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Monday, 23 October 2017

Disney On Ice - Passport To Adventure in Birmingham #Review

Disney On Ice - Passport To Adventure in Birmingham

This weekend we went to see the brand new Disney on Ice - Passport to Adventure show at our local venue, the Birmingham Arena. With two excited kids in tow, we headed off for a fun filled night of Disney and Ice skating, Treats and Flashing lights. We've been to see Disney on Ice lots of times over the past few years and have loved every show we've seen. 

Dressed in their favourite costumes, I had one Elsa and one Captain America. He knows Captain America is not Disney but he didn't care, he just wanted to join in the dressing up fun. We had great seats, centre to the stage and only just a few rows back. The kids were so excited, they both love Disney and watch Disney Movies all the time at home.

The show was set in two halves with an interval or toilet break as we call it, in the middle. 

But before the show even starts the audience are treated to a short Fit to Dance class with two rather cute Zootropolis characters. They had the whole arena, Hopping up and down.

In the first half we saw some beautiful ice skating from Simba and nala in the Lion King and some exciting adventures from Wendy and Peter Pan. I loved the Ice Skating, it's so beautiful and rather magical, isn't it. The costumes and characters were all pretty awesome too. The kids loved the music and sang along, as did I but we'll not talk about that too much.

 The second half brough us treats from Ariel and her friends in the Little Mermaid and best of all we got to see Elsa and Anna and thier friends in Arendale from Frozen. Everyone was so excited when Olf came out, the whole crowd actually cheered, it was pretty amazing!

 I think Frozen was the hit of the night, it was definatley our favourite part of the show.

We've seen many shows like this before but this one was quite different.  I felt the stories were much longer than they've been in previous years as we only saw four different ones this time. In previous years you saw a lot more in shorter scenes. The show that we saw was brilliant but I couldn't help but miss Moana which I though they may have included but didn't. I guess they were trying something different this year but for me, I think I prefere it when there's more shorter stories so you can see more characters as there's so many to see and love. The kids loved the show and enjoyed it very much which was all that mattered in the end. Two happy children meant one happy Mummy so mission accomplished. 

Disney On Ice - Passport to Adventure is a thrilling show filled with lights and fireworks, laughs and adventure. There's flying and even real snow on some parts. I didn't take too many photographs as I didn't want to spoil it all for you as there's still time to go along. 

If you love Disney, Music and Ice Skating, then you'll love this show.

Disclosure: We were invited along to watch the chow for free in return for an honest review.

Cucina Rustica Birmingham - Food and Wine Pairing #Review

Cucina Rustica Birmingham -  Food and Wine Pairing 

 Cucina Rustica is an authentic Italian Restaurant nestled on Ludgate Hill in the heart of Birmingham's City between the busy Shopping Center and the beautiful St Paul's Square in the Jewelery Quater. It's easily accesible from both directions, it was just an 8 minute walk from Birmingham's New Street Station which is the way I got there on Friday afternoon.

I was invited for a 3 course food and wine pairing lunch with a friend, so we popped along on Friday afternoon. Cucina Rustica is a beautiful restaurant, with low lighting and fresh flowers (red roses) dotted all around. It's all very relaxing and stylish and very romantic. It would be the perfect place for a 'Date Night' but is also great for local Office lunches too.

My Menu consisted of the following:

Appetiser: Small Anitipasti

Glass of Prosecco to accompany.

Trio of Starters: Fungi con Fomaggio di Capra
Fegatini di Pollo
Melanzane alla Parmigiana

Glass of Fiano Salento to accompany.

Main Course: Cosciotto D'agnello

Glass of Nero D'avola Montepietroso Sicily to accompany.

Trio of Desserts: Tiramisu
Vanilla Ice Cream with Caramel
Pera cotta al Barolo

Glass of Visanto del Chianti Classico

The fresh breads and olives were a lovely appetiser treat. Light and fluffy and a great way to start a meal. I'm not a fan of olives myself but my guest Alison who was joining me for lunch, loved them. There was bottles of Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar on the table so I happily dipped my breads into the Balsamic Vinegar which is something I just love, it's yummy. 

Served with a glass of Prosecco which is my favourite so what was not to love.

 The Trio of Starters were very pretty, I loved the colours, so rich and warm. My favourite of the three was surprisingly the Chicken Liver which was delicious in it's rich creamy sauce. I've never tried it before but definatley order it again, it was very, very nice indeed.

Served with a lovely fruity white wine which suited the tastes spot on. I'm not a huge white wine drinker as often white wines served at restaurants are very dry so this was a pleasent surprise. I quite happily finished the whole glass with my Starters and it was lovely.

