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Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Father's Day - Go To Gift Guide 2022

 Father's Day - Go To Gift Guide 2022

Happy June everyone! It's that time of year again when many of us are thinking about what to buy our loved one this Father's Day. We all have our own father figures and hero's that we'd like to treat on this special day. We don't make a big deal of these days in our house but we tend to buy small 'token' gifts just so they don't feel too left out in the social media craze.

This year I've picked a small handful of great gifts to show you to help you on your search. I have everything from cool footwear, to delicious hampers, engraved gifts and more. 

First up I have these Crossfly boxers which are a total game changer. 

They provide 24 hour comfort and clever access -  Fabric: 95% modal / 5% elastane

The Ikon X 6" Boxer is the ultimate premium men's underwear, combining two patent pending technologies. The X-Fly provides fast and easy access with its clever design whilst the Cocoon internal pocket support system minimises chafing, providing optimal comfort and support. Teamed with super-soft Modal fabric, these will become your go to favourites.

The normal RRP is £24.99 per pair but they are on sale at the moment so go check them out. My husband has completely fell in love with these, he says they're so comfortable that you totally forget that you're even wearing them - so they're a huge hit in our home. 

Next up I have these super cool Fred Perry Underspin Tipped Cuff Trainers from Mainline Menswear which has a massive selection of gifts to choose from this year. 

The Fred Perry Underspin Tipped Cuff Trainers In White, lace fastening in white with silver coloured metal eyelets and off white woven uppers with white top stitching. They have a lovely tipping detail around the cuff in red, navy and white. A canvas trim on the tongue in off white and the signature Fred Perry Laurel logo is embroidered on the outstep in navy on a white strip. A vulcanised rubber sole featuring a textured toe guard in white and the Fred Perry Laurel logo to the back in navy. They're sure to make any Dad look cool. RRP £65. 

Next up I have two gorgeous engraved gifts from Engravers Guild. A Classic Brown Leather Personalised Wallet and a Personalised Bubble Base Whisky Glass Tumbler. 

The Classic Brown Leather Personalised Wallet RRP's at £29.95 and is personalised with a choice of gold, silver or blind embossed initials. This custom wallet is one of the best sellers in their collection, designed to carry both cash and coins, as well as also comfortably accommodating four credit cards. Additionally, there are three slip compartments and a slip note compartment for all essentials to be carried neatly. The personalised wallet features RFID protection to keep personal data safe, and a Visconti lining is used throughout. The wallet measures 11cm wide and 9cm tall when folded and is presented in a Visconti box.

The Personalised Bubble Base Whisky Glass Tumbler RRP's at £19.99. It's a straight sided classic whisky glass with a stylish bubble in the base, beautifully presented in luxury silk lined presentation packaging. This personalised whisky tumbler combines style with durability. The air bubble, captured in the base of the glass, individualises this rocks glass with character making it particularly suitable for the modern whisky lover. Precision laser engraving cuts a beautiful impression which makes for a personal and special gift. It's medium in size and measures 90mm high with a diameter of 80mm. Signature packaging is fab.

Next up I have the first of my two hampers - the Father's Day Trafalgar Hamper with real ale and a "Happy Father's Day" Balloon from Regency Hampers. It's RRP is £51.60.

Inside this beautiful hamper you will find all of the below:

1 x Hand-Woven Organic Seagrass Tray (31 x 27 x 15cm)
2x Old Speckled Hen Real Ale, 500ml
1 x Wainwright's Choice, Vintage Mature Cheddar Waxed Truckle, 150g
1x Simon Weaver, Organic Cotswold Brie, 100g
1 x Cottage Delight, Caramelised Onion Chutney, 105g
1 x Stockan's, Orkney Oatcakes, 100g
1 x Filbert's, Chilli & Lime Peanuts, 40g
1 x Walkers, Pure Butter Shortbread Fingers, 160g
1 x Cottage Delight, Strawberry Extra Jam, 113g
1 x Cottage Delight, Classic Orange Marmalade, 113g
1 x Lindt, Mini Pralines, 100g
1 x "Happy Father's Day" Bold Stars Holographic Foil Balloon, 9"
1 x Protective Cardboard Outer (370 x 310 x 240 mm)

My second hamper is the Father's Day Virginia Hayward Hamper. RRP £27.50

At the heart of this Father’s Day hamper is a substantial ‘Busy Being a Dad’ mug. Your Dad will also find nestled in his box a Mighty Fine Milk Chocolate Honeycomb Bar, a bag of GNAW Milk Chocolate Buttons and some indulgent Salted Caramel Popcorn from Popcorn Shed. Kicking off the savoury goodies is a bag of Desert Salt and Vinegar Potato Crisps from our friends at Savoursmiths, and let’s not forget the jar of The Dormen Caramelised Peanuts.

