition: #Win £75 of Argos Vouchers

Christmas Competition: #Win £75 of Argos Vouchers 

Christmas is Coming and I want to help. 

Today I am launching our 2nd Argos Giveaway with thanks to Chad Valley and the fatastic Play Panel that we are apart of.  There is another £75 Argos voucher to be won by one of you lucky readers. I love giving away prizes before Christmas, it's so festive and fun.

It's nice and easy to enter using the RaffleCopter Form below. There are several ways to enter but please do feel free to do as many or as few of the entries as you choose but remember, the more you do, the more chances you have of winning. It's very exciting!

Terms and Conditions: The Giveaway will end in 17 days time on the 17th of December. 1 winner will be drawn at random using RaffleCopter from all the correctly made entries and contacted by email within 3 days of it ending. Open to the UK Only I'm afraid. Good Luck.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Magical lantern Festival Birmingham #Review

Magical lantern Festival Birmingham

Last Thursday I went along to the pre - opening of the Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham in Kings Heath Park. It's set to run from 24th Nov 2017 right up until 1st Jan 2018 so there's plenty of time for you to go along and see the pretty lights for yourselves.

This year's Christmas themed Lantern Festival will illuminate the park turning it into a spectacular fusion of dual culture, vibrant colors, and artistic sculptures! It's a magical experience where you'll discover life-size lanterns in all shapes and designs. You'll see  a 'Gingerbread House' and a magnificent giant lantern recreation of the iconic 'Birmingham Central Library'. My favourites were the Pink Flamingos and cute Frogs down by the lake, they were beautiful so make sure you don't miss them out if you go, it's easily done.

The festival is not just beautiful hand-sculpted lanterns though as there is an entertainment area with street food stalls and drinks area. There's a lovely little Cadburys Hot Chocolate stand which was very popular. There is a Santa's Grotto but this will cost you an extra £10 per child (includes gift) There are a handful of fairground rides for children and a merchandise marquee where visitors can buy a souvenirs of their experience to take home.

 Tickets cost:

Adults: Weekday £12 (In Advance) £14 (On the Day)
Adults: Weekend £13.50 (In Advance) £15.50 (On the Day)
Booking Fees will Apply.

Children: Aged 4 -15 Years: Weekday £8 (In Advance) £10 (On the Day)
Children: Aged 4 -15 Years: Weekend £9.50 (In Advance) £11.50 (On the Day)
Booking Fees will Apply.

Children under 3 are free and Family Tickets and Group Tickets are available.

If you love pretty lights and giant lanterns then you will love this. I had a nice time but I wasn't sure if it's worth the price that's charged as it only covers entry. Once inside the rides and refreshments all need to be paid extra for. I bought an Ostrich Burger with Jack Daniel onions from one of the stalls which cost me £6, that gives you an idea of the prices.

It's very cold out at night here in Birmingham so please do wrap up warm, I wore a nice big coat and a woolly hat and was nice and warm. There's nothing worse than being cold when you're trying to enjoy yourself. I don't tend to take my children out on night time events because of the cold but there was lots of children there who were loving the displays. It's a family friendly place to visit and suitable for all ages. There are walkways laid down so you won't have to walk on the muddy grass which is a nice idea as they also show you the way.

The Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham will be in Kings Heath Park right up until January 1st 2018 but if you're not in Birmingham, then why not check out their website to find out if there's one near to you. There's one in London, Manchester, Scotland and Yorkshire.

Disclosure: I was invited and given free entry to this event in return for an honest review.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Protein Water Co - New Drinks range designed to Maximise Health & Performance #Review

Protein Water Co - New Drinks range designed to Maximise Health & Performance #Review

Protein Water Co is an award winning British brand which produces the UK's first and only completely natural protein infused waters. They're free from added sugars, artificial additives and preservatives. The whole range is designed to maximise your health, well being and performance in life. As a current gym goer at the moment. these sounded perfect for me but they're not just for gym goers like me. They're great for everyone as they can boost energy levels , help manage weight and also stabilise blood sugar levels which can improve concentration and support the absorption of important nutrients. They sound great.

Protein Water is available in Three flavours: 
  • Grapefruit & Yuzu
  • Coconut & Mango
  • Apple & Strawberry
The Facts about Protein Water:
  • 100% Natural
  • 20g of Premium Whey Protein Isolate
  • Only natural low fruit sugars, 5g per bottle
  • 100 kcal per 500ml bottle
  • Zero fat and low in carbohydrates
  • Rich in branched-chain amino acids
  • 100% GMO FREE (genetically modified organisms)
  • WPI from organic grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free cows

The Benefits of Protein Water:
  • Easily digested
  • Absorbed quickly
  • Zero lactose levels
  • Promotes muscle growth
  • Good source of Amino Acids
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Boosts the body’s immune system

Every 500ml bottle contains the highest quality spring water which delivers a refreshing taste with absolutely no added sugar, zero fat and no artificial sweeteners or colours.

