Reviews


Dee diving of the high board.

Better Extreme trampoline park in Swindon 3

The boys and I went to test out Better Extreme trampoline park in Swindon’s link centre* before it opened to the public. It’s now open. It was easy enough to get to, I had the satnav set to quickest journey time, Blokey had said “Oh it will be hell driving around there on a weekend. You’ll get stuck in the towns traffic and it’ll feel like London.” Sorry my dear, my smarty pants satnav sent me through villages and countryside not the town, it was pretty and a fun drive (except for a twisty 20MPH village) and I arrived a few minutes early. Me… early?! I wasn’t sure what to expect, I don’t like to research places before I attend, ruins the fun. The trampoline park was part of a large warehouse type building, with a swimming pool, a coffee shop, ice skating rink and a gym. If you’re bored there is […]


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Brewers Fayre* does the Beano this half term 1

Brewers Fayre are upping their game for the children this February half term and are hosting a barrel load of Beano fun in selected restaurants. Your little folks get a rather cool Beano comic to keep them busy at the table, or they can play in the soft play areas. The play areas have recently been given a Beano themed makeover and they can also ask for a Beano balloon after their dinner if they fancy it. On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th at selected Brewers Fayres there will even be a disco. The toddlers party is scheduled from 9:30am until 3pm then the bigger kids are welcomed between 3:30pm to 7:30pm and costs just £3 per child. Full details of the restaurants that are hosting these discos will be online at Brewers Fayre from 2nd February, so bookmark it now if you are interested. What was the comic itself […]


Table Table

The Oakwood Table Table* at Twigworth

Around Christmas time we went to The Oakwood, a Table Table restaurant at Twigworth near Gloucester. It is just off the side of a busy road, but inside you don’t really notice the road noise so you can relax. We were met by a friendly young lady in a festive jumper and she showed us to our table. The boys are children but they usually order from the grown ups menus, not out of greed, but because they prefer more flavour and less fried food. Children get a Horrible Histories sticker book to keep them busy, I thought it might have been a 6 page miniature book, but it was a proper one, I’d estimate a £4 to £5 value for similar at a newsagent or book store so it really is worth asking for. This kept Jen so busy he almost forgot that we were here for dinner!


Lego Friends 2015 advent calendar

Lego Mixels and Lego advent calendars 2

If you are looking for some cute little stocking fillers for children this Christmas then Lego Mixels might be a good choice. Jen loves making Mixels, then taking them apart and mixing the sets up too. Mixels are basically brightly coloured little monsters made from the quirkier Lego bricks and pieces. There is a cartoon that goes with these models, and gives the characters a bit of a back story and Jen loves this. Dee, not so much! He’s happier to build them in to bizarre new creations of his own choosing. It really does suit both of the lads, even though one is at Primary school and the other in big school. Mixels come in series (currently on series 6) and each has 3 sets (tribes) of 3 models. So in the current series there is a green, a yellow and a purple tribe. On their own they make […]


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My new favourite Dress 2

A little while ago House of Fraser asked me to pick a new dress. For me that is a challenge, I’m not great at buying clothes for myself. However I had a rummage through the massive selection online – it took me about two hours, really. I am so indecisive. In the end I sent a short list and was sent a surprise from my choices. It was an adorable skater dress with huge sleeves. It is strange, its the type of thing I used to hate, it reminds me of the curtains in my late Grandparents garage but now I kind of like oranges and browns. This is a great mixture of subtle (almost boring) colours swirled into a fantastic print, but the shape is the killer. The skirt from the waist is a full circle. If I spin on the spot it will be out flat like Upsy […]


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Pooch&Mutt dog food review

The girls got some post this weekend.  A nice little parcel addressed to them from Pooch&Mutt. If you’ve not heard of them before they sell a range of premium dog treats and dry food but with a little twist. The products aren’t just made with nice ingredients,  they are made to address a doggy problem too. There are foods for hounds with bad breath, flatulence,  and weight management issues. Treats to help with joint pain and anxiety issues.  It looks like normal food, the girls seem none the wiser I am perfuming their whiffy mouths.  Freya and Doris are trying out the fresh breath complete* food. The photos of my gorgeous dogs do not show the pungent gases wafting from those huge snout,  but trust me, when Doris is huggled up in my bed then yawns towards my face I’m amazed I don’t pass out! When driving with the girlies […]


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Avoiding booze with Eisberg wine 4

This evening I’m drinking wine… even though I have an alcohol allergy. As I sipped at the red wine I was waiting for side effects, expecting to be suffering within minutes. Nothing happened – I am a happy bunny right now. After about 6 or 7 years of having an intolerance that turned into an allergy I’ve finally had a glass of vino.


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The Panasonic Nanoe hairdryer – review 6

I want to write a two word review for this. Flipping awesome. I suppose I have to wrote a little more don’t I? Okay, okay. It looks good, matt black with pink attachments.  It comes with a diffusion head too, but I can’t find mine right now. After this dryer arrived I did think “right I’m going to use cheap tat hair products to make sure I give this dryer a tricky test”. Value shampoo and no conditioner – but I dried my hair with the Panasonic Nanoe and you would have thought that I had used salon priced bubbles. My hair felt soft and straight. I don’t mean full of static either. It wasn’t poker straight but I have hardly touched my straighteners since I was sent this hairdryer.


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Hand made Christmas soap 7

This week, with a whole lot of help from Blokey, I made soap. We used the Kirstie Allsopp* natural soap making kit from Hobbycraft. The instructions say you need a microwave, but we don’t have one so I phoned Hobbycraft customer service team for advice. They were very knowledgable and they didn’t mind talking to me – the nice lady who answered said she had not made soap so fetched a colleague who had. It was nice to talk to someone who knew her stuff, it was from experience not a script. I am impressed.


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Dog tags and the law 2

Did you know dogs in public places are required to wear a tag with certain details by law? You can actually get a £5000 fine for not having your pooch tagged in public. Freya’s old dog tags looked lovely but the engraving almost faded off. I know that sounds bizarre, but there were so many scratches that the surface engraving was unreadable. So it was perfect timing that Collars and Tags* got in touch and asked if she wanted to have a new tag* on them.


PSB black friday offers

Keep your pet warm this Winter 2

It should come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog that I adore my dog. Well Freya Woof hates the cold, and being a Saluki she really is not built to cope with the cold weather. She certainly lets us know when she is cold too, dragging her bed so it’s in front of the newly fitted fireplace or burying herself underneath Jen’s duvet with her head on a teddy. She is such a big baby. Well there are things you can do to help out chilly hounds. Coats and jumpers are the easiest way, but not all dogs like them. You could always put a hot water bottle under your hounds bed, blanket or basket but these don’t stay warm very long. Don’t fret, PetShopBowl has you covered. They sell something called Snugglesafe* which is good for bunnies, cats, dogs and lots of other pets – Microwave it […]