17 January 2018

5 Reasons to Visit Costa Adeje With The Family

Going on a family holiday is the highlight of the year for us. It means we can relax a little, soak up the beautiful sunshine and let the kids explore and make new friends. We love visiting different places as a family and Costa Adeje is a top family holiday spot. It's a great destination to travel to and is situated on the Southern side of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. As most of you will know the Canary Islands are famous for their great weather most of the year round so they make an excellent holiday at any time. We've visited the Canary Islands in February and November and the weather has still been amazing.

So if you're planning on visiting Costa Adeje as a family you'll want to know what things you can do when you get there. Read on to see my 5 reasons why you should visit Costa Adeje with the family.

1. The Sun
It's a simple no brainier. I live in Scotland and trust me when I say we don't get a lot of nice hot sun year round. It's only sensible then that you want to pick some where nice to go that offers the sunshine in spades! Costa Adeje is pretty hot all year round with the hottest months being August and September where some temperatures can reach almost 29c. The average is around 25c for those months. I like to visit out of season though just because it's quieter for the boy and in March it's still a good 20c and even November it's 21c. Perfect heat for the kids and beautiful sunshine to enjoy your days in.

2. The Beaches
Costa Adeje have several lovely beaches to explore however Playa del Bobo is a great little beach for children. It's small however it's curved bay shape keeps the water nice and calm which means children can play in it without fear of being grabbed by a wave. When we're on holiday we always go for the smaller calmer beaches. It just makes sense when you have young kids. There's also a few restaurants behind it so easy to grab a snack if the kids get peckish.

3. Dolphin & Whale Watching
There's an abundance of opportunities to go dolphin watching and whale watching in Costa Adeje. I've done it a few times and it really is magical seeing these creatures at home in their natural environment enjoying life. Kids would love this activity as you get to go on a boat! You could pretend to be pirates and explore the seas. I know my 8 year old would really enjoy this. It's something the hubby and I haven't done with the kids yet but it's definitely on our list of things to do as a family.

4. Water Parks
There are two water parks to choose from in Costa Adeje. One is Aqualand and it's a lovely water park. We've been to a few like it before which the kids enjoyed and we always try to make a point of visiting at least one when we're on holiday. There's also Siam Park which is massive and looks totally amazing. We've never been but I've heard good reviews and their website is pretty impressive. It's on our list of places to visit the next time we're in Costa Adeje.

5. Jungle Park
A very short drive from Costa Adeje (15 minutes by car) is the Jungle Park. It's a beautiful wildlife park full of gorgeous animals that the kids will love to see. It has lots of different species of birds, primates, big cats, penguins, reptiles, meerkats, crocodiles etc. My daughter loves a good animal park so this would be right up her street. It's not that expensive to get in either compared to some places so well worth a visit. A lot of hotels put on buses to and from these attractions as well so look out for them or ask your hotel reception.

As you've read there really is lots to see and do in Costa Adeje so it's well worth a visit even if you're going without the kids or just as a couple. Find out more about Costa Adeje and I guarantee you'll want to visit for yourself.

This is a collaborative post. All opinions are my own.


16 January 2018

Review: Dine at 29 Restaurant in Dunfermline

We're always looking for fab family friendly restaurants to visit with the kids and were delighted to be invited along to Dine at 29 in Dunfermline to try out their tasty new menu. Dine at 29 is a contemporary restaurant with a Scottish twist and home to Hot Rock steaks. Situated on one floor, Dine at 29 offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere along with freshly prepared, quality food that everyone can enjoy.

Excited to arrive at Dine at 29!
Dine at 29 is located on Bruce Street with a handy car park just a 2 minute walk away. It's open 7 days a week so perfect for all occasions. The kids were really excited to be eating out for a change especially since it was Harlow's 3rd birthday. When we arrived we were greeted by very friendly helpful staff who couldn't have been more welcoming if they tried. We were asked what kind of table would suit us best and we went for a corner one so the kids could relax (and I could keep them out of other people's way haha). I also handed a cake over to the staff so we could sing happy birthday to Harlow later.

The inside was very relaxed and modern.
After getting comfy we ordered some drinks. The hubby chose a diet coke, Harlow got herself a fresh orange juice, Logan opted for a strawberry milkshake and I asked for a mocktail (non-alcoholic cocktail) of some sort. I don't really like drinking fizzy juice and get fed up of water so wanted something a little different without the alcohol. I definitely wasn't disappointed anyway as I was brought over a lovely strawberry daiquiri. It was amazing and Logan's strawberry milkshake was awesome too. He was so pleased.

