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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.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

WIN 2 Tickets to : Real Life parenting: The Good, The Bad and The Funny

WIN 2 Tickets to : Real Life parenting: The Good, The Bad and The Funny at the Town Hall, Birmingham.

Real Life parenting: the good, the bad and the funny With Matt Coyne (Man vs Baby), Kathryn Wallace (“I Know, I Need To Stop Talking”) and more is taking place on Saturday 12 October at 2pm in Birmingham's Town Hall - Tickets cost : £10 / £8 (concs)

You have a baby, maybe you have two. Why not, it’ll all be ok. That’s what social media tell us. It’ll all be fine… So who is this person who now has baby sick on their t-shirt even when it’s clean on? Who always forgets something as they leave the house, or frequently turns up to work with their toddler’s toys in their bag? And why is the phrase “put your shoes on” so hard to understand?! 

Birmingham Literature Festival and Town Hall Symphony Hall are delighted to bring together a panel of well-known writers and bloggers who between them are sharing true stories of life at the coalface of parenting – with not an Instagram filter or hashtag in sight.

Liz Berry is a poet from the Black Country, who now lives in Birmingham. Her latest poetry pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet choice and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018.

Matt Coyne is the writer of the hugely popular Man vs Baby blog which has become a book of the same name. His new book Man vs Toddler was published this year.

Kathryn Wallace writes the I Know, I Need to Stop Talking blog which has led to her first book, Absolutely Smashing It, published this year.

Join the panel for an in-depth, funny and no doubt slightly surreal discussion about writing and what being a parent in 2019 is really like – and how we’re all actually doing a pretty good job at it.

If this sounds like something you'd like to attend, then you're in luck as the lovely people from Town Hall Birmingham have given me TWO tickets to give away to one of you, my lovely readers. I've been given TWO 2 House Seats tickets in the Circle - Woohoo!

To WIN simply use the Rafflecopter For 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 5th October. Tickets will need to be collected from the Venue on the night. Full details will be given to the Winner in an Email, once they have won.

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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Pinkfong Baby Shark Song Puppets with Tempo Control #Review

Pinkfong Baby Shark Song Puppets
 with Tempo Control Review

Baby Shark, Do do Do Do do. Baby Shark, Do do Do do!

You're never too old for Baby Shark! Lily and Ryan may be 9 and 12 years old but they both absolutely love Baby Shark and often break out into song, singing it to me, through the day. 

These Pinkfong Baby Shark Song Puppet (£19.99) with Tempo Control - By WowWee are just the cutest little things. The kids were so excited when they arrived. They couldn't wait to get their hands on them or should I say, get their hands inside them - they are puppets.

These interactive puppet are so cute, you move the mouth of your Baby Shark puppet to hear the entire Baby Shark song, the global sensation with over 3.3 billion views! You can change the speed of the Baby Shark song by moving the mouth faster or slower as you like.

There's 3 characters to collect: Baby Shark, Mommy Shark and Daddy Shark.

Ryan has been happily singing the 'Baby Shark Song' all day today. I'm not sure how long I'm going to find it as amusing as he does. I can see a 'Take that Shark to your Bedroom' chat happening real soon, but for now, he's super happy playing with his new puppets.

LIly has claimed Mommy Shark and Ryan has Baby Shark. Both are made of lovely soft fabrics and come with their batteries already included. They're super easy to control and lots of fun to play with. We love the fact that you get to control the speed of the song as it's played. We've had super fast versions and super funny slow mo ones too. It's been a blast.

I can see these Pinkfong Baby Shark Song Puppets being a huge hit this Christmas. They're reasonably priced and great fun. Ryan and Lily give them a firm thumbs up.

Disclosure: We were Gifted our Baby Shark Puppets in return for an honest review.

Foodie Roos - Mini Plush Collectible Characters #Review

Foodie Roos - Mini Plush Collectible Characters Review 

We've had such a lazy Sunday today, it's been lovely. Amongst other things, we've been playing with our brand new Foodie Roos from John Adams. They're cute little plush collectible characters that are made to look, feel and smell just like their favourite foods!

