Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Kids Eat Free - Tips for Dining With Family


Are you heading out for a dinner with your family? If you dine out regularly you've probably noticed that the restaurant bill can quickly mount up when you have a lot of people at the table with you. 

If you dread finding out what the bill is when it comes to dining with family, then you should start thinking about finding places where you can take your whole family and save money - with the kids eating free or for a low, low price. It's time to put your cash to work, and take advantage of great deals. I've teamed up with WOW Free Stuff and have come up with a list of all the best place your child can eat for cheap or free.

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Giraffe - Kids eat free at weekends 
Every weekend, kids can eat free at Giraffe. Order an adult main meal and your kids can get a main, drink and dessert for free. The menu at Giraffe is varied and exciting, and it's a great way to get your children to try exotic foods that they might not be so enthusiastic about at home. 

Beefeater Grill - Free Breakfast for Kids 
Buy yourself a breakfast and get free breakfast for the little ones. You could get three breakfasts for less than a tenner with this deal. The breakfast menu is quite extensive, and you can choose from a continental or a cooked breakfast, coffee, juice, pastries and more. 

La Tasca - Free Meals for Kids
This Spanish restaurant has a deal which offers free food for kids when an adult buys a meal worth a tenner or more. There are seven different main courses on the kids' menu, as well as a nice range of tasty puddings. This is a great offer that is on all day, every day, not just on weekends like some of the other restaurants on the list, so you can take the kids out for a nice meal whenever you feel like it. 

Brewers Fayre - Free Kids Breakfast 
Spend £9.50 breakfast meal for an adult, and up to two kids can take advantage of a free breakfast. There's plenty of choices on the breakfast menu for kids, so you can fill them up with tasty food so that they have the energy to take on all the activities that you have planned for the rest of the day.

Heathrow Airport - Selected Restaurants offering Free Meals 
If you are planning a holiday with the kids then you will want to try this awesome offer. It's only on for certain dates and certain restaurants, but kids can eat free with the purchase of a main course for an adult. Look out for the restaurants that offer this so that you can make the most of the amazing deal and save money on the overall cost of the holiday. There are several restaurants that are included in the deal, with some of the most popular ones being: 

  •  Carluccio's 
  • Gordon Ramsay Plane Food
  • La Salle
  • The Prince of Wales 


Frankie & Benny's - £1 Kids Meals 
Save money on kid’s meals with this offer from the family favourite chain. Purchase an adult meal, and kids can enjoy a kid's meal for £1. 

The menu is full of child-friendly options, so there's something for everyone to enjoy. The price includes a main meal, a side dish, a drink and a dessert, so it's an offer that's hard to beat. 

Prezzo - £1 Kids Meals
One of my personal favourites! This is another all day, every day offer that lets the kids enjoy their firm favourites for less. There are two menus, one for tots and one for older kids, and there are lots of dishes to choose from, with plenty of wholesome choices that your little ones will really enjoy. 

Chiquito - Kids Deal for £1 
This Tex-Mex restaurant also offers a bargain on kid’s meals when you purchase an adult meal. It's ideal for a family treat, and it offers soul food and filling, delicious treats that will help to encourage your kids to get a bit more adventurous. The meals are affordable too. 

Crown Carvery - Kids eat for £1 Sunday Roast
Get a classic Sunday roast for an affordable price. This deal is available for kids under the age of 10 on Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday. It's a brilliant option for the whole family, and it's a way of keeping a family tradition while enjoying a day out. 

Table Table - 2 course kids meal for £1.99 
Table Table is a restaurant/pub that offers cheap meals for the whole family. Choose from meals on Monday-Saturday and if you dine before 5PM then the kids mealis a bargain. The dishes include at least one of your kid's 5 a day, so you can be confident that they're getting good nutritious food. 

Bella Italia - £1 Kids Meal 
There are two menus, one for little kids and one for older kids, and you can get great deals on both of these menus when the meal is purchased with an adult meal as well. The kids menu is sure to go down well with the little ones in your household, and you can be happy too because you're treating them without breaking the bank. 

Hungry Horse - Monday Pound Deal
Hungry Horse is a place that adults and kids can both enjoy visiting, and when the adults pay full price, up to two kids can enjoy a great meal for just one pound. The menu includes a lot of different options and kids can pick out exactly what they want to eat, which makes this a fun and accessible option for the whole family.

Sizzling Pubs - Weekday Kids Deal 
If you're looking to treat the family to a nice meal out during the week, then this Sizzling Pub offer is sure to satisfy everyone, even the fussiest of children. To take advantage of this offer you will have to have downloaded and signed up for the Sizzling Pub app, but once you've done that you will be able to enjoy great prices and save a lot of money on eating out.


