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Friday, 31 October 2014

Frankie & Benny's #FrankiesFangs Review...


To celebrate the  launch of Frankie & Benny's Halloween campaign #FrankiesFangs, we kindly got invited to try out some yummy food from their menu.  They are inviting customers to share a snap of themselves across the Halloween weekend with the fangs that will be provided at the end of their meal. By sharing to the hashtag, #FrankiesFangs, they will then be entered into a draw to win a family meal at Frankie's!


As we are already fans of Frankie & Benny's New York Italian Restaurants, the only thing we had to decide was which restaurant to have our meal. Saving the ones in our local area for another day, we opted to have a drive to Meadowhall Shopping Centre. Retail therapy and a lovely meal what more can you ask for? We have always found the food here delicious with a great atmosphere and very friendly staff :):)


Quench our thirst. With unlimited refills.


Early afternoon and we always opt for the lunchtime special 3 courses for £10.95  Well worth the money. With the Hungry Kids option even cheaper..

                                       Mmmmmm Burger..



My Favourite part Dessert...

A new one for me as recommended by our waiter Cinnamon waffle crunch



As usual with Frankies everything was spot on. The food is always excellent, fresh, tasty and cooked to perfection. Waiting times are kept to a minimum the ambience is brilliant, the staff are always polite and friendly without being false. Our waiter this time was called Erhan, he was, superb and a credit to the company. 

When you look at the price it is incredible value for money. Maybe next time without the kids a bottle of wine would be in order. Just in case hubby is reading..

Remember if you are there over the weekend post a picture on twitter or instagram with #frankiesfangs for your chance to win....

About this post~

We got invited to have a family meal at Frankie & Benny's for the purpose of this review. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are our own honest option...


Thursday, 30 October 2014

Posh Wellies From Lotus Shoes :Review...


Everywhere I seem to look lately, I keep noticing the new style wellington boots. 

Not just ordinary wellies..

These new boots have gone all posh!!

Posh wellies indeed...

 When Lotus Shoes asked me I would like to review something from their footwear range, I just knew I had to pick some of these posh wellies and take them out for a spin.




About The Posh Wellies Brealyn Black Knee-High Boots

Equestrian styling is key this season, so opt for the stylish Posh Wellies knee high boot Brealyn as this remarkable style takes inspiration from this wearable trend. With a trio of decorative buckles incorporated with a exposed antique gold zip, a waterproof foot and a wearable 3cm heel this stunning Posh Wellies ladies’ boot is as stylish as it is practical.
  • New in.
  • Posh Wellies Brealyn boot.
  • Ladies’ knee high boot.
  • Material
  • Quilted
  • Buckle & zip detailing.
  • Waterproof foot.
  • 3cm heel.
  • Item in Stock.
  • Usually dispatched within 24 hours.
  • Size 37 to 41 in stock.
  • Free delivery over £40.00.
  • 100% secure shopping.
  • Price £65.00


What I think of the Posh Wellies...

I am loving these posh wellies from Lotus shoes.

They feel high quality and fit true to size. 

They feel nice and comfortable to wear.


I wore them all around Meadowhall today with my boot socks on and they felt great. Would I have wore ordinary wellies around Meadowhall!?! No,,, but these are posh ones and felt very stylish. 

Not only glamorous and fashionable but most importantantly to me, very comfortable. 

Perfect for cold, rain and snowy weather too!

These boots will be great for winter.

These will style up great with skinny jeans and chunky jumpers for a nice casual look on Autumn walks. 

I am now almost looking forward to some snow and rain, just to try my new boots out!!

What do you think?

Love them as much as me?

About this post~

I got to pick some shoes or boots  from Lotus Shoes for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I was not paid for this post...


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Fajita And Film Night From Santa Maria...


Last week we had a Mexican feast and film night. Thanks to Santa Maria (previously Discovery Foods).

They sent us a lovely parcel filled with lots of tasty things for us to try out.  Perfect for our Mexican themed dinner. Best of all we all got to make our own fajitas with the toppings of our choice. We got sent a lovely selection of things including in our parcel~

Wholemeal tortillas,
Nacho rolls,
Fajitas seasoning,
Salsa,
Red jalapeƱos,
Onion and garlic dip,
Guacamole style topping.

We love making fajitas, we serve them with chicken dippers, chilli con carne all kinds of meat and salads. I picked chicken to go with our fajitas, so we could really tasty the dips and toppings. We all enjoyed the sauces, nacho, tortillas and dips and had a fun meal together. My favourite dip was the onion and garlic, perfect with the nacho rolls. My daughter loved the guacamole topping, not to spicy. Only my 2nd oldest son was brave enough to eat the jalapeƱos though, haha..

