Tuesday, 28 April 2015

My Big Princess Ready For School

My big princess Alesha was dressed and ready for school alot earlier than normal this morning because she was excited to be going on her 2 wheel One Direction scooter to school whilst daddy walked alongside her.

We thought seen as though the nice weather is here we would start walking to and from school as often as we can instead of using the car. Not only is it good exercise for Alesha it also gets Alana used of walking long distances. 

Can't believe how grown up Alesha looks in this photo, mad to think that she is going to be 6 in December. Even crazier to think this Christmas were going to be a family of 5 with 3 little girls, exciting times!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Review: Frankie and Benny's New York Italian Restaurant and Bar

Me and our little family were really pleased when we opened two envelopes which contained vouchers for us to go and review a Frankie & Benny's restaurant. 

Brandon has never been to one of Frankie & Benny's restaurant before, nor have the children Alesha and Alana. I myself, have only been twice a few years back when I lived up in Hamilton, Scotland.

Me,Brandon and our 'little legs' Alana took a trip to our local Frankie & Benny's in Teeside park, sadly Alesha wasn't with us as she had a sickness bug so was resting at home. When we entered we were greeted at the door and taken to a suitable table for the 3 of us. 

We had a good look through the menu, which contained a wide choice of food at reasonable prices. 
Brandon decided to go for the 2 courses on the lunch menu for £9.95. For his starter he choose the 'Crispy Coated Chicken Strips' two southern fried chicken breast strips, served on a honey mustard dressed lettuce leaves with clergy sticks and a pot of our delicious red french dressing on the side.

For his main course he choose the'Philly Cheeseburger' which was 'topped with our jalapeno cheese sauce, fresh baby gem lettuce, tomato, red onion, dill pickle and mayo. Served on a toasted sesame seed bun with house fries and a tomato chill relish on the side'.
I also choose decided to pick something from the lunch menu but I only went for 1 course which costs £6.95. I was debating between the 'Classic Hotdog' and the 'Chicken Penne Romana' and in the end I went for the 'Chicken Penne Romana' because it was something I haven't had before, whereas the 'Classic Hotdog' I've tried and tasted!

The 'Chicken Penne Romana' contained, chicken breast, spicy pepperoni and pancetta bacon tossed with mamma's rich neapolitan tomato and herb sauce. Freshly prepared to order and served with a choice of salad or house fries. 

The kid's menu for Alana was really worth it because for £4.95 it included a choice of a main, desert and also a drink. Whereas many restaurants don't include the choice of a drink within the price of the kids meal, it's normally charged separate .
Alana choose 'Beef Burger' a grilled 4oz burger served in a sesame bun with fries, and served with a side salad. Add cheese for no extra cost!'

When the waitress brought over Alana's meal we were surprised but in a good way because the portion size was a really good generous size for a kid's meal. A beautiful smile came across Alana's face when she realised it was for her, "is that my burger daddy"? I think she liked the look of her meal.

Overall we really enjoyed our meal out at Frankie and Benny's, the food tasted home made with fresh ingredients. The price of the food was a bargain as we would expect to pay a little more money for what we received. The toilet was easy to access and locate as it was situated at the front of the restaurant by the entrance door. Before Alana's meal she was given a kid's activity pack with puzzle, colouring sheet and some crayons, which was ideal to keep her entertained whilst she waited for her meal.

Sadly we have some downfall's during our visit to Frankie and Benny's. 
Firstly, with Brandon ordering a starter and me and Alana going straight to main meal and missing the starter, I thought the waitress might of asked if me & Alana wanted our meal brought out the same time as Brandon's starter, so we wouldn't be sat there looking at Brandon eating his starter. 
Secondly, I ordered salad with my 'Chicken Penne Romana' but when I was presented with my plate it sadly contained no salad but a side portion of fries!
Lastly, there was a family sat across from us on a table enjoying their food when the waitress just walked over and picked up the sauce off their table and gave it to another customer who was seated at another table. I personally thought that was very rude as she could of asked the family if they had finished using it etc, but instead she didn't say a word to them.
Those little mistakes which we experienced has not put us off Frankie and Benny's, we will be going back to that restaurant this weekend with Alesha and Brandon's parents. We personally prefer it over Chiquito's and TGI Friday's.

Frankie and Benny's have some brilliant money saving offers over on their website, for example
  • Join Frankie and Benny's rewards and receive £10 off and other exclusive offers via email
  • 20% Off your food bill if you join them online
  • 'Monday Madness' 25% off your food bill on Mondays after 5pm (voucher needed, register online)
  • Kids eat free when an adult meal is purchased from the main menu (voucher needed, register online)
Click here to be taken direct to their website to receive these wonderful offers.

You can also find Frankie and Benny's on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

We Have Decided On A Silvercross Red Surf Pram For Baby

When it comes to prams and pushchairs I have seriously lost count the number I've owned between both children.

It took me a while to decide which pram to get for baby number 3, and after ooooing and ahhing at a few different prams I finally made my mind up to purchase the Silvercross Red Surf after I came across on a local business baby shop Facebook page called Young Ones who are based in Hartlepool.

I have never been in their shop before so I spent alot of time looking at their products they had for sale on their Facebook page. Some of their stuff is second hand but in really good condition and all their products are well worth the price they are asking.
Our little sproglet's pram is second hand but in good condition and is only costing £175 and even better I can pay it off bit by bit. 

