May 2014 | Modern Mummy

Friday, 30 May 2014

Modern Mummy Loves.... #4

Modern Mummy Loves.... Being outside, come rain or come shine  Baked camembert and crusty bread  The beach  Seeing Daisy's writing get better and better  Coffee.... boy I'm going to miss it if I have to give it up  Watching my babies sleep ♥ Evie sleeping in til gone 7 every morning! (unheard of, and it didn't continue back at home, boooo!)  Jenny from KyNa Boutique, who got the girls the most AWESOME Thing 1 and Thing 2 t-shirts from the States (thanks so much - again!! - lovely lady!)  Cucumber Gin



The girls and I spent the bank holiday weekend in Croyde with ten of our besties (we shared a caravan with five of them, poor things, then two stayed at their parents/in-laws house and three surprised us with a day trip on the Sunday). We had THE BEST time and it really made me realise that it's the little things that mean so much to children - and to me.










We had four days of sunshine, rain, howling winds, walking, snuggling up as a threesome every night, early nights (for me) and late nights (for them), sandcastle building, ice creams, swings, slides and campervan climbing frames, writing in the sand, collecting stones and shells, eating lots and drinking lots. It was complete and utter bliss.

Now it's time for me to sign off for a few days while I go into hospital for some (minor) surgery. If anyone fancies delivering me some Bún gà Hūe while I'm recuperating, I will love you forever xoxoxo
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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Win! A pair of Moheda Betty Clogs

I love love love love LOVE my Moheda clogs.

Because I walk everywhere I'd pretty much given up on high heels; they just aren't comfortable when you're on your feet all day every day. But a couple of months ago I discovered (and bought) my first pair of Mohedas (the Betty design, in cognac) and I just knew, from the moment I slipped them on and buckled them up, that a love affair / obsession was about to start. They are utterly gorgeous and at the same time are ridiculously comfortable; the nubuck leather is so soft and the wooden heel is a perfect 6.5cm high.

Moheda very kindly gifted me my second pair - I chose another pair of Betty clogs, this time in red, which I'm going to wear on day two of BritMums Live (see my What I'm Wearing post here!) - and I'm super excited to be able to offer one reader a pair of Moheda Betty clogs of their very own - in their choice of size and colour. 

The variety of colours is HUGE - and I WANT THEM ALL! Aside from the cognac and the red they also come in mustard, cerise, natural, black, brandy, grey and turquoise (a turquoise pair are next on my list and currently on sale, hurray!)



As per my usual giveaway terms and conditions, I'm using the Rafflecopter widget below and everyone is entitled to five entries each. The competition closes at midnight on 11th June 2014 and the winner will be announced on Facebook and on Twitter shortly after. This competition is open worldwide (YAY!) and the prize will be sent direct from Moheda. Good luck! xoxo


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Sleeping Beauty: A Disney Classic


June 2nd sees the re-release of the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty - on Blu-Ray, digital download and DVD.

There's no point in me even attempting to deny that I LOVE being able to watch all the old Disney Princess films with my girls (and all the recent ones too - er hello Tangled and Frozen!)

Aurora is one of the most famous Disney Princesses, and one of Daisy's favourites, despite her not ever seeing the film before. She loves the story; we've read it over and over and, as Daisy quite rightly points out, the Disney version of the character wears the most beautiful pink dress!

For those of you that haven't seen the film before, the story begins with the birth of Princess Aurora (voiced by Mary Costa), the precious daughter of King Stefan and his wife. To celebrate the arrival of the Princess, three good fairies - Flora, Fauna & Merryweather bestow gifts of magic on Aurora, but an evil sorceress named Maleficent places a curse upon the little Princess - that she will die on her 16th birthday after touching the poisoned spindle of a spinning wheel.  Merryweather tries to undo the damage by casting a spell that will allow the Princess to awake from an ageless sleep with a kiss from her one true love. 