Protein Water makes a nice change from some other products on the shelf at the moment. I can now drink something that's full of protein but without the added sugars. Most drinks are good at one thing but then bad at something else, so this makes a pleasant surprise.

The Protein Water Co Muscle Maintenance Range has a RRP of £2.35 per 500ml bottle and are available from Boots, Whole Foods Market, Fenwick, Kettlebell Kitchen and independant retailers nationwide or directly from the Protein Water Co website so take a look.

Disclosure: I received samples for the purpose of this review.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Countdown is On! Men's Gift Guide - Something for All Budgets.

The Countdown is On! Men's Gift Guide
Something for All Budgets.

Last week, I shared my Children's Gift Guide with you but I am happy to say that luckily, Christmas is not just about the children. So this week I'm going to show you some gifts for the men in your lives. Some men like D.I.Y and using their hands whilst others would prefer to use their hands to play Video Games. Some men love chocolate or edible treats whilst others would prefer an alcoholic drink of some kind to relax with in front of the TV.

What ever the man in your life loves, from the Foodies to the D.I.Y enthusiasts. Have a quick look at my gift ideas below, they're just ideas but they may inspire you, who knows.

 For the D.I.Y lovers in your life there's the Amtech 3.6v Li-ion Cordless Screwdriver. It has 6 adjustable torque settings and a 180° swivel handle for improved access in confined spaces. It's compact palm size design with integral LED light make skit the perfect stocking filler idea for Christmas. It has both forward and reverse functions and a lovely soft touch finish. It comes supplied with a charger, 10 screwdriver bits, 60 mm magnetic extension bar & a storage holster. It's a nice little gift for the D.I.Y beginner or Pro in your life. 

If you'd like something a little bigger, then the Amtech 141pc Tool Kit could be for you. 
The Tool Kit includes: 240mm water pump plier, 6 x 100mm screwdriver, PH2 x 100mm screwdriver, bit handle driver, 6pc combination wrenches (8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15mm), 11pc 25mm screwdriver bits (slotted 4, 5, 6, 7mm, Torx T10, T15, T20, Phillips PH1, P. That might not make a lot of sense to us but I'm sure it would make perfect sense to any D.I.Y man.

Both tools could make great little gifts and they won't break the bank as they both cost under £30 each. If the man in your life likes his tools or doing D.I.Y, these could be perfect.

If your man doesn't like D.I.Y then you can swap the tools for some edible treats instead.

From Find Me A Gift. Com I have a rather lovely Christmas Decoration with a twist. The Whisky Christmas Bauble comes beautifully presented in a golden box looking very luxurious. It's not your average Christmas decoration as the Clear plastic bauble has been hand-filled with 20 cl of a unique blended whisky from the heart of the Lake District. 

It's the perfect little treat for the Whiskey lover in your life. This one will be hanging on my parents tree this year as a lovely little Christmas treat for my Dad who's the biggest Whiskey lover I know. I love the fact that it's a nice sized drink but not a whole bottle which can often be too much. It will cost you £17.99 and you will need to be over 18 years old to buy it.

If you like your food better than your drinks then this next gift is for you. Also from Find Me A Gift. Com these Chocolate Sprouts are so life like and look amazing, just like real sprouts but so much yummier. I don't like normal sprouts but I'd make an exception for these ones.

These sprouts would make a great Christmas gift for anyone who loathes the sight of the much-hated vegetable like me. When they open the packet they'll be horrified to see what you've treated them to, until they look a little closer and their disgust turns into delight. The box contains eight solid white chocolate Brussels sprouts handmade in the UK by Choconchoc and costs £9.99. I'm thinking of popping one of these on the kids Christmas Dinner plates this year just to see their faces. I wonder if they'll tell the difference just looking at them? I bet they won't as they really do look like the real things. They're such a great idea for scaring a loves one or just treating someone to something a little different this year.

If you don't want to buy your man socks or underpants this year then why not try out one of the ideas above. I think the Whiskey Bauble is going to be a popular one in my house.

Thanks for looking and do let me know if you decide to try any of the gifts yourself.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Chad Valley Be U Jewellery Bead Tree Set #Review

Chad Valley Be U Jewellery Bead Tree Set Review

Last week we received our second Chad Valley Play Panel delivery and the toys inside were so lovely. Lily and Ryan have been playing with them all week and this time they have decided to review the Chad Valley Be U Jewellery Bead Tree Set. You may think it's just for girls as it's a jewellery maker and it's pink but it is not. Both Lily and Ryan have loved this set and have had such fun making bracelets and necklaces for all their friends and family.

Priced at just £14.99 it's a bargain. You get to make and store your own beautifully beaded jewellery for yourself or your friends and family with this lovely jewellery making set. With so many beads inside, you can make unique and colourful bracelets and necklaces for everyone. Then when you're finished you can display them on your own jewellery bead tree.