The Main was amazing!  The Lamb Shank was huge, such a large portion, and that meat, well it just fell of that bone. It was beautifully cooked, crisp on the outside yet still slightly pink on the inside. The mash was so lovely and that gravy, it was rich and flavoursome and oh so good. I loved my Main course, I can happily say that, that was one of the best Lamb Shanks I have ever tasted. I would go back to Cucina Rustica for that Lamb alone.

Served with a glass of red wine which went perfectly. It was very warming and subtle.

The Trio of Desserts were delightful, I especially loved the Vanilla Ice Cream with Caramel.  

The Dessert Wine which acompanied it sadly wasn't for me, it was very thick and high in sugar and very strong tasting. I've never tried a Dessert Wine before but the lovely Waitress was happy to tell me all about it. The service from the staff at Cucina Rustica are wonderful. Everyone is so attentive and helpful. Nothing is too much troble and service comes with a nice warm smile which is always a treat. Our Waitress was so sweet, she couldn't have been any nicer to us, but not just to us, to everyone around us too as we watched on.

Overall, I had a wonderful first experience of Cucina Rustica. The food is good, very good. The staff and the service are delightful and the place itself is very warm and charming.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal in return for an honest review.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Chad Valley Wobbly Worms Game #Review

Chad Valley Wobbly Worms Game.

Over the next few months you are going to be seeing several lovely Chad Valley toys being reviewed here on Mummy Of 3 Diaries as we are now apart of the Chad Valley Play Panel with Argos. It's an exciting project especially at this time of year when Christmas is fast approaching. Everyone is going to be looking for the best toys to buy their children and I am going to try and help you out by showing you the toys my three love the best out of our toys.

Each month up until January, we will be receiving a selection of toys which my children will be playing with and putting through their paces so that we can pick out their favourites for you. This month we recieved four very different toys from the Chad Valley range and after a weeks playing with each of them, this is what they choose as their favourite out of the four. 

The Chad Valley Wobbly Worms Game .

The Chad Valley Wobbly Worms Game is a fun remake of a classic game of tower balancing. It's fun new twist means the traditional wooden blocks have been replaced with colourful, silly worms. and you get a dice which you roll to see which coloured worm you should pull out and replace on the top. It's a It's bright and colourful game which is very easy to play. It's recommended for children aged 3 and over and costs just £11.99. All three of my children loved this game and I loved that it's a great family game which we can all play together. It did get a little crazy when playing this as we weren't very good at it. The worms often came tumbling down after just a few goes but we are getting better with practice.

It's a simple game but I like that as it doesn't take long to set up and the kids can do it by themselves. A top tip is, if you pack it away properly with the worms in order, you can then just tip the box upside down slowly and they all come out in a ready built tower, ready to play. Lily and Ryan, my youngest two have sat playing this quite happily for hours at a time.

 Chad Valley Wobbly Worms Game is lots of fun and is guaranteed to make everyone smile.  The silly worms are lightweight so there's no need to worry about anyone getting hurt when they fall. The tower only takes minutes to build and all goes away nice and neatly.

I'm glad the kids choose this game as it's a nice one to have at home. It's great for family games nights and impromptu family get together's. It's going to be played a lot over these next few weeks as they have a tournament going on when they're seeing who can win the most games. I think Lily was in the lead, the last time I asked but that may have changed.

We would deffinatley recommend the Wobbly Worms Game. It's a nice game that's easy to play, quick to set up and worth every penny of it's already low price tag. It gets a firm Thumbs Up from all of us here and a Play Value score of 4 out of 5 - Well Done!

Disclosure: This review is written as part of our Chad Valley Play Panel Reviews.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Competition! #Win £75 in Argos Vouchers to Celebrate our Chad Valley Play Panel News.

Competition! #Win £75 in Argos Vouchers to 
Celebrate our Chad Valley Play Panel News.

I'm so happy to announce that we are going to be on the Chad Valley Play Panel again this year which is so exciting as we had such a fantastic time last year. For us, it means we get to play with lots of new Chad Valley toys on the run up to Christmas. For you, it means lots of opportunities (3 in fact) to win £75 worth of Argos vouchers to spend how you choose.

Today, in celebration of our news, I am going to give away our first £75 Argos voucher. It's nice and easy to enter using the RaffleCopter Form below. There are several ways to enter but please do feel free to do as many or as few of the entries as you choose but remember, the more you do, the more chances you have of winning. It's all very exciting - and fun!

Terms and Conditions: The Giveaway will end in 17 days time on the 31st of October. 1 winner will be drawn at random using RaffleCopter from all the correctly made entries and contacted by email within 3 days of it ending. Open to the UK Only I'm afraid. Good Luck.

Disclosure: I am part of the Chad Valley Play Panel.