My Family

My Family

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

The 'All In One' Christmas Gift Guide 2019

The 'All In One' Christmas Gift Guide 2019

Christmas is coming and I for one, am very excited! It's time for my annual Christmas Gift Guide to help give you some ideas for the Christmas gifts you might want to buy this year. My family are growing up so fast, my youngest is now 9 years old, so this year we'll be focusing on older gifts for the family or friends in your life, all suitable for ages 8 and over.

Let's start with the kiddies, after all, they're what Christmas is all about. 

First up we have the iBeani which is a stylish and lightweight, award-winning tablet bean bag stand designed to hold any size tablet device securely, so that you don't have to. 
It's hand-made in the UK and available in a range of designer fabrics. The iBeani is ideal for a huge range of different situations. It's an iPad stand for bedtime or an iPad Pillow for relaxing on the sofa. It costs £24.99 making it a nice gift idea for the teens in your life.

Next up we have the Amazing Mystery Box which is a surprise box full of items worth £40 plus for just £24.99. It's an online Subscription service or a One Box Purchase off too. The Amazing Mystery Box is part of Character Kingdom Limited which means the merchandise you receive is all official. You simply choose the type of box you want and off you go. We received the Doctor Who Mystery Box and look at all the treats we found inside. There's Character Figures, Activity Books, a Diary, Stationary Items and so much more. 

Something sweet for the kids are these HARIBO goodies. There's a HARIBO Selection Box, a HARIBO Hamper and a HARIBO Pip Polar Bear Z!NG and Puck Penguin Gift Boxes. You can't go wrong with a few HARIBO treats at Christmas time. We love them so much in our house, all year round, not just at Christmas but just look at those Christmas Boxes. They're so bright and colourful and full of delicious treats that everyone will love and enjoy. Prices start from £2.50 so these make great affordable Stocking Fillers as well as Christmas Gifts.

If you do buy a box, use the code MYSTERYBLINDBAG and they'll pop in an extra item.

For the Creative Kids in your life, we have these Geomag sets from Brightminds. My son Ryan absolutely loves these sets and has great fun building things for hours on end. We have two sets to show you, the Geomag Glow 64 pieces set which costs £39.99 and the Geomag Panels 83 pieces set which costs also £39.99. These sets are made up of original Geomag magnetic rods and steel balls which link together to create buildings, vehicles, spaceships and more. The creative possibilities with these sets are endless.

For the Stationary lovers in your house, kids or adult, we have these awesome 2020 Official Calendars and Diaries from Danilo. We've got a Harry Potter Calendar and Dobby Came To Save Harry Potter and His Friends Diary. Both will cost you £9.99 each but are very lovely. We also have a Minecraft Calendar which will cost you £9.99. There's so many character calendars to choose from so no matter what you love, there's a calendar to suit you. Both useful and practical, a calendar is always going to come in useful and last all year round.

How about something for the man in your life? We have Tomatin Whisky which is Matured in a combination of Bourbon barrels and Virgin Oak casks. It's Strength: 43% alc./vol. The Tomatin Distillery was established in 1897 and it's time in the Bourbon barrels and Virgin Oak casks brings a light sweetness to The Tomatin Legacy, which boasts aromas of vanilla, marshmallow, pineapple and lemon. Sounds like a pretty nice Whisky to me.

Again for the man in your life, we have the Black Nappa wallet from Zippo which costs £26.50. It's a gorgeous black leather wallet that he wallet has 4 card slots, 3 slip pockets, 2 banknote compartments and a coin pocket and is fully equipped with RFID blocking to protect your information. It also comes beautifully packaged in a gift box making it the ideal, practical but useful, Christmas present for your Dad, Brother, Son or Friend maybe. 

Last but not least, we have something for the Pet Lovers. Beautiful hand draw Pet Portraits from Portrait Pals make such a lovely, personal gift that will last a lifetime. Portraits start from £24.99 depending on what you would like. Not only do they produce beautiful artwork but they also do a lot of charity work. Online, 20% of their proceeds are set aside for their artists to participate in community leadership and skills-building workshops. They're a community focused company who love to give back to the local people which is lovely. I sent them a picture of our Teddy which they then drew and set too me, and it's gorgeous. Mine is going to make a gorgeous gift for a family member who loves their dog more than most.

So there we have it. My 2019 Christmas Gift Guide full of lovely gifts for the family.

I hope you've enjoyed looking through them all and maybe you've found something that someone in your family would love. I do hope I've given you some food for thought at least.

