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Monday, 22 October 2018

More Treat than Trick at Drayton Manor this Half Term #Review

 More Treat than Trick at 
Drayton Manor this Half Term : Review

It's More Treat than Trick this Half Term at Drayton Manor park this year. We had the pleasure of visiting this weekend to see what all the fuss was about and have to say, we had a really lovely time. The sun was shining, the park was decorated beautifully with spooky statues and pumpkins everywhere. The rides were all open (except two) and the queues were virtually non existent, we didn't wait more than 5 minutes for any of the rides which surprised us seeing as it was such a warm, sunny day for this time of year. It was fab!

Running from October 20th up until November 1st. Drayton Manor Park has some frightfully fun family Halloween activities and eerie entertainment waiting just for you and your family.

As well as all the fun of Thomas Land for younger kids and the bigger rides of Drayton Manor for the older kids. You also get the extra fun of exciting, Meet and Greets with Thomas Spooky Characters. Face your fears activities in the Reptile House and Keeper Talks in the Zoo. There's even Pumpkin Carving above the Main Thomas Land Shop. My fave part: You can Trick or Treat at the Fat Controllers house in Thomas Land which my two loved doing. Even though they were older than most children in the queue, they still loved it.

The Park was decorated beautifully with lots of picture perfect spots set up for you to use.
There were hay bale scenes for sitting on, Giant Pumpkins for posing in and so much more.

We had a lovely day out at Drayton Manor as usual, there's always so much fun to be had. We rode so many rides and enjoyed ice creams and doughnuts in the sunshine. For us, Drayton Manor is one of our favourite local attractions to visit as a family as there's always something for everyone. Although my little boy is 8 years old, he's a small 8 and not quite at the 1.2metres mark so he couldn't go on lots of the bigger rides which he did cry at the Bumper Cars when he still wasn't big enough to ride but I've promised him that he should have grown a little bit more by the time next Summer comes and then we'll go again to see if he can finally go on them all. I'll keep my fingers crossed but I'm sure he'll be tall enough.

Drayton Manor has lots to offer families like mine. The rides are great fun and there's a good selection, the queues are often small and the park is not too big so everything's nice and compact so there's not too much walking to do. And, if you don't like rides, there's the Zoo.

This may have been out last visit for this year but it's certainly not our last visit.

Remember if you do want to go, it's much cheaper to book your tickets online in advance.

Visit Drayton Manor Theme Park for more info.

Disclosure: We were invited to visit Drayton Manors: More Treat than Trick for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed within this review are all 100% honest and our own.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

#WIN a Family Ticket (for 5) to The Haunted Castle at Warwick Castle this Halloween

#WIN a Family Ticket (for 5) to The Haunted Castle
at Warwick Castle this Halloween.

Halloween and Half Term are fast approaching and we're so excited! 

 Warwick Castle is a local attraction, we personally love to visit and this Half Term they're pulling out all the stops to make the castle extra spooky for visitors this Halloween.

From October 20th to November 4th, The Haunted Castle comes alive for Halloween!

New activities for 2018 include an Escape Room (for an additional cost of £5 per person) set in the medieval gaol and a House of Wax which features a gut-wrenchingly grim finale. This year also sees the return of the popular Séance - an innovative binaural spatial audio technology experience; fire jousting displays; the plague-inspired adventure, Outbreak 1369; the spooky trails of the Haunted Hollows, the Witches Tower with an all-new show performed by horrid hags, telling tales of ghosts; and more! It all sounds so good.

There's a Flash Sale on the website right now so if you book your tickets online by midnight on Monday 23 October, You can save up to 40 per cent for Warwick Castle’s frighteningly good Halloween celebrations. Tickets are available from just £15 per person. 

The Competition - WIN a Family Ticket for up to 5 people to use this Half Term.

If you would like to win a Family Ticket for up to 5 people to visit Warwick Castle for Halloween this Half Term, you're in the right place. Simply use the Rafflecopter Form below:

Terms and Conditions: One winner drawn at random will win a Family Ticket (for up to 5 people) for Warwick Castle's Haunted House this Half Term. Open to the UK only. Travel costs are not included so please only enter if you can attend. Giveaway closes on Monday October 22nd at Midday. Winner will be drawn and contacted the same day. Good Luck.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Zuru Toys: Smashers Gross Series 2 Triple Pack #Review

  Zuru Toys: Smashers Gross Triple Pack 
Season 2 Review.

