Monday, 12 August 2019

Filling his bowl and belly with Hills Pet Food.

Just over a year ago we were asked if we could take on a dog that his current owners could no longer keep, it took just one look, and pleading eyes from the hubby and kids for me to say yes... A year later and he's well and truly got his paws under the table!!

Introducing Alfie, our beautiful 6 year old Collie. 

When we were asked to review Hills Pet Food  we didn't hesitate to say yes, and when it arrived Alfie had his nose in the parcel before I'd even taken the wrapping off. 

His usual feed is dry so I had high hopes that this food would fit straight in with his diet as he can be fussy at times .....But I didn't need to worry, that first taste was gone in seconds and with him looking for more (that's always a good sign). The feed is a firm 5 pence piece sized biscuit that doesn't expend in water. We were sent the chicken flavour which smells rather nice (unlike some).

The food came in a 2.5kg bag with a velcro press-lok top which kept the food fresh, a bonus as our current food is not resealable. 
Depending on the size of your dog will determine how long the bag of food will last - see diagram 

Now for the science - 

Precisely balanced nutrition to support lean muscle and healthy vital organs. With clinically proven antioxidants, lean proteins and omega 3's

How It Helps:

Hill's™ Science Plan™ Canine Adult Advanced Fitness™ Medium Chicken is formulated to support lean muscle and healthy vital organs. With clinically proven antioxidants, lean proteins and omega 3's.

Key Benefits
  • With high quality proteins to support lean muscle.
  • Sustains healthy vital organs with balanced sodium and phosphorus levels.
  • Highly digestible ingredients for optimal nutrient absorption.
  • Made with high quality ingredients for great taste. 100% guaranteed.

Recommended For: Small and medium adult dogs that are moderately active, from 1 year old until 7 years old

Alfie loves this food, the amount recommended for his size is bigger than I expected so please do check the guide. Over the past couple of weeks we have noticed that his coat is softer, thicker and has more shine to it. He also seems fuller for much longer and he has a lot more energy....which I didn't think was possible! 

I would certainly recommend this food and I'm sure Alfie would too! 


*Sponsored post. All thoughts and photos are our own.

Monday, 18 June 2018

World Cup in wonderful colour.

It comes only once every four years, and takes over most house holds. That's right folks its World Cup time ! So its also time for us to upgrade the TV to a High Dynamic range Television by Panasonic.

With all the vibrant colours of the team kits and the crowds it made perfect sense for us to upgrade to a High Dynamic range and enjoy the World Cup in the best possible way we can. 

This range of Television by Panasonic offers a much wider brightness range than you usually see, this means we can experience image content like reflections from bright sunlight, skies and rays of light with natural intensity which wasn't previously possible to capture.

So not only will it satisfy my football desires over the next few weeks, but when we sit down for our regular family movie nights we are in for a treat.

We watch a lot of wildlife programs in our house, the unforgettable narration of Sir David Attenborough can be often heard coming from the living room. With the new TV these shows are going to be truly amazing.

The TV not only has the best picture quality we have ever seen but it comes with a tonne of features to add to your viewing experience, so many its best to see the link below because our blog would be half a mile long if we listed them all.

Now at this point you may be thinking 

"It can't be that much better "

 "Surely there is not that much difference " 

Well trust me there is (even the wife WOW'd when she saw the difference)  and if you can get yourself down to any electrical retailer you can see it for yourself as we did or even purchase. However if you're an internet shopper the likes of Amazon sell these too.

Still not convinced .....check out the official promo video below, we are sure it will change your mind!!

*Sponsored collaborative post

*All thoughts and photos are our own.

Monday, 2 April 2018


 With their fifth studio album on the horizon, we thought what better time to post about the amazing gig and time we had with Daughtry when they visited Manchester. 

Having been fans of Chris Daughtry way back when he first appeared on American Idol, Daughtry are, and continue to be one of our favourite bands. With their up beat Rock tunes to their country style melodies, Daughtry can be heard blasting out of our IPod , Car and the daughters bedroom almost daily.

So when we found out the guys were doing a tour of the UK and were coming to Manchester, there was no doubt we were going to be there and to make the experience even better we were lucky enough to get VIP tickets and meet the guys in person.

In addition we got a half hour unplugged gig before the main show, where Chris and Elvio treated us to some unplugged tracks and even gave us a Daughtry version of Wonderwall (Had to be done when in Manchester!) 


After, we got to meet the guys and have a quick chat before the main show. A great set of guys, very humble which made the experience even more fantastic.