My yummy Crayfish & Prawn Cocktail starter.
There's a new menu in place at Dine at 29 and everything sounded amazing from the menu description. I honestly was struggling with what to pick! I liked the sound of their Hot Rock steaks but since we had the kids I thought best to choose something a little less hot. I went for the Crayfish & Prawn Cocktail to start as I really love seafood. And in the end I finally decided on the Highlander Burger for my main which included a tattie scone and haggis, yummy. It came with chips, onion rings, pepper sauce and coleslaw as well. The hubby went for Haggis Bon Bon's and then Steak & Ale Pie for his main. They both looked delicious.

Logan tasting his strawberry milkshake, yum.
Of course the kids weren't left out and had their own special menu with a colouring in sheet on the back to keep them busy. Harlow chose the homemade lentil soup, mac & cheese and ice cream for pudding. Logan chose garlic bread, a cheese burger and ice cream to finish as well. I'd just like to say that the kids portions are well sized and perfect for Logan who's 8. He has a big appetite and loved every tasty mouthful of his food at Dine at 29. Harlow doesn't eat much, the wee monkey, but even she gave the soup and macaroni a good go. I was impressed to see her eating so well, it must have been yummy for her to eat it.

Our tasty food, could go some again right now.
When the food arrived for us adults we were blow away by the excellent portion size and tastiness of each dish. My prawn cocktail was so fresh and full of flavour. The hubby was delighted with his haggis bon bon's and we couldn't wait for the main meal. The Highlander Burger and sides was a massive dish. I really wasn't sure if I would be able to eat it all. I got through quite a bit but it defeated me in the end plus I wanted to save a tiny bit of room for a shared pudding with the hubby. The Steak & Ale Pie looked scrumptious too and I'm pleased to report the hubby managed to eat it all. Since we were so full we opted to share a pudding and went for the Sticky Toffee with ice cream. It was divine, my mouth is watering thinking about it now!

Harlow making Daddy colour with her.
When we were all finished the lovely manager brought out Harlow's cake for us to sing happy birthday. He put a big sparkling fountain candle on it for her too which was really nice of him. Harlow thought this was amazing and felt super special. It brought her fabulous day to a very happy ending. It really was a lovely way to celebrate Harlow's birthday. Good food, no rushing (or dishes) and content kids with happy full tummies. What more could you want.

The kids options from the children's menu.
It was a wonderful experience dining at Dine at 29 and I would definitely recommend to families, couples and friends. It's a great place to have an event, meet friends for lunch or just grab a quick coffee and chat. Prices are reasonable and the atmosphere was lovely, very relaxed and friendly. Nothing was ever too much trouble for the staff. So if you're looking for somewhere nice to go in Dunfermline (or Fife for that matter) then get yourself along to Dine at 29.

Harlow totally pleased with her cake a huge sparkler!
We received a free meal in return for writing an honest review. All opinions are my own.


11 January 2018

Review: Pony Club Lottie Doll & Stables

My daughter loves dolls and horses so when the really nice people from Lottie asked us to review their Pony Club Lottie Doll and Stables I couldn't refuse! Harlow has always had a fascination for horses from such a young age. I've no idea where she gets it from but horses seem to be one of her favourite animals. She's also a fan of dolls and is never seen without one on her travels whether it be to the supermarket or to Majorca.

So who are Lottie? Well they're an amazing toy company who create gorgeous dolls and accessories to go with them. They're based in Donegal on the North West coast of Ireland and are a team passionate about preserving the magic of childhood. They've won more than 30 international toy awards to date and try to live by Lottie's rules; Be bold, be brave, be you. It's a great message to send to young people and the dolls are truly fabulous.

Like I said Harlow was sent the Pony Club Lottie Doll and Stables to review but I'll start with the doll. Pony Club Lottie arrived in her own little box complete with Seren the Welsh Mountain Pony. Before Harlow even opened the box she was drawn in by the beautiful care and attention taken to the box design. As you can see from the photos the box is colourful and designed to look like a horses stable with the words Greendale Farm Stables on the front. 

I love that on the back of each box the dolls come with a story. Here's the one for the Pony Club Lottie Doll: "Pony Club is about much more than just riding – Lottie learns about caring for a horse too, and studies for achievement badges covering subjects like feeding, equipment, pony behaviour and grooming. As well as trying to improve her riding, Lottie makes new friends who share her love of ponies. It’s always good fun; some days are themed with treasure hunts, treat making for ponies and lots of other pony activities." Also on the back of the box it gives you suggestions of other sets to buy which I really like. For example it says there's a Pony Flag Race Accessory Set you can purchase and I'm sure Harlow would love this.

