24/07/2016

My Sunday Photo!

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23/07/2016

Celebrating Mummy's Birthday!

As a parenting and lifestyle blogger, I and other bloggers often post about the kids birthday's but forget the adults ones! Yesterday was my 45th birthday. Each year I share it with my brother. My twin who was born a full 45 minutes before me. 
My day started with a phone call to him to wish him happy birthday too and then the monkeys helped me to open my cards and presents. Well, they did most of the unwrapping if I'm honest! I had some lovely gifts and was very spoiled. 
My card from big monkey was just awesome. The words he wrote inside made me cry......they were so lovely. Hubby said he wrote exactly what he wanted and had no input from hubby at all. 
Once the monkeys were safely at school the day was then all about food! Hubby and I had a light breakfast together at one of our favourite cafe delicatesant and at lunch time I enjoyed a leisurely afternoon tea with four girlfriends. They spoiled me too. 
After school pick up at teatime we all went out for an evening meal together! I know, three meals out in one day. Well if you can't do it on your birthday then when can you! 
By the time the main course arrived my eyes were obviously bigger than my belly, as clearly I'd already eaten too much and really struggled to eat my chosen meal. I had to leave a good bit of it.
All three meals out were so lovely though and really made me feel loved, lucky and spoiled. 
Once home I sat (with a Pimms) in a food coma and couldn't even face breakfast until late this morning. 
I love birthday's and really feel it's the one day of the year that you can wallow in gift's, whatever food and drink you like and just enjoy a day of treats. Maybe others don't feel that way but I like to make my own birthday and that of loved ones special. I had a great day and look forward to the next one.



20/07/2016

Bic Kids 50 Piece Colouring Activity Set - Tub!

The other week I posted our review of The Bic Kids 80 Piece Colouring Activity Kit. Well we were also sent the smaller tub containing 50 pieces. So one set for big monkey and one for little monkey. They have shared both to be honest and are thrilled with both too! 
This tub contains:
14 activity sheets, 12 easy to sharpen colouring pencils, 12 ultra washable colouring felt pans, 12 extra clean colouring crayons and 1 washable glue stick.
The monkeys have really loved playing with the set especially as it features Alvin and the Chipmonks Road Chip.
What I particularly like is that the pens and glue stick are washable so if the monkeys get covered in pen it washes off as with the glue! Let's face it, what kids colour and don't get covered in pen! 
Ideal for ages 5+ there's even a colouring competition to win a family trip to Spain. 

Colouring has always been an activity both monkeys enjoy and this set (along with the other) just enhances their colouring experience. It's available at leading supermarkets for £10. Thanks Bic Kids!



 

18/07/2016

June Degustabox

Whoop, it's nearly time for another Degustabox delivery and I forgot I'd not showed you all what we got in the June box! 
All sorts from noodles, popcorn and pesto to lemonade, pickled onions and relish!
Zeo cloudy lemonade made with 98% spring water. Contains only 28 per 250ml serving and 1.5 teaspoons of sugar. £2.75 per bottle.
June's product of the month is the mouthwatering Butterkist Yogurt coated popcorn which we already know and love! £1.49 a bag and also available in miltipacks of 6 for £1.69.
Mmm, Haywards Silverskin Onions are delicious and great with a salad in this summery weather! £1.89 a jar.
The monkeys love eating pasta and these Sacla pesto pots are perfect for stirring into their dish! Classic basil they are great mixed with Italian hard cheese. £2.29.
Destrooper-Oliver Belgian Butter waffle crisps are available in Waitrose and go well with a hot latte or ice cream! £1.10 a box.
Marston's Wych Wood King Star crafted lager....one for the hubby! £1.70 a can.
Heinz Amoy coconut milk. Rich and creamy it's ideal for adding to curry's. £1.99 a can!
Yet to try this but a must is the Bakedin Chocolate mug brownie mix. Cooks in under 2 minutes in the microwave. £1.50 a tub.
Schwartz American smokehouse grill mates homemade burger mix. Add to mince for the perfect burger. Makes 4-6! £1.49 a packet.
To go on the burger is this Branston Spicy Tomato relish. Another one for hubby! I'm not a fan of spicy food sadly. Great for the BBQ! £1.65 a bottle.
Low calories, soy free, gluten free, vegan and kosher angel hair Miracle Noodles! £2.49 a pouch.
Last but not least the Smooze coconut and mango fruit ice! Freeze at home, they are made from natural ingredients. £2.50 a box of five! 

In the box each month is a recipe card and June's is for Penne with Sacla pesto, pancetta and parmesan! Now that I am going to make, it looks delicious! 

If you would like to subscribe to a monthly Degustabox you can do so with a discount of £7 off with code BLDEG15.

I'm looking forward to seeing what will be inside our July box which is due before the end of the month! 



16/07/2016

Ice Age and Pizza Express Shananigans!

Today we set off for that there London Town on a Pizza Express and Ice Age family fun day! Invited by the lovely people at Pizza Express we were asked to dine at their Dean Street restaurant to sample their Ice Aged themed Piccolo lunch menu and then go and see Ice Age Collision Course at Twentieth Century Fox, Soho Square! 
Being big fans of both Pizza and the Ice Age movies we were excited to set off! 
The monkeys love travelling to London by train so we set off early in order not to be rushed but ended up being very early for our lunchtime reservation. Luckily there was plenty to do to kill some time and we arrived at the restaurant just a few minutes before the other bloggers and their families who were joining us. 
Seated to the back of the restaurant we had an area to ourselves where the monkeys and the other children there enjoyed colouring in and using their Ice Age themed activity packs. 
Both monkeys ate off the Piccolo menu which is just £6.95 for 3 courses. Baked Dough Balls and side salad, pizza or pasta, dessert and Bambinoccino. One had a pizza and the other the bolognese.
Not one to miss out I chose the garlic dough balls too and opted for the Leggera Padana - Goat's cheese, caramelised onion, spinach, red onion, tomato and garlic oil Pizza. The meal was a little more rushed than I would have liked but that was purely down to the time we had before the film started around the corner at Twentieth Century Fox. It was, as always very tasty. I've never had the Leggera Padana pizza before but can highly recommend it, very tasty indeed! The monkeys loved their meals too. 
A quick dash around the corner saw us come face to face with Sid and Scrat, ready to greet us with a photo opportunity before being invited into Twentieth Century Fox Head Office for our special screening of the latest Ice Age film Collision Course! There was even a bar! Drinks and popcorn a plenty we settled down to watch the film in a lovely and comfortable cinema. "Scrat's epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World". 
The latest in a series of Ice Age films. The monkeys and I loved it! Very funny (mostly for the adults) it was as good as (if not better) than the other Ice Age films. We had a great time! Definitely a must see.
All done it was time to leave with great memories of great hospitality from the Pizza Express Dean Street team and of course the team at Twentieth Century Fox, Soho Square. 

Thanks to Ruth at Rock 'n' Roller Baby and Katy at Modern Mummy for organising it for us to go! 

We dined completely free thanks to Pizza Express and Viewed the film courtsey of Twentieth Century Fox. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



 

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