Each Foodie Roos container gives you a little hint at which character is inside with a unique “Peek a Roo” reveal window. All of ours matched the window hint except for one, in which we found a "Rare" instead. Ryan was over the moon with his "Rare", he was so excited.

There's a total of 20 characters to collect in series 1 and each one will cost you £7.99.

The Foodie Roo food container turns into the Foodie’s room once he's been revealed. Inside you'll find a cute set of stickers to decorate the inside. The container,s also great for storage.

Ryan's "Rare" SugarPhant is absolutely adorable and smells so yummy.

Lily's PretzQuirrel (shown above) and Choci Pup (below) are both too cute.

I've got myself two rather excited children right now. They love their new Foodie Roos and can't wait to earn some pennies to treat themselves to some more. The pluses are real sweet and are great fun to collect. Ryan has his on his shelf while Lily has hers in her bed.

The kids are really into toys with a surprise element to them right now so these were right up their street. They love collectible toys and love plush toys so these are a defo win, win toy.

Foodie Roos get a fabulous thumbs up from both Lily and Ryan.

Disclosure: We were gifted our Foodie Roos in return for an honest review.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Flight Club Brunch Social - Bottomless Pizza, a Bottle of Prosecco Each and a Darts Sampler #Review

Flight Club Brunch Social -  Bottomless Pizza, 
a Bottle of Prosecco Each and a Darts Sampler.

This weekend has been a bit of a crazy one thanks to the Flight Club Darts Brunch Social we attended on Saturday in Birmingham. I'm already a fan of Flight Club Birmingham after attending their opening launch in July. The Darts games are lots of fun and the whole place just has this amazing atmosphere that's quite addictive as I just couldn't wait to go back.

Running every Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm and 2.30-4.30pm the Brunch Social features bottomless pizza (vegan and vegetarian options available), a bottle of Prosecco each and a Social Darts sampler,all soundtracked by their epic DJs. In addition to this, every quarter Flight Club runs a Brunch Social special, bringing a twist on the classic brunch with drinks partnerships, themes, glitter painters and the best tunes to get the party started.

What You Can Expect:

When you arrive, you check in straight away with the lovely reception team who welcome you with a smile. They do ask you to please make sure you’re on time for your session.

As well as a bottle of Prosecco for each guest, you'll also receive carafes of orange juice and water too which is lovely. The water was ice cold and the orange juice was delicious.

Your session will be split into two halves. You will get one hour to show off your Social Darts skills in the oche which is so much fun and then a second hour at a table in the bar where you can chill out a bit and soak up the atmosphere whilst catching up with your friends.

The team will bring round a selection of their paddle pizzas to keep you fuelled up from start to finish. The pizzas come out in waves, they're not continuous but that was OK.

I took my partner with me on Saturday as we went along for the 2.30pm start Brunch Social. The place was really busy which took me by surprise, I hadn't expected it to be so full in the middle of a Saturday afternoon. The whole place was buzzing with excited people.

There were hen parties and stag dos, groups of ladies and singles too. There was a great mix of people with one thing in common, their love of darts, or pizza and prosecco. Looking around was ace. I love the quirky decor of this place, the whole indoor carnival (fair) feel just makes me smile. There's something really special and quite different about this place.

I know from visiting before that, Flight Club has some fantastic cocktails so I had to treat myself to one before our Brunch Social started. The Sweet Success was just so good! 
Made with Ciroc French Vanilla vodka, Koko Kanu rum, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon and grenadine - it was delicious and looked so pretty. It's definitely a Instagramable drink.

(Cocktails are not included with the Brunch Social, I did pay for this separately.)

