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Thursday, 20 June 2019

#WIN a Cadburys Thank You Chocolate Gift

WIN a Cadburys Thank You Chocolate Gift 

Hi there, I just wanted to say 'Thank You' for sticking with me and supporting me.

I found this rather yummy looking Cadburys Thank You Chocolate Gift box full of delicious treats which is the perfect way for me to show you, just how much you mean to me. 

 If you'd like to win this Cadburys Thank You Chocolate Gift - 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 on Sunday 21st July - Good Luck xox

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 Friday July 21st x

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn + Poopsie Slime Surprise Poop Pack #Review

Poopsie Slime Surprise  Unicorn +

 Poopsie Slime Surprise Poop Pack  

This week we've been combining three of our favourite things: Sparkles + Slime + Unicorns!

We've been playing with the Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn and Poopsie Slime Surprise Poop Pack, both of which have been welcomed into our homes. Lily and Ryan were so excited when they arrived last week. Lily loves Unicorns whilst Ryan loves everything Slime so these were perfect for us. They couldn't wait to get started, excitement levels were high.

The Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn magically poops slime when you feed her and sit her on her glitter potty. The packaging is very attractive and makes a great 'unboxing' toy. Each pack includes one surprise unicorn and one glitter potty, 4 Unicorn Food slime packets, 4 Unicorn Magic packets and 1 packet of Unicorn Sparkle. There's also an exclusive bottle, a unicorn shirt & napp, a spoon, a hair brush, a cleaning tool and a measuring cup. Lily loved how this toy needed to be unwrapped, letting you find all the accessories as you went along. Each piece is hidden in a pretty packet so you get to open it making it's contents a surprise.

Lily was so excited opening it all, even at the age of 12, she still loves a good surprise.

There's enough product to make 4 lots of slime giving you four times the amount of fun. Lily has made all four of her slimes and loves them all. She also loves her new Rainbow Unicorn friend who's such a cute doll. She has removable clothing and long brushable hair for continuous play. She's a great toy you can still play with even when she's run out of slime to poop out although that was the funnest part according to Lily. She thought it was so funny.

The Poopsie Unicorn Slime Surprise will cost you a costly £49.99 but Lily loved her so I think I would have paid that for her. Not as an everyday treat but as a Christmas present.

The Poopsie Slime Surprise Poop Packs let you make magical unicorn poop (slime) without the Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn. With a little unicorn magic and a whole lot of sparkle, you can customize your unicorn poop and transform it multiple times. There are 10 magical surprises included inside each toy and once you've made your poop slime, there's an adorable Poopsie keychain to keep it in. There's 18 different ones to to collect in Drop 1.

Each is sold separately and will cost you £9.99 which is a really good price.

Just like the Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn, you get to open each bit separately making the surprises so much fun. Ryan loved opening them one by one to see what was inside.

The 10 surprises include: Unicorn Food and Unicorn Magic, a collectible bottle and poop character keychain. A Mystery scent dropper, unicorn spoon and a collector's sheet. 

Both the Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn + Poopsie Slime Surprise Poop Packs were lots of fun. Price wise, I think the Unicorn is more of a Birthday gift or Christmas present whereas the Slime Surprise Poop Packs are great pocket money toys or school rewards.

Lily and Ryan loved both of the toys and now want to collect the Poopsie Slime Surprise so that they can continue their fun. Having to make your own slime does get quite messy which I'm not a huge fan off but it was nothing we couldn't clean up with a damp cloth so I didn't mind. A little mess was worth it for the pure joy and entertainment it brought them both.

Disclosure: We received our Poopsie Slime Surprise toys in return for an honest review.

Monday, 10 June 2019

A Roar-Some Time at Monster Jam - The Ricoh Arena - Coventry #Review

A Roar-Some Time at Monster Jam
The Ricoh Arena - Coventry 

What an awesome weekend, we've just had. On Saturday we headed to Coventry's Ricoh Arena for the Monster Jam event which was a first for us. We'd never been to this kind of event before so we wasn't quite sure what to expect really. We arrived early for the Pit Party where we got to see all the trucks up close and personal to see how huge they really are.

Both Lily, Ryan and Daddy loved having their pictures taken with all the trucks before the show, even if it was raining all morning. Rain wasn't going to stop us from making the most of our family day out. We were there to have a good time, and that's exactly what we did.