Sleeping Beauty was initially released in 1959 and took nearly a decade to produce (it was Disney’s final animation that was lovingly and attentively hand-crafted using ink). It won an Academy Award for it's musical score and the whole film is utterly timeless.


It was a real treat being able to introduce the girls to this film before the official re-launch - and before the release of Maleficent too, as we're hoping to go and watch it this half term. As predicted, Daisy loved it - and, being only 75 minutes long, even Evie happily watched it from start to finish.

Pre-order your copy from Amazon here - and in the meantime, why not download these fun - free! - printables and have fun doing a Sleeping Beauty inspired string mazepuzzle and some colouring in xoxo

DISCLAIMER: We were loaned a copy of Sleeping Beauty in order to write this post. All words are my own.

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LittleLife Penguin Play Packs: A Review

I'm on an eternal quest to find products that will help to organise my life (my house and car especially at the moment). Although in a previous life (that would be pre-children) I was renowned for my spontaneity, I've got so much going on these days that planning things with military precision, and ages in advance, has become entirely necessary if I want to get out of the house at all!

Last week Daisy and Evie were sent LittleLife Penguin Play Packs and I think I was as excited as they were.

We LOVE LittleLife products. They're super practical, very affordable and, let's face it, they're utterly gorgeous to boot; I love all the colours and designs they use which make them attractive to both parents and children.

We have their Family Beach Shelter, an ultralight back carrier, Daisy has their {completely adorable} Ladybird wheelie suitcase plus we have amassed quite a collection of different character back packs - the butterfly daysack with reins that we bought Daisy three years ago is now back in use with Evie as she wants to walk EVERYWHERE!


The Play Packs are standard back pack size (officially suitable for ages 3+, presumably only because it's one of the larger LittleLife back packs as I can't see any small choking hazards) but as an added bonus they have a hard lid, which folds open to become a desk making them perfect for writing and drawing when out and about. It also fits onto a car head rest so can be used when on a road trip (this was SO handy when we drove down to Devon at the weekend!). Inside are pockets for A4 paper and pencils and even a fluffy baby penguin pencil case. On the outside there is a padded top grab handle (which can also be used with the Daysack rein if you have one) and side mesh pockets for drinks and snacks.


Not only have ours proved invaluable in organising the car and helping to keep the girls entertained on long journeys, they've also become part of the family and Evie in particular has been taking hers with her everywhere!
They retail at £29.99 each and are available from the LittleLife website here.


DISCLAIMER: Daisy and Evie were sent a LittleLife Penguin Play Pack each for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are honest and my own.
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The Hen-House, Haslemere: A Review

At last! Haslemere has a soft play of it's very own.... and I'm delighted to report it was most definitely worth waiting for!



Tucked away at the top of Lower Street (accessed by the Waitrose car park), the Hen House is an absolute gem.

It's a play cafe with a difference; this one sells healthy, homemade food and, without any shadow of a doubt, the best coffee in Surrey (v.important for eternally sleep deprived mums like me). 

The soft play area is designed for children aged 0-9 (although I do personally think 9 might be pushing it a little) and has dedicated baby and toddler areas as well as a pretty impressive double height soft play frame for the older children. It's big enough to let your kids run off steam but small enough for you not to lose them, or for them to lose you! The cafe is also entirely secure; there's no chance of a small person escaping thanks to an electric gate that can only be operated by staff, so you really can relax while you're in there.


Aside from the soft play areas, there is also a complete 'street' which contains a supermarket, a cafe and a workshop to play in, lots of ride ons to drive up and down plus there is a party room - with awesome LED disco floor and disco globe - that also holds a whole timetable of daily classes, including singing, cooking, reading and even zumba classes for parents on a Wednesday morning.


I took both girls down mid-week, for lunch and a play. We had to wait for a table (which is only to be expected when visiting a brand spanking new establishment that everyone wants to try out) but by the time we were seated the kids were already off having a whale of a time which meant I got to peruse the excellent menu at my leisure and make a few observations for this post. 

