Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sending & Receiving Flowers

How do you show your love, to your loved ones, family & friends? What about the ones that live further afield? 

A lot of my closest friends live far away and I don't get to see them as much as I'd like. It's difficult on special occasions or even when they're going through tough times, to be there for them as I'd like. I like to send little cards to let them know I'm thinking of them. And I've been known to send flowers too.

Do you like receiving flowers? For me, it depends who they're from. 
When I'd receive them from my ex-partner, I always thought it was a cop-out; he'd regularly pick some up from work on special occasions because he couldn't be bothered to make any effort and put any thought into anything else. But when I receive them from a friend or family member that lives far away, I LOVE the fact that they've personally chose and purchased flowers online for me! Such a lovely feeling! 

A recent survey found that Northerners are more likely to buy flowers than Southerners. What do you think of that? Being from the Midlands I'm staying well out of that debate ;)



What is your favourite flower? 
Apparently 83% of people associate the classic red rose with 'love'. I do like to receive red roses as a token of love. However, my favourite flowers are tulips. I love different coloured tulips in the Spring time!

In Columbia, they have a special day to mark 'Love and Friendship'. Groups of friends gather together for dinner or drinks for a 'Amigo Secreto' (Secret Friend) event, similar to Secret Santa. I love that! Sending flowers to loved ones is also a popular way to mark the day.

While in Korea, they celebrate love and friendship every month! The 14th of every month is a celebration of friends and lovers. For example, May 14th is 'Yellow Day' where couples buy each other yellow roses! Cute.

Fancy telling someone you're thinking of them? Why not consider a flower delivery from Flying Flowers?


I think we should have a special friendship day here too, don't you? 
Make mine tulips... just for future reference! ;)


*In collaboration with Flying Flowers.

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Toddler Friendly Places to Eat : TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


Eating out with my 2 year old is one of the most stressful situations for me as a parent. He has been known to throw cutlery across a restaurant, shout and scream, not sit still and generally be very hard work. It can be hard to find a place ideal for him when we're out at lunch times;  the thought of him having a tantrum because he's hungry and fed up of waiting for his food makes me shy away from places I would eat at without him. And then there's the battle between good, nutritional food and convenience. I would often find myself heading for certain fast food restaurants simply for the ease and speed of service, but of course I don't want to be feeding my toddler fast food every time we're out...

Which is why I decided to create a series on my blog, visiting different restaurants and reviewing how Toddler Friendly they are. You may have seen my previous post reviewing Bodega Leicester



TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


We decided to see how family friendly TGI Fridays was.

The lovely people at TGI's HQ sent me this fantastic goody box to take with us, to keep little man amused during our lunch. It included a Team Fridays hat, crayons, puzzle paper, a balloon pump, tons of modelling balloons, and Taylor's favourite part, a Gingerbread man & squeezy icing!


TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


On Sundays, they're currently offering a FREE ice cream sundae to every child in fancy dress!
So Taylor dressed up in his Bob the Builder costume, hard hat and all, and off we went to our local Fridays.

Our nearest TGI Fridays is set on the corner of Highcross shopping centre's food court, full of amazing eateries. Highcross Leicester is a lovely family friendly shopping centre with great facilities and family parking. It took us a lot longer to arrive at TGI's as Taylor had to stop to play on the interactive play screen and try out all the Strollex trolley cars which are available to hire, to make shopping a little less stressful for parents and more fun for little ones. I think I'm definitely going to have to hire one next time as Taylor is desperate for a ride in the cars! :)

We arrived just in time and were shown to our table by the lovely waiting staff, before Taylor was gifted an amazing modelling balloon, how cool is this?


TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


Entertainment 

Keeping Taylor amused is very difficult, he's not a child that will sit still for very long. So this is something that is so important to me when eating out; does the restaurant offer anything to keep young children amused while waiting for their food?

As well as the fantastic balloon, they offer a 'kids pack' which includes some puzzle and colouring paper and crayons. Taylor will often get bored of this, he's possibly a little young, so we were lucky to have the goody box for him to attempt to pump his own balloons and decorate his gingerbread man which he really enjoyed. The gingerbread men are available to purchase to decorate, for £2.49.


TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


Menu

Many kids menus are quite standard. I'm looking for variety and nutritional options...

TGI's have two sections to their Kids Menu; Little League and Major League for older children. The Little League menu offers five options for little ones to choose from, including burgers, fish, chicken & pasta, and all come with a small pot of apple, cucumber and carrot. 

