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Monday, 8 April 2019

Days Out: The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice! #Review

Days Out: The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice!


Disney On Ice is back and now touring around the UK. We were lucky enough to catch the show last week whilst it was in our town of Birmingham and have to say, it was fantastic.

Every year the show is slightly different and this year's didn't disappoint. With a whole host of exciting new characters and several new stories, you get to join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on an inspiring walk down memory lane in celebration of this years theme, The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice. It's been my favourite show yet, it was fab fun.

Dory is back with friends Nemo and Marlin from Finding Dory. Embark on a new ocean adventure as they discover the real meaning of family. Travel to Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn true love is the greatest power of all. Nothing is out of reach for Rapunzel as her friends help light the way. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs make their own magic and reveal we can do ANYTHING with our friends in tow. Buzz and Woody will have you jumping out of your seat in a foot-stomping throwdown; Simba, Timon and Pumbaa prowl the Pridelands; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie show friendship is fearless; and your favourite Disney Princesses stay strong and journey on. Plus, arrive early to learn the Mouse Bounce Dance at the Fit to Dance pre-show!


The first half for us was the best bit, it was filled with short stories that got everyone clapping along. The Lion KIng was awesome and the skating was incredible, when they did the dangerous 'headbanger' move, we all sat in shock with our mouths wide open. It was incredible. The skating is always fabulous but this year, it reached a whole new level. 

My favourite part of the show was when ALL the Disney Princesses and their Prince Charmings came out onto the ice to dance together. That was so lovely to see them all in one place. I even got to see my favourite Princess, Cinderella which made me very happy.


The costumes and music are all so good, you really do get lost in the show. The second half for us wasn't as good as the first half if we're honest as they changed the format a bit. Instead of lots of smaller stories, it was two bigger stories, the main half of it being Frozen. Don't get us wrong, we do love Frozen but we felt it took over the show a little bit. My boy isn't a huge fan and had to sit covering his ears whilst his sister sang loudly into his ear. We enjoyed watching it but it felt a little long winded so they lost interest after a while and began to fidget and mess around, like lots of other children around us. Maye the Frozen show should be a seperate show if it needs to be that long as it spoiled the whole show for us a bit. We love Frozen but didn't enjoy the segment being so long compared to all the nice short ones that had been on before. Short stories are definitely better, more fun and more enjoyable as they hold the children's attention better and when there's thousands of kids in a room, that's what you want. Overall, we had a wonderful time and loved watching the show. The kids had a great time and were so happy that they'd got to meet Mickey and Minnie beforehand as we were invited to take part in a very special Meet and Greet.

 

See The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice at the following places:

 11.04.2019 - 14.04.2019 - THE SSE HYDRO Glasgow

17.04.2019 - 21.04.2019 - M&S BANK ARENA LIVERPOOL Liverpool 

24.04.2019 - 28.04.2019 - MOTORPOINT ARENA Cardiff 

03.05.2019 - 05.05.2019 - SSE ARENA Belfast 

10.05.2019 - 12.05.2019 - CITYWEST HOTEL Dublin

Disney on Ice is always a Magical night, one that you're never too old for.

Disclosure: We were invited to see the show in return for an honest review.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Eating Out - The Journey's End in Yardley, a Sizzling Pub & Grill #Review

Eating Out -  The Journey's End in Yardley, 
a Sizzling Pub & Grill .


The weathers been beautiful this weekend so we headed out for a classic pub lunch as a family to make the most of it. We love trying new places, it's makes eating out more so much more exciting. We've been to several Sizzling Pub & Grills before but with their Menu changing every few months, we're always happy to go along to see what's new each time.

Our journey this weekend took us over to Yardley, about a 20 minutes drive from our home, to the Journey's End pub and grill. From the outside, it looks like your classic public house. There's free parking with no need to display and pay which is always a bonus and a time saver and you'll be happy to know, there's lots of parking spaces for everyone. Once inside, the staff were all very friendly and helpful, and the whole place was nice and clean and fresh looking. You get that 'local' feel about this place which makes you feel very welcome. It feels like the sort of place where families go to eat and neighbours go to drink every day. 


