Sunday, 21 February 2016

Top 3 Places This Mother's Day In Teesside

I sometimes hear from fellow mummy friends, how they don't really get spoilt much or  their other half doesn't take them out only if it's a special occasion i.e Mother's Day. 
So with Mother's Day nearly upon us, I have put together my top 3 places to take the special lady in your life this Mother's Day within the Teesside area.

Sunday 6th March, 12pm – 3pm
Advance booking is recommended
Come and enjoy a flavoursome 3-course lunch within the splendour of Wynyard Hall.
Glass of Prosecco on arrival
3-course Sunday Lunch (served in the Wellington Restaurant / Ballroom)
Present for mum
Jazz music
Sample Sunday lunch menu: 
£35.00 per adult
£18 per child (under 13)

The day to celebrate how special mums are will soon be here. We have a special set menu for her and you to enjoy. Choose from set menu of delicious dishes. Enjoy 2 courses for £16.99 or 3 courses for £19.99 per person.
Book and dine after 7pm for everyone in the party to receive their 3rd course free.
Does Mum love chocolate? Together with our friends at Thorntons, we are giving away 3 x Luxury Collection hampers worth over £70 each. Find out further information and how to book click here.

River cruise, three course meal and a special gift for mum.
Surprise mum this Mother's Day by treating her to a relaxing afternoon river cruise and a luxury three course dinner, with a surprise gift for all mothers. 
Sailing, Sunday 6th March, at 12.30pm from Castlegate Quay, Stockton-On-Tees.
Adults £19.95, Children £12.95.
To book or for further information please ring 01642608038

Thursday, 11 February 2016

A Buying Mistake On Shpock

When I tend to have a clear out of household items or even kids toys, I would alwys list them for sale on Gumtree. With Gumtree being free to advertise and also has a large number of visitors, it's a site I preferred much more than Ebay.
Ebay I tend to use more for buying items that I can't source locally in the shops. I would never go back to selling on Ebay, due to the fees being ridiculously expensive. 

A few weeks ago whilst me and Mr.R, were relaxing on the sofa watching the TV an advert came on for, Shpock. Shpock is a relativity new selling site with a twist. 
On Shpock not only can you send the seller a message to buy an item but you can also click to haggle with them in price, cool ey?!

I've sold quite a few items within the last few days on Shpock, because just like Gumtree it's free to advertise. 

Tuesday morning I was laid in bed drinking a cup of coffee whilst my lovely Mr got the ids ready for school and dealt with the baby. I logged into Shpock to see if anyone was selling a baby walker. I came across one within 5 miles from my postcode, it was advertised as 'a baby walker in good condition' for £5. I sent a request offer price of £3 and the lady accepted. She then contacted me with her address and we agreed on a time for collection.

Mr.R went to collect it after he dropped the kids off at school. A few minutes later he came back and was like, "do you really want to see the size of the walker"? I was puzzled, like "well yeah"!
Then in he came with a dolls small walker, we both just broke out in the fit of laughter. 
After we stopped laughing, I was fuming a little because the lady never advertised it as a dolls walker she had it advertised as a baby walker. But hey, it was no good to Imogen but her big sister Alana is having lots of fun with it.

That afternoon we went and bought a proper walker for little miss chunky bum.

Imogen & Alana

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Hollywood Bowling, Stockton - Family Day Out

Kids love soft play areas right? But don't you agree you can only go so many times and then it gets a tad boring?
With Mr.R working alot the last few months, we tend to have found oursleves spending our family days either at home or at a local soft play area. We were all getting fed up including the kids so as a special treat we decided to take the girls bowling last Friday after school.

Alesha was allowed to invite 3 friends, due to Alana only starting nursery mid January she didn't really have any 'friends' to invite. Alana got on great with Alesha's friends, she acted and looked so grown when around the older children.

That morning when the girls were in school, Mr.R suggested for me to try book a game of bowling in advance eiher online or over the phone.
I decided to go onto their website  and got up a cheap and cheerful price of £23.95, for 5 juniors for bowl on that afternoon. I then proceed with the booking, it then brought me onto a page where I could choose if I wanted to order food and drink. We have a look at the prices and decided it would be a good idea to book a 'Family Platter' which included 2 hotdogs, 2 burgers, chips and sauce for £14.99, we also added 5 ice creams at 99p each and a jug of squash for £2.50.
Sadly, when I got to the checkout page to try and pay it came up that they were having problems, in which I would need to ring to make a booking. 
I therefore rang them up and placed the booking, the lady never asked if I would like to order any food. She did ask if I would like a jug of squash for £2.50 so I agreed and paid for the booking.
We thought afterwards that we would just order the family platter food and ice cream when we arrived there and once the kids had finished bowling.

The kids were all so excited on the way there in the car, Mr.R had the music up and they were all singing. When we arrived the lady said they could leave their own shoes on but we decided to ask for the bowling shoes as it's an experience for the children. They were all over the moon with their bowling shoes and couldn't wait to sit on the bench to get them on.
All the little divas had a great time bowling, sometimes they liked to use the bowling ramp to make it easier for the ball to roll and other times they used their little muscles to throw the ball down the alley. They all cheered eachother on but at the same time every one of them wanted to be the winner!

Near to the end of the game, me and Mr. R had a read of the food menu. We were shocked and disappointed to see there was no 'Family Platter' for £14.99 and no ice-creams for 99p. The prices were ridiculous, there was noway we were paying just under £5 for a child to eat! 
Luckily Burger Kind was next door but one, so after the girls finished their game of bowling we all went for a stroll there, it saved me and the Mr a few pennies and the girls enjoyed their food and quite happily done our heads in on the way home in the car with their little horn toys they got in Burger King.

We would visit Hollywood bowl again, but maybe next time pay a visit to the all you can eat Chinese buffet next door as I would never pay the prices of the food within the bowling centre.