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Thursday, 21 June 2018

ROBLOX Celebrity - Series 1 #Review

ROBLOX Celebrity - Series 1 

This week we've been playing with the brand new ROBLOX Celebrity figures from their Series 1 range. We've been lucky enough to review ROBLOX toys in the past so we were very excited when we were asked to check out their newest additions. I mean who doesn't like a Celebrity? After seeing my kids reactions to these toys, I know my kids now do.

Above: Celebrity Collection Top Runway Model Set

Above: Celebrity Collection Pixel Artist

Above: Mystery Figure Surprise Packs

ROBLOX from Jazwares are a fun range of collectable figures aimed at children aged 6 years and up. The Celebrity range is full of bright and colourful characters, with lots of fashion accessories and interchangeable parts like different coloured wigs, props and pets.

Ryan and Lily were so excited when they arrived and they couldn't wait to open them all. Out of all the toys we were sent, the Mystery Figure Surprise Packs were their favourites. 

Priced at £4 each, they're great 'Pocket Money' toys that children can collect, swap and share. I love the fact that there are lots of girl characters in the range making them suitable for girls as well as boys. There's some great characters, Lily is now after a Mermaid one. 

We've opened our Mystery Figure Surprise Packs, check out who we got.

Above: Super Hero Life: Starlass

Above: Initiate of Glorious Flight

Above: FuzzyWoooo

Lily and Ryan are delighted with their new ROBLOX additions and can't wait to collect more. They're going to be doing lots of chores this week to earn some pocket money to buy them. It's a win, win situation really, they get new toys and I get a clean house. ROBLOX are lovely little figures, great for creative, fun play and getting their imagination going.

Disclosure: We received our ROBLOX toys in return for an honest review.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

The Head of Steam Birmingham - More than Just Beer! #Review

The Head of Steam Birmingham - More than Just Beer! 

Last night I got a VIP Preview inside Birmingham's newest venue of food, cocktails and specialist beers. The Head of Steam, will open on Temple Street where it will host some of Birmingham’s local brewed beers, including Birmingham Brewing Company & Dig Brew Co.

Established in 1995, The Head of Steam has 13 pubs across the North of England in cities such as Leeds, Newcastle, Hull, and Liverpool. As well as launching in Nottingham and Leicester earlier this year, it is preparing to open more venues further down the country.

Birmingham has an ever growing chain of pubs and restaurants popping up all over but for me, this place has something different to offer. They have an amazing drinks Menu filled with Beers, Cask Ales, Cocktails, Gins and so much more. I love the fact that they have Beers to impress every man and serve quirky cocktails to please the ladies too. This place has the best of both worlds and it's not just welcoming to people, as dogs are welcome too!

The decor is pretty impressive, with a mixture of high seated tables and side booths, there's a real trendy feel to this place. The bar sits in the middle, serving round all sides of it's island. The bartenders were all very friendly and chatted away whilst serving us our drinks. 

If you're a Gin lover, then you will love this place as the whole section you can see pictured in front of me was all Gin. I'm not a Gin drinker myself but even I was impressed with all the different varieties they served and the glasses - there was just so many pretty glasses.

My friend Toni and I sampled a few of the drinks on offer for research purposes of course and have to say everything was fab. My favourite drink of the night would be their Pick Me Up (£7.95) a sparkling little number with blended passionfruit delights topped with prosecco. It's mixture of sweetness from the passionfruit with the dryness of the proseco was lovely.

Toni loved her Steamy Martini (£7.95) which is their very own version of the well known Pornstar Martini but with an added Head Of Steam twist. Toni enjoyed it that much, she ordered another. She was mighty impressed with the cute hearts design that had been lovingly hand crafted onto the top. It's something you see on coffees all the time but never on cocktails so that was a lovely thing so see. We did let our waiter know how great it was.

It's safe to say, the cocktails were delicious and the Brummie Pale Ale was pretty good too. 

The Head Of Steam doesn't just do drinks though as they serve food too. The Menu contains a real mix of tradition foods like Fish & Chips, Burgers and Pies but also has some interesting dishes like Korean Inspired Squid. I gave that one a miss but I'm sure someone would be impressed. We happily feasted on a selection of their dishes and have to say, it was all good. From Starters, to Light Bites, Full dinners to Sides. All our food was tasty.

