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We love the opportunity to pop into town, so when we were invited to review Red Dog Saloon restaurant in Nottingham I knew we couldn’t say no.  Finding good places for family dining is important to us, so we went along one Sunday with the girls to check out the restaurant. Red Dog Saloon is in a great location on Victoria Street where the Lace Market meets Hockley in Nottingham’s city centre.  It’s a stones throw from the Lace Market tram stop and there’s also a bus stop just down

Nothing says Christmas quite like a festive hamper. They make great gifts for friends and family who, for one reason or another, deserve an extra special treat this year.  My friends at Prezzybox heard that we loved a good Christmas hamper, and they asked if we would take a look at their Personalised Festive Food & Drink Hamper to see what we thought. After taking a quick peek at the Christmas hamper online, I couldn’t wait to accept.  Their Christmas hamper looked like it ticked a lot of boxes and

Unicorns are the must have toy this Christmas and we’ve been lucky enough to take a look at one of the latest to hit the shelves.  My 4 and 6 year old girls where just a little bit excited when the Poopsie Unicorn Slime Surprise appeared in our living room for them to play with so I thought I’d share with you how they got on. I had a feeling they would love this toy as firstly there was a huge unicorn involved and secondly there was some magical slime

October half term meant the chance for the girls and I to enjoy a a short break in Chester with Roomzzz Aparthotel.   None of us have visited Chester before, which is pretty ridiculous for a family that loves city breaks.  We’d also not stayed at Roomzzz Aparthotel either, so we were really looking forward to seeing if they passed the family friendly test during our stay. I loaded up the car, handed the girls two fully charged tablets and made our way to Chester from Nottingham to begin our

Relaxation isn’t always easy, especially when life gets busy with work and family.  This is exactly why a visit to Eden Hall Day Spa is going to be perfect for you as you can leave all the daily distractions behind you, just for a day, and focus on recharging your batteries just in time for the festive season. I was so keen to arrive at Eden Hall, that I was actually 30 minutes early for check in. It definitely wasn’t time wasted though, as I was able to tick a few

Gifted Product Review Over the summer we were asked to review the Vango Edoras 500XL Air tent for the blog.  We set ourselves the task of finding out if this was the best Vango tent for family camping? It was the perfect excuse to book a family camping trip to North Yorkshire and test out the Vango Airbeam tent, so we packed up our gear and off we went. The girls were really excited about their camping trip.  They love being outdoors and having the freedom that comes with it.  As

After a very early flight to Berlin, and more coffee than was probably sensible, I caught the bus from Berlin Schönefeld Airport to Alexanderplatz in search of the Hampton by Hilton Hotel, where I was due to be staying for the weekend. I was incredibly early for check in, but I wanted to drop off my bags before heading into Berlin City Centre to begin exploring the sights. The bus dropped me off in the main square of Alexanderplatz, and I chose to walk the 5 minutes or so to the hotel

I personally believe that finding the right diet product or slender plan is the key to loosing weight successfully.  There are lots of weight loss products out there and it can quickly feel very overwhelming when you are looking to start a diet.  It’s important to choose a weight loss plan that is going to fit with your lifestyle and that you will enjoy.  The protein world slender plan is simple to follow and effective, ticking two very important boxes straight away. When you are thinking about ‘whether the protein

I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘self care’ recently, and how every other post we see on blogs and social media has something to say about it.  I’m sure you’ve read ’10 ways to practice self care’ or something very similar and I wondered how you felt about it?  There’s something about the term ‘self care’ that doesn’t sit quite right with me, and I’m not sure it helps women, men or anyone really feel good about the practice of taking care of themselves. Self Care or Positive Care? Perhaps

I am very aware that the spaghetti bolognese that I cook at home is nothing like the authentic Italian pasta that I’d experience in a five star restaurant but for a family meal it ticks our boxes especially on a school night.  However, sometimes it’s nice to ditch the family meal and have a real treat, and this is where Pasta Evangelists come in.  Do you want to hear more? The Pasta Evangelists team reached out to me on Twitter and asked me if I would try out their fresh

