Sunday, 9 July 2017

Perfect Shoes from Simply Be

For ages now I've been trying to identify "my shop" - something that basically takes all the thinking out for me so I can just pop in, buy, go home, everyone's happy. However I am starting to realise now, that such a shop just doesn't exist. For me, it's pretty much impossible to get everything I want from one shop - some shops do great jersey wear but not so great jeans, some shops do awesome dresses but less awesome shoes. The list goes on. The good part of this is that it forces me to go out of my comfort zone and try something new every once in a while, which I did when I shopped at Simply Be!

Wide Fit

Simply Be is perfect for those, who like me have larger than average feet. It's rare for me to meet anyone with feet as large as mine, but Simply Be caters for me perfectly by having not only wide fit, but extra wide too! Have a look at their flat shoes selection here. I was lucky enough to be sent a lovely pair of perfect summer shoes from Simply Be and wherever I go, people are asking me, where are your shoes from? Here they are, and they are now reduced to just £14.40! Unbelievable value in my opinion. They are called Sole Diva Heart Ballerina shoes, in case you're interested. The photo really doesn't do them justice and they are just perfect for pretty much every occasion, they are also super comfortable. Please excuse the scrub land in the background!

Sole Diva Heart Ballerina £14.40

Summer Dress


I was also gifted two dresses - both of which are quite different but nevertheless lovely The first is the Navy Stripe Jersey Maxi Dress - I'm a bit of a fan of jersey dresses in general as they wash so well and are generally so comfortable and wearable, and I've been looking for something I can "throw on" for ages - perfect for beach, BBQ or popping out. Really love this and I can see my wearing it forever.

Navy Stripe Jersey Maxi Dress £25

Prom Dress


As well as the jersey dress I was also set this divine Mint and Black Printed Prom Dress - I've been wanting an off the shoulder dress for ages, and although this photo doesn't capture that wonderfully well, I can attest that the top does for once, stay well and truly off the shoulder without being super annoying! It sits really well and is comfortable enough to wear around the house as well as being smart enough to wear out. I could even see me wearing it for work. The fabric is a bit different to what I'm used to but it fits like a dream!

Mint and Black Printed Prom Dress - £44
And you can see I'm wearing the perfect shoes as well! I'm actually going to buy another pair - ready for next year, before they sell out.

These items were gifted to me in return for this review, but all thoughts are my own.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Jacamo - for men!

Hubby and I rarely get to go into actual shops, that is well documented on my blog. When the rare occasion does happen, we race round like animals desperately picking up some vaguely flattering clothes for ourselves, occasionally grunting at the other - "what do you think of this?" and pretending to care what the other person is holding up for us to approve of. So, we've just decided not to bother anymore, as it's too stressful and rarely fruitful - and anyway, online shopping is SO easy, plus you get a better pick of sizes and styles, and if you don't like what you see, you can just pop it in the post and send it back! Easy!

So when we were offered the chance to try men's clothing retailer Jacamo, it was pretty exciting - especially for hubby, since this is specifically a men's store. He's a bit of  a being of the nineties, so has been after some decent "indie" trainers for ages - having teeny tiny feet (for a man) has some advantages - namely that we can share shoes. But for those with larger feet, Jacamo has a good range of wide fitting shoes - something that is hard to find on the high street. Anyway, hubby chose these fabulous puma trainers - and what's more - they're on next day delivery too. Very handy for those who are short of time (namely, us).

90s tastic but still awesome.

We will mow the grass one day.
I thought these were really good value and there were also other colours available,  but he went for this classic sort of racing green look, as it looks great with anything - especially jeans.

As we spend a lot of time in the freezing cold either chasing round a 1 year old or stamping our feet trying to keep warm whilst watching Rugby/waiting to pick up our children from various places, we often substitute style for warmth and practicality - surely a sign of getting old? Anyway, if we have to be warm, we may as well look as cool as possible, so hubby also opted for this Jack Wolfskin fleece - another great thing about Jacamo is that they do lots and lots of brands - as well as their own brand stuff - so you can get practically anything! We love Jack Wolfskin as it combines practicality with a nice smart look.



This is a great option for wearing underneath a thicker coat for really cold days, or with a gillet on slightly warmer days. Sadly as we live in what seems like the coldest micro climate in Britain, this is as warm as it generally gets.

