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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Untamed Mad Lab Minis and Untamed Dragons #Review

Untamed Mad Lab Minis and Untamed Dragons 

WowWee Evolves Untamed toys with a Roar, bringing us loads of new Untamed Dragons as well as these super cool collectible Untamed Mad Lab Minis which we've been playing with today. Ryan loves Dinosaurs so these were an obvious choice of toys that he'd love. 

The Fingerlings Untamed Dragons are a fierce and unpredictable bunch with scary eyes and raging roars. They know friends vs. foes and react with special SFX and visual cues depending on how you play with them. They were released back in March 2019 and cost around £14.99 which I feel is a pretty good price for their play value as they've kept Rayn entertained for a while and when he's not playing with him, his big sister Lily has had a play.

Each Dragon is equipped with a uniquely coloured LED light in their jaws that lights up when you make them mad. The more you play nicely with them, the tamer they will get. Eventually they will lose their angry glow and start being your new best friend. Each dragon has their own way of expressing their affection and their anger - so meet ours - Shockwave!

Ryan's been fascinated with his new Untamed friend, he's been stroking his head, rubbing his back and even rocking him to sleep. He's lots of fun to play with as he reacts differently each time you play with him. He's a great little toy that I think Ryan likes, so it's a hit with us.

The Untamed Mad Lab Minis are a nice little collectible 'pocket money' kind of toy. Bioengineered from Untamed DNA, the collectable range features pre-historic and beast miniature hybrid creatures that have been locked away in little tubs just waiting to be unleashed. You get to unveil the DNA samples, extract them from the Geoslime, Biosand, or Terraclay, then classify the brand-new creature. There's lots of different creatures to collect, there's Raptors, T-Rex, Allosaurus, Spinosaurus, Sabre-tooth Tigers, Dire Wolves, Bears, Polar Bears, Gorillas and Skeletons. I liked the variety of the pots contents as there's three different types of play inside, one had sand, one had slime and one had a putty which was fun. The little creatures come in two halves which lets you mix and match their heads and bodies for even more fun. They were released in March 2019 and cost around £4.99 each. 

Ryan loves the Untamed Mad Lab Minis, they're fab little pots of fun and not only does he get to collect a new toy inside each one but he gets a little pot of sand, slime or putty to play with too. I have a feeling our two will becoming more real soon as he can't wait to buy a few more. They're a nice little 'unboxing' style toy that is actually worth the money, I think.

Ryan has had great fun playing with both the Untamed Mad Lab Minis and the Untamed Dragon. They're both reasonably priced which is great, have high play value and are very entertaining. Ryan's really happy with his new toys, so am I. He's getting older now so his likes and dislikes are changing and he's getting a little harder to please so these get a well deserved Thumbs Up from us. They're just perfect for his age group I think (aged 8).

Disclosure: We were gifted our Untamed toys in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

#WIN a Cadbury Treasure Box filled with Delicious Chocolate Treats!

#WIN a Cadbury Treasure Box filled with 
Delicious Chocolate Treats! 

Easter may have been and gone but chocolate is for life, not just for Easter! 

This month I'm giving away a Cadbury Treasure Box which is a lovely chocolate gift containing a wide range of popular chocolate bars - your very own all year round selection box! You don't need a reason with such a great selection of Cadbury favourites bars.

If you'd like to win this Cadbury Treasure Box - 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 winner will be chosen at random, Friday May 31st - Good Luck xox

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 Friday May 31st x

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Beverley Holidays - Our Wonderful Week in Devon.

Beverley Holidays - Our Wonderful Week in Devon.

Devon is a beautiful place, I've been many times before but for some reason, the kids have never been. Maybe it's the long car journey that had had put us off or maybe it was just one of those things. Either way, the reason didn't really matter as it was about to be put right.

It's been a whirlwind of a week but we've had such an amazing time and I can't wait to tell you all about it. We've only been back home two days now and already I can feel those dreaded 'Holiday Blues'. That's the thing about Holidays, they make you want more.

