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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Stonehouse Pizza Parties - There's Dough Much Fun to be Had. #Review

Stonehouse Pizza Parties.
There's Dough Much Fun to be Had. 

Pizza is a family favourite in our house so when we were asked if we'd like to host a Pizza Party at our local Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery, we wouldn't possibly say no now, could we.

Everything was so easy to organise, from start to finish. Our nearest Stonehouse Pizza was at the Fox in Walmley so that's where we chose. Online there's a list of steps of how to arrange the party. We printed our invites, filled them in and handed them out to Ryan's friends in school. The parties are recommended for children aged between 4 and 10 years. 

We hosted our Pizza Party for 8 children in total, most of our guests were aged 8 years as they were all from Ryan's class at school, with the exception of my daughter Lily who's 11. 

Upon arrival we were shown to our Party Area where the table was all set up with activity sheets and pencil crayons, chef hats, rolling pins and disposable aprons. Everything looked great and the kids were all so excited when they saw it all. Once everyone was seated, we got stuck straight in. The Pizza Chef came out to show everyone how to roll their dough and then they all got to roll their very own pizza which was so much fun, the kids loved it.

The kids were all given little pots of Pizza Toppings to create their own Pizza masterpieces. 

Ryan likes his pizza plain so he added his tomato base and then lots and lots of cheese. Some of his friends added a little bit of everything which was really nice to see. There were children eating fresh pineapple pieces, slices of mushroom and lots of pieces of Pepperoni. 

Lily went the extra mile and made her pizza into a big smiley face which was brilliant.

The staff were so friendly, popping over every few minutes to see if there was anything we needed which was nice and reassuring. All the kids were delighted with their creations and enjoyed making them very much. It was great to see the kids having fun, trying new things. 

Making their own pizza gave them the freedom to play and experiment with the Toppings. 

The Pizza's didn't take long to cook, probably around 10 minutes, if that and once served the children were given little side plates so that they could help themselves to some sides or chips from the Sides Cart which also had a nice choice of Salad and Pasta which looked delicious. All the kids had plenty to eat and each got given a drink which was included too.

After the Pizza, came the Ice Cream or orange segments if they didn't want ice cream. The kids were so excited, each child was given a Sundae glass and a spoon and allowed to make their own ice cream treat. They filled their glasses with ice cream from the machine and then added what sauces and sweet toppings they wanted. The ice creams are Bottomless too, meaning the kids can fill their glasses up as many times as they want.

The Pizza Parties should last for approximately 1 and a half hours but ours did run over slightly today. Everyone was having so much fun that time really did run away with us, as they say, "Time flies when you're having fun". It's been such a lovely afternoon and everyone enjoyed themselves. It was so nice to let the children have some fun together outside of school hours. I wish we could do it more often for them really.

A Pizza Party at Your Local Stonehouse would cost you just £6.99 per child which is a really great price for everything they got today. I think they ate that much in food alone. 

As if all that wasn't enough. Each child got given a Goody Bag on the way out to take home.

We've all had such a fantastic day today and would definitely do it all again. It was so much fun and so worth the money. Each of the kids had a lovely day and will hopefully take so much away from today. Maybe they'll even start making their own pizzas at home too.

Disclosure: We were invited to host a Pizza Party at our local Stonehouse Pizza in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed within this review are 100% honest and my own.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Feisty Pets - An Alternative Halloween Gift Idea #Review

Feisty Pets - An Alternative Halloween Gift Idea

Aww, just look at how cute and cuddly they both are, meet the Feist Pets from Jazwares

This is Glenda Glitterpoop and Sammy Suckerpunch. They're totally adorable but eek - don't be fooled by those cute fury faces. They may look innocent but these cute and cuddly pets have a dark side. A dark side, making them perfect for alternative Halloween gifts this year.

These cute plush toys go from happy and sweet too angry and feisty at the simple squeeze of a button. There's no batteries involved which I love because they'll never need changing or run out. There's two easy to press buttons, one located on each side of the pets head behind the ears which you'll need to press together at the same time to change their expressions from cute to fur-ociously funny. Both Ryan and Lily laughed so much when they saw them for the first time as they wasn't expecting their pets faces to change like they did.

We've had great fun playing with our Feisty Pets this past week, we even painted our faces on one of the days to look like our pets. I'm not the best at painting faces but I had a go and we had fun, and the kids were happy so that's all that matters really. Just look at their faces.

There are several different Feisty Pets to collect, each one just as scary as the others. 

They will cost you just £14.99 each which is a great price for a toy that's just going to keep on giving and are available to buy from Argos, Smyths and other big toy sellers.  