So, big fans of Jacamo in this house! Great selection of different clothing ranges, next day delivery, great website, what more could you want?

I was gifted these items to enable me to write this post, but all thoughts are my own.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

15 ways to express your love this Valentine’s Day

                       

Valentine’s day, the day of love, which falls on 14th February every year is celebrated by the couple all across the globe. As Valentine ’s Day is around the corner, people have started looking for creative ways to surprise their loved ones and exhibit their feelings. Many people believe that by giving expensive and personalised gifts, they can express how valuable their loved ones are in their life. However, contrary to the popular belief that gifts are the best ways to express your love, there are many other romantic ways that help you express your love with some simple day to day gestures, which mean a lot.

Here are the top 15 ways with which you can express your feelings towards your loved ones and celebrate Valentine’s Day:

1. Send your partner a sweet and sweet message on the day. You can also send a love filled email.
2. Leave a little love note in his/her bag, briefcase or lunch box so that they find it when they reach their workplace. This little gesture will make them smile in the middle of a stressful work day.
3. Plan a surprise outing. You can book a table in his/her favourite restaurant and order their favourite food while spending some quality time together.
4. Send some beautiful flowers or yummy cookies to their workplace or home for no reason on days other than the Valentine’s Day, to celebrate random days as the day of love.
5. Drop by in your partner’s office at the lunch time and enjoy a meal together.
6. Offer your partner a foot rub or light foot massage without asking for one in return. This will surely make them happy.
7. Make a delicious and scrumptious breakfast in bed, and surprise them.
8. Plan to start a hobby together on the Valentine’s Day, so that you can spend quality time together with each other more often.
9. Do some errands or chores which your partner is supposed to do, without being asked to do so. This little gesture will certainly express your love.
10. Leave a love note on the bathroom mirror or on your bedroom’s dressing table.
11. Have a romantic photo session at a beautiful location. Don’t forget to make it a bit sexy.
12. Buy a personalised gift like a keychain, a coffee mug, a picture frame or something that your partner likes.
13. Plan a candle lit dinner at your home, decorate the space with flower petals and enjoy a quiet evening together.
14. Subscribe the monthly subscription of your partner’s favourite magazine or subscription box filled will amazing goodies
15. Arrange a spa and grooming session for your partner in their favourite saloon.

If you are looking for some amazing ideas to surprise your loved ones, and make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one, you can check some of the ideas given in the following infographic created by “My Voucher Codes”. My voucher Codes are an online discount codes and shopping deals site that offers its visitors the best codes and deals using which they can save money while shopping from eStores, eating out or enjoying day outs.

Friday, 27 January 2017

January end of sale - ultra sale!


I have been waiting right until the last possible moment to get the best sale bargains - but unfortunately I seem to have left it SO long, that nearly all the sizes are gone. Anyway, from the leftovers, here are my top pics!

1) Baukjen Fleur Top  - £11



I have this in black and it looks great with jeans.

2) Baukjen Bailey Dress £19



Not sure when I'd wear this - but big big bargain!

3) Baukjen Sian Roll Neck Jumper £41



Warm and stylish.

4) Hush Crossover Skirt £25



Perfect for work or going out - and super comfy!

5) Jack Wills Brotherlee Zip Up Hoodie £34.95



I tried to beat the system on this one and order the man's style as it was £10 cheaper but it was a very weird fit on me!

6) Jack Wills Austerberry Blazer £69



Not many sizes left but these are big - so I reckon you'd be ok with an 8 if you're normally a 10-12.

I'm not sure why I chose 6, but these have really caught my eye and are genuine bargains - if you can find the right size. I will keep on looking and see else I find!










Sunday, 20 November 2016

JD Williams My New Favourite Shop!

For some time now, I've been toying with the idea that I need a new favourite shop. In days gone by it was mega easy, I just bought all my clothes in Oasis. I still buy the odd thing in there, but truth be told, it's a bit young for me now. For a while now I've been all about Baukjen, but of late I've been buying Baukjen clothes as and when on ebay to save money with varying degrees of success. Shoes are something I continue to struggle with, due to my enormous clown feet, but I think I may have found the answer - in the shape of  JD Williams! Not a brand I am that familiar with, but when I was offered the chance to review some of their clothing, I jumped at the chance, and I must say I was hugely surprised and impressed. 