My highlight was the Mac & Cheese sides (£3.00) they were super yummy. So fresh and tasty. Served hot, the mac and cheese was all gooey and cheesy, just like it should be. I quite happily ate all 5 of them even after I was full up. They were just too good to waste. 

Toni's highlight was the Strawberry & Rhubarb Cheesecake (£4.25) which looked pretty good. She said it was delicious and the flavours were just delightful. It must have been as she demolished the whole lot before I even got a taste. I even had to stop her from licking the plate. As far as Cheesecakes go, I'll take Toni's word that this one was a good one.

We both had a wonderful evening last night checking out The Head Of Steam Birmingham and have to say, it's definitely our kind of place. Good food and Great drinks served by really friendly staff in a gorgeous new setting, what more could we have asked for?

You'll be glad to know that The Head Of Steam Birmingham officially opens to the public today (June 7th) at 5pm so if you're in the city centre, pop in and check it out for yourself.

Disclosure: We were invited guests at the Head Of Steam Press Night. All the opinions expressed within this review are 100% honest and all my own. The photo's too.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Who says You can't look Pretty at bedtime? See my Dreamgirl Round neck and Soft Cami and Shorts Set from UK Lingerie #Review

Who says You can't look Pretty at bedtime? See my Dreamgirl Round neck and Soft Cami and Shorts Set from UK Lingerie.

Generally when we think of bedtime, we think of oversized granny nighties or complete cover ups lounge pants and oversized T's. Myself, I mainly wear a pair of cotton lounge pants and a vest top to bed, completely mismatched, boring and completely unflattering.

UK Lingerie kindly offered to change that for me and let me choose myself something new to wear to bed from their website. They have lots to choose from and something for all. I tried my best not to choose more of what I already have so went completely out of my comfort zone and went for the Dreamgirl Round neck and Soft Cami and Shorts Set.

Dreamgirl have created the perfect bridge between practical and sexy with this cami and shorts set. It's comfy and practical yet sexy too as the snug fit, short shorts and that details lace in places gives it that extra little touch that's needed. It's a really beautiful set.

I was hoping to show you a picture of me wearing it but I'm sorry to say that I chickened out. It fits so well and does make me feel so much better than my comfy old PJ's ever did but I decided that a picture of me in my PJ's isn't something you'd want to see really so I spared you that image. Instead I took pictures of the set laid upon my bed so you can get a idea of what they look like in real life. I usually wear a size 12 in clothing so went for a size Medium in these and they fit nicely. The top is tight but not too tight, it's just nicely fitted. The shorts are short but not too revealing that I couldn't still wear them round the house. I may save them more for nights away or nights when the children aren't home as they're a little more revealing than my kids are used too but they are lovely and I look forward to wearing them.

 This Dreamgirl Cami set will cost you £47 and is available in four sizes: Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. Mine is a Medium which fits me perfectly and I'm a size UK 12.

I love my new PJ's, they're so pretty and girly. They make me feel better about myself when I wear them, I feel much less like just Mummy and a whole lot more like 'ME' again.

UK Lingerie have so many beautiful cami sets to choose from. They don't just have cami sets though, they have more comfy and practical PJ's too if you'd prefer them.

I'm so happy with my new PJ's and I look forward to wearing them again soon.

Disclosure: I recieved my Cami Set from UK Lingerie for free in return for an honest review.

The Three Horseshoes, Sheldon #Review

The Three Horseshoes, Sheldon Review

The Three Horseshoes, Sheldon has recently re-opened following a big refurbishment, with a whole new look and updated menu. They're local to Yardley and Marston Green and offer a friendly service. We popped in for our first visit today to check out it's new look and upon first glance, the place seemed clean, tidy and welcoming. There's a few nice booth areas for dining customers and then lots of smaller tables set out throughout the place for drinking customers. We spent around two hours in total in the pub and noticed that most of the tables were occupied by elderly males, drinking beer. It seems like a very traditional pub who's locals enjoy meeting there with friends. We didn't see anyone else eating or any other young children other than two teenagers sat with parents. Don't get me wrong, everyone was friendly enough, it's just a little odd eating your meals when surrounded by drinking folk.