I loved the Menu, there was so much to choose from. Sometimes you go to a place and struggle to find one thing you like, but not here. I actually picked about three things and then had to narrow it down to the one I'd like to try the most but boy was it tough. We started with the House Sharer which was a large platter filled with southern-fried chicken pieces,  beer-battered mushrooms, BBQ chicken wings, onion rings and garlic bread, with blue cheese, BBQ & sweet chilli dips. It was much bigger than I'd expected for the price of £8.79.

The BBQ chicken wings were delicious and the garlic bread was very tasty. Everything got eaten except for the breaded mushrooms but that's only because none of us like mushrooms. We shared this Starter between the four of us, there was plenty to go round.


The Kids Menu offers a lovely choice of meals for the kiddies and comes in two categories. There's the Under 5's for £3.99 and the Over 5's for £4.99. For the kids meals you get to choose a Main, a Side, a Veg, a drink and a Desert. For the price, you are getting a lot for your money and when the food came out, we could see you got big portions for your money too. Ryan had the Toad in the Hole, with chips and corn with a lemonade and a chocolate chip cookie whereas Lily had the Mini Mixed Grill with chips and corn, a Pepsi max and a Build your Own Sundae. They were both really happy with their meals and ate it all up.


After all my deliberation, I finally decided to have the Lemon Peri-Peri Chicken & pepper Skewers which were so good. The grilled chicken pieces were cooked really well and the sauce was delicious, it was hot but not too hot, just the way I like my per-Peri sauce.

Again the meal portion sizes were very generous, I didn't get to finish all mine (I did try, promise) but there was just too much food for me to eat. I think the giant starter may have been the problem, our eyes were just way bigger than our bellies in the end - oops. 


Daddy choose the Triple House Burger which comes stacked high with a beef burger, a chicken fillet, a southern fried chicken fillet and a little pot of warm American cheese sauce. 

Daddy likes a big burger so he added another beef burger (for a pound) and some extra bacon too (for 60 pence). He was super happy with the outcome and enjoyed every bite.


Everyone was so full after dinner but we couldn't go all that way and not try their Desserts. 

We decided to share a Nestle Rolo Cheesecake which was the only cheesecake they had on the menu so we thought we'd give it a try. It was nice and looked great but sadly for us, it just wasn't sweet enough. We like a fruity or bitter cheesecake so this one was a bit too chocolatey and plain for us. It was nice, it's just not what we'd usually go for or enjoy. 


We spent around an hour and a half in the Journey's End and had a lovely afternoon. The pub because quite busy around us but it was quite a big place so it never became too noisy or over crowded. The kids had great fun colouring in their complimentary puzzle sheets and Daddy had great fun helping them, he loves a good Word Search Puzzle.

Overall, we were really impressed. The food was well cooked, the staff were friendly and the surroundings were comfortable and clean. As a family, I think we'd definitely go again.

Disclosure: We were invited for a complimentary meal in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

#Win a A Cadbury Easter Egg Eggstravaganza Gift

Win a A Cadbury Easter Egg Eggstravaganza Gift 


Hands up, who'd like to win this Easter Egg Eggstravaganza Gift from Cadburys?

Easter is fast approaching ( Sunday, 21 April ) and will soon be here before we know it so I thought I'd treat one lucky reader to a little Easter treat. I love giving away prizes and making other people happy, it makes me happy. I pay for these prizes out of my own money but I don't mind as it's my way of giving something back to you. It's my Good Karma x

If you'd like to win this Cadbury Easter Egg Eggstravaganza Gift filled with a host of Creme Eggs, Mini Eggs and foiled Dairy Milk minis Eggs. To WIN: Simply use the Rafflecopter Form below to complete as many or as few of the entry options as you like. 
It's completely up to you how many you do but remember, the more entries you do, the more chances you have to win. 1 winner will be chosen at random, Wednesday 17th April.


Terms and Conditions: One winner will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter App. 
This Giveaway is only open to the UK. The giveaways ends on Wednesday April 17th x

Monday, 18 March 2019

Under the Sea in Cape Verde - It's a Snorkelers Paradise

Under the Sea in Cape Verde - It's a Snorkelers Paradise 


Just a few years back, I got to spend two whole weeks in paradise. Sun, sea and Sand. Cape Verde is everything I'd hoped it would be and so much more. The beautiful island of Boa Vista is just a little dot in the ocean but it's so full of life, both on land and under the sea.

