Celebrating Father’s Day at Pizza Express

It’s Father’s Day tomorrow and what better way to celebrate than head over to Pizza Express for a lovely family meal?

We celebrated a day early and we had a wonderful time.

We all enjoy visiting Pizza Express – the kids absolutely love it and can eat there every day if given half a chance. We were delighted to be able to try the new Spring/Summer menu too.

Doughballs are a huge favourite so Aeryn ordered those and we chose to order the Antipasti so we could share.

If you’ve had the Antipasti before, it is now a new recipe and we loved the roquito peppers and the garlic bread too. There’s a lot to go around and is easily shared between 4 people.

For the mains, we decided to try the new Zapparoli Romana pizza which is just ‘YUM’ and being a huge seafood fan, I decided to try the Seafood Rigatoni which had fish and prawns in a creamy white sauce. Hubs decided on the Calabrese – a delightfully spicy pizza.

 

You can never be too full for dessert but we were so we chose to share two desserts. Unfortunately the new one that I was looking forward to wasn’t available – Lemon Bundt Cake. I guess I’ll just have to go back again. But we did try the Chocolate Fondant and the Vanilla Cheesecake. The chocolate fondant was delicious as usual and so was the Cheesecake. I just love the Vanilla Cheesecake served in Pizza Express. Of course, my all time favourite remains the Panna Cotta which I don’t see on the menu any more.

If you are looking for somewhere to go to celebrate your Dad – Pizza Express is the perfect place to do so. The atmosphere is ideal for families and the service is great with the staff on hand and very friendly.

Fantastic Services – Gardening Services Review

With summer fast approaching (I hope), it’s time to get the garden ready for all those outdoor parties and barbecues.

Now my garden was left to the wilderness partly because of the cold and partly because my neighbour still had to put up the fence that we shared.

I waited for sometime to call for help with the garden, hoping she would get the fence up but in vain. Finally I decided to go ahead and pretty the garden up without the fence.

Luckily, the lovely people at Fantastic Services stepped in yet again to help with their fantastic gardening services.

Now, our garden in not very large but I wanted besides the mowing of the lawn to get a little flower bed laid out so that I could plant some flowers with the children.

The gardening service was booked and just like the last time, the staff were here promptly. In fact, they arrived early. So pleased there was no frantic calling to see if they were coming at all.

The workers were efficient and made short work of the lawn mowing. One of them also gave me good ideas on where to lay the flower bed.

They planted the plants I had and it all looks very nice at the moment. I had weed killer and they also sprayed that around to stop weeds overtaking my garden.

There’s still more to do in the garden but I am extremely pleased with the service I received from Fantastic Services, yet again.

They were professional and took note of what I wanted with regards the garden.

They even mowed the front lawn and cleared up the leaves. And they trimmed the big bush we have growing in the front of the house.

There were no breaks and they worked very efficiently to complete the job. They also cleared away the bags of garden waste.

Before
After

I can’t recommend them enough.

There are many other cleaning and maintenance services that Fantastic Services provides. For more information visit their website at www.fantasticservices.com

 

Regatta Outdoor Clothing Review

About 2 months ago, I attended a lovely Regatta Outdoors event where the Spring/Summer clothing was showcased. I fell in love with a host of jackets and other fitness clothing.

When I was invited to review my favourite, it was a very difficult choice indeed. I liked so many of them.

For Spring/Summer, I required a jacket that was lightweight as well as kept me suitably warm and dry. I decided to go with this one – Bayeur Jacket in Navy.

 

I did like the yellow but chickened out last minute as I thought it would be too bright for my age  me. Besides, I wanted a jacket to wear with most outfits and thought that navy would be perfect for that.

 

The jacket has nautical features and I love the striped inner lining of the hood. Also the white piping around the hood and down the zipper and around the pockets, just make it look all the more stylish.

I wear it all the time and thankfully the weather has been such that it allows me show it off.

Since it is a light jacket, it is perfect for days when it is not too cold and yet not warm.

When we were being cereals!!!

Also, it is the best lightweight jacket I’ve ever had for the rain. It keeps the rain out. Totally.

It has adjustable cuffs and the hood is also adjustable with a drawcord.

It looks great with everything and I have worn it with casual clothes as well as a little more formal outfit.

It is priced quite reasonably too at £34.95 and is available in yellow and red.

If you are on the look out for a summer jacket that is stylish and functional – this is THE one.

And I’ll leave you with some images of the day I spent at the Spring/Summer Showcase –

 

 

You can check out the entire range at Regatta Outdoor Chothing

The Yvolution Y Glider Deluxe Review

With Spring here and Summer on the way – hopefully soon, we are looking forward to get outdoors more. The children like walking around and we go on long walks whenever we can. But more than that, they love getting their scooters out and going scooting.

We were sent the Yvolution Y Glider Deluxe Scooter for Aeryn to review and she loves it.

The scooter can be used indoors as well as outdoors. It is designed with a  unique “lean-to-steer” steering mechanism which helps little ones to learn how to steer correctly. It is great for younger children and helps to develop balance, co-ordination and motor skills.

My older two have the Yvolution scooters too and we love them.

I find the brand reliable and trustworthy and the quality is just great. I like the broad area for the feet with the rubberised ridges that ensure that the feet do not slip.

The height is just perfect for Aeryn and she loves getting out and about with it. Of course we are always careful that she has appropriate shoes and a helmet. (the photo is for the purpose of this post only).

Here are some tops tips for Summer Safety –

How to keep the kids safe outdoors this summer

Playing outdoors is an essential childhood pastime: rolling around on the grass, climbing trees, playing hopscotch, cycling to the top of hills and building sandcastles are all fond memories which we make as kids.

Whilst a bruised knee or scraped ankles are part and parcel of playing outdoors, there are a number of more serious accidents which can be avoided. Read our safety tips to make sure your kids’ summer is free from harm.

1. Check the area: Before the little ones venture outside, make sure the play area is carefully checked. Garden’s for example may have dangerous tools lying around or pebbles which pose a choking hazard for toddlers. If you’re away from home or in a public place, always check the ground for broken glass or sharp objects, and keep the play area well away from the road.

2. Always supervise: Although you’ve checked the area, an incident can still happen in the blink of an eye. Children can hurt themselves in paddling pools, on playground swings or even from tripping over so they must never be left unattended.

3. Get protected: If the kids are playing on scooters and bikes, it’s important they’re suited up with kneepads and a correctly-fastened helmet.

4. Double check: Before the kids mount their bikes, double check that all the parts are in safe working order. Also be sure that loose pieces of clothing or laces are tucked away from the bike chain.

5. Be safe, be seen: Bright clothes and reflectors on bikes are essential for riding at night and they also go a long way for safety during the day.

6. What to avoid: Splashing through puddles is really fun for kids but it can cause a fall while they’re riding bikes or scooters. Watch out for these along with wet leaves, curbs, potholes and people!

7. The rules of the road: It’s always important for children to be taught road safety and even more so if they’re on bikes and scooters. Simple rules such as obeying traffic signals and using designated cycle paths are crucial.

8. Protect against the weather: While we’re busy enjoying the sunshine, we can often forget that high temperatures can be dangerous. Apply sun cream to your kids every couple of hours, keep them in the shade and make sure they drink enough fluids.

Your kids will have a summer to remember if you stick to these simple tips!

The Yvolution Y Glider is an amazing scooter for little ones who are just learning to scoot. It is priced at £39.99 and is available at all major retailers.