The 2019 Lineup included: Grave Digger (Morgan Kane), Max-D (Neil Elliott), Wonder Woman (Haley Gauley), Monster Energy (Todd LeDuc), El Toro Loco (Mark List), Zombie (Alx Danielsson), Megalodon (Alex Blackwell) and EarthShaker (Peter Nyman).

We had amazing seats and absolutely loved the show.  It was very LOUD, much louder than I'd expected but we loved it. The crowds were all cheering and screaming, it was so good.

From the very first moment they entered the arena, we were all hooked.

I managed to capture a short video of their entrance for you.

We watched several rounds of racing, doughnuts and freestyling. All of which were fantastic. Ryan cheered along his favourite 'Grave Digger' whilst Lily screamed at hers 'Megalodon'.

Daddy and I cheered for them all and voted fairly on our phones as a family at the end of each round. It was so much fun, I mean, who knew watching Monster Trucks could be so exciting? The show was so thrilling to watch, the skillful driving, the visual effects and the absolute ROAR of the engines, made it all such a great show. I wanna do it all over again!

We saw the Trucks spin, jump and even fly at times. The competition was close at times but when Max-D (Neil Elliott) flipped upside completely crushing his car's decorations, we all thought it was over for him but seeing the crowds reaction as he walked away from his car, was amazing. His car was taken away for a while and I have to admit, not knowing if he'd be able to compete in the final event to protect his lead was quite exciting. The crowd went wild when he did come back, even if his car was literally just a shell left after all the damage. He managed an amazing final freestyling run and went on to be crowned the overall winner!

If you ever get the chance to go see a Monster Jam event, I would go. It's awesome!

The show has now left the UK and moved on to Sweden but if it ever comes back, I'm there.

Monster Jam is not our usual kind of show that we'd choose to attend but after the fantastic time we all had this weekend, we're now all happily covered fans of Monster Trucks. Yes!

If you're looking for a thrilling, high adrenaline, noisy day out - this one's for you.

Disclosure: We were gifted out tickets in return for a honest review.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Franco Manca - Check it out Before it Opens on Bennetts Hill, Birmingham this Week #Review

Franco Manca - Check it out Before it Opens on
Bennetts Hill, Birmingham this Week.

Despite the rain, today I headed into the city centre to check out Birmingham's newest Pizzeria, Franco Manca, which is soon to open on Bennetts Hill later this week (Thursday 6th June). With the promise of bringing Neapolitan pizza to the city of Birmingham, the much loved pizzeria has also pledged to help local communities by donating to local homeless shelters and food banks, one pizza for every pizza enjoyed by customers at their newly opened Birmingham home for the first two weeks post launch date. Plus for the first two weeks of opening, all pizzas will be just £5. How awesome is that! Great prices pizza and helping the people of our city too. It all sounded so great so I had to go and check it all out.

Customers are able to order one of the daily specials from the Specials Board on the wall or choose from seven regular meat, veg and vegan pizza options on the Main Menu. Prices after the first two weeks will range from the cheapest at £5, to the most expensive at £9 which is still a great price for a pizza in the middle of the city centre. A good pizza at that!

Today, I took a friend of mine for a sneak peek, lunch time treat to check out how good their pizza's actually where after hearing such great comments beforehand. The place is looking great, it's so clean and airy and very modern with it's classic wooden tables and chairs dotted around the room. The staff were super friendly and couldn't do enough for us.

We hadn't seen each other for a while so we celebrated our catch up with a glass of Prosecco and tucked into our starters, the Baked spicy lamb sausage with potatoes
and mozzarella (£4.35) for Kirsty (my friend) and the Platter of cured meat (£7.95) for me.

For Starters, the portion sizes were pretty big and very filling but both were delicious.

Choosing our pizza's was a tough job but eventually we went for the No.4 for Kirsty, Cornish cured ham  mozzarella, buffalo ricotta & wild mushrooms and the Alfonso's No.7 for me, Spicy lamb sausage, tomatoes from Gragnano, roasted aubergine, mozzarella & wild garlic pesto [no tomato base]. Great sized pizzas cooked just the way I like them, soft squishy crusts with a crispy base covered in yummy cheese and sauces. Nom Nom.

Kirsty went for a tomato base whilst I went for a pesto for a change, I'd never had a pizza without a tomato base before but both tasted great and I'd happily order both of them again.