Disclosure: Items were gifted for inclusion in this Gift Guide. Opinions are 100% my own.

Hatchimals Royal Snowball Jewellery Box Dozen #Review

Hatchimals Royal Snowball Jewellery Box Dozen

The first week of November is the Spinmaster Week Of WOW and to celebrate they're giving away Hatchimal prizes every day on their Twitter account. There's loads of goodies to be won and to top it off, they're having a Twitter party on Saturday 9th November at 6pm where you can win even more prizes. We'll be there so we hope to see some of you too.

This week we've been playing with the Hatchimals Royal Snowball Jewellery Box Dozen which is a gorgeous sparkling glitter egg box which contains two figures without an egg, including one of eight exclusive Mer-Pandors and 10 Royal Eggs just waiting to be hatched.

There are a dozen enchanting Royal Hatch and Royal Snow Ball CollEGG characters to discover and hatch in this jewelry box set. It's such a pretty set, Lily loves it so much. My children love toys like this as you get that real surprise element which they get to discover for themselves. It's always exciting when you get to break something open to discover what's inside. Lily and Ryan shared the eggs out and hatched half each. It was nice that there was different coloured eggs as Lily went for the pink and purple ones allowing Ryan to hatch the blues and greens. It was nice that there were colours for them both. Each egg is so pretty, it's covered in glitter and shimmers in the light. You rub the hearts on the front and then press down to break into them to reveal your collectible inside.

Each character can be found on your collectors sheet with their name and family information. There's also a hidden accessory that can be found in every egg make for even more glamor. One came with a little crowns, another had brushable hair and a comb. whilst one had a tiny skirts. They're all adorable and so pretty, you'll really want to collect them all.

The Hatchimals Royal Snowball Jewellery Box Dozen will cost you around £24.99 but there are lots of other sets to choose from. You can buy bigger playsets and smaller ones too so there's something to suit every budget. I think these are going to be really popular this Christmas as my two loved them. They're lots of fun to open and great to collect too.

Disclosure: We were gifted our Hatchimals Royal Snowball Jewellery Box Dozen for free for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed within it are 100% honest and our own.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Wedding Planning - Finding the Right Venue.

Wedding Planning - Finding the Right Venue.

I've been struggling a bit this week as now we've set our date and booked our Marriage Ceremony. Now I need to find my Reception Venue. Budget wise, I've always known that it was going to be a small, simple affair but now that I'm actually visiting places and seeing them in real life, I've found myself wanting (hoping) for more. Originally I was looking for a simple Social Club style hall where I could dance the night away with my friends and family.

Last week, I found a gorgeous local social club but soon found myself disappointed when I discovered they didn't hire their room out on Saturdays as they host their own functions. My heart sank a little and I had to start my search over. I've looked at several halls since but none have the same wow factor as the one I first fell in love with. After a few days, I had to pick myself up and forget the first hall as it was only holding me back from loving a new one.

We visited another local room this week and I thought I was happy with it. It was a nice room with a nice back garden but it was a little on the small side. It holds 100 guests but my first draught of who I'd invite was much bigger. I sat there crossing people off my list but found my heart began to sink again with each name that disappeared from my big day. I was willing to compromise and downsize my party for the sake of getting something booked so I could get on with the rest of my planning but yesterday when I went to meet the owner and pay my deposit, something inside my head was screaming "No, this is not the place".

As I walked away without booking the room, I feel like I'm back in the unknown but I realised something yesterday. I'm rushing and I need to slow down. I must take my time and keep looking until I find my perfect place. I'm not going to settle, that won't make me happy at all. 

I may not have my wedding venue just yet but I'm feeling much more positive today and even though I don't have a place for my guests just yet, I do have my Guest Book and isn't it beautiful, I love it so much. My White Leather Wedding Guest Book from I Just Love It is so lovely and I can't wait to fill it with message from the people I love most in this world.

So for now the search continues, but at least I'm feeling much happier about it. I'll keep you all updated as I go and will hopefully be able to show you my 'Perfect' venue real soon.

Who knew that Wedding Planning was going to be so stressful?

Disclosure: I was gifted my Wedding Guest Book for inclusion in my Wedding Posts.

Monday, 4 November 2019

#Win a Hotel Chocolat The Classic Christmas Sleekster

WIN a Hotel Chocolat The Classic Christmas Sleekster

Christmas is coming - Hooray!