I really can't wait for July to arrive now so I can take little miss out in it, arghhhh so excited!

On Tuesday the 14th April Young One's posted a brilliant deal on their Facebook page, 'brand new Mothercare cotbed, brand new 13cm deep mattress, lover so much bear cot mobile, matching bumper and a apple and pears quilted cover' all that for a low cost price of £140!!!

If I didn't already have a cot for our little one, I would have snapped this offer up right away!
For more stock why not pop on over to their Facebook page here

Friday, 10 April 2015

WIN 2 Tickets For The Baby Show Birmingham

I have an amazing competition for all you parents/ parents-to-be, I have been given the opportunity to offer you lovely lot the chance to win 2 tickets for The Baby Show which will be taking place between the 15th-17th May at Birmingham NEC.

With fun for all the family, this is a great event for young families to attend with back to back children’s entertainment as well as a crèche and soft play area all included.  The Show, now in its 13th year, will be showcasing the very best baby and infant essentials alongside innovative and exciting, not-on the high street brands with amazing discounts exclusively for visitors.   
Michelle Kyles, Marketing Manager at organisers, Clarion Events, says: “The Baby Show is the market leading event for all things baby.  We bring together the very best baby products and brands all under one roof to make life easier! Money saving is key for parents and parents-to-be and there will be no shortage of deals, freebies and offers for bump and baby.  With more than 200 parenting brands exhibiting and some using the show as a platform to launch their latest products, it really is a must-attend event for new and expecting parents.”

Expert speakers will also be on hand to give mums and dads advice including nutritionist and author, Annabel Karmel MBE, weaning expert Zainab Jagot Ahmed, breast-feeding guru Clare Byam-Cook, and sleep expert Jo Tantum.  The Show is specially designed for little ones with dedicated facilities available, such as the tommee tippee feeding area and changing room with free Aldi mamia nappies and wipes to make your visit easy.  As well as fun entertainment for the children, take advantage of the free crèche whilst you stock up on goodies and listen to invaluable advice from the experts.

Highlights of The Baby Show at Birmingham NEC will include:
·    ----Over 200 trusted brands, from the likes of iCandy, Maxi Cosi, Tommee Tippee, Milton, Mamas&Papas and Mothercare, offering visitors the chance to thoroughly test and try before buying.
·    --- Exclusive discounts and offers for Show visitors from top parenting brands.
·        ---  The chance to win a number of competition prizes from exhibitors and speakers.
·   --- Catwalk shows with all the latest fashions in maternity, baby and toddler wear.
---A complimentary crèche where parents can drop off their little ones and enjoy the show knowing they are being cared for.
---Complimentary child entertainment and soft play area activity zone to ensure everyone has a smile on their face.  
---The Baby Show Stars’ themed competition where the show’s cutest baby will be awarded a free, high end, exclusive photo shoot.
---Dedicated baby facilities ensure visitors have everything they require, including the tommee tippee feeding area where parents will be able to take advantage of heating and sterilising equipment, complimentary baby food and a comfortable and private space for breast feeding.  

The advanced ticket price is £13.95 on the Friday, £14.95 for either the Saturday or Sunday while on-the-door tickets cost £20.  For more information visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk

Opening times:
Friday 15th May: 9.30am – 5.00pm, Saturday 16th May: 9.30am – 5.00pm, Sunday 17th May: 9.30am – 5.00pm. 

How To Enter

If this sounds like a good prize to win, all you need to do is enter using the Gleam app below, there are plenty of options to select to give you many chances to the the 2 pairs of tickets up for grabs...Good Luck!

The winner will be drawn on 01/05/15  at 11.59pm.

Thank you for looking and good luck.

For your chance to win the 2 tickets for The Baby Show just enter via the Gleam app below.


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Haven Marton Mere Blackpool - Waste Of Money

A few weeks ago we booked a break away to Marton Mere, a well known Haven family holiday site which is situated within Blackpool.

We decided to book the break away as that will be our last holiday as a family of 4 before our new addition arrives in July. 

Even before we entered the site I was already very disappointed because I thought the Satnav had brought us to the wrong location because firstly, the entrance was next to a street full of house so when we turned left and the last house 'we had reached our destination' but sadly there was no sign saying Haven! There was a sign that said Marton Mere caravan park but that could of being any caravan park so I got Brandon to double check the road we were on with the road on Haven website and to my disbelief we were in the correct location.
Once we drove in it looked okay, there was nothing to get excited over no wow factor. We were grateful that our caravan was ready early for us as we arrived at 3.30 and our check in wasn't till 4pm.I think that was due to the fact we went during low season when the school weren't on holidays just yet!

The restaurant and fish and chip shop were nice, but sadly the swimming pool wasn't anything special as it had no separate kids paddling part, it was just one pool and not even a slide in sight. 

The entertainment was rubbish and very boring to say the least, normally when we go on family holidays we like to stay out late like we did at Pontins but here all we did was yawn. There was nothing really for the grown up it was the same thing over & over again just the characters dressed up on stage or else the entertainers the are suppose to entertain the children.

We made sure Haven didn't put a downer on our few days in Blackpool so every day we drove to Blackpool town centre attractions to enjoy some fun with our girls.

I can honestly say we will never ever go back to Marton Mere, what a waste of money we spent booking it!