Next up I have a Chilli Olive Oil Gift Set by Goch & Co from Discover Delicious.

Chilli Olive Oil is great for drizzling over pizza, vegetables and roasted potatoes and meat, bread, salad, pasta dishes, risotto, spring rolls and soup. A great gift for foodies or an excellent corporate gift. Made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, this pack comes with three, delicious mild to hot flavours and RRP's at £18.99 - It's the perfect fhe Foodie man in your life!

Up next I have a real treat for the coffee at home lovers - a classic sustainably made, Core Coffee Press and House Single Origin Darker Roast Coffee from Barista & Co. 

The Classic Sustainably Made is a modern classic. Step into the known for those who love the velvety texture of press coffee. Made only from stainless steel and borosilicate glass, the Core Coffee Press is the choice for those who are looking for a single serve plastic free coffee maker. Available in a variety of colours and sizes, choose from an 8 cup or a 3 cup cafetiere. It's available in a choice of  4 different colours and has a RRP of £29.99. 

The House Single Origin Darker Roast Coffee has a RRP of £11.99 for a 350g bag. It's a A single origin organic Colombian superstar roasted darker for the perfect espresso but equally as happy as a velvety filter. Colombia is synonymous with superb arabica coffee beans and this low acidity organic Colombian coffee does not break rank. The perfect dark roast coffee for espresso drinkers as well as for those who like their filter brew dark and creamy. Chocolate and vanilla, oh yeah it's good! They offer this house dark roast as a 1k bag of whole beans or a letterbox friendly 350g bag of whole beans or fresh ground coffee. 

Next up I have the Gillette Labs Exfoliating Razor Bundle with Magnetic Stand. RRP £22.49

The Gillette Labs with Exfoliating Bar is the world’s first razor with exfoliating technology built into the cartridge. This means that it is designed for a quick and easy shave that is no longer a chore but something to be enjoyed. The exfoliation bar removes dirt and debris, such as dead skin cells, before the blades pass, thereby allowing for a close and accurate shave.

What's more, the 2D Flex Disc technology used will move according to the contours of your face to help ensure comfort and close contact is maintained with every stroke of your razor. Featuring Gillette's best razor blades, this bundle comes with a premium magnetic stand so you can store your razor and handle conveniently after use. This razor is designed to be used with Gillette Labs razor blade refills which are also compatible with the Gillette Labs Heated Razor. Even though the RRP is £22.49 it's available much cheaper if you search the web.

Next up I have some family games and activities. The first one is the Ticket to Ride Game. 

Ticket to Ride London is just one of the many versions available. Welcome to the ’70s world capital of fashion and music. Jump aboard a famous double-decker bus to rumble through London’s historic streets, breeze past Buckingham Palace, pop into the British Museum or listen to Big Ben’s chime echo across the Thames. In this fast paced Ticket to Ride game, players race one another to claim the most important bus lines and complete their Destination Tickets, connecting Districts in the capital of the United Kingdom. The elegantly simple gameplay of this stand-alone version of Ticket to Ride is ideal for both beginners and more.

My next games, activities are these lovely Ugears 3D models

UGEARS is a 2014 Ukrainian startup with a growing worldwide reputation for producing unique, self-propelled, wooden mechanical DIY models, puzzle boxes and educational toys. Each UGEARS model has its own mechanical action that will amaze and delight.

UGEARS model kits come with everything you need for assembly. All parts are laser pre cut into a high quality plywood board for easy removal and assembly. Motion is accomplished using rubber bands, gears and gravity. Detailed color diagrams and step-by-step instructions are provided in 11 languages to guide you through the assembly process. No glue, special expertise, tools or equipment are required. Customer service is available 24/7, with spare parts provided and shipped free of charge. UGEARS models are works of art, marvels of mechanical engineering, and surefire conversation starters. Most models have real world analogues, others are imagination brought to life. These eye-catching beauties are ideal for display in the home or office, but they are so much more! Each UGEARS model and puzzle box has its own unique and enchanting mechanical action, to delight your family and friends. Constructors will find satisfaction in bringing the models into being with their own hands, experiencing the magical moment of "birth" when the model shows the first spark of life.

We received the Windstorm Dragon mechanical model kit, RRP 42.99 and the Sky Watcher Tourbillon Table Clock mechanical model kit, RRP £64.99 - Both are stunning models.