I personally love Wagamama, and I really want my kids to love it too.  The food is always fresh, healthy and super tasty and I think it’s a great place for kids to experience Japanese food.  Wagamama is a great restaurant for kids with it’s bench style eating experience and child friendly chop sticks, but what did my daughter make of it all on our recent visit to Wagamama in Bath. We were both very hungry when we arrived at Wagamama after our day exploring the city of Bath together,

It’s no secret that this summer has been a complete washout and our My Little Pony Muck Boots have literally been a god send.  As soon as the school holidays started so did the rain. It just puts a dampener on things doesn’t it?  For a family, things just become more hard work. Going on days out doesn’t have quite the shine it should and festivals can turn into a complete mud bath.  Fortunately our My Little Pony wellies came to the rescue on more than one occasion. I want

Our holiday in Menorca left a big impression on us to be honest.  The main reason was because it gave us the perfect balance of fun, sight seeing and the option to visit some great local restaurants in Son Bou. We loved our stay at Royal Son Bou Family Club and we also enjoyed visiting different places in Menorca.  Because we were staying half board at Royal Son Bou Family Club, we were also able to enjoy eating out as well as at the hotel.  We found having the option to

We took our young children to Royal Son Bou Family Club in Menorca for a holiday recently and can honestly say we were very impressed with this all inclusive holiday resort for lots of reasons.  If you follow my Instagram account you might have caught a glimpse of what we got up to. I’ve got a few blog posts to share with you about our family holiday in Menorca, and I’ll be talking about where we ate, where we visited and what we loved about the island.  First of all I’m going

Eden Hall Spa is a very special place and I was delighted to be invited back to review their Best of British spa day experience this month. Life has been super busy recently, which I am hugely grateful, but my body was trying to tell me I was doing a little too much. What with running a home, looking after a family and working for myself, my self care was getting forgotten again.  It’s an easy trap to fall into when your a busy Mum. A visit to Eden Hall

Every now and again I hand over my blog and social media channels to my daughters who love to share with you what toys they’ve been enjoying recently.  One collectable toy they really love is Num Noms.  You must of heard of them if you have young girls.  They are these cute little foodie collectable toys that you can put together in all sorts of fun combinations. We were recently sent the Num Noms Series 3 Lunch Box Deluxe Pack, Donut Starter Pack and a Num Noms Mystery Pack.  This

Las Iguanas invited us to their restaurant in Nottingham this week to check out the new menus, including what’s on offer for kids.  Las Iguanas is a South American restaurant & bar that I used to visit before having the girls.  I hadn’t really thought about it being a family friendly restaurant to take kids to eat in until our visit on Sunday. The sun was shining and everyone was in a good mood so we took the girls into town.  We did a bit of shopping and played in the

When your planning a holiday with friends or family, sometimes staying at an airport hotel is a sure fire way to get your trip off on the right foot.  You might have heard that I went to Iceland recently, and we were flying from London Gatwick Airport.  Our flight was at 7am in the morning, so staying at the Sofitel London Gatwick was an ideal way to start our holiday. I was able to drive to London Gatwick Airport from Nottingham at a leisurely pace the day before our trip,

We have had such a lovely year being one of the #PLAYMOBILPlayologist’s and it ended on a real high in this house.  My daughter received the Playmobil Country Pony Farm Set just in time for her 5th birthday and it made for a perfect present for her.  She loved the advent calendar she received at Christmas and the hospital set was a huge hit so we were pretty sure this was going to go down just as well.  If anyone asks us for present ideas for a 5 year old, we know we can

I’m sure if you have school aged children you will have heard that it was British Science Week between 10th and 19th March.  There were plenty of activities going off at my daughters school but we wanted some cool ways to bring it to life at home as well.  Wherever there is science, you can be sure that Project Mc2 are never far away and they have a great range of experiments for children to use at home.  We were lucky enough to be sent the Project Mc2 H2O Nail Science Kit