I was thinking maybe the areas needed to be divided a little better giving dinners a little more space to eat. Maybe then, the place would feel a whole lot more family friendly.

After checking out the Menu which had plenty of choices, we finally decided on what we'd like to eat. Being a Sizzler's Pub, everything comes served on piping hot skillets but you can request for your food to be served on a plate instead if you wish, that's not a problem.

Daddy went for their Rump Steak Platter which was two 8oz steaks served with chips, tomato and mushrooms but Daddy requested his without the tomato and mushrooms.

When you order steaks you can add a sauce so he also added the Creamy Diane. The meal was well presented although the onions under the steak were a little raw and the skillet was not sizzling like it should have been, Daddy did comment that his skillet wasn't very warm to touch. The chips and the sauce were both very nice and the steak was OK, Daddy is a little fussy when it comes to his steak as he likes the best steak on the menu, he said it was good but just a little fatty and it was a bit odd that the steaks came cut up into smaller pieces.

I went for the Chicken Katsu which was a nice sized piece of chicken served on peppers accompanied with a pot of sauce, a bowl of rice and a rather large prawn cracker too.

 My meal was lovely, I enjoyed it all and would happily order it again sometime.

Lily also went for a steak off the adults menu, this time a 5oz steak though.

Again the onions it was served on were very raw but the skillet was very hot this time we did have her meal transferred onto a plate minus the onions which she didn't want. Lily's steak was a much better piece and was free of fat and cooked nicely. She enjoyed every bit and managed to finish her whole meal without anything being left over and eat by someone else.

Ryan had a meal from the children's menu. He wanted fish fingers with chips ad beans. You could choose from two meals, one for under 5's where you'd get 2 fish fingers or one for over fives where you'd get 4 fish fingers. Being 7 now, Ryan happily went for the 4.

Ryan's meal was very well presented and came out on a small plate. It doesn't look very big but it was just enough for him to eat and there was no complaints from him at all. 

We ordered two sides to share between us all too as no meal is complete without onion rings and a side of chips loaded with bacon and melted cheddar cheese. They were yummy.

For pudding I went for my favourite, Treacle Sponge. I had it minus the custard as that's how I like mine and have to say it was sweet and sticky and good. Just like it should be.

Lily went for a Mint Aero Sundae from the adults menu and I think it's safe to say she was happy with it. Just look at her face, they do say a picture says a thousand words.

Daddy didn't want a pudding as they didn't have any of the Cheesecake he'd wanted but Ryan had a simple chocolate chip cookie from the children's menu that he was happy with.

Overall, we all had a nice meal and were well looked after by the friendly staff there. The children enjoyed playing in the children's corner which had a teddy bear claw machine and another similar style game for kids to play on. I could see that the pub have tried heir best to try and make children feel welcome but the whole place did have a much older feel to it. 

This was our first visit to the The Three Horseshoes, Sheldon. Most of our visit went really well and the kids seemed to enjoy their meals but I do think we'd have to go back some day and see if it still felt the same as it might have just been a one off on the day we visited. 

Have you been to the The Three Horseshoes, Sheldon before?

Disclosure: We were invited to try their new menu and given a discount on our visit. 
All the opinions expressed within this review are 100% honest and entirely my own.

Friday, 1 June 2018

New Competition! Win a Cadbury Chocolate Football Gift

New Competition! Win a Cadbury Chocolate Football Gift

Happy June everyone, can you believe it's the sixth month of the year already? This month has lots of exciting times for all of us, Father's Day is on Sunday June 17th and we've also got the start of the 2018 World Cup. I'm so excited, as I'll be watching some of the matches from sunny Benidorm but that's a whole different story that I'll save for another time.

I know you guys and girls love a chocolate giveaway so this month I have a brand new one for you. One lucky winner will get their hands on a yummy Cadbury Chocolate Football Gift.

So whether you're looking for a chocolate gift for a football fan or a late Father's Day gift, this could be perfect for you. The gift includes their new Cadbury Footballs bags, a 200g Dairy Milk Bar with a NO1. Dad cardboard gift sleeve alongside a selection of Cadbury bars.

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 on Saturday 30th June.

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 30th June - Good Luck.