"JD Williams has an emphasis on contemporary women's styling ranging from sizes 12-32 and we're constantly developing our collections to bring you the latest looks that will keep you on-trend throughout the season. With our brand ambassador Lorraine Kelly choosing her favourite pieces, we're making shopping for plus size clothes, lingerie and wide fit shoes and boots fun, easy and enjoyable regardless of age, size and shape."

Even though I'm a size 10, I still found plenty to choose from, and my massively huge feet were in seventh heaven as there were so many sizes and widths - I've never seen anything like this before and I like it! I decided to choose some knee high boots and went for the best seller - Heavenly Soles Boots priced at £50. I had a huge choice of sizes and fittings, and JD Williams even have a handy sizing guide (which actually works incredibly well) to ensure you get exactly the right fit, as it can sometimes be tricky buying boots online. As you can see from the buckles, the boots are fully adjustable to fit the size of your calves, and are also amazing comfortable and warm. I have already worn these boots loads including on a cold and wet rugby pitch, doing the school run, and also to the office - they are truly a multi functioning boot. They look great with skinny jeans but also kilt style skirts or leggings. I can see no signs of wear so far and I have a feeling they will last me ages.


Heavenly Soles £50
Here you can see me going for a casual stroll in our front garden wearing not only my boots but also my new denim jacket from the women's winter coats range - or should I say one  of my new denim jackets - but more on that later. Funnily enough, the jacket looked a little different to the photo on the website in real life, but I love it anyway. I think that this colour denim is really smart and looks great with a dress and boots. 

Western Style Denim Jacket £30

To keep super warm, as you can see in this picture I am wearing a black polo neck jumper underneath as well as my trusty Warehouse dress. The jacket doesn't hinch in at the sides like it does in the website photo but that might just be down to sizing.

Jacket £30, Boots £50
I like doing up the top button to make it look really smart.

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Aha and here you can see the stone wash jacket - same style, different colour. I like this for a more dressed down look, and it actually has a slightly different shape to the indigo version. For £30 this is incredible value, you would be hard pushed to find a jacket of this quality for the same price elsewhere. In this picture, you also get a sneaky peek of my second pair of boots from JD Williams...


Western Style Jacket in Stone Wash £30
I was lucky enough to be able to choose a second pair of boots so I went for these Cushion Walk Ankle Boots which were also £30.  Again, these came in wide fit, so I was able to choose my size really confidently knowing that they would just fit - which they did. I've had brown boots in this style before so I decided to go for grey this time, and I'm glad I did. They go with everything, and are as comfy and cosy as slippers whilst looking so stylish as well. I've already tried these in wet weather and they held out really well - unlike another similar pair of boots I bought a few years ago that instantly collapsed at even a sniff of rain.  I am thrilled with these! I like nothing more than having super warm feet and these really fit the bill. Whoop! I keep having to remind myself that these boots are only £30, they look like much more expensive boots - definitely something to think about.

I noticed that JD Williams do lots of offers for new members, so I really recommend that you take a look.

These look brand new but I've already worn them loads, I'm impressed with how well they have lasted.


Jacket and boots total cost £60

I've been really impressed with JD Williams and the huge range they have. Definitely worth a look, especially if you are over a size 12 (or even if you're not) or have larger feet, like me!

I was gifted these items by JD Williams in order to write this post, but all thoughts are my own.




Friday, 18 November 2016

Every Day is Black Friday

It's definitely Christmas shopping time. As a person who once loved shopping,  I now find doing it in person, in actual shops and exhausting, fruitless experience - mainly because I got really hot, my nose runs constantly (no idea why this is but friends report the same experience), I hate queuing, I can never find my size and I dislike carrying heavy bags. Add three children into the mix and a distinct lack of time and you've got a recipe for disaster. So, for the past few years, I have done ALL my shopping online, every single bit. Even down to wrapping paper and sellotape. It's far more restful, I spend less, I get exactly what I want and I save money by shopping around and comparing prices.

Speaking of comparing prices, it can take the fun out of things a bit, and these days there are so many great price comparison and sale sites you can save even more time - and money.

