Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Review: Toby Carvery, Formby Liverpool

We were delighted to be asked to visit Toby Carvery in Formby, Liverpool. We love eating out as a family and were really looking forward to our visit. Formby is a lovely part of Liverpool just a short drive out for us. We picked a Wednesday half term day for our visit, Alice and Rosie were their usual excitable selves! Emily was off camping with her friend so unfortunately she missed out!

Toby Carvery offers a full menu, including breakfast, but I know Toby Carvery as "The Home of The Roast" so of course, we were all in for a yummy roast dinner. The kids are pretty good in restaurants. They are 4 and 3 so they don't make too much mess and they tend to stay calm most of the time. We know now that we can easily take them out without too much worry. I do remember the days of throwing a meal down our necks and taking turns chasing them around - McDonald's seemed like the only option at one point!

However, all "grown up" and ready for our meal, we set to. Warren and I had starters. I had the soup of the day which was a lovely mushroom and vegetable. Warren had garlic mushrooms with crusty bread. The starters were lovely - Rosie stole some of my bread and soup and I stole some of Warren's mushrooms. (We are definitely a picky sharing family at home and in restaurants, we love it that way.)

While we waited for our starters we got up and ordered Rosie and Alice's roast dinners. They both picked pork, with a giant Yorkshire pudding. They had sweetcorn, peas and mash and lashings of gravy. Both girls ate well and were kept amused by an activity sheet and some crayons.

Next up, we took turns to get our own main meals. I picked turkey and beef and chose lots of vegetables - everything was there - green beans, red cabbage, cauliflower cheese... all this was topped with lashings of gravy and some wholegrain mustard for the beef. Warren chose a larger plate and had the same as me, but more of it and extra meat - he had a bit of everything on offer; turkey, gammon, beef and pork.

We also chose some desserts. I opted out of this as I was well and truly stuffed. The food was great, and the desserts looked amazing, so I decided just to steal some of theirs instead of having my own. Warren chose the chocolate brownie with whipped cream and the kids had ice cream topped with Oreo biscuit pieces. They all wolfed the lot (I had a couple of spoons of theirs.)

Me and Warren had a couple of bottles of Peroni each and the kids just had plain tap water. We really relaxed and had a lovely time. Staff were very friendly and helpful - Steph was particularly lovely - nothing was too much trouble and she was lovely to the kids, they really liked her.

Our bill came to under £50 for all four of us including drinks. I don't think you could fault it for that price. We were all fed and happy, with desserts and starters to boot - the price is brilliant.

Disclosure: We were invited by Toby Carvery and were given our food and drinks free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are our own.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Treats Wishlist

I am the worst in the world at shopping, I really can only be in a shop ten minutes and then I have had enough. I am definitely not suited to walking around picking things - I just don't have the time, and even if I did I can't ever imagine spending my free time shopping! 

Now that rant is out of the way, I'll tell you what I do love and do have time for - picking up a bargain online. I know that there can be an issue with sizing, but in my experience, most clothes do fit and if they don't I find that I would rather have spent the time exchanging them via the post than stomping around shops. There are some brilliant sales on at the minute and I have been having a good look through the sales myself. Here are some of my favourites:

I am particularly loving this belted red dress at the moment. It is a real bargain at just over £30.

I find that clothes from Dorothy Perkins fit really well. I often buy smart clothes for work from here, and I also love their handbags. I often flick through online and see if I can grab some bargains from there.

I love Ralph Lauren dresses. (Although I am happy to admit that they are a little out of my price range.) I do love the current dresses that they have on sale at the moment. If I fancied a little treat I might purchase a bargain Ralph Lauren dress. Everyone deserves a treat from time to time don't they.

3) Shared Earth on Bold Street in Liverpool

This is a little independent shop in Liverpool. It sells lots of lovely nick-nacks: candles, ornaments... I have bought a few little owls from there - a candle one and a camper van. I am like a little old lady really, I love my nick nacks, I love having inexpensive pretty things all around me, and that's what my real treats are. I honestly have no problem walking around nick-nack shops and spending time picking what I want.

I know, I'm a strange thing aren't I. Have you grabbed any bargains yet?

This post was written via LovetheSales, all words and views are my own.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Review: Denman Fairy Tale and Vroom Vroom Tangle Review Brushes

We have three girls we very different styles of hair. Firstly, we have Emily who is the eldest and has medium thick but very long hair. Alice has very thick hair on top and thin and the bottom, and Rosie, who is the youngest has very thick hair.

All of them have one thing in common: their hair is oh-so very knotty!

My baby girl having her hair done

The girls run around all day and get sweaty heads, their hair tangles and it can be a nightmare to comb and unravel. With Rosie's hair being the thickest, she suffers the most. I was very pleased to be asked to review two new brushes from Denman - the Fairy Tale and Vroom Vroom Tangle Tamer brushes.
The brushes are quite small and easy to use on all of the girls' hair. They have layers of soft bristles set at different levels to easily comb through tangles. We tried these brushes out a number of times on all three girls hair.

We really love the brushes. They did easily tame the kids' hair and there was definitely less of a fuss made about hair-brushing!  These brushes retail at £8.50.

Disclosure: We were sent these brushes for the purpose of the review, all words and views are our own.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Review: Evo iPhone Protection

Warren and I both have iPhones and with having the kids around it is really important that we have proper cases for them. The kids often watch Youtube on our phones or use them for Facetime. They can be pretty clumsy and often drop the phones so I was chuffed to be asked to review some protection for one of the phones. Warren has a new iPhone SE so we chose to review the Evo glass screen protector and the Impact clear case.

The Impact clear case promises to be light, secure and scratch resistant. It delivers. Warren said the phone is completely protected by the case, with no user interference at all. It fits very snug to the phone itself. Warren prefers a smaller phone and also needs a small case, no bulk. He said that this was the perfect case for him as it adds virtually no bulk to the phone itself and allows him to continue to carry the phone in his pocket. It is easy to put on and off and costs £24.95.

Warren tends to carry keys in his pocket along with his phone. This is disastrous for phone screens and his last phone did end up scratched. The Evo Glass Screen Protector is popped on to the screen to protect it. Warren used the phone when he is gigging for setlists and as a metronome, so it tends to get bashed about quite a bit. So far, there are no marks on the phone. The screen protector is very thin - the thinnest we have ever seen and is absolutely crystal clear. It costs £29.95.

Overall, we are very happy with these items. Incidentally, Warren did drop his phone the other day. (And there was me blaming any damage on the kids!) The phone was unmarked. These cases really are brilliant.

Disclosure: We were sent these items to review from Tech21 free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are our own. 

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