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Monday, 30 July 2018

Big Summer BBQ Family Fun Raceday at Uttoxeter

Big Summer BBQ Family Fun Raceday at Uttoxeter 

Yesterday we enjoyed a very different kind of day out than we're used to. We headed off to the Uttoxeter Racecourse for a fun filled day at the races. We'd never been before so it was all new and very exciting for us. We didn't quite know what to expect but our day turned out pretty well as we all had a good time despite the rainy weather trying to keep us away.

More than 200 exciting Great British Racing events will take place at racecourses around the country throughout the summer holidays and, incredibly, under 18s can now go free to the vast majority of them, making it a brilliant and affordable day out for the whole family.

Yesterday, Uttoxeter hosted a Big Summer BBQ Family Fun Raceday. There was lots of family entertainment in the Centre Course for the little ones such as fun fairs and inflatables. Sadly the rain meant we didn't go on any of these but that was OK, the children didn't mind too much as we took our seats up on the Premier Stand and had great fun picking our horses for each race. I think the children really enjoyed the 'thrill of the race' and loved looking at all the horses and the jockeys as they paraded round the viewing areas. 

I'm glad we had Premier Tickets as it gave us a sheltered stand out of the rain to watch the races from. It did rain a few times throughout the day but not enough to put us off going. 

We had a lovely time at the races and really enjoyed the atmosphere. The children loved being able to shout out and cheer on their chosen horses as they ran past us on the stands. They laughed and cheered when they won and cried when they lost but it was all in good fun. Every child has got to learn that they can't win at everything, so this was a great learning lesson for them. They didn't cry for long though as there was lots of sweetie stalls around to treat them to some sweet treats which soon turned those frowns back to smiles.

Our day out at Uttoxeter was great fun. We didn't bet too much money but had lots of winners and second places throughout the day. For us, it wasn't about betting big, it was just about joining in. We enjoyed some treats from the food stalls, Daddy and I had a Pie and Chips and the children had Sausage and chips. There were only two food stalls there so the choice was a little limited but we managed to find something we liked and enjoyed our food.

A day at the races is not a day out I'd normally think of as a place to take the children but there were lots of children around and it was really nice to see. It may not have been our usual type of day out but in the end, we all really enjoyed our day and are glad we tried it.

 In celebration of the Under 18’s Race Free initiative, comedian David Walliams and The Crown actor Billy Jenkins have co-starred as father and son in ‘Horsing Around’ a series of video sketches, which showcase the fun families can have together at the races.

You can go to to watch all the Horsing Around videos and find your local family raceday. If you go along, I hope you all have a fabulous day - enjoy! 

Disclosure: We were invited to Uttoxeter Racecourse as guests for the purpose of this review. All opinions and photographs used within it are 100% my own and honest.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

RCA Viking 10L 10.1-Inch Touch Screen Tablet #Review

 RCA Viking 10L 10.1-Inch Touch Screen Tablet

If you’re looking for a good quality tablet at an affordable price, the new RCA by Venturer,  Viking 10L could be the perfect choice for you. It operates on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and has a 10.1 inch touch screen with a display resolution of 1280 x 800. It features a Quad Core 1.3Ghz processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory. The RCA by Venturer has packed a mighty punch into this small tablet. We've been testing ours out for several weeks now and have to say it's a lovely little tablet. It's easy to use and does it's job well.

The Viking 10L offers impressive versatility allowing you to use various memory cards, data transfer devices and cables for charging and connecting to TVs, including standard and micro USB, mini-HDMI and microSD, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. With a single charge guaranteeing you six hours of fun, a two megapixels rear camera as well as a front facing camera, the new Viking 10L is the perfect companion for your travels, commute or for learning on the go, as well as an amazing gift for children. I should know as my children haven't put it down since it arrived. I have had my fair usage of it too though so don't worry too much. It's a great 'family' tablet that's suitable for all ages to use easily.

The setup was really easy and really quick, from the moment you turn it on, there's a step by step guide to help you set it all up. It took no longer than ten minutes to complete all the steps. I love the size of this tablet as it makes catching up on the soaps much more enjoyable with it's larger screen. There are lots of pre loaded apps all ready for you to use which again makes life so much easier. The kids loved how easy everything was to find on it, they were happily watching their favourite You Tube videos in no time at all. As far as Android tablets go, the RCA Viking 10L is a great tablet. The battery lasts a decent length of time, the sounds are clear and the camera is decent too. We've enjoyed playing with it over the past few weeks and have to say, we've not had any problems with it. Everything is simply laid out and easy to use, even the kids can do it without any help from the adults.

There's not a huge amount that I can say really about an Android tablet as they all do the same job. They're all pretty much set out the same (on purpose) so each one is the same to use, it just makes things easier that way. The only major differences you'll find between brands is the shelf life and the price which for this one, both are pretty good. It's a tablet I'd happily let the kids play with freely without having to worry about it breaking for the price. 

We've not had any issues using it and not come across any problems with it which is good news. Everyone has enjoyed using it and will continue to do so for months to come, I hope.

The RCA by Venturer Viking 10L has an RRP £99 and is available from Amazon

Disclosure: We received our RCA Viking table for free in return for an honest review.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Days Out: Character Breakfast Weekends at Cadbury World

Character Breakfast Weekends at Cadbury World 

This morning we set of in the sunshine for a fun filled day at Cadbury World in Bournville. 