Our adventures this week took us to Beverley Holidays in Devon. The story behind the park is such a lovely one. It all started with the dream of just one man, a builder and caravan enthusiast Joseph Stanley Jeavons and his wife Marion who had a dream of opening a caravan site in Torbay in sunny South Devon. Their dream officially begun when Beverley Holidays, formerly known as Beverley Park, opened its doors to happy holidaymakers in search of sun and sea air in 1959 with just 10 caravans, a few tents and a shop - with the famous Beverley Sisters as the inspiration for its name. In 1975, the successful family run holiday park was awarded five-star status, an accolade which at the time had only be bestowed upon four other parks in England. Marking its 60th anniversary last year in 2018, Beverley Holidays today offers a wide range of holiday caravans, sea view lodges, touring and camping pitches and privately owned holiday homes. Although things may have changed a lot over the years, one thing remains the same, their family of holidays parks are still very much a family business, with Beverley Holidays now in its 3rd generation of the Jeavons family. With family at the heart of their business, it's perfect for families like mine.

We were spoilt rotten and made to feel like VIP's staying in this fabulous Platinum Hot Tub Caravan. We've stayed in caravans before but never anything quite like this. This took caravans to a whole new level. Made to sleep 6 people comfortably, it had 3 bedrooms. One double room and 2 single rooms which were all a good size with beds fully made up for you.

 Each room had lovely comfortable beds, some of the best we've ever slept in whilst away. Central heating throughout so we were always nice and warm and to our amazement, a flat screen Digital TV in every room. The kids were so excited, they've never had their own TV's before so this was a real treat for them at night time as they got to watch them in bed to wind down. The TV's came in handy as we decided not to pay for WIFI in our caravan. We don't mind having to pay a small charge for WIFI in the caravan's but with free WIFI in all the main buildings we decided to keep our caravan a WIFI free zone to spend more time as a family. The kids didn't seem to mind as they were having way too much fun to miss it.

There were two bathrooms which is always a plus and a large fully fitted kitchen with an integrated fridge freezer, cafetière & coffee machine, microwave & toaster and even a lovely tea & coffee Welcome Pack to help you get started upon arrival which was a lovely touch.

The living area was very large and spacious with plenty of seating for everyone. The large windows let in so much light that it always felt light and airy inside. It was super homely.

The Platinum Hot Tub Caravan's really do have everything you need and more.

The highlight of our holiday had to be the Hot Tub! The kids were so excited as they'd never really been in a 'proper' Hot Tub before as public ones often set age restrictions of 16 and over so they're not allowed in. The Hot Tub rules at Beverley Holidays allow children 8 and over on their guidelines which was perfect for us with Ryan being 8 and Lily being 12. 

The Hot Tub was right outside our caravan on our beautiful sundeck area which even had its own table & chairs. We found ourselves in the Hot Tub before breakfast, after lunch and even after dark as you're allowed in the Hot Tub anytime between the hours of 8am and 11pm. With different levels of massage you could control the amount of bubbles which was fun and at night time there were lights to really bring it to life, it was like a underwater disco. 

With such a beautiful caravan and our very own Hot Tub it was hard to get the kids to leave to do anything else but luckily we managed to drag them away every now and again as there was so much to do and so little time to do it all in. Beverley Park's facilities include an outdoor play area which I have to hold my hands up and say we didn't manage to find (oops) an indoor soft play, plus an amusement arcade, crazy golf course and outdoor and indoor heated pool where you can relax in the sauna, steam room, hot tub and gym.

The park was really quite throughout our stay which was so lovely. We were able to slow things down a bit and just enjoy spending time together which was really nice. It got a little busier towards the end of our stay as we moved into the second week of Easter. The whole place was just so lovely, it had the most amazing Sea views and stunning Sunrises and Sunsets. We may not have had the best weather for our week as it rained on and off for the first two days but at least it wasn't cold. We would have enjoyed ourselves no matter the weather anyway, the rain wouldn't stop us. Beverley Park is located at the top of a hill right in the middle of two beautiful places to visit, Paighton is on one side with it's funfairs and arcades whilst and Brixham is on the other with it's beautiful Harbour and historic town.

We spent a day in each of them and loved them both!

Whilst our days were filled with seaside adventures and family fun, it wasn't quite over yet as our evening were also a blast. Every night we headed to the Starlight Bar which is their main entertainment venue. It was only a 2 minute walk from our caravan which was perfect.

Each night begins with the Beverley and Sandy Shakedown which is a fun filled dance show with the Beverley Holidays Mascots. Throughout the first half of the evening the kids get to join in their adventure Shows which are full of fun, laughter and downright silliness.