Our first hour was fantastic. We were taken to our Oche by our host who helped us take a group photo and do a group boomerang which was fun. She then talked up quickly through the games and left us too it. My partner and I are very competitive so it was quite the battle. We managed to fit a total of 10 games into our hour, there was no messing about in our Oche. I'm sad to report that he won eight of those games meaning I only won two - oh well :(

During the first hour there was pizza being brought around to the Oches all the time, it was great. I got to try lots of different varieties of their pizza which was really nice. The hour flew by really quickly but we had lots of fun whilst it lasted. It's been awhile since my partner and I had been out just the two of us like this, it's not easy getting time out when you have three kiddies. Flight Club was the perfect place for us as he loves darts and I love prosecco and pizza. Luckily it turns out that he loves prosecco and pizza too - so it was win, win!

Our second hour was a lot more chilled than the first. Once our hour in the Oche was up, we were escorted to a reserved table for two with our remaining drinks. We had a nice little spot not far from the DJ who was playing some fantastic 80's pop tunes. There was some real toe tappers being played, songs I've not heard in such a long time but absolutely love.

My only gripe was once we'd been moved to the table area, we were not given any plates for our pizza. The staff didn't seem to spot us sitting there at our table and were passing us by with all the pizza. I did manage to catch someone's attention after a while to ask for some plates to see if that would help us get noticed, which it did, I think. We did manage to get some pizza shortly after that, but only 2 or 3 slices I think as all the pizzas were being taken up to the new people now playing in the Oches. It was a little frustrating as it was in the second hour that I really could have used some pizza to eat to soak up all the prosecco. 

We'd spent our first hour making the most of the darts playing and had intended to eat our pizza more in the second hour once we'd got more free time, which we ended up regretting because as it turned out we didn't get much pizza in the second hour. I'm not sure if this happens every time or it's just what happened whilst we were there, but it was a little sad.

A Tip: Maybe try to eat more pizza in the first hour in case the same happens to you.

Overall, we had a fantastic few hours and loved the Brunch Social. Although I had a slight moan about the availability of the pizza in the second hour, I still had a good time. You'll be glad to know that it didn't completely spoil it. Both my partner and I would love to do it again.

My partner is setting up a boys visit as we speak, he can't wait to show the boys around.

The Flight Club Birmingham Brunch Social is available on various dates starting from Saturday 7th September 2019 and Tickets will cost you between £25.00 and £30.00.

Disclosure: We were invited to attend the Brunch Social for free. All the opinions expressed and photographs used within this review are 100% honest and entirely my own. 

Monday, 2 September 2019

#WIN Cadbury Halloween Chocolate Treats

WIN Cadbury Halloween Chocolate Treats

For those of you who are really sad that Summer is almost over, like me. Here's a little chocolate treat to cheer you up. Summer may almost be over but that's not all doom and gloom as it means Autumn is on it's way. Bringing Halloween fun and Christmas joy along with it. So, today I'm giving away a Halloween box of Chocolate Treats to one of you!

You could WIN this Cadbury Halloween chocolate gift box filled with spooky Halloween treats to enjoy with friends or fiends!! Cadbury treat size chocolate with their NEW Cadbury Goo Heads Egg box and Goo Heads Minis Eggs bag. Cadbury Goo eggs and Goo Head Minis are individually wrapped foiled milk chocolate eggs with fondant filling - Sounds Yum!

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 Monday 30th September  - UK Only - Good Luck xox

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Sunday, 1 September 2019

Rubik’s Summer Scrambles Campaign

Rubik’s Summer Scrambles Campaign 

This Summer we've been taking part in the Rubik’s Summer Scrambles campaign. 

Rubik’s has just launched lots of new, exciting products for 2019 and we were lucky enough to join a group of lovely family bloggers to be amongst the first to test out the new products as well as their old favourites as part of a Summer Scrambles campaign with John Adams.

We've been playing with six different Rubik's Cubes over the Summer and can't wait to tell you all about them. My little testers Lily (12) and Ryan (9) have had so much fun.