Daddy and I love the sea so this was always somewhere on our 'bucket list' of places to visit. Our favourite part of any holiday is always the boat trips out to sea. Being able to swim in the sea is just such a wonderful feeling, you feel free and dresh, daring yet calm. There's a whole host of wonderful creatures under the sea that get forgotten about so very often. 

Snorkeling is something we both love to do although Daddy is a much more confident than me but I still like to have a go. I used to struggle with the normal snorkel masks as I was always worried my mouth piece would fall out and I wouldn't be able to breath so when I heard about these new Full Face Snorkel Masks, I was so excited. Finally, a mask for me.

Our boat trip in Cape Verde took us out to sea on their Sea Turtle Catamaran. We got to spend five hours out at sea, relaxing on deck, enjoying a never ending supply of champagne and the freedom to swim and snorkel in the sea. I didn't have my camera at this point so the guy on the ship gave me some of the shots he'd taken on a similar trip for me to use.


Just look at the pretty fish and the beautiful turtle. Cape Verde is know for breeding turtles on it's protected beaches so there's always lots of them around the island to see in the sea.

Without a snorkel mask, I'd never be able to enjoy such sighs as these so I really can't wait for our next underwater adventure as I now have my hands on a beautiful new mask. Simply Scuba kindly sent us some Seac Sub Unica Full Face Snorkels to use on our next trip.


The Seac Unica Full Face Snorkels are a great way to  keep your face out of the water while snorkelling. The mask covers your whole face and lets you look down into the water while breathing normally through your nose and mouth. The wide Z-shaped seal creates an effective watertight seal all around your face and even if any water does get in then it will get trapped away from your face and pushed out the bottom when you breathe out. It's perfect for me, and just what I'd been looking for. It's going to make snorkeling for me so much more relaxing and enjoyable as it takes away all the worrying about breathing properly.

With our new masks all ready and waiting, I wonder where we'll use them next?

Just thinking about our trip to Cape Verde has made me crave another holiday. I'd love a new adventure in the sun, somewhere warm with beautiful views and a deep blue sea.

Those were the days . . .


Disclosure: We received our Snorkel Masks in return for a mention in this post. 

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Celebrating National Slime Day with Glam Goo #Review

Celebrating National Slime Day with Glam Goo 


Apparently It's National Slime Day today (March 17th) So we decided to join in the fun by trying out our new Glam Goo kits. I'll hold my hands up and say now, that I as a Mum, is not a huge fan of slime or goo. It's just so messy and sticky and slim((ey)) I guess and so yucky.

My kids on the other hand would totally disagree with me, they LOVE slime so much and often spend hours in bed on You Tube watching other kids make smile or play with slime or roll slime. I can hand on heart say, they're completely hooked on slome. So when I surprised them this morning with these two gorgeous gift sets from Glam Goo, saying they were very excited would be an understatement. I can still hear those screams of excitement now. I was willing to put my dislike of slime to one side for today, seeing as it's National Slime Day, to let them have some fun. I bet they now wish it was National Slime Day, everyday single day.

We received the Glam Goo Deluxe Pack (around £22.99) and the Glam Goo Fantasy Pack (around £9.99). On first impressions, both boxe sets look very pretty and are very attractive to the eye and they look like great value for the money that they cost. They each contain a container of ready made Goo (clear slime), 3 little tubes of slime sequin styled decorations with pretty names like, Cloud Crunch, Daydreams, and Unicorn Tears. There's two small pots of powder formed colour and one small bottle of liquid scent. I was so happy when I saw that there was no slime making involved as each set comes with a nice sized container of it already made up. For me this was a big deal as it meant there wasn't as much mess as I'd previously worried about there being. In fact, there wasn't really any mess at all - result!

Inside the Glam Goo Deluxe Pack:


Inside the Glam Goo Fantasy Pack:


We had great fun decorating our Goo and making it Glam. The Goo is very sticky at first but we found as soon as we added our decorations and colour, it soon got a lot nicer and easier to handle. Lily and Ryan loved playing with this so much, so I'm so glad I decided to let them try it out. Seeing them laugh and smile so much fun, together, was a really lovey treat.

Once the Goo is all decorated you can make it into cute fashion accessories with the help of the added pieces in the sets where you just pop you Goo inside them and wear them with pride. Or, you can just keep on playing with it as the fun slimy, gooey Goo that it is.