The Manchester Academy offered a great venue for the gig, the Acadamy is one of our favoured music venues for its great acoustics. We were right at the front which again made it even better and just added to what was probably the best gig we have ever been to.

The Crowd were on top form and i even think Daughtry were blown away by the interaction of the crowd, who literally sang every song word for word with them throughout the set. At one point Chris actually addressed the crowd stating how they were blown away by how vocal we all were and it was making this a gig to remember for them, again this just made the whole concert even better as you could see the effect it was having on the guys on stage and this just poured back into their songs.


The set its self compromised of hits from the four currently released studio albums along with a few cover tracks. One of my favourite covers the guys do is "In the Air Tonight " and we were lucky enough that this was on their play list that night.

This is one of those posts where i just feel like i am repeating myself on how good an experience this was, but in reality it was, and even if you only like one of two songs of Daughtry i would recommend you go see them next time they are back in the UK (Hopefully soon !) as they are on another level live.

 Their new album is due out soon and we just purchased the first release from that album "Backbone" so here is hoping Daughtry come back to the UK soon so we can rock out with these guys once again!

Chris Daughtry Guitar Plec
thrown into crowd.

We are going to finish this post off just by saying many thanks to Daughtry for a great gig and hope they enjoyed their time in the UK.
Finally in what we hope is rare footage check out the acoustic video of "life after you" recorded live at Manchester Acadamy.


*All thoughts and photos are our own.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Panto season kicks off with Sleeping Beauty at St Helens Theatre Royal.

We can officially say that Panto season has started and the fabulous St Helens Theatre Royal kicked it off in style with their  spellbinding show of Sleeping Beauty!

We can say, first hand, that this show is BRILLIANT! 
Never have I laughed as much or seen my kids cry with laughter as we did at this show.

The cast was wonderful, they had the crowd involved for the whole show and not once was there a restless bottom in the house!
The theatre is an intimate venue but definitely doesn't lack in the glitz and dazzle that comes from a West End show.

Claire Sweeney played a wonderful part of the evil Carabosse, who knew she could crack out a tune like she did in this show! She rocked her part as well as the outfits!

Tam Ryan playing the hysterical Chester the Jester. Hats off to you as I don't know how you kept your face straight in some parts. He was wonderful with the kids, especially the golden ticket children at the end of the show.

Warren Donnelly and Roy Brandon who played the King and Queen bounced off of each other's character perfectly and some of the Queens outfits were perfect for her personality.

Corey Rumble was a fab Prince, very impressed with his sword tussle with Carabosse.

Laura Gregory made the perfect Princess and Jess Pritchard was an exceptional Fairy Sparkle, loved seeing all her family support that came to the show! 

This show really was a magical experience, children and adults laughed together, held their sides together and wiped the funny tears away toghter, it's definitely a trip worth taking with the family time and time again! 
Check out our clip from the finale below....


This was our first visit to St Helens Theatre Royal and we can say it won't be the last. The view from the seats were excellent and the hubby was impressed that his long legs weren't squished (he even had room to move, always a bouns for the tall people!) 
The sweets and drinks were all reasonably priced too!

For ticket information for this and other shows staged at St Helens Theatre Royal please head on over to their website -

*PR tickets. All thoughts and photos are 100% our own.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Panto season is here and so is Sleeping Beauty!

That time of year is upon us already..... Yes, it's panto season! And we love nothing better than a family day or night out that's guaranteed to  have us laughing our socks off! 

Today we have the pleasure of heading over to St Helen's Theatre Royal to watch a star studded cast preform of Sleeping Beauty, one of my all time favourite film and book.

Sleeping Beauty will awaken at St Helens Theatre Royal from Saturday 21 - Sunday 29 October, just in time for a fantastic half term treat!
Producers recently announced the first wave of confirmed cast which includes star of West End and TV, Liverpool’s own Claire Sweeney as the evil fairy Carabosse along with Laura Gregory, Tam Ryan and Simon Foster.

Jess Pritchard is sure to wow the audience with her magical portrayal of Fairy Sparkle. Jess is a Chester born actress who recently graduated from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts before starring in her first professional productions Women Beware Women and Constance and Sinestra. Catch Jess as she makes her panto debut and waves the magic wand over an awestruck audience this October.

Starring as this year’s handsome Prince is Corey Rumble whose dashing looks will no doubt cast a spell over St Helens. Corey graduated from Liverpool Theatre Schoolback in 2016 and quickly secured his first role as Hal Brandon in the new Liverpool based musical Liver Birdsong last year. He recently came off a UK tour performing hit songs by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and the Rat Pack! Corey completes the all-star cast that swings into St Helens in just one month’s time. 