If the man in your life likes to build models in his spare time - these are perfect for him.

Next up I have some refreshing soft drinks from Fentimans.Com.

Curiosity Cola is an invigorating cola inspired by traditional colas from yesteryear and made using infusions of the finest herbal ingredients including sweet cinnamon. Fentimans’ Ginger Beer is botanically brewed using the same traditional techniques as Thomas Fentiman back in 1905. We ferment the finest Chinese ginger root for a drink that is fiery and full of flavour.

12 X 275ml bottles RRP at £16.49. 

They're a nice little gift idea for those who like a special drink at home.

Last up I have some rather cure Father's Day Cards from And Hope Designs.

These sweet cards are made with so much love and cost around £3.50 each. I love the, Daddy Bear You are My Hero Card - a lightly textured premium card with an illustration of a bear flying with a red “super bear” cape on, and the words “you are my hero” hand lettered. 

 The illustrated bear is super fluffy, furry and has a kind face. This card was designed as a Father’s Day card for giving to a daddy bear, this illustrated super hero bear card is suitable for many an occasion, as it is blank inside and dads are not the only heroes in our lives.

If you're looking for something different and sweet - go check them out.

So that's it for another year. I hope I've given you some inspiration to help you find your perfect Father's Day gift for the father figure in your life this year. Thank you so much for stopping by and having a loom through my gift guide - I hope you liked it x

Disclosure: I received samples in return for inclusion in this gift guide.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

The Play That Goes Wrong at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham #Review

 The Play That Goes Wrong at 

The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham.

The Play That Goes Wrong is here in town this week at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham as it continues to entertain audiences on a global scale. It's returned to it's touring roots to embark on its fifth UK tour this spring for 2022. The play features the fictional, Cornley Drama Society who are trying to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does indeed go wrong and it's very funny. As the accident prone thesps battle against all the odds to reach their final curtain call.

I attended the Press Night showing last night and have to admit, I wasn't quite sure what I was going to think. I do love a good comedy but sometimes I struggle to find things that are 'supposed' to be funny, actually funny. I'm a bit of a sceptic at times. But, I'm happy to say that I actually really enjoyed this play and I did find it very funny, so much so that I laughed more than I have in months. The whole cast were very funny, whitty and quite lovable really. 

The staging was very clever and watching the set fall apart before our eyes throughout the night was thrilling and exciting. You never knew what was going to go wrong and happen next. There were lots of surprises, shocks and loud bangs which made me jump on more than one occasion. This play really is slapstick comedy at it's finest and it's very entertaining.

I have to give a special mention to Max Bennett who played both Cecil Haversham and the Gardener. He was so funny, I couldn't take my eyes off him, his infectious smile and silly ways sure made my night and I think the whole audience would have agreed with me. Everyone was fantastic but I had to mention Max as he was the star of the show for me.

The Play That Goes Wrong is utterly delightful and just what I needed this week. They say that laughter is the best medicine and in this case, it really is. For times when you've had a long day, are feeling a little down or just need an escape for an hour or two. The Play That Goes Wrong could be your answer! It certainly was my smile after a boring day at the office.

The Play That Goes Wrong is at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham from Monday 16th May to Saturday 21st May 2022. Tickets are still available from just £13 so if you're looking for something to do this week, why not go along and treat yourself to a night of laughter.

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the press night showing. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

CLUEDO: The Stage Play at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham

 CLUEDO: The Stage Play at 

The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham.

Last night I played Detective and went to see CLUEDO: The Stage Play at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham. Starring Michelle Collins as Miss Scarlett, CLUEDO is an exciting, comedy thriller based on the hit 1985 film CLUE and the classic board game loved by generations. Directed by Mark Bell, director of the award winning The Play That Goes Wrong and A Comedy About A Bank Robbery just like the game, this brand new play promises a nostalgic, fun and thrilling evening of entertainment. And, it delivered just that.

When Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs Peacock, Reverend Green, Mrs. White and Colonel Mustard arrive at a party, they are surprised to find they have all received the same invitation from the mysterious Lord Boddy. It soon becomes clear that they all have hidden secrets and the mystery and hysteria grows when the staff of Boddy Manor are killed off with a variety of familiar weapons. It's all very comical and very funny. It'll have you laughing out loud.

Each character has their own stories, their own murderous motifs
 and their own quirks, should I say. Watching this play brought back a lot of happy childhood memories of a game I've not played in years but would now quite like to introduce to my children so they can play.