The shows were really good, we stayed and watched a few of them throughout the week.

The entertainment team were all fantastic, so talented and so friendly. We loved the Freddie Fever show on the Thursday night, that really had us clapping along and joining in.

There were so many activities available that we couldn't possibly have done everything so we just did what we could. We took our week slowly and savoured every day, so many memories have been made from this amazing place. A happy place we will never forget.

There were lots of places to eat out around the park, there's the Jetty Lounge, Bar & Terrace and The Catch Takeaway. We ate out most days as we were off site when it was mealtimes but we did enjoy a friendly service from the bar each night and enjoyed some of their light snacks (nachos and nuts mainly) every evening whilst we relaxed with the shows. 

It's been such an amazing week, I just wish we'd have stayed a little longer. Our stay was a 5 day stay from Monday to Friday which was lovely but I did feel like we'd missed out of the Cabaret Acts who only come in on the weekends to do their shows but we still had a blast.

I'd not heard of Beverley Holidays before our stay with them but absolutely love them now. If we ever go back to Devon, we know where we're going to stay - at Beverly Park, of course.

If you're thinking of taking your family to Devon this Summer, Beverley Holidays are definitely worth having a look at. They have such a variety of accommodation that will suit all budgets and family sizes. I'll leave you with some of my favourite memories from the week.

Disclosure: We were gifted a 5 day stay at Beverley Holidays in return for an honest review.

Monday, 8 April 2019

Days Out: The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice! #Review

Days Out: The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice!

Disney On Ice is back and now touring around the UK. We were lucky enough to catch the show last week whilst it was in our town of Birmingham and have to say, it was fantastic.

Every year the show is slightly different and this year's didn't disappoint. With a whole host of exciting new characters and several new stories, you get to join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on an inspiring walk down memory lane in celebration of this years theme, The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice. It's been my favourite show yet, it was fab fun.

Dory is back with friends Nemo and Marlin from Finding Dory. Embark on a new ocean adventure as they discover the real meaning of family. Travel to Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn true love is the greatest power of all. Nothing is out of reach for Rapunzel as her friends help light the way. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs make their own magic and reveal we can do ANYTHING with our friends in tow. Buzz and Woody will have you jumping out of your seat in a foot-stomping throwdown; Simba, Timon and Pumbaa prowl the Pridelands; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie show friendship is fearless; and your favourite Disney Princesses stay strong and journey on. Plus, arrive early to learn the Mouse Bounce Dance at the Fit to Dance pre-show!

The first half for us was the best bit, it was filled with short stories that got everyone clapping along. The Lion KIng was awesome and the skating was incredible, when they did the dangerous 'headbanger' move, we all sat in shock with our mouths wide open. It was incredible. The skating is always fabulous but this year, it reached a whole new level. 

My favourite part of the show was when ALL the Disney Princesses and their Prince Charmings came out onto the ice to dance together. That was so lovely to see them all in one place. I even got to see my favourite Princess, Cinderella which made me very happy.

The costumes and music are all so good, you really do get lost in the show. The second half for us wasn't as good as the first half if we're honest as they changed the format a bit. Instead of lots of smaller stories, it was two bigger stories, the main half of it being Frozen. Don't get us wrong, we do love Frozen but we felt it took over the show a little bit. My boy isn't a huge fan and had to sit covering his ears whilst his sister sang loudly into his ear. We enjoyed watching it but it felt a little long winded so they lost interest after a while and began to fidget and mess around, like lots of other children around us. Maye the Frozen show should be a seperate show if it needs to be that long as it spoiled the whole show for us a bit. We love Frozen but didn't enjoy the segment being so long compared to all the nice short ones that had been on before. Short stories are definitely better, more fun and more enjoyable as they hold the children's attention better and when there's thousands of kids in a room, that's what you want. Overall, we had a wonderful time and loved watching the show. The kids had a great time and were so happy that they'd got to meet Mickey and Minnie beforehand as we were invited to take part in a very special Meet and Greet.