Previously announced star of stage and screen Claire Sweeney will be transformed into the evil fairy Carabosse, who curses Princess Aurora, tricking her into an eternal slumber. The former Brookside actress and West End star is no stranger to panto, having played a number of roles – oh yes she has! – over the years. Her most recent stage roles meanwhile include Baroness Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Velma von Tussle in Hairspray, both on national tours.

Laura Gregory returns to the role of the eponymous beautiful princess, cursed to fall asleep until a handsome suitor wakes her with true love’s kiss, after also playing Aurora at St Helens in 2015 when she beat 90 other actresses to the part. Her other panto credits include Cinderella at St Helens in 2015 and Wendy in Peter Pan last year, as well as Snow White and Aladdin at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool.

Actor and entertainer Tam Ryan, who is playing Chester the Jester, is best-known for his scene-stealing roles in Manchester Opera House pantomimes like Snow White,Peter Pan and Cinderella. But he also recently went on tour with none other than The Hoff in the musical Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, and has played Thomas Cromwell no less in A Man for All Seasonsas well as Beast in Beauty and the Beast.
Completing the line-up and ready to bring this enchanting tale to life is St Helens’ resident Dame, Simon Foster, bringing his slapstick fun and chaos to the stage as Dame Queenie.

Sleeping Beauty tells the enchanting tale of Princess Aurora, who is cursed by the evil fairy Carabosse after failing to receive an invite to the Royal Christening, claiming that if the Princess pricks her finger, she will die. Years later at her 16th birthday, Aurora is tricked into piercing her finger on a spinning wheel by the evil fairy. After the curse is countered by the Lilac Fairy, Aurora instead falls into a deep and eternal slumber, which can only be broken by a kiss from her true love.
Will the beautiful princess find her true love and be freed from the evil fairy’s curse? What fate awaits the evil fairy? Set your alarms and get down to St Helens Theatre Royal this October for a truly magical adventure.

Chantelle Nolan, Theatre Manager said:“St Helens Theatre Royal is absolutely delighted to announce the full casting for its October half term pantomime Sleeping Beauty!  We are thrilled to have local actors Jess Pritchard and Corey Rumble join an already stellar cast and can’t wait to see them onstage as the Prince and the Fairy. With rehearsals soon to be underway, we’re looking forward to getting panto back on the Theatre Royal stage for the families of St Helens. If you haven’t already booked your ticket, what are you waiting for?!”

This all sounds the perfect way to kick off the panto season and we (two teens along with Mum and Dad) are very much looking forward to spending family time watching this show! If you would like to book tickets for you and your family and friends, prices and links for tickets can be found below..... we hope you enjoy the show!

For more information please 
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Listing Details
Regal Entertainments Ltd presents: Sleeping Beauty
Sat 21 – Sun 29 Oct, 1pm & 5pm

Glitter Shows
Golden Seats (Stalls Row A – G)
Adult: £17/ Concession: £16/ Child: £15/ Family: £63
Standard Seats
Adult: £15/ Concession: £14/ Child: £13/ Family: £55
Groups (20+): £11 per seat

Sparkle Shows

Golden Seats (Stalls Row A – G)
Adult: £15/ Concession: £14/ Child: £13/ Family: £55
Standard Seats
Adult: £13/ Concession: £12/ Child: £11/ Family: £41
Groups (20+): £9 per seat


Book in person at the Theatre Royal Box Office Corporation Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA10 1LQ (Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm). Alternatively, call 01744 756 000 or log on to:

*PR tickets were provided.All thoughts are our own and a full blog post will follow shortly.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Book Review - Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda.

 New Release.... A loving husband. The perfect killer?
‘I wonder if Mia thinks I have a dark side. Most likely as far as she knows, I am just her dear loving husband.’ 
Paul Strom has spent years building his perfect life: glittering career, beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in the suburbs.
But he also has his secrets. That’s why Paul has promised his wife a romantic weekend getaway. He proclaims this day, a warm Friday in May, will be the best day ever.
Paul loves his wife, really, he does. But he also wants to get rid of her. And with every hour that passes, Paul ticks off another stage in his elaborately laid plan…
Behind Closed Doors meets Liane Moriarty in this creepy, fast-paced psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming!
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‘A tensely written, shocking book that will hold readers on the edge of their seats to the very last page.’  Publishers Weekly
‘Fast-paced, dark, and slightly disturbing, you won’t be able to put this book down until its jaw-dropping ending… Absolutely brilliant!’ Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep
‘Through self-conscious charm and a chilling wit, Rouda’s narrator creates laugh-out-loud moments that will feel like guilty pleasures. This may well be the most entertaining read of your year.’  Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy, on Best Day Ever
'Deliciously diabolical and highly readable, BEST DAY EVER kept me flipping the pages with anticipation and fascination. Unputdownable!' A. J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author of The Twilight Wife