The staff are lovely, very knowledgeable and super helpful. The standards of cleanliness at The Hen-House are extraordinarily high - surfaces were constantly being wiped, floors being swept and tables cleared - but in a good way, not an invasive way at all. I loved this; I hate sitting at grubby tables or having to wait ages for my plates to be taken away after a meal. The toilets were also very clean - and stocked with nappies, nappy sacks and wipes too which is always helpful.


But back to the menu! I opted for the salt beef sandwich with a Fentiman's pink lemonade (my fave soft drink ever!) and the girls went for the kids meal deal (above) - two courses for £4.95 - and a couple of smoothies. I was a little disappointed to discover that the rumour about them having a license to sell wine was just that; a rumour, but never mind! The huge display of home made cakes looked AMAZING (there were plenty of gluten free options too) but I managed to resist...... this time.

We stayed for a little over two hours of play (we could have stayed longer; there's currently no time limit in the week) and between the three of us had one grown up's sandwich, one kid's menu, three cold drinks and a coffee - and our bill came to £23. Not the cheapest soft play in the world but the quality of the food and the beautiful, brand new equipment definitely made it worth the money.

The Hen House is open from 9am to 6pm every day of the week and there are two sessions I'm particularly looking forward to trying out. First up is the Breakfast Club, which is available from 9-11am on weekends (pre-booking essential) and whereby a full breakfast, unlimited tea/coffee and a complimentary newspaper is included in the price of entry for one child. I'm also going to take full advantage of the drop off creche. It operates on weekdays for a maximum of two hours per child, must be booked in advance and there is a webcam installed (with a log in that is changed daily) so that you can check up on your rug rats while you're doing a bit of shopping in town.

Full details of the pricing will shortly be available on The Hen House website here but the general gist is that under 1's go free, under 4's pay £3.80, and over £6.50. There are also family packages available where it costs £10 for two siblings over 4 and £9 for two siblings of different ages (ie one under 4 and one over 4). 

If you haven't popped down yet, you must - you won't be disappointed! xoxo

We did not receive payment of any kind in exchange for this review. 

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Camp Bestival 2014




Yessssss! I am majorly excited to be able to confirm that we will be official Camp Bestival bloggers again this year! 

We'll be packing our face paints, our fairy wings and a bottle of rum (or two) and setting off for the (hopefully) sunny climes of Dorset at the end of July and I. Can't. Wait.

With a line up that includes Basement Jaxx, Nick Mulvey, De La Soul and Chas & Dave (just a few of my faves) and millions of family friendly activities to join in with (PANS PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE THERE! THE GIRLS AND I ARE GOING TO DANCE WITH PANS PEOPLE!!!!) it's set to be the best weekend EVER!

Hands up who else will be going? If you've not got tickets yet YOU SHOULD - they're available from Ticketline here. xoxo


DISCLAIMER: We will receive Camp Bestival tickets for all the family in exchange for our honest opinions during and after the event. 
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In The Night Garden Live

The girls and I adore going to the theatre - even Evie loves it at just eighteen months old.

Back in December we were lucky enough to get front row seats to the stage production of Raymond Briggs's Father Christmas and both girls were utterly mesmerised for the entire performance.

We have been on on quite a few theatre (and cinema!) trips together since, but the shows we've been to see have always been aimed at Daisy's age group. Now the time has come for Evie to go and see a show especially for her.... In The Night Garden is back at the O2!



I took Daisy to see it when she was the same age as Evie is now (you can read my original - very honest - review here). She adored it so much that we actually went back the following year too!

It really is a magical theatre experience for babies and young children; the music, the puppets, the projections, the full size characters and the puppets all make for a truly sensational show. 

The fact it takes place in a purpose built showdome within the O2, with plenty of loos, baby changing facilities and space to park your buggy, really does make it the perfect day out. 

