Monday, 20 October 2014

Keep germ free this new school year.

With the new term well and truly back in full swing, no doubt the dreaded lurgy, colds and lice are doing the rounds. 

Our top tips to keep germ free and happy are,

1. Washing hands... It stands to reason but washing hands after the toilet are a must, but also washing hands before eating are a great way to prevent unwanted nasty's getting into our system. 

2. Using tissues. Using tissues and disposing of them for runny noses.

3. Anti bacterial hand gel or foam. This is a great way to give your hands a quick once over if you are unable to wash them. 

Here is what Valentino has to stay about staying healthy.....

"Remember to eat a varied diet with plenty of vegetables and make sure you drink plenty of water to keep hydrated."

Lorenzo's top tip for keeping Germs at bay is......

"Make sure you wash your hands, and get clean in the bath."

This post is part of a going back to school project with Boots.
All thoughts and opinions are our own - we received a back to school survival kit for our participation.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

LumiPotti a truly bright Idea.

During the summer we received a LumiPotti to try and help aid our daughter Alexandra into becoming a nappy free toddler. 
LumiPotti was invented by small ideas Ltd back in 2011 by two British mumpreneurs, Rachel and Kerry. 
Kerry and Rachel had both successfully potty trained their children and although they found an overwhelming amount of advice they felt the products already on the market had something missing.
LumiPotti was born with the idea of giving parents and carers a single potty that aided and ticked more boxes than other potties
LumiPotti is unique in the fact that it is a potty with a built in light, perfect for night time toilet trips and once the child is using the regular toilet the light can be removed and used as a light for that daunting trip across the landing to the bathroom. 

LumiPotti comes in a choice of two colours, green and vanilla with an RRP of £23.00 It is made with Anti-Microbial plastic

The removable night light requires 3AA batteries (not included) is movement activated, portable and has a feature that the light fades out rather than just turning straight off. 

Alexandra found the LumiPotti really comfortable and would happily sit for a few minutes before being up and about. 

Although we are nowhere near night time toilet trips just yet i wanted to show how bright the movement night light is. If no movement is detected within 60 seconds the light will then begin to fade to off. I personally love the fade out feature and feel this is so much better than a light that just may suddenly switch off.

Overall we love the LumiPotti, it looks great and has a fantastic innovative light feature. 
I would love to see a wider range of colours available,  an off switch for the light as i have found that the batteries tend to drain fairly quickly with frequent use, or possibly a rechargeable light unit in the future? 
We may not yet have a nappy free toddler as yet but as with all things it just takes time and practise.

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*Disclaimer- we received a LumiPotti for an open and honest review, all thoughts, opinions and pictures are my own.*

Monday, 21 July 2014

Ox Pasture Hall Courtyard Restaurant

Last Sunday we (me and hubby) were delighted to be invited to Ox Pasture Hall to dine in the AA Award winning Courtyard restaurant in Scarborough.
Ox Pasture Hall is located in the beautiful North York Moors National Park just a few minutes drive from the seaside town of Scarborough.

Ox Pasture is a popular venue for weddings, christening and other corporate events.
Not only does Ox Pasture Hall offer an amazing venue for events but they also have accommodation with 32 rooms set in the idyllic 17 acres of picturesque gardens and grounds. Weather you are looking for a simple night away or something more luxurious for that special occasion Ox Pasture can tailor to your needs.

Courtyard restaurant 

We arrived at 5.30 for our meal where we were warmly greeted by waiter Paul and seated in the restaurant.
Our table was perfect, it over looked on to the front of Ox Pasture hall, its grounds and onto the near by Raincliffe woods.
We decided to order from the A La Carte Menu

View from our table.
Shortly after ordering our starters and mains we were brought a beautifully presented Pama Ham appetizer.
Pama Ham Appetizer
A selection of breads were later brought to the table that are all freshly made on the premises daily by the chef, both me and my husband opted for a delicious cheese and chive bread and we certainly weren't disappointed.
Cheese and Chive Freshly baked bread

For starters I ordered the duck and my husband decided to order the ham, eggs and peas.

Confit duck salad, Duck liver parfait, cherry sorbet. Beautifully presented and full of flavour, I was pleasantly surprised how well the cherry sorbet really complimented the duck.

Ham, Egg Peas
Mini ham hock, pea mousse, crispy quail eggs, pickled vegetables, honey mustard dressing.
William enjoyed his starter, the presentation and attention to detail were again amazing.

Strawberry Consomm√©
After we had enjoyed our starters we had a Strawberry Consomm√©.

Slow cooked belly, tender lion stuffed with apricot and sage, savoy cabbage, sauteed potatoes, homemade black pudding & red onion marmalade.
I loved this dish, it was full of flavour the lion and apricot were simply delicious. I'm not a huge pork eater but I was certainly happy with my choice of main course,

Mini Beef filet, tender brisket of beef, creamed mash potato, mushroom duxelle baby turnip and carrots.
My husband loves his beef and this was no exception, the brisket melted in his mouth and the filet was cooked just as he liked it (medium/rare) topped off with the mash and rich gravy it was certainly a bit hit.

Pina Colada Sorbet

A Pina Colada sorbet was next to arrive and it was a perfect pallet cleanser, I really enjoyed this and simply couldn't wait for our desserts to arrive.

 We ordered the Assiette of Deserts to share.
Assiette of Desserts
Wow, wow, wow!! Who doesn't like desserts? We were truly blow away by this and it was great to see such a selection as we were having difficulty choosing from the menu.
A true taste sensation with lemon cheese cake, raspberry milkshake, chilled mango rice pudding with a passion fruit sorbet. Needless to say between us we managed to polish them all off!

We thoroughly enjoyed dining at Ox Pasture Hall and plan to come back again soon, it certainly is a hidden gem in Yorkshire and we loved that The Courtyard Restaurant serves quality British food with an emphasis on local produce.
I hope to return to Ox Pasture Hall and hopefully have a child free evening in the hotel with the husband. 

Thank you to all the staff from making us feel so welcome and thank you to the chef for an amazing dining experience. 
Mel x

*We were kindly given the opportunity to dine at ox pasture for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.*

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Barny Bear's Park adventures

This week we have been busy with Barny Bear. Having children means we are always on the go and looking for things to do and adventures to stumble across. Alex went out to the local park with Barny who was perfect as a little snack mid adventure! 

 I went round and round on a roundabout, not very fast as I didn't want to get dizzy.

 I had fun with my daddy on the swing, hes really good at swinging high and fast!

I then went on a rocker, it was my favorite and I didn't want to get off it. I rocked back and forth so much mummy gave me a Barny Bear. I ate him on there as I didn't want to get off. 
Chocolate Barny was possibly my favorite but i also loved the strawberry ones. 

Barny comes in a pack of 5 individually wrapped portions perfect for little hands Rrp £1.69 for a pack of 5.
Barny Bears contain no artificial colours or preservatives and are suitable for vegetarians.
Available in four flavours Chocolate, Milk Strawberry and Apple. 

We were sent two packets of Barny Bear to try on our adventures as part of Mumsnet Blog Hop.
All thoughts opinions and photograph are my own.