The spicy lamb sausage was nice and spicy which is always good to know as there's nothing worse than tucking into a spicy sausage only to realise that it's bland and not spicy at all. I was very pleased with my pizza, with it's delicious mix of spicy sausage and pesto. The flavours all worked really well together and made for a fantastic taste experience.

 The slow-rising sourdough, unique to Franco Manca dates back to the late 18th century. First procured by the pizzeria’s founder, Giuseppe Mascoli, near the city of Naples, the recipe still honours the ingredients and methods that make the age-old style of Neapolitan pizza unique, delicious and worldrenound. Valentino Orestano, Franco Manca’s Birmingham Head Pizzaiolo, said: “We’re so excited to share our delicious Neapolitan sourdough pizzas with the residents of Birmingham, while supporting local homeless shelters and food banks by donating one pizza for every pizza bought during our opening period. Stocked with quality products from local craft brewers, natural Italian wine and offering sourdough pizzas for the great value of £5.00, our Birmingham launch is one you won’t want to miss!”

We had a lovely lunch at Franco Manca Birmingham today and would definitely go back.

During the opening week all pizzas on the menu and the daily changing specials will be available for £5.00 from Thursday 6th June 2019 to Thursday 20th June 2019 - at Franco Manca Birmingham only. Not valid in with any other offer. Available for dine in only.

Disclosure: I was invited to Franco Manca Birmingham in return for an honest review.

Friday, 31 May 2019

How about a Nextbase Dash Cam for Father's Day? Read my #Review and #Win your own!

How about a Nextbase Dash Cam for Father's Day? 
Read my Review and Win your own!

Father's Day is fast approaching and as usual, I'm stuck for ideas of what to buy my Dad again. When Nextbase asked me about Dash Cams, it got me thinking of what a practical, useful and exciting gadget gift it could actually make. Their New Series 2 of Dash Cams are out now and they look fantastic. They have a Dash Cam suitable for all budgets too. 

Prices start from just £49.99 with their 122 Model and ho right up to £149.00 for their 522 Model. We've been sent to 222 Model which retails at just £69.00 which makes it a great price for a nice reasonable Father's Day gift. I know my Dad would be happy with one.

For the small price of just £69.99, you get all of this for your money:

The Nextbase 222 redefines the design of a Dash Cam, with a new Click & Go PRO mount for easier connection than ever before. It has Full HD recording, coupled with a new design.

With 1080p HD recording and an improved 6 layer glass lens, the 222 offers full HD for everyone. Install the power cable directly into the mount, allowing the Dash Cam to be wireless. It's Key features: 1080p HD resolution at 30 fps, 2.5” HD IPS screen, 140° viewing angle, free cloud video storage at How fab does all that sound?

Driving has never felt safer for us now as our new little friend keeps a watchful eye over the road for us. The kids love being able to see what's happening ahead on the little display whilst daddy likes the fact that if anything should happen to go wrong on our journey, he'll have it all on camera to play back and use if needed at a later date which is great to know.

Dash Cams are sure going to help a lot of drivers with their accident claims this year.

WIN your own Nextbase 222 Dash Cam

Nextbase is a private company, specialising in the Dash Cam sector. With a background in car technology, Nextbase moved into manufacturing Dash Cams and has since claimed a 80% share of the UK market by volume, according to data acquired by independent retail analysts GfK. Sales of Dash Cams – small windscreen-mounted cameras that record a motorist’s view of the road – have since increased by 850% in the last 4 years, making them one of the fastest growing categories of consumer electronics. GfK research further predicts the adoption rate of Dash Cams by the UK market will continue to increase through 2019, by which point nearly 15% of the total UK market will own a Dash Cam. So who wants one?

The lovely people from Nextbase have given me another 222 Model to give away to one of you lovely readers. It's so easy to enter, simply use the Rafflecopter Form below to do so. You can choose to do as many or as few of the tasks as you like, it's completely up to you.

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 Sunday June 30th.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Action Man - The Perfect Gift for Your Action Man this Father’s Day #Review

Action Man - The Perfect Gift for Your 
Action Man this Father’s Day.

For many kids, the greatest hero they know is their very own Dad so why not treat your Dad this Father’s Day to a trip down memory lane with the hero of their childhoods, Action Man!

Action Man is the ultimate action figure of today and past generations and you'll be happy to hear that the Action Man Timeless Classic figures are not only just like the originals, but they're packaged in the same boxes, like they used to be, too. They're a really fun way to show your Dad just how much you look up to him by giving him a Hero to enjoy together. 