There are two shows to choose from, and each one lasts just under an hour. Will you catch the Ninky Nonk or the Pinky Ponk? xoxo


In The Night Garden Live is showing at the O2 from 29 May - 14 June. Ticket prices start at £17.50.

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

What I'm Wearing to BritMums Live 2014!

So BritMums is just five weeks away and this year, not only am I being sponsored by the wonderful Silver Cross, I'm also being dressed and accessorised by three amazing fashion brands.

I love an opportunity to get a bit glammed up, and a child free weekend in London with lots of friends and vino sounds like a pretty good one to me!

Twitter has already started buzzing with talk of what everyone will be wearing so I thought I'd write a post dedicated to my weekend's attire.


Two days: Two outfits! 

1. Thea Ruched Tank Dress, £79 - Baukjen // 2. Nude Gold Mac Sprinkle Glitter Scarf, £25 - Daniel (sold out - but currently available in pink and blue) // 3. Mustio Nude Patent Court Shoes, £149 - Daniel 

4. Provence Long Tea Dress, £79.99 - Fever London // 5. Moheda Betty Clogs, £54.99 - Lotta from Stockholm

What will you be wearing? xoxo


Huge thanks to Baukjen, Fever London and Daniel Footwear for gifting me the clothes and accessories above.
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Monday, 19 May 2014

Modern Mummy Loves.... Friends, Family & Sunshine

What a glorious weekend we've had! How is it that a little bit of sunshine makes everything a hundred, million, billion times better?


Family 
We spent this weekend back in the Motherland (aka Twickenham) and it was utterly perfect.


After popping in to see my parents, and dropping Evie off with the in-laws, Daisy and I headed to Richmond to see Peppa Pig's Big Splash at Richmond Theatre as a birthday treat for her friend. We had an alfresco lunch beforehand and an ice cream and a run around on the Green afterwards.


On Sunday I helped out at my godson's school fair. His mum - my bestie and Daisy's godmother - organised the whole shebang and it was AMAZING. She did a brilliant job raising money for local charity, The Shooting Star Hospice.

I helped out on the face painting stall (ha! The episode of Peppa Pig, where Mrs Rabbit is on face painting duty at the school fete springs to mind) but did manage a quick circuit of the stalls (and a sample from the coffee stall) and it was awesome. Live music, good food, Pimms, face painting and SUNSHINE! Who could ask for more? 


Afterwards we headed to my Dad's local where his band was gigging and got to spend more time with family and listening to more live music before getting back on the road and heading home to Haslemere.

Food 



This week has been all about ice cream! Seriously, I've never eaten so much in all my life! We did squeeze in a cheeky Pizza Express at the end of last week, where Evie had her very own piccolo menu for the first time..... she ended up with Bolognese sauce EVERYWHERE. From her armpits to her knees. Thankfully it all came out in the wash!

Fashion 


I've been so lucky this past few weeks. I've been gifted a beautiful 1940s inspired dress by 20th Century Foxy and have also had confirmation that I'm being dressed for the two days of BritMums Live by Fever London and Baukjen - with accessories coming from Daniel Footwear.

I also FINALLY treated myself to this gold waterproof parka from Joules - I've been hankering after it ever since the SS14 Press Day last year and figured it's pretty darn perfect for spring showers and then festival season!

Soundtrack 
Because we've been in the car a lot this weekend I've been forced to endure the Frozen soundtrack on repeat (again!) but I did manage to sneak in a few tracks from Dido's Best Of album, which I picked up on CD in HMV for the bargain price of £2.99. Remember this song? Oh I do love it xoxo

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Daily Outfit ♥ Glorious Green



1940s shirt dress - 20th Century Foxy, £99 (also available in blue and red)
Moheda Betty Clogs in Cognac - Lotta of Stockholm, £57.50

There's nothing I love more than being introduced to new brands and earlier in the month I discovered an amazing online boutique that sells vintage inspired clothing called 20th Century Foxy.