We also got to pick a film to make a special night of it. My daughter is a big Frozen fan so we selected that off their list. After we had finished all our delicious food and I had done the washing up, me and my daughter went to watch Frozen for a little mother and daughter girly time..



Me and my daughter watching Frozen with Ana and Elsa...

About this post~

I was gifted this parcel full of yummy food from Santa Maria. All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I was not paid for this post...


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Pavers Boot Review...


New season and new boots!!

I love Autumn it is my favourite time to exercise. Kids back at school. Not too hot and not too cold...Perfect..

 Just the right weather for wearing chunky jumpers and jeans going on long family walks. Kicking all the fallen crispy leaves around in the park and what better to do this in? Some beautiful new boots...

With this in mind, a few weeks ago I got to pick some comfortable shoes or boots from Pavers to review...

It had been a good few months since I bought some boots, so not a hard choice!

I love the classics black knee length boots {and some of these were my 2nd choice!!} but this time I have opted for something different to what I would usually go for. 

I picked out these blue leather ankle boots and I absolutely love them. Perfect whilst the weather is mild to dress up with bright coloured tights and flowery dresses and great for Winter with chunky jumpers and jeans.

I have been having a little dressing up session in my bedroom and they go with almost everything I own. 







About Pavers in there own words~
  • We are all about comfort. 
  • The business was founded by Cathy Paver in 1971 from a simple desire – the search for the comfiest pair of shoes. 
  • As Cathy could not find what she was looking for in the shops she decided to source and sell her own. 
  • Stepping forward in to 2014 we have 115 shops spread across the UK with a mixture of high street shops and those in outlets. 
  • The main difference is the product stock held and the prices. 
  • We also have a successful ecommerce website, catalogue and a new TV studio which we air programmes on our own channel Sky Guide 669. 
  • Our products primarily have comfort in mind; we do have a number of ranges from heavily comfort orientated through to younger, trendier styles such as the Bellissimo range. 
  • Along with our own brands we also stock the likes of Skechers, Marco Tozzi, Rieker, Piccadilly to name a few. 
  • Regardless as to the brand, comfort is always important; we do what we can to source quality materials and leading innovations in comfortable yet stylish shoes. 
  • We pride ourselves on providing first-rate customer service; we offer free delivery over £50 or buy online, collect in store.


What I think of the boots

I am very pleased with the boots I picked. They go with most of the Winter clothes in my wardrobe~ Reds, blues, jeans burgundy, flowered dress, bright clothes, everything I tried them on with, just perfect. They feel very comfortable and true to size. They are lovely, warm and cosy. The heel is a nice height too. Perfect for lots of days out walking. The 3 miles a day walk with my daughter to and from school will be a stylish one.


About the boots 
  • Leather Ankle Boot with Faux Fur Lining.
  • An on-trend, chunky leather fashion boots.
  • Set on a robust anti-slip sole and featuring a micro-fibre textile lining that will keep your feet toasty and warm throughout the winter months. 
  • The boot comes with a patterned and a plain lace so you can change the look as you wish. 
  • Heel Measurement: 5cm
  • Colours~ Tan, Bordeaux and the one I picked Navy.
  • Available in size~ 3,4,5,6,7,8.
  • Upper Leather.
  • Insole Textile.
  • Sole Other.
  • Price : £79.99.


A big thank you to Pavers for letting me choose some of their warm, comfortable and very stylish boots. Stayed tuned and I will share how I have been styling them over the coming weeks...

And my favourite look so far is~


About this post~

I got to pick a pair of boots from Pavers for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I was not paid for this post...


Thursday, 18 September 2014

My Top Tips On Buying : The Right Pair Of Running Leggings JD Sports Review...


Last week I was happy to be asked by JD Sports if I would like to pick some running leggings. As a runner you can never have too many exercise clothes, especially as I am onto a new fitness regime, trying to work out 6 days a week! As I am a member of a gym I needed some fitness leggings suitable for gym work, spinning classes and the occasional run.


 Trying them out on a Parkrun 5km race...


As am am a Nike fan I picked these 2 pairs of lovely logo tights.

