Frosts Father Christmas

Frosts Garden Centres – Visit to see Father Christmas

We have been coming to Frosts to see Father Christmas for four years now and always get in early to help us get into the festive spirit and to let the children pick some new decorations for the tree. Frosts always put on great seasonal activities for the family and we had already been the month previous for pumpkin carving and the Wizards school.

The booking process is online and very straight forward and I’ve always found the parking to be good. I love how every year something new seems to get added to the display, which always makes it feel fresh and exciting. We really loved the snowman the children could climb into, which make a great picture opportunity and if you are like me and like to get in early, you have the advantage of getting some lovely pictures fit for Christmas cards. The children always love to see the real reindeer’s and Jasmine loved being able to pet one of them.

We headed off to Santa’s grotto and were met with some very welcoming elves who took us in to a beautifully decorated room for sing-song and a few jokes. From there we were led to another room ready to decorate gingerbread men. Tristan loves gingerbread men and loved decorating his and he even managed to sneak a few sweets to keep him going. The elves then lead you in to see Father Christmas one family at a time, which I really appreciated as it make it feel personal and special. As always the Father Christmas you see is very authentic and has the most amazing real bead. He’s very jolly and seemed to really be enjoying himself. The look upon my two children’s faces is priceless and always makes the trip worthwhile. The children were presented with a lovely book and two gifts, which you select in the booking process, which are decent and age appropriate.

After we said goodbye to Father Christmas and the elves and headed out to explore the rest of Frosts and let the children choose some new decorations. The displays in Frosts are stunning and very Instagram worthy. After all the excitement we decided to head to the café and let the children pick some Christmas biscuits and us adults had some large hot chocolates. You really could spend a few hours looking through all the wonderful decorations and displays and we even headed back outside again to say goodbye to the reindeer’s before we headed off home.


Thank you Frosts, you never disappoint and we hope to see you again in the New Year for some more seasonal activities for the children. Visit Frosts Garden Centres website here to look at all the events going on right now.

 

*I was gifted services for this blog post for a review. All opinions are my own. 

 

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frosts garden centre review

Frosts garden centres pumpkin scooping and wizards school

Last week was half term for us and I thought with it being Halloween we should try to get some seasonal fun activities in for the children. We always choose Frosts Garden Centres every year for our trip to see Father Christmas and when booking up for our annual visit I noticed that Frosts had some great Halloween events coming up, which I knew would be a massive hit with the kids.

Unfortunately things didn’t quite go as planned as our youngest Tristan who is three was up the night before being sick, so I had to stay at home whilst my ex husband took our oldest Jasmine to Frosts. Jasmine was very keen to report back on her experience to me and her dad made sure he got some lovely pictures.

Pumpkin Scooping

The first event planned was the pumpkin scooping, which for me is great as it’s not something I enjoy doing at home with the children. I’m not a fan of the smell of pumpkin and always get lumbered doing all the scooping and cutting. This year the adults didn’t need to get involved, unless they wanted to, as Frosts Garden Centres had a great team on hand to assist the children and help them make their pumpkins. The children got to pick their very own pumpkins, they had all the tools they needed to make the perfect pumpkins and it involved no washing up from me (win, win). The children even got a nice cup of witches brew to enjoy after all their hard work. Jasmine’s pumpkin was excellent and I was very happy to notice it came with a battery tea light ready to go straight outside for all our neighbours to enjoy. The whole event was well worth the money and really made it an enjoyable experience for us all. We’ll certainly be coming back again next year, fingers crossed with two germ free children.

 

Wizard School

Jasmine who is six was especially excited for the Wizard school and from what she has reported back to me, it certainly didn’t disappoint. She was extremely keen to show me what she had learnt and the first thing she said when getting in the door when home, was that the professor was a real Wizard, who knew real magic. The Wizard school event is 35 minute experience, which is run by the professor of the wizard school, who will be looking to see if you have the right stuff to make it in the world of Witches and Wizards. Jasmine loved making her chocolate apple and really got involved with the entrainment and songs on offer. The Wizards school had been decorated beautifully and really captured the magic, which tied in beautifully with Halloween. Jasmine is very proud of her achievement and has been quick to tell anyone who will listen about her newly acquired certificate from the Wizards school. I really think Jasmine was the perfect age for this event and with her new found interest in Harry Potter, I am certain It would be something she would love to do again next year.

We are happy to report that Frosts Garden Centres once again went above and beyond to deliver fantastic events for all seasons. It really has become our first choice when looking for seasonal events throughout the year, which are reasonably priced, entertaining and authentic. We can’t wait to see you again soon for Santas Grotto.

 

*I was gifted services for this blog post for a review. All opinions are my own.

 

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Playhouse Milton Ernest

Playhouse party review and giveaway

My oldest baby has now turned five and to celebrate we decided it was time for Jasmine to have her big girl party at Playhouse Softplay in Milton Ernest, Bedford.

We’ve been taking Jasmine to playhouse since it first opened when she was around 18 months and have been coming back ever since. We’ve always been impressed with how clean the place is kept, the size, the equipment and the food. Jasmine had been to a couple of parties herself here and was desperate for one of her own now she was a big girl and had her school friends to invite.