I LOVE vintage clothes. In the mid-nineties I would spend ALL my spare time at Kensington Market, on the Portobello Road or in Camden rummaging through rails and rails of old Farah flares, 60s shift dresses, psychedelic shirts with huge collars, vintage Fred Perrys and tiny tight leather jackets.

Fast forward two decades and my love of vintage is most definitely still there, but the time to go vintage shopping is not. Times have changed too. Vintage used to be affordable; nowadays prices are similar to {higher end} new pieces. In ye days of old, people were a different shape - and lots of the pieces I like, particularly from the 60s and 70s, come in teeny tiny sizes. I'm a curvy size 12 since having kiddos, so they're no good for me anymore.

I still make the odd purchase here and there of course (eBay is brilliant when you can't get out to browse, although you do have to compete with the whole of the UK/the world for those totally dreamy pieces which can make them more expensive) but I'm now a big fan of vintage inspired clothing and Cath Kidston and Fever London have been two of my favourite places to shop over the last year or two.

Now 20th Century Foxy are on my radar, I've a new place to spend my husband's hard earned cash and I've been busy racking up a huge virtual shopping basket ready for his my next pay day!

I adore this green dress - it's so authentic! It's strongly based on original patterns and photographs - take the gathers on the shoulder, the pleats around the waist seam and the slightly puffed sleeves for example - but it is made from a rayon/poly mix (with a touch of stretch) so that it's easy to wash and iron which is great for us 21st century women that are after a practical bit of 20th century glamour in our wardrobes.

I adore the wooden buttons and the collared neckline; dresses in the forties were just so elegant - even the every day ones like these!


DISCLAIMER: I was gifted this dress by 20th Century Foxy. Clogs are my own.
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Five Favourites: Jeans

I know it was only a few weeks ago that I said I wanted to banish jeans from my wardrobe forever but it turns out I might have been a little bit hasty. A lot of my recent style pins have involved denim; jeans, heels and shirt combos (something so simple that I've never really tried before), bell bottoms teamed with floaty, embroidered tops, and jeans and blazers (very rah but such a good look for Spring). After packing my (only) pair of jeans away with my winter clothes, I felt the urge to retrieve them from their summer hibernation and try some of these looks out myself.

I ended up getting just two days' wear out of them before noticing the denim softening at the knees and on the third, a tear appeared on the right one. At first I thought it was a sign; that the fashion gods were saying 'DO NOT WEAR JEANS!'. Then I realised it was actually an opportunity to treat myself to a new pair..... and so the research began!

These are my five favourites:


1. Relaxed Denim Cropped Jeans, Next - £24 // 2. Boyfriend Jeans, Boden - £49 // 3. Tile Print Leigh Jeans, Top Shop - £40 // 4. Skinny Low Ankle Jeans, H&M - £19.99 // 5. Savanah Bell Bottom Jeans, 7 For All Mankind - £74.80 (reduced from £220!)

Which ones do you like?
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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Tom & Jerry: Firm Family Favourites

Tom & Jerry was one of my favourite cartoons as a kid. The characters were cute and funny, and the fact that the episodes were short enough to keep my attention made me hungry for more!

In those days we didn't have as much choice when it came to kids TV as our children do now. We had four channels, only two of which showed children's programmes, for a couple of hours after school and on Saturday mornings and that was it.

When we were told about a new series of The Tom & Jerry Show starting on Boomerang and asked if we'd like to give it a sneak preview I actually got really excited about being able to introduce the girls to it. We don't have Sky or Virgin so we won't get the chance to watch it on TV as it airs.

Once our DVD arrived, and armed with a few extra goodies, we decided to have a Tom & Jerry afternoon which it was heaps of fun.


The DVD came first and, as I expected, the girls LOVED it. Evie was utterly mesmerised, which I found hilarious (it's usually pretty hard to get her to sit still). 



