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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Pigzbe: help your kids learn great money habits. And get £20-worth of free pocket money!

Pigzbe: help your kids learn great money habits.  
And get £20-worth of free pocket money!


Pigzbe is a new and exciting way of doing pocket money. It makes financial education child's play, helping kids aged 6+ learn the value of money in a fun and rewarding way. 

We're very big on earning pocket money in this house so this is right up our street!

You can sign up to hear when the new Pigzbe app goes live and, if you’re based in the UK, you can earn £20 worth of free pocket money when you subscribe. You can then invite your friends and family to help you can earn even more pocket money, up to £160 in fact – just by helping them spread the word. It sounds like an easy way to earn some pocket money.

They'll send your free pocket money when you subscribe to the Pigzbe App for 1 month. 

A Pigzbe app subscription is £3.99 a month for up to two children with a 1-month free trial :)


How Pigzbe works.

Pigzbe combines the Pigzbe Piggy Wallet which is an educational pocket money app for kids and parents alike, and their own digital currency, Wollo. Here’s how it all works! 


Pigzbe help kids:
  • Understand the value of money
  • Make the connection between hard work and rewards
  • Develop responsible saving habits
  • Develop their independence and self-sufficiency
  • Prepare kids for a future of digital money 

Learn more about Pigzbe, the digital way to do pocket money.

It sure looks like a fun way of learning to save your pocket money. It's definitely something I'd be willing to trial at home with my two and who knows, it could be the key to getting them to finally do their chores around the hours. After all, chores mean money - pocket money!

Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Post.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Andrea McLean - Confessions Tour is coming to Brum!

Andrea McLean - Confessions Tour is coming to Brum! 


Andrea McLean has been on our TV for over 20 years and she’s met, worked with and interviewed some of the biggest names in the world. For the first time ever, she’s breaking loose of the TV studio to bring you her confessions of life on and off the small screen.  

From how mistaken identity got her a job on breakfast TV to how falling out of a helicopter taught her how to be brave again… Andrea shares all, including incredible stories of menopausal meltdowns.  This night promises to be full of hot gossip, insider stories and secret confessions – and she’ll be asking you to share yours with her too!  


She's coming to Birmingham's Old Rep Theatre on October 15th and I for one am so excited to go along and see her live. I watch her all the time on Loose Women and absolutely love her. She's such a real modern women who tells it like it is, she's amazing!

The Tour starts in Horsham and ends in Kettering stopping at Birmingham, Newbury, Basingstoke and Leamington Spa along the way. If you're excited like me and want to go to any of the Andrea McLean - Confessions Tour shows, you can buy your Tickets here. 

Disclosure: I was gifted tickets in exchange for this promotional post.

Monday, 29 July 2019

#WIN a Cadbury Heroes Treasure Box

#WIN a Cadbury Heroes Treasure Box 



Everyone needs a Hero, so this months giveaway is for all the Heroes out there!

It's the Summer Holidays so we're all busy trying to entertain our kiddies which often brings out the Hero in all of us. Being the cook, the cleaner, the entertainer and the parent can be hard work so I just wanted to do something nice for one of you. To make your Summer a little bit brighter. That is why I am giving away a Cadbury Heroes Treasure Box - yummy!

The Cadbury Heroes Treasure Box gift box has a great selection of your favourite Cadbury chocolate bars including Dairy Milk bars. It's sure to cheer up your down days this Summer.

 If you'd like to win this Cadburys Heroes Treasure 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 25th August - 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 Sunday 25th August x

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Luxury Summer Dresses from David Charles Childrenswear #Review

Luxury Summer Dresses from 
David Charles Childrenswear.


Lily loves a pretty dress, I mean, what young lady doesn't? This week she was invited to pick a dress of her choice from David Charles Childrenswear which hosts a fantastic collection of beautiful girls designer dresses. Lily was in dress heaven, she was so excited. There was so many beautiful dressed to choose from but after several hours of deliberation she chose their Orange Summer Sunrise Dress which is absolutely stunning.


Captivating and colourful, bold and beautiful. This dress is a gorgeous sunrise orange and red palette with a bold floral design. This smooth satin gown has a luxurious fit and flare silhouette and inverted pleats at the skirt, this designer piece offers a youthful skater look.

It includes sweet subtle cap sleeves and a concealed zip fastening down the back.

