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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Pretty Pixels Eraser Maker - Deluxe Pack Assortment #Review

Pretty Pixels Eraser Maker
Deluxe Pack Assortment Review

New for 2019, children can now make their own beautifully designed erasers from pixel templates, using Bandai’s Pretty Pixels Eraser Maker. Whether you follow the templates or decide you’d like to design your own unique erasers, Pretty Pixels are set to bring you hours of fun. Using a microwave heat instead of an iron, makes the possibilities endless. Styles include Fashion, Sweets, Fairy, Cool, Animals & Fruits. The sets are aimed at children aged 8 and over as the small pieces are a little fiddly but it's great fun, once you get going. 

 This Deluxe Pack will cost you £24.99 but there are smaller sets available too. There's a  Starter Pack for £16.99 and a Mini Pack for £9.99, so there's a set suitable for all budgets. 

We've been having great fun making erasers this week, it's been great for keeping the kids entertained this Half Term. It's a great set for keeping little hands busy and kids happy.

I thought it would be fun to give you a step by step guide to how to make them.

You get everything you need inside the box to get started right away.

The hardest part was picking which design card to use, of course we went for the Unicorn first. There were so many to choose from but as Unicorn lovers, it had to be the one for us.

Once you've picked your design, you then break up the pieces you'll need. There's a little colour coded guide in the corner of your design which tells you how many of each coloured pieces you'll need. It's all nice and simple and once this bits done, you're ready to go. 

You get a small pair of tweezers to help you but we found it easier to use our hands. It's a little bit fiddly but we soon got the hang of it and once we did, it was actually really fun. 

Just look at how cute our Unicorn eraser is. She looked a little funny when she was still in the mould but that's OK as she looked pretty perfect once we'd done the next few steps to finish her off. Once you've finished your design, you add half a teaspoon of water on top of it and then close it shut until you hear a clicking sound, then you know it's all shut securely. 

Once shut tight, you pop it into the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds and then drop it into a pot or tub of cold water for a further 10 minutes to let it all cool down properly. Once the 10 minutes is over, you can open it up and see your brand new eraser, it's awesome.

We were really impressed with our cute little Unicorn eraser. We couldn't believe how easy it was to actually make and now that she's done, we can't wait to make loads more. 

The Pretty Pixels Eraser Maker from Bandai is great fun and there's enough pieces in it to make lots of cool erasers which is fab. It's a lovely set sure to keep the kids happy.

Disclosure: We received a Sample in return for an honest Review.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ryan sure felt like The Kid Who Would Be King this weekend - Excalibur Pinata Fun!

Ryan sure felt like the Kid Who Would Be King this weekend - Excalibur Pinata Fun!

Ryan sure felt like The Kid Who Would Be King this weekend as we were invited to join the fun to celebrate the The Kid Who Would Be Kings UK Cinema Release with 20th Century Fox. We were gifted an awesome box of film related goodies containing a huge Excalibur Sword shaped Pinata. The kids were so excited to get going so we hooked it up in the garden and set them loose to take it in turns to give it a real good whacking. After a few turns each, they finally broke into it to release the treasure of yummy chocolate gold coins.

 The kids had so much fun, just look at those smiley faces. We had their cousin around this weekend so it was nice for them be able to share the fun with another rather than just with each other. The girls were mesmerized by all the pretty confetti and the delicious chocolate gold coins that they found inside. I had three very happy little kiddies indeed.

The Kid Who Would Be King is a tale of old school magic meeting the modern world. It's a fun filled story of a young boy named Alex stumbling across the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. He has to unite his friends and enemies to become a band of knights and with the help of the legendary Wizard Merlin, save all of mankind. It sounds awesome! 

It's on our list of movies to go see this Half Term. Ryan can't wait to see it now he's heard all about it. The Kid Who Would Be King is now showing in the cinemas across the UK.

Disclosure: We were gifted a box of Movie Themed Goodies with no expectations.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Just in Time for Half Term Fun. Smallfoot arrives on Bluray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD Today (18th February)

Just in Time for Half Term Fun. Smallfoot arrives on Bluray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD Today (18th February).