Then Daisy and I played Tom Bomb (a game for kids age 3+ which involves trying to get Tom to pop out of a barrel!) while Evie played with a Jerry figurine. It was a lot of fun and really made me reminisce about my own childhood all those years ago ;)




The Tom and Jerry Show is currently airing on Boomerang on Saturday mornings at 9am (Sky Channels: 603 and 618/ Virgin Channels: 730 and 731). 



DISCLAIMER: We were sent a review disc of the new series of Tom & Jerry (and a few extra little goodies) in exchange for this post.
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Beep Beep! Organising Our New Car

Just before Easter I bought a new car. Well. A new - old - car. I was very, VERY excited as I'd been without one for two years (you can read my post about becoming a car free zone here).

Yes, back in 2012, when I was still living in the suburbs of London and only had one daughter, I decided to do away with my car and invested in a bicycle - and a weeride - to replace it. Getting around London was easy, even without using my bike; there were trains, tubes and buses that, despite what the majority of public transport users say, were actually really reliable.

Fast forward two years and I found myself living in the middle of the country with two small people to ferry around. As happy as I am braving the elements and walking a lot, after two particularly wet and chilly winters I started to hanker after the warmth and comfort of a car. Plus as lovely as Haslemere is, it was pretty tricky to get out of it without a set of wheels.

So I set about researching makes and models, and which strollers would fit into their boots, and eventually opted for a Mercedes A160. Small on the outside, spacious on the inside, with plenty of room for my Silver Cross Reflex AND the girls' two Micro Scooters in the boot (don't let anyone tell you the A-class and it's boot are too small for a family!).

Once I got my shiny shiny new-old wheels, it was time to make them my own. I'm a sucker for anything that helps me to organise my life, so first on my shopping list were some organisers for the back seat - and all the snacks, toys and books etc that are essential items when travelling with kids.

Diono, famous for their car seats, also have a huge range of car accessories and I opted for two of the Stow 'n Go for the backs of the front seats (one each for the girls) and a Travel Pal to sit on the back seat between them.


The Stow 'n Go fastens around any headrest and ties around the bottom of the seat for a secure fit and keeps everything organised and easy to find! It has seven full sized pockets and two drink holders and is made from a waterproof material that is also entirely washable. 

We've packed ours full of pencils, colouring and reading books plus they hold a stash of spare hair clips too.

The Travel Pal has some slightly bulkier books and toys, like Daisy's Disney Princess Touchpad and Evie's Peppa Pig Notebook, and holds their snacks and drinks so that they are easy to reach and share. The drinks holders (on the outside) are insulated, plus on the main body of the organiser there are lots of pockets (one zippered) to hold little things.

They retail at £10.99 and £11.00 respectfully and are available from John Lewis and JoJo Maman Bebe.


Once the organisation was dealt with, it was time to start on the music and the pretties! I picked up a whole heap of CDs from an HMV that was closing down for £2.99 each - plus, of course, I had to have a lucky cat from Japan on my dashboard. Miaow!
DISCLAIMER: Diono sent us our Stow n' Goes and Travel Pal in exchange for this honest post.
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Monday, 12 May 2014

Lunch at Gordon Ramsay's Maze Grill

In a previous life (that would be pre-kids) I worked in wealth and asset management in Mayfair. I worked ridiculously hard - the hours were insane - but I got to have a lot of fun too. My colleagues and I would head out on the town most nights, once we'd shut down our laptops and topped up our make up. One bar we frequented regularly was Maze Grill, Gordon Ramsay's restaurant on Grosvenor Square. It did (still does) the most amazing food - with steak and sushi their specialities - but even better were it's super potent cocktails; a few of those were the perfect way to celebrate the end of the working week.

Over Easter, I was invited back to Maze for lunch, but this time it was set to be a much more civilised affair, as Daisy was invited too!

They have recently introduced a new incentive to encourage families to dine together - and to dine in style. At weekends, from 12pm to 6pm, kids eat free - and we were asked to try out the children's menu.