Smashers are back and they're Grosser than ever! The Smashers Gross Series 2 from Zuru Toys are back with a over a 100 brand new collectibles to collect. We were sent one of their Triple packs to see how cool they are for ourselves. The original smashers came in little red balls whereas these ones come in really cool white ones with eye balls printed on them. The idea is still the same, you just throw and smash to find your surprise disgustingly gross character hiding inside. My youngest two loves these things, I think it's the whole surprise element that keeps them wanting more. Once they get one, they need them all.

A Triple pack costs just £2.99 at the moment from Smyths which makes them perfect for your kids 'pocket money' toys. I really like the fact that they're quite cheap as it means I can buy lots of them for Christmas and it won't cost me a small fortune to have one very happy little boy. Ryan who's 8 now, loves playing with these. He gets so excited that he's actually allowed to throw them on the floor or at the wall to smash them open. I'm forever telling him not to throw his toys on the floor so he loves that these are the exception to that rule. 

Both Ryan and Lily were really pleased with the three characters they found inside their Smashers, they're going to be great for Halloween. We now have the start to our Series 2 collection which I'm sure will be expanding pretty soon as the kids are already asking me to get them some more. My two love surprise toys and collectibles so these Smashers tick both boxes. They're fun and thrilling, exciting and gross. Everything my children love.

The Smashers Gross Series 2 Triple Pack gets a huge thumbs up from Ryan and Lily.

Disclosure: We received our Smashers Gross Series 2 Triple pack in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and entirely my own. 

Monday, 1 October 2018

Drumond Park's - Word Bandit Game #Review and #Giveaway

Drumond Park's - Word Bandit Game 
Review and Giveaway.

This week we've been playing a new game from Drumond Park called Word Bandit. 

Word Bandit is a brain-teasing, family-friendly game aimed at children aged 8 years and over. Yes, it is a board game but with a difference because at the centre of the game is a wheel-spinning letter machine, just like a small ‘one-arm bandit’.  The game is made up of four easy word games which can be played in two teams made up of any number of players.

Getting ready to play is simple as all you need is the board, the bandit machine, the sand timer and your two team pieces. The board folds out quickly making it easy to set up, so it's a nice game to play as the setup time is literally just a few seconds and anyone can do it.

 Each team picks a playing piece and puts it on the red START space. They then take it in turns to move around the board, one space at a time. The colour of the space you land on dictates which of the four games your team will have to play.  One of the team members pulls the bandit’s handle to spin the wheels each turn, and the opposition counts the score.

The Purple Circle = Winding Words 

Open the sliding cover on the machine to reveal four rows of letters, then pull the handle to spin the word wheels, which come up with a set of random letters. The aim is to race the timer to find as many words as possible that wind around the grid of letters.  

The Green Circle = Famous People 

Three rows of letters will be revealed, spin the word wheels to start the game. The aim here is to find the INITIALS of as many famous people as possible during one turn of the timer, and here – the letters do not need to be touching in the grid. From Beyonce to Snow White!

The Yellow Circle = Things that begin with 

Using two Rows this time. Spin the word wheels as before. Your playing piece is on a yellow space with a category printed on it (e.g. Boys’ Names). You must come up with as many words as possible in that category beginning with one of the letters on show. You can use any letter as many times as you like, as long as the words are different.

The Red Circle = Words Containing 

Using just one row now, spin the word wheels. Here, you have to call out as many words as you can  that contain any two of the letters you have spun. The letters contained in your words can be in any order, and repeating the letters in your words is OK. Master wordsmiths may choose to think up words with all three letters in them!

We found it a little tricky at first as there are four different word games to play depending on which coloured spot your team lands on but we soon got used to it and it's OK to keep the rules with you to refer back to when needed. Word games are always great fun and ones we'd often play in our house as they're a great way to make playtime, educational and fun.

Priced at just £24.99 I think it's going to be popping up on a lot of children's Christmas Lists this year. Both my younger two, aged 8 and 11 years had great fun playing it and would happily have added it to their Christmas List's if they didn't already have it. I love the fact that they can play with just the two of them, they can set it up themselves and play happily.

Giveaway Time - Who wants to win one?