We tend to go out for lunch a lot and really enjoy it. It's a lovely way we spend quality time as a family and we want to continue as our family grows. The cost has been a bit of a worry with another child on the way, but with offers like this I'm confident we can still treat ourselves even with another mouth to feed!







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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Baby Number Two

Recently I've been in two minds about sharing too much of my life online. I was torn between being relatable and not wanting to give too much away. I know there are prying eyes everywhere and some things are just so personal, you know...

but I started this blog when I was pregnant with Mason and it really gave me something to focus on that wasn't all nappies and nap times. It's a nice way to get out my thoughts and have something to look back on. I don't know how much I'll end up sharing and I really don't feel in any position to label myself a 'mummy blogger' but this is my life and I guess that's what I wanted this blog to be about. Getting my thoughts out is quite cathartic.  


So as you may have figured out, I have some news! 

Baby number two is on the way. They weren't planned as such but not unplanned. Basically we decided last year that there was no point putting it off any further. We'd got engaged and the plan was to get married and then try for a baby afterwards. The wedding got put off due to a lot of family arguments that just meant the day we wanted would be nightmare and it went on the back burner a bit. A lot of drama caused a lot of stress which meant trying for a baby wasn't going to work so we just focussed on enjoying life as it was, making no big plans. We booked holidays and days out, family weddings and hen parties happened -all things we figured wouldn't be ideal if I was pregnant. The stress had gone, life was easy again and we started to think about big plans for the future. This time it wasn't the wedding that was our priority. 


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We wanted to have a sibling for Mason almost immediately after he was born and my 2 brothers and I have such a great relationship with 4 years between each of us  We'd always known anything between 4 and 8 years was an ideal time to wait (for us - no judgement at all on anyone! I hate that it even needs to be said!). 


With a couple of holidays planned for this summer we told ourselves we'd officially 'try' at the end of the year when we were back. Then if it didn't happen we'd take a break in time for our family holiday next year and then try again. It was pretty structured and a bit limiting. Planning a life around holidays and weddings just didn't seem right - this is a life after all. It also seemed like we were setting ourselves up for a lot of pressure. After a bit of thought we decided to not 'try' but see how things went, we took the pressure off and if things happened earlier than originally planned we'd work it out. And that is what happened. Almost immediately.


The Test

I ordered the test of Amazon. I just knew I'd be spotted buying the test in town and I didn't want to risk it! One line appeared immediately and a faint one was showing pretty soon after. After a bit of confusion and googling we found out the first 'strong' line was a 'Yep, you are definitely pregnant'. The other was something about the test working or something. We were thrilled.

Keeping the secret

As I said we had a holiday booked. We were due to fly to Cape Verde two weeks after we took the test and there is a risk of Zika Virus which is dangerous for pregnant women. We swapped our holiday for a nice relaxing trip to Spain and tried to keep the change fairly quiet so people wouldn't question it too much. I made sure pictures of cocktails were present on social media but of course they looked all pretty but they were all non alcoholic. We all know Instagram isn't reality. 

The announcement 

We told both our Mums the day we found out, mainly just for the support but they were sworn to secrecy. They were both so excited and pleased for us. 
We waited for the 12 week scan to tell Mason. Then we wrote a message on our note board and left it up for him to see. It took a while for him to notice it but we filmed his reaction and it is the cutest video ever. He is so excited about being a big brother and he's heard the heartbeat and is following the babies journey on the app I have. 
Mason told the rest of the family at his birthday get-together. We made sure everyone we wanted was there and any people that couldn't make it got personal messages right afterwards. We gathered everyone round to watch Mason open a big present and it had a balloon inside with the scan on it along with a t-shirt that said big brother. There were tears all round and it was perfect. Keeping the secret from my bestie was the hardest - it felt like I was lying to her and her reaction is the only one that made me teary. Having her with me through this pregancy is going to be so exciting.

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symptoms
The obvious feeling in the first trimester was the tiredness, I know it was bad when I had Mason but it is so much tougher when you've got a child to look after too. With it being Summer holidays we were a lot more active than usual and that coupled with the heatwave meant I was SO run down!
For someone who tans really easily and loves the sun I am unusually pale this year as I've been avoiding it, it's just been too much and apparently your skin is more sensitive to sunlight when you're pregnant. 

I suffered with insomnia for a while - I never sleep much anyway but I have found I was up much much later trying to sleep, woke several times in the night and and struggled to settle again. I didn't feel like I needed to sleep in the day, it was more of a constant feeling exhaustion. I guess I'm prepared for the baby at least!


At first I craved icy lemony drinks or ice lollies but that could have just been because it was so hot! Lately I've wanted tomatoes a lot - a friend has said this could be a sign of dehydration which definitely could be the case as I never drink enough water. 


Girl or Boy?