 I love Christmas, it's my favourite time of year. I love the festive food and the yummy treats and the slightly tipsy family get togethers. I love the whole run up where we decorate the tree and sparkling spreading tinsel everywhere and the excitement of unwrapping gifts. 

So, today, I have a special gift for you! I've treating one of you to a Hotel Chocolat The Classic Christmas Sleekster. Containing 30 filled festive chocolates in 16 recipes. There's 
Caramels, pralines, tipples and more. I know I'd be happy with a box of these for Christmas.

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 lucky winner will be chosen at random after it closes on Saturday 30th November  - UK Only - Good Luck xox

This is not a sponsored Giveaway - The Prize is paid for by myself.

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Friday, 1 November 2019

PNP – The Portable North Pole - The Magic Pass #Review

PNP – The Portable North Pole  - The Magic Pass

November 1st is always an exciting time of year for us in our house. With Halloween now over and done with, it's time to start the Christmas countdown and what better way to do so, than with a personalised message from the big man himself - Santa Clause. 

The Portable North Pole is an online platform used by Santa and his elves to send personalized video messages and calls to the people you care about most anywhere around the world. It's the original Santa messaging service that globally has send over 220 million messages since its creation in 2008. In just a few simple steps, you can help Santa gather all the information he needs about your loved one and create a personalised video message or phone call that is positively magical. I created a video last year for my son Ryan who's face lit up when he saw it. It was a magical moment that he hasn't forgotten about yet.

There are free videos available but there are Premium options that you can purchase too. 

The Video Pass £9.99 - Gives you unlimited access to all Premium videos for unlimited kids. The reaction recorder with the mobile app and web browser (Chrome).

The Magic Pass £12.99 - Gives you Unlimited access to all Premium videos and calls for unlimited kids. The reaction recorder with the mobile app and web browser (Chrome). New Enhanced videos and All new multi-device scenarios. New Family options and the option to create a message for more than one child (available in 2 scenarios). 1080 HD downloads of all your videos and Video calls from Santa so you can see and hear Santa on a face-to-face video call. There are also Bonus features of a First name guaranteed
If requested before November 15th and a Printable nice list certificate, Santa approved.

Ultimate Magic Pass £32.99 - Gives you all of the Magic Pass features for 10 years.

We've been checking out the PNP Magic Pass which has let us create our own personalised video and video call from Santa which was lots of fun. I think I had as much fun creating it as Ryan and Lily had receiving it. It's such a lovely idea that all Santa 'Believers' will love.

I'm so excited about Christmas this year and can't wait to show Ryan and Lily the video I have created for them this year. Let's hope it encourages them to be good and stay on the 'Good List' to get all the toys and presents they want this year. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

We love the PNP and hope you will to, so from our house to yours - Merry Christmas!

Disclosure: We received a complimentary Magic Pass to help with our review.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

We've Set The Date! Wedding Plans are a Go ..

We've Set The Date! Wedding Plans are a Go .. 

The love of my live and I are getting married. It's now official - We've set the date.

I'm so excited and happy right now. We've just set the date for our wedding.

Saturday October 3rd 2020 - 2pm.

It's the perfect date. It's exactly one year and one day after we got engaged.

Although I am excited, I'm also very nervous as it's just got real. I have so much to organise in just under a year. We're having a very small and intimate wedding for just family and then 'hopefully' a big party for all our friends afterwards. Planning a wedding is way more complicated than it looks BUT I am going to take it easy, keep it simple and enjoy it.

I now have to find my Dream dress, choose the cake and plan a party - I can't wait.

I'll report back once I've completed the next few steps, I can't wait to share it all with you.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Disney On Ice '100 Years of Magic' #Review

Disney On Ice '100 Years of Magic' Review

Disney On Ice presents 100 Years of Magic and is travelling across the country bringing it's magical shows to the public as we speak. This afternoon we went to see the show in our home town of Birmingham at the Arena Birmingham which is somewhere we always enjoy visiting. We've enjoyed Disney On Ice many times over the past few years. My children have practically grown up with the show and love going along every year. We'd heard that Toy Story 4's Forky was going to be in this show so we were all very excited about going along.

Daddy, Lily, Ryan and I took our seats and waited in anticipation for the magic to begin.

The show is very charming and hosts a cast of over 50 unforgettable Disney characters.

The hosts of the show were the lovable Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Together they took us on an adventure filled with Disney Princesses, including Jasmine, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. Plus, for the first time on ice, Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep are joined by their new friend Forky, the lovable spork turned toy, as the gang from Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 help him realise what it means to be a toy! 