Today marks the first day of Half Term here for us and also the release of Small Foot on Bluray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate it's release we've been gifted a selection of Small Foot Goodies to help us enjoy the movie today and to make this half-term extra special we've been sent the Smallfoot Blu-ray which includes an interactive sing-a-long version, giving us the opportunity to learn the words and sing along to our favourite songs from the film. The movie stars a whole host of amazing actors and actresses, Channing Tatum is the yeti, Migo, and James Corden are the Smallfoot, Percy. The movie also casts, Zendaya,  LeBron James, Danny DeVito, Gina Rodriguez, Yara Shahidi and Ely Henry. Smallfoot was directed by the lovely Karey Kirkpatrick, Annie Award-winning director of Over the Hedge and Annie nominee for the Chicken Run and James and the Giant Peach screenplays. 

Our box of goodies included the Smallfoot Blu-ray, lots of fun quiz sheets and puzzles. A bag, slippers, t-shirt and jacket (for me) and a selection of fun Yeti styled hats which the kids were so excited about. We have our little cousin over this week so she got to join in two which was lovely. It's not often the three of them get to do something like this all together.

Also in our box were some Cake Pops in the characters from the Movie. I think the kids loved these best of all as they looked amazing and tasted even better, if I do say so myself.

Today might be the day the Movie is released on  Bluray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD but it's not the first time we've seen it. It's a great animated adventure suitable for all ages and definitely one to watch this Half Term if you're looking for a fun family film. “Smallfoot” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human! News of the “smallfoot”, throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village. Smallfoot is an epic story about friendship and courage! It's a really lovely film.

Disclosure: We were send our box of Smallfoot Goodies as a gift under no obligation to share. I've shared the contents of it and information about the film as I thought you'd like it. 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

#WIN a Cadbury Mixed Egg Selection Box

Competition - Win a Cadbury Mixed Egg Selection Box

Hey everyone, I can't believe were on the second week of February already. Where's the time gone? I feel like I've blinked and missed the past two weeks, it's been crazy around here. You should all know by now that I love treating you all to a little chocolate giveaway so here's the next one you can enter. It's slightly different from usual, but different is good!

If you'd like to win a Mixed Egg Selection Box from Cadbury containing 5 x Creme Eggs, Caramel Eggs and Oreo Eggs,then you're in the right place. 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 on Sunday March 17th.

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 March 17th x

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Need Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day? Check Out My Gift Guide for Ideas. #GiftGuide

Need Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day?
Check Out My Gift Guide for Ideas.

Every Valentines Day's the same for me, I forget it's coming, I panic, and then I struggle to find the perfect gift at the last minute so this year I've found a few ideas to help us all out. 

Some of my Gift Ideas are a little 'different' but different is good sometimes. I've found some low budget sweet treats and chocolates, more traditional gifts like flowers, some food and drinks for the foodies and some extra little, higher budget treats for the Men in our lives.

For the Foodies I have a lovely selection of wines for you. Just feast your eyes on these:

From Left to Right we have: 

The Ned Pinot Grigio 2018, New Zealand from Majestic £10.99.
El Tesoro de las Montañas 2016, Argentina from Ocado £8.99.
La Boheme Act 4 Syrah Gamay 2017, Australia from Oxford Wine £14.99.
Canevel Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, Italy from Oakham Wines £17.95.
Tesco Finest Saint Mont 2016, France from Tesco £6.00.
The Ned Pinot Rosé 2017, New Zealand from Majestic £12.99.

For the Non Alcoholic drinkers this Valentine's Day, I have an alcohol-free brand called Botonique which is a unique British-made, natural, dry, sparkling non-alcoholic drink which is available in both an original and blush.Prices start from £15 for 2 x 750ml bottles. 

For the Sweetie lovers I have the HARIBO Heart Throbs Gift Box which come in two sizes, 140g and 380g's. Filled with pretty jelly and foam hearts, this cute gift box is the perfect present for the sweet lover in your life. How about some Heart Throbs for your Heart Throb?

