Reviews


Bistrot Pierre Review

We were invited to visit Bistrot Pierre over the weekend, our first time visiting, and it won’t be the last. We had a 12.30 booking and arrived to a restaurant with a few tables filled, yet by the time we left it was packed. It’s fortunate that our kids like to eat early! We often visit restaurants where there are activity packs available for the kids. My two love them, and expect them now whenever we eat out. They tend to be a sheet or a page or two, we had not experienced anything like the wonders of Bistrot Pierre’s Read more >

Bistrot Pierre

AniMalcolm & a Big Book Giveaway!

Today we’re delighted to be taking part in HarperCollins’ Summer Reads Book Tour. We have been reading AniMalcolm by David Baddiel, so will share more about that with you, along with running a fabulous competition for one of you to win a big bundle of middle grade books, plenty to keep you reading throughout the summer! AniMalcolm by David Baddiel Malcolm doesn’t like animals. Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday. The Read more >


Veronica Dearly Review & Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago I received some fun stationery from the team over at Veronica Dearly, one of their V Gd Fun Club boxes… V Gd Fun Club is a monthly stationery subscription club, for £10 per month you will receive a box of lovely Veronica Dearly paper goods + little bonus gifts. Each box will be put together with fun in mind and will light up your letterbox sometime soon after it’s sent out on the 1st of the month. Each box will include at least 4 greetings cards and another cool thing, an A5 print and a Read more >

Veronica Dearly Stationery

Mushroom Spaghetti Carbonara

Everdine Review

You may have spotted recently that I am getting back to the gym. As I want to feel fitter and healthier, I have also been pondering our meal options. We need to eat more healthily, though I often struggle to make the time to cook from scratch and feel I lack the patience and skills to do so. I also feel we’ve got into a rut with some of our meals, so I wanted to try new ideas. With all of these thoughts buzzing round my head, when Everdine got in touch asking me to review their meal service it was actually Read more >


YorkTest FoodScan Junior Review & Giveaway

You may remember that a few weeks ago, I shared with you my YorkTest food intolerance review, sharing the process that I went through (nice and simple) to my results and how I was getting on. Well today I want to talk about their new FoodScan Junior tests, designed for children. The Junior Test Kits The testing process for FoodScan Junior from a customer’s point of view is the same as that of an adult. The difference is that the kits include a sticker for the child and you need to somehow persuade said child to have a blood test. Read more >


SmartSign Review & Competition

As you’ll know, I work from home. It’s a funny thing, working from home for yourself, as you choose your own hours, work out your own ethics and practices and create your own work space. For me, that work space is a desk in a room that also functions as a playroom for the kids and houses our guinea pigs in their huge enclosure. With multi-purposes, I do what I can to make it feel professional and nice to work in, which is where my lovely new addition comes in. Thanks to SmartSign, I have a new sign and I Read more >


Pocket Notebooks Subscription Review

I have received a parcel of papery gorgeousness that I want to share with you today. It’s from Pocket Notebooks, and this is The Curated Subscription. Personally curated by Stuart, this is a blend of category leading brands and outliers. Each edition will be different and designed to delight. All packed into a letterbox-friendly box and sent through the post. A box might contain two three-packs of pocket notebooks. It might contain a three pack and larger format book. It might contain all sort of stationery related ‘extras’. Limited Editions will be included in some of the subscription boxes. My first Read more >

BomoArt bookmark and Papio Press postcard

Manor Farm and Country Park

A Hampshire Mini-Break

Last week saw us spending a couple of nights down in Hampshire, exploring the area and enjoying a few of the many family attractions there. To be honest, we could have spent a lot longer than three days there as there was a lot to see and do, but we did manage to cram a lot in, so here’s what we got up to on our Hampshire mini-break… Getting There We travelled down from the West Midlands and it took us just under two and a half hours and was a very easy run. On the way back we decided Read more >