There are 3 separate individual cases, that click together in a neat triangle when you store it away. There are hundreds of beads and charms and pendants inside. We really loved that the elasticated wires and threads were included and there's plenty of them so you can get lots of use out of them. Another great thing is the clasps that come included. Instructions come included but everything is so easy to use that we didn't really need them. Ryan is only 7 and managed to make some really lovely bracelets all by himself. Lily, who's 10 loved making these and it was so lovely to see them sat together at the table having fun. I think they've made over ten bracelets so far and are still going strong, its' a great set worth the money it costs. Their school friends are all loving the bracelets they've been made too.

I love how hard they've concentrated on making these and how creative they've been with their patterns and designs. These are just a few of the bracelets they have made, aren't they pretty? I really love seeing them play together like this and how they're being so creative.

It was Children In Need at school last Friday so Lily made herself a pretty yellow necklace to wear. It was very pretty and she was so proud of herself for making it. She wore it with pride!

 Lily and Ryan love this toy so much and chose it as their favourite out of all the toys we were sent this month. It's their Top Pick and definatley gets my approval too, It's fab!

If you have a jewellery loving child or a creative child who loves beads like my boy, then this would make a great reasonably priced Christmas Gift for children aged 5 and over this year.

Disclosure: This review is written as part of our Chad Valley Play Panel Reviews.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

#Competition - Win a Cadbury Christmas Selection Box Hamper!

#Competition - Win a Cadbury Christmas 
Selection Box Hamper! 

I promised myself that I wouldn't say the C word before November but it's here, so now I can! Christmas is coming and I for one am so excited. I love Christmas, it's just so exciting!

This competition is my Christmas Present to you (Yes, I am going to pay for it) It's hopefully going to help raise one lucky readers Christmas Cheer and help them have a Merrier Christmas. I'm going to keep it nice and simple to enter like always, so just pop your details into the RaffleCopter Form below and cross your fingers. Please feel free to do as many or as few of the entries as you like but remember, the more you do, the more chances you have of winning. There's a whole load of lovely chocolate up for grabs. Now, who wants it?

Terms and Conditions: Open to the UK only. All entries will be checked. One winner will be drawn at random using the App from all the correctly made entries and contacted by email. Competition closes on the last day of November and contacted within three days. Enjoy x

Thursday, 2 November 2017

The Countdown is On! Children's Gift Guide - Something for All Budgets.

The Countdown is On! Children's Gift Guide.
Something for All Budgets.

It's finally November so I can now say the C Word - Christmas is coming!

I am so Excited! I LOVE Christmas.

This year I've broken down my Gift Guides into smaller chunks to keep them simple. Today I'm going to show you a few gift ideas for gifts for your children this year. There's something personal, something yummy and something a little more pricey, so there's something for all.

First off, there's something yummy. Family favourites, HARIBO have launched a rather Sweet Christmas range. There's lots of new products ranging from Starmix Tree Decorations to Selection Boxes. Festive sweets always come in handy and are perfect for a cheaper gift when you don't know someone too well and don't know what to buy them.

Next up is my something Personalised which comes from Personalise.Com. You can't beat that personal touch when it comes to Christmas, I love those every day items with the kids names on them. They sell a whole host of gifts for children of all ages. Their personalised towel, bottles and cushions are fantastic and come in low prices which is always great news.

 For the girls they have beautiful Disney Princess Cushions (£24.99) which are gorgeous. They're so big and plump, and really comfy. I love the pretty design of the five Disney Princesses together on the front and then the simple yet lovely personalised touch of their name added onto the back. With 5 Princesses there's sure to be one your child loves.

The cushions are available in many designs including Marvel and Star Wars too.

If you don't fancy a cushion, they also have lovely Disney Towels (£19.99) like the Moana one you can see below. It's a nice size and comes with a lovely design on the front. Again it comes personalised with your childs name on it but this time it's written across the front, not the back. I like the colours on this one as it's very unisex based, it's not pink or blue which is great because both boys and girls who love Disney Moana can enjoy this gift, perfect!

For the boys they have some cute yet very handy Football themed Water Bottles. My boy is a huge Aston Villa fan so it had to be a Villa Bottle (£12.99)  I really love this one as the football shirt on the back comes with his name across which is such a lovely touch. Ryan always has his name on the back of his shirts so this one will be no different which is ace.

Last but not least I have my something a little more pricey from Toy State. The Nikko Radio Controlled cars are awesome and come in lots of varieties and prices.  One of the cars available is the Nikko Velocitrax (£49.99) which comes in two colours, Electric Orange or Neon Green. It's aimed at girls and boys aged 8 years and above and comes with all it's batteries needed included. It's full-function remote control action has some fast and futuristic styling! One of it's main features is it's 360-degree spins and ultra-maneuverability that can handle any terrain so it's perfect for playing with on any surface both indoors and out.

It's the most expensive gift on my Gift Guide but if you're looking for a 'main' present then this could be the perfect choice. Radio Controlled cars are always fun and who doesn't love a car that can spin right the way round and travel over any surface. I'm sure the kids would have great fun trying this out on Christmas Day, my boy loves cars and will love this one.

So, there you have it. My first Children's Gift Guide for 2017. There will be more coming up so do watch this space if there's something else you are after. Christmas is Coming!