Lottie Doll herself is gorgeous with long flowing light blonde hair and blue eyes. Lottie is 18cm in height and recommended for age 3 years and over. Harlow has recently celebrated her third birthday so it's perfect for her. Also included in the set is; riding jodphurs, tweed-style formal riding jacket, shirt and tie, boots, riding helmet and Seren the Welsh Mountain Pony wears a saddle, bridle, stirrups and numnah (a saddle pad that acts as a protective cushion between the pony and the saddle).

The quality of Lottie and her horse Seren are fantastic. Everything from the clothes, hair and accessories are first class. Attention to detail has really been thought about and it makes the play experience more realistic. Harlow absolutely adores her Lottie Doll and Pony, in fact since she received them it's been one of her most played with toys. She gets them involved in all sorts of adventures.

Harlow was also lucky enough to receive the Stables to go with her Lottie Doll and Pony. We weren't expecting to receive this to review but oh my goodness Harlow's little face was a picture when she saw it. It's honestly beautiful and totally perfect for anyone who's kids are horse mad! It requires home assembly however it only took my hubby 10-15 minutes to build. The instructions were clear and everything was provided. You just need a screw driver and you're all good to go.

Included with the Stables are; two horse stalls with tradition style half doors, horse tack room with bench, shelf and hanging hooks, detailed doors with working wood bolt latch, removable roof in Lottie’s signature scalloped style for easy access play, brick detail walls, drinking trough and freestanding wooden fences. The set does not include any dolls, pony or accessories as these have to be purchased separately. The Stables are excellent quality and made of real wood which keeps them authentic and sturdy for young hands to play with. I like that the roof is removable so it's simple and perfect for children to access with ease.

When built the dimensions of the Stables are - H 330 x W 420 x D 250mm. It's a decent size but doesn't take up too much room. The Stable set is £59.99 and the Pony Club Lottie Doll is £32.99. You can buy the whole complete Stables bundle which gives you Sirius the Welsh Mountain Pony as well for £89.99. That's a saving of £21.98. I'll definitely be purchasing Sirius at some point to complete Harlow's set.

Harlow 100% loves her Lottie Doll and Pony. I'd highly recommend to family and friends and these sets would make excellent gifts for little boys and girls. There's so many different ones to choose from inlcuding; Forest Friend Lottie Doll, Muddy Puddles Lottie Doll and my fav Stargazer Lottie Doll. Prices start from as little as £18.99 and you'll be collecting the whole set before you know it.

I was sent the Pony Club Lottie Doll and Stables in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


20 December 2017

Review: Pretty Gifted Personalised Gift Wrap

I love giving gifts to family and friends and getting to wrap the gift is all part of the magic. I never understand why some people dislike wrapping presents so much. I honestly love nothing better than sitting down to wrap some gifts with music on in the background and a glass of fizz in hand. There’s just something so nice about it all. It’s even nicer when you have fabulous wrapping paper to snuggle the gifts in too. That’s why personalised gift wrap from Pretty Gifted is perfect to show the recipient how much thought you’ve put into their gift.

Pretty Gifted offer affordable bespoke foiled gift wraps which look and feel luxurious to the eye and touch. It instantly adds a personal touch to your gifts and will be well and truly appreciated by the gift receiver. Pretty Gifted have a wide range of personalisation options to choose from and the paper, colours and fonts have all been chosen to complement one another. It really couldn’t be easier to use either. It’s a 3 step process with paper selection first, font style next then onto the metallic foil choice. It’s so simple.

So how did I get on using the website and ordering my own gorgeous gift wrap? Well in short it was effortless even my 8 year old son could do it without hassle. Pretty Gifted even have an inspiration section to get the creative juices flowing before you start! After navigating to the Make portion of the website I began Step 1 and chose my paper. I was going to use this gift wrap for my son’s 8th birthday present so I wanted something he would like. I choose to use Silver paper and moved onto Step 2.

Step 2 was selecting the Font. There are five different fonts to choose from all just as lovely as each other. There’s Candy, Split, Monster, Arro and Lulu. I choose Monster as that seemed funky and cool for an 8 year old. Step 3 was choosing a foil colour for the writing on the gift wrap. I choose Aqua as it just stood right out on the silver paper. You can also choose Silve, Gold, Copper or Rainbow. I really like the idea of rainbow for myself.