The staging of it all was so clever, with it's magical doors that moved with the set as they explored the house. It was fun, engaging and very exciting, and I really loved the silliness of it all. Wadsworth, the Butler, who was played by the wonderful Jean-Luke Worrell absolutely stole the show for me. His stage presence and humour was just incredible. He made me laugh so many times and his solo speech was just amazing. He's so talented.

CLUEDO The Stage Play is The Alexandra, Birmingham until Saturday 7 May so there's still plenty of time to grab yourself tickets if you'd like to go and see it sometime this week.

If you're looking for a night of laughter, silliness and nostalgic fun, then this play is for you.

I had a great night and really enjoyed watching something different. It's a bit shorter than most other plays (1 hour 40 minutes including the interval) but that was perfect length. 
Long enough to tell their story but not too long as to drag it out and bore you. I enjoyed it.

CLUEDO THe Stage Play then moves onto Milton Keynes, Brighton and Glasgow.

Disclosure: I was invited to the press night showing. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

Thursday, 28 April 2022

#WIN a Father's Day Cadbury Gift Box

 WIN a Father's Day Cadbury Gift Box

Father's Day is on Sunday 19th June this year so I thought I'd get in nice and early and give away a nice treat for your one you. You could Gift it or Keep it!

Either way, I'd like to treat someone to a little gift this Father's Day. It's on me!

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 lucky winner will be chosen at random after it closes on Tuesday May 31st  - This Giveaway is Open to the UK Only - Good Luck x

This is not a sponsored Giveaway - The Prize is supplied by myself. 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 Tuesday 31st and the Winner is contacted shortly after.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Catch Me If You Can at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham #Review

 Catch Me If You Can at 

The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham.

Catch Me If You Can, by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert is now live on stage at The Alexandra Theatre Birmingham until Saturday 30 Apr 2022. Dallas legend Patrick Duffy, (The Man from Atlantis; Step By Step) Linda Purl, (Happy Days; Homeland) and Gray O’Brien (Peak Practice; Coronation Street) head the cast in this wonderful new production. 

The story follows Inspector Levine as he's called to a house in the remote Catskill mountains to investigate the disappearance of newly married Elizabeth Corban. In a bizarre development a woman arrives at the house claiming to be the missing Elizabeth but, instead of celebrating the reunion, her husband accuses her of being an imposter and all sorts of strange things start to happen. Who's telling
 the truth? Who's not? Who knows? You'll be gripped the whole way through as the twists and turns take you on a fantastic adventure.

Adapted from French Writer Robert Thomas’ play Trap for a Lonely Man, this highly entertaining mystery has been the subject of three successful screenplays. 

I attended last night for Opening Night and Press Night and have to say, I really enjoyed it. The stage setting stays based inside the beautiful holiday lodge but it's all very cleverly done and there's a great attention to detail. The Moose was a great touch, that did make me smile. Patrick Duffy's performance was completely effortless, he held your attention and had you hanging on his every word. The whole cast were wonderful though and even though this play is a thriller, there's also lots of laughs and comedy moments to enjoy too. 

My Mum and I both really enjoyed the show and were so glad that we went to see it. The show's a little shorter than most at 2 hours and 5 minutes (that includes a 20 minutes interval) but it's well worth going to see. You know a play's good when you're not ready for the first half to end and as the curtain drops, you want to stay and watch more. This is that play.

Catch Me If You Can Tickets are still available and prices start from just £13.

If you're looking for something different, and a good night out. This show could be just what you need. You can't beat a good Thriller with Comedy fun in it to. It's a great show.

Disclosure: I attended a Press Night Showing. All opinions are my own.

Monday, 25 April 2022

GoBoat Birmingham - New to the City #Review

 GoBoat Birmingham - New to the City

GoBoat Birmingham arrived in our city just two weeks ago so I can't wait to tell you all about them. GoBoat is a fun, self drive boating experience where you're the captain of your boat and you choose the route. From their location at Brindley Place, GoBoat gives you access to a stunning section of Birmingham's vibrant canal network.

On a sunny day like yesterday, it's absolutely gorgeous. 

Your boat fits up to 8 people including children (dogs are also welcome). No boating experience is necessary, as you’ll be taught everything you need to know. It’s so easy.

Daddy was the Captain of our Boat for the afternoon which he loved.

The friendly GoBoat crew are ready to welcome at their kiosk just under the bridge from the ICC. They'll give you all your boating instructions and provide life jackets and buoyancy aids for babies and children. You’ll also be given a route map to help you navigate your way along the canal loops. There's two routes to choose from, both are fab but we decided on the quieter route away from the city centre and out towards Birmingham University - The Vale. 

