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Monday, 21 August 2017

A Family Night Out at the Cricket with the Sussex Sharks + 1st Central

Last weekend we were invited to The County Ground in Hove to support the Sussex Sharks in their match against Gloucestershire. I might live in the country, where there's a cricket match taking place on the village green pretty much constantly throughout the summer, but this was going to be the very first time I'd ever watched a game - and, even more excitingly, the kids were asked to be flag bearers!

We arrived at the ground an hour before first over and were greeted by Sid the Shark, the team mascot, before being whisked off to get the girls kitted out with their Natwest T20 Blast t-shirts and flags!

As guests of 1st Central, official sponsors of the Sussex Sharks, we had great pitch side seats and, after the girls had done their bit waving their flags as the team ran on, we settled down to see what a cricket match was all about!

There was lots of shouting and cheering, loud bursts of uplifting music and a great atmosphere in the stands. It was a brilliant introduction to cricket for the kids (and for me). Tom explained the rules to the four of us, but there was also face painting, balloon modelling and autograph collecting to be done to keep the girls occupied.

One thing that really impressed me was the food on offer - there were no overpriced, greasy hotdogs to be seen here! There was paella! Pizza! Vegan salads and wraps! I had a falafel pitta with vegan slaw and harissa sauce and it was honestly one of the tastiest meals I've had in ages. The girls went for burgers and Tom had fish and chips - and there were happy faces all round!

If you're looking for something different to do that they whole family will enjoy, why not give a cricket match a bash! Tom loved the game, I loved the food and the kids loved having a late night ;)

Thanks so much to 1st Central for inviting us down to such a brilliant event. We absolutely loved it and will definitely be back! For more information, and for tickets, check out the Sussex Cricket website here.


Saturday, 19 August 2017

Dough Ball Adventures at Pizza Express

This summer, Pizza Express are inviting children aged 5 to 12 to use their imagination and dream up an adventure for their dough balls! All they have to do is write a short story and then get a grown up to submit it to Pizza Express online here. There's a chance to win every week and prizes included a family adventure holiday with Featherdown, kids pizza making parties - and even the opportunity to see their story turned into a cartoon!

To celebrate the launch of this competition and the accompanying new kids pack, Pizza Express invited us to join them for a family meal - so last weekend me, Tom and the girls made our way to our local restaurant in Haslemere to see them for ourselves.

The kids menu had changed since we last visited - I love the addition of a salad option as a main, and the fact Pizza Express are now selling Cawston Press! I also think it's brilliant that the menu now tells kids how many of their five a day are in the different meals on offer so that they can make healthy choices for themselves.

Most of us went for our favourites when it came to ordering; Evie and Lily ordered dough balls and pasta from the piccolo menu, while Daisy went for a grown up's margherita.

We also had a single portion (yes, can you believe that photo is a starter for one!) of the antipasto to share amongst us all, and we gave the new calamari a go too.  Needless to say both were delicious - and we almost didn't have room for our pizzas!

Tom went for a Diavolo for his main, while I went for my first ever entirely dairy free Pizza Express meal. Since my cholecystectomy three years ago, and a bit of research into eating well without a gallbladder, last month I decided to embrace an entirely dairy free diet. This was no problem whatsoever at Pizza Express - I went for the Pianta pizza for my main, which is cheese free and vegan, although they now have a vegan mozzarella alternative that can be substituted on any other pizza too.

We all shared desserts - there were two dairy free sorbets on offer for me (coconut and raspberry) and also a portion of chocolate fondant and a great big slice of the honeycomb cream cake, both served with vanilla ice cream.

As is always the case, we had a great evening at Pizza Express. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - it really is the perfect place to go for a family meal. Service is fast, staff are always lovely and I love the constantly evolving seasonal menus and brilliant gluten and dairy free options.

Thanks so much to Pizza Express for inviting us to visit.

Our food and drinks were complimentary in exchange for this honest review. All words and photographs are my own.


Friday, 18 August 2017

Watching the Lego Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash Movie at Legoland, Windsor

Last week the girls and I were invited to the Legoland resort in Windsor for a special screening of the the new Lego Scooby-Doo! movie, Blowout Beach Bash.

If you're a fan of Scooby-Doo! then this is definitely a film to watch. Packed full of the usual shenanigans, it was absolutely brilliant to see the Mystery Inc. gang in Lego! The story follows them heading to the annual Blowout Beach Bash for three fun-filled days - however ghost pirates cause chaos and its up to the gang to foil these spooky swashbucklers in order to save the day!

Once the film was over we were free to check out the park. We've been a couple of times before, but now that the girls are a little bit older (and both Lego obsessed) we knew we were going to have the best time yet!

The girls LOVED Miniland and we spent ages wandering round looking at all the miniature Lego landmarks, shouting out the names of those we knew and trying to guess how many Lego pieces were used to make them all. The mini London was our favourite!

We also went on loads of rides and I have to say, if you're a solo parent (or planning a theme park trip as the only grown up) then Legoland is BRILLIANT for rides where you don't have to sit in a pair. I can remember visiting Chessington a couple of years ago and, as we were a three, we couldn't go on ANY rides. To be able to do so I'd have had to leave one of the kids on their own while I went on with the other, which I wasn't prepared to do. At Legoland there weren't any rides we wanted to go on that couldn't accommodate us as a threesome - and we had a total blast as a result. Some of our favourites were:

This was a brilliant underwater submarine voyage, where we got to see all sorts of fish (including sharks!) and plenty of Lego creations too.

We got to fly in a hot air balloon, and the girls in charge of how high we went! The views of the park were brilliant.

A train ride around the park with plenty of surprises on the journey. We got to hang out with the Mummy Endeavours and Life Daily crew on this one!

Is this not THE BEST photo you have ever seen?!! (Zoom in on Evie's face). This ride was brilliant, but we did end up totally drenched!

We also went on the Sky Rider and on Laser Raiders, and Daisy went on Mia's Riding Adventure, which she'd been gagging to go on last time we visited but was too small. The kids also played in the Castaway Camp (a massive outdoor climbing frame) and we got to watch the Lego Friends show.

We had a great meal at the Pizza and Pasta Buffet in Heartlake City. It was eat and drink all you can for £13.95 for adults and £6.95 for children, which I thought was pretty darn reasonable in the grand scheme of things, especially taking into account the amount of food my two can put away.

And of course, what trip to Legoland would be complete without making a Lego mini figure of your boyfriend? ;)

The new Lego Scooby-Doo! movie is out on DVD and digital download now. Thanks so much to Warner Bros. and Legoland for a brilliant day!
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