The whole booking process was straight forward and we were given a great selection of food to choose from, all we needed to do was bring the cake and party bags (they can supply party bags at an extra cost). We were greeted by friendly staff and shown to our reserved table where juice and water was provided. The children were left to their own devices to play, whilst us parents got to sit back and enjoy a hot cup of tea.

Main play area

The slides are always a firm favourite with Jazzy

Playhouse has a baby area, a toddler area and a big play area for older children up to 10. There is plenty to do and lots of seating so you can easily keep an eye on the children. They have a decent food and drinks menu, with children’s meals, baby food and cakes. In my experience the food has always come in good time, even when busy and has always been very tasty. The toilets are kept clean and they have a decent changing facility for babies.

Toddler area

We opted for the princess party so the children could have their faces painted. The staff took the children two at a time and the children loved picking out a design. After the children were all face painted it was time for lunch and the children were extremely eager to get stuck in after running around like crazy. We were shown to a beautifully decorated party room and once the children settled lunch was served.  We decided to go for pizza, chicken nuggets, sandwiches, fruit and vegetable sticks. I sneaked a slice of the pizza that Jasmine didn’t finish and I can tell you it was very tasty.

Jazzy opted to be a tiger

The children loved it, we had full smiles all around and we will defiantly come back soon. Thank you Playhouse and your wonderful team for making Jasmines party extra special. Check out the Playhouse website here.

 

Party food!

Playhouse have been lovely enough to supply me with a three-month membership for two children and also a free admission ticket for two children that I will be giving away. Please enter below and share with your friends. Good luck!

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Jasmine with her best buddy

*I was gifted services for this blog post for a review. All opinions are my own.

*To enter the competition you must be a UK resident and be able to visit the site, it is none refundable or exchangeable. It must be used within six months of issue. For playhouse rules please visit https://twinwoodsadventure.com/playhouse

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Gousto Review

Gousto review and £20 off your first and second box

Last week I was offered the chance to try a Gousto box for free, which I obviously couldn’t refuse. I love food and me and my husband both enjoy cooking, I’m more of a freestyle chef who likes to make it up as I go along ,whilst my husband likes to stick to a recipe. I found the website easy enough to use, a good selection of recipes and we waited just a couple of days for delivery.

The box came on Monday and was dropped off in our porch, ready for when I got back home. The boxes stay cool for up to 24 hours so if you’re not in, it’s not a problem. I decided to hang fire cooking the meals until my husband had a couple of days off work so I wasn’t cooking the meal for just one person.

Everything was packed nicely, labelled, measured out and made easy for preparation. We got a free wooden spoon and recipes came on a card so we could keep it if we decided we wanted to make it again.

I happily went off to work that day knowing that I would have dinner cooked for me when I got home. My husband cooked the Hoisin Meatballs and Chinese Sesame Rice on the first night and I can honestly say it was so tasty and surprisingly filling. The recipe took around 30 minuets to prepare and cook and the meal came in at under 700 calories.

The next day I happily trotted off to work and kept myself motivated at the thought of the tasty dinner that would await. The second meal my husband cooked was the Indonesian Chicken Rendang. I wasn’t sure it could out do the meal from the previous evening, but it did. Again we had another tasty meal prepared and cooked in less than half hour and 600 calories.

I think I will order again from Gousto, not every week, but I like the idea of trying out meals I wouldn’t usually want to commit buying all the ingredients for. These recipes are tried and tested and are restaurant quality meals that are fairly low in calories.

If you fancy trying out your first and second Gousto box with £20 off, use code: TORNADO 

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Vini and Bal's curry sauce review

Vini and Bal’s curry sauce review

I’m a massive fan of a curry, but I’ve made a few failed attempts of recreating the tastes and flavours at home. My husband has a bit more success, but if we make it from scratch, buy a ready meal or from a jar it never matches up to what you get from your local curry house. I was approached recently from Vini and Bal’s and asked if I would be interested in trying out the range of their packet curry sauces and of course I was more than happy to oblige.

Here is an extract from their website to give you an idea of where they are coming from-

Here, at Vini & Bal’s, we use the finest blends of authentic Indian spices in our range of cook-in-sauces so you can create mouth-watering traditional Indian curries in your own home. All our ingredients are freshly prepared so there is no chopping, no mess and no fuss…just the great taste of Rustic Indian curry. Our sauces are healthy, nutritious, vegetarian, gluten free and nut free.

Simply select your choice of meat, seafood, vegetables, lentils or paneer to be cooked straight in the Curry sauce – Indian food made Easy in just 10 minutes!

I eagerly awaited my parcel and was keen to start cooking. You really can’t go wrong with getting these sauces right as you literally throw your meat or fish in the pan and let it cook whilst you cook your rice. I decided to work my way through the sauces starting with the most mild the Shashi first which was a hit with me and my youngest (22 months). The sauce was mild, creamy, but still full of flavour. We soon arranged a weekly curry night and worked our way through the rest of the sauces. My favourite was the Tharka which has quiet a kick to it followed closely by the creamy Shashi. My husband loved the Fiery Mirchi, but for me it was a bit too spicy for me.

I think it’s safe to say we are now Vini and Bal’s converts and will be sticking with our weekly curry nights alternating through the range. I’m hoping to get more adventurous and try to add in lentils and paneer to make them even more diverse and fun.

Vini and Bal’s sauces are sold at Morrisons and I would recommend giving them a try. Check our their website here for some great recipe ideas

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