The Sherwood, Preston, Sizzling Pubs – A review

We recently went to The Sherwood in Fulwood, Preston. It is a Sizzling pubs pub which has recently updated it’s menu.

To start, I had Beer-Battered Salt and Pepper Mushrooms. I found these quite oily. Nice but super unhealthy! The other half had nachos…not sure what happened with these but these were oily too. Way too oily. Nice but oily. Master A had garlic bread. This was OK. He enjoyed it. Miss A had soup – she said it was nice. I think that if they went a bit easy with the oil, it would of been the perfect start to our meals!

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Being vegetarian, we don’t have much to choose from usually. There were, however, quite a few vegetarian options. I had a Jerk Bean Burger this was rather good! I prefer bean burgers to vegetable burgers so I was quite happy. My other half had the Sweet Potato, Lentil & Spinach Dhansak. He enjoyed his.

Both children had pizza with veggie dippers. Now veggie dippers were not what I was expecting. The veggie dippers were actually salad. My kids don’t like salad, they make poor vegetarians I know. I was expecting veggie dippers, like cooked and chopped vegetables coated with breadcrumbs or like the Quorn dippers. My other half thought the same as well. So we were quite disappointed with the kids meal as it mean’t that the children only had pizza to eat. I would like to make a suggestion here and perhaps have an option of the pizza with either baked beans or peas or sweetcorn..perhaps with chips or wedges or something…or even with the veggie fingers that we were expecting.

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Dessert was interesting. My other half had the Sticky Toffee Pudding which he enjoyed. The kids had a lolly each. My dessert..I opted for the Strawberry and Cream Sundae. However this wasn’t what I got. I got a red berry sundae which wasn’t on the menu. I didn’t ask for a replacement as I thought the strawberries were at the bottom, I was quite disappointed to discover that there were no strawberries at all in my sundae. It was pleasant enough but the berries/redcurrants made the sundae a bit sour. I did ask about the strawberries and they said that they did have them available and wasn’t sure why it happened. Very odd.

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The Sherwood had colouring pages and crayons for the kids, this is always handy. Keeping the children busy while they were waiting for food is so important!

Overall the food was good. If we were in the area, we would definitely go back. It is the kind of place where kids felt welcome and also it was relaxing, busy but relaxing. Now we know that some of the food is quite oily, we can try out the other items on the menu.

To find out more about The Sherwood, visit http://www.sizzlingpubs.co.uk/findapub/northwest/thesherwoodfulwood

We dined at The Sherwood free of charge in exchange for this review. 

An update – Some good, some bad. That’s life!

I haven’t blogged properly for months. I have done a few review posts but no personal stuff in a long time. There are a few reasons for this, all will be explained here. Life has been very challenging but also very rewarding.

The first thing that has happened is that I lost my dear mum. She died in December. I am still not over it, I doubt I ever will be. I think of her every day. I will always miss her. I won’t go into detail on what happened as I haven’t asked the rest of the family. I don’t think it is the right time to ask.

The second thing is that our lovely dog Tyson died in March. Again, I miss him a lot. He was a lovely dog who was kind, affectionate and our first dog. Tilly is doing well being on her own, I think. She is getting lots of attention! Tyson was 12! He had so many things go wrong in the last few years, he did so well to last until then! Will always love him.

I think that is it for the bad bits..but as you can imagine, they are life changing.

There is some excellent news by the way. We have found out that Master A does not have NF1! He has had a genetics test done, which is 95% accurate and it was negative! I am not too sure why he has the cafe au lait marks. If they get bigger or if he gets more, I will make another appointment. I have found another condition that it could be, Legius Syndrome. I am not going to ask for another referral to get it tested just yet. There are no health risks like NF1 attached to this and from what I have read about it, it can only affect the learning.

Both Miss A and Master A are well. Mostly! They have had a few things to deal with but nothing serious. Master A is starting to talk a little bit more which is awesome! Miss A is doing so well with ice skating and dancing!