For the food lovers, how about spicing your Valentine's Day up with a bottle of Encona’s Limited Edition Carolina Reaper Chilli Sauce - the perfect gift for fiery lovers. It's a sauce not the faint hearted as it's proper spicy stuff but if your partner loves spicy, then they'll love this. It's Encona's Hottest Sauce yet and has a warning on the bottle to 'Try at your own Risk'.

For the Meat Eaters in your life, I have something a little but quirky, The Man Box which is a cute little gift box full of delicious, British artisan snacks and a beer! It includes some chutney, pork crackling, salami and lager. Priced at £22 it's definitely something different. This is one my man would like as it's full of wonderful little treats for the V Day evening.

If you're looking for something special to wear, I have the Levis T Shirt and Boxers Set from Mainline menswear which have lots of other great Valentine's Day gift ideas too. This gift set costs £30 which is my most expensive gift in my guide but it's still not too expensive. You can't go wrong with a plain white T shift and classic Black Boxers really and with the Levi name attached, the guy in your life will feel really spoilt. It comes in a nice tin too.

For a more traditional gift, how about 12 Red & White Roses from Blossoming Gifts. Every lady loves flowers and these ones are beautiful. Prices start from £19.99 so they're reasonably priced for a nice gift this Valentine's Day and sure to bring a smile to anyone's face. I know I'd be happy if these were delivered to my door on the big day, they're stunning.

Last but not least I have the GioTeck TX Headsets for the Gamers or Music lovers in your life. Compatible with all major gaming and mobile devices, these headphones would make a really useful gift. Gioteck's new TX Range is built for a demanding new generation of gamers and music lovers. One year in research & development, all TX headsets deliver an impeccable blend of features, quality and design and best of all, they're affordable too.

From Left to Right we have:

The GioTeck TX-40 Headset in white/red is available now for £24.99 at Argos.
The GioTeck TX-30 Headset in red is available now for £19.99 at Argos.

I hope my Gift Guide inspires you and helps you find your perfect gift this year.

Disclosure: I received samples in return for honest reviews and inclusion in my Gift Guide but each gift has been hand picked and approved by me to only include the best.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Bar + Block Steakhouse Birmingham #Review

Bar + Block Steakhouse Birmingham

Last night Hubby and I went on our first monthly Date Night of 2019 and what a lovely Date Night is was too. We headed into the City Centre to the Bar + Block Steakhouse on Waterloo Street which looked great from the outside. It looked really fresh and modern and really stood out on the row. It's black and red theme was eye catching and the big glass windows were very inviting. We could see from the outside that it was quite busy inside, seeing as it was only just gone 6pm, which is always a good sign of a good place to go.

Aw we headed inside we were greeted by a friendly member of staff who swiftly showed us to our table which was a beautiful booth situated right in front of their open plan Kitchen so we could see everything that was going on. I almost felt like we'd been given the best seats in the house which made me feel very special. Our waiter brought us a bottle of water and a pot of their Beef Popcorn to share whilst we were browsing the Menu which was interesting.

I'm not quite sure what I thought of this really as it was a little bit of an odd combination. The first few pieces I tried, I didn't think I really liked it but as the evening went on, I found myself picking out a few more pieces and actually started to enjoy them. They're odd, but they seem to work. The Mr wasn't quite sure either but he ate a few pieces to give them a try.

The Menu was lovely, it offered a nice variety of steaks and cuts of meat. Their classic cuts come from British breeds of cattle reared across the Pampas in South America. These cuts are all aged for a minimum of 28 days and then hand cut on site, so you can have your steak as big as you want it - you only have to ask. I thought this was a really great idea as the biggest steak on the Menu is the 10oz but in the end we found that was big enough for us. After a quick deliberation we knew what we wanted to order. Check out our choices:

Starters: We went for the Grazing Plates:

I chose the Asian Crispy Beef (Crispy pulled beef tossed in hoisin, cucumber, spring onion, chilli and coriander) which was very nice. Plentiful in flavour, delicious in taste and more than enough in size. I was delighted with my choice and enjoyed every mouthful.