Ryan loves stretching, pulling and playing with his Goo whilst Lily is happy wearing her creations in her brand new Glitter Purse. Whatever way they enjoy their Goo, it's all good!

Happy National Slime Day 2019 from all of us here at Mummy Of 3 Diaries! x 


Disclosure: We were gifted our Glam Goo Sets in return for an honest review.

Monday, 11 March 2019

So Bomb DIY – Vanity Case #Review

So Bomb DIY – Vanity Case Review



Last week we got creative with the So Bomb DIY Vanity Case. My kids and I all love a relaxing bath, so this set was just perfect for us. The So Bomb DIY Vanity Case lets you design 5 unique fizzy Bath Bombs whilst giving you a cute case to store your ingredients in.


Here's the full list of what you get for your money (£16.99) 
  • 1 x Toolcase
  • 3 x Moulds
  • 5 x Bicarbonate Sodium Bags
  • 5 x Special So Bomb Powder Bags
  • 1 x Decoration Bag
  • 1 x Mini Pipette
  • 3 x Cute surprise figures
  • 1 Instruction sheet
The kids were really excited when they saw this as they love bath bombs but I was a little worried that it was going to get very messy. After making them now though, I can say, we didn't actually make that much mess and everything was really easy to clean up afterwards. 

It's so simple to do, the kids pretty did most of the steps on their own. You simply pour each packet of powder into a bowl and mix it with a bag of Sodium. You add a drop of water and mix it all up. Filling the moulds was the fun part, both Lily and Ryan had great fun creating lots of colourful patterns. They added sprinkles to the top and hid little surprises in the middle. Popping the two halves together was the trickiest part so I did help with this as when they tried it, they were a little too slow and the powder was trying to escape. Oops.


Once the moulds were all full, we left them on the side to dry for a few hours and then they looked like this (shown below). How cool do they look? They look just as good as the ones we buy ready made in the shops. The kids were so proud and pleased with themselves. Bath times will be great fun this week now that they have all these to use, they can't wait. 


We really enjoyed making our own bath bombs with the So Bomb DIY Vanity Case. It was nice and easy to use, great fun to do and the results were super cool. The kids would love to make more in the future so we may have to try out some of their other sets they make.

Disclosure: We received our So Bomb DIY Vanity Case in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

EasiYo - Make Your Own Yogurt at Home #Review

 EasiYo - Make Your Own Yogurt at Home


This week we've been making our own yogurt at home with a little help from EasiYo and their Yogurt Maker. Costing just £16.75 the 1KG Yogurt Maker is sleek and contemporary, very yet simple. With no moving parts or electronics, it's very easy to clean and will fit neatly on any kitchen shelf. The Yogurt packets themselves start from £2.60 depending on which variety you buy. There's loads of great flavours to choose from and low fat options too.

I'm going to talk you threw the three easy steps it takes to make your own yogurt:

Step One: You'' need to half-fill your yogurt jar with room temperature, drinking water. Then add the contents of a yogurt sachet into it, pop on the lid and give it a good shake. You can then fill the jar up with more water to about 5 mm from the top... and shake it up again.


 Step Two: You'll need to push the plastic insert spacer down inside the Yogurt Maker as far as it can go. (Check the correct side is facing up, it is clearly marked so you will know). You then pour boiling water into the Yogurt Maker to the top of the plastic insert spacer. I made the mistake of filling it up after I'd put the yogurt jar in which meant I didn't add enough water so be sure to fill your yogurt make with water and then add the yogurt jar into it afterwards.


Step Three: Last but not least, you'll need to put your jar into the Yogurt Maker so that it sits on top of the plastic insert. The boiling water will rise part-way up the sides of the jar. You can then put the Yogurt Maker lid back on and leave it on your kitchen worktop for 8 to 12 hours (or overnight) to let the yogurt set... and the magic will happen! It really does happen! 

Once you've made your yogurt, you can then pop the whole yogurt jar into the fridge to keep. I made some little Strawberry and Banana flavoured yoghurt pots this week, I simply filled some little pots (plastic shot glasses) to make some fun little yoghurt pots and then topped them with raspberries and strawberries for the kids. Don't they look great?


You'll be happy to know, the yogurt tastes great too. It's smooth and creamy and tastes fab.

I've not been a huge fan of yogurt in the past but I'll be sure to try more of it now.

Disclosure: I received my EasiYo Yogurt Maker in return for an honest review.