They're just perfect for Halloween, if you're looking for something other than chocolate, these could be ideal. They can be used for cuddly pets or scary pets, whenever you like.

Disclosure: We received our Feisty Pets in return for an honest review.

Monday, 22 October 2018

More Treat than Trick at Drayton Manor this Half Term #Review

 More Treat than Trick at 
Drayton Manor this Half Term : Review

It's More Treat than Trick this Half Term at Drayton Manor park this year. We had the pleasure of visiting this weekend to see what all the fuss was about and have to say, we had a really lovely time. The sun was shining, the park was decorated beautifully with spooky statues and pumpkins everywhere. The rides were all open (except two) and the queues were virtually non existent, we didn't wait more than 5 minutes for any of the rides which surprised us seeing as it was such a warm, sunny day for this time of year. It was fab!

Running from October 20th up until November 1st. Drayton Manor Park has some frightfully fun family Halloween activities and eerie entertainment waiting just for you and your family.

As well as all the fun of Thomas Land for younger kids and the bigger rides of Drayton Manor for the older kids. You also get the extra fun of exciting, Meet and Greets with Thomas Spooky Characters. Face your fears activities in the Reptile House and Keeper Talks in the Zoo. There's even Pumpkin Carving above the Main Thomas Land Shop. My fave part: You can Trick or Treat at the Fat Controllers house in Thomas Land which my two loved doing. Even though they were older than most children in the queue, they still loved it.

The Park was decorated beautifully with lots of picture perfect spots set up for you to use.
There were hay bale scenes for sitting on, Giant Pumpkins for posing in and so much more.

We had a lovely day out at Drayton Manor as usual, there's always so much fun to be had. We rode so many rides and enjoyed ice creams and doughnuts in the sunshine. For us, Drayton Manor is one of our favourite local attractions to visit as a family as there's always something for everyone. Although my little boy is 8 years old, he's a small 8 and not quite at the 1.2metres mark so he couldn't go on lots of the bigger rides which he did cry at the Bumper Cars when he still wasn't big enough to ride but I've promised him that he should have grown a little bit more by the time next Summer comes and then we'll go again to see if he can finally go on them all. I'll keep my fingers crossed but I'm sure he'll be tall enough.

Drayton Manor has lots to offer families like mine. The rides are great fun and there's a good selection, the queues are often small and the park is not too big so everything's nice and compact so there's not too much walking to do. And, if you don't like rides, there's the Zoo.

This may have been out last visit for this year but it's certainly not our last visit.

Remember if you do want to go, it's much cheaper to book your tickets online in advance.

Visit Drayton Manor Theme Park for more info.

Disclosure: We were invited to visit Drayton Manors: More Treat than Trick for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed within this review are all 100% honest and our own.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

#WIN a Family Ticket (for 5) to The Haunted Castle at Warwick Castle this Halloween

#WIN a Family Ticket (for 5) to The Haunted Castle
at Warwick Castle this Halloween.

Halloween and Half Term are fast approaching and we're so excited! 

 Warwick Castle is a local attraction, we personally love to visit and this Half Term they're pulling out all the stops to make the castle extra spooky for visitors this Halloween.

From October 20th to November 4th, The Haunted Castle comes alive for Halloween!

New activities for 2018 include an Escape Room (for an additional cost of £5 per person) set in the medieval gaol and a House of Wax which features a gut-wrenchingly grim finale. This year also sees the return of the popular Séance - an innovative binaural spatial audio technology experience; fire jousting displays; the plague-inspired adventure, Outbreak 1369; the spooky trails of the Haunted Hollows, the Witches Tower with an all-new show performed by horrid hags, telling tales of ghosts; and more! It all sounds so good.

There's a Flash Sale on the website right now so if you book your tickets online by midnight on Monday 23 October, You can save up to 40 per cent for Warwick Castle’s frighteningly good Halloween celebrations. Tickets are available from just £15 per person. 

The Competition - WIN a Family Ticket for up to 5 people to use this Half Term.

If you would like to win a Family Ticket for up to 5 people to visit Warwick Castle for Halloween this Half Term, you're in the right place. Simply use the Rafflecopter Form below:

Terms and Conditions: One winner drawn at random will win a Family Ticket (for up to 5 people) for Warwick Castle's Haunted House this Half Term. Open to the UK only. Travel costs are not included so please only enter if you can attend. Giveaway closes on Monday October 22nd at Midday. Winner will be drawn and contacted the same day. Good Luck.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Zuru Toys: Smashers Gross Series 2 Triple Pack #Review

  Zuru Toys: Smashers Gross Triple Pack 
Season 2 Review.