Last but not least you have to write what message you wanted repeated on the gift wrap (maximum 60 characters). I choose Happy Birthday Logan with his date of birth and what time he was born to make it super special. I then decided to have the font size as medium (8mm tall) and added in a little lightening bolt icon to separate the text. There are 11 different icons to choose from. At the end you get to preview your design before you order which is very handy. You then select how many sheets you would like (each sheet is 70cm x 50cm) – 1, 3 or 5 and add to cart. One sheet costs £7.95, three sheets cost £18.95 and five sheets cost £29.95. They’re pretty big so could wrap a decent sized present or a handful depending on what size they are. It’s worth noting the prices include carriage and a free gel pen plus luxury gift tag which is a really nice touch.

Once I received the gift wrap I was pleasantly surprised by how thick and strong it was. It made wrapping Logan’s gift so much easier and I can confirm the cello tape stuck to it just fine with no issues. I’ve heard horror stories of luxury gift wrap not being compatible with cello tape but this definitely didn’t happen here. You can see for yourself from the photos.

Overall I was really pleased with my experience of the Pretty Gifted website and their product is as lovely as promised. Logan was really happy to read the wrapping when he received his gift and I would highly recommend to friends and family for that extra special touch.

I was sent this gift wrap free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


19 December 2017

Fabulous Christmas Gifts for 3 Year Olds

With Christmas literally around the corner now I thought I’d put together a lovely little gift guide for 3 year olds. My daughter will be turning 3 in January and below are some of the nice things she would love to receive from Santa this year. She really hasn't asked for much at all so maybe she'll get what's on her list. So read on for some inspiration for those last minute gift ideas of your own.

Fairy Tale Dome Musical Jewellery Box
If your daughter or son is like mine then they’ll be in desperate need of a storage box to keep all their cute dressing up jewellery in. Harlow has such a range of her own but keeps losing it amoungst her teddies and books! That’s why I love this gorgeous fairy tale dome musical jewellery box from Lucky Locket. Not only will is keep all her jewellery in one place but it’ll keep her amused with a dancing fairy and soothing music.

Feisty Pets
Who doesn’t want a pet that looks sweet but also doubles as a fierce bouncer for your tea parties! Feisty Pets are the newest trendy toy sweeping the web. They look super innocent but as soon as you squeeze their cheeks a snarling feisty side comes out. You’d think some kids would be terrified of these but Harlow saw them and laughed! Says it all really.

My Pocket Money Toy Subscription Box

This is the gift that keeps on giving. If you’re really stuck for ideas then this is the perfect present for you. It’s a toy subscription box that you can sign up to and have delivered straight to your door. You can of course get one off boxes however I think a 3 month subscription is pretty good to see how you get on. We’ve had these boxes and personally love them. Kids love getting mail and even better when it’s a box crammed full of quality children’s goodies.

Moluk Rain Cloud
Having fun at bath time is what we’re all about in our house (when I can get the kids in the bath that is) so to tempt the kids into the bath with eagerness you really should purchase one of these fab Rain Clouds from Moluk. They’re so easy to open and wash as well so can be used again and again unlike other bath toys. Definitely well worth a purchase and they’d make a great stocking filler.

Build a Bear Soft Toy
My daughter loves cuddly toys. Her room is bursting with them at the moment and we some how seem to acquire more. I don’t mind when they’re good quality toys though and that’s why this year I’ll be treating her to a Build a Bear Horse! There’s so many designs to choose from of course but Harlow loves horses and I cannot wait to see her face when she opens up the box.


14 December 2017

Review: Googly Fruit - The Perfect Snack for Little People

I don't know about you but I'm always on the look out for new, exciting and healthy snack ideas for my toddler. She can be a bit of a fuss pot at times so trying to get the good stuff down her neck can be quite the challenge when she's not playing ball. Step up to the bat then Googly Fruit who have given fruit and veg a fantastic makeover to cater for little taste buds.

New brand Googly Fruit Organic are on a mission to help kids make a lifelong friendship with fruit and veg. They make eating fruit and veg fun for toddlers, with their range of tasty and attractive 100% organic fruit and veg snacks. Harlow was lucky enough to be sent a hamper of all the tasty treats to try out, even her big brother got stuck in too. Here's what we thought.