The lovely people over at Drumond Park have given me a copy of Word Bandit to give away to one of you, my lovely readers. I'm going to keep it simple to enter using the Rafflecopter Form which will load just below this text. There are lots of ways to enter but it's up to you how many, you want to do. Please feel free to do as many or as few as you'd like but remember, the more you do, the more chances you'll have to win - Good Luck x

Terms and Conditions: One winner will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter app on October 31st and contacted by email using the email address linked to their account. Open to the UK only. The prize is being supplied by Drumond Park - Good Luck x

Monday, 17 September 2018

Bear Grylls Adventure Birmingham - I Did It!

Bear Grylls Adventure Birmingham - I Did It! 

The Bear Grylls Adventure has landed in Birmingham and its now open!

It's the Home of Earth’s greatest adventure challenges set to test your limits as you take on some of the world's most incredible mental and physical challenges inspired by Bear’s love of adventure. You'll get all geared up and ready to climb, dive, fly, zip, leap, scramble and explore. Escape the ordinary and push yourself to achieve the remarkable. It's incredible.

Upon arrival at the NEC, there's a special car park just for the Bear Grylls Adventure users which has a cheaper rate to park than other events. You'll be given a yellow token from the machine which helps calculate how long you've been there as the car park is charged by the hour. A little bit of advice, when you get to the Reception counter, don't forget to ask them to Validate your token or you'll be charged a 'non validation' charge of £20. We got back to the car before realising this and had to walk back to get it validated so just a quick heads up.

The whole place looks amazing, once you step through those front doors it's like you've left Birmingham behind and headed into a whole new world. I loved the decorations and props inside. There were crashed helicopters stuck in trees, army trucks to eat your lunch on the back of and tyre tracks across the floors that looked like wet patched but weren't. They were pretty cool as they had me fooled, I had to go over and touch them to see for myself. 

The staff were all very friendly and helped us book in quickly, with no problems. Our Basecamp time was 10.30 so once we were all there, we were all set to start. Our group had a total of 8 people in it so the groups were nice and small which I liked. Our guide, Cameron was great at explaining what we going to do and lead us along on our journey.

Basecamp is made up of 4 activities: the Break Out Escape Room, Targets Archery, the Survival Maze and the Assault Course. Each one was great fun. Yes they did push me to my limits but I did them all and was so proud of myself at the end after having completed them. The Escape Room was quite hard and both our teams failed to get out by themselves but we had fun trying. The Survival Maze was the scariest for me but it was also very exciting. The Archery was fun - I got three bullseyes! Nobody else even got one so I was happy and the assault Course was the hardest physically but again I gave it my best shot.

You may remember, I wrote a post a few days ago telling you all about how I was going to take on the Deep in their Dive Challenge. I told you the truth, that I wasn't sure whether I was going to be able to go through with it or not but I went along with a positive mental attitude and was determined to do it and I did! It was hard for me but the instructors were amazing and helped me through everything I was struggling with and I did it. I Dived!

This is the huge tank where the Dive takes place. 
It's filled with Sharks, StingRays and all sort of Tropical Fish. 

The Dive is a 2 hour experience which will cost you £100 but that price includes all 4 Basecamp activities too which I think is a really decent price for such a 'once of a lifetime' experience. I'd never dreamt that I'd be able to Dive with Sharks in the middle of Birmingham before but it is now possible thanks to Bear Grylls and his Adventures.

What to expect: 
  • Experience the tropical tank together with over 800 sea creatures! 
  • PADI beginner's certificate - All safety equipment provided
  • Each dive will generate a donation to the Shark Trust
  • Entry to the Adventure Basecamp
  • Total experience time: 210min

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your start time.

The instructors were so friendly and helpful and really helped me overcome my fears of being under water. Thanks to their patience, I got to experience something that I will truly never forget. I was underwater for a whole 20 minutes walking around the bottom of the tank. It was so surreal and I truly loved every minute of it. I thought beforehand that I was going to be terrified of the sharks but I wasn't. They were actually more scared of me than I was of them. They happily swam around the top of the tank leaving me alone at the bottom.

Above, is me doing the OK sign with the fishes in the tank. I was lucky enough to be allowed my GoPro in with us so I've popped Video below for you too see what it was all like.

I can hand on heart recommend this experience to everyone as it's so amazing. Each Dive is with no more than 4 people at one time so you get a very personal experience. You will need to book your tickets online as this is going to be very popular once the word gets out.