The Mr chose the Salt & Pepper Squid (Crispy salt and pepper squid mixed with chilli and garlic, served with lemon & garlic mayo and a wedge of lemon) which he enjoyed. The Squid was light and crispy and the Lemon and Garlic Mayo was the perfect addition. A clean bowl is a always a good sign that he enjoyed it so I'm happy to say that he really did.

For our Mains:

I went for one of their Speciality Cuts, the Spiral Cut Fillet 10oz, a unique dish created by spiral cutting the fillet and marinating it in garlic and parsley for 24 hours for tenderness and flavour. I asked for my Steak to be cooked 'Medium Well' and have to say, it was cooked perfectly. Slightly pink inside but not bloody, just the way I like it so I was very happy. Taste wise, the steak was delicious but I wasn't too keen on the dressing as it was a bit too oily for my liking. It was OK though as the waited brought me some Mayo which soon fixed that right up. For me the highlight was the Beef dripping triple cooked chunky chips which were yum! Crispy on the outside but so light and fluffy on the inside, they were so so moreish.

The Mr went for the Deconstructed Beef Wellington which was a 10oz sliced fillet served on layers of puff pastry filled with garlic spinach and creamy truffle flavour mushrooms, served with a rich Malbec sauce. When I saw his, I was kind of jealous that I hadn't ordered it for myself as it looked that good. He said it was delicious and ate every bite quite happily.

The food at Bar + Block was really good. Everything tasted good and the service was fab too. Our waiter paid us just the right amount of attention to be helpful but not annoying. He made jokes and smiled and talked us about life in general which was a nice touch. He also helped me choose some drinks to enjoy with our meal. Mr was driving so opted for soft drinks whilst I went for one of their show stopper cocktails, the Candy Floss Martini. Eeek!

Last but not least we had Desserts which again were lovely.

I had the Sticky Toffee Pudding, Served with salted caramel ice cream. It was delicious. This is always my favourite pudding to eat when I'm out and this one did not disappoint at all.

The Mr had the Lemon & Clementine Cheesecake, Drizzled with summer berries. He made lots of 'OOh' sounds as he gobbled it down and then said something like 'that was so good' once it was all gone. I think he ate it so fast as he was scared I was going to ask for a bite.

It did look very nice though. Next time I'll have to be quicker and I might get to try it.

We had a wonderful evening at Bar + Block Birmingham last night. We spent a total of 2 and a half hours enjoying our meal last night and didn't feel rushed at any point but we didn't feel like we'd had to wait in between course that long either which was great. There was a really relaxed atmosphere and everyone seemed to be generally having a good time which was nice to see. The restaurant was very busy by the time we left but busy in a productive not manice way. The staff seem to work really hard but always smiling which again was fab.

Would I go back? Hell Yes! I must go back real soon for more of their beautiful Candy Floss Martinis which were just so yummy. Normally for a review I would order several different drinks for you too see but this one was just so good that I actually just ordered more of them. So, Oops. Sorry about that but you really have no idea just how lovely it was. 

Date Night number One of 2019 was a huge success. We both had a fantastic night.

Disclosure: We were invited to dine at Bar + Block Birmingham as complimentary guests in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.

Monday, 14 January 2019

#Win a Valentine Treasure Box

Win a Valentine Treasure Box 

Welcome to my very first Blog giveaway of 2019. I hope you've all have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year. I know most of you may have had enough chocolate over Christmas to last you a lifetime but some of us, like me, has started to run out now.

Now that Christmas is over, it's time for the next event on our calendar to look forward too. Valentine's Day is heading our way and will be here before we know it so I thought I'd give away a little treat for all the lovers out there. Now you don't have to be in a relationship to celebrate Valentines as it's OK to simply Love yourself. Love for yourself is just as important as our Love for each other. Sometimes we forget about ourselves so here's a treat for YOU!

If you'd like to win a Valentine Treasure Box from Cadbury containing Milk Tray, Roses and more then you're in the right place. To WIN: Simply use the Rafflecopter Form below to complete as many or as few of the entries as you like. It's completely up to you but remember, the more entries you do, the more chances you have to win. 1 winner will be chosen at random using the Rafflecopter App on Monday February 10th 2019 - Good Luck.

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 Monday February 10th x