You can choose to set sail on a 1, 2 or 3 hour adventure depending on what you would prefer. We chose the 2 hour trip which was just right for us. Our boat trip was shared with family but you can grab your friends too if you like. We really made the most of our time out on the water, enjoying a picnic on our travels. The kids were so excited. It's such a lovely way to make lifelong memories, whilst experiencing Birmingham from a whole new perspective.

It's recommend to make your booking online as slots can fill up quite quickly, especially now the warmer weather is creeping in. The price begins at £95 for one boat for the first hour but with 8 people that works out less than £12 per person which is a great price really.

2 hours is £135 and 3 hours is £175.

I loved the added treat of the blankets incase it got a bit chilly out on the water. Luckily we didn't need them on our trip other than to sit on which was very comfy. It was such a lovely touch. The boats have a lovely big table in the middle, plenty big enough for all your picnic needs and seats all the way around the boat so there's room for everyone to sit comfortably.

We had a wonderful afternoon taking in all the sights in the sunshine. It was so nice to see Birmingham from a different viewpoint. I'd forgotten just how beautiful our city is.

GoBoats are powered by low emission rechargeable electric motors - an almost silent tiller controlled Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 electric outboard. Every night their crew plug the electric engines in to charge up, ready for the next day. Boats travel at an ideal cruising speed of 3.5 knots, about 4mph. The wooden tabletop is sustainably sourced forestry kebony. The foam kernel is made of 80% recycled PET, the equivalent of about 600 plastic bottles.

To celebrate their launch they're giving 20% off all trips sailed at GoBoat Birmingham until Sunday 1st May. Use code 'ILOVEBRUM' at checkout.

So pick your crew, pack a picnic and explore Brum!

Disclosure: We were invited for a complimentary experience. Opinions are our own.

Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Top Trumps Limited Editions #Review

 Top Trumps Limited Editions

Top Trumps Limited Editions have put an adult twist on the UK's no.1 card game - featuring adult's favourite licenses including Friends, James Bond, Splitting Image and many more. 

Any number of people can play Top Trumps, that’s what makes it the world’s coolest card game and the aim of the game? To be the first player to win all the cards. That's it!

How to play: 

1. Shuffle and deal all the cards out face down.

2. Players pick up their cards and look at their top cards only.

3. Player 1 (left of dealer) chooses and calls out their best stat.

4. The other players see if they can beat this stat (Highest number wins).

5. The card with the highest stat wins the top cards and adds them to the base of their pile.

6. The winner of the round chooses the stat for the next round.

7. The first player to get all of the cards wins!

We're huge Friends fans so the Friends TV Series Top Trumps Card Game was always going to be our number one choice really and we're so glad that it was. It's so cool.

The series, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, spanned 10 seasons and 236 episodes! Friends racked up more than 85 hours of gags featuring Rachel, Joey, Monica, Phoebe, Ross and Chandler, and still left viewers wanting more. The show fascinated international audiences with its relatable, charming plot, humour, and authentic friendships - no wonder the series gained so many fans since its premiere in 1994. With this pack of Limited Edition Friends Top Trumps, in its special Cappuccino Case, you don't need to go through the entire series for the 10th time to locate your favourite Friends scenes. Just sit back with a cup of coffee, and enjoy the most iconic moments starring this beloved group.

The James Bond Gadgets & Vehicles Top Trumps Card Game was our next choice as we're huge James Bond fans too, this one's more for Mummy and Daddy though - shh.

Familiarise yourself with thirty vehicles and gadgets that are closely associated with the double O agent also known as James Bond, and use this intel to battle it out with your friends and family for the title of Top Trump! Pick from iconic weapons and tools like the wrist dart gun, Dentonite explosives and the Parker pen, as well as vehicles like the Q Boat and the Aston Martin Vanquish. This pack celebrates some of Q Branch's most incredible gadgets, Bond's spontaneity and resourcefulness when it comes to their usage, and some of 007's foes’ most fiendish devices. Find out which car has the best Technology rating, which gadget is the best disguised, and which is Bond’s most recent piece of kit. Recapping a series of stunning moments from the beloved film franchise, this deck is guaranteed to thrill.

We love this game as you really can play Top Trumps anytime, anywhere, and with as many people as you like. And, with it's easy to carry plastic case it means there are no limits on gameplay. It's a great game to take away on your holidays with you as it fits easily into your pocket, bag or case. It's a nice quick game that all ages can enjoy, my two love playing it.

We shall be popping ours into our bags when we head up to Scotland this summer.

Disclosure: We received samples in return for an honest review. All opinions are our own.