Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Pizza Express | Spring Summer Menu

Last weekend Jason and I went on a little dinner date to Pizza Express in York. We had been invited over to try the new Spring/ Summer menu.It had been hot all week but it choose Saturday to rain ... heavily!So we have to make a quick dash for the restaurant from the car park. It would of been lovely to have a walk around the town after but we had a lovely meal together. I'm not sure of the history of the restaurant but it looked like it was in the hall/ ball room of an old house, it was very beautiful. If it had been sunny there was a lovely outside seating area looking over the river. 

It was quite busy when we arrived... it was a Saturday afternoon. The staff were lovely, they came straight over to ask which drinks we would like and gave us a few minutes to look at the menu. 

I normally go for things I've had before...the 'safe option' but I wanted to try new things this time that I hadn't tried before. So for my starter I went for the Leggera Panzanella which was under 250cals. (description below) and Jason went for the Dough balls which he said were really good... I wanted to pinch them they looked so nice!

 'Inspired by the classic Tuscan dish, full of fresh colour and flavour. 
Santos & vine tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, surfine capers and croutons
 marinated with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, basil and balsamic vinegar.'

For main course I went for the Girardiniera pizza, again something I haven't had before. I usually stick to the safe cheese or cheese and pineapple. It was really good, I have never had artichokes before but wanted to try them. I went for the original crush. (description below). Jason went for the Calzone salami e salsiccia Jason typically likes his meaty pizzas. I don't think this had much meat inside but he cleared his plate.(description below).For sides we went for the Polenta Chips, these were the only thing we both weren't keen on. 
Girardiniera
Artichokes, mushrooms, red peppers, marinated santos
tomatoes, leeks, olives, garlic oil, tomato and pesto base

'Calzone'

Italian cured meats and crumbled 
fennel & chilli sausage with passata, roasted red and yellow
 peppers, garlic oil, mozzarella, parsley and baby spinach.
'Polenta Chips'
Italian polenta with rosemary, twice baked and finished with Gran Moravia
 cheese, served with honey and mustard dressing

For desert we both went for the Raspberry sorbet.It was sooo good! We are normally too full for desert but id heard from my sister who visited the Leeds restaurant to try out the menu recently that it was amazing. Jason really loved it too. If you go to pizza express you definitely need to try this.  This was under 200 cals.
'Two scoops of lemon curd or dairy-free raspberry sorbet
 served with a chocolate straw and fresh mint'

Overall we have a really nice time at Pizza Express. The Staff were great and the restaurant is beautiful.We would definitely go back again! If you are a student you can get student discount too which is great.

A huge thank you to Pizza Express and Kelly!!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Summer Fun | Emme's Frist walk on sand | Video

On Sunday we went to spend the day at the sea side while the weather is still nice. We had a great day, the boys had lots of fun on the different rides and Emme had her first walk on sand. If I've ever made videos before I do the as family videos for the boys to watch and for me to look back on when they are older. My mum loves seeing what they have been up to so I have taken some videos off private for my mum to watch so the one of us at the sea side is up too. So you can see what we did HERE
|Video is a homevideo style|
I have lots of posts to come this week, which I can't wait to get up!

xxx


Friday, 25 July 2014

Summer Fun | The Little Crackers Drinks


Over the last few days the boys... and Emme have been trying out The Little Crackers Drinks *.
 These little drinks are perfect for little ones, especially for the summer time when your going on day trips and playing in the garden. We are heading to the sea side while Jason is off work so these will definitely be coming with us.There four flavours - Blackcurrant and Cherry, Pear and Vanilla, Orange and Lemon and Apple and Raspberry. 

'100% natural pure juice with a 
splash of water....no added sugar.'

The drinks are all natural and school approved. They have gone down a big hit with my 3! Each of the fruits have been given names to make them even more fun for kids..Lilly lemon, cheeky cherry, Billy blackcurrant, Peter pear, Ollie orange, Vicky vanilla, Apple Adam and Ruby raspberry also known as fruit heads.

'1 of your 5 
a day'

I think Apple & Raspberry and Orange & Lemon have been the boys favourites but to be honest I don't think they mind which of the flavours they have. I have just noticed they are being drunk faster than the others. The Orange and Lemon tastes like pure orange juice and is really yummy. The Pear and Vanilla is really refreshing too.I love that it has vanilla, I love everything vanilla and you don't really get many vanilla drinks so I was really excited to give this one a try.

1% of the annual net profits go to Rainbow Trust Charity who supports families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.


Cracker drinks can be found at Asda, Tesco, Waitrose , Morrisons ... check out full list of stockists here.

Laura



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Friday, 18 July 2014

Glossybox July 2014 | Stars & Stripes

Themed beauty boxes are my favourite kind of box! I get a tad more excited when I open up the packaging to find a pretty themed box. I love this stars & stripes theme. This is again a great box...Glossybox* are definitely on a roll with great boxes.

From what I have seen, every box this month includes a Bellapierre lipstick (Full Size £20). The one I have is Mandaring which is pretty coraly-orange. I really love the colour and I'm sure I will definitely get lots of wear out of it while the weather is nice.
This Tarte Lights, camera, lashes 4 in 1 mascara was the item that had me most excited this month. I have seen lots of people rave about Tarte. This is the first time I have tired a product from them and I am super happy it is mascara....My favourite make up product. (sample size)

Carmex lip balm. You can never have too much lip balm. Carmex is great and one I have used for years. Another full size product.£2.69p

Absolute New York eyeshadow primer - I am really happy to see this inside this months box. My current eye primer is about to run out so it nice to try a different brand. This is full size at $4.99.