Today I want to show you a new site called, Every Day is Black Friday - they say,

"There are hundreds of web shops that have very good discounts every day, sometimes even 90% off, but the problem is that a normal person will never have enough time to visit all websites and check whether the product they are looking for is on sale or not. Therefore, I have created a clever, powerful software that can do all the job in the background - it visits the retailer websites on a regular basis, and checks the prices of their products every 24 hours."


You can sign up for email alerts, premium features and more - what a great idea, especially for busy parents. Not only that, but for relevant retailers, you can also see current offer codes. The beauty of this, is that if you want to get a great deal, you can now find all your favourite retailers in one place, which saves you from going from site to site. 


I had a look at the Argos sale, as it has something for everyone. Here are my favourites picks:-



VTech Track was £14.99 now £11.99 - great fun!



Soulet play set - was £199.99, now £156.99 - maybe one to save for the Summer




Motorised bike - £39.99 - push the pedal and this drives itself along!


Table football - was £69.99 now £39.99 - great value AND fun!

There are absolutely loads of online retailers on Every Day is Black Friday - and this is the perfect time of year to try it out - you could save loads of money and time - win/win!

This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts are my own.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Savvy Shopper Find - Love The Sales!



Even though I have been able to curb my shopaholic tendencies in recent years - it never really goes away.  I do comfort myself though, with the thought that even now, with an insanely hectic life. I would never NEVER pay full price for anything. I find it hard to believe that there are any shoppers out there as savvy as me. I go to great lengths to find working offer codes, use cashback websites and whatever else I can find, even if it just means getting free delivery. Two things that I have found useful recently - messaging the facebook pages of the shop simply asking for a free delivery code, this works more often than not. AND, though this is slightly more time consuming, sifting through the past posts on the facebook page of whatever shop I want to buy something from, looking for when they had discount codes/sales launching from a similar time last year. Most shops follow the same processes year in, year out. Though not for the impatient...

A recent find of mine where you can ALWAYS be guaranteed a good deal, is Love The Sales - and I am especially excited about their Black Friday deals - not one to be missed!

What I love about this is that it saves me so much time. I don't have to go sifting through each site individually looking for their best deals, as everything is found in one place. Here are my top wish for items from Love The Sales.

I thought this white leather clutch from Michael Kors was incredible value at £55 (with 50% off) and a great Christmas pressie too.
Michael Kors White Leather Clutch £55
If you're after something a bit smaller, this purse is also good value at £67 (reduced from £95)

Michael Kors clutch £67

Another 50% off bargain is this tan purse, also Michael Kors, now £65.

Michael Kors purse £65

Now it's been quite a while since I have had enough spare cash to shop at Karen Millen - but again, Love The Sale comes up trumps! Take a look here.

I thought this black dress was incredible value at £50, reduced from £190 - great for work and drinks out - especially at Christmas time. A bit of a wardrobe staple!

Buy Karen Millen Minimal Crepe Dress, Black Online at johnlewis.com
Karen Millen Dress £50



Karen Millen do really good quality knits - most of them are hand wash only, but I would keep them for best and make them last! I love this cardigan - £65 down from £99.

Buy Karen Millen Compact Stretch Knits Cardigan, Black/White Online at johnlewis.com
Karen Millen Cardigan £65


Another lovely cardigan from Karen Millen, down from £110 to £65.

 Statement Lace Cardigan , Black
Karen Millen Cardigan £65
Definitely a site to keep an eye on in the run up to Christmas - save time AND money - what's not to like?

Friday, 4 November 2016

The TV Programmes of Christmas Past...

I remember many years ago when I was a child, Christmas was all about TV. Every year we would dutifully buy the Radio Times and TV Times (do they still exist?!) and sift through, looking for what we wanted to watch. If we were well prepared, we would even set the video to record things. The video tape would have things written on it like "DO NOT TOUCH ON PAIN OF DEATH" after bitter past experience of having multiple episodes of Neighbours taped over - possibly on purpose - by my brother. Then of course, the teenage years, Christmas was more about showing off your pressies to your mates, riding your new bike and later - going out. Going out become a much loved pastime at Christmas especially during Uni when it was a good chance to have a catch up with people you actually liked. Even if they showed off a bit and appeared to have had a total change of accent - lilting every sentence up at the end so it sounded like a question - know what I mean? 