Lily absolutely loves it, it's so smooth and comfortable to wear and looks great on. It's really swishy and swirls like a dream. She's been spinning around and around and around for ages. Although Lily is 12 years old we went for the Age 13 dress with the help of the websites very useful sizing guides. David Charles Childrenswear definitely like to make sure you get the right sized dress for you. I loved the measurement chart and found it really helpful as her dress fits perfectly with still a little growing room so that it will last for a while. 


The Orange Summer Sunrise Dress that Lily is wearing costs £280. There is often discounts and sales on their dresses so it's always worth looking out for these as this dress is currently (checked today on July 27th) reduced to just £179. I'm not sure how long that price will last but it's a great price for such a beautiful designer dress. The quality of this dress is outstanding, the design is so elegant and pretty and the fabrics are so luxurious and soft. 

Lily loves her new David Charles Childrenswear dress so much and can't wait to wear it throughout the Summer. We have several events coming up, perfect for this dress. A family BBQ, Summer walks in the park and of course, our Summer Holiday at the end of Summer.

Thank you David Charles Childrenswear - Lily loves her dress!

Disclosure: We received our David Charles Childrenswear Dress in return for an honest review. All the opinions and photographs in this post are 100% honest and entirely my own.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Annie the Musical Hits Birmingham's Hippodrome and It's Smiles All Round! #Review

Annie the Musical Hits Birmingham's Hippodrome
and It's Smiles All Round.


Last night, Annie the Musical came to town and we were lucky enough to be there on Press night. We were so excited beforehand as Annie has been such a memorable part of this family since I was a little girl. It's always been one of my favourites since I watched the original movie and even now I often find myself singing 'The Sun will come out, Tomorrow'.

Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, a sweet young girl named Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage for girls. Her luck changes one day when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Whilst Annie is living the high life, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family but will she have a happy ending?


With its Tony award-winning book and score, including the unforgettable songs It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll love it! We can happily say - we did! It's amazing!

The kids were fantastic, they really filled the room with fun and laughter throughout the show. We loved Miss Hannigan played by the lovely Jodie Prenger and her drunken shenanigans, she had us laughing all the time and Mr Warbucks, well, he was just adorable. Annie was superb and played her role so well and Sandy the dog, how cute was he? He was so well behaved and made us all laugh out loud. We sat watching the whole show in awe with a smile from ear to ear, quite literally, from the first moment right through until the very end when the whole room erupted into a standing applause for them all. It was a truly magical night, being able to see an old favourite being brought to life on the stage. 

Annie is the perfect musical to take the whole family to, we all loved it.


Annie the Musical will be here at the Birmingham Hippodrome for the next three weeks. Starting from today, Wednesday 24th July and running right up until Sunday 11th August. 

It's the perfect timing for a Summer Holiday treat for the family. 

Disclosure: We were invited to the Press Night, this Review is written using our own opinions and all expressed within are 100% honest and entirely our own.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Flight Club - Birmingham's Newest Social Darts Bar

Flight Club - Birmingham's Newest Social Darts Bar 


Last night I attended the Press Launch of Birmingham's newest bar in town and have to say that it's amazing! It opens to the public from today, Friday July 19th but last night we got to go inside and enjoy a sneak preview beforehand. Standing proud on Birmingham's Temple Street, it's in a prime location for an easy to get too, night out. It's just a two minutes stroll from New Street Station and even has a queue of Taxis waiting outside for an easy pickup at night. It's definitely the kind of bar I'd want to go to with my girls if we were out in town. 


Flight Club Birmingham has a really fun and modern feel throughout. It's like having all the fun of the fair but with a added bar and a darts board. It has everything you'd expect from a good bar in the city centre, it's got gorgeous cocktails, delicious food, a DJ and dance floor. 

But then it has so much more. Social Darts is played in an area called an ‘oche’ (it rhymes with hockey). That’s the space from the throw line to the dartboard, as well as your own seating area. It reminded me a little of when you go bowling, you take your picture and add your name before you start. Each oche can hold up to 12 players and costs around £30 for the hour which isn't per person, it's per playing area which makes it a good price really.