See The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice at the following places:

 11.04.2019 - 14.04.2019 - THE SSE HYDRO Glasgow

17.04.2019 - 21.04.2019 - M&S BANK ARENA LIVERPOOL Liverpool 

24.04.2019 - 28.04.2019 - MOTORPOINT ARENA Cardiff 

03.05.2019 - 05.05.2019 - SSE ARENA Belfast 

10.05.2019 - 12.05.2019 - CITYWEST HOTEL Dublin

Disney on Ice is always a Magical night, one that you're never too old for.

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

Monday, 1 April 2019

Eating Out - The Journey's End in Yardley, a Sizzling Pub & Grill #Review

Eating Out -  The Journey's End in Yardley, 
a Sizzling Pub & Grill .

The weathers been beautiful this weekend so we headed out for a classic pub lunch as a family to make the most of it. We love trying new places, it's makes eating out more so much more exciting. We've been to several Sizzling Pub & Grills before but with their Menu changing every few months, we're always happy to go along to see what's new each time.

Our journey this weekend took us over to Yardley, about a 20 minutes drive from our home, to the Journey's End pub and grill. From the outside, it looks like your classic public house. There's free parking with no need to display and pay which is always a bonus and a time saver and you'll be happy to know, there's lots of parking spaces for everyone. Once inside, the staff were all very friendly and helpful, and the whole place was nice and clean and fresh looking. You get that 'local' feel about this place which makes you feel very welcome. It feels like the sort of place where families go to eat and neighbours go to drink every day. 

I loved the Menu, there was so much to choose from. Sometimes you go to a place and struggle to find one thing you like, but not here. I actually picked about three things and then had to narrow it down to the one I'd like to try the most but boy was it tough. We started with the House Sharer which was a large platter filled with southern-fried chicken pieces,  beer-battered mushrooms, BBQ chicken wings, onion rings and garlic bread, with blue cheese, BBQ & sweet chilli dips. It was much bigger than I'd expected for the price of £8.79.

The BBQ chicken wings were delicious and the garlic bread was very tasty. Everything got eaten except for the breaded mushrooms but that's only because none of us like mushrooms. We shared this Starter between the four of us, there was plenty to go round.

The Kids Menu offers a lovely choice of meals for the kiddies and comes in two categories. There's the Under 5's for £3.99 and the Over 5's for £4.99. For the kids meals you get to choose a Main, a Side, a Veg, a drink and a Desert. For the price, you are getting a lot for your money and when the food came out, we could see you got big portions for your money too. Ryan had the Toad in the Hole, with chips and corn with a lemonade and a chocolate chip cookie whereas Lily had the Mini Mixed Grill with chips and corn, a Pepsi max and a Build your Own Sundae. They were both really happy with their meals and ate it all up.

After all my deliberation, I finally decided to have the Lemon Peri-Peri Chicken & pepper Skewers which were so good. The grilled chicken pieces were cooked really well and the sauce was delicious, it was hot but not too hot, just the way I like my per-Peri sauce.

Again the meal portion sizes were very generous, I didn't get to finish all mine (I did try, promise) but there was just too much food for me to eat. I think the giant starter may have been the problem, our eyes were just way bigger than our bellies in the end - oops. 

Daddy choose the Triple House Burger which comes stacked high with a beef burger, a chicken fillet, a southern fried chicken fillet and a little pot of warm American cheese sauce. 

Daddy likes a big burger so he added another beef burger (for a pound) and some extra bacon too (for 60 pence). He was super happy with the outcome and enjoyed every bite.

Everyone was so full after dinner but we couldn't go all that way and not try their Desserts. 

We decided to share a Nestle Rolo Cheesecake which was the only cheesecake they had on the menu so we thought we'd give it a try. It was nice and looked great but sadly for us, it just wasn't sweet enough. We like a fruity or bitter cheesecake so this one was a bit too chocolatey and plain for us. It was nice, it's just not what we'd usually go for or enjoy. 

We spent around an hour and a half in the Journey's End and had a lovely afternoon. The pub because quite busy around us but it was quite a big place so it never became too noisy or over crowded. The kids had great fun colouring in their complimentary puzzle sheets and Daddy had great fun helping them, he loves a good Word Search Puzzle.

Overall, we were really impressed. The food was well cooked, the staff were friendly and the surroundings were comfortable and clean. As a family, I think we'd definitely go again.

Disclosure: We were invited for a complimentary meal in return for an honest review.