Anyway, back to Christmas. Since having children, for me, Christmas is now about forking out for plastic tat, wrapping it in an angry mood, filling the fridge, going on walks (they are after all, free), eating, drinking, spending time together, playing games and of course - watching TV. These days, TV is pretty much our only vice. We don't really go out, we certainly don't drink much (!) and we don't smoke - we've got to have some enjoyment after all. Every month we look at our direct debits and think - what can we cut down on, what don't we need. The Sky bill has come up in conversation many times,  but we just can't bring ourselves to cull it. After all, without that, we'd actually have to talk to each other! 

But to be honest, watching TV together is preferable to starring at our iPhones together, or in the boys' case, starring at an iPad, so I think it's something that is definitely worth investing in. When it comes to TVs, we've never been big spenders, but hubbie keeps hinting that our Sky vice is a bit pointless if we have a tiny screen to watch it on, and I have to admit he has a point. Thus my eye was caught by this Panasonic Ultra HD 4K TV - and what's not to like?



Featuring a Studio Master HCX Processor, Professional Cinema Display for out of this world colour clarity, contrast and brightness, as well as a beautiful Art & Interior design, this TV is truly a masterpiece in television - and the best time to test this out - Christmas of course! 





Now I don't know much about Televisions, but 50 inches of cinema quality sound and screen sounds awesome to me! And it's like anything, buy cheap, buy twice. If we had bought a decent TV years ago then we probably wouldn't need to keep rebuying...know what I mean?

This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts are my own.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Snow White With White Rose Theatre

They say never meet your heroes. Or in my case, never cower in the dark near other people meeting their hero - Scotty T. We've been huge Geordie Shore fans forever, we consider our weeks to be less exciting when we're in between a series. I think for oldies like us, it's the shock value, likability and living vicariously through people who appear to be having several people's fun at once. Anyway, to cut a long story short, we were invited to watch an X Factor style talent show featuring Scotty T - in that he was the judge, and many many talented young women were auditioning to play Snow White opposite his Prince Charming in an upcoming "pop up" panto in Leeds. When I say he was the judge, I mean that there were four professional judges and Scotty T was there to sort of bring the fun factor I think.

I was really shocked at the high quality of the performances. The would be Snow Whites had to act and sing - I mean, I used to think I could carry a tune and now I realise I am a terrible singer compared to these people.

After much deliberation and amazing auditions, 17-year-old Lucy Dures from Barnsley was chosen, after wowing the judges with her formidable singing voice, nifty dance moves and uncanny resemblance to Snow White herself.




Lucy has been performing since the age of 6, and honed her craft by attending Jill Brooke's Dance School, The RMC Theatre Company and the Pauline Quirke Academy. She said, "I have done many shows over the years but this is the biggest opportunity I have been given so far.
I am so excited to be playing the role of Snow White. I have loved Panto all of my life and to be playing the Leading Lady alongside Scotty T is incredible!"





Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will play out in a huge, purpose-built big-top tent in the grounds of the former Tetley Brewery from 8th December for three weeks. Guests will be welcomed by a host of fairytale characters, and be able to enjoy food, refreshments and pre-show entertainment.

For tickets, head over to www.whiterosetheatre.com or call the Box Office on 0113 870 7769. Tickets can also be booked by calling into Jumbo Records in St Johns Centre, Leeds
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
On the grounds of the former Tetley Brewery, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

#BepanthenBedtimeChallenge

As a mother of three children, I am well used to bedtime routines. I once tried to estimate the number of bedtimes I had done over the past 8 1/2 years - I forget the exact figure as it was terrifying and depressing, but all I can say is that it was A LOT - in the thousands! And now we have three children, you can times that by three.

Obviously our 8 year old is pretty good at getting himself ready for bed, but there is still homework to check, reading records to sign and uniform to get ready for the next day - just at the time of day when you are naturally most tired yourself! Now of course we have baby girl, and the bedtime routine takes even longer! But one thing we won't compromise on is a) getting her good nappies for night time to ensure she has a full nights sleep and b) using Bepanthen nappy cream. I've tried the supermarket own brand and they just don't cut it! There is nothing worse than having an uncomfortable baby wake up at 3am due to nappy rash or discomfort in that area, expecially when it can be easily avoided. We've generally been lucky with our children and none of them have suffered much from nappy related problems - but the trick is to change your baby's nappy regularly and use Bepanthen at every nappy change. Also daily bathing helps, as it removes any trace of nasties from that area.