Finally this Color club- Glossy seal nail polish.
This is a glossybox exclusive!
This colour was especially made for this month box.
I like the colour for the colder months I'm sure I will get alot of wear out of it around Christmas time.
Full size $8

Another great month
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Picture of the week #3


We have had a lot happening this week with it being the last week of school.
. Cambell learnt to ride his bike with 
out stabilisers which made him very 
happy he was telling all the teachers at school.
We have been to 2 school fairs, I have been for 2 school dinners- one with Cambell to he could see what it was like for when he starts in September and with Jake as the school dinners have recently changed so we were invited up to try them. Cambell had his graduation from nursery too with was really nice they were all given a book from the teachers and a certificate.

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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Picture Of The Week #2


I absolutely love this picture of my boys <3 nbsp="">
Ahh how cute do they look!! I love this picture so much!!

XXXXX

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Park Fun...



I love taking these little beauties to the park, we normally call before Cambell goes to school on an afternoon as it is right next to the school. Emme absolutely love the swings, once she on there is no getting her out! We used to have a baby swing in the garden when the the boys were little but I think we gave to Jason's mum for his little sister but I'm thinking we should get a new one for her. 
Cambell just goes crazy and runs around to ever different thing with his friends. I can not wait until the summer holiday start, I love the boys being home and being able to go out on days out. I have lots planned for this summer. We really want to go back to Isle of Wight again but its going to be hard working out a date to go now with the boys both being in full time school in September and Jason can only have his set 18 days off after 7 Shift sets so he cant pick his holiday dates :(.  

xxx




Monday, 23 June 2014

GlossyBox | June 2014


This months *Glossybox is possibly the best so far!?
I feel like they are now just getting better and better every month. This month has FOUR full size products....amazing products at that. I love when I get a box and want to use everything in it, this is definitely one of those boxes.

Teeez Trend Cosmetics | Beautiful flat stiff brush
 This is a lovely brush, I really like their packaging and the design on the brush. I am so addicted to make up brushes so I'm very happy to have this one in my collection.

Nailsgirls | 3-in-1 
Again I love my nail polish, I have alot of coloured nail polish but no clear left I ran out and never got around to buying more so this is definitely a needed product! My post about my nail polish is here,It definitely needs updating as i have now painted the rack we made so it looks so much better.

So Susan Concealer Quad
Concealer is a daily must for me so I can never have enough! I'm really looking forward to trying out this quad as I've never tried any So Susan products before, although after seeing the blusher that came in other boxes I think I will be ordering more!

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes
If i could only use one make up item for the rest of my lift it would be mascara 100%. I love mascara and trying different ones out to see which make my lashes look the best. I cannot wait to try this one out definitely a favourite from the box.

Rituals Qi Gong 24 Hour Anti-antiperspirant spray
I absolutely love this, it smells lovely and I definitely want to re-order. I would of loved this to have been a full size can .

I am really happy with this months box and hope next months is this good! 
Great work Glossybox!

xxxx
*Pr Sample

Saturday, 21 June 2014

More Videos...

I feel like I have been ill for so long! I went to the dentist for a filling and ended up with the work tooth ache for about 3 weeks, I had to have antibiotics and I'm not having to have to tooth out because it caused an abscess under my tooth. Ugh. Then for the last two weeks I have had tonsillitis which was just great! I'm finally feeling better and catching up on everything I have been wanting to catch up on. I have lots of great posts to do and an amazing fake tan giveaway coming up.
I cant remember if I have mentioned it on here at all but I know I have had lots of advice from everyone on instagram/twitter about the problem we have had with Cambell's place in reception for September but basically when I sent the application form off last year they never received it so I've also been trying to sort that out. We wanted him to stay at the same school he has been at for the last two years with his brother as I obviously couldn't get to two school at the same time everyday but thankfully its all been sorted and he has a place!!
I have been so busy with The Bow Boutique too, it's nearly our 1st birthday so that is super exciting for us! We have a stall at a fair in a few weeks so we are getting things sorted for that too and hoping to do The Baby and Toddler show again in September. 
I was watching all our old videos last night with the boys and it made us want to go back to Isle of Wight NOW! I can't wait to book again, we try to go every year. It's such a nice place to take the kiddy's and Jason has family down there so he has been going since he was little. All the random Christmas videos we did were so nice to look back on too, makes me wish id of kept it up and done it everyday. The boys look so young, I'm so glad we have them. I do them as family videos so that when they are older they can look back on then like the ones I have from when I was little but we all agreed that we need to do more of them now as I don't have too many really recent ones so as soon as I have a new phone charger I'm going to start..... I hate iphone chargers! I've been through so many.


XXX

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Our days out - Tropical world

We love taking the boys and Emme on days out, when we have days when we are all at home we try going out and doing something together. We have taken them to Tropical world a few times as its not that far from us, they love it and its very affordable to get in. There's lots of different animals for them too see from butterfly's to snakes and meerkats . Its lovely too have a walk outside to they have lovely grounds and there is a big park across they road with play area.

It is super hot and humid inside so I prefer to go on warmer days when you have shorts and t-shirt on or something. We've been a few times in winter and it feels so stuffy when you have jeans and jumpers on. 

It was really good for the boys to learn about the different animals, they have little boards with facts about each amimal and where they are from which was great for them to read.

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