Pinypon Fairy Tales Toys Review

We have received a bundle of new toys here, and they are going down well. We have new Pinypon toys, from their Fairy Tales range… We have the Pinypon Tales House Playset, two More Tales figures of Pinocchio and Rapunzel and the Prince and Princess playset. Each character comes with their own pet and accessories, and the House also comes with a character, Cinderella and her rabbit. To find out more about them and to see what they can do, check out the clip as the kids will show you far better than I can! My Thoughts: As I mention Read more >

Pinypon Fairy Tales Toys

BookBeat

BookBeat: Fitting More Stories Into My Life

It’s no secret that I adore books. I tend to read 3-4 a month at this time of the year whilst I’m also studying, and I manage to get through many more over the summer when I am free to do so. However, I have never tried audiobooks. Until now. I have been welcomed to the world of audiobooks through BookBeat. BookBeat is relatively new to the UK, having established itself in Sweden, then Finland and now we have it here in the UK. It’s been something of a revelation to me. What is BookBeat? Founded in 2015, BookBeat is Read more >


Our Stay Play Explore Break

Last weekend saw us having a Stay Play Explore mini-break around Leicestershire. I have only got really good things to say about this, so I will say right up front that I think this break represents fantastic value for money, is great for families and every aspect of our stay and adventures were crammed with fun and great service. What more could we need? How the Stay Play Explore Break works For a family break, you can choose 3 attractions to visit over the weekend (or indeed over three separate weekends if you’re relatively local and want to do it this way) Read more >

Stay Play Explore Break - National Space Centre

Dig In! Review & Giveaway

We have a new game here and we’ve been putting it to the test! We’ve been playing Dig In! from Drumond Park, and I also have a game up for grabs, so do read on… A rocket!!! It’s the rocket!!! I got my rocket!!! Yes yes yes – aaargh!!! It’s a PENGUIN!!! Dig and delve to complete your card – there are six crucial pieces to ferret out from the full-to-busting ‘Dig In’ bowl. Tricky, tricky… and we’ve not even mentioned the pop-up timer, which gives you just fifteen seconds of frantic rummaging before you’re done! Then it’s the pandemonium Read more >


YorkTest Food Intolerance Review

Early last month YorkTest got in touch with me asking me to review their food intolerance testing services. Now, I have long suspected that I have food intolerances, though I have never been tested. It’s been difficult to work out exactly what I react to, though I suspected it was wheat, as pancakes and too much cake, biscuits and the like make me feel bad. I was keen to figure out what it actually was. I will say at this point that whilst I knew that something was making me uncomfortable with bloating and pains sometimes, it was not unmanageable Read more >

YorkTest Results

Papergang Box Content

Papergang Review & Giveaway

Today I am happy to be talking stationery with you. The lovely folks over at Papergang have sent me their monthly stationery subscription box. Papergang is from the team at Ohh Deer and all products are guaranteed to be different every month and most will be included in the box prior to being available at Ohh Deer. The box is currently priced at £9.95 a month + shipping. The Papergang is Ohh Deer’s way of expressing a deep rooted obsession with papery goodness. We can all relate, I’m sure. So onto this month’s box, their 1st birthday box as Papergang Read more >


Win a Personalised Sweet Shop Box from I Just Love It!

Recently the lovely folks over at I Just Love It got in touch asking me to have a browse of their shop and choose a few things to review. Choosing was tricky, as they have a large range of products on offer, many of which I see as being great gift or treats ideas. They offer breaks and experiences, adult and children’s gifts and personalised products across the shop, such as original newspapers, engraved jewellery and personalised books. Oh, and so much more! I can see them being just perfect for upcoming Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. It’s an easy website Read more >

I Just Love It - Fun Gift Ideas

What the Ladybird Heard Live!

Yesterday we were fortunate to be invited along to Birmingham Town Hall to see What the Ladybird Heard Live! We are big Julia Donaldson fans here and I have so many happy memories of reading this one to Boo over and over and over again so we were all very excited about the show. Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own! Read more >

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