We were lucky enough to be sent a tube of Bepanthen and asked to take part in the #BepanthenBedtimeChallenge - thought it wasn't really a huge challenge for us, as we use Bepanthen anyway!

Hard to open lid is essential!

As you can see, our child is a maniac

For our bedtime routine, as soon as we're done with our evening meal, the bath goes straight on. We fill it quite high so that baby girl has a nice relaxing soak and fill it with toys - most recently we've been using bath crayons though these have a horrible habit of turning the water an odd colour, so these might find their way into the circular file (e.g. bin). Baby girl basically then soaks the whole bathroom by scooping up water and chucking it over the side of the bath - it's great "fun". After ten minutes or so of mopping the bathroom floor, baby girl goes to her bedroom in a towel whilst we wrestle with her and attempt to get her dressed whilst applying Bepanthen. Then she has some milk and a story before settling down for sleep. Thankfully, baby girl is not one of these that needs soothing to sleep, which is a good job as we've then two other children to get to bed! Ah, maybe when they're grown we'll miss the bedtime routine, though it does usually end up in at least some shouting. Not much, but some. Still, at least she won't be sore - Bepanthen all the way!

This post is an entry for #BepanthenBedtimeChallenge, sponsored by Bepanthen. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/Bepanthen or www.bepanthen.co.uk

Monday, 26 September 2016

Holiday Rememberings

It's now a month since we came back from our holiday in Normandy and to be honest, I'm home sick for France! The food is incredible - it starts with baguette and croissants at breakfast time, followed by a lazy lunch in the sun, numerous coffees and then the inexhaustible supply of moules frites in the evening. Kir royale with dessert... what an amazing holiday. We were lucky enough to be staying on the beach front in a small town called St Aubin, we've never stayed anywhere before that wasn't in the middle of nowhere, so it was wonderful to be able to walk to cafes, boulangeries and restaurants as well as along the five mile promenade. Swimming in the sea, walking on D Day beaches, using metal detectors to hunt for war memororabilia (not my idea of fun) that kind of thing. Ah, it's no wonder I'm home sick for France.

But before we set off on the long drive, we were lucky enough to receive a fabulous kids suitcase from the guys at icarhirecarinsurance, something to make our journey just a little bit less stressful, and a bit more fun.

Fun suitcase with lots of fun things inside
Fun toys!

Inside the suitcase was a kids game, bubbles, a camera, travel pillow, fun game pack and more!

Car bingo
I loved this fun game for the car, what a great idea! And definitely helped pass the time during the SIX HOUR journey down to Portsmouth. Man that took a while.

Cute tag
Really cut was this tag attached to the case, we'll keep this for ages and use on future cases.

It's a great idea having a travel pack like this for journeys, it literally only feels like five minutes until the kids start claiming they're bored - with five hours to go, it can feel like a LONG time.

The port

Mont St Michel
This was one of the first things we saw in France - what an amazing view it was. And facing it zillions of amazing restaurants all selling oysters for peanuts. Heaven.

D Day findings
Of course all the boys wanted to know about was the D Day stuff. Part of me liked the fact they were interested in history. Part of me was in despair at their obsession with war.

Beach running
Baby girl spent the whole holiday trying to run into the sea. She took exception to being told she couldn't and every time we restrained her from running headlong into huge waves, she acted like we were the most terrible parents ever and had a huge melt down. Fun!

Fun breach times
But the best thing is that we finally had a bit of chance to relax. Ish. We sat down occasionally and got full nights sleep each night. with three young kids that's as good as it gets. But the food, I will never forget the food... France I want to see you again soon!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

#MamiaDaysOut Challenge

For quite a while now, we've been huge fans of Aldi, especially since one came to be built in our home town around a year ago. I was quite skeptical at first, but after a few trips round where I managed to buy a whole week's shop for less then £40, and I was converted. We still use other supermarkets, but I would say the bulk of our food comes from Aldi. We've been especially impressed with the baby products, especially the nappies which are a great low cost alternative to Pampers.