So on Saturday, Daisy and I planned a big girls day out in the West End with Alice from An Essex Wife and her eldest daughter, Scarlett.

After a trip to The Disney Store on Oxford Street, we headed round the corner to the restaurant. That's the first thing to point out - Maze's location is perfect for a break from shopping as Oxford Street and Bond Street are just minutes away.



On arrival the girls were treated like royalty. We were seated in the dining room and given our menus; the kids ones were printed on little envelopes that contained a chefs hat and colouring pencils and books. I was a little disappointed to see only three choices for them - and nothing vegetarian at all - especially seeing as the main menu was so extensive but, in their defence, Maze had chosen three popular dishes and Daisy would have happily eaten all of them.



Seeing as it was past midday, Alice and I ordered a glass of fizz each which we sipped while we perused the grown ups menu and the girls got to meet the head chef. We were talked through the different cuts of meat on the steak board by our server which was fabulous - next time I fully intend to try the Wagyu "9th Grade" steak - which comes from Japanese cows that live a life of luxury, being fed sake and beer and getting daily massages!

This time, however, Alice and I both opted for the chicken caesar salad, with sides of chips and mac and cheese, Daisy went for sausages and mash from the children's menu and Scarlett, pasta bolognese. (You can view the full a la carte menu here, and there are also lunchtime specials - Saturday's was a salt beef sandwich and a beer for £14).






The meals were all a huge success - four clean plates were returned to the kitchen - and then came pudding! The girls received complimentary bowls of chocolate ice cream whilst Alice and I had an after dinner cocktail (a Bramble in my case and a T10 Collins for her) and shared a chocolate honeycomb mousse.





The service was faultless; the staff couldn't do enough for us. The food was utterly divine, albeit a rather expensive meal out for a Saturday afternoon (the food bill should have come to £76 for the four of us - that's excluding the cocktails) but it was an utterly lovely, decadent treat - and the perfect refuel before we returned to the shops to continue with our shopping (and let the girls have a go in a photo booth!).




It was lovely to be given the chance to return to my old stomping ground and I would most definitely take my family back there again for a treat. I would like to see a few extra dishes on the children's menu though (small kids portions of sushi would be great - my girls love it!).

Thanks to the staff at Maze Grill for looking after us, and to Alice and Scarlett for being fabulous lunching companions! xoxo

DISCLAIMER: We were given a complimentary meal in exchange for this honest review.





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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Muddy Puddles Review

A couple of weeks ago, Evie was asked to review a waterproof jacket from Muddy Puddles.

As a family that likes to spend a lot of time outdoors, whatever the weather, waterproofs are essential daily attire for us - and we like them to be as pretty as possible!


We went for the packable jacket in the fandango pink wave pattern which we LOVED (there are six colours and patterns to choose from altogether). It's perfect for Spring and Summer as it's lovely and lightweight - so ideal for chilly evenings on the beach - and entirely waterproof, should you be surprised by a bit of a Spring shower or get soaked on a theme park ride!

The best part is that it neatly folds away and zips into a cleverly designed, and very compact, pocket on the back of the jacket, which means it can be easily taken out and about 'just in case' and can be packed away in it's own case if it gets mucky, without getting anything else wet or dirty.

We well and truly put our jacket to the test over the past couple of weeks. It has seen light showers, heavy rain and gale force winds and hasn't let us down once. 

Evie is a chubby eighteen month old, so we went for the jacket in age 2-3. It was the perfect choice as the elasticated wrists means it fits well now, but there's plenty of room for growth - and for layers, come Autumn when the weather changes.






It's washable at 40 degrees and retails at just £20, which is one of the best prices I've come across for such a stylish and practical jacket.

Check out the Muddy Puddles website {here} to see the rest of their collections; they also sell kids ski wear, foot wear and all in ones, which are great for toddlers, at really good prices.

DISCLAIMER: We were sent a Lightweight Packable Jacket from Muddy Puddles in exchange for this honest review.
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