So that is all I am going to put on here as I intend to blog regularly now. Fingers crossed I can do this!

Turtles Half Shell Heroes Mutant Loader review

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Master A was sent a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Half Shell Heroes Mutant Loader to test and I can safely say that this toy has been very well received and well played with since we have got it. Miss A has played with it as well. She likes it too! It is so nice that they both play with each other’s toys! I often see Master A play with Miss A’s dolls!

I am so pleased that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are still around! They were a big thing when I was little and they seem to be a big thing now too! I haven’t shown Master A the programme yet, I feel like he is a little bit young for it but in time I will and I can see that it being a big thing for him. I know I enjoyed it when I was watching it.

I often see Master A playing with the toy and he likes scooping up quite a few of his other toys in the vehicle as well as pushing it across the floor. It goes quite fast on laminate flooring! The size of the vehicle is perfect for Master A. Perfect for three year olds and over! Now he seems to want more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys! I can see it becoming a big thing!

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For £19.99, the toy is definitely good value as it is a toy that definitely Master A will play with for a long time. He loves it. I think that love will also grow with age as when he starts to watch the programme, I can see him loving it!

I love the fact that Mikey has a seat on the side of the vehicle, so does Master A!

To find out about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Half Shell Heroes Mutant Loader and the rest of the range visit http://www.flairplc.co.uk

Chillfactor Pull Pops review

We were sent a set of Chillfactor Pull Pops to review. Miss A was so excited when she saw these. She loves ice lollies and so does Master A.

I was rather impressed with the idea of letting Miss A make her own lollies, but she found the Chillfactor Pull Pops impossible to do, they were just too hard for her to pull the liquid up. I took over, she was a little bit disappointed but I told her that we would keep on trying and she will eventually get the hang of it. She was happy with this and it means that this product will be in our lives for quite some time as even though Miss A couldn’t do her own ice lollies, she had fun watching me do them.

Miss A kept on asking if they were ready yet..she got so excited when they were. What she didn’t realise, I had already done one for Master A so they both had an ice lolly. An ice lolly that kept them happy for quite a long time!

Even though Miss A couldn’t do them, I still am happy with the product, it made both children happy, this makes me happy.

Look at their faces!

Master A really enjoyed his ice lolly. I think we will have lots of fun with being more creative with the Chillfactor Pull Pops in the next few months, when the weather gets warmer. It is still a little bit cold out there to be eating ice lollies, I think.

To find out more about the Chillfactor Pull Pops, visit www.character-online.co.uk

Teletubbies 20th Anniversary

Teletubbies are celebrating their 20th Anniversary! Wow that makes me feel old! I remember my nephew watching it as a two year old and now I have children of my own and they watch Teletubbies too!

Tomorrow sees the new Teletubbies DVD being released and we were sent a copy. Master A is obsessed with Teletubbies now and asks for it every day. There are six episodes to keep little ones occupied, this is just enough for Master A but he does want to watch it over and over again throughout the day. Of course I do not let him but he does seem to be quite passionate about it. And, get this, he can say Teletubbies quite well! This is awesome!

Perhaps Master A should be one of the Teletubbies..he would say “Again, again!”

There are also bonus features on the DVD. Special features include:

“Big Hugs” Song
Meet The Characters: Po
Meet Daniel Rigby

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We were also sent a book which he adores! The book is called Teletubbies The Tubby Custard Ride. This is a fantastic interactive book where Master A loves to slide the tabs to make it super fun! It is a super-sturdy book that should last a long time! It has been keeping him busy since we received it!

I think I shall have to get more Teletubbies products for Master A as he has really enjoyed these two!

Look at his face! He is so happy when he is watching the DVD and playing with the book!

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There is also a Twitter Frenzy on Monday 27th February 2017, come and join in with the fun! The hashtag for this is #Teletubbies20. I shall be there and will be tweeting!

 

To find out more about Teletubbies visit https://www.teletubbies.com/