Anyway, we were lucky enough to be sent a cute hamper full of goodies for our youngest child, which is especially handy as we've already got a fun Halloween game planned using the hamper basket!

Fun hamper,  great excitement when it arrived.
When we opened the hamper, we were thrilled to see a huge selection of baby goodies, including rice cakes, a multitude of healthy fruit pouches and pots, and a water based fruit drink. Basically everything you'd need for a fun day out when it's tricky to prepare baby good on the move.

Hamper full of Aldi Mamia baby goodies
So on Friday, we put the food to the test by taking our baby out to quite a posh restaurant in Harrogate called Drum and Monkey as it was my birthday. Baby girl was really well behaved thankfully, as it was one of those restaurants with a low ceiling and was generally really quiet and full of elderly retired people. Not usually the sort of place we take baby, but the food was pretty amazing and I was lucky enough to have lobster. It was my birthday after all. However there wasn't anything really suitable for baby to eat - even the pasta had chilli in it, but luckily we had our Mamia food! So all was well.

Baby girl enjoying her Mamia fruit pot
From all of the pouches and pots, our daughter definitely preferred the pots over the pouches - I guess she's maybe a bit old for the pouches and the pot is a bit like a yoghurt - but less likely to end up in her hair. All of the food is 100% organic, so there's every reason to be happy about it, like our girl was here. I love the fact that these pouches and pots can just be packed for days out, holidays, or just going to the park to keep baby happy and healthy. Perfectly easy and a fraction of the price of other pouches like Ella's Kitchen - and just as nice.

Later we used the Aldi nappies and thought they were great especially in terms of the value they give. I would say that Pampers are longer lasting and don't require changing so often, but they are also double the price, if not more!

We will definitely keep shopping at Aldi as it offers great value for money and great quality products too. I just wish they did home shopping!

“This post is an entry for BritMums #MamiaDaysOut Linky Challenge, sponsored by Aldi Mamia


Friday, 9 September 2016

Review - Anchor Inn, Gargrave

We love eating out as a family, and it's one of the few things we do REALLY well. I'm a believer in eating together as a family and MAKING those children talk to us - even if they really don't want to! So I was delighted to be invited to try out the new menu at The Anchor Inn, Brewers Fayre in Gargrave last weekend. 

The pub itself is very warm and welcoming, it's quite nostalgic in the sense that it reminded me of eating out with my own parents as a child, which is no bad thing. The pub itself actually has a soft play area which our children raced over to as soon as we got there, there was no charge for this, it was just part of the pub. The kids menu was spot on for our three young 'uns, and we ordered bangers and mash for our 5 year old, cod tastic for our 8 year old, and spaghetti for our 1 year old. I thought value for money was excellent, and drinks, although an extra charge, are refillable as many times as you like which is ideal when your children drink everything in about thirty seconds like ours seem to do.





The adult menu is typical pub fayre and I thought very good value for money. Best of all, if you order two glasses of wine, you get the rest of the bottle free! So that's what we did. Though I would like to add that as this was a lunchtime, we took most of the bottle home.



The wine was amazing! And so much better than I was expecting. Were it not for the children I could very easily have drunk more than one glass for sure.

The kids food arrived very quickly and was enjoyed by all, especially our 1 year old. We've been to a
few restaurants recently that try to do fancy things for children and it never words. Just keep it simple I say.

Banger and mash.

We ordered steaks as I like to order things that I know are going to be cooked fresh. They could perhaps have done with being on a hotter griddle, but the taste was lovely, and very good value too.

Delicious steak!
Now for desserts, now these were really special. Our kids LOVED them!

Brownies and strawberries with chocolate dip - yum!


Make your own face!

Ice cream sundae
All in all I thought it was a great place for a family meal on a cold and rainy Saturday. Value for money wise, five meals, five drinks and a bottle of wine came in at around £50 which is amazing in terms of what we received. One thing I  haven't mentioned was the service - the staff at the Anchor Inn were lovely and couldn't do enough for us, they were polite and welcoming and also speedy - very important when you have young children. They were obviously well used to families and totally understood the whole process of eating out with small children. Definitely deserving of a mention.

I will definitely be going again!

I received a £50 voucher in order to pay for our meal, but all thoughts are my own.

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