Crunchy Puffs
First up to the taste test was the Crunchy Puffs. Harlow was sent 3 packets of these each a different flavour to try out. There is; Corn, Banana & Strawberry, Corn & Carrot and Corn & Tomato. Harlow loved the design of the packaging and thought the fruit and veg looked funny with their big googly eyes. They come in 20g bags and each packet has a different shaped crunchy snack. They're basically like crisps but a hundred times healthier. So the Corn & Carrot had long finger shaped puffs, the Corn & Tomato had wheel shaped puffs and the Corn, Banana & Strawberry had heart shaped puffs. The Corn & Carrot and Corn, Banana & Strawberry were definitely Harlow's favourites. I loved the taste of the Corn, Banana & Strawberry myself and could see me purchasing them for my own lunch! The Corn & Tomato sadly wasn't as tasty as we had hoped and was a bit bland. These might be good however for younger children who are doing baby led weaning.

Squeezy Pouches
You're never too old for a squeezy pouch and the variety from Googly Fruit had Harlow humming with delight. We received 5 different flavoured pouches and Harlow loved them all. I love these squeezy pouches too as they're so handy to throw in my handbag or Harlow's little back pack when we're on the go, they're easy to open and store and there's no hassle or mess. Harlow really thought they were all super tasty with flavours including; Apple, Sweet Potato & Clementine, Apple, Blueberry & Purple Carrot, Apple, Mango & Peach, Apple, Pear, Carrot & Pumpkin and Apple, Strawberry, Blueberry & Raspberry. All brilliant and perfect for a snack before dinner.

Real Fruit made Crunchy
Last but not least is the Googly Fruit real fruit made crunchy. I think these are totally amazing and will definitely be purchasing them for the kids in future. They're basically resealable pouches of freeze-dried fruit and oh my goodness they taste delicious. My mouth is literally watering thinking about them. The whole family enjoyed these pouches of yummy goodness and I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to try something a bit different. There's 3 different flavoured pouches in the range; Banana & Raspberry, Apple & Blueberry and Strawberry. Definitely go get some if you can.

Googly Fruit really is a fab new company and all these goodies can be purchased directly from Ocado, Superdrug or KidsChoo. Myself and the hubby were really impressed with this children's food brand and think the quality, flavour and price are all on point. Why not treat the little ones in your family to an amazing Googly Fruit Organic hamper this Christmas!

I was sent a hamper of Googly Fruit Organic to try in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


13 December 2017

What Does Mum Really Want for Christmas

Christmas is a time for joy and festive celebrations but it often leaves us mum's a little frazzled and stressed trying to make everything perfect. I always panic that I don't have enough for the kids and spend far too much. Then on Christmas Day I'm like why did Santa bring all this stuff!! So to make mum feel better about the Christmas stress why not treat her to something she would really appreciate. Read on to see a few of my suggestions for what mum's really want for Christmas.

Peaceful Bath
We're constantly bathing the kids but how often do us mum's ever get the chance to enjoy a relaxing bath on our own with peace and quiet? Not often enough I know. I can count on one hand how many baths I've managed to achieve this year and it's not many. I've had to go for the quick shower dash instead. So I'd really love a quiet peaceful bath this year and to help me relax some nice bath bombs from lush and a few scented relax candles wouldn't go amiss. Just saying!

Cosy Slippers
I never ever used to wear slippers but I now find I need some extra cosyness for my toes as they get quite cold these days. I'm also running around like a loony back and forward to the bins outside, running round to the neighbours etc and I don't want to be faffing around putting shoes on and off all the time so I need some cosy slippers to keep my feet warm. I've spied a gorgeous pair of fleece slippers from Hunkemoller that will do the trick nicely.

A Long Lie
I seriously do not know what a long lie is anymore!! My kids get up at 6am, 7am if I'm lucky, and I really would like a lie in just one day a month maybe. Is that too much to ask for? To help with said requested lie in I could probably do with a fabulous eye mask to keep my eyes fresh and block out the pesky light. Maybe throw in a few ear plugs as well to banish the wails of my two kids when they start annoying each other.

Luxury Chocolates
Being the amazing mum/goddess that I am I really do deserve some treats as a thank you/sacrifice for all the hard work and time I dedicate to my family every year. This is why only the nicest luxury chocolates will do and this cute box from Not On The High Street look delicious.

Personalised Family Necklace
Now us mums may moan how hard we have it every now and again (a lot) however that doesn't mean we don't love our family dearly. To show our joy and pride at raising such wonderful young people I'm sure every mum would love one of these stunning personalised duchess necklaces by Merci Maman. It's perfect for keeping your family close to your heart.

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