Taylor went for the Tomato Tubes pasta, and out came a huge bowl of yummy pasta, which he really enjoyed.


TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly
TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


Of course I had to show you my amazing steak, with Jack Daniels sauce and the beautifully creamy mash. Totally worth a mention, it really is lovely!


TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly


We asked for Taylor's ice cream sundae as he started to get a little bored and wouldn't sit still but he managed to demolish it before our sundae's even arrived! They were very yummy! 


TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly
TGI Fridays, Highcross Leicester, family friendly
Overall, we really enjoyed our lunch at TGI Fridays, the food was perfect and the waiting staff were super lovely. It did get a little stressful at times while waiting for food, as little man doesn't like to sit still for very long and spent most of the time trying to climb over seats and run off! But they do offer some great bits for entertainment to keep them amused.
I would recommend TGI Fridays as a Toddler Friendly Place to Eat, but recommend taking something along to entertain them. I will be happy to visit them with my little whirlwind again very soon.

*In collaboration with TGI Fridays and Highcross Leicester
As always, all words, opinions and images are my own



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Friday, 17 March 2017

My new favourite post-workout snack

post-workout snack, healthy, taste inc, chicken fillet


This year I started kickboxing classes, plus working out more at home (although I should do more of that!) but I always struggle with finding the best foods to eat before and after a workout, particularly after. 

By the time I get home from my kickboxing class, it's about 9:30pm and I'm usually pretty hungry at that point and my body ready to re-fuel. But of course it's far too late to cook anything and I usually find a protein shake a bit too much at that time too. 
So when I heard about Taste Inc Chargrilled Chicken Fillets* I was pretty eager to try them out!


post-workout snack, healthy, taste inc, chicken fillet
post-workout snack, healthy, taste inc, chicken fillet


100% chargrilled chicken fillets, high in protein, low in saturated fat, salt and carbs and only 45 calories per portion (52 cals for the spicy version) they make THE perfect post-workout snack!

Ready to eat straight from the fridge, the mini fillets are quick and easy to reach for when I get in from my class and they're super tasty. They're the perfect size too, not too heavy and fill me up just nicely before I settle down for bed.

I've also used the spicy fillets heated up with some steamed veg for dinner before a workout and the kids loved them too. And of course I'm happy knowing they're eating good quality, healthy tender chicken breast! Mummy thumbs up!

In fact, I'm a bit gutted now they've ran out! ;)


post-workout snack, healthy, taste inc, chicken fillet


Taste Inc Chargrilled Chicken Fillets are available from Nisa, Ocado and Morrisons in packs of 5 at £2.70 (and also available individually).



What do you enjoy as a post-workout snack?



*I received these snacks for the purpose of this review.
All words and opinions are, as always, my own.


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What Does Mother's Day Mean To You?

Is it an excuse to spend time with your Mum, spoil her and thank her for everything she has done for you? Or will you be spending the day squeezing your little ones tight, feeling grateful for everything you have around you? Or spoiling the mother of your children for doing an amazing job?

I don't have an amazingly close relationship with my Mum, unfortunately. I'm always very jealous of those that do. I will of course still buy her a thoughtful gift and card. But for me, Mother's Day is about me and my babies. After recently separating from my partner, I'm not in high hopes for a day of treats or being spoilt but I will be spending the day holding my babies close and enjoying spending quality time with them, remembering just how very lucky I am to have my boys.

What are you treating your mum's / mothers of your children to this Mother's Day? 

Truprint have put together some great ideas, if you're needing a bit of inspiration!




I like to buy, and receive, personal gifts for Mother's Day; something to commemorate special memories, something special, thoughtful from the children. I've always just received last minute gifts such as flowers and chocolates, but one day I hope to receive something that some real thought has gone in to. That would be so special. 

I love photo books! I used to love looking through photo albums as a child and nowadays, we take so many photos on our phones, they often get lost in the camera roll or uploaded on to social media and forgotten about. Photo books are the modern day photo album, easy to upload on to a website and delivered to your door. They're lovely to look back on and share with family members. 

Memories are priceless. 

You can create a personalised photo book online at https://www.truprint.co.uk/personalised-gifts/photo-book.



However you spend your Mother's Day this Sunday 26th March, 
I hope you have a fantastic one! 



*In collaboration with Truprint
All words and opinions are my own





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