Disney’s Frozen with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious snowman Olaf filled most of the first half of the show which was a little disappointing as we were hoping to see some more of the other characters that we'd not seen before. The show was great but with the Frozen part, we did feel like we'd seen it all before. Maybe Disney On Ice could do a separate Frozen show to reduce the amount of time it gets in these kind of shows. Even though we'd seen it all before, it didn't stop us singing along to some of our favourites like ‘Let It Go' and 'Love is an Open Door'. There was lots of exciting moments throughout the show from Disney’s The Lion King, Finding Dory, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mulan and more.

The costumes are as beautiful as always and the skating is just incredible. Everyone is so talented and the music is just delightful, with so many Disney classic to sing along to.

The second half of the show seemed much shorter than the first half this time around. Maybe time just flew because we were having fun. The kids loved the Toy Story 4 part and loved seeing Forky, but did wish it had lasted a little longer than it did. They would have loved to have seen another song or two as Toy Story is very popular in our household. 

Overall we did have a great time and loved watching the show today. We absolutely love Disney and will continue to see the Disney On Ice shows until we're all old and grey.

There's one more show in Birmingham tomorrow and then the show moves on to Exeter, Aberdeen, Sheffield, London, Nottingham and then London again to finish off it's tour.

Tickets are still available online to buy now. Why not pop over and have a look for when the Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic show is coming to a city near you. If you love Disney, you'll love Disney On Ice. It's always a fun filled day out for the whole family. We love it.

Disclosure: We were gifted tickets to see the show in return for an honest review.

A Super Slow Sloths Game #Review for #InternationalSlothDay

A Super Slow Sloths Game Review
 for International Sloth Day.

The race is on to be crowned the slowest moving sloth in this ingeniously backwards board game from Ginger Fox. Snooze, Sabotage and Saunter your way to victory in a reverse race in which lethargy, laziness, dawdling and daydreaming are the passports to sloth success.

The last player to lumber over the finish line wins. Speed is not of the essence!

October 20th is International Sloth Day so we've been playing the Super Slow Sloths game to join in the Sloth fun. It's quite a different board game as it's the last player to finish wins. Most games are the first wins but not his one which makes it quite interesting to play.

The Box includes, 6 x sloth playing pieces, 100 x cards, 7 double sided jigsaw race track pieces and 1 x game spinner. You have everything you need inside the box to get playing.

Aimed at children aged 8 years and over, this game is suitable for up to 6 players. It'll cost you around £15 and is available for lots of stores including John Lewis and Debenhams, just to mention two. It's quite a complicated game but easy once you know how. It's not one for younger children as it takes a lot of concentration and reading of cards. We liked it though.

It's an easy board game to set up and lots of fun to play. You can shorten the length of the game by making your track shorter which is all explained in the instruction leaflet.  This Super Slow Sloths game is the one game that everyone wants to lose. As losing is winning with this board game, don't forget. It's almost like going forwards is going backwards.

If you like Sloths, then why not join in with #InternationalSlothDay yourself.

Disclosure: We received our Super Slow Sloths game in return for an honest review.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Pomsies Lumies - Colour Matching Pom Pom Pets - Pixie Pop #Review

Pomsies Lumies - Colour Matching 
Pom Pom Pets - Pixie Pop Review

Lumies are the next generation of Pomsies, the Number 1 selling special feature plush in 2018 but with a rainbow-charged twist. These cute and interactive unicorn-pom pom pets can turn into any color: simply place your Lumies on an object and it will magically absorb that object’s color and shine bright! It's pretty amazing and actually works! I've tried it.

 In Music Mode, Lumies are able to turn color into different beats to create songs! You can use your Lumie friend to coordinate your outfits, mix some beats, or play a number of games such as “Lumie Says”, “Color Chase” and “Rainbow Tag”. LUMIES have lots of secrets: Hidden inside Lumies, there are over 50 secret sounds that you can find! You can unlock these surprises by touching certain colors in a certain order. Try this cheery pattern: green, green, yellow, orange Here’s a surprise that’s LOL: orange, green, orange.

Meet Pixie Pop - With a lasting twinkle in her eyes, Pixie Pop is ready for the spotlight and is always glowing with good vibes. Her personality is as bright and bouncy as her curly hair which is Rainbow coloured! There’s no limit to the fun you can have together!