The Original Rubik’s 3x3:

Did you know there’s 43 quintillion ways to scramble a Rubik’s Cube? Because of this the Rubik’s Cube has become one of the most challenging mind puzzles across the globe.

The Rubik’s Cube is a classic colour-matching puzzle that can be enjoyed anywhere. The original, classic 3×3 Cube is a highly addictive brain teaser that has fascinated fans all around the world for decades. The Rubik’s Cube features six different sides, each made up of nine colourful squares. The aim is to twist and turn the Rubik’s Cube back to its original state, with every side having one solid colour. The new and improved Rubik’s Cube features a mechanism that results in a smoother, faster and more reliable play. The traditional stickers have been replaced with plastic tiles which means no fading, peeling or cheating!

Both Lily and Ryan love the Original 3x3 Rubik's Cube. It's a Classic!

Rubik’s Cage:

Rubik’s Cage is a brain-bending, mind-twisting strategy game, where the aim is to get 3 cubies in a row to win! It may sound easy to get 3 in a row, but Rubik’s Cage is not as simple as it may seem.You get to take it in turns to place a Cubie into the Cage, or you can twist one of the Cage’s layers to re-shuffle the game instead. You can also turn the game on its head by flipping the whole Cage over to scramble the Cubies and your opponent’s chances! It's a bit like connect 4 but with cubies and you only need to connect 3 in a row.

Contents: 1 x Rubik’s Cage, 24 Cubies and Instructions.

(Picture above from John Adams Website)

This one's a fun game to play together but not much fun to play alone. It's definitely a game for two which Lily and Ryan had great fun playing together, It's a little tricky but great fun.

Rubik’s Orbit:

Can you take on the challenge of Rubik’s Orbit? Solve all 6 sides of the 3 rotating rings to match the Rubik’s colour all the way round. It may look a bit different to the cube, but the challenge is just as big! Are you up for it? A twist on the 2×2 to keep you puzzled for hours.

This one's a little different as it's round and not a cube at all but that's what makes it more fun as it's a completely new kind of challenge to complete. Lily really liked this one.

Rubik’s Blocks:

Rubik’s Blocks is like the classic 3×3 Cube you know and love, but with a different twist! You can turn and rotate this crazy cube in the same way as the 3×3 but it also lets you create amazing mind-blowing shapes. It's a quirky one this, but again - it's so much fun to solve.

This one was a little harder for Ryan but he still loved playing with it to see what crazy shapes he could make it into. I'm not sure it'll ever go back to its original state though.

Rubik’s Match:

Rubik’s Match is the ultimate quick-thinking, fast-action card game for all brain teaser fans. Players race to build the pattern shown on the Challenge cards using their own set of Cubie Card and the first player to complete the pattern wins the round! It's that simple!

It's a nice little card game for when they fancy something different from the puzzles. Both Lily and Ryan liked the game and found it easy to play. It's a fun one for taking anywhere with you, just like any of the Rubik's Cubes. They're all great for on the go entertainment.

Rubik’s Edge:

Last but not least is Ryan's favourite of them all. The Rubik’s Edge is like a simpler version of the Original 3x3 Cube.It’s basically, one layer of a standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube but it is trickier than it looks. Mix it up and try to get the colours realigned so that each side has only one colour. The slim profile makes it a great “go anywhere” puzzle. Fiddle with it and try to form cool shapes! Ryan loved this one best of all so he's claimed it all for himself. 

We've been away on our holidays for the past two weeks in sunny Fuerteventura and of course Ryan took his Rubik's Edge with him. He played with it whilst waiting at the Airport, on the plane, on the coach rides and even on his sunbed next to the swimming pool.

All of the new Rubik's challenges are very entertaining and lots of fun.

We've had so much fun taking part in the John Adams Summer Scramble Campaign.

Disclosure: Our Rubik's Cubes were Gifted sow e could take part in the campaign but all the pictures used and opinions expressed are 100% honest and entirely our own.