I have wanted to know what a show like Cirque Du Soleil is like for a long time, so when I got the chance to go down to the opening night of their latest show, Varekai at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena I literally jumped at the chance.  If I could sum up my night in one word it would have to be EPIC!  Cirque Du Soleil know how to put on a show, and I was literally mesmerised from beginning to end. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect

On our recent trip to Amsterdam, we stayed at the Hampshire Hotel on Rembrandt Square.  It was a great location for our trip as it was easy to get to by tram from Central Station and had good access to the attractions we wanted to see.  In particular it was a few tram stops away from Artis Zoo and the Tropenmuseum.  There was also plenty of places to eat nearby, including a Wagamama’s opposite the hotel entrance and lots more options around Rembrandt Square.  This is always handy, especially when travelling

I must admit, I do like to have carpets in the house.  Even better than carpets, I like to have clean carpets, but when you have a young family this can be quite a challenge.  Children spill things, it’s just a part of life.  Cups of orange juice get knocked over, jam on toast gets dropped on the floor and don’t get me started on the amount of times the kids have come running in the house with muddy feet without a care in the world. Sometimes the parents have

When I was growing up I remember having a Scalextric set.  I think it was to keep my Dad happy as much as me, but it definitely worked on both counts.  We loved racing the cars round the track back in the day, so when I was offered a My First Scalextric for the girls to review, I had to say yes.  I think it’s so important for them to have a variety of toys to try and keep a balance to those gender stereotypes we can soon find ourselves

Recently, we’ve been lucky enough to try out the new Sands Alive Glow and Create set from John Adams.  We reviewed Sands Alive a while back, so we were keen to see what this latest toy from the range was all about.  How was the sand going to glow?  It seemed a little bit to good to be true. We got the Sands Alive Glow and Create set out for a play date, to make sure that we really put it through it’s paces.  The set comes with a good

As you may have guessed already, my daughters love dolls.  It’s the toy that they most enjoy exploring real world play with and like to explore what caring for a baby maybe like.  Tiny Tears is one of the original doll brands, and you might well remember playing with her yourself as a child.  Well now you can relive your childhood memories and share the Tiny Tears doll with your own child. Not one, but two Tiny Tears dolls arrived at our house which made for two very happy little girls indeed.  My youngest

My kids love wellies.  They seem to be the ultimate fashion statement for them, and it’s perfectly acceptable to wear them at any time of year when your a kid.  Recently we were asked to try out the The Original Muck Boot Company new Hasbro collection for children, and my two young ladies literally couldn’t wait to get their hands on them.  They first saw the My Little Pony outdoor boots at the The Original Muck Boot Company event at Kew Gardens.  Unfortunately, due to some rather heavy London traffic on

We were absolutely delighted when Premier Inn invited us as a family to stay in their Lewins Mead Hotel in Bristol.  It’s the best compliment a blogger can have when you are able to build a relationship with a brand you love like this.  You might remember, I recently stayed at Premier Inn Stansted Airport before my trip to Venice very recently and had a great experience.  Staying with Premier Inn really added to my holiday experience, but as you know, I wasn’t travelling with my family on that occasion. This time

As blogger ambassadors for Drayton Manor Theme Park, we were lucky enough to be invited to the first night fo the end of season fireworks spectacular inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  This is a hugely popular event and draws a massive crowd to Drayton Manor Park, for one of the best theme park parties of the year.  The atmosphere is amazing throughout the park as the excitement builds for the big event, which kicks off at 7pm. Each year Drayton Manor fireworks pick a new theme for their

When you are trying to book a city break for a girlie weekend, and you live in different parts of the country, things can get a little complicated.  I was planning a trip with a friend of mine who lives in London, and there was definitely a point where we looked like we might not pull it off.  Not one to be deterred, I was confident there was a way to make things a lot easier for ourselves.

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