Smashers are back and they're Grosser than ever! The Smashers Gross Series 2 from Zuru Toys are back with a over a 100 brand new collectibles to collect. We were sent one of their Triple packs to see how cool they are for ourselves. The original smashers came in little red balls whereas these ones come in really cool white ones with eye balls printed on them. The idea is still the same, you just throw and smash to find your surprise disgustingly gross character hiding inside. My youngest two loves these things, I think it's the whole surprise element that keeps them wanting more. Once they get one, they need them all.

A Triple pack costs just £2.99 at the moment from Smyths which makes them perfect for your kids 'pocket money' toys. I really like the fact that they're quite cheap as it means I can buy lots of them for Christmas and it won't cost me a small fortune to have one very happy little boy. Ryan who's 8 now, loves playing with these. He gets so excited that he's actually allowed to throw them on the floor or at the wall to smash them open. I'm forever telling him not to throw his toys on the floor so he loves that these are the exception to that rule. 

Both Ryan and Lily were really pleased with the three characters they found inside their Smashers, they're going to be great for Halloween. We now have the start to our Series 2 collection which I'm sure will be expanding pretty soon as the kids are already asking me to get them some more. My two love surprise toys and collectibles so these Smashers tick both boxes. They're fun and thrilling, exciting and gross. Everything my children love.

The Smashers Gross Series 2 Triple Pack gets a huge thumbs up from Ryan and Lily.

Disclosure: We received our Smashers Gross Series 2 Triple pack in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and entirely my own. 

Monday, 1 October 2018

Drumond Park's - Word Bandit Game #Review and #Giveaway

Drumond Park's - Word Bandit Game 
Review and Giveaway.

This week we've been playing a new game from Drumond Park called Word Bandit. 

Word Bandit is a brain-teasing, family-friendly game aimed at children aged 8 years and over. Yes, it is a board game but with a difference because at the centre of the game is a wheel-spinning letter machine, just like a small ‘one-arm bandit’.  The game is made up of four easy word games which can be played in two teams made up of any number of players.

Getting ready to play is simple as all you need is the board, the bandit machine, the sand timer and your two team pieces. The board folds out quickly making it easy to set up, so it's a nice game to play as the setup time is literally just a few seconds and anyone can do it.

 Each team picks a playing piece and puts it on the red START space. They then take it in turns to move around the board, one space at a time. The colour of the space you land on dictates which of the four games your team will have to play.  One of the team members pulls the bandit’s handle to spin the wheels each turn, and the opposition counts the score.

The Purple Circle = Winding Words 

Open the sliding cover on the machine to reveal four rows of letters, then pull the handle to spin the word wheels, which come up with a set of random letters. The aim is to race the timer to find as many words as possible that wind around the grid of letters.  

The Green Circle = Famous People 

Three rows of letters will be revealed, spin the word wheels to start the game. The aim here is to find the INITIALS of as many famous people as possible during one turn of the timer, and here – the letters do not need to be touching in the grid. From Beyonce to Snow White!

The Yellow Circle = Things that begin with 

Using two Rows this time. Spin the word wheels as before. Your playing piece is on a yellow space with a category printed on it (e.g. Boys’ Names). You must come up with as many words as possible in that category beginning with one of the letters on show. You can use any letter as many times as you like, as long as the words are different.

The Red Circle = Words Containing 

Using just one row now, spin the word wheels. Here, you have to call out as many words as you can  that contain any two of the letters you have spun. The letters contained in your words can be in any order, and repeating the letters in your words is OK. Master wordsmiths may choose to think up words with all three letters in them!

We found it a little tricky at first as there are four different word games to play depending on which coloured spot your team lands on but we soon got used to it and it's OK to keep the rules with you to refer back to when needed. Word games are always great fun and ones we'd often play in our house as they're a great way to make playtime, educational and fun.

Priced at just £24.99 I think it's going to be popping up on a lot of children's Christmas Lists this year. Both my younger two, aged 8 and 11 years had great fun playing it and would happily have added it to their Christmas List's if they didn't already have it. I love the fact that they can play with just the two of them, they can set it up themselves and play happily.

Giveaway Time - Who wants to win one?

The lovely people over at Drumond Park have given me a copy of Word Bandit to give away to one of you, my lovely readers. I'm going to keep it simple to enter using the Rafflecopter Form which will load just below this text. There are lots of ways to enter but it's up to you how many, you want to do. Please feel free to do as many or as few as you'd like but remember, the more you do, the more chances you'll have to win - Good Luck x

Terms and Conditions: One winner will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter app on October 31st and contacted by email using the email address linked to their account. Open to the UK only. The prize is being supplied by Drumond Park - Good Luck x