About the Author

Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women's fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her women's fiction titles include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE, IN THE MIRROR and THE GOODBYE YEAR (April 2016). Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER'S DAY. Kaira's work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader's Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines.
Her sexy contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND includes: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE'S BID, Book 4. Each of these novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series. Her new series is set in LAGUNA BEACH and includes: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book 1; LAGUNA HEIGHTS, Book 2; and LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3, and LAGUNA SIGHTS, coming winter 2016. She also helped launch Melissa Foster's The Remington's Kindle World with her bestselling novella, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE and in the Dare to Love Kindle World, THE CELEBRITY DARE.
Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers, continue to inspire.
She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel.
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***My Review***
I've had my eye on this book for a while, so when the chance came to review it I grabbed it with both hands! Kaira is a new to me author who, after this book, will be a go to author from now on.
The book starts with Paul who I took an instant dislike too. He's arrogant, moody and a little bit creepy..... ok, a lot bit creepy! Certain things he said and did would have had me running for the hills but that's what had me gripped to this book. Set over a thrilling 24 hours there was enough tension you could cut it with a knife. It's a dark, thrilling and gripping read, saying that the first few chapters did seem to go slow but once to story kicked it up a gear I was enthralled until I turned the very last page!
If you love a good page turner and thrillers are your kind of read then you must read Best Day Ever as soon as you can..... you won't be disappointed!

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Seafret - "Tell me its real"

Every now and again i come across a band where i think to myself "how the hell have i not heard you guys before, how many times have i missed the opportunity to see you live?!"

This is the case with Seafret.

Seafret are the duo of the amazing Jack Sedman (vocals) and the extremely talented Harry Draper (Guitar/Piano) 

In addition to their amazing musical talents, they are also both from Bridlington and Yorkshire lads !

I first heard Seafret at a good friends house and hearing one of their songs in the background, i was instantly draw to their sound, this has now spilled through our own house hold and my eldest daughter can practically re sight the album word for word and is a huge fan.

Seafret's music has a soothing relaxing feel to it, with some quality acoustic melodies and fantastic vocals. Now don't get me wrong you are not going to be moshing around your living room when you listen to these guys, that's just not their sound, but if you appreciate good music and have an appreciation for different styles, sounds and great lyrics, you really do need to check these guys out.

Seafret have been building a steady fan base up in Europe and the UK and i was lucky enough to see them play in Leeds a few months ago. They were amazing live and delivered a great performance.

Their album Tell me its real (Duluxe edition) gives us 16 tracks of emotional, lyrical and musical class and once you're hooked on them, then prepare to have the album on repeat as you become immersed in their music.

As with all albums i have a few favorite tracks:

"Oceans" - captures the spirit of the album for me and delivers some amazing vocals from Jack. The video is also quality and Game of Throne fans will recognize Maisie Williams from the video.

 "Skimming Stones" - Is a favorite of my daughters and the catchy chorus and great guitar in this track makes it one of those songs you find yourself humming or singing to yourself, even when you don't have the album on.

For me personally though, my favorite on the album is "Atlantis", its such a good track, in fact, if i had to build a list of 20 songs i was only ever allowed to listen to again, this would be in there for sure......for me its that good! The guitar in it is amazing, the lyrics emotional and the vocals of the highest standard. I have to say when i saw Seafret live i got chills when they finished their set of with this, they delivered it with so much emotion and sound wise was flawless.

If you love your music and you love different sounds and like listening to raw talent (rather than some of this manufactured turd we all have to put up with now a days), please check Seafret out and this album, you won't be disappointed. 

Their album "Tell me its real" is available on Itunes or amazon, so have a listen. For me personally its guys like this and the music that they make through their raw talent that make me love music so much.

I am really looking forward to seeing what Seafret bring to us with their new releases, and i will 100% be going to see them again with my daughter too !
(She would kill me if i didnt take her!) 

I'm going to finish off this blog post with the amazing video and track Atlantis.........Enjoy !

*All thoughts and photos are our own.