There's 5 fun games you can play and each one was very different to your usual game of Darts. I loved the fact that the games took away the skill levels and made the game easier for the non dart players like me. Social Darts was great fun and a great way to make new friends. I guess when you book your own oche, you'll be with people you know but last night we were all mixed up with strangers and it turned out to be a great idea as I made so many new friends. There's nothing like being paired with a total stranger to bring out your competitive streak. I found myself getting into the game, enjoying lots of laughs, creams and even a few high fives. An hour of Darts has never been so much fun, I absolutely loved it.


 Your oche has everything you need for a good night out. There's a hidden place for your bags underneath the counters, coat hooks on the wall for your coats and jackets, a comfy seating area to relax on, in between your goes and a super savvy computer that not only controls your game throughout but also allows you to order any drinks and food too. 

The clever super computer also films you and plays back random Play Backs when you least expect it. I won one of my games and got the surprise of my life when it flashed up on the screen with a replay video of me taking my shot and then celebrating afterwards by high fiving my team mate but it was all in good fun and it did give us something to laugh at.

The Tankard Ten Cocktail was very very nice, made up of Tanqueray 10 gin, peach and
peach liqueur, lemon and cider, it made for a really cool, refreshing drink (£9.75).

The Pizzas were pretty good too, I'd definitely order one of them on my next visit.

This place had such a good vibe to it, the whole place was buzzing last night. The Games were great fun, the place looked amazing and the food was spot on. I had brought my Father In Law along with me last night as he's a huge darts lover and I'm happy to say he had a great time, he loved it. It was nice to look around and see a room full of people of all ages coming together through the love of a game. Who knew darts was so much fun.


Flight Club Birmingham opens today and I'm dying to go back again already. I can't wait to get my girls together and get stuck in. It definitely gets my seal of approval.

Disclosure: I was invited to the Press Launch of Birmingham's Flight Club. This review is written in all honesty with my own opinions about the experiences I enjoyed. 

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Thomas & Friends Digs & Discoveries World Premier at Drayton Manor Park #Review

Thomas & Friends Digs & Discoveries 
World Premier at Drayton Manor Park.


This morning we were lucky enough to be invited attend the World's Premiere screening of the brand new Thomas & Friends, Digs & Discoveries short films. We were VIP guests at the home of Thomas Land itself, Drayton Manor Park in Tamworth. How excited were we!

We were entertained by two lovely Milkshake presenters, Kemi and Derek who sang and danced along with the children in the crowd. We were treated to refreshments including yummy sweet popcorn and a meet and greet with the main man himself, the Fat Controller.


In the new Thomas & Friends: Digs & Discoveries Specials, Thomas discovers a brand new world of wonder as he explores the buried history of Italy. With a fun construction theme and exciting archaeological digs, you'll meet lots of new characters including Stefano the Super Cruiser, Brenda the Bulldozer, and engines Gina, Lorenzo and Beppe who all  help Thomas on his latest adventure. We really enjoyed the stories and found it very entertaining. Both Ryan and Lily liked the movies and laughed along with the films. We liked the new characters and loved Gina, she's wonderful. There was lots of educational facts thrown in which made it really good too. We liked the way learning had been made fun.

There will be a number of shows shown throughout the days between the 7th and 14th of July 2019. You can download their app or visit the 4D cinema during your visit to find out all the times. I'm sure it'll be a nice treat for any young Thomas fan to enjoy on their next visit.


We love the Drayton Manor 4D Cinema and visit it every time we go. The short movies are always fun to watch to pass a few minutes inside away from the crowds outside. It's also perfect for rainy days, like today, where we got to shelter inside whilst having lots of fun.

If you'd like to see the Thomas & Friends Digs & Discoveries exclusive specials before they air, you can do so right there in their very own 4D Cinema at Drayton Manor Park.

Once the films were over we then went out into the park to enjoy the rest of our day. It was Ryan's first visit now being over the 1.2M height restrictions so it was very exciting for him. He got to ride the Air Race ride for the first time and loved it. He got to drive the Dodgems with Daddy and get absolutely drenched with us all on the Storm Force 10 which was ace.

Now that Ryan is tall enough to go on the 'bigger' rides, we can't wait to visit more often.


We've had such a fun day out at Drayton Manor today, it's been great and we even got given some fantastic Goody Bags to take home too. The kids have been well and truly looked after and spoilt today, so thank you to the lovely people of Drayton Manor.


Disclosure: We were invited to be guests at the Drayton Manor Premier Screening today but all the opinions expressed within this review are 100% and entirely our own.