Pomsies Lumies are chasing rainbows and mixing beats. They're both colourful and musical making them lots of fun for children to interact with. Lily loves matching her new new Lumie friend, Pixie Pop to all her favourite colours. She's been matching the colours of her clothes, her toys, her books and accessories and even the furniture. She's lots of fun to play with.

Matching Lily's school folders.

Matching Mummy's Jeans.

Matching Mummy's red love hearts.

Inside the box you get a Pomsies Lumie, a colourful comb and an Instruction Sheet. A Pomsies Lumie will cost you around £14.99 which is a great price for such an interactive toy like this. I can see them being very popular for Christmas. They're perfect for Unicorn lovers, Colour Chasers and Music fans too. It's nice to see a toy that does more than one fun thing.

We love our little Pomsies Lumie Pixie Pop. She's totally adorable.

Disclosure: We received our Pomsies Lumie in return for an honest review.

Friday, 11 October 2019



Christmas is on it's way - Hip Hip Hip - Hooray!

This Month's giveaway is a fantastic Cadbury Christmas Super Fun Pack. This Christmas chocolate gift includes Mini Snow Balls, Dairy Milk Buttons, a Dairy Milk Winter Edition bar, Freddo faces Tube, Fudge Minis tube and two NO.1 selling Christmas selection packs.

Doesn't it sounds Delicious?

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 lucky winner will be chosen at random after it closes on Friday 1st November  - UK Only - Good Luck xox

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Sunday, 6 October 2019

I have some News - I'm Getting Married!

I have some News - I'm Getting Married! 

It's been a while since I've had some happy news around here, so I'm so excited to share some with you today. On Wednesday of this week (October 2nd) my partner of so many years finally asked me to marry him and I said YES! We're finally going to get married.

I am absolutely over the moon right now. I am so happy!

So, how did he Propose? I can hear you shouting:

Wednesday morning started out a little different than most as he left me in bed whilst he did the school run. It was my day off work for this week, so I was more than happy to accept. Upon his return he woke me up around 11am with a beautiful bunch of flowers in hand which was so sweet and so unlike him. I should have guessed then that something was up but I didn't. I got up as normal and headed downstairs to slob in front of the TV in my dressing gown, nothing unusual about that. BUT about half an hour later there was a knock at the door and even after shouting at him to "Get It", he was nowhere to be seen so I had to get up and get it myself. There at the door I was handed a giant box with my name on. I was so intrigued but so unaware. He must have reappeared quietly as I was excitedly opening the box cus as this giant balloon filled with rose petals floated out of the box with the most beautiful words I had even seen scribbled across it, "Will You Marry Me?" Of course I said YES!

We'd talked about marriage a lot over the last few months (and years) as he knew it was something I really wanted to do one day. We've been together for many years and have two beautiful children together so for me, it was the natural next step for our relationship. 

The children were so excited when we told them, they're so happy that Mummy and Daddy are getting married. Lily even cried when she found out, she's excited about her dress.

It's been a dream of mine since I was a little girl to have a big Fairytale Wedding with all my family and friends around me so I'm so excited to get started on the planning although with the budget we have it may be a small fairytale wedding more than a big one, but that's OK.

We're hoping to get the ball rolling real soon and see what we can arrange. I'd like a warm wedding so September next year would be my ideal date but with that being just under a year away, I'm not sure how realistic that would be. I'm excited to find out though - eek!

I will be hopefully sharing lots of my wedding planning with you over the next year so if that's something you're into, then do stay tuned and follow our little families wedding journey.

"I'm Getting Married!" 

Dreamworks Abominable Giant Everest 25cm Soft Toy #Review and #Giveaway

Dreamworks Abominable Giant Everest 25cm Soft Toy

Meet Everest, the loveable yeti from the blockbuster film, Abominable!

This DreamWorks Abominable Giant Everest 25cm Soft Toy costs around £17.99 and is set to inspire the funnest of play time adventures with your child. He comes presented in an Abominable branded box and is really easy to free from the box. The loveable yeti & star of the new Dreamworks Animation & Pearl Studios blockbuster, Abominable! The heart warming & extremely funny story tells how a teenage girl called Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment in Shanghai, he is missing his family & just wants to go home. Yi and her mischievous friends Jin and Peng, name him 'Everest' & embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. 

Brought to you by Rainbow Designs , he's sure to brighten up any child's day. Our Everest soft toy arrived last week and hasn't been left alone since he did. He's super soft and super cuddly, making him the perfect new friend for my boy Ryan. Ryan absolutely loves him!