There's three Action Men to collect in the new range, a Sailor, a Soldier and a Pilot. Each one will cost you around £14.99 which is a pretty good price for an action figure. They measure 30cm tall and come with multiple points of articulation, plus a set of really cute signature Action Man dog tags around their necks, the attention to detail is superb. 

The Sailor Action Man comes smartly dressed and ready for work in his blue sailor suit. He has a rather cute beret on his head and a pair of black working man's boots on his feet. 

The Pilot Action Man comes ready for 'Take Off' in his bright orange flight suit with air control helmet. He also has a pair of black working man's boots on his feet, which I love.

For a few extra pounds the three Action Man Deluxe Classic Sets which will cost you £24.99 have extra accessories with them for the perfect retro experience and even more play value. I think every dad is going to want to play with these awesome throwback toys!

My big brother always played with his Action Man when I was little, they were a big part of our childhood as I remember so I'm pleased that they're back so my son will get to experience the enjoyment now that his Uncle did back then. I'm sure his Daddy had some too. They were always a great toy to open up the imagination, I mean the game possibilities are endless. Our Pilot and Sailor have been having an adventure in the Jungle this week.

It may only be our back garden but it's pretty much a jungle right now.

Action Man would make a lovely gift for the man or boy in your life. He's awesome!

Disclosure: We received our Action Man in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

My Spa Day with Afternoon Tea at The Belfry with BuyaGift. #Review

My Spa Day with Afternoon Tea at The Belfry 
with BuyaGift

Today I took a very welcomed break from my 'normal' every day routine of school runs, after school clubs and early evening dinners of fish fingers, chips and beans. Today, I got to swap all that for a peaceful afternoon at a beautiful Spa surrounded by 550 acres of stunning English countryside. I spent my time wisely, reading a book by the pool, enjoying Afternoon Tea in the sunshine, splashing in the bubbles of a Jacuzzi and feeling so fresh with a facial. 

You'd think my wonderful day would have taken some planning, hours of preparation, booking calls and lots of my precious time, but you'd be wrong. I booked my Spa Day with Afternoon Tea at The Belfry through the BuyaGift.Com website which is so easy to use and finds some really great offers for you. I simply put in my location and what I was looking for and it did all the searching for me. Their website searches through over 4500 experiences and finds you the best deals. I was looking for a local Spa Day that included some treatments as well as having an Afternoon Tea included and it found it for me. 

Buyagift showed me several offers of local Spas that I could have chosen from but being to The Belfry before, I knew it was a good choice and for the price of just £109, it was a bargain. My day included full use of the leisure facilities, including an indoor pool, gym and Jacuzzi and two 25 minute treatments, from the following options:

Back, neck and shoulder massage, Neck and scalp massage, Express facial, Salt and oil scrub or a Foot massage. There's complimentary robe, slipper and towel hire and then the 
Afternoon tea consisting of tea, finger sandwiches, scones, tea breads and sweet pastries.

For my two treatments, I chose the Express facial and the Salt and oil scrub. Both of which were so relaxing and just what I needed. The whole Spa is beautifully laid out to be calming and peaceful. The treatment rooms are warm and cosy whilst being dimly lit to set the mood. The Spa Lounge is so dreamy, with big comfy chairs or secluded little hideaways filled with fluffy cushions and dimly lit lamps. I could have sat in there for most of the day.

Can you spot my rather sexy disposable underwear? Wit Woo.

The Belfry Spa is so lovely and all the staff so friendly. Even though I went alone today, I never actually felt lonely as there was always someone around if you needed. I'm not normally one for doing things like this one my own but do you know what, I'm so glad I did.

Today I took a huge step forward towards doing more of what I love to do. We all need to take a little time out every now and again to take a well earned rest and enjoy some 'Me Time'. Buyagift made my day so much easier and cheaper too. I'd definitely use them again in the future as they have some great deals and are so easy to use. Buying a voucher is realy easy, even redeeming it is simple too. I completed my booking all through email as I prefer not to do it over the telephone (I'm just a little odd like that) but no one minded at all.

It's been such a lovely day and I'm so sad that it's over. I hope to walk up that wonderful staircase to happiness again real soon. Maybe next time, I'll take a friend to share it with.

Disclosure: Buyagift provided my voucher for this experience in return for an honest review.