Tuesday, 24 November 2015

My Christmas Wish List

Despite my love of making lists, when it comes to making my own list of what I would like for Christmas, I have been drawing a huge blank.  I have lists of what the kids would like, lists of the festive food which needs to be bought, even lists of bits and pieces we need to decorate the house but I have been struggling to think of things that I would like.

So I decided to spend the morning browsing the internet and coming up with a decent wish list of things that I would quite like Santa to put under the tree this Christmas.  Who knows, maybe James will light upon this post and take some inspiration from it!

Roberts Revival DAB Radio
I have wanted a Roberts Revival DAB Radio for so long but have just never been able to justify the expense.  Maybe if we get a small windfall before Christmas, or if Santa is feeling particularly generous this year, I might finally get one.

Pandora Silver Luminous Leaves Ring
You can never go wrong with jewellery and I love this ring.  It's delicate and Pandora (and what woman doesn't love Pandora?!) I am hit and miss with jewellery but I think this would be perfect for daily wear.

Happy Jackson
Yep, I'd pretty much take anything in the Happy Jackson range.  I love the quirky colours and phrases and these would be perfect for 2016 in my new study in my new house.  This mug in particular makes me smile.

Molton Brown
It's important to take time out for yourself (yes?) and I love Molton Brown products.  They just bring such a luxurious feel to any bath.  I don't even mind when the kids inevitably need the toilet and start banging the door down the minute the tip of my big toe touches the water.

Richard & Judy Book Club
It wouldn't be Christmas if I didn't have at least one book on my Christmas list but this year I'm hoping for the Autumn/Winter list from the Richard & Judy book club.  I enjoy that they always choose a variety and I often end up reading something incredibly enjoyable but which I wouldn't have chosen otherwise.

Lights, Camera, Action
Over the past few years, as my blog has progressed I have taken more interest in photography and this year in particular I have really been craving a way of creating better lighting for some of my pictures.  These lights come highly recommended by a number of bloggers and I think they would be perfect for those grey and miserable days we seem to get so often up here in the North West.

So there you have it...just a few things I am hoping to get under the tree this Christmas *hint hint*

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Review: Beefeater Micklehead Green, Merseyside

We were recently invited along to visit the newly refurbished Beefeater restaurant in Micklehead Green in St Helens, Merseyside.  The restaurant has just had a complete makeover as well as launching a new menu and were keen to show it off.

As a family we enjoy the opportunity to eat out together, although as anyone with young children will know, it can be an interesting experience on occasion!  We chose a Sunday evening to visit, thinking that it might be quieter than lunchtime.  We were right as the restaurant was incredibly quiet, which gave us plenty of opportunity to scope out the new interior.

They have done a good job in our opinion; it looks modern and sleek whilst also being inviting.  It was also really on trend with copper tones and mustard and grey colour scheme.  I actually really liked it all! We were sat in a little booth towards the back (the inside is also a lot bigger than it appears from the outside and seems to go on and on for ages!) which was perfect for us.  It was away from the main thoroughfare and cosy enough that we didn't feel like we were being overlooked by everyone else.

I liked that they have picked a theme with the restaurant interior decor and really gone to town with it.  The kids loved all the little details like the plates with different bovine on them and we had lots of cow related discussions at the table.

One thing we really noted was how good the staff were with the kids.  This always means a lot to us and the kids love it when the adults engage and talk with them.  Meg and Eli were also given a Mr Men activity book and crayons to use which kept them well occupied whilst we waited for our food to arrive.

In terms of the new menu, I noticed that there wasn't masses of choice, especially if you aren't a big meat eater although I realise that heading to a restaurant which is part of a 'Beefeater' chain should sort of give the game away that there is going to be a lot of meat on the menu.  There was a great variety for the kids however and I liked that they could choose which two side dishes they wanted with their main; a very nice touch from a parent of a fussy eater.

James ordered a pulled pork burger and I went for a sirloin steak.  Both were delicious and my steak was cooked to perfection.  The meals came out quickly although it was a quiet time so I can't say how fast the turnaround time would be if you went for a Sunday roast instead.

Something special which Beefeater are currently doing is to offer unlimited chips whilst you are eating.  We had our arms twisted into trying some 'spicy' ones (covered in Paprika) and some plain and having them both refilled during the course of the meal.  Definitely wear your comfy trousers if carbs are your downfall here!

Overall we really enjoyed the experience.  We thought the staff were very friendly and helpful, the kids menu was great, the meal was value for money and the new decor is stylish and well done.  If you live in Merseyside or are visiting the area in the near future we wouldn't hesitate to recommend a meal here.

We were invited to visit the new restaurant and provided with a voucher to cover the cost of our meal.  However all thoughts and opinions are our own.