Let me know if you decide to go, I'd love to hear how you get on.

Disclosure: I was invited to the Bear Grylls Adventure for free in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

My Bear Grylls Adventure - Can I Face my Fears and Do it?

My Bear Grylls Adventure -  
Can I Face my Fears and Do it?

I have some really exciting news this week. There's a brand new attraction opening in Birmingham this weekend and it's going to be huge! If you're a fan of Bear Grylls or doing things that are totally out of your comfort zone, then this place is going to be perfect for you.

The Bear Grylls Adventure can be located at the (N.E.C) National Exhibition Center, Halls, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PA. It's very close to the Train Station (Birmingham International) and easy to find by car too. It's a place I've visited many a time before.

This Sunday, in just 5 days time! I am going to be taking on the deep and diving into a big tank to get up close to over 1,000 underwater creatures incl. sharks and stingrays. I am so excited but also utterly terrified at the same time. I've never done anything like this before, so believe me when I say, I really don't know whether I'll have it in me or not to actually do this. I love the sea and all the amazing creatures in it but I've never really got that close before. I'm normally the one swimming in the sea, trying not to look down. I'm the one snorkeling but trying to avoid all the creatures and swimming away when they get too close. 

It's going to be a real challenge for me but I'm going to try and face my 'fishy fears' and tackle them all, head on. It's completely out of my comfort zone but I can't wait. Bring it on!

If the Dive wasn't exciting enough, I'm going to be taking on the Bear Grylls Base Camp to. The Base Camp will consist of 4 thrilling challenges in an 90 action-packed minutes:

BREAK OUT - Escape Room: 

Crack codes, solve puzzles and find your way out of the room.

TARGETS Archery:

You’ll need ultra-focus and precision for the targets ahead. Get a score to be proud of.


When all goes dark, you'll find your way out. When the walls are squeezing in, you will find your way through. When faced with challenge, you will keep your nerve.


Balance, jump, climb and scramble your way through the assault course against the clock. 

I'm so excited and hoping to show you all how amazing it is when I do it on Sunday.

Watch this space and do come back to see how I got on - here's hoping for good news.

Send Positive Thoughts x

Monday, 10 September 2018

Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby #Review

Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby Review

Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby is a real cutie pie. Aimed at children aged 3 years and over, she's a real delight to have around. She has a whopping 50 phrases that she can say to you and she can speak in both English and Spanish. Also, a feature I love is that she can call you either Mummy or Daddy at the simply flick of a switch on her back. I've not seen a feature like this before on a doll but it's great as my son can now play with it if he chooses and practice being a Daddy too. This doll is very inclusive, which I love, what a great idea.

The Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby comes in a choice of 3 dolls, each one different. She's a sweet doll wearing big kid undies for when she needs to go potty. Some of her phrases are very cute and we do love the way she sings songs as she goes. She's such a sweet doll.

This doll has very pretty big brown eyes like all 3 of my children do which is lovely. She also has curly brown hair tied up into cute bunches and a lovely little outfit on too. She's adorable. Included in her box with her, is her potty, hairbrush, drinking bottle and reward chart and stickers. She also has a pair of cute big girl pants with added frills for extra cuteness. Lily is a real girly girl so this doll is right up her street. She loves that she's like a baby but also likes that she's a bigger girl that she can help with her 'potty training'. 

When she's thirsty, you'll need to fill the water bottle with water and give her a drink.You'll then need to help her on the potty and she'll sing and go "pee-pee!". Don't worry though as it's a magic potty because it's the only place she'll wee so there's no mess - hooray.

If you hold her hands whilst she's on her potty, she'll do a potty dance for you.

Don't forget to pretend to wash her hands when she's finished  so you can put a sticker on her rewards chart to show her she did an awesome job! There's lots of fun to be had with her. Little ones will love dressing her up as she's fully poseable and will love combing her hair as it's too cute not to style and there's hours of fun to be had just listening to all the silly things that this doll says. She's had us laughing out loud on several occasions - awesome.

A Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby Doll will cost you £49.99 and is available from all good toy stores. I can see this doll being very popular this Christmas as she's just so much fun to play with. She's more than just a drink and wet doll, she's full of cute personality and has lots of interactions to enjoy, time and time again. She really is a lovely doll to play with.

Disclosure: We received our Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby in return for an honest review.