NikeLeg A See Just Do It Tights (top pair)
  • These womens Leg- A- See leggings from Nike come in a black colour option with an all over discrete pink in the stretch. 
  • Features include large JUST DO IT branding on the leg, tonal swoosh branding on the thigh and the "Just Do It" slogan on the elasticated waistband.
  • 57% Cotton/32% Polyester/11% Elastane , Product Care: Machine Washable
  • Sizes ~ XS,S,M,L,XL..
  • Price ~ £30.00
NikeLeg-A-See Logo (bottom pair)
  • The Nike Leg-A-See Logo Women's Leggings feature a screen print on a sweat-wicking, stretch cotton blend for style and comfort. 
  • Featuring Dri-FIT fabric to wick sweat away and help keep you dry and comfortable and an elastic waistband for a snug, comfortable fit.
  • Dri-FIT 57% organic cotton/32% recycled polyester/11% elastane , Product Care: Machine Washable.
  • Sizes ~ XS,S,M,L,XL...
  • £30.00



I have brought a lot of running leggings over the years. Some great and some just not right for the job!! Here are a few of my ideas on choosing the right pair of running leggings for you~

My Top Tips On Buying : The Right Pair Of Running Leggings

1. Do you carry a key? ~ If so make sure your leggings have a pocket. Some leggings have a little inside pocket at the front, some have a zip pocket at the back and some do not have a pocket. I find the back zip pockets are the most secure for keeping your key nice and safe.

2. Branded or none branded?~ Although I like some of the top brands running leggings I find that some of sport shops home brand leggings are the most comfortable. They usually cater for all my needs e.g pocket, lycra, comfort and are always a lot cheaper than the branded ones.

3. Buy leggings for the coming season~ Think about buying leggings for the coming season, before we know it the cold weather will be upon us and cycle shorts will be packed away for another year!!

4. Will the leggings stay up?~ I have brought many a pair of running leggings that feel great when in the gym but run fast in them and they keep sliding down! ~ I find the best kind of legging have a elastic waist and a cord through the waist too so you can tie them as well. This way you wont have to hold your leggings up in a race ( been there and bought the t-shirt many a times).

5. Which leggings suit you best? ~ Think about the style of leggings you like to wear when running. Cycle shorts, Knee, mid calf or ankle? My favourite for running is usually mid calf. These are a great length for all seasons and I can just wear my longer socks with them in Winter.

6. Think of a set amount of money you want to spend on a pair ~ Look for leggings in the price range you want to spend and stick to this, give or take a few pounds.

7. Try before you buy ~ If buying running leggings for the first time, a new brand you want to try or shops own brand, always try before you buy. Once you know what size you are, and which brand you prefer you can then buy them without trying as you know how they fit. I buy 10's,12's and medium in most running clothes but had to buy 16 in a top brand once to get the style I like to fit... (not that I buy this brand any more) *vain!?!* lol

8. Bend and stretch~  Once trying the leggings on, bend the knees, stretch, jump run on spot!! Make sure they fit nicely do not slip down or lumpy creases at knees. Find a nice comfy pair that will be great to run in.

9.) Lycra, lycra, lycra~  (My favourite word in sports clothes!!) Leggings with high lycra contains in are the best, the material springs back to shape once you put them on and keep you dry when running fast by drawing the sweat away. Lycra will be a tighter fit so creates less wind resistance. My p.b's are always set in Lycra!!

10. Make sure leggings are not to thin material ~ Make sure the leggings are not thin material that you can see through. Especially around the bum area!! Eek... Say no more ;)



About this post-

I got sent these 2 pair of leggings to review.

All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I did not get paid for this post ...


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Peach Blossom Spring Dress : Joe Browns Dress Review...

When we were on holiday a few weeks ago I received a email from the lovely people at Joe Browns. They asked me if I would like to style one of their beautiful and unique items of clothing from their new Autumn/ Winter range. Yes please, I love their collections ..I picked this fabulous vintage floral style Peach blossom peach spring dress. The new in range of Shangri-La and Sovereignty are beautiful and inspiring collection. 


Where does the time go!?!  I can not believe we celebrated our 18 year wedding Anniversary last week. Eek 18 years have just flown by. As we had just come off our holidays we decided to leave it till last weekend to have a night to ourselves and go on a date night <3...


Luckily for me, my son took delivery of my beautiful dress when we were away. So on our date night I went out in style...


About The Peach Blossom Spring Dress
  • These unusual colours work so well together and are reminiscent of beautiful vintage wallpaper.
  • Approx Length: 92cm
  • Sizes 8,10,12,14,16,18.
  • Print: 100% Cotton. Lace: 70% Cotton, 30% Polyamide.
  • 30 degrees machine wash.
  • £34.95
  • Standard delivery to the UK and Eire £4.00
  • The majority of our items will be delivered within 2 days from despatch. 
  • They aim to despatch within 2 working days.
  • Next Day delivery to the UK £8.00
  • Order before 3pm and delivery will be attempted the next working day. 
  • Delivery to Europe £8.00, Rest of World £12.00
  • Delivery timescales will vary depending on which country you reside in. 
  • FREE Returns
  • Returns are free (UK only).