We haven't seen the movie yet but after meeting Everest we're never quite excited to do so.  Ryan loves a soft toy to snuggle up too, you're never too old for a super soft cuddly toy. I'm 37 and still love my cuddly toys, I have a whole wardrobe topped, full of them as well as the ones in my bed. Soft toys are the one toy that you'll never get bored off, as they're made to last and be loved forever. Ryan may be getting older, but he's still often found with a soft toy in his bed or under his arm when he's watching a movie or a TV show on his iPad at night.

Ryan loves his Everest and can't wait for their next adventure together.

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Thursday, 19 September 2019

We Visited the The Tyburn House, a Sizzling Pub & Grill for a Family Mid-Week Treat #Review

We Visited the The Tyburn House, a Sizzling Pub & Grill for a Family Mid-Week Treat.

The sun had his hat on here in Brum today so we opted for Dinner Out for a nice mid-week treat. We headed down the road to The Tyburn House, in Castle Vale, Birmingham. We've passed this place so many times before but had never actually been inside. It's situated on a huge Island so we often drive past it, but today we decided to pop inside and check it out.

We've visited lots of different Sizzling Pub & Grill's over the past few years so you may think that all our experiences would be the same but that's not always the case. We've had good visits and bad visits but let's not get into those, I want to talk to you about today's visit.

I'm not sure why but I was expecting the Pub to be busy and loud and noisy today but it wasn't. Don't get me wrong, the place wasn't deserted or anything. There were lots of people inside, enjoying a drink or two at the bar, watching sports on the TV's and eating their meals with family and friends. It was very relaxed inside, real peaceful and friendly. 

The Tyburn House had a complete make over last year and looks real homely now. There's lots of comfy booths around the outside of the room and smaller tables with chairs around the middle. The place is really clean and tidy and looks really new and fresh. We happily sat and enjoyed our family meal for a whole two hours this afternoon. The staff were amazing. 

The Assistant Manager greeted us on arrival and looked after us throughout our visit. She was real friendly and chatty and made us feel very welcome. I got the feeling that this place is a real 'community' pub by the way the staff were interacting with their guests. Everyone was relaxed, smiling and enjoying their visit. It made us very at ease, and made for an enjoyable afternoon. We were there for food mainly but the bar looked pretty impressive too.

We treated ourselves to a House Sharer Starter which was full of delicious treats. The BBQ Chicken Wings are so good, the BBQ sauce is sweet and sticky just like it should be. Daddy had the Ultimate Mixed Grill whilst I went for a new dish called The Eastern Trio. Both were delicious and cooked perfectly. The meat was cooked well and the flavours were real good.

The House Sharer Starter - Shown Above.
The Ultimate Mixed Grill and The Eastern Trio - Shown Below.

The portion sizes were very generous as both of us were completely full up when we'd finished. I actually didn't manage to finish all of mine as there was just too much to eat.

The Kids choose their meals from the Kids Menu, Over 5's Section which was just the right sized portion for them. Ryan had the Fish Fingers whilst Lily had the Chicken Nuggets. Again, both were served up nice and hot and tastes great. Both kids enjoyed their meals.

Even though we were quite full up, we couldn't resist trying the Deserts. I had a Vanilla and Caramel Cheesecake, Lily had an Oreo Sundae and Ryan had the Chocolate Fudge Cake. Daddy was too full to have a Desert (that's how I know the portion sizes were big here).

Deserts were good. My cheesecake was a little heavy but that's just my personal opinion. Ryan enjoyed his Chocolate Fudge Cake and Lily loved her Oreo Sundae, it was yummy.

We had a lovely afternoon at The Tyburn House today, I had fun and it's really cheered me up. Who said we have to wait for Fridays' to enjoy a meal out? Going out on a Thursday is just as good as going out on a Friday, maybe even better in fact, as it was much quieter. 

The Tyburn House is positioned right off the Tyburn Island making it easy to get too from Erdington, Castle Bromwich and Minworth. It has a nice big car park surrounding the pub with plenty of spaces which makes stopping off a whole lot easier and Car Parking is free.

Our food was lovely today, the staff were great and the place itself was relaxing and calm. It was a fab mid-week treat that I wouldn't mind repeating again real soon, it was that good.

The Sizzling Pub & Grill serves good pub grub at affordable prices.

"Whether you're up for a party, watching sport, meeting friends and family or relaxing and taking the time to unwind, The Tyburn House is the pub putting the sizzle in Castle Vale"

Disclosure: We received a discount off our food in return for an honest review.