We were invited to share some magical moments with the lovable Cadbury characters as we tucked into a delicious breakfast treat all set up in a private area of the Cadbury Café conservatory. It was all set out really nicely, the tables were laid out with activity sheets and colouring crayons for the kids to keep them occupied whilst we waited (which wasn't very long) There was a great choice for breakfast which you chose when you book online. Three of us went for the Full English Breakfast, whilst Ryan went for the American Pancakes, Banana, Chocolate sauce and Cream. There was plenty of photo opportunities to pose for selfies, high five Freddo or dance along with the rather charming Caramel Bunny. The Character Breakfast are not just breakfast though as they also include priority entry into Cadbury World and its two rides, the 4D Chocolate Adventure and The Cadabra Ride.

The Character Breakfast is only available on selected weekends: 

7th-8th, 14th - 15th & 21st - 31st July.

Visitors are asked to arrive at 9:30 am with entry into Cadbury World then at 10:20 am. Character Breakfasts must be booked at least 48 hours prior to arrival at Cadbury World.

Breakfast Prices start from £6.99 per person plus your standard admission. All breakfasts are served with a choice of orange juice, tea, coffee or, of course, hot chocolate.

Our breakfast with the characters was great fun, the kids really loved it. The staff were so friendly and helpful and everyone made a real effort to look after the children. Breakfast was delicious and the drinks were great too. Lily's hot chocolate did look really good. Ryan's favourite part was at the end where we were all given two full sized bars of chocolate each.

Once breakfast was over, we then headed into the Cadbury World Tour which is always great fun. Lily and I have both been a few times before but it was a first visit for Ryan and daddy who were looking forward to seeing how Cadbury all began. There's a lot to see and do once inside. Lots of visual shows and games to play and join in with. My favourite parts are always the factory parts where you get too see how it's all being made and even have a go at some of things they're doing too. We got to write our names in chocolate which was fun and then got too taste some too which was even better. I mean who doesn't love a cup or warm melted chocolate covered in two toppings of your choice from the section available.

There was Fudge pieces, Crunchie pieces, Marshmallows, Popping Candy and more.

Cadbury World is such a great place to visit, if you've never been before, it's well worth going. You get to learn so much about how it all started and how it came to grow so big. 

Once outside, there's loads more fun to be had. The 4D Chocolate Adventure was really good, you get to sit in a big comfy chair that moves along with a fun film. I won't spoil what it was all about but there was bubbles, water and lots of wind too. Both Lily and Ryan loved it.

Also outside there's a big play area which is fab, the kids could have stayed there playing all day but sadly Mummy forgot the sun cream so we didn't want to stay out in the sun too long. In the Cadbury World on-site marquee, there were lots of exciting entertainment shows going on which are all included in the standard ticket price. From story time with Caramel Bunny to Party time with Freddo, there's some great shows to get you in out of the sun.

It's been a lovely day and we've all had a lovely time. Ryan can't wait to go again some day. 

If you think you'd like to find out about visiting Cadbury World or attending one of their Character Breakfasts you can here at: .

Disclosure: We were invited to a Cadbury World Character Breakfast for free in return for an honest review. All opinions and photographs are all 100% honest and all my own.

Monday, 2 July 2018

McDonalds Table Service - Making Life a Little Easier with #YourNewMcDonalds

McDonalds Table Service - Making Life a Little Easier with #YourNewMcDonalds

A few weeks back I showed you how to use the New McDonalds Click and Collect App

Today I'd like to show you how the addition of Table Service to the restaurants could make your visits so much easier.

McDonald's introduced table service to make their customers lives that little bit easier whether you've got your hands full with shopping bags or full with children who're trying to escape. the Table Service option is the perfect way to relax and make dining in McDonald's a whole lot easier. By placing your order on the digital kiosks, you can select an option at the end to have your food brought over to your table for you.

Most McDonald's now have this option which is really great for us busy Mums. I use it all the time with my lot. The Grove Lane restaurant has recently undergone a refurbishment and now has brand new kiosks with trackable Locator Tokens which were pretty cool. The Grove Lane restaurant has the most up to date version of table service, which is being rolled out across restaurants this year. The new system uses trackable locators to help the crew members locate where you're sitting and deliver your food.

They're really easy to use, you'll get a screen like the one show above where you simply enter the number on your Locator and off you go. When you've found the table you'd like to eat at, you pop your Locator onto the table and wait. Table Service not only makes your visit much easier but the staff told me they really like it too, as it takes the pressure off customers waiting for food at the front of the restaurant and provides the staff with more opportunities to interact with their customers which they always love doing.

Table service at McDonald's is such a good idea as it means Mums don't have to leave their children unattended and people in general can just relax and not have to stand around waiting, which makes the whole restaurant just feel so much happier. I kind of wish they'd had this service years ago when my children were younger, it would have made our visits much easier.

Table Service is for everyone, you don't have to have children or a hand full of bags. I've used it when I've been on my own and still received my food with a friendly smile and a Hello. Sometimes you just need to sit down for 5 minutes and enjoy a food break, or two.

McDonald's has really come a long way in the last few years, It's a place to relax, meet friends, spend time with family and so much more. It provides a friendly service and supports so many staff members in their roles as well as helping community members too. Times have changed for the better and it's pretty awesome.

When I visited the Grove Lane restaurant in Cape Hill I got to speak to the lovely Franchise Afia Sirkot who's spent the last 17 years building up her business. She told me all about her work force who she liked to call 'her family' all 100+ of them. McDonald's is all about teal work and helping people whatever stage of their lives they're in. Afia really inspired me with all the work she does for the community and the support she gives to the Ronald McDonald House Charity here in Birmingham. She does some amazing work, I'm not quite sure how she fits it all. Sponsoring local football teams, providing kits for children who need it and running lots of fundraisers showing local children how to raise money for the,selves. 

Afia told me "It doesn't matter if you've not got much. You can still become something".

Disclosure: This post is written in association with McDonalds. 

All opinions expressed within this post are 100% honest and all my own.