This dress looks beautiful and feels very flattering and comfortable when wearing. I teamed it up with a simple plain pair of brown wedges as the dress pattern itself is lovely and fancy. In Winter I will team it up with leggings or thick woolly tights, a chunky cardigan and long boots..

Here is my Autumn/Winter wish list in how I would style this dress up with other items from Joe Brown in cooler weather~


Brown  leggings | Peach Blossom Springs Dress | Brown leather riding boots | Mustard chunky knit cardigan | Tan X-body bag...

I am always looking for style tips too..

How would you wear this dress in cooler months to come?

  About this post-

I got sent a dress of my choice from Joe Browns
All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I did not get paid for this post ...

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Tom Tom Cardio Watch Review...

It has been a busy Summer with lots of fun days out, holidays and the last minute rush, buying school uniform. One thing that did suffer over the holidays was my running (As usual).... Now that the children are back to school I am back on the road and training up for a new goal.

Hopefully London marathon again!?!

 Fingers crossed!!

Everyone who entered the ballot all find out if we are 'in' or not in less than a months time..

A few weeks ago, you may remember I was very lucky to test out Tom Tom cardio watch thanks to The Running Bug and Tom Tom.

So far I am loving using my watch. Little things keep impressing me,  as I discover new thing along the way. Like today I wiped my finger across the screen to wipe some water off from my sports bottle and the screen lights up!! A simple way to see the time in the dark, and a cool feature. 



So far here are my thoughts~

Positives

The built in heart rate monitor is a genius feature. Without the additional strap across the chest it uses a built in sensor on the back of your watch. This bright light with lots of technical wizardry on the inside of your watch {shown on top picture} links to your wrist to take your pulse and measure your heart beat. It has helped me gauge my effort accordingly.

The menus are easy to use, change screen features, pause and restart. Everything is a swipe up down left right. Run history, settings etc. A lot less fiddly perfect for me!

From when you set your TomTom to Run it finds the satellite really quickly. My husband has an older model Nike TomTom and he is forever moaning it has not found satellite. The run he has done has not been recorded. Most annoying. No such trouble with this little beauty Satellite first time every time. It has had no trouble in woodland either. Which at then end of the day, is the point of these things record your run. Even at my level, you like to see your progress correctly so an accurate route and time record is essential . This is the best I have ever known for that.

I am enjoying lots of different display functions when running, including distance, calories you've burned, pace, miles, heartbeat.

The watch is waterproof to 50m/165ft, if you do get caught in a down pour no need to worry about your watch getting wet. It feels nice and light on the wrist and fits perfect.

Suitable for outside runs, treadmill or you can use just as a stopwatch. On the treadmill you have an option to calibrate after your workout to ensure accuracy.

The TomTom My Sports website, where all your information on your runs can be uploaded to me is a really good website, with an easy to follow layout. Great place for studying all your runs, time, distance, pace per mile and even strides per minute.

You can set up the watch for all your training goals too (distance, time calories), intervals, laps, zones, and races.

I am still scratching the surface to be fair. I am sure in the next few months, my children permitting, my TomTom and me will be seeing a lot more of each other?! I will post an update if I find anything else useful.

Negatives

The watch comes with a lead to charge your watch via computer but no mains charger. I use a Google Chrome laptop which is great for most things but does not charge watches very good so a charge that plugs into the mains would have been great. Ways around this ~ most of our mobile phones come with leads where you can unplug the wire on the plug. The dock lead fits inside, so you can charge your watch at mains.

When using the dock lead for the computer for the first time my watch did stick into the cradle and was hard to wriggle lose. It seems ok now but sometimes becomes a little fiddly to remove from the lead. Practise really does help with this.


I love to see stats, this is a great way to see if your improving. Here are a few of my stats on Saturdays run..

Please note : the following photos came out a bit blurred from taking close up pictures of a computer screen...


I am liking the fact you can analyse your run once home. I am very keen on improving my heart rate and strides per minute so these are my favourite features on the website to keep an eye on.





About the Tom Tom Runner Cardio GPS Watch
  • Built-in Heart Rate Monitor.
  • Get accurate heart rate information without the need fora separate chest strap.
  • Train in your optimal Heart Rate Zone. 
  • Select a zone to match your training goal and always know whether you need to speed up or slow down.
  • Track your distance, time, pace, speed and calories burnt as you run.
  • Run with an ultra-slim, lightweight watch.
  • Navigate menus easily with One-Button Control.
  • Come with desk dock.
  • Comes with user guide.
  • Colour to order~ white.
  • £219.99


Now I can't wait to race again ...



About this post-

I got sent a TomTom watch to test out and review

All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I did not get paid for this post ...


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