Previously I made no secret that I wanted all boys. I was adamant that was my dream family. But (and I know nobody  who heard me speak so passionately before will believe me) I genuinely love the idea of having a girl! Mason is all about fairness and he likes the idea that our family with be 'even' and having one girl and one boy is kind of ideal, isn't it?   Two boys is cute too so I actually have no preference. Though we have a name for a girl and none for a boy so that would be slightly easier! At times I think this pregnancy is so similar to my first but then I have a hunch it's a girl. My Nan guessed Mason was a boy (and also knew I was pregnant before I did without having seen or spoken to me for 6 months!) and this time she thinks it's a girl so we will see if her psychic skills are still decent. 

My general thoughts 

I'm into my second trimester now which I know gets easier - plus Mason will be back at school so I can just sleep all day and online shop while watching Friends (kidding of course!).
We are so happy to have a birthday at the beginning of the year, with the exception of Sam's Grandma everyone else in our family has a birthday after August. The baby will be 10 months for it's first Christmas which is exciting and it will be 5 months on our holiday with family in the summer. Everything has just turned out pretty great and we're so excited. I'm interested to see what a pregnancy over the winter is like, I didn't need to buy maternity clothes last time as it was summer and I lived in floaty dresses but I think I'll definitely be investing in some maternity leggings and jeans so the next couple of months! Any recommendations, please let me know! 

Even though I've done this before it's still very daunting as everything seems to have changed...


 why are we putting babies in cat basket type things that cost £130 now? 
and apparently I need to buy some kind of magical sheep. I need to read up on what's new but generally I'm just going to trust my instincts cos I think we've done a pretty decent job with the first one. 




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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Planning the Honeymoon

Planning a wedding can be pretty stressful, we've been quite lucky as we agree on most things and have had the same 'vision' from day one. The one thing that has needed a lot more discussion is the honeymoon. We've agreed we both want a bit of luxury -  there's a been a fair bit of drama over the years and we deserve a proper rest! A honeymoon is a real excuse to treat yourself and make sure you have a once in a life time experience that you look back on with a smile. As beach lovers we know we we're after somewhere hot but that doesn't limit things down too much! We're spoilt for choice with so many incredible locations available to us.

We did a lot of brain storming and whittled the list of possibilities down from 18(!) to about 5.


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One place that is a high contender is Dubai. It reached the short list as there was so much to do with a big selection of watersports, a chance to go sand boarding, visit the water park and the amazing underwater zoo. Of course the beaches are stunning and it's a great place to do a bit of shopping too. It ticks every box really. It's a perfect location if you're getting married in Winter or Spring as those months are a little cooler than the summer months when the temperatures stays in the mid thirties. 

After visiting a few times in the past I'm keen to head back over to Caribbean. The lifestyle is just lovely, it's laid back but with the option to let your hair down and party if the mood takes you. You can see why it's a popular choice for newlyweds.

 St Lucia and Antigua have beautiful white beaches and absolutely stunning resorts. They both have some interesting history too which is something Sam and I always love immersing ourselves in. 

I make no secret of my love for Mexico. It's the place I recommend for everyone if they are looking for somewhere long haul. The food, the beaches, the people, it's just wonderful. The nightlife is amazing in Cancun, Coco Bongo is the best bar I've ever been to. The atmosphere is like nothing I've experienced before. Have some drinks and a dance while live shows go on above your head. You'll see Spiderman fly through the air, acrobats perform high above the crowd, Beatlejuice, Kiss, Micheal Jackson... the list goes on. Your drinks are included and waiters come over to take your order, there's no queueing at the bar at all- it's a must for anyone visiting Cancun. 

One plan is to mix two locations and have a bit of rest and relaxation in the Bahamas and then fly over to Miami to soak up the atmosphere of vibrant nightlife, gorgeous scenery and shopping. Island hopping is a much easier option when it's just the two of us, it's not something we'd try to do with our son with us so it's something we would take advantage of. Popping on a flight to experience another country is a great way to mix things up and bit. My bother and his wife are currently doing the same thing in New York and LA. 

The Bahamas are home to the world’s third largest barrier reef, which can be found just off the east coast of Andros. The reef includes a 6000ft abyss, known as the ‘Tongue of the Ocean’ which is home to sharks, stingrays and colourful tropical fish. So we'll do a bit of snorkelling and a boat tour, go to a couple of the historic monuments but generally take it easy with some massages and late night chats over cocktails - that's what honeymoons are for after all!


Another must see in the Bahamas is Pink Sands Beach.  Due to some of finely pulverised coral that has washed up on the beach, it has a pink tinge during the daytime and a deep rosy red during sunset. I can just imagine those instagram pictures now!

 Getting the honeymoon sorted is definitely one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning and it's made my travel wish list even longer! Better get saving!

For some honeymoon (or luxury holiday) inspiration check out destination2.co.uk







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